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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 377, 23 June 1881
Library Concert. —The Concert in aid of the Library funds has been further postponed to Tuesday next, owing to the inclemency of the weather. Wo hope that the weather will then be more propitious. New Business.— lt will be seen from a notice which we publish elsewhere, that Mr S. Lucas, who is reputed to be a thoroughly practical workman, has commenced business as painter, glrzier, and paperhanger in the premises adjoining Panama House, Tancred street. Football Club. —There was the usual practice yesterday on the Domain ground sides being chosen by Messrs M'Laren and Brett. This game resulted in a victory for Brett’s side by one goal to nil. At a meeting held subsequently, it was resolved to accept challenges from the following Clubs : Geraldine, South- I bridge, Christchurch and the Pilgrims.
Crowded Out. —Owing to a pressure on our space by Parliamentary and local news, we are compelled to omit an interesting letter from our Sydney correspondent, which will appear to-morrow.
Rineino. —At a meeting held at the Town Hall on Tuesday evening it was resolved that a Rinking Club should be formed, and that it should be styled “The Ashburton Skating Club. ” The following were elected office-bearers : President, Mr Bullock ; Secretary, Mr Rattray; Committee, Messrs Revans, Martin, and Stephenson. Practice has already commenced at the Town Hall.
Quoits. —A match will be played by the local Club against the Mount Somers men at the Spread Eagle hotel on the 29bh inst.
Notice op Removal. —From a notice in another column, it will be seen that Mr J. R. Chapman, the paperhanger, has removed to more commodious premises, and is now carrying on business next door to Mr O. Digby’s butchery, Tancred street.
The Census. The population of the colony is 533,801, of which number Canterbury furnishes 112,115. For the Canterbury boroughs, Bangiora shows 1434; Kaiapoi, 1221 ; Akarba, 613, Christchurch, 15,214; Lyttelton, 4127 ; Sydenham, 8495 ; Ashburton, 1522 ; Timaru, 3923 ; and Waimate, 1609.
Ashburton’s Liberality. —A subscription list which was left in the hands of the Rev. W. Keall, for the purpose of receiving donations towards the fund for the relief of the widows and orphans of the late Revs. Richardson and Amitage, closed last week with a total of L2O 4s Id. This handsome result was obtained without any special effort, and does not include a sum of L 4 6s 6d mentioned elsewhere as being collected at the special service at the Wesleyan Church.
Entertainment. —An entertainment of a very successful character, was given in the Templar Hall last evening, under the auspices of the Safe Retreat Lodge, LO.G.T. The unpleasant weather which prevailed no doubt militated somewhat against a large attendance, but those who were present appeared to thoroughly enjoy the really excellent programme placed before them. Mr I. Scott was in the chair, and apologised for the absence of the Rev. W, Keall, who was to have filled the post of honor. The Rev. Mr Nixon delivered one of his usual happy speeches, addressing hinself principally to the young men among his audience. Several songs, readings, and recitations followed, all given in good style. Among the musical performers was Mrs Nixon, who sang, “Say a kind word if you can ” and “Please give me a penny,” in such a manner as to secure enthusiastic encores. During the evening, Miss Murray gave some selections on the piano. After a vote of thanks to the chair and to the ladies and gentlemen who had assisted, the entertainment closed by singing “ The Closing Ode.”
Wesleyan. —The usual quarterly meeting of office-bearers of the Ashburton Wesleyan Church was held last night in the vestry of the church, when there were present—Rev. W. Keall (in the chair), Messrs John Orr and H. M. Jones (circuit stewards),. H. M. Carson, G. Andrews, J. E. Buchanan, Alison, Olsen, and C. Dixon. It was reported that there were at present forty-five members on the roll, with four on trial. The receipts for the past quarter amounted to LlOl 15s 9d, with an expenditure of LlO9 0s 9d, which latter item included L 4 6s Cd collection on behalf of the widow and orphans of the late Revs. Richardson and Armitage, and L 25 allocated to the trust account ; leaving a debit balance of L 7 ss. Satisfaction was expressed at the increasing returns of financial prosperity, as had there been no extraordinary demands made upon the circuit, instead of having a debit balance, there would have been an overplus to the good. The chairman intimated that a gentleman in Christchurch had promised to give a horse to the circuit as soon as a stable was built, and the meeting resolved to proceed with the erection of the structure as soon as possible. Mr Andrews, the secretary to the Sunday School, read a veryencouragingreport of the state of this institution. There were at •at present 123 scholars on the books, being an increase of thirteen since the last quarter, and the average attendance stood at ninety. The teaching staff had been increased lately, and the best of harmony prevailed amongst office-bearers and teachers. In the course of a lengthy conversation which toon place on the Sunday School department, mention was made of the urgent need of a building being erected for the better working of the institution, and it was thought that a room might be added at the end of the vestries, at a small cost, which would meet the present requirements. A letter was read from a member of the Tinwald congregation, and after a brief discussion it was resolved to endeavor to give a preaching service at the little township on Sunday afternoons, and the matter was left in the hands of the chairman. A resolution was unanimously passed, expressing appreciation of the valuable services rendered by the choir, coupled with the names of Mr 0. Ray (choirmaster), and Miss Hodder (organist). After deciding to hold a social tea meeting at an early date, when the whole affairs of the church would be brought forward, the proceedings were brought to a close by singing the Doxoldgy. ;
New Material for Paper Manufacture. —It has probably not been generally known among paper-makers, remarks the Paper World that the grass ordinarily growing upon the low marshy lands bordering on the salt water, and frequently overflowed by it, furnishes a most excellent material for paper. This grass grows in great plenty, and can be had for a comparatively low price, and contains nearly as much useful fibre to a ton as straw. It is very easily digested, and can be reduced in a very short time, two hours being quite sufficient. The brown pulp as discharged from the digester makes a very superior kind of hardware paper, and a trifling expense only is incurred in bringing the brown pulp to a manila color, and even a fair quality of white paper can be produced from it. This stock when made into paper board produces an article of superior strength and rigidity, and one not liable to fracture in bending. The yield of useful pulp from a ton of hay ie about nine hundred pounds, and the coat for caustic, we learn from the same authority, is very moderate.
