Postal. —Friday next being a holiday, mails per Rotomahana, for Australian colonies, close will at the Bluff on Thursday, at 8 p.m. Valuation List. —The valuation list for the Upper Ashburton Road District, is now open for inspection at the Road Board office, Westerfield. 1.0.0.F.M.U. —The usual meeting of this Order in Ashburton, will be held in the ante-room of the Templar Hall, on Thursday evening, instead of Friday, the latter day being Good Friday. Bazaar and Gift Auction. —We would draw the attention of our readers to the bazaar and gift auction in aid of the funds of the Presbyterian Church. The bazaar will be open at 10 o clock, in the Town Hall, and the auction will commence in the same building at 2 o clock. Contempt of Court. —At the Christchurch Supreme Court yesterday, Mr Stringer appeared on behalf of Mr W. Martin, Clerk of the Court at Ashburton, to show cause why he should not be fined for delay of depositions in the case of Regina v. James Scott. Mr Stringer read an affidavit from Mr Nugent Wood, R.M., stating that he was unable through press of work to sign the depositions for a week. In allowing the matter to drop, the learned Judge remarked that he might say that he had noticed an improvement in the way the business was carried on lately with regard to tlm Ashburton Court, and he trusted it would continue.
The Rev. Charles Pym. —This gentleman, who is now in Auckland, has_ commenced a series of addresses daily to business men in the New Zealand Insurance Company’s buildings. Not Quite Correct.— Mr Parris, civil commissioner, contradicts the statement that a contagious disease is prevailing at Parihaka, and says that the statement about sixty deaths is incorrect. Found Dead. —Mr Francis Campbell, an old journalist, well-known in the North Island, was found dead in the Free Lance office at Auckland yesterday evening. The deceased was formerly of Queensland.
Bankrupt Bridget. —The Star boasts that only one declaration of insolvency was filed in Dunedin during last week, viz., that of Bridget Tohill, of Dunedin, domestic servant, with debts L29s 19s Cd; assets Ll 5. Orange v. Green. —Various Protestant ministers in Auckland have commenced a series of anti-Catholic addresses under the auspices of the Orange institution. Archdeacon Maunsell gave the first on Sunday night, the hall being well filled. Dog Owners Beware.— The Bench, this morning, during the hearing of a case of infringement of the Dog Registration Act, intimated that the nominal fines hitherto inflicted in such cases would be discontinued in the future, and more substantial penalties enforced. Suicide. —A currier, lately in Messrs Ireland Brothers’ (Auckland) employ, named Chas. Weyenleben, a German, shot himself in the Domain with a revolver. He came from Sydney last October. He was aged forty-five, an I had no relatives in the colony. Prevention Better than Cure. —A member of a Now York club objected to the publication of the list of the meeting nights of the club, “Because,” said he, “if it is published, we married men will have to account for the off-nights. The motion to publish was lost. The Property Tax. —The Property Tax payments up to April 9th are as follows :—Auckland, L 36,086 ; Hawke’s Bay, L 15,231; Wellington, L 40,014; Nelson, L 12,000 ; Canterbury, L 60,933 ; Waitaki, L 12,841; Otago, L 53.174; Southland, L 8,695. Total, L 238,974. Civil Servants’ Salaries. —The Wellington correspondent of a northern contemporary writes:—“The Government will continue to deduct the 10 per cent, until Parliament orders otherwise, but in next session’s Estimates salaries will be reduced and re-arranged, so as to give a reduction of 10 per cent, on the aggregate amount, but there will not be an arbitrary 10 per cent, reduction on all salaries, as there was last year. The reduction will be carefully considered and allocated so as to bring about a fair re-adjustment.” The Trial of Procoffy.— The trial of the man Proffoffy, for the murder of a Maori at Te Aroha, was commenced yesterday, at the Supreme Court, Auckland. On hearing Sergeant Mulyille’s evidence, his Honor remarked that it was a grossly improper thing for police officers to ask prisoner questions of such a character. Witness said he had no experience in such matters. His Honor went on; to
observe that, even had prisoner been previously cautioned, the interrogations were of a character quite beyond the province of a police officer to put. Jack itf Office.— The census enumerator at Patea refused to allow people to enter themselves as Freethinkers in the column set apart for the record of religious persuasion. The Dunedin Free Thought Association heard of this, and telegraphed to Wellington to the effect that the enumerator's, action was illegal. This step had the desired effect, and the Patea enumerator was instructed that he was not acting in accordance with law in declining to allow people to describe themselves as “ Freethinkers,” and to abandon the position which he had taken up in the first instance. Larceny from a Letter.— At the Supreme Court, Dunedin, yesterday, Joseph Henry Paget was convicted of stealing money from a letter in the Post office, and was sentenced to three years’ penal servitude. In summing up to the jury, Mr Justice Gillies referred to the fact that the prisoner was debarred by law from giving evidence, and said that no one deplored this more than he did. He thought that it would tend to further the ends of justice if evidence were allowed to be given by prisoners, as it would be the means of punishing men oftener than of relieving them. While, however, the law prevented a man from giving evidence, it did not stop him from making a statement.
