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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1881.

TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 430 p. m. j r

•- The Missing Returning Officers.— The Times special wiring .last night from Wellington says :—I aip told on good authority that the opinion of the Crown Law Officers is that if the Jackson’s Bay returns dJ riot come Do hhrid the Hokitika election will be null and void, arid a new writ will have to be issued- .

Police Court Items.— At the Police Court this morning, before Mr C. P. Cox, J,P., Peter Kennedy made his twentieth .appearance on the charge of drunkenness. His Worship, evidently thinking it was time Peter had a lesson given him, in , dieted, a fine of 60s,- with the alternative of seven days’ imprisonment. The money was not forthcoming. Edward Duggan, alias Donnelly, was similiarly charged. As the defendant had not made his appearance here for a considerable time, he was let off with a caution to mind what he was about. J. Elliott, who did not appear yesterday when called, and upon whom the Bench directed a notice to be served calling, upon him, to show cause why his bail should not be estreated, now appeared arid asked to have his case heard. When asked why he was not at the Court yesterday, the man said he had fully intended being so, but had fallen asleep and did not wake up until the Court had risen. The explanation was received and the defendant was discharged with a caution. ... Mistaken Kindness. —Why will people act so absurdly at fires ?—Last night a fire, which was almost immediately suppressed/ broke out in Moore street at the cottage occupied by Mr tV. Adams. But, although it was apparent that the fire would be quickly extinguished, yet a number of people in the place heroically commenced to ransack the larder for the bread and butter, tea and sugar, the teapot and the milk jug, and such things, and pitch them over the fence. These people were in a tremendous state of excitement, rushing about and nearly upsetting each other in their efforts to got more tea cups and dinner plates to pitch pell mell into the garden. The consequence is that Mr Adams,is probably a greater sufferer by the mistaken kindness of these good people than he is by the fire itself. So well is this craze for reckless removal of goods understood by the Home Insurance companies that their policies, or many of them, bear a printed notification on their backs, expressly stipulating that in the event of fire nothing is to be removed from the premises. They find it cheaper to stand the risk of having to make good any damage done by fire, than to hold themselves responsible for the damage caused by removal.

Mr McGuire’s Concert. —Mr Philip McGuire announces that he will give a concert on Thursday week at the Wakanui schoolhouse. Excursion to Dunedin. —Particulars of. the railway excursion Khnodiji, the fares and timetable, wilpbe ! found in another column. Longbbach Road District.— A notification, re the elections for the five wards of the above, will be found elsewhere. Post Office Holiday. —Monday, 2nd January, will be kept as a Post Office holiday, and the offices will open for one hour, only;, namely, from 9to 10 a.m., for sale of stamps and registration and delivery of letters. The Telegraph Office will be open from 9 to 10 a. m. and from 7.30 to 8 p.m. N. Z. Grand National.— A meeting of those interested in the above meeting is called for' Saturday afternoon, at 3 p. m., at iQuill’s Hotel.

Tussocks on Fire. —The clanging ; .of the fire-bell at half-past two this afternoon caused a general rush out of doors. Smoke at the top of Cameron street, indicated the whereabouts of the fire, which was found to proceed from the tussocks on the sections at the top of Cameron street west. Some men had been burning off the tussocks, and the fire got beyond their control. Fortunately, the fire was stamped out before any great mischief was done, the charring of a post and rail fence being about the extent of the damage. The Fire Brigade, with the large engine and twp small hand engines, were promptly on thd spot, but fortunately their services . were not required.

Race Ball. —A Race Ball in connection with the Winslow Annual Sports and Rapes, under the auspices of the RaceCommittee, will be held in the Mr John Gragg’s grain abed, kindly placed at the disposal of the Committee by that gentleman, on |the night of the sports.

