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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, MAY 20, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5.30 p.m.’J

Football.— A match between the members of the Fire Brigade and the Ashburton Club will take place on Tuesday next. Going Home. —Te Whiti has given permission to the natives recently released from gaol to return to their hapus. Accepted. —Mr Spray’s tender for the ploughing advertised by Mr Dolamore, has been accepted. That of Mr Shillits, for fencing, has also been accepted. Tea Meeting. —The Star of the East Lodge intend holding an anniversary “ bun scuffle.” on her Majesty’s Birthday, in the Templar Hall. Sweeps. Calcutta sweeps on the Steeplechase meeting will be held in Henderson and Co. ’s auction rooms on Thursday evening next. Population of South Cantekbuky.— The census returns for the district of South Canterbury show the total population to be 21,803, as against 17,489 in 1878. Not Serious. —The reported disturbance near Pungarehu between Armed Constabulaiy and natives, turns out to be nothing serious. The affair referred to happened nearly a fortnight ago, and arose out of a misunderstanding between two or throe natives and Europeans.

Home —Those desiring to communicate with their friends in the old country per the Frisco mail, are reminded that the local portion of the same will close at the Post-office to-morrow morning. A supplementary mail will be despatched per express train the same evening. Perjury.— Edwin Charles Shepherd, a settler at Whatawhata, near Auckland, who was charged with cruelly treating three children from tho Home for neglected and destitute children, has been committed for trial for alleged perjury during the hearing of the case. Bail was fixed, himself in L4OO, and two bondsmen of L 250 each.

Alteration in Fees. —An Order in Council makes the following alteration of registration fees under the Land Transfer Act, 1870 :—“ That there shall be paid to the District Land Registrar, in respect of the registration of any transfer executed by any Registrar or Deputy-Registrar of the Spureme Court, in addition to the registration fees, the following fees If not exceeding L2OO, 1 per cent, on the purchase money expressed in such transfer ; if exceeding L2OO, 14 per cent, on the remainder of the purchase money.

Ploughing.—Those willing to undertake contracts for work of this character are referred to our advertising columns. To be Closed.— A special meeting of the County Council will be held on the Ist June to consider the question of closing four roads in the Mount Hutt district.

Road Closed.— An announcement in another column intimates that the soutneastcrn end of Tancred street, at its junction with the town belt, is closed until further notice. The Borough Auditors. —Our readers are reminded that the date of receiving nominations for two persons to act as auditors for the Borough has been altered from Tuesday to Monday next, and no nominations will be received after 12 o’clock noon of the latter day. Convalescent. — Constable Rouse, who has been on sick leave for some past, now has so far recovered from his indisposition, that he expects to resume his duties at Rakaia, at an early date. As the constable’s complaint at one time took a serious turn, his many friends will be glad to learn that a visit to the sunny North has had the effect of bringing him back to health.

Sulphur. —Letters received at Auckland from Melbourne state that the formation of a Melbourne company to work the sulphur deposits of New Zealand, and for the erection of acid works at Auckland is progressing satisfactorily. In the course of a few weeks Mr Mclvor expects to be in Auckland again in connection with the further development of the enterprise. Tararua Inquiry. -Yesterday, at the sitting of the Court investigating the loss of the Tararua, Captain Underwood was examined, and expressed it as his opinion that a light ship on Waipapa or Slope Point is necessary. After the legal gentlemen engaged had., addressed the Court, it was adjourned, Mr Simpson intimating that they would give notice when they would sit again to give judgment. From a telegram received to-day, we learn that the decision will probably be given this day week. Industrial Exhibition Committee. — A meeting of the members of this Committee was held last night, Mr H. Friedlander in the chair, and Messrs Bullock, Hodder, Jameson, St. George, Braddell, and Douglas being in attendance. A letter was read from Mr Wason, offering to give a lecture on behalf of the liquidation of the deficit in the funds or a donation thereto. Messrs Bullock, Hodder, and Jameson were appointed a committee to make arrangements for the liquidation of the debts of the Committee in as satisfactory a manner as possible. Further Improvements. —Messrs P. and D. Duncan have now determined to start a branch of their well known implement manufactory in Ashburton. The site selected is one in Wills street, exactly opposite the Prince Albert Boardinghouse. The district of Ashburton generally, is to be congratulated upon having such well known implement makers as Messrs P. and D. Duncan, and Reid and Gray opening branches in this town —as it shows the importance such an agricultural centre commands in the eyes of thoroughly practical men. The London Gas Company. —The principal London Gas Company has nine and a half millions capital. For coke, tar, and residual products it receives about LGOO,OOO a year, and for gas nearly two millions sterling. It paid last half-year L 20,000 compensation for the Tottenham Court road explosion ; it charges its consumers 3s 3d per I,oooft, and declares dividends at the rate of 11 per cent, per annum. Just as you get stout or two ales in your own jug, so the London Company give you superfine cannel gas at 3s lid, as against ordinary at the lower price named above. This, of course, must mean double sfets of mains. The Struggle for Places. —When one Ministry goes out and another gets in in New Zealand, there is a little struggle for the “ loaves and fishes,” but the contest is decency itself compared with what takes place at Washington when a new President is installed, if we may judge from the following telegraphic despatch ;—lt is appaient that there is a tremendous pressure brought to bear upon the President for the removal of persons now in oflice and the appointment of new applicants. At one time to-day, fully 500 office-seekers were at the White Rouse endeavoring to get an audience with the President, and present their papers. Very few were admitted, and the President said emphatically to a Senator who had called with an applicant that he would not make any removals at present, and intended to require all papers asking for appointments to come through the proper department. Signor Tamburini. This evening,

Signor Tainburini and company, under engagement to Mr Levoi, will make their debut at the Town Hall.' The company in their New Zealand tour, up to the present, have received unqualified success, and from our exchanges we gather that their audiences always depart at the fall of the curtain in a satisfied frame of mind. Signor Tambourini has gained deserved praise wherever he has appeared | for his performance of the bird cage illusion, whilst his manipulation of cards, coins, Ac., Ac., is also highly spoken of. Mr W. EJ. Manning is a New Zealand native, and his ventriloqual powers we can vouch for as astonishing. He will also give mimic impersonations of celebrated characters. Of che other members of the company we know nothing, but doubtless they will be found capable of supporting the prestige of the whole. Following the performance, the seats will be cleared and a dance will take place, and as the company have secured the services of Mr Filing as pianiste, devotees to the Terpsichorean l art should have no difficulty in passing a few hours pleasantly. New for the Ladies, — A new excitement, somewhat different from that entailed by the exigences of the London season is beginning to find favor with the ladies of fashion in the English metropolis. The innovation consists in accompanying the hunting expeditions made by their husbands, brothers, etc., t.) the far west of America. One of the haute noblesse, Gerald, fourth son of Lord Alfred Paget, has recently taken his wife on one of these expeditions, and letters received from the travellers describe, among other adventures, how they slept in an open tent with the thermometer twenty-nine degrees below zero, and were entertained by the wolves with a sort of DerFreichutz chorus as a lullaby. The travellers carry their bed with them, one of a pattern as yet unknown to West-end upholsterers. It consists simply of a fur bag, six feet in length, and when retiring to rest, Mr Paget and his wife get into it and tie themselves up for the night. How they will relish the silken sheets and pillowcases, at present in vogue in London, on their return home, remains to be seen,

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, MAY 20, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 349, 20 May 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, MAY 20, 1881. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 349, 20 May 1881

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