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The Ashburton Guardian. agna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. MONDAY, APRIL 18, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5.10 p.m.]

i Borough Council. —A meeting of this body for the purpose of confirming resolution re stiiking a rate in the Borough will be held this evening. Mata Again. —The Committee of the C.J.O. on Saturday decided that the Club, in the absence of evidence, would not endorse the disqualification of Mata and Ray by the Victoria Racing Club. Quill’s Sweep. —The drawing in connection with Quill’s consultation on the Great Autumn Handicap, took place on Saturday night. The winning numbers are published elsewhere. A company of twelve shareholders (holding a book containing twenty-five tickets) drew four horses, including two of the principal favorites, viz., Sir Modred, Luna, Titania, and Sylvanus. A Screw Loose Somewhere.— The manner in which the financial arrangements of the goods department at the Timaru station are conducted appear to give extraordinary facilities for embezzlement. Only some few months ago a clerk named Blair was convicted of embezzlement to an extensive amount, and now we learn that James Farrell has been arrested on a charge of embezzling the sum of L2 3s Bd, the property of the Government. He will be brought before the Timaru Court on Thursday next. Faster Services. —The Easter services at the St. Stephen’s Church, both morning and evening, were so largely attended tiiat in some instances admission to the building was unobtainable. The floral decorations displayed admirable taste on the part of the designers. In the morning the ordinary Easter services were followed by the celebration of the holy communion, and in the evening a full choral service was held. The services were conducted by the incumbent, the Rev. H. W. Hands. Frightened dy His Own Train. — “ Sharp curve ” yarns are going the rounds of the Press in Victoria in relation to the railway systems of Tasmania. One comes from New Zealand, however (says the Sydney Bulletin), that tops them all : —“ On one line, a new hand went on as driver, and in the darkness of the night he pulls up suddenly, sounding his whistle like mad about a red danger signal that he has discovered looming up right in his track. The guard, an old employee on the line, gets out to examine, and this is what the passengers hear him address to the engine-driver ‘ Well, you are an adjective fool. Why, don’t you see that’s the tail of your own train.’ ”

Boat Race. —A pair-oar race, between crews representing the Christchurch and Lyttelton Good Templars, was rowed over the mile course on the Avon on Saturday afternoon. The Lyttelton crew seemed the most skilful oarsmen, and were slightly the favorites. A good start was effected, the Christchurch being the first to catch the water, but slowly the Lytteltonians forged ahead. When nearing tire Stanmore bridge the stroke of the Christchurch boat unfortunately “ caught a crab,” causing them to loose ground. On passing the bridge Lyttelton was leading by half a dozen lengths, going well within themselves, and beckoning to their opponents, who seemed unable to catch them, and ultimately Lyttelton won by a dozen lengths ; time—Omins. A return match will take place in about a fortnight. — Press.

Fikes. —A five-roomed house at Mornington, owned by C. D. Bowman, and occupied by a man named Jones, was burned down on Saturday. The insurances are L2OO on furniture in the North British, and LIOO in the National. The fire, which was caused by the explosion of a lamp, broke out at 11 p.m. dn Friday, and was got under as people thought.—At ten minutes to 4 o’clock yesterday morning (says the Lyttelton Times) Constable Simpson, who was on duty in Colombo street, noticed the glare of a fire on the roof of a house at the back of Messrs Cook and Ross’ premises, at the corner of Armagh street west. He hastened to the place, and discovered that the corn store of Mr Treleavan was on fire. He at once gave the alarm, and the firebell at the Chester station was soon rousing the citizens. The Fire Brigade was promptly at the scene of the fire, but their efforts had been partly frustrated by their neighbors, who had succeeded in keeping the flames from spreading. The Brigade got their hand-pump at work, and placed a steamer at the river, and made short work of extinguishing the fire. Mr Treleaven estimates his loss, principally from damage by water to his stock, at LIOO. His insurances are in the Union and South British Companies, on the stock for LBOO, and on the building and machinery for L 1,200. A new brick building adjoining is insured in the Union for L 260. The fire is supposed to have originated in the loft, through some defect in the chimney, from the engine which had been at work chaflcutting during Saturday.

