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The Ashburton Guardian. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1881.

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

To “One Interested.” —You will find the quotations yesterday for the Dunedin Cup correctly given in the last issue of the Guardian, as wired by the Dunedin agent of the Press Association at 11.30 a°m. yesterday. The prices given this morning as “ the latest” in the journal you mention are manifestly incorrect, as, among other errors, Grip and Virginia Water are quoted at 100 to 7, and 8 to 1 respectively, while, as a matter of fact, the pen was run through their names early yesterday morning as we stated last night. Masonic. —A Lodge of Instruction, in counection with the Somerset Lodge is to be held to-night in the Masonic Hall. Cricket. —A muff team from Christchurch will to-morrow try conclusions with a number of Ashburton muffs on the Domain ground. Civil Cases. —There were no civil cases for hearing at the R.M. Court today, and a case of assault that was to have been heard fell through, as the parties did not put in an appearance. Town Hall Company. —The meeting called for last night of the Town Hall shareholders was held in the hall, and the resolution empowering the Directors to borrow LI,GOO was confirmed. 1.0.G.T. —The Dawn of Peace Lodge held an open meeting last night, in the Templar Hall, at which a goodly number were present. Bro. Trumble, from Christchurch, delivered an address, answering some of the objections made by outsiders to the Order. Several songs and recitation were given, and the entertainment closed with a Templar ode, after votes of thanks being passed to Bro. Trumble, and the chairman and others who had assisted. Meeting of Dairy Farmers. The Press says that at a meeting of the dairy farmers, held at the Somerset Hotel, Head of the Bay, on Saturday, the 19th instant, for the purpose of taking into consideration the best means of sending to England a shipment of cheese, there were about sixty farmers present. After considerable'discussion it was resolved to form an association to collect information with the view of sending Home a shipment as soon as possible. About forty names were taken as members, and the chairman, Mr. M'Donald, was elected president, with Mr. W. Barnett vicepresident.

Abusive Language. —G. J. Martin was accused to-day of threatening to cut Foreman Brown’s head off with a whip for taking a cow belonging to him to the pound, and with using very strong language to Brown. Two witnesses were called to prove the sulphurous character of Mr Martin’s address. One witness did hear strong language and the other didn’t. Mr Martin, in the box, said the cow had been taken off a section over which accused had a grazing right, and Brown had been abusive when expostulated with. The case was held over till a charge of allowing the cow to wander had been heard. When this was called it was found that the information spoke of a horse instead of a cow. Mr. Martin objected to the information being amended, and the case was dismissed, a tresh summons to issue. When the substituted case was heard, the magistrate would give judgment in the matter of the abusive language. Mr. Martin also took exception to the spelling of the word “ statute ” on the summons he had received. It had been spelled “ statue,” “ which was a monument.”

Sunday Observance. —A meeting was held at the rooms of the Young Men’s Christian Association, Christchurch, yesterday afternoon, “ To take steps to resist further encroachments on the Lord’s Day. ” There were about twenty persons present, and Mr. Twentyman occupied the chair, and explained what the meeting was for. There was no Sabbath Observance League in Christchurch, but very many persons, while not desirous of thrusting Sabbatarian notions upon the public, wished to see the sanctity of the Sabbath preserved, and its place maintained in the week as a day of rest. The Rev. Mr. Elmslie denied that the opening of the Library on the Sabbath would promote the study of literature. The opening was not called for, and it would tend to secularise the Lord’s day. The greatest good for the greatest number could only be secured by recognising the divine authority of the Christian Sabbath. A memorial to the Board of Governors of the Library on the subject of the opening was discussed. It prayed that the Library should not be opened, for reasons similar to those given by Mr. Elmslie, and stated that recent accounts from Home had shown the results of Sunday opening of Libraries and Museums to have been unsatisfactory. The memorial was adopted, and arrangements were made for having it signed.

The Licensing Court. —At present tne sitting of the Licensing Bench and that of the District Court are fixed for the Ist of March. The probability is that the Licensing Bench sitting will be adjourned to the 4th. A Healing Medium. —On (lit, says an Auckland telegram, that one of the k d spiritualistic circles has succeeded in enveloping a healing medium, whose powers, it is fondly hoped, .vill equal those of Mr. Milner Stephen, of Sydney. A Scapegoat. —At the Dunedhi Harbor Board meeting yesterday, the Harbormaster attributed the stranding of tuo Jasper on Saturday to an error c-t juu .- ment on the part of pilot Moore. It v. is resolved to hold an enquiry into t lie nv liter. Drunks —There were only two cases of drunkenness before the R.M. to-day. Robert Rankin was fined Is., or those hours’imprisonment. Murtagh Hurley v as fined Is., with 3s. hire of express for carting him to the station, in default :-J4horV imprisonment. Dogs.— The policemen have been at work last week looking up unlicer d dogs. We will hear of their success y-and-by. Meanwhile the “ dog fiend ”v. io did to death with doses of arsenic so mi iy canines last year has again started main .s, and some half-a-dozen or so of watch < gs and others have fallen victims to the b its and taken their last look of the sun. The Rev. 0. Melville Pym. —Yes. rday the Rev. Mr. Pym went snath, at will return to Christchurch tl is w k. On Saturday afternoon he took'fo vewc of his many friends in Ashburton, am at the parsonage he was Foots with a purse of sovereign s in lie name of the subscribers.. and in reco iition of the valuable service the re v. gen lonian had rendered to the cause of relit on during his stay in the district. Lifting the Taupo. —There app irs to be some likelihood of the unfortm do steamer Taupo being floated at last Gi Auckland telegram states that the c ■ intractor has succeeded in raising ~nd moving the vessel twenty yards, and that she is now lying between two barq ea, and the steamer Glenelg will try and mv her to the pilot station. An offer ias been made to purchase the Taupo wheu in Auckland dock for L 7,000.

