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District Court. —From an announcement elsewhere, it will be seen that the next sitting of the District Court will be adjourned to the sth of August next, and not Bth July, as advertised on Saturday last. Tent Robbery. Between Saturday night and Sunday morning a tent belonging to a man named John Walker was broken into, and a number of blankets, &c., stolen therefrom. Mr Walker, who lives at Winslow, has a fencing contract at Chertsey, and left his tent on Saturday night all safe, but on his return yesterday found the things had been taken. The Fourth of July. —To-day is the anniversary of America’s independence, but we should imagine our Borough contains but few loyal Americans, for not a single bit of bunting bearing the wellknown stars and stripes fluttered in the breeze to proclaim the day of their “ great independence” ; a day held so dear by most sons of America. New Local Enterprise.— The Timaru Herald informs us that Mr James Shears, the enterprising proprietor of the brickmaking works at the rear of the High School, has just imported, and is about to to erect, a semi-plastic brick-making machine, the first of its kind in the colony. The advantages of this machine are that it will take in the clay direct from the face, pass it through disintorgrators into the pug-mill, where a water jet is applied, thence into moulds, receiving a slight pressure ; afterwards passing into another press, all self-acting, where it undergoes a very heavy charge or pressure; finally passing direct to the kiln, thus dispensing with the labor of drying, as by the usual method. The machine can be worked all the year round* independent of rain or frost, and is capable of turning out 15bricks per minute, or 1,000 per hour, a quantity sufficient to supply the present consumption of all South Canterbury.

Female Suffrage. The first contested election at which women voted came off on March 31, in the Isle of Man. The first vote was recorded by a female voter. Considering the name of this island, it is curious that it should be the first place selected to test woman’s suffrage. A Silent Funeral. —A singular interment took place recently at the Sheffield Cemetery, the first of its kind in England. The remains were those of an old lady who had been deaf and dumb for years. The mourners were all deaf and dumb, and the service was entirely conducted with deaf and dumb signs by Mr Stephenson, the superintendent of the Sheffield Deaf and Dumb Association. Hitherto the service in similar cases has been conducted orally and then interpreted.

Color Photography. —An exhibition of specimens of a new development of photographic art, to be known as color photography, has recently been made in London. What the new process aims at, and judging from the portraits on view, perfectly accomplishes, is to reproduce by the action of the sun the tints in the face of the sitter. It seems sufficient that a result is produced equal, perhaps, in the certainty, and in its artistic effects superior to hand-painting of photography, at one-third the cost. The general effect closely resembles painting on ivory, the depth, richness, variety, and harmony of color being exquisitely and fully reproduced. Alcoholic Poisoning. —The following, clipped from an Australian exchange, gives the conclusion of the magisterial enquiry into the death of the unfortunate man Peter Buckley, the shocking circumstances attending whose death was detailed by our Sydney correspondent ; in a letter published by us on Friday last ; Mr Piutrey, the magistrate before whom the enquiry was held, read the following finding :—“ I find that Peter Buckley died in the Sydney Infirmary on the 3rd day of Juneinst. from alcoholic poisoning, caused by End through one John Cocks having administered to him at sundry times, between the 11th May and the Ist June, 1881, and in such quantities, divers spirituous liquors, of which the said Peter Buckley did die. I therefore direct that an information be laid charging the said John Cocks with manslaughter.

Entertainment at the Town Hall.— On Saturday evening whkt the bills term the “ Great Gift Entertainment” was presented at the Town Hall, to a fair audience. The first part of the performance consisted of feats bf sleight-of-hand, executed by Mr W. H. Manning, some of them being exceedingly clever, albeit somewhat old, and all very well executed. The second part was devoted to clairvoyance or “second sight,” in which Mr Levoi presumably threw Mr Manning into a state of trance, and, borrowing several articles from the audience, requested the latter gentleman while blindfold to name and describe them, which he did correctly in almost every instance. To this followed what was undoubtedly the best portion of the entertainment—some feats of ventriloquism, really well executed by the gentleman who had so recently been mesmerised. Mr Manning succeeded in keeping his audience in a simmer of mirth until the. distribution of gifts, which concluded the entertainment. Re-Vaccination.— An interesting illustration of the value of re-vaccination is afforded by a report just furnished at the instance of the Local Government Board, by the chief medical officer of the General Post-office. This report relates to an average number of 10,504 persons per manently employed in the postal service in London, all of whom have been required to undergo re-vaccination on admission to the service, uuloao Umi, upoiU* tion had been performed within seven years previously. Among these persons during the ten years 1870-79, there had not been a single fatal case of small-pox, and in only ten instances have there been non-fatal attacks, all of which were of a very slight character. In the Telegraph department, where the enforcement of revaccination has not been carried out with the same completeness, twelve cases have occurred in the same period among a staff averaging 1,458 in number. Each of those attacked were persons who had not been re-vaccinated, and one of them died. The remaining four were re-vaccinated persons, who all perfectly recovered without pitting.

