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“Our Christmas Story.” —lntending competitors for “ Our Christmas Story ” prize will please send in their manuscripts on or before December 20. Any manuscripts coming in after that date will be ineligible. The Population op the County. —ln reply to a correspondent we have to state that the population of the Ashburton county at the time of the last census was 8,678. The statement that Ashburton is the capital of a county containing 13,030 inhabitants is therefore incorrect. The population of Coleridge, Wakanui, and Ashburton is 13,715. County Council. —Mr F. P. O’Reilly has “scratched all his engagements.” On another page will be found an advertisement in which Mr O’Reilly states that he “ cannot possibly spare the time ” for Parliamentary or County Council work. Accident. —An accident happened to Mr Alfred Harrison this afternoon as he was proceeding across the railway line in Burnett street. It appears that the horse shied very suddenly, and threw Mr Harrison on to the roadway, shaking him severely and breaking his arm. The injured limb was attended to by Dr Ross, and we are pleased to learn that there is every probability of the well known knight of the hammer resuming business in a day or two.

Borough Council. —The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the above will take place this evening, when in addition to the other business, the Works Committee, to whom the matter was referred at the last meeting, will bring up their report re bathing in the Domain. San Francisco Mail. —The s.s. Australia reached Auckland on Saturday at 8 o’clock, 36 days from London, the fastest time on record. The Penguin, with the southern portion of the mails is expected in Wellington to-night, and every effort will be made to catch the south express on Tuesday morning, so that the mails may be delivered botfly in Canterbury and Otago on that day, which will be the thirty-ninth from London. Lecture. —The Rev. A. W. Hands will deliver a lecture to-morrow night at the Library Hall on “ The Tabernacle.” The lecture will be illustrated by a big model. - Mr J. N. Wood, R.M.—We are glad to hear that Mr Wood has considerably bettered his position by accepting the Resident Magistracy of Lawrence. He receives L2OO per annum more than he was getting here. Ashburton Cheese and Butter Factory.—Our readers will be interested to learn that Mr Bowron, the popular agricultural lecturer will deliver his first lecture on cheese and butter factories, at the

Town Hall to-night. The proposed factory here has attracted a good deal of interest, and we have no doubt that the Town Hall will be well filled this evening by farmers and others anxious to hear what Mr Bowron has to say. His Honor Judge Ward. —The Timaru Herald of this morning, says that the statement made by the Lyttelton Times correspondent in last Wednesday's issue of that paper, to the effect that the resident magistracy and district judgeship of Wellington had been offered to Judge Ward, is absolutely incorrect, no such offer having been made to his Honor. Special Tra -'n. —The special train conveying the holiday visitors to Christchurch for the show and races, back to their homes, passed through Ashburton on Saturday evening, on its way to Dunedin from Christchurch, between 10 and 11 o’clock, arriving at Timaru al a.m., and immediately afterwards proceeding on its journey south.

Wife Desertion. —At the R.M. Court, Waimate, on Saturday, Benjamin Boswell was brought up on remand, charged with deserting his wife at Ashburton, and was remanded here, where he will make his appearance on Wednesday. Athletic Sports —A meeting of persons interested in holding sports at Mount Somers was held in Mr J. Hood’s hotel on Saturday evening last. Mr Hood was voted to the chair, and briefly stated the object of the meeting. After some discussion of minor importance it was decided to form a committee to carry out the usual arrangements, and the following were elected as such, viz.—Messrs Puddicombe, Harvey, James Anderson, Joseph Johnstone, J. Bowick, S. McClimont, A. E. Peache, and W. McClimont. After this the usual vote of thanks to the chair was carried, and the meeting adjourned until Saturday evening next, the loth inst.

