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The State of the Markets. —The New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company (Limited) have received the following produce telegram from London, under date Jan. 3 :—Wool. —Market unchanged. Trade in the manufacturing districts is brisk. Wheat. —Market quiet.. New Zealand is worth 52s 6d per 47Glbs. Tallow.—Market firm. Mutton is worth 43s fid ; beef, 38s per cwt. Koromiko. —Mr J. H. Noding, manufacturing chemist, Colombo street, Christchurch, notifies that he has on sale the native remedy for dysentery, prepared from the well-known New Zealand Koromiko plant. A Big Tussook Fire. —A spark from the engine attached to the early train for the North set fire to the tussocks on this side of Dromore yesterday morning, and the wind carried the flames with great rapidity until many acres of ground were left black and charred. The fire was still burning last evening when the last train from Christchurch passed the spot. A Narrow Escape. —The cottage occupied by Mr Hopkins, near Lancaster’s paddock, had a narrow escape of being burnt down yesterday morning. It appears that some boys mischievously set light to the tussocks near the house for the fun of seeing the fire run over the grass. The flames spread further than the youngsters intended, however, and Mrs Hopkins, who was in her house by herself, her husband being away at work at the time, was alarmed to see the place surrounded by a belt of burning grass, which was completely hemming it in. Mrs Hopkins lost no time in giving the alarm, but had it not been for the prompt assistance of neighbors, who helped to beat the fire out, it would certainly have reached the cottage in a very short time.

Willi4m Harrison Ainsworth. — Amongst our cablegrams yesterday appeared an announcement of the death at an advanced age, of W. H. Ainsworth, the well’kdown novelist. Originally destined for the legal profession, Mr Ainsworth quickly abandoned it for that of literature. Before he was twenty-one, he had published a novel “ Sir John Chsierton.” In 1834, appeared “ Rock wood,” in which occurs a description of Dick Turpin’s famous ride to York, onhismare Black Bess. In 1839 appeared “ Jack Sheppard,” a book which has been more adversely criticised perhaps than any novel of recent times, but which has, like most books, condemned by the reviewers, enjoyed a truly extraordinary popularity, and has done more to throw a halo of romance about one of the greatest scoundrels who ever breathed, than anything else. Following the latter work came a long series of literary successes from Mr Ainsworth’s prolific pen. The death of this writer snaps about the last link connecting the present with a by-gone day, when Dickens, Thackeray, Hood, Jerrold, Albert Smith and half a score of other brilliant writers and humorists, the men who made Punch famous, cracked their jokes together. For a number of years prior to his demise \insworth resided at his pretty place Harrow, near London, within the novelist’s recollection when living a truly rural spot, but which is now almost a part of the great metropolis.

The Late Fire at Newlands. —Mr G. Aston, the sufferer by the late fire at Newlands, to which we referred in a former issue, is, we regret to learn, a heavier loser by the calamity than was at first supposed. With the exception of his horses, he has lost absolutely everything he possessed, clothing, furniture, and household goods having alike perished in the flames. Mr Aston is a married man with a large family, and his case is one of real necessity, for he has not got the money to replace the properly he has lost, and he was wholly uninsured. Surely, under these sad circumstances, the residents of Newlands will take the initiative in getting up a subscription or organising an entertainment for the benefit of the sufferer 1 We hope to hear that somebody is stirring in the matter.

Clearing Salbof Drapery, Etc. —Mr W. Gavin, tha'Well-known draper of Bast street, announces that he has commenced his sale of summer goods at prices that must effect a speedy clearance. Herbal Extract. —Mr Monk, who is coming to Ashburton on Saturday, advertises his herbal remedy for diarrhoea and dysentery. The Gaming and Lotteries Act.—A case came on at the Dunedin Police Court yesterday, in which a hairdresser in High street was charged with being the keeper of a common gaming house. A totalisator is kept on the premises, and the particular event on which action is taken is the Invercargill races. The case was adjourned. A Charmed Life. —Joseph Thompson, while intoxicated, made a determined attempt at suicide by jumping off the Wanganui bridge last evening. He was rescued by a boat from the steamer Clyde and locked up. In 1868 the same man jumped over the cliff at Okarua, but was saved through his clothes catching in the bushes. About a year ago he threw himself into the Hutuka river, and narrowly escaped drowning. Twine Binder. Messrs Poyntz and Co notify that Waller A. Wood’s twine binder, with canvas elevator, may be seen at work at a number of farms throughout the district. Further particulars elsewhere.

Tenders. —Mr J. C. Maddison, architect, invites tenders for the erection of a villa residence in Ashburton.—Mr Robert Anderson, of Plemington, invites tenders for stocking and forking grain.— Mr John Grigg, of Longbeach, invites tenders for reaping, stocking, carting, and stacking. Boots, Boots ! —We notice that the extraordinary cheap sale of boots, etc., is still being carried on at Mr A. Orr’s drapery establishment. — [Advt.]

