TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.30 p.m.] The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1881.
To-day's Court. —At the R.M. dourt to-day, Fred Hood, employed by one Hamilton, A contract farmer, was charged with ill-treating three horses belonging to his employer, by employing .them to do ploughing while they were suffering from sore shoulders. Fined 10s, and ordered net to use the horses again until they had recovered. Michael O’Connor, charged with being drunk in a public place, was fined 20s, with the alternative of fortyeight hours imprisonment. Mr WaSon. —Mr Wason addressed the electors of Wakanui at the To am Hall last evening. A report of the proceedings will be found on another page. Mr Wason addresses the electors at Tinwald to-night, at the Temperance Hall. The Earthquake. —Our Alford Forest correspondent wrote yesterday . —A very Severe shock of earthquake was felt here this morning about twenty minutes to eight. Coining from the North West the shock was quickly followed by a stiTcr one accompanied by a rumbling no: ;. About an hour afterwards there was a tremendous rainfall, which lasted about two hours, - The weather baa of I 0 *? anything but favorable and not at all like summer Weather. This might be the cause of better and clearer weather, which is much needed for shearing purposes. : Horticultural Society. —The ordinary monthly meeting of the above will be held at Mr Jones’s upper room, on Tuesday evening next, at the usual hour.
Another Shake.— Another shock nl earthquake, though very slight, is reportnc' from Christchurch to have occurred A five o’clock this morning.
A Hint to Ratepayers. —As the valuer for the Borough is now prosecuting his labors, it would be well if the attention of the burgesses was directed to clause 10 of the Rating Act, 1876, wh'ch says—“ Any bank, joint stock, or other company, firm, co-partners, or joiot tenants occupying any property may, by a notice in writing delivered to the valuer before the valuation list is made up, nominate some member or officer of such bank, company, or firm, or any one of such co-partners or joint tenants, who shall be deemed to be, and shall be entered in the valuation list as the occupiers of such property.” By sending such notice to the valuer many of the public companies and others, who are at present debarred from voting at municipal elections would enjoy that privilege. Joint stock companies, such as the Town Hall Company, should insert the name of the public officer, or the chairman of directors, on the valuation list, who would then bo placed on the burgess roll, and much disappointment on election days would be avoided. Attempted ’Suicide. Thel Panson’s reside at Manawatu. The other morning Mr and Mrs Panson fell out, and as there did not seem any probability of their falling in again, Panson retired to an outhouse, hitched a rope to a beam, muttered a farewell to the world, and then “turned himself off.” There is no doubt that Panson would soon have been beyond quarrelling had not a friend arrived in the nick of time and cut him down. Subsequently he was arrested and charged with the attempt upon his life.
Mr Ivess’ Rakaia Meeting. —The following from a correspondent at Rakaia came to hand too late for our last issue : About 100 were present at the meeting. Mr Welsh was proposed to take the chair. ; A storm of bowlings, etc,/followed the suggestion. Mr Welsh made some unaudible remarks. Mr Ivess said he had decided to address the electors at Rakaia for the second time. (Howlings, shouts, and whistlings.) Mr Tv-ess repeated the foregoing remarks, when he was again greeted with a storm of hisses and groans. Mr Ivess appealed for a fair hearing, and said the interruptions were cowardly and un-English. If there were any present who did not like to hear his remarks, they could go. (More hisses, etc.) Mr Ivess then called on his friends to give him the names of the howlers (more hooting), and he would give them the widest publicity in the Mail. (Hoots.) After some little time he again resumed. He would first treat upon the broad and burning land question. He had been stigmatised by Mr Wason i a Communist. [A voice : “Mr Wason never mentioned you ; don’t be personal. ” I Mr Ivess : Mr Wason had mentioned him inferentially. (Hoots, whistles, and groans.) [Constable Rowse then attempted to arrest one of the audience, but evidently thought better of it and desisted. Great confusion ensued, pesplo crowding round the constable.] Mr Ivess said that the rowdy blackguards present had evidently been paid by Mr Wason’s supporters to make these interruptions, (Continued confusion.) Well, he was not going to address a lot of blackguards, a . Mr Wason’s supporters were showing themselves to be. (Hoots.) After several other attempts, Mr Ivess said he was not going to stop there to talk to a lot of blackguards and retired, and the meeting broke up in confusion.
More Work. —Tenders are invited in this issue for the erection of twenty chains post-and-rail feiice; and Mr Ingram calls tenders for erecting a shop and dwellinghouse for Messrs Andrewes Bros. Lecture. —Mr P. P. O’Reilly will lecture in the Town Hall to-morrow night, the proceeds being for the benefit of a volunteer who was a sufferer by the recent fire. We have Do need to refer to Mr O’Reilly’s abilities as a lecturer, and the subject—“ William Pitt”—in his hands is ever new. The Kolmar Quarry. —lt will be seen from an announcement elsewhere, that Messrs Friedlander Bros, are calling for tenders for carting stone from the above quarry. It is gratifying to learn that there is some demand already for the Kolmar stones and eight men with the manager are vigorously at work at the quarry. The Weather in the North. —A telegram from Christchurch this morning states that heavy rain fell last night which will do an immense amount of good to the crops, which had begun to seriously Pi l the effects of the long spell of dry weather