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The Wakandi Cup.—A foreshadowing of the chances of the various competit ors for this event will be found our first page to-day. Electoral. —Mr Wason addresses the Wakanui electors at Flemington on Wednesday, Nov. 30. He will deliver an address at Hindhope en Dec. 1. “Going, Going, Gone !’’-—Attention is called to Mr T. Bullock’s announcement on another page. Mount Somers and Alford Forest Presbyterian Church. —A very important meeting in connection with the above church was held last Wednesday evening, in the Side-School, Alford Forest, presided over by the Rev. J. B. Westbrooke. The following districts were well and ably represented;—Rangitata, Hinds, Mount Somers, Alford Forest, and Methven. The object of the meeting was to take into consideration the advisability of forming a new parish and separate charge. The Rangitata, Hinds, Mount Somers, and Alford Forest were proposed as forming a good district, and L3OO per year was promised from the above-named localities as a stipend, etc., for a minister. Much discussion ensued on the subject, and Methven was proposed as part of the new charge, but it was ultimately carried unanimously “ That a new parish be formed, but that the boundaries be left to the meeting of the Presbytery at Christchurch to determine.” It was also resolved — “ That a deputation be appointed from each of the above-named districts to wait upon the Presbytery for the purpose of bringing about a final settlement of the whole subject.” A vote of thanks to the rev. chairman terminated the proceedings. Madame Lotti Wilmot. Madame Lotti Wilmot will deliver one of her most popular lectures at the Town Hall this evening. This will be “ Christchurch by day and Christchurch by night, and Ashburton by Moonlight.” The latter part of the lecture will possess, we understand, much local interest. “ The coming struggle ; or how will it end 1” and the Gaming and Lotteries Bill will also be discussed. To-morrow night, Madame Wilmot will lecture on “ Forbidden Fruit. ” The doors will not be open until 8 o’clock, and the lecture will not commence until 8.30. Thus it will be seen that the proceedings will not commence until after evening church service has concluded. It is, in fact, Madame Wilmot’s invariable custom not to lecture anywhere on Sunday until church is over

The Case oe W. W. Chapteus. —At the R.M. Court yesterday, before G. L. Mellish, Esq., R.M., W. W. Charters, who has been committed for trial on several charges of embezzlement, was brought up in custody, charged with the forgery and uJering of a bill of exchange for L 147 12s. Mr Duncan, Crown Prosecutor, conducted the prosecution ; Mr Joyce appeared for the prisoner. Evidence having been taken, the prisoner, who reserved his defence, was committed for trial at the next sessions of the Supreme Court to be held in Christchurch. Mr Joyce applied for bail. He had refrained from doing so in the present hearing. He said there were persons in Christchurch prepared to offer substantial security, the amount to be provided being a secondary consideration. His worship said in the face of the fact of prisoner having once left the colony clandestinely, and the large amount involved, he did not see how he could allow it. Mr Duncan strenuously opposed the application. In further reply to Mr Joyce, Mr Mellish agreed to hold the matter over until Monday next, but lie did not think any representations Mr Joyce could make would alter his present intention.

Beer, Boys, Beer, —The firm of Wood and Co , the well-known brewers, have dissolved partnership, and have disposed of the business to Mr Manning, of Rangiora. Mr George Wood, for whom a commodious new brick brewery is goingup, promises his.former patrons and the public a glass of beer that shall give perfect satisfaction.

Our. Former R.M. on the War Path. —At Greymouth last evening, Mr Frank Guinness, formerly Resident Magistrate at Ashburton and now a candidate for the Grey, addressed a large number of electors ; the Mayor in the chair. He was well received and closely questioned. He favored secular education purely, but at a lower standard. The present was an overelaborate and expensive system. Ho strongly opposed the gold duty, and advocated a Land tax instead of the Property tax. lie would not bind himself to any party. Ho approved of the native policy of the Government. A resolution was carried that he was a fit and proper person to represent the constituency. L.O.L.—The District Lodge, No. 8, will hold their quarterly meeting in the upper room. Town Hall, on Friday evening, Dec. 2, at 8 o’clock.

