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Seavield .Maid Service.—We understand that Mr. J. G. Cox is the successful tenderer for the mail service from Ashburton, to Seafield. . : Local Industries Association, —The monthly meeting ■ of tin’s association Will be hold in the upper room of the Town Hall on Wednesday next, at 8 p.m., when, we are informed, important busily #ta in connection with the establishment of new industries will bo discussed,, Jiope to see a full attendance of members.

Horticultural Society. —The monthly meeting of the above society is convened f<» Tuesday next, at 8 p.m.

, Clean Charge Sheet. —There was no business transacted at the Resident Magistrate’s Court this morning. The Christchurch Library. —The Public Library at Christchurch will be open to the public to-morrow for the first time under the now regulations. Sporting. —Mr H. Redwood’s racehorses Norseman and Dauphin, and Mr Westcott’s Frailty arrived at Christchurch yesterday. Excursion Fares. —The Railway District Traffic Manager advertises return tickets at single fares during the Easter holidays.

Go for Gold. —A meeting of Waimate citizens yesterday, guaranteed LSOO to anyone discovering a payable goldfield at Waiho, or in the district. Meeting of Ratepayers. —The annual meeting of ratepayers in the Mount Hutt Road district will be held at the Road Board office, Methven, on Thursday next, at 3 p. m.

C picket. —The match between the Rakaia Gorge Club and the Mount Somers players, which was played on Monday last, resulted in a verdict in favor of the Mount Somers, on the first innings, by three runs—the scores being 86 and 87 respectively. Zoedone. —By an unfortunate omission in our yesterday’s issue it was made to appear that the new beverage advertised by Mr J. M. Cambridge is an “alcoholic” liquor. The item in question should iiave read “ non-alcoholic.”

Sad Accident. —A little girl from St. Mary’s Orphanage, Auckland, named S. Evans, while playing on the steps leading from the cement bathing house to the beach, missed her footing and fell to the bottom, injuring her brain. Her life is despaired of.

On the War-path. —Mr W. L. Rees arrived at Auckland by the Tararua, with the intention of commencing legal proceedings against the Free Lame, a weekly journal. He intends to issue eight or ten writs for separate libels, and the proceedings will be taken criminally. Sudden Death. Edward Davis, a miner, was working in the Just-in-time mine, Coromandel, barrowing stuff out of the drive. He sat down and was catting a pipe full of tobacco, when he fell back dead, it ip supposed from heart disease. ’Frisco Mail. —This mail arrived here by special train last evening, the train reaching the station in time to catch the one pi-oceeding south, and that portion of the mail being consequently transhipped thereunto. Shortly afterwards a mishap occurred to the engine which came from Christchurch, by one of the bolts holding the connecting rod breaking and bringing the engine to a dead stop. This fortunately occurred in the yard, and no delay therefore was occasioned to the general traffic. From East to West, —A very large and influencial meeting was held at Greymouth, last night, the Mayor in the chair, to obtain an expression of opinion respecting the constructing af the proposed railway between the East and West Coasts. A series of resolutions favorable to the scheme were passed unanimously, and a committee of the leading people was appointed to collect information and forward the objects in view. The general opinion of the speakers was that the proposed line would bo of great advantage to the Coast in promoting enterprise by developing its latent resources in minerals and timber, and that it would be in no way inimical to the harbor works. A Practical Joke. —A certain medical man residing not one hundred miles from the Post Office, Greytown, was recently aroused from his slumbers, in the small hours recently, by a loud and continued noise, resembling a dozen housebreakers or a troop of departed patients returning from the grave to worry the worthy doctor. The latter made all haste downstairs, armed with the first thing that came to hand, and, to his surprise, on unlocking the door, he found he was unable to open it. At last, by one supreme and overpowering effort, be succeeded in wrenching it slightly ajar, when, to his astonishment, he discovered neither a burglar, nor a ghost, but a full-sized male calf, which had been tied to the doorknob, and in its frantic efforts to escape, had been the unwitting cause of all the disturbance. The doctor’s feelings may be better imagined than described.—Exchange. Winchester School Committee. —The ordinary monthly meeting of the above School Committee was held in the schoolroom on Wednesday evening. Present — Messrs W. A. Murray (chairman), Austin, All wood, and Moore. After consideration of correspondence it was resolved—“ That the chairman send required information to Mr Chapman, of Alford Forest.” Mr Moore proposed, Mr Allwood seconded, and it was carried—“ That Mrs Page be offered the sum of Ll2 per annum for cleaning the school, sweeping and dusting every day on which the school is open, and cleaning windows and scrubbing the school when required, not exceeding twelve times; lighting fires on school days when required during the winter months, two fires to be lighted by 8 a. m.; and washing seats and closets when necessary. ” It was resolved that a cord of black pine firewood and a ton of coal be procured for the use of the school. It was decided that application be made to the Board for a grant to repair the roof of the schoolhouse. It was proposed by Mr Moore, seconded by Mr Allwood, and carried — “ That the compulsory clauses of the Act be brought into force, and that the chairman have all parents who do not comply with the Act served with notice as required by the clause of the Act, and report to the Committee at next ordinary meeting. ” Mr Moore proposed, Mr Allwood seconded—“ That a visiting committee of two be appointed for month to month ” Carried. Messrs Smith and Moore were elected the visiting committee, for the, ensuing month. It was also resolved that Mr H. E. Smith be asked to serve on the . Committee, in place of Mr C. Bisset, who retires through non-attendance. Several accounts were passed for payment, and the Committee adjourned.

