The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 p.m.’J
Property Tax.—The amounts received in the Waitaki district up to date in payment of the Property tax is £4IOB. Outward English Mail.—The Ashburton portion of the mail for Europe, via San Francisco, was despatched from the local office this morning. A supplementary mail will follow per express, for Christchurch, this evening. Inebriacy.—A female offender on a charge of the above character, was this morning convicted before his Worship the Mayor, and mulcted in the sum of 10s., or the alternative of 48 hours’ imprisonment.
The Exhibition. Nearly twelve hundred persons visited the Industrial Exhibition yesterday. Last evening the building and tents were crowded. The receipts amounted to L 5 0125. The Committee have decided to extend the period of the Exhibition till Wednesday evening next.
They Don’t Progress. Working mens’ clubs do not prosper in the Waimate district. Three have been started in that town, of which two have ceased to exist, and in the case of the third, the steward has been summoned for sly grog-selling ; judgment being reserved on a point raised by counsel. The Kelly Exhibition. —lt is announced elsewhere that the stay of this exhibition has been prolonged till Wednesday next. Each visitor to this show, which is of a novel description, and should therefore attract attention, receives on leaving a memento. It is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Serious Accidents. —Yesterday as Mr A. Lile, of Waitara, was engaged in pouring some sulphuric acid from a jug into an aerated water machine, the handle came oil, and the jug falling to the ground the contents were splashed over him, burning his face, eyes, and arms severely. Remedies were at once applied, which relieved the pain considerably. Lile fortunately closed his eyes when the jug fell thereby saving his eye-sight from injury. —A serious accident happened yesterday afternoon to a boy named George Drinkwater, about five years old, residing at St. Albans. It appears that while climbing a tree he missed his hold, and fell to the ground, breaking his right thigh. He was taken to the hospital, where the bone was promptly set. Sabbath Observance. —A meeting having for its object the prevention of the opening of the Public Library on Sundays was held last evening in Christchurch, and was largely attended. The meeting was most unanimous in its opinions, and passed the following resolutions : —“ That this meeting desires to express its deep sense of the importance of the recognition of the Lord’s Day as the Christian Sabbath ; and is decidedly of opinion that its observance is obligatory on all who recognise the Divine authority of the Holy Scriptures “ That this meeting, while most anxious that private liberty should not be interfered with, wishes strongly to affirm the desirability of retaining the weekly day of rest, which the physical and mental constitution of man requires, and to oppose every encroachment upon that rest which is not required by works of necessity and mercy “ That, judging; from the experience of other communities and of other countries, this meeting is of opinion that the secularisation of the Lord’s Day will not in any sense conduce to the moral, social, or intellectual welfare of the people ; and inasmuch as the opening of the Public Library would be in the direction of secularising that day, it would strongly express its disapprobation of the taking of such a step and, “That this meeting appoint a deputation of laymen to wait upon the Governors of the Canterbury College at their next meeting, and respectfully submit these opinions for their consideration ; the deputation to consist of the following gentlemen : —Messrs twenty man, Anderson, Taylor, and at Sydney the Public Library was open on Sunday. The population was about 250,000, and the number of the Sunday readers was about 20. There were three or four attendants and a policeman to keep order. The literature read was either infidel or of the trashiest description. Such a state of things in Christchurch was, he thought, certainly undesirable .
Poaching. —Three poachers were yesterday convicted at the Waimate Resident Magistrate’s Court. Two were fined LI each, and the third L2. Two similar cases against other persons were withdrawn.
Gold ax the Waiho. — A telegram received acquaints us that some specimens of gold-bearing quartz, chopped from a reef in the Waiho district, were brought into the Waimate town yesterday, and are said to be, by competent persons, impregnated with gold in payable quantities. Some excitement is occasioned in Waimate by the discovery. Fatal Accident. —Yesterday a man named Zambra, a photographer, fell over the Queen street wharf, Auckland, on to the deck of the ketch Fanny Thornton, head foremost. One of the crew coming on deck found him bathed in blood, with his skull fractured. The case is hopeless. Zambra is related to Mr Zambra of the London firm, Messrs M‘Gretti and Zambra.
The Secretary of the Industrial Exhibition intimates that he is prepared to treat with persons wishing to purchase exhibits ill the Exhibition bearing sale cards. Messrs Fooks and Son invite fresh tenders for the erection of a boarding-house, to be sent in not later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday next. Messrs J. T. Ford and Co. will hold nn extensive snle of sheep at the market yards, Ashburton, on Tuesday next, at te o'clock.