The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 1881. To-night's Meeting.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.50 p. m. ]
To-night, at a public meeting, to be held in the Town Hall, the opinion of the burgesses in the matter of the “ Baring square intruder,” as we have previously heard the engine-shed termed, and the Government’s action regarding thereto, will be taken. Generally in matters affecting purely their own interests, persons are in a culpable degree more careless than in other instances ; but no blame in this direction, we think, is attachable to the residents in this town. Time after time have appeals been made in the matter of the removal of what is nothing more or less than an eyesore in our midst. Ministers have been button-holed, Government petitioned, and all has resulted in that one end—promises. Patiently we waited for their fulfilment, occasionally giving a gentle jog to that convenient article a Government memory, and the result is nil. As well might nothing have been done, for the fiat of an autocratic Ministry is that we are to have the beauty of our town marred by a building which might easily be removed to a more suitable site. The tenders for the extension have been called for, and one accepted and the contract signed, and in a few days the work, if no revocation of the order occurs, will be in hand. By this piece of depotism, the Government have left only one course open, -which is a public meeting, having for its object the condemning their action ; such a meeting is convened for this evening. It is needless to point out what will be the result as affecting the square should the proposed extension proceed, for any person can surmise the same. What is needed is prompt and decisive action ; let there be a large meeting to-night, and let the action taken thereat be unanimous. This may have the desired effect.
Crowded Opt.—An interesting Sydney Letter, from our own correspondent, is crowded out of this issue. It will appear to-morrow. Masonic. —The ordinary monthly meeting of the Somerset Lodge will take place to-morrow evening. Public Meeting. —An indignation meeting in the matter of the engine-shed is to be held this evening, in the Town Hall. Transferred. —We learn that Mr Wells, who has for the past twelve months occupied the post of station master at Tinwald, has received notice of his transference to Doyleston. Mr Wells will be succeeded by Mr Warren of Leeston.
Removal. —Mrs C. Truckle notifies elsewhere that, finding the Echo Dining Rooms not sufficiently large to meet the demand for accommodation, she has removed. to the Prince Albert Dining Rooms.
Creditors’ Trustee. -Mr F. Pavitt has been appointed creditors’ trustee in the following estates, notification of which is made in another column:—Walter and William Robins Lawry, trading as “Lawry and Son,” Seafield, and James M‘Causland, Chertsey.
Vagrancy. —An inmate of the Old Men’s Home, who a few days ago took his discharge, was yesterday arrested on a charge of vagrancy. He was brought before his Worship the Mayor to-day, and dismissed on the understanding that he would go back to the Home.
Compensation Court. —From tho Press we learn that the heating of the case of R. Wilkin v. the for Public Works, which was a claim pigier the Public Works Act for aUeged adlihage done to claimant’s land by the of the Ashburton railway bridgei&owas resumed on Tuesday last, Hia Honor Mr Justice Johnston presided, with Messrs C. N. Bell and Mcllraith as assessors. As there are about forty witnesses to examine, the probability is that the case will continue for some time. Mr George Harper appears for the claimant, and Mr Joynt for the Minister. Smart Arrest. Constable Neill effected a very smart arrest last evening. During the day information reached the police to the effect that a man named Wood had been circulating forged and valueless cheques, one of which had been cashed by Messrs Hodder and Co. A description of the “ wanted ” was placed in Constable Neill’s hands, and during the evening he recognised his man standing outside the Somerset Hotel. On going up to Wood and addressing him by that name he was answered that he “ was making some mistake,” but feeling satisfied that this was his man he arrested him. On being placed among a number oi other persons for the purposes of identification the shopman who served Wood with the goods in payment for which the cheque was tendered immediately recognised him, and Wood then admitted his guilt. He is a contracting carpenter by trade, and has only recently come from Christchurch. The name forged to the cheque was that of Mr Hepbern of this town. He was brought before the Mayor to-day and remanded till to-morrow.
A Portrait of Beaconsfield.— A very good portrait of Disraeli, as a young man has been given by Willis, an American author. It was some 50 years ago, at a dinner at Lady Blessington’s. “ Disraeli,” he says, “ had arrived before me, and sat in the deep window looking out on Hyde Park, with the last rays of daylight reflected from the gorgeous gold flowers of a splendidly embroidered waistcoat. Patent leather pumps, a white stick with a black cord and tassel, and a quantity of chains about his neck and pockets, served to make him, even in the dim light, rather a conspicuous object.” Later on, when examining him by the “ blaze of lamps,” the same author says—- “ Disraeli has one of the most remarkable faces I ever saw. He is lividly pale, and but for the energy of his action and the strength of his lungs, would seem a victim to consumption. His eye is black as Erebus, and has the most mocking and lying-in-wait sort of expression conceivable. His mouth is alive with a kind of working and impatient nervousness, and when he has burst forth, as he does constantly, with a particularly successful cataract of expression, it assumes a curl of triumphant scorn that would be worthy of a Mephistopheles. His hair is as extraordinary as his taste in waistcoats. A thick, heavy mass of jet black ringlets falls over his left cheek, almost to his collarless stock, while on the right temple it is parted and put away with the smooth carefulness of a girl’s, and shines most unctuously ‘ with thine incomparable oil. Macassar.’ ”
Ashburton Mills. —A notification appears elsewhere regarding charges to owners of grists at the above mills. Welcomed. —Biship Moran, of Dunedin, was welcomed by the Catholic clergy at Auckland, when transhipping for Europe, on Tuesday. A Foolish Jump. —A man named Sutherland jumped off the Southern goods train at Oamaru yesterday while it was in motion, and dislocated his shoulder.
