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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 505, 30 November 1881
Electoral. —Mr Purnell addressed the Wakanui electors at the Flemington Schoolhouse last night. The meeting had been convened at short notice, and the attendance /vas consequently limited. Mr Cape-Williamson occupied the chair. The candidate explained his views upon the political topics of the day, after which several questions were put and and answered apparently to the satisfaction of the meeting. A vote of thanks was passed.
Our Volunteers. —The usual weekly drill was held last night, when there was a large muster, between thirty and forty members “ rolling up,” who were put through battalion drill by Drill-instructor Dolman. There can be no doubt that the native “scare” has had one good effect—it has revived a strong interest in the Volunteer movement, and taught many people who have been inclined to scoff at Volunteers to treat them with respect. Ten recruits were sworn-in last night. In consequence of the constant additions to the company, it has been found necessary to order another consignment of helmets similar to those in use, and, for a similar reason, an order will be shortly dispatched to Wellington for more arms, the present supply being altogether inadequate. Volunteer Coulter’s case has been exciting some attention of late, and all sorts of rumours have been dying about respecting him. The statement that Coulter's resignation has been sent in to the company is incorrect. The company have nothing whatever to do with these matters. The resignation has been placed in the hands of the captain, who has not yet either accepted or rejected it. A Warm Day. —To-day has been probably. , the warmest experienced this season, the blue mists enveloping the distant hills indicating that we are in for a spell of hot weather. So warm was it at midday to-day that one could not help wishing that Sydney Smith’s famous suggestion was practicable : “ And that one could take off one’s flesh and sit in one’s-bones." Not Good Enough. —The New Zealand Times says : Commissioned officers of several volunteer companies lately campaigning oh the Plains, must entertain curious ideas as to the powers vested in them, if we may judge by a batch of letters received by various parties in Wellington during the past few days. Each envelope had been franked with the officer’s signature, the writer, no doubt, laying the flattering unction to his soul that his position in command of a company at the seat of war was sufficient to secure the transit of correspondence from the men under his charge on the dead-head system. Unfortunately for the recipients, the Postal Department could not see it, and in addition to charging the ordinary letter fee, imposed a fine of 2d on each letter.
Vital Statistics. —The vital statistics for the month of November for Ashburton and district jure as follows: —Births, 33; marriages, fif deaths, 4
WaTerton Sparrow Club. —A special meeting of the above was held at the Waterton Library Hall last night, Mr Thomas Taylor in the chair. There was a fair attendance. Mr A. Dawson proposed that prizes be given for collecting sparrows’ eggs and heads. He suggested the following scale :—Pirat prize, L2 ; second prize, LI; third prize, lOa ; fourth prize, a pair of fowls, given by Mr W. N. MoSes. The proposal was carried. Subscription lists were then opened, and given to the members to collect funds. L 5 10s was .subscribed by those in the room. Mr J. Barr volunteered to count the eggs and birds every Wednesday evening, and to meet the boys at Mr Moses’ house,'Waterton, for that purpose. The prizes will be distributed on the last Thursday of the old year, the 29th December.
Attempted Arson. —Last evening a woman named Bridget Pain was arrested by Detective J. Neil on a charge of attempting to set fire to her dwelling-house, which is situated near the Star and Garter Hotel, Barbadoes street, Christchurch. Wreckage. Amongst the wreckage picked up on the coast is the lid of a sea chest bearing the name of “ J. Maclaren,” part of a Prince of Wales’ feather carved on kauri, and other fixtures bf the same wood. It is evident now that some New Zealand built vessel has come to grief. Bound for the Races. —The special train conveying the excursionists from Christchurch to Dunedin arrived at Ashburton at 10.25 last night, and proceeded on its journey at 10 40, taking some fifteen or sixteen Ashburtoniana with it. The special arrived at Dunedin this morning shortly before 7 o’clock. About fifteen passengers le f t here for the races by yesterday’s express, and some few more to-day.
Found Drowned. —An inquest was held yesterday on the body of William Thomas, who was found drowned in the Avon at Christchurch on Monday. The medical evidence went to show that the state of the membranes of the brain indicated an unsound-mind. The jury returned an open verdict.
The “ Force ” on the Wrong Scent. —Quite an amusing comedy took place at Dunedin about five yesterday morning, when a policeman discovered that the door of the Custom-house had been left open. Half a dozen of the force assembled, and tha cautious manner in which they went groping about inside the building for the supposed burglars, was quite equal to the scene in the “ Pirates.” The door had been left open by the messenger or clerk late at work.
Quite Right.— Alluding satirically to the Gaming and Lotteries Bill the Hokitika Star informs its readers that New Zealand newspapers are to be prohibited from publishing marriage notices in future, because marriage is a lottery. Attempted Suicide. —We take the fol-
lowing particulars of the attempted suicide of Mr G. Watson, grocer, of
Colombo street, from this morning’s Press lt appears that the unfortunate man rose early—being seen by the neighbors a little before 6 o’clock—when nothing unusual was noticed in his demeanour. About 8 o’clock Mr McGregor, the saddler, who lives next door to the unfortunate man, heard an unusual noise in the house, and, having gained entrance thereto, found Watson in his bedroom, and noticing that blood was proceeding from his throat, found on closer inspection that he had cut his throat. He at once told the neighbors what had occurred, and medical aid, was sought—Drs Frankish, Stewart, and Turnbull being shortly in attendance, who, having rendered all the skilled aid necessary, at once ordered his removal to the Hospital, where he was taken on a stretcher, under the supervision of the police. It is possible that death will i ensue, as the wound is a serious one, the windpipe having been severed and the weapon used being a large knife. No definite cause is assigned for the rash act, but it is known he has been drinking heavily during the last few weeks. Agricultural and Pastoral Association.—The prizes of books which have been given by Mr George Gould have now arrived at the Secretary’s office. They conprise some excellent standard works on farming and agricultural pursuits, and present an elegant appearance from their rich and beautiful binding. Any of those who were lucky to take prizes at the late Show and have boon awarded one of these book prizes, will find any one of the works a valuable addition to his farm library, and should remember the generosity of, of the donor.
