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To-Day’s Holidays.—To-day was observed as a close holiday in Ashburton. The chief attraction was the Caledonian Society’s annual sports gathering, a report of which will be found elsewhere. Numbers found their way to the beach, and would, no doubt, spend a pleasant day “ down by the sad sea waves.” So far as we can learn there have been no accidents to mar the day’s enjoyment, if we except a slight mishap to the trap of Mr Davis, cabinet maker, one of the wheels of his convej ance parting company with the rest of the vehicle.

Dramatic EnTeßtaiNment. —To -night the members of the Dramatic Club will appear at the Town Hall, the pieces selected for the occasion being “ Nan, the Good-for-Nothing,” and “ Betsy Baker.” Both comedies are well within the range of the Club’s abilities, and we expect to see them done full justice to, and the performance witnessed by a full house. The Court.—To-day being a Court holiday, there was no business transacted at the Temple of Justice, a few inebriates who had partaken too freely of the cheering clip having to remain in durance vile till to-morrow.

Acknowledgment.— The master of the Hospital desires to return thanks to Drs Trevor and Rosa for a quantity of fruit sent to the Hospital for the patients ; also to Mr Smith, gardener, Wakanui, for fruit and onions.

A Meteor.—About 2.30 on Sunday morning a particularly brilliant meteor was observed. It rose, as it were, at the back of the Court-house, and was of a lovely green tint.

The Borough Scavenger. Complaints are being made of the very unsatisfactory manner in which the scavenging work is being performed just now. At this particularly hot season of the year the Borough Council should enforce the carrying out of this work without delay.

Christmas Decorations at the Churches. St. Stephen’s Church has been prettily decorated in honor of the season. The stem of the font is garlanded with flowers and laurels interwoven, while in it are a number of beautiful lillies and the head of a cabbage tree, The pillars are all prettily decorated with floweis, laurels, and toi-toi grass. The pulpit and reading-desk are covered with green leaves and flowers. The altar is also decorated, and above it is a large cross formed of the feathery part of the toi-toi. Over the chancel is the illuminated text —“Unto us a child is born; unto ua a son is given.” The text is bordered with leaves and flowers. Over the entrance door inside is the text—- ‘ ‘ Glory to God in the highest. Each pew door is decorated, and the whoie presents a very pretty appearance, and reflects great credit on the taste of the ladies who were engaged in the work. The Roman Catholic Chapel is pretily decorated too. The altar looks very nice, and the pillars and windows, etc, are bright with flowers and leaves.

The Year’s Insolvencies. —The num her of declarations of insolvency filed in the Supreme Court of the colony during the year 1880 was 777, the assets in which, as shown by lists and statements filed, amounted in the aggregate to L0G0,525 17a Id, and the liabilities to L 689,428 16s 2d, the deficiency being L 88.902 19s Id,

Leasing Refreshment Rooms. —The railway traffic manager advertisea for tenders for leasing the railway refreshment rooms at Christchurch, Ashburton, and Studholme junction. Sudden Death. — A Dunedin item states that Captain McDiartnid, of the brigantine Fairlie, from Sydney, died very suddenly on Saturday afternoon. He was having a meal in the cabin, when he suddenly fell forward on his knees and expired in a short time. The cause of death was apoplexy.

Accidents and Offences. From Auckland, we learn that a man named Harry Jones was burned to death at Whangapua in a building called the Yankee Restaurant. —Richard Best, for felonously receiving stolen goods from John Arnistein, was sentenced to six months with hard labor.—The police have arrested a man named Frederick Zane, and on searching his house they found two cartloads of linen stolen from clothes’ lines, and L4O worth of boots and shoes, shoemaker’s tools, etc., taken from the premises of Messrs Garrett.—A lad named Butierworth fell over a cliff in Judge’s Bay while gathering flowers, and was seriouly injured.

Auction Sale. —ln this issue will be found particulars of the extensive sale of horses, cattle, and implements, to be held at the Spread Eagle Hotel, on January 10, by Messrs J. T. Ford and Co. A Caution. —ln another column persons are cautioned against trespassing on the Westerfield estate without permission. A Nuisance.-— We desire to draw the attention of our Inspector of Nuisances to the fact of a dead dog lying in West street, near Messrs Tucker and Restell’s yards, in an advanced stage of corruption. Such nuisances should be removed promptly during this hot weather, or serious results are likely to take place. Longbbach School Treat. —Our cor respondent writes : —“ A tea party and concert was held in the main school, Longbeach, on Friday evening, to raise funds for the children’s prizes and sports. Both were a financial success, and great praise is due to the Committee, and too much cannot be said in praise of Mesdames Grigg, Thompson, Dawson, Taylor, Rundell, and Donaldson, who supplied the necessaries for a splendid spread, all being personally in attendance and ably assisted by their daughters and friends in supplying the many comers with the good things of this life. Tea being over at 8.30 p. m., the room was cleared of the table, and seats put in order in a very short space of time, when a very good amateur programme was got through in a style which should have pleased the most captious critic, and those who were present must have felt that they had had their two shillings worth. At 1 p.m. on Saturday all the children and their parents assembled in Mr Davidson’s paddock adjoining the school, which was kindly placed at their disposal, where the children indulged in the usual sports under Messrs Taylor and Jennings’ superintendance, while Messrs Davidson and Rundall were endeavoring to get hot water and everything in readiness for the children’s tea, which was on the tables at 4 p.m. The same ladies that supplied the tea on Friday night were in attendance, and liberally supplied the parents and children with all necessaries. After tea, Mr Grigg delivered a very instructive address, accompanied with good advice to the parents and children, and it to be hoped the latter will follow his advice to attend school more regularly. The children being then formed in a circle, Mr Grigg, assisted by Mrs and Miss Grigg, distributed books to the amount of L 5 amongst the children as prizes, in accordance with the Inspector’s report. Afterwards Mr Grigg in a kindly manner distributed a large quantity of lollies, and the. children separated after having spent a very enjoyable afternoon.”

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 518, 26 December 1881

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 518, 26 December 1881

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