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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 504, 29 November 1881
Bathing in the Domain. —And so the bathing scheme, so far that is as the Domain is concerned, will have to be abandoned. The Committee appointed to report on the subject submitted the result of their labors to the Council at its meeting last night. They recommend “ that no action be taken in the matter by the Council unless the Council is given complete control of the Domain.” „And if the-Council is given the control of the place, we should say it will make but little difference, as the feeling of the Council is so clearly against the scheme. The recommendation of the Committee that a Bathing Club should be formed for river bathing is not of much value. The great thing aimed at in agitating for the use of the Domain water was the facilities that it would have afforded the townspeople of getting a morning dip before breakfast; but if the bather has to walk a-mile before he can get lus swim, the chances are that he wdl go without.
: Messrs Priedlandkr Brothers. —At tention is directed to the announcement of this well-known firm in another column. In.consequence of plans for the firm’s new and spacious store having been completed and the removal of the present store, Messrs Friedlander have determined to hold a fortnight’s clearing sale, when the large and well assorted stock of general merchandise will be submitted at cost price. For further particulars our readers are referred to the advertisement itself.
Cricket. —Next Saturday the Borough and South Rakaia Clubs will try conclusions on the Ashburton ground, when it is expected the local men will give a good account of themselves. Recent additions to the club have so strengthened its batting and especially its bowling resources that we shall not be surprised to find if in ; future contests the Borough men prove most formidable opponents. Some excellent play has been shown at the practices lately, the bowling of Hosking, Farquhar, and 6. H. Andrewes requiring very carefub batting. Fresh arrangements are, we understand, about to be entered into for the proper attention being given to the ground which is absolutely indispensable to good cricket, and ere long it is hoped this very necessary work will bo in the hands of a practical man. A Californian pump has been erected alongside the creek, and will be most useful in keeping, the ground in proper condition. On the 15th and' 16th December a team selected from all clubs in the County will play against an eleven from the West Canterbury Club, and as this will doubtless be the premier match of the season in Ashburton, keen interest will be evinced in the result. The cricketing outlook in this County is certainly encouraging, and persistent practice is only needed to enable our local men to hold their own against the majority of teams with which they may compete.
Mu, J. 0. Wason’s Candidature.—Attention is called to alteration in date, specified in an announcement elsewhere of Mr Wason’s Gomttiittee meetings. , Eii Route. —The Hon. William Rolleston passed through Ashburton by express train to-day on his way South. Supposed Lunacy.— A woman, supposed to be of unsound mind, was brought up at the R. M. Court this afternoon, but as the doctor would not certify to her insanity, she was discharged. Old Men’s Home. —lhe Hospital and Charitable Aid Board invites tenders for the supply of necessaries for ensuing year.
A Chance for Money Makers. Messrs Matson, Cox, and Co. notify that they have a number of rural sections for sale. Attempted Suicide of a Christchuch Grocer. — A telegram to hand this afternoon states that George Watson, grocer, Colombo street, Christchurch, cut his throat this morning. He was removed to the Hospital where he now lies in a precarious condition. The Cost of Lighting the Town.— One of the most important questions dealt with in the report of the committee appointed by the BorbligH Council to consider ways arid means; and the use, if possible, of the prilning-knife, and which was read at the last night’s meeting of the Council, was that of town lighting and the expense of the same. Every gaslamp, it seems, costs the Borough L 8 3s per annum, and one-sixth of the total rates collected are at present devoted to “ throwing a light upon the subject,” or, in other words, are paid away to the Gas Company for keeping the lamps alight eight months during the year. Under these circumstances we cannot be surprised at the recommendation of the retrenchment committee that alternate tenders be invited for the lighting of the lamps with gas and kerosene for the next term. The Council would surely do well to institute some enquiries regarding the cost of the electric light. Recent experi ments at Horae with the Brush light have demonstrated both its efficiency and economy as compared with gas.
The Strange Death at the Christchurch Hospital. —An inquest was held yesterday on the Dody of John Steele, a patient at the Christchurch Hospital, who was found dead in a bath at that institution on Sunday morning. Having heard the evidence, the jury found a verdict that the deceased died from drowning, but there was no evidence to show the state of his mind at the time. Ashburton Cheese and Butter Factory,—A special meeting of the Provi-i sional Directors of the above is called for Thursday afternoon, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m., to confer with Mr Bowron, who is about lo leave for England. Plans ,of buildings, Ac., will be submitted. Accident to a Jockey. —Harry Burnett who rode Comus in the Auckland Hunt Club Steeplechase, met with an accident at Auckland yesterday, while riding. His horse came in contact with a gate post, and the jock was thrown with some violence. He was picked up in a semi-conscious condition and sent to the hospital.
A Savage Carnival. —News to hand from Normanby states that some 300 Maoris arrived at Mawhitiwhiti on Sunday morning. In the evening an enormous quantity of beer and spirits were broached and the natives, together with a few Europeans, gave themselves up to the enjoyment of getting drunk as quickly and completely as possible. ' Yesterday morning some hundreds more natives arrived on the festive scene, and the whole party camped down in a large paddock close to the Normanby Hotel. An ox and many sheep were roasted whole, and the mutton and beef were washed down with copious draughts of beer and spirits. Yesterday afternoon the Maoris danced the haka, wearing only a shawl around their loins. Many Europeans were present including several women. Beer was handed round in buckets. The natives appear to be perfectly reckless and some alarm is felt at Normanby lest, maddened with drink, they should make an attack on the place, which is in a defenceless condition.
