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The Old Mee’s Home. —The tender of Mr Crumb, L 53, for the repairs required in the Old Mtn’a Home in this town was accepted at, the last meeting of the Christchurch Charitable Aid Board on Tuesday last. Quoits. —A ivtiru match between the Ashburton Club and the Mount Somers and Alford Hmsst, Clubs trill bo played to-morrow on the Pound ground. Play to commence nt noon. Hounds. —Yesterday morning Mr Archer brought with him into town from Timaru, at his own expense, a very good looking pack of hounds. In consequence of bad weather the hounds did not meet yesterday, but they will do so in the first week in August. The Weather anb the Railway Line. —The had weather which prevailed in the early part of the week still continues. It is still raining hard, and there are no signs of clearing up. We are glad to learn that though earth had been washed away from the line in several places near Rakaia and Chertsey yesterday, several men were set at work last night, and the earth replaced, so that this morning the trains were again running right through in both directions between Ashburton and Christchurch.

Ploughing Match. —ln consequence of the unusually bad weather," the Agricultural and Pastoral Association have decided to postpone the ploughing match, dinner, and ball, which were to have come off to-day, until next Tuesday. There has been some grumbling among the fanners about the want of notice of postponement yesterday.

The Bangitata Bridge. —At the meeting of the Mount Peel Road Board on Friday, the clerk was instructed to write to the Hon. J. B. A. Acland, ami Messrs Studholme and Wakefield, M H.R.’s, stating that the Ashburton County Council began to work at the Rangitata traffic bridge on the 6th July, and after working cioffit days they got one pile driven to a depth of sixteen feet, when it broke off. The Board therefore consider it necessary that steps should be taken to put a .stop to this monstrous experimental expenditure.

In the Wrong Box. —A person named Hix, who was defendant in a civil case heard before the Resident Magistrate last Friday, writes to us to say that the verdict was in his favor and not for the plaintiff, as appeared in our report. On enquiry of the Clerk of the Court we find that our report was quite correct. Paper Mill Company. —Last Friday a meeting was held al Temuka for the purpose of forming a Paper Mill Company. Mr John Hayhurst was in the chair. It was resolved that the company should be formed, and a large number of shares were at once taken up. Change of Proprietary. —From announcements elsewhere it will be soon that Messrs A. R. Markham and Co. have disposed of their business at Ohertaey to Mr Robert Alcorn. We wish Mr Alcorn success in his new venture in the rising township of Chcrtsey. In Bankruptcy. —Par Pattorson, of Ashburton, contractor, has filed a declaration of insolvency. The Other Side of the Question. — It is rumored, a Timaru paper states, that a reply to a recently published brochure dealing with the land question will shortly make its appearance. This will bo entitled, “ How are we to get away from from Here.”

Phrenology. —Yesterday evening at the Town Hall, Professor Simon gave his postponed phrenological entertainment. There was a poor house, in consequence of the bad weather, only about twenty persons being present. The Professor, however, after a few introductory remarks on the importance of phrenology in the choice of a profession or trade, invited some of those present to come on the platform and have their characters delineated. Eight persons accepted the invitation, and their craniums were accordingly examined hy the Professor, four whilst he was blindJo.Jed with a handkerchief, and four with the handkerchief removed. They all stated that the characters given them were quite correct so far as they’ knew. Mr Simon stated that, in consequence of the smallness of of the audience, ho should not deliver his lecture that evening, but would do so at a future date. We arc informed that Professor Simons’ private practice in phrenological examination at Quill’s Hotel is very considerable. It will be seen by a notice in another column that Professor Simon will remain in Ashburton through the present week and can be seen every day at Quill’s Hotel. From Ashburton he proceeds on invitation to Rakaia, but will return to Ashburton to give a phrenological and physiognomical entertainment at the Town Hall on the evening of Saturday, the 30th July.

Swindling a Drunkard. The North Otago Times records the following abominable.swindle :—Somewhere about a week ago, in a district well know as the land of “Kerry men and merino mutton,” the the following honorable transaction took place One evening a farmer, who owns a farm of 700 acres, having on it a house and homestead, several hundred sheep, and several hundred pounds worth of of horseflesh, etc., went down to a publichouse. Here he enjoyed himself until he had a “ wee drap in his e’e.” A son of the worthy host then got him in tow and he became “gloriously” drunk. This gentleman then persuaded the unfortnate farmer to sell him his farm, and everything on it, for LlO per acre, and at two o’clock in the morning, so as not to allow his guest to get sober before the transaction wae completed, went and roused one of his servants out of bed to witness the signing of the bargain. It may be mentioned that this 700 acres comprises some of the best land in the district, neighboring land having been sold for over Ll2 an acre.

An Archbishop who has Kissed thb Blarney Stone. —The following choice specimenfof “ soft soap ” is from a speech given at Tipperary by the Archbishop of Cashel:—I know that in other countries the people are sometimes a very dangerous lot to follow. Following the people in France or in Germany, or in Italy, or, unfortunately, now in Belgium, and almost all the countries in Europe, would be doing what would be wrong. But do you know what I have said —and I hare said it in high places, and every day of my life confirms me in the conviction — that the instincts of the Irish people are so good, it is impossible they can be wrong (applause). And, therefore, when c n masse in a body, the religious, sacrament receiving, supernaturally-gifted—marvel-lously supermiturally-gifted—people of Ireland, who would not wilfully do any wrong to anyone—when they seize upon a certain principle and wish to carry it into action, and strive to do so, I am as sure as I am of my own existence that that principle is right, and the action of the people is, therefore, to be commended (applause). Therefore, when I saw this business of the League, the uprising of the Irish heart and the Irish head and the Irish arm against the tyranny by which the people of this country were kept down for ages when I saw that swelling like an immense hurricane, and sweeping over ihe country I said —“ It is impossible that can be wrong because the Irish heart is always right, and the Irish head guides it to secure aim.”

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 401, 21 July 1881

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 401, 21 July 1881

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