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The Ashburton Guardian. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1880.

TOWN ED1T848638 [lssued at 5 p.m.]ION. The Ashburton Guardian.

The Railway Tariff. --To-night a meeting of the members of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association is to be held in the Town Hall, to consider the railway tariff. Imported Stock.— By the Rangitikei, which arrived at Lyttelton yesterday, Mr. John Carter, Tinwald, receives a splendid thoroughbred mare, Stud Queen, She is iu excellent condition, is rising four years old, is by King Lad out of Marchotas, and was bred by the Earl of Zetland.

The Dunedin Cup.—Ashburton residents who take an interest in racing matters —and their name is legion—will have an opportunity of speculating their spare half sovereigns bn the Dunedin Cup in a consultation now being engineered by our enterprising neighbor, Mr. Quill. Intending subscribers can obtain the scrip from various agents in the districts The Licensing Bench.—Yesterday the Licensing Commissioners, comprising Messrs. Cox, Ward, and Winter sat in the Court-house. The transfer of license from George Wilcox, Wheatsheaf Hotel, to James Escot was confirmed. The case of the Barrhill Hotel was considered. Last sitting day, the house was reported out of repair, and unsuitable in consequence, but the licensee was allowed till next quarter day to make such alterations and repairs as would satisfy the police. Yesterday Sergeant Felton reported that the repairs had been made, And the house would be suitable for another eighteen months'or so. By that time probably a new house will be erected. ■ The Bench continued Mr. Macfarlane’a license.

Milk —A meeting of milkmen is to be hold in Mr. Harrison’s Auction Room on Monday, to consider matters important to dairymen. The Beer Stamps. —lt apparently takes some time for people to get familiarised with what is required of; them under a new law. A number of Wellington hotelkeepers. are_to be prosecuted for not defacing the'beep■■stamps on their barrels.

Privileges for Sale.— Messrs. Quill and Co. announce that they will dispose of the privileges in connection with the trotting races which are to bo held on the racecourse on Dec. Hi. The sale will take place "at the firm’s auction rooms mi Saturday next, at noon, and if Mr. Quill can, by his eloquence, draw bids as well as he,did for the Racing Club, wo.will expect to see some big prizes given for the meeting.

New T emplar Lodge. To-morrow evening a now Templar Lodge is to be opened in the Templar Hall by the Dis-trict-Deputy, Mr. R. Elston. There are fully thirty members on the rolls of the new Lodge", some bid and some new Templars, and the branch starts under very fair auspices. An invitation to all brethren and sisters to be present is given, especially Third Degree Templars.

