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jBoROtroE Schools. —The above schools ill re-open on Monday, the 30th inst., at 30 a.m.

Farm Produce. —Messrs Rountree, rown andj Co., of Cashel street, Christmrch, notify that they are cash buyers i farm produce. See advertisement.

An Inti.resting Case. —The Dunedin M. delivered judgment yesterday in the use of Provo v. the City Guards, in ■ hioh the plaintiff claimed the Union : teamshipjCompany’s cup, which was won y Coy at Nelson. The judgment upheld lie decision of the shooting committee, y which the cup becomes the property of 'orporal Webster.

! Buildin Messrs li mined to Ashburtoi uow affoi 'building t Will encou Industry, ings whicl a great sa year over

ig Materials. —We notice that riedlander Bros, have deterreduce the prices of bricks in ~ so that every opportunity is ded those who contemplate ) erect in brick, and by so doing .’age an important branch of local md at the same time have buildi are everlasting, and will find dug in insurance premuim every the wooden buildings.

A New :eived fr street, Cl ■the new latest ca: reading p and cont The edi formerly The price is a mai first num ,of the 1 (which gi I Liberty, i.

i Society Paper. —We have reom the publishers, Gloucester : ristchurch, the first number of iociety journal, Society. This 'ididate for the suffrages of the inblic is well printed and got up, ains a variety of well-assorted natter, original and otherwise. ;or is, we believe, Mr Isitt, editor of the Christchurch Star. of Society is threepence. There ked absence observable in the ber at any rate of this journal ighly objectionable paragraphs lined for its predecessor, the iich an unenviable notoriety.

1.0. G. I—One of the best attended and most successful meetings ever held in connection with the Unity Degree Temple, Ashburton, took place last evening, a great number of visitors being present from the various lodges. After conferring the Third Degree, a large amour t of business was transacted, and it was announced that the Temple would start its new year out of debt, the late liabilities having been liquidated by a few generous, openhearted members. This announcement was received with great satisfaction. The election of officers for the next six months then took place. The officers will be installed by the D.D. on Thursday, the 9th of February, when an impressive ceremony will be performed by the representatives af the Grand Lodge, to which all Third Degree members are again cordially invited fjo be present and assist at.

