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Seed Wheat. —Cunningham and Co advertise that they can supply prime samples of the above on favorable terms. Clearing Sale. —Messrs J. T. Ford and Co. advertise a sale of the property and stock belonging to Mr A. G. Earle (consequent on his leaving the district), to be held on Friday, June 10th.

Amateur Dramatic Performance. The Amateur Dramatic Club announce that they will perform the spectacular drama of “ Ashore and Afloat,” at the Town Hall, on Friday next. Grand National. —" Neophyte” writes us as follows regarding this event : —“ The field for the Grand National is but a poor one, and the majority of the animals engaged but second class. Should the seven acceptoxs go to the post, the finish 1 think will lie between Clarence and The Agent, and I fancy them in that order, with Winfield close up. I learn, however, that Mr Liinu’s representative will probably be kept for the Cup, the distance in that being more to his fancy. In this event I shall tip The Agent, 1; Winfield, 2 ; Shark, 3. The Cup should go to whichever of the ‘ dons ’ is reserved for it. Should Clarence run in the by event, Agent ought to win this. Sailor Boy will, I think, appropriate the Maiden. Professor Tamburini - —Last night, the Tamburini troupe performed in the Town Hall to a well-filled house and the frequent applause of the audience testified to the very clever way in which the Professor performed his various sleight-of-hand tricks, etc., which in many instances defied the closest and most careful investigation. In the second part of the performance, Professor Tamburini gave some wonderful specimens of his skill in his particular profession, not the least of which is the bird cage trick ; indeed, this trick was done better than any performer whom we have yet seen try it. The watch trick was also a very clever one, and was a great surprise to the gentleman who furnished a silver watch, which was placed by the Professor in a small box, to find shortly after, in examination, in its place a small brass toy watch. Mr Manning’s portion of the entertainment with his amusing little folks, "Joe and Mary,” caused roars of laughter, not only with their funny remarks and local hits, but the really clever way in which he used his ventriloqual powers, making the figures absurdly lifelike. His impersonations of William Hoskins, Rev. Chas. Clark, and Pastor Chiniquy, were really clever, and he was loudly applauded. The musical arrangements were carried out by Mr Elleng, in a spirited manner. The troupe intend to perform again tonight, and in addition to the programme, several comic solos will be sung, so that we may expect to see a good house. The Wakanui School Committee.— A meeting of this Committee was held in the school-room on the 4th instant. Present—Messrs Leadley (in the chair), Stewart, Painter, Kilgour, and Clephane. Correspondence was read from the Board of Education, apprising the Committee of payment into the Bank of New Zealand at Ashburton of the usual monthly remittance for salaries of teachers ; and also from the same body, asking to be supplied with a plan of locality and site of the proposed side school at Seaside. The schoolmaster’s usual monthly report on the school and school work was also received and read. The report complained of the total inadequacy of the accommodation in both school and dwelling-house, and stated that the roof of the house was in su

leaky condition that duping the recent rains the upper rooms had to be vacated and cleared of all furniture ; while the kitchen, which is wash-house, scullery, and dining-room —four compartments m one—was in a state of flood. The master farther stated that he apprehended imminent danger to the health of his family if compelled to remain in the house in its present state during the winter. With respect to the school the report stated that the state of the weather now precluded the possibility of the porch being used as a class-room, as had hitherto boon the practice, and the consequence was that the school-room was too small to allow of two loud, or reading lessons, to go on at the same time; it was necessary to bring in two of the reading classes during the dinner hour. The Committee could not be blamed for this state of affairs, as they had done all in their power, and much more than could have been reasonably expected of them, to procure increased and better accomodation, and to the dilatoriness and neglect of the Board of Education the blame is attributable. The Chairman said this state of things was unbearable, and that unless the Board of Education did something very shortly the school would have to be closed. He had written to the Board time after time, and they had sent an architect up to examine and report on the school buildings. The Board had asked the Committee to state their wants and wishes, and the suggestions made by the Committee had been accepted, but still nothing was done, and the children remained cabined, cribbed, and confined in a building that was only expected to accommodate half the number at present attending it; and as for the master’s house, it was a disgrace to the Board of Education that they compelled their servants to reside in such leaky structures. Ho had written to the Board, telling them that the house was not a fit residence for Mr McLaughlin’s young and numerous family, but they had not yet replied. Ho would advise the Committee to send the master’s report down to the Board of Education intact, as a further means of pressing their claims and grievances upon the Board’s attention. It was therefore resolved, upon the motion of Mr Clephane, seconded by Mr Stewart —" That the schoolmaster’s report be forwarded to the Board of Education for their perusal.” Mr Kilgour moved, and Mr Painter seconded —" That the school be granted a holiday on the 24th inst., it being the Queen’s Birthday.” Carried. Mr Kilgour moved, and Mr Painter seconded—" That half-a-ton of coal and half-a-cord of firewood be obtained for the use of the school.” Carried. The usual monthly salaries, amounting to L2l) 0s lid, were passed for payment, and Mr Stewart having proffered to obtain a plan of site of side school at Seaside, the meeting adjourned.

