The Ashburton Guardian. MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1880.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 p.m.]
The Br'T Footpath —-Tenders are today invited by the Wakanui Road Board for forming tho much-needed footpath on the south-east Town Bc.t.
The School Treat. —A meeting of the local School Committee is to be held tonight to hear reports from the canvassers as to progress in collecting for the school treat, and for other business. A Fatal Throw. Mr. Singleton, a settler at Otahuhu, Auckland, was thrown from his horse on Saturday, dragged some distance by the animal, and was finally picked up dead. The Volunteers. The following members’ promotion will dato'from Saturday : —Corporals Jcssop and Vaughan to be sergeants, 2nd corporal Andrews and private Felton to be full corporals, privates Hughes and McDonald to be 2nd corporals.
Sale of Privileges. —Messrs. Quill and Co. sell the privileges of the Caledonian Sports meeting on Saturday evening. The meeting is this year to bo held in the Agricultural and Pastoral Association’s Show Ground, and the privileges should therefore be more valuable than ever. The Horizontal Bar. —Last year the Caledonian Society offered a prize for the best performer on the horizontal bar, but the entries were nil. In drawing out the programme this year, the directors, guided by last year’s experience, dropped the event from the programme now issued. We understand, however, that there are about a dozen probable entries for such a competition should the Society arrange for one, and there is every likelihood that the horizontal bar will be an event at this year’s sports. In view of this probability, intending competitors should continue their practice. Special Settlements. Mr. G. M. Reed has concluded arrangements for the purchase of 12,000 acres of excellent'farming land for his first special settlement, within a few miles of Gisborne. He has also nearly completed arrangements for future special settlements on various blocks along the coast. A large and important assemblage of Natives was held on Wednesday evening at Tologa Bay to meet Mr. Rees, and unanimously resolved to have their lands cut up for settlement. Mx-. G M. Reed and Mr. Lionel Hanlon, one of the special settlers, were present. Both addressed the meeting, expressing their satisfaction at the appearance of the country and their hojro that a special settlement would be formed in Tologa Bay. The Natives warmly welcomed them, and expressed a desire to see a large number of settlers come from England on to their lands.
School Picnic at Seafield. —On Friday last the scholars attending the Seafield school were treated to a very pleasant picnic in the school grounds. The idea took its rise with Mr. Hardwick, one of the members of Committee, and it was well taken up by his fellow members, and neighbors, whom contributed LI each towards the expenses. Sports began at an early hour, and were continued up till half-past four, suitable prizes being given to the winners. At half-past four, tea was dispensed to all and sundry in the school room by several ladies—notably Mesdames Bruce, Hardwick, Richardson, and Parsons, and Miss Smith—after which there was a general engagement by the male portion of the gathering in football. The day closed with a general entertainment of music, etc., and an exhibition by Mr. Puddicombe of his sciopticon views, illustrative of natural phenomena, the story of Robinson Crusoe, and comprising also some local views. Thanks to the kindness of the members of Committee and friends, the meeting was a very enjoyable one. At the close of the entertainment a dance took place in the school-room, and was kept up with great spirit until an early hour. The Murderer Turn.—The murderer Tuhi has at length given an intelligible motive for the murder of Miss Dobic. He now says that after he had received the few shillings from her she told him she would tell the soldiers of his conduct. He resolved to prevent that, as he was afraid of being arrested, so he determined to kill her, and did so. Several good authorities on Maori manners have assured me that they are quite satisfied that this is the true version, as it is entirely consistent with known facts and with Maori ways. It is the first really intelligible explanation that has been given of the affair, and may be accepted as the true one. The Hinemoa arrived at Wellington on Saturday, and landed Tuhi, who was promptly conveyed to gaol. He appeared much struck with the appearance of the town, and uttered several exclamations of admiration as he passed through tho streets and saw the shops. Ho is a stalwart young fellow, standing nearly Cft. high, and strongly built. His face wore a defiant, almost derisive, expression, when he landed. He several times reiterated his desire to be killed at once, without any more trial, and could not understand why there need be all this delay and trouble after he had confessed. He was received with a doleful tangi by some of his countrymen on landing. One aged Maori woman sang a sort of death eong over him, concluding by assuring him that would soon join his fathers in another world. day of trial is not fixed.— Press correspondent,
Lost Money. —Ll2oo worth of securities have been either lost or stolen tram the Bank of New Zealand, Levuka, Fiji. Horticultural Society. —The usual monthly" meeting of the Horticultural Society is to bo held at the usual place to-morrow, at eight p.m. Local Industries. —The meeting of the Local Industries Association, postponed to the Bth inst., has been postponed indefinitely, owing to the meeting of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association.
Cole’s Circus. —Cole’s circus left Wellington on Sunday morning, and arrived at' Lyttelton to-day. Tho circus, was brought through to Christchurch by special train and opens on Wednesday next.
