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Postponed.—The auction sale in D. Evans’ estate, at Waterton, is unavoidably postponed. His First Appearance.—To-day, a first offender, on a charge of drunkenness, was brought before C. P. Cox, Esq, J.P., and discharged with a caution.

The Tinwald Concert.—Wo are requested to intimate that the concert at Timvald, advertised for the 30th inst., has been postponed until the latter part of next month.

Fowl Stealing.—Complaints reach us from several residents in the town who, during the past few days, have suffered an involuntary decrease of the number of occupants of their hen-roosts. Other fowl owners beware.

A Row in the Came. —Says a telegram from Hawera : There are rumors of a disturbance near Pungarehu, between the Armed Constabulary and the natives. It is stated that the latter beat a constable and a civilian, when the former retaliated, and it is alleged burnt down a native whard. The matter has been reported to the Government, and an investigation has been ordered.

Statistical. —From a Timaru paper we glean the following particulars re the Geraldine County. It includes five ridings—viz., Levels, Geraldine, Temuka, Mount Peel, and Mount Cook; the number of ratepayers is 2,382; the area being 1,732,963 acres, of which 606,435 are freehold, and 1,126,528 leasehold. The rateable value of the same is L 205,324. The Tamburini Entertainment.—Mr Levoi, the manager for Signor Tamburini’s company, has engaged Herr W, Elleng, the pianiste, to conduct the musical portion of the entertainments to be given in the Town Hall, to-morrow and Saturday nights. The company will play in Ashburton for two nights only, as they arc advertised to perform at Oamaru nest week. Wo have read some very flattering notices of Mr W. H. Manning’s performances as a ventriloquist, and we should imagine ho is one of no mean order. Divorce Court. —The case of Hill v. Hill was concluded in the Divorce Court yesterday, the judges unimously granting a rule nisi. The Chief Justice, in giving decision, said:—“We are satisfied that the talc of the respondent is from beginning to end a tissue of falsehoods ; his conduct during his married life has been utterly degraded and unworthy of a man.” Judge Johnston said the petitioner had told a plain and credible story, but the respondent was a man who had perjured himself; he nas a bold liar; but evidently an experienced one, and tried to avoid laying himself open to prosecution. Judge Gillies said he entirely concurred in the strong remarks wade by his brother judges. Respondent had attempted to set up a false case, and tried to holster it up by a tissue of falsehoods and perjury. The Court concluded its business this morning. A decree nisi was granted in the following cases : —Hodley v. Dudley (Wellington), Wilson v. Wilson (Wellington), Mudgway v. Mudgway (Wellington). The Old Men’s Home.—During the course of last winter a party of ladies and gentlemen, on several evenings, visited the Old Men’s Homo, and by music (vocal and instrumental), readings, recitations, and occasionally impromptu speeches, endeavored to amuse and interest those who, from misfortune, old age, or otherwise, have been compelled to seek the shelter of the above institution. These efforts wore very much appreciated, by those for whom they were put forth, and the inmates of the Home realised that they wore not altogether lost sight of in the busy hum of the world, but that there were kind hearts ready to show practical sympathy by ministering to their comfort and "amusement. Last night the first of what wc understand is to bo another series of these winter evening entertain meats was given, Mr H. M. Jones, as on former occasions, being the moving spirit—Mr Chas. Ray conducting the musical portion of the programme, and Miss Hodder accompanying on the piano. The Rev. W, Keall presided, and the following items were gone through very creditably Piano solo, Miss Hodder; anthem, choir ; song, Mi - s Dunn ; sacred selection, choir ; song, Mr J. Carson ; piano solo, Miss Carson ; reading, Miss Stewart ; song, Mrs Jones ; part song, choir ; recitation, Mr C. Dixon ; duett, Mrs Dunn and Mrs Ray ; piano solo, Miss Hoddor ; anthem, choir ; song, Mrs Ray ; recitation, Mr H. Crisp; song, Mrs Tovey ; sacred selection, choir; reading, Rev. W. Keall; song, Mr Jones ; piano solo, Miss Carson ; song, with chorus, Mrs Dunn ; song, Mr Raynor Hodder ; song, Mr T. R. Hodder; song, Mrs Tovey ; sacred selection, choir. A number of visitors were present during the evening, and during an interval, at the suggestion of a charitably-disposed individual, a hat was passed round for contributions towards fruit and tobacco for the old men. The sum of LI 4s 3d was the result of the collection, and Mr Harris, the master, on behalf of the inmates, thanked the donors for their generosity. A very sociable evening was concluded by singing the National Anthem, and we hope ere long to give publicity to other such praiseworthy gatherings.

