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The Templeton Shooting Case.— Tho man Kcrrison, who was shot on Christinas day, is not expected to recover. A Light Calendar. —There are only two cases for trial at the . Auclda ad Supreme Court session on Tuesday. Midnight Services. —A midnight service is to be held to-night in St. Stephen s Church, commencing at eleven o’clock, and the usual Wesleyan Watch will also he held in the Cameron street Chapel. Calcutta Sweeps. —Quill and Co. invite their friends to-night to discuss die chances of the competing horses in die Winslow Cup and Hurdles. On Wednesday night a similar discussion came off ve« - y successfully. Church Parade. The Ashbur on Rifles and the contingent of the O.Y C. will parade for church on Sunday mo ning at the Post Office at half-past ton. From .tile Post Office they will march to St. Stephen’s Church. Dog Registrars. —The dog registrars for the several districts of the country with their addresses, are published in another column. In connection with this we may state that the Town Clei'K is registrar for Ashburton Borough. The Winslow Sports.- —“ Telephone ■s” tips on the Winslow races appear in another column. We have always belie ed that a certain strain of Highland blood was in “ Telephone’s ” veins, but we are afraid it is not very blue, or ho iv. dd speak in a different tone of the bagpipes. Christian Gathering. —Special 3'- v.v Year’s services are to be held tc-mor iw in the Cameron street Church, 11111011 . ill be occupied the whole day, from half past ten till four o’clock, and then again f• om seven till half past eight. At the Urst service interesting papers on spiritual subjects will be read. A Trophy. —We observe that Mef.irs, T. R. Hodder and Co., of Ashburton ind Richmond (Nelson) have presented a si >er cup to tho Stoke Rifles for competition at the next prize firing. Messrs. Hoc . ter and Co. imported the Stoke Rifles’ uniforms for them, and procured the cup cor presentation at the same time. It is valued at about L2O. The Nelson Bankruptcy. —The case against Mrs. Wymond and her nephew for fraudulently removing 39 packages of goods belonging to her husbands’ bankrupt estate is proceeding at Nelson. Tho list of goods filled three sides of foolscap. Most of the articles produced so far appear to be remnants, and Mr. Pitt for the defence states he can account for all the charges. The accused were apprehended, it will be remembered, at LyUelton.

