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Dramatic Club. —A meeting of the Amateur Dramatic Club will be held tomorrow night, at the Town Hall, at eight o’clock.

Defective Workmanship.—We learn '• that the roof of the new County Hospital is m such a , bad state that the whole of the slates have to be taken off and replaced with new ones. Considering the .large sums . of public money which this institution Has cost for repairs, extras, etc., during the first year of its existence, we hope the repairs to the roof will be the last necessary expenditure in this direction. Notice to Correspondents. —Mr W. B. Compton, is informed that though his statemotft ai-td I the facts of the robbeiy committed upon him at Methven is doubtless correct, it does not correspond with the version given in his absence in the ; Ashburton Police Court. We of course only reported what was stated there without at all guaranteeing its correctness. The Public Library Concert.— We would again .cM intention tb the* amateur concert to he evening, 4 ifi aid of the funds of«the Ljbrary, and,as the- Weather isTiowiine, we trust that there will-’be a large’ attendance. Not merely is the object itself a most worthy one, but, besides that, we understand that the entertainment will be intrinsically well deserving of patronage. In addition to the - ladies and gentlemen who had kindly promised previously to assist, Signor Albini, a said to possess a fine baritone voicej has alio promised to give his valuable aid this evening. Sudden Death. —Last Sunday morning Mr Norman Painter Thompson, a well-known -, settler at Waterton, was found by one of his servants lying on the floor, by his bedside, quite dead.. It: is supposed that he must haVe gone off suddenly in a fit. Medical attendance was procured, but lay the time Dr -Trevor had arrived, Mr Thompson, was. already dead. The deceased gentleman was much rc--5 spec ted, and formerly occupied a responsible position under the Provincial Government. Deceased was 45 years of age, and was unmarried. An inquest was to be held to-day. Political Gossip. —The Wellington correspondent of the Press furnishes the following, under date’ of 25th inst :—Mr Weston, M. H. R., has arrived, is understood will not "seek in any way to irabarrass jthe Government .or .to make Capital but of his own personal grievances, yotingon measures accordingly their merits. At the same time it is believed that he will take an early opportunity of criticising retrenchment as carried outby the present Ministry.—Ministers were in Cabinet a long time, to-day, considering the various Bills yet to be introduced. Nothing fresh has transpired as to the Representation Bill or the Local Government measures. It is flow Sir GsjGrey will not his Lo'csl Government Bill,:or {illow its 'provisions .to transpire, until/i he />'has; i seen : <-the j Government is. probable that,'sfinißtairß Will introduce a Bankruptcy ifjdnie citcUfnstances permit; iffS&y*4tiwillS ■jfcjjidjjelj^rathed^‘oh ’ 'th’b ’nwUUjShi proeramniCw<r^tß|^ re-

Ploughing Match. — A meeting of the committee appointed by the Agricultural and Pastoral Association for the of considering the Ploughing Match is' being held as we go to press. A report, will appear to-morrow.' Parade of Volunteers. —We understand that there is to be a parade of theAshburton volunteers to-night, at seven o’clock, at Mr Bullock’s auction room, East street. It is probable also that a secretary will be elected. Steam Fire Engine. —ln our report of the meeting of the Fire Police, Mr Poynte was made to say that the .insurance company which he represented would contribute LlO 10s towards the purchase of a steam fire engine. It should read that “ his (Mr Poyntz’s) firm would give LlO 10s, if other firms would give a similar amount, and, with the assistance of the County and Borough Councils, there should be no difficulty in procuring a steam fire engine. Tenders. —From notices in another column, it will be seen that tenders are invited for the following pieces of work, all of which can be taken up at once : By Messrs Alexander Bros., of Lyndhurst, near Ohertsey, for cross-ploughing 300 acres at Lyndhurst; by Mr W. H. Gundry, East street, Ashburton, lor about 700 chains of wire fencing, labor only—to be in lots of 50 chains ; by the Borough , Engineers, Ashburton, for fixing 19 (more or less) earthenware pipe sumps, with 1 wooden covers.

