The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prevalebit. SATURDAY, JULY 30, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.39 p. in. j
Hunt Club.—The next meeting of the hounds has boon fixed for Thursday next at 2 p.m., at Digby’s bridge. Phrenology.— This evening Professor Simon will deliver one of his amusing lectures on phrenology at the Town Hall. Suicide at Waihi. —The police received information this afternoon that a man named Henry Heatly, of Waihi, shot himself this morning. Bankruptcy.— A meeting was held this morning in the insolvent estate of G. Harvey of Tinwald. The meeting was adjounied until Monday.
Decisions in Civil Cases. —The Christchurch Telegraph animadverts strongly on our Police Magistrate’s, (Mr J. N. Wood) decision in a civil case, Wilkinson V. Trent Bros., heard last week at Christchurch. The Telegraph suggests that none but qualified lawyers should be allowed to sit in judgment in civil actions when the amount involved is over LlO. Remaining Business of Parliament. —The Wellington correspondent of the Press gives the following neat little summary of the Parliamentary business still on hand after the want of confidence motion was disposed of: —The Order Paper now contains 44 notices of motion, 53 Bills in various stages, and 3 suspended debates. 2GO petitions have so far been presented, and 112 papers laid on the table. Interprovincial Football Match.— The following Dunedin players have been chosen to go into training for the forthcoming Interprovincial Football Match with Canterbury : —J. Allan, Austin, Hamorton, Hewlings, Murray Milne, Mills, McKinnon, A. Reid, Robertson, Rose, Sweet (Dunedin Club), Chapman, Fowler, Gibb, Hadlleld, Henderson, McLean, Wheeler, Wynks (Union), Janies, Allen, Cook, Fox, Jewett (Montecillo), Wallen, and Tairoa (High School).
Foot Bin doe over the Hinds. —We are informed that though one of the Government oflicials, Mr Burnett, the Railway Engineer, approved of the plan of the County Council's engineer, Mr Baxter, for the construction of this bridge, and forwarded a formal recommendation of it to head-quarters, ‘the Government have decided to do the work themselves at the expense of the colony. The Secretary for Railways has written to that effect during the present mouth.
1.0.G.T. Entertainment. —On Wednesday evening last the Will and the Way Lodge of Good Templars held their open lodge meeting in the Timvald Temperance Hall, a largo number of— twrm.iM—members of the Order being present, but only a few of the officers of the Dawn of Peace Lodge, Ashburton, who had promised to be present, were there. Otherwise the meeting was a success, the programme being a very good one, and it seemed to be greatly enjoyed by all present.
A Family Party of Planets.—On the 20th instant Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Mercury, wore in eon junction with the moon. This is a combination of events which rarely takes place, and the same will not occur again for about 2,000 years—if then. It might prove an interesting question for scientists, says a contemporary, whether this remarkable fact had anything to do with the exceptional rainfall of that date, or with the exceptional heat experienced in the northern hemisphere about the same time. We may remind our contemporary that Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Mercury, even when they all seem tumbling head over heels on the top of the moon, are far too many millions of miles both from the moon and .from each other for their apparent conjunction to make any difference.
New Zealand Skipping Company.— On Friday, the 12 th proximo, the annual meeting ot the shareholders in the New Zealand Shipping Company, will be held at the head office, Hereford street, Christchurch. The eighth annual report will be read. It shows the business of the company to have been attended with highly satisfactory results. The insurance fund has at credit the sum of LG,420 17s 9d. Of the balance at credit of profit and loss at the 30th June, L 40,996 Gs lOd. The directors have appropriated to the reserve fund, which will then stand at LIOO,OOO, the sum of L 25,000 ; and the directors propose to pay a dividend of 10 per cent, for the year, of which a moiety was paid in January last, L 12,500 ; to carry forward to profit and loss new account. L 3,450 Gs lOd. Total, L40,95G Gs lOd. '
Side Shelters on the Ashburton Bridge. —Hitherto the Ashburton bridge Jias always been a dangerous place for foot travellers, in consequence or cattle and horses travelling across, while at the same time there is no protection at all or means of escape by side recesses, as is the case in more civilised places. The County Council have urged the need of some protection of this kind being erected by the Government, but during the present month an answer has been received, merely acknowledging the Council's letter. It has been mainly neglect of this kind on the part of the Government, with regard to the main roads, which has caused what little outcry there has been about improved local government. We are glad to learn that the County Council do not intend to “ take no for an answer ” in this case, and the Clerk has already written another letter urging the matter on the attention of the Public Works Department.
