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A Reprieve.— The sentence of death passed on Te Warepa, the Chatham Island murderer, has been commuted to imprisonment for life. Slightly Overdrawn. —The Dunedin municipal account is now overdrawn at the Bank of New Zealand to the amount of L 10,039 ss. Bd. South Rakaia School Committee. — The ordinary monthly meeting of the South Rakaia School Committee was held last evening. Present—Messrs. C. Tucker (chairman), W. Hartnell, W. Cox, J. N. Sharp, G. Shellock, and N. Welsh. The minutes of the former meeting were read and confirmed. Amongst other correspondence, a letter was read from the Board of Education, informing the Committee that the Board had decided to make a grant for the enlargement of this school, out of, the ' amount set apart for school buildings during the present financial year. It was icsolved that this Committee support the action taken by the Leeston School Committee, recommending the Board to import school books and sell them to the children at prime cost. The chairman 1 brought up a balance-sheet for the year, duly audited, as well as a report to 1 be read at the forthcoming annual election of school committees. It was resolved that the balance sheet be approved.

Burglaries in Ashburton. Several burglaries that have taken place in this district, within the last week or so, have been reported to us, and it would be as well, perhaps, were settlers, who have occasion to leave their homes for a short time,' to leave someone in charge, or at least to be careful to lock up securely and also to put away safely such valuables as they have about. On Thursday last, the house of Mr. T. Simpson, Beach road, was entered in the temporary absence of the occupants, and some seven or eight shillings in money and a watch were stolen, The same afternoon, the house of Mb Win. Jameson, about two miles further on, was also visited, and about 355. in money, and other articles carried off. On Saturday, during Mr. G. T. Smith’s absence from his house at the'nursery garden, Smithfield road, a burglar entered the house, and lifted a watch and some money. On Saturday week a theft of nine or ten pairs of blankets and some other articles was made from a house on the Alford Forest road. ■ In this case also there was no one at homo, and in all the canes we have ! mentioned entrance was gained through the windows. We learn, too, that the Ashburton school was entered on the 2nd instant, a cupboard broken open, and three out of the twenty-four prize books that were in it, taken away. No great Importance is attached to the last named .case, as it is believed that with the return f rf the .'teachers froin their holidays' it can be explained, but the other cases show that there are altogether too many dangerous characters about,and it would be weli for people to be on their guard. As yet no one has been apprehended as being connected with the depredations, but the police are on thb look but, * : ■ w • ■ ■ * ■' ■

Stung to DEATH;—,&|hQrse was Hung to death by bees at Watigatlni recently, a swarm having settled bp his tail.

Election for Nelson Suburbs.— The Suburbs Election resulted in.the return of Mr. A. S. Collins by a majority of 30 ; the numbers polled being—Collins, 180, Harley, 150. The Bible jn Schools. —At the g't ting of the Presbyterian Synod of Otagi and Southland, which commenced yesterday, notice of motion was given that Parliament be petitioned to re-intioduce Bible reading in schools. Predestrianism. —Mr. Richardsnr, of the Empire Hotel, has received L£ each from Fagan, of Christchurch, and G’oves, of Ashburton, as a deposit towards x mile race to take place in Hagley Park c a the 18th instant.

Wellington Diocese. —-At the usual monthly meeting of the Standing Committee of the Wellington Diocese, held last Thursday, the Bishop announced that the Rev. W. E. Paige had accepted the appointment to St. Matthew’s, Masi erton, and had been appointed accordingly. Tinwald. -—We notice that Mr.; Jephson, of the Tinwald store, has reorganised his establishment, and has started a sort of harvest labor registry, and will be ready to supply such information, as his wide connection south of the river puti him in possession of regarding harvest work, to men who apply b him for it. Mr. Jephson runs his stm-i cart all over the district every week ant; there is no one in a better position than ao for snowing where men are wanted.

