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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit THURSDAY, JULY 14, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. [lsmed at 4.10 p. n*. j

Police Oouet.— As there seems 1o be some missapprehension in the public mind as to the Ponce Court business on the two next days, we may mention that tomorrow the two highway robbery cases at South Bakaia will be heard, and on Saturday the charge against Mr and Mrs Buxton, already partly heard, and the case for the prosecution completed.

The Old Mnn’s Home.—The alterations in the Old Men’s Home are not to be as extensive as the public imagine. They will not cost more than from L2O to L3O, and will consist almost entirely in work done to the room at the further end of the building, devoted to the invalid inmates. There are three of these at present, and the room is obviously unsuitable, being too small; and besides that, in winter time, too full of draughts from the numerous cracks and crevices consequent upon the age of the structure. There are now 46 inmates, whose ages vary from oyer 80 to 23, the latter being one of three under 30 years of age forwarded from hospitals as incurable. The inmates appear to suffer more from rheumatism than from atiy other complaint. In their sitting room they make large fires, and get chilled on going back to their small sleeping rooms. The food seems abundant in quantity and of fair quality. The cooking arrangements also are good. There is very, little doubt that before long a new and enlarged building will have to be erected. There are strong reasons for its being put up on the same site as at present. The proposal made for its being erected in Armagh street, Christchurch, is obviously unwise, as the central part of - Christchurch, like that of most other large cities, is notoriously unhealthy. On the other hand, the Ashburton Home is in a very healthy situation, upon the Mount Somers and Alford Forest road, just on the outskirts of the town, in the only little piece of rising ground which the place contains, detached, and at some little distance from any other huilfUajE The quality of the water of the townfudi SB is well known, is excellent. Ob s&itary grounds there can be ho reasonable Jmtftipq L as to the Ashburton site being fim preferable to that in Christchurch.

Perch, —Mr A. Shury has informed us that he will receive 200 more perch for distribution in the district. Wo hope shortly to hear of the success of this favorite fish, and that they will soon afford some sport|for the lovers of the Tod.

Waterton Library Hall.—A concert and ball was given in the above ball on the night of the 13th Inst., in aild of the - library ball funds. The hall was crowded; Mr James Davis in the chair. It was considered to be one of the best entertainments ever given in the hall. Songs were sung by Mesdames Bysh and other ladies, and also by Messrs Teinfin, Osborne, Wheeler, and other gentlemen. Messrs Gilmore, Clothier, and Norish gave readings. Mr Savage recited “ The Battle of Waterloo,” and the Longbeach Christy Minstrels performed most creditably. The meeting closed with a dance, and gave general satisfaction. A vote of thanks to the Chairman concluded the entertainment, and the dance, which followed, was kept up to the small hours of the morning. I.O.G.T.—The usual weekly meeting of the Will and the Way Lodge, Tinwald, last night, when it was decided to hold an “ open lodge” on Wednesday next, and send an invitation to the Dawn of Peace Lodge, Ashburton, Inviting their officers to fill the office-bearer’s seats in the Will and the Way on that occasion. ■< This evening the Unity Degree Temple hold a meeting in the back room in the Templar Hall, Ashburton, when, one of the . notices of , motion to be considered will be the holding of. the Temple one month in Ashburton and one month in Tinwald, two meetings in_ each month. On Monday evening last, in the Dawn of Peace Lodge, Bro. Williams read, his promised paper, which was well received, the paper being in answer to the question, “ Will the use of intoxicating liquors ever be entirely abolished 1" The paper went so far to prove that it will be abolished, that no one seemed inclined to stand up for the opposite side of the question. „

Ashburton Industrial Association.— A meeting of the Committee was held hut. night in the Town Hall, Mr W. Roberts in the chair. A letter was read from the Harbor Master at Lyttelton, Captain McLellan, stating that he considered that a point near the mouth of the Ashburtonriver would be the most practicable place for a landing service for sailing vessel a A letter was road from Mr B. G. Wright, M.H.R., stating that he believed a sufficient sum would be voted in Parliament during the present session to complete the branch railway as far as Wood’s Crossing, Mount Somers, but that beyond that point a private company would have to continue the line to the mines and stone quarries.' A letter was read from the Clerk of the County Council, regretting that the Council had no funds available for making a grant towards the erection of a Museum building. Some accounts were ordered to stand over until the annual meeting of the Association, which will take place on the second Wednesday in next month. The meeting then adjourned.

