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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Praevalebit. TUESDAY, MAY 24, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5.10 p.m. ’J

Tea Meeting and Entertainment. — The anniversary tea meeting in connection with the Star of the East Lodge is to take place this evening. A concert will be held afterwards, and a very attractive programme will be gone through. Accident. —We regret to hear that an accident happened to Mr Dan. Macfarlane, the guard on this morning’s early train to Christchurch. From par ticiilars to hand we hear that whilst Maofarlane was shunting trucks at one of the stations on the line, he was jammed between the buffers and severely hurt. The exact nature of the injuries we are, however, unable to gather, but wo hope that they are not serious, as Mr Macfarlane is one of the most obliging guards in this service, and is greatly eteemed by his fellow-employees,'as well as by the travelling public.

Crowded Out. —Owing to the pressure on our space, the continuation of the tale, “ A Strange Bed," and other matter,-is unavoidably omitted.

Caledonian Society. —The members of the Caledonian Society will meat tomorrow evening, at the Somerset Hotel on important business.

Hydropathy. —lt will be seen from an announcement elsewhere, that Mr Wallis has postponed his lecture on Hydropathy until to morrow evening. Sale of Farm and Stock. —We would call the attention of our readers to Mr Prendergast’s advertised sale of valuable farms and stock, which will take place on Friday, June 3rd. Washed Overboard. —Henry Moore, a seaman on board the ketch Venus, was washed overboard off Portland Island. The sea was too heavy to launch a boat and the man was drowned.

Colonists Honored. —His Excellency has received a despatch announcing that Sir Francis Dillon Hell, Agent-General for New Zealand, has been created a K.C. M. G., and that her Majesty has been pleased to confer the honor of knighthood upon his Honor Chief Justice Prendergast, Wellington. A Mare’s Nest.— Referring to a Press Association telegram which appeared in yesterday’s Guardian, which stated that the Auckland City Council offices had been broken into and robbed of a contractor’s deposit of L 7, we learn that during an investigation by a detective, it was found in the waste paper basket. Fire. —About 12.20 last night (says the Press) the Lichfield street fire bell rang out a peal followed by the railway station whistle. The locale of the fire was in- a north-easterly direction, and turned out to be an empty house on the North-east belt, close to Mr Sutherland’s bakery. The Fire Brigade were promptly on the spot, but as the house was isolated and no water handy, their services were not put into requisition.

As Others see Us. Major Smith, Minister of Education in Victoria, who, it will be remembered, was recently on a visit to the colony, speaks in very favorable terms of the educational system of Now Zealand, especially of Dunedin, where its success, he says, was most marked. He was much struck with the high average of attendance in the primary schools, which was much in excess of that of Victoria. He suggested the adoption of the system of endowments by grants of land in the latter colony.

The Cerberus Torfedo Accident.— Mr Berry has sent to Captain Mandeville, the Torpedo Board’s report on the recent disaster, so as to give the latter an opportunity of replying. The Premier disapproves of certain points in the report, notably the statement that the late voyage of experiment was a more pleasure trip. He intends providing, in the next Estimates, a sum for new boilers, and the Cerberus will also fill up her completement of crew from the naval reserve. When Captain Mandeville returns the report, with his comments, Mr Berry may likely refer it to the captain of the Finisterre, who recently gave evidence. The Tararua Disaster. —At the Wesleyan Conference at Sydney, on the 3 2th inst., the Rev Mr Watsford, the retiring president, in his address referred to the Tararna catastrophe in touching words. Steps are being taken to open subscription lists on behalf of the families of Revs. Armitage and Richardson, lost in her. —A coaster which arrived at Dunedin on Sunday, from Waikawa, was found to have aboard some ladies’ cloaks, etc., valued at L(3O, which had been a portion of the cargo of the Tararua. The police searched the vessel, and took possession of the goods, The captain said he intended to report when he got to Dunedin.

The Reform Question. —Although the Victorian Assembly has yet to consider the amendments introduced by thd Council, little doubt now exists that '&• compromise will be effected. Mr Berry, speaking at a complimentary dinner to Mr Munro at North Melbourne, 'said that the time had come when the country ex-* pected'a termination to the struggle, and he would, therefore, accept substantially the Council’s amendment, hut was satisfied the country would not regard as a final settlement, and that within a brief period the struggle would be recommenced with renewed vigor. He was personally opposed to the acceptance of the Council’s amendments, but desired to procee with other important measures, such as the abolition of plural voting and the increase of tho land tax. The Aye, however, in a leader, says that it regards the question as practically settled for a generation.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Praevalebit. TUESDAY, MAY 24, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 352, 24 May 1881

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