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The Elections.— ln another column Mr J. 0. Wason notifies the times and places of his committee meetings throughou‘ the district.

Gay Wakanui. —A concert, entertainment, and ball take place to-night at the Schoolhouse, Wakanui. There is every prospect of a most enjoyable evening being spent, and doubtless many Ashburton residents will betake themselves to Wakanui to-night. R.M. Court. —There was a clean sheet at the R M. Court to-day. Town Hall. —Madame Lotti Wilmot will deliver the first of her series of lectures at the Town Hall this evening. The announcements of this well-known lecturess have been attracting muct attention lately in the town, and everyone is curious to hear what she has to say. It is perhaps not locally known that Madame Wilmot is a Spiritualist, and proposes to hold stances each evening at her hotel after the lecture. Madame Wilmot brings some hundreds of press notices of her lectures with her, taken at random from Sydney, Melbourne, New Zealand and other journals.

Tub Bridge. —A married woman residing at Tinwald, had a narrow escape on Tuesday last of being rushed by cattle when crossing the Ashburton bridge. Seeing the mob of cattle approaching, the woman retired into one of the newly-con-structed escape-ways, but even then narrowly escaped being driven over the side of the bridge by the wild mob. The Rakaia and.other large bridges are furnished with hand-rails, extending from end to end of the bridges, and it would be well if our bridge was fitted with a hand-rail too. The escape-ways are really not of much use when cattle are encountered, whereas a hand-rail dividing the passenger from the other traffic, would answer all purposes and obviate the necessity for constantly looking round to see if “ anything is coming.”

Mr Purnell’s Committee. —Gentlemen deairoua of securing the return of Mr C. W. Burnell for Wakanui are requested by an announcement in another column to meet at Messrs Branson and Purnell’s office on Saturday evening next. Madame Wilmot Gobs for Damages. —Madame Lotti Wilmot has commenced proceedings against the Papanui Town Hall Company for a breach of agreement in refusing to allow her to lecture in their hall on certain Sunday evenings. The amount sued for is Ll7O, special damages, in the shape of loss sustained in her profession as a public lecturess, being laid at LIOO. The case, if it comes on for hearing, will be tried in the District Court.

LIOO Reward. —Are there any James McDonalds about Ashburton? because if so their friends will be able, perhaps, to turn them into cash. They will be more valuable if dead. The following is from the Timaru Herald :— ‘ ‘ James McDonald.— A person of this name is advertised for. L 25 is offered if satisfactory proof be produced by anyone that he is alive, and LIOO if ho be dead. ”

Lyttelton Industrial Exhibition. —lt has now been definitely decided to hold this Exhibition in January next. Fan Tan Again. Four Chinamen were charged at the Dunedin Police Court yesterday with keeping a gambling house where fan tan was played. One was fined L 5 and L2 on two charges. The case against the others was dismissed.

The Price of a Hosband. —The Loan and Mercantile Company (Auckland) have given Ll6O to the widow of George Brown, who was killed by falling through their verandah skylight. Twenty Shillings and Costs. —An Oamaru hotelkeeper was yesterday charged with permitting a drunken man to remain on his premises. Four informations were laid, two under the old ordinance and two under the Act of last session. The question of the Act being in force was raised, and, after argument, the police agreed to proceed on one under the old ordinance. After hearing evidence, the R. M. inflicted a fine of 20s, with 7s costs. Ashburton Amateur Dramatic Club. —We had the privilege of being present last evening at a rehearsal of “ The Miller and His Men” by the members of the Ashburton Amateur Dramatic Club. There was a good muster of members, and general satisfaction seemed to be felt at the return of Mr Jessop, a leading meml er, and the resumption by him of the part for which he was cast in the drama. We may state that Mr C. Bourk, scenic artist, is preparing some new and appropriate scenery. One of the best scenes we saw—but wild horses would not make us divulge what it was. Suffice it to say the public have a genuine treat in store for them.

Fresh Tenders. —Mr C. J. W. Cookson, junr., invites fresh tenders for erecting a two-roomed cottage.

Mr O’Reilly’s Candidature. —Mr F. P. O’Reilly will address the Wakanui electors at the Town Hall, Eakaia, on Saturday evening, the 26th.

A Game at Billiards.— lt is said that Republican Paris contains nearly 25,000 billiard tables. Probably there is not a Parisian c >/e at the present day on the left or the right bank of the Seine, in a faubourg or on the boulevards, in which the click of the balls is not to be heard. At the end of the sixteenth century, M. Morcier tells us there was only one billiard table in France. It stood in the Louvre, and served for the indoor diversion of the noblemen and gentlemen of the Court of Catherine of Medici. The second billiard table was the property of the wealthy Cabinet-Councillor Damours, who also imported it from Italy. It stood in the splendid salon of his palace on the Quai de la Tournelle. Until the outbreak of the Revolution the “ noble game” was regarded as a sort of elevated mystery restricted to royal and patrician players; but after 1789 it descended, like so many other games, into the streets, and the cafes and estaminets began to inscribe the attractive word “ billiards ” over their dears. ; : ;;r , ; . .-j.i.-'it boJ.'iTcfoloo M*» jmihnJo

Mr Wason and the Mount Somers Electors. —The requisition to Mr J. C. Wason by the Mount Somers people appears elsewhere ; also, Mr Wason’s reply to the same.

A Temperance Show. —Of all the exhibitions ever held, the International Temperance Exhibition, opened the other day in the Agricultural Hall, London, is probably the most curious. The first thing that strikes the visitor is the vast variety of drinks within the reach of the teetotallers. Scientific enterprise has of late considerably increased the number of non-intoxicating beverages. Ginger beer, soda water, lemonade, and seltzer have now innumerable rivals and companion drinks. Apollinaris, Frosbach, Wilheim’s Quelle, Gerolstein, and Godesberg, as table waters, together with Zoedone, the life giver ; Hedozone, the agreeable ; lime . juice cordial, Hopetta, and Ben Trovato, are a few of the names of the liquid wares claiming attention. Then there is the cup that cheers but not inebriates. Tea of every sort and in every form ; coffee from Mocha, Ceylon, Queensland anid Jamaica, cocoa and cocoatine, chocolate and chocolatine are paraded before the visitor. Syrups, of all sorts too, tempt the eye. And in addition to the drinks, almost as innumerable as the variety of existing wines, are the apparatus and appurtenances—racks and vats, corks and corkscrews, tinfcil and goldfoil fountains and ice chests —which are among the exhibits. Altogether there appears to have been collected everything connected with the production, disposal, and consumption of non-intoxicating drinks.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 500, 24 November 1881

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