The Railway Tariff.
We are glad to notice that some of the country districts at least are joining in the crusade against the new railway tariff. The Wakanui Road Board announces its intention of holding a public meeting on the 6th in the Wakanui schoolroom, and it would be wise if all the other Boards followed the example. The Longbeach Board has already done so, and we hope the meetings will be general. The simple signatures of the farmers to a memorial against the tariff are not enough, as men will often sign such memorials almost mechanically,, and without the least notion of what, they are doing. But a public at which the evils of the tariff have been explained, and the farmers have attended and expressed their feelings on the subject, both by speech and resolution passed, must be looked upon as a proper exponent of the feeling in the district; and the more of these meetings that are held the greater weight will any memorial drawn up and presented to Government have with the powers that be, and the more will the hands of any deputation sent on the subject be strengthened. We sincerely hope the agitation will not be allowed to drop, but that every schoolroom in the district will be the scene of a meeting, got up by the farmers in the immediate vicinity, to express their dissatisfaction with the unjust tax upon their grain that has been laid on by Government in the tariff drawn up by the recently removed General Managers, as a parting farewell by which the grain-growers of Canterbury may keep green the memory of their term of office.
Unstamped Beer.— The Beer Duty Act is being stringently enforced both North and South, and brewers in Wellington and Dunedin were to-day fined heavily for allowing beer to leave their premises without the stamps required by the Act. A publican was also fined for receiving beer that was not so stamped. Ashburton School. —From the report of the sitting of the Education Board in Christchurch yesterday, published in the Christchurch morning papers, we take the following:—A report .on the Ashburton school was read, showing that of 243 children presented for examination 92 passed. Yarious alterations in the arrangement of the buildings were stated to be necessary. The inspector found much room for unfavorable comment, many of the standards being far below the mark, and the state of the school generally, indicating loose management. It was resolved to forward a copy of the ‘ report to the chairman, of tiio committee, and to enquire if, in the opinion of the committee, an improvement can be effected under existing management. It was further resolved to reexamine the school in three months after the holidays.
The Old Men’s Home.—The Charitable Aid Board" have accepted the tender of Mr. W. C. 'Davis, Ashburton, for limewashing and painting the Old Men’s Hopie, at Lll 10s. qlt is intended,.if possible, to give the annual feast at Christmas to the inmates of the Home, and we' are requested to state Master of the Home will.be glad to.reoeiye. subscriptions towards a fund for that purpose.
The Dunedin Cup. Foul Play and Natator ha"e been scratched for the big handicap of our southern neighbors. A Month for Having Convulsions. — A sort of chronic charge has stood for two or three years in the Ashburton and Christchurch Courts against a man named W. H. Strange. ...He is a habitual drunkard, and, like most habitual drunkards, neglects his wife and family, who are thus left to shift for themselves.
In 1878 he was before A. LeGrand Campbell for neglecting to support his wife and family, and an order was made for him to contribute. We next heard of him a month after, when, charged. with assaulting his wife, he was bound over to keep, the peace for six months, finding a, surety of LSO. Since then he has appeared in the Christchurch and Ashburton Courts on various charges of neglect of Iris family. Last Tuesday he was again before the Court for neglecting to obey an order of the Christchurch Court to pay for the support of his wife and family. lie pled hard for leniency, and promised to go to work and send money as soon as possible. How he lias fulfilled that promise was explained in the Court this morning before the Mayor and Mr. Cox. Instead of going to work, Strange got drunk, was found, intoxicated by Constable Smart, who tried to apprehend him. Strange was violent, and the. constable had to procure aid. In explaining the circumstances to the Court Strange denied having been, drunk ; he was subject to convulsions, when be took a very small quantity of liquor, and it was in one of these (its of convulsions that Ie struggled with the constable. The Court thought convulsions of Strange’s sort wore dangerous to the community, and put Strange and his convulsions in charge of the Gaolor for a month, the tendency to convulsions to be lessened if possible by hard labor.
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