The Ashburton Guardian. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1880.
TOWN EDITION. [j, sued at 5 p. hi ]
Postal. —Supplementary mails for the United Kingdom, &c., via Brindisi, will close to-morrow (Wednesday) morning at 10 o’clock, for despatch per express train to connect with the Te Anau at the Bluff. Late fee letters may be posted in the mail van up to the time of its departure.
“There’s Nothing Like Leather.” —Having in view the scarcity of money, and the absolute necessity of the travelling public especially having substantial understandings, Ore proprietor of Sydney House, Christchurch, announces opening up a large assortment of boots and shoes at prices to meet the times.
Lazy Councillors. Since signs began to be given that the Borough Council would soon be in funds, signs have also appeared that Councillors mean to take things easy, and last night Mr. St. Hill pointed out that some members of the Council only put in an appearance once in a month—just often enough to save their seats from being confiscated. As a consequence the work was left in the hands of the two or three gentlemen who attended regularly. Before the last night’s meeting commenced the absence of certain councillors was noted, and it was chaffingly said that, as they had been present on such and such an occasion they need scarcely be expected to roll up that night. Irregularity of attendance is the curse of public business, and to those who feel annoyed at this paragraph, let us say in the words of the poet —‘ ‘ Let the galled jade wince, our withers arc unwrung.”
Who Stole the Cl ack ? —Mr. S. Hardley had a contract with the Borough Council to sink a well on the Fire Brigade station. He finished his job, but it was found by the Fireman that the well would throw no water. The Borough Council wrote to Mr. Hardley on the subject, who replied that the well had been passed by Mr. George Parkin, and that when he (Mr. Hardley) was done with it there was an excellent flow. Mr. Hardley's letter was read last night to the Councillors, when Mr. Parkin denied in toto ever having passed the well, but stated that it had never been in working order. The letter went on to say that some evil-dis-posed person had maltreated the pump, and had walked off the “clack.” The Mayor severely animadverted on the fact that every time Mr. Hardley had a contract for Brigade work there was trouble. The question naturally arises whether is Mr. Hardley a martyr to some unseen foe, or a muddler of the work he undertakes ! We fancy this matter ought to be inquired into, as an impression is left on the public mind that Mr. Hardley is either cruelly persecuted by some enemy working in the dark, or he does not fulfil his contracts.
Fire Brigade Subscriftions. —At the meeting of the Council last night, while Fire Brigade matters were under discussion, the leader of the reform party in the Council, desired to know what subscriptions had been given to the Fire Brigade by the Ashburton merchants. The Captain of the Brigade was present, and showed himself to bo possessed of almost a Yankee memory, by being able to recite offhand the subscriptions and the individual amounts. It did not, however, require a votary of Pitman to be able to chronicle them as they glibly fell from the Captain’s lips—the complete list being as follows : —Messrs. Orr and Go., L 5 ; Mr. Baldwin, LI Is. On inquiry however, we find that the Captain’s list was scarcely complete, for there has to be included in it the following ;—Mr. Chapman, L 3 ; Mr. Shury, for the Bank, L 3 3s. ; Mr. Baldwin, another guinea. The hugeness of the Captain’s list so took the Council by surprise, that they quailed before the magnitude of the subject, and judiciously left it alone. It is considered that a greater multitude of intellects is necessary to deal with the subject, and a wiseacre has suggested that a large Committee should be empannelled to consider Fire Brigade matters, such Committee to be recruited from Ashburton property owners whose names do not yet appear on the subscription list as honorary members. The only honorary member of the Brigade, who has qualified by paying the fee, is Mr. Joseph Baldwin.
Wakanui Sports.—A meeting to arrange for sports at Wakanui on New Year’s Day is to be held on Saturday evening in the Schoolroom, Wakanui. A subscription is also being raised in the Wakanui district to give the school children a Christmas treat. Breezy. —There was a slight breeze at the Council last night, which somewhat relieved the monotony; Mr. St. Hill made a remark in a tone that A. Ward would call “ sarcastical,” and Mr. Harrison. feeling that he was being spoken at, went for “ the lovely St. Hill,” declining to be insulted. Nothing came of the affair, however, and the zephyr subsided without any broken bones. “ The Lady of Lyons. ” —To-night, as our readers know, Mrs. Thompson takes her benefit in the Town Hall. It is her last appearance in Ashburton, and those who have enjoyed the many treats she has given them, and appreciate the aid she has given to the Amateur Dramatic Club, ought to be present at her farewell. The rehearsals of “ The Lady of Lyons ” have been very successful and the piece is expected to go divinely.
The Trotting Clue. —ln another column the entries and nominations for the Trotting Club’s events are given, and their numbers promise a good meeting. The money to be run for is thus allocated; Maiden Saddle Trot, Ll 5 ; Maiden Harness Trot, LlO ; Champion Handicap, L2O ; Buggy Tournament, Ll 5 ; Welter Handicap, LlO. For the privileges unsold by auction, Messrs. Quill and Wilki ’s offer of L3O has been accepted.
Good Tkm flaky.— The Town Hall was crowded last night on the occasion of a temperance meeting, hold at the close of a special session of the Grand Lb: ge Executive of the Good Templar Order, at which over thirty members who had earned the honor received the Grand Lodge Degree. The public meeting was addressed by Dr lloseby, the Grand Cl ef of the Order, and by Mi’. J. W. Ja no, P.G. W.C.T., and the Hon. James Mini ro, a delegate from Victoria. The addresses were of the high class to be expected fr. m such speakers as the above gentlemen are known to be, and were highly appreciated. The meetihg closed with the usual voies of thanks. Holloway’s Ointment and Pill:. — The finest remedies in the world for had h gs, old wounds, sores, and ulcers. Ifusedaccon lug to directions given with them there is no wot id, bad legs, or ulcerous sore, however obstii ate or long standing, but will yield to their hea ! ng and curative properties. Numbers of perrons who have been patients in several of the h :gc hospitals and the care of eminent surgeons, without deriving the slightest benefit, have been thoroughly cured by Holloway’s Ointment and Pills. For glandular swellings, tumours, scurvy, and diseases of the skin there is no medicine that can he used with so good in effect. In fact, in the worst forms of disease, dependent upon the condition of the blood, these medicines, if used conjointly, e irresistible.
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