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Borough Council. —A special meeting of this Council will be held to-morrow at 2 o’clock in the afternoon for the purpose of considering the Balance Sheet for the year ended 31st MarcJi last.

A Hoax. — The wreck at Little Barrier proves to be a myth. A careful search , was by the steamer Blanch. Inebkiacy. This morning, Bernard O’Brien, who, on Saturday, was discharged with a caution on a charge of drunkenness, and who was re-arrested that night for a similar offence, was fined LI when brought before the Mayor. Nothing Like Leather. —Mr John Moison intimates that he has opened one of the shops in Fowler’s buildings, where all orders for boots and shoes given to him will bo promptly attended to. Local Industries Association. —The monthly meeting of the Local Industries Association will take place on Wednesday evening next, at 8 p.m., in the Town Hall, when the sub-committee’s report and other matters will be laid before the meeting. Upper Ashburton Road Board. —An announcement elsewhere notifies a meeting in connection with the above Board, for the election of five now members, in consequence of the severance of the Rangitata portion of the district, which is proclaimed a new road district. Fatal Accident. A child named Perreton, twelve months of age, lost its life on Saturday, at Oamaru, by falling into a bath. Its mother had left it for a few minutes, when the perambulator in which it was sitting, fell over and precipitated it into the water. Football. —To-morrow a match between sides chosen by the captain and secretary will be played. Those intending to participate in the game are requested to be in attendance py 3.30 p.m., punctual. No reply re match with South Canterbury has yet been received. On dit, that the Fire Brigade intend challenging the Club to a friendly contest.

Burglary.— Yesterday morning at about two o’clock Mr Davies, of Moore street, had his attention attracted by the noise of a man walking about in the premises next to his shop, belonging to Mr Compton, and now unoccupied, although formerly in the possession of Mr Neate, chemist. Considering the circumstances rather suspicions, he gave information to Constable Daly, who was on night duty in the town, and on entering the building, a man named Andrew Rattray was found lying on the floor feigning sleep. He was immediately arrested, and on being brought before his Worship the Mayor to-day, he was remanded till Friday next.

The TakaruaCatastrophe.— The Times' correspondent telegraphed from Wyndham "on Saturday :—“ Thirteen more bodies have been recovered, and four identified, namely : —John Scoone, Alexander Rae, William White, Robert Shaw Russell Marsh. One is the body of a man about fifty years of ago, five feet high, stout build, light beard mixed with grey, heavy boots with heel and toe plates, dark coat, light colored trousers. He had a miner’s chamois bag. Ten bodies have been interred in Fortrose Cemetery. Numbers of bodies are now coming ashore. It has been- determined to bury them within an enclosure of an a ire of land near the scene of the disaster.”

Run Down. —A collision occurred in tne inner harbor, Napier, on Saturday. The steamer Sir Donald was coming into port with a cargo from the Ringarooma, when the Union Company’s launch Boogum loft the cattle wharf with out-ward-bound passengers. Owing to the position of the wharf, those on board the Boogum did not see the Sir Donald coming down the channel, and when the steamers could see each other it was too late to avoid a collision. The Boogum struck the Sir Donald amidships, cutting a hole six feet long by a foot wide. The master of the Sir Donald at once ran his vessel oh the boulder bank, where it sank.

The Land League. —Numerous meei

ings continue to be held in the United States in support of the Irish Land League. Mrs Parnell, mother of Mr Parnell, was among the speakers at an assembly at Brooklyn on March 3rd. A movement has been set on foot at Philadelphia with a view to the formation of a Central Union of the Land League. According to the Irish World the Land League Organisation in America sent L 1,200 to Ireland in one week recently. The total receipts are over L 14.000, and it was expected that by St. Patrick’s Day they would reach L 20,000. There are now 919 branches of the League in America. The Daily Telegraph's correspondent at New York says that the breach between the two factions of the League organisation grows wider every day ; and the prospect now is that the party will be divided into two camps, who will fight each other as bitterly as the old Fenians. A Chance for the Ladies. — Here is a novelty taken from the advertising columns of the New York Clipper, offering a rare chance to showy members of the barmaid persuasion—“ Adam Forepaugh, proprietor of the largest show in the world, desires to secure the services for thirty weeks, the coming spring and summer, of the handsomest woman living. To that end he offers a premium of L'2,000, payable in pro rata weekly instalments, to the lady contestant who shall be adjudged the most beautiful candidate. All applicants must forward photographs and full address. All communications strictly confidential. The fortunate lady will be required to appear daily in a great pageant, and, as beauty and not talent is required, good looks alone will secure the prize. No personal applications or interviews will be granted. No letters answered. No photographs returned. ” Bowled Out. —From a Scotch paper we clip the following extract: —A fond husband had left his spouse in England, and was to return by the train that broke down on the Tay Bridge. Nothing was heard of him after the accident ; his faithful wife came up to view the bodies, but could find no signs of her lost one. Like a good woman she wept for him as lost, put on the conventional weeds, and became a lone widow, comporting herself decorously to all. Her husband was collecting accounts for a firm, and they too gave him and the accounts up for lost. One day, however, in a tramcar, sitting comfortably and happy, was he espied by one of the firm, and being traced home, he was unceremoniously disturbed in his new home with a new wife, whom he had married on the proceeds of the money he had embezzled. He now, after twelve months’ hard labor, returns to the world, but ho is in great doubt as to which of the wives he is in duty bound to select.

