The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prevalebit. THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 p. in. ]
Assessment Court. —lt will be seen that the sitting of the Assessment Court for the Borough of Ashburton has been altered from the 24th instant to the Ist prox., at 10 a. m. The Revision of the Bible.—A lecture will be delivered this evening in the Library Hall by the Rev A. Hands, on “The revision of the authorised Bible. ” Young men are specially invited, and, from the rev gentleman’s well-known abilities as a lecturer, wo expect to see a good attendance. The lecture will commence at half past seven. Alleged Larceny. —At the R. M. Court to-day, before Mr J. Nugent Wood, R. M., a man named Horace Quinton was brought up, charged with the larceny of L 3 from one Thomas Brewer. Brewer had come to the police station at about half-past three this morning, and had lodged his complaint. He was then half drunk, but he appeared to understand well enough what he was doing, and he promised to appear at the usual hour this morning to proseepte. He did not appear, however, and when he was found he was rather the worse for liquor. At four o’clock to-day the case was heard, and, after hearing the evidence, which his Worship said was very unreliable, owing to the drunkenness of the prosecutor, the prisoner was discharged.
The Recent Roller Accident. —On Monday, we mentioned an extraordinary accident which happened to a man named John I.afferty, at Rolleston, over whose head a Cambridge roller passed. Extraordinary as it may seem, he is likely to get over his injuries. He has completely recovered consciousness, and, so far as can at present be jud -ed, is making good progress towards recovery.
“The Cour.se of True Love.” —At Stuttgart a student in love with a very pretty girl had repeatedly written to her parents for their consent to a marriage. Receiving no reply, he poisoned himself at the girl’s lodgings. Next day came a letter with the parents’ consent. At the funeral the girl swallowed poison, and fell lifeless into the arms of one of the choristers singing over the grave.
Mr Cass’ Dysentery Remedy. —ln the Lyttelton Times this morning, appears a letter from Dr Wilkin, a Christchurch medical man, in answer to Mr Cass’ letter re a remedy for dysentery, which we published on Monday. After stating that in the case of adults, the so-called “remedy” would do no great harm, the doctor goes on to say—“To give to an infant suffering from dysentery three to five drops of a preparation such as Mr Cass recommends every hour “till cured,” would, I venture to say, kill 50 per cent of the infants in a moderately severe attack, and the whole of them in an obstinate attack of dysentery.” The Late Shooting Case in Christchurch. —The man, John Banfield, was yesterday charged at the Christchurch Police Court with shooting, with intent to kill, one John Spring. After the evidence for the prosecution had been read over, prisoner, in answer to the magistrate, said that Spring had parted him and his wife, prostituted his children, and poisoned him, doing him every bodily harm and injury that could be done. He had tried to get a meeting peaceably with Spring, without success, and felt driven finally to do what he had done. He was committed to take his trial at the next sittings of the Supreme Court at Christchurch. Ashburton Fire Police. —A meeting of the Fire Police took place last evening at the Fire Brigade Office, Wakanui road. In the absence of the Captain, Mr Rudolph Friedlander was voted to the chair. The chairman stated that the object for which the meeting was held was to take steps towards having a more efficient mode of working the police than hitherto, and to see if greater interest cannot be taken in the movement. He was sorry to see so few present. Mr St. Hill thought that their Captain, Mr Jameson, should be present at this meeting. He would move—“ That the Secretary write to the Captain and inform him that, owing to his non-attendance at the meetings of the Fire Police, he be asked to send in his resignation.” Mr Guudry asked whether the meeting had been duly advertised in both of the local papers. The Secretary replied that it had. Mr Gundry seconded Air St. Hill’s resolution, which was carried item. cun. It was decided that the Chairman should call another meeting of the police as soon as the Captain’s reply came to hand. The meeting then adjourned.
Whitewashed. —A humorous contributor to the Sydney Mail tells the following :—“ It was a good practical joke, of which the principal constituents were a bucket of liquid whiting and an ordinary whitewash brush, and the locality was somewhere on the southern coast. There was an agricultural show or a race meeting, which was followed by a dinner, to which all the leading men of the district had come. To further enliven the proceedings, a circus troupe was in the town. The leading men, for the greater part, came to the feast on horses ; and these—special permission having been obtained—were turned into a good paddock. There were bays, browns, and blacks ; and these, while the owners were feasting, by the aid of the whitewash before mentioned, some wag converted into pie and skewbalds. Midnight had come before the last toast -was responded to, and all hands sought their horses to take flight. The paddock was reached, and in the dim 1 ght each man, with bridle on arm, sought his trusty steed. So many hard words were never before uttered in the district when the universal verdict was declared, the circus men had let out the residents’ horses and turned their own in. The owner of the paddock, who was one of the banqueters, was more irate than any of the lot, and warmly seconded the motion that every horse of the lot should be put into tho pound —and pounded they were. Daylight brought headaches and misgivings, and never were pound-fees paid with less cheerfulness. Tho general desire now in that district is to learn who is the local Landseer.”
