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The Governor. —His Excellency Sir Arthur Gordon and suite passed through Ashburton this morning, by special train, en route to Otago and Southland. Cricket. —The gentlemen who are to play against the Geraldine Eleven, tomorrow, are requested to meet at the railway station at 6.30 sharp, to-morrow morning. County Council.— A special meeting of the County Council will be held at the County Council Chambers next Monday, at 11 a.m., to consider the reception of the Governor, and other matters which may be brought before the meeting. Orchard Robbers. - The Otago Daily Times deprecates the severe sentence which the Dunedin Resident Magistrate is inflicting on youthful orchard robbers. Our Southern contemporary says:—“lf we remember rightly, Dr Stuart confesses to stealing apples when a boy. Did Mr Watt himself never steal apples ?” Abusive Language. —On Saturday, before Mr Wood, R.M., William Kermer was charged with using abusive language towards Sergeant Felton, but as the accused was in a very dilapidated and pitiable condition, the kind-hearted Felton did not press the charge. The Magistrate, after giving Kermor some good advice, lot him off with a lenient penalty of Is. Medical. —We believe that the committee appointed for the purpose have arranged with Dr J. H. Mackenzie, of Waikcuaiti, to commence practice in the Rakaia district. The inhabitants of the district are to be congratulated upon the prospect of having a medical man settled in their midst, as hitherto, however urgent the case, Ashburton has been the nearest spot where medical assistance was procurable by them. Arrest.— On Saturday afternoon Mr James Scott, for some years past the manager of Messrs Miles, Hassal and Co.’s estates in this County, was arrested on a warrant from Christchurch on a charge of forgery. The particulars of the case are withheld for the present. The accused was brought up at the R.M. Court this morning, but was remanded until Saturday next, bail being allowed. Mr. Ireland, counsel for the accused, said that a further remand would most likely be asked for, to enable witnesses for the defence to be present.

A Novel Address.— Post Office clerks are often abused for trifling mistakes in the sorting and delivery of letters, but really the wonder is that so few errors are committed, considering the excessive carelessness people display in directing their correspondence. Sometimes, too, the address is by no means easy to decipher, even when written with the utmost care. An instance of this kind occurred recently, in which a letter from Franco to a Wellington resident bore the following complicated direction : —“A Monsieur A , d Wellington ;He To Ika a Maui; Nouvelle Zdlande ; Ocdanie.” It reached its destination in due course. Supposed Drowning at Sumner.— On Saturday afternoon, a young man named George Innis, an employe of Messrs Ballantyne and Co., was reported as having been drowned at Sumner. Messrs S. L. Bell and George Walker found his clothes, and also a Maori kit containing food and fruit. In his purse was 'a return ticket by Hayward’s ’bus and some cash. The clothes were found on the rocks about a mile below the town. After watching in vain for nearly an hour to see if any bather returned, they took the clothes to Patterson’s Hotel, and reported the matter to the police. The unfortunate youth is a son of Mr George Innis, v'ho lives hear the Eastern Hotel, and it was known that he went to Sumner on Saturday for a trip. The clothes have been identified,, and there is but little doubt that the poor youth went into the water and was swept out by a wave.Frees.

Still Another. —The prospectus <?f another weekly “ society ” paper was issued in Wellington on Saturday. Ninety Bushels to the Acre. —Messrs Young and Smillie, Mosgiel, last week threshed a crop of wheat yielding ninety bushels to the acre. The Frozen Meat Industry.— At a meeting at Dunedin, on Saturday, it was definitely decided to form a company for tire export of frozen meat and other produce. The Accident on the Hawea. —The fireman named William Watson, who was injured by the machinery of the Hawea at Auckland, on Wednesday, died in the hospital on Saturday. Hard Times. —The Newcastle correspondent of the Sydney Evening Net os states that the destitution there is appaling. Many cases of actual want and starvation are occurring. A miner’s child lay for three days unburied, the parents being unable to afford a coffin or the funeral expenses. Eventually a subscription among the poor neighbors was instituted, and the corpse was decently buried. The Maori “ Parliament.” —Chief Paul, of Orakei, has issued circulars convening the third Maori Parliament. Eighteen subjects are on the order paper, including the confiscated lands. The Maoris are much annoyed by finding that the whole foreshore of Auckland harbor, even that opposite the native land, has been conferred on the Harbor Board. Great preparations are being made for the assembly.

