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R.BI. Court. —There was no business at this Court to-day. Bank Holiday. —Saturday next being St George’s day, the banks doing business in Ashburton will be closed. Property Tax Defaulters. — We understand that instructions have been issued to the Deputy Property Tax Commissioners throughout the colony to take proceedings against defaulters.

Fire Brigade Practice. —There was a good attendance at last night’s practice, the drill, including both engine and hook and ladder work. Two new members were nominated for election. Wakanui Road Board.— A special meeting of this Board took place this morning, there being in attendance—H. Friedlander, Esq., chairman, and Messrs Brown and Earle. The business agenda comprisedthepassing of a resolution striking a rate of Is in the £ on all property in the Board’s district, and this having been done, and a resolution empowering the gentlemen present to sign the rate roll carried, the meeting terminated.

St. Stephen’s Sunday School. —The annual children’s treat in connection with St. Stephen’s Sunday School will be hold to-morrow, in the paddock adjoining the parsonage. Should the weather bo propitious, a most enjoyable day will doubtless be spent by the young folk, whose anticipations of the yearly gathering are, as a rule, only equalled by the reality itself. We are requested to remind the parents of the scholars that their presence to-morrow is expected and desired.

Erroneous Cablegram. Some few days back we published a cablegram from Melbourne which stated that Mr Sergeant, M.L.A., had been fined for an assault upon Mr Munro, M.L.A. His assailant was not Mr Sergeant, the late M.L.A., but a person of the same name, whom Mr Munro, as an Executive Commissioner of the Exhibition, had prevented from touting as the lessee of a temperance bar in the Exhibition building.

The Profits of Boniface. —Wo believe it could be demonstrated (says the North Otago Times) that out of a hogshead of first class beer, bought by the publican from the brewer for LG, the former will, by selling it in sixpenny glasses, derive a total of nearly L2l, or nearly 350 per cent, profit. For an inferior class, bought at L 4 per hogshead, the publican will, by selling it in pints, realise, it is calculated, about LlO, or a profit of some 150 per cent.

Farewell.— A complimentary dinner was given to Mr John Gordon, guard of the Methven branch railway, on Thursday last, the chair being occupied by Mr Cameron, of Springfield. The opportunity was taken to present the guest with acheque for fifteen guineas, he being about to visit Scotland. The spread provided by Host Patton was all that could be de sired. Several toasts followed the removal of the cloth, a very pleasant evening being spent. Mr Bowles will succeed Mr Gordon as guard on the branch line. Football.— The opening match of the season, in connection with the Ashburton Football Club, is arranged to take place on Saturday next, between sides chosen by the Captain and Secretary. The team as per present arrangement, are as follows, but players not included therein will be picked on the ground :— Captain’s side— Allred Fooks, Guinney, Hodder, Groves, Barker, Lechner, Shury, Ross, Brett, Fitzgerald, Anderson, Marsh, Tait, Reeves, Hepburn ; Secretary’s side— Fowler, M'Laren, E. Fooks, J. Fooks, Fagan, Leitch, Hayes, St. George, Jephson, Mayo, Toppin, Stephens, C. Branson, Burfoot, Jameson.

A Man Missing. —A Christchurch contemporary this morning says :—“ Yesterday afternoon Mr Hall, licensee of the Eastern Hotel, reported to the police that a man named Rice Foulkes was missing from his home. It appeared that he left the house in which he was residing, I uam street West, on the 19th inst., carrying with him a double-barrel gun, which he said ho was going to lend to a cabman ; he also took some powder and shot. He has not returned since. Following is the description of Rice Foulkes, as given to the police : —‘English, aged 29 years, sft 4in in height, stout build, fair hair and moustachios, fresh complexion, dressed in a light suit, with drab felt hat —a butcher.’ ”

A Tough Dog Story. —A subscriber to the Oamaru Mail brings under notice the following instance of canine sagacity : Some time ago a retriever dog was given to the mate of a schooner trading to the North Island. The vessel made a trip to Auckland, and afterwards sailed for Dunedin, at which place she duly arrived. Immediately the vessel had berthed alongside the wharf the dog rushed ashore, and made straight for the steamer Maori, aboard which vessel it took a free passage to Oamaru, turning up at its previous owner’s about ten minutes after the steamer’s arrival here. Our informant (remarks our southern friend) did not mention whether the dog entered into apology for deserting its ship, or how it came to the conclusion that the Maori was an Oamaru trader. There is something mysterious in this part of the story.

Thoroughbred Stock.— The animal sale of Middle Park yearlings took place yesterday, at the Middle Park Stud Farm. The sale was well attended, and the prices realised, considering the times, were fairly good. Among the purchasers were Mr John Grigg and Mr John Carter, the former of whom secured a bay colt by that prince of sires, Traduoer, out of Aglaia, for 375 guineas, and a two-year-old bay filly by the same sire, out of the imported mare En Avant, for 250 guineas. The latter gentleman purchased a brown filly by Traducer, out of Rupee, and a chestnut filly by Papapa, out of Red Rose, for 275 guineas, and 100 guineas respectively. We do not know whether it is the intention of the above gentlemen to run their new purchases, but we hope we shall see the youngsters carrying their colors to victory for many a good stake, feeling sure they will add to Che list of straightrunning owners, of whom there are all too few in New Zealand.