The New Beetle. —The little red beetle which has been doing so much damage to the turnips in the Oust district, has been shown to Dr. Haast, who says that it is “ a very common beetle, which is often prevalent in hot, dry summers. It does not come out of the bush any more than other beetles.” He classifies it as belonging to the group Melolonthiibe Pyronota festiva, or the Rose beetle. At any rate it is a very festive little insect when it attacks a crop of turnips, as can be seen on the Moeraki Downs on many properties, and though it has been seen before in that neighborhood; it has never done the amount of damage it is doing this year. — Times. South Rakaia School Committee. — This Committee held its ordinary monthly meeting on Tuesday. Present—Messrs. C. Tucker (chairman), J. N. Sharp, W. Cox, G. Shtllock, and W. Hartnell. The master’s report was read. The chairman read some correspondence which had passed between himself and Mr A. Making, chairman of the committee for 1879, relating to the financial affairs in connection with the children’s treat that year. The report of the recent examination of the school by Mr. Edge was read, showing that on the day of examination 93 children were present. Presented for examination, 48; passed, 27; per centage, sfi. It was decided that the next meeting of the committee take place on the second Tuesday in January instead of the first Tuesday. The chairman recommended that the school be closed for five weeks at Christmas, breaking up on Friday, 17th inst. Sundry accounts were passed for payment, and the committee adjourned. Ashburton Fire Brigade. —The usual monthly meeting of the Brigade was hold at the Borough Council offices last night. The attendance of members was the largest on record. Captain Wilkie occupied the chair. A letter was read from the secretary of the Tiinaru Fire Brigade, inviting a detachment of the Ashburton men to attend at the competition which was arranged for on the 27th inst. The secretary was instructed to reply that the invitation would have to be declined, as the local Brigade had made arrangements to hold a demonstration here on that day. The captain reported that he had, at the request of the Borough Council, held an inquiry as to the alleged uncourtoous language used b.y Lieutenant Dolman to the directors of. the Town Hall, and a reply had been forwarded to bis Worship the Mayor. Lieutenant Dolman stated that the pump which had been erected on the Brigade’s site was utterly useless. Ho further said that Messrs. Everett B - os. had made a handsome present of a quantity of fireworks to him for the demonstration. The secretary was instructed to acknowledge the gift and to thank Messrs. Everett Bros, for their generosity. The committee reported the business done by them during the past month, and among other matters stated that they, had been fortunate in securing the assistance of all the talented musicians, vocalists; Ac., in the Caledonian Society, that a firm in Ashburton had kindly placed their store at the disnosal ot the Brigade for the night, that* Mr. Quill had kindly offered the use of one of his pianos, and that several ladies and gentlemen of great ability had also consented to assist. The reports were adopted. A vote of thanks and Confidence was passed to officers and committee for the action they had taken in various'matters during the past mouth, and the same members were re-elected on the committee. The meeting then adjourned. We are informed that the programme of the sports will bo issued this week, and we are led to believe that the show will be something above the average of local entertainments, a display of some very superior fireworks and a torchlight procession being among the features, independent of the concert. . . _ ; A Burial Scandal.— The Birmingham Bail if Post says :—We regret to learn that the first difficulty in connection with the Burials Act lias occurred in this neighbourhood The circumstances are that a collier at Nctherton died from the effects of injuries received while at work, and his friends, who are Baptists, desired their minister to conduct Hie funeral. The clergyman, Mr. Marriott, was applied to for leave, but he was absent from home, and his curate offered to write to hnn on the subject, and did write, and received the necessary permission for the burial to take place on Sunday. Arrangements were consequently made, but on Saturday, notice was received that the vicar had withdrawn his consent. It was now too late to give formal notice, and so the arrangements as previously made were adhered to. A painful scene consequently occurred at the churchyard, the curate, the Rev. M. Crowthor, meeting the funeral procession, and insisting upon conducting the service. To avoid scandal, the friends of the deceased allowed this, but the Baptist minister, the Rev. Mr. Millington, endeavoured to add some words of prayer and of comfort. The curate forbid him to do so, but finally the clergyman retired into the church, and Mr. Millington concluded the service. How a Skillful Swimmer May Easily be Drowned. —We read frequently of the drowning of good swimmers, who suddenly sink in the water without any apparent cause. The common explanation of such an accident is that the swimmer is seized with cramp ; but an English naval officer offers a different solution of the phenomenon. He bases his theory on his own experience. His ship was lying for a long time off Aden haHjor, and it was the practice of cricketing parties to swim from the vessel to the shore in the evening, having their clothes sent in a small boat. Of course there was a race to see who would get to the beach first. The writer, after a sharp struggle for the lead, opened his month to breathe, and some of the spray flying in the wind got into his throat and took the passage down the trachea. “1 could neither,”, ho says, : ‘get any breath in nor out, and I soon began to feel I was dying on the , top of the water. There must have been a dozen men close to me, but I could not speak, much less call to them. I went on swimming for the shore. In about five seconds my senses began to leave me. I ceased swimming, and ihy legs went down, and, luckily for mo, they touched the bottom. - A violent jump helped me to cough up the drop of water. I staggered on shore, and fell quite exhausted bn the beach, much to the surprise of all the men with me.” It ■is the opinion of the gentleman that many fatal accidents to swimmers are due simply to a drop of water in the windpipe.

A Narrow Escape. The Victoria Brewery, at Oamaru, had a narrow escape from burning yesterday, owing to some shavings having caught fire and set the building in a blaze. The fire was,, however, caught in time and extinguished.

New Establishment. —Mr. H. M. Carson, who for a lengthened peribd has been one of Messrs. Orr and'Co. ’3 7 sales; men, has taken the shop recently in the occupation of Mr. Birtwell, and intends opening to-morrow with a complete stock of tlie fruits of the season, fancy goods, &c., intending to carry on a fruit and Italian, warehouse.. There are -few. persons in Ashburton who have no experience in some -way‘or otheij df/Mr< Carson’s oblig-, ing disposition,, and we hope a long and “prosperous' carcbtr’lies’'befbre liiniTn his 1 new ventfuyp.: Cricket.— A match is to be played in the Domain on Salurday noxt, between the Prebbleton Cricket'Club and oho Ashburton Cricket Club. The visitors will arrive by the first time from Christchurch, and the game will ' commence immediately after. The following is the team selected to play for the Ashburton Cricket Club : Messrs. Denshire, Hodder, Wix, Andrews, Mayo, Main waring, Marsh, A. Fdbks, Groves, Martin, Sluiry.' Emergencies—: Strangman, Lccknor, Poyntz, H. Crisp. Any of the above who are mutable to piny, are requested to inform the secretary, so that their places 'may bo immediately tilled np.

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The Ashburton Guardian. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1880., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 211, 8 December 1880

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