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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 399, 19 July 1881
Football. — Tiro members of the local Football Club, who played against Geraldine last week, will contest a game witn the rest of the Club to-morrow afternoon. . . , Pirnr xology.— We would again remind our readers that Professor Simon r. phrenological entertainment will be given for the first time this evening, at the Town Hall. “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”— Last nights performance of this drama was in every way a success, and although the boisterous state of the weather prevented many from attending, there was a very good house notwithstanding. Owing to the unprecedented success, and from the fact of many not being able to witness it owing to the weather, it has been resolved to represent it next Saturday mght, for positively the last time, and i’or the sole benefit of the Georgia Minstrels. Accident. —On Saturday evening last, as a man named Joseph Allan was driving his dray along the Wakanui road, he fell asleep, and when about eight miles from Ashburton fell off on the road. One of the wheels of the dray passed over him, and on his being taken to the Hospital it was found that one of his ribs was broken. The injury was at once attended to, and he is now going on well, so that lie will probably be out again within ten days’ time.
Ashburton Fours Sparrow Club. —A meeting of the Committee of this club was held in the schoolroom on Wednesday last ; Mr Stitt was in the chair. After some new members had been elected, Mr Sargeant stated that he had prepared the poisoned wheat as had been decided upon at last meeting, and that it would be ready for delivery to members by the 20th inst (to-morrow), the price to members to bo 15s per bushel, and to the public generally, 17s Gd. The first meeting will be held on the first Wednesday in September. A Seal.— A correspondent from Waterton writes us that on Saturday morning last a largo seal, measuring 7 feet 10 inches in length, -was captured close to the place above mentioned, on the beach. Mr R. Davies and some other men, six in all, tried to capture the animal alive, but as ho showed fight wore unable to do so, and after stunning it by throwing large stones at its head, captured it by making fast a rope tied round its tail to a post in a fence. The seal was brought into town yesterday. It is of a silver-grey color, about two feet in girth, and a female. It lias been purchased by Mr Jacob Mooar, who iutuuls to exhibit it at the Town Hall. Bright Wellington Jurymen. —We learn from the Wellington Evening Post that there have been one or two very bright juries at the recent criminal sittings of the Supremo Court. One prisoner, charged with house breaking, was proved to have been found recently in a stranger’s house, in the midst of rummaged drawers and boxes, the locks of which had been burst open and the contents strewn about the floor, was acquitted by the jury on the ground that “he had no felonious intent.” This vc. diet, however, was capped by that of another jury yesterday afternoon. A prisoner was found guilty of stealing a piano belonging to the trustees in an assigned estate, but the’ jury recommended him to mercy “ on the ground of conflicting evidence.” Important Land Sale. —Messrs J. T. Ford and Co. offered some land at Greenstreet, and the late Sir Cracroft Wilson’s property at the Hinds, at Messrs Friedlander Bros.’ store yesterday. There was a large attendance, and some of tiro lots were eagerly competed for. Or the Greenstreet lots, No. 1 was sold to Mr Joseph Clark at Ll2 10s per acre. Nos. G, 7,8, were sold to the same buyer for LlO per acre. No. 0 was also sold to Mr Clark at Lll, and No. 10 at L2l per acre, while lot 14 fell to the bid of Mr William Scott, at LlO per acre. The remainder of the sections were unsold. Of the Hinds lands, lots 3 and 4 (2G7 acres) were sold to Mr McGregor Watt, at L2 2s per acre. Lot 9 (35 acres) was purchased by Mr Roscoe at LG Cs per acre, and lot 12 (55 acres) by Mr Gilchrist, at L2 2s per acre.
Acclimatisation of Fish. —Last Saturday evening Mr Slimy, of the Union Bank received another consignment of live perch, all of which, 200 in number, arrived in good condition, and there was not one unhealthy one among them. Tire larger number were turned out into the Domain reservoir, but one can of seventyfive was taken clown by Mr Slimy to Longbeach and placed in Mr Grigg’s lagoon, without loss of a single fish. In the last three years Mr Shury has turned out, within an easy walk of the town (we arc not at liberty to state the precise locality), in addition to the 175 perch and 400 trout now in the Domain, GOO trout in a creek three miles from town, 500 trout in another, and 500 trout and 50 porch in a third creek, besides 50 perch in a lagoon in the river bed, and 125 porch at Longbeach. The trout were obtained from the Christchurch Acclimatisation Society, through the courtesy of Mr Thomas Acland and Mr Farr, and the perch from the Dunedin Society, through the good offices of Mr Arthur, the secretary.
New Railway Station. —The following petition is in course of circulation in Ashburton for signature “ To the Hon. the Minister for Public Works. The memorial of the undersigned residents in and about the ttown of Ashburton shewetb, —That the present railway station in the town of Ashburton, while conveniently situated for the use of the public, is wholly insufficient in size and construction for the accommodation of the goods and passenger traffic thereof. That much inconvenience to the public is thereby occasioned, while the limits of the passenger platform are so narrow as to create an appreciable risk to the lives and limbs of persons whose business requires their attendance on the platform at the times of the arrival and departure of trains. That the traffic both of goods and passengers at the said station is already of considerable magnitude as is shown by the railway returns, and is steadily increasing, while the Ashburton station is also the changing station for trains travelling between Christchurch and Timaru. That the deficiency in the accommodation made itself felt long since, and at a numerously attended public meeting held in the town of Ashburton some two years ago, a resolution was passed condemning the railway station on this ground, but the station still remains as it was at that time. That your memorialists understand that a sum of LI,OOO was placed on the estimates in 1879 for expenditure on the said railway station, hut your memorialists would respectfully urge that a much larger sum is needed to make the station what it should be, inasmuch as it was built at a time when the traffic to bo provided for was comparatively small, and nothing but an entire reconstruction of the station on a larger scale than the present will suffice foAhe wants of the place, while true economy would suggest that in rebuilding a station where the traffic is growing year by year, it should be rebuilt on a design fitted for enlargements ao required. Your memorialists therefore respectfully request that the Government will, during the present session, ask the House of Representatives to vote a sum of money sufficient to defray the cost of rebuilding the Ashburton railway station on a scale commensurate with the requirements of the district. And your memorialists will ever pray, &c. ” I
A Correction. —T!io attempted suicide, referred to in onr paper yesterday, took place at Butler’s ilotel, not at the Ashburton Hotel. The Weather. —The fine clear frosty ■weather which we have been enjoying lately seems to have completely broken up. A flue drizzling rain commenced early yesterday morning, and lasted through nearly the whole of the day an 1 night, and this morning changed to a heavy steady down-pour, which continues up to tho time of going' to press without any sign of abatement.
Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 399, 19 July 1881
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