Lecture. —A correspondent writes : A lecture on education was attempted in the Alford Forest main school on Tuesday evening last. There was a small attendance, and after the lecturer, Mr. P. McGuire, had given his opening address, it was evident that the affair was to prove a failure. More than half the audience left the room in anything rather than an amiable mood at the disappointment. I send yon this paragraph hoping it may prove a warning to neighboring districts. Being determined to squeeze all the sweetness out of the fleeting hour, several of the gentlemen were called upon te sing, and the rest of the evening was spent in harmony. Tho lecture was a complete collapse. The Duke on His Travels. —While the Duke of Manchester was travelling in Queensland, he was expected on a station, and a paddock was specially set apart for the horses of his expected retinue. His train, however, consisted only of himself and another, and by chance they rode up to this paddock and were turning their horses into it before going on to the station, when one of the men came up and asked what the sanguinary so and so did they mean by putting their bosses in there ? The Duke, with some hauteur, explained that he was the Duke of Manchester. “The Dook! the Dook! a pretty looking Dook you are ! Clar out quick, or I’ll bring the boss down on yez !” roared the bushman, who evidently thought a duke was not made of common clay. A Hint to Pugilists. —The Burlington Hawkeye gives the following parable as a hint to young men of a pugilistic turn : “ Don’t carry your pet hobby too far. Take note of the shoulders and legs of a man before you sass him. Out here on West Hill there is a goat that for three long years has butted everything and everybody the brood empire of Burlington could send, against him. He ate the circus posters before the paste was dry, and when the advan«e agent remonstrated, the goat just stood up and crowded the rash man clean through the bill stand. Ho once upset a hay wagon, jammed his head through the end of a wood shed, and flattened Officer Hoefer up against’a brick house. And one day last week he wandered down into a sawmill, and butted the fly-wheel—only once. When be came down, his neck was bent. He couldn’t make a dent in a sack of meal now. Young men, be content with reasonable victories. Some day you, too, may run against a fly-wheel.”

Increase of Suicide in America.— Evidently (the New York Times says) suicide is steadily increasing in this country, especially in the large cities. This is partially owing, of course, to the rapid increase of population ; but, independent of that, the tendency to selfdestruction visibly and disproportionately grows. Many persons think that within a few years America will exceed all lands in this unfortunate regard, and others indeed hold that it has already reached the unhappy distinction. Whether it has or not cannot be positively ascertained, owing to the loose manner of collecting statistics in the United States. The newspapers show an alarming increase in this city—an increase far beyond that of the census. There are causes why suicide should be commoner here than in Europe ; notably, the higher nervous organisation of the people, the greater changes of circumstance, the more general proclivity to speculation, and the larger lack of permanent conditions. Race, climate, country, and social environment have much to do with self-murder, which has unquestionably been stimulated by modern civilisation, particularly by the intensity, artificiality, and feverishness of contemporaneous life.

A railway notice re fares, See., during time of the Oamaru races and St. Patrick’s Day fete at 'ltmaru, appears in another column. Mr W, H. Spackman’s offices have been removed to Canterbury .Chambers, Hereford street, Christchurch. Some persons have been obstructing the course of the Mount Harding creek, and a notice to the effect that they will be prosecuted appears to-day. Messrs Matson, Cox, and Co. advertise a sale of valuable building sites to take place at their sale-room, Ashburton, on the ist April. Grinding is suspended at the Wakanui mill for a few days, in consequence of the breaking of the axle of the .vater-wheel. A meeting of the creditors in the estate of Henry McCutcheon will be held at Mr Crisp's office on Friday next, at noon.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 292, 14 March 1881

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