Ploughing. —Tenders'are invited elsewhere for ploughing 300 acres stubble land.

Carting.— Tenders for work of this character are invited by advertisement in another column.

Backhouses. —The horses, Mousetrap, Agent, and Winfield, passed through here to-day, en route for Tiniaru where they will fulfil their Grand National engagements. Mr Bates’ The Poet and .Hilda, were also passengers per express train for Dunedin. Only a few of the “talent” have gone through as yet, the southern capital being the invariable destination. Captain Garrard’s Funeral. The funeral of the late Captain Garrard took place at Christchurch to-day. It was of a private character, only the relatives of of deceased, and a few friends attending. Postal and Telegraphic Holiday.— The Post Office will be closed on Tuesday next (Queen’s Birthday), but mails will be despatched north and south by the early trains. The Mount Somers and Waicanui-Seafield lines of mails will go as usual. Sunday hours will be observed in the telegraph branch. Barring the Press. —Says a Dunedin telegram :—A fully attended meeting of the Jockey Club Committee was held last night to consider the change in the racecourse site, but there was no answer from the Forbury Park Company, so that the discussion had to be deferred. The meeting decided, after a lively discussion, that reporters should not be admitted for the future, except if their presence were requested. Gone Where the Good Niggers Go.— A young Maori chief was sent up by his relatives lately to Kikurangi, in the King country, to consult a celebrated native doctor there named Whatarangi, whose herbs and incantations have not been efficacious in restoring the patient to health. He died, and the body is now being brought down to Orakei, where a tan(ii will be held. The N.Z. Sculling Championship. — Mr T. Henderson, jun., of Auckland, has received, as stakeholder, a deposit of L 25 from Hearn, of Wellington, in the sculling match with Albert White, of Mercury Bay. Sporting. —Mr J. Smith’s racing stud, Auckland, was offered for sale, but withdrawn at the reserves. The highest bidding was Xantippe, L 56 ; Tim Whiffler, Ll2O. The Auckland Stud Company offered LSOO for the Maid of Honor.

Dunedin Industrial Exhibition. Owin'? to Melbourne exhibits not arriving it is feared that this Exhibition cannot be opened as intended on June 1. _ Bronchial Diseases.— Victims to any of the above affections are referred to the notice appearing elsewhere re Bonnington’s Pectoral Oxymel of Carrageen or “Irish Moss.” Road Board Election. —The nomination of five persons to serve on the Rangitata Road Board must be made at a meeting of householders in the Road Board district, on Friday, 3rd proximo, at Wilkin and Carter’s Woolshed, Maronan. If necessary a poll will be taken on the

