The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4 p.m.]
Clean Sheet.—There was no business before the R.M. at the Police Court this morring.
Masonic. —The usual monthly meeting of the Thistle Lodge, S.C., will take place to-morrow evening. Ashburton Fire Brigade.—The members of the Brigade are summoned to practice this evening. Tinwald Sports. —A meeting of the Committee and Stewards of these sports will take place this evening, at Scott’s hotel, Tinwald, when balance sheet and report will be submitted. Tenders. — r I he Longbeach Road Board invite tenders for different quantities of road making, particulars of which will be found in our advertising columns. Christchurch Races.—The Consolation Handicap, of 40 sovs, at the Autumn Meeting, yesterday, was won by The Poet, with Luna second, and Romeo third. Sir Garnet and The Joker were the other starters. Longbeach Road District. —At a meeting of a committee of the Board of this district held on Monday evening, Mr S. S. Chapman, chairman, the tender of Messrs Hastie and Smith, for the completion of a side ditch on part of Crowe’s road, was accepted, A Coincidence. —It is a strange fact that the University Boat Race in England and the antipodean Intercolonial Race (Victoria and New South Wales) took place on the same day, and in both instances the dark blues (the colors being similar) were victorious. Infanticide at Palmerston North. —At the local Court this morning, the hearing of the charge of infanticide against Joseph Hall and Christina Goodwin (father and daughter) was concluded, and resulted in the accused being committed for trial at the next session of the Supreme Court at Wanganui.
Theft by a Schoolmaster. At the Timaru Police Court yesterday an elderly man named William Oldfield Radford, schoolmaster and holding a respectabe position in life, was sentenced to one month’s hard labor for stealing a gold chain from the hut of a laborer named Dennison, at Albury. Yestby Meeting. —A meeting of the Vestry of St. Stephen’s Church was held last evening, there being present—the Rev. A. W. Hands and Messrs Bullock, Fooks, Hunt, Jameson, and Ward. The business was of a desultory character, relating purely to finance, and following the authorising of the payment of certain amounts, the meeting terminated. Big Fortunes. —Fifty-two persons died in England in the year 1880, leaving fortunes of LIOO,OOO and upwards. Three of them left more than L 1,000,00 Duke of Portland, LI,500,000; Mr John Williams, of Caerhayes, Castle-Cornwall, LI,GOO,000; and Mr Thomas Rigley, of Timberhurst, Lancashire, L 1,300,000.
The Accident on the Racecourse. — An inquest was held at Christchurch yesterday on the body of the unfortunate man, William Deakin, who was run down by a horse in the hack race at the late meeting. After hearing the evidence, the jury, without retiring, returned a verdict of “ Accidental death,” adding their opinion that no blame was to be'attached to the jockey. Fires. —Last night, between 7 and 8 o’clock, a two-roomed cottage, at Oamaru, owned by Mr. Byrne, and occupied by Mr M'Gill, was gutted. The house was insured for LSO, but Mr M'Gill loses everything.—Brooks’ fisbmongery, Cary’s Bay, was burnt down yesterday morning. It was insured in the Northern office for an amount unknown.
Local Improvements. —The building now in erection for Messrs Reid and Gray is being rapidly proceeded with by the contractor. From Mr Quill we learn that it is his intention to erect a commodious billiard room, jutting on to the lawn at the back of his hotel, capable of holding three full-sized tables and a private bar. The addition will cover an area of 42ft by 20ft, and when completed will be under the lesseeship of Mr Ryan. The contract for the work has been placed in the hands of Messrs Reid and Muir, and was signed yesterday.
Management of the Wellington Asylum. —A Pi ess Association message dated yesterday says It is understood that the Government intend to summarily dismiss Whitelaw,the Superintendent of the Wellington Asylum, in consequence of the Commissioners’ report. Government have further decided that the Asylum shall be placed under the management of a duly qualified medical practitioner. With regard to the Inspector, Dr Skao, no final decision has yet been arrived at, but he is called upon to make an official reply to the charges contained in the Royal Commission’s report. The Ever-present Irish Difficulty.— A London correspondent of an Australian contemporary tells an amusing story of the all-night sitting of the Commons. As soon as the division was anuouncced two of the most popular of the Parnellites having sat up all night, thought they would go over and have a Turkish bath. This intention was carried out, and one of the first men they recognised among the half-clad figures in the bath-room was Mr Forster, Secretary for Ireland, to whom this method of refreshment had simultaneously occurred. Mr Forster, it is said, assumed a resigned look, as if he admitted the impossibility of getting away from Ireland even in the recesses of a Turkish-bath. Easter Services. —At St Mark’s Church, Rakaia, the Church was very prettily decorated with corn, fruit, and flowers. The attendance in the morning was not very large, but in the evening it was very good. The incumbent, the Rev. W. H. Elton, who is leaving the parish to go to the Cathedral as Minor Canon and Precentor, took the opportunity to preach his farewell sermon. He urged his hearers to help each other in the attempt to win sou's to Christ, and to love each other, thus fulfilling the new Commandment. He thanked heartily everyone for the many kindnesses he had experienced at their hands, thus making the work of his ministration lighter than it would otherwise have been. lie also expressed his deep sense of thankfulness to the Churchwardens and Vestrymen, who through all the period of financial depression, had worked so effectively for the good of the Church. It was announced that the Rev. Mr Chambers, the new incumbent, will preach next Sunday, and that the Harvest Thanksgiving services and Gift Auction would be held on Thursday next.