The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.35 p.m.]
Clean Sheet. —There was a clean charge-sheet at the R. M. Court to-day. Meeting of Parliament.— Parliament will be summoned for the despatch of business early in June. Turned Ui*.—The man Dudgeon, who was reported to be missing,, has turned up at Wanganui. Held Over. —We are again compelled to hold over our leading article and other matter, and also several letters to the Editor.
Fatal. —Mrs Clarke, who met with an accident recently on board the steamer Rotorua, died.in the Wellington hospital yesterday.
Postal. —Mails for the Australian colonies and the United Kingdom, per s.s. Rotorua, close at the Bluff at 11.30 a.m. on Friday next. Sunday Reading. —ln the New South Wales Assembly a motion for closing the public library and museum on Sundays was negatived by 44 to 22. A Bankrupt Cricketer.— Murdoch, the cricketer, has been made bankrupt. It is stated that he did not receive any of the profits of the cricketing tour.
Jewellery.—An advertisement in another column, referring to an extensive aid choice assortment of watches, &c., on view at Quill’s Hotel, will be read wilh interest by our lady readers. Accident on the Railway. —A little girl, a passenger by the 1.5 p.m. train from Christchurch yesterday, fell off the plat-* form of the carriage when at Rolleston station. Fortunately she incurred no injury, her escape being almost miraculous.
Supreme Court. At the Supreme Court, Christchurch,- this morning, Walter Pricgle Gibson was indicted for the wilful murder of William Kerrison, in December last. Prisoner, who is defended by Mr. Holmes, pleaded not guilty. The case will probably last two days.
Cricket. —The return match between Ashnurton andthe Geraldine Cricket Clubs is to take place on Saturday next in the Domain. The following will represent Ashburton :—Messrs G. Andrews ; Denshire, Wixj A. , Pagan, McLaren, Hodder, Curtis, Gifkins, Jephson, and Shury. Emergencies—St George and Mayo. Any mombeis of the above team who are unable to take part in the match are requested to communicate with the secretary at on 2e.
District Court.— Yesterday, after our reporter left this Court, the following business took place : —The cases of Friedlander Bros v. Moffat, and trustees of Harrold’s estate v. Bluett were stated by counsel to have been settled out of Court. In bankruptcy —ln re application for an order against H. C. Williamson, to shew cause, an adjournment till next month was granted. The applications made by counsel on behalf of W. Pauling, and H, McCutcheon,. debtors, for orders of discharge, were granted. Perch. —Mr A. H. Shury received a quantity of the very nice fish called perch from the Dunedin Acclimatisation Society on Monday last, and liberated a number of them in the stream in the Domain, and handed over the balance to John Grigg, Esq., for liberation on his property at Longbeaoh. It is hoped that they will soon increase and multiply, so that anglers may have some excellent sport. Many thanks are duo to the Dunedin society for their kindness in presenting the perch.
The Victorian Premier and the Lind Tax. —During the debate in the Legislative Assembly on the Land Tax Bill, the Hon. Graham Berry made an impassioned speech, and said the tax was proposed as a taxation for the monopoly of those who upheld large estates. The people would not be cooped up or blinded by any sophistry. In public opinion this question was not dead but sleeping. He imeighed against the owners of large estates, and spoke of some of them as having been obtained by fraud.
Fires Near Oamaru. An Oamaru telegram under yesterday’s date says ; “ Two hundred bags of wheat, belonging to Mr Card, uninsured, were destroyed by fire at Marewhenua yesterday. Dann’s accommodation house, at Whetstone, was destroyed by fire ibis morning. The building was insured for L 350 in the Hew Zealand’s Company’s office, and the furniture for L3OO in the United office. A stack of grain, the property of Mr Mil)er, was also burnt down yesterday at Marewhenua. It was uninsured. The two grain fires are clearly the work of incendiaries, who are becoming a terror to farmers in this district.
“Rough” ox “Endymion.” —Lord Beaconfield'snewnpvel, “Endymion,’’does hot appear to command unanimous admiration. For instance, the Ft ceman’s Journal says :—“ It is not an encouraging symptom of the times that a man who has been an English Premier, and who has for some years, passed the; plotted period of human Hfp,, should, instead of saying his prayers, repenting of his sins, and looking after his poor old soul, quietly sit down and 1 Write A very bad book.” This is “ rough ori Endymion. -l
Too Near the Land. —The s.s. Stormbird when leaving Wanganui on Monday night, went too close to the south training wall, and touched the stones. The Clyde will be sent down to tow her off. The damage done is not known. Mount Brown Diggings. —Latest news from Mount Brown diggings speaks of the great scarcity of water prevailing. The report of the Department of Mines states that it is downright madness for people to rush there, owing to the absence of water.
