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To the Editor. Sir, —I bog to thank you on behalf of myself and others, for your kindness in presenting us inmates of the Old Men’s Homo with a copy of your valuable paper, and would respectfully inform you that sometimes it does not reach the inmates at all, and at other times arrives in a mutilated form, paragraphs having been cut out. —I am, &c., Very Old Man. Old Men’s Home, July 16th 1881. [We are pleased at the appreciation expressed by our correspondent, but cannot account for the irregularity of delivery, or the unsatisfactory condition of the papers which do get to their destination. We have shown our correspondent’s letter to the publisher, and he asserts that the papers are addressed and regularly despatched, and we are confident the mutilation does not take place in this office.— Ed. t?.] To the Editor. Sir, —In your issue of the IGth, I noticed a letter “ Ploughing Arrangements,” signed Thomas Quill. As one, who for many years has taken a deep interest in all agricultural matters (and especially in ploughing matches), I thoroughly endorse Mr Quill’s remarks, as regards the holding of the dinner. During all my experience in connection with ploughing matches, I cannot remember an instance in which tenders for the dinner wete not advertised for, thereby wiving every hotelkeeper an opportunity af gaining any pecuniary benefits that mi»ht accrue from a public gathering hold in the district. It is well known that all the publicans in Ashburton subscribe liberally to the Agricutural Association, and, as a body, they object to the Secro tary of the Agricultural Association taking upon himself the responsibility of selecting the publican who is to carter for the dinner. The ploughing match is a public meeting—supported and got up by public subscriptions—and therefore such a thing as favoritism or patronage ought to bo excluded. In justice to the publicans of the district I would suggest (if not too late) that tenders for the ploughing match dinner should bo called for at once. Apologising for taking up so much of your valuable space, I am, Ac., Samuel Brown. ' Ashburton, July XBth 1881. :

arrived at by the Royal Commission now sitting. His Lordship further stated that if necessary a sub-commis-sion would be appointed to adjudicate on claims for compensation which may be put forward by those who remained loyal during the war, and that in the consideration of such claims natives would not be overlooked. Anniversary of the French Republic. Paris, July 14.

The anniversary of the French Republic was celebrated to-day as a public holiday throughout'.the country. Festivities were organised in all parts of this city, and passed off with great eclat.

Arrests at Tripoli. Telegrams are to hand to-day from Tripoli announcing that certain emissaries dispatched by the French Government to the Governor-General of Tripoli have been placed under arrest on their arrival at the capital.

Disturbances in Afghanistan. Calcutta, July 14.

News has been received to day from Afghanistan reporting that Ayoub Khan is now at Ferrah, a city about 130 miles south of Herat, supported by a large body of troops. The Ameer’s forces are still at Girishk, and it is expected that hostilities between the two armies will shortly commence. The President’s Health. . Washington, July 16. This morning’s bulletin reports that President Garfield progresses favorably, and he is rapidly gaining strength, and his complete recovery seems now assured. Arrival of the Mails. San Francisco, July 15. The Pacific mail steamship City of New York, which left Auckland on June 21 st, with the homeward Australian and New Zealand mails, arrived here yesterday. AUSTRALIAN^ [per rbutbr’s agency.] Scarcity of Sugar. Adelaide, July 16. A vessel has arrived here from Mauritius, and reports that when she left that island no sugar was obtainable. Mutiny. It is expected that the Government will prosecute the crew of the barque Sarah Bell for mutiny.

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A COMPLAINT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 398, 18 July 1881

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A COMPLAINT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 398, 18 July 1881

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