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District Court. —The sitting days of the Ashburton Court are gazetted as the first day in every month, and Judge Ward is gazetted as the Judge of the Court, with Mr. Walter Martin as Clerk. Longbeach Cemetery.— The name of the Longbeach Cemetery has been changed to the Watertdn Cemetery, and a notice to this effect is gazetted. The Town Hail. —We would remind shareholders in the Town Hall Company of the meeting td-night, at eight o’clock, which is advertised elsewhere. The meeting is a very important one, and it will be a great saving of time if a quorum is present at eight o’clock. I

The San Francisco Mail. —Mails for the United Kingdom, continents of Europe and America, West Indies, Sandwich Islands, via San Francisco, will close at the Ashburton Post office on Saturday, 25th inst., at 10 a.m. Caledoman Society. —The annual meeting of the Caledonian Society will be held on Friday evening next, not Monday, as was advertised. The change has been made so as not to interfere with the Oddfellows’ Concert on the 28th. Oddfellows’ Concert. The programme of the Oddfellows’ Concert will be issued to-morrow. It comprises contributions from some of our leading local performers, and embraces music, vocal and instrumental, recitations, dances, and a farce. A ball will be held at the close. The members of the Society are working hard at the sale of tickets, and a bumper house is almost a certainty.

The Flower Show. —We would remind intending exhibitors at the forthcoming Flower Show, th d the exhibition will be held on the sth of March, and that they ought to make their entries as speedily as possible, both in their own interests and those of the officers of the. Society, as it is exceedingly disagreeable to have a rush of entries at the last moment that might very easily have been made a week before The Weather. —Following on a stiff breeze from the north-west, that blew for a considerable time yesterday afternoon, came a change of wind, and with it a somewhat heavy r all of rain, which lasted well into the night. In the early morning there was a clap or two of thunder. To-day, however, there has been bright sunshine, though the heat of ast week is pie:'.sandy conspicuous by its absence, and in its place we have quite a cool and even chilly atmosphere. The change is a welcome one, and will doubtless have some effect in checking the amount of sickness which, we regret to say, is still prevalent amongst us. An Item Under the Property Tax Act. —At the sitting of the Board of Reviewers, at Oamavn, in reference to danse 24 of the Property Assessment Ac., which says that property let for over twdve months shall be assessed at fourteen timer its annual rental, an objector urged tha.; the clause did not apply in his •case, as Irs property was lotto six tenants who were under one roof, and the danse, he held, only applied to cases where a property was let in one lot to a single tenant. The latter would be liable under covenant of the lease to keep property in good order and condition, and fully insured, whereas in his case these expenses fell upon his shoulders. The Court coincided with the view taken by the objector, and reduced the amount by L 1,450, the original assessment being L 7,440. The Industrial Exhibition. We learn from the secretary of the Local Industries Association that the Government have consented to carry exhibits free by rail from all stations, and return tickets at single fares will be issued during the time the Exhibition will be open. The Space Committee at their next meeting will have under their consideration the question of covering in the whole of the space between the Court house and the Town Hall—some 70 feet square—to form an annexe for the exhibition of machinery and other bulky articles. Messrs. W. H. Puddicombe and Co. have kindly consented to receive and forward articles from the Mount Somers district ; and we would just state that the applications for space, especially from Christchurch, have been very numerous, and it would be well for intending applicants in and around Ashburton to apply at once, as after Tuesday, Ist March, no applications from anywhere will be considered, unless of course they bear the postmark of that day’s date. Disturbance in a Railway Carriage. To-day before his Worship the Mayor, J. Campbell was charged with having been drunk in a railway carriage on Saturday, with using obscene and abusive language while in the carriage ; with resisting Constable Neill while in the discharge of his duty ; and with the destruction of property to the value of L2. Constable Neill gave evidence as to the offences which had been committed while prisoner was travelling in the railway between Addington and Weedon’s. Prisoner was drunk and several times attempted to kick passengers off the seat. The Constable, who was on the train at the time, arrested him, and while struggling with the prisoner the constable’s clothes were torn. Prisoner was very violent, and had to be handcuffed. Before he was handcuffed he bit two persons, and used very bad language. J. L. Brown, a followpassenger, corroborated the constable’s evidence. The Mayor sentenced prisoner to pay fines of L 4 7s. in all, with L2 2s. costs, remarking that thepunishment would have been more severe, had the offences been committed in a carriage used by ladies, instead of in a smoking carriage.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 274, 21 February 1881

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 274, 21 February 1881

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