Oamaru Show. —The Oamaru Show takes place on Nov. 17th and 18th. The total number of entries are much larger than last year, and as the stock is usually worth inspection at Oamaru, probably there will be some visitors going down from Ashburton. For the convenience of intending visitors special railway arrangements have been made and will be found in another column. Drunkenness.— At the R.M. Court this morning, a man named Donnelly was fined 20s for drunkenness, with the alternative of 48 hours in the lock-up. Volunteer Review. —It is proposed to hold a review of Christchurch, Lyttelton, and other Volunteers on Anniversary Day (December 16). Quail Island, Lyttelton, is suggested as the most suitable place for displaying the capabilities of the men. Trade Item. The Auckland police have seized a lot of 28-gallon casks of beer without the duty stamp affixed on J them required by

Men of Means. —The richest man in the world, Mr J. W. Mackay, is said to be worth L 55,000,000 ; Rothschild comes next with L 40,000,000. Mr Mackay is the owner of the richest silver mine that has ever been discovered, and his yearly income is L 2,760,000. Political. —4 report of Mr Wason’s address to the Wakanui electors at the Kyle schoolroom appears elsewhere. A vote of confidence was carried by a large majority.—Mr Ivess addressed the Barr Hill portion of the electorate on Friday evening, and was accorded a vote of confidence. His speech was mainly a repetition of what he has said elsewhere, alluding at some length, amongst other matters, to the great privileges of the ballot box, the disestablishment of a polling booth at Barr Hill as opposed to the return of a “Liberal” candidate, sundry advice to the Chairman as to the manner of taking the opinion of pnblic meetings at any time, and the expressed hope of his Barr Hill friends voting according to their consciences, and remembering the Government on the polling day. —Mr O’Reilly has determined to withdraw very wisely from the County Council election, and has spared the “army” of Wakanui electors from handing in their requisition asking him to stand for the General Assembly.—Mr Purnell addresses the electors at Ohertsey this evening at the local school-house. The English Cricketers. —This team of crack English players, on completing their Australian tour, will visit New Zealand, and play in Auckland in February. Whether they will come south is not yet decided.

“ Pate a Mail” Libel Case. —The case of W. Dale, jun., auctioneer and politician, v. Edward Houghten, proprietor of the Patea Mail, for publishing an alleged malicious and defamatory libel by reporting a conversation he had with a ratepayer, which damaged his chance of election to the Mayoralty, came on at Patea on Saturday. After the prosecutor’s case had closed, the defendant, who conducted his own case, made an address, alleging that he had reasonable grounds to believe the alleged libel was true, that it related to an important public matter, and being justified by the occasion there was no malice. The Magistrate then dismissed the case without requiring evidence for the defence. The Wreck of the Barque England’s Glory. —The enquiry into the loss of the barque England’s Glory was concluded at the Bluff at 10 a.m. on Saturday, before Captains Thomson (Dunedin), Ellis, and Henry M’Culloch, R.M. The captain’s and officers’ certificates were all returned. Pilot Thompson, who was in charge, could only account for the accident by the vessel not paying off, and supposed that something was wrong about the steering gear. Junior Pilot M'Donald states that, he believes the counter current running

along the shore prevented the vessel’s head paying off with the flood tide and the wind on the port quarter, although the rudder appeared to him in the boat not to be hard up. The decision of ihe Court was given to-day, and was as follows : “ The Court exonerates the captain and officers, and blames the pilot Thompson for directing the ship on shore in order that he might board her, this course bringing her within the influence of dangerous eddies with her head inshore. The Court was of opinion that, as a last resource, the anchors should have been let go. ”

Interesting. —lt may interest many who are concerning themselves in political matters just now to know the precise proportion of taxation, and of the public debt of each of the Australian colonies per head of population. According to statistical returns for 1880 the following are the figures, the first amount in each instance representing annual taxation, and the second public debt :—Victoria, LI 19s 7£d—L2s 16s 9d ; New South Wales, LI 17s 9d—Ll9 17s OJ; Queensland, L2 15s Ojd—Lss 17s B|d ; South Australia, LI 17s —L 34 9s 4fd ; Western Australia, L 3 5s 3| —Lll 12s K>|d ; Tasmania, L2 12s 7^d —Ll 6 15s 11-|d ; New Zealand, L2 17s 6d—Lss 10s Ojd. The total Australian average is : Taxation per head, L2 4s 2d ; public debt per head, L 32 2s 6|d. —Saturday Advertiser.

Nothing Like Printer’s Ink. The following gem is from the pen of a succesful advertiser :

Lives of wealthy men remind us That by using printers’ ink, We can die, and leave behind us

Monstrous piles of golden “ chink. 5:

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 491, 14 November 1881

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 491, 14 November 1881

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