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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, MAY 13, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. [issued tri

To CorPvEspondents. —“Old Sailor’s” letter is in type and will appear to-morrow. A Richmond in tub Field. —Mr Richmond is a candidate for the seat in the House of Representatives rendered vacant by the resignation of Mr^Acton Adams. Accident. Joseph Dawson, a son of Mr Andrew Dawson, of Longbeach, unfortunately met with an accident at Longbeach, yesterday afternoon, by which he broku his leg. He was, it is stated, driving a seed drill at the time of the accident.

Sporting. —The programme issued by the Oamaru Steeplechase Club, comprises a Maiden Steeplechase of 40 sovs; Handicap Steeplechase of 100 sovs ; Selling Stakes of 40 sovs ; and Consolation or 30 sovs. Entries for the first and third, and nominations for the Handicap, close on the 28th inst.

The Census. —Complaints are being made by residents in various parts of the district that, although census forms were supplied them for filling in, they have notyet been called for by the subenumerators. This is negligence on the part of some one. Canterbury Coursing Club. The running in the Canterbury Oaks and Derby was continued yesterday, and resulted as follows: —In the Oaks Desdemona and Bide-awee divided. In the Derby only Sir Roger and Le Loup remain in. Glenlora, Master Walter, and Champagne Charlie remain in the Christchurch Slakes.

Improvement Wanted. —We would suggest to the proper authorities the propriety of having the entrance to the Police Court either shingled or a concrete path leading from the public thoroughfare thereto constructed. At present persons who during rainy weather have business to transact in the Court have to do so through puddles of water and miniature Irish bogs, the fording of which is anything but a pleasant operation. We hope some steps to remedy the evil will be immediately taken.

South Canterbury Amateur Athletic Club. —Yesterday’s events at this meeting resulted as follows 120 yards hurdle and quarter-mile hurdle handicap, won by 0. W. Miles; one mile race and two miles running handicap, by A. S. Baker; throwing cricket hall and standing high jump, by F. N. Robinson; putting 21-Ib. stone, by E. S. Rutherford; one mijf*. walking handicap, E. T. Rhodes; 150 yards handicap, J. S. Smith; scurry, W. C. Chapman ; consolation, J. Million. The Champion Cup is won by Mr J. S. Smith, and the Ladies’ Cup and Mr Parker’s Challenge Cup by Mr A. S, Baker.

The Tararua Catastrophe. —At a meeting of the Tararua Relief Fund Committee, held at Dunedin yesterday, the following resolution was come to ;—“ That the Committee have to report that the only cases brought under their notice have been one Oamaru, one Port Chalmers, one Wellington, one Auckland, and Dunedin, which has been relieved, and the party has gone home. From this it would appear that there is no distress to warrant the getting up of a general fund, and that all the cases are such as can bo best met by the local charities. Should any further cases come to light they will bo considered at a meeting to held in about a week. ” The Harbor Master in his report to the Harbor Board this afternoon, strongly urged that the Government should establish fog signals in connnction with lighthouses along the coast. The ketch Good Templar left for Waipapa Point yesterday, taking boats and a party of men to the scene of the wreck. Governing it intend at once to commence diving operations at the wreck for the old silver. Nothing further was elicited at the sitting of the Court of Enquiry yesterday. The Court has adjourned till Saturday. Missionary Meeting. —The annual meeting in connection with the Wosleyan Foreign Missions, was held in the Cameron street Church last evening; there was a moderate attendance, and the Rev. W. Keall presided. In the course of his opening remarks, the chairman apologised for the absence of Revs. A. M. Beattie and J. Nixon, who, but for prior engagements, would have been present. Mr Keall said that the meeting was held for the purpose of extending and deepening the feeling of interest in foreign missions, and the rev. gentleman proceeded to give some very interesting information with reference to the work of missionaries in Australasia, and especially concerning the labors of Revs. Messrs Brown and Banks, at New Britain and Duke of York Island. Speaking on the Chinese question, Mr Keall remarked that while for many reasons the large influx of Chinamen which threatened the colony, was to be regretted, yet it raised another question : instead of having to send missionaries across the seas to convert the heathen, they were being brought to our very doors, and hence a heavy responsibility rested upon the religious portion of the community with regard to the conversion of the Chinese in the colony. After giving statistics of church membership, &c., in the South Sea Islands, Mr Keall introduced the Rev. J. S. Rishworth, of Sydenham, who, in passing, made some complimentary references to the progress which Ashburton had made since his last visit, some ten years ago, before the excitement and danger attending coach travelling had given way to the more dreary railway train. The speaker referred to the motives which induced Christian people to interest themselves in those who were not the recipients of such privileges as were possessed by those in civilised communities ; and, while it might he said there were plenty of heathens at our own doors who were in need of the Gospel, yet it was only a selfish mind which would harbor the thought. More provision was being made in the colony now for ministering to the spiritual requirements of sparsely-populated districts, than had ever before been done and, using a homely illustration, the rev. gentlemen said that after having fed and clothed our own children, it would not be humane to turn away the starving waif who craved charity at our doors. Speaking also on the immigration of Chinamen, Mr Rishworth remarked that, in his opinion, nothing but the Gospel would bring about a satisfactory solution of the question. He spoke warmly against the opium traffic, which was a disgrace to Christian England. The chairman made a few concluding remarks, and a most interesting meeting terminated.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, MAY 13, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 343, 13 May 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, MAY 13, 1881. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 343, 13 May 1881

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