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The Zbalandia’s Cargo. —From Auckland comes the intelligence that the cargo of the P.M. s.s. Zeal&ndia has been released from quarantine. ; Sad Accident. — A little son of Mr i Cole’s, farmer, residing at the Wakanui Beach, contrived by some means to so |injure his leg in hia father’s horse-power ichaffcutter yesterday that amputation was necessary last night. The little sufferer is only 2£ years of age. No further par--1 ticulars are to handjat present. Masonic. —The regular monthly meeting of the Thistle Lodge takes place toimorrow evening, at the Masonic Hall. Property Tax. —An intimation elsewhere from the Property Tax Commissioner, fixing the dates on which the first and second instalments of this tax fall (due, will be interesting to all owners of to the value of over LSOO.

Struck of the Rolls. —At the R.M. Court this morning, one of the defeated candidates for Wakanui (Mr Joseph Ivess) succeeded in getting two names struck -off the electoral roll for Wakanui. The i objector claimed and obtained costs in each instance. It was not stated, howjever, whether either of these voters frecorded their votes on the day of election, but evidently they did not vote for a Liberal candidate. Indignant. —The case of an inebriate brought up at the Police Court this morning caused a deal of amusement to those present. The defendant was arrested during the “ wee sma’ hours ” this morning by Constable Hicks, who described the gait of the gentleman when he ;saw him as being of the most unsteady. |He was, in fact, according to the conSstable’s statement, rolling about from side Ito side of the road. On being placed in (the dock to-day, the defendant folded his iarms and regarded his captor with the utmost severity. He emphatically denied that he was drunk, or anything approachdug it. He was not even “jolly.” The ‘fact of the matter was he had made his arrangements as to where he should get a bed for the night, and was merely indulging in a “ moonlight promenade” when !the officious constable came up, and insisted on walking him off to the lock-up. :It was really too bad for a man of education, and one who during the many lyears he had been in the colony had never found himself in such a predicament before. He would like to call a witness to prove his sobriety. The witness was called ; but, alas ! failed to appear. His Worship said he was afraid that the defendant had been exceeding the limits prescribed by abstemious men, but as he had been in the lock-up all night, he would be allowed to depart without paying anything for the accommodation he had received. The defendant thereupon quitted the box and the Court,

Nautical Enquiry. —An official enquiry into the stranding of the City of Cashmere will be held at Timaru on Friday next. Cricket. —The match All England Eleven v. Camara Twenty-two was concluded yesterday, and resulted in a hollow win for the visitors, who put together 146 runs before the last wicket went down. The Oamaruites then took the bat, and were disposed of for a total of 57, the wickets falling like ninepins, Lawry being the only player who succeeded in making anything like a stand against the bowling of Shaw and Bates. To-day the Eleven play at Timaru.

A Constable Charged with Perjury. —At the Dunedin Police Court yesterday, Constable O’Shea was charged, on the information of Mrs Dupree, with having committed perjury in the Supreme Court in the case of Dupree, the constable convicted of fowl stealing, in which O’Shea was the principal witness. The alleged perjury was sought to he established by the fact that the note-book out of which O’Shea read the statement Dupree had made to him when arrested was bought after the date of the arrest, but after some evidence had been taken the prosecutrix asked for a remand in order to make an investigation whether O’Shea was the identical constable to whom the bookseller had sold the note-book. A remand was granted till to-morrow.

A Chapter op Accidents. Quite a chapter of accidents occurred this morning. Shortly after nine o’clock a cow emerged from Messrs Jameson and Roberts’ yard just as Mr George Scott was riding by leading a second horse. Before Mr Scott could rein in his startled steeds the same cow, who was evidently bent on mischief, frightened the horse attached to a buggy belonging to Mr Wood, of Waterton. The driver was away at the moment and the horse started off at a gallop down West street with the buggy behind it. Passing the Guardian office the runaway in its turn startled the pony attached to a trap belonging to Mr Zouch, and the pair raced helter-skelter down the road, turning up by the Bank of Australasia. The race was a most exciting one. The runaways made straight for the river-bed, and how tney managed to get over the uneven ground, covered with stones and scrub, without overturning their respective vehicles, is a mystery. The crowd of people in pursuit came up with the pair just at the back of the Old Men’s Home. One trap was standing on a sand bank, close to the deep water, while the other had pulled up on a hillock just by. Fortunately very little mischief was done, but if the horses attached to the buggies had taken it into their heads to indulge in a cold bath, there is no saying what damage might have resulted.

