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Mr J. C. Wason’s Candidature. — Those interested in securing Mr J. C. Wason’s return as member for Wakanui, are requested to meet at Mr Joseph Clark’s office, East street, to-night at 8 o’clock, for the purpose of forming a ci mmittee.

Political Address. —Mr Purnell addresses the Wakanui electors at the Town Hall this evening.

Drunkenness. —At the R.M. Court this morning before Mr Alcorn, J.P., Philip B. Parker was charged with having been drunk in a public place. Parker pleaded very hard to be let off His Worship said that there was a very long list of previous convictions against him, and he would be fined 40s or 48 hours’ imprisonment. Thomas O’Brien, charged with a similar offence, was cautioned by his Worship and fined 10s, with the alternative of 24 hours’ in the lock-up.

Winslow Sports and Races. —ln another column we publish the nominations for the Winslow Races, which take place on Monday, January 2nd. We hear that a capital course of one mile has been laid out on the new reserve adjoining the old course, which, we believe, will be found to meet the requirements of all those interested in the various events at this now popular meeting. Mr J. B. Rogers, the indefatigible secretary, is now hard at work making the necessary arrangements.

“The Enterprising Burglar.”— Burglary is becoming alarmingly prevalent in Auckland, and a large number of revolvers and life preservers are being purchased. The police authorities are taking special measures to deal with the emergency.

Tub Case of Forg ery against W. W. Chapters. —This case was to have been heard at the Christchurch Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday, but owing to the unusually large number of ordinary actions the hearing was postponed till Friday next.

Work for the Unemployed. —There seems, says a Wanganui paper, to be quite an industry growing out of the love of the Chinese for fungus. We are informed that in Rangitikei quite a number of persons are engaged in collecting this article of export, and that they can earn with ease 5s per day.

The Morning Christchurch-Ddnedin Train.- -A. number of Dunedin mercantile men interviewed Mr Hannay, AssistantManager of Railways, the other afternoon to represent the advantage that commercial houses would receive through an earlier delivery of the northern mail, now leaving Christchurch at nine o’clock a. m. The deputation explained that the Chief Postmaster was prepared to forward the delivery by appointing a clerk to sort the letters during the journey, so that on arrival of the mail at the Dunedin Post Office they would be ready for immediate delivery ; and that if an hour could be gained by statting earlier from Christchurch, or running the train at a higher rate of speed, the object would be attained. Mr Hannay stated that there were several difficulties to be overcome-in either arrangement. To run at express speed was found unsuitable on rails so light as were laid down on New Zealand railways, and, by experience, had been found unprofitable, and at present no more time was given at the various stations than necessary to allow passengers to leave the train and return to it. As for starting earlier from Christchurch, many complaints had been made by the travelling public that the train started too soon for public convenience ; but he fully appreciated the great benefit it would bo to mercantile houses to have an earlier delivery of the mail, and as a new timetable was in course of preparation for next month, he would endeavor so to arrange it that the request of the deputation may be acceded to. We can see no valid reason why the morning train travelling south should not leave Christchurch at 7 a.m., instead of 9 o’clock. The morning train leaves Dunedin for Christchurch at 7, and we hear of no complaints being made. But the fact is, the Christchurch people are very selfish in this matter, and think of no one’s convenience but their own. If the train for Dunedin left Christchurch an hour or two earlier than at present it would be a great boon to Ashburton, not to speak of many other places down the line.

Nothing Like Beer. —Daylesford, the recovery of which was the romantic dream of Warren Hastings, now belongs to a beer bottler named Byass, whose father’s success is said to have been largely due to people confounding him with Bass. He left L 400.000.

Wesleyan District Meeting. —The annual meeting of the Wesleyan ministers of the Canterbury district was commenced yesterday in the Durham street schoolroom, Christchurch, at 3 p.m. There were present —The Revs. J. A. Taylor (chairman), Rangiora ; J. Duller, J. Aldred, and J. S. Rishworth, Christchurch; W. Keall, Ashburton; J. H. Simmonds, Kaiapoi; W. B. Marten, Lyttelton; W. Baumber, Christchurch; S. J. Garlick, Woodend; W. E. Gillam, Christchurch ; and T. G. Brooke, Leeston. Touching reference was made in the devotional services to the loss sustained by the Church during the year in the deaths of the Revs. J. B. Richardson and J. Armitage. The Rev. J. Aldred was elected secretary. Hours of session were fixed as follows:—Morning, 9.30 to 12; afternoon, 2 to 5. The Revs. Messrs Lewis and Marten were appointed reporters to the daily papers and the New Zealand Wesleyan. Arrangements were made for the probationers to preach during the sessions, and certain ministers deputed to hear them. After some further preliminary business the meeting adjourned till to-day.

Fan Tan. —lt will be seen from our Wellington telegrams of to-day that the four Chinamen who were found playing fan tan the other night at a house in Taranaki street, Wellington, have been fined L 5 a-piece for that offence. In connec.j'on with this case, the Timaru Herald has the following in this morning’s issue : —“ The police made a raid on a Chinese gambling house in Wellington on Saturday night, and arrested a number of Chinamen who were playing fan tan. This, we suppose, is what is called a vigorous administration of the Gaming and Lotteries Act. Now, fan tan is a game exclusively played by the Chinese, and it is, morover, one of those long, tedious, not-worth-the-candle sort of games, where it takes an hour or two to win or lose sixpence. It wants Chinese cheap labor, in fact, to keep it going. It is far too slow for the Caucasian. Yet our pious Government put it down with the strong arm of the law. They are afraid of the public of Wellington—bless them—being demoralised by such awful wickedness going on in their midst. On the other hand, they have no care for the morals of the people of Canterbury, whom they allow to go to perdition very much as they went before the Act was passed.’

Requisitional. —Mr John T. Matson, auctioneer, has been requisitioned to offer himself as a candidate for the Avon district, in opposition to the Hon. W. Rolleston, Town Hall. —Madame Lottie Wilmot announces that she will deliver a series of four lectures at the Town Hall on Novem her 24th, 25th, 26th, and 27th.

Fire Brigade.— The Brigade will muster in full uniform at the Brigade Station at 730 pro. to-night, in order that they may take part in the reception of the Volunteers on their return from Timaru by the last train. An Unlucky Candidate. —Mr Alderton, a candidate for Marsden, Auckland Province, while riding to address a meeting was thrown from his his horse and broke his wrist besides sustaining other injuries. Tenders. —Messrs Fooks and Son, surveyors, etc., invite tenders for a number of works in the Wakanui Road District. Back gain. —Mr Geo. Trickett, bootmaker, who left this town for Mount Somers some months ago, has returned to the scene of his former triumphs, and recommenced business in Moore street. We wish Mr Trickett every success.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 498, 22 November 1881

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