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The Ashburton Guardian. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1881.

TOWN EDITION \lssued at 5 p. m. ]

Borough Council. —The usual meet ing of the Borough Council will be held in the Chambers this evening. The Land Commission. —Captain Skut has been appointed chief surveyor to the West Coast Land Commission, and will for the present be stationed at Hawera. The Rejected Ones —The candidates for the Auckland Education Board whose nominations were rejected intend to apply to the Supreme Court for a mandamus to compel the Board to receive their nominations. Abusive Language. —A man named Terence M‘Guire was to-day fined L2, or three days’ imprisonment, for using abusive language towards Mr. John Carter, Tinwald. The Mayor was the magistrate. Alleged Rcbbert from the Person. —To-day Constable Rouse brought up from Rakaia a swagger who is accused of stealing L 5 from the person of a resident near Methven. The case will be heard shortly. The County Waterworks. —The scouring in the open channel is going on to a great extent, and steps are being taken to counteract it. To-day the body of water coming down has been greatly reduced—purposely' we presume—but in some parts of the channel where the fall is pretty heavy the scouring is very deep. The Assessment Courts. —Elsewhere the times and places are given at which the Assessment Courts for hearing objections to valuations will be held. It will be observed that the Court for the borough and that for Wakanui will be held on the same day—Tuesday, Bth March—in the Court-house, the former at 10 a.m., the latter at noon.

A Land Hitch. —From Gisborne we learn that the Native Land Court, presided over by Judges Heal and O’Brien, has refused to vest the freehold of Powawa block in three trustees, instead of in fifty or sixty native owners who had signed a deed of trust to the three trustees. On the application of Mr. Rees, a case has been stated for the decision of the Supreme Court, and Mr. Rees goes to Wellington to bring it to a speedy issue if possible, as the passengers by the Lady Jocelyn want to settle on the block. “To Men Only.” —Yesterday afternoon the Rev. Mr. Pym held a service for men only in St. Stephens Church, and his very earnest and stirring appeal for the cause of Christ was listened to with deep attention by a considerable congregation of men of all classes and denominations. The Church was crowded at both the other services of the day, aud we are glad to learn that Mr. Pym’s ministraitions are highly popular in Ashburton, and that during his stay he has been instrumental in doing a vast amount of good. The Local Industries Exhibition.— Every day makes the projected Exhibition more and more popular, and increases the demands for space, so that the prospects are, an exhibition really worth attending, and calculated to confer the benefits hoped for from it, is likely to be held. The energetic Secretary is leaving no stone unturned, and the Railway authorities have been communicated with, with a view to securing the concession of having the exhibits from a distance carried free. It is to be hoped that this concession will be given. Racing. —The settling for the Welling, ton races takes place to-day, when the following amounts will be paid : —Hon. W. Robinson, L 351105. ; Mr. Walters, L 223 ss. ; Mr. H. Lunn, Lllß 15s. ; Mr. Vallance, L7l, ss. ; Mr. Hereford, L 49 10s. ; Mr. Butler, L 47105. ; Mr. Clutham, L2B 10s. j Mr. Hill, L 23 15s. ; Mr. Crosbie, L 23 15s. ; Mr. Redwood, L 23 15s. ; total, L 961 10s. The following handicap has been declared for the Dunedin hurdle race :—Agent, 12st; Clarence list 121 b ; Littlejohn, lOstOlb ; Waikari, 10st; Milo, lOst; Artful Joe, 9st 101 b ; Sailor Boy, Bst 91b ; Carrigeen, Bst 91b.

The Austkallians at Wellington.— The result of Saturday’s cricket at Wellington’was that the home 23 made 82 the highest individual score being 11, and the extras 21. The Australians had .lost Groube for only 2, and Murdoch and M‘Donnell for 0 each, and for the loss of these three 64 had been scored, Spofibrth having 26 to his credit, and Slight 28 when time was called. Our telegrams to-day says.;—The match was resumed at 12i 45 to-day Spofibrth and Slight at the wickets, White in the 6eld instead of Blackham, who met with an accident last night, injuring his foot) When the score stood at 79 Spofibrth ci £ Armitage to mid on, where it was held, and Jarvis followed. The score at 1.30 was—Spojffortb, caught, 32 ; Slight, not out, 39; Jarvis, pot out, 11; total, 4 wickets for 98. A further telegram gives the score at the lunch adjournment Slight, Lh.w., h Armitage, 40* Jarvty iii»‘t" : Gut, 2 ; Boyle, c Houghton, fo Francis, 8. Total, 117-

Fire at Syd'^Hham. —An unoccupied house at Sydenham was destroyed by fire at five o’clock this morning. It was insured for Llso in the Sun office.

Legs. —On Saturday, at Invercargill, young Scott concluded the feat of walking 112 miles in twenty-four hours. He put bn a capital spurt at finish, and came in two,minutes before the stipulated time. A' Reproving Conscience. The Colonial Treasurer has received a letter from Hokitika, signed “ Catholic,” inclosing three LI notes (conscience money), due to the public revenue for some -'mio past. A Fatal Throw. —A fatal accident happened at Wairaka (Otago) on Thursday. A daughter of Mr. S. Macintosh, aged fifteen, was thrown from her horse, and her foot being caught in the stirrup, she was dragged a considerable distance. She died an hour after from concussion of the brain.

Church Parade. —Some 12 members of the Cavalry and over 30 of the Rifles paraded yesterday, and marched to St. Stephen’s Church, where an excellent discourse was delivered by the Rev. C. M. Pym on the very appropriate subject—- “ Under which banner The Rifles were under the command of Color-Sergt. Dolman, and the Cavalry under Sergeant Scott.

A Boil Over. —A large two-storey detached wooden building in Invercargill was destroyed by fire on Saturday, the immediate cause of the conflagration being theboiling over of an inflammable composition melting on the fire. The building was occupied by Mr. Thomas, a furniture dealer, and Mr. Cooper, a jeweller. All interested were insured. Three Children Burned to Death. —On Friday night a fire, attended with fatal results, occurred at Newtown (Wellington) at ten o’clock, the house occupied by Charles Whittington, a driver, Veing destroyed, and his three children, Herbert Christopher Whittington, Sarah Oliver Whittington, and Milly Whittington, aged six years, three years, and ten months respectively, burnt to death. Mrs. Whittington put the children to bed early in the evening, and came to town, her husband remaining in the house. He left the building about an hour later to meet his wife. On their return, and when near home, there was a strong smell of fire. Whittington ran to the house, and discovered that the back portion was on fire. He gained admission but was unabl j to reach the children. The fire by this time had a firm hold, and all efforts to rescue the children were unavailing. Great excitement prevailed amongst the spectators when it was known that the children were in the burning building. Whittington states that everything was safe when he left, and no lights were left burning, but a few sticks of wood were burning in the kitchen fireplace. It is not known how the fire originated, but it is thought that it must have been caused by the fire in the kitchen. The remains were found at midnight. The boy was not much burnt, only the trunk of the eldest girl was found, and nearly all traces of the infant were destroyed by the fire. Whittington saved nothing, and being uninsured is a heavy loser. The building, which was totally consumed, was owned by Mr. Sutherland, and it is not known if it was insured. The inquest to-day (we learn by telegraph) revealed nothing, and the verdict was—- “ Accidentally Burned.” But a rider was added, calling on the Corporation to erect the firebell, which has been lying on the ground, near the station, for many months.

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The Ashburton Guardian. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 262, 7 February 1881

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