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Borough Council. —An ordinary meeting of the above was held last evening. A report of the same appears elsewhere. School Committee. The ordinary monthly meeting of the Ashburton School Committee will take place this evening.

To Harvesters and Others. —ln another column will be found an announcement by Mr S. Hardley, of East street, respecting a consignment to hand per Rotomahana, from Melbourne, of black sheet iron, copper tubing, ingot and white, and black sheet tin. A Breach of the “ Act.” —At the Christchurch Magistrate’s Court yesterday R, Belgrave, licensee of the Crown Hotel, Sydenham, was charged with a breach of the Gaming and Lotteries Act, in permitting a raffle for Christmas geese and turkeys to take place in his house. The Bench inflicted a fine of L2 10s, and ordered the license to be endorsed, as required by the Act.

The “Telegraph” Libel Cask. —At the Christchurch Magistrate’s Court yesterday, James Caygill, as proprietor of the Telegraph, was charged with having published in the issue of December 1 of his newspaper, a libel on J. W. Treadwell, the said libel being set forth in a letter to the editor, headed “ The Mathematical Carpenter,” and signed “ Threadbare Velveteen. ” Mr Loughrey, on behalf of defendant, applied for a postponement till January 16. Mr Martin, for plaintiff, had no objection. Case adjourned accordingly ; defendant to find one surety in LIOO for his appearance on the date named.

Walking into the Lion’s Jaws.— lt is not often that the gnawings of remorse trouble the votary of Bacchus. The “inward monitor,” is stifled—drowned in liquor —and ceases to perform its office. The case of a man who appeared before the Bench this morning, charged with having indulged too freely, was therefore a very exceptional one, for this man, although decidedly “under the influence,” yet walked up to the police depot and gave himself into custody on a charge of drunkenness. The Bench seemed to be touched with the conduct of this conscientious inebriate, and inflicted a fine of ss, with the unusual alternative of only six hours imprisonment. Had Sayle not been a previous offender he would probably have got off with a caution.

Wellington Items. —The Press special, wiring from Wellington, last night, says : —I hear on what seems very good authority that the deoarture of Sir Arthur Gordon from New Zealand practically stands postponed indefinitely, in consequence of certain communications received by his Excellency from the Imperial authorities. It is believed that it has been found there is no eligible opening just at the present time for the utilisation of Sir Arthur’s abilities in the service of his country, and that he will therefore sojourn some time longer in the uncongenial political atmosphere of New Zealand. —The Government have accepted tenders for the supply of coal to all the New Zealand Railways for one year. In every case New Zealand coal is to be supplied, and the prices, with one exception, are all under 30s per ton. 1

Musical and Ornamental Needlework. — Mrs J. Quinn notifies that she is prepared to receive pupils to instruct in the above accomplishments. A Mysterious |A.nnouncement. — Attention is directed) to a mysterious announcement in another column by Mr Andrew Orr. ‘ i The Ohristohuch Resident* Magistracy.—We learn from the | Timaru Herald that Mr Richmond Beetljam, one of the best Magistrates in the colony, is about to be transferred from Timaru to Christchurch, to occupy the place rendered vacant by the decea le of Mr Mellilsh. An Unlucky Quarrel.—-Tile little difference of opinion which Mr Buiike, alias Gillon, alias Gallo i, had with !a friend yesterday was a ra her unfortunate affair for him. Both parties were pulled up before the local Bei ch this morning, and Luke got seven day ' and Burke fourteen. But the latter’s ' roubles did not end there. He was ‘ wanted” on other

and more serious ch arges—those of breaking into Winchop ?arm, near Ijlalswell, and stealing there from a quantity of clothing, etc., and ( f making free) with a saddle, valued at j4O, the property of a farmer at Dunsan Jel. Finding things were getting warm ; bout Southbridge and Dunsandel, Mr Bi rke paid a j visit to Ashburton, and beiwg arrested for rowdyism yesterday, was identified by the police as the Burble “ wanted ” for the laicenies. Warrants were out against him for both the alleged robberies.

