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The Ashburton Guardian. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1881.

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

The Property Tax. —The Property Tax Reveiwers for this district sat to-day to hear objections to the assessments under the Property Tax Act. The objections were pretty numerous, but the appearances were not many. The objections were heard in private.

Accident at Chertsey. —A sad accident occurred to Mr. Simpson, the well known machinist, while fixing the pipes of a windmill pump on Mr. George King’s farm, at Chertsey. It appears that the accident happened through an inadvertence on the part of the man who was lowering the pipes, 15 by which they fell upon and crushed Mr. Simpson so severely that he was dangerously injured, and last night but little hope was entertained of his recovery. This morning, however, he was slightly better. A Suspicious Case. —On Sunday last a little girl, eight years of age, named Emily Jane Moore, disappeared from her home in Christchurch, and has not since been found. She was seen last on Sunday afternoon in company with a woman, of about thirty years of age, who is described as being of dark complexion, sft. 4in. in height, medium build, and wearing a fashionable black dress, with a light straw hat, white feather, and blue lining. Two poodle dogs also accompanied the woman. The river Avon has been unsuccessfully dragged for several days, and a case of kidnapping is suspected. Descriptions of the woman and child have been sent to the police in the several districts.

Ashburton Racing Club. —The Committee of this Club met at Quill’s Commercial Hotel yesterday afternoon. Present—Messrs. Fooks (chairman), Jacobson, Wright, Saunders, and Carter. A letter was read from Mr. Wilkie,, resigning his office as secretary, and it was resolved to accept the resignation, and accord a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Wilkie for his past services. It was resolved to advertise for a secretary at a salary cf 5 per cent, on the gross annual receipts of the Club, applications for the office to be received up to 28th inst. Mr. Carter gave notice that at the next general meeting of the Club he would propose that the question of holding steeplechases under the auspices of the Club be considered. It was decided to hold a general meeting of members of the Club on Tuesday, March Ist, to appoint a secretary.

Totara. —The Ashburton Borough Council invite tenders for the suppl of about 60,000 totara timber, delivered at the Ashburton railway station.

Fire in Christchurch. —The kit-Men of the Victoria Hotel, Christohn>-.:h, caught fire this morning, but it was fortunately extinguished before it had attained a good hold. Old Men’s Home. —The master of the Old Men’s Homo desires to acknowledge, with thanks, the receipt of 4s. frori a friend, and one keg of gingerbeer from Mrs. H. Britton, of Ashburton. The Australians at Napier. —The innings of the Australians .vestry lay resulted in a total score of 156 being gut together, Murdoch getting 66 of the i umber. For nine wickets of the N pier Twenty-two, only 30 runs had been obtained when the stumps were drawn for the day. The match to-day, we arc informed by telegraph was put off till 2.30.

A Disputed Wager. —The decision of Dunedin Tattersall’s in re the dispute between Drake, a bookmaker, and W. Goodison, arising out of the last Dunedin cup, was given last night. The committo.* of the club decided in favor of Goodison, and Drake has to stump up to the time of L 1,900. Trade With Fiji.—Mr. F. W. Wii nin, vice-president of the Lcvuka Chamber of Commerce, is at present on a vis;- to Dunedin. He brings with him some samples of the principal products o; the Fijis, viz., sugars, coffee, and arrowroot, with a view of promoting trade between the colonies.

Rakaia Assessment Court.I—The, 1 —The, Assessment Court for the Road District of South Rakaia was held in the Road I iard Office, Rakaia. on Thursday, before Mr. J. Nugent Wood, judge. Mr. T A. Winter, valuator for the district, attended and effected some alterations in the ownership of several sections, but i here were no objections to the assessment Law of Divorce. —The new D'orce Bill, which has been thrice passed h ■ the New South Wales Parliament, and disallowed by the Crown, provides for g'ving the same legal relief to the woman -s to the man. At present, while the husband has only to prove adultery again? the wife, the wife has to prove both c; .elty and adultery. Now that a clause ha: been introduced strictly limiting the opei tion of the Act to persons domiciled in New South Wales, it is probable the C rown will assent to it.

Carelessness at a Rage Meeti co.— The Post says that a curious i.-icidei s occurred at the Wellington races. Just after the Cup race, Mr. Solomon Levy found a bag full of money (including a quantity of notes and gold) on the grand stand. He at once handed over the treasure to thestewaids. We have not .eard to whom the money belonged, but it was ■upposed that the bag was left on the ■ iand either by an official or a bookmaker daring the excitement of the Cup race. ]was fortunate that it fell into such honest hands.

