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Public Notices. COUNTY COUNCIL. CLOSING OF FOUR ROADS MOUNT 11UTT LOAD DISTRICT. Notice ia hereby given that a SPECIAL MEETING of the Council, to consider the question of CLOSING FOUR ROADS, commencing from rural sections 30772, ' 24441, 25153, and 24308, Mount Hutt Road District, and any OBJECTIONS made thereto by any person likely to suffer injury thereby, will be held at the Council Chambers, Ashburton, on WEDNESDAY, the Ist day of June next, immediately after the ordinary meeting. By order. F. MAIN WARING, Cleric. Ashburton, May 18th, 1881. 844 a JJANGITATA ROAD DISTRICT. ELECTION OF FIVE MEMBERS OF ROAD BOARD. Notice is hereby given that a MEETING of HOUSEHOLDERS of the Rangitata Road District will be held at noon on FRIDAY, June 3rd, 1881, at Messrs Wilkin and Carter’s woolshed,at Maronan, for the purpose of ELECTING FIVE MEMBERS to serve on the Rangitata Road Board. Nominations must be made at the above-named time and place, and a Poll (if demanded) will be taken between the hours of 10 a.rn. and 4 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, June 16th, at the same place. C, PERCY COX, Returning Officer, Rangitata Road 859 a District. A SHBURTON STEEPLECHASE MEETING. Calcutta Sweeps! Calcutta Sweeps!! The SWEEPS on the various events for the forthcoming meeting, under the auspices of F. Dioby,' Esq., will be drawn, at Henderson and Co.’s Auction Rooms, Saunders’ Buildings, on THURSDAY, the 2Gtli inst., at 7 p.m., sharp. T. QUILL, 84Ga Auctioneer. ALFRED COOK, news runner for the Lyttelton Times, Canterbury Times, and Star, is prepared to undertake the distribution of circulars, hand-bills, Ac., and to do general light porter work, and odd jobs. 794 a V. R rjIHE PUBLIC TRUST OFFICE, GUARANTEED BY THE STATE. Although this office has been in existence for a period of more than seven years, it is believed that the objects for which it was established are not sufficiently understood. It is desired to sot forth in a concise form information respecting the business which this office undertakes ; 1. The charge of all kinds of money trusts, such as Marriage Settlements, moneys to be invested for the benefit of Minors, moneys bequeathed for charitable objects, moneys the title to which is in dispute, or whose legal owner is unknown or cannot be found, Ac., &c. 2. The administration of the wills of persons who by appointing the Public Trustee as their executor secure the guarantee of the State for the due fulfilment of their wishes, and to avoid the risk consequent on the appointment of private persons as executors, who not unfrequently, though earnestly desirous of acting for the benefit of parties interested, fail to carry out legally the objects for which they were appointed, and consequently involve themselves and those whose interests they are striving to protect in costly and harassing litigation. 3. The administration of all estates of which no disposition has been made by will, whenever relatives do not wish to incur the responsibility of administration, or cannot from any cause obtain the necessary powers to act. In such cases it is the duty of the Public Trustee to discharge all legal debts so far as the assets extend, and divide the residue amongst the next of kin. 4. The administration of the estates of lunatics, lunatic patients, and convicts. 5. The charge of all lands lying waste and unoccupied of which the owner is unknown, or who has been absent from the colony for ten years, having left no known agent. The cost of administering estates is very small. Information may be obtained from all agents. R. C. HAMERTON, 729 a Public Trustee. V. R. -N THE SUPREME COURT OF NEW ZEALAND. CANTERBURY DISTRICT. In the matter of The Leases and Sales of Settled Estates Act, 1805, and In the matter of—--Ist. The Rural Section numbered 8340, in the Christchurch District, in the Provincial District of Canterbury ; and 2nd. The nine Rural Sections numbered respectively 1911, 3998, 2946, 19694, 19G95, 19696, 19697, 19746, and 19747, in the District of Timarn, in the said Provincial District of Canterbury ; and 3rd. The eleven Town Sections numbered respectively 342, 421, 433, 452, 456, 495, 497, 509, 510, 514, and 636, in the Town of Ashburton, in the said Provincial District of Canterbury : All settled by the will of William Barnard Rhodes, late of the City of Wellington and of Highland Park, near the said city, merchant, deceased. Notice is hereby given that Mary Ann Rhodes, in the will of the said William Barnard Rhodes mentioned, did on the twenty-ninth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-one, present a petition to the Supreme Court of New Zealand, at Christchurch, praying that an Order might be made by the said Court vesting in Sarah Anne Rhodes, William Waring Taylor, Thomas Mason, and John Studholme, as the Trustees of the said will, and in the Trustees or Trustee for the time being of the said will, a general power of leasing the lands hereinbefore mentioned, or any part of the same, for terms of years in possession not exceeding twenty-one years for an agricultural or occupation lease, and not exceeding fortytwo years for a building or repairing lease, with a general power of entering into preliminary contracts to grant such leases, subject to such conditions as the said Court should think fit: And that the costs of the petitioner and of all other persons served with or propely appearing as respondents to the said petition of the said application, and incidental thereto, might be taxed, and that such costs when taxed might be a charge upon the said estates, or some of them : Or that the said Court might make such other Order in the premises as should seem meet. As witness my hand this fifth day of May, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-one. HENRY H. TRAVERS, WS* Solicitor for the Petitioner.

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 3, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 350, 21 May 1881

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 3 Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 350, 21 May 1881