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The Next Mail for England. —Mails for the United Kingdom, &c., via San Francisco, will close at the Ashburton Post-office at ten o’clock on Saturday morning. Pbdesxrianism. Bayliss challenges John Groves to run a mile race for L 5, giving the challenger 65 yards start. On Tuesday evening we understand a walking match for L 5 a-side will come off between Hooper and Gaukrodger. The Land Boards. —At a meeting of the Oamaru County Council yesterday it was decided not to co-operate with the Wairoa Council in the matter of petitioning Parliament to make Waste Lands Boards elective, and giving County Councils a voice in the election. Compensation Court. —The case of Mr. Robert Wilkins’ claim of L 2,500 against the Public Works Department for damages sustained by the erection of the Ashburton bridge and embankment, was partly heard in the Compensation Court, Christchurch, yesterday. The claim is founded on the fact that the erection of the bridge and embankment caused a deflection in the stream, and a consequent injury to claimant’s land. The evidence given was altogether expert, and the case was adjourned to the 23rd March. The Leadley compensation case will be heard on the Wednesday following.

The Australians at Timaru.— The weather yesterday was excellent for the Timaru match, and the wicket was good. The Australians took the bat first, and their innings lasted till twenty minutes to six when their last man was out for a total of 218. Six men of the Timaru side had batted for a total of 2, when time was called . Play was resumed at noon to-day. Jarvis was wicket-keeper, and Palmer opened the bowling, which was nearly as destructive as on the previous day. At 4n m —when | )ur message left—the inhad. closed for a total of 43 runs.

Postal. —Mails for London direct, per s.s. Northumberland, close at Wellington at 5 p.m. on Monday, the 31st instant. Mails for the Australian colonies, per Tararua, at the Bluff, close to-morrow, at 11.30 a.m.

Land for the People. —The Wellington correspondent of a contempo ary telegraphs:—“lt has been decided .hat the third extensive sale of Crown lane / on the Waimate Plains shall be helu at Hawora on the 25th, 2Gth and 28th proximo., nine thousand acres of bush laud, surveyed, with about seventy sections of 100 acres and upwards will be offered ; one-third of the area on deferred payments at L2 per acre, and the rest for cash, at upset prices from 30s. to 40a. The block lies on the west bank of the Waingongoro river, and the railway runs along the frontage, the distance from Hawera being from eight to ten miles. The railway from New Plymouth is open toEltham station, about a mile from the block, winch is to be called the Eltham block. It extends by a gradual slope to the base of Mount Egmont, and is covered with light bush, easily cleared and readily converted into good pasture. There are good roads in several directions. Besides this block, one hundred acres reserved from former sales, pending adjustment of claims now disposed of, will also be offered for sale at the upset price of L 4 per acre. Many quarter-acre sections in the townships of Mania and Opunake, and some suburban land, will be placed in the market tv the same time. A ll the above land, as v ,11 as the 5,0C3 acres in the Parihaka block, near Cape Egmont, well suited for agucultural and pastoral settlementDrunks. —His Worship the Mayer and Dr. Trevor sat to-day in judgment on the drunken detachment, which numbered five, all looking as seedy as possible- Ihe pioneer of the army was Frank Burn- He made no bones about it, but belieV'-d he was drunk, and was fined the customary ss. MacDonald took Burn’s place to answer a complaint against him by the stationmaster, that he had been drunk and indiscreet at the station. Mac remembered nothing about it at all, bur. two witnesses gave evidence that convicted him, and he had to pay L2. The stationmaster complained that at present there were a large number of men who came about the station and obstructed the officers in their duty. Andrew Robertson filed up to the dock. He didn’t know anything about the charge of drunkenness. He might have been drunk. He had to pay ss. Par Petersen had been druuk in charge of horse. He admitted it and Constable Neill told how it came a oout. Par had ridden a horse furiously u; and down East street. It was an old screw of a horse, and did not answer readily '-•> the spur, but that wasn’t Par’s blame who drove the spur all he knew. A youngster was nearly run over. Par was fined 205., or 48 hours, and had to pay 5- for stabling. Michael Lynch was pick il up by Constable Neill at the Somerset door at half-past 10 last night. Michael was very wild, much excited, blasphemous and obscene in his talk, and altogether disagreeable. The Court let him off with fines of 15s. in all, or three days in quad. Skinless Oats. —The Auckland Herald says ;—“ The skinless oats, which were introduced here last year by Mr. Wren, are likely to prove very suitable for our climate. Mr. B. C. Taylor, near Buckland’s station, Pukekohe, purchased a pound of the seed from Mr. Wren fr v Is., and he has now ascertained the result of his speculation. The seeds were sown in his garden, and after being sown they were almost wholly destroyed by the house sparrows and green linnets. For a time he did not think he would be able to save even seed from what was sown. The stalks left grew to a height of about four feet, and were cut the other day. He has a large sheaf, which he expects will yield fully a bushel of well-dressed oats. So far as he can judge, the crop seems to bo fully equal to that which was sown. Ho also made an experiment with the brown Norwegian oats. About a quarter of an acre was sown with this grain, and like the other variety of oats, the crop was nearly destroyed by sparrows and linnets. So thin were the plants made that Mr. Taylor at one time intended to plough it up and put in some other crop. However, he let it alone, and the roots littered out to an enormous extent, many 7 of the roots having sent up from 40 to 50 separate stalks, each of which bore a good head of grain. The stalks grew to a height of fully six feet. From the quarter of an acre he has threshed out 23 bushels of well-dressed grain—equal to 92 bushels per acre. Presbyterian Church. —The annual general meeting of the members and adherents of the Presbyterian Church was held last night in the Ashburton church. There were not many members present, but the attendance included one or tw» from the country. The Pastor presided, and, after devotions, the Treasurer, Mr. Gavin, read the annual financial report, which showed an income from all sources of L 515145. 4d. fortheyear. The expenditure this year included L9O of outlay that would not again occur, and as a balance of L2O still remained in the bank, and the sum of L3OO had been guaranteed by 21 gentlemen by October next, to pay oft' the mortgage on the church to that amount, there would only remain at that date the mortgage of L6OO on the manse and grounds. It was calculated that within another three years that debt would be wholly liquidated, and the cause would be free of any indebtedness whatever. The Treasurer in remarking on the financial position said he was sure that no other church in the colony had such a hopeful prospect, and this was all the more encouraging that it had been brought abou f at a time when the people were not in the most prosperous state possible. The report having been adopted, and votes of thanks given to the Secretary and Treasurer, and to the retiring Committee, the following business officers wore elected: —Finance Committee, the Elders of the Church ex officio, and Messrs. Robinson, M'Larcn, Murray, Kidd, Ross, Williamson, Baxter, Stewart, Lamb, Cochrane, Dunn, 0. Reid, Craighead, Stott, and Sargeant; Secretary, Mr. M'Laren; Treasurer, Mr. Gavin. The Pastor referred in grateful terras to the kindness of a member of the Church who had advanced the sum of L3OO at seven per cent, interest to meet the mortgagee, who wished his loan repaid, and also to the promptness with which twenty-one gentlemen had undertaken to raise L3OO between them to clear off this debt altogether. Mr. James Croy, Waterton, desired to know if anything could be done towards establishing a weekly service in the Watcrton district. He felt sure that an impetus could be given to the cause there, a greater enthusiasm raised, and a warmer spirit fostered if a weekly service could be instituted. The Pastor replied that the matter had been in his mind, but it had not yet been before the session. He would take an early opportunity of bringing the subject before the session for consideration. : On the subject of church extension, a belief was expressed that were this harvest a satisfactory one, a church would be built at Wakanui, and the building scheme for Waterton greatly furthered. It regard to Tinwald, an offer of a site had been made by Mr. Wilkin for both church and manse, if a building costing L2OO were erected. The Tinwald Presbyterians contemplated at present putting up a church costing only Ll3O, and a committee was appointed to wait on them with a view to explaining the terms offered by Messrs. Wilkin and Carter, and also of conferring with them as to ways and means for the erection of such a building as was desirable. Some minor business was also transacted, and the meeting adjourned.