Borough Council.— Mr Hugo Friedlander being the only candidte nominated baa been elected a member of the Council vicq Mr D. Williamson elected to the office of Mayor. -i I. O". G. T,—A meeting of the Unity Degree Temple wil be held in the Templar Hall to-night. A full attendance is requested. ¥s**&**???' Tinwald Coal and Depot. —Mr R- S. Bean (late and Co., limited) notifies .that he has taken the coal premises of Mr Joseph Clark, and is now prepared to supply coals and firewood of the best at lowest current rates. Mr Bean is so well known in Ashburton that we have no doubt he will do well. ;

Rand Contests. —lt is suggested in a Wellington paper that, as we have had rifld, football, and cricket matches, we should now have band contests. That it hasj worked well at Home is evident from -thel fact''that one band alone (the Melbotirne Mills'brass band, Yorkshire) in seven yeftrsj earned ho less than L 2,239 in prizes for contests of this kind.

The Ashburton .Rifle Bangs.—A party, consisting of 'members of the Ashburton Rifles, is, we understand, to proceed to the site selected next Monday morning, at seven o’clock, for the purpose of completing the work required there, such as erecting targets, firing-platform, etc.; The work was. .commenced last Monday, but in consequdrice of time being lost; in connection witn the preliminary Tyork, very little progress was made.

' Caledonian and Athletic Gathering at Lancaster Park. —The athletic sports at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, on Monday promise to be very attractive. There are twenty-three events, including two; bicycle races, one of one mile and the other of five miles, the prizes for which are L 5, L2, and LI. There is also to be a band competition. We have little doubt that the sports will be largely patronised, for the Committee is one in whose hands the arrangements, may be expected to be perfect. Mr Fish’s Joke.—Mr Pish, of Dunedin,! perpetrated a very “fishy” joke on his own name, in his last election address. He said he did not ask the Catholics for their votes—he claimed them as a light, because the elections were on a Friday, and the Catholics were known to prefer Fish on Friday. We believe that this “queer fish” received the Catholic vote, and as the contest was close, it placed him safe in Parliamentary waters. A New Chum Settler. —A story reaches the Mataura Ensign from the Waimea Plains which will bear repeating. A “ new chum ” settler having been advised to plant part of his farm with turnips this year, and to sow gorse seed along the top of a sod fence, proceeded, as he thought, to do so. The ground was accordingly prepared and the seed sown, but to his astonishment he now finds that he; will reap a rich harvest of gorse from his fields, while the sod fence is producing a first-rate turnip crop. “A Bob in.”— Jas. Meagher of the Springston Hotel was fined 40s, and ordered to produce his license for the sentence to be endorsed upon it St the Christchurch Police Courtiyeaterday, for allowing “ shaking for drinks ” as the landlord expressed it, to take place at his house on the night of Dec. 14.

The Charge of Double Voting Against the Hon. 0. J. Pharazyn.— Charles Johnson Pharazyn was charged with having voted as an elector for the electoral district of Thorndon on December 9in two polling booths. Defendant conducted his own defence. Mr G. Allan, instructed by Mr Hay, the returning officer, appeared for the prosecution, under the Corrupt Practices at Elections Prevention Act, 1881. The returning officers! having been exainined as to the committal of the alleged offence, defenpant made the following statement : —On the morning of December 9 I left my home and proceeded to the Tinakori road polling booth* and recorded my. vote in favor of Mr Izard ; thence I proceeded to the Charlotte street booth,‘and voted for Mr Levin. Leaving: in the direction of Te vote there, I enquired of a constable for the whereabouts of the polling' place, I was directed to the old New Zealand Times office. It was about It a.m. A voting paper was there given me by; the returning officer, and I retired into a dark corner and struck out a name, which I now believe to have been Mr Dwan’s. The ; other name I did not observe. I folded up the voting paper, without having observed the second name. It afterwards occurred that there were four candidates for the Te Aro election. I was thinking more of the Wellington South election, and pondering over in my mind whether I should vote for Mr Hutchison or not. I next met Mr Kebble, and in his company went to the Princess Theatre and voted for Mr Coffey. About four o’clock in the afternoon some of Mr C. Johnson’s committee sent me a message, begging that I would go and record my vote. A carriage came for me. Mrs Pharazyn sent back a message that I had already voted. I did not hear the result of the election till the following morning, when I went and congratulated Mr Johnston on his success, and thanked him for sending the carriage, although I would only have been too glad to have walked and voted for him. Mr Johnston said that i must have made some mistake, as I had come out of the wrong door. The whole matter then dawned upon mo that I had mistaken the election booth. It was careless of me, and I deserve a month’s imprisonment for committing so grave an error. (Defendant here made a few sarcastic remarks as to the conduct of the Evening Post <in alluding to the defendant’s alleged double voting.) Defendant was then formally committed for trial, bail being allowed, in his own recognisance for L 5; .

