The Ashburton Guardian. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. ; - ' \lssued at. 5 p.m.]
Mb. Peoctoe.-— This gentleman was a passenger per ' the P.M.s.s. City- of Sydney,;, which loft Auckland for San Francisco, yesterday. Mbssesl Quiix and Co.’s Sale.—Particulars of Messrs. Quill and Co.’s weekly . sale will be found in our advertising column’s to-day. The San Feancisco Maid. —The City of New York, with the London mails of (he 2nd nit., left San Francisco for Auck- . land on the 21st, this being one day later '' - than the >time-table sailing date. The Zealandia, with the December colonial snails, arrived at San Francisco on the , '2Bth uH.j_ftwo.days in advance of contract j;' time. - Jkqctssx on the Late Mr. Kekexson.— K Jkn inquiry was held yesterday at the •p Tfogni+ftl'-Christchurch, touching the death 'of-W. Kerrison, who was shot at Templeton, by- Wi Gibson, on Christmas 'clay. The jury,after hearing the evidence, "and retiring for a short time, returned a Jrordict of “ Wilful murder against Waiter ' QSb*m.”
Shearing. —The ewe shearing will commence at Coldstream on Tuesday next. Farmers’ Co-operation. —The farmers in the North Otago district are agitating for co-operation, and a meeting was held yesterday at Otepopo, and a club formed for the purpose of taking combined action in matters affecting their interests. The Winslow Races.— ln our report of the Hurdle Race at Winslow an error inadvertently crept into our columns with respect to the running of Lagmhor. He is described there as having baulked at the fourth hurdle, and being out of the race thereafter. Maid of the Mill was the one who failed at this hurdle, and Lagmhor ran a good horse throughout with the winner, Lonehand, and gave the old horse all he could do to win. A Narrow Escape. —While the express train from the South was near Rollestbn last night, a young man, giving his name as Willie Hopkins, who had evidently been drinking pretty freely, having, as he said, just come from the West Coast, thinking the platform of the cairiage a suitable place to turn a somersault, in humble imitation of one of the acrobats belonging to Cole’s circus, was caught by two of his fellow passengers just as he was disappearing over the steps, and saved from what looked like a job for the Coroner.
Ashburton Fire Brigade. —The usual monthly meeting of the Brigade was held last night, at which there was a good muster of the men. As the annual meeting takes place in February, it was thought advisable to nominate officers for the ensuing year, and Fireman Dolman proposed, and Fireman Bland seconded — “ That the present officers be re-elected.” Captain Wilkie proposed, and Secretary Adams seconded Dolman he Captain.” / fter considerable discussion, the election was postponed till the next meeting. It was resolved that the Brigade join the United Fire Brigade Association, and if possible that the Captain or one of the members attend the conference to be held in Wellington on January 24th. A new member was elected, and the meeting adjourned. Newland School. —A meeting of the Committee washeld in theNewland School on Monday evening last. Present—Mr. Mogson (in the chair), Messrs. Margetts, Lloyd, Watkins, and Allan. The Chairman laid before the meeting the correspondence from the Education Board re salaries, returns of school furniture and apparatus, &c. The Master’s report, which showed an increase of six in daily average attendance over that of the previous quarter, was read, and considered satisfactory. A complaint having been made by Mr. Hampton about his children’s progress at school at the previous meeting, and postponed to allow him to attend personally, was further postponed, owing to his failing to attend. The Chairman was authorised to write to the Education Board for maps of North and South America, and other things required by the master. On the question of holidays, it was resolved—“ That the school break up fer six weeks on 21st instant; to reopen on 7th March.” After a vote of thanks to the chair, the meeting adjourned to 31st instant.
The Settlement of the Waimate Plains. —The purchasers of the land on the Waimate Plains (says the Hawera Star) do not appear to care much for the idle threats of the natives, and apparently pay little heed to the hundred and one rumors floating about. Mr, Muir, of Auckland, has built his house, and slept in it. Mr. Hastie, another purchaser from Auckland, is building, and he intends taking a family of seven children on to his holding. Mr. Box has been living on the Plains for some time, near a stream to which he has given the pretty title of “Rosie Creek.” There is also a tworoomed cottage at Okaiawa, but we were unable to ascertain the name of the occupant. Mr. York, Mr. Rainie, and others are busily at work. In less than twelve months, if all goes well, there will be several homesteads in the place so long covered with fern. Supreme Court Christchurch. —At this court yesterday, in addition to the cases reported by telegraph in our yesterday’s impression, the following were disposed of : —H. F. Evans charged with indecent assault, received four years penal servitude, the judge regretting that he could not order him to be publicly' flogged. The jury, in the case of Pouhipi Waikena, for horse stealing, brought in a verdict of “ Not guilty,” on the ground of insanity, and his Honor ordered the prisoner to be detained in Addington gaol during the pleasure of the Colonial Secretary- J. C. Nilligan, charged with making a false declaration, was brought up for sentence, and got six months’ hard labor. The Grand Jury threw out the bill in the case of William Flutey, charged with forgery. This concluded the criminal business, with the exception of the Chatham Island murder case, which was beard to-day, and, as will be seen from a telegram in another column, the accused has been found guilty and sentenced to death.
A Public Benefactor. —Sir Henry Bessemer, who was recently dined by the London Common Council, and presented with the freedom of the city, is one of the benefactors of the age, having rendered the production of steel possible at 80dol. a ton instead of 250d015., and in a space of twenty minutes instead of three weeks, and in quantities of twenty tons at a time instead of five or six hundredweight. He has revolutionised the whole application of iron to the arts. In England the steel trade has trebled during the present year.
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