The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.35 p.w.]
' Tp CraCKETEP.B. The match between Ashburton and Geraldine will take place next Monday and not Saturday, as erroneously appeared in last night’s issue. The Old,; Old Story. —This morning, before the Resident Magistrate, two inebriates were fined Is and discharged, respectively. Sparrow. Cluil—A meeting of persons interested in l the formation of a Sparrow Club is called for the 14th inst., at 8 p.m., at Quill’S Hotel. ‘ The Maori Prisoners. —The Ga~A.de contains a"proclamation extending the Wfaiapu's r'of the Maori Prisoners Act, tSSOV ’ ‘for * ‘ further i period of three months 1 ;
Death of a — Alfred Fennel, a storekeeper ■ fre>nsi«ie, died suddenly on Tuesday night from heart disease. Deceased was formerly a ColorSergeant in the Marines, but was pensioned off. The O amaru Review. —Members of the local Volunteer corps who intend to take part in the review to be held at Oaraatu at Easter are requested to give their names to the secretary, or Colorsergl. Dolman, not later than Friday next. Wakanui Road Board. — A meeting of this Board was held this morning. A report of the proceedings is published in another column. A special meeting in the matter of striking a rate for the ensuing year of Is in the £ is also convened by advertisement appearing elsewhere.
Willowy School Committee. A meeting of the householders in the Willowy School district, for the purpose of electing a School Committee, was held was held on the 21st, ult. Several gentlemen were nominated, the election by ballot resulting in the return of Messrs W. Manson, J. Williams, C. Martin, A. Wilson, T. Hayman, J. Walker, and S. S. Chapman. Mr Chapman was elected Chairman. Following the election, the Committee held a meeting, and nominated Mr Booth for the extraordinary vacancy existing in the Board of Education. A sub-committee was appointed to visit the master’s residence, and report on the condition thereof. It was decided to re-open the school immediately. The Templeton Shooting Case. —At the Supreme Court, Christchurch, yesterday, Walter Pringle Gibson was indicted for having, on the 25th December, wilfully and maliciously killed one William Kerrison. The prisoner was defended by Mr Holmes. Mr Duncan prosecuted on behalf of the Crown. The evidence was very lengthy, and the case did not conclude till nearly 0 p.m.,when the jury brought in a verdict of “ not guilty,” on the plea of insanity. His Honor then directed that the prisoner be kept in strict custody in the Addington Gaol during the pleasure of the Colonia Secretary, and that the Registrar of the Court communicate to the Colonial Secretary the result of the trial. A Levanting Secretary. Edward Garton, secretary of the Wellington and South Pacific Loan Society, is believed to have absconded. It appears that the society is an association of working men, who club together to invest their savings, each paying a certain sum weekly, and the money is then invested at the market rate of interest. The accounts were duly audited about a fortnight ago, when serious discrepancies, amounting to between L2OO and LSOO, were found to exist. Garton was communicated with, and asked for an explanation. He replied that he would put things right on his return, which was to have been on Monday week. However, he did not return,' and the rumor gained cunency that he had decamped by the steamer Norfolk to Sydney on Thursday last. The police are investigating the matter. Bishop Redwood’s Reception in Wellington. —The Right Rev. Dr. Redwood, Bishop of Wellington, returned to the Empire City yesterday from Rome, and met with an enthusiastic reception from his numerous parishioners. On landing from the steamer he was heartily congratulated on- his safe return. After reaching the Cathedral, the Bishop having taken his seat on the throne, Father Harden, on behalf of the clergy, read an address of welcome. This was followed by a number of others, among which was one from the Catholics of, Wellington, and another from the Hibernian Society. The Bishop was then, presented with an illuminated address and a purse of sovereigns. Addresses of welcome were also presented from the Catholics of Blenheim and Nelson, each being accompanied with a purse of sovereigns. A number of congratulatory telegrams from all parts of the colony were read. His Lordship, in responding to the kind and enthusiastic reception received, spoke at some length of his visit to Romo, and his reception by Leo XIII. The proceedings were brought' to a close by the choir singing the Te Deum. Wakanoi School Committee. —The ordinary meeting of this Committee was held on Tuesday evening, the member: in attendance being—Messrs Trevenza, Walsh, Clapham, Painter, and Leadley (chairman). The report of the schoolmaster showed an increase in attendance, but also complained of irregularity therein in some instances. It pointed out the inefficiency of accommodation in the schoolroom and master’s residence. Correspondence received included communications of a formal character from the Board of Education. In re the complaint from the same source as to the non-receipt .of certain returns from Mr Earle, the Chairman stated be had conferred with that gentleman on the subject, but without avail. Ho could not obtain any satisfactory information as to the returns from the cash-book, although he had gone through same. It was resolved—“ That the Chairman send to the Board an abstract of the incidental accounts as they appear in the cash-book. That he inform the Board that sums of money raised by local effort do not appear in the accounts, and that the Board be referred to Mr Earle for any further information thereon.” Mr Alfred Saunders was nominated for the extraordinary vacancy on the Board of Education. Mr Painter, moved, and Mr Trevenza seconded—“ That the Chairman write to the Board of Education calling their attention to the very dilapidated and uncomfortable state of the master’s house, and urge upon them the necessity of having the house repaired before the winter sets in.”—Carried. It was resolved accounts be settled.” The Chairman was authorised to procure a water-can and pannikin for the use of the school, and asked to write again to the Board respecting the modulator for the use of the singing class, , and obtain copies of the Education Act, which had been applied for pome time ago but had not come to hand. This concluded the business, and the meeting adjourned.