The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 1881.
The Property Tax. —Up to last night 1,983 payments of the Property Tax had been made at Christchurch. The amount collected being a little over L 19.000. Stranding of the Mohaka. —At the official enquiry yesterday into the stranding of this vessel, the Court decided to return Captain Symonds’ certificate, but Ecksford, the mate, was suspended during the Governor’s pleasure. The Mail. —The Hawea arrived at Lyttelton this afternoon, bringing the San Francisco Mails, which will arrive in Ashburton per 7.50 train to night. The Southern portion will be forwarded from here by special train immediately after arrival.
Mails for Europe. —Mails for the United Kingdom, Ac., via Brindisi (for specially addressed correspondence only), will close at Ashburton on Tuesday next, 15th inst., at 5 p.m. A supplementary mail will be closed at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, for despatch per express train.
Threshing Machine Accident. A man named Henry Lewis Lovell, working at Shag Valley, on Thursday had his foot crushed in a threshing machine. His leg was amputated by Dr. Browne, of Palmerston, and the man was sent by the express to Dunedin, but ho died on the way.
Cricket. —The following are the team selected to play at Geraldine on Tuesday next:—G. Andrews, A. Andrews, Hodder, Denshire, Wix, Jephson, Shury, Amos, Fagan, Curtis, E. Fooks, and St. George. Any of the above who are unable to play are requested to let the secretary know immediately. The team will start away by the 7 a- m. train. Ashburton Fire Police.— A meeting of the Fire Police was held last evening in the Council Chamber, Mr George Jameson, captain, in the chair. After some discussion the minutes of the previous meeting were confirmed. It having transpired during the meeting that the time for re-election of the captain had expired, it was decided to hold a meeting on Wednesday night next for this purpose. The meeting then adjourned.
Railway Engine-shed Additions.— The Railway Department have now undertaken a decided improvement in older to enable better accommodation to bo provided for the locomotive engines now in use on the Ashburton section. An additional length of 60ft is to be erected on the present south end of the old shed, which will make it about 100 ft long when finished. The building is to be covered with iron, and is to be painted outside. On the roof three smoke funnels are to be built, which will add slightly to its appearance. An ash-pit 20ft long, and made with concrete, is also to be added outside the shed at the south end. Specifications for the addition are to be seen at the post office, Ashburton.
Ashburton Caledonian Society.—A meeting of the Directors of this Society was held at Quill’s Hotel last evening for the purpose of electing a Secretary. There were six Directors present. Mr Samuel Saunders presided, and read the advertisement calling the meeting. The applications for the office of Secretary were next considered, and that of Mr J. Mac Lean Dunn was accepted. A special meeting of members was afterwards held. Dr M'Bean Stewart, President, in the chair. The Chairman staled that the object of the meeting was to take some steps towards welcoming the Governor— Sir Arthur Gordon —on his visit to Ashburton. He would suggest that a committee be appointed to draw up an address of welcome to his Excellency, and it was finally decided that the Chairman, Messrs S. Saunders, Douglas, and the Secretary be appointed a committee for the purpose, and, when the address was prepared, to have the same illuminated. It was understood by those present that as many members as could make it convenient would appear in Highland costume, and that the Society’s piper be asked to be present. It was decided that the duty of reading the address should be left in the hands of the Vice-President. After some further arrangements had been decided upon and some routine business transacted, the meeting adjourned, after a vote of thanks to the Chairman.
The Heathcote Regatta. This regatta was to take place this afternoon, but at two o’clock wo received a telegram stating that it was raining heavily, so probably the regatta will bo postponed.
The Wanganui Cur.—This event was run yesterday, and was won by Sir George carrying Cat 101 b in 4min His immcdi.ve attendants were Libeller (7st 41b), aunt Natator (Sst 121 b), the favorite, Randwick not getting a situation. Ten started.
