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Ashburton Racing Club. —A jmeeting of the above was held this aftei noon at Shearman’s Hotel. Although o died, for 3 o’clock the meeting did not ccjmmence at 10 minutes to 4, and we are therefore compelled to hold over our notice’of it.

Borough Council. —The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the Borough Council will be held on Monday evening next at the usual time and place. A Compliment for Ashburton.— The Manawatu Herald says ;—lt is somewhat surprising to find that though it is impossible to start a company at Wellington to establish a woollen factory, they are able to do so at Ashburton. Yet such is the fact. At a public meeting or; Friday it was resolved to issue the prospectus of the Ashburton Woollen Factory, with a capital of L 25,000, in L 5 shares. It was stated that the object met with general sympathy in the district, and that the plant could be purchased in Lyttelton very cheaply, A Butter and Cheese Factory HofflWiy is in existance at Ashburton. Thepfcople there evidently have plenty of “ go ’’ in them.]

Police Court. —There was no business at the Police Court this morning. One man, arrested for drunkenness last night, was let on bail until Monday next. ( In Durance Vile. —Mr F. B. Passmore, of Sherwood, is one of the passengers by the mail steamer Mirzapore, which ilrrived on Thursday at Adelaide, with e mall-pox aboard. He will, consequently, be detained there some time, as all the passengers are quarantined.

The Reaper and Binder Trial N ear Christchurch. —At the great reaper and b’nder trial held at Christchurch on Thursday last, at which twelve machines competed, the Walter A. Wood’s machine carried off a gold medal. We may add that Messrs S. E. Poyntz and Co. are the local agents for these implements.

The New Roman Catholic Church.— The ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the New Roman Catholic Church will be performed by Bishop Redwood tomorrow at 11 a. m.

: Thf. ’Frisco Mail. The outgoing San Francisco mail closes at Ashburton on Saturday next, further notice of which will be given. Post Office, Flbmington. —Mr William Fleming is, we understand, to be acting postmaster at Flemington in the absence of Mr H. Oape-Williamson. Wesleyan Church. —It is announced elsewlj.ere that the Rev. C. H. Standage, of Grfiymouth, will preach at the Wesleyan ‘ Church to-morrow morning and evening. As there is every probability of Mr Standage being a resident in Ashburton before many months are over, we anticipate large congregations in the above place of worship to-morrow.

The Champion Sculler. William Hearn, the champion sculler, has decided .not to take part in the Auckland regatta. | A Farthing Newspaper. --It is stated jthat the publication of the Melbourne ■Eveniiig Mail has caused the proprietor of the Melbourne Age to contemplate issuing ia farming evening paper. In order to 'supplfr the necessary change, ho proposes jsending to England for LI,OOO worth of ‘farthings. Longbeach Sheep. —lt will be observed from a telegram appearing elsewhere, that during the last few days, 180 stud sheep have been exported from the Longbeach station to Napier, Auckland, Wellington, and Sydney. Tall Shooting. —A member of the Waikouaiti Rifles, did some extraordinary shooting whilst firing for district prtees at Dunedin yesterday. He failed to hit the target in twenty-one shots.

The Weather. The heavy rain recently experienced has completely flooded the country roads, some of them being inches deep in water. The standing crops have generally suffered but little, if any, •injury, we understand, by the downpour. •Should the rain continue, however, it •must have a most damaging effect on the icrops. The heavy rain is welcome on one •account at any rate—it will act as a |purifier, and help to wash away numberless impurities created by the long | drought. Thk Bazaar. —ln spite of the heavy rain yesterday, and the terrible state of the roads, the receipts for the day and •evening at the Town Hall reached the -satisfactory sum of L 46 odd. ' To-day the bazaar was thrown open free of charge, but 'jbe drenching rain of the morning precluded a large attendance. Should it be a |ine evening there will doubtless be a very * large number of visitors at the bazaar. Owing to the wet weather, the committee intends to continue the bazaar until Tuesday night, on which occasion an auction will be held. To-night and on Monday the admittance will be one shilling, but on Tuesday night the admission will be free.

Ashburton Dramatic Clujb. The benefit to Mr C. Bourk cornea off at the Town Hall on February Ist, and on the following night a second performance will be given in aid of the funds of the Club.

School Districts of Hinds and LismOrb. —Elsewhere the North Canterbury Education Board notifies the alteration of the boundaries of the above school districts, so as to include in each a portion of the intervening part of the district hitherto not comprised in any school district. sThe boundaries are defined in the adver- | tisement.

