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Crowded Out. —R. McKerrow and Co. ’s letter will appear on Monday. Our Uncles. —lt is estimated that the pawnbrokers of the United Kingdom — 4,372 in number—take in during a single year no fewer than 200,000,000 pledges. This calculation is founded upon a curious return made by 731 pawnbrokers in the principal towns of England, whose business during last year was represented by a little over 32,500,000 pledges. Of these, the pledges since proved to have been stolen were, we are assured, only 1 in 14,000. These 32,500,000 transactions gave rise to 1,887 cases in the police courts, involving the giving into custody 450 persons. The total number of these pledges given up was 2,311, valued at LI,OBO. In 730 cases the pawnbrokers had themselves given information which led to detection.

[For continuation of reading matter see first page.] Late Advertisements. Grand Caledonian and athletic GATHERING, To take place at LANCASTER PARK, CHRISTCHURCH, ON MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 1882. Committee —J. Anderson, jun., James Campbell, 0. C. Oorfe, P. Cunningham, F. W. Hales, P. Hunt, A. R. Kirk, Major Lean, W. R. Mitchell, A. M. Olliver, Struan Robertson, F. N. Robinson, A. Cracroft Wilson, E. 0. J. Stevens, Dr Mcßean Stewart, R. Sutherland, H. A. Watt, F. Wilding, J. Wilkin. PROGRAMME OP EVENTS. (Open to all comers.) Value op Prizes.

1. 100 yards 2. 120 yards Handicap 3. 440 yards Handicap 4. 120 yards Hurdle Handicap 5. One Mile Hurdle Handicap 6. High Jump 7. Long Jump 8. Two mile Walking Race Handicap 9. Throwing the Hammer (161bs), Mr Sutherland’s Cup, value 10. Highland Fling (in costume) 11. Reel of Tulloch (in costume) 12. International Tug of War 13. Wrestling, Border style 14. Putting the Stone (161bs) 16. Pipe Music (Pibrochs and Marches) OK Whisky Trophy, Cup given by Messrs R. Wilkin & Co., value 16. Tossing the Caber 17. Pipe Music (Reels Strathspeys) O K Whisky Trophy, Cup given by Messrs R. Wilkin and Co., value... 18. Sword Dance, or Ghillie Callum ; open to residents in Canterbury only. First prize £2, and O. K. Whisky Trophy, Cup given by Messrs R. Wilkin and Co., value £5 5s 19. Irish Jig 20. Best Dressed .S .S h 5 ® S £ 5 s. £ s. 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 10 3 0 10 502 0 1 0 44 2 0 3 0 10 53 2 0 75 2 0 3 0 10 •"■to 3rd 0 » Prize.

Highlander ... 5 0 21. One Mile Bycicle Handicap... 5 0 2 0 1 0 22. Five Mile Bycicle Handicap... 5 0 2 0 1 0 23. Band Competition 12 0 8 0 5 0 The sports will commence at 11 a.m. sharp. The order of the various events will be published in the Returning Card on SATURDAY, the 31st instant. The Rules of the Canterbury Atheletic Club will be obsrved so far as applicable to the Programme. The Committe reserve right of postponing the gathering in case of wet weather. In the event of such postponement no claim for expenses incurred by intending competitors will be recognised, and no entrance fee will be returned. The Tug of War Prize will be com-* peted for by teams of ten men, representing different nationalities, to be chosen on the ground. No Second Prize will be given for any event for which less than three compete, nor any Third Prize where less than four compete. The entrance fee to the Band Competition will be ss, to every other event 2s 6d. All entries must be made in writing to the Hon. Secretary, Mr J. A. Caygill, Lewis and Gould’s Buildings, or Box 25, P. 0., Christchurch, on or before THURSDAY, the 29th December, by 5 o’clock p.m. No entry will be received without the entrance fee, and colors must be declared at the same time. The Committee reserve to themselves the right of taking post entries for any event except the Handicaps, and of making any alteration in the Programme or Rules they may deem desirable. Admission to the ground—One Shilling. Meetings. ELECTION. MR WASON’S COMMITTEE will meet at the Central Cimmittee Rooms on MONDAY, Dec. 27, at 8 p.m. S. E. POYNTZ, 425 d Clerk to Committee. wttt'AKANUI ROAD DISTRICT The ANNUAL MEETING of RATEPAYERS will take place at Moffat s Mill, on JANUARY sth, 1882. Business —

To receive Balance-Sheet, etc. , &nd to Elect Two Members in the room of Messrs James Brown and David Wilson, who retire by rotation, but are eligible for re-election. A Poll, mediately at 5 p.m. if required, will be taken imafter the nomination, and close 0. 0. FOOKS, Returning Officer. District Office, Dec. 17th, 1881. 373

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 4, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 517, 24 December 1881

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