The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [issued at 4.30 p.m.]
The Late Industrial Exhibition.— In another column will be found the report to Government on the recent Exhibition held in Ashburton, by Mr Edward Wakefield, M.H.R. The report shows that Mr Wakefield has been to no little trouble in its compilation, and as the result of the careful observation of an impartial visitor to the Exhibition, his remarks on it bear special weight, and are well worthy of perusal.
Magisterial. —There was no business at the R.M. C..urt this morning.
Industrial Association. —A meeting of this Association will be held in the Town Hall this evening.
Masonic. —An emergency meeting of the Thistle Lodge will be held to-morrow evening, at half-past seven o’clock.
Football. —The match fixed for yesterday afternoon fell through owing to the high wind rendering play almost an impossibility. Public School. —Mr Edge, Inspector of Schools, under the North Canterbury Board of Education, yesterday commenced an examination of the Ashburton Public School.
Found Guilty. —At the Supreme Court, New Plymouth, Thomas Brennan, charged'with stealing a silver watch and chain from E. J. Blake at Normanby on the 29th December, was found guilty and sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment.
The Ashburton Hotel. —To-morrow Mr Quill will submit to public competition the hotel property under the above name. The sale is rendered imperative consequent on a dissolution of partnership by the present proprietors. Improvements at Tinwald. The Longbeach Road Board have at last done some little work and improvements on Graham’s road, at Tinwald, having lately put in four wood culverts, and cleaned out the side channels. This will be a benefit to the residents, but there is room for more money to be spent yet. Coleridge Electoral Roll. —The following are gazetted as additional places where the Coleridge electoral roll shall be open for inspection : —Road Board office at Hororata, Road Board office at Courtenay, Post office at Sheffield, Road Board office at South Rakaia, and Road Board office at Mount Somers.
New Money.— A Gazette of the sth May notifies that the Government have recently imported a quantity of new silver coin, with a view to the withdrawal of the worn coin from circulation in the colony, and that new coin will be given in exchange for worn coin on application at any of the branches of the undermentioned banks ;—Bank of New Zealand, National Bank of New Zealand, Colonial Bank of New Zealand, Bank of New South Wales, Union Bank of Australia, Bank of Australasia. The Quarter’s Imports and Exports—The returns of the imports and exports at the various ports in the colony for the quarter ended March 31st are published in a Gazette now to hand. The imports show an increase of L 210,901 over those of the corresponding quarter of 1880—the figures being respectively 1,788,819 and L 1,577,918. The return of exports for the same period was L 2,088,295, and those for the corresponding quarter of last year L 2,236,789 — the 1881 quarter thus showing a decrease of L 148,494.
Suspected Incendiarism. —Two fires strongly pointing to incendiarism (says the Lyttelton Times) were discovered on Mrs M‘Lean’s premises, Leithfield, on Saturday and Tuesday mornings, on both occasions between four and five o’clock. The first time the gorse hedge near the stable was dsscovered to be on fire by a neighbor, and the building and stacks wore in considerable danger, but thanks to the assistance of those residing in the neighborhood, the fire was extinguished. Yesterday morning Mr. M'Lean, junr., had his suspicions aroused, and looked out about four o’clock and again at 4.30, when he discovered the gorse fence round the garden on fire. The house was endangered by the nor’-wester then blowing, but water being handy, the fire was soon put out. The police have the matter in hand.
New Plymouth Embezzlement Case. —At the Supreme Court, New Plymouth, on Monday, Wilkinson, charged with embezzling monies belonging to the Government, at Hawera, was again arraigned on a second charge. The trial lasted the whole day. At about 9 o’clock last evening the jury retired, and after twenty minutes’ consideration returned with a verdict of “ guilty,” but recommended the prisoner to mercy on the ground that the Government were principally to blame, for appointing a man like the prisoner, who appeared to have no knowledge of accounts, with a small salary, as receiver of revenue, when such a largo amount as over L 26,000 had to passthrough his hands. Judge Richmond sentenced the prisoner to five years’ penal servitude.
