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Our Morning Contemporary. —lt is notified that after this date the Ashburton Mail will appear as a tri-weekly paper as formerly.

The Governor. —We understand that His Excellency Sir Arthur Gordon h.;3 taken a residence in Christchurch for a short period, and intends taking up his abode for some little time in that city. It is now fully expected that he will remain in order to be present and open the Exhibition in March next, after which he proceeds to England on a visit.

Ashburton Primitive Methodist Church. —The members of this denomination and other residents will be glad to hear that the Rev. Mr Nixon has so far recovered from his recent illness as to be able to resume his duty at the Wills street church to-morrow. An advertisement elsewhere gives the subjects chosen for the morning and evening services. Mr Isaac Scott preaches at Newlands in the morning instead of at Ashburton Forks, and Mr H. Grayburn in the afternoon.

Police Court.—At the Police Court th’s morning, before Mr O. P. Cox, J. P., an inebriate who admitted his offence but attributed it “ as much to the weather as anything else,” was discharged with a caution, his Worship telling him that he had better be careful of the weather in future. Patrick O’Shannassy was then charged, on the information of Richard Chudleigh, with assaulting him. It appeared that another man, named John Kellar, was also mixed up with tne affair, but the police had been unable to find him as yet. Sergeant Felton therefore asked that the case might be remanded until Wednesday. The defendant was remanded accordingly, bail being accepted, himself in LSO and two sureties of L 25 each. The Court then rose. Returning Returning Officers.—The Inspector of Police at Hokitika received a telegram from Ross last night, stating that Allan and Retly, the two Returning Officers, supposed to be lost down south since December 12th, are safe, and on their way to Ross.

Changes on the Line.—Mr Francis, who for the last four years has held the position of stationmaster at Chertsey, is about to be transferred to a similar position at Amberley. He has given general satisfaction while at Chertsey. and we hope the change will be to his advantage. Fire. —We regret to hear that a fire broke out on Mrs Matthew Gibson’s farm at Wakanui, about ten minutes to three yesterday afternoon, and resulted in the total destruction of a stable and a valuable horse which was in it at the time. About LIOO worth of harness and sundries were also burnt. The origin of the fire is unknown, and as the property, we hear, was uninsured, Mrs Gibson is, unfortunately, a loser to the extent of folly LX2Q.

Dysentery. —We regret to learn that since the setting in of the fruit season dysentery has become very prevalent in Ashburton and the surrounding districts. It will he remembered that about this time last year the mortality arising irons this distressing complaint was enormous in Ashburton. People cannot be too cautious in avoiding the use of unwholesome or tainted food and bad water and in observing proper sanitary precautions. Another Tussock Fire. A spai’k from the engine attached to the express train from Christchurch sot thetussocksm a blaze near Dromore this morning, and the wind carried t,ho flames with great rapidity towards Newlands. It was some time before the fire burnt ifcsolf out. The Dear Departed. The Christchurch Liberty, that disgrace to colonial journalism, has ceased to exist. Its circulation has been growing considerably weaker of late, as people have begun to feel ashamed of being seen reading it. We understand that the circular has been issued of another society paper, but it will have to be planned on very different ; lines to the defunct rag if it wishes to enjoy a prosperous career. Hospital Sunday in Melbourne.— The collection taken at the various churches in Melbourne amounted to L 6,600 on Hospital Sunday.

The Oddfellows’ Hall.— Elsewhere will be found an advertisement calling for tenders for the erection of this hall for "Ashburton. A Handsome New Year’s Present.— The British Government have agreed to -make a present to the New South Wales Government of the war ship Wolverine, fully armed. To Speculators, —Mr Bullock notifies the sale of several town sections on Thursday next, at his rooms East street, also an important sale of furniture at RaEaia on the 12th prox. Tenders. —lntending tenderers for the West Oxford Railway contract (formation, permanent way, and bridges) are reminded that tenders close at noon on January 3rd next. Alternative tenders will be received for the above contract conditionally that the whole of the sleepers required are of black birch. Further particulars appear elsewhere. Watch Night Services. —ln accordance with a time-honored custom the usual “ Watch ” service will be held at the Wesleyan Church to-night, at 10.30. A service, also of a similar character, is to be conducted at St. Stephen’s Church, and we have no doubt many of our readers will be present at one or other of the above places of worship this evening.

