TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 p. m.] The Ashburton Guardian. MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 1881.
To Correspondents. man’s” letter will appear to-morrow. Property Assessments. —The Board of Reviewers will sit at Rakaia on Tuesday, Bth February. District Court. —The next sitting of this Court in Ashburton will be held on Thursday, the 10th of February. Mrs. Holder.— This lady’s addresses at the Town Hall yesterday were very well attended, and she was listened to with apparent attention and interest. The Building Society. —The usual monthly meeting of the Ashburton Permanent Building and Investment Society will be held at Mr. Bullock’s office, tomorrow, between the hours of 6.30 and 8.30 p.m. Australia v. Canterbury. —ln this issue we are only able to give our readers the telegraphic report, but we propose issuing an “extra” this evening which will contain full particulars (by pigeongram) of the day’s play.
The Weather. —An ominous fall of the barometer last night was followed by a disagreeable nor’-wester to-day. We fear some of the over-ripe crops have suffered, but as the glass has been steady since noon, wo trust this is the last of our unwelcome visitors.
Railway Fares. —Considerable disgust is expressed in Timaru at the short sightedness of the railway management in granting single fare tickets for visitors to the cricket match only as far south as RangitaK Quite a crowd of Timaru residents, armed with portmanteaux, turned on their heels at the station on Saturday morning, on finding that the concession did not extend to Timaru. Cricket Banquet.— On Saturday even, 4 ' ing a banquet arranged by a committee of gentlemen, was given to the Australian cricketers, in Messrs. Ford and Newton’s rooms, Christchurch. About sixty were present, Mr. E. C. J. Stevens, M.H.R., occupying the chair. The proceedings were of a very cordial description, and during the course of his response to the toast of the evening, Mr. Murdoch (captain of the visiting team) remarked that their reception in New Zealand had been most kind and liberal—that the Christchurch ground was equal to anything they had played upon, and that on the occasion in which Australia suffered defeat at the hands of Canterbury it was no fluke, but a well deserved defeat.
The Auckland Regatta. Anniversary day in Auckland was celebrated by the usual regatta on Saturday. The sailing races passed off successfully, but most of the pulling matches had to be postponed till to-day, owing to the lumpy sea. As mentioned in the “extra” issued by us on Saturday evening, the Sovereign won the Champion Race, for brigantines, schooners; and ketches of 50 tons and upwards, the Torea being second, and the Borealis third. The race for Trading Cutters of 25 tons was well contested, and resulted as follows ;■ —Rangatira, 1 > Fannie, 2. For the Open Sailing Boat Race there were seven entries, and the Hattie May was first followed by the May Flower. For the Race for Trading Vessels of 25 tons and under 50 tons, the Ada was first, with the Reward second. The race for yachts under six tons brought out five vessels, and the race resulted in favor of the Jessie Logan, with the Tory second. Open Sailing Boat Race, five entries, Shrimp, IMagic, 2. Race for Trading Vessels, under 26 tons, seven entries, Garnet, 1 ; Henry, 2- Race for Sailing Boats or Yachts, four entries, Daisy, 1 ; Lizzie; 2. Open Sailing Boats, second class, Magic, 1 j Imp, •2. This was a capital race, tha second boat being only 15 seconds behind. Race for Foreigngoing vessels' Gigs, Dunloe, 1 5 Jocelyn, 2. Race for Coasting Vessels’ Gigs, Rotomahana, IGlenelg, 2. What might have been a fatal accident happened to a small steamer, named the Planet, during the Champion Race. The Edith ran into the Planet, smashing her funnel, steam pipe and bulwarks, and breaking her own libboom. Some people on the Planet, fearful af an explosion, leaped overboard, but were rescued. . The steamer was tow«d to the wharf, Since the above was put i» type we the result of the Champion Four-oared Outngger Race, Which Will he £yt>nd i# aether colpmp.
A Fatal Bathe. some boys were bathing in the Aparima, South!'ml, on Friday, a son of Mr. Hugh Moiioy, aged ten years, was carried out with the current and drowned.
The Taupo Country. —The Hanera Star of the 22nd instant says “Three gentlemen, having lately passed through the Taupo country to Wanganui, rc a>rt having discovered several caves, conta ued in which are large quantities of a: -in. Other caves were also explored, in winch sulphur was abundant. The explorers’ attention was also .attracted by a lagoon, the surface of which was covered wi h a greenish substance. The substance nay be oxide of copper, but owing to the volcanic stratum, little or no signs of the ore could be discernible on the surface of she ground in the vicinity. Two of the gentlemen, whose principal object is shat of prospecting for gold, purpose renewing their researches, as there appears to be traces of the existence of that metal in the country to the south of Taupo.”
A Caution to Bailiffs. —The following is from this morning’s Press : —A Lyttelton tradesman is reported to have made the most of an opportunity last Friday night. It seems that one of those most unwelcome and uninvited guests woo, when duty calls, hesitate not to invade the innermost sanctum of their neighbor’s premises, had quite unexpectedly taken up his quarters within the tradesman’s domestic oasis in London street. The tradesman appears to have borne the surprise with a degree of meekness and graciousness quite unlooked for by his guest, who, probably finding the former so good-natured, just stepped off the threshold of the premises for a minute or two. His vexation at finding the door closed and locked, upon essaying to enter again, may be left without further comment, as may also what took place wiien his employer, the head bailiff, discovered the situation.