Odd Fellows Lodge at Waterton.— Last week, the officers of the Loyal Ashburton Lodge received a letter from one of the residents of Waterton, wishing to establish an Odd Fellows Lodge there, and requesting them to go to Waterton on Monday last and expound the benefits and workings of the order. The following brethren responded to the invitation, viz., Bro. R. Cullen, P.G., Bro. C. Reid, P.G., Bro. W. Dolman, P.G., Bro. Thos. Williams P.S., and Bro. J. C. Dolman, G.M. On arriving at Waterton Library, a large and influential meeting awaited them. Mr Pearson occupied the chair, and called upon each of the visitors to address the meeting. They did so at great length, setting forth tho rise, progress, and present position of the Order. It was resolved that a new Lodge be formed, and an application be forwarded to the North Canterbury District, through the Loyal Ashburton Lodge, requesting the District Officers to open a lodge to be called the “ Loyal Waterton Lodge.” Every person present signed the application, and a committee was formed to get signatures and forward it to Ashburton, in time for the Lodge meeting on Friday next. It is expected tho Lodge will start with about twenty-five or thirty members, and will be open in about sixweeks.
The Tararua Wreck.—A. correspondent telegraphed from Wyndham last night as follows -.—Eleven more bodies were found on the Waipapa beach on Sunday morning, the bodies recognised being those of Captain Garrard, identified by his brother through his watch and locket, the latter containing the portraits of his intended wife and of his mother ; that of R. W. Crawford, identified by means of papers found on the body, and that of Robert Brown by a ring having a piece of gold quartz in the centre. On Monday fourteen bodies were recovered, the only ones recognised being those of Dr Campbell’s eldest son, and of Jones, the late purser. The bodies have all been buried in ground for that purpose close to the scene of the wreck, to be called the “Tararua Cemetery.” The only thing yet recovered in the shape of wreckage is thirty barrels of limejuice. There are twelve policemen on the scene, and watch is being kept for some distance along the beach from 5 a.m. daily. Amongst the police are Inspector Buckley and Detective Toohy, who deserve great praise for their exertions to recover the bodies, and for the readiness with which they render all the aid in their power to persons seeking for the bodies of friends. Captain Garrard’s body was buried the following day at Otara, but will be taken up and brought to Christchurch for interment. The enquiry was commenced yesterday. Only the first mate’s deposition , was taken. He states, in examination, that he considered a light placed on Waipapa Point would render navigation from the Bluff comparatively safe. By telegram from Dunedin we learn that the examination of the chief officer was likely to last the greater part of to-day. To-night an entertainment it to be held in Sydenham in aid of the disaster fund. A funeral sermon will bo preached tomorrow, in the Durham street Wesleyan Church, Christchurch.
Aged Flowers. —When the Raglan vault was opened for the purpose of interring the Dowager Lady Raglan it was found that the wreath of immortelles, sent by Marshal Pellissier to be placed on the coffin of his companion in arms—the great Field-Marshal Lord Raglan—was in perfect preservation. But the flowers crumbled to pieces upon being exposed to the air. Nearly twenty-six years have elapsed since the remains of Lord Raglan were brought from the Crimea to be interred at Badminton.
Newland School Committee, —A meeting of the above was held on Monday evening last. Present—Messrs Megson (chairman), Watkins, Lill, Lloyd, Allen and Margetts. The master’s report was read, which showed an average attendance of 17 for the last quarter, and 14’8for the month of April. The Committee, while admitting that the attendance is unsatisfactory, scarcely see their way to remedy it, as the fathers of familes were compelled to keep the bigger boys to assist in the farm work; they would, however, endeavor to send them to school as regularly as they could. The following resolutions were carried :—“ That a supply of coal and firewood be got for the school use.” —“ That the Committee consent to the purchase of the half-dozen books applied for by the master. ” “ That there be no holiday on the 24th inst., Queen’s Birthday.” The meeting then adjourned to the first Monday in June.
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