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Extensive Sale. Messrs Matson, Cox, and Co. announce elsewhere an extensive sale of freehold farms, to be held at their rooms on Friday, Ist prox. Fire Brigade.— The Brigade held their usual practice last evening,‘and the engine and hook and ladder drill were both gone through. At a Committee meeting held to consider correspondence, it was decided to accede to the request of the Committee for Mr Savage’s complimentary concert. It was also decided to meet on Friday next at the captain’s residence for the consideration of other business. Cutting ur the Runs. —An important letter was read at the Otago Land Board meeting, yesterday, from the Government showing the course the Government proposed to take with regard to cutting up the runs in Otago whoso leases shortly fall in. A largo number of runs are to be laid off in areas under five thousand acres.

Fire. —Mr Kitching’s woolshed at Moa Flat, said to be the largest structure of the kind in the colony, has been burnt. Acclimatisation. The Auckland Acclimatisation Society has decided to import quail and grouse from California. Found Drowned. —The body of a man named W. H. Matheson was found drowned in the Tauranga harbour yesterday. Ho had been missing for some days.

The Lydia Howarde Troupe. —Last evening this burlesque company gave another very clever performance at the Town Hall, to an excellent house. The Pinafore ” opera had to be abandoned at the last moment, owing to any injunction having been received from the Supreme Court. One of the members of the company informed the audience that they had played the opera in Christchurch, Dunedin, Oamaru, and Timaru, but had never been compelled to withdraw it until now. The burlesque of “ Ivanhoe ” was substituted. Miss Lydia Howarde as Sir Brian, Miss Nyo as Sir Wilfred, Miss Andrews as Prince John, and Mddlo De Glorian, as Wamba, were extremely happy in their parts, and played them with charming naivete. The latter lady in singing “ Don’t believe half that you hear,” was loudly applauded. Miss Vincent acted well, and made a pleasing Rowena. Mr Fisher was exceedingly good as Isaac, and he was also in capital voice. Mr Power was very amusing as Rebecca, his get up adding greatly to the the effect. Mr D’Almaine as Cerdic, Mr Marshall as De Bracy, and the other characters were very effective, and all acted with spirit throughout. Mr Hydes played the piano with his usual skill, and nothing was wanting in this respect to make his particular part a prominent feature in the evening’s enjoyment. To-night the company intend playing Dibden’s . celebrated operetta “ The Waterman,” to be followed by Byron’s burlesque “Aladdin,” Miss Lydia Howarde and Mr H. Power taking the principal parts. Wo expect, therefore, to see a good honse, as this is is the last night of the season. Local Industries Association.—A meeting of the above was held last night in their usual meeting room. Present — Messrs W. Roberts (chairman), Bradley, Braddoll, F. Mayo, G. Compton, Jacobson, and the Hon. Secretary, Mr Poyntz. The committee appointed to report on the establishment of a tannery and creamery stated that both matters had been considered, and with regard to the former, it was found that it would not be remunerative unless means were taken to make use of the leather manufactured, and, further, there existed the doubt as to there being a sufficient number of hides in the district for tanning purposes. The committee had deemed it better to postpone any further action or discussion in the matter of creameries until the result of the Orari shipment of butter and cheese had been ascertained. Mr Poyntz said that two other questions had been mooted since their last meeting—viz,, the possibility of establishing a paper-mill and also a landing service on the coast. After some discussion on these matters, Mr Braddell moved—“ That this Association take the matter of the landing service into consideration, and that the Secretary be requested to write to Captain Dunsford for information regarding insurance on vessels visiting the coast in the event of a landing service being established, and also that ho communicate with Captain M'Lellan, the Harbor Master at Lyttelton, on the subject.” After a vote of thanks to the chairman, the meeting adjourned. Quadrille Assembly. The “ long night ”in connection with the Tinwald Quadrille Assembly which was to have taken place last Friday, was postponed in consequence of the weather, and an advertisement in this issue intimates that the dance will take place on Friday evening next. R. M. Court, Christchurch. —A man named Patrick Dunn was committed for trial this morning for embezzling L 52 10a, the property of his employer, Mr John Cssscn.

Death From Poisoning. A boy named Ernest Frannan, aged two and a half years, drank out of a bottle containing sulphuric acid yesterday, and died this morning.

