The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas, Et Prevalebit. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1881. The Defeated Conspirators.
It appears from a sub-leader in the Mail this morning that tne Registration! Officer is too wary to fall into the trap laid for him in reference to the Wakanui roll, and, determined to comply yvith the law, will not place any further names on the Wakanui roll until the election is over. Every rightminded person will applaud Mr Cox for thsis faithfully performing his duty ; but j the Mail, of course, gnashes its teeth—the little game has been seen through—and, according to its wont, insults the Registration Officer by insinuating that he does not know his duty. We do not suppose the Registration Officer cares much for the good or ill opinion of the Mail; but we feel sure that every respectable elector of Wakanui will feel that he has done an eminent public service by strictly fulfilling the requirements of the law.
Wanted—A Theatre. The time has now arrived when a theatre is wanted in Ashburton. Big theatrical and other companies and, in fact) “ show ” people generally but very rarely honor us with a visit; not because, as many suppose, the town is too small to make it worth their while to take Ashburton en route on their travels north and south, but rather because no adequate accommodation exists here at present for their requirements. The Town Hall is well enough for the small fry, for little companies that is, lecturers and so forth, but for the large companies accustomed to play in Christchurch, Dunedin, and Timaru, Ashburton offers no facilities at all, and is consequently passed over by the big ‘‘stars,” and we have to content ourselves with the lesser lights of the theatrical firmament. Not only would it add to the liveliness of the place, but also to its importance, if companies like Miss Pomeroy’s, the English Comedy Company, and others of like celebrity were to play here. Ashburton is most conveniently situated as a show town. It is on the main line of railway, and just sufficiently distant from the Cathedral city to make it a pleasant place at which to “ break the journey ” either going to or returning from Dunedin or Timaru. Many doubts were expressed as to the success of the project when “Johnny” Hall opened the Theatre Royal, Timaru, now nearly four years ago; and yet the venture has been attended with such success, that the present lessee of the house is about to double its size, and announces his; intention of rendering it as a theatre second to none in the colony. Ashburton is not as yet so large as Timaru, certainly, and perhaps the Asfiburtonians are not quite such enthusiastic play-goers as the Timaruites. But this is not difficult to explain. If the Ashburton public has been hitherto somewhat slow to admire the theatrical entertainments provided for it from time to time by travelling professional companies, it has been probably because there was little to admire. With efficient companies, good music, and good scenery, etc., the drama would doubtless become as popular in Ashburton as elsewhere. After all the cost of the undertaking should not be very great, especially if the speculation was taken up by a company. Ashburton does not want an Italian Operahouse or a Covent Garden—not yet a while at any rate —but what she really does want is a public theatre capable of accommodating say 1,000 persons, with a stage large enough to enable a company like Carey’s to make a decent appearance on it, and supplied with good dressing-rooms, circle, gallery, stalls, &c., with seperate doors.
The Nominations.— We need hardly y remind our readers that the nomination '• of candidates sor the Wakanui seat takes e place to-morrow. The nomination for Ashburton takes place on Saturday next. Ashburton Hospital. —The following are the Hospital returns for the month of November :—Number of patients in the Hospital on the Ist November, 5 ; admitted during the month, 7 ; discharged during the month, 9 ; in the Hospital on 30th November, 3. A Musical Treat. —The inhabitants of this town and district will have an opportunity of listening to one of the best musical treats that Ashburton has yet been favored with, as Herr Wilhelmj and t his talented assistants have determined to perform at the Town Hall at an early _ dale. It is to be hoped that the public will encourage this excellent company. The Cup That Cheers as well as Inebriates. —Messrs Wood and Co., of the Ashburton Brewery, having completed d extensive alterations to the Ashburton g Brewery, in Cameron street, are prepared ? to supply ales and stout of the best quality I at reduced prices. Tenders. —Mr Lancaster invites tenders for painting a butcher’s shop and a baker’s shop. The Great Fire at Reefton, —Further particulars to hand state that the unsecured loss is L 15,000. The casualties were :—Charles Sinclair, broken arm ; 3 Henry Budge, broken head ; David M'Beath, hand severely hurt ; and other f small injuries to several people. The air was hot and oppressive, and the calm prevented the further spread of tho tiro. 1 Everything was quickly consumed The » insurances were : LSOO ; Rees (Corbett), LIOO. Victorian —Finlay, L2OO ; Collings, L 75 ; Danks, L 330. Standard—Collings, L2OO ; Finlay, ' L2OO ; Dawson, LSOO. New Zealand— Collings, L 350 ; Ching, L4O. The New Zealand and Standard divided the Globe Hotel LIOO. Victoria—Bell, tobacconist, 1 LIOO. Waxmate. —The Waimateites are beginning to call out for rain ; they complain jthat; the .crops are suffering severely from J the drought. ... ! 1 .
