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The ’Peisco Mail. — A special train with the southern portion of the San Francisco mail leaves Christchurch about six to-night.

R.M. Couet. —At the Court this morning Benjamin Boswell, on remand from Waimate, was charged with wife desertion, and on the application of Sergeant Felton was further remanded until tomorrow.

Matoeal Election. —Cr Williamson has been requisitioned to stand as Mayor of Ashburton for the ensuing year, and we are glad to state that this popular Councillor and citizen has consented to do so. His requisition appears elsewhere and is largely signed. The Boeouqh Retebnohment. —Owing to some probably unexplained rush of election work during the week, the Committee for consideration of the retrenchment in the Borough expenditure was not called together by Councillor Ivess, therefore the matter has to stand over until next week. A Dutiful Councilloe. —Councillor Harrison, although suffering from the accident which occurred yesterday, by which his arm was badly broken, attended to his duties at the Borough Council meeting last evening.

Ashburton Bridge. —We notice that a great improvement is in course of being effected on the Ashburton bridge. This consists in the construction of some halfdozen recesses along the left hand side of the bridge, intended as places of refuge for foot passengers who are caught on the bridge at the time trains are crossing. There was of course little danger hitherto of any accident occurring, but still nervous people and people who may have children with them when the train is approaching will doubtless be glad of those little recesses to pop into while the “ iron horse ” passes. A Bargain, —James Burnley, in his “Two Sides of the Atlantic” (which, by the way, is a recent publication and is in the Ashburton Public Library) tells a good story of Brandreth, the famous American pill-monger, who has realised a mammoth fortune by advertising. While the steamer which conveyed our author to America was yet in the Liverpool docks, a man with fur travelling rugs for sale came on board. “ How much ?” said the doctor, pointing to one of the rugs. “Thirty shillings,” replied the vendor. “ What ?” said the doctor, who is rather irascible and very deaf. “ Thirty shillings,” replied the man of rugs. “ Fifty shillings,” exclaimed Brandreth ; “come, now I’ll give you two pounds.” It is needless to add that the rug merchant at once closed with the offer, and disappeared amidst the hearty laughter of the by-standers. Of course the doctor couldn’t understand the joke, and when it was explained to him he didn’t seem to appreciate it.

Weights and Measures.—The Inspector of Weights and Measures has arrived in town, and will remain here for a day or two.

The “Daily News” on the Native Question. —The London Daily News of the 7th inst. contains a leading article on the native crisis in New Zealand, and warmly approves of the vigorous action of the Government in dealing with Te Whiti and his followers. Public Meeting at Mount Hutt. —A public meeting of ratepayers at the Mount Hutt Road Board office is called for Thursday, December Bth, to consider the advisability of bringing the district under the Local Elections Act, 1874. Wakanui Election. —Mr C. W. Purnell will address the electors at the Town Hall on Tuesday 22nd, inst. Fresh from the Garden. —Mr A. W. Randell, greengrocer, Town Hall, notifies that he has on sale all kinds of vegetables, cut from his own market garden. County Council Election. The formal declaration of the result of the General Election of County Councillors will take place on Friday next at 12 noon, at the County Sale Yards office. Life Assurance. —Mr J, Kennedy Browne, travelling agent for the Government Insurance - Department, and Dr Harrison Smith, medical examiner, are now visiting Ashburton, and, we understand, are doing a considerable amount of business. Persons desirous of information on the all-important subject of life of life assurance have now an opportunity of interviewing Mr Browne.

Working Men’s Political Association. —An association of this character was formed last night at Christchurch. Mr Bitcliffe, one of the speakers, said that he was afraid they were too late in the field to influence the coming elections. He did not doubt, however, but that more working men would be returned than hitherto. Although they were now making only a small beginning, they would, if united, eventually become a mighty power in the State. Those present then formed themselves into a committee to endeavor to increase the numbers and help forward the movement. Several names of intending members were handed in, and the meeting adjourned.

