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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.30 p.m.]

Dearth of Watec. —Fears are entertained that the water supply at Lyttelton will run short. The Census. —We would remind our readers that to-morrow evening the census forms must bo filled in by every householder. Water Famine in Wellington. —The threatened water famine in Wellington is becoming very serious. There arc only 15 feet in the reservoir, and only two hours’ supply were available to-day. FißeS. —Fires by incendiarism, carelessness, and unacountable means have increased during the past few days to an alarming extent. No fewer than fifteen fires have occurred throughout the colony during the present week. Rain. —A much needed boon, in the shape of a fall of rain, commenced last evening at about 9.30 p.m., and continued tb ronghout the night and to-day. During some parts of this morning the downpour was very heavy. A Timaru telegram apprises us of a similar state cf affairs regarding the weather at that place.

Successful Whaling. —The Dunedin whaler Splendid has been very successful shice leaving there in November last, bho bas captured seven fish, which have yielded between 70 and 80 tuns of oil. The oil. has been transhipped at the Chatham Islands into the schooner Jessie Nicholl, which was expected to leave for Dunedin yesterday. Magisterial —This morning, at the Police Court, Janies Scott, who had been arrested on a charge of lunacy from drink, was committed to the Addington gaol in the interim previous to his trial at the Supreme Court, Christchurch, next week. Two inebriates, charged with being iu that condition while in charge of a buggy and pair of horses were severely reprimanded by the Bench, and fined 5s ahd costs each.

Unclaimed Letters. —Tlio following is the list of letters received at the Ashburton Post Office from places beyond the colony, during the month of February, and remaining unclaimed on Ist April, ISSI :—Coo l son, Walter (2) ; Griimuins, Michael; Gewan, J. C. ; Heavhawk, Mrs ; Madge, F. ; Mathias, John (3); M'Cann, Felix ; McPherson, Peter; Osborne, Isaac ; Pettit, Henry ; Risdon, J.; Shanks, Hugh ; Staploy, H. The Credit of the Colony.— The following extract is clipped from * ‘ Westgarth’s Circular ” : —“ In the midst of the prevailing dulness, New Zealand securities have alone advanced since our previous issue, and the last loan (5 per cent, 1889) with its present monopoly of 4 per cent, inscription Has been especially enquired for. The demand has been fitful and occasionally heavy, as if the buying came from some of the larger financial institutions, amongst which the New Zealand Government’s policy of retrenchment is gradually restoring the colony to its former position of financial credit. ” Contradicted. The special correspondent of the Lyttelton Times admits himself to be in error regarding his statement of Parliament being summoned for the 27th prox. His explanation is as follows :—The Post to-night contradicted mv statement that Parliament meets on May 27. I telegraphed the nows on the strength of a statement of Mr Hall, the Premier, to Mr Montgomery, of which I had telegraphic advice from Christchurch. ” Truly this is a case of “ going from home to hear news.”

Personal. —The Rev. A. J. Smith, who, for the last eignteen months has ministered to the spiritual wants of the Wills street Primitive Methodist Church, is, we understand, to leave for Wellington next week, to which city he was appointed by the last District Meeting, held at Dunedin. During his comparatively short residence in Ashburton, Mr Smith has, by his genial manner, made many friends, who will not readily forget the many social qualities he possessed, while those who have from time to time been associated with the rev. gentleman in matters more especially connected with Church work will sustain nn small loss in his removal to another sphere of labor. While congratulating the Wellington Primitive Methodists on obtaining the services of so acceptable a preacher, and of such evangelical principles, it is a matter for regret that Mr Smith should be removed from this district when the results of his arduous toil are showing themselves. To-morrow the rev', gentleman will occupy the pulpit of the Primitive Methodist Church for the last time, prior to leaving for the Empire City, and as the services will have special reference to Sunday School work, in which Mr Smith takes great interest, we bespeak for him a large congregation.

Bishop Redwood’s Arrival in Christchurch. The ceremony of receiving Bishop Redwood on his returning to his diocese after his European tour, took place last evening. His Lordship arrived by the express train from the South, and was met at the station by the clergy and a number of the leading members of the laity in the diocese. From the station they proceeded to the Bartadoes street Church, the grounds of which, and the main entrance were brilliantly illuminated, the effect being at once picturesque and charming. At the main entrance, through which his Lordship passed, on alighting from his carriage, was suspended a banner, with the inscription “ Dead mille failthe,” and further on, at the door of the Church, another, “ Welcome to the Prince of the Church. ” The interior of the church was artistically decorated and hung with banners bearing appropriate inscriptions. On his arrival at the church, addresses were read from the clergy and laity of the diocese, to which his Lordship replied, thanking those present for the hearty reception accorded to -him. In the course of his reply, his Lordship referred to the progress of education, and expressed the gratification he felt at the sacrifices made, and the spirit of devotion to the cause of their religion which the members of the church had displayed in the support they had given to their educational institutions. In this cppnection he gave a description of his interview with his Holiness the Pope, and of .the great interest.manifested by the, Head of the Church: in the, condition of the Catholic.people,j ajwL thpir institutions in fliis country.

