The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Praevalebit. WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [J.tsi teil at 4.30 w.j
Templap. Halt- Company.— A mooting of the hliiu-eholdo s in this Company is convened to be hold in the back room of the Hall at eight o’clock to-morrow evening.
Farmers’ Ball. —A fanners’ ball is announced to take place in the Wakanui flour mill on the Queen’s Birthday. Particulars as to prices of tickets and where same can he obtained appear in our advertising columns. Postponed.— The ordinary stock sale at the Ashburton Saleyavds fallingonTuesday next, Queen’s Birthday, has been consequently postponed until the 31st inst. Poisoned Wheat. —Members of the Ashburton Sparrow Club are informed by advertisement appearing elsewhere that they can, on and after Saturday next, obtain poisoned wheat at the shop of Mr Cambridge, chemist. Entertainment. —Mr Lcvoi, advance agent and general business manager for Signor Tambourini and company, whoso projected visit to this town has been billed for some days past, arrived here to-day, and has nearly completed the necessary preliminaries. The company has mot with great success wherever they have appeared, up to the present, and as we have had a dearth of anything in the form of professional performances for some time past, doubtless good houses will greet the visitors. The prices have been fixed at what are termed “million figures,” therefore the public have nothing to complain from this direction. A Visitor.— Mr Greig, Manager and Superintendent of the Madras Central Railway, passed through Ashburton by the express train yesterday. Mr Hnnnay, Resident Manager New Zealand Railways, accompanied Mr Greig on his journey. Mr Greig leaves New Zealand for India directly, as his furlough expires in a few weeks.
Appointment.— Dr Alexander H. Ntil, of Dunedin, has been selected for appointment as Resident Medical Superintendent of the Wellington Lunatic Asylum. A New By-Law.— The Dunedin City Council intend preparing a by-law to regulate the playing of games such as cricket, football, Ac.—on Corporation reserves.
Trees. —The County Council to-day advertise for tenders for supplying and planting trees in the County saleyards, near Ashburton.
Accident. —On Sunday morning (says the Lyttelton Times ) an accident of a serious nature happened to a child of Mr. Mophat’s at Malvern. It seems that a piece of lighted wood fell out of the fire on to the child’s clothes, thus igniting them. The child perceiving this, ran outside, and before the flames cou’d bo extinguished it had been severely burnt about the upper part of the body. The little sufferer was immediately attended to, and is at present as well as can be expected. The Akaroa Constituency. —Mr Montgomery addresses his constituents at Akaroa towards the end of the present month.
The Big Dock Idea. —At a meeting of the Auckland Harbor Board yestenla/ it was decided to purchase four acres at Calliope Point, at L2OO per acre, as a dock site.
Ashburton Steeplechases. —Nominations for the various events at the Steeplechase Meeting to be hold at Tinwald on the 27th inst., must he in the hands of the Secretary previous to eight o’clock this evening. Weights in the open events will be declared on the evening following the running of the Grand National. Telegraph Interruption. —The Western Australian line has been interrupted beyond Esperance Bay since yesterday morning. Emigration from Adelaide. —A telegram received at Dunedin states that the Cuzco sailed from Adelaide for Plymouth on Saturday with 300 passengers. Police Court. —The dealing with a “ first offender ” comprised the whole of the business at this Court to-day. Ho was was dealt with in the usual manner.
Wrecked. The Trevelyan, which arrived on May 9th at Melbourne front London brought the captain and six men of the schooner'Edward Slattery, wrecked at Tristan d’Acnnha on March 8. The master states that ho was conveying stores to the island, when a calm set in, and the vessel drifted ashore. They barely escaped with their lives. The population of Tie island is 10(1. Larrikins and Chinese. —The larrikins in Melbourne are carrying on a vigorous anti-Chinese crusade. An outrage was committed by three at St. Kilda, on May 5, upon a Celestial. When arrested the hands of the prisoners were covered with blood.
Heuo Rusk.—Advices from Queensland state that the population at this rush is steadily increasing, and now numbers three hundred. All men working are getting gold, and several nuggets have been found.
’ Hyde ©path v. —ln the advertising colulims, of the present issue appears a number of testimonials to the ethcacy of the hydropathic treatment received by patients at the hands of Mr S. Wallis, at the institution, Christchurch. These include cures in the case of bronchial, rehumatic, tumoric, and other affections. Sthay Sheep. —Elsewhere appears an advertisement, re stray sheep, from Chertsey. Ploughing. —Mr G. Dolomore invites tenders for cross ploughing 150 acres near Dromorc. Furrow slice to be 9x 5.
