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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, JULY 22, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.10 p.m. j

Board op Education. —■ At a meeting of the Board of Education, held at Christchurch yesterday, in answer to a letter from the Alford Forest School Committee, asking that a male teacher might bo appointed to the side school, instead of a female teacher as heretofore, and asking if a teacher’s house could be erected at the side school, and for information re salary—lt was decided to inform the Committee that the salary of the master, if appointed, would be Ll3O per annum, less 10 per coat., and that there was no chance of a house being built for a long time. - An application was read from the Ashburton Mchool Committee for a grant of L 8 for tho purpose of erecting a wood-shed on the school grounds, and for a grant for mending fences. Tho first application was granted, and the second referred to the incidental expenses.

Lecture Postponed. Tho lecture which was to have been delivered at the Presbyterian Church on Wednesday evening by tho Rev. S. Slocombe, on the subject of “ Crooked sticks,” was not given, on account of the roughness of the weather. The rev. lecturer has left the town, but his lecture will be delivered at some future date, to be fixed.

Quoit Match. Like many other amusements lately the Quoit Match between the Ashburton and Mount Somers clubs, which had been fixed for to-day, nt Ashburton, did not come off, the visitors not putting in an appearance. It is understood that it will be played next Thursday. Elgin School. —The public meeting which was to have been held at the Elgin School on Wednesday evening last, at which the Committee’s conduct in recommending tho dismissal of the master, was to have been considered, had to bo postponed. Next Wednesday evening, 27th inst, lias been fixed for the consideration of the matter. Pdrlic Meeting. —From an announcement in this issue it will bo seen that the public meeting, to which wo inferred yesterday, is to take place on Wednesday evening next, when the matter of increased representation for the Coleridge District in the House of Representatives will be considered. Compulsory Clauses. —Parents whose children do not attend school will do well to consider an advertisement in another column relating to the matter.

Clearing Sale. —Mr Alfred Harrison announces a groat clearing sale of horses and implements at the Alford Forest Hotel on Thursday next. Coursing. —Tho meeting of the South Canterbury Coursing Club concluded yesterday. Mr Thompson’s Don Carlos and Bonnie Scotland divided the first and second prizes in the Cup, and Mr Butler’s Scamp won the St. Ledger. Hares were very plentiful. Police Court. —The Police Magistrate was not on the Bench at the usual hour this morning, but a little later an assault case, Jones v. Pearce, was heard. We are informed that the facts were as follows ; Messrs Matson, Cox, and Co. had sued the defendant, and having obtained a ver-

diet, had taken out judgment and execution against him. The execution warrant was entrusted to a man named Jones, who had no proper authority to act. On his entering Pearce’s premises to levy, the latter struck him and turned him out. In Court this morning Mr Branson, for tho defendant, objected that tho summons waa not directed to anyone. The Bench held the objection fatal, and the case was struck out. The Court then adjourned.

The Floods in the Sea District.— Our Waterton correspondent writes under date of yesterday ; —This township has been suffering since Tuesday night at about ton o’clock from one of the highest floods ever known in thedistrict. Thewater lies from two to three feet deep round tho hotel, and it is only by cutting up.the roadways to allow it to escape that it can be kept out of the building. All round tho blacksmith’s shop is one sheet of water, more like, a lake than anything else. Some of the people have the water in their houses. I hear of no very groat damage as yet. It is still raining, and the quantity of water is as great here as ever. Tho whole cause of so great a body of water here is that tho culverts and bridges erected on tho Waterton road are all too low, and too small altogether in time of flood to carry away anything like the quantity of water that has to pass through them. The Road Board should see to tho matter without delay. The water in tho township is now (9 a .m.) slightly subsiding.

German Emmiqration to America.— Germany is walking away with Ireland in the matter of immigration to the United States. Of 44,145 immigrants who came to America in April, 3,173 were from Ireland and 19,397 from Germany, while during the nine months that closed with the same period, Ireland contributed 33,334; Germany, 102,058; Canada, 86,887. Gold at G heat Depth. —A golden reef has been struck at a depth of 1,700 feet, at Stalwell, Victoria, by the diamond drill. Victoria’s First Ploughman.— The Portland Guardian relates that “one of the old and infirm inmates of the Benevolent Asylum, named John Fowles, who died last week at the age of 90 years,* appears to have had the peculiar distinction of being the first man who turned up Victorian soil with a plough. Fowles, who was a native of Hampshire, England, landed in Tasmania early in the century, after having served some years in America as a private in the British army. In Launceston he was employed as a laborer by the late Mr Stephen G. Honty, and in that gentleman’s service he came to this colony by the Minerva before the landing of Fawkner atPortPhillip. He first worked in the locality of Bridgewater, where it is said that his plough turned tho first sod of Victorian land. In 1837 he worked at Portland, and was engaged in ploughing the very land on which the asylum whore he spent his last years now stands. At the time of his death (the cause of which was sheer old age) he had been an inmate of the institution for 16 years. The identical plough that was used by Fowles has remained ever since in tho Henty family, amid was exhibited in the International Exhibition at Melbourne as a historical curiosity. It was proposed to send tho ploughman with the machine, but his extreme weakness caused the idea to be abandoned, as it Avas feared that the excitement and exertion of tho journey would hasten the end that was evidently near at hand.”