Before Their Constituents. —Messrs Bunny anti Beetham addressed a fairly well attended meeting of their constituents at Carterton, last night. Mr Bunny advocated a property and income tax and duties on luxuries only. He would reduce the Education vote LIOO,OOO, and make those who desired to go above the fourth standard pay. He condemned the railway management, and supported Mr Bryce’s action, and said he thought it would have settled the native difficulty in a week. He was adverse to the county system, and thought that a modified form of provincialism .would have to be resorted to. He advocated a loan of a million for roads and bridges. The country would support the present Government which had the confidence of the country. He supported the Wellington-Foxton railway. Mr Beetham agreed with Mr Bunny’s remarks on education (except that he would give free education only up to the third standard), Customs duties, railway management &c. , but disagreed with him as to Mr Bryce’s action, as it would have involved a costly war.: He saw no fault in the county system ejxcept want of funds. Next session they \yould find that free trade and protection would crop up, but he would vote for free trade. A vote of thanks was carried. The Night Side of Nature.—Speaking of the breaking up of one of the dens of infamy which infest Christchurch, the Lyttelton Times this morning says : “ Once more, in the course of the Police Court proceedings, the veil has been lifted, and the community has been forced to look upon one of the more horrible phases of the social evil. Three more young girls, their ages ranging from fourteen and a-half to eighteen years, were brought up yesterday morning under the provisions of the Vagrant Act; and the mother of two was included in the charge. In a four-roomed house in George street there was living a man and his wife, two grown-up daughters, two younger children, and a girl of sixteen. The parents were addicted to drink, and—according to the evidence given by the police—they have been living on the proceeds of the prostitution of their daughters. There was scarcely any furniture in the house, the interior of which had a general appearance of squalor; the younger children slept upon what appeared to be a bundle of filthy rags, and the stench was sickening. Nevertheless, this place was much frequented, and a witness stated that during Sunday some twenty ‘ larrikins ’ went there, the ages of these visitors ranging from twelve to twenty years. On Saturday night and early on Sunday morning, there were several free fights, and these disturbances led to the arrest of* the occupants. The father, it appeared, left Christchurch a week ago. The mother, her two daughters, and the other girl, were each sentenced to three months imprisonment. The two younger children, aged ten ahd six years, were sent to the Industrial School at Burnham, there to remain until they attain the age of fifteen years. The Bench, after hearing the sickening story, characterised it as perfectly horrible. The woman was leading her children in a life of prostitution, and their career, judged from the past, would be one of perpetual imprisonment, with death in a ditch. ”
Dangerous Fuel. —ln spite of all said against the much-abused coal fire, it,is,far less to be feared than some of the modern substitutes for it. A sad calamity has overtaken two families in Paris for the use of an American stove in the bedrooms, where a mother, her only daughter, and a friend with whom she was visiting, were suffocated by fumes from the stove. Without good ventilation coke and charcoal are most dangerous fuel. Alleged Incendiarism. With reference to the fire at Messrs Ireland’s tannery, Panmore, a telegram received informs us that Detective Jeffery pursued enquiries up to a late hour on Saturday, but returned to Auckland without being able to fix suspicion on any one. The investigation will bo pursued, and probably more light will be thrown on the matter when an official inquest is held. The proprietors are of opinion that it was the act of an incendiary. The Stamp Case. against William Michael Downes for tampering with the stamping of deeds at Wellington, the jury returned a verdict of “not guilty.” After having concluded their business, the Grand Jury handed the following presentment to the Judge ; The jury present that the evidence brought before them in the several cases of the Queen versus Downes discloses an utter want of system and great carelessness in connection with the custody of valuable public documents in charge of the Land Transfer and Registry of Deeds Department. Rees v. the “ FrelS Lance. — The Auckland representative of the Press Association advises us regarding this matter as follows :—ln the libel action, W. L. Rees v. the proprietors oj the Free Lance, two separate actions have been raised, one on the civil and one on the criminal side, on two different articles, but these are but the commencement of a general judicial review of a number of articles, which seems likely to give considerable employment to the gentlemen of the robe, Messrs Hesketh and Tyler have been retained for the defence. Another Jumped-up Town. —No town in Africa (says a contemporary) can boast such rapid growth as Kimberley, the seat ■ of Government in Griqualand West, and the headquarters of the South African ; diamond diggings. Eleven years ago not a hut stood where now 10,000 people, with a trade of over L 2,000,000 a year, i form one of the most thriving communi- , ties on the African continent. It is now i discovered that the town is built upon ■ land which promises to be as productive i of diamonds as the neighbouring
“ diggings,” which have been the source of its° wealth, and the very origin of its existence.
The Christchurch Public Library^ — Referring to the first opening on Sunday of the reading-room and reference library at the Christchurch Library, which took place on Sunday, the Press says “ During the day both parts were patronised by an orderly and quiet crowd of visitors. About forty signed the book of entrance to the reference library beyond those holding the ordinary tickets. Shortly before nine ■ o’clock last i.ight, at which hour the library closed, there were about thirty occupants of the reading-room. The greater number of visitors were there during the afternoon hours, though there was a far sprinkling from 7 to 9 p.m. Catching a “St, Elmo’s Light.”—From
the American press we glean the following narrative by Dr Foord Clarke : —On the night of November 23rd, of last year, a bright globe of light was observed at the mizzen mast of the vessel on which that gentleman was sailing. It was recognised by all on board as a magic light, known as “St. Elmo’s Fire.” A young midshipman volunteered to go up aloft and reconnoitre the situation. Not coming down, another boy was sent aloft, and brought dow.n middy No. 1 almost stupefied. He had touched the light and burnt his thumb, having received a strong electric shock ; his body became numb and rigid, his eyes were dilated, and his respiration spasmodic and hard. The boy was so dazed that he had to be put to bed,
and a narcotic administered. The magic light disappeared as it came, and did not again appear. X believe this to bo an authentic story.
At the fortnightly sale at Temuka on Thursday next, Mr K. F. Gray will offer for sale a number of sheep, cattle, pigs, horses, and a quantity of implements. It is notified that accounts due to the estate of Quinton Bros, must be paid at once to Mr Giindry. Tenders are invited for the erection of a chimney for Reid and Gray’s workshop. Tenders arc also requested for additions to the Commercial Hotel, to be sent in not later than Saturday next. Mr H. J. Weeks offers Dresden model pianofortes for sale.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 317, 12 April 1881
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