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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. MONDAY, MARCH 7, 1881. The Civil Service.

TOWN EDITION. {lssued at 5 p.m. 'j

Some time ago, it will be remembered Messrs Batkin and Seed —the one Assistant Comptroller-General, and the other Commissioner of Customs—were despatched by Government on a ferriting expedition, with a view of finding out, if possible, whether or not there existed any further limbs of the great Civil Service tree that could with safety to efficiency and with advantage in economy, be lopped off. The announcement of their mission filled many officials with fear for the stability of their situations, and now we learn that there is every probability of a further cutting off —a wide sweep of the pruning knife—being the result of their journey over the North Island, which journey has just been completed. The South Island will be the next attacked by the Government ferrets, and it is believed that the knife will move round pretty freely there also, without, it is said, the colony suffering any from the loss of the valuable men whose death warrant they will sign. All this is very well; but the duty those two gentlemen are undertaking is a thankless one, and there are unkind people who, while they are pleased to see the colony saving money by the cutting down of expenses, also wonder why it is possible for two valuable officials like Messrs Batkin and Seed to be spared from their important offices for the length of time they have been away. It is insinuated that if it can be afforded for them to go careering over the colony devoting their whole time to investigations into the state of every subordinate office, and doing their best to cut down expenses —it is quite within the bounds of possibility that their own valuable services in their respective departments they conduct may be dispensed with. It is not to be supposed that the highest salaried officers in the colony’s service are discharging the duties that, in ordinary times, fall to be performed by Messrs Batkin and Seed; and the presumption is that the work is being done by such underlings as it is at this moment the mission of Messrs Batkin and Seed to look up, and say whether or not they can be dispensed with. To do without Messrs Batkin and Seed would be to save salaries equal to Lx,700 or Li,Boo a year, and it is just possible that in the

coming session of Parliament, after Government have spoken highly of the energy and judgment of the Commissioners in getting rid of a few subordinate officers, some bilious member may raise a suggestion get rid of the permanent offices those Commissioners hold. The Evening Post — Government inspired—comes to the rescue of the Commissioners before they are attacked, and explains that this journey they are now on is an annual tour of inspection which they have always made, and their tour has only been taken advantage of this year, so that their knowledge and judgment may be made use of in guiding the Government as to where to put in the piumng knife. That may be; but we an; afraid the explanation will not be satisfactory to the many sucking reformers in our Parliament, who will want to know, you know.

Athletic Club. —The Amateur Athletic Club, of Christchurch, held their annual sports on Saturday, but there was only a small attendance. Discouraging Thrift. —The Otahuhu (Auckland) D'stiict School Committee desired to establish a penny savings bank, but the Education Board refused permission. A Woold-bb Ixceydiiry.—The young man named Henry Edwards, who recently threatened to burn down the offices of the Union Sash and Dooc Company, at Auckland, has been sent to the Lunatic Asylum. North v. South.—As we go to press a Nelson telegram informs us that the match North Island Rifles v. South Island has been won by the latter by seventeen points, +he scores being—South Island, 648 ; North Island, 631. Resident Magistrate’s Court. —At this court this morning before E. G. Kerr, Esq., Robinson Ruddick was charged with cruelly ill-treating his wife. The police not being prepared witli the evidence, the accused was remanded until Friday next, bail being allowed. Cricket. —The following are the team selected to play against Mount Somers to-morrow —Hodder, McLaren, Marsh, Andrews, Wix, Denshire, Fooks, J., Fooks, A., Amos, Fagan, and Jephson. The team will start from the Somerset at 4.30 a.m., in a drag driven by Mr. J. Mcßae. Play will commence at 10 o’clock.

An Austrian Opponent to Doctor Tanner. —An Austrian has announced that he is ready to compete with Dr Tanner in fasting, but he demands one difference in the terms in the contest between existence and hunger. For water, on which the American phenomenon relied to keep body and soul together, the Austrian asks to be allowed to substitute beer. Funeral of the Late Sir Ceacroft Wilson. —Shortly after two o’clock on Saturday, the remains af the late Sir Cracroft Wilson, K.C. SI. ,C. 8., were conveyed to their last resting place in Halswell Churchyard. A cavalcade considerably over a mile in length testified to the universal respect in which the deceased gentleman had been held. Pioneer Bjcvcle Ccub.—The Christchurch Pioneer Bicycle Club Paces took place on Saturday. The weather was tine, and there was a large attendance. The Club handicap, of one mile, resulted as follows, after a good race : —Morris, 275yds, 1 ; Dalton, 250yds, 2 ; Clark, 3'JOyds, 3. Time, 3mins Ssecs. A Sensational Cablegram. —A cablegram appeared in the morning papers today, announcing that the Cerberus, the Victorian turret ship, had been blown to atoms by the explosion of J a torpedo. It appears the message got mutilated in its transmission, and that it was not the Cerberus, but one of her gigs which met with the accident referred to. The corrected message will bo found in our telegraphic columns.

“Much Ado About Nothing.” —The Cambridge correspondent of the Press Association telegraphs that the reported Maori outrage at Horahora has been greatly exaggerated. The statement about the bags of bonedust belonging to Messrs McLean having been thrown into the river, and other destruction caused, is false. The Maoris simply attempted to prevent the destruction of an old burial ground. A Disappointing Sweep. —A Wellington exchange says :—“ A Wairarapa re-i----sent drew the winner in a ‘ L 5,000 sweep ’ on the Dunedin Cup, and for a time was revelling in imaginary riches and building all sorts of castles in the air with hia unexpected wealth. All his anticipations, however, received a cruel check when he found that only 118 tickets were tilled out of the 5,000, and that consequently the prize was very paltry indeed compared with what he had been expecting, iMI pccjant.? ajain.-it ihe Hoi .iculiu’-al Society ate eouested to be rendered to ibe sec elavy befo e ne a Thursday. The Exhibition Com.nwlee. wishing to preserve a : l perishable exhibits from belnj damaged, request any persons wiMinj to lend glass ca.ws to com mmicale :t once with the secretary. Tarpauhns. u.ieu.l things dii ’ing iVs per-od of Uie year, are to be cKj-po ed of by S. S'ephens. TinwDa. ConlractO 's arc rc ninded that ou rcre-'c ice to our advcrti.’ng cohimns, ‘hey wIU see th.it are required for various works in the Upper jEabmtou Road District. The members of the Fire Pol'ce have to meet on Wednesday next, at the ibigacc sta ion.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. MONDAY, MARCH 7, 1881. The Civil Service., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 286, 7 March 1881

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