The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 1881.
FIRST EDITION. [lssued at 4 p.m.'J
Home Again. —A special train from Oamaru, bringing the local volunteers and northern contingents from Oamaru, reached here shortly after 4 a.m. to-day. Lucky Dogs. —The three first prizes in Quill’s sweep have been drawn as follows : Lady Emma, James Wells ; Sir Modred, Pin-chase and Co; The Governor, T. Salisbury.
Drunk and Disorderly. —At the R.M. Court this morning, before Mr Nugent Wood, George Dolloy, for being drunk and disorderly, was fined Is, and 4s cost of cab hire. John Brennan, for a like offence, but against whom there were a number of previous convictions recorded, was mulct in the sum of ss, or, in default, twenty four hours’ imprisonment.
An Injured Actress. —Mr Wrixou has presented a petition to the Legislative Assembly of Victoria, from Lilian Reid, late of the Stray Leaves Company, asking for compensation, alleging that the police had unnecessarily harried her and deprived her of certain medical comforts ordered by her physician. A few days after her acquittal she was delivered of a child, which evidenced the injustice of the accusation made against her. Tinwald Sports. —The following were the results of the events not published in our last issue:—Three-legged race—Muir and Murphy, 1; Bushett and Lechncr, 2. 410 yards xaco—R. M'Farlane, 1 ; R. Lechner, 2. Long jump—S. Reeves (IGft bin), 1; Bates (16ft Sin), 2. 120 yards hurdles—R. M'Farlane, 1; S. Reeves, 2. Sack Race—Bushett, 1; A. C. Claridge, 2. Running High Jump—A. C. Claridge, 1; Reeves and Evans, 2. Consolation — S. Reeves, 1; Bates, 2. Mile handicap (open) —Bayliss, 1; M’Farlane, 2. Hack race, fora silver-mounted bridle—Nancy Lee, 1; Pirate, 2. Won hands down. Sporting. A race of a friendly character took place at Winslow yesterday, between Mr Watts’ Maori Kate, Mr Elz’s Fritz, Mr Commons’ Dawn, and Mr Nealas’ Margaret. Mr Yeal’s Naughty Cousin was also to have run, but from some reason or other neither hoise nor owner turned up. A good start was effected, and Margaret immediately took first place, but after going round half way Mr Commons’ Dawn pulled ahead of the mare, and won by half a length. Fritz ran off the course, and Maori Kate managed to come in a good third. In connection with the above a challenge appears in another column.
Assessment Court. —At the sitting of this Court for the Upper Ashburton Road Board District, held by Mr N. Wood, Judge, at the Road Board offices, Westerfield, the following objections were heard : —A property registered in the name of William Saunders was transferred fo owner, objection by Samuel Saunders to the amount of his assessment was disallowed, the Court being of opinion that the valuation was a moderate one. The valuer (Mr J. C. Bell) applied to have the name of Mr Benjamin Ede inserted as occupier of certain properties owned by the Hon. T. Braddelt This being all the business the valuation', list Was signed by the Judge, and the Court closed.
An Audacious Fraud.—A somewhat amusing incident is told of a woman whose husband, a wealthy man, died suddenly without leaving any will. The widow, desirous of securing the whole of the property, concealed her husband’s death, and persuaded a poor shoemaker to take his place while a will could be made. Accordingly, he was closely muffled in bed, as if very sick, and a lawyer was called in to write the will. The shoemaker in a feeble voice bequeathed half of all the property to the widow. “ What shall be done with the remainder ?” asked the lawyer. “The remainder,” replied he, “I give and bequeath to the poor little shoemaker across the street, who has been a good neighbor and a deserving man ” —thus securing a rich bequest for himself. The widow rvas thunderstruck ■with the man’s audacious cunning, but did not dare to expose the fraud, and the two rogues shared the estate.
A Ferocious Dog.—At the R.M. Court this morning, Mr C. P. Jephson appeared in answer to an information charging him with allowing a ferocious dog, his property, to attack Alexander Burns, Mrs Quartennain, and George Griffiths, respectively. The two boys complained of being bitten on thelcg, and Mrs Quartennain exhibited a dress which had been torn by the teeth of the lively animal. Mr Jephson denied ownership of the dog, and stated that he could bring the owner himself to admit that the dog belonged to him, but as defendant acknowledged that he had chained the dog on his premises, and otherwise taken care of it, His Woi'ship said he had no alternative but to inflict a fine. The very fact of allowing the dog to remain on his premises laid the defendant open to a penalty L 5 on each information, but being the first case of the kind brought before him, he would only fine Mr Jephson 10s on each information, with Gs costs, and witnesses expenses, 22s Gd.
A New Method op Ejectment.—According to St James’ Gazette, a French chemist assorts that he has concocted a substance by means of which tenants, in Ireland or elsewhere, who will not pay their rents may be evicted without difficulty, and without the expense attendant on legal proceedings. The mixture is in the form of a powder. A small quantitj' of it sprinkled before sunrise on parts of the land adjacent to the tenant’s dwelling will render it absolutely impossible for any human being to remain within half a mile of the spot where the sprinkling has taken place for at least seven days, when the process should if necessary, be repeated. The effect of the power is to produce violent nausea and other feelings of so uncomfortable a kind as to be quite unbearable. It is, however, not dangerous to life, and produces no injurious effects on cattle. Under arrangements the inventor is making, Irish landlords will soon bo able to buy the powder at any respectable chemist’s shop in Dublin at a reasonable price. Land Leaguers will, he chinks, also find it useful for the purpose of getting rid of obnoxious agents. If used impartially and<in sufficient quantities, it might, indeed, secure some very striking and unexpected results.
Go and Sin no more. —lt has been decided to release another batch of Maori prisoners in a few days. They will be selected mainly from those confined in Lyttelton Gaol, to the number of about 100, and will be forwarded by the Hinemoa to New Plymouth. Electoral Rolls,— ln another column will be found an advertisement notifying the place where the rolls for the electoral district are to be seen. As the elections of County Councillors takes place shortly, only those electors whose names are on the roll will be enabled to vote.
Complimentary. —We have to tender to Messrs S. Saunders and J. Wilkie our compliments and thanks for the great service rendered us- yesterday in the matter of obtaining particulars of the result of the Great Autumn Handicap. To the former gentleman we are indebted for the loan of the pigeons employed in the carriage of the message from Christchurch, and to Mr Wilkie our thanks are due for the assistance rendered us in the the despatch by him of the birds. By those means we were enabled to supply our readers with the information at the same hour that it was published in Christchurch, and can also boast of being the only evening journal, except the Christchurch papers, in receipt of particulars, the Telegraph Department being closed during the day.