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The Ashburton Guardian. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1880.

TOWN EDITION. {lssued at 5 p.m]

Wakandi Sports. —A meeting is called for this evening, in the Wakanui Schoolroom, to discuss the advisabloness of holding sports in that district on New Year s Day.

Boat Accident. —Two members of a prospecting party were drowned yesterday in Mackay’s creek, near Westport, by the upsetting cf a canoe, and Samuel Jenkins and Alexander Waddell were drowned.

Longbeach Road District.— The annual meeting of tho Longbeach Road District ratepayers will be held at the Board’s office, on Tuesday, tho 4th of January, commencing at noon. The business will lie princially to elect three members of the Board in place of Messrs. Grigg, Dawson, and Wright, who retire by rotation, but are eligible for re-election. Lho balancesheet, 0 &c. , will also bo considered with other matters.

Compositors’ Strike. — A strike in the Lyttelton Times office seems to have considerably disorganised matters in that establishment. The paper appears to-day without any leading article, without anything like the usual quantity of reading matter, and with every plan possible taken advantage of to fill up. _ Only on two of tho eight pages does reading matter appear, and the whole issue bears evidence of the straits the paper has been put to to come out. It is expected, however, that in a day or two the difficulty will be got .over.

The Precipice Accident at Thu Tjju, —An Auckland telegram says il The police boat has returned from Tiri ■Tiri with the body of young Leith, which was found at the base of the cliff, sadly •disfigured. Two attempts by sea and ■one by x’opes over the cliff to search for •the body proved unsuccessful after twenty-four hours’ labor. A fourth attempt suceeded, although the boat was swamped and narrowly escaped destruction, and the police boat’s crew and the light-house keeper were in jeopardy of being hemmed in by the sea at the base of the cliff. ”

Amateur Dramatic Club. —The Amateur Dramatic Club hold;; a rehearsal tonight of the Christmas peices. Winslow Cup. —We may remind those who are wavering in regard to making entries for the Winslow Cup that the entries close on Monday—so they had better look up.

Lord Derby on the Punishment op Juvenile Offenders. Lord Derby, addressing a meeting at Manchester on Tuesday night on the punishment of juvenile offenders, expressed himself as opposed to the view that corporal punishment'. should be the only substitute for imprisonment in their case. The points ho more immediately urged were that there should be no imprisonment for boys under 14 years of age, an extended power of moderate corporal punishment up to that age, and a separate place of detention for boys, so as not to mark them with the gaol stigma.

Professor Blaokie on Sunday Observance.—Professor Blackio writes in a contemporary; —The Sabbath, as the Christian Lord’s Day, is not infringed by any amount of rational recreation, so long as sufficient time is reserved for those religious services and exercises, both public and private, for the practice of which the day was specially set apart by the eaily Church. The supposed inconsistency between religious exercises in the morning and innocent recreation of a Sunday, is purely a Scottish fancy, altogether unsupported either by the tradition of the Christian Churches, or by the conditions of'a well-constituted human nature, and resulted practically in the artifical creation of an awful sort of piety, which, by the erection of a sombre wall or partition between devout feeling and natural gaiety, has a tendency to make religion odious to the young and Christianity ridiculous to the wise.

New Zealand Parchment. —We have received samples of parchment made at the Nelson Steam Wool Works by Mr. James Bettany. The samples are equal, and in the case of the better class ones superior to anj’’ parchment imported, while the manufacturer informs us that he can pioduce parchment of any quality, and at prices far lower than that paid for English parchment. This is certainly an industry that, properly carried on and managed, ought to succeed in New Zealand, where sheep skins are so plentiful. There is a very large quantity of parchment used in this colony, and we feel confident that, with such specimens of the colonial made article before us, there ought not to come from beyond sea a single sheet. We may add that wo have compared Mr. Bettany’s_ skins with a number lying by ns, imported from Home, and in every case the Nelson parchment is superior.

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The Ashburton Guardian. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1880. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 220, 18 December 1880

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