The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prevalebit. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.50 p. m. j
Ours elves. The. Prince of Wales' birthday is on Wednesday next, and there will be no publication of this journal on that day. Another Adjournment. The sitting of the District Court has been further adjourned until December 5.
Accident on the Bridge. —Yesterday afternoon, as a young man named Anderson was proceeding across the Ashburton bridge on horseback, the animal, a rather spirited mare, shied at a passing pedestrian, and threw her rider. Beyound a slight bruise on one arm and a shaking Mr Anderson escaped without injury.
Sons and Daughters of Temperance. —The Helpmate Division, No. 16, Ashburton, of the above Society, intend holding a tea meeting and entertainment at the Templar Hall, Ashburton, to-night. The festivities will be held in honor of the first visit to Ashburton of the Grand Division of New Zealand, and also the Anniversary of the local Division. The meeting will be addressed by quite a number of Temperance notabilities, including Bros. J. W. Jago, D. 0. Cameron, W. Carr, A G. Price and others from Dunedin : Bros. J. A. Efford, G.W.P., S. P. Andrews, M.H.R., P.G.W.P., J. Caygill, P.G.W.P., W. T. C. Mills, J. Patten and others from Christchurch, besides others from the West Coast and all parts of New Zealand. For the entertainment a capital programme has been prepared of songs, speeches, etc. The musical director is Bro. H. Pickford, and the pianist Miss Gates. The affair promises to be a big success, and we have IUMe doubt that the Templar Hall will be filled to-night to its utmost capacity.
Guy Fawkes in Ashburton. —That fine old institution Guy Fawkes has not yet become quite extinct, although each year the number of Guys, even in London, is becoming smaller by degrees and beautifully less. A really creditable Guy was, however, being shown around Ashburton on Saturday night, the anniversary night of “ Gunpowder Treason and Plot,” and the youthful showmen in charge of the Guy must have reaped quite a harvest of sixpences as the reward of their enterprise. The Reserves Question. —His Worship the Mayor has, in accordance with a resolution passed at the last meeting of the Borough Council, convened a public meeting of ratepayers, to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m., to consider the question of exchanging Baring square, west, for one of the reserves on that side of the the town.
C.J.C. Races. A telegram from Christchurch this afternoon says :—Sporting matters are unusually quiet for the eve of the Metropolitan Meeting, betting is absolutely at a standstill. The training gallops this morning presented no special features. The town is gradually filling with visitors, but it does not seem so busy as in previous years.
The Muffs. —This popular Club intend to play a scratch match on Wednesday next—the Prince of Wales’ Birthday. Play will commence at noon, and it is hoped that as many members as possible will put in an appearance on the ground, in order that a match worthy of the natal day of Albert Edward may be arranged. The Waxworks. —To-night will be the last opportunity the public will have of seeing the waxworks. The entertainment was well patronised on Saturday, some 500 people paying for admission during the day and evening. To-morrow the show leaves for Lyttelton, where it will open at the Colonists’ Hall.
A New Theatre for Cheistohoroh.— Christchurch will shortly possess two theatres, a tender for a new temple of the drama to be erected in Tuara street having been accepted.
Often in Trouble. —At the R. M. Court this morning Matthew Kean was committed for trial on the charge of robbing Archibald Macintyre, a wool-sorter, of his watch, chain, and locket, valued at sixteen guineas, and a book of tickets for the “Novelty Consultation.” Kean is not altogether unknown to the police. Not long since he was charged with horse stealing and acquitted. Subsequently he was brought up for obtaining goods from Mr Hudson, saddler, by false pretences, and sentenced to a term of imprisonment, which he had but a few days ago completed when arrested on this charge.
Lotti, the Secretary, and the Supplejack.—Madame Lotti Wilmot, the wellknown lecturess, last night administered a whipping to Mr Moon, Secretary of the Papanui Town Hall. It appears that Lotti was going to lecture, and being anxious to make a start, as a number of visitors from Christchurch had arrived, she went to get the key of the Hall which the Secretary refused to surrender until 8 o’clock. Now the lecture was advertised for 7, and if the affair was postponed for an hour how were the visitors to catch the return tram ? So the fair lecturess went and demanded the key, and finding mere words of little avail, proceeded to enforce her arguments with a supplejack, borrowed from a sympathising gentleman friend. Legal proceedings ■ are likely to be instituted by the indignant Moon. Lotti is of opinion that it is all moonshine.
Bravo, Auckland !—An Aucklander offers LSOO towards the erection of an art gallery, if others will aid in the work.
Narrow Escape op an Auckland Linnen-drapeb’s Shop. —While lighting the gas in the window of Linabury and Co., Queen street, drapers etc., an assistand accidentally set the goods in a blaze. The plate glass window was destroyed and Daniel Thomas, the assistant, badly hurt. The damage by fire and water is estimated at LBOO. The fire was extinguished before the brigade arrived. The stock was fully insured.
Magisterial Changes. —Mr E. H. Carew, R. M. at Lawrence, will replace Mr Simpson as R.M. at Dunedin, and Mr Nugent Wood, of Ashburton, will succeed Mr Carew. But who succeeds Mr Nugent Wood at Ashburton ? That is what we are more interested in learning.
County Council Elections. The nominees and the polling places for the forthcoming elections will be found elsewhere. Mr Julian Jackson has been returned for the riding of Mount Hutt, and Mr John Lambie for the riding of South Rakaia, those gentlemen being the only candidates nominated for their respective ridings.
Mount Hutt Road Board. This Board invites tenders for valuation of district, and completion of rate-roll for 1882.