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; Tug J San Francisco Mail.— The next mail for England via San Francisco closes at Christchurch on Saturday, January 29.: . .. V.fio Coast Railway.;— -About 2,000 shares in ; the proposed West Coast Railway Company have already been taken Up in Christchurch;: It is the intehtion of the promoters not to issue any prospectus ' or take any steps to register the company till 10,000 shares have been Applied for on this side of the island. School Committee Elections. —The elections of school .committee members takes place in the various schoolrooms this evening, at seven o’clock. The report and balance sheet will be submitted to a meeting of Ashburton householders to-night, and it is expected that : the meeting will be a large one.

.—..Edvards' did not Sibceed in walking 180 miles, in' 48 hours. When his time was up (ten o’clock on Saturday, night), he had only covered 176 miles iyil4yards2ft.' lie made k kpef’ebh, in which he explained that his failure was walking too soon attpr his rebent feat iW’Dunedin. He'said he would at once go into., training fpr his projected contest with 'Scott, in Duhedin, and the

Privileges. privileges for the forthcoming cricket' riiatch.—Australians v. Canterbury—realised L 150; Auckland Regatta. preparations are jgoing on -for the Auckland regatta, and good contests are anticipated. : Sporting.—The Oaniaru 'Jockey Club has issued-a programme for a two days’ race meeting in March. The money given amounts to about L 450. Condescending. The Primitive Methodist Conference, now sitting at Dunedin, has passed a resolution to admit the press to its meetings. A Financial Difficulty. —At .a -meeting of the Young Women’s Institute, Auckland, it was stated that the institution would bo closed unless the liabilities were naid off. ;, - ; : -

Sudden Death.—A woman lately cohabiting with a man named Clerkie was found dead , in her bed in Christchurch, this, morning. She had apparently been dead forty-eight hours. He name is un-. known. ,<

: Committed for Trial.—At the Magistrates’ Court, Christchurch, this morning, Patrick Donnelly, for obtaining L 129 from Adolphus Moore, on a bill of sale, by means of a false statement regarding cfbpsy <fec. , was committed for trial. , . r

The Gale in the South.—The damage done ,by the late gale in Dunedin is greater than was at first believed. The Caledonian Society’s grand stand was much damaged, and will cost L(>00 L repair. All the orebards in the dis*rict suffered severely. ’ Co-operation. Gi At a meeting of farmers at Oamaru, to initiate a farmers’ co-operate movement, the provisional directorate of a company with a capital of L 26,000 was appointed. : The' mooting was not altogether unanimous, ana the attendance was small.

Drunks. —Martin Moran, who was charged with a caution on Friday by Mr. Nugent Wood, was taken in hand by Dr. Trevor tb-day, and sent to hard labor for 48 hours for being drunk on Saturday night. Martin is an old hand, and knows the geography of every gaol and lockrup in the island. Thomas Carter was fined ss. to-day by the doctor for being drank.

Death by Drowning at the Cass. —ln the Times of this morning the following appears ;—A telegram received by the police on Saturday stated that a Scandinavian named Thure Frederic Torngren, working at Mr. Bruce’s station, was drowned whilst attempting to ford the Waiinakariri, near the mouth of the Cass. His body was found on Thursday last, and an enquiry was held on Friday before J. D. Enys, Esq., J.P. Frederic Torngren (“Scandinavian Fred”) was well known in Ashburton.

Deaths from Deowning.—Two inquests Were held at Greymouth on Saturday, bdfore Mr* H. A. Stratford, coroner? The first was on the body of Mr. Gosling, an old resident.of Nelson Creek, who was drowned in the creek the previous day. A verdict of “Found drowned” was returned, to which a rider was attached censuring the County Council for not constructing a road in the neighbourhood. The second was held at night on the body of a Chinese who was drowned while endeavoring to ford Blackball Creek. A verdict of “Accidentally drowned ” was returned.

The Plains Water Supply. —Wo understand that the water race at Pudding Hill will bo formally opertiejd by? the" County Council on Monday next. The party will leave by train early in the morning, and the ceremony will probably take place about midday. The needful works have been almost completed down to Dundas farm, and the 'cognoscenti are of opinion that three weeks from the opening should see the water at the terminus of the works. . There arc those who are sceptical of this, however, having the Domain experience in memory. . Still it has to be berne in mirid fhalt si far 'larger body of water will bo handled, and that the gradient will be tOjCameron’s about 90 feet to the mile, and the remainder about 40 feet, to the mile, and Chapman’s... creek being already puddled by the water in it will not display any very great absorptive powers. The engineer is sanguine that a few weeks will sec the water down; but in any case its reaching its destination is only a matter of time, and a few weeks put; or in is neither here nor there.

New Grain Store. —The harvest promises abundantly, and .the, expectations are that more grain than ever will pass through -Ashburton this season en route for the London market. The experience of last year was that the storage room was all too small for the crop, but, owing to the depression, people did not 1 care to build. We understand, however, that the difficulties experienced last year for want of room are not to be encountered another season by at. least one..firm, .and the Messrs. Friedlander are about to double the size of their grain store in. Burnett and West streets; The store will be made cover all the vacant ground between the existing building and the store of Messrs. Jameson and j Roberts, and hr form the : new store will much resemble that lately built for Messrs. Matson, Cox and Co. It will certainly give quite an imposing appearance. Jib the corner, but perhaps the moat,satisfactory part ot the enterprise is the -fact that-the . district requires ihe-Undertaking. -'We believes line of rails will be taken right through the building, and a steam engine will be used to work the grain elevator. The reconstruction of the building, we understand, will commence at once. ■

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 250, 24 January 1881

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 250, 24 January 1881

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