Tenders. Tenders are invited for formation, metalling, etc., by the. Mount Sxers Road Board. Tenders amßlnvited| supply of 500 loaves of bread or' , per week.

Extension of Licenses.— Messrs Obx and Ward sat this morning as Licensing Commissioners, to receive applications from Mr Harris, Railway Hotel, Winslow, and Mr R. Patten, of the Methven Hotel, for the extension of their Licenses on January 2nd, sports day, Mr Harris’ from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Mr Patten’s from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., it being the intention of the applicants to erect booths at the Methven and Winslow sports grounds. The applications were granted; A Fatal Mistake. —An inquest was held at Gisborne yesterday, touching the death of Dr Percy, who died a day or two ago at his residence. The verdict was—“ That deceased met his death ,by accidentally taking in mistake chloroform instead of cough mixture. ” The funeral yesterday Wda " followed by a large concourse of people. Plural Voting.— At the Invercargill Police Court yesterday "a! well known settler named C. R. Martin was charged with plural voting at the recent Parliamentary election for Wallace. Accused was demanded until the sth Januray, bail being allowed, himself in L3OO, and one surety of Ll5O.

The Reporter’s Life Exposed. —Some wag tells what' he know concerning newspaper reporters in the columns of the Chicago Tribune, and here is a specimen ; —“Reporters have an easy life. They seldom go to work before ten o’clock iii the morning! and are. often through with their labors by twelve o’clock at night. A man need not have a classical education in order to be a good 1 reporter, but’ he iririst be able to hustle around some, and hufiip himself where there is a big fire 1 or a" murder. Reporters can get nearer to a fire than anybody,’ except the firemen, and the new ones do it, but the old heads at the business know better. They stand oh the corner until the fire is out, and then they get a hack atid go to the house of the man who owns the building, and ask him how much the old was worth, and i£he companies will setting it on fire. This is #heri themafj mean and does not open the door for them because he has just got out of bed, arid declines to answer questions. Reporters seldom die early. They are too tough. Perhaps some other time I may tell you more about the reporters. Many of them are married and live happily with their wives,, because they never see them except when they come homo to go to be<jl. ,A drowsy man cannot quarrel iriuch. ” A Patent Dog Killer. —Alb dogs, registered or unregistered, out at : large without a Collar, are seized in Auckland. It is usual (says the Herald) for the owners to explain that the collar has been stolen or simply taken off to give the dog a run, but such pleading is of no avail. The dogs are generally kept for ninety-six hours if valuable, but they can be disposed of in forty-eight hours if of no account. At the expiry of the notice applicants can select any of the dogs to be destroyed on paying Is a day for their maintenance, the cost of advertising and collar, or about 10s fid in all. The owner of the dog, if unregistered, is liable to a penalty of L 5, and can be proceeded against by summons. The dog kennels in which the condemned animals are kept, are two in number, 6ft by 6ft, with doors on the top, in order to prevent the escape of any when the door is opened for selection. The process used in destroying the dogs is that of drowning, the old system of poisoning by strychnine being found to be dangerous, and sometimes abortive through the dogs throwing up the poison taken. A 400 gallon tank being filled with water, the dogs are placed in an iron cage which is grated at the bottom, and fits easily into the tank, when it sinks steadily to the botom, being covered by about three inches of water. In this way a batch of a dozen at a time can be “worked off” peacefully and expeditiously. Mr Goldie is somewhat enthusi* astic over his patent, and, like the inventor of the guillotine, claims to despatch his victims so quietly that they never feel troubled over the business. In fact, some of the dogs, on being removed from the submerged cage, have a puzzled expression about the face, as if they had been treated to a conundrum and had “given it up.” The carcasses of the condemned dogs are carted out to a wellknown orchard in one of the suburbs, where they find a resting place at the base of the peach trees, the result being, 1 it is alleged, an increase both in quantity and quality of the fruit.

