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.Suspicious Fire. —Mr N. Walsh’s saddlery shop at Rakaia was burnt down yesterday morning, when both premises and stock were destroyed. The building was insured, but the insurances will not cover the loss. There are suspicions of inahd cendiarism, the police are investigating.

A Highly Important Telegram. —We wore privileged to pay for a telegraphic item of so much importance this morning that we concluded not to put it amongst the other telegrams, but in the local column. It runs as follows ;—“ There was no Pomeroy performance last night, the company not reaching town (Dunedin) till after Bat night.” Our correspondent must have been very hard up for an item when he dispatched this.

Direct Steam Communication. —A dispatch has been received from the Agent-General in respect to the establishment of direct steam service. He is negotiating with an eminent shipping firm on the subject, and plans for vessels fitted for the service have been prepared. A conference will be held between those interested in the service, when the plana and whole proposals on the subject will be discussed, and he hopes to forward particulars by the next mail.

The Outrage at Kaiapoi —William Hart,, alias “ Bill the Barman,” made his appearance at the Kaiapoi Police Court yesterday, charged with the outrage reported in our last issue. The police asked for a remand until Wednesday, which was granted. The accused stoutly asserts that he is innocent. The woman with whom ho has been living has tried to bail the man out two or three times, but has been refused until after the preliminary examination. She was present yesterday in Court, and demanded in an excited manner to have the Court cleared, while the charge against “ Bill ” was heard.

Buggy Accident. —An a-.cident happened this afternoon to the occupants of a buggy which was being driven round the Burnett street corner, between Shearman’s Hotel and Montgomery’s Store. The man who was driving, whose name was Cavimagh, was evidently blind drunk, as he almost drove the horse under the verandali posts in front of Montgomery and Co.’s. The effect was that he and his wife were thrown out with some violence on to the kerbing. The woman appeared much hurt, and was slightly cut on the hands, etc., but it is not known whether she is hurt otherwise. Sergeaut Felton, who witnessed the occurrence, immediately took the man Cavanagh in charge and marched him off to the lock-up. There was no damage done to either the horse or vehicle.

A Pleasant Cruise. A few days ago a trim little yacht sailed into Milford Sound. It is called the Asteroid, and is owned and commanded by one or all of three jolly young Englishmen, who are engaged in a cruise round the world. Th ey left the old country some months ago, and their last port of call before reaching Milford was Hobart. After cruising about the Sounds for a week or two, they will probably proceed to Dunedfp, and afterwards they go further north.

Tenders. —Mr F. Strouts, architect, Christchurch, invites tenders for the erection of a grain store at Ohertsey.

Mount Hutt Road District. —The valuation list for the above Eoad District for 1882 is now open for inspection at the Road Board Office.

Agricultural Statistics, —Mr W. G. Walker has been appointed superintendent collector of these statistics for the County of Ashburton. The English Eleven at Oamaru. —At Oamaru yesterday the match between the English Eleven and Twenty-two of Oamaru commenced, when the Oamaruites scored 60 for their first innings. The visitors then went in (5 p.ra.) and had put 17 together when the stumps were drawn. The match was continued today. Reaper and Binder Trial. —A great trial of reapers and binders, under the auspices of the Canterbury A. and P. Association will be held at Burnside, Fendaltown, the property of M. W. Boag, on the 19th inst. Twelve machines, including three English and six American twine binders, also, three wire binders will take part in the contest. AJ. P. Robbed. —An impudent robbery look place last night at the house of Mr Robert Alcorn, J.P., in Ashburton, some “ person or persons unknown ” having paid the premises an unexpected visit, and cleared the clothes-line of a quantity of things hanging out to dry. About L 3 worth of shirts and other articles were carried off. The police have the matter in hand.

Happy Ireland. —Says a northern exchange : “Asa sample of the inhuman and worse than barbarous cruelty of the Irish peasant, when left to follow the promptings of his degraded nature, we give the following quotation from a letter just received by a gentleman in Marton; —“ As for cows’ tails, they are getting particularly scarce in Ireland. Mr writes to me from Queenstown that they have just cut off forty-seven tails of cattle belonging to a gentleman we know near there. Two days since over one hundred cattle were thus mutilated in another part of the country. ” The City of Cashmere. —The Times special, wiring from Timaru last night, says :—The hull of the City of Cashmere is a good deal damaged by the action of the sea, and no attempt is likely to- be made to float it. Captain Dunsford, who is here on behalf of the insurance companies interested, has accepted a tender to-night for discharging the wool and grain from tee wreck to-morrow. The report that the vessel was insured in the New Zealand office is not correct. The vessel, so far as is known in the colony, is uninsured, and no colonial office holds any s risk on her. Export of Sheep to the North Island. —On Saturday last Messrs H, Matson and Co. shipped per St. Kilda to Wanganui, to the order of Mr G. Cunningham, a draft of sixty two-tooth Lincoln rams from Mr Grigg’s well-known flock at Longbeach. The above sheep were, in point of excellence, equal to any that have ever left the Longbeach estate. They possessed all the leading characteristics of that noted flock, and cannot fail to be a valuable acquisition to the sheepowners and breeders of the district into which they have gone.

Rakaia and Ashburton Forks Branch Railway. —A deputation, appointed by a public meeting at Methven, consisting of Messrs George Gould, Wason, and Dowling, waited on the Traffic Manager at Christchurch yesterday, to obtain some alterations in the working of that branch before the coming grain season. Mr Back promised to do all in his power to make the line a public convenience, and engaged to provide a travelling clerk, whose duties will be to take orders for trucks, see them properly labelled and consigned, and give receipts and attend to other like duties. Mr Back also agreed to supply men for loading at any station where the work would recoup the cost incurred.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 536, 17 January 1882

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 536, 17 January 1882

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