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Our Christmas Story. —We would remind intending competitors for our Christmas Story prize that the time for sending in manuscripts will close at noon on the 20th inst. We trust that those who may be thinking of sending in stories will lose no time in doing so

Wakanui Sports. —ln another column will be found the programme of these annual sports, which take place on Monday, Jan. 2. A.R.Y.—The Ashburton Company of Rifles will parade this evening, and are requested to muster to-morrow morning to proceed to Timaru by the early train. Ashburton Home. —The following are the successful tenderers for the yearly wants of the Old Men’s Home ;—Rations and extras, Orr and Co.; medical comforts and fuel, Friedlander and Go.; medicines, C. G. H. Neate ; interments, T. A. Gates.

Drunkenness. —At the R.M. Court this morning George Digby, who pleaded veryhaidtobe let off, and made many promises to “clear out of the town” if his Worship would only take a lenient view of his case, was fined 10s for drunkenness, with the usual sad alternative.

Bank Holidays. —By advertisement elsewhere it will be seen that Tuesday, the 27th December, and Monday, January 2nd next, will be observed as special Bank holidays by the undermentioned Banks: —Union Bank of Australia, Bank of Now South Wales, Bank of Australasia, Bank of Now Zealand, National Bank of New Zealand, Colonial Bank of New Zealand. The Notorious Rendlb.-— At the Napier Supreme Court yesterday, Rendle, for the late Post Office robberies, was acquitted on one charge and sentenced to six years on another. The others are yet to be heard.

Wild Dogs.—Wild dogs are stated to be becoming numerous in some parts inland. One hundred and fifty have been killed on one station near Dunedin during the last year. A Warning.—William Gabb, the farmer suffering from blood-poisoning by pricking his hand with a knife which had been used in scraping some sheep infected with foot-rot, had to have his arm amputated at the Auckland Hospital yesterday. The Cash Palace Fire at Timaru.— The Supreme Court at Timaru yesterday wasoccupiedfromlOa.m. to 10.30 p.m. in hearing the charge of arson against Abraham and Lewis Moses, of the Cash Palace drapery store, Timaru. The store was burnt down in September last under very suspicious circumstances. The jury, after a retirement of half an hour, returned with a verdict of “ Not Guilty ” against both the accused. His Honor remarked that he supposed the prisoners now understood the verdict that the evidence was not strong enough, but the case was certainly suspicious against them. A Nice Boy.—The Church of England minister at llingbark has (says .iEgles in the Australasian) a great contempt for the great unordained, and has educated his family in his own way of thinking. The reverend gentlemen had left his little son at a station while he went his rounds. Before he seturned, a Wesleyan minister called, and the lady of the house being engaged, the parlor maid showed him into the drawing-room. Whereupon young Hopeful, who had recognised what he deemed one of the inferior order of clergy, remonstrated with the maid-servant, saying, so as to be audible to the visitor, “ You have n’t shown him into the parlor, have you ? Ho ain’t a gentlemen. He aiu’c ordained like my Pa !” A Case for Charles Reade.—Lunatic asylums seem to be peculiarly liable to suffer from bad management. A Melbourne Argus of a recent date says : “ The staff of the Sunbury Asylum for the Insane must be in a deplorable condition of disorganisation, if the procedings at the inquiry recently are to be accepted as an indication of the relations which exist between the officers. There does not appear to bo any system of subordination worthy of the name, and the attendants seem to be pitted one against the other, .and to cherish the hope that something may transpire upon which to base an accusation, no matter how trivial the circumstance may be. Some men are believed to be favorites of the superintendent, and to receive advantages in consequence, while others are overlooked, and in the female division also the officers appear to be acting in opposition to each other. In a great measure this lack of unity is to bo attributed to the non-attendance, excepting at long intervals, of the visitors appointed to inspect the institution. There would appear to bo some inmates who, if not in possession of all their faculties, are at least in such a condition of mind as render their detention unnecessary. The head laundress, for example, said that a female patient who had been removed from Kew bad not shown y symptoms of unsouudness of inte.l ict in the twelve months she had known her and a man who is ostensibly a patient, and employed as a groom, was also declared to be sane. Indeed, ho appears to enjoy more liberty than some of the officers, and to be as well known in the township ns at the asylum.

Licensing Court. The quarterly Licensing Court was held Tt noon to-day. The business was very light. A report of the proceedings will be found elsewhere.

Land Sale. —Mr J. T. Ford, of the well-known firm of Ford and Co., acting in conjunction with Messrs Friedlander Bros., to-day submitted to the hammer at the sale-rooms of the latter, landed property by the order of the trustees in the estate of the late Sir Cracroft Wilson. The attendance was not large, and only two lots, Nos. 7 and 8 (leasehold property, education reserve), were disposed of by Ruction; although we believe negotiations are pending for the purchase privately of other lots. Lots 7 and 8, the first comprising 227 acres, arid the latter 33 acres, were sold at L 6 per acre, to Mr A. Rescue, of the Hinds. American Doctors’ Bills. —For fortytwo days the four surgeons attendant on President Garfield—Bliss, Barnes, Woodward, and Reyburn— charged the GoTernment 4,200d01a, or lOOdols each per day, Dr Agnew’s bill for the same number of days for “ consultations, operations, and visits,” was 32,600d015, and Dr Hamilton, for “visits and consultations,” rendered a bill for a similar amount; the medical men’s services amounted to 87,000d01a (L 17.520).