School Changes. —We learn that Mr James M'Laughlin, of the Wakanui school, has been appointed to thiji charge of the Boys’ Catholic school, Timaru. The appointment is a far more lucrative one than that at present held by Mr M'Laughlin, and we congratulate him on his new position. Mr and Mrs M'Laughlin, during their brief sojourn off sixteen months at Wakanui, have mad 3 many friends, who will, we have no doubt, be sorry to lose them. They have been exceedingly fortunate while at Wakanui, for they have mananaged to please all parties, including their School Committees.

A Bad State op Things. —At last night’s meeting of the Borough Council Messrs George Jameson and Bland waited upon that body to complain of the terrible stat;s of the drain on the south side of Tancrid street. The place was a regular receptacle for dead cats and other refuse, and tile stench arising from it abominable. Mr' Jameson added that he had resolved to bring this matter under the attention of the Council on sanitary grounds. There was diphtheria and dysentery in five houses close to his own, and really the matter was becoming a most serious one. The deputation was informed by the chaiilrnan that the Council had no money to und artake the channelling of the place indicate I. The Council would like to see the wate • flowing down every street in the place, but had not got the means to do anythin g to remedy the nuisance complained of by Mr Jameson. It really seems to us that this is a matter that the Council ought to take up, even though they have tct increase their overdraft at the bank. Diphtheria and dysentery frequently becc me epidemic in character, and thereto e it is a matter of absolute necessity that something be at once done about this Tancred street drainage. Garrard Once M >re at Large.—Garrard, the “ friend of the working man,” as he fondly dubs himself, charged at Auckland during the late election] with a breach of the Corrupt Practices Prevention Act, was discharged on Saturday, Judge Gillies holding that the indictment was bad, as it did no . disclose any foflence. A Mad Spirits list. —A spiritualist named Marsh, whose “ manifestations ” in Auckland have been so peculiar that doubts were entertained of his sanity, was committed to thcl Lunatic Asyjum the other day. The supposed lunatic, thereupon wrote indignant letters, pr< itesting his sanity, to the powers that be it. Auckland, with the result that Judge Gillies held an inquiry, and after hearing medical evidence he decided that Marsh was demented, and ratified the order of committal.

Sunday in Cornwall. —There have been some strange outbreaks of Puritanism in Cornwall lately. At St Ives a boatload of pilchards, which had been taken on Sunday, could not command any bids, except one of LlO, which was onefifth of the value, because the fishermen had “broken the Sabbath” in shooting the seine on the “Lord’s day.” The austere people of the place were cor firmed in their resolution to boycott Sunday traffic by the sinking of the boat and the loss of her cargo during the night—a mishap that was looked upon as a direct “and special manifestation” of divine displeasure. The owner of a cellar refused to let it for the purpose of curing some fish caught on Sunday. A Free Country. —The Wanganui Chronicle says :—The police intend to test the legality, under the Gamii g and Lotteries Act, 1881, of tradesmen offering prizes to customers, and informations are to be laid against Mij F. J. Joneo on a charge of this kind. | We supposes that as the case is only a test, even if a conviction is obtained, nothing more than a nominal fine will be psked for. iis the habit of giving Chriistmas presen ;s has been pursued for years past, the result of this prosecution will be looked forward to with interest by tradesmen and customers alike.