Political. —Wo arc requested to state that Mr E. G. Wright is unable to address the electors at Alford Forest on Friday next, as he is suffering from a severe cold and hoarseness. He intends, however, addressing the electors in the district named at an early date, and will state at length his political views, and give an account of his actions in the last Parliament.
R.M. Court. —There was no business at the R. M. Court to-day—not even an inebriate.
Amateur Dramatic Club. —This Club announces two performances of the wellknown melodrama the Miller and his Men ” for Friday and Monday nights, December 9th and 12th, with new scenery and effects by Mr Charles Bourk. An efficient orchestra will form one of the attractions, and we have no doubt that the members of the Club, who have been rehearsing the piece they are about to place on the boards for some time past, will add fresh laurels to their already large collection by its producti m.
Wakanui Road Board.— The usual monthly meeting of the Wakanui Road Board was held at the Board’s offices today. Mr H. Friedlander, the Chairman, was not present, being just now in the North Island. A report of the proceedings appear in another column.
District Court. —The next sitting of the above will be adjourned from Monday (the sth) to Thursday (Bth inst.)
Fire Brigade. —The usual weekly practice of the Fire Brigade was held last evening. There was a good muster, about fifteen members rolling up. A Juvenile Inebriate. — A boy of about 16 years of age, appeared before Mr Hellish at Christchurch yesterday. When arrested he was so helplessly drunk that the police had to get a cab to convey him to the station. His Worship made a remark to the effect that a stout stick was about the most convincing argument that could be used to show the youngster the error of his ways, and added that he only wished he knew the name of the hotelkeeper who supplied the lad with the liquor. The offender was fined ss.
A Royal Humane Society for New Zealand. —At the meeting of the Auckland Harbor Board yesterday, a resolution was passed that it was desirable to form a Royal Humane Society for New Zealand, and the Secretary was instructed to correspond with the other Harbor Boards in the colony, with a view to co-operation. The Secretary was further instructed to communicate with the Royal Humane Society in London, asking for information as to the rules and procedure, and whether the proposed society could be affiliated with the Royal Humane Society. Sporting. —The Dunedin Spring Meeting terminated yesterday. The Grand Stand Handicap, Selling Hack and Consolation were run off too late for notice in our last issue. The first named was appropriated by Mr Cutt’s Nautilus, who won easily ; the Selling Race was pulled off by Mr Stephenson’s Eugenie, the Hack Race by Yaldhurst, and the Consolation Stakes fell to Volunteer, who won a good race by a length. At Wellington the concluding events were a Hack Hurdle Race won by Mr Crosbie’s Surray, Hutt Spring Handicap won by Grand Duchess, Hack Race won by Taratahi, and the Consolation Stakes, in which Randwick managed to secure first place by a neck, hard held. N. Z. L. and M. A. Co’s Opening
Wool Sale of the Season. —The above
Company held its first wool sale of the season at Christchurch yesterday, when they submitted a catalogue embracing 422 bales and 80 smaller packages. There was a good attendance of buyers, and considerable animation was displayed throughout the bidding. A few parcels not realising owners’ reserves were passed in ; with exceptions all lots were placed at rates fully sustaining the prices current at the sales of the day previous. What They Believe in. —The following is the stated programme of the recently instituted Working Men’s Political Association at Christchurch :—l. Manhood suffrage on the basis of a six months’ residential qualification. 2. Both Houses to be elective, with payment to members. 3. The system of Triennial Parliaments to be adhered to. 4. A Land and an Income Tax. 5. The encouragement of colonial industries. 6. Modification of the land laws. 7. No further free immigration. 8. An Employers Liability Act. 9. No further pensions to be granted.
Waimate Gorge Railway. —The Wai-
mate Gorge Railway Company received a cablegram from Melbourne to-day that debentures for L 30,000 could be floated at par. At a meeting of Directors it was resolved to accept the offer, and the Secretary was instructed to have the debentures and other necessary documents printed. It is expected that tenders will be called for the construction of the line soon after harvest.
“The People’s William.” Messrs Bryant and May, the famous strike-only-on-the-box match-makers, are talking of erecting a statue in London, at their own expense, of the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone. In connection with this project we will make a suggestion to Messrs B. and M., which we offer entirely free of charge. Why not coat over the statue when erected with the celebrated composition which covers the match boxes of the firm, and thus confer a boon to smokers in the habit of using the patent matches but who may have left the necessary box at home ? Such a statue would achieve a celebrity second only to that of the Apollo Belvidere. As an advertising novelty it should in the words of our American cousins, “ lick creation.”