The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [.lssued at 4.30 p.m.]
Notice to Correspondents. — “ B,” Kingussie is a village in Inverness-shire, with a population of 640. Postal. —Mails for the United Kingdom and Australian Colonies, per Rotorua, close at the Bluff at noon to-morrow. The San Francisco Mail. The southern portion of the inward ’Frisco mail left Christchurch, per special train, at 2.15 pjn., and will arrive about five o’clock.
Mount Somers Presbyterian Church. —A notification appears elsewhere that it is proposed to have a tea meeting and entertainment in aid of the Presbyterian Church, at Mount Somers,- on Friday week. We hope the promoters will have fine weather to add to the success. Pheasant Shooting. —A Government Gazette o r the 22nd inst. restricts the shooting of cock pheasants to the County of Akaroa, instead of allowing it all over the North Canterbury district, as heretofore. The pheasant shooting season is declared to be from the 19th May to the 30th July.
The Melbourne Cup. —ln another column we publish the weights for the Melbourne Cup, the big handigap of Australia. Progress, it will'be seen, occupies the post of honor, with the steadier of 9st 31b, while the Now Zealander, Sir Modred, has received the flattering impost of Bst 4lb, his companion from Maoriland, Somnus, in our opinion being more leniently treated, getting in at 6st 81b.
Seed Wheat. —jWe have been shown some capital samples of seed wheat known as Hunter’R white and pearl, grown at Chertsey, and Westerfield respectively. They are very clean and large samples, and weigh considerably oyer the standard weight. Farmers should therefore avail themselves of the opportunity to obtain good and clean seed. Mr F. Pavitt is the agent for the sale of these wheats.
Important Land Sale. —Messrs Matson, *Oox and Co. will offer for sale, tomorrow, a large number of capital farms, ranging from 25 to 895 acres in extent. As the terms are liberal, and in the majority .of the farms offered* the land is of excellent,quality, we anticitato a very satisfactory sale. Taking the last few sales of this firm as a criterion, we may safely predict that the sale being effected, the sellers will have no ca'use for complaint for the prices realised.
Prizes at the Ploughing Match.— The following is the list of money prizes to be awarded, in, addition to the special prizes we have already notified, at the ensuing Ploughing Match :—Three-furrow ploughs, first prize, L 6; second prize, L 4. Double furrow ploughs, fjyst prize, L 5; second prize, L 3 (for prize-takers on other occasions only). Double-furrow ploughs, first prize, L 4; second prize, L2 (for those who have, not previously won a prize). Single-furrow ploughs, first prize, L 4; second prize, L2. Boys’ class, first prize, L 4; second prize, L2. Sir George Turned Out by Force.— The Wellington correspondent of the Press writes :—lt it reported that an extraordinary scene occurred to-day between Sir G. Grey and Sir G. M. O’Rorke, originating in,the latter having convened, in the Speaker’s room, a meeting of Auckland members on local subjects. Sir G. Grey warmly protested against Sir G. M. Rorke’s action, and vehemently condemned his taking any part in a matter of fcbn trove ray. Sir G. M. O’Rorke, I hear, retorted with equal warmth, declining to be dictated to by Sir G. Grey, and a violent altercation ensued, which rumor says ended in Sir G. Grey being firmly and by main force, but not roughly, turned out of Sii* G. M. O’Rorke’s room, and going in a rage. The affair has created a good deal Cf talk to-night. Of course I can only give the alleged facts on hearsay as related to mo on apparently good authority.
Quoits. A quoit match was played yesterday at the Spread Eagle Hotel, Ashburton Forks, between the Ashburton and Mount Somers Clubs.. The players were divided into three sets, the first two playing at 21 yards distance, and the third at 18 yards. The Ashburton players were ; —lst set, Messrs Powei and A. Wood ; 2ndj set, Messrs Duncan and Jacobson ; 3rd | set, Messrs Price and M. Scott. The Mount Somers men consisted of the following :—lst set, Messrs Wood and Easton; 2nd set, Messrs Harvey and McGregor ; 3rd set, Messrs Campbell and Anderson. In the end the Mount Somers men'were declared the wpners by 4 games against Sscored by their opponents. After the gr»Tifi ; match was over, a match was •iplayed by the Presidents of the two clubs, Messrs Jacobson and McFarlane, which was won by Mr Jacobson, who scored 15, against Mr McFarlane’s 10. jThe visitors were most hospitably entertained by their opponents at an excellent luncheon. A return match will shortly be played at Ashburton. 1
Vesting a Municipal Reserve. —A Government Gazette notice of the 22nd inst., by order of the Governor in Council, vests the undermentioned reserve in the Mayor, Councillors, and Burgesses of Ashburton :—All that parcel of land in the town of Ashburton, in the Provincial District of Canterbury, containing 2 roods, more or less, being sections Nos. 90 and 91. Bounded—Northward by Moore street; westward by East street; Southward by section No. 76 ; and eastward by section No. 89 ; and numbered 774 (in red) on the official map of the town of Ashburton, in the Survey Office Christchurch.