The .Nor’-Wester. —The furious nor’wester blowing yesterday and to-day although not having done, so far as we can lean, much damage in the town or , neighborhood beyond the stripping of j the branches of a few fruit trees, has j wrought some mischief at Rakaia, where a bedroom window of the Rakaia hotel i was blc rn in the night before last. At ; Chertsep last night an elevator undergoing r« pair at the local blacksmith’s shop was blown over and sustained some damage In Christchurch the high wind caused a very peculiar accident yesterday. A man named Hicks, a fishmonger, was ’ coming out of the Temperance Hotel, I about 2 o’clock in the afternoon, when the wind slammed the door on his right arm with such force as to break the bone. Hicks was at once conveyed to the Hospital, where his injuries were attended to. The 7 a.m. train from Ashburton to Christc lurch was about half an hour behind time to-day in getting to its journey’s end in consequence of the “blow,” and the early train from Christchurch was also late fro njthe same cause in arriving at Ashbur ton. The Queenstown Fire. —Further particulars are to hand respecting the Queenstown fi -e, for causing which Waldemann, a baker, in whoso shop it originated, is in custod}’. He owned a cottage in the outskirts cf the town, and the police, accompanied by agents of insurance companies, visited'this, surmising that some of the goods ifrom the store might have been reraoveid there, as Waldemann had been heard by the neighbors hard at work all the previous night to the fire. The sergeant tnd his company arrived at the cottage just in time to prevent another conflagara ion. They found the doors and windows well secured. The sergeant, however, effected an entry by a back window, but found a sheet of corrugated iron nailed over the inside. Nothing was found n this room, and the next one entered presented nothing suspicious, but the reflection ot a burning candle attracted their attention in the third room, and u[ on inspection they saw the floor saturai ed with kerosene and tar. A great quanti;y of matches were scattered all over oorne brushwood, in the midst of which was fixed a burning candle, several of whioh had been stuck together so as to last th) desired time. The candle when discovered had burned down to within an inch o the brushwood and matches. The flare ol the candle was carefully shaded by three sheets of iron, in addition to which the wi idows of the room were nailed up with si leets of corrugated iron placed inside 01 er the curtains and blinds, the whole arrangements disclosing one of the most deliberate attempts at incendiarism imagir able. Householders Mbbring at Mount Somers. The annual householders meeting in Connection with the Mount Somers School, was held in the schoolroom on Mondfjy evening last. Mr J. E. Taylor, of Bmjcleugh, chairman of the old committee 1 , presided. The annual report showed that the school had been closed three months for ,vant of a master, and that the committee had been put to a great deal of trouble in getting a master for this school, owing to the very indifferent and discourteous behaviour of the Board of Education, or some of the officials connected therewith, in not attending to their correspondence and requirements as they should have done, the Board taking three weeks and a month to reply to their correspondence, which has caused a great deal of dissatisfaction among the parents and residents of this district. The balance-sheet showed a very small balance in favor of the committee. The report and balance-sheet were unanimously adopted, and a very hearty vote of thanks was passed to the retiring committee, which had worked well and unanimously. There were ten candidates nominated for the new committee. A ballot taken resulted in the election of the following gentlemen Messrs J. E. Taylor, 0. J. W, Cooks m, junior, W. H. Puddicombe, J. Price, senior, W. Edson, A. Harvey, and A. Pos, Mr J. B. Williams acting as scrutineer. A vote of thanks to the chairman terminated the meeting.—The new committee then met. Mr J. E. Taylor was appointed chairman of committee, and Mr C. J. Wentworth Cookson, junior, was appointed secretary. The secretary was then instructed to write to the secretary of the Ashburton school committee, asking if they intended bringing forward any local men to serve upon the Board of Education, as it was thought absolutely necessary that some local men sat upon the Board, in order that the district might ha properly represented. The chairman and secretary were instructed to nominate the men they considered beat, on behalf of the committee, after hearing from Ashburton. A vote of thanks to the chairman brought the meet ing to a close.

Promising. —The Dunedin Jam Factory is already turning out ten tons of material a week. This should encourage fruit growers..

Tenders. —Messrs Friedlander Bros, invite tenders for additions to a cottage. Messrs Roberts and Winter notify the acceptance of tenders for wheat carting.

The Timaru Wharf.— At a committee meeting of the Timaru Harbor Board on Thursday -the tender of H. Mackenzie, of Dunedin, was accepted for 210 ft extension of wharf.

Transfer of License. —Phillip Tisch, of the Spread Eagle Hotel, Ashburton Forks, applied for a temporary transfer of his license to Richard Yinsen, formerly of the White Hart Billiard Rooms, Christchurch. There being no objection on the part of the police, the application was granted. The Resident Magistracy. —We are informed by the authorities here that Mr Beetham is not to preside over our R. M. Court after all. Although gazetted for the district of Ashburton, he will, as a matter of fact, only come as far south from Christchurch as Rakaia, where he will hold a regular sitting. Mr Joseph Beswick, the Timaru R.M., will continue to pay a weekly visit to Ashburton as heretofore.