The Union Steamship Company and their Employees. —At Dunedin yesterday, the Wakatipu’s firemen wou’d not sio-n articles unless the Melbourne Union rules were introduced. The Union Company refused, and advertisi d foi men, when over a hundred able-bodied inen offered. Should any further res dance be attempted, the company statu that they will discharge all the Union men throughout the service, and take on unskilled men from the ranks of the unemployed. A Hard Nut. Jeremiah Connor measures five feet in his stockings, but when tight, he fancies himself a giant, and equal to tackling a man of Constable Trevelyan’s stalwart proportions. _ Last night, Jerry had taken more of the “ crater ” than his five feet of humanity could absorb without affecting his brain, and bringing on his customary hallucination as to his fighting powers. In Moore street, he fancied he would like to get “ hoult” of a big Englishman—a Protestant, if possible—and in yelling out his challenge, he was neither choice in his expressions, nor measured in his threats. He threatened to sail into Constable Trevelyan, when that officer appeared, and before the valiant Jerry could be persuaded to waltz down to the lock-up, Constable Neill had to come and lend the strongly persuasive aid of his powerful right arm; -.Quietness reigned in Moore street after Jerry left, but quietness did not settle on the lock up till Jerry slept. With the dawn came repentance, and when the valiant five-footer entered the judicial confessional this morning, he had to accept a penance of seventy-two hours’ hard toil at such weeding and shingling as can be provided for him round the hostelry of Host Felton.

Reapers and Binders. —ln tho past one great annoyance to tho fanner in this county has been the difficulty in finding men well enough acquainted with the American reapers and binders to be able satisfactorily to repair the breakages that will occur do what you may. ■ It has often happened that a machine after having been taken many miles for repairs and brought back again to the farm, no sooner commenced work than if gave way again, perhaps in some other place, and the farmer had just as often as hot to depend on the engineering skill that was available on his own farm for the coopering-up his machines wanted. This state of affairs, we are now happy to say, has been alteredby the settlement amongst us of, Messrs. Dunn and Ray, who occupy the old foundry in the Wakanui road. These gentlemen are reaper and binder specialists, .and having become experts in their particular line of business, they selected a part of the country where their services were most likely to be wanted. The district has not been slow to recognise their usefulness, and for the last three months or so tho machines of many thoughtful and thrifty fanners ciowdod the yards of Messrs. Dunn and Ray, waiting to be overhauled. The block has now been almost got over, and the most of the machines have had their wounds healed and their ailments cured, and will be in a day or two, if they are not already, cutting into the marrow of grain crops. The firm of experts seem to tackle every kind of work in connection with reapers, supplying all needful parts, in iron and wood,and wesawtwomachinesthathad been sold for LSO each only a short; time ago, which machines, when they came under the hands of Messrs. Dunn and Ray, would have been thought highly overpaid at L 5 each. But skilful treatment has so resurrectioned them that they are reaping and binding as gamely and as efficiently as new machines. We expect, in a short time, to see the old foundry become a factory of no small importance, as it is evident that the experts have already gained the fanners’ confidence, and have their hands quite full of work.

School Committee. -- The usual monthly meeting of the School Committee was held last evening. Present—Dr. Stewart (Chairman), and Messrs. Boyle, Orr, St. Hill, and Andrews. Correspondence was read from Mr. E. G. Wright, M.H.R., enclosing L 3 3s. towards the children’s treat. Mr. Wright said he would have had greater pleasure in forwarding LlO to defray the cost of an excursion to: Lagmohr or any other suitable place by railway, which he believed would have been more conducive to the children’s enjoyment. , The .Secretary said he had acknowledged the letter in the Chairman’s name, with thanks. A circular was read from the Board ef Education, asking the Committee to appoint two persons to fill three vacancies in the Board, caused by the expiry of the terms of service of the Rev. C. Fraser, and Messrs. Stevens, and J. Inglis, and also one gentleman for the extraordinary vacancy caused by the death of Mr. A. Duncan. On a vote being taken, the Rev. Mr. Fraser and Mr. Inglis were nominated for the ordinary vacancies, and it was resolved to write to Mr. Alfred asking .hia consent to- benHßnated for the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. A. Duncan. Another circular required the forwarding of a statement of all furniture, <&c., in the school, and another requested a return of the Maori and halfcast scholars. Mr. Ward undertook to see the returns forwarded. A farther circular required the auditing, of ihftjpommittee’s accounts, and the’ forwarding of the auditor’s report to the Boafd. * Mr. Boyle was appointed auditor. Several accounts against the Committee Here passed for payment, and a clearing up of. accounts against the treat took place, but. with the subscriptions promised. tMt still uncollected, it was 'understood' tlmre would be no deficit. For the appointment of third mistress to the school, there was only one applicant—Miss, Dynes, Sydenham school whose . testimonials were of the very highest character. Mias Dynes’ application was accepted (subject to the approval of the Board, of Education) on the motion of Mr. Sh ’■ Hill, seconded by Mr.; Orr. The meeting was then adjourned till' the 24th instant, at 6 30 p.m., but it was left in the Chairhands to call a special meeting in the interval, if necessary. . -j 1 i

