The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [limted at 4.30 p. rn. ]
Postal. —Mails for Australian colonies and the United Kingdom, per To Anau, close at the Bluff at 11.30 a. m., on Saturday, 2nd April.
The San Francisco Mail. —The Australia with the London mails of February 24th left San .Francisco on the 13th inst., one day after contract date.
. Public Library. —The annual meeting of the subscribers of the Ashburton Library is convened to-night at eight o’clock. Assessment Court. —An Assessment Court for the Borough of Ashburton, will be held to-morrow morning, in the Police Court. All Fools Day. —Our readers are reminded that the time honored custom of “fooling” comes into force during the first twelve hours of to-morrow.
Alleged Larceny. The charge of larceny of a L2O note and pocket book, against the man Maurice Fitzpatrick, will come before the Resident Magistrate tomorrow for investigation.
Parliament Meets in May.— The special correspondent of the Lyttelton Timas ■writes, if the present arrangements are adhered to, Parliament will he called together, for despatch of business, on May 27.
The Industrial Exhibition. —The Exhibition was officially ■ closed last evening, an address being delivered by Hugo Fiiedlantler, Esq., Vice-President, in the unavoidable absence of E. G. Wright, Esq., M.H.R., President. The scene around and in the Exhibition to-day was one of bustle and confusion ; the speedy removal of exhibits being the order of the day.
Cricket. The match Christchurch Wanderers v. Carisbrook Club, .was resumed yesterday. The visitors went to the wickets for their second innings, and made 134 before the last wicket fell. The Carisbrook followed, and lost three wickets for a total of 30 runs. The match was therefore drawn in favor of the Dunedin Club, who only required 21 runs more to win. The Noble Unemployed.— The following item will possibly prove interesting when the numbers of deputations which interviewed the Premier on the matter of work for the “unemployed” is considered ; —Mr Sieele, manager for the Hororata Threshing Company, in looking up hands for the machine a day or two ago, found on the station of the Hon. J. Hall eight swaggers ostensibly in search of employment. He was, however, only able to induce two of these to go to work at 12s 6d a thousand, which means to a good man about 10s to 12s 6d a day. One of these after feeding the machine for about an hour put on his coat and shouldered his swag, saying the work was too hard for him ! The Natator Matter.— -At a meeting of the Committee of the Dunedin Jockey Club, on Tuesday night, a reply was received from the Hon. W. Robinson to a letter which the Club had addressed to him, asking for an explanation of the circumstances in connection with the horse Natator at the recent Dunedin races. The Hon. W. Robinson wrote that he was not in Dunedin at the time of the races, and that he was therefore in ignorance of the circumstances. Natator was then in charge of Mr H. P. Lance, who was just now absent in the North Island. He (Mr Robinson) had forwarded the Club’s letter to him, and would write again to, the Club as soon as ho received a re|)ly from Mr Lance.
Bishop Redwood. —A public reception was given to Bishop Redwood at Timaru to-day, and his Lordship was most heartily welcomed.
Supreme Court, Christchurch. —The criminal sessions of the Supreme Court commence on Monday. There are ten cases, including charges of murder, arson, attempt to murder, and minor offences. Recovering. —Mrs Clark, who met with an accident on the steamer Rotonia last week, has recovered consciousness, and hopes are entertained of her recovery.
The Accident on the Hawea.— At the adjourned inqueqt on the stoker Watson, who died from injuries received on the Hawea, a verdict of accidental death was returned. , Wellington Asylum Investigation.— The Asylum Commission made an' inspection of the Asylum yesterday. It is expected that their report will be presented to the Cover nearly next week.
Chime in Wanganui. —No fewer than thirteen cases requiring the adjudication of the Supreme Court have arisen in Wanganui during the past three months. Crime sppears to be on the increase in Wanganui. Liberalism inYictoria. —In the Legislative Assembly of Victoria, on "Wednesday last, speaking on the Reform Bill, Sir B. O’Loughlen expressed the opinion that if the Liberal Parliament went to the country, one-third would not come back.
A Fire Victim. —It is stated that Mr Faber, the landlord of the Club Hotel, Featherston, recently destroyed by fire, has been burned out three times within the space of about a year—first in the Victoria Hotel, secondly in a private house, and lastly in the first named hotel.
A Singing Chicken. —Doyleston (our Southbridge contemporary learns), possesses a hums natnro’ in the shape of a singing chicken. The bird is about three weeks old, and sings, or pipes, just like a canary or linnet. We have heard a singing mouse, but have never enjoyed the pleasure of listening to the dulcet strains of a singing chicken. Land Reclamation in Holland. —Says a home paper :—More than 800,000 acres of land have been reclaimed from the water in Holland since the beginning of the sixteenth century, and the work still goes on at the rate of about eight acres per day. Since 1850 the Lake of Haarlem has been drained, and now theZuyder Zee is to be pumped out, which will surpass all previous endeavors. To Housewives. —To keep potatoes intended for the use of the tabic from sprouting, until new potatoes grow, take boiling water, pour into a tub, turn in as many potatoes as the water will entirely cover, then pour off all the water, handle the potatoes carefully, laying up in a dry place on boards, only one layer deep, and see if you do not have good potatoes the year round, without hard strings and watery ends caused by growing. Strange but True. —The second prize in the Wanganui Sweep on the Cup race was won by Ernest Wilkinson, who is awaiting his trial at New Plymouth on a charge of embezzling Government moneys. It is a strange fact that a similar occurrence took place in connection with North’s sweep on the Wellington - Cup, of 1880, the third horse being drawn by a prisoner then serving a hard labor sentence. Wilkinson will have a nice little sum to start in life with on his release. Elgin School Committee. —An ordinary meeting of this Committee was held on Monday evening last, in the schoolroom. Present—Messrs J. Stanley Bruce (chairman), Andrew Lotham, John Cochrane, P. Innes, and F. Holmes. Thp minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed, together with several letters. Mr A. Letham proposed, Mr P. Innes seconded—“ That the master be requested to sell all books and other articles required for the school at post price delivered from this date; and further that he keep a correct account of all books, &c., sold, to whom, and at what price ; also, that ho hand the Committee all monies from the sale of books, &c., at the end of each quarter, together with a proper stock account. Carried. Mr Peter Turner proposed, Mr J. Cochrane seconded, and it was carried, that, in reply to the Master’s letter asking for sundries for cleaning the school, ho be informed that, at the figure he is receiving, he should find all articles required for that purpose. It was further proposed by Mr P. Innes, and seconded by Mr Holmes “ That the Rev. H. C. M. Watson be nominated by this Committee to fill the extraordinary vacancy : on the Board of Education.” Carried unanimously. Mr P. Innes proposed, Mr Holmes seconded—“ That the master be empowered to obtain cash for all books sold to the children, either at the time they are disposed of, or within a week of that period.”—Carried. It was also proposed by Mr Holmes, seconded by Mr Letham, and carried—“ That the Chairman obtain the books asked for by the master from Messrs Cram and Whitcombo, of Christchurch.” The Committee then adjourned.
On Saturday next, Mr BuMock will offer for sale, among other articles, one floor carpet, nearly new. The Mount Hutt Road Board invite tenders for shingling and forming roads ; to be sent in by noon of the 14th April. '