Police Court. —The only case at the Police Court this morning was that of an inebriate, who, being a first offender, was admonished by his Worship and dismissed. “ But let me remind you,” said his Worship, “ that a drunkard who comes before the Court three times renders himself liable to be treated as a vagrant and imprisoned for a long term.” “ How many times did you say, your Worship ?” said the defendant, gazing earnestly at the Bench. “Threetimes.” “Andhowlong his term of imprisonment ?” “ Six months,” said his Worship, evidently somewhat surprised at the defendant’s cross-examination. “Oh!-six months,” said the defendant. “ Yes, six months,” repeated Mr Alcorn; “take care you do not get yourself brought up as a vagrant.” “Oh! that’s all right, your Worship,” remarked the defendant, i i a cool, reassuring manner, and he left the Court amidst the smiles of all present. Rakaia Bridge Extension. —The much needed extension of the Rakaia bridge, which was commenced some months ago, is now rapidly drawing to a completion, and the new portion of the bridge will very shortly be available for public use. When the bridge was originally constructed its south end stopped a quarter of a mile short of the shore, the deficiency being supplied by an embankment, which has constantly sustained damage on the rise of a fresh in the river. But the extension of the bridge will, of course, render the embankment unnecessary. The work is being undertaken by Messrs Anderson Bros., of Christchurch, the late contractors for the Ashburton Forks Railway, and the amount of their contract is L 7,700. The piles are of blue gum, the flooring of black birch from Oxford, and the handrails are of kauri. We understand that the contract would have been finished ere this had the work not been delayed by the supply of black birch running short. Whitebait. —The old controversy whether whitebait are a distinct species or are only the younger of a larger fish, has been often renewed. Mr Yarrell maintained that whitebait was a distinct species, and not, as has been supposed, the young of some one of the well-known species of the herring family. It was also believed that it did not exist elsewhere than in the Thames, where a fishery was carried on to supply an extensive demand from the people of London- In point of fact, the whitebait required to meet the lai'ge demand during tho London season does include all manner of small fish, tho true species of which is of little consequence to the consumer, as they are seen cooked and disguised at the table. But the following fact is worth the consideration of naturalists. Three years ago or more a quantity of the so-called whitebait was caught at Brighton, where, as it had been year after year, it now is very plentiful. To make sure it was the same kind caught every year in the Thames, and formerly believed to be there only found, a quantity was specially forwarded to Mr G. Groves, the celebrated fishmonger and proprietor of whitebait smacks. He may be supposed to be a good judge of the whitebait, and he pronounced the Brighton specimens to be without doubt the same fish. Some of these were placed in tank 32 at the Aquarium, and are now swimming about as unmistakable fully gro/vn herring. In company are a shoal of young ones caught this summer. —Leisure Hour. Results of a Practical Joke. — The New Orleans Picayune gives a serious warning to practical jokers. At 2 o’clock on a recent morning a gentleman left hia club in that city with a friend, and, the latter returning for his cane, the former concealed himself in the bottom of the big box that holds the balancing weight of tho elevator, and is called a “lift case. ” The friend came back and went away disgusted at finding no trace of the jolly joker. The latter, as he entered the lift case, had closed the door. He tried to open it, but could not, for it opened without a key only from the outside. He laughed heartily to see the biter bit, until presently he heard a noise, which he could not misinterpret. The lift was slowly falling down from the fourth floor. He in groping for the door had pulled the rope which set it free. Death stared him in the face, for that immense mass of iron would inevitably crush flat him as a pancake, and by a slow torture that would make dying seem an agony of horrors. He became frantic with fear. He ffung himself against the door of the lift-case as only despair could do ; he shrieked for help. His shrieks were heard by the janitor, who found him in a swoon, and dragged him off when the lift was only fifteen feet off. A physician was summoned. Consciousness was restored. The unfortunate gentleman sprang to his feet, screamed incoherently with wild gestures. He was crazy. A Royal Book. A very beautiful specimen of the now fashionable " Birthday Book ” is published by Messrs Smith, Elder and Co., and the frontispiece contains a Royal monogram with tho legend “This Birthday Book was designed by her Royal Highness the Princess Beatrice, 1881.” In a work of this sort the “ design” involves the original execution, and in the present case design and execution show that the artist possesses more than ordinary correctness of taste, skill in drawing, and eye for color. The artistic work of the book consists of thirteen studies of flowers—one for each month and one as an introductory page for the year. The wreaths of flowers bordering the page enclose a few lines of poetry appropriate to the month from some English poet. For every day in the year there is a blank page to be filled with records of birth, and with those tributes of genius to beauty which used to be deposited in the albums of the last generation. The flower designs seem most pleasing when the lighter tints are being dealt with, the most successful of all being the apple and pear blossoms of April placed against a shower cloud for a background. The snow-drops of January, the heathers and chrysanthemums of September and November the latter being among the arrangements which have an approach to conventionality—are specially worthy of notice, and the contrasted colors of the February crocuses have a very pleasant effect. The Princess’s “Birthday Book” is likely to be popular as a gift book during the coming season, and its appearance at the present moment is most opportune. —Home Paper.