Sale of the “ Saturday Advertiser. ” —The Wellington Evening Post states that the Saturday Advertiser has been purchased by the Dunedin Morning Herald Company, and from about a month hence will appear as the weekly of that paper. A large quantity of type is now being brought over from Melbourne, the intention of the new proprietary being to bring it out in a greatly enlarged form, giving not only more reading matter in the shape of current news, but extending the present special features of the paper. The value of the Saturday Advertiser's advertisements now aggregates L 2,000 per year, and as the Herald Company have secured the paper for a little under LI,OOO, their share of the transaction is more satisfactory than that of the proprietors of the Advertiser.
A New Way of Accounting for it. — The London correspondent of the New York World, in telling the story of the gunpowder find beneath the Mansion House, London, hints that it was a “job” of the London police. He says:—“The story, as told by the police authorities, is doubtless true as far as it goes; but the impression among those who know something of the inner workings of the force is that the police themselves ‘ put up the job.’ The public is nervous, and those frequent discoveries of mysterious powder packages lead to a demand for extra detectives, who are drafted out of the regular force. It is much pleasanter to walk about in plain clothes with extra pay than to trudge in uniform on a monotonous beat. Moreover, the finders of these ‘ infernal machines’ are always handsomely rewarded out of the gratuity fund, and marked for early promotion.”
Vital Statistics. —A report of the Registrar-General, published in the last number of the Government Gazette, gives the undermentioned statistics respecting the proportion of deaths to the 1000 of the population of the colony in the year 1880. From this it will appear that the two healthiest places in the colony are the Thames and Invercargill, and the two least healthy Wanganui and Nelson, the per centage of deaths in the two former being under 10, and in the two latter over 20 :—Auckland, 16,597, 13.84 per cent; Wellington, 20,535, 18.39 per cent; Christchurch, 15,215, 17.81 per cent ; Dunedin, 24,377,14.35 per cent; Thames, 4,864, 7-22 percent ; Napier, 6,756,11.13 per cent; Wanganui, 4,643, 21.38 per cent ; Nelson, 6,763, 20.13 per cent ; Sydenham, 8,459, 16.03 per cent ; Lyttelton, 4,127, 15.06 per cent; Timaru, 3,923, 10.81 per cent; Oaraaru, 6,090, 11.57 per cent; Hokitika, 2,600, 16.12 per cent; Caversham, 3,994, 13.47 per cent; Invercargill, 4,592, 9.10 per cent. Chinese Champion. —Mr Arthur Clayden, the ex-emigration agent, writing from Nelson to the Neio Zealand Times, thus refers to the Chinese question : “ Population is the supreme need of the colony, and as sure as the law that water will find its level is it that this want will be suppled. If English and Scotch toilers and capitalists are not encouraged to come, other less desirable bread-winner's will come without encouragement. New Zealand will be flooded with Chinese. Nb power can keep them out, and I will go further and say that no power ought to be able to keep them out. What did I see in Otago the other day 1 A few acres of swamp, such as are millions of acres of lying idle and worthless all over New Zealand, converted by a Chinaman’s unwearying toil into a garden, from which hundreds of families were daily supplied with wholesome vegetables. For that whilom useless swamp this patient toiler paid no less that L 9 per acre a year.” Potatob Cheese. —A German paper says that cheese is made from potatoes in Thuringia and Saxony in the manner below. After having collected a quantity of potatoes, of good quality, giving the preference to a white kind, they are boiled in a cauldron, and after becoming cool, they are peeled and reduced to a pulp,* either by means of a grater or mortar. To five pounds of the pulp, which ought to be as equal as possible, is added one pound of sour milk and the necessary quantity of salt. The whole is kneaded together and the mixture covered up and allowed to life for three or four days, according to the season. At the end of this time it kneaded anew, and the cheese are placed in little baskets, when the superfluous moisture escapes. They are then allowed to dry in the shale, and placed in layers in large vessels, where they must remain for fifteen days. The older these cheese are the more the quality improves. Three kinds are made. The first and most common is made as detailed above; the second with four parts of potatoes and two parts of curdled milk. These cheese have this advantage over other kinds, that they do not engender worms, and keep fresh for a number of years, provided they are placed in a dry situation in well-closed vessels.
