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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. {lssued at 4.30 p.m.]

Waterton Library Committee. —The usual monthly meeting of the above Committee was held on Friday evening last. Present —Messrs Davies (in the chair), Taylor, Norrish, Moses, Bryan, and Gilmour. The treasurer reported that there was a credit balance of L 4 4s 6d. The Chairman reported that since the last meeting there had been a number of trees planted round the library site and several other improvements carried out. Some discussion then took place regarding a new tarifl of charges for the use of the hall, but ultimately it was resolved not to make any alteration. Mr Gilmour moved —“That an entertainment be held on July 13th in aid of the Library fund.” This was seconded by Mr Moses, and carried. Ths passing of several accounts for payment and the transaction of some other business, jbrought the meeting to a close. Binking. —An announcement relative to the local Binking Club, which appears elsewhere, should be perused by our linking friends.

Embezzlement.— The man Kennedy, who was alleged to have been robbed at Rakaia, was brought before his Worship the Mayor this afternoon, charged with embezzlement at Timaru. The accused was remanded for eight days. Fresh Fields, Ac.— The good accounts from the Cape diamond fields has induced six of the Dunedin police force to send in their resignation to-day. Cheap Railways. —Fancy constructing a railway for L 1,098 per mile —less than the cost of the macadamized road. Yet that, remarks the Sydney Mail, is the amount per mile of a tender for 32 miles of a railway to Queensland. We want some of these Queensland contractors in Now Zealand.

Permanent Market Buildings.— At the meeting of the Christchurch City Council, on Monday evening, Councillor Cuff gave notice that ho would move at next meeting—“ That this Council now take such action as may be necessary to commence the erection of permanent market buildings upon , their reserve in Market square. ” Horticultural Society.— A meeting of the committee of the Horticultural Society was held yesterday evening at the Mail office. There were present—Mr H. C. Jacobson, in the chair, and Messrs Poyntz |(hon. sec.), Mayo, Charlton, Smith, Andrews, Broomfield, Harrison, Stevenson, Simmonds, and Davidson. The secretary reported that he had arranged for advertising in the two papers for the year within the limits of the sum allowed. Some small accounts were passed for payment. As the two gentlemen who were to have road papers were absent, the committee proceeded to revise the prize list for the next autumn show. The chairman suggested that a prize should be given this year for the best cottage garden. The chief alterations made were in the striking out of the prizes for pelargoniums, strawberries, and gooseberries, and the addition of prizes for melons, rooted begonias, and a collection of varieties of grapes, and a prize for pumpkins. The various members of committee then stated what special prizes they would give at the next show. Among the novelties were prizes for clematis in pots, best collection of double petunias, best collection of gourds, and best two pots of jazneara, the last being a plant with which every member of the committee, except the proposer, seemed to be unacquainted, though it was asserted that there is already some in Ashburton, and that it is very beautiful. Some conversation passed respecting the advisability of increasing the amateur list,’ and there was a long comic discussion about giving prizes for the best samples of cooked potatoes/ The gentlemen who had agreed to read papers having still not pat in an appearance, the committee adjourned. A.R.Y.—This company will hold their ! half-yearly meeting after the usual weekly drill, at Mr Bullock’s auction room, tomorrow evening. An advertisement elsewhere states that important business will be brought forward,- f

Art . Union of London. —We have just been informed that at the annual distribution of prizes in London, which took place on the 26th April last, Mr Joshua Tucker became a prize-bolder of & work of art of the value of Ll 5, in addition to his annual picture. As he resides at so great a distance, the Council will choose for him a work of the value of his prize from the Royal Academy, or [one Jor the Art Societies. There are seveeral other New Zealand prize takers this year, and the popularity of the society seums to bo on the increase in all the British colonies.

Criminal Court, Christchurch. —The Supreme Court sat again at Christchurch yesterday. John Duncan, charged with arson, in Oxford Terrace, Christchurch, was found guilty and sentenced to six years’ penal servitude ; Thomas Wester Knibbs was charged with robbery witli violence and was acquitted, after a warning by the Judge as to his future conduct ; Charles Geddes was charged with having embezzled funds belonging to the Loyal Sefton Lodge of the 1.0.0. F., M.U., and was acquitted. The Court then adjourned. Tenders. —The Hospital and Charitable Aid Board invite tenders for additions to the Ashburton Home.

Arrests. —Yesterday Constables Rouse and Smart arrested four persons named, James Brown, James White, F. Cassey, and Maggie Sutton, on the arrival of the 4,35 p.m. train from Christchurch. The prisoners were charged with robbery with violence at the Rakaia. They were brought up at the R.M. Court this afternoon, James Kennedy gave evidence to the effect that he met the prisoner while at Rakaia, on July 4th, was enticed into drinking with him, and on their way towards the bridge, White and the other prisoners seized him by the throat, knocked him down, and robbed him of all the money he had with him (L 25). Prisoners were remanded until Friday next. The Mayor. —His Worship the Mayor arrived in Ashburton last night from the Auckland hot springs. He appears to have recruited his health during his visit, and looks very much better than when he left.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 388, 6 July 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1881. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 388, 6 July 1881

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