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Borough Council. —A special meeting of the Ashburton Borough Council will be held this evening, at seven o’clock. Post Sessional. —Mr Gisborne, M.H.R., addressed tho electors at Ross, on Friday evening, and at the termination of his remarks, received a vote of confidence.

An Unfortunate Firm. Messrs Guthrie and Larnach have been very unfortunate in the matter of fires during the past six months. The mill destroyed at Auckland, on Friday, is the third loss they have sustained during that period.

Excursion Fares. —The Traffic Manager announces by advertisement in another column that ordinary single fare tickets, issued from the 28th to the 30th inst., will be available for the return journey on the intermediate stations between Christchurch and Timaru to Ashburton up to the 31st inst.

The Waterton Shooting Accident.— The investigation of the charges against the lad Norrish for injuring Julia Munroe will be proceeded with at the Police Court to-morrow. The victim of the catastrophe is, we are glad to learn, progressing favourably, and is now past danger ; but little hopes arc entertained of the recovery of the use of the eye injured. R.M. Court. —This morning, before His Worship the Mayor, two old offenders, on charges of drunkenness, named Joseph Murphy and P. Kennedy, made their appearance. As Murphy had not been before the Bench for some time past, he was cautioned and dismissed on paying the costs of the case. Kennedy, however, who had put in his fifteenth appearance, was fined 40s, or in default four days’ imprisonment with hard labor.

Hays’ Art Union. —Mr Hay announces in another column that he has appointed local agents for the sale of tickets in his seventh New Zealand .art union. In these art unions the prizes are works of high art, and the results of the drawings on previous instances have always given every satisfaction to holders of tickets therein. The present art union will, if possible, be drawn at the end of next month.

Fire. — A tussock fire broke out yesterday morning, at Wakanui, near the homestead of Mr Rickards, which resulted in the total destruction of a stack of oats and chafFcutter belonging to him. We believe the property was uninsured, but that the value of the damage done has been made good by the parties who accidentally caused the fire to break out. At one time it was thought impossible to save the dwelling house as the flames from the burning stack made it extremely difficult to keep the fire from spreading, and the greatest exertions were necessary to keep it under.

The Waitangi Treaty Monument.— Notwithstanding the resolution to the contrary, this monument was unveiled on Saturday at 4 p .m., after the whole morning had been wasted in discussion on the matter. Wi Katene and some others would not be present. The monument was unveiled by Marsh Brown, Kawaiti, and Hone Mohi Tawhai. After the unveiling, the tapu was removed from the Hall, by drinking wine. Apropos to the above, is the following telegram received from Auckland :—‘ ‘Mr Alexander Black is dead, aged 68. He was one of the few surviving witnesses of the celebration of the treaty of Waitangi. ” The coincidence is somewhat remarkable. Accidents. —A fatal accident occurred on board the Rotorua during her trip from Lyttleton to Wellington, on Friday. Mrs J. Clarke, steerage passenger, via San Francisco, for England, with husband and family, fell down the hatchway shortly after leaving Lyttelton. On arrival at Wellington she was taken to the hospital suffering from a broken arm and a suffusion of blood on the brain. She has remained unconscious ever since the accident, and according to latest telegrams was sinking fast, and not likely to recover.—George Ramsay, an apprentice belonging to the ship Lady Jocelyn, lying at Lyttelton, and who was holding the position of fourth officer, had his leg broken on Saturday morning by a bale of wool falling against it.—Mr. Zambia, who was mentioned by us on Saturday as having sustained serious injuries from a fall from the Queen Street Wharf, Auckland, on to the deck of a vessel, died on Friday night.

The Exhibition. —The attendance at the Industrial Exhibition on Saturday was not so large as had been expected, when the fact that it was the “ People’s Day ” is taken into consideration ; the receipts amounted to L 69 Cs. During the evening the local band performed some selections of dance music, and displayed a marked improvement in time and execution. The thanks of the Committee are also due to Mr Schwartz, who during the afternoon and evening gave some selections on the pianoforte in a masterly style, which were highly appreciated by the audience. A special first award of merit has been made by the judges for the hand-made boots and shoes exhibited by T. Chambers, East street, Ashburton. The boots, &c., exhibited are a very excellent selection, and the maker must be complimented on the firstclass workmanship dispayed in their manufacture. Two hand-made frames for photos are now exhibited at the Hall, made by Mr Pattlo of Southbridge, with the new American fret saw. They are very neatly made, and are to be seen in the ante-room, together with the other exhibits of wood-work.

Expensive, Very.-— To protect the late Czar of Russia from the vengeance of the Nihilists during his recent journey from Livadia, 36,000 footguards and 1,700 mounted men were posted along the route, at a cost of L 15,000. The Lottery Bill.— The police in Auckland are rapidly enforcing the provisions of this Act, and in the matter of a lottery being held to dispose of a yacht, prosecuted the promoter, Frank Whiting, who was fined L 3 and costs, or a month’s imprisonment. “Go from Home to Hear News.”— The following, which we clip from a Melbourne publication, will, wo think, prove news to our readers :—“ Whilst coaching in New Zealand, the Australian Eleven had a narrow escape of being hurled over a precipice of 150 feet. Boyle seized the leaders, and turned their heads just in time to escape. ”

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 304, 28 March 1881

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