Death or a Dusky Celebrity.— ”oitoi, a Waikato chief of the Ngateapal ira hapu is dead. He was one of the wo chiefs who accompanied Dr. Hochsteker, of the Australian Scientific Explorab m, to Europe. Toitoi was introduced to several sovereigns in Europe, and when in England to the Queen. On his ret on, he was despatched by the Governmen to the Waikato on the breaking out of war, to endeavor to negotiate peace with the rebels, but he joined his own people.

Theft of Trousers. —A German named Schumaker was charged to-day before the R.M. with having stolen a pair of trousers from the Methven train. He pled guilty to taking the garment, but said lie thought they wore lost trousers. The owner of the trousers said they had been taken from his basr in the train, and at the hotel at Methven he saw the trousers hanging up at the head of prisoner’s bed. Prisoner travelled with him in the same train, and the bag was tampered with during a ten minutes’ absence at one of the stations. His Worship sent Schumaker to gaol for a month, with hard labor. West Coast Railway. —The promoters of this railway have received intimation from the Government to the effect that after the preliminary inspection by Mr. Anderson of Messrs. Thornton and Browne’s route, Mr. O’Connor will be instructed to examine it more in detail, and report to the Government. In connection with this matter the Grey Elver Argus states that Mr. Wickes has received a letter from Sir Julius Vogel to the effect that if a favorable route could be discovered there would be no difficulty in obtairing the necessary funds in London for constructing the line.— Press.

AnR.M. Court Clerk in Troubib.— On Saturday at Hawera, Ernest D. Wilkinson, receiver of land revenues and clerk of the Court, Hawera, was charged before Captain Wilson with having om bezzled Ll 6 13s. Mr. Barleyraan prosecuted on behalf of the Controller .and Auditor-General, and asked for a remand as other sums would have to be accounted for, and witnesses would have to c me some distance. Mr. Ward who appeared for the accused, asked that bail should be enlarged. The Bench had no objection, and remanded the case until Thursday next.

A Plucky Woman. —Prom theOamaru Times we learn that an extensive robbery of jewellery was perpetrated at the Waitaki Bridge Hotel on Wednesday evening. Mrs. Ward, wife of the licensee, acc nnpanied by Miss Hoggett, had been to a neighbor’s house, and on returning about midnight the last-named lady went into her bedroom, and on looking round missed several articles of jewellery. Mrs. Ward was informed of the circumstance, and awoke the barman, the three making a joint search. On looking under her bed Miss Hoggett observed a man crouched up in a corner, and, catching him by the hair of the head, she forced him to come out, when he said, “ It is all right ; I will give up what things I have got.” He was searched, and the undermentioned articles found upon him ; —Watch and chain, gold locket, necklace and locket, three gold finger rings, pair of earrings, gold cross, set gold" studs, solitaire, gold plated neck chain, silver chain, two silver pipe ferruls, one pair solitaires, scarf ring, watch, and seventeen and sixpence in silver. The man’s name is James Mack, and he had been stopping at the hotel since the previous day. He was detained until the police had been communicated with, and was subsequently brought to town by Constable Kennedy.

The Borough By-laws. —Several cases under the by-laws were heard to-day. J. R. Chapman was charged with having lit a fire in the open air, in other than a constructed [fire-place, and without the sanction of the Borough Council. The fire had been lit for the purpose of burning a paint-pot out, between Mr. Chapman’s shop and Mr. Fowler’s. Mr. Chapman said he expected Brown would have people up next for lighting their pipes in the street. The Magistrate said it was dangerous to light fires of this kind, and fined accused 10s. and 7s. costs. Jacobson and Eyton were accused of allowing a horse to wander at large. Mr. Eyton took exception to the absence of the number of the clause from the summons. The objection was over-ruled, and Foreman Brown went into the box, and said he had found the pony at large in Tancred street, and had impounded the animal. It had been released by a boy Leitch, in defendants’ employ. His Worship said that as the ownership had not been proved it would be necessasy to produce the poundkeeper, and the case was adjourned for a few minutes to allow of his production. Peter Cameron was fined ss. and costs for allowing a mob of sheep to get on the footpaths. R. Lancaster was accused of allowing a cow to wander at large. Mr. Lancaster brought a witness who proved that the cow was 200 yards ahead of a mob of 23 cattle, and that Brown had taken the cow in charge in full knowledge of the fact that she was the leader of the mob. Accused was fined Is. and c< '.da. John Groves was accused of crossing the footpath in Tancred street, with a horse. He was fined Is. and costs, with a w n’ning not to cross the footpath again. On the arrival of the messenger who had > een sent for the poundkeeper, in the cas' of the Mail’s stray horse, it was reported that the officer could not be found, end Foreman Brown had to withdraw his c se, asserting that he would take “ fine i, ire Mr. Eyton owned the horse next time.”

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The Ashburton Guardian. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 275, 22 February 1881

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