The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.35 p.m.]
Interrupted.— The Western Australian line is interrupted, between Israelite and Experance Bay. Bank Holiday. - The local Banks will be closed for Easter holidays, from Thursday evening next, until Tuesday morning. Waterton Bali* —A ball will be held in the Waterton Library Hall, on the 26th inst, dancing to commence at 8 p.m. Sporting. —Mr Quill’s Lady Florence, and Mr Husband’s Raven were passengers by rail for the Lake Ellesmere races to-day. County Council. —A special meeting of the Ashburton County Council was held this morning. Particulars of the proceedings appear elsewhere. Building Society. The annual general meeting of this Society, will be held in the Library Hall, on Monday evening next at 5 o'clock. Pigeon Shooting. —An opportunity is afforded our local sportsmen to have an afternoon’s pigeon shooting at the Spread Eagle Hotel, on Easter Monday. Easier Holidays.— -The local School Committee, at a meeting held last night, fixed these holidays in regard to children attending the public school as from Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive. The Duke of Manchester. —His grace, the Duke of Manchester, arrived at Lyttelton yesterday. His grace will remain a visitor at the Christchurch till Monday, when he will leave for Dunedin. The Volunteer Review. —The Easter encampment preparations at Oaraarn include accommodation for 1,500 men. Wo understand great care is being taken that the preparations are as complete as possible.
A Nice Drink. —At Auckland yesterday, a man named Bowman, whose wife has a protection order against him, went to her residence in liquor and drank sixpennyworth of laudanum. He was removed to the hospital, and is undergoing medical treatment.
Tinwald Races and Sports. —A meeting of the Committee was held at Scott’s Hotel last evening, when entries for the Trotting Handicap and Cup were received (published elsewhere). The Ground Committee reported the course in excellent order Mr Hemming’s tender for sale of programmes was accepted. The other business was of an unimportant character. Accident. —Mr William Hicks, on Saturday last, whilst engaged in cutting felloes inflicted a nasty gash on his right knee, by the slipping of the axe from the felloe thereunto. The wound was sewn up Dr Ross, and we learn that Hicks had a very narrow escape from losing the limb. We are happy to learn that he is progressing favorably. An Incorrigible. —Peter Kennedy, against whom there were fourteen previous convictions, made his appearance before his Worship the Mayor this morning on the charge of being illegally on the premises of the Somerset Hotel, and also with being an habitual drunkard. On the first charge, he was sent up for three months, and on the second, received one month, the sentences to run concurrently. A first offender, charged with inebriacy, was dismissed with a caution. R.M. Court, Yesterday. —Yesterday, after our reporter left the Court, the civil action of Sycamore (Mr Branson) v. Grant (Mr Crisp) was decided in favor of defendant, plaintiff being nonsuited. The other cases dealt with were as follows : Ward (Mr Crisp) v. Stevens (Mr O’Reilly) —Claim L 7 15s lid; judgment for L 5 15s lid. Hussey (Mr Purnell) v. Pearce (Mr. O’Reilly)—Claim L 56 11s 8d; judgment for L 52 lls Bd. Mitchell and Turner (Mr Branson) v. Tisch (Mr Wilding)—Claim Ll 4 lls 9d; judgment for L2l3s9d. In the following cases judgment went in favor of the plaintiffs for the full amount of claim and costs :
Hicks v. Watts, LI 16s 2d ; Warner v. Harper, L 4 4s Id ; Ely v. Shearer, L7l9a; Williams v. Stevens, LI 4s. Wesleyan. —For a long period the Wesleyan Church building in Cameron steet has been in a very dilapidated state, consequent on a severe hurricane which loosened the roof, tore off a considerable portion of the plaster from the walls, and otherwise injured the structure. As one effect of the brighter days which have •dawned upon this district, the trustees saw their way to reward the patience and hope of the congregation by repairing the breaches and renovating the interior of the church. Strong ties and braces have been placed in the roof ; the leakage in the turret has been stopped ; the broken parts of the walls have been re-plastered ; the entire plastering re-coated with whitewash ; a neat door placed over the taps connecting with the gasoliers ; a dado has been placed at the back of the rostrum; iron rods, stained woodwork, windows, seats, and floor have been thoroughly cleaned; and after a little varnishing has been effected the church will be very neat and comfortable. The clock has been brightened up and placed in a more convenient position, so that the congregation can avoid turning round to note the hour. The entire work will cost about L4O, about half of which the trustees had in hand. Had means been ample, the exterior would have been made more complete by casing the stays, but until the present liability is cleared the thing cannot be entertained.