Flbmington. — A very enjoyable tea meeting and entertainment was given at Flemington last evening, on the occasion of opening the new school in that district. Mr Joseph Clarke presided, and alluded to the necessity for establishing the now school, as already there were upwards of 60 children ready to attend it as soon as it was opened. A very excellent programme was gone through, consisting of readings, recitations, and some capital songs, rendered principally by some ladies and gentlemen who had come from Ashburton to assist. Miss Gates presided at the piano. Messrs H. Stephenson, Martin, and A. Harrison "ave some very good songs, which wore most effectively rendered, the latter, in reply to a most enthusiastic encore, giving “ A Father’s Love,” in a very telling manner. Messrs Dunn, Tomlin, and Wheeler also sang some very humorous songs, some of which had to be repeated. Mr Minnis recited in his usual well known style, and after Mr R. Hodder had addressed the audience, votes of thanks to the ladies and gentlemen who assisted, the pleasant entertainment terminated by singing “Auld Lang Syne” and “God Save the Queen.” The room was cleared afterwards and a dance commenced which was kept up till an early hour. A Fashionable Arrival. —Walsh, one of the traversers of the late State trials in Ireland, arrived at Melbourne recently. The object of his visit is to recruit hia health.

Chinese Immigration, The South i Australian Government have given notice i in the Assembly of the introduction of a ; Bill to restrict Chinese immigration. No Chinamen. —Mr Patterson, the Victorian Minister of Railways, has promised that no Chinese will bo allowed to compete with Europeans for fruit stalls at the railway stations. The Queen op Nations.—A Sydney item, under date the 9th ■ inst., says that it is doubtful if the wrecked barque Queen of Nations will hold together. The vessel’s back appears to be broken. Ashton. —On Monday evening last, the Rev. A. M. Beattie delivered his lecture entitled “Perseverance,” at the schoolroom, Ashton, to a very fair attendance. Mr J. Taylor, acted as chairman. The lecture was a very able exposition of the results attainable by those who study patience and perserverance in the duties of their daily life. The rev. lecturer pointed out that every man should take examples from men who, although often defeated, had crowned their labor with success. At its close, a vote of thanks was accorded Mr Beattie for his able lecture. The chairman said they had chosen the present opportunity for showing a mark of respect to one of their church members, and who had been connected with the Presbyterian Church in their district for a number of j'ears —Mr John Dunn —who, the chairman said, was not only a good singer and leader, but as they all knew, a most amusing gentleman, and one who was liked by his neighbors because he attended to his own business. In recognition of Mr Dunn’s services as leader of the church choir, and on behalf of the Presbyterians of that district, he had the pleasure of asking that gentleman to accept a present from them, which consisted of 16 vols. of well-chosen books. Mr Dunn suitably replied, and said he was very much pleased with their handsome present, and hoped they would all bo spared for many years to meet together, and sing God’s praise. As he himself was naturally fond of music, ho considered that what ho had done in the church, was only his duty. He hoped a choir would soon be formed, as he was willing to do all in his power to make it efficient. A vote of thanks was passed to the chairman, and the meeting was closed after the benediction had been pronounced. Appointment. —At the meeting of the Rangitata Road Board, ye»terday, Mr J. 0. Bell was appointed clerk and overseer, at a salary of Ll5O per annum. A report of the meeting is held over. Parliament. —The House of Representatives vave evidently settled down to business, and it is somewhat remarkable with what expedition one or two very important measures are being got through their preliminary stages. As will we seen from our report in another column, not only was the debate on the Address in Reply concluded yesterday, but both the Licensing and Chinese Immigration Bills passed the second reading, a stage which is not usually got over with considerable debate. The Library Concert. —ln consequence of the Lydia Howai’de company having decided io give another performance at the Town Hall to-night, it has been deemed advisible to postpone the concert in connection with the Library until next Thursday night. An announcement to this effect appears in this issue.

Nautical Enquiry. —A preliminary enquiry was held by the Collector of Customs at Wellington yesterday morning into the circumstances connected with the barque Arabella striking a rock off Fitzroy Bay, near the heads, on the passage here from Loudon. No fresh facts were elicited, except the pilot’s statement that the captain, as a stranger, acting under instructions of the “ New Zealand Pilot,” was justified in bringing up where he did, although he'would not do so himself, as he knew it to be a dangerous spot.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 372, 16 June 1881

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