A Good Idea. —The following method of scaring sparrows from fruit trees is mentioned by the Ararat Advertiser as having been employed by a gardener, who had tried other means without success. It is, however, not to be recommended on the score of humanity :—“This season our friend determined to try a new means, and having several cats he placed them in cages, hanging one in the centre of each tree. So far his experiment has proved successful, and as the cats are not at all content in their confinement, but keep straining against their prison bars caterwauling to one another in tones that at times are suggestive of the deepest anguish, not a bird ventures to go anywhere near the trees. Last week a number of cats were taken away to be placed in the cherry-trees at Gathcart, and before long pussies will be at a premium. Indeed, if the inquiry continues at last week’s rates, we may expect soon to find a feline stock market established, and soon a quotation given daily for good prime 1 Toms. ’ ‘ A double blessing is a double grace,’ and the demand for cats would rid us of those prowling felines whose melody, whilst they prowl over the back-yard fence at times makes the night hideous. “ Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.’ ”

An Awkward Predicament. —Some of the natives in the provincial district of Auckland do not seem to be inclined to treat the Europeans with much civility. The Star says the influential Chief Marsh Brown of the Ngapuhis, who offered not many years ago to find a Native contingent to do battle against the Kingites, is endeavouring to recoup the L6O a year which he lost under the retrenchment policy of the Government, by setting up courts and laws of his own. The heavy and wholly illegal fines which are enforced under these laws have caused a good deal of dissatisfaction among the victims. Another mode of getting muru out of the pakeha for the loss of his salary is the imposition of 5s per head upon every European who ventures into the settlement of Waiomio for the purpose of seeing the caves. Before, all the Europeans were made welcome, without distinction or recompense. Within last month, two Europeans who visited the caves in ignorance of the new rule were seized upon and threatened with the confiscation of their clothing. A feminine band stood round eager to perform the delicate office of stripping them, and for some time they were left in doubt whether they would not have to make theis way back to Kakakawa attired in the costume of the Greek slave. After much parleying, however, Marsh Brown let them off with the confiscation of their hats, and they returned home with nought but pocket-handker-chiefs to shield their noble Anglo-Saxon foreheads.

Advised to Leave the Loan Alone. Commenting upon the proposed Victorian loan of L 4,000,000, the Pall Mall Gazette of November It remarks ; “ We confess to a fear that this everlasting craving for debt and yet more debt will not in the end be a good thing for this or any other colony. What, for example, will any one of them do when all the public lands are disposed of i At present a large part of the ability to pay interest on debt comes from the sales of these lands. The capital obtained thereby is, in short, used to pay interest of debt and interest alone. But that kind of extravagant management must come to an end some day ; and if meantime the debts grow bigger and bigger year after year what are the colonics then to do ? \v ill their inhabitants submit to heavy taxation for the purpose of honorably meeting their engagements ? They may; but the recent manifestations in this very colony of Victoria do not lead us to be very sanguine upon the point.”

The Colonial Trade with America.— An important return has been issued from the Custom House, Sydney, respecting the trade of the Australian colonies with America. The value of goods imported and exported from the Australian colonies and New Zealand to the United States of North America during the year 1880, was as follows :—New South Wales—lmports, L 387,056 ; exports, L 172,648. Victoria— Imports, L 362,844; exports, L 83,155. South Australia—lmports, 138,158 ; exports, nil. Tasmania —Imports, L 45 ; exports, nil. New Zealand—lmports, L 238,011; exports, 105,147. Queensland —lmports, L 30,723 ; exports, LB9O. Western Australia —Imports, nil ; exports, nil. Imports total, L 1,156,837 ; exports total, L 361,840. The following is a statement of the values of the principal exports to the United States of North America from the Australian colonies and New Zealand for the year 1880 : New South Wales—Coals, L 39,523 ; green fruit, L 865; skins, L 572 ; tin ingots, L 42.625 ; wheat; LIO9O ; wool, L 74,536. Victoria—Skins, L 130; wool, L 81,374. South Australia — Nil. New Zealand—Gum, L77j837; oats, L 234 ; wool, L 24,993. Tasmania—Nil. Queensland —Coals, LBBO. Western Australia—Nil.

