The Ashburton Guardian. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1880.
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Fostai. —Mails for Australia, via Sydney, close at Wellington at 11.20 a.m. to-morrow, per Wakafcipu.
Alleged Concealment of Birth.— Sarah Brimmicombe,' a young woman from Rakaia, was brought up this morning before the R. M. on a charge of concealing the birth of a child. After Sergeant Felton had given evidence accused was remanded until Tuesday next.
The Cricket Match.—Mr. Power,! of the Royal. Hotel, having obtainedan extension of his license, will dispense refreshments at the cricket match tomorrow—Ashburton v. Prebbleton.
Inquest.—An inquest was held at the Hospital this afternoon on the body of Patrick McGuire, the particular’s of whose death we published yesterday. After evidence had been taken, a verdict of “ Accidental Death” was returned. Death of an Old Colonist.—Mr. Andrew Duncan, ,an old resident of Christchurch, died of heart disease this morning. Some years ago Mr. Duncan held the position of Mayor. He was a member of the Provincial Executive, and subsequently immigration agent for Canterbury.
1.0.G.T. —A new lodge of this order was last night,' instituted by Bro. E. Elston, D.D.G.W.0.T., under the name of “ The Safe Retreat. ” Bro. D. Ross was elected W.C.T , and we understand there are a good few names on the roll book of membership. We wish the new lodge every success, although we are of opinion that the cause of temperance would be better served by the common blending together of lodges than by the fostering of offshoots from the parent ones of the district.
Ashburton Library,—At the ordinary quarterly meeting of members of the Ashburton Library, held last night, there were only eight subscribers present, including the president, Mr. J. Ward, who presided. Mr. Leggett was elected a member of committee in the room of Mr. E. Guinness, who had resigned in consequence of leaving the district. Notice was given by Mr. Leggett that at a special meeting of members, to be called on the first Thursday in January, he would move that the present rules of the Library be altered. It was resolved that the readingroom he kept open in future until 9.30 every evening, a motion that the time he extended until 10 o’clock being lost. There being no other business' the meeting dispersed. A Rowdy Customer.: —At the R. M. Court this morning, before Mr. Nugent Wood, 8.M., a rough individual named William Lindsay appeared to answer four chaages which had been brought against him, namely, drunk while in charge of a horse and cruelty to the same, using abusive language, and resisting the arresting constable. William had evidently been on the spree, and was somewhat obstinate when constable Daly wanted to take care of him, and for each of his delinquencies the culprit plod guilty. For the whole of the charges he was fined 15s. and the cost of stabling the horse. A Melancholy End —A man named James Parker, a wood carver, who arrived in this colony by the Waimatc in March last, was arrested on a charge of drunkenness at about three o’clock yesterday afternoon and placed in one of the cells at the central depot. At half-past five one of policemen having occasion to visit the prisoner, found him dead. Death must have been very sudden, as the man had been seen alive only a few minutes previous I}’. 1 }’. Since his arrival in Christchurch, Parker had been a heavy drinker, and it is said that he had suffered an epileptic or sumo o.hcr kind of fit previous to his arrest yesterday. An inquest will be hold at two o’clock this afternoon. — Press. The Murderer Tuaui.—At the Wellington Supreme Court yesterday afternoon the case of Tualii was called on. Mr. Forwood, counsel for the defence, intimated that the trial would in all probability not conclude by Saturday night, and in order to prevent the jury being locked up all Sunday, lie would ask that the case be commenced on Monday. His Honor agreed, and Tualii was removed. Mr. Forwood mentioned that it was the intention of Tuahi to plead not guilty. Education in R ussia. —The New Fereie Press extracts from a Russian journal called the Elementary School Teacher some interesting statistics of elementary education in Russia. It appears that of all the children in St. Petersburg who are of fit age for school only 41 per cent, are actually being taught. There are 30,000 children in St. Petersburg who go to no school whatever. The government of St. Petersburg—that is, the district of which St Petersburg is the centre—is still worse off. Not quite 25 per cent, of the children go to school. In the Moscow government the percentage is only 15 ; while in the town of Moscow itself it goes as low as 12.
In Bessarabia 40 per cent, of the children go to school ; in Kazan, 06 per cent. ; in Penza, 28 per cent. The' worst of it is that in all these cases the population is not pure Russian, but contains a strong German or Finnish element. The position occupied by Bessarabia points in the same direction. The Russian journal concludes its remarks by pointing out that if all the Russian people are to be educated there will be 1,000 new schools wanted in tlxe St. Petersburg government, 2,G00 in that of Novgorod, and, not to mention other instances, as many as 5,000 in that of Charkow.
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