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Police Court.— At the Court this morning, before Mr R. Alcorn, J.P., a man named Kennedy, was charged with lunacy from drink. From Sergeant Felton’s statement, it appeared that Kennedy returned homo yesterday and amused himself by making a bonfire of his wife’s dresses, boots, etc. This morning the poor woman had scarcely anything to put on. Remanded until to-morrow for medical examination. Mary Cunningham, a very old offender, was charged with being “Irunk in a public place. Constable Smart said the woman was very noisy and violent when he arrested her last evening. Had to convey her to the lock-up in a cab. Mary asked his Worship to giyp her another opportunity. Hia Worship said he would give her an opportunity of paying 10s, or goinghackto the lock-up for another spell of forty-eight hours’. She would also he required to pay the cab hire. Sorrowfully Mary said she had not got the money, and was led away. Michael O’Connor, also charged with drunkenness, was talked to very seriously by his Worship, who told him that the next time he came up he would render himself liable to he charged as a vagrant, and might then receive twelve months’ imprisonment. Only so late as December 6th, he had been brought up and fined 20s or forty-eight hours. He would now be sent up for another forty-eight hours’, this time without the option of paying a fine. Another inebriate who said he had not tasted anything until this time, for five months, was fined ss. The Court then adjourned. Our Volunteers. —An inspection parade of the Ashburton Volunteers will be held to-night. On Friday the men proceed to Timarn to take part in the sham fight, which promises to be an exciting affair. Timaru is to be attacked, the invaders marching on the town from the Washdyke. Outside the place the defenders for the time being of the hearths and homes of Timaru will meet the foe, and try to make it as warm for them as they can. The Ashburton and Temuka Rifle Corps, the Timaru Artillery, and the O.Y.C. will be the corps engaged. Captain Young, of the Temuka Rifles, will be in command of the attacking force, while Captain Hamersley will command those on the defence. The O.Y.C. will take part in the fight. Captain Hamersley will be in command of the whole force, and Mr Durham, of the 0.Y.C., will act as Adjutant and A.D.C.

Newlands School Committee —A meeting of the Newlands School Committee was held last n’ght. Present —Messrs Megson (Chairman). Lloyd and Margetts. The Chairman laid before the Committee the correspondence from the Board including their reply re incidental expenses, stating that the Board was prepared, as far as in their means, to consider any special case where it was shewn it war. required. The Inspector’s report was lead as follows : “ The Inspector’s visit was paid on Nov. 14th. The attendance showed—Number on roll. 31 ; average last quarter, 20; average this week, 28 ; present at examination, 20; teacher, Mr Collins. The result of examination showed—Presented in the various standards 19 ; passed 19 ; percentage of passes, 19 ; per centage of number presented in standards (19) to number present at examination (20), 95. General Remarks—This school is conducted in an efficient manner With two exceptions the scholars presented in standards passed very creditably. The small attendance on the day of examination was due to the wet weather. The pupils are indifferently regular,, and several are unpunctual. Except that singing is not taught, the course of instruction included all the subjects required by the regulations. Good order prevails, and the work is well arranged. W. L. Edge, Inspector. Nov. 14, 1881.” It was considered highly favorable, as only two failed to pass out of twenty. The Chairman stated that he had to close the school for three weeks on account of the measles. The Committee approved of the business done by the Chairman. After passing accounts to the amount of LI 7s, with the usual vote of thanks to the Chairman, the Committee adjourned until the Jirat Monday,in January.,; ,

Old Men’s Home. —The Master of the ishburton Home wishes to acknowledge he receipt with thanks of a box of clothes rom Lowcliffe Station, favoured by the lev. A. W. Hands. Also a quantity of ish for the inmates, from Mr J. Nolan, Ashburton.

Wilhelmj. —Our readers are reminded of the musical treat in store for them at the Town Hall to-morrow night. We understand that a number of guinea family tickets have already been disposed of by Mr Weeks. We hope to see an excellent house. In another column will be found the programme of the concert. The Weather and the Crops. —The farmers are getting seriously alarmed about the state of their crops which are beginning in many places to droop ominously. It was hoped that rain would fall laSt night, and there was some prospect indeed of a good down-pour, but after all, the rain amounted to nothing, and this morning the sky was as bright as a new shilling. That over worked functionary, the clerk of the weather, must surely be away on a holiday. Zoedone. —Mr J. M. Cambridge, chemist, notifies that he has received a second consignment of the above popular nbti-alcoholic drink, which is described as having all the exhilarating properties of champagne, and none of its bad ones. Also Mr Cambridge has received a variety of fruit drinks, etc., suitable for summer use.

Licensing Court. The quarterly sitting of the Licensing Court which was fixed for to-day was adjourned until Thursday next. OnOe MOre at Work. —Mr Geo. F. Henry notifies that baking { ‘put his house in order ” after the confusion caused by the late fire, he will re-open his photographic rooms to-morrow, Wednesday, to the public. An American Press Notice. —An American paper says :—We have received an advance copy of a new publication, entitled “ The New Testament revised Edition.” We have not yet had time to look over it carefully, but it is well printed and independent in politics, and we predict for it a prosperous career. Boycotting a Bride. —The latest and most dastardly piece of Boycotting has just been exemplified at a place near Mallow, County Cork. A young lady, daughter of a farmer, was engaged to be married to the son of a neighbor, who was unfortunate enough to have offended the Land League, and was, consequently, undergoing Boycotting. The night before the intended wedding, the bride-elect was waited on by a number of Land Leaguers, and threatened that if she married the farmer’s son, she and her family would be Boycotted. Terrorstricken, the poor girl has broken the match off.

A IjAbY on Tobacco. —An advocate on the use Of tobacco itt support of his stand unearths an article written by Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle, some 200 years ago. In defence of the seductive weed that lady wrote : “ It composes the mind, it busies the thoughts, it attracts all outward objects to the mind’s view, it settles and retents the senses, it cheers the understanding, strengthens the judgment, spies out errors, it exasperates follies, it heats ambition, it comforts sorrow, it abates passion, it eScites to noble actions, it digests conceptions, it enlarges knowledge, it elevates imagination, it creates fancies, it quickens wit, and makes reason pleader and truth judge in all disputes or controversies between right end wrong; ” Pxjmsoll’s Mark. —A “ Somersetshire Vicar" sends to the Times a startling letter received from his son, who is now abroad. He mentions the disappearance of a merchant ship which, nine months ago, left the port from which he writes, and has not since been heard of. Before leaving, he affirms that “Plimsoll’s mark” was obliterated by the sailmaker, an apprentice holding a lamp; and was repainted by the captain a foot higher up. The ship was loaded to the new waterline thus created, and has presumably gone to the bottom with all on board. The name of the ship and the port are suppressed, only, we aie assured, because there is no legal proof of the circumstances related. But >he “ Somersetshire Vicar” vcuohes for the trustworthiness bf the narrative, which throws a flood of light upon the mysterious disappearances now so common. The m..ral he draws is surely the very smallest deduct on that can be made from the premises. It is that means should be ta> en to make the safety mark ineffaceable. Even so it would perhaps not be a very efficacious check upon cupidity and recklessness ; but at present it is obviously no check at all.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 507, 13 December 1881

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