Sanatorium at Rotorua.— We are glad to hear (says the New Zealand Times) that proceedings in connection with establishing a sanatorium’ and township at Rotorua are progressing in a moat satisfactory manner. On Sunday last Dr Hector returned from Rotorua, where he had gone to select a site for a sanatorium, and did so without the slightest difficulty. As for the township and suburban lands, one proclamation under the Thermal Springs Act has already vbeen gazetted, and matters are so forward that Government propose to hold a'firsthand sale in March next. Too much importance cannot be attached to the extension of settlement in the Hot Springs district. Once : the place is made thoroughly inhabitable for inva-' lids, with, of course, indespensable and efficient medical attendance and supervision, the inflow of visitors from all parts will be very considerable and increasing. Three thousand visitors per annum is a moderate estimate, and that each, on an average, will spend L2O in the district is an equally moderate assumption. Thus the expenditure of L 60,000 per annum by visitors may be calculated on—much-of it Australian ! gold; Who dare say that the Government connection with Rotorua does not promise to prove exceedingly profitable ? Next to the settlement of the Native difficulty, we regard the utilisation of Rotorua’s resources by the Government in the interests of humanity as likely to be most beneficial in its.pffecta upon the welfare of the North Island.

“Sometimes the Spirits Work,” &c.— This is how the Harbinger of Light, an Australian spiritualistic paper, “goes” for Miss Eva Fay, the so-called “ medium,” and her friends:—“ We had intimation from a San Francisco correspondent about a month since that H. Melville Fay and Anna Eva Fay were at San Francisco, the latter passing under the pseudonym of Cunningham. These people are purely traders on the credulity of the public, appearing either as mediums or exposers of Spiritualism, according to the tone of religious ideas prevalent in the places they visit. Under the heading of ‘ Australians Beware ’ we find the following in the Banner of Light for October 8, the leading Spiritual paper in America: —‘ Information reaches us that the notorious FayBraddon combination (?) purpose at an early date to start from San Francisco on a tour to apd through Australia. H. Melville Fay (under an alias) and Mrs Anna Eva Fay (who we are told now purports to be the wife of 0. C. Braddon, the “religious” man of the troupe) are along with them, our correspondent affirms, and people of the United States, as well as England, know them pretty extensively for what they are. We sincerely hope the Harbinger of Light , and other papers in Australia will be on the alert, and at once, on the arrival of these parties at any place in the colonies, put the public on its guard concerning them as arrant imposters, and that the Spiritualists of that country will join in the good work of making Australia “ too hot to hold” them.’”

Amateur Dramatiq<Jß©Ob. —A meeting vllkjies place to-night dptb® above to make [lfTfangements for tn£[benefit to Mr C. Bourk. All are particularly requested to put in an appearance. 1 Ibotting Match. — A trotting match between Farquhar M‘Kenzie’s (Ashburton) Brigham Young, and Mr George Graham’s (Dromore) Doctor’s Maid, takes place this evening at 7 o’clock. The course will be on the main road, about two miles beyond the racecourse, and the distance will be two miles. The stakes are L2O a-side.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1881., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 521, 29 December 1881

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