Journalistic.— The Parliamentary correspondent of the Tuapeha Times wires that Mr Pyko left Wellington on the 15tli inst. to assume the editorship of the Dunedin Morning Herald.

Shearing Twice a Year. —Mr Armstrong, of Mortlake, Victoria, has tried the experiment of shearing his sheep twicoa year, with great success, his London agents obtaining Is per lb for the five months’ wool, while 9d per lb ruled for twelvemonths’ clips. An English Toreador. —The people of Seville have lately had the opportunity .of witnessing a somewhat extraordinary spectacle. An Englishman staying at Seville, son of a London banker, after looking on at a bull fight, was roused to enthusiasm by the skill and courage of the gordito, and obtained from him a number of lessons. Quite lately he took his place in the arena, and is said to have amazed the spectators by his skill in handling the cloak and throwing the banderillas, and above all the coolness with which ho faced one of the most savage of the bulls, and killed it by a skilful stroke with the stabbing sword.

The Revised New Testament. —ln a review of the Revised New Testament the Hobart “Presbyterian Magazine” has this extraordinary sentence : —“lt is only a translation ; and as such it is not inspired. Like every other work done by fallible, imperfect man, it is capable of improvement. This being the case, it is a superstitious, ignorant conservatism which characterises the learned revisers as meddlers with the Bible.” The Dunedin Star adds : The italics are ours. Such an admission by a religious organ, and by a Presbyterian one to boot, is enough to take one’s breath away. We shall expect to hear of the heresy-hunters in Tasmania being on the war-path. A Boy’s Selection. —A young lady has a Sunday school class of rather bright boys, averaging between seven and nine years. Recently she requested each pupil to come on the following Sunday with some passage of Scripture bearing upon love. The lads heeded tho request, and in return recited their verses bearing upon that popular topic, such as “ Love your enemies,” “ Little children, love one another,” Ac. The teacher said to the boy who came last, “ Well, Robbie, what is your verso V’ Rising, he responded, “ Song of Solomon, second chapter, fifth verse—Stay mo with flagons, comfort me with apples; for I am sick of love.”

Expensive Compulsory Civilisation. —ln the cause of civilisation the Bey of Tunis will be immediately required to hand over to French speculations and contractors—l. The mines of Tabarca (described as the richest in tho world by M. Fuchs, of the Paris School of Mines) —2. The port of Bizerta, to be turned into an African Toulon, at the cost of twenty millions of francs, according to the

estimates of Admiral Cloud—3. The completion of the port of Tunis, the contract being twenty millions of francs—4. A railway from Tunis to Bizerta—s. A railway from Tunis to Gabes—o. The cutting of the isthmus of Gabes—a work estimated by M. do Lesseps at twenty millions. These, says the World, are a few of the plums incidental to the “ civilising mission” of France, which are ready for the Bourse.

The Boer Leader. —General Joubert, the Boer leader, turns out, after all, to be an American. He is a native of Uniontown, Fayette County, P., where he was born in the spring of 1841. His parents came from Holland previous to the war. He was educated in the Unioutown public schools. When about 14 years of age ho was tried on a chan/o of assault and battery and acquitted. Soon after, ho leit America, going to Holland and thence to South Africa. At the outbreak of the Confederate rebellion he returned to the United States, served in the navy under Admiral Dupont, and afterwards as a captain of a colored company, under General Wetzel. He returned to Holland after the war, and wont thereafter to Africa again. His full name is Daniel Sturgeon Joubert, having been named after Senator Daniel Sturgeon, of Pennsylvania, who befriended his father.

Carltle’s Opinions.—The following are some of Carlyle’s opinions, taken from

his reminiscences :—Sir Walter Scott, a toothless relator of old wives fables; Brougham, an eternal grinder of commonplace and pretentious noise, like a man playing on a hurdy-gurdy ; Coleridge, talking in a maudlin sleep an infinite deal of nothing ; Wordsworth, stooping to extract a spiritual catsup from mushrooms which are little better than toadstools ; John Wilson, taken to presiding at Noctes, and painting baggies in food; Peel, a plausible fox ; John Wilson Croker, an unhanged hound ; Lord John Russell, a turnspit of good pedigree ; Lord Melbourne, a monkey ; ‘ these be thy gods, 0 Israel !’ Others occupied in undertakings as absurd as to seek to suck the moon out of the sky ; the wind-bag yelping for liberty to the negro, and that ether for tho improvement of prisons—all sham and imposture ; a giant lie which may soon go down in hell-fire.”

Holloway’s Pills. —Thechiefest wonde of modern limes. —This incomparable medicine increases the appetite, strengthens the stomach, cleanses the liver, corrects biliousness, prevents flatulency, purifes the system, invigorates the nerves, and re-instates sound health. The enormous demand for these Pills throughout the globe astonishes everybody, and a single trial convinces the most sceptical that no medicine equals Holloway’s Pills in its ability to remove all complaints incidental to the human race. They are a blessing to the afflicted, and a boon to all that labour under internal or external disease. The purification of the blood, removal of all restraint from the secretive organs, and gentle aperitive action are the prolific sources of the extensive curative range of Holloway’s Pills. [Advt.j

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