TOWN EDITION. [ lssued at 5 p.m .] The Ashburton Guardian. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1880.
The Christchurch Mayoralitiv —Mr James Gapes was formally installed Mayor of Christchurch at noon to-day. Fire Police. —The captain of the Fire Police calls a meeting in Shearman’s Hotel for Friday next, at 3 p. m.
-Rakaia Sports. —The South Rakaia sports have been fixed for Boxing Day, and give every promise of being successful. A dance in the Town Hall will finish the day. The Labor Market. —As an evidence that the‘demand for skilled labor in Ashburton is not yet equal to the supply, we understand that in response to an advertisement in Saturday’s Guardian, Messrs. Dunn and Ray had applications from twenty-two carpenters who were eager for the job. Cricket.— A match is to be played on the Domain to-morrow between the second eleven of the Ashburton Club and a team selected from the Borough players. The following will represent the latter club : Messrs. Andre wes, Davis, McDonald, Hosking, Laurence, J. HardIcy, Johnson, Leitch, Hopkins, Beaumont, and Mayo ; emergencies : —D. Leitch and Dee.
Printer and Editor. —An interesting lawsuit is likely to come before the Auckland Court. Mr. Douglas M'Tavish sues Mr. Ivess, proprietor of the Cambridge Mail, for L3OO damages for alleged wrongful dismissal from the editorial chair of that journal. Mr. Ivess calls in question the capabilities of the ex-South African and Indian journalist. More Entertainments. —It looks as if during the holiday season we were to have quite an embarras de riches in the shape of entertainments. Professor and Madame Haselmayer have announced their intention of giving one of their clever expositions of mysteries at the Town Hall on the 22nd instant. The Professor was in New Zealand some few years ago, and showed himself to be a very clever pre*tidigatcar, and then fairly puzzled his audiences by his sleight-of-hand tricks, and the almost supernatural answers given by his goblin drum. Since then he appears to have visited Homo, taken to himself a wife, and brought out a lot of novelties. He is a very entertaining lecturer, and wo have no doubt but he will draw a big house. A lot of performing birds form a part of the show, which ought to prove a great attraction to the juveniles. Ashburton School Treat. —The annual school treat will be held to-morrow in a paddock kindly placed at the disposal of the Committee by Messrs. Saunders’ Brothers. The children will meet at the school, and then march down, and we arc informed the Ashburton Band have volunteered to play them there. Piper Elder has also promised to lend his aid. Ample provision has been made to regale the children during the day, bat they must all provide their own mugs or cups, as the Committee cannot undertake to find cups as well as tea for them. The supplies of toys which have been specially obtained from Dunedin —are fully up, both in quality and quantity to any previously provided at any treat, and from the number and variety, every child should bo able to receive something. Amongst other toys too numerous to describe, a most beautiful doll has been obtained, but this being much too good to be given to any one child for the sports suitable at the treat, the Committee have decided to give it to the “ luckiest girl in the school,” for the small sum of sixpence, and to decide who is the luckiest girl, it is to be disposed of by art union, at the school concert— one hundred members at sixpence each. Messrs. Orr and Co. have kindly undertaken to dress the doll, and it is now on view in their shop window, so that the parents of the children may see it. The girls wishing to have a chance in the art union are to give in their names with their sixpence to the master or mistress of their room in the school. As there arc so many small children, contributions of milk are asked from any of our farmers who may be able to spare any, and it will bo gladly received on the nroUnd by the Committee. Of course the parents and friends of the children are invited, and it is hoped they will give their countenance to the treat both as a matter of encouragement and to a;d the teachers. Elgin School Committee.— -This Committee held a meeting on Friday evening last. Present—Messrs. J. Stanley Bruce (chairman), P. limes, T. Greenaway, J. Keir, and S. Scott. Mb Heir proposed and Mr. S. Scott seconded—" That Mr. P. Junes see Mr. William Town shunt] and ask him whether he will act as auditor to the committee.” Carried. Mr. P. Lines proposed, and Mb T. Greenaway seconded “ That the schoolmaster have permission to extend the garden not exceeding one chain. Carried. Mr* ■T. Greenaway proposed, and Mr. P. Innes seconded—“ That the 27th and 28th mst. and New Year’s Day, be given as holidays. Carried. Proposed by Mr. T, Greenaway and seconded by Mr. J. Keir—That the accounts before the committee, amounting to Ll 9 6k 2d., be passed for payment.” Carried. The Committee agreed to canvas the district for subscriptions towards giving the school children a ; treat about the commencement of the year, and the meeting adjourned.
Wesleyan Anniversary Tea Meeting. —Last night the Wesleyiin anniversary was celebrated by a tea meeting in the church, at which there was a very fair attendance,’ in spite of counter attractions in the town. Tea was dispensed by the following ladies.; Mesdames Hocldor, Weeks, G. W. Andrews, Wake, Orr, Potter, and Ling, and the Misses Causey (2), Andrews (2), Joftes, Stewart, and Carson. A public ineeting was held after the tea, at which the church was crowded._ Addresses were delivered by the chairman (Mr. John Orr), and by the Revs. Smalley, Keall, Beattie and Smith ; by Mr. Donald, a gentleman recently from Edinburgh, whose broad Scotch dialect and humorous anecdotes were very effective ; and by Messrs. Buchanan and|Collins. There was a strong choir, under Mr. Weeks, who sang several anthems in unusually good style. Altogether the meeting was a very spirited one, showing that the Wesleyans have in no way been discouraged by the recent hard times, but have rather taken fresh heart, and are going on in their work with renewed vigor. The usual votes of thanks were given at the close. “The Lady of Lyons.”— Last night the Amateur Dramatic Company achieved the greatest success in the Club’s history by their representation of “ The Lady of Lyons.” The piece was given for the benefit of Mrs. Thompson (Lizzie Lizotto), and we are glad to learn that she will secure a handsome surplusage, thanks to the many friends of the lady who crowded the benches. Mrs. Thompson took the part of Pauline, and delineated the character most admirably, being received with loud applause at every. appearance. The part, as is well known, is no light one but she supported it well throughout, and kept the attention and interest of the audience to the end. Claude Melnotte was essayed by Mr. Jacobson, and in paying him a high tribute for his pourtrayal of the the character we are guilty of no.undue flattery, for he rendered the difficult passages in the several scenes with Pauline in a manner that the most fastiduous cold scarcely have cavilled at. Widow Melnotte was undertaken by Mrs. Manh re, whose quiet acting of the part was very commendable. Mrs. Tippetts was oxcellent]as Madame Deschapelles, while the heavy part of ■ Beauseant had a fair Xponent in Mr. Poyntz. The other characters were well sustained by the members of the company. The orchestra, under Mr. Gates, was quite up to the in; rk, and formed no mean part of the oxtert.inment. At the close of the r drama, which, as we have said, went with remarkaole success, a dance took place, and was well attended.