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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. THURSDAY, JULY 7, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. ' [lssued at 4.30 p.m.]

To Orangemen. —The members of the local Orange Lodge are reininded that the usual monthly meeting takes place, tonight in the Somerset sample rooms. Wesleyan. A congregational tea meeting in connection with the Wesleyan; Church is to be held this evening. At an after meeting we understand some matters of special interest to the congregation will be discussed. Mount Somers. A tea meeting and entertainment in aid of the Presbyterian cause ui the Mount Somers district is announced for to-morrow night. Inquest. . Last Saturday an inquest

was held in Temuka by Mr J. N. Wood O.n the body of a child named Simon Demuth, eight years, old. The evidence clearly showed that the boy was drowned accidentally in the Temuka River on the 29 th ult. , and a verdict to that effect was accordingly returned.

Lecture at St. Stephen’s Yesterday evening a Lecture was given in St. Stephen’s Church, by the incumbent, the Rev. A. W. Hands, on the Translation of the Bible by Tyndale, and the subsequent revisions. About fifty or sixty persons were present. The rev. ; lecturer entered at some length into the history of the earliest ,translations, of the Biblo after the invention of; printing, and the revival of classical literature," in consequence of the capture of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453, and the flight of learned men westward which followed. After dwelling on the life and work of Tyndale and the other translators, the lecturer brought down his subject to the time of the present authorised version, of the Bible, and stated that he would deliver another lecture shortly on the subsequent attempts at improved translations.

South Rakaia School Committee.— The monthly meeting of the South Rakaia School Committee was held last Tuesday evening. Mr Hardy was in the chair. An application on behalf of the Roman. Catholic body to use the school for divine service on the fourth Sunday of _every month, was granted; •On the motion of Mr L Gaarder, the Rev. E. E. Chambers was elected a member of the Committee in place of Mr J. N. Sharp.

Thoroughgoing Suppression or Gambling.—When the Hon. Mr Whitaker moved the second reading of the Gambling and Lotteries Bill in the Upper House, the Hon. Mr Scotland said the Bill did not go far enough. Gambling should be wholly abolished. Lotteries for works of art woic mole Goooy xluolco,nvonoy toing fKo real object. ' Racing was a barbarous cruel sport, and should be put down altogether. Everyone getting up a race or found at a race meeting should be sent to hard labor. . No half measures, would stop the great evil. . We fear that .a large section of the public are not yet prepared to follow Mr Scotland's lead, and will not endorse his statement in so far as it .regards horse racing pure and simple*. A Precocious Son. —An amusing occurrence, says the Post took place on a city tramcar the other day. An elderly gentleman, accompanied by a little boy in knickerbockers —the former slightly elevated—entered a crowded tramcar, and, from the little circumstance just mentioned, were the source of a good deal of interest. On the following morning the youngster made it his business to travel by the same tram, And during the journey, called the conductor on one side, and into his ear whispered with a confidental air, “If the old man, you know, comes into the tram again a little bit squiffiey, and forgets to bring his fare with him, don’t make any row about it before the other passengers, but just let me know, and I’ll pay for him. The guv’nor has plenty of money, so there’s no need to kick up a fngg about it. The guard smiled a knowing assent, and the lad, heaving a little sigh of relief, seemed perfectly satisfied.