The Garden op New Zealand. —The Taranaki Herald says there is not a place on the face of the earth that can excel for its climate the district of Taranaki. The following is given as a proof ; —“ Mr Hulke’s garden is a pretty sight ; and he has four camelia trees which he says he will defy anyone to heat for size. One is Oft. Gin. high by 34ft. in circumference ; another 12ft. high by 40ft. in circumference ; a third 14ft. high by 45ft. in circumference, and a fourth 18ft. high by 50ft. in circumference, besides over a dozen others from Gft. to 10ft. in height, the circumference being in proportion. Mr Hulke baa just finished gathering his lirst crop of guavas ; and the second crop from the same tree will bo ripe in about a month’.-, time. His first crop of citrons is now ready for gathering, and it is quite a curiosity to see the large swollen green fruit and the bloom of a second crop on the same tree. A lemon tree is now covered with bloom, the ripe fruit having been just plucked.”
Police Court. —The business in Court (his morning consisted of the fining of a drunkard Is, in default twelve hours imprisonment. The Police Magistrate was on the Bench. School Enquiries.— Mr J. Colborne Ycel, the Secretary of the Board of Education, was in Ashburton yesterday, am ■ proceeded to Elgin to make enquiry into the'request of the School (Committee theto to have Mr Proudlock, the master of the school, dismissed. To-day, we are informed, Mr Yeel was at Hinds on similar business. The results will most likely be known in a few days.
The Cost of the Libel Case.— The Marlborough, P.cpress enters into thefollowing details respecting the result of the recent libel case, Griffiths y. Johnson, in which’ it was the defendant : Though the plaintiff in the Blenheim libel action, Mr Griffiths, recovered a verdict against Mr Johnson, late proprietor of the Marlhorough Express for L 250, it seems somewhat doubtful whether the money will be forthcoming. In the first place Mr Johnson is in England ; and in the second, prior to leaving the'colony, indeed just before or just after being served with the writ in this action, ho transferred all his property to bis wife, and by this settlement has left himself without means. We understand that an attempt will be made to upset this, with what success remains to be seen. The whole “ little bill ” in connection with the action, including the L 250 damages awarded, amounts in round numbers to about L6OO. — Post.
Frozen Meat. —Mr. G. H. Maitland, an old resident in Invercargill, formerly in business there as auctioneer and cattle salesman, writes from London to the Southland Times as follows Last Sunday I had a fore-quarter of mutton from Australia, which I may say was as sweet as a nut, but there are a few hints I would like you to try and impress upon the shippers. One great fault of the imported frozen meat is the darkness of its color. This our butchers do not impute to' the freezing operation, but to the fact of the cattle being driven or roused about and heated before being killed, instead of being allowed to stand and get thoroughly cool and quiet before being slaughtered. That this is is the reason of the bad color I feel certain, because you see some bodies of American beef as clear and bright as any English meat in the market, and I am sure that all beef of that quality goes to the retail shop and is sold as English meat. In fact, 1 defy anybody to tell the difference. Now, another thing you should tell them is to be careful and have the animals cleanly and neatly dressed, and not have the hides torn off them anyhow, as I have seen a great many of the American cattle served. This the London butchers complain of very much, as, conbined with a dark color, it frightens the English consumers, who are not above prejudice. At the Finish. —The Wellington correspondent of the Timarn Herald telegraphed yesterday the following report of the close of the no-confidence debate;— “ When the House met last evening every gallery and every corner of available space was crowded to suffocation. The attendance of members, however, was not large, for Mr Jones had possession of the House. He continued to read his speech for nearly an hour, and a terrible infliction it was for them. Mr J. T. Fisher took up the speaking in a nasty sneering speech, in which he propounded the theory that not'only the Judges, but also the rest of the Magistrates and Justices of the Peace, ought to be elected and dismissed by the popular vote. He abused the Judges and Magistrates violently, charging them with drunkenness and that sort of evil living, declaring that some of them were over head and ears in debt,; and that he had seen their dishonored bills exposed in the shop windows* He said when these charges were Justice actually refused to dismiss the Judges and Magistrates unless their accusers proved their statements. This was loudly cheered by the Government party, and even the Opposition looked foolish at such a strange crime being attributed to Ministers. After a long tirade in this style Mr Fisher collapsed, and, nobody else speaking, the division followed, the votes being exactly as I had informed you they would be, with the difference that most of the absentees had arrived and voted against the Government. Up to the last moment Mr Finn made a pretence of being friendly with the Government, but as I surmised, both he and Mr Hamlin’s conversion was merely a dodge, though Heaven only knows what object it was intended to gain. But some members cannot help doing that sort of thing, as Dr Watts says, ‘ for ’tis their nature to. ’ ”