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" Ourselves. —There will be no issue of this journal on Monday next, January 2. Withdrawn from Sale.— Messrs J. T. |Ford and Co. notify through their agents, Messrs Friedlander Bros., that the standing crop advertised to be sold by auction on Tuesday has been disposed of privately. Mbthven Races. —The following addition has been received to the entries for the Open Handicap : —Mr Clarridge’s Blue Bell, weight Bst 101 b. The name of Mr Clarridge’s entry in the Trotting Handicap is Sampson.

New Telegraph Station. — A telegraph station has been opened at Martinborough, County Wairarapa West, Wellington.

Letters for Home. —The out-going mail for United Kingdom, Qontinent of Europe, America, etc., via San Francisco, will close at the Ashburton Post Office on Saturday next, 31st inst. at 10.30 a.m. A supplementary mail will be forwarded per express, letters for which must be posted before 5 p .m. of Saturday.

Ashburton School Committee. A special meeting of this Committee was held last evening for the purpose of considering the applications for the head mastership of the Borough School. As twenty-seven applicants had written and forwarded testimonials, it was found to be an impossibility to decide last night, and it was resolved to meet again this evening at 6.30 to make the final selection, if possible.

His Worship the Mayor. —Mr Donald Williamson, the newly-elected Mayor, today took his seat upon the Bench at the Police Court in his Magisterial capacity for the. first time. A Run Down to Dunedin. —Excursion tickets to Dunedin will be issued on Dec. 31 and Jan. 2 at reduced rates available for seven days. For further particulars see advertisement.

St. Mark’s, Rakaia. — This Church was very prettily decorated on Christmas Day. The altar, rood screen, and font being one mass of flowers, while on either side of the of the reredos was an illuminated text, “ Glory to God in the Highest, Peace on Earth towards men of good will.” On each side of the chancel walls a text (Luke 11. 11.) was placed. This-latter, as well as the rest of the decorations, reflects great credit on the several ladies who undertook the work, and it was remarked by many that St. Mark’s had never looked so pretty before. The morning service was fullchora!,theprayers being intoned by the incumbent (Rev. E. E. Chambers), who also preached, taking for his text Luke 11. 14. We are glad to say that the church, both morning and evening, was very well filled, notwithstanding the extreme heat of the weather.

South Kakaia Road Board. —A special meeting of the above Board was held in the office, on Thursday, Dec. 22, to consider the proposed “ Storm-water drainage scheme ” proposed by the Mount Hutt Road Board ; present—Messrs C N Mackie (in the chair), E S Coster, D G Holmes. W L Allan, and J Lambie. —The members went minutely into the proposed scheme, and estimated the area of land damaged by storm-water within the two districts, and passed the following resolution, moved by Mr Coster, and seconded by Mr Holmes, viz. : —“ That after carefully considering the acreage of the land to be benefited by the proposed stormwater scheme, this Board is of opinion that the Mount Hutt Road district will receive more benefit than the South Rokaia Road district, and cannot, therefore, agree to pay more than an equal sum with the Mount Hutt Road Board, but will agree to divide the cost required after expending any subsidy received from the County Council equally with the Mount Hutt Board, provided that the total sum required from the two Boards does not exceed L 2000.” It was resolved to forward a copy of this resolution to the Mount Hutt Board.—The sub-committee appointed to report on the work done by Mr Struthers on McPh ail’s road, reported that it was not completed according to specification, and recommended that he be not paid until the work was properly finished. The Clerk was directed to inform Mr Struthers of the Board’s decision. A petition was received from a number of residents,_ requesting the Board to form a road running from Bushy Park to Chertsey road. It was resolved to let the matter stand over until next meeting. Upper Ashburton Road District.— The undermentioned places have been gazetted as polling places for the election of members for the wards in this district : No. 1 Ward, Road Board office, Westerfield ; No. 2 Ward, schoolroom, Westerfield ; No. 3 Ward, schoolroom, Forks ; No. 4 Ward, woolshed, Winchmore ; No. 5 Ward, Saunders’ mill Justice of the Peace.—The Mayor of Ashburton, Mr Donald Williamson, has been gazetted a Justice of the Peace, under the Municipal Corporations Act, 1876.

