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A Good Average. —An average yield of over 60 bushels of wheat has been obtained off one of the Ellerslie farms, North Otago. The Oddfellows’ Concert. —To-night we would again remind our readers that the Oddfellows’ Anniversary Concert is to be given, and we hope to see a good house. Harvesting in the South. —A telegram from Invercargill states that the weather there is unfavorable for harvesting operations, which are now in progress. Burning a Lock-up. —The native, Hemi Natana, who fired the Mongonui police station, has been committed for trial at the next sitting of the Supreme Cour t at Auckland. Leg-Stretching. —A twenty-four hours’ go-as-you-please contest, at Wellington, between Smith v. Croft, for LSO a-side, was won easily by the latter, who ceded ten miles to Smith. Telegraphic.—A telegraphic station has been opened at the rifle camp, Brightwater, Nelson. It will be open daily (Sundays excepted) from 9 a. m. till 5 p.ra., and from 7 p.m. till 8 p.m. Consultation. —ln our advertising columns will be found particulars iff a consultation on the Great Autumn Handicap, to be run on Hagley Park course in April next, Mr T. Quill being the engineer.

Burglary in Christchurch. —Fairbank’s chemist shop, in High street, was broken into on Saturday night, and a 1-.ash-box and till, containing a consideiable sum of money, were stolen. An attempt was also made to enter Leaver’s tai»or’s shop, next door. Meat Export, —At a meeting held in Dunedin on Saturday morning, attended by the leading stock owners, it was decided to take steps to form a company or association for exporting frozen meat to England. The Hon. 14 Campbell explained that a capital of L 5,000 wquld be required, but of this it was only necessary to call up L 3,000, the balance to be subscribed by members of the association in fat stock, at a price to be agreed on. The Albion Collision Inquiry. —The judgment of the Court of Inquiry into the collision between the s.a. Albion and the schooner Isabella Pratt was as follows:—“ The Court is unanimously of opinion that no blame attaches to Captain Garrard or the officers of the Albion, and returns their certificates. If the crew of the Isabella Pratt could not make out the steamer, how could the steamer’s look-out make out the Isabella Pratt ? The Court are of opinion that the Isabella Pratt standing on into the steamer’s smoke was foolhardy, and that the collision might have been avoided had the schooner gone about when the steamer was first made out. ” The Court made no order for costs.

The Exhibition.— The arrangements for the Industrial Exhibition are rapidly proceeding, and there is every promise that it will be the best thing Ashburton has yet done. The Secretary was down in Christchurch on Saturday, and the result of his energetic canvass is that he brings back with him applications for some 3,000 feet of display space—making now over 5,000 feet in all. The Christchurch exhibits will be very interesting, being various and very valuable, and will include almost everything, from a fire engine to a mousetrap. There will be complete suites displayed of colonial made furniture, and nearly every industry practised in Christchurch will be represented in some way or other. It may not be out of place to add that Mr Poyntz has obtained Mr Reece’s consent to use that gentleman’s gas designs, and so several gas-illuminated stars will decorate the front of the Hall on the show evenings, while the tents adjoining the hall will also be lit with gas. From our district two valuable collections of coins will pretty well illustrate the currencies of nearly every nation in the world, and there are many more exhibits of interest and value coming from our own district than oven the most sanguine of the Exhibition’s promoters could ever have imagined. A Fizzle. —To-day a special meeting of the Borough Council should have been held in the chamber at two o’clock, to consider the by-laws. At two o’clock Mr Harrison was the only Councillor in attendance. Shortly after, the Mayor appeared. Then, towards 2.20, Mr St. Hill dawned upon the scene. Some minutes after the half-hour Mr. Williamson came, but still a quorum was not to be had, and the special meeting had to be adjourned, and a stolen meeting of the Works Committee was held instead. Before the adjournment of the special a sort of indignation meeting was hold, at which Mr. Harrison expressed himself in unmeasured terms regarding the injustice that was done to those members who were willing to attend to the town’s business by those who were not. He said it was hard lines to hurry away from one’s private business on the most important day of the week, only to find that enough of one’s fellow-Coudcillors did not turn up to make a quorum. He could see no good in such men being Councillors at all unless they bore their share of the work. The Mayor remarked that those who could not attend ought to send and say so, so that no waiting need be done. He apologised for the absence of Mr. Rudolf Friedlander. Mr St. Hill was accustomed to this sort of thing, and would be more astonished to see a full meeting than he was to see empty chairs. It was finally decided to adjourn the meeting till immediately after the ordinary meeting next Monday. Mr St. Hill was quite sure that some of the members would “ take faint,” and want to get away. Tue Mayor suggested that such membersshou d bring a bottle of *• reviver” with them.

Postal.—Mails for San Francisco close at Auckland to-morrow afternoon at halfpast i wo. Pi'lice Business. —At the Court to-day his Worship the Mayor had before him two men whom lie remanded till tomorrow, when the 11,M. will sit. One mar named Will -in Ih-yle was accused of •Ivui. kenness and disorderly conduct • '.'hi!i the oiher. David Alexander, was alleged to have L ; n guilty of die iarccny l i.. 5 from a mar named James I!; mtorsoli, in the Print. • \lhvv: Boarding-house.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 280, 28 February 1881

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