The Ashburton Guardian. FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 1881.
The Guardian. —We have to apologise for the late hour at which many of our readers will receive their papers to-night. Owing to an accident to the engine, our machine had to be turned by manual labor to-day.
The Inter-Colonial Conference.— There is a probability of New Zealand not being represented at the conference of delegates to be held at Sydney.
Presbyterian Church. —Mr. C. E. Button, whose ministrations during the term the Hokitika congregation was without a pastor were so acceptable, is to conduct services at morning and evening diets of worship in the Presbyterian Church on Sunday, and in the Wakanui School in the afternoon.
A Smart Capture.— Last night a man named Fred Neill reported to the police that he had been robbed of a sum of money amounting to Ll 7 10s. while at the Ashburton Hotel. Neill described the man who was in his company at the time of missing the money, and Constable Neill immediately started off to find the whereabouts of the supposed thief. The hotels and various boarding-houses in the town wei’e duly visited, but no one answering to the description given could be found. However, at about 11.20 last evening Constable Neill was standing on the footpath between Mr. Williamson’s store and the shop formerly occupied by Mr. Harper. There was some loud conversation going on in the latter dwelling, which is now in the occupation of a person named Wadsworth, and seeing a man come out of the front door and go in the direction of the police station, the constable’s suspicions were aroused, and were confirmed when, immediately afterwards, another man made his exit by the back entrance, giving at the same time several whistles, which were evidently signals to someone inside. Constable Neill entered the house, and ascending upstairs, lie found in one of the rooms the very man he was in search of. There was another man, and also two women there; and one of the latter, on seeing the policeman, charged the suspected individual with having robbed her of L 3, and with having torn the dress oft’ her back while effecting the robbery. The constable endeavored to arrest the man, but found that he had a rather rough character to encounter, and it was some time before the handcuffs could be put on him. Eventually this was done, and George Wilson, alias George Douglas was “run in,” after stoutly maintaining his innocence, and giving the gentle Neill some trouble. Wilson at one time, we learn, kept a boxing school, and is well known both in Christchurch and Dunedin. He wrs brought before Mr. Wood this morning and remanded until to-morrow.
A Paying Tons. —Mr Proctors last lecturing tour in America is (said to have yielded a clear profit of 115,000. Earthquake. — A strong shock of earthquake was felt at Cromwell (Otago) at 11 minutes past one yesterday.
A Costly Passenger. —The captain of the Northumberland has been called upon to enter into a bond of LIOO under the Imbecile Passenger Act of 1873, in consequence of having brought out a youth named Henry Pottinger Wills, who has just been committed to the Wellington Lunatic Asylum. Fatal Accident at Clive. — A report has reached Napier that a man named Caldwell met his death in a singular manner, at Clive yesterday. He was carting earth from the swamp, and his mate found the hcrse and cart overturned in the ditch at the edge of the swamp with Caldwell’s dead body underneath.
A Difficulty Settled. —Dr. Duller has effected an amicable settlement of the Wato survey difficulty. The theodolite and other instruments seized and impounded by Renata’s, people some weeks ago have been delivered up to Mr. Leesong, and satisfactory terms arranged. Cambridge (Auckland) Races.- These Races were continued yesterday, and were the best ever witnessed in the W ukato. Vampire appropriated the Pul dean’s Purse, followed home by Yataj a and Lonehand. The Steeplechase was won after a neck finish by Lonehand, Sportsman being second. For the Grand Stand Handicap, Vampire, Harry Mom :, and Ratcatcher filled the situations :u the order named. Deputation to the Hon. the Attor-ney-General.—A Thames dt putat >n has waited on the Hon. F. Whitaker a? Auckland, and urged the construction of the railway to connect Grahamstov a to Kopuru, in order to convert the latter place into a depot for the Upper Tames. Mr. Whitaker explained to the deputation that as he was largely intere ced at Kopuru, he could not take any active part in his Ministerial capacity in the project, but if the deputation would embody its views in a memorandum, he wouid forward it for the consideration $f the Minister for Public Works. A Challenge. —There was a somewhat amusing case in Court to-day over one of the costumes used by the Dramati • Club in their representation of the “ Duel in the Snow.” The case was to recover payment for the making of a Shaktsperian clown’s dress, and the objection was that the charge was too high. Defendant produced Mr. A. Craighead as an expert, who said he was prepared to make any number of such dresses at 14a. each, the plaintiff, Mr. Ruxton, having charged 22s In the course of evidence Mr. Craighead said he could do the work of making such a dress in 7-| hours. Mr. Ruxton was prepared to pay the costs of all those concerned in the case and surrender the amount in dispute if the work could be done by Mr. Craighead in double the rime he stated. If he could do it in 71 hours he was a very remarkable tailor, and would be a fortune to Mr. Ruxton if he would accept employment in his establishment. Elgin School. —The Committee held a meeting on Wednesday evening. Present —Messrs. J. Stanley Bruce (Chairman), P. Lines, J. Keir, S. Scott, and J. Cochrane. Mr. P. Lines moved, and Mr. S. Scott seconded—“ That the letter from the schoolmaster, in reply to the resolutions passed at last meeting, be ordered to lie on. the table.” Carried. Mr. J. Cochrane proposed, and M. J. Keir seconded —“ That the schoolmaster again be requested to hand . the Commitee all moneys which he has received from the sale of books, the same being public money. Further, that the schoolmaster be again requested to produce vouchers for the books and stationery accounts which he states he has paid, otherwise the same cannot be considered.” Carried. Proposed by Mr, S. Scott, seconded by Mr. P. Lines, and carried—“ That a subcommittee, consisting of the Chairman and Messrs. J.. Cochrane and P. Lines, be appointed to examine and report upon the books accounts, and bring the same up at the next meeting.” The meeting then adjourned.
Crime in A.shburton. —The return of offences committed in Ashburton, and tried before the R.M., shows a general increase, which, however, is mainly attributable to the number of Borough by-law cases that have been heard. This year (1880) there were no less than. 65 persons charged with offences under the Borough by-laws, 61 of whom were brought to trial, and 44 convicted, leaving 17 who were discharged. Only 19 cases under this head were heard in 1879. 118 drunk and disorderly persons came through the hands of the police in 1879, against 186 in 1880 ; 36 illicit dog keepers cropped up in 1879, against 50 in 1880 ; assaults show an Increase of 4 in 1880 ever 1879, in which year they numbered 28 ; indecency has decreased 7 cases, and obscene language has been less common by 20 cases. There have been 13 fewer cases of breach of the Licensing Act than in 1879, but breaches of the Public-House Ordinance show exactly the same number. Theft's numbered 51 in 1879, and 60 in 1880, and there has been an increase of two cases of burglary, and thirteen of breaches of the peace. On most of the other classes of offences there lias been no change worthy of note. , It may be here stated that the amount of work required ,to be done by the police in this district equals that shown by the Timaru and Oamaru returns, yet it has pleased the authorities to reduce the staff by one man.
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