Wakanui Lujrarv. —A public meeting will be held in the Wakanui schoolhouse, on Monday. Ist proximo, for the purpose of electing a new committee to superintend the business in connection with the above institute.
,Chinese on the Australian GoldtfffeLDS. —The following items on the sub■i': —The Resident in the ry of Victoria urges come to that district to ild, as it is hopeless for vith the Chinese. Men required to develop the Tabor.—A goldfield has Ithe head of the Mary eighty Chinese arc .-i) tbr* groiHVf'COultur Mf an .'em- •< .1 iv. T xi; - ::i Knot i:;i . Tli , b■'! ■ -in. -i f briefly referred to in n telefram published by us last evening : —I was on board the steamer Tararna on the afternoon of April 28, the day on which she left Port Chalmers. She had five boats. The two forward boats were life-boats. I think each of them in ordinary weather could carry 81! people, including the crew. The two after boats were of the same build, but were not fitted with cork. They carried about 30 people each. I would put fhe difference in carrying capacity between the fore and aft boats at three people. The groat advantage in the cork is when the boats get full of .water. The dingy would carry ten or twelve people. The other life-saving apparatus on board the ship were six life-buoys and twelve lifebelts, which were in the bell-lockor forward of the steerage when I last saw them. These belts were cork packets. This was all the life-saving apparatus on board.— In cross-examination ; According to the carrying capabilities that I have given of the boats on board the ship, and the number of them, the boats would not have carried all the people on board at the time of the accident. The masts and sails and rigging were in good order when I last inspected the vessel. —Following the conclusion of Captain Cameron’s examination, a lengthy discussion took place between Mr Smith, counsel for the mates, and Mr Simpson. R.M., as to whether the mates were charged with the loss of the Tararua by any wrongful act or default on their part, and eventually the Court undertook the responsibility of so charging them, though not in a formal manner, and on the application of Mr Smith the inquiry was adjourned until Thursday, to permit of the preparation of his defence.
Ashburton Brass Band. —Thosehaving at heart the musical interests of the town, will, ive feel certain, deeply regret to hear that we are about to lose from our midst one of its most energetic votaries, viz., Mr J. S. Savage, that gentleman being about to leave the district. Mr Savage was one of the promoters of the Ashburton Band, and during his residence hero hs has always been to the fore in all musical matters; indeed, to his untiring efforts the band owe their success. Last evening, at a meeting thereof, Mr Savage tendered his resignation of the bandmastership, consideration of the acceptance of the same being deferred. It was also decided to tender to Mr Savage, previous to his departure, a complimentary concert, as a slight token of the appreciation of his unflagging energies on behalf of the band. It is, wo believe, intended to constitute the performance a sacred one, and we have no hesitation in predicting an overflowing house. The Biter Bit. —The New York Herald of a recent date relates that a lady, while in a passenger railway car in Philadelphia, had her attention attracted to a very handsome,diamond ring on the finger of a gentlemanly looking passenger beside her. She left the car and went to a store, whore she made several purchases, but on putting her hand into her pocket for her purse found it had disappeared, and in its place found the diamond ring that had attracted her attention. Taking it to a well-known jeweller, he pronounced it worth LSOO. It is supposed the sotting of the ring caught in her pocket, and it was stripped from the finger of the thief. The pocket-book contained about LlO, and the lady is the richer by L4OO. Practical Spiritualism. —A strange case (says the Melbourne correspondent of the Tablet) is at present occupying the attention of the Supreme Court. Some months ago there died a wealthy mineowner, Mr G. Lament, who it appears before his death fell into the hands of the Spiritists. The evidence so far clearly shows that these good people not only took a deep interest in his spiritual welfare, but also in his temporal possessions, as they got him to make a will, shortly befox-e is death, leaving the bulk of his fortune to Mr E. F. McGeorge. The principal person concerned in getting Mr Lament under complete spiritualistic influence was Mrs Jackson, a well-known medium, who lives with McGeorge as his wife, notwkhstanding that her own husband is not in Spirit Land, but is heart}’and well, and as large as life in the land of the living. This sort of shady morals does not seem to affect Mrs Jackson much in the eyes of her co-religionists, nor, indeed, in her own. The relatives of Mr Lament have now applied for revocation of the probate of this will. The strongest evidence against M’Georgo and Mrs Jackson has been given by their own followers, who do not • appear to he delighted that Lament’s fortune has been left to them. Perhaps if Mrs Jackson and M'Georgo had been a little liberal with their ill-got-ten goods, we never should have heard anything about this affair.