Religious Education in Schools.—A petition, worded as follows, has been drawn up, and is being signed in the town 'J’o the IJoif. the Speaker and the Members of the Legislative Council of the Colony of New Zealand, <fec. The petition of the undersigned inhabitants of the Provincial District of Canterbury humbly, sheweth that your petitioners are firmly convinced—(l) That a system of national education, from which instruction in the principles of religion is excluded, is fraught with danger to the best interests, of the community. (2) That such a i .system shocks the religious instincts, and is opposed to the deepest convictions of very many persons .among all classes, who from their aversion to ppbjjcity, and their quiet uncomplaining character, do not for the most part make their opinions heard. (3) That the majority of the parents of the children attending the public schools of the County desire religious instruction for their children, and many make sacrifices to obtain it for them, when schools are sat on foot by the religious body to which they belong; but that the exclusion of such schools from any share in public grants, while At the same time they have to compete with the State Schools which are free, makes it almost impossible to majatejn them, so that the majority of parents are either compelled to forego a privilege which.very many of them value dearly, or are placed at an unfair disadvantage by having to pay school fees, while at the same tuna they contribute their share to the public revenues, out of which the free schools are maintained. 4. That the time available on Sundays for the communication of religious instruction-in Sunday schools, which very rarely exoceods an hour and a half, is altogether insufficient for the purpose, and that religious instruction confined to one day in the week is very far from adequate. 5. That justice arid sound policy therefore alike require that provision should bo made for grants in aid’ being mads to schools set on foot by any religious denomination, provided that the attendance and saoqlar foatruction in such schools shall come up to the required standards, and satisiy the Government inspectors. 6. And further, that .provision should bo made for the communication of religious instruction in the public schools by ministers bf religion, or persons duly authorised by item, to the dhiidten pf their respective communions within school hours. _ Your petitioners therefore pray that the Education Act, 1877, may to so amended as tp make provision for these objects. And your petitioners wiUeverpK97j>.; . i :

Elgin School Committee. The ordinary monthly meeting of this ~Committee was held on Wednesday eyenihg last, at which all the members were ;pro-, sent, excepting Mr Henry, jMoffatt, who was unwell* „ Proposed, by Mr. Peter Inries, seconded by Mr Andrew Leatham —“ That Mr John Koir be a member of Committee in lieu of Mr Henry Moffatt, who is out of office through /non-atten-dance.” Proposed, as an amendment, by Mr Bruce, seconded by Mr T. Holmes—- “ That Mr George Cox be elected on Committee in lieu of Mr Moflatt. ” The amendment was carried by four against two. Proposed by,Mr Andrew, Leatham, and seconded by Mr John Cochrane—- “ That Mrs Oavfli’s, tender‘ for keeping the schoolroom clean, at TA 10s per annum, be accepted, in accordance with Committee’s schedule, and that the Committee allow an extra ten shillings for necessary requisites, to .become ; their property. The office to take effect on the 17th August next, and that Mr’ Proudlook 1 receive notice to that effect.” Carried. Proposed; by Mr Thomas Holmes, and seconded by Mr James Skillen —“That the Committee will not sanction. ; any mid-winter holidays.” Carried. Proposed by Mr John ;Cochrane, seconded by Mr Thomas Holmes—- “ That the Chairmah be authorised to order the necessary fuel required.” Carried. Proposed by Mr John iCdch--rane, and- by 'Mr '.Andrews Leatham—“ That the Master be ' dismissed, or otherwise the Committee will resign.” Carried ncm. con. Proposed by Mr Andrew Leatham, seconded by Mr Peter Innes—“ That the Committee pass the following accounts:—“ Teachers’ salaries, Ll4l6sßd; Charles Shaw, for deepening well, LI 10s.” Carried. The Committee then adjourned.

Opening of the Lyttelton Restaurant. —Mr Lazurus formally opened his new boarding-houso last. evening by giving a free supper. A 1 goodly number —probably fifty—sat down to partake of their host’s cheer, which was served iup in a really creditable manner. The yiands were of the {best quality and in abundance. After the cloth had been removed recourse was made to the' flowing bowl, a chairman and vice-chairman were elected, and toasts drunk, amongst which ;were—- “ The Queen,” “ The Mayor,” f * The Host,” “ Chairman,” “ Ourselves,” &c. In the interval capital songs were sung, Messrs Scott, Stevenson, Easton, Jones, and several other gentlemen contributing largely to this part of the programme. The party broke iip at a late hour, the visitors thoroughly enjoying themselves, the host having done his best to entertain them.

Wakantti Road Board.— ln consequence of unusual pressure on our space, we are compelled to hold over our, report of the monthly meeting of the Wakanui Road Board, which was held to-day.

