TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 p.m.] The Ashburton Guardian. WEDNESDAYS JANUARY 26, 1881.
Tije Pld Men’s Homb. —Thu master of Old Men’s Home wishes to acknowledge, with t%nks,.the receipt of a bag of apples for tho inmates," from Mrs. Oliver, of We^teri^dclv-, i; ‘ <■: - 1 he Cleansing or the'Town. —At last nightf a-, meeting of i thje ,Councila resolution, proposed' by Mr. Harrison, was passed r,a y ra.te. for: purposes." 'The matter of course will require, the ratepayers’ sanctioo. Thb Tables Turned.— A Wellington telegram; tells ,ua that the Appeal Court has judgment, of the'. Supreme: Court,. ;phipß&burchj in the case of . tqjfqur years forgery,.and Murphy as theref orebeen discharged. Proposed, New Bock. —At a meeting of the Auckland Rtarbor ; Board yesterday It was. decided to examine sites, for a large dock, and I(s>opd was voted out of curpurpose of examination and preliminary expenses in cqnnecr The Bird Shcw. Owing to the assembly in the Town Hall last night, which drew a very largo number of people; there was no meeting of the promoters of a Canary, Pigeon, and Poultry Society. A meeting will therefore be held at a future period, and Friday evening has been fixed as the date. The Outfall Drain. The outfall drain has given ; considerable, .offence to dwellers in its near vicinity, and shortly since the Council resolved to take the work of covering it in hand as soon as They .were reminded of their resolution last night by a paragraph in the Engineers’ report, but the matter was too weighty to rush at at once, and it was ' held over for a foptuightj i 7 “Sec Shillings Costs.”— Mr. Ivess having succeeded in his case against Mr. Crisp, and proved that, the sum of six shillings ought not to have been charged ■ from the defaulting ratepayers, last night asked that th 0 * o ,who. hjvdj-paid the,extra,, sum snoura 'h# vajis refunded,' as Mr. Crisp] 1 had said he had- refunded the money to . the Council. The matter was hung up for .6, fortnight for an. explanation by the Mayor as to how made. The Australian Scullers. —Trickett was hopelessly beaten in the second race with In the first race the latter claimed h'-fefldiiTrtach’' the ;nmpirej disallowed. But Trickptt won by so many lengths that he was quite a favorite at - starring. Trickett seemed far from well, '■ ’ and, although he sirnggied havd for vic- ' tory, Roes won easily by several lengths . The race caused but little excitement, and ; there were very few .spectators,. Laycock V has lately been Vunrinj; Rome* friends in jNor&utnberkxid.
The By-Laws. —Several alterations on the By-laws were adopted by the Borough Council last night, and a revision of the whole is under consideration. Fire ‘Brigade.— The Secretary to the Fire Brigade notifies in another column that there will be no practice to-hight, owing to the absence of the officers. The - Borough Council. —At the ‘Borough Council meeting last night the Mayor was unable to bo present from illness, and Mr. Ivess took the chair. The Rev. Mr. Pym. —The Rev. Mr. Pym delivered an evangelistic address last night in -the.,Town Hall, which, was crowded almost to the door. The rev. gentleman is to deliver another address in the Temperance Hall, Tinwald, on Thursday evening. Church Parade. Another church parade by the Volunteers will probably ,be held on Sunday week, in compliment to the Rev. Mr. Pym, who is an old army Captain. As all the members of the corps will be in Ashburton on the date proposed a full turn-out of both cavalry and riflemen is looked fox - . “ Natural Causes.” —A woman named Annie Ray was found dead in a lean-to in Christchux-ch on Monday. At the inquest the evidence went to show that she had been given to drink, and the medical evidence bore that the diseased condition of the deceased was attributable to excessive drinking.- The jury found a verdict that the woman died from natural causes. The School Committee Elections in the North. —At Wanganui, the election of the committee was decided on the Bible-in-schools question, with the result that five secularists and two. Bible-in-schqpls advocates were returned; at; Auckland the secularists carried the nominations. In many cases resolutions were carried in favour of the present Act. The Redskins. Telegrams from Mexico published in the daily, papers that an attack has been made by Indians on a coach in that district. The vehicle was full of passengers,- and the attack was so sudden and unexpected that ouly: feeble resistance was made by the passengers, five of whom were killed and several injured. The Indians gpt clear off. . . :
The Wesleyan Conference. —At the Wesleyan Conference .yesterday, seven candidates for the ministi-y were presented, and six were accepted. The Rev. Mr. Bavin said he had given up his intention of seeking removal to Sydney, and Rev. Mr. Barber, from England, was received into lull connection. The Rev. Mr. Buller said he intended to settle in Christchurch, but would retire from circuit work. The Rev 'J. Berry was received into active work again. -All probationers were allowed to pass in their years, and the Revs. Murray and Spence were allowed to gain a year. Messrs. Pinfold and Slade were passed for circuit work.