Rough on the Ladies, j— A cruel joke at the expense of those jladies who are perpetually striving to gain a hearing in the Press has been going the round of literary circles, to the effect “ that they look much better in muslijn than in print. Strange, If True. —Visitors to the Milan Exhibition can see there the petrefied body of a girl 18 years of age, petrefied by a new process, tile secret of Dr Cam. When he took the body of a girl from a Florence hospital it was already in a state of purtefaction, but the doctor, without touching the intestines, set to work, and gradually reduced the body to marble —that is, the body has become quite white, and hard as marble, but the hair has remained as soft as during life, and even the down on the arms remains as in life.

Hanging Ropes. —The Home News tells us that, in the United States, a single rope manufacturer has the monopoly of supplying the chief instrument of the law’s “finisher.” Till one deplorable accident occurred a year or two ago, Marwood found his own i ope ; now he has to use that which has been properly weighted and tested at one of the Government prisons. It is of manilla, and can be thoroughly relied upon. Possibly Australian colonists are not aware that the same rule applies to them. The same style of execution ropes are now sent out to the colonies, on proper application, and all, if not carrying Marwood’s mark, are actually approved of by him. The Kaiapoi Woollen Factory. —The following particulars, clipped from an exchange, concerning the Kaiapoi Woollen Factory will probably be found of interest. About L 25,000 has been expended upon freehold land, buildings, and plant; the warehouse and clothing factory employing 300 hands will be completed in a few days. After making fair allowance for depreciation, the profit and loss account shows a balance of over L 5,000; an interini dividend of four per cent, was paid in July for the half year, and it is now proposed to declare a further dividend of six per cent, making ten per cent, for the year. There would then be a balance of L 1,235 to carry forward, forming a good commencement towards a handsome dividend for the current year. An Animal Hospital. —The Hindoos and Parsees regard all life as sacred, and just as we have hospitals and benevolent asylums for sick and destitute humanity, they have places of refuge for the lower animals that happen to be incapacitated from looking after themselves. At Bombay is one of these institutions on a large scale, where the inmates are supplied with abundance of food, good shelter, and even medical attendance. Here are ancient monkeys, and superanuated donkeys, mangy dogs, and decrepit hogs, cats whoso days of ratting are past, aged roosters and dilapidated pigeons, wounded snakes, and broken-down horses. The most curious specimen, however, is a heap of weevily grain, which, as it contains life, is carefully preserved. When the snakes recover from their injuries they are conveyed into the jungle and set free. Husband-Beating. —An extraerdinary case came on for hearing at the Dunedin Police Court the other day, in which Honora Sheehan was charged with a novel offence —husband beating. Her ill-used spouse gave lengthy evidence, enlarging fully upon the ferocity of his better-half and the lamb-like submission manifested by himself. It appears, says the Otago Daily Times, that whi.lst he was conducting “ a party ” over the place, his consort “ banged him in the race with her fist.” without any provocation, and behaved altogether in a manner calculated to inspire him with bodily fear. The conduct of| Mr Sheehan under these trying curcumstances is above all praise. Ho kept his hands in his pockets,* “ knowing uhai he wotdd get if he took tfitm out," and, turning round, adjured h€-r to “ wire into the other cheek.” This is indeed bringing Scriptural instruction to bear upon the crosses of every-day life. The complainant further alleged that he must find some means of checking the pugilistic propensities of his wife, or half his money would go to the lawyers. He had paid “Mr Denniston over there ” L2 2s only the other day. The gentleman alluded to admitted the soft impeachment, and expressed a hope that he had “ earned it.” In this he was borne out by the Bench, who not only dismissed the case, but addressed some very wholesome and unsympathetic remarks to the complainant, which, it is to be hoped, will improve his conjugal relations for the future.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 546, 28 January 1882

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