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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 1881.

TOWN E DITION. {lssued at 4.30 p.m.l _,

A Protest. The Dunedin Evening Star, on Tuesday last, published a report of the steeplechase meeting here, which it acknowledges as from the Mail. Evidently there is a mistake somewhere ; wo think our contemporary is in error as to the journal from which it is extracted, as it is a verbatim copy of what appeared in our issue of Friday, and is no more like our contemporary’s report of the following day than is chalk like cheese. Serious Accident. A man named Olsen Neilson met with a nasty accident to-day near the creek just below the Spread Eagle Hotel. It appears that he was driving a wagon loaded with timber, and while attempting to put the blinkers on a young horse which was in the shafts, the shaft struck Neilson, and knocked him down. The horses took fright, and the wheels went over the poor fellow’s leg, breaking it very badly. Mr W. H. Puddicombe, who was on his way to Ashburton, picked the injured man up and conveyed him in his trap to the Hospital, Arrested. —McManus, the person who escaped from the Winchester lock-up, was arrested at Rakaia to-day by Constable Rowse, and was forwarded to Timaru by this evening’s train. Are We!to Stay Herb?— We, have to acknowledge the receipt- of a pamphlet under the above heading, from the editor, Mr H. J. Sealey, of Timaru. It deals with the Public Works policy of New Zealand of 1870 considered specially with reference to the settlement of the Crown lands and incidence of taxation. The title conveys the object of its jurisdiction, and altogether the pamphlet is well written and well worth perusal. “Happy Hours.”— The Hart family intend giving a performance on Saturday and Monday evening next in the Town Hall. Their performances are well spoken of everywhere, and they should secure bumper houses here on each occasion. Mr Walter Kerby assists, and we should advise those who want to spend a happy time to be present at both entertainments. Civil Cases. —At the R.M. Court today the following civil action was decided: Dawson v. Tulley. Claim L2O, damages incurred by destruction of a stack of grain by fire, originating by the action of the defendant. Mr Branson foa, the plaintiff, and Mr Crisp for defendant. The evidence for the plaintiff showed that the defendant and another man during last month took a contract to clear the Waterton cemetery of tussocks, which adjoins the plaintiff’s homestead. Instead of cutting the tussocks out with spades} and carting same away, they set fire thereto, and this spread to plaintiff ’s land and destroyed a stack of grass seed hay. The damage done amounted, in plaintiff’s estimation, to about LSO, but he now sought to recover only L2O thereof. There was about 200 bushels of grass seed in the stacks, which at market value at the time it was stacked would realise 3s per bushel. At the present time it would be worth 50 per cent. more. Judgment was given for amount claimed with costs L 3 6s.

St. Stephen’s Vestry Meeting.— The usual monthly meeting was held in Mr Gundry’s office on Wednesday afternoon. There were present—The Incumbent, Messrs Jameson, Gundry (churchwardens), Messrs Bullock, Wood, Ward, Ferryman, Bean, and Pooka (Vestrymen). It was resolved to seat the north trancept of the St Stephen’s Church, and Messrs Hands, Jameson, and Fooks were appointed to carry out the work. Mr Ward moved that the resolution re dismissal of the church-cleaner, passed at the last meeting, be rescinded. Mr Gundry seconded it pro forma. After some discussion, Mr Gundry proposed as an amendment, “ That G. Vaulk bo appointed, cleaner and bellringer, and that the dismissal of the former cleaner be approved, and that she receive three months’ wages in lieu of notice." Mr Wood seconded, and on being put, the amendment was carried by seven to one. After some further business had been disposed of, the meeting adjourned till Monday afternoon. Masonic Concert.— The practices for this concert have been well attended, the utmost energy being shown by those who have given their services. Quite new. solos and some very pretty part songs have received careful practice by the various ladies and gentlemen who are to take part in the entertainment, co that we may safely predict one of the best concerts to which it has been our pleasant task to listen to for some time.

The Electric Light. —The Lyttelton Times this morning says : —We understand that certain influential gentlemen in Christchurch are in communication with the patentees of the Edison Electric Light, with the view to the formation of a company to supply Christchurch, and New Zealand generally, with electric light. The obvious advantages, and freedom from fire risks, by this mode of lighting, and consequent reduction of cost of insurance, will so readily commend themselves to to the community at large, that we have no doubt that as soon as the scheme is submitted to the public it will readily bo taken up, so that we may look at no distant date upon coal gas as a thing of the past. A Gay Deceiver. —A singular marriage is reported to have taken place at Auckland this week. A long-engaged pair were to have been united in tne bonds of wedlock on Tuesday, but when the bridegroom came to be looked for it was found that he had just married his fiancee's sister, a girl of sixteen years. The other girl had her outfit prepared, and is now overwhelmed with grief. The Ho wen a. —This vessel is still on the beach at the Waitara.

Dunedin Exhibition. —The opening of the Dunedin Industrial Exhibition has been postponed until the 14th instant. It has been decided to telegraph to the. Premier asking if the Ministry were prepared to assist the promoters if they forwarded an invitation to the members of both Houses to be present at the opening ceremony, or shortly afterwards]

The Wellington Exhibition. —At the recent Local Industries Evhibition held at Ashburton some very severe strictures were made regarding the compilation of the catalogue. It would appear from the following extract that the united wisdom of the committee of the Industrial Exhibition in Wellington has not been more successful -in this direction. The local journal says :—lf the committee of the Athemeum are to be congratulated upon the success of the Industrial Exhibition, the catalogue they have issued is calculated to" bring down on their devoted heads the anathemas of sundry exhibitors and most visitors. The catalogue is a complete muddle. There are “ exhibits” in the list which do not appear in the building, and there are exhibits in the building which are omitted from the list. Then, again, some of the articles are numbered and others are not. The first number shown in the catalogue is 159, and after reaching No. 255, No. 1 begins. But these do not constitute all the sins of the committee so far as the preparation of the catalogue is concerned. In the list cf art works a picture, painted by Mr C. D. Barraud, is attributed to “a gentleman by the name of Brown.” Then other pictures limned by Messrs 0. D. Noel, and W. F. Barraud, Igglesden, and Brooks, are set down against the name of Mr H. Grant Lloyd, and works by Mr E. Brandon and W. H. Holmes are accredited to Mr H. F. Rawson. These inaccuracies render the catalogue worse than useless, and render it necessary that it should bo withdrawn, and a correct one substituted without delay.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 361, 3 June 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 1881. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 361, 3 June 1881

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