The Financial Statement. The Wellington correspondent of the Press telegraphs :—lt is now probable that the delivery of the financial statement will not take place on Tuesday as arranged, but will be postponed till Wednesday or Thursday. Major Atkinson is quite ready with his budget proper, but to make it complete, and in order to work out certain proposals he will make, he needs some departmental estimates which are not yet fully compiled. Every effort is being made to have them ready by Tuesday, but it is hardly likely that this can be done. If not, the statement will be deferred until they are complete, but in any case, not later than Thursday. If it has to be delivered on the private members night, the Government will give them Friday instead. I hear that the statement will be somewhat lengthy, going exhaustively into the colonial finances, and elaborately explaining the views of the Government respecting local government finance, about which so much has been heard lately. Directly after the delivery of the statement, Major Atkinson will introduce two out of the three Bills which embody Ministers Local Government policy. The second reading will be taken next day, when the Treasurer will embrace the opportunity of making a complete statement as to the policy of the Government on this question, and an exhaustive explanation of the plan proposed. His financial statement and local government speech will probably each occupy nearly two hours. The third Local Government Bill will be brought down later. The reason for this plan will appear when the full explanation is given. Sib G. Grey’s Local Government Bill. —The Wellington correspondent of the Timaru Herald telegraphed on Thursday as follows : —There was great fun in the House this afternoon when Sir George Grey’s Local Government Bill came on for first reading. Just as had been predicted by Mr Wakefield a fortnight before, Sir George had no Bill. He brought up only a blank sheet of paper and gravely moved that it be read a second time next Wednesday week. Everybody said then that his Bill was a myth, and thpre was much laughter, in which Sir George joined heartily. Sir Wm. Fox, with a very good imitation of solemn interest, rose to express the hope that this important measure would be placed in the hands of members at the earliest possible moment. The Speaker, with a broad grin on his face, assured the House it would be printed as soon as the framer of it (Sir George Grey) furnished the clerk with a draft of it. Mr Bolleston said he thought a Bill dealing with such a vital question of policy certainly ought to be distributed among members without delay. The Speaker again explained that until Sir George Grey supplied the text of the Bill it could not be printed. The question then dropped amid renewed laughter. This Bill of Sir George Grey’s, which was to settle the destinies of the colony and make everybody happy for all time, is of course a pure delusion. Nobody expected anything else, so nobody is deceived. It is simply regarded as a joke. I hear Sir George Grey is blamed, nevertheless, for pretending to have the wolfare of the people at heart and making impassioned speeches about the necessity for selfgovernment, when all the while he is only poking fun.

Furniture Sale. —The sale of Mr Savage’s furniture and effects has been postponed from Tuesday to Wednesday.

An Australian Opinion op Wellington. —In a late number of the “ Australian Magazine,” the following occurs : “In Wellington, the capital, a city of wood and dirt, an absurd city of wooden shanties, of perpetual wind, rain, hail, sleet, snow, or ice, the blank stare of poverty stands out in bold relief. ”

Horticiilural Society. —The usual monthly meeting of the Horticultural Society will be held at Messrs Jacobson and Eyton’s office, in Burnett street, to-morrow evening, at 8 o’clock. The business will consist of the preparation of prize schedule list for next show, and of the reading of two papers—one on planting, by Mr J. Sealy, and one on pansies, by Mr W. Randall.

Lectures. —lt will be seen from our advertising columns that a lecture will be delivered on Thursday next, at the schoolroom, Chertsey, by the Rev. Elliot E. Chambers, on the subject of “Canada,” as seen from the river St Lawrence. The proceeds of the lecture will be devoted to the church fund.—Another lecture will be delivered this evening in Ashburton, in connection with the Independent Order of Good Templars, by Broj Ddjnn, the subject being the very, cmfous one of “ Pickled Tongues. ” Supreme Court, Christchurch. —At this Court this morning His Honor Judge Johnston regretted not being able to congratulate the jury on any decrease in crime which, according to population, was now greater here than in England. Much of this, he said, was due to the drinking habits of the community, and to the incomplete nature of the penal system of the colony, more especially as affecting the classification of prisoners.—John Murphy was brought up, and the j udgment of the Court of Appeal in his case being read, his original sentence of 4 years’ penal servitude was repealed ; John Scott for forging and uttering received 2 years. Charge of Arson. —This morning, at the Police Court, before Mr J.. N. Wood, R.M., Robert Gould Ruxton, Marjorie Theresa Ruxton (his wife), and Mary Buckman (his sister-in-law), were brought up, charged with setting fire to the shop and dwelling-house of the accused Robert G. Ruxton, on the night of 24th Juno. The prisoners were arrested yesterday. The warrant was produced, but no evidence taken, and his Worship remanded the case until next Saturday. Bail was allowed the male defendant in two sureties of Ll5O each, in addition to his own surety for L3OO, and to the female defendants in two sureties of LSO each in each case, in addition to their own sureties for LIOO each. The bail was procured.

Taxing the Projectors of Political Railways. —Referring to Mr Hursthouse’a recent motion, the Dunedin Star says:— “In respect to constructed railways, we are unable to recognise the impracticability, or any deviation from equity, in making the districts through which they run chargeable with the excess of the gross expenditure over <|he receipts. The lands are there enornumsly increased in value; and it is only fair that they should be rated, as proposed, at Xhe expense of those who have directly profited by the expenditure, and thus reliev'e the revenue of the colony. We do not say that such an arrangement would b-i without difficulty, and no doubt the determined opposition of influential persons interested will make itself felt in Parliament should the resolution be embodied in any proposed legislation. ” /

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 386, 4 July 1881

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