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TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 430 p.m. j

The Battle of the Reserves.—A full report of the public meeting held at the Town Hall last night re exchange of reserves, appears in another column. The meeting was rather a lively one, and there was quite a brisk interchange of compliments during the last half of the proceedings. Cheese and Butter Factory. —Mr Bowron delivered the second of his series of lectures on the above subject at the Flemington School last night. There was a large attendance of farmers present, some fifty in all, who one and all evinced the livliest interest in the lecture throughout. Several practical questions were asked, all of which Mr Bowron satisfactorily answered. At the close of the lecture, which occupied the time till about 12 o’clock, about 100 shares were applied for. Mr Bowron lectures at the Ashburton Forks to-night. So far his tour has been a most successful one, for the farmers are evidently beginning to open their eyes to the importance of the scheme. Timaru Breakwater. —Jones and

Peters, a local firm of contractors, who

have held many breakwater contracts, had another tender accepted yesterday. This was for another 300 feet extension, and the figure L 8,305. Electoral. —Mr E. G. Wright wFI address the electors at the Town Hall on Monday evening next. Mr Purnell speaks at Kyle to-night. Not Good Enough.—The other night

when Mr Bowron’s lecture was on at the Town Hall, a man who had only arrived in town from up country that evening, seeing the building lit up, accosted a person standing on the steps with “ what’s up, is there an entertainment on?” “Yes,” said the stianger, “admission one shilling—walk in.” The man from from the wilds paid his money and entered, and for about half-an-hour he sat patiently waiting for the “ farce ” to commence, which he understood from the man at the door, was coming on as “ soon as the old man on the platform has finished with the audience.” At last the country-man’s patience was exhausted, and turning to the man at his side, he asked when the “ fun " was going to commence? To his intense disgust, he for the first time discovered that he was attending an agricultural lecture—admission free. In about two seconds after that he was seeking for the man at the door, with the idea of having an explanation, but that practical joker had disappeared, and the man from up country walked away, but ill-satisfied with his evening’s amusement.

Knights of the Willow. —Cricketers are requested to be in attendance at the Domain this evening 5.45 sharp, in order to commence a match Ashburton v. Borough punctually at 6 o’clock.

Readymoney Richards. Elsewhere will be found an announcement from this well-known Dunedin draper* who has returned to Ashburton with an increased stock of goods. A Goon Yarn. —A funny report comes from Chamounix, says the World. That a millionaire American had four times attempted the ascent of Mount Blanc, and had four times failed ; that, exasperated by his successive failures, he had “ sworn a sweer ” that, living or dead, he would be on the summit of Mont Blanc ; and that he had died. Before his decease he made a will, bequeathing his immense fortune to his three nephews on the condition that they would transport his body to the top of the mountain ; and that the three nephews have arrived at Chamounix and are making arrangements for a magnificent funeral procession to the summit, where they will find room for their uncle. This is the newest form of

“ Excelsor,” and is detailed most circumstantially in the Milan papers. The Jew Ape-la may believe it if he likes : I don’t.- ;>

Government Life Assurance. vVe observe that the holders of policies in the Government Life Assurance office have had their bonus certificates supplied, and the results should certainly prove satisfactory to those concerned.

Wesleyan Sunday School. —We have been requested to draw attention to an announcement in another column, calling a meeting of teachers of the above school for to-morrow evening, at the conclusion of the ordinary service. Wakanui Water Supply. —A meeting re the above is called for next Thursday evening, after Mr Bowron’s lecture, at the schoolhouse.

Tenders —Mr A. Orr invites tende

for erection of a cottage. En Route. —The Hon. Thomas D c passed through Ashburton per express tb morning en route for Dunedin.

The Only Way.—The sanitary i" spector af Auckland is making wholesab prosecution of the householders for offend ing against the public health, owing approach of hot weather. Lecture. —The Rev. A. W. Han 1 delivered a highly interesting lecture < “The Tabernacle” last night in t 1 Templar Hall, which was listened to wi the great attention throughout. Solicitors’ Costs. —Attheß.M. Con

