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The San Francisco Mail. —A supplementary mail will leave to-morrow by the afternoon express ; but all money order business for England must be transacted before ten a. m.

The Harvest. —A Timaru item states that the weather is splendid for the harvest, and the crops are being reaped in first-rate condition.

The Borough Valuation Roll.— The time during which the valuation rod of the Borough will be on view at the Town Clerk’s office, has been extended to the 22nd February. Accident to the Steamer Grafton. — The Grafton in going into the Grey yesterday, struck on the North Spit and smashed the fans of her propeller. She is now on the hard there. The Rights of Labor. —At a meeting of the Wellington Seamen’s Union, yesterday, the following resolution was carried —“That all boats strike for the eight hours’ movement on January 31st, and to come out if they do not get eight hours to be on the articles. The Wellington Cup. —A telegram today from the Empire City says that betting on the Cup is entirely paralysed, owing to the uncertainty as to whether Natator is to face the starter or not. Sir Tatton has been scratched for all engagements at the meeting. Fire at Parihaka. —Intelligence was received at Taranaki yesterday that a bush fire had occurred on land at Airihaka, and destroyed a quantity of food. So excited were the Maoris that it was with difficulty that many of them we re prevented from rushing into the flaqies and dying with the food which was being destroyed. The Napier Ram Fair. —The ram fair yesterday was a great success, and the attendance was large. The competition was weak, especially in the long wool, the prices realised being from 50 to IQO per cent, under last year’s quotations. Imported sheep fetched the highest figures, but large drafts from local flocks sold remarkably well.

A Man Missing. —During the passage of the steamer Albion from Lyttelton to Port Chalmers, one of the steerage passengers from Auckland to Melbourne, named James Burnett Pike, was missed. He was last seen by his mate at 2 a.m. on Wednesday, when lie was muttering to himself in his bunk. Previously ho had been drinking in Auckland, and was suffering from its effects. Pike had been gum digging at North Wairoa Fire at Kaiapoi. —A telegram despatched from Christchurch, at 1.50 this afternoon, informs us that a disastrous fire occurred at Kaiapoi at 2 o’clock this morning. Five buildings were completely destroyed, consisting of the shops and dwelling-houses occupied by J. Hornby, G P. Wilson, Johnstone, Ayres, Allen, and Isaac Wilson. The insurances are— L 1,050 in the South British, L2OO in the Northern, L7O in the National, and L6OO in the New Zealand. The estimated value of the property destroyed is L 4,470. The origin of the fire is unknown. A Battue. —To-morrow morning will herald the destruction of a large number of feathered denizens of the Ashburton. One of our local butchers who goes in heavily for pigs has discovered that a horde of many thousands of sea gulls are in the habit of robbing his porkers of their rations, and he has invited all his friends who own double barrelled straight shooters to meet at the slaughter yards on the river bed, at 5 a.m. sharp, tomorrow morning to sacrifice the offending gulls. As an instance of retributive justice he intends to feed the pigs on the slain birds. We anticipate this butcher’s pork will acquire a very fowl flavor in consequence.

The Australian Eleven v. Twentytwo of South Canterbury.—The first innings of the South Canterbury team closed yesterday for 43, as reported in our town edition last night, thus having then 175 to get in their second innings to save a one innings defeat. They went again to tho wickets, Alexander and Boyle trundling the ball. At this attempt the Timaruites succeeded in putting together 67 runs, or one mere than half their opponents’ single innings score. The Australian team will pass through Ashburton by the express to-night, and the three days’ match—fifteen of Canterbury v. the Australian Eleven—will commence at Hagley Park to-morrow. An Important Question. —At the meeting of the Auckland Board of Reviewers under the Property Assessment Act, yesterday, the principal business was the valuation oftho Alburnia Gold Mining Company. Mr. Hesketh submitted, first, that the shares in the company were not the company’s property, but belonged to the shareholders ; second, that tho company’s traffic cnly is liable to taxation ; and third, that the company’s capital was not liable to taxation ; therefore he submitted that only the property of the com pany was liable to be taxed. The 'Board said that as tho matter brought up was a most important one, and would affect the whole of the gold mining companies, the Board could not give its decision for a fortnight. Visitors.—Mr. Herring, a Yorkshire farmer, representing a number of others, arrived at the Bluff by the Te Anau on Tuesday, and intends to travel through New Zealand with a view to reporting on its capabilities for agricultural and pastoral settlement. He will follow up, in the interests of the Yorkshire farmers, the work done by Messrs. Grant and Foster in the interests of the Lincolnshire farmers. By the same vessel also arrived Mr. Thomas K, Dow, the agricultural reporter for the Melbourne Leader, who comes for tho purpose of furnishing that paper with a series of reports on tho agricultural interests of New Zealand. . Cambriuob School.- The School Committee for Cambridge were elected as follow on Monday evening last: —Messrs. Joseph Lloyd, Benjamin Hampton, Edwin Watkin, William Allan, William Lill, Joseph Megson, David Margetts. At the election meeting Mr. Megson presided, and read the balance sheet and report, which were approved. The financial statement showed a. credit balance of L 4 10s. The old committee sat for a short ime, before the public meeting, and some minor, business, was transacted, such as confirming the Business done by the chairman during the month, and passing some accounts for payment. . The , chairman stated that the auditing of the accounts had cost 15s. After the election above stated the new committee met, when Mr. Megson waste-elected Chairman, and Mr. Lloyd was elected Secretary. It was reresolved that all cheques of the Committee be signed by the Chairman and Secretary. The chairman was instructed ,to apply to Mr. Williamsbh for balance of books account, and for subscriptions received for ppst office letter box 5 and also to pay Mrl Scott for work done in con-..' noction therewith. After the usiial votes of thatiks to the Chairman the Committee adjourned till the middle of March.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 254, 28 January 1881

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 254, 28 January 1881