Civil Case.— The greater portion of this morning’s sitting at the R. M. Court was taken up with the case of Houghton and Co v. Little ; Mr Crisp for plaintiffs and Mr Branson for defendant. The plaintiffs sought to recover L2O, being value of a corn-crusher and knives- detained by defendant, sis a lien for debts owing by the firm, with damage sustained through not being able to undertake work while the machine was in Little’s custody. Plaintiffs stated that Little had offered to store the corncrusher free of cost, and promised to deliver it up when required, but on making application for it; defendant had refused to hand it over. Defendant denied that he offered to store

the machine without charging for it, and putin accounts which he had rendered plaintiffs for goods and cash supplied. After lengthy evidence and cross-examin-ation on both sides, Mr Branson submitU i that his client had done perfectly right in detaining the machinery until the debts contracted by plaintiffs : were paid, inasmuch, as the plaintiffs were in the position of guests, and the law allowed the landlord of an hotel to. hold a lien over the goods of those he was accommodating. Mr Crisp argued that plaintiffs' were not in the position of guests, .nor was Little acting as landlord of an hotel in storing the-articles, but acted in a Capacity which any tradesman might do. His Worship gave judgment for the return of ; the com-orusher and • knives, with costs,' LI 7s. New Local Industry.— We; yesterday visited the promises of Mr S. Hardley, tin and copper-smith, East Street, and were favoured vith an inspection of the machinery recently imported by him for the manufacture of ridging and spouting. The machines are three in number, viz : a cutter, .stamper, and roller, abd are of Melbourne make, and Mr Hardley expects to be able to provide work sufficient to keep six hands employed on this branch of his business. Mr Hardley at the re-, cent Indust|ial Exhibition received first award of mdrit’ for his exhibit of handmade ridging and spouting, and we are informed that this, together with the highly favourable* and encouraging notice received atjthe bauds of Mr E. Wakefield, Commissioner, in his report ts» the Government on the proved 1 a strbng incentive to the present outlay. We trust Mr Hardley will receive that amount pf-support his enterprise so well merits.. Aspect of Parliament. —The Dunedin Herald makes the following comments on the present aspect of parties in Parliament The end of the, present Parliament is,' to all appearanbe, not far distant. We all know pf course; that finds with the session,' but; though UK has lasted barely two years, it begins already to exhibit the signs of senility afid decay. The debate on the Address in Reply showed that disorganisation had 'set in, and this becomes only more and more apparent a s the session advances. ) The r House,,, in fact, looks like 4 than a deliberative assembly" composed of two distinct though not discordant parties. That the Ministerialists arte not much better in point of discipline than the Opposition is evident from the result of Mr Andrews’s motion — a motion: i which’ the Government ought to have resisted with all their might, as well for their own Sake as'for the sake of the public .interest. Riverton-Orepdki Railway. —We learn from; 'the ffleptem Sfdr that, the atd Wgititinjaf for the obifik pletion of the Riverton-Orepuki railway, and that a public meeting of the residents has been announced for. the purpose of ‘pressing the matter on the. Government. The Licensing Bill. —The Wellington JUvening Post denies that the . Licensing Bill is likely to be dropped .by the Government, though its passing may be delayed in consequence of the amendments carried. Our contemporary writes;—Rumors have been in circulation iaince the division on Friday night by which the licensing committees ixnder the naif (Licensing. Bill were made . elective, that in cqnsequence of this alteration, the Bill ,woifld be dropped by the Government, as likely to put too much power into the hands of the publican interest.' 1 We understand, however, that there is rio foundation for this, report, ! but that the Government will press bn the Bill as before, only the change will render essential certain other alterations in the machinery of the Bill, which may require some care and consideration in framing. *Th|s may somewhat retard its progress, hut will not prevent its being pushed on as fast- as possible. r ' ■ ' ” .. : VJn ■ /

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 381, 28 June 1881

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