this morning Mr Beswick, in speaking _< < - solicitors costs, said that he was of opinio i that these costs should not be allowed in small cases. He would confer with TV' 1 r Whitefoord and Mr Mellish and endeavo : to arrange a scale for costs. He thoug’ that costs should not be allowed undoL 5. In reply to Mr Purnell his Worshi > said that special or test cases might 1>; made subject to special arrangement?. Mr Branson suggested that his Worship’s proposed scale should be posted up in Court for the benefit of all and sundry. Waimate Plains.— Government have decided to hold a further sale of land on the Waimate Plains. The sale will comprise about 6,000 to 8,000 acres principally of bush land, and will take place a week before Christmas. The principal block is contiguous to those recently sold at the back of Parihaka. Food Adulteration. —Adulteration of food is one of the crying sins of the age. Extensive analysises were recently made in Melbourne. Here are a few of the results : —Milk (60 samples)—Not one sample as retailed was found to be pure. One sample had been diluted to the following extent : Pure milk, 2 qts 1 gill; water, Iqt 1 pt 3 gills—total 4 qts 1 pt, and two-thirds of the cream which should have been present in this diluted article had been removed. Mustard —ln a colonial sample, the greater portion consisted of farinaceous subtauces and turmeric, and to give pungency cayenne pepper had been used. Very little pure mustard was found. Aerated waters (9 samples)—Lemonades, 3; sarsaparillas, 3 ; soda-waters, 3. Two of the lemonades contained a copper salt ; all the sarsaparillas contained a lead salt. The sodawaters contained no carbonate of soda, and were simply carbonic acid water. Ales and porter (250 samples)—These were examined principally to see how much chlorade of sodium (common salt) was present. This was found to range from 0 21 of a grain (normal) to 126 grains per Imperial Gallon. Cocoas and chocolates (10 samples)—Very little pure cocoa. All were largely mixed with farinaceous substances and sugar. One of the samples (colonial manufacture) contained only 25 per cent, cocoa, the remaining 75 per cent., being starch and glucose, the latter being so bad that it could not be sold in the usual way by brewers. Spirits (40 samples)—Brandies, whiskeys, gins, and rums—Most of these had been made from bad spirits, and contained fusel oil in large quantities. They were also well watered. Napoleon and the Scotchman.— Th e following incident of the Peninsular v.-.-X is worth recording A Scottish pip r, belonging to one of the regiments, s taken prisoner, and, it becoming repot d to the Emperor Napoleon, he ordered 1 a to be brought into his presence. e eyed the stalwart piper in his kilts, a 1 and asked him, ‘ Can you play Scott ; ’i music on the bagpipes V ‘ Yes,’ was i o reply. ‘Then play me a Highland re ’ It was done. ‘ Play me an Highland j : ;’ done also. ‘ Now play me a Scott i march.’ This also was done. Then s asked him to play a Highland charg : this also was complied with. Napoli' 1 looked and said, ‘ Now play me a retre:> ’ ‘ Na,’ said the piper, ‘we hae nae mu i for that. ’ The Emperor said, ‘ Then y i may retire, Sir.’ ”

Deaths of Noted Scotchmen. Jol n Duncan, “the Alford botanist,” died that place on 10th August, aged 86. I was a weaver, and by dint of much i dustry made a valuable collection < Scottish grasses, &c., which he presentc ' last December to the University of Abe - dcen. Some months ago several hundred, pounds were raised by public subscriptio ’ to relieve the rigors of poverty in his ad- , vanced age. The Rev. Alexander Stark, of Tignabruaich, the “ father of the Free | Church, died on August 12th, in the 96th year of his age, and the 74th of his ministry. Mr James Black, senior partner of the firm owning the Anchor Thread Mills, Paisley, died on August 3rd, aged 59 years, his death being accelerated by the decease of his daughter a fortnight before. Mr Clark was greatly respected in Pa’sley, where his family have been engaged in the manufacture of thread since 1720. The firm now employs neariy 490 hands. A Successful Piano Manufactory.— The Belfast Witness, after investigating certain matters appertaining to the manufacture and description of ancient and modern pianos, thus speaks of the eminent manufactory of Brinsmead and sons, at Kentish Town : —The founder of this business, Mr John Brinsmead, established it in 1836, his staff then consisting of two men and a boy. The rapid strides and progress since achieved may be imagined when fully 300 hands are now employed, and more than fifty pianos a week are sold and produced in the highest style of excellence. The firm have orders now on hand which they cannot execute for nearly three months to come, even at this great rate of production, which is unsurpassed by any other

manufactory. The great demand has rendered necessary the erection of an additional factory, which will be completed before the end of this month. Mr John Brinsmead, who was originally a cabinet-maker, and came to London from North Devon, has always taken the greatest interest in the manufacture of pianos, and it has been the pride of his life to produce the beat article possible, and he is constantly introducing improvements. Although forty-five years’ hard work and practical knowledge have produced such prosperous results, Mr Brinsmead takes as much interest as ever in every detail, the most important finishing processes, ‘touch,’ ‘voicing,’ &c., being his special province, and in which his experience and knowledge are unrivalled. Messrs Brinsmead have patented at different times the perfect check-repeater action, and also the sostenente sounding 1 board, capable of sustaining sound for 60 seconds, the great charm of the piano being much enhanced thereby. Every portion of a piano is ready to hand at these works, and a complete piano in all ' its details could be put together in an ‘ incredibly short space of time. At the | least, 300 or 400 pianos are in course of | manufacture, and the minutest detail is personally looked after by the principal, i The number of gold medals gained by the i firm at all principal Exhibitions is very numerous, and at the three recent ones I in Queensland, Sydney, and Melbourne, ; the first prize for uprights and grands has I been awarded to them.” <

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The Ashburton Guardian. MAGNA EST VERITAS, ET PREVALEBIT. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 493, 16 November 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. MAGNA EST VERITAS, ET PREVALEBIT. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1881. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 493, 16 November 1881

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