The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.30 p.m. j
Football. —The work of preparing the Domain ground for the ensuing football season is now proceeding. A meeting of the club will be held to-night at Messrs Fooks and Sons.
R.M. Court. —The only business before the Resident Magistrate this morning was the hearing of the civil action Hayes v, Gardiner, and in this, in the absence of the defendant, verdict was given for the plaintiff, by default, for the amount claimed— L 8 6s Bd, and costs. Inquest. —At the inquest on the man Rice Foulkes, particulars of whose suicide were published by us in our last issue, the jury returned a verdict that deceased committed suicide whilst in a state of temporary insanity.
A. and P. Association. —The annual meeting of members of the Ashburton Agricultural and Pastoral Association is announced to take place in the upper room of the Town Hall, to-morrow afternoon, at three o’clock.
A Missing Chinaman. —An Auckland Press Association message informs us that the Chinese residents at that place are greatly exercised over the disappearance of a Chinaman. The police are under the impression that he has gone into the country to work. Roasted Alive. —At Pittsburg, on Feb 19, Mike Maronay, a workman, entered a core oven to get warm. Some one pushed a large truck of core in and closed the door. Maroney cried out, but the noise of the foundry drowned his voice. When the workmen opened the door they found him roasted to death.
Chinese Importation Pest. —Chinese merchants anticipate an influx of 50,000 Chinamen to Sydney during the present year. They state that the new arrivals bring little or no money, and are a heavy burden on Chinese residents. The Kenmuh Castle brought a hundred and ninety Chinese for New Zealand, and the Crusader is expected to arrive shortly with a further batch.
Amateur Dramatic Club. — A general meeting of the members of this Club is advertised for Thursday next. It is hoped that a good muster of members will be present, as business of an important character will be brought before the meeting, and the final selection of a suitable piece for performance by the Club at an early date will be made.
Timaru Races. Quite a string of racers went through this morning by the express train, en route to the Timaru races, which take place on Thursday and Friday next. They included the following : Mr Prince’s Hilarious and Sir Garnet, Mr Driver’s Sir Modred, Mr Butler’s Luna and The Agent, Mr Lunn’s Clarence and Johnny, Mr Chaafe’s Nautilus, and Mr Bates’ Hilda and The Poet. Cricket Club. A meeting of the Committee of the Ashburton Cricket Club was held last evening. There was a full attendance, and Mr Andrews occupied the chair. Several accounts were passed for payment, and it was shown that, after preparing the ground for next season, the Club would have a small balance in hand. Some discussion on the subject of a new ground took place, the matter ultimately being left in the hands of a portion of the Committee, to make enquiries and report thereon. The Timaru Suicide. —A verdict that deceased committed suicide whilst in a state of temporary insanity was returned yesterday at the inquest on the young man Nathan. The following is a copy of the letter left by him : —“ 1 person alone knows the true reason of my voluntary death—l wish for what is impossible —yet without this impossibility I cannot be happy—therefore I die.—So ye wise men—bring in your verdict of insanity ; I cannot feel hurt at it. —My pulse is at 75 ; I am quite cool, but feel in a hurry to get off.—l am, as regards religious belief, a believer neither in a personal Deity nor a future state of existence.— H. L. Nathan.” The “Free Lance’’Libel Action.— Wickham, editor of the Free Lance, must be a perfect glutton in the matter of libel actions. He recently grumbled because Mr Rees has only laid some half-a-dozen indictments for libel against him, including both civil and criminal actions, complaining that W. L. R. might have made up a bakers’ dozen. Now, however, we learn that the interim since his committal has been devoted to further libelous productions, and on one of which, concluding with “ We shall fight for our right to make comments on the actions of Messrs Rees and Hurst, when they affect public interest, to our last shirt and our last shilling,” Mr Rees has instituted an action, alleging that the said article is written offensively, and published for the purpose of annoyance and provocation. A Comparison. Regarding Lord Beaconsfield as an orator, a writer in Harper's Magazine makes the following comparison between the deceased statesman and his two greatest living rivals in the art—Gladstone and John Bright:— “ Gladstone is unquestionably the most brilliant orator of the present day—taking voice, manner, action and all into account, as we must in judging of a public speaker ; for impetuous force, flow of varied and vivid expression, quickness in argument, depth of conviction, there is not his equal, perhaps, in any country. But to most thoughtful men, who have listened more than once to the splendid elocutionary outbursts of Mr Gladstone, and habituated themselves in a way to the magnetism of his glowing words, the calm clear eloquence of John Bright would be more convincing. Lord Beaconsfield is hardly to be ranked as an orator, but rather as a subtle statesman, who quietly rises up and presents the most masterly arguments and unexpected shafts of rhetoric with the unconcerned manner of every-day talk.” To this we may add, says a contemporary, that although as an orator Lord Beaconsfield may have had his superiors, there can be no question as to the immense amount of influence which he was always able to command —influence oftentimes of a strange, mysterious kind, that it was utterly impossible altogether to analyse or fathom. He was, in fact, as lias often been said, a perfect sphynx in his political life, and this it was perhaps which gave him a great deal of his marvellous power as a diplomatist. His gifts in this respect have certainly never teen equalled by any statesman England has ever possessed. '
Borough Cricket Club. A general meeting of the Borough Cricket Club is called for to-morrow night, at which all members are requested to be present. Scholastic. —Master Innis, son of Mr Innis, who was recently Inspector of Ferment Way at Ashburton, has gained dux prize in the Southland School, out of an attendance of 500. Young Innis was a pupil at the Ashburton school, and was for some weeks a pupil teacher at that institution.
Kepatomatateein. A young girl, daughter of a settler in the Oamaru district, was kept from school one day recently to assist in the potato field. When she returned to school the next morning, she handed to her teacher a note containing the following unique specimen of composition :—“ Kepatomataterin. ”
Sudden Death.. —A very sudden death occurred yesterday at the sale of stock held at the Anama run. Mr Bullock was standing on a dray selling a horse, when a groan was heard behind him, and on going to the back of the dray Mr William Stalker, a farmer, well known and much respected in the Winslow district, was found lying on the ground on his face. Restoratives were applied, and respiration was recovered ; but after sighing heavily two or three times he expired. As Dr. Trevor has been attending deceased, and treating him for heart disease for some long time since, and certified to the cause of death as embolism, no inquest was rendered necessary. Deceased leaves a wife and large family. Fatal Accident's. A fatal accident occurred at Kaiwarra last night. An old settler at Tawa Flat, named W. Peckham, a carter, who was driving home from town, and had to ford the Kaiwarra stream, the bridge being under repair. He, however, mistook the road to the ford, and it is supposed, that in attempting to turn back, the horse and cart slipped over the embankment. The cart was found by two men capsized in the stream, and on search being made ,Peckham was found underneath, life being extinct. Deceased had a nasty gash on his forehead. He leaves a wife and a large family.—A boat containing four men was capsized on Sunday evening in Brick Bay, North Shore, Auckland, being struck by a squall. Henry Drummond and Daniel O’Sullivan weie drowned. Drummond leaves a wife and three children. O’Sullivan was only recently married. James Allan and Joseph Dexgey, both single men, saved themselves by swimming ashore. The police are searching for the bodies, but so far unsuccessfully.