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Australia v. Canterbury.— ln another column we give a report of this cricket match up to 4.15 this afternoon. To-night at 8 o’clock wa will publish an “ extra,” giving the full day’s score. A Good Example. —The Mayor of Auckland announces that he intends devoting L2OO of his salary to the free public library school. Amateur Dramatic Association.—A nautical drama entitled “Ben Bolt ” has been selected for representation at the Town Hail, on March 3rd next. Ashburton Horticultural Society. —This society will meet at Messrs. Jacobson and Eyton’s office, on Tuesday evening, to arrange details in connection with the Marcli show. Presentation. —On Wednesday afternoon a number of the past and present officers of the Bank of Hew Zealand presented Mr. J. L. Coster, late Manager of the Bank in Christchurch, with an illuminated address, and a purse of sovereigns with which to purchase a piece of plate.

County Waterworks. — The formal opening of the water race will take place at Pudding Hill on Monday. A special train for the convenience of visitors will leave Ashburton at 8.20 a.m,, and we expect to see a large gathering at the interesting ceremony. We hope, with the assistance of carrier pigeons, to publish a report of the proceedings in our Monday’s issue. Flemington School Committee. —At the annual meeting on Monday last, Mr. Joseph Clark occupied the chair, and eight other householders were present. After the transaction of routine business, the following committee was elected Messrs. E. Anderson, H. Anderson, Clark, Fleming, Dunn and Smith. At a subsequent meeting of the committee, Mr. Joseph Clark was . unanimously elected chairman. That Lecture. —At a meeting of the Prebbleton school committee, held on the 21fch instant, a letter was road from Mr. P. M'Guire, of Ashburton, requesting the committee to grant him the use of the schoolroom to deliver a lecture on education. The applicant had not stated whether the lecture was to be free or otherwise, and the committee refused the request.

The Southern Crops;— Very favorable accounts of the crops in the country districts of Otago continue to be received.

Pedestrianism. —Edwards has signed the articles of agreement for a forty-eight hours’ walking match between himself and Scott,

Sunday Concerts in Christchurch. —The Christchurch City Council have refused to give a permit to Mr, Mari in Simonsen to hold concerts of sacred music on Sunday evenings in the Theatre EO3 al. Racehorses for Wellington.— Tue following racing stock was sent to Wellington per the Te Anau, yesterday Mischief, The Governor, Randwick, Virginia Water, Clarence, Badsworth, The Agent, and Luna. The Powers of School Committees. —The various school committees in > Ire Auckland district are going to, hold a provincial conference respecting their powers under the Act, and the relations of the Education Board to committees. Wreck Inquiry. —An inquiry was held at Napier, yesterday, into the stranding of the Silver Cloud. The Court exonerated anyone from blame, but considered i hat it would have been wiser had the ve sel been brought in at flood tide.

Sporting. —The one mile race between Groves and Bayliss, for L 5 a-side, has been arranged, and will take place next Tuesday week. Groves has consented to give Bayliss the sixty-five yards s art asked for, and an excited contest is looted forward to.

Gallant Rescue. —In transhipping the passengers from the Waikaia to the Annie Milbank at Wangarei Heads, Auckland, on Thursday night, a passenger fell o verboard. Captain Aubrey jumped overboard and saved him, at the peril of his life, as a strong tide was running. Prospecting. —A party of prospectors are going out to examine the western slopes of the Ruahines, Hawkes’ Bay. Quartz similar to the Thames stone has been brought in from time to time by surveyors, and in a recent lecture Dr. Hector expressed the belief that gold would be found there. Agricultural and Pastoral Association. —The Committee of this Assccffion met at the Somerset Hotel yesterday afternoon. Present—Messrs. Carter (in the chair), Cox, H. Friedlander, Buff ck, E. F. Wright, Gundry, and Jameson. The Secretary reported that the County Council had agreed to lease the yards to the Association at a rental of Ll3l 16s. per annum. The question of sub-letting the yards was left with the Committee already appointed. Correspondence was read from Mr. James Little, protesting against any alteration in date of the Annual Show, and from Mr. Passmore, requesting the Secretary to enroll a number, of gentlemen as members. After passing sundry accounts for payment, the meeting adjourned. To-Day’s Court. —At the R. M. Court to-day, before Mr Nugent Wood, Andrew Everson was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and also with indecent exposure. Constable Neill gave evidence to arresting accused near the post office yesterday afternoon, where he was lying drunk. The constable also proved the second charge, and the accused was fined 205., or three days’ imprisonment, for being drunk and disorderly, and for indecent exposure fourteen days in Addington gaol. William Stewart was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Rakaia, and after Constable Rowse had given evidence, accused was fined ss. or twentyfour hours’ imprisonment. Poultry Society. —A meeting of gentlemen interested in the formation of a Poultry Society for Ashburton wasthold in the Town Hall last evening. Mr. S. Saunders occupied the chair, and briefly explained the objects and advantages of the proposed society. Mr. Poyntz reported what steps he had already taken, and apologised for the absence of several promised supporters. It was then resolved—“ That a Society be established, to be called ‘ The Ashburton Poultry, Pigeon, and Canary Society;’” and the rules of the Christchurch society were considered seriatim, and, after several slight alterations, adopted. The following officers were elected:- —President, Mr. E. G. Wright; vice-president, Mr. T. Bullock; treasurer, Mr. Poyntz; secretary, Mr. J. Permain; managing committee, Messrs. Wood, Charlton, Saunders, Biggs, and Jacobson. In the conversation which followed the business of the meeting the month of May was mentioned as most suitable for the Society’s first show. Good News. —The Bruce Herald says : —1“ We have good news for local growers of oats, and intelligence, if wo mistake not, which will attract the tittentiou of farmers in every part of New Zealand. A representative of an eminent Glasgow firm is now in New Zealand. The firm to which he is attached arc large dealers in oats and oatmeal, and their usual source of supply is now, and for years past has been, the United Stales. The demand for oats are increasing, and samples of New Zealand oats, which have been sent home, have attracted the attention and admiration of the dealers in farm produce. • The firm referred to require annually a supply which amounts in value to L160,Q00, and their representative has received a commission to erect oatmeal milla in the colony, which must provo a boon to all concerned, and which will be a positive source of wealth to the whole farming interest in the colony. The question arises, will our farmers, wo refer to the whole body not to any particular locality, be able to supply this unexpected demand ? If they can give practical answer in the affirmative, a source of wealth will be utilised and extended which will open up numerous avenues of employment, and a permanent industry will take root and flourish in New Zealand.”

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 255, 29 January 1881

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