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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. MONDAY, APRIL 25, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. . [lssued at 4.30

Borough Council. —A special meeting of this Council was held this afternoon, at the Council Chamber. Present His Worship the Mayor, Crs St. Hill, Ivess, Williamson, Friedlander, Harrison, and Robinson. The Mayor stated that the business before the meeting was the consideration of the financial position of the Borough.—Cr St. Hill moved, and Or Parkin seconded —“ That this Council go into committee on the financial position of the Borough.” Carried. The Committee, on resuming, reported progress, and the following resolution was adopted by the Council : —“ That the Borough’s banking account be transferred from the Bank of New Zealand to the Union Bank of Australia for the ensuing 12 months.” The meeting then adjourned. Mails for Europe. —The mails for Europe, via San Francisco, close at Auckland to-morrow at 12.30 p.m. Motooau Estate. —This estate was disposed of by auction on Saturday last, and was purchased by Mr H. J. Hall, of Ricearton, for L45,C00. Town Improve vents. —The work of erecting a boundary fence arcund the Court-house is now in hand, and will doubtless tend to the improvement of the appearance of the building. New Industry in Christchurch —The manufacture ot potato starch and farinaceous food, arrowroot, and similar products, are being commenced on a large scale in Christchurch. Chess Tourney. —Mr P. F. Jacobsen is the winner of the tourney, in connection with the Canterbury Chess Club, just concluded. His score includes six wins and *one lost game. Mr Hookham was not competing. Very Suspicious. —At the enquiry held atTemuka on Saturday afternoon into the burning of R. Hornbrooke’s stacks, the jury returned a verdict that there was no evidence to prove the origin of the fire, but the fact of the stacks being considerably over-insured, was very suspicious. Racing Club. — At the meeting on Saturday, it was decided to defer the handicaps in the open events at the Steopleclare meeting till after the running of the Grand National. The appointment of office-bearers for the meeting also took place. The Totalisator Prosecution. —The case brought in the Christchurch Court against Messrs Hobbs and Goodwin, the proprietors of the totalisator, by Messrs Snider and Drake, bookmakers, was this morning adjourned, on the application of Mr Joynt, for one week. This will enable the defendants to attend at the Timaru races with their machine, much to the annoyance of the bookmakers. Not the Only One. —The Nelson Mail complains that the local cemetery trustees have been in a state of complete torpor for several years past. At present (says our contemporary) all the powers which should be vested in the trustees alone appear to be possessed, at all events are exercised, by the grave-digger, a very worthy officer no doubt, but still not precisely the individual who, in the event of the public being permitted to have a say in the matter, would be elected to the post of secretary, treasurer, general manager, &c., Ac. Another Tough One. —A curious instance of canine sagacity is recorded by the Taranaki Herald. A dog, belonging to Mr Courtney, of New Plymouth, had a favorite companion, a dog owned by Mr Watkins, which was considered by its owner as unfit to live, and was therefore sewn up in a bag and deposited in the Henui river. Mr Courtney’s dog got “ scent” of the occurrence and went into the river and nobly rescued his companion. Ho was found tearing up the bag in the endeavor to liberate his highly esteemed friend.

Football. —The opening match of the season took place last Saturday, in a field belonging to Mr T. R. Hoddor. Owing to the great heat, a great many of the players did not turn up, but those who were there had a first rate game. Sides were picked by the Captain and Secretary. The play on both sides was very good, but the Captain’s side was the strongest, and won the game by one goal. For the Captain’s aide, A. Fooks, Hodder, Groves, and St George played splendidly, Hodder being especially noticeable ; for the Secretary’s side, Jephson, Andrews, E. Fooks, Leitch, and Reginald Hodder, played well. The lads, Reginald Hodder and D. Leitch, deserve credit for the plucky way in which they played. There will be another game in the Domain next Saturday. Suicide. —Some days since it will be remembered, the proprietor of the Eastern Hotel reported to the police that a Mr Foulkes was missing from his home and was supposed to have a gun with him. A search party went out yesterday (says a contemporary), and Mr Parker, one of the party, discovered the body of Foulkes, about a mile back from the Rridge Hotel Healhcote, and about the same distance from the estuary. It was at once apparent that the unfortunate man had committed suicide. He was lying on his back, a gun lying across his body, and the roof of his head was shot away, leaving only the chin. It is supposed that he discharged both barrels of the gun into his mouth. The body was brought to Christchurch and placed in the public morgue. Making Merry. —A number of Maoris belonging to the Te Aiawa tribe gave an entertainment at the Public Hall, Cambridge, recently, which seems to have been rather a curious affair. The proceedings commenced with a haka, after which came a representation of the capture of Ned Kelly, and the overthrow of his gang. The IVaikato Times, in describing this item, says :—“ Ned himself was represented by a gentlemen whose get up was in singular harmony betwecen that of the colored preacher and the midnight assassin. He moved stealthily about the stage muttering something, but whether it was a song or a sermon, we are not entitled to say. At last he discovered someone to ‘ operate ’ upon, and after dispatching two or three intruders with his six-chambered revolver, he was himself overpowered and carried off captive amidst immense applause from the audience.” The balance of the entertainment was made up of so-called negro minstrelsy. We can quite believe the statement that the entertainment as a whole was very laughable. Butter and Cheese Making. A lengthy paper was read on Saturday on the above subject by Mr Bowron, at the rooms of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association. The paper was listened to with great interest, and at its close a vote of thanks was passed to Mr Bowron. Whilst on the subject it may be remembered that an experiment was tried with the new preservative butyroseter, which was claimed to be effective. Two jars of butter, treated with Aylesbury butyroseter, were placed in the cool cellars of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association, and allowed to remain for three months. On being opened on Saturday last, however, it was found that the experiment had not been successful, as the butter was far from sweet. It may, however, be stated that a farmer at Southbridge treated some butter with the preservative, and that it kept sweet for a few weeks. This seems to point to the fact that for short voyages the preservative may be uted successfully. —Frees.

