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Bicycling. —The Dunedin representatives for the bicycle contests of Saturday next arrived in Christchurch this morning.

A Longer Tether. —The Upper Ashburton Road Board has applied for an extension of time, to enable the valuation roll of the district to be completed. The Exhibition. — Intending exhibitors are requested to send in to the secretary, particulars of their exhibits, so that they may be properly catalogued. Gaelic. —At a meeting held in Dunedin last night, it was resolved to form a New Zealand Gaelic Society to foster and perpetuate the Gaelic language.

The West Coast North Island Rail-way.—-A meeting in regard to the, above railway was held at Palmerston North on Tuesday night, and was very successful, nearly L 20,000 worth of shares being taken up in the room. Tenders. —At the County Council meeting yesterday the following tenders were accepted: Rakaia Pound well, Armstrong, Ll 9 10s.; Pudding Hill road, John Black, L 33 3s. Gd.; water channel, Mount Harding, A. M‘Farlane, L4O. The Collision in Lyttelton Harbor. —Judgment in the inquiry into the collision between the Harbor Board’s steam tug and the schooner Aspasia was given this morning. The Bench considered both parties to blame, and ordered the costs of the inquiry to be divided.

Special Sale of notice that the auctioneers are to hold a special sale of sheep at the Ashburton Yards, to meet the requirements of the season. We take it, this bears out the remarks we made a few days ago, when advocating fortnightly sales. Invercargill Races. —The first day’s racing at the Invercargill meeting was largely attended, and the weather was fine. For the Derby, only two started, Hilarious being scratched. After a good race, it was won by a neck by Sir Garnet from Sylvanus. This is the only event of which we have as yet (4.10 p.m.) received the result.

Accident. —A rather serious accident happened yesterday to the Hon. H. B. Gresson, late Judge of the Supreme Court, Christchurch. Whilst driving a young mare at Woodend, the reins got under che animals tail, causing it to bolt, throwing out, and sevorely bruising and cutting the unfortunate gentleman’s face and body. The Taupo.— Success has at last attended the efforts that have so often been made to raise the s. s. Taupo. The steamer Glenelg yesterday morning took the steamer and barques in tow and safely landed them on the sandy beach at the pilot station. It is now proposed to repair the Taupo as well as it can be done at Tauranga, and then to tow her up to Auckland.

