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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. \ at 5 p. m. ]

Wellington Seamen’.s Union. —This institution which was formed some months ago, has been abolished. Shilling Luncheon. —Host Shearman, of the Somerset Hotel, intimates that visitors to the Exhibition will iind an excellent luncheon in the spacious marquee on the lawn between the Town Hall and the Somerset Hotel. Timaru Mechanics Institute. — His Excellency the Governor, during his visit here yesterday, kindly gave permission to the Exhibition Committee for the exhibition of the trowel presented to him on the occasion of his laying the foundation stone of the above building. It is a splendid specimen of the silversmith’s art, being most elegantly chased, and is now on view in the main hall of the Exhibion. Sugar Refining Bonus. The Government in the Gazette issued yesterday, offer a bonus of LSOO for throe years in succession for refining sugar each year by machinery established in New Zealand, to the extent of not less than one hundred tons of cane sugar. The firm refining the first hundred tons of sugar and receiving the bonus, shall bo also entitled to the bonus for the two following years upon fulfilling the conditions above-mentioned. Eire Alarm. —Last evening a curtain in one of the rooms at the Central Hotel was discovered to bo in flames, and, as a consequence, the fire alarm was rung. By the time, however, that the Brigade were in attendance, the flames had been extinguished, and their services were therefore, fortunately, unneeded. It is unknown how the casualty originated, but it is presumed the curtain was blown into contact with an adjacent gas jet, and in this manner became ignited.

Ashburton Wesleyan Church.— The quarterly meeting of the Wesleyan Church was held in the Cameron street vestry on Wednesday evening, some ten officials being present. The Circuit fund was considered satisfactory. The receipts were not all in at the time, but they were approximately stated at L7C, and the expenses at L 73 7s. 3d.; but there was a balance in hand from the previous quarter of L 27, and a special payment to the Home Mission fund, made during the present quarter, so that when the accounts are balanced finally there will probably be a debt of L2 or L 3. A very interesting Sunday school report was read. Initiatory steps were taken to erect a stable and purchase a circuit horse. The services at Tinwald were to bo continued ; efforts were to be put forth to make the coming Seafield tea meeting a success on Good Friday next; if possible to secure the services of the Rev. J. Buller for a lecture before long for the Trust fund of the Ashburton church. Gratification was expressed that the Circuit plans of appointments were being taken up more readily than in the past, and that there was a prospect of more pastoral oversight being given to the outlying parts of the Circuit, id consequence of the financial depression passing away.

Arrival of the s.s. Norfolk. —The s.s. Norfolk arrived at Lytttelton from London this morning after a passage of 51 days 20 hours. She brings 272 passengers. The Exhirition. —The total sum taken yesterday at the doors was LIOO, which, in addition to the tickets sold, will probably reach to Ll5O for the opening day. Toe attendrnce this afternoon was large, and up to 5 o’clock fully ( 'OO persons hadgpaid for admittance. The musical arrangements last night were very good, the Ashburton string band playing some nice selections of music. To-night Miss Gates and Master Morris play several overtures on the piano. Lack of Storage Accommodation.— The arrivals of grain in Oamaru are so large that storage is unobtainable, and it is now being stacked in the open. Destruction of a Church ry Fire. — About half-past ten last night the new church in course of erection at Blenheim, for the Wesleyans was discovered to bo on fire. Before an alarm could be given the whole place was in flames, and in less than half-an-hour was burnt to the ground. It is not known how the fire originated. The adjoining places were saved by the courageous exertions of a few willing hands, who stood their ground manfully, amid the heavy showers of sparks. The contractor, Mr Coleman, has a builder's risk, but the amount is not known.

More Lirel.- —One of the trustees of of the Ponsonby Highway Board lias issued a writ for LI, OOO damages against another trustee, for issuing a libellous circular to the ratepayers respecting the accounts.

