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The Ashburton Guardian. Manga Est Veritas et Prevalebit WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 1881.

Christchurch B.M. Court.— At the sitting of this Court this morning, A. R. Eva, charged with wife desertion, was remanded to Wellington. Three men. im» plicated in the burglary at Hooper’s jewellery shop, were again remanded for the production of farther evidence. -' ‘

Ashburton Kilwinning R. A. Chapter S.C., No. 187. —The ordinary monthly meeting of this Chapter was held at the Freemasons’ ,'Hall, Tancred street, laht evening. Four new members were admitted, ahd took the Degree of Royal Arch. The lectures were very impressively rendered, and • altogether the efficient working of the Chapter by such newly-formed officers, reflects the greatest credit on them.

Mining in the Waeatipu Dpripcr.-p The Tipperary “ Olaind manager at TVTacfctown has sent down a cake of,gold weighing 381 oz. Meeting op Creditors.— A meeting of the creditors of Wm. Sutherland; of Ashburton Forks, farmer, was held this morning at the District Court House.* W. ; B. Hughes was voted to thechair. MrPurnell appeared on behalf of the bankrupt, and Mr. Crisp oh behalf of Messrs Thomson ahd Burges, the solicitors for the petitiohing. creditor. The liabilities were set down at LSOO. Mr T. B. Craig was appointed trustee in the estate. - R.M. Court. —This morning before R. Alcorn, Esq., J.P.- James Johnston, f6r being drunk was discharged with' 'a caution, but ordered to pay cost - of 1 cab hire 2s 6d. M. Wilson for being'drunk, whilst in charge of a horse, was fined 40s or 48 hours’.

Kids Drawing Kids. —lt is not often that the juvenile colonial mind exorcises itself in practical inventions. To-day, however, wa saw an illustration of a tendency in a right direction! A-boy who had to drag his little brother for some distance, and Was apparently destitute of a Perambulator, had constructed a foursided box in which the small' child was deposited, and had harnessed to the vehicle a goat as a leader and a kid as a wheeler, in tandem fashion. The, rate of progress was very fair considering, but not equal to that sometimes attained on our Government lines of railway, Tinwald Mutual Improvement Association, —A most successful meeting was held in the Tinwald School oh Monday evening, the chair being occupied by Mr Allsop. A code of rules “was submitted to the meeting, and, with a few alterations and additions, was passed. The following gentlemen were elected as officers: —President, Mr J.-T. Allsop; Vice-President, Mr J. Stalker ; Secretary, Mr O. Jephson. The Association will hold weekly meetings, and from the number of gentlemen already joined, and of those promised, it is likely to be a great success.

The Bible in Schools Question Wisely Settled. —The Presbytery of Auckland, tired of fighting the Government on the “ Bible-in-achools” question,•have passed the following sensible resolution:—“That the Presbytery instructs ministers within its bounds tomake-suitable arrangements for religtouS instruction on week days for children belonging to' their Several congregations.”

Valedictory. —At a meeting of theihemberS'of the Mount Somers School Committee lastSaturdayevening, itwaa resolved to hold a meeting next Friday, at Mr John Hood’s hotel, for the purpose of forming a committee to get up a tea meeting and concert, and .testimonial to Mr T. E. Tomlinson, late schoolmaster of the district, upon his leaving the district for Christchurchl? The Mount Somers School Committee wish to show, in some practical way, their appreciation of the above gentleman’s labors and usefulness during the two and a half years he has been at MounkSomeiw;-**' . Mount. Somers School. ---The Committee ink on Saturday evening last, at the n , Messrs A. Harvey,!). Byrnes, vyi -H. Puddicombe, A. Fox, and Joseph Price, Secretary. In the absence of J. E. Taylor, Esq, through illness, Mr A. Harvey was voted to the chair. There were six applications for the mastership of the school, that of Mrß. J. Hollins being unanimously accepted. Accounts to the amount of L 7 16s. 6d were passed for payment, and after a vote of thanks to thh Chairman, the meeting adjourned. The Political Situation. — We take the following items from the Wellington correspondence of yesterday’s Timaru Herald :—“ There is nothing stirring in politics, .but to-morrow will probably produce, some enlightenment as to whether the Government mean to take up the local government question or not.., The papers here have, entirely misunderstood a portion of that question, and their remarks upon the attitude assumed by Mr Wakefield, Mr otherS, as T well as most of the telegrams oh the = same subject, are so preposterously mistaken that it is wonderful how anybody could make such , blunder?. All the stories about a Middle Party, a cave of Adullam, and so forth, are sheer moonshine. All that has happened is that the Government supporters are urging them to include a a bold scheme of local government among the measures, the moderate section of the Opposition being quite willing to support it; and that Government have not yet decided whether they can accede to the wish of their friends or not is, to a great extent, a question of money, blit there is I no doubt Ministers are not fully resolved upon the principles. The statements that have got abroad about Mr Wakefield’s ‘bidding for office,’ seeking to “form a party with Mr Ormond,’ being 4 enraged by Sir George Grey taking the wind out of his sails,’ with many others of similar, character, are mere inventions of correspondents who do not understand what is going , on,, and will not go to anthentic sources, for information Mr Wakefield answered Sir Geoige Grey in the debate on the address at the request of the Premier, who knew before he asked that he-was going to speak his mind freely on various topics. Ho has since been in the most friendly intercourse with the Government daily, particularly in discussing the possibility of bringing in a practical scheme of local government. Much the same thing may be said of Mr Ormond. Both are merely endeavouring, as private members of the Government party, to get something done to take local affairs out of the . House of Representatives, and there is a perfectly good understanding, between, them and Ministers. All .the stories , about the vacant portfolio having been offered to this tean, declined by that, or under refusal to the other, are rubbish, mere gossip of which those most concerned know least. To-day the papers here both announce a new rumor that Mr Oliver is going to re-join the Ministry. This » also a pure invention. The truth is nobody is troubling his head, about., the portfolio,, except the specials and' paragraphists. The Ministers have postponed all consideration'q| the lubjeot, and it is hairdly. mentioned among the members, except by way of a joke. What is going on there, ind the accounts that one reads of in the papers from elsewhere, bear no resemblance,one, to the .other. The telegraphic sumniafies 6t ■ the debate,; tqo,‘ Conyhy: i very imperfect -idea* 'of the course '' of affairs. Hansard is the only trustworthy guide. The papers here do not pretend to report the proceedings fully, but of the two, the essense of Parliament in the Post is by far the heat-” \ , f

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The Ashburton Guardian. Manga Est Veritas et Prevalebit WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 376, 22 June 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. Manga Est Veritas et Prevalebit WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 1881. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 376, 22 June 1881

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