The Old Men’s Home. —The master of the Old Men’s Home desires to acknowledge, with thanks, the receipt of a parcel of clothing for the inmates from F. Foot Race.—The match between Hulston, Chriatcurch, and Hutton, Auckland, of 100,120, and 150 yards, for L 25 a-side, came off this afternoon on the * cricket ground at Christchurch. Hulston was in excellent condition, but Hutton.was suffering slightly from an injury to his right leg sustained at the Dunedin sports. Hutton got the best of the start each time, but Hulston won both of the first two events rather easily. yards, 10.1-ssecs.; 120 yards, 12|aecs. Fern Pens.—The Normauby Star says : —“ Wo have had forwarded to our office by Mr. W. H. MoGonagle a sample of pens made out of the common fern stalk, which are quite equal to quill pens and far more lasting, besides not having the propensity to splutter. Mr. McGonaglo informs us by letter that a pen of the description. he sends was .in use,and stood the test of the Sentry Hill Goods. Sheds work for a period of six months ; apd they are the only pens in .use there at the present time. Having written this paragraph with,one of them, we must admit; that for quick, rough writing they are better than either steel or quill pens, and for persons in,the bush should be invaluable, because they have any amount of wear in them. ~ , ' i , t ■ : New Zealand Oats.—l was conversing yesterday (writes the Home correspondent of the Otago Dally Times)': with a shipowner, who expressed his regret that/ instead of bringing oats Home from New Zealand on charter after the last harvest, they had not bought them up on speculation and brought them Home on their own account. Referring to the cargo of a particular ship, the oats in which he said were pronounced mi all hands to be the finest which living man had ever seen here, he had taken the trouble to calculate their entire cost delivered in London, and to trace them to the Peterborough market, where, he said, they sold at a price which left a larger profit per quarter to the merchant who shipped them than the whole price paid to the grower ! This may bo an exceptional case, but I have no doubt as to the fact. More Farming Visitors. —Another gentleman sails for New Zealand (writes a London correspondent) in a few days, to visit .and report to English farmers. His special destination, I believe, is a property of 200,000 acres, near to Nelson and Blenheim, which it is intended, if possible, to put into a company, and settle with English farmers. The gentleman in question is Mr. Herring, from near Wakefield, in Yorkshire, where ho has a good deal of influence. He is a highly respectable man, and has written one- or two small books on English agriculture. This step has grown, I think, out of the Grant and Foster deputation, as I know that Messrs. Grant and Foster have been in frequent communication with Mr. Herring. Good must result from such a movement. Mr. Herring will bo accompanied by a son of Mr. Broomhall, Wool on Southland Railways.—There never was a year (growls the Southland News) in which wool was known to come down so slowly to the Bluff—not oven in the days when bullock-teams were the only means of transit. It would be -perfectly safe to say that for every hundred bales, of wool already shipped at the Bluff, in any preceding year there were four or five hundred. We hear that some of the country stations on the line of railway are blocked with wool—because there is'no railway labor available to load the trucks;.Retrenchment has, in fact, been carried to the extent the Frenchman pushed his experiment of teaching the horse how to do without food. At the Otautau the only spare hand, in the shape of a porter, has been economised out of sight, and the stationmaster has been exercising his inventive faculties for the last three weeks in devising a purchase whereby to load the top tier by himself. He hasn’t succeeded yet. Storm of Flies. —A' remarkable spectacle was witnessed on the Hudson Riyer, America, it being nothing .more ' ndr' less than a heavy storm of flics, similar to the one recorded in,the London Telegraph as having been' aHtiiessed at Havre a week or two ago. The steamer Martin, bound south, encountered the fly storm between New Hamburg and 'Newburg. As described by the London Telegraph, it was like the Havre storm, seemingly “ a great drift of black snow,” and it reached southward from shore to shore, as far as the eye could reach and as high up. There wera. millions upon millions of the flies, and they hurried northward as thick ,as snow-flakes driven by a strong wind. ' They lodged upon the clothing of the passengers on the -steamer, and were minutely examined. They were long and black, and had white wings, and the cloud must have been miles in length. The steamer Mary Powell ran into the fly-storm off Haverstraw, and first mate Bishop says that he never'witnessed such a sight.

