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The Ashburton Guardian. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1880.

TOWN EDITION. [issued at 5 m. ]

Work. —The Surveyor to the Mount Somers Road Board advertises in this issue for tenders for certain protective works.

Weekly Sales. —In consequence of Saturday being Christmas day, Mr. Bullock and Mr. Quill will hold their usual weekly sales to-morrow. Holiday Train Arrangements. —ln this impression of the Guardian will be found an advertisement containing the train arrangements for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Beaten. —The compositors’ strike in the Lyttelton Times Office, Christchurch, has terminated. Finding no chance to carry their point, the men applied to be taken on again. In many cases the application was granted, but some were refused. Free Travelling. —We learn, by telegram from Dunedin that the Hon. R. Oliver has agreed to grant free passes over the railways to delegates attending ' the fire brigades convention .to be held at Wellington on January 24th. The Union s.s. Company have also granted a concession in the fares.

Frightened at the Tram. —A serious coach accident occurred in Wellington yesterday afternoon. While Cobb’s coach from Foxton was passing through town, the horses shied at the tram and bolted. The vehicle., came into collision with a verandah, and the driver, named Maher, was thrown out, the wheel passing over him and breaking several ribs. He also received other injuries of a serious nature. The passengers escaped unhurt. Leaving the District.— To-day, Mrs. Thompson, or as she is better known here, Lizzie Lizette, left for Christchurch, en route, for Sydney. Mrs. Thompson, during her stay in Ashburton, has never been backward in lending her services to help our local amateurs, and to the valuable assistance she has rendered them is due in no small measure the results they have lately achieved. We are sure her numerous friends in the district will heartily wish her a successful caieer in the colony to which circumstance have called her.

That Circus. —The “ sun-eclipsing big show” appears to have been the cause of trouble in the course of its journeyings through the country. Yesterday we published a telegram from Auckland, stating that the landholders round about the site granted for the use of the Circus had protested against the invasion of their domain by the irrepressible Yankees; and had carried the question into the law courts. Now comes the information that eight valuable draught horses were destroyed on the railway line, near Waimate, on Monday morning by the train conveying the Circus to Oamaru. The horses were the property of J. H. Taylor, a farmer, and strayed on to the line through a gap in the fence.

Professor Haselmayer. The distinguished Wizard, Haselmayer, well known in these colonies, paid Ashburton a passing visit last night. The damp evening no doubt interfered with the attendance, which was not at all in proportion to the merit of the entertainment. The moderate attendance, however, had no dispiriting effect on the Professor, who went through his performances with as much heartiness as though he had been playing to a crammed house. Most of his tricks were quite new, and the cleverness of their execution eclipse anything we have yet been treated to in this town. The most extraordinary novelty the Professor showed was the automaton Psycho, a figure that plays a most wonderful hand at whist, and the ingenuity of its construction defies the keenest eye to find out how it works. If the Professor or anyone else has any communication with the figure to control its movements, it is so perfectly concealed as to be invisible to everyone in the audience, no matter how alert. Another specialty was the excellently trained birds and white mice which the Professor exhibited. These he was able to make dance on a tight rope, swing in a boat, rock in a chair, and do all sorts of tricks, much to the amusement and delight of the audience. , The Professor’s marvellous manipulation of coins astonished the audience, when, in a trick ho calls “ The Miser’s Dream,” he caught up halfcrowns from the ficor where theywernt lying, from the air where they were not floating, from people’s pockets that were empty, and from every impossible place. Having placed twenty-five of these magic coins in-a hat, and handed them- to a gentleman for safe keeping, he withdrew six of them from the hat before the man’s eyes, closed the hat again, and asked the custodian of the pota'i to count his coins, when to his astonishment, instead of nineteen, only the full tale of twenty-five were found in the hat. It is impossible to enumerate and describe all the things that were done by the Professor, but when a southern contemporary said the Professor’s entertainment is two hours in. Wonderland, lie.was not far from the truth.

Mount Somers Road District. —The ratepayers of this district will hold their annual meeting on the 6th January, in the,Schoolroom. Mount Somers. Shocking Accident. — A man working at the Woolston steam wool works met with an accident with the machinery this morning, and had his right leg torn oft.

Cricket. —The annual match between the respective teams of the Timaru Herald and the Christchurch Press will shortly be played on the Ashburton ground. A- Nice Boy.—L. B. King, foreman in Austin and Co. ’s shoe factory, Auckland, in an altercation with an apprentice named Storey, was stabbed by the latter wiim a knife in the hand.

Remand. —To-day his Worship 'he Mayor remanded till Tuesday a man named Arthur O’Neil, who was brought up on a charge of stealing a watch, :he property of E. Maclntyre. The alleged, larceny took place in 1879. Sunday Drinking.— Pursuant to promise to the deputation from the Grand Lodge of Good Templars a few days agoj the Government have issued a ciro Jar letter to thesuperintendents and inspectors of police, requesting them to do ah. in their power to' put down illegal traffic in drink on Sundays. The Old Men’s Home. —The master of the Old Men’s Home desires to acknowledge, with many thanks, the receip of ss. from a Friend, 3 bottles of bra ,-.dy and 10 gallons of beer, from Messrs. Fnedlander Bros. L2 (given in tobacco), from Mr. H. Fiedlander, being money received by him for the'lush Relief Fund ; 2 large Christmas cakes from Mr. T. ’. aylor, confectioner. The ingredients for the Christmas pudding from Messrs. Jrr and Co., 1 gallon of milk from Mr. Rattray, towards a Christmas treat for the inmates.

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The Ashburton Guardian. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1880. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 224, 23 December 1880

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