The Ashburton Guardian. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1880.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 p.m.]
The Old Men’s Home. —The Master of the Old Men’s Home wishes to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of a parcel of wearing apparel from the Rev. A. M. Beattie, M.A., Ashburton. Any similar donations will be thankfully received. A Lottery Troon’- —Recently a swagger up North bought a numberof tickets in Abbot’s L 5,000 sweep. The winning number he sold to a publican for two drinks. Yesterday the money was divided between the holder and the winner, and all hands are happy. Church Anniversary. Sermons in connection with the anniversary of the Cambridge Primitive Methodist Church will be preached to-morrow morning and evening by the Rev. A. J. Smith, of Ashburton, and on Monday next the indispensable tea meeting is announced to take place. The Cambridge Methodists retain some very pleasant reminiscences of similar festivities held last year, and it is to be hoped that the present anniversary wilTequal if not excel the success of its forerunner.
The Agricultural and Pastoral Association and the' Tariff. —The Agricultural and Pastoral Association, which of course represents the agricultural interest of the district, has called a meeting to consider the railway tariff, for Wednesday next, when it is to be hoped all fanners who can possibly attend will be present.
Gold at Stew art Island;— The information yet to hand regarding the discovery of an apparently rich gold-bearing reef at Port William, Stewart Island, is somewhat meagre, but there appears to be no doubt that a gold-bearing reef hasbeen found. The discoverer, however, is keeping the matter as quiet as possible. Those who have seen the specimen in his possession distinctly say that goldis clearly perceptible.
Gift to the Library. —Mr. G. D. Branson lias presented the sum of LlO to the Ashburton Library, to be expended in the purchase of new books. The money is the amount recovered by him in a recent case, Branson t). Harold. It is intended by the committee of the Library that a list of members be hung up in the reading room, with a view to finding out who take free use of the room. The next quarterly meeting of the Library Association ■ takes place on the 9th. The committee have a balance of over LlO to the good.
French Canadian Heartlessness.— The heartlessness of some of the French Canadian villages of Quboc Province is almost incredible. Every few weeks some poor decrepit old creature is brought or sent in Montreal and abandoned on.the street. The other day a poor woman named Labelle, 80 years old, was carried into the Central Station and deposited in a chair, while the man who had led her departed quickly. She was found to bo very ill, and was taken to the general hospital in a semi-unconscious condition, after having explained that her progeny were tired of her and wanted to get rid of her.
Tinwald School Committee —The monthly meeting of the above Committee was hold in the schoolroom on 30th November, all the members Being present The average attendance for the month of November of 62 scholars was considered satisfactory, it was ascertained that parents of several children still neglected to send them to school, but having adopted the compulsory clause of the Education Act, the Committee are determined to enforce the clause where they deem it necessary. With this end in view parents of defaulting children will be visited by members of the Committee. The examination of the school takes place on the 22nd December, by the Inspector, and the Committee are arranging for prizes to : be given as soon as convenient after the Christmas holidays. The school will break up the day after the examination, and will re-assemble on the 3rd of January. The Unemployed. —The Government, after very careful consideration, have come to the decision that it is advisable to reduce the rate of wages paid to the unemployed on work provided for their benefit. The new rates will be 4s. per day instead of 4s. Bd. for married men, and 3s. for single men, the prices for piece work being proportionately lowered. The reason given for this reduction is the large number of men in Canterbury and Otago who still prefer to remain in receipt of Government pay, rather than accept slightly higher wages from private employers for farm work. On the other hand, the unemployed on the West Coast of the North Island are rapidly deex-easing in numbers, as the men are finding work on farms and stations. But in the Seventy Milo Bush the deferred payment settlors are in great distress, and it is understood that some work will be found for married men on the continuation of the Wellington-Napier railway. Deferred payment settlement in that district, so far, has proved a lamentable failure.
The Railway Tariff. —The meeting to protest against the railway tariff was held in Waterton Library Hall, on Tuesday evening, Mr. John Grigg occupying the chair. Mr. Thomas Taylor, who, wo believe, was the prime mover •in the matter, was unfortunately laid up with an attack of bronchitis, and was of course absent, but his absence was apologised for. The chairman addx-essed the meeting, explaining how the new tariff worked to fanners’ disadvantage, and recapitulated much of what has alrcadj’ been ax-gued against its imposition. He urged tho agriculturists of the district to bo united in opposing the tariff, and to sign the memorial against it prepared by the Ashburton Committee. Mr. Joseph Clark spoke in terms similar to those he made use of at the Tinwald and Ashburton meetings, keeping before the meeting the facts that the tariff was not an equal one, and that it would tax every bushel ra ; sed another penny, and fhe whole district LG,OOO. The farmers present all signed the memorial, which will lie at Mr. Hudson’s store, Waterton, for all who have not yet adfxibitcd their names. Ashburton Race Club. —A meeting of the racing club was held last night at Quill’s Hotel, Mr. S. Saunders in the chair. The; Secretary read his report, recommending that for tho future the right of cards and sports should be retained in the hands of the Committee, also, suggesting certain improvements to the course so as to make the running track better than it is at present. After considerable discussion, it was resolved to leave the considex-ation of the first portion of tho x-eport for the ixext year’s committee to. deal with, and a committee consisting of Messrs. Hay Smith, S. Saunders, T. Quill, C. C. Fooks and Jacobson be appointed a committee to inspect the course, to decide upon the best means of improving it, and to report at a meeting to be advertised.' The Treasurer then read bis report of the financial state of the Club, showing a profiton the meeting of L 97 9s. 7d., and a balance of L 174 13s. 7d., of assets over liabilities. The'balance sheet was adopted as read. Mr. Wilkie was accorded a vole of thanks for his services, and L 25 as an honorarium. A vote of thanks to the chairman terminated the proceedings. Holloway's Pills.— Pure Blood. —As the vital fluid, when in a healthy state, sustain and renovates every part of the living system, so, when it becomes impoverished or impure it exerts a precisely contrary effect. It is abundantly manifest that any medicine which does not reach the circulation caix never exterminate the disease ; but any preparation capable of exercising a salutary influence over the blood, must with it be carried to eveiy living fibre of the frame. The lungs, heart, livei, kidneys, and skin, all receive benefits from its more wholesome condition. Holloway.s purifying Pills operate directly, powerfully, and beneficially, upon the whole mass of blood, whether venous or arterial. They strengthen the stomach, excite the liver and kidneys, expel disease, and prolong existence, Advt.
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