Waitangi Treaty Monument.—lt is now stated on good authority that the hall will not be opened, nor the monument commemorating the Treaty of Waitangi unveiled. It appears that up to yesterday morning the natives expected the Governor, and they refused to open the hall or unveil the monument except in the presence of his Excellency. That Heathen Chinee.—A very laughable event happened in Inangahua recently. A number of intending competitors in the foot-races were taking their daily exercise, and amongst the many spectators present were several Chinamen. At the close of the training a number of amateurs started racing round the course, and one young man, who evidently “fancied himself” not a little, after doing a spin, -went up to the Chinamen and challenged one of the number to run. John at first declined, but being hardly pressed by the challenger, who counted on a certain win, the Chinaman eventually yielded, and divesting himself of all surperflous clothing, he stepped into the ring looking as ferocious as a buck rat, while his European opponent wore a smile of confident success. A good start was cflected, but John rapidly drew ahead, and in spite of the most desperate exertions of his opponent, won the race hands down, amidst the greatest storm of applause ever heard on the ground. That young turn wont home the back way, and last night when the people in church looked round and saw the empty pew, they just winked at each other. — ImntjahuaTimcs. Patent Flexible Harrows. —Messrs Haxton and Beattie, tho.inventors of the patent flexible harrow, now on view at Industrial Exhibition, intend, in order to afford facilities to the local agriculturalists to form their own opinions as to its merit, holding a trial on Mr Joseph Hunt’s farm, Wakanui road, on Saturday next, from 11 a. in. till 2 p. m. Newlands School Committee.—An ordinary meeting of the above Committee was held in the school last Monday night ; there being present—Messrs Megson (chairman), Lloyd, and Margetts. Correspondence read included communications from the Education Board, re salaries, new regulations regarding the teaching of music, and a Government circular asking masters of public schools to use their influence with their pupils, in order to induce a feeling of respect for the public interests in the working of the telegraph, this latter being prompted by the fact that numbers of insulators on the telegraph poles had been damaged by stone throwing. A letter was also received from the master re post-office, and consideration deferred to next meeting. The chairman stated that he had received from Mr Williamson the balance of the book account paid to him, and also the subscriptions in aid of post-office letter boxes, and that he had paid Mr J. Scott’s account re letter boxes, and Mr Zouch for auditing books of the Committee, which actions were approved of. The following resolutions wore passed “ That the school cleaning bo re-let to Mrs Margetts, for another year, at L 4 10s per annum. ” “ That the amount duo for school cleaning for last quarter, LI 2s Od, be paid to Mrs Margetts.” “ That ss, half year’s payment due to D. Margetts, jun., for cleaning out offices be paid.” “ That the chairman bo allowed LI per annum, by two instalments of 10s each, for stationery and stamps, also, 2s for candles for the use of the Committee since the school opened.” “That authority be given to the master to obtain the school books applied for by him.” “ That the chairman attend to the repairs of out offices, and also write again to the Board of Education for object lesson cards, and maps, applied for by the master in January.” “ That the Committee meet the first Monday in each month, at 7-30 p. m.” After a vote of thanks to the chairman, the meeting adjourned to the first Monday in April. Thirty Bound for a Wire. —A sensation was created at daylight yesterday morning between the Maori tribes at present located at Cambridge. A member of one tribe appropriated last night a married woman belonging to the other, and at daybreak this morning tlio aggrieved tribe, largely supplemented by oilier natives, armed with spears, axes, Ac., marched through the town to the camping ground of the other tribe. The demonstration was of a most threatening character, and amongst tlio residents, suddenly roused out of their buds, great consternation prevailed. <>n both tribes meeting', a good deal of hostile demonstration was indulged in. and a long animated discussion, conducted in the native tongue, ensued. Eventually, however, a compromise was agreed to, and the ollimding tribe rendered a sort of compensation, consisting of money, blankets, greenstone, ornaments, pigs, horses, dogs, Ac., all heaped up in a pile between the two contending parties The wrath of the offended tribe gradually became appeased in proportion as the pile accumulated, and at length the tender was accepted in full satisfaction. The money value of the compensation is roughly estimated at L3O. This was deemed sufficient retribution, and the injured husband returned with his tribe, leaving the woman undisturbed. The proceedings created a good deal of uneasiness until the effect came to be understood.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 302, 25 March 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 1881. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 302, 25 March 1881

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