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Evangelism.—Mrs Hampton, Evangelist, comes South in the Rotorua, to commence missions in Dunedin.

Chess.—The meeting of chess players desirous of forming a club in Ashburton, convened for Saturday la-t, fell through. This is to be regretted in more ways than one.

The Weather. The wet weather, which gave signs of termination last evening, recommenced to-day about noon, the downpour throughout the afternoon being very steady.

Borough Council. — A special meeting of the Ashburton Borough Council will be held this evening, to confirm the resolutions passed at the special meeting held last Monday. An Improvement. —The return of arrests and cases reported in the Otago district for the year ended December 31 last, just completed, shows a decrease of 1316 cases on the corresponding period for 1879.

District Court.—A sitting of this court, before his Honor Judge Ward, will be commenced at 11 a.m. to-morrow. The cause list contains five civil plaints and three applications in bankruptcy and appears in another column.

Compensation Cohet. —A sitting of this court to enquire into the particulars of the claim made by Christopher Robert Leadley, against the Wakanui Road Board, for illegal seizure of land and damages attendant thereon, was held today before his Honor Judge Ward. “ Doa Bite Dog?” —Rumor hath it, says a southern exchange, that two gentlemen of the long robe, practising in Timaru, have had a quarrel—one of them going so far as to strike his “learned friend ”in his own office. This has resulted in a writ to the tune of LSOO being issued in the Supreme Court for damages. Should the matter eventuate, there will be food for the newspapers. Sudden Death at Cheistchdech. —On Saturday afternoon a man named Richard Sydney Williams, in a restaurant in Manchester street south, just after finishing his dinner, was found lying'on the floor, apparently trying to relieve his stomach. He was raised up by the proprietor of the restaurant and the waiter. A cab was procured, and ho was taken to the hospital, but he died before reaching that institution. Deceased had only recently been discharged from the gaol, where he had been imprisoned for six months; and on Friday last he was brought up at. the Police Court on a charge of drunkenness, but was discharged on his promise to go to work.— Lyttelton Times.

R.M. Court.—There was no business at this Court this morning.

Burglary in Wellington.—A man was arrested on Friday night for burglariously entering Messrs Johnston and Co.’s store. A box of tobacco was found in his possession. •

The Crops in Otago.—Most favorable accounts of the crops have been received from the country districts. Saturday’s rain, which was general, was most welcome to the farmers.

Death at Cape Campbell.—The Stella has returned to Wellington from Cape Campbell, bringing the body of Mr W. Hendall, lighthouse keeper, who died from heart disease.

Journalistic Difficulties.—The difficulties attending the first production of a newspaper, especially in a country town, are proverbial, but those encountered by the proprietors of the Western Grenier (N.S. W.) were extraordinary almost enough to dishearten them. The printing plant took three weeks a to accomplish the journey by water ; then it was entrusted to a bullock dray, which was bogged and lost sight of for a month. It was brought on board another team, in which the bullocks died one by one, and a team of horses had to be sent out to supply the place of the defunct bovine. Afterwards it was upset into the river, and a black diver had to rescue the packages piece, meal. Finally, it reached its destination at Wilcannia.

A Strange “ Whitewashing.” A somewhat extraordinary “meeting” of creditors was held to-day (says the Evening Post of the 25th), at the Supreme Court. Richard Leman was the debtor, and his statement of liabilities and assets showed that he only had two creditors in the world, to whom he owed collectively Ll2 10s B£d, while his assets were valued at Ll 5. The largest creditor resides in Dunedin, and had a claim of L 9 against the debtor; the other creditor is a Wellington resident, who was admitted to bo entitled to the receipt of L 3 10s B|d. At the hour fixed for the meeting, the debtor and this solitary creditor were the only persons present, and they at once sat at each end of the table, and silently eyed each other while they awaited the arrival of the principal creditor from Dunedin, probably by telegraph. In this position the Deputy Registrar still found them sitting an hour later, the Dunedin man not having been “wired” up. Words were few, but the eyes of both parties were eloquent to the last degree'. At length the creditor gave up in despair, and left the debtor for the time being the victor. The latter then triumphantly remarked that he had “ sat that creditor out,” and went away rejoicing. Sinnday School Anniversary Services.—Notwithstanding the very unfavorable state of the weather yesterday, the services in connection with the Primitive Methodist Sunday School were very well attended; in fact, at the evening service some difficulty was experienced by the church stewards in providing sufficient sitting accommodation for the large congregation assembled. A special children’s service was held during the afternoon, at which a number of recitations were given by the following scholars : —Esther Gates, Mary .Crumb, Lizzie Nicholson, Sarah Jones, Fanny Hardley, Robert Rook, Annie Phelps,|Elhel Gates, Lucy Dally, Rose Rook, M. A. Addis, L. Addis, Rose Beavan, Eva Hoare, Owen Jones, and J. A. Jowsey. A dialogue between Masters T. Nicholson and Joe Dally was veiy well gone through, and was repeated at the evening service, when Misses M. Jones, M. Tresize, Emma Elston, and Kate Legget recited suitable pieces. The Rev. A. J. Smith preached both morning and night, his sermon in the evening being taken from Revelation xxi., 2. In the course of a very animated and eloquent sermon, Mr Smith made passing reference to his labors in Ashburton, briefly touching upon the chequered career through which the church had passed, and to the trying circumstances experienced by individual members of the congregation. He had been a partaker with them in their sorrows, and their joy was his also While conscious that his ministry in their midst had not been without some degree of imperfection, mistake, perhaps want of judgment, yet he had conscientiously endeavored to seek their highest interest, and all had been done with the object of doing good and bringing glory to God. The rev. gentleman, in concluding his sermon, appealed to his hearers most affectionately to embrace religion, so that, after all the partings experienced in this world, there might be a happy reunion in the “Temple not made with hands.” The children of the Sunday School rendered some appropriate pieces of music during the day, in a manner which showed that no effort had been spared in their training by Miss Jowsey. The collections for the day amounted to L 3 16s.

Messrs On* and Co. advertise arrivals of new goods. Tenders are invited by the South Rakaia Hoard for erecting fencing; to be sent to the Board’s office not later than the 7th hist. Attention is drawn to the advertisements of Mr W, H. Gnndry, wlvch appea s in another column. A meeting of the St. John's Lodge will he held tomorrow evening at the Masonic Hall, to which visiting brelhern are invited. A notice of the insolvency of Quinton Bros, appears in another column. Mr W. R. Boyle has been appointed creditors’ trustee in the estate of James Scott.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 310, 4 April 1881

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