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The Ashburton Guardian. SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 p.m.~\

Insolvent. —Mr. Robert J ohnston’s notice of insolvency appears to-day. Sunday Liquor Traffic. —The Dunedin police continue to prosecute the pulicans for Sunday trading. Land Sales. —Next Saturday will be a field-day with Mr. Bullock, who will put up to auction on that day six valuable landed properties. Details are given elsewhere. Further Remanded. —Adolph Moritzon, charged with embezzling moneys from the Standard Insurance Company, Dunedin, has been further remanded. Borough Council. The Borough Council will meet .on Tuesday evening next, instead of on Monday, the Clerk’s presence being required at the Supreme Court, Christchurch, on Monday. Ivess v. Crisp. —The long-winded case, Ivess v. Crisp, comes off in the Supremo Court, Christchurch, on Monday, Judge Weston and Mr. Garrick appearing for defendant, and Mr. Button for the plaintiff. A Chase. —An Auckland telegram says that an insolvent debtor, named Purcell, was arrested on Thursday night by Detective Fry after an exciting chase through the town. Lsl in cash was found on him. School Committee Election. The annual School Committee elections take place in the several districts on Monday evening next. The present state of affairs in connection with the Ashburton school is calculated to induce a large meeting of householders, and more insercst is likely to be taken in the affair than has been hitherto displayed. A Levanter. —A man named Hislop, a clerk in the Union Sash and Door Company’s employ, levanted from Auckland by the Julia Price for New Caledonia, taking with him at least L6O of the company’s cash. Ho arrived at the former place from Christchurch three or four years ago, and leaves a wife and family in Auckland unprovided for.

The Late Discovery of Ammunition in the North.— The discovery of Enfield cartridges in a Maori wharo at Gisborne, recently telegraphed to us, has been satisfactorily explained. The ammunition was given to friendly natives during the trouble of 18G9. The police knew they had it, and only seized it because it was left in an old whare and there was a fear that the European youths in the district might get at it and do somo damage.

Primitive Methodism. —The annual district meeting of the Primitive Methodist Church of New Zealand commenced at Dunedin yesterday morning. There were present thirty-one delegates from the various stations. The Rev. Josiah Ward was unanimously elected president, a. -Poritins of Invercargill vicepreslxYc.j -«=> confined to receiving returns of the respective stations.

His Excellency in the Waikato.— His Excellency left Auckland yesterday morning by special train, accompanied the Hon. F. Whitaker, Minister in attendance. The train arrived at Hamilton at 11 ©‘clock. The Mayor proclaimed the day a public holiday. The volunteers and the whole population turned out. The Governor received an address from the Corporation, after which, accompanied by a. cavalry escort, he left for Cambridge, where he received an address from the town council, and laid the foundation stone of St. Andrew’s Episcopalian Church.

Mr, Saunders and the School Committee. —A special meeting of the School Committee was held last night, at which Mr. St. Hill presided. The meeting adopted the draft report and balance sheet, which will be submitted to the meeting of householders on Monday evening. The following letter was read, after which the Committee nominated the writer for one of the vacancies on the Board of Education:—

Broomfield, West Melton, January 17th, 1881, Dear Sir, —In reply to your letter o[ 13 th hist, will you kindly convey to the Ashburton School Committee my thanks for the kind invitation they have requested you to convey to me, and my assurance that, if elected, I will diligently attend to the duties of the position. 1 have come to this decision after very considerable hesitation, as I feel that my necessary absence in Wellington for three months in the year is a very strong and legitimate objection to me as a candidate for a seat on the Education Board, and one that no doubt was felt to be such by the Committee at the last general election. On the other hand . I have seen that the cause of education derives some advantages by having some of the members of the Board with seats in the House of Representatives. After very carefully considering which I ought to do m the circumstances, I have come to the conclusion that I ought to submit to a second defeat rather than appear to at all voluntarily • resign any opportunity to serve a cause which I regard as the most important in connection with the Government and free institutions in the colony. It is with this conviction rather than with any sangrine expectation, or even desire for success, that I now comply with the wish of your Committee and consent to be again nominated for a position for which I have so recently been rejected by the School Committees of North Canterbury.—Yours truly, Alfred Saunders.

“ Comin’ a’ Awa’ in Bits.” —Before the erection of the new pier at the Castle Rock, passengers from Dumbarton had to be conveyed down the Leven to the Clyde steamers by a ferryboat rowed by two sturdy and generally elderly ferrymen. On one occasion an English commercial traveller had seated himself on the gunwale, at the stern. One of the old ferrymen, aware of the danger to anyone so placed, when the rope of the steamer should be attached to the bow of the boat, took occasion to warn the man of his danger. “ Noo, ma mon, come doun off that, or ye’ll coup ower.” The bagman only replied by telling him to “ mind his own business, and trust him to take care of himself. ” “ Weel,” said the ferryman “ mind I’ve telt ye ; as sure as ye’re sittin’ there, ye’ll coup ower.” Ro sooner had the rope been attached, and the boat got the inevitable tug from the steamer, than the fellow went heels up over the stern. ‘ ‘ Gowk, I telt him that!” However, being in the water, it behoved that every effort should be made to rescue him. So the ferryman made a grab at what seemed the hair of his, head, when a big wig came away. Throwing this impatiently into the boat, he made a second grip at the collar of his shirt, when a front came away. Casting this from him with still greater scorn, he shouted to his companion, “Tummas, come here, and help to save as muckle o’ this man as ye can, for he’s coinin’, a’ awa’ jhbits.”

The New NativTe The Hon. Mr. Rolleston leaves Wellington for Napier on Wednesday for the purpose of accompanying his Excellency on his return overland for the West Coast. Suicide of a Celestial. —A Chinaman, named Quam Yam, ten year’s imprisonment for rape, committed suicide in Lyttelton Gaol last night, by hanging himself from the window bar of his cell by a rope from his hammock. On the Tramp. —A telegram from Christchurch states that Edwards, at 8.30 this afternoon, had walked miles, leaving only 271 to complete the 180 miles at 10 o’clock to-night. He is going briskly, and in good form, the message says.

The Patriarchs Outdone in Oregon. —A herd of nearly 24,000 head of cattle were lately started from Oregon for Montana. It required 120 men, mounted'on horses, to do the driving. Provision wagons and outfits required 800 horeas to draw them, and for assistant guards and stirring up game on the route 40 dogs were taken into the cavalcade.

A Lovely , Hand. —They wore playing a game they call euchre the other evening. She held both bowers and the king, and two aces of the other suits, but she was a novice at the game. A young man who was teaching her looked at her cards, and warmly exclaimed ; “ What a lovely hand !” She looked at him straight in the eyes and murmured, “ You may have it if you want it.” All the rest of the evening he wondered if he was the victim of a leap-year proposal.

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The Ashburton Guardian. SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 249, 22 January 1881

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