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The Ashburton Guardian. TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 1881. The School Election.

TOWN EDITION. {lssued at 5 p. m. ]

Last ; night quite a crowd of the householders in the schoolroom, to take part in the annual business re scholastic; affairs,-which falls to be transacted on the last Monday in January. We are glad to see the interest taken in school affairs' that last night’s , meeting evinced, and we cam only express bur regret that the same interest was not taken on previous oc--, casiohs. Had it been our, experience to see a hundred or so of the parents of pupils rolling up to the annual meetinghVfeiibeli assured that the petsontiel of the Committees who have held office during the last three years would have been totally different from what they have been, and we do not consider, we are very far; out in istating ■ that, hadg*the householders displayed the. stifle hnxiety for the school's welfare all along that they displayed last night there would nofclhave been the many complaints to make that we listened to last night; ! The school is, sd To * speak, ’ on its trial —the Conduct of that, trial has been taken by the Central Board into its owit h andsi, : and,,, the next three months are the probationary period allowed for the present management of the institution to show whether it is fit or not to be longer entrusted with the conduct of the school. ! ; We do : riot know ,that three months- give enough time' fof/eyenjJthe best teaching staff in the world to Jbring.a school, tobose ’'declension has bedrt SOrtiarked as has be'ten that 'of the Ashburton Seliool, up to a high point of excellence, but'th'e ,Board seem-to cortsiderit so. And while'thjjy time of probation.Tians, we look upon it as only fair to . say nothing whatever regarding .the state,of affairs. We,are exceedingly sorry thati yrith ledge f . of the the sqhipql jnpwl occupies Vih f reldtipa to thp Board, jsp much was said by. the various housed holders at last pighi’s meeting ;jbu,t rat .the same time the only opportunity! allowed to the. public to express an opinion on the; scholastic matters tnstrict is the annual meetings of housed holders, and those of them who spoke strongly against the master and his staff. exercised; a perfectly legal right. JStill, we consider it would have been more in accordance with .the Englishman’s ideas of justice and fairplay had, the allowed to fulfil the, time; of trial allowed him, by the Board before. |te f was pronounced a man unfit.for he held,. Three months will soon run out, arid then we shall be able to open our minds on the subject of]-{fate-. Ashburton School without re--serve, but while a man is on his trial it is certainly,unfair to. him to prejudice his; case tin ; any way. We believe a? Committee - has been secured that, while it has a single eye to the Welfare' of • education iri thd district, will also mete out justice 1 to the teachers, and we may safely leave the care of matters in their hands till events have developed; themselves.

( Sukpav — The church, pity Council, at. its fortnightly meeting last night, determined to : grant a license to the local Theatre Royal only for week days.; The same restriction was imposed as regard the licenses for the two Oddfellows’ Halls, Evangelistic . Address. The Rev. Melville Pym,‘ the.popular'preacher who is temporarily' in charge of St. Stephens, in the absence-of Rev. Mr. Hands,' will deliver one of his evangelistic addresses to-night,' arid from the reception Mr, Pyni : has met with by members of all the religious bodies in Ashburton,' we-can safely bespeak Him A.crowded house; ' ■ - '' ■ Primitive Methodist Conference.— |At the Primitive Methodist Conference' at Dunedin, yesterday,' the connectional building!report was brought up. The report showed that five new churches, at a total-cost of 'L3,076, have been erected : daring the dast year, the whole being' placed under ' the Temporalities Act of that Body, The Ashburton - Church trustees applied for permission to sell their present church, with a view to erecting a larger building in a better position. The cdse• was : ably/sustained!by .Messrs?' SriJtt and Watkins; the delegates,; and: the i application was allowed, * - RelioKW ■' ; rsf : " 'SpadbiA^As. .bearing" ;Uphri telegWi'pmc item rirhidn hppeal'ed in yur Saturday’s issue, we njake. the tbl- J lowing bxtrjictthe ' this IAiMMiJ, 'Mtbd ; hy itt pendent:—“ In reference; to the AriidciatSon’sf telegram tb’the' feffect ; fhat'at. All Rev. Mr. Fitchettstaldd thai’ tWo merti- 1 bers of the Government had informed him that they wete favrirable to 1 an 'altemtkm In -the 'EditOation Act to 'permit! rilirtiuters of reMgioß ll an opportunity of' givingVetigioUS l '‘itieitruction;; : in .public' ( s6hO(i» ? darmg‘i<:Ho^ , hoar»at-lettßfc i tw}ce ! |a week, I am poaitivolysAtuiredtthat'whati;Sever personal opinion-may have been ex- ! pidefed'firi-'priVatd cbuVbrsatiori hj •’ iridJViri 'dual members of tbe Minutry, the educatioaßl policy-xjf the Government remsink - abridntely'unchanged,/and; the; subject’ of religious education has never yet been 'even discusaed'by the Goverriment, nor is ; there any probability ■ that the question will com'ri dt&iy cbrisideratidn' before the session,"

Drunk. —William, Storey .was fined ss. for using obscene language, Magistrate to-day. I > \ Discord. —Legal proceedings have been commenced by Herr Wildner, conductor of"' the Austrian Band, >againsl Herr Schonberger,-tO recover L 1,300.. Yictobian ||akvest Prospects.— A Australian paper, received at '‘ Auckland per Hero, states that the present indications of the v/heat harvest are not so good as last year.

Return of a ' Colonist. —Mr G. S. Graham, manager,- of .the Colonial Insurance Company, returned from England per Hero, which arrived at Auckland, yesterday. Cumulative. voting.— XT the Sydenham school district’s annual meeting last night, the committee’s report recommended the abolition of cumulative voting - at the school committee electibns, 'hut the recommendation was almost unanimously vetoed by the meeting.— Press. ..

; Tffft Australia-ns- at Oawartt,— In’ their first innmgs yesterday, at Oamaru, thd l6Cal tWenty-two triade a poor appearance, and their combined’efforts raised a" score, ■ ilioludingUi -byes, of only 54. The play was not of importance enough to require an extended notice, and the only Show of cricket was made by Hook; who got 15 runs'.-.The Australians - had fourwickets down at six o’clock, for 64. ; 'Accident at the Dock.— An accident, which-resulted in injuring more or less fowrtrorkmen, occurred-yesterday worthing, at the Lyttelton graving dock. One of the “ travellers,” used for carry in, con-' Crete from one part ofvthf dopk' tyr an,r, other, capsized, and fetl-hpOu fdvrr nhfiiatwork .. One, whoso nqmc was ascertained to ; w Barney Mulholfano. wtis badly cut about the head—seriouaiy so, it is feared ; another, J. Jury, had c ;-e of his thighs severely injured,; While two others sustafned bruises aiid bull 'Of ia painful but less serious nature. M jlholholland was taken to his home immediately, and Dr. J. T. Rouse attended two of the other men at his surgery.—lVessAiT

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The Ashburton Guardian. TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 1881. The School Election., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 251, 25 January 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 1881. The School Election. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 251, 25 January 1881

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