The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 1882.
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Dysentery. — Wo regret to learn that there have been no fewer than five deaths registered in Ashburton since yesterday morning. In every case the cause was dysentry. People will have to be very cautious, if a repetition of last year’s sickness is to be avoided. Tinwald Quadrille Assembly. A capital ball was held in Mr Joseph Clark’s grain store, Tinwald, last night. The room, which is about 100 feet long, was beautifully decorated with evergreens, flags, and mottoes, and the committee spared no pains to make the affair what it really was —an unqualified success. A large shed adjoining made a very good refreshment room, while another portion partitioned off answered admirably as a; retiring-room for the ladies. A first-class string band was in attendance, and about sixty couples kept up dancing till about four this morning. Refreshments of an excellent character were partaken of at intervals, and altogether the affair passed off - very satisfactorily.
, The Grand Orange Lodge. —The annual meeting of the Grand Orange Lodge, for the Middle Island was held in Lawrence in the early part of last week, and the election of officers for the ensuing term resulted as follows : R. WiG.M., Bro. W. Prudhoe ; G.D.M., Bro. Gabbie ; Grand Chaplins, Bros. Beck, Kilby, Stapelton, Buchanan, Irwin, and J. H. Anderson ; secretary, Bro. Beresford, grand treasurer, Bro. Palmers ; grand committee, Bros Abrim, Buchanan, J. W. M'Noale, J. Johnston, and W. Robertson ; auditors, Bros. W. : S. Williams and 0. Jube. The next meeting is to be held at Ashburton. ■ The lodge entertained the grand lodge officers at a banquet on Tuesday evening.
Wesleyan Sunday School Treat.— The -scholars attending the Wesleyan Sunday School, with their teachers and a large number of friends, had their annual treat yesterday in the grounds adjoining Mr Hodder’s residence, kindly lent by that gentleman for the occasion. 1 The children met at the Cameron Street Church at 10 a. m and were then marched to the paddock, where, through the kindness of the more energetic officers and teachers, assisted by several friends, every requisite for a capital day’s sport had been provided. Cricket, rounders, foot-racing, jumping, etc., were indulged in most heartily by the young folks, and not a few adults found pleasure in taking an active part in the various games, A couple of strongly made swings had been erected, and this popular amusement with the girls was well patronised throughout the whole day. A large number of toys and useful articles ware competed for at intervals, and so well was this portion of the day’s events carried out that nearly, ev.ery child was the happy possessor of a 'prize of some description, and the ra.re knack of pleasing all seemed to have been attained. Lunch was provided. at noon,and at 5 o’clock tea was partaken of, when with an abundance' of everything dear to the appetites of young . pepple, there was not much difficulty in satisfying the heavy demands made upon the commissariat. Fruit, lollies and nuts were also distributed liberally amongst all present, and at the conclusion of the day’s enjoyment, there was but one feeling of. perfect satisfaction at the way everything had been carried out. There were 110 serious accidents to mar the holiday, and the young folks of the Wesleyan Sunday School certainly will retain most pleasing -remeniscences of their treat of 1882. Longbeach Road Board. —Mr J. S. Houston, in compliance with a requisition, has consented to stand for Ward No. 1, Longbeach Road district.
Sunday School Service.A united Sunday School gathering of an interesting character took place at the Town' Hall on Sunday afternoon. The Presbyterian, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan schools assembled at their usual places of meeting, and were immediately afterwards marched to the above Hall, which was comfortably filled with the scholars, and their friends. On the platform were the Revs. W. Keall and A. M. Beattie, with Messrs A. Orr and Hodder, superintendents of the Presbyterian and Wesleyan Schools respectively. Mr Orr presided over the meeting throughout, and in the course of the proceedings apologised for the absence of the Rev. * J. Nixon, who was indisposed. The Rev. W. Keall gave an address on “ the tongue”—the uses to which it was to bo put ; when to speak and when to be silent. The rev. .gentleman, also, before entering upon his subject, spoke of the very excellent behaviour of the children, and their polite and respectful demeanour. The Rev. A. M. Beattie spoke of the responsibility which be felt in addressing such a large number of children, and it was not often that ministers of the gospel had such an opportunity as that afforded them that afternoon, in consequence of other duties which demanded their attention. Founding his remarks on Revelations xX., 12, Mr Beattie proceeded to give 'A' 'very telling address, explaining in simple language the part of the verse which refers to the books being opened, and the symbol contained in the text. Mr Hodder made a few remarks appropriate to the accasion, and . the proceedings shortly afterwards terminated. Taken as a whole, the gathering was not so successful as its predecessors, the singing—an important item on such occasions—being very indifferent, and, indeed, disappointing. This is attributable, we believe, to insufficient time being allowed for practice, and it is to be hoped that in future the promoters will take the matter in hand a few weeks prior to the occasion instead of only a few days. Perhaps, also, if the aflair partook somewhat of a floral service, it might prove both interesting and attractive.
