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The Ashburton Guardian. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. «t,5 p-m»]

Special Service. —The Rev. C, Mel>jlle Ryin .will deliver an address,., to ■' ohly, in St. Stephen’s ChurcK, to-mortOW v - afternoon, at half-past two o’clock.

The San Francisco Mail left Christchurch to-day by special train, which is due hers at 5.10. Horae letters will thus be available at tea time. Farmers’ Pests. —The Gazette contains a declaration that sparrows and linnets may be killed throughout the colony. 1.0. G.T. A special meeting of third degree members of the Good Templar Order, is called for Thursday evening, the 17th, at 8 p.m. A Nice Neighborhood.- The Oamaru Mail says that although the information may appear startling, no less than 32 sly grog houses, 12 houses of ill-fame, and 20 houses licensed to sell intoxicating liquors exist in Oamaru. Trout. — The trout recently put into the Domain creek by Mr. Shury are making wonderful growth. To-day one of them, that had escaped down the outlet pipe, was found in the channel near the post office. It measured 3 inches long, and was a very healthy looking fish. The captor turned it adrift again.

A Suggestion. —A correspondent in the Oamarr. Mail suggests that Otago and Canterbury should adopt a system of exchange of Inspector of Schools, thereby preventing a partiality to certain teachers, and discovering those who may be really efficient and energetic in their labors.

The Property Tax v. School Fees. —At the half-yearly meeting of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, held yesterday, Mi*. W. J. M. Larnach, in his opening speech, the-growing prosperity and return of confidence in business, and advocated the repeal of the Property Tax, and the re-iraposition of the tea and sugar duties and school fees.

Standing on Their Dignity. —ln consequence of the Government refusing the repeated requests by the North Auckland Cattle Board, asking for the removal of the restrictions against driving cattle from the southern to the northern districts, the Board have virtually abandoned their functions by neglecting to hold meetings, on the ground that the action of the. Government implies a want of confidence in their judgment. The Rev. Mr. Pym. —The Rev. C. M. Pym delivered his farewell gospel address last night in the Town Hall. His subject was the angel wrestling with Jacob, and a largo congregation listened with great interest to his discourse. The hymns used were Sankey’s, and as every person present was considerately supplied with a copy of the hymn book, all were able to join in the flinging. Battle -Market. —A definite arrangement has at last been come to by the County Council on the subject of the keepership of the Cattle Market, Mr. Hay Smith having become lessee of the yards for a year. The letting of tli£ yards will supply a want that has been long felt in Ashburton —namely, some convenient and safe enclosure near the town where sheep can be securely penned for a night when on a long march, while the shepherds put up in town.

Sports , for Tinwald.— At a meeting of Tinwald residents in Mr. Marl? Scott’s %?tel, Tinwald, last night, it was decided to hold mixed sports in Tinwaldy and a strong committee was appointed <to suggest a suitable date and make ments. The committee comprised some of the leading men in Tinwald and adjacent district, including also representatives from Ashburton. In the room some L3O was subscribed, and a proposal by Mr. Scott was accepted that he should giveL2o to the sports fund for the privilege of the refreshment- tent. • The meeting was adjourned till Friday week, in the interval Mr. Jephson, who was appointed Treasurer and Secretary, should do his best to further the movement. Temperance in Shools. —At a meeting of the Auckland Board of Ediiction recently, a letter was received from Mr. Habens, Inspector-General relative to no steps being taken re Sir William Fox’s temperance prizes. The memo, from the Inspector stated that the whole thing was objectionable, and by agreeing ttfany such arrangement as that referred to, the Board would be. obliged to abandon the position which it had taken up with regard to the temperance book. Thp course of instruction would be interfered-with, and the minds of the teachers i|nsettled. It was agreed to reply that the proposition should be returned in accordance with the inspector’s memo.

The Property Tax. —The Press Association telegraphs from Wellington : The following arrangement has been made in regard to the payment of the property tax ;—ln any town where there is an office of a deputy commissioner the tax must be paid at that office, but with this exception, that payment may be made to the post master at any post office connected with which there is a telegraph station or money ; order office, and in any such case the postmaster will give ati interim receipt, which will be'ftrtWtniALby a complete official receipt from the deputy commissioner of the district. Stil, further, it has been arranged that any taxpayer may forward the amount due by him to the deputy commissioner in a registered letter by post office order, cheque, bank draft, or in cash.

The Exhibition. —As the time for opening the Local Industries Exhibition draws on, the enterprise becomes more and more popular, and demands for space come fast and thick. So very popular has the Exhibition become that intending competitors, who would otherwise take it for granted that rojom mtist be found for them, have taken alarm and have very properly come to business at once. As a consequence a very good exhibition is already assured, but we would strongly urge on all who wish for a corner for what they wish to show, to at once interview the Secretary, and secure a site for the exhibits. We expect to see the Town Hall’s ample floor, room, and all the space that stage, gallery, upper-room, and anterooms can afford thoroughly utilised, with contributions from every part of the county, as well as from every part of the colony, making the exhibition a very complete index page to the resources and manufacturing standing, not only of this county, but of the whole of New Zealand.

The Crops. —The threshing machines are now at work everywhere, and from some of the earlier farms wheat has already been despatched for shipment. The yield all round will be considerably over the average, and some very heavy returns per acre are already mentioned. The wheat sample is an excellent one, and all the farmers are highly pleased with the appearance of their grain. Some of the barley samples, though, are not so attractive, but no fault era be found with the quantity. Oats are a grand crop all round. So expeditiously has the superb weather allowed work to proceed, that we expect within a day or two to see the long grain trains we are accustomed to after harvest, running down to Christchurch for shipment of their freight at Lyttelton. Threshers are taking every advantage they can of the fine weather, and last ‘ night we know •of several machines that were at work all the. night through. In reference, however, to early threshing, we take the liberty of quoting the following from an Auckland telegram : —“ The Auckland millers decline to purchase any wheat until it has been , stacked several necks, to allow sufficient seasoning. They allege that for some years back they have bought too early, and a considerable quantity being damp, it has heated, the result being loss to them. •This year’s crop has been excellent, and there are; indications of an extensive wheat acreage, specially in the Waikato. It is not improbable that the market will open at ss. ”

The Australians at Wanganui.—Tim Australians started work at Wanganui yesterday, taking first innings against tk i home twenty-two. Blackham had hurt his foot, and didn’t play, so the lustra lians played a man short. The groit I was not to their liking, either, and tin / played under discouraging circumstanci . When their last wicket fell they had on - / got 49. Worse luck attended the Wanganui players, whose crop was all reaped h r 48. Two of the Australians’ wickets fell in their second innings fir 18. Lever’s Economy. —W. J. Fitzpatrick tells a good story of the way in which Lever, the novelist, endeavored to put into practice Thackeray’s advice to him ui favor of thrift. That counsel was to begin with small economies, and to step some trifling expense that he could very well do without, when he would find t ie taste for saving grow on him and gradual .y include many things once thought necessary. Accordingly, Lever determined to save the daily franc he gave a poor man for holding his pony at the door or a pistol gallery where he was accustomed to practice—the thought if stopping the practice itself never seems so have struck him. He tied the bridle to the hook of the window shutters and wont in. His first shot hit the centre and set a signal-bell ringing loudly, which so frightened the pony that it broke away, carrying the window-frame with hin;— “ the repairs,” wrote Lever, “ amount ,ug to eighty-seven francs, and more ridicule than lam able to set down. This was ay fiast and last attempt at economy.—Manchester Times.

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The Ashburton Guardian. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 267, 12 February 1881

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