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On or Before Feb. 11.- All persons owing money to Messrs T. R. Hodder and Co., are requested to pay the same on before Feb. 11th next.

The Crops.—We learn that the last nor’-wester did considerable damage to the ripe crons in the district. The 1 wind knocked off on an average from a bushel and a half to two bustiers of grain- te- (he

His Maori Majesty at the Play.— Tawhaio, the Maori King, has been taken to see the “ Pirates of Penzance ” at Auckland; This is one way of civilising him. Wonder what he thought of the “ Policeman’s song ” : Tarantara ! Railway Refreshment Rooms. (—We hear that Mr Thomas Quill’s tender for the railway refreshment rooms has been accepted for the ensuing twelve months. Mr Quill takes possession on Wednesday next, and being so well known in the town, will doubtless be well patronised during his term of office.

Reaping By Lamplight. —lt is stated that a farmer in the Longbeach district was working all last Wednesday night at reaping, with a view to getting in his crop before it sustained more damage from the high winds. He had lamps attached to his reaper. How an Argument Ended. —Heated with argument and—lemonade, two wellknown Ashburton residents had a bit of a set-to last night in Moore street, and had it not been for the prompt interference of the by-standers, who separated the angry couple, they would probably have fallen into the clutches of the “ man in blue.”

Sporting. —The date of the South Canterbury Jockey Club races has been altered to April 25th and 26th, so as not to clash with the Ashburton meeting. The programme includes the Trial Stakes, 50 sovs ; Sires’ Produce Stakes, 80 sovs. ; Timaru Cup, 200 sovs.; Flying Handicap, 50 sovs. ; S. C.J. O. Handicap, 150 sovs. ; Handicap Hurdles, 80 sovs ; Winter Oats Handicap, 80 sovs. ; and Consolation of 30 sovs., besides minor events. Filthy Lucre. —A correspondent of the Press draws the attention of that journal to the filthy notes in circulation at the present time. He says he cashed a cheque at a Christchurch bank of high standing the other morning, and received notes in exchange which stank offensively. Quarantine laws, adds the writer (and very properly), are tomfoolery as long as these dirty notes are allowed to circulate. The danger to the public is very great.

A Caution to Persons Stopping at a Strange House. —An inquest was held at Timaru on Saturday, touching the death of John Anderson. It appeared from the evidence of the licensee of the Geraldine Hotel that the deceased recently called there and asked for a bed. He retired to rest in a perfectly sober state. Some hours afterwards, when everyone had gone to bed, Anderson was found in a dou'bled-up condition on the stairs, lying face downwards. He was removed to bed, and as he could hardly speak a doctor was summoned, and he was removed to the Hospital. The poor man was in a paralysed state. He had, it appeared, attempted to go downstairs in the dark, and being unaquainted with the house, fell and injured his spine. The accident terminated fatally on Thursday night. A verdict of “Accidental Death” was recorded. The Cultivation op Linseed. —We (Mataura Ensign) are exceedingly pleased to hear that some of the farmers in our neighborhood acted upon the suggestion we threw out some months ago, and were sufficiently enterprising to give the cultivation of linseed a fair trial. Mr A. Mclntyre, of Glenora, near Pukerau, sowed a few acres without troubling to prepare the land for the reception of the seed. Bte now has a grand crop of flax, and has been assured by recent arrivals from “ Old Erin,” that they never saw a crop to equal that of Mr Mclntyre’s in Ireland. This should be of some encouragement to others. Mr Mclntyre intends to {put a large area under cultivation next season, and, feeling convinced that the plant will thrive well in Southland, will take more pains to ensure even a better crop than, he has now. We hope others in the district will pay attention to the culture of European flax, and we have no doubt they will be equally successful.

Thanks. —Messrs Mitchell and Turner return thanks to all those who assisted to remote their stock at the late lire. The Mrs Borfoot Fund. —We understand that the sum of Ll 5 4s 3d had been collected up to this afternoon for Mrs Burfoot, rendered homeless by the burning of the Library buildings.

Tobacco Growing. —We (ManaiVatil Times) have been shown a sample of Leugh’s tobacco, grown by Mr S. Rogers, of Rangitikei road. The tobacco was quite in its natural state—that is without any mixture —-and was of a green color, and pleasant to the smell. Numerous people have tried the tobacco as prepared by Mr Rogers, and all pronounce it a most excellent article. The manufacturer has this year grown a considerable quantity of tobacco, and intends working it up into various classes in order to effect a trade thereby. Burning of a Newspaper Office. —A fire was discovered at Reefton at 1.30 yesterday morning in a cottage adjoining the Inangahua Herald office, occupied by Mr Donald Ross and family. Before assistance could be of avail the fire extended to the Herald office, and both premises were burnt to the ground. Some type and other effects were saved from the Herald office, but the frames and plant generally were consumed. Mr Ross and family had a very narrow escape for their lives and saved nothing, owing to the rapidity with which the fire spread. Mr Ross’s premises are said to be uninsured. The Herald office and plant are said to be insured in the Victoria office for L4OO.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 547, 30 January 1882

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 547, 30 January 1882

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