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A Clean Sheet. —There was no business at the R. M. Court this morning. ’Frisco Mail. —The Ashburton portion of the ’Frisco mail arrived per special train at 11.15 this morning. Tenders. —Mr J. C. Bell invites tenders for erection of office and stable for Rangitata Road Board. Wheat in the Auckland District.— The wheat crops in the Auckland districts are reported good. The average is stated as likely to be from 35 to 40 bushels per acre.

Marshall’s Threshing Machinery. A notification respecting the above appears in another column by Messrs Ohrystall and Co., the sole agents for Christchurch.

Rangitata Road District. —Mr J. C. Bell, clerk for the above, notifies that the valuation list for 1882 is open for inspection, together with places and dates at which it can be seen.

The Timaru Magistracy.— Mr Beetham quits Timaru on Monday for Christchurch, the scene of his future labors. His successor at Timaru has not been decided upon as yet. The Grand National. —It has been definitely decided that the next meeting of the Grand National Steeplechase Club shall take place at Ashburton, and the big event will come off on the Queen’s Birthday, the 24th May.

The Late Headmaster of the Ashburton Borough School. — lt will will be seen on reference to our report of the Wakanui School Committee that Mr A. Stott, late headmaster of the Borough School has been appointed to the mastership of the Wakanui School.

Discharged. —At the Resident Magistrate’s Court, Kumara, yesterday morning, Edward Haylock, of Kawhaka, was again brought up charged with shooting at Andrew Curie, of Papanui. Inspector Emerson prosecute!, and Mr Purkiss, of Hokitika, defended the accused, who was discharged. For Volunteers. —At a meeting of the committee of the New Zealand Rifle Association, held at Wellington last evening, it was announced that the Government had given authority for free passes over the railway to all Volunteer competitors attending the Nelson meeting. Negotiations are now in progress with the Union Company in regard to passages. Election Petitions. —The petition of Mr Ballance against Mr Watt, for the Wanganui seat, has been received by the Chief Justice. The grounds are bribery, and by offering employment to two electors ; also, intimidation of three others by threatened deprivation of employment. The petition of Mr Hirst against Mr Daniells, for Wallace, has also been received.

Goods News. —We hear on excellent authority that the farmers are more hopeful at the present time about the harvest prospects than they have been for a considerable period. The light showers we have had since the last much dreaded nor 1 - westers have caused the grain to fill out in the most re-assuring manner, and there is every probability of a most respectable harvest after all. The Pulpit. —We understand that the Rev. C. H. Standage, who in all probability will succeed the Rev. W. Keall as Wesleyan minister of the Ashburton circuit, will preach in the Cameron street Church to-morrow week. The annual Conference of the Wesleyan Church of New Zealand is to be commenced next week at Christchurch, when it is expected the appointment of Mr Standage will be confirmed.

The Woollen Factory Meeting Yesterday.—After we went to press yester, day, it was resolved, on the motion of Mr Clark, seconded by Mr Ward—“ That the capital should bo L 25,000 in 5,000 shares, to be called up as follows :—loa on application, 10s on allotment, and the balance in calls of three months.’' And —“That the name of the Company be the Ashburton Woollen Factory Company Limited.’ ” The following gentlemen were elected as provisional directors, viz., Messrs Wright, Bullock, A. Orr, Fooks, Clark, S. Saunders, Douglas, Parsons, Ferriman, Zouch, R. Friedlander, J. Chalmers, M. Stitt, D. M‘Lean, R. Olliver, J. Ivess, Williamson, Cameron, Mayo, Sargeant, D. Saunders, M‘lntyre, J. Carter, A. Dawson, D. Wilson, Hay Smith, Rested, Braddell, and J. Wilkin. Mr Ward stated that he had been informed by a gentleman who had insnected the plant offered to the promoters of the Company that one item alone was well worth the full price asked for the whole. The meeting then adjourned until 12 o’clock on Monday j next, when the Provisional. Directors will meet.

Wesleyan Sunday School. The annual meeting of teachers of the Ashburton Wesleyan Sunday School was held last night in the vestry of the Church. There was a fair attendance, and the Rev. W. Keall presided. The greater portion of the evening was spent in discussing matters pertaining to the efficient working of the school, and several suggestions were made by which it was thought improvement might be effected. The election of officers for the ensuing year resulted as follows :—Superintendent, Mr T. R. Hodder (re-elected); Secretary, Mr H. Crisp; Treasurer, Mr G. W. Andrews (re-elected) ; Librarian, Mr T. Bennetto (re-elected). The meeting being of opinion that a visitor was needed for the school, whose principal duties should be to visit the absentee scholars at their homes, and ascertain the causes of such absence, Mr Andrews was unanimously elected to the office. There was a feeling expressed that the school, as a whole, was working well, but the insufficient supply of lady teachers was regretted. The secretary reported that the school treat had passed off satisfactorily, and a statement of the school’s finances, which he laid before the meeting, showed that the institution was paying its way, but there was no balance in hand. The secretary was instructed to write a letter, expressing the sympathy which the teachers felt with one of their number, who had been seriously ill, and a hearty vote of thanks was also accorded to Mr T. B. Hodder for his kindness in allowing the school treat to be held on bis property, and for the very energetic manner in which he had contributed to the success of the affair throughout. After some few matters of routine business had been gone through, the meeting closed by the chairman pronouncing the benediction.

A Tax on Bathers. —A correspondent of the North Otago Times suggests that the Corporation of Oamaru should impose a tax on persons in the habit of bathing along the shore, with the object of knocking this alfresco dipping on the head, and driving the people to the local baths. The writer does not tell us whether he has any interest in the baths himself.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 534, 14 January 1882

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 534, 14 January 1882

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