Gambling. —At the City Court, Dunedin, yesterday, R. D. Pirie, hairdresser, was charged with keeping a gaming house and allowing a totalisator to be worked in his shop. After the case was heard, counsel for the defence raised several legal objections, and his Worship took time to consider his decision;. Sale Of Privileges. —The sale of the privileges of the All England v. Canterbury Cricket Match, which is arranged to come off at Lancaster Park on Friday, Saturday, and Monday next, took place at Christchurch yesterday, Mr J. G. Hawkes wielding the hammer. They realised a total of L 205, or L4O in excess of that realised last year, when the total proceeds amounted to L 165.

American Duty on Wool. —The Hon. Mr Hall, in replying to a letter from the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, in reference to the import duty levied by America on wool, writes : —“ As to the opinion expressed in the resolution that no ‘ good will lesult unless followed by sending a special representative to Washing to press upon Congress New Zealand interests,” I desire to assure t}he Chamber that the Government will, i.fter receiving a report

from Sir Henry Parkes as to his visit, be ready to consider as to further action that may appear to be necessary in order to secure what they believe will be a great benefit to the commerce of the colony.” Pot and — People will continue to quarrel until the end of the world probably, but if the quarrels which end in high words, blows, or, worse still, the law court, were carefully sifted and investigated, what a very few would remain in which the parties concerned could show reasonable cause for falling out. We are led to make these remarks in consequence of a case we heard at the R. M. Court this morning, in which two farmers, near neighbors, residing at Kyle, having had a bit of a “ tiff,” brought it to Mr Beswick to settle. The plaintiff complained that while he was away in Australia the defendant’s forty hes.d of horned cattle got into his land and played up with the crops, besides breaking down the fences. The defendant admitted that his cattle had trespassed, biiit pled that plaintiff’s horses had also trespassed on his land. The plaintiff said 'he had called in two assessors to fix tlije damage done to his property. A subsequent witness stated that one of thesb assessoi’s own stock were in the habit of trespassing on plaintiff’s land. There were several ludicrous incidents in connection with the case. “ How is my land looking ?” enquired the plaintiff of defendant on his return from Sydnby, but before he had reached town. “ The best grass land in the district,” said the defendant,, “ as my cows have found out.” It would be well if more of these cases were settled out of Court.

A Novel Society.— A new Society, to be known as the Canterbury Dietetic .Reform Association, was initiated at a meeting held on Monday night, at the Temperance Hotel. The chairman, Mr H. Satchell, in briefly addressing the meeting, strongly advocated the adoption of vegetarian principles as the only sure means by which that greatest of all blessings, good health, may be obtained by those who are fortunate enough to be already in possession of it, but also the only means by which many of the ills to which society, in its ignorance of the dietetic laws of health, is subjected, may be effectually eradicated, and this heconfirmed by his own experience during. some two years past. Having derived vei?y great good himself, he was anxious that others, too, should come to share its benefits, and recommended that this society be formed for the dissemination of information upon this all-important subject, and respecting which so very little real knowledge existed. A committee was formed, and other details having been ai ranged in a satisfactory manner, a vote of thanks was passed to the chairman for tl[e practical interest he had shown in the welfare of others.— Press.

Intercolonial Steam Communication. —A special meeting of the Auckland Chamber of Gommi'irce was held yesterday to consider a project of the P.. and O. Company, to inaugurate steam communication between Australia and New Zealand. The President (Mr C. C. McMillan) said what was wanted was an expression of opinion, that if it was favorable it might help on the realisation of the proposal. It had been hoped when the Union Company was established, or rather when it placed boats on the Australian trade, that it would prove itself a truly colonial concern, but it had sirjce then shown itself to be one of a stiictty provincial character, whose chief object iwas to centralise trade at Dunedin by dis regarding the requirements of other porl s. He begged to move —“ That this Clumber has heard with satisfaction the probability of the Peninsula and Oriental Company commencing steam service between Sydney and New Zealand, connecting with an English line, and cordially suppc rt the movement, and pledge themselves i o do all in their power to support the serv ces. ” After some discussion, in which the Union Company were condemned by various speakers, who supported the Chai man’s view, with regard to the Compai iy having sacrificed the interests of the Northern ports to the aggrandisement of Dunedin, the motion was carried.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 537, 18 January 1882

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