Cheap Prices for Wives. —lt is reported to the Cayuga Chief, on what is considered trustworthy authority, that in the town of Conquest, a few days ago, a man sold his wife to another. Consideration §5, and expense of drawing up the bill. The goods were delivered, and all parties concerned are said to bo satisfied with the bargain. The transaction is only equalled by one of a similar character which occurred near Meridian about thirty years ago. In the latter case a man sold his wife for S4O. She lived with the purchaser four or five years afterwards, when the original husband bought her back again for a pair of boots.— Rochester Express. What Constitutes a Marriage. —The New York Court of Appeals has decided in favor of the legality of the marriage contracted by tho late Wm. R. Hynes, a wealthy citizen, with Mrs. May F. Saunders, in 1871, while in London. He gave her a ring in the presence of witnesses, and told her he would recognise her as his lawful wife so long as she remained a true .and honest woman. He repeated the ceremony while crossing the Channel, and repeated his declaration in France. She remained with him up to his death, in 1874; but the sisters of Mr. Hynes refused to recognise her or her children as legal heirs, and litigation ensued as to the validity of the marriages. The decision of the Court of Appeals confirms the decisions of the two lower Courts, and the sisters of the deceased will have to vacate the property owned by tbeir deceased brother and account for the profits derived from the estate since his death. A Deadly Remedy for Melon Stealing. —The colored people of Halifax were holding an “ Association ” of a religious nature recently, and a large number of them congregated daily in close proximity to a fine watermelon patch owned by a white man. The watermelons disappeared daily, and it was an easy matter to connect their absence from the patch by their presence at the association. Therefore the owner of the patch put up a largo placard, bearing this legend: “Lookout! these watermelons arc poisoned." The colored people thought this was all a hoax, and some of them waded into the watermelons anyhow, and tho result has been fatal to one, and loaves four or five others in a dangerous condition. The melons had strychnine introduced into them through punctures so delicate as net to be observed, but of sufficient strength to be fatal.— Danville, T r u., News.
Destructibility of Human Bonks.— An instance of the readiness with which the human bones disappear is shown in the fact that the Dutch Government in 1853 drained off the great Haarlem Lake, on -which there had been many shipwrecks and naval fights, and where thousands had found a watery grave. The canals and trenches dug to a considerable depth through the rescued land are estimated to have an aggregate length of thousands of miles, and yet not a single bone was exhumed from first to last. Some weapons and a few coins, and one or two wrecked vessels alone rewarded the efforts and researches of the curiosity hunters. Here, as in cavern deposits and river gravels generally, works of art alone furnished evidence of the existence of man, even though no part of the deposit could be more than 300 yeans old, as the lake was formed by an inundation toward the end of the sixteenth century. The Future Queen Consort of England.— The Princess of VVales, says the London World, has given fresh proof of those sterling qualities which have already endeared her to the nation. Although naturally much distressed at the prospect of being separated from her two only sons, yet I hear that at the moment of parting her Royal Highness was careful to conceal all traces of emotion in order that the young sailors might not themselves feel too keenly the parting from their mother and sisters and from a hnppy home. It is not the length of time the young Princes are to be away, but it is the great distance and the variable climate of the quarters of the globe they may visit, which must naturally add to tho anxiety of the royal parents. We hear, however, that although both Princes have sailed in the Bacchante for Vigo, it is by no means at present definitely settled that the former shall accompany the training squadron throughout their lengthened cruise, nor will the Prince and Princess of Wales give a final answer until tho squadron is about to leave home waters, which promise to be two months hence. A Raven Tribunal. —ln the leading journal of Geneva a well-known Alpine tourist publishes an account of the proceedings of a raven tribunal, accidentally witnessed by him during a recent excursion in the Swiss mountains. Descending from the region of glaciers, ho came upon a small secluded glen, surrounded by thick cover, concealed in which ho was enabled to contemplate a strange spectacle. From sixty to seventy ravens had formed a circle round one of their follows, obviously a misdemeanant, whose alleged delinquencies they were eagerly engaged in discussing with infinite clatter of croaking and wing-flapping. Every now and then they interrupted their debates for a brief space to listen to the energetic representations of the prisoner, who conducted his own defence with amazing fervor, the judges breaking out into a deafening chorus of comment and refutations after his every statement. Presently, having ai-rived at the unanimous conclusion that the arraigned bird had failed to exculpate itself, they suddenly flew upon him from all sides, and tore him to pieces with their powerful beaks. Having thus summarily executed their own sentence, they dispersed, leaving the remains of the dead offender bestrewing the very scat of justice. A Wonderful Rifle. —The military papers contain accounts of very interesting experiments made by the School of Musketry at Spandau with an apparatus by which the ordinary Manser rifle can bo immediately changed to a repeating rifle. A magazine made from steel plate, and containing eleven cartridges, can at will be put off and on the rifle, and worked on it solely by the opening and shutting the chamber in such a self-acting way that by every opening movement the cartridge falls through the groove into the rifle, and by every shutting movement tho next cartridge is made ready for use. This apparatus can be attached to all breechloaders with a cylinder breech, and one is able by it to fire, in the short space of twenty-foiu seconds, twelve well-aimed rounds, while the magazine can be filled again with cartridges in fifteen seconds. After the removal of the apparatus the rifle can bo used like an ordinary onebarrelled gun. The manipulations necessary for attaching or taking off tho magazine are indeed very simple, and the latter does not embarrass the handling-of the rifle. Many thousands of rounds have already been fired with this apparatus, - and the military authorities seem to be very well satisfied with the results of the experiments. It is believed that the German infantry will soon be furnished with the apparatus.
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