Ashburton Templar Hall Company (Limited). — A special general meeting of the shareholders of this Company was held last evening. Mr G. W. Andrews, Chairman of Directors, presided. There was only a moderate attendance of shareholders. The Chairman, after reading the advertisement calling the meeting, requested the shareholders present to move a resolution. After some discussion re the probable rental, etc., derivable fertile next twelve months, Mr Williams moved, and Mr Thomas Scott seconded—- “ That the Directors bo empowered to raise a loan of L 125 on morgage, in order to pay off the Building Society.” Mr Elston moved, as an amendment, which was duly seconded—■“ That the Directors call for tenders for the purchase of the hall.” Mr. Thomas Scott said he agreed with the mover of the last resolution, because it would give the Directors the chance of either selling outright or, if a sufficient offer was not received, then they could raise a loan. He thought they would have no difficulty in doing the latter, as the rent of the hall, even when reduced, would bring in fully L6O per annum. He would move, as a further amendment —“ That the Directors be authorised to call for tenders for the purchase of the hall, and in the event of their not obtaining a sufficient price, they take steps to raise a loan of L 125. ” Mr A. J. Andrews, seconded this, but, on being balloted for, both amendments were lost, the original resolution being carried by a majority of twelve votes. It was decided to hold the next meeting in five weeks from date, the meeting to be duly advertised. The meeting then adjourned. _ A meeting of the Directors was held immediately afterwards, when it was decided to consider the advisableness of reducing the rents to the various bodies using the hall. After some discussion it was resolved that the following be the scale of charges in future For weekly temperance meetings as yearly tenants, 5s per week ; for fortnightly do., 12s per month ; for temperance societies using the hall casually, 7s Gd per meeting ; friendly societies, same rate as hitherto ; the use of the hall for casual meetings, 12s Cd ; dancing classes, 10s ; and the back room, 3s Gd per meeting. It was decided that the [Secretary write to the various tenants, informing them that the above alterations had come into force from March Ist. It was resolved that the Secretary write to the Safe Retreat Lodge, 1.0.G.T., stating that they could have the hall at 5s per night for six months. It was resolved that an advertisement be inserted in the Ashburton Guardian on Thursday and Saturday next, asking for applications from persons willing to undertake the duties of Secretary and caretaker. It was also resolved that tlie matter of certain repairs to the hall be left in the hands of the Chairman. Mr Williams, the Chairman, and Secretary were appointed a committee to procure all information rc raising the loan. The meeting then adjourned. '
Shocking Accident. —A young man named Tom Watson, employed on board the Hawea, was caught by the machinery, yesterday, and his stomach cut right across. A Chorus of Curates. —A theatrical paper states that it is currently reported that one of the features in Messrs Gilbert and Sullivan’s new comic opera will be a chorus of curates. Poisoned.— A woman named Emily Barnett, a lodger with Mrs Alexander, Wynyard street, Auckland, poisoned herself with strychnine yesterday. Dr Alexander, who was in the garden, heard her screams, and found her in convulsions. She got the poison out of his study. Presbyterian Assembly. —The Presbyterian Assembly met again yesterday at Wellington. The reports of the committee on Bills and overtures and of the committee of business were handed in. A report on the widows and orphans fund was presented, and a sub-committee appointed to take the subject into consideration, and report at a future sitting. At the evening sitting deputies from Otago and Southland were introduced by the Rev. Mr M’Nicol, the ex-Moderator, and Rev. Mr Christie. Reference was made to the subject of the union of the Synod of Otago and the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand. The Rev. Mr Clarke spoke on the same subject, referring to the action taken in the appointment of a committee to act with the Assembly in consultation as to the posbility of the union being effected with benefit to both churches. The various committees appointed for the Synod were directed to meet this morning, and a public meeting of members and supporters of the church will be held in the evening. J, S. Quinn, watchmaker, East street, advertises a great reduction in the prices of watches, particulars of which will be found in another column. Tlie Templar Hall Company invite applications for the office of secretary and caretaker of their hall. The Longbcach Road Board want tenders for shingling, to be sent in by eleven o’clock on Saturday next. A notice on closing certain roads in the Mount Hutt district appears in our advertising columns.