The Ashburton Guardian. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1880.
■; town; edition. [lssued at 5 p.m.]
Accidentally Shot. One of the Armed Constabulary, named Henry Jerred, accidentally shot himself this morning, whilst loading his revolver. He was removed to the Christchurch hospital.
Ashburton Kilwinning Royal Arch Charter, S.O. —The consecration of the Royal Arch Chapter will take place atrhe Somerset Masonic Hall, on Thursday, the IGth instant, at 12 noon. Visiting Companions are cordially invited.
The Bird Nuisance. —At a meeting of the Auckland Pastoral and Agricultural Association to consider the bird nuisance, a resolution was carried that the association should at the end of the season endeavor to get farmers universally to buy poisoned grain to reduce the pest, and that a sum of money in aid be sot apart at She annual meeting of the association. 1.0.G.T. —A special session of the Grand Lodge Executive is to be held in the Templar Hall on Monday evening, when the Grand Lodge Degree will be conferred on eligible members. After the session, a public meeting will take plr.ee in the Town Hall, at which addresses will be delivered by Bro. J. W- Jago, Rev. Dr. Roseby, and Rev. Mr. Ross, all temperance champions in this colony. Mr. Jago and Dr. Roseby have already addressed Ashburton audiences, and have borne out the high terms in which templars speak of them as temperance orators. Rev. Mr. Ross is new to Ashburton.
Sale of Privileges.—' The following privileges were sold by Messrs. Quill aid Co. at their auction room to-day ;—Trotting race privileges—Publican’s booth, Mr. D. M'Kcnzic, Lll. All the orhor privileges were withdrawn, not realising the Committee’s reserve. Caledonian Society’s privileges—Publican’s booth Mo. I—-Mrs. Butler, Ll 7 per day ; publican’s booth Mo. 2—D. M‘Kenzie, Lli per clay ; confectioners’ booth No. I—Mr. T. Taylor, L 4 10s. per day ; do. No. 2—T. Hicks, L 4 per day ; gates—C. Held, L 25 per day ; right of sports—J. Wilkie, LI 15s. per day ; sale of cards —not sold ; horse yards—Hay Smith, LI 10s. per day. Total result of sale, Ll2O 10s. His Excellency’s Proposed Tour. — His Excellency, Sir Arthur Gordon, will make a tour of the whole colony in the early part of next year, leaving Wellington towards the end of January. The various districts of the Berth Island will ho first visited, and afterwards various parts of the South island, including the West Coast Sounds. The probable route will he from Wellington to Lyttelton, thence overland to Westland ; by steamer to the Sounds and Bluff, overland to Dunedin, Christchurch, and Lyttelton, thence by steamer to Wellington. Lady Gordon is expected to arrive in New Zealand next March, coming by one of the Orient steamers to Melbourne and thence by the Union Company’s boat to the Bluff, where she will probably be met by his Excellency.
The School Treat. —At the meeting of the Ashburton School Committee last night, at which all the members were present, the secretary stated that’ he had as yet received no reply from the Rev. 0. Fraser, but.that Mr. Ward had promised to devote a few hours each day to the work of examination while the examination lasted. The members of the Committee who had been collecting subscriptions reported having collected L 32 Gs Gd, some of which, however, had not yet been paid. When all the money was collected there would be about LSO at the disposal of the Committee. It was rcsolvoo to spend L2O in prizes to be awarded at the examination, Ll 5 be spent in toys, and Ll 5 in refreshments for the children. Sub-Committees were appointed to select prizes and arrange for refreshments for the children. Owing to the opposition raised by many parents to the railway 7 trip, it was decided to abandon it, and to write to Mr. E. G. Wright thanking him for offering to bear a portion of the expense. The choice of a suitable place for holding the sports was left to Dr. Stewart and Mx - . Boyle. The holidays were fixed for the 16th and 17th instant. The ordinary business of the Committee was then proceeded with, and is reported elsewhere.
A Patriotic American Dog. —Recently a party of gentlemen, most of them from the State of Virginia, visitcd-Arizona Territory to inspect certain mining property in which they were interested. They wore accompanied by a dog belonging to one of the party. When near the Mexican boundary line one of the party suggested an indulgence in Mexican refreshments on Mexican territory, and they consequently crossed the border and entered a Mexican caravansary on the south side of the American boundary line. No sooner did the American dog cross the boundary than every Mexican cur in the Mexican village pounced upon him and he sought refuge between the legs of his master. Ho retained this cowardly attitude so long as ho remained in Mexican soil, his tormentors, in the meantime, threatening him on all sides. But as soon as the party returned :to American soil, the dog, which had a few minutes ago showm so much of the white feather, was completely transformed, and turning on the Mexican canine tribe, he fought them one after another and put them all to flight. The story is vouched for by a gentleman of reliability.
The Borough Cricket Club. — A meeting of the newly formed Boi’ough Cricket Club was hold last night, at the shop of Mr. L. F. Androwes, Mr. J. Hardloy in the chair. There was a good attendance of members, and the very animated manner in which matters connected with the Club’s welfare were discussed, gives promise that the infant Club contains the germs of some energetic cricketing enthusiasts. A letter from the Tinwald knights of the willow was read, expressing regret that, in consequence of a prior engagement, they would be unable to enter the lists with the Borough team on Anniversary Day, and suggesting that the 3rd January be appointed on which to try conclusions. The meeting then resolved that a challenge be sent to the second eleven of the County Club to play a match on the IGth. It was decided to ask his Worship the Mayor to become President, and Thomas Bullock, Esq., Vice-President of the Club. Practice has hjtjjerto taken place, under difficulties, in the vicinity of the Templar Hall, but henceforth, W£ iipderstand, a portion of the Domain is to be utilised for this most essential feature in the success of any club. At a former meeting of member:}, the following office-bearers wore elected : —Captain, Mr. L. F. Andrewes ; ViceCaptain, Mr. M. J. Hosking; Secretary, J. McDonald ; Treasurer, Mr. J. Hard- ■ ley ; custodian, pro ion, Mr. L. F. And;;ow ( es. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings have been sot apart for occasions of practice, which is to be hoped will be gone in for most religio,u3ly ; As fcjjq . newly fledged Club has amongst its ijjem- ' hers * several who are . neither strangers either to the willow or in trundling, wo may expect very shortly to hear of their exploits on the sward.
The Maoris. —The Parihaka survey is proceeding steadily without any obstruction on the part of the natives. There have been no more attempts at fencing, the Maoris contenting themselves with guarding the gap in the wheat paddock fence where the road passes through.
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