The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prevalebit. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1881.
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County Council. The ordinary monthly meeting of the above was held to-day. A report of the proceedings will be found in another column. “Our Boys” at the Front.—A telegram, dated Opunake, 9 o’clock this morning, addressed to a resident in town, states that the Ashburton contingent were just leaving Opunake for the Parihaka camp, and the “ boys” were well and in excellent spirits. Oddfellows’ Lodge, M.U.1.0.0.F. — A meeting of the Building Committee of this Lodge was held on Monday night last, and it was decided upon building a hall in Ashburton. It is proposed to erect a substantial building, about 100 ft. long by 40ft. wide, which can be let by the Lodge for any kind of performances, meetings, etc. The site in Burnett street will be found, from its position, a very desirable one, and just the one for a building of this description. Elsewhere will be seen an advertisement stating that a bonus of LlO will be given for the best design. Martial Ardor Repressed. —At the Timaru R.M. Court yesterday, the two apprentices who startsd for “the front” with the South Canterbury Volunteers, without obtaining their master’s permission to do so, were charged before Mr Beetham, R.M., with the offence. Mr Beetharn said martial ardor was a good thing, but at the same time he thought they would be better off by going back to their work. The boys were then discharged.
Letters at the Post Office. —The following unclaimed letters await the o wners at the Post Office :—Fuller, Robt. R. ; Griffith, Mark ; Hylands, Maurice ; McGarty, Jas. ; McWhirk, Wm. S. , Murphy, Blick Francis ; Potter, Mrs James.
Kohler’s Waxworks. —Mr Kohler, with his numerous waxwork celebrities, and other novelties arrived in Ashburton this morning, and, as will be seen from an Announcement elsewhere, can be interviewed for the next few days at the Town Hall.
Cricket.—The following is a list of the names of those players from which will be made the final selection to play the forthcoming match on behalf of the County Club : Messrs Wix, Denshire, Andrews, McLaren, A. Pooka, Hodder, Hoskins, Lyttelton, Napier, Haine, Gifkina, Jephson, Curtis, A. Andrews, Garforth, Shury, Cox, Barker, and Oxley. A practice will take place every evening. A Gallant Volunteer. —At the R.M. Court yesterday, a most extraordinary application was made to the Bench. Among the volunteers who left last week for the front was a resident of Trevorton, who, burning to fight for his country and glory, succeeded in persuading his better half to allow him to “go for ” Te Whiti, and arranged that half his pay should be drawn by his wife during his martial career. He succeeded in his efforts, and with the rest of the Ashburton contingent arrived in Wellington. Whether he got sea sick on the trip, or homesick, or if his courage oozed out on the news that actual fighting was the prospect facing him, deponent sayeth not, but he telegraphed to his wife to see Sergeant Felton, and to ask him to have a warrant issued for his arrest for wife desertion. The application was made in due form and naturally excited the risibility of all present. The Bench made enquiries from the applicant as to whether she was cognisant of herhusband’s intention to become a soldier, and she weepingly replied in the affirmative, and added that he had been taking private drills for the past six weeks so as to insure his admittance to the army. The Magistrate said he could not make any order, and the applicant then applied for a guarantee that her gallant soldier should not be slaughtered. His Worship said he did not think there was any great risk of bloodshed, but could not give any decision on such a subject. The Catholic Vote.—Bishop Redwood has addressed the following letter to the Tablet, hoping that it may serve to guide Catholics in their votes at the coming elections :—l. It is a notorious fact that Catholics in New Zealand, as a body, are clear and unanimous on this vital point : that, in comparison with the education question, all other differences of opinion sink into insignificance. “ Liberal ” versus “ Conservative,” “ Land Tax ” versus “ Property Tax,” “Grey” versus “ Hall ” —all these disputes are in their minds of comparitively little moment. 2. Accordingly, in the next elections, they will conform to the following rules : First, whenever out of two or more suitable candidates one or other publicly declares his willingness to do justice to Catholic claims, Catholic electors will give him their votes against the “ secular” candidate. Secondly, in case the candidates are all “secular,” Catholic electors will, at their own_discretion, either vote for no candidate at all, or vote, according to their judgment, for the least obnoxious one in other respects. It does not seem expedient that Catholics, in the present circumstances, should in all cases practically disfranchise themselves by systematically voting for no candidate when all those in the field are “seculars.” But they should effectively remember at the polling booth their known opponents in the past. By the observance of these rules Catholics will, in my opinion, sufficiently discharge their duty to the main question of education, and while doing their utmost to obtain the redress of their present galling grievance, will not show themselves indifferent to other important questions in which, with their fellow citizens, they are necessarily interested.