Chats worth. —The Duke of Devonshire intends closing Chatsworth’s beautiful grounds to the public except upon payment of a small fee, which will be given to a local charity. The reason for this is said to be vexation because a hydropathic establishment has been built near to his park gates, and he doer not care to make his beautiful gardens an adjunct to this new sanatorium.

“Brother Jonathan” Speaks —The iro of the Neiv York Herald is roused by the frequent marriages of American heiresses to ruined European noblemen, and cautions the native girls that the class of nobiliity who are likely to angle for them are apt to be men of bad habits, broken fortunes, and selfish instincts willing to accept the fair Republicans for their handsome dowries. Primitive Methodist. —Tho Rev. J. Nixon, the newly-appointed pastor to the above body in Ashburton, preached in the Wills street church yesterday morning and evening. The rev. gentleman’s remarks had special reference to his contemplated work in Ashburton, and the i essentials necessary for the spiritual welfare and success of the church. The congregations at both services were large, and the discourses, which bore evidence of much thought and study in their preparation, were listened to with marked attention and apparent interest. A Powerful Light. —The remarkable electric light, manufactured at Cleveland by the Brush Company, to order, for use in the British navy, and successfully tested on March 8, 100,000 candle illuminating power, fifty times greater than the ordinary electric lamp for street lighting, is believed to be the largest and most powerful light ever made with human hands. It is designed to bo used in night attacks, and to scrutinise the sea for torpedoes. A forty-horse power engine is required to produce the light. The carbons used are 2Mnch thick. The intense heat generated between the carbon poir ts is half a million degrees—one-ninetieth the estimated heat of the sun. It is calculated that with an ordinary reflector a beam of light will be cast so powerfully that a person fifteen miles away can see to read by it. The Late Captain Bettington. - We learn from the Broad Arrow that Captain Claude Bettington, C.M.G., formerly of New Zealand, died on the 29fchDecember, of malignant fever, at Elitnna, Gold Coast. Captain Bettington was the second son of Mr Albemarle Bettington, late of the Indian Civil Service. During the Now Zealand war he was a mounted trooper in the. A.C. Reserve Force, Poverty Bay. Subsequently he was transferred to the detective branch of the police force in Canterbury, where he was for three years. He resigned at the end of 1877, and went to South xifrica, where he joined tho .frontier force. During the Zulu campaign ho commanded a small force of mounted irregulars in General Newdigato’s Division. It was l«y some of the men of Captain Bettington’s corps that the late Prince Imperial was escorted on the day when he lost his life. The deceased officer was present at the battle of Ulundi, and received the distinction of C.M.G. for his services during the Zulu war.

A Collapse. • Still another instance of feminine weakness and its reward ! The latest fraudulent invention, patronised by the feminine fashionable world for the purpose of appealing to the sympathies of mankind, is a fearful and wonderful piece of machinery, known to modistes as a set of “patient india-rubber inflatable hips.” One of the New York fashionables attired as above in a set of “P.1.1.H.,” recently attended a large dinner party in the best quarter of the city. When the meal was over, and the company retired to the drawing-room, the young lady was handed to an easy chair by the host. So far all had been as it should have been, but listen to what folio wed. When the young lady sat down, a sound ensued which caused every person in the room to blush with embarrassment, while the victim herself sat paralysed with horror as the curves of her symmetrical figure vanished like the baseless fabric of a vision. Then she fainted, and was sent homo in a cab, while those left behind were lost in astonishment at the extraordinary phenomenon presented to them. A business-like pin, fixed in the chair by the small boy of the family, had done all the mischief ; hence thesoundabovealluded to—the only notice given of the appalling catastrophe.

