The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 1882. Ashburton and the Grand National.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4,50 p.wi.j
Wa are sure that not only the sporting, but all classes of the community, will hail with satisfaction the probability of the next Grand National meeting being held within our County. Scarcely a better means of advertising our young township could be found, and we are confident that an energetic canvass of the business people is the one thing necessary to ensure the successful holding of the fixture here, it being but a question after all of the raising of the sinews of war. Last year we had our Exhibition, which attracted visitors from one end of the colony to the other, and thus brought the district under the notice of some who, perhaps, merely had a hazy notion that Ashburton was a handful of cottages situated somewhere near the track of the main line of railway, but of the actual whereabouts and resources of which they were as profoundly ignorant as they are of the interior of New Guinea. In short, the Exhibition advertised the place, and advertising is as necessary to a young township as it is to a man in business. We do not say that the holding of the Grand National here will bring the resources of the district so immediately under the eyes of our visitors as did the Exhibition, but we do say that it will supplement the good done by the latter, by keeping the place in the memory of many of those who were our visitors in March last. I hen, again, it is probable that more than the usual number will be present to witness the “illegitimate” gathering this year, on account of the New Zealand Exhibition. which will no doubt draw many visitors from the sister colonies, some of whom may be tempted to delay their departure in order to witness the great cross-country event ofMaoriland. That being the case, the monetary Lss on the venture will not be so great as many now suppose, and there should not be the slightest difficulty in providing the necessary added money. Then, looking at the matter from a racing point of view. We should imagine that it
would be likely to give a fillip to matters sporting in the County—which,-by the way, is sorely needed. Nothing will do more to popularise the great national pastime than a meeting for which vve could give sufficient money to induce owners of horses to let us see a well-run race between a really good field. Such a consummation has certainly been sufficiently rare at our annual meetings hitherto, but once let the public find that by liberally subscribing funds they will see a race, and not an apology for one, and seeing the advantages that must accrue, we are confident that the wherewithal will not be wanting, and that the Ashburton races will no longer be a by-word in the mouths of the sporting fraternity. We do trust that the few energetic gentlemen who have striven for the. success of the project will meet with the success which their efforts undoubtedly deserve, and that the natal day of her most gracious Majesty will see a gathering of both bipeds and quadrupeds of which an older township than Ashburton might well feel proud.
Police Court. —At the Police Court this morning, before his Worship the Mayor and Mr R. Alcorn, J.P., a batch of inebriates made their appearance. H. Parker was fined 10a, with the usual alternative. Joseph Sloane was charged with being drunk while in charge of a horse, and with using abusive language to a railway official. Charles Morse, gatekeeper at the north end of the Ashburton bridge, stated that on Saturday the defendant and another man wanted to cross the bridge. Sloane was in a very intoxicated state, and witness therefore refused to let him go upon the bridge. He thereupon became very abusive. Constable Smart deposed to arresting the defendant on Saturday evening near the Ashburton Hotel, Sergeant Felton proved a previous conviction for drunkenness against Sloane, and the Bench, after giving him a lecture on his conduct, fined him 40s. Two others charged with drunkenness in a public place, were discharged with a caution to mind what they were about.
Borough Council, —An ordinary meetting of the above takes place this evening at the usual hour and place. , Yestry Meeting. —A meeting of the vestry of St. Stephen’s Church will be held at the parsonage at 7.30 p.m. tonight. Poo Collars. —An announcement re dog collars, for 1882, appears in another column. Cheese and Butter Factory.— A general meeting of the shareholders of the above is called for Wednesday, January 11th, at 3 p.m., at the Town Hall. The business will be to receive report of the provisional directors, appoint permanent directors, sign articles of Association, Ac. Amateur Dramatic Club. —A rehearsal for the performance in aid of C. Bourk, takes ulace this evening, at the Hall, at 8 o’clock. Members are requested to be punctual. Postal. Mails for the Australian colonies, ner Zealandia, close at Auckland immediately on her arrival there from Honolulu. Also per Hero, on Wednesday, the 11 inst., at 4 p.m., at Auckland.
