The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalecit. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 430 p. m. j
Shearing. —Mr T. Jackson commences shearing at Broom Park on the 29th inst. Caledonian Society’s Sports. —The programme of the Ashburton Society’s annual meeting, which takes place on Boxing Day, will be found in another column. It comprises twenty-six events, all of which will doubtless draw out a number of our local athletes, as well as those from other places, to compete for the very liberal prizes offered by the Society. The sports are to be held on the ground lately purchased by the Society, near the North East Belt. Cricket. —A match between the Ashburton and Rakaia Clubs is to take place to-morrow on the Domain ground, and members of the local team are requested to assemble at 11 o’clock sharp.—The match between the Ashburton and Borough Clubs was continued for a short time last evening, but in consequence of the wet had to come to an abrupt termination.
Ashburton County Council. —This Council is now about to construct 106 additional miles of water races for the Ashburton and Rakaia water supply. An advertisement elsewhere invites tenders for this work, in five contracts.
Wakanui. —Mr F. P. O’Reilly will address the Wakanui electors at the Town Hall on Saturday night. Lotti Wilmot’s Case. —During the hearing of the case against Lotti Wilmot yesterday, for assaulting Mr Moon, the lady remarked that “ although only a woman, she found it necessary to take her own part occasionally.” The magistrate said she had no right to take her part in the way she had taken it. To him it looked very much as if Madame Wilmot had been endeavoring to get a cheap advertisement.
A Thumb Cut off by i Chaff-cutter. —To-day’s Timaiw Herald records that Mr Alex. McLean, mangaer for Mr Macdonald at the Orari, met with a serious accident whilst attending a chaff-cutting machine on Wednesday afternoon last. It appears that one of the teeth of a cog wheel broke, and Mr McLean was examining the wheel without stopping tie machine, when one of his fingers on the right hand by some means was cut off. Mr McLean, accompanied by Mrßedham, came to Temuka to Dr Campbell, who attended to the injuries. Mr McLean was very weak on his arrival at Temuka, through the great loss of blood which resulted from the wound.
Drunkenness.—At the R.M. Court this morning, George Wilson, on remand from yesterday, was further remanded for 24 hours. Two first offenders were each fined ss, with the alternative of 12 hours’ imprisonment. Sparrow Club. A meeting of the above was called for last night, at the Somerset Hotel, but as the Secretary was the only individual connected with the Club who turned up, the meeting did not eventuate.
AnUnlukcy Step.—A terrible accident befell William Bellingham at Auckland yesterday. He was on the upper story of a building in course of erection, and while examining the work he incautiously stepped back, and fell through an open trap door, alighting on a concrete wall ?■ low and hurting himself very sorioutly.
Mr Sheehan on the Native Difficulty.—Speaking at Auckland last night, Mr Sheehan expressed his entire approval of the policy which led up to the Parihaka expedition, and the method in which Mr Bryce had worked and broken up the settlement. Speaking from his knowledge of native affairs on the West Coast, East Coast, and Waikato, he said that we had seen the last of the native difficulty.
Wakanci Wat hr Supply. —A second meeting of persons interested in a water supply for Wakanui was held at the local schoolhouse last evening, Mr H. Friedlander in the chair. It was decided to arrange for the water supply, the following resolution, moved by Mr J. Brown,and seconded by Mr E. Thomas, being carried : —“ That, in the opinion of this meeting, it will require a rate of fid an acre in order to pay half the cost of the propc . I water supply ; that the rate be fid an aero, and that it be paid forthwith to Mr 0. 0. Fooks, who is instructed to collect the same.” Stout for Tb White —The Oamn Mail says : —“ The rumor that Mr Stor', who passed through hero on his way nor H on Tuesday, was proceeding thither to defend Te Whiti, is we learn, from Mr Stout himself, not correct. We, however, think it not unlikely that Mr Stout’s services may be secured in the interest of the imprisoned chief, with whom he has already publicly expressed the strongest sympathy.” A Goon Potato Market. —ln July lest the market price for potatoes in Griqrland, West Natal, was from 35s to 40s p sack. We Should Rather Think So. —A telegram received from Dunedin states that the Education Board decided yesterday that the master of the Normal School acted rightly in sending away a boy whoso relations were laid up with scarlet fever. A medical man had sent a letter to the teacher that business would cease if such a course were always adopted.
Acknowledgment.— The Master of the Ashburton Home wishes to acknowledge, with thanks, the receipt of a parcel of tobacco for the inmates from Mr D. Broom, Ashburton.
Cheese and Butter Factory —Mr Bowron lectured on the above last evening, to about forty farmers, in the Wakanui school-house. Great interest was evinced by those present, and numerous questions were asked, which were in every case satisfactorily answered. At the conclusion of the lecture some sixty shares were applied for, and promises of support were given by other intending shareholders. Mr 'iwron concludes his course of lectures , ns evening at Willowby. The than’ of the promoters and farmers generally are due to Mr Bowron for his trouble and attention in this matter; more especially as Mr Bowron expressly stipulated for no remuneration.