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The Borough Council. —The usual meeting of the Borough Council is to be held to-night. The Templeton Murder. —From a telegram published elsewhere, it will be seen that to enable counsel for Gibsuii’s defence to prepare evidence in support of a plea of insanity, an adjournment of the trial for a month has been granted. Ivess v. Crisp. —An application; of defendant in the case of Ivess v. Crip will be heard ,at the Supreme Court, Christchurch, before a special jury, on January 22nd ■ .

Grayling for Canterbury. 4/Q0 grayling are on the way from L ke Kanieri, on the West Coast, for the Christchurch Acclimatisation Society. They will be distributed in the rivers Avon and Selwyn. The Chatham Island Murder. —The papers in the Chatham Island murder rase have been sent on to Auckland, where ',ho Executive Council will meet and de> de the fate .of the murderer. • Mount Somers Road Board Election. —Messrs. Hood and Tisch were nominated for the vacancy in No. 4 ward of -he Mount Somers Road District, but we find that Mr. Tisch has withdrawn, so that no poll will be necessary, Mr. Hood hat mg been declared elected. Gold.— The Commissioner of Crown Lands at Wellington has been applied to for and has issued a protection license for a quartz reef prospecting claim on Tararua ranges, near Palmerston North. The applicants are experienced miners, nho have been prospecting for some time, and now think they have kit a payable reef.

I.O.G.T.—The Grand Lodge of New Zealand of the Independent Order of G'>od Templars was registered as a speoif.llyauthbrised society, under the Friendly Societies’ Act, 1877, on the 20th Dec >lll- - ; and on the same day 84 branches of the Grand Lodge wore similarly registered. !; Turn's Lexters.— Several letters were written by Tuhi before his death to relatives and friends, but their contents would be quite incomprehensible to English readers. They abound in Maori imagery of the most eccentric description, interspersed with what apparently are scraps of native songs. They will be duly forwarded to their destination. The Volunteers. —We understand that a suitable range in the river bed has been secured by Captain Bullock for the Rifle Corps. The Captain lias purchased twenty acres of land which he will allow the Volunteers the use of, and it only remains to make arrangements for the erection of a small footbridge, across an arm of the Ashburton river for access to the firing site. District Court. —At the sitting of the District Court to-morrow, the following cases will come on for hearing :—Saunders Bros. v. Irvine. For plaintiffs—Branson and Purnell; for defendants—Harper, Harper, and Scott. Friedlander Bros, v. Prendergast. For plaintiffs—Branson and Purnell ; for defendant—self. In bankruptcy, the following : James Fletcher to appear for examination—Mr. Crisp. Applications for order of discharge—J. Smith (Mr. O'Reilly) and Weeks and Dixon (Branson and Purnell). Showing us the Way. — The Wellington Post says Those who are in the habit of visiting the Queen’s Wharf may have from time to time noticed that Mel-bourne-bound steamers have frequently conveyed from this port large quantities of green flax, and it has been a matter of conjecture among the curious as to what use the flax is put to. It has been hinted —and the suggestion is; not at all an improbable one—that the flax is manufactured in Victoria into rope and sold here and elsewhere as “ Manilla ” —a class of rope which readily fetches L4O per ton. However this may be, it is certain that a large trade in the exportation of flax from Wellington is being quietly carried on. It is known that some owners of flax swamps in the vicinity of Wellington receive from L2 to L2los. per ton for flax as it grows, and the purchasers at this figure cut and deliver it at their own cost.

Kyle School. —On Friday last, a school fete came off at Kyle. The children engaged in the usual sports, &c., in a paddock lent for the occasion by Mr. Lambie, and in addition to refreshments, every child was presented with a suitable present or prize. The young ones thoroughly enjoyed themselves, thanks to the arrangements made and the forethought of those who had the control;of affairs, and after the children’s gathering had dispersed, a concert was given in the schoolroom in the evening. The programme was a choice one, and concerted pieces were numerous. Kyle has a good name as a nursery for musicians, and the appearances of the glee party were a credit to Mr. Thomson, the enthusiastic master of the district school. The instrumentalists comprised the local players and a contingent from Seafield, and together formed an orchestra of no mean power. The solos and duets sung were very creditable, and the readings and recitations above the average. The proceedings closed, as usual, with a dance. The Crops. —The recent rains have had a markedly beneficial effect upon the crops in the light plains land, and in the Seafield and Kyle districts the returns are expected to be far higher than the most sanguine hoped to realise. During the continuance of the dry weather the crops in those districts fell away much, and for atime a repetition of the results of 1875 was feared, but the bountiful rainfall having revived everything so much, and filled out the ears of all grain so well, the harvest prospects are very encouraging indeed. It may be remarked, in fact, that wherever the crops were late enough to benefit by the recent rainfall —and this has been the case in most instances all over the county—there will be a perfectly satisfactory return, and taking a general view of the Ashburton grain districts there is every reason to hope that the harvest this year will be : a'bountiful one. All that is wanted is weather suitable for the in-gathering, and at present the promises are fair indeed. Harvest operations have commenced in many districts, and within the next fortnight or three weeks they will be general. The grain is ripening fast everywhere, arid no one as yet has any complaints to make of rust. The most bitter complaints appear to be made against the depredations of the huge flocks of sparrows that now infest the paddocks, and it seems high time that united, action were taken to rid the county of this pest.' The sparrow’s fecundity is well known, and it will-yfant a strong and. united endeavor or£ the part of all the farmers in the early spring to keep the little thieves under. We are reciting no fancied grievance when we urge the sparrows’ destruction, for we have bee ll shown a plant of wheat; fully headed, and, representing sixty: bushels to the acre, that has been almost completely i (Societyspets. ' ; . v .’’.V.*,,.,■,

Music Classes. Music pupils and others ini crested are referred to an advertisement elsewhere, in which Mr. Weeks intimates that his classes will be resumed this week. •,

Bank Dividend. —A Reuter’s telegram from London, dated the Bbh inst., states; that the National Bank of New Zealand pays a dividend of 3 per cent, for the half* 1 year. , Sunday Traffic in Drink.—According to a promise made to the deputation from the Grand Lodge of Good Templars, the Government have sent a circular to the local heads of the police force throughout the colony, requesting them to do all in their power to put down Sunday traffic in drink. . ’ • ‘ 1

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 238, 10 January 1881

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