It.M. Court.— There was no business at the R.M. Court to-day. Pickles and Jams. —The Pickle and Jam Manufacturing Company at Dunedin has been formed. The shares are limited to fifteen, at L4OO each, thirteen of which have been taken up.

To Be Tested. —From Auckland we learn that the liability of Government for cattle killed on unfenced sections of railway will be tested shortly in the law Courts.

The N.Z. Shipping Co.—This Company has now opened a branch in Liverpool, and several of their vessels have already left the Mersey bound for this colony.

Primitive Methodist Chcjreh.— r lhe Rev. John Nixon will preach to-morrow evening in the Temperance Hall, at 6.30 In Harness Once More.—We were pleased to see Mr Alfred Harrison had sufficiently recovered from the effects of his recent accident to be able to occupy his usual place in the rostrum at his rooms to-day, Dunedin Races —Our readers are referred to an announcement in .another column re alteration in the of trains to Dunedin for the races. The first race day has been altered from the 30th to 29th inst.

A Bio Lemon. —Dr Lemon, Superintendent of the N.Z. Post and Telegraph Department, passed through Ashburton by the express train this morning.

Waimate Races. —This annual meeting is fixed for Jan. 1.

Mount Somers Stone. - There are now to be seen on the reserve of Messrs Matson, Cox and Co, opposite the Guardian office, three blocks of building stone from the Anama quarries, the property of the Hon. W. S. Perter, near Mount Somers. Two of the blocks are white, and (on the dressed sides) as smooth as polished marble. The third block is of a pinkish or salmon color, and presents a very nice appearance. The stone is soft enough to work up readily, but hardens considerably after exposure to the air, thus fulfilling the most valuable conditions for building purposes. It should meet with a large demand when the completion of the Mount Somers Railway will enable it to be placed on the market at a price which will admit of its competing on favorable terms with either wood or brick considering its durability. Wo understand that Mr Peter intends opening these quarries as soon as circumstances permit, and in the meantime Messrs Matson, Cox and Co. will be happy to afford further information to those desirous of obtaining stone of this quality. A Gymnast’s Fortune.—The natural son of Leotard, the celebrated gymnast, has recently, through the death of his father, come into the possession of an income of L 4.000. The father of Leotard has thus fulfilled the dying wish of his son, who could not, according to the law of France, bequeath his fortune to the boy, owing to the ban under which he was born. The young man has already at the age of nineteen taken unto himself a wife, and lives in magnificent style in a chateau at Toulouse. A Tunnel Under the Liver Severn. —After seven years labor the tunnel connecting the West of England with Wales has been practically completed, the workmen from the opposite sides having met in the middle of the passage. There now remains nothing to be done but to enlarge the passage, wall it in, and lay the lines of rails. When this engineering feat is ac-

compli'hed, Glamorganshire and Monmouthshire will no longer look across the Bristol Channel at a shore which can only be reached by means of an uncomfortable sea passage or by a detour of eighty miles or more.

Corpses as Articles of Furniture. — The London Lancet, in a recent number, discusses the embalming processes at present in vogue, and informing its readers that “ the Italians now practice a method of embalming, by which corpses become so hard that they can be submitted to the sculptor’s chisel, and preserved as articles of furniture and vertu.” What possibilties does not this paragraph open up ? Why should we not, in future, instead of consigning our mother-in-law and our grandfather to the silent tomb, have them embalmed and stuck up in the hall as hat and umbrella stands, or rig them up as dumb-waiters at table? Then, again, what a capital show, a collection of these hardened, chisel-proof corpses would make—why they would, to use a vulgar phrase, “take the shine out of” the best lot of waxworks figures ever modelled !

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 502, 26 November 1881

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