Determined Suicide. —A farmer named George Harwood was found suspended by a rope to a tree in the bush on his own farm at Otepopo, north Otago, at about half-past eight o’clock yesterday morning. It is evident that he committed suicide the previous day, as he then told his wife that he intended to take his own life, and left the house professing that he would carry out the threat. He had so often talked in a similar strain that his wife paid no attention to what he said. It appears that he went to the top of the tree, -and having first fixed a rope around his-neck, and attached it to a branch, took the fatal leap. Obituary. —We have to record the death of a veteran colonist Sir Oracroft Wilson, K. C. S. 1., C. 8., of Cashmere, which took place early this morning. Sir Cracroft Wilson will be very much missed by Canterbury people, and his kindness and hospitality to many of our visitors from England and other countries has always been proverbial, and his name will doubtless always be associated with pleasant recollections of the visit to Canterbury and Cashmere. As Major Wilson he was the first officer appointed to the C. Y. C., and always took a deep interest in the welfare of the old .corps ever afterwards. He was in his 74th year. Fire in Tuam street, Christchurch. — Last night, shortly after eight o'clock, a fire broke out in a five-roomed house occupied by a Mr Kissell, in Tuam street, Christchurch, and, owing to the scarcity of water, the flames soon spread to the adjoining building on the eastern side — a cottage occupied by Mr Brook. After the lapse of some 45 minutes a fair pressure of water was obtained, but in the meantime the fire had attacked a third cottage, which was also soon a mass of flames. Mr Kissell was insured in the New Zealand Office—Ll2s on the house and Ll2O on the furniture. As to the origin of the fire, all that is known is that Mr Kissell went out shortly before eight o’clock, and as ho intended to return almost immediately, left a lamp burning in one of the back rooms. It is supposed that, during his absence, the lamp butst, or was by some means shaken over, and then set fire to the building. The Public Health. —The Inspector of Nuisances for the combined local;bodies sent in the following report on Trevorton to the Wakanui Road’Bdard to-day. The meeting lapsed for want of a quorum, but as a month would elapse before the report could come before the public, the Chairman has permitted us to publish it for public information:—“The Chairman, Wakanui Road Board. Sir, —Having inspected Trevorton and the surrounding district from the River Terrace to the Wakanui road, I have the the honor to tender report of same. I inspected all closets, heaps of rubbish, pig-styes, etc., and found many of them in a filthy and dirty condition, the closets being the worst, of which the most are pit closets, and it is difficult to ascertain the length of time since they have been emptied and cleansed, but in all cases where I thought it necessary I have ordered them to be cleansed, and shall see that they are done. Some I found (one in particular) at the bottom of one of the residents’ gardens almost in pieces, and in a most filthy state, all open and exposed. Some others not quite so dilapidated, but that equally required seeing to. Also, in one resident’s garden, I came across a hole about 3ft x 2ft, all exposed and filled with refuse and liquid matter, without any covering whatever. Re sludge, slops, etc., the generality of the residents empty them in their gardens, and others who keep pigs give it to them ; and in cases where I did not think the styes were kept properly clean, and any heaps of manure I thought ought to be removed, I gave orders for them to be done, and if any of them neglect to do so I will serve them with a notice and report same to the Borough Council or Board in which they are residents. —I have, &c., John Davison, Inspector of Nuisances.” Primitive Methodist Church. — A tolerable number sat down last night to a coffee supper in the Primitive Methodist Church, for'which'Mr T. Taylor catered. After supper a public meeting was held, presided over by the Rev. A. J. Smith, pastor, who briefly stated that the object of the meeting was to make a presentation to Mrs Charles Davis, in recognition of her services as organist during the last three years. Appropriate addresses were then given by Mr K. Sando and Mr F. A. Vaughan, and each spoke in highly complimentary terms of Mrs Charles Davis. 5 A duet was then sung by Mrs Vaughan and Miss Jowsey, which was well appreciated. Mr. A. J. Andrews next presented Mrs Davis with a beautiful silk purse, containing five sovereigns, and read the following address; —“We, „the members of the

A. S':Society and congregation the Primitive Methodist ChUrch, Ashburton, actuated by a sincere appreciation pf the kind assistance you have so long rendered ns as organist, feel it our pleasant duty to express in s°me tangible way our obligation for your valuable services. We therefore affectionately submit for your acceptance this address, with theaccorapanying purse, cdntaining fiye sovereigns, as an expression of our united love and esteem, and hope that peace, love, and joy may ever be found in your home, making it the abode of all temporal and spiritual blessings.—Signed on behalf of the members Arthur Jackson Smith, Minister; Albert J. Andrews, Secretary.” Mr Smith then called upon Mr Isaac Scott, who delivered an able address, and presented to Mrs Davis a large Family Bible, bound in Morocco, which bore the following inscription : “Presented to Mrs Davis by the members and congregation of the Primitive Methodist Church, Ashburton, as a slight acknowledgment of her services as organist. March 2nd, 1881.” Mr Charles Davis suitably responded on behalf of his wife, and votes of thanks brought this interesting meeting to a close. The Upper Ashburton Road Board are to apply for an extension of time for making up their roll. Mr W. H. Gundry wants all claims to be sent to him that are still outstanding against the estate of the late Mr Thomas Black. The Tinwald bootmaker, Hawkins,' is selling boots at Christchurch prices. Jameson and Roberts want feed hr 2,000 sheep. Mr W. R. Dunn has lost his black dog Rover, and offers a reward for his return. The intestate estates of the late John Hurle/ and Michael Caughey are in the hands of the public trustee, who will receive claims, James Tait, saddler, is a purchaser of beeswax.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 283, 3 March 1881

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