Journalistic. The Dunedin Star states that several journalistic changes in Canterbury are contemplated, and among them we believe is the severance by Mr J. H. Clayton of his connection with the Press, in order to accept the management and editorship of the Christchurch Telegraph. Mr Izett has also retired from the editorship of the Christchurch Star. Mr M. Donnelly succeeds Mr Clayton as subeditor on the Press. A Police Constable is Sentenced to Two Years. —A telegram from Dunedin to hand to-day informs us that John Dupree, the Dunedin policeman, who was charged a short time since with fowl stealing while on duty, and whose offence was traced home to him by the gory drippings on the pavement from the decapitated birds which John was conveying to his place of abode, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment. Gazette Notices —The following notices appeared in a Gazette issued yesterday : —Henry Horsford Prins, to be an additional member of the Canterbury Hospital and Charitable Aid Board. Thomas Radford King, to be superintendent of the Wellington Asylum. George Hart and George Allan Reade, to be members of the Waste Lands Board of Canterbury district. Orders in Council to validate the Rodney and Waikouaiti elections. The time for the return of the writ for the Hokitika election has been extended to the 19th January. Lyons’ Tourists. —This company opened at the Town Hall last evening to a moderately - filled house. The performance commenced with “ The Loan of a Lover,” an old favorite, in which the characters were sustained by the rather juvenile performers with much ability. Miss Nina Tulloch made a charming Gertrude, Miss Annie Lyons a dashing Captain Amersfort. Miss Emily Fox had comparatively little to do as Ernestine, but that little was done very creditably. Master or Mr —for we hardly know which to style him —J. S. Parlato, made a really excellent Mynheer Swyzel, and his make-up was capital. J. S. Farron, as Peter Spyk, was also very good indeed, and his “ business ” frequently evoked hearty laughter. We must not omit to mention that Miss Nina Tulloch sang several incidental songs very sweetly. The pantomime of the •‘lsland of Tulipitam” followed the little comedy, and went very smoothly indeed. J. S. Farron made a decided /hit as King Cactus, and the same may be said of J. S. Parlato, who took the part of the Grand Vizier. S. McLean, as “RunUmln,” the Persian policeman, was exceedingly amusing. The remainder of the cast was filled by young ladies. Miss Amy Horton, who acts and sings with all the dash and self-possession of Miss Lydia Howard herself, is a very clever member of the company indeed. Miss Nina Tulloch is a most graceful dancer, and sings as prettily as she dances. Miss E. Fox is also as much at home in burlesque apparently as she is in drama, and Miss J. Leon and Miss A. Lyons are also deserving of a word of praise, for they worked hard, and contributed not a littie to the success of the performance. The harlequinade brought a really_ capital evening’s amusembnt to a termination. Before concluding this brief notice of the troupe we would wish to remark on the heartlessness of the public _in encoring these young people as they did last night. To demand the repetition of a diflicult song is bad enough, but to insist upon a fatiguing dance being repeated not once but two or three times, is altogether too much. The people who selfishly insist on these encores surely do not consider the terrible strain they are imposing on performers considerably younger than those ordinarily before the public. We trust there will be no more of this cruel encoring this evening, and that if there is that it may not be responded to.

Exhibition Revelations. —lt appears from the correspondence columns of this morning’s Press that a Mr Howland, of Christchurch, has been writing to a Mr. Deeley, of Adelaide, to enquire whether) in the opinion of the latter the recent Ex-: hibition in Adelaide, got up by Messrs; Jonbert and Twopenny, had a beneficial effect or not upon the place, as it was proposed by Messrs Joubert and Twopenny to start an Exhibition in Christchuch, and , there was considerable diversity of opinion J amonsrst the tradespeople as to whether; the affair would do the town good or; harm. This letter Mr Deely, an Adelaide resident and an old friend of Mr Howlaud’s replies to as follows:—“ReyourEx- 1 hibition, the following remarks would be endorsed by nearly all in Adelaide except publicans :—Yours, as ours was, is simply a good commercial spec, on the part of Messrs Joubert and Twopenny, and they alone will reap the benefit. An exhibition of this class means simply a large retail shop, where not only the shopkeepers of ycur city, but from all parts, will bring a stock of their various wares and will retail them, and as they will be standing comparatively rent free, they will towards the last sell at any price rather than take them away. We were obliged to exhibit in self-defence, as we are running a sewing machine, and in a specialty like this an exhibition does you good, especially if you are sure that yours is the best. As far as the judging and awards is concerned, you must look out. . . . It is commonly reported here that very many people were awarded gold medals by paying for them. We obtained two gold medals, and when we received them we were informed that we could have a third by paying three guineas. How is that for high ? My advice to you is not to have an exhibition if you can avoid it, but if it must be, you must exhibit in self-defence. And that is how the thing is managed—you hear that someone in yeur own business is going to exhibit, and you follow, and so on. If you have one, I should like to hear from you again as to your view.

