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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, JULY 9, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.10 p.«i.]

Held Over.—We have received areport of the meeting held at Mount Somers for the purpose of bidding farewell to Mr F. E. Tomlison, also several letters from correspondents, and our usual Sydney letter, which are now in type, but unavoidably held over.

Excursion Trains. —The first of the cheap excursion trains from Christchurch to Dunedin passed through Ashburton last night at ten minutes to eleven o’clock. The fares were only 25s from Christchurch and 19s lOd from Ashburton, and from other stations at proportionately low rates. A large number of passengers booked from Christchurch, twenty from Rakaia, and forty from Ashburton. The Railway Band travelled in the train. We regret to learn that the members of the Band conducted themselves with great discourtesy to the lady travellers. They determined among themselves that they would be the sole occupants of one large carriage, and accordingly, when the guard put some ladies in the same carriage, they immediately pulled out their pipes and began smoking some very queer tobacco, on purpose to drive their fellow-passengers out. Fortunately some gentlemen, whose wives and sisters were in thv train, insisted that the smoking should atop, and at length the offenders desisted.

New Billiard Boost. —The new Bil-liard-room of the Somerset Hotel, which is now very handsomely and comfortably furnished by Mr Shearman the proprietor, is to ( be opened to-night by the lessee, Mr Hicks. The table is one of Thurston’s best make, and is well placed on a concrete foundation.

Bad Manners. —We noticed in one of the carriages of the special night train to Dunedin last night that a number of the bandsmen belonging to the Railway Band were so utterly ill bred as to commence smoking in a carriage where a number of ladies were crowded in, evidently with the intention of driving them out through the effluvia of their noxious fumes. Had a poor unfortunate “ swagger ” even commenced to light his pipe in such a carriage the probabilities are that he would have been marched off to the look-up without more ado.

■Volunteer Meetino. —A meeting of the local Volunteer corps was held on Thursday, at Mr Bullock’s auction rooms. There was a good attendance, and Captain Bullock presided. The Chairman stated his intention of interviewing the Commissioner of Crown Lands re a site for drill-shed, and also said ho would see Colonel Packe to ascertain whether Snider rifles could be obtained for the corps. Captain Bullock also notified that it would be necessary for the meeting to elect an officer in his place, as he had failed to pass the necessary examination in the specified time. Private Murray proposed that Captain Bullock be reelected, and Private Dunn having seconded the motion, it was put and carried. Sergeant Vaughan was eleetad Secretary in room of Corporal Felton, resigned. Resolved that L 3 bo spent in the purchase of single-sticks and boxing gloves for the use of the corps. A vote of thanks was unanimously passed to bandmaster Savage, for his past services. A Committee was appointed to obtain a suitable souvenir to Bugler Savage, who, with his father, was leaving the district. Votes of thanks were passed to the officers, and to ColorSergeant Dolman especially, for their services in the past. After passing several accounts for payment, the proceedings terminated.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, JULY 9, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 391, 9 July 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, JULY 9, 1881. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 391, 9 July 1881

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