A Love Sick Constable. —Jas. M‘Falridge, late of the Armed Constabulary, was charged at the Auckland Police Court yesterday with assaulting Miss Jones Hunter. Accused did not appear. The complainant said he professed an ardent affection for her, and contimud to press his suit greatly against her inchnati m. She had lost two situations through iiis annoyance, and was in danger of losing a third unless protected from his unwelcome intrusions. On her refusal of his suit he assaulted her. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Postal. —The first mail under the new Seafield, Kyle, and Wakanui postal arrangements will leave Ashburton on Ti.osday. The despatch is in future to be triweekly instead of twice weekly, and the mails will be carried by the runner from Ashburton as far as Seafic.d, where a runner from Kyle receives the Kyle bags in exchange for those he has carried to Seafield from Kyle. The new arrangement will bo a very .great boon to the Kyle people, who had previously to do all their correspondence w;th Ashburton via Rakaia, between winch township and the Kyle Post Office die mails were carried. The additional service will also be very acceptable to the Seafield and Wakanui residents. The Black List. —The calendar for the January sitting of the Christchurch Supreme Court is unusually heavy, and is as under :—Samuel Mayfield, forgery and uttering ; Charles Johnston, unlawfully wounding ; Matthew M'Callum alias Smith, and James Robinson, alias Pearce, burglariously entering dwelling-house and stealing therefrom (two charges); Henry Davenport, Charles Vere Hodge, and Robert Shand, unlawfully wounding and murder ; Peter Hayland, horse stealing, Peter Hayland, escaping from legal custody. John Chute Neligan, alias John Walsh, making a false declaration to a Justice of the Peace ; William Henry Hcwison, forgery ar.d uttering ; Alfred Forest, breaking and entering a shop with intent to commit a felony ; William Smith, larceny ; Robert Grant, larceny ; Pouhipi Waikena, horsestealing ; Charlotte Wright, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm ; Charlotte Scarborough, aiding and abetting ; assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm ; Henry Francis Evans, unnatural offence (four charges); Hermann Coop per, forgery and uttering ; George Norrie, indecent assault; William Flutey, forgery and uttering ; Sarah Brimmicomb, concealment of birth ; Wirema Wharepa, wilful murder ; Michael Murphy, perjury ; James Watt, perjury. Willowby School. —The annual treat and prize-giving took place at the above school on the 22nd inst. It consisted of games, cricket, swinging, gymnastics, and racing for prizes, &c., in the afternoon, then a very bountiful tea, supplied by the ladies of the district. After the children all parents and friends took their turn at the tables, gratis, but could by no means exhaust the supply. More play followed the tea, when about seven o’clock the children and friends collected in the tastefully decorated schoolroom to engage in the evening’s proceedings, which were made up of singing, recitations, sucking lollies (kindly given by Messrs Orr and Co.) ( hearing short speeches, taking prizes, and cheering the prize-takers. The speakers were Messrs. Chapman (chairman), W. H. Lowe, Martin, and B. Low, who did their best to encourage the children to make good use of their time and opportunities. Mr. Chapman, who has been chairman nearly five years, and who takes great interest in the school, specially impressed upon the parents the necessity of sending the children to school regularly and punctually. The prizes wore awarded as follows : First (highest) class—Benjamin ,H. Low, 1; Moses Hawkins, 2. Second class— Annie Cairncross, 1; Jane Wilson, 2. Third class —Sarah Hayman and Emily Hayman, equal for 1 (prizes of equal value); Edward Bradbury, 2. Fourth class—Ernest Elliot, 1; Annie Morris, 2 Fifth class—Rhoda Osborn, 1; Elizabeth Heasky, 2. Best attendance—Margaret Mary Lowe and Thomas Hap in An. Sewing prizes—Emma Grice, 1; Sarah Hayman, 2; Sarah Heasley, 3 ; Annie Morris, 4 ; Elizabeth Heasley, 5. Special (given by Mr. H. M. Jones) —Annie Cairncross. Good conduct (given by Mr. J. Scott)- - Annie Cairncross, Nearly forty suitable books were given as presents to the smaller children of the school. After votes ol thanas the national anthem terminated the proceedings. A Valuable Old Oaklet. — In coining 20,000,000 dollars in silver, and 22,000,00 .“ dollars in gold at the San Francisco Mini in. 1878, there was lost only 20 dollars. The carpet, which had been down five years, was taken up last spring, cut into pieces, and burned in pans. The dehv was put through the same process as tho mining dust, and there was got from the old carpet 2,500 dollars.

Dead Letters. —During the year 1879, 70,887 letters found their way into the dead-lefcf.cr office of New Zealand. Amongst the enclosures were money to the amount of L 4,937 17s. Od., including 131 money orders, 03 bank drafts, 83 cheques, L 92 in. bn nk-notes, L2l in gold, and 10s. Lod. in silver and copper. There were also gold watches, gold medals, and gold rings. Forty-four letters were without addresses, and two hundred and fiftynine without stamps. A Brave Little One. —The London papers record an extraordinary exhibition of heroism, by a little girl only three and a half years old. She, and her sister were playing in her father’s garden, close to the river Monmouth, and the younger child was running after the cider, when, the latter fell headlong down some steps into the river, whore tho water was deeper than usual, owing to the recent storms. Seeing her sister carried clown the stream, the younger girl plunged in to the rescue, and seized her by the hat and hair. She held on, but the stream swept her- sister beneath a bridge, her hat and a quantity of hair being left in the little one’s hand. The younger child then managed to get ashore, and running home, gave the alarm. A number of persons hurried to the spot just in time to rescue the girl in shallow water below the bridge before the stream had carried her away.

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 230, 31 December 1880

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