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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 p. m.’J

Fire Police. — A meeting of the Fire Police will bo held on Friday next, at the Borougli Council Chambers, at 7.30 p.m., the business being the election of officers. Grain Season. —A large quantity of grain is now being delivered at the various stations on the South line, and the railway authorities are not able to take in much more owing to the scarcity of shiping in Port Lyttelton. The stationmasters have been notified that consignees must delay sending in their grain for a short time, owing to the want of storage, etc. Narrow Escape from Fire. —On Saturday morning last, as an Ashburton resident was crossing Mr Scott’s paddock, about mid-way between Rakaia and Chertaey, he observed that the tussocks were on fire between the railway lino and the paddock—a distance of only a few yards. , The fire spread rapidly in the direction of some stacks of wheat, oats, and barley, in the paddock, and it was only after great exertions, and a severe scorching on the part of our informant, that the fire was got under, fortunately before it had done any great damage. Ashburton Borough Council. A special meeting of the Council was held last evening for the purpose of considering the manner of the reception of his Excellency the Governor. His Worship the Mayor, Councillors St. Hill, Harrison, and Parkin were present. There not being a full quorum, it was resolved to arrange matters and submit particulars of the reception to a full meeting of the Council for approval. It was decided to have the train which conveys the Governor stop exactly opposite the Town Hall, and to deliver the address immediately his Excellency leaves his carriage, before enteiing the building. The masting then adjourned.

The Governor’s Tour. —His Excellency the Governor arrived at Oamaru yesterday, and after inspecting the harbor works and grain stores was entertained at luncheon. Ho expressed himself highly pleased with the harbor works. At the luncheon, the Premier, replying to the toast of “ The Parliament,” said amongst other things that proper facilities for shipping produce would be the turning point in the practicability of competing with America, and New Zealand farmers must see that they had these facilities. His Excellency shortly after left for Dunedin, whore he arrived by special train at 8.20 p.m. An immense crowd assembled at the station, where the Volunteer Band and a guard of honor were posted. The Governor was welcomed by the Mayor, and afterwards driven round the city. To-day accompanied by the Mayor His Excellency visited various public institutions. At 2.45 p.m. he roreceived an address from the Corporation, and afterwards held a levee in the Town Hall. The Late Torpedo Accident. —From telegrams to hand, per the Ringarooma at the Bluff, it appears that the gig of the Cerberus, with a seventy-pound torpedo aboard, proceeded tp make the last of a series of experiments. While the torpedo was being lowered into the water, the wire entangled in the oar and the torpedo exploded, blowing three men to atoms, one survived a short time ; the fifth was killed immediately, but the body was re : covered, while Jasper, the sixth wan, miraculously escaped with a few bruises. Houston, of the torpedo corps, seeing Jasper struggling in the , water, gallantly swam to his assistance, and at the risk of his pwn life, was the means of bringing Jasper safe aboard the Cerberus. Th cause of the accident is at present shrouded in mystery, but an inquiry:will immediately be held. Major Murray, the chief of tl>e torpedo corps, suggested that the faulty construction of thetorpedo with dynamite, and the exudation of. nitro-g.ycerine, caused a premature expio- ■ sion. One thing is perfectly clear, that Ifipre is no ponnection, with the current of the battery and torpedo wire. \

Sporting. —Hornby was scratched for all his engagements at the Canterbury Autumn Meeting at 3.10 p.m. yesterday. Bank Holiday. —Thursday next, being St. Patrick’s Day and a Bank holiday, the Banks doing business in {Ashburton will be closed. Timaru Mechanic's Institute. —On his return from the South the Governor will lay ibe foundation stone of the new Mechanic’s Institute at Timaru. The Industrial Exhibition. —Two large tents are being erected by Mr Patching at the back of the Court House, in order to give additional space for the exhibits. Death op Colonel Nation. —Colonel Nation, a very old colonist’died at Auckland yesterday. He distinguished himself during the Indian Mutiny, and commanded the first battalion of the Auckland militia during the Waikato war.

Female Agriculturists. —An Illinois paper brags that in the West 100,000 women are working agriculturally in the fields. Well, it is the same way here. Half of our energetic feminine population are engaged in the pursuit o( husbandry. Rust. —The wheat crops in many parts of the south of Otago are suffering very severely from rust, more, so than was at first thought. One farmer informs us (Bruce Standard) that the greater portion of one of his paddocks of wheat, will not be worth more than ninoponcc a bushel, while another tells us that n large quantity of liis crop will be fit for nothing else than feed for his pigs. Nearly the whole of tho farmers are troubled more or loss by this plague.

Beaufield's Antecedents. —The West Coast Times says ;—“ In connection with the recent shooting case at Christchurch, it may be mentioned that the would-be assassin, Beaufield, was some years ago working in the neighborhood of Ross. He bore a character for violence, and was brought, we understand, into unpleasant relations with the police here. He committed a murderous assault at Ross on a woman named Mrs Dobson, and threatened one or two other persons with violence. Ho was, at the time we refer to, married, and deserted his wife. He was, we believe a French sailor, and must have known Spring (the man he endeavored to shoot at Christchurch) at Ross, as the two men were working at the latter place at the same time.”

Served Him Right. —Mr Shaw, Resident Magistrate, read a lecture to a Wellington tradesman named William Davidson, recently, which the latter is not likely to forget in a hurry, and which will doubtless convey a salutory lesson to other persons imbued with the same perverted ideas. Mr Davidson is a general dealer, and some time age supplied to a woman named Kate Howard a quantity of furniture, with the view of enabling her to ply an improper trade. He now sued her before the 8.M., to recover L 27 3s 2d ; balance of account, his Worship said it had been held that people who give credit to women of this class, to enable them to carry on an immoral traffic, could not come before a court of law or equity to demand payment thereof. The Magistrate further added that ho was astonished at the effrontery of any respectable man of business coming to that court in support of such a claim. The plaintiff had lost his money and he (the Magistrate) was very glad of it. He hoped it would be a deterrent to him and others, because as long as tradesmen furnished girls like the defendant with the means of carrying out prostitution, so long might such traffic flourish in this city. Plaintiff was then nonsuited with costs, and left the Court looking exceedingly crestfallen. Tenders are advertised for to-day for a sexton, to be sent in by noon on the 12th April next. Mr K. F. Gray holds a sale of sheep, cattle, horses, pigs, and implements at his yards, Tcmuka, at noon to-morrow, The declaration of insolvency of John McConnell appears elsewhere. The trustee in the estate of William Pauling, of the Hinds, summons a meeting of creditors for Satuaday next. James Scott has filed a declaration of insolvency.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 293, 15 March 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 1881. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 293, 15 March 1881

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