Rev. Mr. Pym’s Meeting at Tinwald. —Not to-night, but next Thursday, is the evening for Rev. Mr. Pym’s address at Tinwald.

A Lady Preacher.— Mrs. Holder, a lady from England, will preach in the Town .Hall on Sunday afternoon and evening. Tenders. —Tenders arc wanted for the new store for Messrs. Friedlander, whose intention to build we noticed in a previous issue.

Illicit Still.— At the Taranaki R.M. Court yesterday, Thomas Oandish was fined LSO, or six months’ imprisonment, for having in his possession an unlicensed still. The Auckland Suicide. —At the in quest on Margaret Wyatt, who committed suicide at the Auckland Lunatic Asylum, a verdict of suicide while insane was returned.

Colonial Defence. —The Age says that during the last 25 years the sum of L 2,445 ,00 vast amount —has been wasted on thedefencos of Victoria. It adds that the land forces have al ways been a sham. The Property Tax. —There were ove a hundred appeals from Auckland taxpayers against the assessment under the Property Tax, but the Board of Reviewers sustained the valuations, except in a few trifling cases. A Nice Liquor. —Lovers of fine old cognac will (observes the Ballarat Star) find little comfort in the declaration made by Mr. Henry Stevenson in his lecture, that the ingredients of the spirit named are sugar from the beet, vegetable naptha, and sweet spirits of nitre. The Old Poet. —Tennyson attained his seventy-first birthday on August sth. A few of the intimate friends the Laureate allows himself —including Browning, Matthew Arnold, and James R. Lowell—called on him at his London residence in King street, Mayfair. Browning recited a congratulatory ode. Jack Maori. —Mr. Parris telegraphed to the Government yesterday that the natives had commenced clearing some land across the Armed Constabulary road, outside the reserves laid off for them. On being warned to desist, they said they were acting under Te Whiti’s orders. It was not deemed necessary to take any immediate steps to eject them.