A Nice King. —The King of Ashantee recently killed 200 young girls for the purpose of using their blood for mixing mortar for the repairs on one of his State buildings. Such wholesale massacres are known to be the custom of this King. The Telephone. —The advantages of the telephone were striking illustrated during Mr Gladstone’s visit to leads. While the Right Honorable gentl ;man was addressing the mass meeting in the Clow Hall, a number of gentlemei assembled at the Liberal Club were em.bled to listen to the speech j by means of telephonic communications! between the club and the hall. The offii es of the National Telephone Company were connected with the hall in the same! way, and there, seated round a table, ;a small com iany were able, with the utmost comfort, to follow Mr Gladstone intelligently it; his masterly oration. The telephonic receivers in both cases were affixed in i rent of the desk on the speaker’s rostrum. Highly Moral People. — Apropm of “ The Colonel,” the Theatre tells ! this story:—“ Before Mr Edgar Bruce took the piece to Abergeldie the walls ofi the city of Carlisle were placarded jvith posters protesting against the players. Puritanism was rampant, and Christianity expended its wrath on the heads of the actors and their cc ntaminating profession. But directly Carlisle heard that the Queen had seen ‘ The Colonel ’ ,the posters were torn down, and seats in jthe front row of the stalls and circle Were booked by the politic parsons.” This shows how a little patronage from Royalty will suffice to cover a multitude of imperfections. j The Peabody Bequest. —The original L 500,000 sterling given i by the late Mr Peabody for the erection of model lodging buildings has now become L 720.000. This large increase in the capital of the trustees is stated by their Surveyor, Mr Robert Vigors, to be dle to the income from the buildings. This occupants of the rooms are stated to include all grades of the working classes, from the laborer and washerwoman to the skilled artisan. The entire expenses of the management of the trust are, according to the same authority, under LBOO per annum.,

Police Court.— At the Police Court this morning, before hia Worship the Mayor and Mr R. Alcorn, J.P., Israel Luke and John Burke alias Thos Gillon, alias Thos Gallon, were charged with being drunk in a public place, resisting the police, and committing a breach of the peace in view of a constable. The disturbance took place yesterday afternoon outside Shearman’s Hotel. _ Constable Hicks having deposed to the offences, Sergeant Felton stated that the men arrived in charge of the constable yesterday afternoon at the lock-up. Burke was very drunk and very violent—much more so than Luke. The Bench after commenting on the disgraceful conduct of the men, sentenced Luke to seven days’ with hard labor, and Burke to fourteen days. Burke was then charged with doing malicious injury to property at the lockup, and fined 5s or forty-eight hours’ imprisonment. Wm. Sayle was charged with drunkenness. Sergeant Felton stated that the man came to the lock-up yesterday, and gave himself into custody. Fined 5s or six hours’ imprisonment. John Burke, alias Gillon, alias Gallon, wts then charged with breaking into and enteringadwellingnear Halswell, and with stealing a saddle from Dunsandel. The accused was remanded to Christchurch for January 18. A man was brought up from the Rakaia, supposed to be suffering from lunacy from drink. There could be no question about the poor fellow’s mental state, as he informed the Court that he would have no objection to being taken out and shot by any policeman. He was remanded for eight days for medical treatment, after which he will go before the Christchurch Bench. The Salvation Army in Brisbane.— Brisbane has long had its Salvation Army —an army which has resolutely stood its ground in spite of the attacks of larrikins. These same attacks assume curious forms at times. On one occasion two bottles containing a liquid of 10,000 stench power were hurled at the foot of the standard which-is ever raised on high. Tie shriek of the'presiding priestess was stilled, and for a sood ten minutes she and her followers' clung to their noses for dear life. The crowd fled in dismay before the blast.

Holloway’s Ointment and Pills combine both sijmitive and sanative powers in a high degree!—by the former term is understood their ability (to preserve health, by the latter their capability to restore health. With these remedies at {hand no invalid need be at fault to guide himself or herself safely through the many trials to which everyone is subjected during our long and ofttimes inclement winters. Coughs, colds, ulcerated throats, diptheria, whooping cough, can be successfully treated by well rubbing this Ointmil nt upon the chest, and by taking the Pills. During! damp foggy weatherasthmatical sufterers will experience the utmost possible relief from the inu-nction of the ointment on all tenderchested persons will save endless misery by adopting this treatment. —[Advt.]

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 530, 10 January 1882

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