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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 1881.


Football. —An advertisement in another column convenes a meeting of those interested in football to bo Held, at Quill’s Hotel, to-morrow evening at half-past seven o’clock.

A Lengthy Inquiry. —lt having been found impossible to conclude the Wellington asylum inquiry within the time given to the Commission, it is understood that it is the intention of the Government to extend the time.

Storming. —A meeting of the Ashburton Racing Club is called for the 29th, insfc., at Quill’s Hotel, to consider the advisability of holding a steeplechase meeting under the auspices of the Club, during the coming season.

The Exhibition. —Tickets issued at any railway station between Christchurch and Timaru for Ashburton, on the 24th, 25th, and 26th, inst., will be available for return up to and including the 28th, instant.

Hospitals and Charitable Institutions .—The Wellington correspondent of a contemporary states that the Government intend that hospitals and charitable institutions shalffcontinucjafter the expiration of the financial year on March 31st to bo carried on as at present, in the same way as last year, until definite provision is made by the Legislature.

The Pulpit and the Turf. —At the Presbyterian Church at West Harbor, near Dunedin, on Sunday evening, the 6th instant, the Rer MrNiven thus fulminated with regard to racing:—“ 1 can scarcely restrain myself from referring to the foul blot on our civilisation that the past week presents. That such an institution as racing should be patronised to the extent it is, with all its villainous and attendant blackguardism, it is greatly to be deprecated, and it is above all a disgrace to Christianity. ” In the face of the above will the D.J.C. attempt another meeting ? Arrest. —A man named John Kelly, alias Edward Murphy, who bears a rather suspicious character, was arrested last night in Ashburton by Constable Smart, on a charge of larceny out of a tent. It appears that Mr S. Lucas, of the Prince Albert boarding-house, was camped in a tent near Chertsey on Wednesday evening last, and observed a largo grass fire which was caused by the sparks Irom the engine of the last train to Ashburton. He left tiie tent to proceed to the scene of the fire, which was at the time in close proximity to fifteen stacks of grain. On his return to the tent a short time afterwards, he found that a blanket, a pair .of boots, and some handkerchiefs were missing. The articles stolen have been found in the possession of the person arrested, and he will be brought up at the R.M. Court to-morrow. The stolen articles have been identified by Mr Lucas.

Fulfilment of a Dkeam.— The Pull Mall Gazette says that a remarkable case of a dream fulfilled is mentioned in connection with the drowning of the master and crew of five men of the fishing schooner Sly Boots, of Brlxham, which has been run down off Torbay. The night was fine, and about a hundred fishing boats were trawling, when the American steamer Compton, as her captain reports, ran into “ something,” but after steaming round the spot for an hour failed to find any wreckage. That this was the Sly Boots now admits of no doubt. It is stated that on the same night the master’s wife dreamed that her husband’s vessel had been run into and sunk, and she woke up screaming, “Richard save my boy,” one of her sons as well as her husband being on board. Early next morning her eldest son came into her room and said ho had heard his father come'home in the night and go up stairs with his sea boots on. They told those dreams to their neighbors, but their fears were ridiculed. After, Long Years. —The Wellington Evenbui Post says :—A short time ago we reported the discovery of a human skull, supposed to be that of a lad named Stewart, who was lost in the bush_ near Hayward’s station 21 years ago. Mr Charles Stewart called at this - oftico to inform us that the skeleton of the lad has been found and identified as his son by means of a button found near the spot, which was at once recognised by the mother’. When Mr Stewart read of the discovery of the skull, he suspected that it was a portion of the remains of his lost boy, and he organised a party of ten men, who went out to search the bush in which the skull had been ’discovered. The searchers succeeded in finding the skeleton in a complete state, and also the button referred to. The remains were brought to the police station in Wellington, but it is unlikely there will be an inquest. It is just 21 years ago this month, that the lad who was five years of age, was sent by his father to bring in a cow from the bush, and never returned. The father got together some forty settlers, and instituted a search, which was unceasingly mainained for a period of three weeks, but all unavailingly. The country was hilly and covered with thick bush, and it was evident the little follow had lost himself, or had become entangled in the bush, ’and theie perished of starvation. It is a satisfaction to the parent)—though a melancholy one indeed —to recover, after a lapse of so many years, the remains of their child, and to be able to have them interred with Christian ceremony.

Ashburton Borough Council. A special meeting of the Council was lit Id his afternoon for the purpose of adopting he Borough By-laws. A Visitor. —Mr Archibald Forbes, the well-known war correspondent, will arrive at Auckland, by the May San Fiancisco Mail steamer.

Te Whiti Changing Front. —A telegram received at Wellington by the Government mentions that the speech made by Te Whiti, yesterday, was most hopeful. There was a total absence of boastfulness, and its general tenor was to allow all questions relating to the land to develop themselves ; that war was not to be ; and that the Government of New Zealand would settle everything.

In another column. Messrs. Orr and Co. draw attention to the new Davis Vortical Kccd sewing machine. Frederick Pavitt has been appointed creditors' trustee in the estate of Francis Black, of Westerfield.

An advertisement appeals to-day, notifying that Henry M 4 Cntcheon intends making application for his discharge at the next sitting of the District Court.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 296, 18 March 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 1881. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 296, 18 March 1881

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