Tricks of the Trade. —ln the course of his agricultural lecture last night at the Town Hall, Mr Bowron, in speaking of the tricks practised by farmers and dairymen at Home, told his hearers that he would not reveal to them all the dodges played by the agricultural fraternity at Home, fer if he did so, they would blush for the shortcomings of those who were engaged in similar occupations to their own, despite the fact that 16,000 miles intervened. The statement was made so quaintly that it excited general laughter, which was renewed when the lecturer, stepping forward, remarked, ’* Oh, you know, we farmers are not too honest.” Mr Bowron evidently likes a joke, and likes to crack one with his audience whenever he can see his way. Willowby. —Last evening the Hope of Willowby Lodge, 1.0.G.T., held an open meeting, which was well attended, about twenty-five brothers and sister from Ashburton being present. The W.C.T. of the Hope of Willowby Lodge occupied the chair. Addresses were given by the Chairman and Bro. I. Scott, who apologised for the absence of Mr and Mrs Nixon, who were at Geraldine. The entertainment consisted of songs, readings, and recitations, which were much appreciated. The Lodge, which has been in existence only three months, is composed of young people, the members, with the exception of about four, being under twenty, and great credit is due to them for the way they carry out the work in which they are engaged. The membership of the Lodge has been steadily increasing since its institution, and no doubt the Lodge will soon rank as one of the best country Good Templar Lodges in the district.

Ceicket. —Last year the local cricketers, taking advantage of the long summer evenings, inaugurated a series of matches between the County and Borough Clubs, and we are pleased to learn that similar contests are about to be entered into this season. If possible, the first match will be commenced to-morrow evening, and all members are requested to be on the ground by 5.45, so that play may be started punctually at six. The game will proceed for, perhaps, a little over an hour each evening, and be resumed on the next night, until a match is completed. There is no doubt that, besides the spirit of commendable rivalry which such matches evoke, such trials of prowess are the best practice which clubs can go in for, and it will be a matter for congratulation if by means of such games as we have referred to the noble game of cricket in this county receives a fresh impetus.

Public Meeting. A meeting, convened by the Mayor for the purpose of obtaining the opinions of the ratepayers on the proposed exchange of the western side of Baring square for some other site, is to be held this evening at the Town Hall. As there is some considerable interest taken in the matter, both for and against the proposed exchange of site, no doubt there will be a crowded meeting. We are desired to correct a rumor that has been industriously circulated to the effect that the principal promoters of the scheme are desirous of obtaining the present site for grain and wool stores. We believe the object is to provide a regular and increased income to the Borough from what may be considered more than any other the most valuable business site on the western side of the railway, and which is not required for planting purposes, owing to its proximity to the Domain.

Caledonian Society. — A meeting of the Caledonian Society Directors was held in the Secretary’s office last night, at which the President, Mr Stitt, presided. It was decided to hold the Annual Sports Meeting this year on the Society’s new ground, a few chains from the north-wes corner of the Domain. The ground has been recently fenced, ploughed, sown, and otherwise prepared for sports purposes, and in a short time should also make an excellent cricket ground. The old date for holding the Sports was retained, viz.— Boxing Day, and as dissatisfaction was expressed with last year’s Meeting being extended over two days, it was resolved that the forthcoming Meeting should be confined to one day only. A programme comprising 22 items was then drawn out, offering prizes to the value of about LIOO. Judges were then selected for the different competitions, and the Secretary was instructed to write to the several gentlemen asking their acceptance of the position. Mr S. Saunders and the Secretary were appointed a Committee to rearrange the programme with a view to preventing any two competitions going on at the same time, for both of which the same competitors may desire to enter, and also to have the more popular events spread over the day, so that the interest of the public may be sustained throughout. In regard to handicap events, the nomination fee was fixed at 2s 6d for each, and the acceptance fee at the same sum with the exception of the Grand Handicap Flat Races of three distances, the acceptance fee for which was fixed at ss—the prizes being L6,L 4, and L2. A vote of thanks to the Chairman concluded the meeting.

Tenders. —Tenders are invited by Mr J. Ward for the crop of grass growing on the Domain grounds. Fresh tenders are invited from competent persons for making the valuation of the Borough, and compiling the Roll for 1882.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 492, 15 November 1881

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 492, 15 November 1881

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