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The Australians. —The Australians should have played at Napier this morning, but owing to a heavy rain, play was put off till 2.30, since which time we have received no telegrams. A Bio Bet. —The extensive wager of L3OO to LIOO was yesterday laid on Native Cat against Our Pony in the approaching trotting contest between these two cracks, which is to take place at Forbury on the second day of the D. J.O. meeting. The Borough Valuation Roll. —By an Order-in-Council, the time for transmitting to the Borough the valuation was extended to the 7th instant and objections can be received to the valuations until the 7th March, to which date the roll will be open for inspection. The Inspector of Nuisances.— From our yesterday’s issue the item of the appointent of Inspector of Nuisances for the Borough' and suburbs was accidently omitted. The special meeting for the purpose was held by the Borough Council on Monday afternoon, attwo o’clock, when, after weighing the Worth of eleven applications, that made by Mr. Davison, late of Westerfield, was accepted, at a salary fof LIOO A year. Mr. Davison enters .upon his duties at once.

BurneikstO Death. —A child was bur ied to death atVEukekohe, near Auckland, through playing with matches. Judge Williams. —Judge Williams was entertained by the members of the Dunedin Bar last night, previous to leaving for a trip to England. Converted. Three hundred and twenty-seven persons at Grahamstown on Monday went forth and proclaimed their conversion through the agency of Mrs. Hampton, the evangelist. A Strange Accident. —Mr. Robert Bellairs, formerly an officer in the hew Zealand Militia, fell off a stump in the Auckland Domain, and severed an artery in his arm. He was found, alter lying twenty-four hours, in an unconscious state, having nearly bled to death. A “ Crooked ” Rowing Man. —F. H. Shepherd, a member of the Auckland Rowing Club, has been brought up on a charge of robbery of watches and jewellery at the Club boatshed while a party of members were absent in a boat. He admitted bis guilt when searched. The case has been adjourned, Land at Parihaka. —Not a singl 6 application for Parihaka land was mad a at any place on Monday, the day for sen ling m application fer all allotments nid deferred payments. The high price nut on the land, and its close proximity t To Whiti, are said to bo the cause of no attention being paid to it. Otago Central Railway.— The following gentlemen have been selected to report on the Otago Central Railway Maniototo county, Mr. John Bathg’.tc ; Taieri county, Mr. Henry Clark ; United counties, Mr. Horace Bastings. The Commissioners will leave about the end of the month. The Oamaru Harbor.-—A good deal of interest is being taken in the question of the Oamaru harbor. It has been prop >sed that the intended area of the haroor should suffer modification in the interests of enconomy. This is opposed on the ground that the trade of the port would bo cramped through insufficient accommodation.. A meeting of the Board will shortly take place, when the question will be considered.

Christchurch Tramway. —The ar.uual meeting of the Tramway Company was held this morning. The chairman s i tod that the trams had run 44,274 miles, ,t a cost of lOd. per mile, the earnings t ang Is. 7d. per mile. Over six miles /ere now open. The Ferry road extensi 11 — four miles—will shortly be co nme> ■ ed. A dividend of 4 per cent, was dec 1 ired for the past half year. The Wak anui Creek. —For some i me, owing to certain work going on <*r the head of the millrace, the water has icon cut off from the Wakanni creek, bi we are happy to be able to state that it was turned on again to-day. While the t- eek has been dry the residents who use it for watering purposes, have been at homo inconvenience, and have had difficulty in watering their stock, but a few days will doubtless now relieve them. Ashburton District Court.— ln the Gazette of 7th February a proclam ■ don appears constituting the Ashburton District Court a separate Court. Hitl erto the Court held here has been designated the District Court of Christchurch, ho Men at Ashburton. Now, however, the designation will be simply the District Court of A sbburton. The boundaries of the district within which its jurisdiction will be confined are given in detail in the Gazette, but speaking roughly, they may be summed up in saying that they extend from the Rakaia to the Rangatata rivers one "'ay, and from the hills to the sea the other. In the same Gazette another proclamation cuts off the Ashburton district from that of Christchurch. An Incorrigible.— A man named Jas. Smith has since 1874 contributed a considerable ’amount of money to the public purse in fines for drunkenness and disorderly conduct. When his “bursts” had been too long, and he had run out of cash, he made amends to the law by accepting the alternative of imprisonment, and in this way he has done some “ service” to the colony. But neither the fines nor the imprisonment seem to 1 ave any effect upon his manners. The last time he was before the Court Mr. Wood let him off with a caution, and cautioned him that if he again appeared at Court he would be sent to gaol without the option of a fine. Smith vowed eternal abstinence, but yesterday he broke his vow, and Constable Neil got hold of him. To-day the Magistrate—Mr. C. P. Cox, J. P. —sent the man to gaol for a month with hard labor. Horticultural Society. —At the meetng of the Horticultural Society last night there was a very full attendance. The Secretary reported that three of the judges applied to had accepted office, but the remaining gentlemen had not yet replied. The Secretary was instructed to write again asking for an immediate answer, and failing their ability to accede to the Society’s request, a sub-committee was appointed to arrange with some other gentlemen. The offer of the string band to play on (he evening of the Show for L2 was accepted. During the coming week the various members of the Committee will canvass their respective wards for subscriptions and exhibits, the yearly subscriptions now being due. It was announced that Messrs. Duncan M'Kenzie, T. Quill, and Jacobson and Eyton had offered special prizes to be competed for at the show, particulars of which would be advertised.

Mount Hutt Road Boahd. —The adjourned meeting of this Board took place on Monday, the 14th instant. Present— Messrs. Alington, M'Millan, Chapman, and the chairman, Mr. Julian Jackson. Letters were read from Mr. J. C. Wason informing the Board that he cut a race through a portion of the Board’s property under the terrace at Corwar by mist;. Ice, and asking the Board’s permission to continue the said race. Granted, provided Mr. Wason puts a proper crossing over the race on the line of road. From Mr. W. H. Barnes, contractor fcr the Rakaia bridge, drawing the .attention of the Board to the dangerous state of the large cutting caused by the last heavy rain. The chairman explained that he had found it necessary to have some slips removed, so that the traffic had not been impeded. The chairman’s action was approved. From Mr. J. 0. Wason, objecting to the rate roll, the valuation being too high. The clerk was instructed to. inform Mr. Wason that the Board intended to take action, objecting to the roll on the same grounds. Re crossing over the water race, Mr. Baxter, county engineer, recommended the Board to put crossings over the race and charge the County Council with the cost. Resolved—“ That the overseer superintend the work.” Several objections were handed in by owners of land in the district, stating that they were valued too high. After passing accounts amounting to L 135 ss. 3d., the Board adjourned.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 270, 16 February 1881

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