Spouting and Ridge Making Machine. —We learn that Mr Hardley has met with such large demands for spouting and ridging, that he has been obliged to forward to Melbourne an order for a machine to be employed in the manufacture thereof. Those of his customers who have experienced a difficulty in immediately obtaining their orders, consequent on the great demand in this particular line, will therefore have little to fear in the future.

A New Convincing Ground. —We (Morning Herald) understand that the Dunedin Jockey Club are considering the advisability, of getting a new racecourse. At a meeting of the club held on Friday evening—at which were present, Messrs Marshall (in the chair), Stephenson, Hazlett, Meenan, and Dowse —an offer was received of 100 acres freehold land, said to bo suitable for a racecourse. A sub-committee was appointed to confer with a surveyor and engineer with reference to the land, and to report 011 as early a date as possible. Just So.—The following paragraph is taken from the last budget of “ ” in the Australasian :—Some little children of Australian parentage are at school near London. Their English schoolfellows are rather critical and outspoken about the strangers. Said Miss Violet, from Bayswater (aged eleven), to Miss Wattleblossom, from Sydney (aged nine) ; “ Your new dross, dear, is very nice, but somehow you don’t look like us. What makes Australian girls ..different to English'?” “Just, dear, wo’re not so impudent —that’s the difference Burning an Editors Effigy. —The Poverty Bay Herald has been writing some very strong articles about the recent encampment held there, and, as a result, at an indignation meeting held by the corps, “ Snider,” the editor, was called upon by resolution to retract or substantiate the allegations that the camp was mutinous, drunken, and debauched, and that the officers were incompetent. This he declined to do in an editorial, and at a second meeting of the corps the following resolution was passed ;—“That the proprietor of the Poverty Bay Herald, by allowing publicity to be given to the leading article in the issue of Tuesday, April 19, has identified himself with the abusive article alluded to by printing and publishing the following words—viz, ‘ That the writer’s opinions have in no way changed with respect to the comments he thought proper to make. Ho recalls nothing, cancels nothing, although the members of the corps challenge him to substantiate the statement made by his reporters or expect him to make a full and ample apology.’ ” Added to this the effigy of “ Snider ” was burnt at midnight in the presence of four hundred persons. Viewed from the Pulpit. —Mr Thomas Spurgeon, speaking'at a meeting of the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Society at Dunedin a day or two ago, said he thoroughly believed in relaxation of some kind from business, and pointed out that it was a mistaken idea that a good Christian must always wear a face “as long as a fiddlestick,” and refrain from enjoyment of any kind. Sports, however, might be indulged in to far too great an extent, and be considerably abused. For instance, the game of cricket had of late been occupying too much of the people’s attention, an altogether unnecessary and extravagant amount of fuss •having been made over the Australian cricketers during their recent visit to England. Dancing was an enjoyment which he considered should be avoided, partakers not only losing their heads, like St John the Baptist, but sometimes also their hearts and souls. Theatres he described as “ hotbeds of infamy ” and “gates of hell.” Whenever he saw people going to those places of amusement he felt inclined to say, “Let the pigs have their wash,” for those who found pleasure in the immoralities of a theatre had no hope of enjoyment in eternity.

A notice io the effect «hat C. R. Harold, dairyman, a debtor, iniendr to apply for hi* discharge at the next sitting of the District Court at Ashburton. Any person return'rg two houses lost from the Hinds, will be rewa r ded. Tenders a ,- e required for leas’og a blacksmith’s shop. Tenders to be sent to Messrs Friedlander Bros, on or before koth May. Small parcels of land are noii&>d for sale. The programme of the steeplechase meeting, to be held under the auspices of the Rac : ng Club, on the 27th May, appears in our advertising columns to-day. Fool:s and Son invi.e tenders for the erection of a hou-e. to be s:nt to their oTrcei not laitr than 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 23.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. MONDAY, APRIL 25, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 327, 25 April 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. MONDAY, APRIL 25, 1881. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 327, 25 April 1881

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