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The Ashburton Guardian. SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 1881.

TOWN EDITION.

Calbdonion Society. —A meeting of the Caledonian Society Directors is to be held in Quill’s Hotel on Tuesday evening, to receive the annual balance sheet, and consider the annual report, Vine Culture. —During his stay in California Mr. Vesey Stewart examined the vineyards, and, impressed with the profitableness of vine-growing, he intends establishing the industry in the Bay of Plenty. Our Gold Export. —The gold exported from New Zealand in 1880 amounted to 305,2480 z., valued at L 1,227,252, as compared with 287,4640 z., valued at L 1,148,108 in 1879. The total amount exported from the colony to the end of 1880 was 9,552,1940z5., valued at L 37,380,633.

An Unsuccessful Attempt. —A man named William White attempted suicide by hanging himself to a beam in an outhouse at Oamaru, on Thursday night. He was, fortunately, noticed in time, and cut down iu an insensible condition. Yesterday he was committed for trial.

New Zealand at the Conference.— New Zealand is to be represented at the Intercolonial Conference now sitting at Sydney. The Premier received a cable message yesterday from Sir H. Parkes to the effect that the Conference would not conclude before the 24th or 25th instant, and it was therefore decided that Mr. Dick should proceed to Sydney by the mail boat last night. Watchmaking. —We have before referred to Mr. Murray’s watchmaking establishment, and only do so again because he has shown us samples of a new watch he has imported. The watches have been made to his order and to his instructions, which represent many alterations on the old style of watch, dictated by his experience in the colony, so that he now flatters himself he nas secured a timekeeper that suits the climate of Now Zealand, and the great amount of riding and other similar work that colonists have to undertake. The watches are strong, and finely finished articles, and are wonderfully low priced. Cricket. —A match was played to-day in the Domain between an eleven cricketers from the establishment of the Timaru Herald, and an eleven from the Christchurch Press. Play began at eleven o’clock, and in their first innings Timaru scored 32 against 98 made by the Christchurch men. The play was very fair, and considering that both teams had worked all night on their respective papers, and done a fifty miles’ railway ride previous to playing, the men made a very creditable appearance. The team took luncheon together in the pavilion after play, Mr. Power being the purveyor. Obstructing the Police. —John Saun derson and Philip Contanch were charged to-day before the Resident Magistrate with obstructing Constable Neill in the execution of his duty. Constable Neill was attempting to apprehend a man in a house of bad fame in. East street south on Thursday last, on a charge of robbery, and while making the arrest the first named was very rowdy and troublesome, doing his best to prevent the arrest. Both prisoners were drunk. Evidence as to the obstruction was led, and Contanch was dismissed with a caution, but Saunderaon was fined LlO, or two months’ imprisonment with hard labor. ••••.. Entertainment at the Hinds.' —Last night an entertainment in celebration of the opening of the Hinds school was given in the Schoolroom. While the entertainment was intended to mark the opening, the money realised was intended to form the nest egg of a fund for providing a library for the district, and the Committee are to be congratulated on the hearty way in which they have thrown themselves into the work of getting up the entertainment. The ■ performers Were mostly Ashburton friends, the majority of them ladies and gentlemen always ready to lend itheir aid in connection with country entertainments, .of the kind of last night, and well known in connection with such all over the county. The audience was large, and represented every family within eight or ten miles of the school. The Ashburton and Tinwald performers .. being Mrs. Dunn, .. Misses Saunderaon and Corrigan, and Messrs. Gates, Craighead, Dunn, ■ Henry, and Nettleton, we need not particularise the items they contributed, being content with the remark that their. efforts were not in : any way inferior to their usual appearances. Local performers were not wanting, and we must notice the recitations of Messrs. Williams and Edwards, and the songs of Mr. Mutton. Great help was given in the attractiveness of the programme by the pianforto playing, and the occasional songs of Mr. Chichester, the schoolmaster. At the close the usual votes of thanks were given, a more than usually hearty one being that to Mr. Shury for the loan of a piano. After the concert, the room was cleared for a dance, at which Mr. A. Bowick kindly acted as M.C., and most efficiently. We may just add that the school opens with 3Q children on the roll.

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The Ashburton Guardian. SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 1881. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 243, 15 January 1881

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