The Dunedin Tramways. —The City Council having called the attention of Mr Proudfoot, the tramway proprietor, to the fact of his using open cars on the lines, also of laying down plain rails instead of grooved rails, Mr Proudfoot sent a letter to the Council yesterday protesting strongly against the attitude taken up towards him. He said—“ The cars are the very best I have been enabled to put upon the roads since the fire (which occurred in December last), and I could not bring from the other side of the world cars along the cable wire. The cars required for these tram way lines are not kept in stock like other goods, such as bar iron, pels, pans, &c. Apart from this, however, I hold that you have not the slightest light to interfere in the matter of cars, whether open or otherwise. It is my loss and not yours. If I fio not satisfy the public I am prepared to at once suspend all traffic whatever on the city tramway, and wait until the new cars arrive. Possibly this is the best method of settling this alleged grievance. If your Council agree to this, please intimate me to that effect at once.” As to the grooved mils he said—“ You have no right to insist on my using grooved rails, you are again travelling beyond the agreement. It is not so nominated in the bond that I should use grooved rails. At least I fail to discover so, and I do not know that there is an Act of Parliament which can compel me to do more than is in my agreement.” It was admitted by the Mayor that the Council had no power as to rails, and as to the other matters it was generally admitted that Mr Proudfoot had a good excuse for the tone of his letter, which was received.
A Strange Arrest.— The Christchurch Telegraph of Monday evening contains the following : —A gentleman was, on Friday night, an imnato of the Ellesmere Arms. Some person rode up in plain cloth us, and called this gentleman outside the private room, and said ho wanted to boo him “ relative to that little affair at Lyttelton,’ and proceeded to arrest him on a charge of forgery, and actually handcuffed him. The man gave no name, nor did ho produce a warrant. He refused to believe the statement of Mr Judge, the landlord, tiat he had known this gentleman for some two years, and that he was in the habh of leaving his horses in his charge for months at a time ; and that he was in good circumstances, and thoroughly indepcndcit of everybody. Ho was, moreover, identified by several other individuals. The gentleman in question suffered tin indignity of the handcuffs for the period «f about a quarter of an hour, when the landlord inquired of the presumed ollior how he intended to convey his “ prisoner ”to town. “ Oh,” said the officer, “Ik can walk down to town alongside my harso refusing to allow the gentleman to ride his own horse. This, for a jourmy of sixteen miles, was beyond a joke. It eventually transpired that the officer had tido-!' V tb„ --ply ■■■•• i;,'. ■ ... i :.u ■„ li; : Iv.-d, '■ I.L a.a. a. !: a., and. u r..' a U.uk tweed suit, vnd was seen walking iu from the Head (f the Hays.” As this latter charge was mired conclusively to bo an impossibility, the officer began to entertain the inqrossion that he had made “ a little mistake,” and at once proceeded to liberate bis I’ictim. Without one word of apology, the officer rode off’ eating very bumble pie ndeod. Assaui.ttn! an M.H.R.—At the Holdanga R.M. Court, John Lundon, M.H.R. for the Ray of Islands, charged a man named James M'Leod with using language calculated t> provoke a breach of the peace. M'lood pleaded “ not guilty.” John Lundm deposed that the affair arose out of the defendant being deputed by the County Domicil to go to Auckland to moot the numbers of fhe Government. M‘Leod considered that ho ought to have gone as one of the deputation, and used insulting laignago. Defendant said to him that ht never had M.E. G. on his back ; also, bat be (plaintiff) had neither house nor mmoy. When cross-examined, Lundon declhed to state his occupation. He had bcenin gaol, but Robert Graham, as stated, dll not put him in. Ho declined to stats who put him in, or whether ho had been ried by a jury. J. M'lnernay deposed that he heard M‘Lcud say lie had ueverbeen in gaol, nor had even had any Government mark on his cloth- 1 ing. He di< not say that Lundon had any but that ic M'Leod had not. Dofen- 1 dant denied the charge. He believed ' M.E. in bis summons to mean Minister '■ of Education Had known defendant , thirty-eight years, but never know any , good of him. *Mr Lundon addressed the , Court oxplahing how he got into gaol, j and how ho git out. M'Leod was bound I over to keep tie peace for three months, |