Improved Mining Prospects. — A telegram from Greymouth states that the United Alpine Company obtained for the week 200 ounces of amalgam from 183 tons of quartz. Four slopes are opened on the reef, which continues to widen out and carries good gold. The Welcome Company’s return for the week is 1,014 ounces amalgam from 95 tons of quartz. Some shares changed hands to-day at L 7, the highest price they have yet reached. The Golden Treasure Company’s yield for the week is 97 ounces 10 pennyweights amalgam from 100 tons of quartz. The winze is down 45ft. from the bottom of the old winze, and carrying a good show of gold. The Keep-It-Dark stone continues to improve in quality as the crosscut extends towards the foot wall. The Just-In-Time Company met with stone showing good gold during the week. The Fiery Cross Extended Company will be crushing for a few weeks.
Election Meeting. —Mr Ivcss will address the electors at Flemington on Wednesday next, instead of Longbeach, as originally intended. Our Citizen Soldiers. —At the usual weekly Volunteer parade last night about thirty members of all ranks were in attendance, five of them being recruits, necessitating the formation of two squads. Drill-instructor Dolman, who is also Lieutenant of the Fire Brigade, was present during the early portion of the evening, but his Brigade duties summoned him away long before the proceedings terminated. The drill was then taken in hand by Lieutenant Douglas, who put the men (the old hands) through a severe course of drill for about an hour and a half. The recruits were put through their preliminary drill by Corporal J. Mac Lean Dunn. At the conclusion of the instruction, Lieutenant Douglas addressed the men, remarking that to recover the proficiency they once possessed steady application to drill would be necessary, and announced that private squad drill would be held in future twice a week, commencing on Thursday next. The present enthusiasm had brought out the regular attendance at drill of many of the old members, and a number of those who had previously resigned had rejoined and taken their former positions. The places of the men who had gone to the front had now been all filled, and recruiting was still actively proceeding. As soon as the ranges were fixed, and the targets arrived, shooting practice would be prosecuted vigorously. It was anticipated that in a very few days the officers of the corps would be in active training and getting ready for work at the front if necessary.
The Situation at the Front. —The Times correspondent telegraphed from Pungarehu yesterday as follows :—Everything is quiet here. It was rumored in camp that another largo native meeting is being held at Parihaka ; but on enquiring, it was found to be only a tangi. All the natives I have seen to-day are quiet and civil. None are leaving Parihaka, and it is noticeable that as the termination of the fourteen days’ grace approaches, few come down to the camps and European settlements. Both the Hinemoa and Stella arrived to-day with Volunteers. It has been arranged that the Volunteers are to man the various redoubts and the Egmont Lighthouse, while the Constabulary take the field. This has caused some discontent amongst many of the Volunteers, who say that they came to see some “fun.” It is understood that the Thames Volunteers will be marched by what is known as Hursthouse’s to Stratford, and then stationed along the mountain road in order to cut off a supposed Maori retreat into the King country. On the European side everything is actively in preparation for war ; on the Maori side calm and even dignified indifference. It is curious to note the various lights in which the Europeans view the position of affairs. The Armed Constabulary treat the whole matter as a pleasant change from the routine of roadmaking ; the Volunteers are full of martial enthusiasm, anxious for an opportunity to show what they can do, the settlers who have recently taken up land are angry, saying that if Government do not do “ something ” they will do it themselves, while the town people are rejoicing at the enormous expenditure of money going on, and already anticipating another big war vote.