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The Ashburton Guardian. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 p.m.]

To Our Readers. —To make room for the lengthy report of the School Committee’s meeting last night, we are compelled to hold over our leading article, a letter to the editor, “The Chimney Corner,” and several other items of local and general interest. The Weather. — A sudden change has happened in the weather, and to-day the air is quite chilly, in marked contrast to the stifling heat of yesterday and Sunday. Fruit Stealing. — At the Auckland Police Court, yesterday, a boy was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment for stealing grapes from a vinery. Assessment Courts. —The first of the Assessment Courts will be held at Rakaia on Thursday, the 17th —the rest, as per advertisement. Property Tax Reviewers. —The Board of Reviewers under the Property Tax will sit to hear objections on Friday next, in the Ashburton Court-house, at noon. Auckland’s Big Dock.— The Auckland Harbor Board election, yesterday, seems to have turned on the question of the construction of the proposed big dock, and Mr. D. H. McKenzie, chairman of the Board, who refused to pledge himself to carry out the dock, was left out in the cold, while Messrs. Stone, Compton, and Isaacs, all in. favor of the deck, were elected.

Tab Female Evangelist. Mrs. Hampton, the evangelist, seems to create, great excitement wherever she delivers addresses. At the Thames goldfield, on Sunday evening, her open-air meeting was attended by 3,000 persons, and many of those present, especially wonen, at the close of the service, called out excitedly, and threw themselves at the feet of the speaker. Mrs. Hampton is said to have a wonderful command of language, and on the occasion we have mentioned she spoke for an hour and a-half, never hesitating for a word. Another' Desteuctive Fibb.—Yesterday our columns contained accounts of no less than three disastrous fires, and to-day we have to record another. This time the locale of the damage was Ongabnga, near Napier. A threshing-machine was at work on five stacks of oats, when a fire commenced in one of the furthest stacks, and quickly spreading, the whole five stacks,' threshing-machine, and elevator were totally destroyed. The oats were valued at MOO, but'were only insured for 1,70, in the-National, and the threshingmachine was 'covered by the North British Office for L2OO.

A Change of Plans. —A Wellington correspondent of a Christchui'ch contemporary writes to his journal as follows : “ I hear, on good authority, that Sir A. Gordon has practically given up all idea of visiting the South Island for some time to come, and it is most likely his official tour of the Southern provinces will be postponed until after the next Parliamentary session. The contemplated visit to Milford and other West Coast Sounds is, I believe, definitely abandoned for this year. No authoritative explanation of this reported change of plan has been given, but it is understood that his Excellency has received information that Lady Gordon, instead of. arriving at the Bluff next month, will not come out till a considerably later period, and this is supposed to have influenced the alterations in the gubernatorial programme.” “ Adi Er. ” —This is the heading of Mr. Ivess’ farewell article to the Waikato people, in his Cambridge paper, the Mail. His rest in that subhme district has not been an n idistir. oed one, as the following extract from h;« “ ad't .i ” will show : “ Every misre; 'esentaLon possible was cir ulatecl in reference to this paper by de 'gning peop; and no pains were spared to injui it. The object was to suppress paper that dated to be independent, and would not Is a party to all ‘tdeway:- that are dav’ and tricks that art vain,’now f mrishin g so exceedingly in the Waikato. Thoal li npt was afadure. The Ma i was not destroyed, and the obect of ts ene lies was frustrated, for it co. tinner, and i Hi coni mue its publication for u,any a ear to come. It must be very d’&ippoin ing to those shallowminded folks who did not kill it. The feeling di-played has bee i such, however, that the proprie or saw ;t was not worth hi;- while to st; v anion 'st such a community, and therefore r: solved to dispose of the paper, afi i, as lv s been stated before, disc larginy every s.via fairly owing by him. His pr„sence rod control of the paper would disturb the secret cliques, rings, and an institution that pertains to this district, and he recognises the fact that, unless he is prepared to pull an oar in one of their boats, his chances of success are hopeless. He declines that honor, and prefers to retire. ”

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The Ashburton Guardian. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 269, 15 February 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1881. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 269, 15 February 1881

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