Postal Alteration. —The Suez mail steamers are now timed to leave Melbourne on the 2nd and 16th of February and March, being two days earlier in each case than stated in the “Postal Guide” time-table. The mail to connect with the steamer leaving Melbourne on the 16th will be despatched from the Bluff on Thursday, the 10th February. A “ Lick-Spittle.” —Although English people are almost as well known to the Parisians as to Londoners, occasionally a story of the traditional hauteur of Milords and Miladies finds its way into a French newspaper. One of them stated the other day that a Milady had entered a post office to buy a stamp. Having purchased it, she turned to her maid, who was standing behind her, and made a sign. The maid at once put out her tongue, over which the Milady lightly passed the stamp, and then affixed it to her letter.

The Dull Times. Notwithstanding the dull times which have been experienced in New Zealand during the last two years or more, the deposits in the Savings Banks have undergone no diminution, but, on the contrary, have increased during the last jmar by no less a sum than L 26,394. This shows that, although numbers of the working classes have had to face actual want, others again have been able to save something from their earnings. It may bo that the increased deposits are the result of the necessity which has clearly shown itself for the practice of thrift.

Singular Accident. The Horsham Times (Victoria) records the occurrence of a singular accident at Kewell, by which a boy, nine j'ears of age, son of Mr. Wallis, lost his life. The parents having occasion to leave the premises for some time, locked the door, and, following a very common custom, put the key on the inner windowsill. The little boy coming home opened the window, hut knocked the key down. He endeavored to get it, and while so engaged the window sash fell on his neck, completely pinning him down, his strength being unequal to the task of raising the window, and he could not aid himself by means of his hands. The consequence was that the weight of the sash strangled him, and he was found quite dead. Wellington Races. —The following is the latest betting on the Wellington Cup : —Natator, 2 to 1, taken and wanted ; Libeller, 4 to 1, taken ; Volunteer, 100 to 8, offered ; Badsworth, 10 to 1 offered ; Lady Emma, 5 to 1, taken ; Hailstorm, 100 to 3, offered; On Dit, 100 to 16, offered ; Sir George, 100 to 8, wanted ; The Governor, 100 to 6, offered ; Luna, 100 to 15, taken ; Mischief, 100 to 5, offered ; Don, 100 to 5 (to win 1,200), offered : Virginia Water, 100 to 30, taken ; Norseman, 10 to 1, offered ; Bandwick. 100 to 12, taken. The privileges in connection with the meeting were sold yesterday, and realised L 606, the grand stand, saddling paddock, fancy bazaar, totalisator and cards excepted.

A Terrible Position.— The Toronto Globe has the following paragraph :—The sawdust of a mill at Victoria Harbor is burned in a kiln eighty feet high, made of boiler iron. Carriers, on an endless chain, convey the refuse to a door forty feet from the ground, and dump it into the fire within. An employb named Payne, who looks after the carriers, got on one of them to go to his place at the door above. Everything went all right until ho got close to the doors, when he found that his feet were caught and he was unable to extricate himself, and that he was gradually going to meet a sure and horrible death. He managed to attract the attention of some of his companions, who stopped the machinery just as lie was entering the fiery furnace. He was severely scorched before he was rescued from his perilous position. The Snuffer. —-On the subject of snuffing a curious calculation has been loft on record by Lord Stanhope : “ Every professed, inveterate, and incurable snufftaker,” says his lordship, “ at a moderate computation takes one pinch in ten minutes. Every pinch, with the agreeable ceremony of blowing and wiping the nose and other incidental circumstances, consumes one minute and a half. One minute and a half out of every ten, allowing sixteen hours for a snuff-taking day, amounts to two hours and twenty-four minutes for every natural day, or one day cut of ten. One day out of every ten amounts to thirty six days and a half in a year. Hence, if wc suppose the practice to ho persisted in forty years, two entire years of the snuff-taker’s life will bo dedicated to tickling his nose, and two more to blowing it !” Justices’ Justice.— At the Wellington Supremo Court in banco yesterday afternoon Mr. Bell, on behalf of the Commissioner of Customs, appeared to move for a rule calling upon Mr. Hutchison arid Dr. Harding, J. P. ’s to allow cause why a mandamus should not bo issued compelling them to deliver a proper re Charles Martin, who was recently charged before them with having several unstamped boxes of cigars in his possession. Messrs. Hutchison and IHarding appeared in person, and urged that they had refused to fine Martin in the sum of Lloo'(as they were required to do by the Act in case of conviction) simply because it would have been outrageous on their part to have done so, seeing that the cigars in question were only worth about L2. The Chief Justice said that Justices had no right to take such a view of the matter. All they had to do was to administer the law as they found it. After considerable argument their Honors made a rule absolute, commanding the Justices to proceed to a proper determination.

Harbor Works. —The first stone of the New Plymouth harbor works will be laid on February 7th. A Swift Flight. —A carrier pigeon belonging to Mr. John C. Haines, of Tom’g, River, N. J., recently flew the distance of 30 miles in an air line in 24 minutes. Ten other pigeons, released at the same moment, reached homo a minute later than their leader.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 253, 27 January 1881

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