Agricultural Lecture.— Mr T. R. Dow, of the Melbourne Leader, delivered a lecture this afternoon to a large audience in the rooms of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association, Christchurch, on “ Farming in New Zealand and Australia. ”

More Coalfields. —Says a northern telegram : —At the Waste Lands Board today, a letter was received from Mr Frank Morrm, reporting the discovery of a valuable seam of coal at Russell. He applied for protection and a license was granted.

Wanderers v. Dunedin. —At the time of drawing stumps last evening the scores iu the above match were Wanderers, first innings, 263; Dunedin C.C., first innings, 222; Wanderers, second innings, 6 for one wicket. Paramor made 98 for the Home team, only giving one chance to the field during the time he occupied the wickets.

The Te Ore Ore Covenant.— The Te Ore Ore natives have ordered, in Wellington, a block stone with an inscription, to commemorate the meeting of 1841, at which Tainui was the presiding chief, and the gathering of 1881. Forty years ago they pledged themselves, at Te Ore Ore, to be loyal and friendly to the .Queen, and the stone is to be a witness that they have fulfilled their engagement. Templar Hall. A special general meeting of the shareholders of the Ashburton Templar Hall Company is convened by an advertisement appearing in another column, to be held in that building on Wednesday evening next at eight o’clock. The agenda of business comprises the following : —To adopt resolution passed at the meeting held on March 9th, 1881.

Valuation List. —The clerk to the Upper Ashburton Road Board announces by advertisement, published elsewhere, that the Valuation List for that district is now open for inspection at the Board’s offices, Westerfield. Objections to the assessments contained therein must be addressed to the Assessment Court, at these offices, on or before the loth inst., and a copy of such objections left at the Board offices not less than seven days previous to the next sitting of such Court.

How the Boers Fight. —An exchange says : —‘ ‘ The Dutchmen who are giving ns so much trouble in the Transvaal, it may be mentioned, aie armed with an admirable weapon, the Westley-Richard rifle ; and, mounted on their powerful and hardy little ponies, they stalk the British troops pretty much after the manner they stalk the bucks and other wild animals of their country. They are admirable marksmen, and gallop up to within shooting distance, throw themselves off their ponies, and making their steeds’, backs rests for their rifles, fire and ride off. Guerilla war p are of this kind is likely to tell with murderous effects on the movements of regular infantry in a broken country.

The Law of Husband and Wifa At the Police Court, Wellington, yester: day, the case of Hill v. Hill, involving impori ant questions as to the relatior ship of husband and wife, was argued. The husband, who had been separated for some years from his wife under a deed of separation and protection order, returned from Melbourne, and sued her to recover his goods and stock of a tobacconist's shop. On behalf of the wife, Mr Ollivier contended that a husband has no remedy by action against a wife, but can only exercise his common law right of seizure. The case being of great importance, Mr Slraw reserved judgment. Proceedings in the Divorce Court are pending at the suit of the wife, Who has supported herself and four children during the husband’s absence of nearly four years. Mr Shaw mentioned that the question was an entirely novel one in this colony. Post Sessional. —Mr Speight, the member for Auckland city, last night addressed his constituents, speaking for two hours and twenty minutes. His speech was principally a review of the work of the session. He condemned in strong terms most of the Government measures submitted to the House. He stated that Mr Sheehan, had latterly falsified every principle which he formerly advocated as a mode of dealing with Native lands. The land, as the heritage of the people, should bear the cost of government, and in two or three years, valuable lands w ould fall into the hands of the Government, which if honestly and properly administered would beagthe whole burden. He condemned the Charitable Institutions Bill, as legalising pauperism and frightening capital. He believed that the present Cabinet contained some men as pure minded and fitted as over held the reins of office in the colony, while others were the very reverse. A vote of confidence was accorded. A Miserable Voyage.— No revelations of the misery endured, by emigrants by English vessels equal the tale told by the passengers of the Switzerland, from Antwerp (o New York, on November 2oj;h, She had 430 steerage passengers on mostly Germans and Swedes, and she was eighteen days in crossing the Atlantic. There was no separation between the sexes, there were only three lights in the steerage at night; and in the semi-dark-ness the mixed multitude gave way to such brutal immorality that, in the words of one of the passengers, “ the ship was nothing but a floating hell.” The people were crowded together like hogs in a pen. The steerage was never cleaned, but remained foul and filthy throughout the voyage, the accumulated abominations emitting an effluvium ‘‘beyond belief.” Two gallons of water were served out for the 430 passengers to wash with, and pure drinking water was unattainable. Most of the crew were shipped drunk. One of them was so nearly murdered by the boatswain that bis life was despaired of. Two Italian stowaways were stripped naked, and exposed to the biting winds for hours on deck. The sailors were more than once on the verge of mutiny. These horrors of the Atlantic steerage recall memories of the Middle Passage.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 309, 2 April 1881

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