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R. M. Court. —There was no business at the Court this morning.

HBorough Council. —The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the above takes place to-night at the usual hour.

Winslow Races and Sports.— A meeting of the Winslow Race Committee was held on Saturday evening-last; the attendance was very good, A slight alteration has been made in the prizes for the athletic spurts, the amounts being raised, particulars of which appear in our advertising columns, which the Committee trust will meet the approval of those interested in this popular meeting. The races will' comprise five events, viz., Handicap 1 Huddles, Winslow Cup, Trotting, Maiden Plate, and Consolation. The athletic events will be fourteen in number, and include flat racing, hurdle racing, jumping, vaulting and other sports. Winslow is so near Ashburton, and can be so easily reached both by rail and road, that we have no doubt that there will be a large attendance at the meeting which this year promises to be more than usually attractive.

“The Miller and His Men.” —Thefirst performance of the “ Miller and his Men,” by the members of the Ashburton Dramatic Club- takes place to-night, at the Town Hall. We have already several times drawn attention to the piece, and, knowing the pains bestowed upon its rehearsal by the company, to say nothing of Mr Charles Bourk’s scenery and effects, we hope to be able to chronicle a bumper house. Elgciorac.— A telegram from Dunedin states that Mr Stewart will take steps to teat the legality of Mr Dick’s election under the Corrupt Practices at Elections Act, alleging that vehicles were employed by his opponent on the polling day. Tab “Messiah.” —A special full rehearsal of the above will take place to-night, at the Library Hall, at 8. Believed in. —Over 4,000 shares have already been subscribed for in New Zealand in the Westport Coal Company. The share list closes on the 15th inst.

Journalistic. —A fortnightly scientific journal of forty-eight pages will be issued in Dunedin during January. The Wahanui Election. —Mr Wason’s committee are requested to meet at Messrs Poyntz and Co.’s offices, on Thursday evening, December 15th, at 8, and a full attendance is requested. All accounts against the must be rendered by noon on the above date. =

Anniversary of the Province. — Friday, the 16th inst., being the Anniversary of the Province, the Government offices in the Canterbury Provincial district, with the exception of the post and telegragh offices, will be closed on that day. Caledonian Sports. —ln addition to the other prizes given at the above, Mrs J. F. Butler intends to give a silver medal manufactured by Mr Murray, jeweller, to the best dancer of an Irish jig-

y| Anniversary Tea Meeting. —The usual tea and public meeting in connection with the Wesleyan Church Anniversary will be held to-morrow evening. Those of our readers who ware privileged in hearing the Rev. W. E. Gillam yesterday, will be gratified to learn that this popular preacher will be one of the speakers at the public meeting, along with other equally well-known gentlemen who will give addresses on a variety of subjects.

The Great Violinist. —Herr Wilhelm j, the famous violinist, wi’l appear at the Town Hall on Wednesday evening nest The box office is now open at Mr H. J. Weeks’ new music warehouse, Tancred street, where seals may be booked in advance by those anxious of securing good places on the night of the 14th. There can be no question at all of the exceptional gifts of Herr Wilhelmj, for the Australian, the English, and the Continental press are unanimous i.i sounding his praises. This is what the Melbourne Argils says of him : —Amongst all the musical artistes who have visited Melbourne, the name of August Wilhelmj will occupy front rink, while in his own special walk he stands thus far among us as the solitary chief, superior by common acknowledgment to all rivalry. The people of Melbourne are indebted to Herr Wilhelmj that he should have included this part of the world in his artistic tour. To have seen and heard him are experiences which in some sense have annihilated distance and placed the Melbourne music-lover upon an equal footing with the people of Vienna, of Berlin, of Paris, of London, and of New York, and Herr Wilhelmj is to be still further thanked that he should have come to this far off part of the world in the very zenith of his reputation, with all his powers in their fullest and freshest vigor, young in years, warm of heart, and fresh of feeling.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 506, 12 December 1881

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 506, 12 December 1881

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