Privileges. —The sale of privileges for the Great Autumn Meeting, this affernoon, realised L 248. Meeting at Methven. —A meeting of the ratepayers in the Methven Road Board District will be hold to-iftorrow, re closing of roads. Masonic. —The installation of officers of the Masonic Lodge, Rakaia, will take place this evening. Visiting brethren are respectfully requested to be present. , Templar Hall. —The adjourned meeting of the shareholders of the Templar Hall Company will take place this evening, in that building. A Lark Punished. —Three months’ imprisonment was the well-deserved punishment the Perth magistrate gave a West Australian larrikin who cut the telegraph wires for a lark. Blood Stock. —There will arrive at Lyttelton, to-morrow morning, by the s.s. Ringarooma, six yearling colts and fillies from Mr Samuel Gardiner’s Bun-' doora Stud, consigned to the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company. Train Accident. — On Monday evening the passenger train from Ngare to New Plymouth had a narrow escape. On arriving near Inglewood, some firewood fell from a truck, and got amongst the wheels, throwing the other trucks olf the line, just as the train crossed the train crossed the bridge known as the second Ngatara bridge, about a mile and a-half from Inglewood. The sleepers of the bridge were torn up. Part of the train was then dis-connected, and came on into town without further obstacle, except that of running over a fine bullock. Mr Watt’s Removal. —Our contemporary, the . North Otago Times, is very severe on the removal of Mr I, Watt, R.M., from Dunedin to Oamaru. Our southern neighbour says: “We have received a telegram from Dunedin informing us that Mr Watt will likely be transferred to Oamaru, and take the place of Mr Parker as Resident Magistrate. It is not unlikely that strong opposition will be raised to this. Looking at the matter from a political point of view, Mr Watt’s transference to Oamaru would perhaps never have been suggested had the leanings of the members for the district been other than they are. Kowai Pass Races. —These races were held yesterday, and were a great success, there being a largo attendance and some good sport The Maiden Plate was won by Mr Peacock’s Rouser, with Mr Markey’s Mountain Deer second, and Mr Bull's Blucher third. The Publican’s Cup was appropriated by Mr Cassidy’s Banker, Mr Murray’s Happy Jack being second. Mr Derritt’s Don Juan won the Springfield Plate, followed homo by Clarence and Cameo, in the order named. The Hurdle Race fell to Mr Lyford’s Winnifield-, Diomedes and Rifleman filling the other situations. Don Juan, Cakstock, and Rankin secured the places in the District Race, and the Ladies’ Purse went to Coldstream, Levant being second, and Young Barbarian third. The Consolation Stakes wound up a successful meeting, Clarence being the first to catch the judge’s eye, with Levant second, and Cakstock third. The Murder of Captain Elliott.— The circumstances under which Captain Elliott, of the 94th Regiment, met his death are described in a private letter ’ dated Heilbron, Orange Free State, January 7, which was published in the Gape Times of February 11; —“Captain Elliott, it appears, was the only unwounded officer of the Dortkerpoost disaster. He was taken prisoner and sent to Heidelberg, when he was sent in a cart with Captain Lambert (who had previously been taken prisoner near Pretoria), with an armed escort of six Boers, with orders to see them over the border of the State. They arrived at the Vaal River, which is the boundary line between this Land the Transvaal. The river was toq .high to cross, and the officers wanted to wait, as it was dark and a stormy night; but the Boers pressed them to go in. ' When in the stream, the cart struck against a boulder, when the escort fired a volley at them, killing Captain Elliott, who fell into the river with a groan. Lambert at once plunged in, and was carried some distance by the current, but managed to get on to the side bank, being fired on by the Boers as the lightning flashed ; but he escaped on foot, almost naked, and, after wandering about for some forty miles all night, reached a store kept by Mr Groom, eighteen miles from this, who brought him into town next day. Since we heard of this brutal murder we shopkeepers have been sounding the Boers ns to the body, and yesterday we were fortunate enough to hear of its having been washed up, and buried by some people on the banks of the river, this side.”
Tenders are invited for the lease of the Timvald Domain. Particulars are to be found in our advertising columns. An impounding notice appears in our advertising columns to-day.