The Proposed Woollen Factory.— We are asked to mention that persons who may think of taking up shares in the Woollen Factory, if that industry is started here, would oblige by communicating the fact to Mr S. E. Poyntz, or some other person interested in the project, so that Mr Poyntz ■ may be enabled to form an idea of the amount of support likely to be forthcoming, before I riday next, when the next public meeting re the matter takes place. Better Late than Never. Moderately heavy rain fell at intervals hereabouts on Saturday evening and during Saturday night. A 1 hough it would have been much more serviceable had it come a little sooner, it will yet have a beneficial effect in helping to swell that grain which is not altogether past help. School Treat.— The children of the Board schools of llakaia and Barrhill were entertained at Corwar by J. 0. Wason, Esq., on Friday last, when considerably over 100 children of the former school and about 50 of the latter were present. Amusements of every kind were provided, and no expense or trouble <vas spared on the part of the kind host and hostess to render the day a happy one to all present, as not merely were the children thought of, but a handsome lunch was provided for the adults, as well as pigeon shooting matches, which were indulged in by the males who had arrived at years of discretion. Before leaving the grounds in the evening, the children gave three hearty cheers for Mr and Mrs Wason, the former of whom returned thanks, and assured all present that it gave not merely himself, but also Mrs Wason, much pleasure to think that everyone had so enjoyed themselves.
Bio Gooseberries. —The friendly competition amongst residents in the Ashburton town and district as to who should produce fche six heaviest gooseberries terminated on Saturday. The following are the weights ;—G. T. Smith, Smithfield Nursery, six gooseberries weighing 4fozs ; G. H. St. Hill, do. do., Sfozs ; Wm. Smith, gardener on Lagmhor Station, do. do., 3Joz ; T. Greenaway do do., 2|ozs. We believe Mr J. M. Cambridge, of East street, acted as “clerk of the scales.” There are now on view at Mr Cambridge’s shop several varieties of gooseberries grown by Mr Smith, of the Lagmhor Station. These berries were not entered for competition, but merely for show, and they are certainly worth inspection. There are about a dozen kinds, the majority of which are very large and of exquisite flavor.
Ball at Westerfild. —A ball took place at Westerfield on Friday evening last, in commemoration of the recent marriage of the owner of the estate, C. G. Hawdon, Esq., who is at present at Home. The affair was a great success. The dancing took place in the big woolshed, which had been specially prepared for the occasion, and looked very nice indeed. Dancing was kept up with great spirit, and Mr D. Oliver (the manager) spared no pains to make the guests comfortable. Owing to the affair having been fixed for the previous Friday and then postponed, we were unable to be present, being unaware of the date afterwards decided upon.
Death in the Steerage. —At the inquest at Auckland on Saturday touching the death of Charles Gledshan, found dead the other day on board the s. s. Wellington, the jury returned a verdict of “ Death from natural causes.” Good News For the Reeftonians.— Mr W. E. Rowe, geologist, has handed in a glowing report on the Golden Fleece mine at Reefton. He says—“ The auriferous deposits traversing your lease, and I believe of the adjacent country yet unexplored, is a true lode, rich in gold and composed entirely of quartz banded with the slates and minerals of the country, solid and firm, almost vertical in position, persistent in character, and at the greatest depth yet acquired in your mine (620 ft) is five feet thick, with a tendency to enlarge in dip and strike. It contains the ores of lead, silver, iron, and antimony, as associated minerals. Geologically considered, it holds a favorable position. The excellence and importance of the line of reef to the district has not been locally apprehended.”
International Exhibition, Christ church.—Those that wish to be repre
sented 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. Bevan, 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 reqirred. it is very inconvenient for exhibitors to come to the Exhibition to fix their exhibits, which amounts to an expense, busbies the loss <if 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 Co., 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—67 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.—[Adyt.]J
A Pugilistic Encounter. —About two o’clock this afternoon two gentlemen who had evidently been endeavoring to assuage the thirst, engendered by the hot weather, had a set-to outside Shearman’s Hotel, and would certainly have improved the shining hour to some purpose had they not been parted by the by-standers. The appearance of Constable Hicks on they scene with an express van somewhat cowed the belligerents, who had to be helped into the conveyance before they could be taken to the lock-up. They will no doubt interview the Magistrate tomorrow morning.
A Correction. —Mr David Wilson has desired us to state that his remarks at the annual meeting of the Wakanui Road Board, held last Thursday, were not in favor of the disposal of the Board’s offices in Ashburton, but that the annual meetings should be held in a more central place, in order that the ratepayers on the plains may have a better opportunity of attending and being represented oil the Board. Attempted Suicide. —Hokitika was horrified yesterday morning by the news that a young man named Thomas Kearns had cut his throat. Kearns was in the employ of his uncle of the Arahura fellmongery, and shared a hut with another man. In the middle of the night he rose, entered another hut, and cut his throat in the most deliberate manner, after which he staggered back and fell on his bunk. Anderson at once ran for assistance and had Kearns removed to the Hospital. The police found in the hut where the deed was committed a looking-glass on the bed, the floor and blankets saturated with blood, and two knives on the floor, the sharpest having evidently been used by Kearns. Dr James considers the wound fatal, though Kearns is still alive.