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Inward ’Frisco Mail. This mail arrived here to-day per express train. Postal. —Mails for Australian colonies, per Albion, close at the Bluff to-morrow, at noon. To the Unemployed. —Tenders are called for 200 chains of sod and wire fencing. Added to their Fleet. —The Union Company yesterday purchased the steam launch Waiwera, for L6OO. Mount Somers School. —A certificate** master is' wanted for the above, immediately. The salary, like other civil servants, is subject to the 10 per cent, reduction. Found Drowned. — A cabman, named Bren man, was found drowned at Pelichet Bay yesterday. It is believed to be a case of suicide, owiiig to domestic disagreement.

Interesting Case. To-morrow the charge against Sergeant Felton, for illegal detention of property, laid by John Goldberg, will come before the Resident Magistrate for hearing. Foolish Fellow. —Ross, the prisoner who escaped from custody in Dunedin, was sentenced to six months’ for the offence. The accused’s term was on the eve of expiring, and he would have obtained his liberty the day following. Monster • Radish. Messrs Sealy Bros, have on view in their window a giant specimen of the long radish, grown in the Rakaia Forks district. It is fourteen inches in length, thirteen inches in diameter, and turns the scale at 31bs 2oz.

Accident. -Edith Cambridge, daughter of Mr Cambridge, chemist, whilst return-

ing from school on Tuesday afternoon, tripped and fell, breaking her arm just above the wrist. Dr Ross was called in and set the bone, and she is now progressing favorably. Missing Child. —No clue has yet been found as to the whereabouts of the child belonging to Mr Evans, a farmer near Waterton, which has been missing for some days past. Over thiity persons have been out searching in the neighborhood, but no trace can bo found.

The Tauranga Fire. —The following are the amounts of insurance and the offices interested : New Zealand, LI,IIO ; South British, L 760 ; National, LI,000; Standard, L6flo; Colonial, L 2,950 ; United, L 325 ; Royal, H9O ; Union, L 625 ; North British and Mercantile, L9OO ; Imperial, L2OO ; Sun, L 250 ; Norwich Union, L 250; Transatlantic, L 250; total, L 9460. Reinsurances reduce the loss of the Colonial to L 1,300. The insurances as far aa known are :—Union

—Rhodes, L 250 ; Bay of Plenty Times, L 40 0; Douglas’ cottages, and contents, LIOO ; Standard —Menzies, L3OO ; South British—A. Rhodes, L 220;0 0; New Zealand' —Bay of Plenty Times, L4OO ; Chadwick, L 30 0; Tubby’s estate, L 190.; Natipnal —Les, L25Gi; B: Ellis, L 220;0 0; Neilson, LCIO ; Vegan, L 220;0 0; consignors’ goods in R. Jordan’s store, L 100; Colonial—^

Dramatic Club. —A meeting of the members of the Amateur Dramatic Club is convened for this evening. Wakanui Road Board. —An ordinary meeting took place to-day. A report of the proceedings appears elsewhere. Upper Ashburton Road Board. —The first election of five gentlemen to constitute the above Board will teike. glace tomorrow at the Road Board office, Westerfield.

Mount Somers wßoad District.— -A meeting of the ratepayers in this district will take place to-morrow, at Mount Somers, for the purpose of electing five new members. Brutality. —A brute, named James Stone, has been committed for trial in Victoria for ill-treating a cow. Amongst other cruelties he is said to have left an adze stuck in the cow.

Masonic Concert. —The tickets fot this concert are being “disposed of very fast, and only a few '.now remain in the hands of the secretary, so that those who intend to secure seats should obtain tickets at once. Rangitata Road Board. —The nominations of gentlemen to serve on this Board takes place at Maronan station, at noon, to morrow. If more than five gentlemen are nominated a poll will take place on Wednesday, the 15th.

Denominational Training. —The Presbytery of Auckland have taken the first step in this direction by the passing of the following resolution : —“ That the Presbytery instructs ministers within its bounds to make suitable arrangements for religious instruction on week days of children belonging to their several congregations.’ Football. —A practice match between sides chosen by Messrs Mayo and Lechner took place yesterday afternoon, and resulted in a draw, both sides obtaining two tries. There was some fine play exhibited by members of both sides during the “ spells,” there being a vast general improvement noticeable. Unclaimed Letters. —The following letters, from places beyond the colony, were received at the Ashburton Post Office during the month of April, and remained unclaimed on Ist June: Anstee, Mrs J. G.; Dalton, James; Lowry, Andrew ; Quirk, Michael ; Wheatly, Mr; Williams, W; Suilivan, Denis ; Sul'ivan, John H. Police Court. — At the Police Court’ this morning, a roan named Kelly was brought up, charged with ste'aling a rug valued at 30s, the property of Thomas Sanders. The offence was committed seven months ago, but as there was some doubt as to whether the article was stolen, as the accused said ho had found it, he was discherged with a caution. Elephant Potatoes. —We were shown this morning three very large potatoes, known as the “ Elephant Pink-eye ” kind, which were grown by Mr Steel, in Burnett street. The three weighed 7flb, and are well formed, and sound. On measuring one lengthways, it was found to be 6 inches in diameter, and weighed 2|lb, They are now to be seen at Mr Ward’s grocery in East street. The English Cricketers. The English cricketers will play matches, in New Zealand as follows ;—Auckland, November 24th, 25th, and. 26th ; Wellington, December Ist, 2iid, and 3rd ; Christchurch, December sth, 6th, and 7th ; Tiraaru, December Bth ; Oamaru, December 9th ; Dunedin, December 10th, 12lh, and 13th ; Invercargill, December 15th and l6tli. ' - i An Unlucky Family.— The Dewars must be an unlucky family. First we have the Dunedin tragedy, and now, from Wellington, comes the following item.: — At the Hutt R.M. Court yesterday, Joseph Skerrett, alias Black, appeared on remand on a charge of stabbing a butcher named Dewar, and was committed for trial. Bail was refused until the doctor was in a position to state that the prosecutor was out of danger. fT