Watbkton Public Library. The annual general meeting of subscribers to the above Library was held in the Library Hall, on Friday evening last. Mr Davies occupied the chair. The Secretary read his annual report, which showed that, after paying all outstanding accounts, the Library would bo almost out of debt. The Chairman asked those present to elect a new committee for the ensuing year. A number of gentlemen Were then proposed, and on a ballot being taken, the following were duly elected, viz Messrs J. Davies, T. Taylor, P. Clothier, A. Dawson, W. Moses, Bryant, T. Norrish, R. Gilmour, Morgan. Mr Davies was re-elected chairman ;Mr Taylor, treasurer ; Mr Clothier, secretary ; and Mr Norrish, librarian. A vote of thanks was passed to the retiring committee. —A meeting of the new committee was afterwards held, when it was proposed to hold a series of entertainments during the winter months, in aid of the Library fund, the first of such to be held on May 24th, in the Library Hall. The Secretary was instructed to write to the Ashburton Library Committee, asking them if they would bo willing to exchange books. After the transaction of some other business, the meeting terminated.

Post-Sassional.— Mr George McLean, M.H.R., addressed his constituents at Waikouaiti on Saturday, and received a a vote of confidence. A summary of his speech appears in another column. Lost in the Tararua. —Mr Neil Gough, brother of Mr Gough, of Tinwald, who had been on a visit to see his mother and sister, before returning to America, was lost in the Tararua. The body has not yet been found, and his numerous friends are anxiously awaiting news of the finding of the body. Love and Learning.— Mr Richard Anthony Proctor, the eminent astronomer, who while here made an impression on more than one creature, is about to give the world a flat contradiction of the adage (Baconian, we believe), “ Love enters not the brain where learning dwells.” At Auckland Mr Proctor met Mrs Crowley, a charming widow, who, like himself, was a passenger by the American mail. Before the steamer reached Honolulu the pair had become engaged, and had arranged to get married at San Francisco. As Mr Proctor already has six children, and his fair charmer two, it cannot be denied that the happy couple begin life auspiciously.— Sydney Bulletin.

The Ministry and the Education Question. —The Hawke's Bay Herald says : —“ Mr Rolleston is the one staunch upholder of secular education in the Cabinet. He has a lieutenant, very lukewarm, in Mr Oliver. On the other side are ranged Mr Hall, Mr Dick, Mr Johnston, and Mayor Atkinson. Mr Whitaker would, no doubt, join the majority, caring very little which side got the victory. Wo have thus four confessed denominationalists in the Ministry, one staunch secularist, and two independents. More improbable things have happened than that a Ministry so constituted should appeal to the country on the religious education cry. If so, they will seek their own doom.” An Experience op a Sub-Enumerator. —One would at first think it as easy to get blood out of a stone as to extract a joke from such a dry subject as a census enumeration. Some of the Yictorian papers, however, seem to have achieved this ; the following being an extract from the Coloc Reformer : —“ One sub-enume-rator has como to grief already. An irate matron asked him ‘ who he thought was going to bolher herself with filling up his papers with a pack of nonsense about ages and religions, and where you were born, and not a bit of work for her old man these three months V She opined ‘ that it would better become them to mind their own business and take off the taxes,’ and she went on at length till the sub-enumerator pointed out that the trouble of tilling up the paper would not fall upon her, but upon her husband, as the head of the family. The lady arose in her wrath, and denounced her husband, the census, and the enumerator too, and avowed that ‘ she should like to see her husband write it, to call himself head of the family, and bring home nothing for three months, and she to pay five shillings fine for him ;’ winding up the declaration that ‘ her husband had a head, so had a pin.’ The sub-enumerator, who Is but a slim and delicate person, albeit with a copious and sonorous utterance, would have gone long before, but that madam was between him and the gate. At this point he tried to appease her with a joke, hoping to escape under cover of a laugh, and reminded her that all pins had not heads, exemplifying rolling pins. This finished him, for the next minute he was seen flying over the gate, which he says he jumped ; but if so, why did his hat fly after him into the road two minutes late, and why did he leave one of his coat-tails behind him ?”

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 339, 9 May 1881

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