A Female Inebriate. —Rosannah Hill, an old offender, was charged with drunkenness at the Police Court this morning, and fined 20s. Rosannah was also ordered to pay 2s, the cost of a ride to the lockup last night. Another Colonial Industry. — A glass manufactory commenced operations at Auckland yesterday.
The Mysterious Death at Kaiapoi.— An inquest was held yesterday on the body of Chas. E. Cockburn, who was found lying dead on the previous day on the Sandhills at Kaiapoi. T. L. Smith, shipping clerk, deposed that ho knew deceased. He had been a second mate o£ a trading vessel. He was in good health and a very, temperate man. Witness had heard ,in conversation with deceased that there had been a little trouble at home. Deceased was 23 years old. Witness could not account in any way for his death. He was a man very easily offended, and was of rather sharp, hast/ temper. The landlord of the Pier Hotel knew deceased. Saw him on the 21st at the hotel. He went out for a walk on Nov. 22, and never returned. Dr Downes, duly qualified medical practitioner, said he had made a post mortem examination of the body, which was that of a young man well nourished. There were no marks of violence except a small wound in the right temple of the forehead. Removing the scalp there was a hole in the skull, and he traced the direction the bullet produced in a downward and backward direction to the opposite side of the head. The wound would cause death almost instantly. It did not seem a natural course for a self-inflicted wound. Mr Whitefoord then summed up the evidence, and the jury having consulted returned a verdict of :t Died from a gunshot wound, but by whom inflicted there is no evidence to show.” The Coroner concurred in the verdict, expressing himself of opinion that though there was no evidence, there was very little doubt that the wound was selfinflicted.
■ Hiroki. —Hiroki, the supposed murderer of McLean (the survey cook) was yesterday committed for trial at New Plymouth. He had nothing to say in answer to the charge. The accused was then charged with breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Taylor at Waitotara, and stealing a double-barrelled gun, silver watch, two coats, and a cheque-book, and remanded until Wednesday.
Herr Wilhelmj. We are glad to announce that arrangements are being made for the appearance of Herr Wilhelmj, in Ashburton. The great violinist will only give one performance here, and we may consider ourselves fortunate if wo get that. Probably Herr Wilholmj is the greatest living violinist. He is 36 years of age and has been a student of music almost from his cradle. So enraptured was Henrietta Sontag with his exquisite performance on the violin, when but seven years of ago, that she enthusiastically exclaimed ; “ Surely you will become the Paginini of your Fatherland.” Since that time Wilhelmj’s career has been one of brilliant triumphs, and whether he has appeared in England, Prance, Germany, Italy, St. Petersburg, Prussia, Austria, or America, he has always added to his laurels. Last July he visited Australia, and having played in the principal cities there, ho has now commenced a tour through this colony. Should he come (for it is not definitely settled as yet) he will be here in about a > fortnight’s time I
Shall tub Kiist -Ju.vxi) National be Held in Ashburton ?— A meeting re I the above meeting is announced for Thursday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. Newlands. —Anniversary sermons in connection with the Newlands Primitive Methodist Church will be preached on Sunday, December 4th, by Rev. P. W. Jones, of Greendale. The usual tea meeting will be held on the Monday following. when music and addresses by ministers and friends will bo given.
A Madman Jumps off a Cliff.—A lunatic named William Pierce jumped off a cliff 30ft high, facing the sea, at Timaru yesterday, and broke his knee joint besides sustaining other injuries. Accident to a Cricketer. —Mr A. M. Ollivier, the well-known cricketer, broke a blood vessel at Christchurch, yesterday, although undergoing no unusual exertion at the time.
Law Reform. —From Wellington we learn that the Judicature Commissioners have concluded their labors, and prepared their final report, which is accompanied by two draft Bills for the simplification of legal proceedings.
The Dunedin Forgery Case. —Further particulars to hand re the charge of forgery preferred against Henry Beveridge Mclntosh, manager of the Walton Park Coal and Pottery Company, who was arrested on Saturday, and respecting whom a telegram appeared in our 1 .st issue, state that Mclntosh has been in the habit of collecting monthly accounts, ranging from L2O to L6O, from the customers of the Company. The cash he received in respect of these accounts he appears to have appropriated to his own use, and for the amounts of them he lodged in the Bank to the credit of the Company bills purporting to be drawn by these customers, and these bills were duly discounted. It is stated that the defalcations amount to about L 1,500, and that the accused's present position is due to mining speculations. Accused was remanded until Monday.
Queer Pets. —The Rang'dikei Advocate, says “We were shown several fine specimens of the tuatara lizard at Folding, the largest of which measures about eighteen inches. They appear perfectly quiet and do not attempt to escape when handled by their owner. They feed upon flies or other insects and raw meat. One of them is so abstemious that his owner has humorously named him Dr Tanner.
Coffee for Racers.— According to a New York paper a notable event in racing annals lately occurred in Saratoga. A horse race there was won on coffee. It seems that it is not unusual to give spirits or wine to horses before racing, but a quart of coffee before the second heat, and a pint before the third enabled the horse that was out of sorts and lost the first heat, to win the other two.
Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 504, 29 November 1881
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