Tying the Knot. — A young man and a young woman were recently contesting possession of a piece of property in Ireland, the one claiming under an old lease, the other under an old will. “It just strikes me,” said the judge, “ that there is a pleasant and easy way to terminate this old lawsuit. The plautiff appears to be a respectable young man, and this is a verv nice young woman. They can both get married, and live happily on the farm. If they go on with law proceedings, it will all be frit' ored away between the lawyers, who, i am sure, are not ungallant enough to wish the marriage not to come off.” The lady blushed, and the young man stammered that they liked each other a little bit ; so a verdict was entered for the plaintb: on condition of his promising to marr > the defendant within two months, a yof execution being put to the verdict ti': the marriage should be completed.
Whitewashed Babies.— A misaio >ary, stationed at one of tbe South Sea isl ids, determined to give his residence a emit of whitewash. To obtain this, in tne absence of lime, coral was reduced to powder, by burning. The natives watched the process of burning with interest, believing that the coral was being cooked for them to eat. NeA. morning, they beheld the missionary’s cottage glittering in the rising sun, white as snow. They' danced, they sang, they screamed with joy. The whole island was in commotion. Wuitewash became the rage. Happy war, tire coquette who could enhance her charms by a dab of the white brush Contentions arose. One party urged their superior rank ; another obtained possession of the brush and valiantly held it agains - '. all comers; a third tried to upset the tub, to obtain some of the precious cosmetic. To quiet the hubbub, more whitewash was made, and in a week, not a hut, not a domestic utensil, a war club or a garment, but was as white as snow ; not an inhabitant but had a skin painted with grotesque figures ; not a pig that was not whitened, and even mothers might be seen, in every direction, capering joyously and yelling with delight at the superior beauty of their whitewashed babies. — Ghdmbers' Journal.
The Fashionable Laugh. A low and sly beginning is made with the “ te-he,” as though mirth was struggling inside to break out through maidenly reserve, and the mouth is kept tight closed, while the eyes are _ kept opened wide, thus giving an expression of mingled demureness and mischievousness. Then follbws the “ Ha-ha-ha,” higher and louder, with a parting of the lips to show the teeth, if they be white and regular. The “ Oh-h-h ” comes next, in a tone of surprise, reproof, or artless gaiety, according to the nature of the tiling laughed at, and the voice rises into a pretty little scream. The ensuing pause covers a sudden sense of the impropriety of making so much noise, the eyes are cast down, and a blush can in most instances be produced by holding the breath, with the lungs very fully inflated. The final “ Ha-ha-ha ” is given as a crescendo, spirited, and without any show of restraint, like the outbursting hilarity of a milkmaid. This novelty in laughs is heard everywhere in the metropolis, and is sure to become popular at the summer resorts. With a little alteration it can be made to fit any mouth. —Cincinnati Enquirer.
Corn Exchange. —A general meeting of the subscribers to the Corn Exchange was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday last to consider certain amendments in the rules as drafted by the committee. Present —Mr. T. Bruce, President (in the chair), Messrs. Patterson, Job Osborne, G. B. Woodman, E. H. Banks, H. J. Mathias, Smithson, and J. W. McAlpine, secretary. The Chairman stated the business of the meeting. Mr. Job Osborne thought it desirable to adjourn the meeting till Saturday, February stb, for a fuller attendance, as any expression of opinion now given would not be that of the majority of the members of the Farmers’ Club. He would move—“. That, this meeting stand adjourned for a week.” Mr. E. H. Banks, in consideration of the great counter attraction of the cricket match, concurred with the last speaker, and seconded the motion. Mr. G. B. Woodman thought that as there was a quorum the meeting should go on. The motion was then put and agreed to. There being a quorum of the committee present the applications for the post of secretary were opened and considered. These were thirty-two in number, out of which thirteen were pul aside fur-ihe consideration of a sub-committeo on Thursday next, when the appointment will be made.
The Case of John Murphy. The following appears in the Ifeiv iScalynd Tin >cs of Thursday last : —Judgment was delivered yesterday in the Court of Appeal case, the Queen v. Murphy. Murphy had been convicted and sentenced to four years’ hard labor, at the Christchurch Supreme Court, for forging a sale note to deliver grain, and appealed, in error, on the ground that a general verdict was given on all *tho counts, one of which charged him with forging a “writing obligatory,” which had not been been sustained. Arguments were heard some days ago, and his Honor the Chief Justice now said it was quite clear front the authorities that where there was any bad count in an indictment, and a general judgment was given, the judgment must be reversed. The fitst count charged the accused with forging a writing obligatory, and a writing obligatory was a document under seal, and of the same force as a deed, which this sale note \vas not. But there were other counts iii tile indictment which might be supported by the evidence, and the case must therefore be .remitted back to the Supreme Cpurt at Christchurch, fer the proper judgment to be' given under the good counts. Mr. Justice Richmond concurred in the judgment.