The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1881.
duR Christmas Story. —FiVe manuscripts reached this office up' to’ noon yesterday, when “ the entries closed,” in competition for our Christinas stbTjp prize. After careful deliberation, tlje judges decided on awarding the prige to'the author of the story entitled “ The Nabob’s Mistake,” which was written by ~ a gentleman residing but a few' miles from Ashburton. Our Christmas supplement will be composed of entirely original pieces this year, and not mere clippings from English and American magazines, which would be sixth hand before they' reached the readers here. The supplement will, we repeat, be entirely original, and the stories will, for the most part, be possessed o.Wocal interest. At any rate, our writers have not gone beyond the limits of the colony for the scenes of their plots. The supplement, will be issued gratis to all subscribers.
A Piece of Absurdity.— The first case in Ashburton under the obnoxious Gaming and Lotteries Act was heard at the Police Court this morning, when Mr Richard Lancaster appeared charged .with the enormity of raffling a sheep and three loaves of bread at his premises, in East street. The terrible offence took place on the occasion of the opening of a baker’s shop by Mr Lancaster, when, as Mr Branson (who appeared for the defence) observed, “ there was a little jollification going on,” and this small raffle formed part of the jollification. His. Worship talked about a penalty of LIOO, but evidently did not mean it, and contented himself by inflicting a penalty of 20s and costs.
Old Men’s Home. —Tne Master of the Ashburton Home wishes to acknowledge with many thanks the receipt of LI from R. Wilkin, Esq , Christchurch, towards the Christmas treat for the irmates. We trust that there will be many imitators of Mr Wilkin’s example, so that the old people, who have not too many opnortunities of enjoying themselves, may have at least one “ good time.’ Stock Sale.— ln another column will be. .found particulars of the extensive stock sale to be held by Messrs J. T. Ford ,-aH.d Co. in the estate of the latejSir J, : Cracroft r Wilaon.
A Peep at the Christmas Tree. —The sale of goods, fancy and useful, now proceeding at the Primitive Mnthodist Church, Wills street, is certainly worth a visit, both by our old and- yoting friends. The Worthy members of the Local Industries Association might also obtain a practical lesson, if after their meeting tonight an adjournment was made to the above church. What most people would throw away as useless have been transformed by some magic hand into very attractive parlor ornaments and useful commodities. Our representative, this afternoon, was shown a work-basket, which, he was informed, had been manufactured from split peas and sealing wax. Articles of clothing, dolls* chinlney ornaments, and all the other articles common tb a complete bazaar are exposed for sale by the most obliging of lady attendants. As an extra inducement to pay a visit to the Christmas tree, every persons who attends will have the privilege of obtaining the value of his or her admission fee from off its branches. The sale will proceed during this evening, when, it is hoped, a large number of our readers will be present.
I Postponed. —The date of the sale of railway reserve leases has been postponed till the 31st. i Ashburton Cricket Club. —A general rbeeting in the above club is called for Friday next at 7.30 p.m. at Quill’s Hotel.
Borough Council Ft action.—Consequent on Mr D. Williamson’s elevation to the Mayoral chair an election for one member of the Borough Council will be hield on Wednesday, the 11th January, dominations must be , sent in by twelve o’clock noon, on the 29th inSt. A GaoL Eoh Ashburton. —By Gazette notices dated Dec. 3, Sergeant, Ilenry W. Felton has been appointed to be keeper of the gaol at Ashburton, the police station buildings having been duly declared available for the purposes of a gaol. We hope tjiat in future the occupants under the worthy Sergeant’s care will be made some uSe of, if possible, as there are many little jobs in the Borough which require to be done. i Persecution. —The first case under the (gaming and Lotteries Act was heard at; Oamaru yesterday, when Thorpas'-Wilson was charged in the Residqnt Magistrabe’s Court with promoting a half-crown sweepstake on the race-coursU,' He was fined ss, without costs. ' ! Borough Scavenger. —The Town Clerk invites tenders in this issue from persons willing to fill the office of Borough scavenger. i Abusive Language.— An old lady of Venerable appearance and wearing a pair of spectacles was summoned at the Court this morning on a charge of making use of abusive language to her neighbor. Whilst the latter was giving his evidence, the elderly. . defendant regarded him sharply through het glasses, prepared to take instant advantage of any slip of the tongue on his, part. The charge was put pretty well beyond question, but the Magistrate taking the fact of the case having been called on a week ago, when the complainant failed to appear, into consideration, dismissed it—not, however, Without admonishing the old dame to be more choice in her language. The defendant made the , Magistrate a low courtesy, ond strutted out of the Court in the most majestic manner, to the great amusement of all present.