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Police OoukT.— 4-t the,, Coilrt this morning, before Mr J. N. Wood; R. Mm William Henderson, atid'S. Fraser, atiai AndefSoji; wjaS charged frith being drunk in a public place, and further with assault* ing Mrs Randall. It appeared from the evidence that the accused visited Randall’s greengrocer’s shop, Town Hall, on Tuesday and purchased a bundle of rhubarb, which he immediately afterwards threw at Mrs Randall, the stuff striking her witn some violence in the side. The accused was very drunk at the time and was handed over to the police. Fined 20s and cab hire, 2s. The money was paid. William Campbell was charged with being drunk in a public place, and as it was his third appearance before the Bench within one Week, on a similar charge* he was fined L 6, or in default fourteen days' imprisonment. Accused elected to “ take it out.” He Was then charged with vagrancy, and sentenced to One months' imprisonment. The Court then rose. An Interesting Case. —Weston alias Worthington, of Rakaia, appears at the R.M. Court here to-morrow in answer to a summohs charging him with a breach of the penal clauses of the Electoral Act, by making a false declaration, to get his name inserted on the roll. The case is exciting some interest. Wakanui School Committee. A meeting of this Committee was held in the school room* Wakanui, on Wednesday evening last. Present : Messrs Paynter, Walsh, Clephane, Trevurza, and Leadley, (Chairman.) Correspondence was read from the Board of Education informing the Committee that ths Board hrd determined to terminate the engagement of Mr J. McLaughlin as master of the Wakanui School, and giving him the requsite three months notice. A circular was also received from the Board respecting the staffs and salaries of the teachers, and the power and duties of Committees. The master’s monthly report was read and considered satisfactory. It stated that the school had been inspected on the 27th ult. by Mr W. L. Edge. There was a good attendance upon the day of inspection, and all the children behaved remarkably well and answered all the questions put to them readily and without prompting, but further than this nothing was known of the result of the examination. The Chairman stated that he had completed arrangements for holding an entertainment in the school room on Thursday the 24th inst. He had been fortunate in securing the services of quite a galaxy of Ashburton talent for the occasion, and had engaged Mr Thiele to provide a supper. The entertainment would consist of a concert, supper, and ball. The sub-committee appointed at at last meeting had inspected the school property to see what work was required to be done, and had determined on having the place put in a thorough state of repair. Tenders had been called for and two had been received which were then opened and that of Mr Henry Evans was accepted After attending to two or three minor matters and passing some small accounts for payment the meeting adjourned.

Tram Traffic in Christchurch Yesterday, —Nearly 20,000 persons were passengers by the Christchurch tram cars yesterday. Canterbury Dog Show. —The Canterbury dog show, in connection with the A. and P. Show, came off yesterdry in a spacious tent in the centre of the show ground. It was the first show held under the management of the Canterbury Coursing Club. Taking the show as a whole it was a most excellent one. Setters, pointers, retrievers, spaniels, greyhounds, and terriers of several kinds were present. We notice that Messrs Saunders Bros, carried off a first and second award for beagle dogs, and a second for beagle bitches. The Grand National. —A public meeting was held at Shearman’s Hotel on Tuesday afternoon at half-past four o'clock, to consider the proposal made by the Grand National Steeplechase Club, with reference to their next meeting taking place at Ashburton. There was a good attendance, Mr H. Friedlander in the chair. It was resolved that a circular be addressed to each member of the Ashburton Racing Club, asking them to give their sanction to the guarantee of expenses to the Grand National Club in the event of the meeting coming off here This was all that was done. A specia meeting of the local Racing Club will be held in about ten days time to decide definitely on what pl*al be done in the matter.

Prince of Wales’ Birthday—Th town was very quiet yesterday, so many residents having taken advantage of the holiday to get away for the day. Christchurch with its show and races attracted a great many visitors from this town and district, while others proceeded to Titnaru where the Athletic Club’s Sports were held on the old show grounds, close to the town. Coming nearer home, our Muff club played a capital match in the Domain, which was watched with keen interest by numerous spectators, the doings of some of the real “ muffs ” provoking hearty laughter. The beach, although so distant, and despite its unattractive character, was visited by several picnic parties and we understand a moat pleasant day was spent “ by the sad sea waves.” Another large party (about fifty in number) visited the pretty Westerfield homestead, and, thanks to the kindness of Mr D. Oliver, the general manager, managed to get through the day very agreeably.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 497, 10 November 1881

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 497, 10 November 1881