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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1881. Christchurch Cathedral.

TOWN EDITION. {lssued at 420 p. m. j

This should be a red-letter day in the annals of Canterbury, and not of Canterbury alone, but of the whole colony. For to-day was opened the Christchurch Cathedral, after the lapse of eighteen years and the expenditure of between L 40,000 and 1,50,000. The history of the Cathedral has not been an uneventful one. The foundation stone of the edifice opened to-day was laid in the year 1863, and ten years later, there being no sign of any cathedral beyond that foundation stone, the Synod received two handsome offers for the site, one from the Provincial Secretary of Lro,ooo, and the second from a private company of a similar amount. But for these practical and businesslike offers the then desolate spot — Cathedral Square—might have been chiefly remarkable to-day, not for a stately Cathedral with its lofty spire pointing skyward, but as the place where it had been once proposed that that Cathedral should be erected. But the bare notion of parting with the Cathedral site for the erection of offices and warehouses seems to have imbued the Synod with fresh energy to proceed with the cherished project whose consummation was so devoutly wished. After some deliberation it was resolved, on the vote of the clerical members of the Synod, led by the Dean (Jacobs), that the site should not be disposed of, although the Venerable the Archdeacon of Christchurch (Wilson) favored the sale of the site, and was warmly supported by the lay members. This was the turning point in the history of the Cathedral that was to be. From that time the project seems to have been prosecuted with all the old enthusiasm, and we find the Dean, who had fought so bravely for the retention of the site, very soon after reading a paper on the Cathedral at a great gathering of ecclesiastics and the public. This paper opened with a quotation from Anthony Trollope, who during his tour through the colony passed through Christchurch, and looking over the hoarding of Cathedral square, and seeing the masses of masonry, the upturned barrows (to say nothing of “ the man and boy”), and the builders’ scaffolding, seems to have been struck with the desolate appearance of the place. “In a few years (subsequently wrote the novelist) the very idea of Canterbury being specially the province of one denomination will be lost to the memory of the colonists themselves, unless it be perpetuated by the huge record of their failure which the town of Christchurch contains. In the centre of it there is a large waste space, in which have been buried in laying the foundations of a Cathedral; but there is not a single stone or a single brick above the level of the ground. The idea of building the Cathedral is now abandoned. It was a sad sight, to me to look down upon the vain foundations.” The Dean had been wise in selecting this passage from the writings of a wellknown author. He knew his hearers. So far from its discouraging them, it seemed but to stimulate them and to urge them on to accomplish the great work. They felt that a covert reproach was conveyed in the quotation, and resolved that they would live down that reproach, and that the Cathedral which had almost passed into a by word, should yet become an accomplished fact. We see the result of this determination before us to-day, for although much has been done to aid in the great work by private subscriptions raised from time to time since; there is little doubt that the Cathedral would never have been in existence but for the earnest and indefatigable efforts of the early promoters of the scheme. Much still remains to be done, and a considerable sum will, we understand, be still required before the entire Cathedral can be thrown open to the public, but what has been done to-day in the opening of the nave is a step in the right direction, and very shortly let us hope the first Cathedral in New Zealand will be wholly available for free public worship.

Mail for England. —Mails for the United Kingdom, continents of America and Europe, West Indies, Cape of Good Hope, &c., will close at Ashburton on Saturday next, at 10.30 a.m. Supplementary mails for despatch per express train will close at 5 p.m. Late fee letters may be posted in the mail van up to the time of the departure of the train. Telephonic Communication. —We believe that Messrs P. Cunningham aud Co., the well known grain merchants of Christchurch, are now connecting their various places in this provincial district by means of telephonic communication. The wire for the purpose is now being laid between Christchurch and Timaru. Municipal Eloquence.— The amount of time wasted by our civic fathers at their bi-monthly meeting is what Dominie Sampson would call “ prodigious.” When there is little to be done this excess of talk does not so much signify, but when a mass of really important business is before the meeting as was the case last night, the loss of time caused by useless and frivolous discussion is very vexatious, and the reporters’ task becomes wearisome in the extreme. Ashburton Hospital. The returns for October are as follows; —Number o patients in hospital at beginning of month. 5; admitted during the month, 7; dis charged during month, 6; deaths, 2; num ber in hospital, 6.

Ashburton and the N. Z. Grand National. —Mr J. C. Bell, Secretary to the Ashburton Racing Club, announces a public meeting at Shearman’s Hotel, for Tuesday, November Bth, to consider the offer of the Grand National Steeplechase Club to hold their next meeting at Ashburton, and to ascertain what support the proposal is likely to meet with.

Penny-wise and Pound-foolish. Yesterday some boys, to their great surprise, noticed several small fish swimming down the gutter in East street. The “ little strangers ” were soon captured, and proved to be small trout and perch from two to three inches in length. Now these fish had escaped through the main service pipe at the reservoir in the Domain, in consequence of the said pipe being unprovided with a grating, which could be purchased for a few shillings. It seems a thousand pities that the efforts of tho Acclimatisation Soeiety, to say nothing of private effort in the cause of acclimatisation, should be frustrated for the sake of an iron grating. There is good leason to suppose that great numbers of young trout and perch are carried away and lost in the manner described.

Accidental Death.— At the inquest on the bodies of the young woman named Morrison and her child, reported by us yesterday as having been found in a ditch near One-Tree Point, Southland, a verdict of “ Accidental death” was returned.

