Mails close at the Chief Post Office, Christchurch, for the following places (subject to necessary alterations) as under:— Friday, December 31. For the United Kingdom, via San Francisco, &c., as under : —Money orders and registered letters, at 5 p.m.; books and newspapers, at 9 p.m.; ordinary letters, at 10 p.m. A supplementary mail will be closed at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January, 1, 1881. Late fee letters may be posted in the guard’s van attached to the 8.30 p.m. train on Saturday, January 1. On Saturday, Ist January Year’s Day), all branches of tho Post Office will be closed. Mails close at the Ashburton Post Office, as follows : For Christchurch and North at 5.30 a. m. 10 a.m., and 5 p.m., daily. For Ohertsey Rakaia. &c., nt 10 a. m. and 5 p.m. daily. For Dunedin, Tinwald, Winslow, Hinds, Coldstream, Rangitata, Orari, Winchester, and Geraldine, at 10 a.m. daily. For Tcvnuka, at G a.m. and 10 a.m., daily. For Timaru and South, at 6 a.ra., 10 a,m., and 4.20 p.m., daily. For Greenstreet, Ashburton Forks, Mount Somers, and Ashburton Gorge, on Tuesdays and Fridays, at 10.30 a m. For Ashton, Waterton and Longbeach, at 4.30 p.m. daily. For Wakanui, Elgin, Seafield, Newland, and Kyle, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, at G a.m.
Mails arrive at the Ashburton Post Office—
From Christchurch and Rakaia at 10.25 a. m., 4.35 p. in., and 7- 50 p. ra. From Chertsey, &c. at 10.25 a.m. daily. From Dunedin and intermediate places at 5.35 p.m. daily. Frem Teuiuka and Timaru at 10.15 a.m. 5.35 p.m., and 8.15 p.m. daily. From Greenstreet, Ashburton Forks, Mount Somers, and Ashburton Gorge on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3 p.m. From Ashton, Waterton, and Longbeach at 10 a.m. daily. From Elgin, Wakanui, Seafield, Newland, and Kyle, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, at 4 p. m.
W. St. G. Douglas, Postmaster.
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