“Incumbrances.” —A correspondent of a Wellington paper, referring to an advertisement which had appeared in that journal describing children as “ incumbrances,” waxes warm on the subject, and after strongly protesting against the term, says :—“ To my mind, it seems impossible that a nation can ever be truly noble, truly prosperous, or truly great, if its rising generation is looked upon as an incumbrance. This ieeling is one that contains the seeds of future trouble in its gravest meaning. It buds in the larrikin, it blossoms in the criminal, but who can forsee its death 1 Unfortunately, there are cases in which the breadwinner well nigh fails to win the bit of bread, the clothes, and the little shoes ; but he is never so near failing as when he begins to look (and those observant eyes see every expression) upon his own flesh and blood as an —I scarcely like to write that word ‘ incumbrance ’ again. If any such read these lines to-night, lot him cheer up and thrust this demon from his soul. No knight of old ever fought such odds, for it is a battle that may last years, but then no mailed warrior ever won such living golden laurels as the man who succeeds in winning the affection of his children, and who, when the grey hairs come, hears his children call him blessed. ”

The Late Rev. W. M. Punsiion.— ■ Regarding this gentleman, whose death we announced by cable on Saturday, “ Men of the Time ” says “ William Morley Punshon, Wesleyan minister, was born in 1821, at Doncaster, where his father was a draper. Entered in 1833 the office of his grandfather, a timber merchant at Hull, where he obtained a position beyond bis years, and - soon became possessed with a strong desire to study for the ministry. He accordingly zealously strove to qualify himself to fulfil his self-imposed .task, and commenced his career at Sunderland in 1840, by undertaking the duties of a ‘ local preacher,’ a preparatory ministerial office peculiar to Wesleyan Methodists. Four years later, after passing a short term as a probationer at the Wesleyan College, Richmond, he accepted his first pastoral charge in the ministry at Marden, in Kent. The report of his success here was not long in reaching the leaders of the Wesleyan connection.- At the ‘ Conference ’ of 1845 he was appointed to the ministry of Whitehaven, in Cumberland, and, although only twenty-one years of age, his reputation was such that people flocked to hear him from all parts. He ministered in various parts of the country, besides visiting the metropolis, where his addresses, both from the pulpit and platform, attracted considerable attention. In 1868 he left this country for Canada, and married his deceased wife’s sister, a proceeding which led to his being struck off the ‘ Legal Hundred ’ by the Wesleyan Conference. The lady with whom Mr Punshon formed this connection died in October, 1871. During his residence in the Dominion he was five times President of the Canadian Conference. He returned to England in 1873, and in July, 1874, he was elected President of the Wesleyan Conference for the ensuing year. Many of his sermons and lectures, published since his removal to London in 1858, are very popular, especially his lectures on ‘ John Bunyan ’ and the ‘ Huguenots. ’ Mr Punshon has also published a small volume of poems. ”

Amateur Dramatic Club. —A meeting of this Club is called for Wednesday next, at which business of importance will bo brought forward. A Handsome Donation. —The sum of L 1,600 has been received in Sydney from natives of the South Sea Islands as contributions to the New South Wales Bible Society.

Election of Synodsman.—lt is notified in another column that Monday, the 2nd proximo, at 5 p.m., at the Waterton Post Office, ’ is the time and place appointed for tho purpose of receiving nominations for tho office of Synodsman for the district of Longbeach and Mount Somers.

Oddfellows.— Thirty-nine years ago— Thursday, the 7th April, 1842—the first Oddfellows’ Lodge in New Zealand was founded in Nelson, the spot where the meeting was held being the fern-covered hills just above where the new State school now stands, near the Saltwater bridge; the number of members—nine. Gold and silver were scarce in those days (says tho Nelson Evening Mail), and it was not without some difficulty and tho exercise of a little self-denial on the part of the limited number of founders that the funds were forthcoming wherewith to form the capital of the new lodge. But each gave what he could afford, and on the coins being counted it was found that they amounted in all to fifteen shillings. Gradually and steadily the number of the members of the Order has gone on increasing, and year by year the funds have been accumulating, until now the former has reached 621 and the latter 1.9,/ 20 14s 6d, the odd shillings and pence just about representing the original capital. The receipts for the year 1880 were LI 403 and the disbursements L 962, tho latter including payments to fourteen widows and twenty-seven orphans. Of the nine men who instituted the Order in Now Zealand but one remains, Mr 0. P. Kearns, now living in the Waimea. From the result of their labors we may all learn the lesson not to despise the day of small things.

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The Ashburton Guardian. agna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. MONDAY, APRIL 18, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 321, 18 April 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. agna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. MONDAY, APRIL 18, 1881. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 321, 18 April 1881

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