Society Journals. —A contemporary thus refers to the literary publications termed “ Society journals ” :—The freedom of the press has assumed quite a new phase lately, owing to the publication of what are called “Society journals,” which are neither more nor less than scandal-spreading broad-sheets, in which private characters are shamelessly aspersed, and indecent allusions and inuendos scattered throughout the reading matter to give it that piquancy its readers best relish. The Sydney Bulletin spiced one of its pars so highly that the person alluded to claimed and got LI,OOO damages, as he clearly proved to the jury that his life had been blameless, and that he had not been guilty of the disgraceful conduct imputed to him by the writers in the Bulletin. In Auckland some of the pars in the Free Lance and Observer are simply outrages upon decency, and have nothing in them in the shape of wit to in any way justify their publication.

A Bio Shark. A monster shark, estimated to be thirty feet long, attracted some attention in Napier harbor the other day. The fish at one bite took half the carcass of a sheep, which was lost overboard from a vessel in harbor, and was floating about. An Involuntary Baptism. Two worthy members of the Thames (Auckland) Baptist Church went the other evening to light up for the baptismal service, and one of them (a venerable gentleman named Forsaith) fell into the tank, which is situated below the pulpit. Ihe old man sustained a complete ducking. A Warning. —Sir W. Fox has inserted a notice in the Hawera Star cautioning persons against dealing in Native lands on the West Coast, stating that all transactions are utterly null and void, and no consideration will be given them by the Government if entered into before regulations are made by Act of Parliament Sporting Tips. —“ Phaeton,” the sporting writer in the Auckland Weekly JVews, was singularly accurate in picking the best of the handicap for the Great Autumn. His selection was ; —Lady Emma, Sir Modred, and Randwick. The two first ran into the situations named, but the latter failed to get a place. Settling-up. —Last evening the following amounts were paid over by the secretary of theC.J.C., namely:—Sir Hercules Robinson, L 508; Mr H. Driver, L 431125; Mr G. Fraser, L 137 15s; Mr Walters, L 134 18s; Hon. W. Robinson, L 119; Mr J. Ohaafe, L 57; Mr J. Bates, L3B; Blr Bell, LlO. Total, L 1,436 ss.

Committed for Trial. —At the Magistrate’s Court, Wellington, yesterday, John Whitelaw, ex-superintendent of the Mount View Asylum, was committed for trial for the ill-treatment of a patient named M'lntosh. Bail was fixed, himself in £3OO, and two sureties of Ll5O each. Accused, however, was unable to obtain bail, and was taken to gaol. A Maniac’s Dive. —W. H. Leckey, a son of Colonel Leckey, of Wellington, who had become insane while working in the Waito swamp, jumped from Mr Northcroft’s trap while crossing Hamilton bridge, and fell 54 feet into the river, turning over in his descent. He struck the water head first, and swam, apparently uninjured, to the shore, where he was recaptured. A Faulty Culvert. —A fatal accident occurred near the Greymouth racecourse the other day. A carrier, from Westport, was taking his wagon, full of men, women, and young children, over an old culvert when, just as the horse got across, the culvert gave way, dragging the h rse back and falling upon the driver, at the same time precipitating the wagon ful of people into the creek. All the children and adults got out uninjured. The driver was found under the horse, and all efforts to restore animation failed. A Strange Hallucination. The Timaru Herald says :—A few days since a man called upon Inspector Pender. He was suffering from a strange hallucination. He said his life was a perpetual misery, as wherever he went he was followed by a man who exercised mesmeric influence upon him. At night, when he retired to bed, his bete noir would appear at the window and annoy him by contorting his face and firing small bullets at him, or if he was in a train or in the street, there also would be his tormentor. Inspector Pender pointed out that it was merely his own imagination that was the source of his trouble ; and advised him to consult a medical man. This he promised he would do, but at night a constable brought him to the station in a state of evident intoxication, and Inspector Pender, knowing the wretched state of mind the man was in, sent him to the Hospital, where Dr Chilton consented to admit him. Nothing, however, would induce the man to remain in that institution, and he was taken back to the station and placed in a cell

The Engineer-in-charje Middle Island Railways invites tenders for the construction of the permanent way of the Ashburton Branch extension line. Tenders are to be in by noon of the 27th inst. A call of 10s per shnre on fie unpaid capital has been made by the directors of the Ashburton Gas Company, payable on the Ist proximo. A schedule of land to be open for application on deferred payments on the 9th of may is published in our advertising columns to-day.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 324, 21 April 1881

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