A Magisterial Decision. Robert Schoolfield was charged the Auckland Pofice Court with riding in a railway carriage set apart for ladies. The Magistrate, Mr McDonald, ruled that anyone on the platform of a carriage could not be said to be in the carriage, and dismissed the

ease. The decision has caused some surprise.

Oddfellows hip. The first quarterly meeting of the Loyal South Rakaia Lodge, 1.0.0.F.,M.U., was held last evening, when the following officers were elected for the ensuing term ; —N.G., Bro. Dunn; Y.G., Bro. Rowse ; E. S., Bro. Black; R. S. to N. G., Bro. Bruce ; L. S, to N. G., Bro. Primmer; R.S. to Y.G., Bro. Crook ; L. S. to V. G., Bro. George Clark ; Lecture Master. Bro. \Vest ; Tyler, Bro. Wilkinson; Warden, Bro. Wm. Harinell. The newly-elected officers were duly enstalled by P. G. Bro. W. E. Dolman, of Ashburton, assisted by Bros. Tucker and G. F. Scott, of Ashburton. The receipts for the evening were L 25 13s 2d. A vote of thanks having been accorded to the retiring officers, the Lodge was closed in due form.—As a result of the recent sports held at Rakaia, the Lodge of Oddfellows at that place has netted sufficient to enable it to purchase a section of land, and leaving a surplus in hand. This was mainly due to their being twice the number of entries anticipated, and several members of the Lodge who won prizes handed the amount of their prizes to the Lodge funds. The Ball Committee also having a surplus after paying expenses, contributed liberally to the funds.

Masonic. —The installation of the newly elected officers of the Somerset Lodge, No. 1811, 8.C., took place last evening, at the Masonic Hall, Tailored street. There was a large attendance of members and visiting brethren, including the W. M. ’s of the Canterbury Kilwinning, St. John’s, BC. (Ashburton) ; South Rakaia, and Thistle Lodge (Ashburton), and a number of offi ers of sister Lodges. The D.D.G. M., Bro. H. Thompson, attended and performed the installation ceremony, with his usual ability, and in a very impressive manner. The following officers were installed :—P.M. H. Stephenson, W. M. ; James Bradley, I. P.M. ; T. Undrell, S.W. ; H. W. Felton, J.W. ; J. Davidson, Secretary ; B. Hughes, Treasurer ; W. Anderson, S.D. ; G Parkin, J.D. ; Wilson, organist. Bros. Ross and Poole, Stewards ; J. Canning, M.C. ; J. Muschamp, I.G. ; R. Cullen, Tyler. After the ceremony of installation, an adjournment was made to the refreshment gallery, where an excellent repast was served by Bro. A. Thiele. The usual loyal and Masonic toasts followed, and several capital songs were given by Bro. Weeks, Shearman, Pickford, Robinson, Stephenson, and Zander, and altogether a very pleasant evening was spent.

The Oamabu Woollen Factory. —The North Otago Times informs us that a special general meeting of shareholders in the Oatnarn Woollen Factory Company was held last evening in the office of the secretary (Mr G. Sumpter). There were between twenty and thirty shareholders present, Mr Headland occupying the chair. It was proposed by Mr Humphrey, seconded by Mr Locke, and carried unanimously—“ That the nominal capital of the Oamaru Woollen Company, Limited, be increased to fifty thousand pounds. ” The directors were authorised to take the necessary steps to carry into effect the resolution. The object of the directors in having the capital of the company increased to L 50,000 is to allow of a portion of the shares being placed upon the Victorian market. Mr Gibbs is in Melbourne at the present time, and with the extremely favorable prospects for placing a number of shares on that market his visit may be utilised as a means towards this end. Communications from Melbourne have been very encouraging in regard to this.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 523, 31 December 1881

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