15th proximo. Meeting of Creditors. —A meeting of the creditors in the estate of Quinton Bros., bankrupts, is convened, to be held in Mr O’Reilly’s offices, on the 25th inst., for the purpose of considering the debtor’s intended application for an order of discharge. Smart Arrest. —Last night Constable Neill effected a very smart arrest. During the evening he met two men, with one of whom ho was well acquainted, recent arrivals from the Coast, and was struck by the resemblance his chum bore to a man “ wanted ” for some time past on a warrant issued at Oamaru on a charge of bigamy. A reference later in the evening to the gazetted description reassured the officer as to the identity of his man, and he proceeded to the river bed, where the men were camping, and arrested him. His name is Harry Cheriton, and his first wife is now in Dunedin, and the one whom he married in 1879 in Oamaru is at present in Christchurch. He has not yet been brought up owing to the difficulty the police experience in the obtaining of a J. P. Christchurch - Sydenham Building Society. —The balance-sheet, as read at the meeting of the Society held last evening, shows a balance of L 2,698 (is as the amount of the defalcations represented by W. W. Charters, the late Secretary. British Coins in Circulation. —The City Press states that from carefully prepared statistics it may safely be computed that at the present day there are 130,000,000 sterling of gold coins doing duty in the British Isles : of crowns, 2,320,047 ; of half-crowns, 41,516,343; of florins, 16,456,220; of shillings, 125,540,160 ; of sixpences, 82,125,578 ; of fonrpences (possibly), 12,000,000 ; and of threepences, 17,572,857 ; or a grand total in round numbers of 300,000,000 of silver coins of all denominations. Of bronze coins, it is stated that since the institution of the Royal Mint more than 6,000 tons have been struck and issued. By far the largest portion of these are in the form of pence and halfpence, although many hundreds of tons of farthings too are in existence. Taking an average of the proportionate number of e mh variety of the subsidiary coins, it my be safely assumed that there are collectively not less than 800,000,000 of pieces in the pockets and the tills of her Majesty’s lieges at the time of the present computation. From the foregoing statistics it may be gathered, and the gathering may be depended upon, that the aggregate number of current coins of every legitimate kind now in use throughout the United Kingdom is not less than 1,230,000,000 ?

Infected Mils. —The British Medical Journal gays :—Another of the now numerous outbreaks of scarlatina, due to infected milk, has occurred at Bromley, in Kent, where, in the course of a few days, 19 families have been invaded, and 34 persons attacked by the disease. Dr Baylis, the officer of the district, finds that all the infected families except one, had their milk from one milkman, who states that the families in question constituted the larger half of his customers, and included the largest consumers. Nearly all the sufferers are in a good social position, and belong to a different class from those who are usually most affected by infectious diseases. Other circumstances conspire to make it very improbable that there could be anything common to the households invaded except their milk supply. On investiga tion, it was found that a man employed at the farm supplying the infected dairy with milk, was engaged there while four of his family were suffering from scarlatina at home. He it was that milked the cow's and attended generally upon them ; and ho also it must have been who was the agent for the dissemination of the poison in the milk.

A Warm Customer. —A European, who for some time resided in New Plymouth, had a warrant issued against him for not satisfying a claim. He coolly proceeded to the magistrate’s office, and threatened to shoot the man who dared to serve the warrant on him. Ho then went to a Maori settlement, and the warrant remains unserved.

To the Unemployed. — ln reply to the resolution of a Tapanui public meeting that work fpr the unemployed might be found on the Heriotburn railway extension the Under-Secretary for Public Works writes : —“I am to point out, in the interests of the persons to whom your letter refers, the advisablpness of distributing themselves over the country, and accepting employment wherever it can be found, as a much bettor course than looking forward to the resumption of Government railways works. ”

Out of Employ.—For a vacant clerkship in the Auckland City Couuci, there were 80 applications. The Bishop Scores One. Bishop Hadfield, who evidently carries a copy of the Greek Testament in his pocket, found the little volume of use in a very unlooked-for direction. During his recent trip to the West Coast he was waiting for the train at Palmerston, when, according to the Ma naif ala Herald, an individual, whose cheek outran his discretion, walked up to him and proceeded to declaim against the Church, and informed the Bishop that his opinion was that his Lordship was trusting in forms and ceremonies, etc. The Bishop listened with a smile, and when his interlocutor paused for want of breath, his Lordship quoted from the New Testament a short passage expressing his view of the very earnest individual and his arguments. “Ah !” said the man, “that’s not a correct translation !” The Bishop’s turn had now come. He suddenly produced his Greek Testament, and, handing it to Mr Zealous, he said, “ Well now there is the passage ; you translate it as you think it should read.” With a confused face the man stammered out, “ Well, I don’t know anything of Greek myself, but ,” “ Ah ! my friend,” said the Bishop, “ remember this : if a man is to be a carpenter, or anything else, he must be trained, and so it is with a clergyman. ”

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 350, 21 May 1881

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