Teetotal Abstinence. —Mark Twain’s latest good thing is to be found in the book of autographs presented to Mrs Hayes on leaving the White House, in recognition of the remarkable success with which she had “ run the Presidency” on teetotal principles. Mark Twain.s signature appears among those of other celebrities with the characteristic eulogy of total abstinence, “ Total abstinence is so excellent that it is impossible to carry its principle to too great a length. I therefore totally abstain even from total abstinence.”

Sad, Very. —So far as Presbyterian church bazaars in Victoria are concerned, all art unions, raffles, etc., in connection therewith are for the future to be discontinued. At least a motion to that effect has been passed by the General Assembly, and it is to be remarked that the discussion upon it brought to light a novel and distressing phase of gambling. So wide is the evil spreading that the spirit of betting in one form or another intrudes itself upon the most ordinary contingencies. One reverend gentleman recounted how in a certain Presbyterian church of his acquaintance young men were in the habit of laying wagers during the collection as to which of the plate-carriers would get through his work first. The next thing they heard of, remarked the same gentleman, would probably be betting as to the length of the sermon and the laying of odds as to the number of the headings under which the discourse might ho divided.

Dean Stanley’s Handwriting. We have not the slightest doubt as to the truth of that amusing story, at present going the round, with respect to the M.S. of the article contributed to an American magazine by the late Dean Stanley, and which had to be returned to one of the Dean’s friends in England to decipher as no printer in the United States could make it out. The figure of a fly walking over a sheet of paper after its legs had been dipped in an ink-bottle presented but a faint image of the Dean’s usual caligraphy. On the occasion of the unveiling of the Bunyan Statue at Bedford one of the London reporters congratulated himself on fecuring the M.S. of the address which the Dean delivered on that occasion. With this in he gave no heedl to the subsequent proceedings, beyond partaking with great heartiness of the dinner, and returned to town in a very comfortable frame of mind, only dropping into Elect street for a few minutes in order to deposit the Dean’s precious paper with the printer. Then he hied home to the bosom of his family in Brixton, feeling at peace with all mankind. He had not been in bed, however, above half an hour, when a P.D. arrived in hot haste, summoning him back to the office. The printers were not able to make out one word in twenty, and the editor was imperative that they must have the Dean’s address So our awakened reporter had to sit down and extend his notes in hot haste, and with a disgust which may be imagined. We may add, by the way, a fact which we have nowhere seen noted. Of the distinguished literary men in England of about the same age as Dean Stanley, especially such as have been trained either at Oxford or Cambridge, a majority wrote very bad hands ; and wo have several which, like_ the Dean’s were the despair of every printer who had the misfortune to make a professional acquaintance with them. Internatonal Exhibition, Christchurch. —Those that wish to be represented at the International Exhibition to be held in Christchurch in March next, should inform us of their intentions. We have been connected with all the Exhibitions held in the colonies. At the late Adelaide Exhibition we represented sixty exhibitors, for which we received ten special gold medals, forty-nine first and one second award, three of which were New Zealand firms (D. Strange and J. T. Martin, Invercargill, and T. Be van, Wellington). Our plan is to represent the exhibitors, transact their husines, fix their exhibits on their space, attend to the judging of exhibits on their space, and anything necessary while the exhibition remains open; at the close pack and send back exhibits or sell them, or duplicates thereof if required. It is very inconvenient for exhibitors to come to the Exhibition to fix their exhibits, which amounts to an expense, besides the loss of time which must necessarily be expended on them. Then, again, the exhibitors have a benefit, they have no trouble of getting space. They let us know how much is required, and we got it for them, as we have a large amount granted to us. We fix the exhibits on a better space than if they applied themselves. Our terms are moderate. We specially caution the public against giving their exhibits to so-called Exhibition agents, who go the rounds of Exhibitions and run exhibitors into debt and other difficulties. On account of our not being able to give exhibitors the exact amount of our fee, as it is impossible to do so until we know the size of exhibit, they may rely on it being 7nost reasonable. The exhibits should be addressed “Albert S. Handers and Co., Christchurch Eshibii Ini. '’ If exhibitors will kindly send a note stilting how much space they require, no further trouble will be necessary.—A Lr.EitT S. Handers and Co., British and Colonial Manufacturers, Agent. Head office—9l Little Collins street East, Melbourne; and at London St Paul’s Buildings; Adelaide—G7 King William street; Perth, Western Australia; 6 Town Hall. Permanent branch in Christchurch after Ist of February.— Advt.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 509, 15 December 1881

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 509, 15 December 1881

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