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The Ashburton Guardian. THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. \lesv£diit 5 p. to. ]

The Library. SdWcribers to the Libraiy'are’reminded of the general meet- . ing to-night, 1 $d consider alterations in the rales. ..MASbtrto IkSTAiXAnoh. —The installation of*' officers of the Somerset Lodge takes place to-night, in the Masonic Hall, at seven Council.— Yesterday ■ the C ounty ; Cbfl&ciTsat. only a short time after, ■our tOwp e^ttop,wepij ; to press, and too only business of importance done i?»*dhovoting of 1j1,200 for drainagaajUjho Hinds, the appointment -of, Mr. JW&. Wright treaaurerV ahd jtlio renewal of several Blaughtef^^B^licenses.. , THBAVisK3.;4-T-To' jildge from the follow*^ a. ing telegram,-the-perpetrator of the late in i Auckland does not let the of his misdeeds trouble him: ,>-J_Joe, fhe munierer, has got quite fat and aleefe-*' 'ln; Mount Eden Goal he has obtained the sobriquet of “ Happy. ” TEBAi*.—The children’s treat iit’bonheclion with the Presbyterian Church was given yesterday. It was postponed from Monday in consequence of tlie wetj J - but yesterday was even a more -unfortonate day. As it was, the meeting was held *in the church instead of bn the manse -gt6undiS, 'and in the intervals of good weathbf rabes and other sports took place in the grounds adjoining. Tea tfas served in the church, and a plentiful aly.& faitablea ■ and presents of toys/ :a, &c., were distributed* ’amongst the IrednsoiMany .ladies of . the church v* .vahantly in "helping the( pastor, p took charge of the meeting, which, the* inauspicious day, was 4' s-» very pleasant one, and much enjoyed by the young ones * '•>*

New Pater.— Anew “Society” journal, called Liberty, is announced to appear in Christchurch on Saturday next.

Odr Boys— Hugh Storey, a boy, has been committed for stabbing 0. B. King, his overseer in Austin’s factory, Auckland. Another Strike. — A Wellington telegram, under yesterday’s date, states that the firemen on the steamer Stella have struck for an additional LI per month. The Murderer Gibson. —The trial of Gibson for the alleged murder of the man Kerrison, who died on Tuesday in the Christchurch Hospital, has been fixed for Monday next. The Lady Don. —This schooner, now, ashore near Hokianga, is a complete wreck. The insurance on the ’-essel is L4OO in the Victoria, L3OO in the National, and L 350 on the cargo in the United.

The Australian Cricketers. —Several tradesmen in Christchurch have offered trophies in connection with the cricket match—Australia v. Canterbury—which is to be played in the city. Suspicious Fire. — A very suspicious fire occurred last night at Papanui in an unfinished house, which was destroyed. The insurance in the National was L4OO, and an inquiry is to be held. Seaman’s Wages. —A notice is jiosted up near the Custom-house, Lyttelton, urging seamen to refuse to ship in vessels bound to London under LlO per month, or L3O for the run home.

A Gay Deceiver. —The Immgahua Herald is responsible for the following : “We understand that a writ for L 2.000, for breach of promise, has been served on Mr. J. B. Fisher, M.H.R. for the Buller.”

The West Coast Railway.—A deputation, including the Mayor of Greymouth, waited on the Premier this morning at Christchurch in reference to the construction of the railway to the West Coast. They explained their purpose of undertaking the work provided.the Government made a grant of land on the line of railway. The Premier promised to lay the matter before Government at the earliest opportunity. The Weather. —The thick rain of the past few days has been succeeded to-day by warm sunshine, much needed for the ripening crops. Farmers were beginning to have black looks, and to fear a visitation from the ghoul rust, but as yet we have not heard of any rusty crops in this district. From northern and southern telegrams we learn that the bad weather has generally broken up, that warm sunshine has been the rule mostly everywhere, to-day. In all q uarters the harvest promises to be very satisfactory. The Flower Show.— At the meeting of the Horticultural Society’s committee it was decided to hold the annual Flower Show on the sth of March, and Messrs. Sealy, Jacobson, and Collins were appointed a committee to make needful preliminary arrangements, and to advertise at once, so that due notice might be given to those who are likely to compete. It was decided to give a catalogue to all members of the Society who had paid their subscriptions, and in regard to prizes it was mentioned that Mr. C. Hardy had offered a work-box to the girl, under fourteen years, who would make the best hand-made bouquet in tho show-room, in presence of the committee. The Borough's Pipes. —The County Council were just on .the brink of doing a very wise thing yesterday, but ultimately backed out of it. However, they did a very graceful thing when, on the motion of Mr. Bullock, they withdrew their restrictions from the Borough’s control of the water pipes, and allowed the absolute proprietorship of them to vest in the Corporation. This action will take the municipality out of all its difficulties for some time to come, and allow it to have funds immediately in hand for any works it may desire to undertake. But we fancy, considering the original cost 6f the pipes, and the fact that the laying down of the plains water supply will be in full swing within the next six months, that the County would have made no mistake by purchasing those pipes at cost price from the Borough.

Wakanui Sports Committee. —A meeting of the above was held on Wednesday, the sth inst., at 7 p.m., at M'Cockle’s. Present--Messrs. J. Kilgour (chairman), E. Thomas, J. Sturgeon, W. Cockle, and C. Hill, jun. The statement of accounts showed that the income from all sources amounted to L2l 155., and the expenditure Ll 5 7s. 6d.— leaving a balance in hand of L 6 7s. Gd. The report as read was adopted, and it was decided that the money in hand be placed in the Post Office Savings Bank, to an account to be called “ The Wakanui Sports Account,” and that E. Thomas, secretary, be authorised to give effect to the same. It was unanimously agreed to tender to Mr. James Brown a cordial vote of thanks for the able assistance he rendered in keeping account of the entries at the sports, and in acting as judge. A vote of thanks was also passed to him for the paddock which he kindly placed at the disposal of the Committee. The Committee thought it would not be out of place to thank those who favored the sports with their presence, and hoped that at the election of the next Committee, gentlemen will come forward and give all the assistance they can to further an object which must be a benefit to the district, and enable the Wakanui sports to be a success.

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The Ashburton Guardian. THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 1881. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 235, 6 January 1881

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