New Publications.— Are we to Stay Here ? by Mr H. J. Sealy, of Timaru. We have received a copy of the above pamphlet, which seems to have been the . substance of a speech delivered to the Timaru Debating Society. If the question asked is intended as a conundrum we give it up as too deep for us. Taking it literally, we cannot say yes or no, as no man, a member of the Fourth Estate particularly, can tell whether .he is to stay here, or there, or. anywhere. If. however, the writer means to ask us whether we would like to stay here, we may reply that,that depends on circumstances. The writer’s conditions, apparently, are that we are to subscribe to the Lyttelton Times, turn out the present Ministry, and put Sir George Grey and the groat Liberal party in office. Well, on those terms we would rather not stay here any longer than we could help. We cannot praise Mr Sealy’s brochure as a profound or brilliant piece of composition. Those of our readers who have a fancy for indulging in a perusal of a cartload of ancient and forgotten speeches of New Zealand politicians, after dinner, might profit by indulging in so soothing an opiate. We concur in the author’s opinion that Sir Julius Vogel and his public works and immigration policy have not received justice at the hands of a section of the colonial press.— -Land Ho /—This clever little pamphlet, by an anonymous writer, contains an imaginary conversation (after the fashion of Walter Savage Landor's) in 1933 on the results of the adoption of the system of nationalising the land of New Zealand, adopted in 1883. . The writer prefixes, in explanation, an extract from a speech of Sir George Grey’s, in which that gentleman has borrowed, without acknowment, the principles laid down in John Stuart Mill’s profound work on Political Economy, with regard to , the proper tenure of land. The author poipts out in detail the way in which the scheme for nationalising the land in the colony might be carried, into .effect, and shows the enormous enrichment of New Zealand which would follow the adoption of such a scheme. . We trust to have an opportunity before long of dwelling at greater length than at present on this important topic.
&c. Professor Thornton, who has, we believe, made some remarkable cures as an aurist in the neighbouring colonies and elsewhere, is now visiting Ashburton, and may bo consulted at the Central Hotel.
Concekt. We would remind our readers that Mr Savage’s complimentary concert takes place this evening at the Town Hall. A large number of tickets have, wo believe, been disposed of, and as a capital programme has been arranged, we expect to see a crowded house. Football. —The following is a list of the Football Club’s engagements for matches with outside clubs :—Against Geraldine, to be played at Geraldine on July 6 ; against Southbridge, to be played at Rakaia on July 20 ; against the Pilgrims, to be played at Ashburton on August 3 ; and against Christchurch, to be played at Ashburton on August 17.
Amateur Dramatic Club.— At a meeting of the Dramatic Club held last night, it was resolved, in conjunction with the Georgia Minstrels, to put Uncle Tom’s Cabin on the stage as the next piece to be performed, the day to be either the Bth or 9th July. Mr Hosea Easton, who will take the part of Uncle Tom, is said to bo the original representative of that character, and played for a hundred consecutive nights in New York.
Mammouth Gift Show Company. We understand from Mr Levoi, manager of the above company, that they will give their opening entertainment, consisting of legerdemain ventriloquism, and second sight on Saturday afternoon. They proposed to open on Friday evening, but found the Town Hall engaged for that evening. Their first performance will be specially for the juveniles of Ashburton, half prices only being charged, though each one present will have a chance of a prize. The gifts are said to be on a scale never before attempted by any company ; not paltry gifts, but articles of utility in every house. They will be on view at the shop lately openedjin the Town Hall, which has been specially engaged for the purpose. The entertainment itself has been highly praised in Melbourne and elsewhere, the secondsight magic being particularly clever. The rates of admission at night will be Is and 2s respectively; for the juvenile performance on the Saturday afternoon, only 6d. A large attendance may be expected.
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