The Irish Land League. —The following is a full list of the Land Leaguers against Whom the British Government have ’ lodged informations :Charles Stuart Parnell, M.P., Avondale, Wicklow ; John Dillon, M.P., Dublin ; Joseph Giles Biggar, M.P., Belfast ; Timothy Daniel Sullivan, M.P., Journalist, Diiblin; Thomas Sexton, M.P., Dublin; Patrick .Egan, hon. treasurer of the Land League, Clontarf ;'Thomas Brennan, secretary of the Land League, Dublin ; Malachy O’Sullivan, .assistant# jefcretagy of the Land League, Dublin ; Michael Boy ten, paid agent of the Land League, Kildare ; Patrick Joseph Gordon, of Clareraorris; Matthew Harris, Galway ; John W. Kally, Mayo ; John W. Walsh, Balia ; and P. J. Sheridan, of Tubberourry. The informations are exceedingly voluminous, and cover over one hundred closely-printed pages. There are nineteen counts in the indictments, and the charges are generally to defeat payment of reWhs, to prevent the letting of farms from which tenants have been evicted, and ill-will amongst her Majesty’s subjects in Ireland.

A Queer Case.— An extraordinary case was heard at Sydney recently. The emof a .firth of undertakers was charged with the larceny. of a coffin. It appears that he received LI to bury a still-born child, and the father afterwards discovered that the corpse was interred in a common box, instead of the coffin which had been ordered and paid' for. The defence was a curious one. The firm of Shying, Son, and Co. tried to show that in the tfanfaction in queston there had been on their part no roguery at all. The man Joseph , Calland, they said, had paid them a pound to bury a still-born child. They had done so according to established precedent, which, when ajstill-bo,rn : child is concerned, it seems, requires a coffin to be sent only for appearance’s sake, the corpse being afterwards transferred to and interred in a box ! The presiding magistrates, however/declined’ to recognise the legality. pf the, alleged “custom of the trade,” found the employd of Messrs. Shying, Son, and Co, jjuilty of larceny, and (sentenced him to .pay a fine of LI, with' the > alternative of, seven, days’ imprisonment.' , • ■ ;the change of seasons many persons feel" oppressed without knowing why -they are so—they are aware something within them is wrong, though they cannot detect the defected organ. -A few doses Of these powerfully purifying and eminently cooling Pills will restore reguldiiiy to every part of the .system —will cast out.all impurities lurking in the frame, and' Will throroughly expel the last traces of disorder, however obscure its cause. .With Holloway’s'.medicine, belief is insured without risk ; erroneous action is rectified without disturbing natural regularity, health is re-mstated, and with it return the cheerful feelings which unmistakably tell the invalid that all whhhi is right again.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 240, 12 January 1881

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