Ranoitata Road Board. The ordinary meeting of the Board was held last Tuesday. There were present—Dr Trevor (in the chair), and Messrs Morrow, Gibson, and McColl. A letter was read from the

Mount Somers Road Board, enclosing .art amended statement of accounts, and -recommending that the division of property be referred to arbitration. The Upper Ashburton Road Board wrote to the same

effect. On the motion of Mr Morrow, Mr George Roberts, of Christchurch, was appointed arbitrator for the settlement of accounts with the two boards. A letter was read trom the Commissioner of Reserves, stating that ten acres would, gazetted as a reserve for a cemetery. Accepted tenders for several works in the Rangitata district .wera.Jorj.warded by the Upper Ashburton Road 1 Board. The Clerk was instructed to ploton lithograph maps suitable places for gravel reserves, and to apply to the: ChW£. Surveyor to have them set apart for; the Board. The Clerk was also instructed to report on the main roads which require to be defined by a ploughed furrow for the guidance of travellers. He was further instructed to sub-divide the district into five wards, having each a nearly equal rateable value. A vote of thanks was passed to Mr McColl for the manner in which he had promoted the formation of the district. It was decided in future to hold the meetings of the Board at noon on the second Monday in each month. Some accounts were passed for payment, and the Board then adjourned. Tinwalo Temperance Hall Company. —The first general meeting’ of shareholders in the Tinwald Temperance Hall i Company was held in the company’s hall on Tuesday evening last. There was a good attendance of shareholders present The Chairman (Mr Thomas Williams) read the report of the Directors,. which, after giving the history of the company from its origin to the present time—the company having been registered in September, and the hall finished in December last—stated that the company was in a very prosperous condition, there being 168 shares taken up and paii for at LI, and the property was at L 207 10s, the total expenditure having been only L 220 12s, which left the property worth within Ll 3 2s 9d of what it has cost to float the company, get it legally registered, buy the land, build the hall, provide the necessary furniture and i lamps, pay the insurance, and all other, incidental expenses. The report further stated that if the necessary number of shares had been taken up at the first start, instead of their having to borrow, the receipts would have enabled the Directors to have reserved a sum equal to 5 per cent., and declared a dividend equal to 20 per cent, per annum for the last six. months; and the report recommended that 30 or 40 more shares be at once taken np, in order to pay off the overdraft, and thereby, get out of debt. Sixteen new' shares were at once applied for in answer to the appeal. The report also recommended extending the hall, and adding another wmg for the purpose of a public library and reading-room. It was decided that plans and estimates for the same .be prepared. It was also decided that the number of Directors bo reduced to seven. The election of Directors then took when the following were elected : Messrs Shearer, Reeve, Williams, Jephson, Hawkins, Jones, and Gudaell. | Messrs Chichester and Beaumont were nominated for auditors. Mr Beaumont (the late auditor) was re-elected. After the usual vote of thanks to the late Board of Directors, the Trustees (Messrs Carter, Gundry, and Smith), and the Treasurer (Mr Smith) had been passed, and also a hearty vote of thanks to the Chairman and Secretary (Mr Thomas Williams), the general meeting closed, every shareholder present expressing very groat and general satisfaction at the excellent condition in which they found, all the affairs of the company. Immediately afterwards the new Board of Directors held their first meeting, and proceeded to elect their Chairman. Mr Williams was nominated, but declined to stand on the ground of being a candidate for the office . of Secretary. Mr 0. P. H. Jephson was then unanimously elected Chairman. It was resolved that the Secretary be a paid officer, and Mr Williams was un-; animously elected. He then tendered his resignation as a member of the Board of Directors, having accepted a paid office . Mr Robert Innes was duly elected in his stead. It was resolved that the .Chairman and Mr Hawkins be empowered to sign cheques on behalf of the company, and also that the Board meet on the second Tuesday in each month. After some small accounts being passed for ‘ payment, the meeting closed.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit THURSDAY, JULY 14, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 395, 14 July 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit THURSDAY, JULY 14, 1881. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 395, 14 July 1881

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