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“ Silence in the Court !”—A Queensland Judga lately threatened an' unfortunate Spectator with instant, committal for contempt for daring to smile in a Court. Judge Ward is not so extreme martinet as that, but still he likes decorum in his Hal) of Justice. If people make an undue commotion he “ sits on them ” impartially all round — lawyers, officers, and public are pulled up sharp if they become too noisy. Even the sacred, but dirty, box assigned the reporters is not privileged— scribes cannot find ilianctuary there. On the 20th, for instance, three lively young reporters, Wearied almost to vomiting-point by listening to a case as arid as Sahara, Started a discussion in an undertone, and agreed in deploring : (1) the absence of news ; (2) ; the poor appreciation of literary genius, as; exemplified by their salaries ; (3) the slowness of stipend-day incoming as compared with the rapidity of its product in going. By the time this point—a tender and delicate one—had been reached their voices had heightened, when suddenly the blood was sent into their faces and their hearts into their hoots by the Jtidg© thundering, with the full force of his fine basso profundo, “ Silence in the reporters’ box ! If you don’t want to take notes you had better leave the Court.” They didn’t want to take notes, first because nobody would read them if taken, second because to report the case would have filled a square yard of print ; bo, with their 'hair standing on end and their faces as red as that of the farmer whose bull mistook its owner’* countenance for a red rag and Went for him, they walked out in Indian file. Hear, bear, Judge Ward ! There is a good deal too much irrelevant talk in the Courts—an evH'tffal has increased, is increasing, and and ought to be diminished. Th" evil began ir the time of Bacon, who wrote — this was before he began to take bribes — “ A muoh talking judge is no well-tuned cymbal.” But now the nuisance is to be stopped, and Judge Wsrd is the man to do it. More power to him—but not to hia voice.— New Zealand Public Opinion. INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION, CHElSTchdrcb.—Those that wish to be represented at the International Exhibition to be bell in Christchurch in April next, should inform us of their intentions. We have been connected with all the Exhibitions held in the colonies. At the late Adelaide Exhibition we represented sixty exhibitors, for which we received ten special gold medals, forty-nine first and one second award, three of which were New Zealand firms (D. Strange and J. T. Martin, Invercargill, and T. Bevan, Wellington). Our plan is to represent the exhibitors, transact their busines, fix their exhibits on their space, attend to the judging of exhibits on their space, and anything necessary while the exhibition remains open; at the close pack and send hack exhibits or sell them, or duplicates thereof if required, it is very inconvenient for exhibitors to come to the Exhibition to fix their exhibits, which amounts to an expense, besides the loss of time which must necessarily he expended on them. Then, again, the exhibitors have a benefit, they have no trouble of getting space. They let us know how much is required, and we set it for them, as wo have a large amount granted to us. We fix the exhibits on a better space than if they applied themselves. Our terms are moderate. We specially caution the public against giving their exhibits to so-called Exhibition agents, who go the rounds of Exhibitions and run exhibitors into debt and other difficulties. On account of our ■ not being able to give exhibitors the exact | amount of our fee, as it is impossible to do so until we know the size of exhibit, they may rely on it being most reasonable. The exhibits should be addressed “Albert S. Manders and Co.. Christchurch Exhibition.” If exhibitors will kindly send a note stating how much space they require, no further trouble will be necessary.— Albert S. Manders and Co. , British and Colonial Manufacturers, Agent. Head office—9l Little Collins street East, Melbourne; and at London— St Paul’s Buildings; Adelaide—67 King Wililiam street; Perth, Western Australia; 6 Town Hall. A Permanent branch is now established in Hereford street, Christchurch. AH letters sent to the above firm, Hereford street, will receive prompt attention, and circulars sent on enquiry.—[Advt.]

Meetings. A SHBURTON RIFLES'. The ANNUAL MEETING of the Coinpany will be held THIS EVENING afljer Parade, when all members are expejoetd to attend. Business—Election of Committee, Treasurer, and Secretary for the ensuing year. By order. F. A. VAUGHAN, 710 d Secretary. Gazette in Bankruptcy. V. B. ’’^'OTICE —The Ashburton Hta idi an la a Gazette for all notices vmdtr the ] Debtors and Creditors Arif B ONES.—Wanted Known, that Mr 1 F. Mato, is a Cash Purchaser of |Bonbs iiin-any ouantity,, at £3 per tbh. Address, F. Ma'O, Hampstead Bone Mills. 834 c

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 1, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 548, 31 January 1882

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