TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 p.m.] The Ashburton Guardian. FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 1881.
A Centenarian. —Mr. John Camerpn, a settler at Turakina, aged 100 years, died on Wednesday. The N ative Minlster. —Mr. Rolleston; has been permanently appointed to the portfolios of Native Minister and Minister foe Defence., : Thi; Hon. Major Atkinson. —The Hop. tfie Cplpnial Treasurer now on a visit to the' South, will a visit to Ashburton on his, return journey.
The Vacancy in the Cabinet.— lt is not- expected that the vacancy in the Cabinet, caused by the resignation of Mr. Bryce, will be filled up for ten days or a fortnight yet; but we understand that tho new member will be either Mr. Reader Wood or Mr. T.- H. Russell. The Maoris and the Governor’s Levee at Auckland.— At tho Governor’s levee at Auckland yesterday a number of Maori chiefs Were sorely disappointed, as they were desirious of being presented to the new Governor, and had the same clothes thhf they appeared in befdro Governor Robinson, but said they would not go to bo laughed at, as they had no dress coats. ,
A Law-Breaker. -r- Foreman Brown has been pretty well knocked about—figuratively speaking—-by the members of the Borough Council, and has doubtless suffered some agony of mind in consequence. To-day, however, he had a little of the balm of consolation applied to his soul by having been able run in Councillor Weymouth Roberts for having walked his old horse across a footpath. Mr. Roberts was fined Is. for the offence. We believe the Foreman’s cup of joy would be full if he were only able to catch Councillor St. Hill in the same fault. The Weather —A North-west wind has been blowing with more or less severity all to-day, and should it continue, much damage will be done to the ripe grain. It is to be hoped, however, that it will be but of short duration, and that the evening will bring the usual calm. The glass indeed gives very hopeful readings. From the: South we learn by,telegram that: a gale of unwonted severity.has been blowing, and considerable damage has beendone. A stiff wind is also at work North. The Registration Act. —lt >s astonish--ing how careless some people are in regard to matters 'of law, or ; how ignorant; they are Of the • law’s provisions. We do not expect, of course, every man to be an amateur barrister—(God forbid that any increase should take place on our plethora of talent in that direction) —but we do expect that settlers should know about the existence of the Registration Act, which requires the birth of every child, every marriagoj and every ' death to be registered - within prescribed periods. A man thoughtlessly neglected to register a birth within the required period,-and to-day he was fined 6k £^iU J carol9BSßeßSi
The WalkingM-Inia.— A Christchurch telegram states Edwards had walked nearly 80 mile s. .Evangelistic Address. — The Town Hall was comfortably filled last nitjlit, on the occasion hi the" Rev. O. Melville Pym conducting ah evangelistic service. Nearly every denomination in -'Ashburtcvi had representatives among the audience, which was most attentive throughout. _ The rev. gentleman chose for the subject of his discourse the parable of “The Prodigal Son,” upon which theme ho spoke eloquently and earnestly for some time. Another service of; a similar description was announced for next Tuesday evening, in the same building, when we aih icipato seeing a larger number present even, than last night. The North Island West Coast Railway.—At a meeting of the promoters of the West Coast railway, of the North Island, held yesterday, in Wellington, the committee appointed, reported that it would b 6 necessary to raise L 50,000 locally before floating a company could be hoped for, and that from a .partial canvass made .they, had every reason to believe that the amount could be raised without difficulty-. . A very large and influential provisional directory, comprising the leading merchants, professional men, and members representing the district, was appointed. The ,prospectus is to be issued when L 50.000 js subscribed The Apprehension of the Lunatic Downing at Chbbtsey.— A correspondent) writing to the Wimek to-day- thus details the apprehension of Downing,, the escaped lunatic, whose capture has been credited to Constable Neill: —“Mr. Wallace, of the Ohertsey Hotel, received a telegram from Sergeant Felton requesting, him to detain Downing, who was then on his way from Rakaia, making for C.-'.ovtsey. This Mr. Wallace did at about four p.m., but he had no easy task to perform, the lunatic being a burly fellow, and et took Mr. Wallace some time to persuade him to turn in to the hotel and have some refreshment, to which he did ample justice, not having tasted food since he escaped from Sunnysido. Mr. Wallace then managed to keep .him until the express train arrived (G. 20 p.in..), when Constable Neill merely stepped off the train and handcuffed Downing and took him to Christchurch, Mr. Wallace having brought him over to the railway station!” The Industrial Exhibition. The first meeting of the Managing Committee of the proposed Industrial Exhibition was held in the Borough last night. Mr. F. Pavitt occupied the chair, and after a lengthy discussion on matters appertaining to: the exhibition, it was, decided, on the motion of Mr. C. Braddell, that exhibits of all sorts of _ articles be received, but that prizes be awarded only for articles grown or manufactured in New Zealand, whether made from imported material or otherwise. Mr. F. Mayo seconded the foregoing, as 'also the following resolution by Mr. Poyutz, which hms likewise carried “ That Hfce exhibition ,be held on Thursday," the T7th March', and following days, and that the co-operation of all likely exhibitors be invited by circular, applications for space to bo made to the Secretary not later than March 14 After some further discussion, the followgentlemen were added to the Managing Committee Messrs. G. Jameson, H. C. Jacobson, W. St. G. Douglas, C. Hardy, A. M. -Peache, J. C. Wason, and A. M'Farlanc. The gentlemen resident in the country were requested to strenuously canvass their respective districts for exhibits.' In regard to applications for space, intending exhibitors would do well to note that it is of the utmost importance they should make their applications early, not only with a view to. .securing space, but also to avoid confusion at the lust moment. Women or Few Words. —We find in- a California diary the following glorification of a quality we are not sure we should like. A man of few words is very well, but a woman of feuwwords is a ..matter open to argument:—“I encountered today, in a ravine some three miles distant, among the gold-washers, a woman from San Jose. Sh.e was at work, with a large wooden boWl, by the side of the stream. I asked her how long she had been there, .and how much gold she, averaged in a day. She replied, ‘ Three weeks and an ounce.’ Her reply reminded me of an anecdote of the late Judge Blank, who met a, girl returning from market, and Asked 4 her, ‘ How deep did you find the stream ? and what did you get for your butter V ‘Up to the knees and ninepence,’ was -the reply. ‘Ah !’ said the judge to himself; ‘ she is the girl for me ( noj words( lost there ;’ turned back, proposed, was accepted, and married ; the next ipeek ; and a more happy couple the conjugal bonds never united/; the -rulptial. lamp never waned; its ray was steady .and clear to the last. Ye who paddle off and on for seven years, and are perhaps cap- , sized at the last, ; lake ( a -Jesson or the judge. That ‘up to'thib knees and ninepence ’ is worth alj the rose letters and melancholy rhymes evet pchiVed.
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