The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.30 p.m. j
Library Committee. —No quorum being present the usual monthly meeting of the Library Committee fell through last night, and was adjourned till Thursday next. Messrs Charlton, Douglas, and Ward were the only committeemen who attended. The Warrior’s Uniform. —lt will be remembered that when the Ashburton contingent of Volunteers proceeded to Parihaka, on arriving there they had to exchange their ordinary uniform for the the camp costume in vogue at the “seat of war.” The “ stay at home ” uniforms arrived in Ashburton this morning, and on opening the case, the first swag that caught the eye was that of a member ox the corps, who, whether dersevedly or not —for there seems some doubt on that point—has acquired for himself a not very enviable name. Some wag at Parihaka had Libelled the parcel with various epithets not calculated to make the notorious Volunteer any more patriotic, and the “ hero of Parihaka” will doubtless be well pleased when the march on that place is forgotten. Mr. Cattlin. —Tlrs well-known sur-geon-dentist announces his intention of visiting Ashburton next week, and will interview his patients at the Somerset Hotel on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for the last time this year.
A Large Purchaser. Messrs T. Kennedy McDonald and Co., the wellknown Wellington auctioneers, report having sold to the lion. W. S. Peters the Glencoe and Ohanga Stations, 12,072 acres freehold and 39,000 acres leasehold, with 40,000 sheep, 1,850 cattle, and 85 horses, for L 35,000. The Ashburton Rifles, —A meeting of the local corps will bo held to-morrow night, for the purpose of discussing the advisableness or otherwise of taking part in the proposed sham-fight at Timaru on the 16th instant. By a letter from Capt. Hamersley to Captain Bullock the former states that the pay for the “ boys” who wont to Parihaka will arrive in a day or two.
Mysterious Fire Near Rakaia. —Last evening Frank Brown, road contractor, and his assistant, Rees Jones, residing in a tent close to the plantation, and about half-a-mile from the township left for the latter place after tea, and visited the Library, where they remained until halfpast nine o’clock. They then started for home, but before they got there they observed a light ahead, and this light they were alarmed to perceive as they approached it proceeded from their tent which was in a blaze, and was burnt, together with all their clothes, bedding, and belongings before they could extinguish the flames. Both men state positively that the fire where they do their cooking, which is only about six yards from where the hut stood, was quite out before they left tho place. They imagine that rats or mice may have got at tho matches and ignited them in some way for there were a lot of machines lying about on the floor of the tent it seems. Children sometimes visit tho tent, and it is thought that they may have also got at the matches. There is no reason to suppose that arson has been committed, for the men are both much liked in the place. Broun estimates his loss at L2O, and Jones his at'Ll?, :• (1 j;
A Novel Procession. —Between 6 and 7 o’clock last evening the banging of drums and the cheerful strains of the brass band caused a number of enquiries as to what was “ up.” The solution of the mystery was not far off. Mr R. Lancaster last night opened a new bakery establishment (adjoining his butchery), and being naturally anxious to give the fact as much publicity as possible, bad engaged the band to parade the town in an express van, following which were a string of some half-dozen other vehicles filled with people, some of whom bore aloft on sticks great loaves of newly baked bread, which was certainly, to all appearance, of most excellent quality. Bringing up the rear of the procession was Mr Lancaster’s watering cart, bearing on its sides the legend “ Free Trade —bread at 5d a loaf.” The procession caused great amusement.
Fire in Colombo Street, Christchurch. —A fire broke out in: Messrs Vincent and Co.’s brewery, South Colombo street, about 10 o’clock last night. From the reports in the Christchurch papers this morning, it appears that at about ten minutes to i 0 o’clock the night watchman stationed in the neighborhood observed fire issuing from the roof of the wooden portion of the buildings used for carrying on the brewing operations. The glare from the fire was seen about the same time by two men in the adjoining build-, ing, and an alarm was at once given.' Some little time elapsed before the fire bells were rung, and it was nearly a quarter past 10 before the fire brigade arrived upon the scene, which they did with a steam tire engine and a hand engine, both of which were stationed in in the brewery yard close to the burning building, and connection with an adjacent tank containing between 2,000 and 3,000 gallons being secured, a strong force of water was at once brought to play upon the fire, which by this time had made considerable progress. The other steam engine had in the mean time been attached to the tank in Tuam street. Fortunately all the adjoining buildings were built of brick with slate roofs, and the efforts of the brigade were concentrated upon the building on fire. The men worked with such a will, and were so well directed, that, the supply of water being quite equal to the demand, their efforts were soon crowned with success, and in about half-an-hour from the time when the engines began to play the fire was completely under control. Too much praise cannot be given to tho firemen who, mounted on ladders and on the roof of an adjoining building, carried the hose almost into the very midst of the fire, although at much risk of injury from the falling debris, and being exposed to the possibility, which did not seem very remote, of a large mass of machinery, tanks, vats, etc., coming crushing down upon them. Nothing definite has transpired with regard to the origin of the five, but it is surmised that it may have arisen from the chimney connected with the steam engine, being in a heated condition, having ignited the roof. The whole of the contents of the building, consisting of all the machinery and apparatus used in carrying on the brewing, were almost totally destroyed, but no injury was done to the other portions of the establishment. The property was fully insured in the National office, but though the direct loss may be covered, Messrs Vincent and Co. will suffer very considerably through the compulsory suspension of business which will result from the destruction of their plant