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Borough Assessment Court. —It will be seen from an advertisement elsewhere, that the Borough Assessment Court is to sit on the 24th of March. Tinwalb School. —Owing to the illness of Mr Robson, master of the Tinwald school, teaching will not be resumed until the 7th March. The Property Tax. —As was advertised by Mr Commissioner Sperrey, in the Guardian of 21st February, the first instalment of the Property Tax is payable on Bth March, and the second on the 22nd. Presbyterian Gift Auction. The Presbyterians intend holding a gift auction in aid of the funds of the church, on the 15th April. The sale will take place in the Town Hall—Mr Bullock being the auctioneer. “Fun and Farce.” —We would again draw attention to the Oddfellows’ anniversary concert which comes off on Monday next, the programme for which has been extensively circulated. The singers, dancers, reciters, instrumentalists, and funny men include most of our best local talent, and an enjoyable evening is looked forward to. Obituary. —ln Mr T. Black, the agricultural manager on the Longbeach estate, the prevalent disease, dysentery, claimed another victim yesterday. Mr Black was a man in the full prime of life, having only reached his 38th year. He had been fifteen years on the Longbeach estate, during which time he had secured for himself the kindly feelings of many friends, who heard of his death yesterday with deep regret. The funeral will leave Tinwald at half-past one to-morrow. Tinwald Sports. —At the meeting of the Tinwald Sports Committee, and others interested, last night, at the Tinwald Hotel, there was a fair attendance. It was decided to advertise the sports in the Guardian and the other journal; and the Secretary stated that some LSO had been promised in subscriptions. Mr Mark Scott, who presided, said about Ll 5 had been added to his sheet since last meeting. Messrs Jacobson and Eyton presented the Committee with 100 subscription lists. It was resolved to draw up a programme on the lines of the Winslow Sports Meeting, opening the course to the public without admission fee, but offering the privileges to public tender—a meeting to be held next Friday to consider a programme. The following officers were elected :—President, Mr D. McLean ; Vice-President, Mr. Joseph Clark ; Judge for Horse-racing, Mr M. Stitt; Starter, Mr. James Scott; Clerk of the Course, Mr Harry Fowler : Clerk of the Scales, Mr John Walker; Judge for Athletic Sports, Mr George James ; Stewards, Messrs Furneaux, Biggs, Mcßae, and William Fraser ; Starter for Athletic Sports, Mr Lewis. After a vote of thanks to Mr Scott for presiding, the meeting , adjourned.

Bargains.—Orr & Co. come out tonight with a special thing in boots. The Tk Aboha Murder. —After the medical evidence, yesterday, the magisterial enquiry into the murder of the young Maori, at Te Aroha. was adjourned till Thursday next. The Transvaal. —The Fall Mall Gazette says :—There is not a single man now under arms in the Transvaal against the British Government who has ever directly or indirectly acknowledged the Queen’s sovereignty in the country. A Prospector —Says a Taranaki item : —“ It is reported that Mr Barry, the gold prospector, has gone on to Tongapoutu, with a view of crossing at the head of the Mokau River. The natives are very much enraged at his going on after they had warned him back, and an armed party has gone up the Mokaa to stop him and bring him back by fore. ;.”

A Valuable Site. —A block in Collins street, Melbourne, at the corner of quieen street, was sold on the 3rd inst., •;> the National Mutual Life Association o' Australia, 50ft frontage, for a total of I/J.5,000 purchase money. The above company, with the Oriental Bank of Australia, the Chartered Bank, and Bank of Australasia, willnow occupy four opposite corners. This land was originally bought for “an old song. ” Tarred. —An amorous benedict of Waipawa, who pestered a fair rnaider. with his attentions, met with proper retribution the other day. The young lady sent him a billet doux inviting him to meet her. When he arrived on the spot, just as the shades of night were closing iu, he was met, not by the lady, but by half a dozen of her wicked male friends, who stized him, stripped him, and submitted him to the agreeable operation known as “tarring and feathering.” What Next ? A watchmaker at Copenhagen, of the name of fcSonderberg, is reported to have made a watch which requires no winding up, ina; much as it performs that work itself by means of an electric current. An electric magnet fixed inside the watch keeps the spring perpetually in a state of tension. All that is required to keep the watch going is to preserve the battery in proper working order, for which purpose one or two inspections in a twelvemonth are said to be sufficient. Yankee to the Fore. —ln an article upon the subject of exporting meat under the freezing system, the Queenslander publishes extracts from a letter recently received from a gentleman of considerate influence in London. In these it is stated that a Chicago house seriously contemplates establishing a branch in Australia, with a view of extensively exporting meat, the project being to ship the more valuable portions of the carcasses of beef in a frozen state, and to tin the coarse parts under the compressed system.

A New Use for Burglars. —Most people, and especially the ladies, have a horror of burglars, but it would appear that they are not an unmitigated evil after all. A case is reported of a gang who broke into a house in the north-east part of London recently, the sole occupant at the time being a youth of weak intellect. One of the men seized the lad and flourished the poker over his head to frighten him, and the boy, who for years before this had been unable to speak, called out for mercy. The burglars, in fact, frightened speech back to him, and the lad can now speak as well as his father. The Lost Tribes. —Another clue to the lost ten tribes of Israel has turned up in a recent work, published by a Russian journalist and traveller, giving an account of his journeyings in the Caucasus. He states that he has discovered a tribe on the high lands of Daghestan, who have been settled there for thousands of years, and that, though they resemble the Cossacks in appearance, they are in reality Jews. They follow the Mosaic law in the Biblical interpretation of it, retain the old Jewish names in use in the days of the wanderings and the first kings, and adhere strictly Lo the Mosaic law that a man must marry his deceased brother’s wife. So far they appear to have altogether escaped the notice of ethnographers.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 279, 26 February 1881

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