■ Mr Beswick, R.M.—Mr Joseph Beswick sat on the Timaru Bench for the first time yesterday, and was welcomed by Mr J. W. White, Crown Prosecutor, on behalf of the Timaru Bar. Mr White I alluded to the friendly relations that had always subsisted between Mr Beetham, Mr Beswick’s predecessor, and the Timaru Bar during his term of office, | and he trusted that that good feel- - ing would continue during Mr Beswick’s (time. The new R.M. briefly thanked the members of the profession for their kindly reception. He had no doubt that their i relations would be of the most cordial ’ kind. He would always look to the bar for assistance in any difficulty that might arise, as had been his custom elsewhere. The Court-house was nearly as bad, so far as its acoustics were concerned, as the Christchurch one ; probably he would get used to it in time. Mr White remarked, to the no small amusement of his professional brethren present, that they had been using that room for some years, and had not got accustomed to it yet.

A Wrinkle for Ladies Under Age.— “Givis” in the Witness says:—A “romantic elopement,” reported from Sydney the other day, nearly came to- grief at a I critical moment through a difficulty which !arose about the young lady’s age. The {runaways, accompanied by two of the ’ young gentleman’s friends, had reached a church, and the parson was ready, the outraged parents were known to be in in pursuit, when it was discovered that the lady ' was under 21. ‘ ‘ After a few minutes’ discussion,” says the telegram, 1“ the difficulty was surmounted by the best man asking the bride-expectant to give him her shoe, upon the sole of which |ho wrote the figures 21, when she solemnly |declared she was ‘over 21.’ Then the pair was irrevocably united.” The Salvation Army.— The Salvation Army recently held a council of war at Exeter Hall, when General Booth said that the organisation now had 245 stations with 470 officers, 7,000 soldiers, and j 46,000 people attending its meetings every week, and an income of L 50,000 a-year. IA great “ salvation ” temple is talked of, jto cost LIOO,OOO, and to hold 10,000 ! people.

Making free with the Freestone. —A Melbourne paper says that two pillars of freestone, weighing about four tons each, have been stolen from the Exhibition grounds. They were to be presented to the Hospital for Incurables. This is probably the most remarkable case of pilfering on record. We remember a few years ago iu Hobart that very much surprise was created by the theft of a blacksmith's anvil; but it turned out that the purloiner was under the influence of liquor, which inspired him with strength almost superhuman. But this Melbourne theft is of most ‘majestic proportions. Two pillars of freest one weighing four tons each ! why the c ilprita must have been assisted by the gods. After this nothing is safe. Some enterprising member of the thieving fraternity will be walking off with the blarn jy stone next. The Londoners will wake up some fine morning to find that Cleopatra’s needle has been lifted during the night; It is fortunate that our Presbyterian Church tower is removed, or it might be appropriated by one of these light-fin-geredjgentry. Well, we are sorry for the Melbourne Hospital for Incurables ; but what, bn earth the Incurables wanted with two freestone pillars weighing four tons each, we do not attempt to guess, for fear iwe should become incurable too. a

Newspaper Profits. —Mr Joseph Hatton, in an article in one of the magazines entitled “Journalistic London,” states that Bradbury and Evans paid Mark Lemon L 1,500 a-year for editing Punch ; that the Field yields an annual income of L 25,000 to its proprietor; that the Queen yields at least LIO,OOO a-year ; and that in one week the circulation of the Daily JSTeivs —thanks to its seventeen war correspondents, of whom Mr Archibald Forbes was the chief —rose from L 50,000 to L 150,000. The Biter Bit. —The other day in Sussex (writes a correspondent to Notes and Queries ) I heard of a curious piece of superstition, which may be thought worthy of record in your columns. The youngest child of a lady who lived in that county developed a great taste for biting his brother. The mother naturally wanted to check this habit of her younger son, but did not know how to set about it. Her nurse, however, told her that the only thing to be done was to bite the child and, if this was done, the child would never bite anybody again. The lady, not being able to make up her mind to perform the operation herself, deputed the nurse to do it for her. A Wooden-Legged Family, —ln the course of a recent discussion in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, regarding Sir Henry Parkes’ visit to Europe, Mr McElhone said that, while that hon. gentleman might not be able to do any good for the colony in one respect, he might in another, if he had anything to do with the question of immigration ; and the hon. gentleman then besought Sir Henry to find out a certain wooden-legged woman now in England, whose husband, a wooden-legged man, had been sent out to New South Wales many years ago, leaving his wife disconsolate and weeping ever since—and that having found her, he would at once ship her on board the first immigrant vessel leaving for Port Jackson, and so effect a reunion of this wooden-legged couple, who, once more reunited, would settle in the country, and rear up a large and interesting family of wooden-legged little ones. The hon. gentleman’s little joke caused a hearty laugh.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 540, 21 January 1882

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