Sanitary.—The month has been one in which a more than ordinary amount of sickness has prevailed, the most rampant ailment being dysentry. The opening of the fruit season appears to be always marked by an increase ,of sickness, and those fond of fruit should be particularly careful to see that what they eat is ripe. There is no greater enemy to health than unripe fruit. We may mention, too, that while sickness has prevailed extensively, death has not been idle, and already - the per centage of deaths is unusually .high, no less than nineteen or twenty having occurred in the district; since the New Year. Pbimetive’Methodism:.—At the Primitive Methodist Conference yesterday, the following list of stations,for ministers was adopted finally :—New Plymouth) Joseph Sharp ; Wellington, D. Dutton, A. J. Smith, W., ,J. Dean ; Auckland, (1), Joseph.Xiong ; Auckland (2), James Guy ; Invercargill, Chas. E. Ward ; Timaru,' John Dumbell ; Thames, T, W. Adamson ; Dunedin (1), W. S. Potter ; Dunedin (2), C. E. Barley ; Green Vale, P. W. Jones ; Ashburton, John Nixon ; Christchurch, Josiah Ward ; Manawatu, T. Sadler, Robert B. Horsley ; Geraldine, J. H. Luke ; Oamaru, James Clover. The 1882 conference will be held at Wellington on January 13th next.
The Germans and Australia.— lt is stated that the North German Bank have resolved to forward the creation of a shipping line from Hamburg, via the Cape, to Australia. It is reckoned that the voyage will take six week via England or Antwerp, Capetown, Port Elizabeth, to Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney. The : Germans are plainly thinking seriously of the good they can draw from' Australia, one proof of which is the zeal with which they have sought to recommend their wares to the antipodes through the medium of the Melbourne Exhibition. . In the Imperial Budget last, year 300,000 marks were voted to assist national competition, and that sum being found inadequate by about '200,000 marks, the deficit is to be made up, and 35,000 marks more are now demanded in the Budget of 1881. The Fire Brigades Conference. — The last sitting of the Fire Brigades Conference was held in Wellington yesterday. A committee’s report recommended that it-was not advisable to establish a sick and accident fund, but that the association be empowered to levy a rate if required upon all brigades that are members of the association, such levy not to exceed 2s. per member in addition to the annual subscription; and such accumulated fund to be used for no other purpose than for accidents or death received or sustained at fires. After some discussion, it was resolved to receive the report, but to ask the committee to continue their labors during the ensuing year, and to bring up a more extended report at the next meeting. It . was resolved—“ That the pass word already suggested by the London Association should be adopted.” Votes of thanks were passed to Mr. Oliver, Minister for Public Works, for free passes on the railway, to the Union Steamship Company-for the; liberal reduction in fares, and to Mr, Meares, of the Union Insurance Company, for his exertions on 'behalf of the Fire Brigades Bill. Fifteen pounds was voted to th© secretary for past services.. - It was. decided that the next annual conference should be held at Timaru, and the conference then concluded. The Australians at Oamaru.— The match resulted yesterday in a draw, caused by the irregularities of the weather, which interrupted the play very frequently and wasted a great part of the day. The Australians completed their innings for 118, and their opponents following raised 88, mainly attributable to the interference of the wet with the wicket. ; The Australians Had 25 to get, and half an hour to do it in, but a perverse shower came on, and:when the second innings came on only sixteen minutes remained to get the runs. SpoSbrth and. Boyle essayed the task,' but only got 18.. Boyle might easily have been run opt, as both men were in the same crease, , ; but the oppor-r tunily was lost, and they carried their bats out. Victory was thus,snatched from their grasp in a very unlooked-for manner. Regarding the bowling of Palmer and Spofiorth the Times’ special ; says hqye noticed that much more than the Ordinary proportion of men get out to Palmers bowling, and the reason is that the spip be pots pn the ball causes it to. Wonderfully fast,from pitch. ...I* am quite sure, that many batsmen, par-, tieularly at puhedin,. never. saw the ball that bpwled them , after .it- .pitched.. Another consequence of this peculiarity is that pretty well all his. wickets are bowled and.nqt.caught, tut I do not see that ‘good 'batsmen on a good wicket ahould find a great amount of difficulty in playing him. ‘ Spofforth, ;bn the contrary, hangs‘% little 1 from the pitch, and it' is hishrepk which requires watching on the whole ; he does not bowl as fast as Palmer, but there is . mprp time to , wait.for the twist. ”
The Subsidy. — difficult thing to draw money out of but the Borough Council have ak last-received a telegram., that the subsidy, now.ovordue, trill be paid next .week* ; " The Cost of-our Little Wars.— The Imperial Government, have published an official notification that .the';cost of the Afghan campi&.'n "to the present L17,50(VOOO.