The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [lamed at 4 p. m. J
Tub Next Mail for England. —The outward San Francisco mail will close at Ashburton on Saturdaj' morning, at ten o’clock. A supplementary mail will be despatched per express train, and close at five p.m. Late fee letters may bo posted in tlie mail van up to the time of its departure for Christchurch. Colonel Whitmore. —This gentleman left Auckland for Sydney by the s.s. Rotomahana yesterday. Coal Discovery. —Mr Claud Moeller, who is prospecting Crown lands at Whangaroa, Auckland, announces the discovery of a valuable scam of coal there. The Kelly Reward. The Kelly Board have classified the various claims before them, and it has transpired that the capture of the Kellj's was not the result of any information given to the police, and consequently the whole LB,OOO should be distributed among Hie ten concerned at Glenrowan. Melbourne Exhibition Catalooue.— We have lo acknowledge the receipt of the Melbourne official catalogue, of the International Exhibition. The work is a most interesting one, containing, as it does, an immense amount of valuable information, as well as a most complete catalogue of exhibits.
Sir Arthur Gordon. —The Governor left Queenstown yesterday morning, and reached Dunedin at half past five o’clock. He attends the Caledonian Sports at Dunedin to-daj', and will reach Timaru this evening, stopping there over night. He then proceeds to Ashburton by train, and will open the Exhibition at noon tomorrow.
Bokouuh Address to Sir Arthur Gordon. —Tho address to bo given by the Borough Council to his Excellency tho Governor to-morrow has been beautifully engrossed and illuminated by Mr A. Harrison. Air. G. F. Henry, photographer, Saunders’ Buildings, has managed to take an excellent photograph of the address, which will be on view at the Industrial Exhibition.
Ashburton Rifle Rance.- The following description of the land reserved for the Ashburton rifle range is gazetted “ All that parcel of land in the Wcsterfiold Survey District, Provincial District of Canterbury, containing 38 acres, more or less. Bounded—North-eastward hy the north branch of the River Ashburton ; Southeastward hy Section No 0503 ; Northwestward by Section 0501; and Southwestward by the road running through the last-mentioned section ; and numbered 2490 (in red) on the ofiicial map in the Survey Office, Christchurch. For a riflerange.
The Recent Balloon Accident.— The accident which befell Lestrange’s balloon was productive of more serious consequences than was generally known. At tho time when the balloon burst a lady named Mrs Hawke and her daughter were standing on tho verandah within a few yards of where it exploded. It knocked liar down with great force, and on being picked up and taken inside it was found that Mrs Hawke, who is an elderly lady, was severely burnt on the face, the skin of the right side being charred and tho eye so severely injured that it is not expected she will recover her sight. Miss Hawke was slightly burned, but suffered most from the shock to her system.
The Maori “Parliament.” —At tiro Orakei Maori Parliament on Monday, Paul repeated that lie thought tho doings of To Whiti must eventually do them good. -Ho ended his address by saying that his desire was not to make laws, but rather to bring the grievances of natives before the House of Representatives at Wellington. A proposal was made to send ,a representative to England, but finally a motion by Mete King! to let it rest with the chairman was carried. A complaint was made hy a Waikato chief that Government had taken his lands, though he had remained loyal. The meeting passed a resolution condemning the conduct of Government in confiscating the lands of loyal natives. The fifth item referred to the fisheries and pipi banks, but a letter being read assuring all present that the matter was now in Judge Fenton’s hands, this was passed over. Tho sixth item was in reference to Land Courts. It was resolved that the native meetings should first bo hold and their sales be sent to tho Native Land Court. The seventh item was in reference to Maori members. It was unanimously agreed that the Maori members did more harm than good, and ought not to be sent to Wellington. The Chairman, in passing the next item, said :—-“ We are passing this-motion to cease selling lands, and before long wo shall want to sell. What are we to do ! I say, let anyone sell that thinks proper.” The item was carried unanimously. There were 130 natives present. The Mormon elders attended tho meeting, and attempted unsuccessfully to proselytise the H^tjyes,
Novel Bee Swat.ming.--A novel way of catching a swarm of bees was unintentionally tiicd at Decatur, Miob., the other day, by a young man who is not likely to repeat the experiment if ho can help it. 11 c ran towards the swarm with a green bough in Iris hand, over which the queen bee poised, and then alighted upon his luit. In a twinkling the others followed and completely covered him, being so closely knitted toge f her that ho could scarcely breathe. A box was procured, the man’s head stuck into it, and the swarm finally worked off and hived.
Another Catastrophe in a Circus. —A theatrical contributor in a southern contemporary writes;—Yet another fearful catastrophe during a circus performance. The latest victim is Elijah Lcngel, of Philadelphia, known as “ the lion-tamer of the Cherlsoy Circus.” 11c had given a successful exhibition in the tigers’ cage before a numcrus audience, and was preparing to leave the cage when his foot slipped and he fell. One of the tigers throw itself upon him witli a roar, and in five minutes had torn the body literally to pieces. Some of the spectators had revolvers, and they fired at once upon the animal. A lucky shot killed him, and Lengol’s body could bo withdrawn through the sliding door, but at this moment the other tiger threw itself itself upon the one that had been shot, and began tearing it witli teeth and claws. One can readily believe that the horror of the scene put most of the spectators to immediate flight.
J. Hern, Manchester anti Team si reels, Christchurch, advertises a patent. washer, wrlaeer. and man dm. fa: 1.8 ios.
Tenders arc invited far the ereelh-.n of a eoltaije near Uainihrae railway sUllati, Two heifers were impa,.tided Ashlmrlan oil the 13th inst. Fried lander liras, wain il known that ihev arc now opening up a large assortment of ulsters and jackets.