The Tables Turned. —A young girl named Annie Bell, who at the late inquiry at the Industrial Home, Auckland, preferred certain charges against the late master, J. Stickley, lias been sentenced to three months’ imprisonment as a common prostitute and vagrant. Larkikinism. —An interesting discussion on larrikinism took place in the Legislative Assembly of Victoria recently. Mr Service asked the Premier if the Government were prepared to adopt more stringent measures than at present for the suppression of the nuisance, and suggested the lash.
Unfounded Charges. —Certain charges having been made by a wardsman and inmate of the Dunedin Benevolent Institution to the effect that the food supplied to the inmates was not fit to eat, and that the internal management was bad, the committee held an investigation, and examined a number of inmates, showing that the charges were without foundation
The Governor in Christchurch.— His Excellency the Governor this morning visited the Canterbury College, Christ’s College, and the Grammar School, afterwards holding a levee in the Provincial Council Chamber, when 120 gentlemen wore presented. This afternoon the Governor will visit the Museum and other public buildings.
Accident. — A lad named John Martin, about 14 years of age, met with an unfortunate accident yesterday, whilst working at Anderson’s foundry, in Cashel street. He appears to have been engaged at a lathe, performing some unimportant duty, when by some means his left hand got between the cog wheels, which so seriously injured two of his fingers as to render it necessary to amputate them at the hospital, whither he was taken shortly after the casualty.— Times.
Letter of Condolence to Ladt Wilson.—At a meeting of the directors of the Press Company Limited yesterday, the following resolution was carried unanimously :—“ That the directors of this Company desire to place on record their deep sense of the loss sustained by it in the decease of the late Sir J. Cracroft Wilson, he having been associated with the Company from its formation, and taken an active and zealous part in its affairs as a director. That the secretary bo instructed to forward a letter of condolence to Lady Wilson, expressive of the sympathy felt for her by this Board under her bereavement.” Want to Know, You Know'.—At the meeting of the Dunedin Jockey Club last night, the following resolution was carried :—“ It having been brought under the notice of this Committee that the representative of the owner of the horse Natator, entered for the Forbury Handicap, accepted for the race at 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, scratched the horse at 10.10 a.m. on the 2Gth, and that the horse was sent by train to Christchurch by the 7.30 a. m. train on the 26th ; and the Committee having reason to believe that arrangements were made with the Railway Department for a box for the horse on the evening of the 25th, the Club call upon the Hon. W. Robinson, owner of the horse, for an explanation.” Muff Cricket Match. —A cricket match between an eleven of the Ashburton and the Rakaia “ Muffs,” was played at the Rakaia yesterday. The Ashburton team w r ere driven to the Rakaia by Mr M'Rae, who took them there in loss than two and half hours. On arrival, play w-as at oaeo-eommenced, the Rakaia men taking the first innings, when they made 51 runs. Mr Littelton contributed no less than 23 runs in this innings. The names
of the Rakaia team wore—Messrs Mann, Makeig, Bailey, Robinson, Hartnell, Littleton, Winter, Hussey, Simpson, Mann (jun.), and Kemp. The Ashburton team were composed of the following players : —Messrs Hill, Eagle, M'Rae, Mainwaring, Marsh, M. Scott, Ede, Ireland, Chapman, Fowler, and Power. The Ashburton team only succeeded in putting togethers in their first innings, 33 runs. In the second innings Rakaia made the large score of 107 runs, and Ashburton only 64, the former winning the match by 01 runs. The visitors were entertained in capital style by the Rakaia players, and a very nice luncheon was partaken of at Kemp’s South Rakaia Hotel, every one enjoying themselves heartily. It is proposed to play the return match on Friday next at Ashburton.
