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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 503, 28 November 1881
Arrival of the Dunedin. —It will be seen from our shipping telegrams that the ship Dunedin, from London, arrived at Port Chalmers to-day.
Drowned. —A dead body, believed to be that of a man named William Thomas, was found floating in the Avon this morn-
Borolgh Council. —The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the above takes place to-night when, in addition to the other business, the retrenchment question and the question of bathing in the Domain will be discussed.
Madame Lotti Wilmot. — On Saturday evening Madame Wilmot lectured to a fair house on “ Christchurch by day and by night,” and yesteiday evening to the best house of the season on “ Forbidden fruit.” The doors were not opened until 8 o’clock, and it was about 8.40 before the lecture commenced. It was listened to throughout with close attention. Madame Wilmot remains in Ashburton over tonight, and will in all probability hold a sitting at her hotel this evening for the investigation of spiritualistic phenomena. The lecturess proceeds to Timaru to-mor-row, where she is announced to deliver her lecture on “ Courtship and marriage ” at the Theatre Royal in the evening. Drunkenness. —At the R.M. Court this morning, before Mr Robert Alcorn, J. P., one individual was brought up for over-indulgenm in the flowing bowl. A long list of previous convictions handed in by the police against 8 offender for drunkenness, etc., but a UUa appeared that he had not been up at a u Court for something like two years an half, his Worship merely administered a sharp reprimand and discharged him. This was the only business before the Court.
Mr S. W. Alcorn’s New Premises.— A fine new shop adjoining Mr C. Neate’a premises, and occupying the site formerly occupied by Mr Bullock, and afterwards by Mr Gundry, was opened this morning by Mr. S. W. Alcorn as a drapery, clothing, and millinery store. No better site for business premises could have been selected than this, and the handsome shop with its big plate glass windows and attractive display of drapery and other goods is decidedly an acquisition to the place. A few more shops of this kind would certainly largely add to the importance of Ashburton. Erratum. —ln our report of Mr Purnell’s meeting at Willowby, we erroneously stated that Mr T. Chapman occupied the chair, whereas it was Mr S. Chapman who presided. Beer. —An account of a visit to Messrs Quinton Bros.’ Alford Brewery will be found on another page. To News Agents. —The railway department are calling for tenders for leasing the Ashburton and Christchurch bookstalls for a term of two years, from January next. If that Skull Could Only Speak ! t—Some Danes employed felling bush near Stratford, New Plymouth, on Saturday, discovered the skeleton of a man, the back of the skull appearing to have been broken in with some blunt instrument. Dismal Relics. —Large quantities of wreckage have been -washed ashore at Timaru during the last few days. Tester' day the top of a deck house of American pine, twelve feet by ten feet, was picked up, together with some turned posts, quantity of light boards painted white and blue, and some cabin fittings. The odds and erds it is thought probable are from the wreck of the barque England’s Glory, which came to grief at the Bluff a short while ago. Mysterious Death at the Christchurch Hospital. —Yesterday morning a one-legged patient at the Christchurch Hospital named John Steele was found dead in the bathroom of the institute. He was lying in a bath full of cold water, and was completely dressed. It is not known whether the occurrence was the result of accident or design.
The Crops.— The crops arc looking splendid throughout the district, but would be no doubt all the better for a little more rain. But there is every prospect of a good harvest, and a real good harvest generally means “a good time coming.”