Australasian Census.— During the past ten years the following increase in population has taken place in the Australasian colonies, viz : —New South Wales, 246.000 ; New Zealand, 233,800; Victoria, 124.000 ; South Australia, 91,500 ; Tasmania, 16,300. The total population in these colonies at the present time jare New South Wales, 750,800; New Zealand, 489,500 ; Victoria, 855,600 ; South Australia, 277,500; Tasmania, 115,600; grand total, 2,488,900.

Fire Brigade Practice. — A practice of the Fire Brigade, and a trial of the'’ efficiency of the sump lately put down opposite the Commercial Hotel, was held last evening. The supply of water was found to be sufficient to feed the engine for a practice, but it is questionable if it would suffice to supply in the event of a fire. The desirability of running a line of pipes direct from the Domain to Peter street has been suggested, and will doubtless receive attention at the hands of the proper authorities.

Lost Overboard. —The captain of the steamer Wakatu, which arrived at Wellington from Wanganui yesterday afternoon, reports that a saloon passenger named Miss Amy Cochrane was lost overboard the previous night. She left the bridge at 11.30 p. m., as Captain Evans thought, to go to the ladies' cabin, and when the steward went to call her yesterday morning she was missing. . A telegram received from the Inspector of Police at Wanganui states that the body of the unfortunate young lady was found floating in the river there at noon yesterday.

Sharp Work. —During the voyage ol

the R.M.S.S., Poonah, which conveyed the passengers from Europe for Australia as far as Galle, an accident occurred which served to illustrate what can be done in a well-appointed vessel in the way of saving life at sea. At half past eight a. m. on the 11th ult., while the steamer was tearing along at 12-knot speed, one of the native crew fell overboard. The engines were speedily reversed, a boat manned and lowered, and the drowning man rescued. From the time the alarm “ Man overboard ” was given, until the boat which puljjafter him was again swinging at the davits, only 16 minutes elapsed. Entertaining. —At the “ grand skating contest ” at the Exhibition the other

night, the gentleman who acted as starter apparently knew as much about starting skaters as he would have known about starting sky-rockets 011 a similar performance. He innocently proposed to place the ten competitors in a row and start them by pistol shot over the 30ft floo r . Some of the disgusted skaters suggested starting him with a pistol shot. At length he bethought himself of the plan adopted by Noah in getting animals into the ark, and sent the skaters off in pairs. A tall youth, mostly composed of legs, careered round twice and then disappeared with his mate. Two more people then 'scooped splinters up from the floor, scraped the paint from the posts, sat down and got up again in a highly excited manner. The starter said they had “ doneenough”; most people thought they had done more than that. An Oriental featured gentleman, with a pair of dangerously thin legs (who would have been a good skater had both continuations been willing to travel in the same direction), and a young man with a very blue coat and a very red nose waltzed round cautiously, and then seemed doubtful whether after all Nature had intended them for prize skaters. So they retired. ’ Then there was a deal more of the same kind of thing, and it was am pounced that the affair w'as over, and that the prize had, been awarded. There were a lot of people present who had come with the intention of.competing, but'their' modesty debarred them irom dping so.—

The Tararua Enquiry.—Judgment in the Tararua enquiry will positively be given on Friday. It will bo very exhaustive. Laying up for a Rainy Day.—Three hundred thousand pounds lately arrived at Berlin from St. Petersburg, to be deposited in the foreign banks; Princess Dolgorouki, the Czar's second wife.

Tapanui. —There are three clergymen in Tapanui (says an exchange), and yet the body of a woman would have been interred the other day without the usual rites had not read the Church of England burial service at the grave. This town seems getting into bad repute. Almost every newspaper has something about its cesspits, its measles and fever. Nasty Accident. —Mr Cane, architect, met with a serious accident yesterday evening as he was alighting from the train at the South Opawa platform, and being unnoticed, the train moved on before he could get clear, and letting go his hold of the carriage hand-rail, he was dragged along and would have been killed but for the shouting of the passengers, which caused the train to be stopped. One wheel passed over Mr Cane’s foot, severely bruising it, and he was otherwise injured, though not dangerously. An Unexpected Answer.—A good story in connection with one of the public departments is told by the ‘ Hawke’s Bay Herald ’ :—“ A junior official in the department had a complaint to make to headquarters. Letter after letter was despatched without even an acknowledgment of their receipt being vouchsafed. The eleventh letter, however, brought an immediate answer. This called the official’s attention to the fact that he had forgotten to date his last letter, and he was therefore fined ss, in accordance with the regulations of the service."

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 360, 2 June 1881

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