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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 299, 22 March 1881
Crowded Out. —Pressure on our space to-day compels us to hold over the continuation of the story at present running in the (ruanlkm. The Governor. —His Excellency visited the head of Lake Wakatipu yesterday. Drowned. —A young man named Da . is was drowned in a water-hole at Waimea west, on Saturday. The Australian Eleven. —This team met with defeat in their final match against fifteen of Victoria, the latter winning by 71 runs. Triumphal Arch. —The work of erecting a triumphal arch opposite the Exhibition building was commenced this morning. The West Coast Railway. —A large number of shares in the proposed West Coast Railway Company have lately been applied for. The “ Waikato Mail ” Case.— ln the appeal case arising out of the M'Tavish v. Ivess, sureties were lodged yesterday in the Auckland District Court on the ground of appeal. The Judge declined to entertain evidence of intoxication in support of defendant’s plea of mismanagement of the Mail. Ho More Diorama Prizes. —The case against Lieut. Herman and Mr Bachelder, as joint proprietors of the American War Diorama, for infringing the Lotteries Act,
by selling chance tickets for prizes given at the conclusion of the entertainment, was decided yesterday in the Auckland Police Court. The defendant was fined £5 and costs'. Welcome to Bishop Redwood.—A meeting of Roman Catholics was held last evening at Wellington for the purpose of arranging a hearty welcome to Bishop Redwood, who is expected to return from England shortly. The suscriptionlists presented showed a satisfactory result, and it was decided to present His Lordship oh arrival with a testimonial and address of welcome. Mysterious Disappearance. —A miner named Bourke, working as tributcr in the Queen of the North claim, Coromandel, disappeared in a mysterious manner on Saturday last. He was last seen washing a prospect near the workings His coat, and some candles and tools were found at the works, when his absence from home was first discovered. A hundred men went out yesterday searching for traces of him.
The Wilcannia Diggings. —News from Wilcannia (N.S. W.), states that a thousand people are now on the diggings. Cargoes of potatoes are eagerly bought at a shilling a pound. Water is scarce. Chinamen still keep off. The coaches are overcrowded, and the horses arc overworked. Stores are now arriving, but prices are high. A permanent payable gold field is anticipated, but the present returns are not extraordinary. Accidents. —Dr Burrows, of Rangiora, was thrown from his buggy last night. He was severely injured, and now lies in a somewhat dangerous state.—Yesterday evening a little boy, named James Bird, aged eight years, while running alongside a tram car in Colombo road south, fell, striking his head against the car. He died early this morning. Deceased was ordered to go away by the conductor, but would not. Attempted Murder and Suicide.— There was a tragical occurrence at Sandhurst, on the Gth inst., when a Gorman named Schafer fired a pistol and inflicted three wounds on a young woman named Priscilla Hellier, for whom he entertained a passion. Hellier was sitting with a young man, James Soby, and while the latter went for the police, Schafer wounded the girl, and then put the pistol to his ear and blew out his own brains. The girl is expected to recover. The Dog Tax.- —Quite a crowd of defendants, in cases of infringement of the Dog Registration Act, were present in the Resident Magistrate’s Court this morning. In the majority of the cases, enumerated elsewhere, fines of the nominal amount of one shilling and costs were inflicted, but in some, the cases being of a more aggravated character, heavier penalties were incurred. The lines of defence adopted wore also somewhat novel, but only in instances where the mongrels in question were either under age or had since been destroyed, were these of avail. Strange, but True. —lt is a remarkable fact that out of tho nine vessels belonging to H.M. Navy which “have been capsized or never heard of ” during the past 41 years, five were, constructed by Sir W. Syriiontls. These were the Norbudda, lost in 185 C ; Sappho and Heron, in 1859 ; Camilla, in 18G1 ; and lastly the Atlantic. Of these, tho Sappo is persumed to have foundered at sea on the Australian station ; the Heron foundered between Ascension and Sierra Leone ; and the Nerbudda, Camilla, and Atlantic disappeared and were not heard of. Truly the Symondite vessels are unfortunate.
The Timaru Races. —Billingsgate was omitted from the list of nominations for the Timaru Cup and other handicaps published by us on Saturday. The Colonial Treasurer. This gentleman addressed his constituents at Patea last evening, and received a vote of confidence. A summary of his remarks appears elsewhere. Not to ee Denied. —An Auckland publican named Maddagon twice unsuccessfully applied to the Licensing Bench for a license for a new house. The house has since been opened as a Working Men’s Club.
An Ashbuktionite in Trouble.—Yesterday John James Palmer, well known in this town by the sobriquet of “ The Rambling Reporter,” made his appearance in the Cambridge Police Court on the chaigo of the larceny of a watch. The accused was arrested at Ohimcmutu a week previous, and on investigation it was shown that the case was one of mistaken identity. The Magistrate remarked at the conclusion of the case that Mr Palmer left the Court without the slightest stain on his character
Suicide at Oamaru. —A commission agent, named William Spain, committed suicide by hanging himself on Sunday morning, at Oamaru. The deceased, partially dressed, loft his room about four o’clock in the morning, and did not return. About seven o’clock a lad going to milk his cows, missed a rope, and on proceeding to the stable to look for it, saw Spain hanging from a peg in the wall, his knees being bent and his feet dragging on the ground. The body was cut down ai;d medical aid summoned, but life was extinct. Deceased had been in a despondent state of mind for some time past, and it is believe 1 that financial difficulties led to the cummital of the rash act. At an inquest yesterday the jury returned a verdict of temporary insanity'.
The M isses Honour are prepared to receive pupils in music, singing, and drawing, at their residence, Moore street.
Claims again*! the Rangilala Estate of the late S r Cracroft Wilson must be sent in not later than the 26th inst.
A. O, Aitken, baker, East street, wants to sell a number of second-hand sacks.
A horse and mare, impounded at bouth Kakaia, will be sold on the 30th inst., if not sooner released.
Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 299, 22 March 1881
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