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Wakanui Assessment Court. —The Court sits on the 10th of Marsh —not the Bth, as was previously fixed. Rakaia R.M. Court. —At this Court on Thursday, before Messrs Mackio and D. J. Holmes, J.J.R., James Gillespie and Richard Ricketts, were fined Ds or in default, 12 hours’ imprisonment, for being drunk and disorderly. W. Tears, for being drunk in a railway carriage, was Oned LI, or in default, 24 hours’ imprisonment ;he was also fined LI for committing a nuisance in a railway carriage, and annoying the passengers. Attempt to Burn the London Custom House. —Some excitement was caused on January Bth by a report that an attempt had been made to burn down the Custom House, London. It appears that about half past seven in the evening an officer passing through a room in the tea department of the building discovered what appears to have been an attempt to set fire to the place. The room contains ranges of shelves from floor to ceiling crammed with papers. Against one of the wooden partitions a hamper of loose paper had been placed and set on fire. The hamper was partially burned and the shelves charred, but the fire had not had time to make any serious progress, apcl it was at once extinguished.

An Exodus of Labor. —A number of men have taken passage from Timaru for Sydney, where they go to work on Mr Proudfoot’s railway contract. Death of an old Pressman. —Mr Richard Pheney, for many years editor and proprietor of the Taranaki News , died at Taranaki, at two o’clock yesterday morning, aged seventy years. Good Yields. —Says a Dunedin item : have yielded seventy bushels to the acre. On one farm, one hundred and ten bags of barley were obtained from ten acres.”

The late Shooting Case in Christchurch. —The man named John Beaufield, was brought up at the Christchurch R. M. Court yesterday, charged with shooting at a man in High street, on Thursday. The accused was remanded till Wednesday next, the police not being ready to go on with the case. A New Industry. —At the adjourned meeting of the committee of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce yesterday, reports were received from the sub-committee, and it was resolved that Mr Burt, who is about to proceed to Melbourne, be asked to inspect the works there and at Sydney, and report on the freezing processes, &c.

The Maori Outrage in the North. — At the Land Court, at Cambridge, Auckland, yesterday, Maihi Te Rangikahoke, Arekahora, and other influential chiefs of the Rotorua natives, protested against the outrage committed at Horahora. They counselled the natives present to discountenance all such proceedings, and contended that no good would result therefrom to the Maoris or Europeans. The former said that Otutai, by whom the outrage was planned, promised in 18/3 that the sword would be sheathed. He was surprised at the conduct he was now pursuing. Lismobe. —The usual monthly meeting of the committee of this newly formed educational district was held at Sir Cracroft Wilson’s station, at the Hinds, on February 28th. The meeting was held for the purpose of considering certain communications from the Board of Education. Members present —Messrs McColl (Chairman), Jeffs, N. Davis, and Murray. An application was decided to be made to the Board of Education for twenty acres of reserve 1550. No other correspondence was received, and the committee proceeded to elect members to fill the vacancy in the Board of Education. The meeting then adjourned until the 28th March next.

China as a Market for Manufactures. —In his recent commercial report on Hankow, Mr Alabaster, the British consul, observes that there is still a field open in China to our manufactures in cutlery and ironware generally which has been so far comparatively left uuworked ; for the Chinese have none of our manufacturers’ appliances, and when their needs arc understood we might supply them at* great advantage over the native manufacturers ; but it is no use sending out table-knifes which the Chinese do not use, nor scissors which are not adapted to their fingers, nor looks which they cannot fit on their doors, nor pans and trays which they do not want. Native models might be departed from with advantage in nearly every case ; but the conditions of employment must necessarily be considered. A padlock in China has to fit two staples, and shears are used generally in place of scissors. There are no nails to pare, pens to mend, or corks to extract in a Chinese household ; they do not use pins or steel pens, or fenders, or scrapers, or iron tea-trays ; but they have innumerable wants which we might profitably supply. Some steps are being taken in this direction by American manufacturers, and a collection of the articles in common use among the people, accompanied by explanations of the reasons for the forms taken under existing circumstances, and notes of cost, might be made with advantage, and exhibited to one of the centres of our iron industries. Winchester School Committee. —The usual monthly meeting of the above Committee was held in the Schoolroom on Wednesday evening. Present—Messrs Murray (chairman), De Boozy, and Allwood. Correspondence was read from the Board, stating that the Rev. George Lindsay and Mr Moody had withdrawn their names from candidature for membership of the South Canterbury Board of Education. From the same, informing the Committee that L 23 10s 4d had been paid to their credit with the National Bank for the payment of teachers’ salaries for the past month. From the teacher, enclosing a list of names of scholars who are irregular in their attendance .at school. It was proposed by Mr De Renzy, seconded by Mr All wood, and carried—“ That Mr James Austin bo asked to act as a member of the Winchester School Committee for tho present year in room of Mr Joseph Lewis, resigned.” Mr De Renzy gave notice of motion that, at the next regular mooting of the Committeo, ho would move —“ That tho compulsory clauses of the Act bo brought into force in the Winchester School District.” It was resolved —“That the Chairman be requested to give each member notice of the above notice of motion ; that the salaries be paid, as well as Mrs Page's and Mr Blissot’s, if found to be correct and it was also rosolrcd—“ That the school verandah and gate he repaired, and that the Chairman bo requested to make inquiries as to when the report of the December inspection is likely to come to hand.” This concluded tho business of the meeting.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 285, 5 March 1881

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 285, 5 March 1881