The Footpaths. —Mr. Bradley is making steady progress with his asphalting contract, and has now in hand the length of footpath in front of Mr. Bullock’i: property in East street, and also the si retch from the Post Office to Willis street By and by the river-bed appearance of the East street footpaths will be almost wholly removed, and the tar pavement will become an excellent promenade. Doubtless, as the Borough gets into funds, the Baring square footpath will be done full width, which it much wants, as in its present half-and-half condition it is not very sightly. A. Warm Reception. —A correspondent sends the following to the Lyttelton' Times :—During the harvesting operations on the station of the Hon. John Hall a few days ago, the reapers came suddenly upon a swarm of bees in the wheat. The angry insects immediately attacked the intruders, and the horses became unmanageable. To set them free did not take long, and in a few moments men and animals were flying over the fplains, leaving their implements, consisting of a reaper and binder, and sundry coats and waistcoats and lunches in possession of the enemy. One of the wounded looked afterwards as if he had spent an hour with Tom Sayers.

A New Branch of Education.— A correspondent writes thus to the Bruce Standard :—Sir, —I have had brought under my notice a school not a hundred miles from Milton, where a new branch of education is taught. The schoolmaster in this delightful institute has a peculiar habit of inviting all his larger female pupils before and after school hours to a kissing match. No wonder they express such an anxiety to be off so early, as practice makes perfect," and they like the fun now. I would warn mothers, however, to keep an eye on this kissing man. There is no knowing how far fun of this sort might go. I have it on good authority that some of the old Committee know all about it.

Sharp Work. —The following is from the Australasian Insurance and Banicing Record of December Bth, 1880 ;—“A Card.—l take pleasure in announcing that the Ready Insurance Company of Manoeuvretown has settled and paid its loss in full (without deducting interest or accrued assessment) on my mill now burning. I take satisfaction in recommending this company and its agile adjuster to public patronage. The adjuster of the other companies did not arrive until the roof fell in, and owing to some failure in his baggage and a sore finger, did not get his cheque signed until the fire was nearly out. lam assured by gentlemen of respectability that these companies mean well, but greater promptitude must be observed if public confidence is to be sustained. ”

Trout. —Somewhat lengthy correspondence appears in the Timarv, Herald on the subject of large trout. The letters published are from authorities at Home on the fishery question, and the consensus of opinion amongst them appears to favor the theory that large male trout are dangerous fellows to have in a stream, and the sooner they are netted out after they have reached four or five pounds’ weight the better for the permanency of the stream as an angling ground. Only young fish and females rise to fly, while the males favor ground bait, and as the fly is the most popular decoy with anglers, the chances are that male fish will increase, unless kept down by the net. The male fish, when they grow to some size—and they do so very rapidly in New Zealand—have a fondness for eating their own species, hence they are ruinous to the young fry, and, of course, to any hope of permanency of a stream as a fronting ground. Religious Instruction. —At a meeting of the Otago Board of Education, at Dunedin yesterday, the Bible in Schools Association wrote asking the Board to grant facilities for obtaining an expression of opinion from parents and guardians of children attending the schools, on the subject of the introduction of the Bible. Mr. Begg stated that he had been asked to explain the purpose of the association in applying to the Board. They thought that the only way of getting a general expression of opinion from parents was through the teachers, and they wished the Board to allow the teachers to send by the children to their parents one or two questions printed on a slip of paper. These the parents would be asked to sign and send back to the teacher to be forwarded to the association. It was resolved - —“ That the Board will offer no objection to the association communicating directly with the teachers in the district, for the purpose of getting the information desired. ”

Closed. — Goodwood telegraph station will he cloied at the end of the present month. Another Tramway. —A poll of the burgesses of Auckland was taken recently on the question of the construction of a tramway, and it resulted in showing a large majority in favor of the proposal—the numbers being 317 for, and only 16 against. The Tararua Gold Robbery. —An Invercargill item says:—“An Orepuke miner, who recently visited Melbourne, has made a statement that perhaps may give a clue to the perpetrator of the Tararua gold robbery. On the day that the steamer came in he visited the room in a boarding-house occupied by one of her passengers, and found the way impeded by a carpet-bag, which he tried to move with his foot, but found it so heavy that he had to put his hand to it. Its owner, a gentlemanly-looking fellow, left in an outgoing steamer soon after the Tararua arrived, taking the carpet-bag with him.” The Protos Experiment. —A meeting of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce was held on Wednesday to meet Mr. Laby, a Victorian gentleman, and hear his experience of the process by which meat, butter, and other articles of food are preserved and exported from Australia to England. Regarding the meeting, the correspondent of the Lyttelton Times wires : —“ Mr. Laby said that a large cargo of meat was placed in the cool air chamber, and 200 tons of butter in the water tanks underneath it. The result was that both were landed perfectly fresh in London, and sold at a very large profit. The blitter cost on board s.jd. per lb., and sold in London for Is. per lb., and as the freight cost was only 3|d. a lb., it would he seen that a very large profit could be relied on. Care was necessary, however, that no bad butter was shipped, as it might have the effect of spoiling the whole lot. It was salted and packed in wattle casks, and stowed away in packages of about lOOlbs. each. The effect of this suocesiful experiment was, to his mind, proof that before long Australia and New Zealand would have ships trading to and fro, specially fitted by owners for carrying prepared provisions to England, and this must result in a great benefit to those colonies. ”

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