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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 1882.

TOWN EDITION. [lsswA at 4.50 p.m.. j

Ashburton Borough School. —Mr H. Dempsey has been appointed head master of the Borough School.

Ashburton Cheese and Butter Factory.—An ordinary meeting-of the provisional directors of the Cheese and Butter Factory was held last evening, at the upper chamber of the Town Hall. Messrs Branson and Parnell submitted a draft of the articles of Association to the meeting, and they were carefully considered and amended. Or course it will remain for the general meeting on Wednesday, the 11th inst., to pass the articles, and the permanent directors will be appointed on the same daj. It was resolved last evening that it be a recommendation to the general meeting to fix seven as the number of directors, four to form a quorum. More than two-thirds of the shares in the company are now taken up, and theie is every probability of the whole number going off shortly. The Proposed Woollen Factory.—A meeting of all persons interested in the above project is called for to-morrow afternoon, at the Town Hall, at 3 p.m. The man who was in charge of the plant offered for sale will be in attendance at the metting to answer all questions with reference to the machinery, etc. It is hoped that for the welfare of the town there will be a large attendance. Fire Brigade. —The members of the Brigade met on Tuesday evening last, at the Borough Council Chambers, for transaction of business. There was a good muster, the captain in the chair. Correspondence was read from Messrs George Jameson, R. Robertson, Dunedin, Harris, Christchurch. The captain thanked the men for prompt attendance at the late alarms. Nominations were received for election of officers of the Brigade for ensuing year, commencing on the 7th Feb. next, the election to take place on that date. Branchman Millar attended for the first time since his accident at Cookson’s fire, though still unable to put his foot to the ground, and personally thanked the members for saving his house on the 23rd ultimo. The ballot was taken for election of new members, Mr Geo. Wilson being successful. A committee for the month was appointed, and are to meet on Saturday next at 7.30 p.m. A few accounts and some minor matters having been attended to, the meeting adjourned until the anniversary in February.

Mr Bolek’s Benefit. —The benefit to Mr Charles Bourk, by the members of the Ashburton Dramatic Club has been definitely fixed for February 1. The first rehearsal of the pieces to be presented, viz., “ Doing my Uncle ” and “ The dead shot,” takes place on Monday next. The Town Hall , company have kindly consented to give the use of the Hall rent free on the night of the performance. We would suggest that the Club, in order to ensure the success of the benefit, should invite the Mayor and Borough Councillors to be present on the occasion.

The Small Birds Nuisance. —Says the Waimate Times :—“ Some idea of the magnitude which the sparrow nuisance has assumed in certain localities may be fathered from the fact that at a meeting of the newly formed Sparrow Club held in Oamaru on Saturday, the chairman reported that during the week no less than 2 970 eggs and 467 heads had been collected, for which L 5 10s had been given. It'was announced that Mr Dunlop was prepared to give a prize of L 5 5s to the boy who at the end of the season could show a receipt for the largest number of eggs and heads. ” Wouldn’t some of those English boys jump at the idea of birdnesting on such terms as these ? At Home the boys are taught that it is a vjry naughty thing indeed to go a-bird-nesting, and they do it in fear and trembling. But the delight of the London boy at having all restrictions removed, and being promised L 5 into the bargain for" the largest number of sparrows’ heads would be more easily imagined than described, as the novelists say. The average London small boy is the natural enemy of the small bird. Perhaps the small birds nuisance will attain such proportions presently that it will be found necessary to import a few ship loads of London boys to lessen it.

Press Telegrams. —We are informed that in future the Ashburton Telegraph Office will be open for press work on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings only. The hours of attendance being from 8 till 11 o’clock. The office will open on Sundays from five till half-past, as hitherto.

The Wakanui Election. —lt is stated that Mr Joseph Tvess has decided to appeal against the election of Mr J. C. Wason for Wakanui.

Police Court. —At the Police Court this morning three inebriates made their appearance before Mr R. Alcorn, J.P. George Digby was charged with vagrancy, {.e., habitual drunkenness, three convictions having been recorded against him during the last month. His Worship remarked that the defendant would not take the warnings given him. The defendant pleaded very hard to be let off, and said he would clear out at once if his Worship would give him “ one more chance.” His Worship said Digby had rendered himself liable to three months’ imprisonment. He would be sent up for fourteen days. The defendant thanked his Worship and stepped down. George Shrimpton was charged with drunkenness in a public place, and was fined 20s with the usual alternative. A third inebriate, who was also charged with making use of abusive language, was fined 10s or 24 hours.

The Honorable and the Stowaway.— Comment is being made by the Auckland Press upon a Stowaway on the s.s. Australia being quarantined, while the Hon. F. Whitaker boarded the mail steamer to see Sir H. Parkes and returned to town. A Shocking State of Things. —At Auckland yesterday, Francis William Crow was sentenced to three month’s imprisonment for keeping a brothel. He had been imprisoned before for the same offence. Shocking disclosures were made. He lived on the profits of the prostitution of seven young girls, who were in the Court. The Magistrate expressed regret that ho could not inflict a heavier sentence. Harvesting. —Various farmers in the district are calling for tenders in this issue for harvesting the grain, which, through the intense heat of the last few weeks, is rapidly ripening, and in a short time the work of getting in the crops will be proceeding vigorously.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 1882., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 526, 5 January 1882

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 1882. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 526, 5 January 1882

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