Another Chance for Speculators. Particular attention is directed to the announcement in this issue by Messrs J. T. Ford and Co., the well-known
auctioneers, of their extensive land sale on Thursday, Dec. 15, at Messrs Friedlander Bros.’ salerooms; Ashburton. The lots submitted to the hammer on this occasion will comprise nearly 2,000 acres of valuable freehold property, lately in the possession of Sir Cracroft Wilson, and by the orders of whose trustees it will be offered to public competition. The nature of the property (situated on the south bank of the Hinds river) is too well known to need more than a passing mention.. The goodwill of 337 acres of leasehold land (education reserve), fenced and divided into paddocks and in prime condition, will be offered at the same time. The latter property will be offered in ten farms of convenient size. For further particulars our readers are referred to the announcement itself. Prize Firing. —The rules for the Volunteer prize firing for the current year appear in the Gazette of the 24th instant. The amount voted by the House, LBOO, has been divided pro rata amongst the corps according to their nominal strength on August 31st; the amounts allotted to Canterbury being as follows ;—Adults, L 42 14s 9d; ordnance, L 8 14s ; cadets, L 3 12s ; total, L 55 Os 9d. Surgical. —An interesting case, that of W. Weir v, McCarthy, was decided at the Christchurch R. M. Court yesterday. The short facts were that the plaintiff's daughter broke her leg, and Dr McCarthy was called in to set it, but as the limb was’ not properly set, and became, in fact, shorter than the other leg, a second doctor had to be called in, a Dr Ovendeh, and the claim of L2O included LlO for damages and LlO for Dr Ovenden’s services. Having heard the evidence the Bench gave judgment for plaintiff for L2O, Court fees, witnesses, and professional fee. 'Mr Spackman, for the defendant, said he would give notice of appeal.
Chinese Humorists. —lt in said that a Chinese gentleman thinks it beneath his dignity to manufacture his own witticisms. He appreciates wit, and he is fond of' tea; but he would as soon grow his ownjtea as make his own jokes. When he goes into society he carries in his pocket a packet of prepared witticisms and repartees, which he has purchased at the nearest joke-shop. When conversation flags and he perceives an opportunity for saying something brilliant, he draws a humorous remark from the top of his package and gravely hands it to his neighbour. The latter as gravely reads it, and, selecting from his bundle of repartees the one which is appropriate, returns it with a bow to the original joker. The two then solemnly smile in a courteous and undemonstrative way, and resume their con versation, satisfied as to their having acquitted themselves with conspicuous brilliancy. ! i
“ What’s O’CLOCK ?”—Tenders are invited by the traffic manager New Zealand railways, for cleaning and reparing station clocks on the Christchurch section (from;' Amberley to Waitaki, including branches) from the date of acceptance of tender, until December Slat, 1883. For further particulars see announcement elsewhere. The Alteration in the Running of the Express Trains.—A telegram appeared in our last issue re the above. Farther information to hand states that under the new arrangement the express leaves Christchurch at 8.15 a.m., arrives at Ashburton at 10.20, Timaru 12.40, and Dunedin 7.35 p.m.; leaves Dunedin at 8.10 a.m., and arrives at Christchurch at 7.50 p.m. This comes into force on the Ist December. ** What Shall we do With Our Maoris?” —Says the Jtangitekei Advocate —A correspondent, who is evidently an incipient Bamum, writes to us as follows : Everyone is wondering what is to be done with Te Whiti and Tohu, and I have no doubt that the matter is causing the Government considerable anxiety. Now, I have a plan which I am sure would work well, and what is better still, would pay handsomely. Let the Government exhibit the two prophets—first in all the centres of population in New Zealand, then throughout the Australian colonies, and finally let them be taken through the United Kingdom. Te Whiti might be placed in the outer chamber, on the door of which there should be an inscription “Te Whiti, prophet of Parihaka.” In an inner chamber would be placed Tohu, on the door of the chamber being the inscription “ Tohu, the second prophet of Parihaka,” and in a chamber at the rear of this Hiroki, above the door being the inscription “ Hiroki the murderer.” I feel sure that this show would draw better than any circus or theatrical company that has ever been south of the line. The crowds in Melbourne would be so great that the vast hall of the new exhibition building would have to be enlarged to accommodate them. A shilling entrance fee might be charged for viewing each of the celebrities, and in this way such a sum of money might be raised as would go a long way towards paying the cost of the trouble at Parihaka. At the conclusion of the show business, Hiroki might be put on his trial for murder, and 1 am sure he would be glad of such a long respite. By that time, too, the native difficulty would have greatly diminished and the two prophets might easily be dealt with.
Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 505, 30 November 1881
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