A Bathing Companion. —Two young men who visited Sumner last week had just enjoyed a sea-bath when, while dressing, they perceived a huge shark cruising about on the very spot from which they had just emerged. An Admirer of Te Whiti. —By the brigantine Omaha, which arrived yesterday from the Chatham Islands, there arrived a Maori chief, a particular friend and admirer of Te Whiti, laden with presents for the Parihaka prophet. Amongst the savory things this rangatira had with him were twenty-three casks of preserved albatrosses, a delicacy much prized by the natives. The cost of capturing, preparing, and packing that quantity of birds was said to have been L2OO, a sum which the chief generously paid over, hoping to have the pleasure of surprising his prophetic friend at Parihaka with substantial evidence of his allegiance and reverence. Upon the vessel’s arrival at port our reporter informed the passengers of the arrest of the arch agitator, and his due lodgment in prison with Tohu and the others. The chief, however, utterly repudiated any belief in the story, remarking that even were such the fact and that Te Whiti was killed he would return to life again quite easily. Upon a newspaper being shown him with the particulars headed “ Trial of Te Whiti,” he laughingly observed that it was merely put in the papers to ensure a readier sale for them. Press.
From Yankee Land to Auckland Direct. —The Kangaroo line of vessels has commenced running direct from New York to Auckland. Two are on the way out, and a third will be placed on the berth in January.
Political. —Mr E. G, Wright invites the electors of Ashburton to meet him at Methven on Wednesday next.—Mr C. W. Purnell will meet the Wakanui electors on Saturday next at the school-room, Hindhope. —Mr J. 0. Wason also intends addressing the Wakanui electors at the Town Hall, the Tinwald and Wakanui schoolrooms on the sth, 6th, and 7th Dec. Found Dead. — A very mysterious affair is reported from Kaiapoi. On Saturday afternoon some boys while birds-nesting, came across the body of a respectably dressed young man lying on the sandhills near the old cemetery at the Maori pah, which is about a mile and a half from Kaiapoi. On proceeding to the spot the police found the body, which was dressed in a check tweed coat, dark vest, and light tweed trousers, colored linen shirt, new low shoes, and red web braces, lying partly on the face and left side, near some English broom which had recently been cut. The legs were crossed, and the face partly sunk in the loose sand. Deceased’s hat was near his feet. A handsome, plain, signet ring was found on the little finger of the left hand. In the pockets were 6s 3d in change, two crimson and one white silk handkerchiefs as well as a tin box for fifty pin-fire cartridges, No. 17, and of which there were thirty-five cartridge remaining. The body appeared to have lain two or three days, as putrefaction had set in. There were no marks of injury visible, except a slight abrasion and a little clotted blood on the forehead, which might have been caused by deceased falling on the spikes of the broom from which the branches had been cut. The head was much swollen. As it was concluded from the finding of the cartridges that deceased might have had a revolver, a strict search was instituted, but up to yesterday evening without success. Sergeant Gilbert had the corpse removed to the Kaiapoi morgue, where it was identified by Mr Pattman, of the Pier Hotel, as that of a man named Colburn, said to have been a mate on the ship Portland, and subsequently having been on board the Examiner. He came to the hotel on Monday, the 21st, and stayed all night. On Tuesday morning he got, up late, and after finishing breakfast between ten and eleven o’clock, asked if there was any bush about, as lie was found of strolling in quiet spots. On being informed in the negative he expressed an intention of going out in the direction of the Maori pah.
Tenders. —The Mount Somers Road Board call for tenders for several works, and Messrs Jameson and Roberts for ploughing 225 acres of land, Upper Ashburton. Both notices appear elsewhere.
The Dbering Twine Binder. —These now popular machines which have undergone several alterations and improvements since last season, are being supplied by Messrs Jameson and Roberts. A sample machine will be shown next Tuesday week at the County saleyards, and our farmer friends are advised not to miss the opportunity of inspection here afforded them. As harvest is rapidly approaching, Messrs Jameson and Roberts should be consulted at an early date in order to get supplied this season.
Masonic. —The installation of R.W.M. and officers of the Thistle Lodge, No. 627, S.C., will take place on Wednesday next. The Rev. James Hill will be the installing officer.
Wakanui Election. —Those interested in Mi- Wason’s return as member for Wakanui, are referred to an advertisement from the clerk to the committee, which will be found in another column.
Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 503, 28 November 1881
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