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The Governor’s Speech. —ln another column will be found a report of his Excellency’s speech at the opening of the New Zealand Parliament, which took place at Wellington to-day. Fire Brigade.— Mr J. R. Chapman has become an honorary member of the above Brigade. Gis Extension. —It has been decided by the directors of the Gas Company to extend the mains to the corner of Moore and Park Streets. Ploughing Match. —A meeting of the A and P Association will be held on Tuesday next to consider the expediency of holding a ploughing match. A First Offender. —To-day, before 0, P. Cox, Esq., 0.P., a man who made his first appearance in the Police Court on a charge of drunkenness, was dismissed with a caution. A Little Rush. — A rush on a small scale is taking place at Mitchell’s Flat, Waipori district. The prospects washed vary from the color to half-a-pennyweight to the dish. The ground is limited. Licensing Court. —The sitting of this Court adjourned from Tuesday last, will be held to-morrow in the R.M. Court at noon. The business consists merely of considerations of applications for renewals, there being no new licenses applied for.

Foreign News. —From our telegrams, i as published in this issue, it will be seen , that cable communication with Europe ■ has been restored. The startling affairs ; in Ireland have, it is regretted, in no way abated, and continue very unsatisfactory. Accident. —On Tuesday, whilst a man named William Rosser was engaged breaking atones, a piece of stone flew into his eye, inflicting a serious wound. He was removed to the Christchurch Hospital, were an operation was performed, and he is now progressing very favorably. Obituary. —Mr Benjamin Wells, the editor of the Taranaki News, died on Tuesday night. He was the author of “The History of Taranaki,” and at the time of his death was chairman of the Education Board, and treasurer to the Harbor Board. His illness was comparatively a short one. Silk Culture. —Mr Ferdale intends to establish in Christchurch an experimental garden to demonstrate the silkworm products and the value of the several kinds of mulbery trees. We understand that the Government have sent out of the colony for a large quantity of these trees. Is it not possible to obtain as many as are required from the local nurserymen 1 Attempted Till Robbery. — A man named William Fowler was brought up this morning at Chaistchurch, charged with this offence. In trying to effect the robbery, the prisoner pushed down a woman, who was in charge of the shop, but fortunately he was secured by a gentleman who was passing at the time, and subsequently handed over to the police. Fowler was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment. Telegraphic Vagaries. —The telegram regarding the accident to the river works on the Yarra published by us lasi night turns out to be one mass of blunders. The blunders which occur in transmitting messages are often very ridiculous, but this one fairly out-Herod’s Herod. The corrected version is as follows :— Owing to a severe gale which blew here last night, the ship Bulwark, 1,300 tons, is on her beam ends in the Yarra, opposite Fisherman’s Bend. She is completely water-logged. A very high sea is running at the spot. It is only in justice to state that the mistake was not occasioned by the local operators, for we find the same telegram was published in our Christchurch contemporaries last evening. South Rakaia School.—A meeting of the Committee of this school was held on Tuesday evening, there being in attendance Messrs Hardy (chairman), Gaarder, Byrne, Davies, and Bowler. The master’s report was read and adopted, and the action of the chairman, in giving the children attending the school a fortnight’s holiday whilst the building was undergoing repairs, approved of. A letter was received from the Education Board, notifying the appointment of Miss M. Milsom as mistress, vice Miss Leach, resigned. The chairman was lequested to interview Mr V«al with reference to improvements required to school building and master s house. The passing of accounts for paymentbrought the meeting to a termination. Social Gathering. —A very interesting meeting took place last night in connection with the Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School in this township. At the kind invitation of Mr T. R. Hodder, the Superintendent of the school, the teachers, with a few friends, numbering in all about thirty, met together in one of the rooms connected with Mr Hodder’s establishment, and took tea together. The room had been most comfortably pre-

pared, and when the guests sat down to the proverbially “ groaning ” tables, the scene had the appearance of a largo family gathering. Tea being over and the tables cleared, short devotional exercises were engaged in, followed by Mr J. E. Buchanan reading a most care fully-pre-pared and interesting paper on “ Individuality in Sunday School teaching. ” A conversation of a most animated nature

took place on the paper read, and while all agreed that the manner in which the subject had been treated placed it above criticism, there were many fresh .ideas brought out in the work of Sabbath School teaching. Before the conclusion of the proceedings, Mr Buchanan was very urgently requested to allow his paper to be forwarded to the N.Z. Wesleyan for publication, there being an universal opinion that such a course would be of benefit to the Sunday School teachers of the denomination throughout the colony. The meeting, which was of a most harmonious character throughout, wasnotallowed to close without warm expressions of appreciation being given to the affectionate interest which the genial Superintendent took in the teachers and scholars of the school, a substantial evidence of which had been given that evening. Both Rev. W. Koall and Mr J. E. Buchanan, on behalf of those present, tendered to Mr Hodder thanks for having been the means of providing such a pleasant evening’s enjoyment. At intervals during the evening, suitable melodies were sung, Mr Ray, as conductor, and Miss Hodder, as organist, being valuable auxiliaries in this department.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 366, 9 June 1881

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 366, 9 June 1881

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