Gold Find. —A payable reef of gold is said to have been found near Dunstan, rough gold showing all through the stone. Our R. M.—We are informed by Mr Wood, R.M., that altough he expects to be removed from Ashburton shortly, he has received no definite information on that head. Nothing is in fact yet settled. The rumor that a visiting Magistrate coming here twice a week is to be substituted for a Resident Magistrate is, Mr Wood says, entirely without foundation. Nothing of the kind is even contemplated. He Would’nt Shout. —For refusing to shout, when requested to do so by a couple of strangers near Wanganui, on Saturday night, a well-known resident of the town was mauled about in such a rough fashion that his own wife thought he was somebody else. The ruffians were in the act of picking the pockets of their victim when an “ invisible blue” hove in sight and they decamped. R.M. Court. —George Parkin was charged with tethering a horse on a public reserve contrary to one of the Borough By-laws. Mr C. W. Ireland appeared for the defendant, and showed that the by-law under which the information was laid was rescinded and another one in force. Charge dismissed. A similar charge against Hannah Daly was also dismissed. Two inebriates were fined ssa - piece. There was only one civil case ; D. Fitzgerald v. D. Buckley, in which Mr Branson appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr O’Reilly for the defendant. The claim was for L 27 for harvesting work done for the plaintiff. LlB 14s. had been paid into Court, and his Worship gave judgement for the balance, with costs L 8 12s. Mr Wood R.M. was on the bench.

Battle Royal. — A battle royal took place last evening at the Borough Council; meeting between his Worship the Mayor and Mr St. Hill on the question of the cutting up of Baring Square for building purposes. His Worship brought forward several weighty arguments in support of his motion, but “ the man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still,” and Or. St. Hill was certainly unconvinced. The matter is certainly of the utmost importance and it is to be hoped it that will receive the careful consideration of the rate-payers, who will have an opportunity of hearing the question ventilated further at the public meeting in connection with the affair. A report of the proceedings will be found on our first page.

Cricket. —We are glad to note that cricketing entries are looking up in Ashburton. Our cricketing community is already enjoying in anticipation the Canterbury week it is about to enjoy in reality. Although our Christchurch fraternity may deem Ashburton somewhat presumptuous in placing a team in the field to compete against such experts as the members of the M. 0.0. and the Lancaster Park Cricket Clubs, yet we feel assured that (whatever the result may be) it will be the means of furthering and encouraging this enjoyable and manly game in the county. The proposed programme is as ;—On Tuesday, Bth Nov., against Prebbleton, on their ground ; on Thursday, 10th Nov., against Lancaster Park, on their ground ; Friday, 11th Nov., against M.C. 0., in Hagley Park ground. The Ashburton County representation will be selected from the following ;—Messrs Wix (Captain), Denshire, G. Andrews, MacLaren, A. Fooks, Hodder, Gifkins, Hoskins, Garforth, A. Andrews, Shury, Cox, Barker, and Oxley. The final selections of the teams will be published in a future issue. Any of the above who are unable to play will kindly communicate immediately with the Secretary of the Ashburton Club. In view of these important matches practice will be held every evening, commencing at 430, and all members are earnestly requested to attend.

The Native Situation. —The correspondent of the Press telegraped from Wellington yesterday as follows : —The Government have received telegrams from Mr Bryce this evening, stating that a large meeting of natives was held at Parihaka to-day, at which Government interpreters and reporters were permitted to be present. Pull reports are not yet received, but from a summary forwarded in advance, it appears that Te Whiti adopted a greatly subdued tone. He admitted having at the September meeting counselled action and resistance, “ but at that time (he naively remarked) there were very few soldiers on the land. Now, however, the land is covered with armed men, and every south wind blows up more soldiers.” He strenuously impressed on his people the necessity of abstaining from any acts of encroachment, and warned them not to give offence to the Government, or to u make the armed men angry,” but to continue patiently in course of passive resistance as formerly. There was to be no more “ pakanga ” at present. Tohu is said to have followed in a similar strain. There was a numerous attendance of natives, who did not seem best pleased at Te Whiti s moderate counsels. It is not at all improbable that To Whiti may be in considerable personal danger from his own deluded followers, when his impotence is proved by the advance of the constabulary unchecked by the promised supernatural interference. It would bo a singular reversal of the situation if Government had to protect Te Whiti from being lynched by credulous and deceived adherents. It is rumored to-day that H.M.S. Wolverine has left Australian waters en route for this port in order to watch the progress of events in this colony, and render assistance if necesssary. The Stella and Huia left to-night for Opunake with the Canterbury volunteers. The men have behaved admirab’y and with irreproachable steadiness, winning hearty appreciation here. What He Does Sipport. —Mr Toseph Ivess requests us to correct a statement in our Rakaia correspondent’s report of his meeting on Saturday evening at the Rakaia Town Hall. Mr Ivess wishes to state that he is not a “ a strong supporter of Sir George Grey,” but he admits that many of the measures proposed by Sir George Grey have his full countenance and support. <

Ft.' Ctcr il. — Mr W.-son addresses tho Willowby electors at 7 30 p. in. at the schoolhouse, and speaks at Wakanui to-night.

: The Shark Season at Timaru. — The shark season at Timaru has now set in. Timaru seldom goes in for “big-goose-berry” or “ frog-shower” paragraphs, but it is great on sharks. No sooner does the warm weather commence than the local papers are filled with accounts of sharks, devil-fish, and other marine monsters, the graphic descriptions of which are penned by reporters hard-up for a “par.” of a sensational kind. Two big sharks, we learn from the Timaru Herald, were captured yesterday afternoon off the Breakwater.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1881. Christchurch Cathedral., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 490, 1 November 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1881. Christchurch Cathedral. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 490, 1 November 1881

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