Mount Hdtt Road Boabd. —Messrs Edward Chapman, John Avia Pannett, arid Duncan Cameron, have been -nominated for election to the above Board. A poll will be taken on the 11th, from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m., at the school, Barrhill, and at the Road Board office. Methven.

Elgin School. —The usual monthly meeting of the Elgin School Committee, was held on Wednesday evening last. Present —Messrs J. Stanley Bruee (chairman), John Cochrane, and S. Scott. The applications for appointment of master were read, together with the correspondence. Mr J. Cochrane proposed, and Mr Samuel Scott seconded—“ That the chairman forward the applications received for appointment of teachers to the Board of Education, with a request that the Board be so good as to select a master and mistress on behalf of the Committee.” It was further resolved that the Committee name Messrs W. Montgomery and C. C. Bowen for reelection on the Board of Education. Resolved —“ That Mr W. R. Boyle be requested to audit the accounts for the past year.” Resolved —“ that the accounts due for salary, Ll 5, and incidentals, 11s 7d, be passed for payment.” The Committee then adjourned. Meeting op Farmers. — It will be seen by an announcement elsewhere that Mr Julian Jackson summons a meeting of farmers and others interested in the grain traffic on the Ashburton Forks railway, to consider the question of drawing up a memorial to the railway authorities for the better regulation of the grain traffic on the above line. The meeting will be held at Messrs Morgan and Nibbs’ store, Methven, on Jan. 11. A Sad Case. —At Timaru yesterday, A. Bell was charged before Mr Beetham, R. M., with failing to support his wife and family. The evidence of the wife disclosed that her husband had been living apart from her since May last. He had not even written a line to her, arid she and her family of three boys, the eldest of whom was only six years of age, were left destitute. A previous information had been laid against Bell, but as he had promised to contribute 20s a week towards his family’s support the wife had withdrawn it. The promise had not been kept, however, and the unfortunate wife had no other resource but to take the present proceedings. His Worship said that the case was a very sad one, and it was evident that defendant did not care a button about his wife and family. He had left his wife and children completely at the mercy cf the world, not caring what became of them and, when an information had been laid against him, he had compromised the matter by making an agreerrient with the wife, which he broke almost immediately afterwards. He had been guilty of criminal neglect, and an example would be made of him. There was by far too much of this sort of thing going on, and, in this case, it was very evident that accused did not intend to support his family. The excuse he had made was a frivolous one, and he had no right to enter into transactions which took him away from his family as he had done. The case being such a bad one he should make an or order for the payment of 20s per week to complainant, and defendant would be imprisoned for three months with hard labor. “ Going a Bargain.” The Hast Anglican Times repoits at length the proceedings at a recent public auction of the advowson and perpetual right of presentation to the Rectory of Gedding, the annual income of which is estimated at L2OO, whilst the duty is almost a sinecure. The auctioneer, after describing the “ property,” and stating the age of the reverend incumbent, went on to tell the mixed company of cleric and gay listeners that “Here is a capital chance of presenting a good living to some of your friends, or if you are a clergyman you can present yourself. It is almost certain to become vacant shortly. The present incumbent will be leaving, and then the purchaser will have the right of presentation. Will no gentleman make me an offer for Gedding Rectory ?” “ L 100,” feebly ventured some gentleman, probably an agent of the Church Defence Association. Ll2O, Ll6O, and Ll7O was offered in quick succession, and then there was a lull. ,‘ Going at L 170,” exclaimed the auctioneer. “ Why, gentlemen, people talk about disestablishment, and they say that the Church will be done away with very soon. If I bought this property I should be glad if the Church were disestablished, for I know they would give me more than any gentleman is likely to bid to-day.” The idea seemed to give an impetus to the bidding, and ultimately the lot was knocked down for L 250 to the Rev. R. Townson, Vicar of Allithwaite, Grange-over-Sands, Lancashire.

A Qeeer Candidate for Whitewashing.—At the Dunedin Supreme Court yesterday, the only case of any interest was that of John Gordon, charged with a breach of the Fraudulent Debtor’s Act, 1878, in having filed a declaration of insolvency, and having subsequently, with intent to defraud his creditors, failed to fully and truly discovo" to the trustee the sum of L32C, his pr;.," rty. The facts were that when accused fi'ed he stated hia assets to be only L 5 worta of wearing apparel, but within a month afterwards he gave L 320 to a hotelkeeper to keep for him. This was in March. In September he was arrested for drunkenness, when he had L 197 in hia pocket and a gold watch. He was found “ Guilty,” and sentence was deferred until to-day, when he got six months’ imprisonment.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 527, 6 January 1882

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