Impounded.—A notice re impounded cattle appears in our advertising columns. A Bit of Luck. —By a fire at a cottage at Tuapeka, the New Zealand Insurance Company lose LIOO. Unwelcome Arrivals.—A number of Chinese were landed at Auckland yesterday, by the Rotorua from Sydney. Art Union.—By advertisement appearing elsewhere, it will be seen the art union for a saddle and bridle, will take place on Saturday. Masonic.—The foundation-stone of the new hall for the Canterbury Kilwinning Lodge, 5.0., Lyttelton, will be laid on Tuesday afternoon next. More Libel.—The Bruce Standard has been served with a writ for libel by the Rev. Mr Seaborn, who is now on a tour delivering readings and recitations. Damages are laid at LSOO. ‘Watching Their Tastes.—A private detective is to he stationed in the Civil Service Refreshment Rooms in Melbourne for the purpose of noting the alcoholic tendencies of the clerks. False Pretences. Charles Henry Withorby, for obtaining money under false pretences, on a Government pension order, was sentenced to a month’s imprisonment at the R.M. Court, Auckland. The East Coast Native Member.— Hcnaro Tomoana, M.H.R. for the East Coast, has arrived at Gisborne, and proceeds to the different native settlements to address his constituents before Parliament meets.

Accident. —We regret to learn that a son of Mr David Fitzgerald, farmer, near the beach, whilst running about yesterday afternoon foil and broke his leg near the ankle. Dr Ross was called in and the bone set. The boy is about nine years of age. The Totalisator Patentee. —Mr S. Franks, the holder of the patent for the use of the totalisator in the Australian colonies, has opened his crusade against persons infringing the patent by serving the Dunedin jockey Club with writs for damages. American Shipbuilding.—From recent returns it appears that the American navigation laws are seriously affecting the shipbuilding trade in the States. In 1855 381 ships and barques were built' by American manufacturers ; in 1879 this number bad decreased to 37. West Coast Railway.—The following telegram was received by the promoters yesterday, in reply to one sent by them : —“ Report Mr 0. Y. O’Connor just received, hut scarcely read yet. Copy will be sent as soon as possible.'—John Knowles, Under-Secretary.” —Lyttelton Times.

Out of Employ.—As illustrating the number of persons, whose only qualifications in the direction of earning a living is by the use of the pen at present out of employ, over eighty applications were recently received by the Levels Road Board for the post of clerk and overseer to the Board. Glad to Hear of It.—We notice in a recent issue of the Manaivatu Standard a notification by the proprietors that that journal was printed by steam for the first time on the 9th inst. Wo congratulate our contemporary on the attendant successes which have enabled this improvement, and hope they will continue. The Irrepressible Stanley.—Stanley, the discoverer of Livingstone, is now constructing a new road around the rapids of Congo. When this is completed, a magnificent water way into the interior of Africa will be opened up to commerce. The next thing expected is railroads traversing this region. Gold at Waiho. —Says the Timaru Herald, specimens of quartz, found in the Waiho river bed, near Padding Hill, have been brought into Waimate. One piece, weighing about 30z., was crushed, and on being tested with quicksilver, showed the presence of gold. A small party is now engaged prospecting the country adjacent to the north branch of the Waiho. S.C. Coursing Club.—The first meeting of the season in connection with this Club was held yesterday. The events on the card numbered two—Puppy Stakes, first dog, L2O; second, LlO ; won by Mr T. Hurt’s Wandering Nun, beating Mr B. Thomson’s Star of the South and six others ; and All Aged Stakes, first dog, L3O; second, Ll 5 ; third, L 5 ; won by Mr A. Thomson’s Don Carlos, beating Queen of the Seas (runner up), Mr Bannister’s Van Dieman, and seven others. '

Religious Bodies in Fiji.—ln the Fiji Royal G(c.dlc, of the 9th February, wo notice the appointment of Dr.

Kosteven (late of Ashburton) as assistant medical officer, at a salary of Ll5O per annum. In the same Gazette is a list of ministers registered for the celebration of

marriages. Two are Church of England, one is a Jew, ten (all with European names) are Roman Catholics, and the Wesleyan Methodists boast of no less than 58 “reverends.” Of these eight seem'to be Europeans ; but we somehow fancy the Rev. Mark Tagicakibau must, with the Revs. Jonah Ulninaceva, Naphtali Qaligarogaro, and 47 more, be allowed to be aboriginals. A morning service in Fiji probably has some novel features. How He was Had.— The Christchurch

Telegraph relates the following : —A most laughable episode took place shortly after the ai’rival of the Wakatipu from Wellington, the genial captain of the vessel being the perpetrator of the joke. Shortly after the vessel coming alongside the wharf, she was boarded by the harbormaster, and on his coming ashore, it could be noticed that he was carrying a parcel under his coat. Captain Wheeler asked the postmaster, who was on board, if there was any duty on cut up tobacco ; and on being informed that there was a heavy duty on it, lie quietly remarked that the hai’bormastcr had made a very good haul that morning with his package, which he had taken ashore. Post haste went the postmaster to the tide surveyor, with the news that the habormaster was running contraband goods ashore, and as quickly after the harbormaster went the Tide Surveyor. Proceeding leisurely up the wharf was the harbormaster, when ho was called upon by the tide surveyor to stop and show what were the contents of the parcel he was carrying. To this the harbormaster somewhat demurred, saying “ Could he not oblige a brother officer ?” “ No,” said the energetic tide surveyor, “ Friendship is not to be thought of in such a case, so open the package.” Ho was further informed that certain moneys had been already collected from passengers for duty. The parcel was at last very reluctantly produced, and found, upon examination, to contain a few copies of the Sydney Morning Herald, sent for the captain’s room at the Harbor Board office. The chargin of tho tide surveyor may be maginod, it cannot be described.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 348, 19 May 1881

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