Vital Statistics. —The following are Registrar’s returns for the past month for the Ashburton district: Births, 32; deaths, 8 ; marriages, 5.
Vestry Meeting. —A meeting of the members of the vestry of the Rakaia parish was held on Thursday last. Pre-sent-Rev. E. Eliot Chambers. (Chairman) Messrs Davies, G. Alington and Morgan. It was proposed by Mr Alington seconded by Mr Morgan, and carried. “ That ten per cent, of the offertories of each church be allowed to the same for the purpose of cleaning etc., any additional sum to be voted by the vestry. Proposed by Mr Alington, seconded by Mr Davies, and carried —“ That the different vestrymen in each part of the parish form themselves into separate eommittees empowered to add to their num'ber any who would be willing to help in collecting materials, monies, etc. for a Bazaar to be held at Rakaia about Easter next, in order to pay off a long standing ,debt.” Proposed by Mr Davies,seconded by Mr Morgan, and carried—“ That Thursday, the 13th of April, 1882, bo appointed for the next meeting of the vestry, such meeting to be held at three o’clock in the afternoon, to be followed by the annual meeting of parishoners at 4 o’clock.” The Chairman stated that he was glad to be able to say that the offertories were still on the increase ; notably so in the case of Rakaia, which was a great improvement on last quarter. A vote of thanks to the Chairman terminated the proceedings. Sale of Grocery Stores, Furniture, &c.—To-morrow Mr Alfred Harrison will submit for public auction a quantity of grocery stores, furniture and effects, for particulars of which our readers are referred to the advertisement which appears elsewhere.
Upper Ashburton Road Board.—A notification resnecting the annual meeting of ratepayers of the above, also the nominations for the five wards, will be found in another column.
The New Year. —New Year’s Eve passed off very quietly here. Beyond the ringing of the church bells, the explosion of a few crackers, and the playing of the brass band, there was nothing to indicate that 1881 was passing away, and that that new face at the door” of which Tennyson speaks so touchingly, was waiting to be greeted. Yesterday was kept as New Year’s Day, and the day was chiefly devoted to sports gatherings in various parts of the district, although a few family parties managed to take a run down to the beach, and enjoy a quiet day’s outing. Full reports of the sports at Winslow, Chertsey, Methven, and Wakanui will be found elsewhere.
Catholic Church. —Bishop Redwood Will lay the foundation-stone of the new Catholic church on January 22nd. Tenders are invited for the removal of the present structure. Alford Forest.— Attention is directed to the announcement, in another column, by Messrs Cooper Bros., who have building.materials, posts, rails stakes, strainers, and firewood in any quantity for sale at their premises, Alford Forest. Police Court. —Two individuals hailing from Methven made their appearance at the Police Court this morning, but as they had not sufficiently recovered from their indulgence to be able to give a very coherent account af themselves they were remanded until to-morow, being provided with lodging in the lock-up meanwhile. Ashburton Presbyterian Church.The annual entertainment, for the children of the Sabbath Schools and others connected with this Church, was given at the Manse grounds yesterday, by the teachers and friends of the little ones. Being the New Year holiday, and several other attractions held out. especially in the country districts, yet about 150 children were present, besides about 50 adults. After partaking of a very substantial and comfortable lunch, the young people, guided by their teachers, plunged into the various amusements of the day with great zest, kept cool also by a plentiful supply of fruit kindly sent for the occasion. During the afternoon both old and young did ample justice to a most refreshing cup of tea, enlivened not a little by the cheering strains of the bagpipe, so well and heartily rendered by the famous piper from Rangitata. Not to mention the usual quota of nuts and lollies, a splendid assortment of valuable toys, suited for boys and girls of different ages, were distributed amidst high glee, besides a very small book for every child on the ground. Before separating for their various homes, the children all joined very, cordially in. ringing cheers for all those who had taken such pains to arrange for such a happy day’s enjoyment. In connection with this day’s proceedings also, it would not be right to omit to notice that advantage of the occasion was taken for making a presentation. The Minister produced a most handsome and highly ornamental time-piece in marble, and, iu a short but highly eulogistic speech, asked Mr Alexander Stott, F. E. I. S. to accept of it from the members of the congregation in appreciation of his excellent and gratuitous services at the harmonium for three years past. The clock was furnished by Mr Murray, and bore a suitable inscription engraved on a small plate fixed in front In a very feeling speech, Mr Stott accepted of it, alluding specially to happy and pleasant relations that had always existed between all the members of the choir and himself in all its ups and downs during the whole time he had been connected with it, at the same time remarking that it would never cease to give him great pleasure to hear about its welfare and .prosperity. Tenders,— Tenders are invited by Messrs Matson Cox and Co., for reaping, stocking, and stacking wheat and oats.