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Police Court. —At the Police Cou-t this morning, before his Worship the Mayor, three inebriates were brought up. As they were all first offenders, his Worship dismissed them, with a caution to mend their ways.

The Proposed Woollen Factory in Ashburton. —A meeting of persons interested in the establishment here cf the above industry is called for to-morrow, at 3p. m. at the Town Hall. We understand that promises of support to the extent of about 300 shares have been received. We trust that the meeting tomorrow will be well attended, as the question to be discussed is one affecting the welfare of the community. The Old Men’s Home —At yesterday’s meeting of the Charitable Aid Board, held at Christchurch, it was reported that on June 30, 1881, there were 42 inmates in the Old Men’s Home at Ashburton. From July Ito December 31,16 additional inmates were received, and 21 discharged. During the same period there had been three deaths. The total remaining in the institution was 34. Ah Gee’s Novelties.—The exhibition of Al. Gee’s collection of wood carvings has been visited by a large number of people during the past week, and every one has expressed admiration at the skill and perseverance which, must have been brought into exercise ere such marvellous results could have been brought about. As the ingenious proprietor intends leaving for southern townships on Monday next, our readers who have not seen the exhibition should certainly lose no time in doing so.

Shooting with Intent to Kill. —At the Police Court. Kumara, yesterday, Edward Haylock, publican, of Kawhaka, was charged with shooting with intent at Andrew Curie, a sheep-drover, of Papanui, at Harris’ accommodation house, Christchurch road, on Monday last. -From questions put by accused to prosecutor, the causa is attributable to imputed improper intimacy with one of accused’s daughters. The case was adjourned till to-morrow for the production of further evidence. Accused was allowed bail, himself in L2OO, and two sureties in LIOO each. The Small pox Cases Aboard the Zealandia. —The small-pox patients by the Zealandia are Auckland passengers, Messrs R. T. Crawford and George Stainger Crawford. Dr Sandes has been. sent down, and isolated on the island with the patients. The Australian stowaway, John Anderson, who was sent to quarantine, has been appointed to attend on them, he and Barnsley, quarantine-keeper, being vaccinated by the health officer.

A Story by Lefroy. —ln another column will be found a story entitled ‘ ‘ Three Terrible Nights,” from the pen of Lefroy, the Brighton murderer. The story had been in type before in Australia, but this is its first appearance in this colony. Letters from Home. —The following telegram from the Secretary of the Postal Department was received to-day by the Postmaster here :—“Your portion of the ’Frisco mail, per Penguin, consists of one bag of letters—the balance follows by the To Anau. Make this information public. Fumigation has caused the detention. ”

Ashburton Cheese and Butter Factory.—After we went to press yesterday, the following permanent directors were appointed at the Cheese and Butter Factory meeting at the Town Hall : —Messrs S. Chapman, J. Orr, B. Moss, R. Anderson, Joseph Clark, J. Wheeler, F. Payitt, S. S. Revans, and H. Friedlander. The next meeting of dirctors will take place on Monday, the 16th inst., at 7.30 p m., when the important questions of selection of site, erection of buildings, etc., will be discussed.

Ashburton Amateur Dramatic Club. —A very successful rehearsal of the pieces to be produced for Mr Bourk’s benefit by the members of the above Club, took place on the Town Hall stage last night. Both pieces have been well cast, and should go off well on the night of the performance. We are glad to think that the suggestion thrown out in these columns that the entertainment should be under the patronage of His Worship the Mayor and Borough Councillors, has been acted upon. His Worship to-day signified his assent to the proposal, and we understand that the members of several friendly societies have also promised Mr Bourk their countenance and support. This is as it should be.

The Projected Woollen Factory at Wellington. This project has fallen through owing to the lack of interest displayed by the public, and want of response to the application for shares.

New Colonial Industry. —The New Zealand Fruit Preserving Company opened their works at Dunedin yesterday, a quantity of jam being turned out in the presence of a number of visitors.

The Grain Traffic. A meeting of farmers was held at Methven yesterday to consider the expediency of memorialising Government to effect certain improvements in the working of the grain traffic on the Rakaia and Ashburton Forks Railway during the grain season. It was resolved- “ That, for the better regulation of grain traffic, a memorial to the manager of the Christchurch section of the New Zealand Railways be drawn up, asking that a man be placed in charge of each of the stations on the Rakaia and Ashburton Forks Railway, to give receipts for grain, and have charge generally of the yards attached thereto during the grain season.” Fire Brigade. —The Fire Brigade held its usual fortnightly practice last night. Some interesting experiments were made with the fire engine and water. The engine, with a gang of 14 men, emptied one of the sumps in Peter Street with a full head of water on in Imin 35secs. Then an adjournment was made to outside Shearman’s Hotel, and it was resolved to see how long the water would be travelling from the Post Office to the corner of Burnett street. Three minutes and five seconds sufficed to bring down an ample supply of water for the engine. The tube wells were then tested with most satisfactory results. We understand that the anniversary of the formation of the Brigade is to be celebrated by a dinner on February 9ih.

The’Frisco Mails.— The s.s. Penguin crossed the Manukau bar at two o’clock yesterday afternoon, and is expected to reach Nelson this evening, and Wellington to-morrow morning, proceeding to Lyttelton immediately so as to catch the Dunedin express. The first portion of the mails, therefore, is likely to be delivered in Dunedin by Saturday night. The balance of the mails (the newspapers) leaves by the Te Anau to-day, reaching Wellington on Sunday, and Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, and Dunedin on Tuesday. There is one bag of letters coming to Ashburton which should be here by Saturday morning.

O. K Whisky Trophies for Ashburton Men.— lt will be remembered that our fellow-townsmen, Mr Murdoch Elder and Mr James M‘Rae won three of the above handsome trophies at the Caledonian sports at Christchurch the other day. The prizes are cups manufactured at Sandstein’s, the well known Christchurch jeweller’s, and are engraved with the names of the winners. The two cups won by Mr Elder were awarded for the sworddance and for reels and strathspeys, and a third cup was won by Mr M‘Rae for pibrochs and marches. The prizes were expected to be sent to their owners today.

Sporting. —To-day’s Lyttelton Times says :—“ Racing men will be glad to learn that in addition to the Canterbury Great Autumn Handicap of 300 sovs, a cup of the value of 100 guineas will be given to the fortunate winner of the race this year. Mr Robert Campbell, of Buscot Park, England, has presented a cup of the above value each year for five years, to be run for on the Christchurch and Dunedin racecourses alternately. The welcome news comes from Mr G. G. Stead, and will no doubt be properly appreciated by owners of horses in New Zealand. ”

Holloway’s Pills. —Health or Wealih.— No sane person would hesitate an instant in die choice between these two condition*:. Now is the season to secure the former eli.har by restoring or confirming it. These Pills ex,pel all impurities from the system which fogs, foul vapours, and variable temperatures engender during winter ; this medicine also acts most wholesomely upon the skin by disgorging the liver of its accumulated bile, and by exciting the kidneys to more energetic a:tion ;it increases the appetite for food and strengthens the digestive process. The stomach and liver, which most disorders originate, are fully under the control of these regenerative Pills, which act very kindly yet most efficiently on the tenderest bowels. —[Advt.]

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 532, 12 January 1882

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