Catholic Priests for New Zealand. — In the course of his address at Wanganui, Bishop Redwood made the following remarks of interest to members of his Church: —“You have also alluded very kindly to my success whilst in Europe in the great purpose for which I went there, chiefly to obtain a supply of clergy for New Zealand. In that 1 believe 1 that I have succeeded beyond my hopes, and that there will henceforth be a continued stream of priests for the diocese. Three or four hundred are to be ordained on Saturday next in all probability, and will be in New Zealand before many months have elapsed. Every year I hope will shew the same result. It is particularly gratifying to me to tell you of- five er six young gentlemen from New Zealand who are bejng educated in, Europe and give great satisfaction, surpassing the boys with whom they are studying. These young men, I hope, will ultimately ho amongst the most efficient and zealous priests in the colony. ”
Auction Saxe. —In another column Mr K. F. Gray notifies that he will sell by public auction, on Saturday, the 24th inst., under instructions from Mr Barclay Martin, on the farm of John Murphy, at Mayfield, Hinds, a quantity of lire and dead stock, 400 bushels feed oats, etc. Good Temtlaeism. —We are requested to notify that the convivial meeting which was to have been held to-night in connection with the Order has been postponed, in consequence of the inclemency of the weather.
Police Supervision.—The following paragraph, complimenting, our police force in this district, on their efficiency, is taken from the Timaru Herald “The police district of Timaru—which comprises the throe Counties of Ashburton, Geraldine, and Waimate—contains a population of 30,516 souls (exclusive; of aboriginal natives), whose peace and property are guarded by a police force so insignificant that < the wonder is, not that crime is detected and punished, but rather that it is not committed with almost absolute impunity. To those unacquainted with the organisation and discipline of the constabulary department it would appear to be an impossibility for one inspector, two sergeants, one detective, and twenty-one men to perform efficient police duty in a district which extends from the Rakaia to the Waitaki, and the population of which is scattered and disconnected. That the duty is performed, and thoroughly well too, the records of the Police Courts are : ample testimony, and we may safely assert that there is no police district in the colony that can boast of better police supervision than we have in the Timaru district. The Licensing Bench op the Future. , —The Timaru Herald makes the following pertinent comments on the proposal for appointing elective Licensing Com-:, missioners ;—“ As the proposal to have elective Commissioners came from Sir William Fox, we may safely assume that it was intended to favor the temperance side of the question—to be, in fact, in the direction of local option. On the other hand, however, as the advocates of the licensed victuallers’ interests voted for it, we must assume that they also considered it favorable to their cause. The truth is, no doubt, that each party believe they will be able to carry the* elections and return their own Bench; and for that reason both parties supported the elective system. Now, we have no means of judging which of the two parties were correct in their belief, and we do not think it much matters. The probability is that in some districts the licensed victuallers would carry the elections and in others the temperance bodies. It is obvious, thoifgh,' that in either case, the elected licensing bench would consist, not of impartial judges, but of partisans expressly choosen as partisans. That surely would,be a most undesirable state of things and one which would speedily bring the whole administration of the licensing laws into contempt. No one in a judicial position ought to be _ subject to popular election for the simple reason that, whereas the very essence of the elective principle is the representation by the elected of the views of the electors, the very essence of the judicial principle is the impartial administration of the law without regard to anybody’s views. Under Sir William Fox’s proposal, the licensing Commissioners would 1 be elected by the influence and as the avowed champions, either of the licensed victuallers or of the temperance bodies, and they would literally be betraying their constituents if they were to discharge their duties impartially. There would be no fear, however, of their betraying their constituents by acting impartially, because the dominant party, whichever it ; might be, would take care to return only good, bigo'.ed, trustworthy partisans.”
Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 377, 23 June 1881
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