South Rakaia Road Board.— The South Rakaia Road Board held its ordinary monthly meeting on Thursday. Present— Messrs C. N. Mackie, chairman, W. L. Allan, D. G. Holmes, and John Lambie. Mr Mackie apologised for the absence of Mr E. S. Coster. The clerk's report was read and received. A letter was received from Mr J. Oddborough, applying for payment for work done under a contract with the Board. It was resolved—“ That he be paid for so much of the work as has been done according to specification, the remainder to be paid for when completed.” James Gardiner wrote asking for an extension of time for the completion of his contract. It was resolved to grant him one month. A letter was received from MrF. B. Passmore, ih reference to the late Road Board election. Itwas resolved—“ThatMrPasamore’s letter be received.” The tender of Joseph Halo and Co. to fence the new road at Ohertsey at 3s per chain was accepted. It W’flfS ‘resolved that the clerk ascertain the feeling of the people in the south-east portion of the district with reference to a new line of, road from the corner of the Kyle school to Dobbin’s ford, and report to the Board. It was resolved to invite tenderer for the keeping in repair of the South road from the parsonage gate to the corner of Bushey Park ; road, and for a distance of two and a-half miles towards the beach, four and a-half miles of the road froth Chertsej |to the beach, and from Action station to Dobbin’s ford, tenders to he in by the 14th inst. : Accounts amounting to L 242 ,6s 5d were passed .for payment, and the Board adjourned.

Homeward Bound.— -The ship Orari ffift Lyttelton this morning for London. Accidentally Smothered. —An inquest was held in New street, Christchurch, yesterday on the body of an infant named John Kennedy, son of Anthony Kennedy, carpenter. It appeared frcm the evidence that the child had been accidentally overlaid by his mother during the night, and the jury returned a verdict accordingly.— Press. A Warning to Coopers. —A curious explosion is reported by the Western Advocate. An employee in Mr McNab’s cooperage, at Orange, was preparing to cooper a whisky cask, and when examinthe bunghole, the cask suddenly exploded, with a report like a cannon, which was heard for a considerable distance. The top of the cask was forced out, a portion flying up to the roof, and forcing a hole in the iron. Another piece struck the man on the forehead with the pointed edge, inflicting an ugly wound. The injured man was taken to the hospital. As he was smoking at the time, it is believed that a spark from his pipe fell through the bunghole and ignited the gas generated in the cask.

Destruction of Live Stock by Trains. —During last week the trains made considerable havoc amongst the live stock in this district. On Wednesday or Thursday evening, the engine from the south, which was running tender first, ran into a flock of sheep near St. Andrews, and killed or injured between 30 and 40 of them. The following evening, four unfortunate bullocks and some more sheep met their death from a similar agency. It is also reported that some sheep were killed on the Rangitata Plains one evening last week, by the train from the north. No wonder the farmers sing out bitterly when their stock is destroyed in such a wholesale manner ; but what do the authorities care if they inflict a loss of fifty or a hundred pounds on one of the public, so ’ long as they themselves do not suffer 1— Timaru Herald. Encourage our Industries. The Nelson Jam and Fruit Preserving Company, in the annual report before the shareholders, makes this statement , “ As showing the necessity for such an iii"-' dustry, the following figures are quoted from the returns published by the New Zealand Government of the imports and exports of the colony for the year 1879 For bottled and preserved fruits, L 3,605 ; jams and jellies, L 49,490; dried fruits, L 8,757; green fruits, L<»7,445 ; making a total of L 129,297. Of course, something like LIO,OOO may be deducted from this amount for tropical fruits, leaving the enormous sum of L 119,297 for fruits and jams which could be easily produced in the colony if the people were determined to take up this very important branch of the trade with energy and a will to oveicome all obstacles. Of this sum of L 119,297, the following amounts were sent to neighboring colonies To New South Wales, L 27,118; to Victoria, L 16.338; to Tasmania, L 63,635. The balance to England, America, South Sea Islands, etc. Thus our sister colonies are enriched annually by the sum of L10G,991 (taking the imports of 1879 as an average), of which LIOO,OOO at least could be saved to New Zealand.” The Rev. J. C. Byng on Church Collections. —The Rev. Mr Byng was very severe recently (according to a Dunedin contemporary) on . those who neglect or refuse to contribute according to their means to the support of the Church. He said there were some who were extremely careful not to put a fourpenny instead of a threepenny-piece into the plate, while others offered to the Lord mutilated or defaced coins that would be “shoved away at the grocer’s, counter and refused at the Bank. ” They did not mind giving that which was of no value to themselves, but were not prepared to make the least self-sacrifice on account of the Church. If people contributed according to their means, there would be no necessity to resort to teameetings and such like expedients to raise funds for the work of God. No one ever heard of a tea-meeting being got up for such a purpose as say the repairing of the Caledonian grand stand. No ; if an appeal were made for such an object one man would put his name down for ;LlO, another for a couple of guineas, a third for half a sovereign, and so on. But when it came to a collection for the Church, instead of pounds, sixpences and threepences—many of them so knocked about as to be worthless—were handed in. Such illiberality was not creditable ; it indicated an unwillingness to make a selfsacrifice such ns God demanded.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 315, 9 April 1881

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