County Council. —The following is the only business transacted at the County Council meeting after we went to press yesterday afternoon A letter was read from the Mount Somers Road Board, asking that the road on the west side of the North Ashburton- bridge should be put in thorough repair, before they were called upon to pay half this .cost of the original construction. The application was refused. Letters from the Lohgbeach Road Board, and from D. Brans, respecting the Waterton drainage, were read. Leave of absence was granted to Messrs Wright, Saunders and Grigg, and to the County Clerk, Mr Mainwaring, to whose efficiency in the discharge of his duties a high tribute of respect was paid. The Council then adjourned. A special meeting of the Council, respecting the closing of some roads, was held, but it was not of any public interest. “ Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” —The representation of Uncle Tom’s Cabin is now 1 definitely fixed for the 14th, 15th, and 16th inst. It is in active rehearsal, and promises to be a great success. The representative character of Uncle Tom will be taken by Mr Hosea Easton, who played the part for one. hundred consecutive nights in New York, and forty in Melbourne. We hope the friends of the drama in the county will avail themselves of the opportunity of witnessing so genuine a representation of Mrs Harriet Beecher Stowe's famous novel.

Measles at Port.— There having been a few cases of measles reported lately ia Lyttelton, the committee of the Roman Catholic day school in Port, with a View to the protection of the children : who attend the institution, hare ordered that it be.closed from date for fourteen days. As far as it can be ascertained there' are very few cases of. measles at present undergoing medical treatment, not more probably than three or four-— Press. ; New Stage Ppopsbtiesin “Hamlet.”— In an essay in the Awtralasian an unfortunate actor and literacy man tells the following story :—“ I was property man in New Zealand for a fortnight , "We were playing to indifferent houses on the Thames, and Jorkina—you know Jorkina—was billed for Hamlet. I had forgotten the bones for the churchyard agene, and while he was telling Ophelia to f get thee to a nunnery, 1 I rushed over to the butcher’s to order a supply. To tell the truth, I had been drinking for a week beforehand when the miscreant emptied a bagful into the grave, I deemed that my part in the play had been well played. But when the gravedigger shovelled half a dozen trotters and a bleeding neck of mutton on the stage, and when Jorkins took up a gory sheep’s head to moralise on. Yorick’s skull, the theatre rose at him with yells of laughter, aij.d h e rushed behind the scenes and grasped me by the throat. I was sorry afterwards that I gave him a black eye, for I was to blame. But I lost the billet, and was .fined, at the local Police Court, 5s for the assault, so he. had his revenge.” . Quantity of Government Stationery Used. —The Government Printer has lately sent in his report On the stationery consumed .in the Government offices throughput the colony. He states as follows The value 0/ annual orders sent to England during the past three years has been as follows :—IB7B-79, L 12,904; 1880-81, L 9.643; 1881-82, L 7,883. This steady reduction has been effected by the stock having been carefully examined, and the substitution of cheaper papers for the expensive hand-made descriptions formerly so extensively used. Requisitions have also been carefully scrutinised before being given out to supply, and reduced whenever the quantities applied for were considered excessive. For instance, one office empluyimr four clerks, requisitioning for the annual supply, asked for 4 reams blotting paper, 8 reAmy foolscap, g reams note, and 2 reams letter-paper, 250 quill and 240 barrel pens, 4,320 pen nibs, 1,440 paper-fasteners, 6,000 eyelets, 144 Faber's, eerasers, and 864 elastic bands. These were reduced to J., 1, 1,125, J. 28, 1,008, 720, 3,000, 24, and 288 respectively. Another office applied for 3,000 ?ens, 36 penholders, 72 blacklead pencils, 2 colored pencils, 3,456 paper-fasteners, 864 elastic bands, 12,000 eyelets, 12 letter clips, 12 dozen pieces red tape, 12 pints rod ink, 12 pints copying ink, and 8 reams blotting paper. These were, reduced to 2,712, 24, 36,36,864, 288, 3,000, 6,6, 3, 6, and 1 respectively. Cancelled and obsolete forms printed on one side only, which were originally thrown away as waste paper, pro now.utilised; mail notices and, in" some instances, departmental forms being printed on this unused side. This has also materially assisted to the expenditure for paper. A greater reduction would have been observably in the last indent but; for. the increase in prices of stationery under the last contract, an increase amounting in the aggregate to nearly 30. per; cent. ■!, I ; cannot isocount for this, aa ijjie prices EogUah Imwkotf.hpvy.9otaltered." " j

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. THURSDAY, JULY 7, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 389, 7 July 1881

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