The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 420 p.m.j
Postal Holiday.—The Post Office will be closed on the Prince of Wales’ Birthday (Wednesday next). Mails will be despatched North and South trains, but they will be madeup on Tuesday evening, closing at 8 o’clock.
Ashburton and the Christchxtbh Intercolonial Exhibition. —We are glad to hear that Ashburton is to have a separate Court at the above Exhibition if possible, and Mr S. E. Poyntz, Secretary of the Industrial Association, is now open to receive applications from persons desirous of exhibiting. The sooner such applications for space are made the better, so that the necessary arrangements for securing a court may be effected without loss of time. The Waxworks. Messrs Kohler’s waxwork exhibition was well patronised yesterday, especially during the evening, some 200 people paying foradmission. Today the Hall has been well attended. The various figures attracted much attention, while the excellent music discoursed by Mr Kohler and his assistants elicited frequent and hearty applause. Mr Kohler’s performance on the Zither was particularly appreciated, and, indeed, the music he succeeded in drawing from the instiument was of exquisite quality. The Phonograph, or talking machine, was productive of the usual amount of wonder, and the “Electric Boy” shocked not a few present, some of whom appeared to think that a nodding acquaintance with that young gentleman would be preferable for the future to shaking him by the hand.
The Native Difficulty. Nothing further of interest has transpired in the neighborhood of Parihaka. A correspondent of a contemporary wiring yesterday, thinks the decisive move will now be made shortly after daybreak to-morrow morning, but nothing is allowed to leak out regarding the Government plans, and doubtless in our next issue we shall be enabled to inform our readers of the reception met with by the invading force. Freethought. —Last night the members of the Canterbury Freethought Association celebrated the opening of their new hall in Worcester street, Christchurch. About 100 persons were present, and Mr Pratt, President of the Association delivered an inaugural address. The Colonial Treasurer. —The Hon. Major Atkinson met hia constituents at Patea last night, and received a vote ef confidence.
Our Christmas Story. —Adopting a highly popular plan at Home, the proprietor of this journal has determined to offer a prize for the best Christmas story, to be published in the columns of the the Guardian. No member of our staff will be allowed to compete. The merits of the various M.S.S. submitted will be thoroughly discussed by a committee of gentlemen appointed for that purpose, and the prize awarded for the best story, irrespective of the writer’s sex, position, or occupation. For further particulars our readers are referred to our advertising columns. “What’s in a Name?”—Representatives of the press frequently have experiences which are certainly peculiar if not absolutely ludicrous. An instance of this occurred recently at a meeting in connection with a church not 100 miles from the Cathedral City. A member of the staff had been duly told off to “do” the proceedings of the meeting, and after the usual preliminaries, had commenced his duties, when the gentleman who was addressing the audience paused in his remarks, and invited Mr to take a position in close proximity to the speakers for the evening. Now it so happened that the gentleman addressed and the energetic scribe possessed names of similar pronunciation, and the latter, being under the impression that a sudden conviction had seized the speaker that increased facilities should be afforded to the man of letters for giving publicity to the eloquence about to flow, was somewhat embarrassed by this (to him) unusual consideration and courtesy. Stammering out an excuse for declining such a conspicuous place in a rather “ thin house,” the modest pressman was increasingly dismayed on discovering that the remarks had not been addressed to him, the lithe form of a gentleman of the cloth striding towards the platform, giving practical proof that the reporter “ had blundered.” It may be unnecessary to describe his confusion, but the hand of that reporter suddenly lost its cunning, and, dreading a new phase of the “Comedy of Errors” if he remained longer in the sacred edifice, took the earliest opportunity of silently gliding out, devoutly wishing that his paterfamilias had handed down to him the less euphonius name of Smith, Jones, Brown, or Robinson.
County Council Elections. —The nomination of candidates for the County Council elections takes place to-morrow at noon.
Tinwaid Stock Sale. —ln consequence of the Christchurch races and show the ordinary Tuesday’s sale will not take place, but will be postponed until the following Tuesday. Steel Ointment.— Mr Cattlin, surgeondentist, announces that he will be in attendance at the Central Hotel to-morrow, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our advice to sufferers is “ have it out.” Our Cheese and Butter Factory.— Particulars of Mr Bowron’s lecturing tour re the above will be found elsewhere.
Licensing Court. The quarterly sitting of the above will be held on December 6th next, at the usual hour.
Household Necessaries. Messrs Taylor and Papps, Triangle and corner of High and Tuam streets, Christchurch, have an announcement in our advertising columns interesting to housewives. Tenders. —The Borough Council invites tenders for making the valuation of the Borough and compiling the roll for the year 1882. Also for the supply of 300 dog collars, and for re-badging about 90 more.
District Court. —The sitting of this Court is postponed from November sth to November Bth. There is very little business this month.
Wesleyan Home Mission. —As had been previously announced, a public meeting in connection with the Wesleyan Home Mission of this colony, was held last evening, in the Cameron street,
Church. Mr Robert Alcorn was in the chair, and after devotional exercises, briefly opened the proceedings. In so doing, he referred to some of his earliest reminiscenses of the cause. When but a lad, he had collected money in a missionary box, and the principal idea he had then in connection with what he was doing, was that the money collected would go to New Zealand. Now, after the apace of some years, he found himself in the position of chairman of a Missionary meeting in New Zealand. The Rev. W. Keall read the annual report, and supplemented it witn some interesting statistics and*details, in the compiling of which evidently much pains had been taken. The Rev. T. Fee and Taylor spoke on the work which was being done by the Home Mission agency, and pleaded most earnestly for aid on its behalf. The former gentleman, in speaking of the success which had attended the work of God among the natives, paid a high compliment to Maoris with whom ha had been associated in Auckland, and, in addition, to the deep piety of these men, as evidenced by the consistency of their daily life. Mr Fee said that they were also highly intelligent; and, given equal facilities, he argued from personal knowledge, that the Maori youth made more rapid advance in educational matters than did the European. A collection was taken up at the conclusion of the meeting, and, before closing, the Rev. W. Keall stated that the amount to be forwarded from Ashburton this year to the Home Mission Treasurer would exceed that of any previous occasion, and also made mention of the assistance which the Wesleyan Church in Ashburton had received in the past from this same fund. The meeting closed with prayer.