The Waipa. —ln reference to the cable message announcing the stranding of the ship Waipa at Dunkirk, the New Zealand Shipping Company have received a cable message, dated a day later than Reuter’s, and announcing the arrival of the vessel, but no mention is made of any casualty having happened to her. Presentation. —At Waikouaiti a presentation was made yesterday to the Hon. George McLean by his late constituents of the Waikouaiti district. It comprised a large solid silver salver, weighing 50ozs, beautifully inlaid, and bearing the following inscription : —Presented to the Hon. George McLean, M.L.C., by the electors of Waikouaiti, as a mark of their esteem and in recognition of valuable services rendered to'the district as its representative in Parliament during a period of ten years.” To Mrs McLean was given a silver bracelet, necklace, locket brooch, and earrings. Obituary. —The Hon. H. S. Chapman, ex-Judge of the Supreme Court, died yesterday at Dunedin, aged seventy-eight.

The Government and the Natives.— The Wellington correspondent of the Press telegraphed yesteiday : I hear unofficially that Mr Bryce during his visit to Parihaka formally notified to the Natives that 20 per cent, of the reserves previously set apart for them would be confiscated by the Government in accordance with the terms of the proclamation, as indemnity for the cost of suppressing the disturbance on the West Coast, and the refusal of the natives to submit to the proclamation. I understand that it was deemed necessary to do this in order to show the natives that the threat in the proclamation would not be allowed to become a dead letter. I am informed that Mr Bryce further cautioned the Parihaka natives that they would risk losing more of the reserves made for their benefit if they did not prevent the return to Parihaka of strangers who had no legitimate business there, but that the natives disclaimed any power to prevent such return, as the strangers would come if the crops were still in the ground, and would probably return to claim them at Parihaka. It is reported that Mr Bryce stated that the crops not belonging to the Parihaka people would bo destroyed, so that the strangers would have no excuse for returning. From all accounts, the natives seem completely cowed and submissive.

Witnesses’ Expenses. —Considerable amusement was caused at the R M. Court to-day during an animated discussion between Mr O’Reilly and Mr Purnell, the counsel for the complainant and defendant respectively, in the dog killing case. Mr O’Reilly asked to withdraw the case, the informotion being wrongly laid. Mr Purnell had no objection so long as costs were allowed for a crowd of witnesses up from the Hinds and neighborhood. The Court decided to allow 10s to one witness for travelling expenses. “ The railway fare to the Hinds is 25,” quoth Mr O’Reilly; “for what does the Court allow the other 8s ?—for the man to go on the spree with ? ” Ultimately the Court consented to allow only railway fare to the Hinds to each witness, and a shilling mileage afterwards. “But,” says Mr Purnell alluding to one witness, “ this is not a laborer, and cannot be expected to travel second-class.” “Oh, very good,” retorted the counsel for the complainant, “we will have a special train engaged for the gentleman."

Caledonian Society. A Directors’ meeting of the above will be held tomorrow evening at 7.30 at Quill’s Hotel.:

Meeting of Ratepayers at South Rakaia. —From a telegram to hand from Rakaia this afternoon we learn that the ( annual meeting of the ratepayers of the ] South Rakaia Road District was held j to-day, when the annual report and balance sheet were read and received. About a dozen ratepayers were present. A vote of thanks to the Chairman terminated the proceedings. Messrs D. Gordon Holmes, John Lambie, and Leonard White were nominated to fill the vacancies caused by the retirement of Messrs Holmes and Lambie. Thanks. —The Master of the Ashburton Horae desires, on behalf of the inmates, to thank Mr S. Saunders for bis kind and generous action in conveying them to his grounds at the mill, and after providing them with an excellent tea, permitting them to retire to the garden, and partake of a variety of fruit. Mr Saunders did not forget the pipe, and the superior brand of tobacco, of which one and all freely partook. When the visitors returned home they were unanimous in declaring they had never spent a more enjoyable evening. The Working Man’s Paper. — The Spirit of the Times is the name of a paper which will shortly be issued in Dunedin in the interests of the working classes. The promoter seems to have but a poor opinion of that portion of the New Zealand press supposed to devote itself to ■ advocating the cause of the working man, for he says :—“ There are newspapers in New Zealand representing all moneyed interests, and though these at present pander to the tastes of the working classes, yet it is well known that something ulterior is expected for their patronage. The promoter of The Spirit of the Times feels that the time has now arrived when the working classes should have an organ of their own—an organ that will uphold their rights, and through whose medium working men in the large centres of population should be made acquainted with the doings of various trades in other centres. One great drawback to working men being able to work in harmony with one; another-Has been the absence of such a medium.” The Spirit of the Times may serve a useful purpose if it is honestly conducted, and does not pander to the tastes of any class in the community—a fault which few specialist papers are without.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 520, 28 December 1881

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