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The Engine Shed. —Workmen have been engaged to-day in demolishing the old engine shed at the railway station, which has for so long been an eye-soie to residents in the Borough.

Bravery Acknowledged. Messrs Jameson and Roberts, the local agents of the New Zealand Fire Insurance Company, have been instructed by the Christchurch office'to’ hand a cheque of twenty pounds t® the Ashburton Fire Brigade, in recognition of the efficient services rendered by them on Friday last. The Late Fire.— We regret to learn that a member of the Ashburton Fire Brigade—first branchman George Miller —broke his leg near the ancle at the recent fire. In the hurry and confusion Mr Miller stumbled over a sleeper lying about, was thrown down, and sustained the injury referred to. An enquiry into I 'the origin of the fire will be held at the Court-house to-moirow, at ten o’clock, before Dr Trevor, coroner. Art Union of London.— We stated recently that Mr Joshua Tucker had gained, in addition to the engraving which he selected, the highest prize coming to NeW Zealand;, this; ylear. It is an oilpainting entitled u ’Twas a raw day of Autumn’s black beginning,” by - A. Wardle. Mr J M. Cambridge has kindly consented to allow it to hang in his shop for a few days, so that any one desirous may have an opportunity of inspecting it. This picture was exhibited at the last London Royal Academy Exhibition. The Weather.— Writes our Elgin correspondent this morning. The few light showers which have fallen during the last few days have been very refreshing, and although sufficient to stop the shearing on the farms, have scarcely been heavy enough to do the crops much good, which are in want of a day’s penetrating rain.

The Oamaru Races. —The Oamaru Spring Meeting commences on the 7th s*ad estsfida oyer -theß th instant. Special /Railway Arrangements are notified elsewhere." Wanted.—lf there is a Charles Lane in Ashburton we advise him to read an advertisement appearing in this issue. Tenders. The Mount Hutt Road Board invites tenders for formation and shingling. Bitter Messrs Jameson and Roberts have been appointed' , thq Ashburton agents for Vincent and Co. ’s Light Family Bitter Ale. Bank of Australasia.— On an£ ,after to-morrow the business of the branch of the above will be conducted in the new premises, corner of West and Tancred streets. New Zealand Insurance Company.— From an announcement on our first;page, it will be seen that Messrs Jameson and Roberts have been appointed the local agents for the above long-established Company.

Oookson’s Livery Stables.— We are glad that these popular livery stables will be quickly replaced. Mr Cookson announces elsewhere, that he has procured, through the courtesy of Messrs Acland, Campbell and Co., their iron store in Peter street, which will be converted into a temporary stable, where old customers will find every accommodation for horses, etc.

Blood Poisoning. —From Auckland we learn that Mr William Gatt, former manager of the East Tamaki station, is seriously ill in the hospital with blood poisoning, caused by scratching his thumb with a knife which had been used to scrape sheep rot. An Eccentric Prince. —King Ludwig, of Bavaria, is gradually becoming more eccentric, and his capers are of a character which, if committed by any one not of royal blood or very high family connection, would be classed as the acts of a fool pure and simple. A few weeks ago the Eing.piet with an amusing mishap ;at his romantic .residence in the mountains beyond Munich. He had caused to be constructed a.mechanical contrivance for agitating the waters of an artificial lake in a manner which should imitate a storm. When the waters became very boisterous, so that they pleased him much, he set out upon them in a boat alone. Very promptly he found himself upset. Courtiers who had remained in the vicinity, in violation of his commands, came promptly to his rescue, else he would probably have been drowned.

Silkworms —A Hint for Ashburton Juveniles —The N.Z. Herald says : —A good deal of interest is being taken in the cultivation of the mulberry tree for the rearing of silkworms by the youth of Auckland and suburbs. Yesterday Master Richard James and his brothers showed us their collection of silkworms, over 1,000 in number. ; They are children of Mr John James, of Wakefield street, and have no trees growing in their own grounds. The leaves required are purchased from other boys at the rate of Id for 18 leaves. There is thus a monetary trade already in existence respecting the worms, which should keep many a lad in abundant pocket money, which he could provide himself with by growing the mulberry tree. We learn from Master James that the eggs of the worms; are . also an article of trade, being readily purchased by boys for those who have none. ,By a little encouragement we see no ; reason why a good deal of raw silk should not be produced here at once. What is required is that the Government or some of our merchants should become the purchasers of thej desicated cocoons at a fair, price, and who niore,,likely to start sush 'an industry than the resident French and,ltalian consuls 1 If the silk industry wore so largely developed in the United States of America, as it, is, ip Italy and, France, we have pp hesitation in saying that Mr Griffin would long ere now have managed to make such arrangements with silk manufacturers in his own country as would have set all the boys and girls in active and profitable employment. Why do not the official representatives of the two great silk-rearing and manufacturing countries in Europe do something to develiip a trade the future importance of which it is impossible to conceive ? A thousand well-fed silkworms woul(| .give about 3lbs. of dried cocoons, worth about 6s per pound. Were such a price . rqadily obtainable here we have no hesitation in saying that in the course of a few years the prospect of gaining from 15s and upwards for the produce of a thousand, or so of silkworms would make many young hands busy that are now idle.

-Too Much Home-made Wine,—Persons in’the habit of harboring home-made wine should take warning by a little fellow- warned Alien, son of a railway ganger, who died, it,is averred, of poison ing, at Halstead. Allen and another child accompanied one of their ' schoolf allows,to his ImmPx wherethey madep, descent on the store cupboard, probably in,search of light refreshments. Unfortunately their eyes fell upon a couple of bottles of home-made wipe,'of which they partook too freely. ; Subsequently, they were observed by the neighbors staggering about, the street, and, were assisted to their homes. The others were very sick, but little Allen succumbed to the doubtful decoction, and died the victim 1 to a beverage which none but . a child, either in, years,or experience, wouldffie jhkoly tp partake of as an act of free will. / , -in Jm ■; :■■! ) I.'! 'in .-bn Iff V/.Oi-Jil A i be? h'jJiyidoliO bio gitibuh J

Upper Ashburton Road Board. —An announcement re rates appears elsewhere. The Wakandi Seat.-— 'A meeting of Mr - Purnell’s committee will be held at Messrs Branson and Purnell’s office on Thursday afternoon, at'3 p.m. Those willing to loan conveyances to the committee are requested to send word to that office at once.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 509, 5 December 1881

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