Mount Hutt Assessment Court.— This Court was held on Friday, before Mr N. Wood, Judge. Mr Helrnore appeared for George Hawkins, and objected to his assessment for 553 acres at L 193 11s. The acreage was reduced to 493 acres, and the valuation fixed at 5s an acre, making the assessment L 123 ss. Mr Helrnore appeared for A. Lambert, and objected to his assessment at LOG 12s. It was shown that the stated area of 27G acres should bo 280 acres. The assessment was fixed at 5s an acre, namely L7O. Mr Helrnore objected to the assessment of section 271304. The assessment was fixed at 4a an acre for 525 acres, namely LlO5. Mr Thomas Allen, who appeared for Mr Dcwling, objected to the assessment of C 660 acres at L 3,800. The assessment was reduced by Is an acre, making the amount L 3322. The name was also altered from T. Allen to T. Dowling, and “ the owner ” from Allan and Brown to William J. Brown. Mr Edward Chapman objected to his valuation of 2,105 acres at 5s an .acre, equal to L 526 ss. The valuation was sustained. Mr Jackson applied in the interests of other ratepayers, who had objected, for an adjournment of the Court, as they had depended upon the action which the Board was said to intend to take. The Judge said he did not see that the Act allowed him any discretion in the matter, the Court having once been opened, and the objectors not having appeared. He would have taken the cases on their merits had anyone appeared. He could not see that ho could do anythin" with regard to an adjournment. The objectors were Messrs Alington, M'lhaith, Wason, and others. The Judge decided to go on with the objections. Mr. 0. S. Alington had objected to his farm of 500 acres being assessed at L 250. The Clerk supported the valuation. The assessment was reduced by LSO, making the total L2OO. The Judge said that ho was of opinion, if an objection was sent in, the Court was bound to consider it, even if it was not supported. Mr. Sydney Rolls had objected to his assessment of 4s an acre, and also incorrect. The area was reduced by 41 acres, leaving 209 acres which was reduced to 4s an acre, or Lsl 16s. Mr Charles Kiver, jun., was rated for 511 acres at 7s, or L 179 altogether. The assessment was reduced by Is an acre, making it L 153 9s, Mr E. G. Wright was rated for 600 acres at 7s. The assessment was reduced to 4s an acre, equal to Ll2O. Mr. J. 0. Wason had objected to his assessment of 5150 acres freehold at L2OGO, and 2700 leasehold at LIOBO. The assessment was reduced by Is an acre, making the total L 2747 10s. Mr McKillan objected to his assessment of 1330 acres at Bs, or L 532. The amount was reduced by 2s an acre, equal to L 399. Mr James McQuade, assessed for 300 acres at LlO5, was reduced to 4s an acre, or L 65. Mr Duncan Cameron, assessed for 418 acres at 7n, was reduced to*3sJ6d, or L 73 3s.
Juvenile Immorality. —Owing to the disclosure of the existence of immoral practices between the elder children at the Auckland Industrial Home the committee have decided to send to service all boys over twelve. A general meeting will shortly be held to consider the position of the Home, and get the Government to provide proper buildings for the separation of the sexes and enforcing discipline. Prisoners’ Statements. —Mr Justice Hawkins decided, at the Leeds assizes, that prisoners may make to the jury a statement of their version of the matter with which they are charged, but not upon oath. Mr Justice Lush, who was sitting in the nisi prim Court, was consulted on the point and entirely agreed with the ruling of Mr Justice Hawkins. Accordingly, in the case in which the question arose, the prisoners in the dock made their statement to the jury after the address of their learned counsel The Wrong People in Wrong Places. —An Otago contemporary thus moralises : “We are a strange people. The colony is
full of angular pegs in round holes. We have merchants on Land Boards, and painters on Harbor Boards. There is not even one retired teacher on our Education Board, and Professor Shand is the only University man on the Education Board. Our Volunteers are led by men wbo
“never set a squadron in the field, nor the division of a battle knows.” The mania of the colonists seems to be to emulate the example of Sir Joseph Porter in the Pinafore, whose partnership in an office was the only “ ship” he ever had seen !” J. Sheriff, Manchester street South, and Barhadoes street, Christchurch, advertises a large stock of head- . stones, &c. Tenders are invited for the erection of a boardinghouse in Cameron street. To he sent in to Messrs Fooks and Sons, byjxo a.m. on Monday, March 2t, The declaration of insolvency of Francis Black appears in another column The Chief Postmaster, Christchurch, invites tenders for the conveyance of mails between Ashburton and Seaficld, via Elgin, Wakanui, and Newland.