To the Ladies. —Miss Yerrall’s announcement regarding display of winter stock, appearing in another column, will probably prove of interest to our lady readers.
Lockjaw. —David Olphert, ayoung man aged eighteen, died suddenly of lockjaw at Auckland. He ran a nail in his foot a fortnight ago, but paid no attention to it, and went to business as usual. A Profitable Show. —Cole’s circus is stated to have netted L 40,000 by its Australian and New Zealand tour. Mr Cole took back beside his managerie many more animals, including twelve kangaroos, twelve emus, SCO parrots, and a number of other Australian birds.
Novelty Consultation. —We publish elsewhere Mr Fleming’s notification of a grand novelty consultation on the Grand National. Under this system of drawing each ticket holder has three chances of drawing horses, and one ticket may, therefore, possibly draw more than one prize.
Accident. —A slight mishap occurred at the Rakaia Junction on yesterday morning. By an oversight, the points of one of the sidings on the Methven branch lino were left open, and when the train started, that part below the points entered the siding. Fortunately, the driver was able to stop the engine in time to prevent anything serious happening.
A Cheerful Publication. —There is a journal in New York city which might be a welcome visitor in families afflicted with a superfluity of cheerfulness —if there are any such. It is called the Shroud, and is devoted to the interest of undertakers. On the right hand side of the head is an engraving of Father Time, with his ever busy sickle ready for the stroke. On the left hand side is a representation of a hearse just entering a cemetery, followed by the mourners, and above are the words “ The Hour Cometh.” The general get up of the paper and its contents would chill the soul of a Yorick.
The Coming Sheep. —The London Agricultural Gazette, has discovered the “coming sheep.” The Ootswold (it says) is going out, the Southdown ceases to be a rival for popularity with larger and more profitable, if less shapely breeds, the Shropshire have had their day, and the Oxford Downs, although their rise has been rapid, have an unfortunate predisposition to foot-lame-ness. The “coming sheep ” are Hampshire, which although they have not been pushed or taken up by the great(whoever they may be),have a brilliant future before them. There is no race in England,or the world, says our contemporary, which can vie with them i n the production of large-sized lambs of from six to eight months old. At this age it is not uncommon for them to realize as much as sixty or even sixtyfive shillings per head. Their enthusiastic chronicler is confident that, if instead of selling lambs at the autumn fairs, breeders keep them till ten or thirteen months old, they would make prices which no other race of sheep would touch. Blackballing. Something like an epidemic of blackballing (says the Home News) has come over some of the most coveted and exclusive of London clubs. Three weeks ago Lord Durham, proposed by Lord Granville and seconded by Lord Harington, was rejected at Brooks’; a little later Lord Roseberry was “ pilled ”at the Travellers’ ; and now the same malignant destiny at the same establishment has overtaken Lord Lytton. Thackeray said that a man must be very obscure or possessed of almost supernatural influence to get into any club after the age of thirty. There is much truth in the remark. If a club candidate is known favorably to most of the electors of a club, there are sure to be some who will embrace with alacrity the opportunity of doing him a bad turn. There is something pleasant to mosl people in the exercise of power, and the consciousness of dropping a black bean into the ballot-box at a club election gratifies this feeling. In all clubs, too, there is a certain number of gentlemen who resent the idea of having any fresh members. There may also be some who think it desirable to administer to the most highly-placed of candidates ta reminder that they are mortal.
Rakaia Road Board. —Tho annual monthly meeting of this Board was held on Monday last. Present —Mr R. Westenra (in the chair), Messrs J. Dilloway, and T. Brownlie. The surveyor's report was read and considered. The following correspondence was read :—From the Public Works Office, Wellington, enclosing a form to be filled up showing the receipts and expenditure of the Board for the year ended 31st March. The required statement having been prepared by the clerk, was ordered to be forwarded. From Dr Richards, calling the attention of the Board to the great inconvenience caused to the public by the two gates -on the West Boundary road fronting Mr Cordy’s homestead paddocks, and requesting the Board to order their removal. After some discussion it was resolved—“ That as the gates complained of appear to be a public nuisance, Mr Cordy should be requested to remove them without delay." A petition, signed by Messrs Learmouth, Drummond, and others, was read asking for the road to be formed along the north boundary of sections 30,752, 31,422, 30,753, and 30,751. It was decided to form this road as far as Sharland’s corner. Mr J. Scanlin waited on the Board, and asked for extra payment above the contract price for the erection of the bridge over Cordy’s creek, on the ground that he had to cart the material for the approaches a much longer distance than what he expected when he signed the contract. Mr Scanlin was informed that he should have ascertained where the material was to be taken from before he tendered for the work, and that the Board could not consider his claim, as the material was being takeh from the nearest place that it could be obtained from. It was resolved—- “ That Mr Cordy be allowed the use of the Board room reserve for two years, on condition that he left it sown down with approved grass seeds as agreed upon.” The surveyor reported that Mr Dobson had surveyed the new road as agreed on with Mr Cordy, who had expressed himself satisfied with the now line as now taken. It was decided that as this matter was now settled, to include the information of this road in the next list of works to be tendered for. Tenders for various road works were opened, and one in each case was accepted. The surveyor was ordered to call for tenders for several works, amounting altogether to about twelve miles of formation and three miles of metalling. After passing accounts amounting to L 554 16s sd, the Board adjourned.
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