The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 1882.
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Oub Volunteers.—lt is rumored that Colonel Scratchley will|shortly conduct an inquiry into the present state of the New Zealand Volunteer force. School Committee. The ordinary monthly meeting of the Ashburton School Committee was held last evening. A report of the proceedings will be found elsewhere. Clerical Changes.—The Rev. H. E. Wyatt (formerly a curate in this district under the Rev. W. E. Paige, and lately curate in charge of the parish of Governor’s Bay) has been appointed curate of the Cust parochial district, which has been vacant for about two years. A Cockatoo in Court.—During the hearing of the case (which was dismissed) against a young shopman, who was charged at the Police Court this morning with stealing a cockatoo belonging to an Ashburton boardinghouse-keeper, the bird was brought into Court and exhibited to his Worship. It was a line white cockatoo, with a yellow crest, and very quickly fluttered out of its mistress’ arms on to the back of a chair, when, throwing its head on one side, it fixed one eye in the most knowing manner on his Worship, and appeared to be listening to every word he uttered. The incident caused a good deal of amusement, both at the solicitors’ table and amongst the public, while his Worship was evidently half inclined to smile.
Wanted, a Bellringer.—A bellringer is wanted for St. Stephen’s Church.
Seafield.—The Rev. A. W. Hands will hold divine service at the Seafield schoolroom on Sunday afternoon next, at 3 o’clock. Suicide of a Clergyman. —From Melbourne comes the news that Frank Harding, a young Church of England clergyman, formerly a curate at St. Peter’s, Melbourne, and latterly master of the leading grammar school of Tasmania, deliberately committed suicide by taking hydrate of chloral. He was rejected by his lover, and it preyed upon his mind. At the inquest a verdict was found that he took poison while of unsound mind.
Victoria’s Harvest Prospects.—The wheat prospects of Victoria are not very favorably reported on. In many districts the average will be low. Otago Presbytery. —The Presbyterian Synod of Otago opened their annual session last night. The Rev. Mr Ryley, the incoming moderator, delivered an address in which he urged the claims of total abstinence on the Church. I
New Reaper and Binder. —To-mor rouj morning Mr Carter, of Grove Farm Tinjvald, intends trying a new kind of reader and binder, made by Osborne, whilih, we believe, is the only one of its kind in New Zealand. It is made to cut a breadth of Bft, and consequently a very much larger amount of work can be done in f( day than with the machines now in uselhere. All farmers and others who are inb rested should take this opportunity to wit ness it at work. IjiAßKiKiNisM.— The Chief Secretary of Victoria has under consideration puniahme it for larrikiniam by means.of the lash, Pri bably on the assembling of Parliament of he sister colony a measure will be int -educed with that object. A Nice Son. Yesterday the Christchurch District Court was occupied in hearing a case in which a man named Breitmeyer sued one of his father’s executors for LI 63 19s 6d for board and lodging ; and goods supplied prior to his death. Fi om the evidence given in the case it ap seared that sometime before the death of Breitmeyer sen., the son fetched him av ay from the house where he resided wi th Mrs Breitmeyer (the step-mother of th 3 plaintiff), and boarded and lodged him at his own house. The poor old man, wuose intellect was slightly affected, went av ay very reluctantly to his son’s place, ar d was detained there against his will up to the time of his death. Judgment was «i ven for the defendants, the executors of tl':e|will.
iOun R.M. Court.- It is a singular thing that nearly every R.M. Court which we have seen in this island (and we have seen a good many) is defective in spme rijspect or other. In many the accoustic properties are very bad, notably in Christchurch and in Timaru. Here in Ashburic n we are better off in this respect. There is not much difficulty in hearing what is going on here, but there is one thing which frequenters of the Court have to complain of. When the Courthouse was erected the architect made the mistake of having the principal entrance from East snreet directly facing a door on the opposite side of the building. The solicitors’ table is placed between the two doors, and indeed there is no room fV it anywherre else. The consequence in on a windy day (and windy days are not unknown in Ashburton) that directly one or both of these doors are opened away fly papers and documents from the table, to the annoyance of both solicitors and reporters, while a very perfect draught is produced, which is anything ijut pleasant. I The Wreck op the Wotonga. —Mr ijlawker, of South Australia, and Mr Perkins, one of the Queensland Ministers state that the wreck of the Wotonga was directly attributable to gross negligence cn the part of the whole watch. The i light was perfectly clear, and although it was moonlight, the vessel steamed full s peed ashore. The crew were overworked i.nd disorganised, and the management ( hroughout was wretched. They do not blame the captain The steward and a portion of the crew completely shirked (their duty.
The New Zealand Exhibition.—A Melbourne item states that British agricultural machinery will be largely represented at the Exhibition, and arrangements are being made to supply motive power to show the actual working of each machine. British industries generally will be thoroughly well represented. Considerable spaces have alse been taken by American, French, Swiss, Austrian,
Italian, and Japanese exhibitors. Further entries are expected from Germany and Belgium. The building as originally planned being too small all the machinery
will be placed in wings skirting the original building. The Victorian and South Australian manufacturers, though few are Actually booked, promise to make a considerable display. Commodore Erskine, Iwith the Australian spradron, will be present at the opening ceremony, and the commandant of the French squadron at pew Caledonia will also send a man-of-war if the New Zealand Government make official application for it. A Vision of Science. —The Daily
News, speaking of the address of Dr ■Siemens in opening the winter session of ■the Birmingham and Midland Institute,
'nays :— ‘ ‘ The concluding portion of the address will be the most suggestive and interesting to the great mass of the public.
The progress of elecricity as a motive power and as a means of producing healthy light, hasf been so astounding during the last few years that the public are prepared to believe almost anything to be possible. Dr Siemens, however, speaks with full knowledge when he suggests that it will speedily light our streets and houses, propel our tramcars, and even the trains on the underground railways, and do much of the work that is now done by other agencies. But there is a more pleasant forecast than even this in the assurance that gaseous fuel is to take the place of solid fuel. All over the land protests are rising against the desolation caused by smoke. It would
at once lift off the smoke-pall which hangs over London, and make London fogs less frequent and less dense. It would save our trees from the coating of black which [disfigures them, our public buildings from (the defacements they suffer, and our [houses from the invading and all-present : dirt. It is a prophetic vision of science, the realisation of which may, however, be nearear than we dream.