Tub Scratching of Natator. —At a meeting of the committee of the Dunedin Jockey Club last night, letters were read from the Hon. W. Robinson and Mr H. P. Lance relative to the scratching of Natator for the Forbury Handicap. The explanation was considered unsatisactory, and propositions for disqualification were also made, but the matter being considered of great importance and as only five members were present it was decided to adjourn consideration till Wednesday week. The following is Mr H. P. Lance’s explanation :—“March 28, 1881. Dear Robinson, —In answer to your letter calling my attention to the resolution of the D.J.0., to which you will, in all probability, be requested by them to send an answer, as you can know nothing at all about the matter, I send you my reason for scratching Natator and sending him home. Our horses, as you know, were going to Wanganui, and being anxious that they should go by the Wakatipu I had made up my mind that if we ' did not run on Saturday it would be better to send the horses to Christchurch by train on that day, and let them have Sunday and part of Monday in their own stables, joining the steamer at Lyttelton, than to keep them at Dunedin, and ship them there. Before leaving the course on Friday, I told our trainer to have everything ready for starting by train in tho morning, and told our jockey to met me in Dunedin in tho evening, after the acceptances were out, and I would then decide whether we would run or send the horses home. I went straight to the railway station from the course, and ordered a horse box for the morning. When the weights appeared, I thought the race looked a good thing for Rand wick if he ran, and that he was almost certain to win. If he did not run, I thought Natator had a chance, and I accordingly accepted with him. Later in the evening on learning from our jockey that Randwick was all but certain to start, I agreed with him that, with so valuable a stake before us at Wanganui, it was not worth while to start our horse, and I accordingly sent orders by him that the horses should leave by the morning train. The first thing I did on going into town on the j following morning was to scratch the horse.—H. P.Lanob.”
A Mining Swindle. —The Auckland correspondent of the Press Association telegraphed the following yesterday “ The prospectus of a remarkable mining scheme appears in the London Standard received by the San Francisco mail.. It is called the Haven Gold Mining Company (Limited), Thames Goldfields, New Zealand. Capital, LIOO.OOO, in LI shares. The properties comprised in the enterprise are the Imperial Crown, Tookey, Caledonian, and Golden Crown mines, and a vacant piece belonging to Messrs Comer, the present proprietors of which are in Auckland, and are astonished to find their properties thus dealt with. The Imperial Crown is now partly in the Southern Cross Company and parily in the Waiotahi ; the old Tookey is now in the Southern Cross, and the Caledonian and Golden Crown are now in the New Golden Crown. All of these mines are now being vigorously worked by. Auckland and Thames shareholders. The prospectus state that Mr H. E. Rice, late J.P. of New Zealand and a resident mine proprietor of the Thames goldfields, reports that the Haven property will prove one of the richest in the district, as embracing all the famous reefs of the field. Professor \V. Vazie Simons, the eminent geologist and miner, late chief magistrate at Sandhurst, Victoria, in his report on the property, says : ‘ The estate presents a field of raining enterprise, which is rarely suffered to escape from the hands of its immediate discoverers.’ Ho will join the Board as Managing Director on his return from India, but has jeft instructions for procuring machinery to commence operations. It is stated that application will be made in due course to the London Stock Exchange fur an official quotation. The Chairman of the company is given as T. Eyre Foakes, Chairman of the Frontino and Bolivia South America Gold Mining Company, Limited. The Bank is the Agra Bank. Limited, and the consideration for the property is to be L 50,000, of which the vendor takes LIOOO. in fully paid-up shares. By mail, Mr J. Stodart, of Auckland, received a letter from a gentleman in London, stating that the ground of the above companies was being put in the London market by a joint -stock company, and desiring to know whether it was advisable to take shares. Air Stodart was completely astonished at the intelligence, as no such ground is available for such purposes, the title being vested in persons resident in Auckland. According to the prospectus, the agreements in relation to property are all made between Henry Elliott and John Pelham Hanco respectively, and the latter and W. R. May as trustees of the company. A map accompanies the prospectus, showing goldbearing leaders running at regular intervals in straight Ij.nof from the beach inland. ”