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Police Court. —This morning, before His Worship the Mayor, Mary Brown was charged with being drunk in a public place, and also with soliciting prostitution in the streets of Ashburton. His Worship sentenced the woman to seven days’ imprisonment. The Teleoraph Office. —We are asked to state that the Ashburton telegraph office will be open for ordinary work from seven till eight o’clock on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. The Pulpit. —The Rev. D. Gordon, of Temuka, is announced to preach in the Presbyterian Church to-morrow morning and evening ; and at Ashton at 3 p. m. Horticultural Society. —The monthly meeting of the above takes place on Thursday, January 10, at Mr Harrison’s auction room, when Mr W. T. Davison will read a paper. Lyon’s Tourists. —This company performed to a better house last night, at the Town Hall than greeted them on their first appearance. The performance commenced with a farce and terminated with the pantomime “The Isle of Tulipatatn,” which went merrily. The troupe left for Timaru by the express this morning, en route for Dunedin. Longer ach Road District. —The elections for members for this Road Board, which were held on Thursday last, resulted as follows :—For No. 1 Ward—Mr Francis Lewis ; No. 2, Mr Stephen S. Chapman ; No. 3, Mr John Grigg ; No. 4, Mr Robert H. Rhodes ; and No. 5, Mr Edward H. Dobson. No poll was required in any case. The Crops. —ln spite of perhaps the longest drought that has occurred in the district during the memory of the oldest inhabitant, the crops generally in the Wakanui are holding their own. True it is that there are paddocks of grain, especially oats, to be seen occasionally which have sustained almost irreparable damage, but there are, nevertheless, some magnificent pieces of wheat which any farmer would be proud of under the most favorable circumstances. The grass generally has suffered much more than the crops, and unless rain very soon makes its appearance feed will be exceedingly scarce, and root crops, such as mangel and carrots, even more so. Some good hay and grass seed has been safely housed. Rain coming now would be more injurious to the bulk of the grain crops than a continuation of the present weather, but had it come a few weeks ago the crops throughout the district could not have been surpassed at any period. Early as it is the harvest may be said to have fairly set in, and the demand for really good harvest hands will he considerable within a few days.

Cas From Animal Charcoal. — A bricklayer resident in the suburbs of Dunedin has perfected a machine for the manufacture. of gas out of animal carbon. The experiments .have been most successful. A patent is applied for. The cost is vastly less than from coal.

Accident. —A dray, heavily laden with chaff, came to grief in the vicinity of the Post Office this afternoon, and for some time was the source of a little diversion in the neighborhood. The wheel of thp wagon, while passing over the culvert recently put down on the Wakanui road crossing, sank into the soft ground, and it was not without a great deal of trouble that the wagon was again set in motion. Journalistic. The New Zealand Licensed Victuallers’ Gazette , published in Christchurch, has been enlarged. To-day it made its appearance as an eight page journal printed on toned paper. Release of a Prisoner. John Murphy, who was sentenced fifteen months since to four years’ imprisonment for perjury, was set at liberty yesterday, on a warrant from Wellington, ordering his release from Lyttelton Gaol. Sculling Match. —A sculling match has been arranged at Auckland between Albert White and Carter, of Sydney, to row in Mercury Bay for LSO a-side, changing boats. This match arises out of the Mercury Bay regatta races, White thinking Carter won by the superiority of his boat.

Another Tussock Fire. —The firebells rang out an alarm yesterday afternoon shortly after four o’clock, and very quickly the brigade turned out, and with the engine proceeded to the scene of the fire, which was in the river bed, nearly opposite the Alford Forest brewery. It appears some mischievous urchin had set fire to the tussocks “ for fun,” and the fire spread with alarming rapidity, consuming a large quantity of grass and flax, and had it not been for the alarm given and the prompt arrival of the brigade, there is no saying where the mischief might have ended. Yery possibly the Old Men’s Home might have gone. These tussock fires are getting a great deal too common, and it is highly probable that those fires which are frequently supposed to originate through sparks from engines are, after all, more often wilfully caused by boys.

