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Lxcensino Bench. —The next sitting of the Licensing Commissioners for the County will be held at the Courthouse on Tuesday, March 1. Gold Prospects in Hawke’s Bay.—A piece of quartz brought into Napier froni the Norsewood district some time since, was accidentally broken on Monday, and showed rich gold. The quartz was in the possession of an old miner, but he never expected it to be auriferous. The Bird Show. —The committee of the Poultry, Pigeon, and Canary Society met in the offices of Messrs. Saunders, last night, when it was decided to hold the first exhibition on the 7th May, and a meeting was fixed to be held in a fortnight or so to consider the prize schedule, which will include twenty-eight poultry classes ; twenty of pigeons; and about twenty in song birds. Drunks.. —His Worship the Mayor sat to-day to dispose of several cases of drunkenness. Peter Kennedy had been twelve times previously convicted, but “wouldn’t be up again, sir, for some time. ” He was sent to gaol for 48 hours. George Harris Dobson was very penitent, and would have got ofT, but for the fact that “ the police keep a record of these things, you know,” and his conviction in May, 1879, gave the lie to his assurance that he had never been in Court before. He was sent to prison for 24 hours, unless he could find LI to pay the amount he had been fined. John Dooley wasn’t drunk, but ill. He was fined 10s., or 24 hours’ imprisonment, for his illness. J. 0. Gfobdridge, alias Taylor, was accused of the Tarcetty of a carriage lamp, and was remanded.

Telegraphic. —The land lines fn .n Natal to Cape Territory are interrnptc.a.

Expensive Weed. —At Oamaru three young men were fined by the Collector of Customs on Tuesday three times the value of some tobacco they had brought ashore from a vessel lying in the roadstead. A lenient view was taken of the matter, ~s there was evidently no intention to smuggle. Shocking Accident at a Factory. A fatal accident occurred at Guthrie and Larnach’s factory, Dunedin, yesterday afternoon. Thomas Jeffrey, a young m; n, got entangled in one of the belts, and death was instantaneous, his brains being dashed out, and one leg torn from iiis body. The Deceased Wife's Sister Bill. — At the meeting of the Auckland Presbytery yesterday, Mr. McCallum inquired whether, if a man married his deceased wife’s sister, or if a minister solemnised such marriages, they would be committ ug an offence against the Church. Although the confession of faith appeared to t->n-demn such unions, he had nob been i'do to find any such sanction in tire Bible or such prohibition. The Rev. R. -Somerville explained that as the Bill had ,'ot obtained the Royal assent the Gem. ml Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Otago and Southland had passed a resolution against it. Rakaia Railway Station. The Rakuia old railway passenger station iris now been entirely removed. The p- tform has been demolished, and the off css have been removed to Lauriston, on ne Methven railway line. The new p ,s----seuger station is situated at the juncf on of the Methven railway with the n iin south line, at the south end of the, whither the Post and Telegraph Offices have also been removed. The inconvenience of the position to which the latter offices in particular have been removed is very much felt by the general public, especially by ladies and children, as those offices can only be approached by scrambling over the railway lines.

The Seamen’s Strike. —The strike of seamen at Wellington is causing some Annoyance to owners of steamers there. The steamer Manawatu was ready to leave for Wanganui on Thursday evening, out at the last moment the crew refused to proceed to sea unless the demands of he Seamen’s Union were complied with. The men were given into custody, and wore charged to-day with refusing duty. Tlr-ee of the Huia’s crew also refused duty, and were treated in a similar manner. The steamer, however, was enabled to sail for her destination, having made up her crow, from the seamen of the ship Antares low in port. The crow of the steamer Palea are also out on strike. The owners of the steamers 'state that they have determined not to comply with the demands of the Union. The steamer Go-Ahead shipped a fresh crew and sailed last evening.

Rakaia School Committee.— The usual monthly meeting of the South Committee,was held in the schoolroom on Tuesday evening. Present Messrs. Hardy (chairman), Sharp, Gaarder, Kem'de, Byrne, Bowler, and Davies, and the secretary. The tender of Mrs. Mordie for cleaning the school for Ll2 per annum was accepted. The chairman was requested to write to the Board, ashing them to proceed with the enlargement of the school without delay. The master’s report was read and received. It was resolved that the chairman and any one member of the committee be authorised to sign cheques. It was resolved that when all the nominations to vacancies in the Board of Education have been published, this Committee ballot for the necessary number. With reference to an application from the Good Templars for the use of the schoolroom, it was resolved that until the resolution of last year against letting the schoolroom be rescinded, the application cannot be received. Accounts to the amount of LI ss. were passed for payment, and the committee adjourned. Fashionable Scandals. —The ladies who order gorgeous costumes from the great Paris establishments do not always pay for the same, and scandalous developments are likely to happen at any time. Worth, for instance, has refused to make another article for a certain noble English lady, whose husband isoneof the wealthiest men in England, because he cannot collect the amount owing him, now over L 20,000. One fair luminary of the second empire died owing Mr. W. some 50,000 dols. One day there came to the Compagnie des Indes (the great lace and India shawl warehouse of the Rue Richelieu) a certain noble duchess with a set of point lace flounces that she wished to have altered. The courteous salesman took her directions very quietly, but when they were ended he remarked : ‘ ‘ Before we alter your lace do you not think that you had better pay for it V' The bill had been standing for over seven years. Marriage Laws in Switzerland.— The facility with which a divorce may be obtained under the new Swiss marriage law is causing some discussion. Notably, Professor Naville has devoted several pages to the subject in an article in the Bibliotheque Universelle, published at Lausanne. Under the new law, which came into force in 1874, the formalities accompanying the solemnisation of a marriage are cut down to the lowest possible point. When both parties are 20 years of age, not only is it unnecessary to ask the consent of the parents, but it is even unnecessary to acquaint them with what is going on. The bonds of matrimony being so lightly put on, it follows —at least this is the theory—that they should be lightly put off. It is not necessary, it would seem, to fyid grounds for a divorce. If a couple agree to demand it the cause is as good atfgained, the law having power to declare a divorce whenever “the continuation of the common life is incomputable with the nature of the marriage.” This vague condition of things is not made better by the provision that if none of the enumerated grounds for divorce exist, still, if the conjugal bond is in any way seriously prejudiced, the courts of law can pronounce for divorce or separation.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 259, 3 February 1881

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 259, 3 February 1881

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