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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. [lsswd at 4.30 p.m. j ,

Crowded Out.—We are compelled to hold over our leading article, “ The Tiger Lily,” and several items of interest. The Missing Mail Steamer. —lt will be seen from’a telegraphic article in another column that the P.M. s.s. City of New York arrived at San Francisco on Sunday.

Ashburton County Council. — The ordinary inontffly Yhocticg of this Counoil will be held in the Chambers, Baring Square, to-morrow morning. To Tenderers. —The Chairman of the County Council has accepted Shaw’s tender of £2l 10s for sinking a well at Winslow.

Railway Collision. —By a mistake in shunting, the 5.40 a.m. goods train from Dunedin was run into at Merton by a ballast engine yesterday, and five waggons and the cab of the engine were damaged. No one was injured. The driver of the ballast engine has been suspended pending enquiries.

The Chatmoss Case. —The Grand Jury have found true bills against James Scott for embezzlement and forgery. In reference to this case, His Honor directed the Registrar of the Supreme Court to issue a summons against the Clerk of the Court here for disobeying the statute, in not forwarding the depositions in the case earlier to the Grand Jury. The L2O Note Cases. The . man Maurice Fitzpatrick, who was committed for trial a few' days ago on a charge of stealing a L2O note from Edwin Thomas, farmer, Wakanui, was yesterday found guilty, and sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, by his I fonor Judge Johnston, at Christchurch. —George Douglas, for stealing a L2O note from the person of Frederick Neal, on January 13th, 1881, was found guilty, and sentenced to penal servitude for three years. Supreme Court Cases. —At the Supreme Court, Christchurch, this morning, Robert Wyatt, for malicious injury to agricultural machinery, the property of a former employer, got nine months’ imprisonment. John Beaufield, for shooting at John Spring with intent to murder, was sentenced to ten years’ penal servitude. Prisoner, on leaving the dock, remarked that before he had been there many years they would see the downfall of the Crown of England. Legal Amenities. —There was a passage at arms in the Dunedin R.M. Court yesterday between Mr J. E. Denniston and Mr Townsend Macdermott. Mr Macdermott said he would make Mr Denniston eat the leek as his partner did, referring to his threatened action for slander against Mr Downie Stewart and the latter’s apology. Mr Denniston then referred to his learned friend as a low-bred ruffian. After reproof from Mr Simpson, R.M., both apologised to the Bench.

Marine Casualty. --The small cutter Muriel, and the s.s. Piako, says a telegram from Tanranga, were driven from their anchorage by the storm on Sunday morning. Neither of them were damaged. The Piako was again anchored off the shore, but at low water on Sunday night she appeared to have settled down on her anchor, making a hole under her bows. She soon filled with water and sank. At high water her decks are covered a foot deep. It is understood she will be handed over to the Insurance Company. Gratitude. —Rather an unusual way of treating a presentation, was carried out in a southern suburban township, one day last week. The head teacher was leaving the school—retiring from the teaching profession altogether—and, as is wont in such cases, the scholars .subscribed for and bought a handsome desk for presentation to him. With a few suitable remarks, the eldest boy presented the desk, and was answered thus;—“Jist keep it, laddie ; I’ll nae doot ho able to get on vera wed withoot it. ” The feelings of the scholars may be imagined. A Smart Detective.— Says tire special correspondent of the Lyttelton Timex, under date yesterday : —Detective Benjamin, well-known in Christchurch, effected a clever capture of a burglar last night. The previous night he causally overheard a man saying to some others “ that nothing would be easier than to rob Johnston’s warehouse, as one of the windows was unfastened.” Observing that one of the party apparently paid unusual attention to the observation, he obtained permission to secrete himself in the building, and his foresight was duly rewarded by capturing his man after he had effected an entrance in the manner anticipated. Brutal Experiments. —The quantity of alcoholic liquor that is sufficient to kill, if taken at. a single draught, is being determined satisfactorily by actual experiment. The other diy an aged colored man in Texas drank three pints of whisky and fell dead. A German paper tells of a woman who has made a similar experiment in a tavern in the village of Wirr-

witz, near I'reslan, whore she and her husband, being engaged jointly aa travelling vendors of lampblack—a business! that is recognised specially in Germany—had put up for the night. The feat was occasioned by a boast made by her in the course of conversation with a number of cabin loungers, that she could drink a pint of brandy at a single draught if any one of her hearers had the ability to pay for it. The offer was taken up, and she stowed the brandy away as proposed without winking. Then, however, she sat down and covered her face with her hands, and, when, after some time, her husband becoming alarmed, tried to arouse her, it was found she was dead. The Year’s Revenue.—' The Wellington correspondent of the Press wired on Saturday : —Although the full returns are not yet in of the receipts of the Customs revenue for the financial year, these are so far complete that a close approximation can he arrived at, and it is not thought that the returns still wanting, which are for small insignificant ports, " can materially alter the total. The calculation of the Custom revenue for the year ended March 31 is LI, 310,000. As the Treasurer’s estimate was L 1,250,000, this is LOO,OOO to the good, and must he deemed a very favorable result. The approximate total of the Postal and Telegraph revenue is about L 227,000, or nearly L2OOO abrn o the estimate. Stamps also are believed to be slightly above the estimate, and land sales considerably in excess. But on the other hand, railways will probably be quite L 120.000 short so far as the gross receipts are concerned, although the reduced expenditure will bring up the net results much closer to the estimate. The Property tax, as already telegraphed, is neary LBO,OOO short of the original estimate, so that setting one item against another, the finances are likely to come out pretty straight.” Valedictory. A most interesting meeting took place in the Primitive Methodist Church last evening, the object being to bid farewell to the pastor (Rev. A. J. Smith), and at the same time present him with a testimonial, as a token of the esteem in which he was held by the congregation. The indispensable tea meeting formed the introductory part of the programme, after which a very pleasant evening was spent, presided over by Mr Dally. After a short .address from the chairman, Mr Isaac Scott was called on to perform the most agreeable task of the evening. Mr Scott then, on behalf of the meeting, presented Mr Smith with a purse of sovereigns, expressing at the same time the regret which he, in comm m with others, felt at the loss which the Church would sustain by tliq removal of Mr Smith to another sphere of labor. Mr Smith, in a few appropriate remarks, acknowledged the gift, and expressed a hope that his successor (Rev J. Nixon) would he warmly welcomed to Ashburton, and have the same sympathy and help accorded him as he (Mr Smith) had experienced. Several friends addressed the meeting, all of whom spoke in most complimentary terms of Mr Smith ; and the proceedings, which were of an essentially sociable nature, terminated shortly after nine o’clock.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 311, 5 April 1881

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