A Successful Mining Speculation.— We heard an anecdote the other day of a remarkably successful mining venture. About two years ago a Melbourne business man being on a visit to Tasmnia, was induced to contribute LIO to assist in prospecting for tin at Ringarooma, in that island. On returning to Melbourne he entered the payment in his cash book, and had forgotten the transaction until March last, when he was agreeably surprised at receiving a draft for L 137 10s, as his first dividend in the Albert Tin Mining Company. Never having heard of the name of the company he was astonished, but coupling it with his LIO investment of eighteen months previously, he wrote to Tasmania, and found that the draft was truly the produce of his ten talents, and that his partners had applied Ll 5 to buying him a share in an adjoining claim. Since then he has received regularly LI 00 a month from the two interests thus held. A Female Publican and her Son in Trouble. —At the Dunedin Supreme Court yesterday Ann Byron Schade and her son, Thomas Byron, were charged with shooting with intent at John Thomas Thornton. The evidence disclosed that prosecutor, who was working on a station near Cromwell, visited the Mount Pisa Hotel, kept by the female prisoner, on November 10th, with his cheque in his pocket. The man was drinking until midnight, and was then shown the door and shoved out of the house. But he didn’t feel inclined to go, and tried hard to get into the house again. Thereupon Mrs Schade told her son to fire a gun at him through a hole in the door made during the ejectment of the prosecutor from the house. The result was Thornton received the charge in his leg. The female prisoner pleaded in defence that the prosecutor had made improper proposals to her, and had endeavored to get in at her bedroom window. After retirement the jury found the son guilty of shooting with intent, the mother of aiding and abetting him, and a sentence of two months with hard labor was passed on each.

What a Newspaper can Do. —Wewould commend the following clipping from the Philadelphia Printer’s Circular to the attention of our readers. The words are so true that they deserve to be written in letters of gold :—“ The columns of a newspaper are the publisher’s stock-in-trade, and the parties who ask to use them for especial benefit must expect to pay the same. Every public-spirited citizen of a place should have a pride in seeing his town and surroundings improved. Every new house, every road, every new manufacturing establishment erected, every new business opened, enhances the value of property in our midst. Every reflecting mind knows this to be true, and it should not be forgotten that the local newspaper adds much to the general wealth and prosperity of the place, as well as increases the reputation of the town abroad. It benefits all who have business in the place ; it enhances the value of property, besides being a desirable public convenience, even if not conducted in the interests of the ruling power. It increases trade, it cautions against imposition, it saves you from loss, it warns of danger, it points out different advantages, and in creases your profits. The local press is the power that moves the people ; therefore support it by advertising in it liberally, and subscribing for it.”

International Exhibition, Christchurch. —Those that wish to be represented at the International Exhibition to be held in Christchurch in March next, should inform us of their intentions. We have been connected with all the Exhibitions held in the colonies. At the late Adelaide Exhibition we represented sixty exhibitors, for which we received ten special gold medals, forty-nine first and one second award, three of which were New Zealand firms (D. Strange and J. T. Martin, Invercargill, and T. Sevan, Wellington). Our plan is to represent the exhibitors, transact their busines, fix their exhibits on their space, attend to the Judging of exhibits on their space, and anything necessary while the exhibition remains open; at the close pack and send back exhibits or sell them, or duplicates thereof if required, it is very inconvenient for exhibitors to come to the Exhibition to fix their exhibits, which amounts to an expense, besides the loss of time which must necessarily be expended on them. Then, again, the exhibitors have a benefit, they have no trouble of getting space. They let us know how much is required, and we set it for them, as we have a large amount granted to us. We fix the exhibits on a better space than if they applied themselves. Our terms are moderate. We specially caution the public against giving their exhibits to so-called Exhibition agents, who go the rounds of Exhibitions and run exhibitors into debt and other difficulties. On account of our not being able to give exhibitors the exact amount of our fee, as it is impossible to do so until we know the size of exhibit, they may rely on it being most reasonable. The exhibits should be addressed “Albert S. Manders and 00., Christchurch Exhibition.” If exhibitors will kindly send a note stating how much space they require, no further trouble will be necessary.— Albert S. Manders and Co., British and Colonial Manufacturers, Agent. Head office—9l Little Collins street East, Melbourne; and at London— St Paul’s Buildings; Adelaide—G7 King William street; Perth, Western Australia; 6 Town Hall. A Permanent branch is now established in Hereford street, Christchurch. All letters sent to the above firm, Hereford street, will receive prompt attention, and circulars sent on enquiry. —[Advt. ] j

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 528, 7 January 1882

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