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Tni; Missiso Ship Miv-y-don'. —The Government schooner Kekino is to be despatched to search Stewart and other islands for survivors or traces of the wreck of the Miny-don.

Ashburton Building Society. The usual monthly meeting of the Ashburton Permanent Building and Investment Society for receipt of payments will be held at the Secretary's office from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., and at Mr Bullock’s office from 6.30 to 8 p.m. to-morrow.

Sk afield Wf.slf.yan- Chuiich. A meeting of persons interested in the Wesleyan cause at Seafield is called for to-morrow evening in the Wesleyan Church at that place, when matters of importance are to ba brought before those present by the circuit minister and stewards.

Police Court. —There was a clean sheet at the Court this morning. Hospital Retui-.ns.— The Hospital returns for the month of April are as follows :—Number of patients under treatment in the Hospital on April Ist, 8 ; number of patients admitted during the month, 4 ; discharged, 3. In the Hospital on April 30th, 9 ; deaths, nil. Acknowledgment. —The matron of the Ashburton Hospital begs to acknowledge with many thanks the donation of a present of linen for the use of the patients from Mrs John Orr. The • Hospital is very short of linen, and any further donations of the kind will be thankfully i’eceived. Mrs Orr’s example is a good one.

Political. —The Press special, wiring last night from Wellington, says the Ministers are hard at work preparing for the session. Mr Whitaker dislikes night work, and so to make up for burning the midnight oil, the new but septuagenarian Premier actually comes down to the office in the big building soon after 8 every morning, and remains there without even stirring out until 6 p. m., when he goes home to dinner. Parliament will be opened by commission on the 18th, which will mainly bo occupied in swearing members, and making various preliminary arrangements. The chief of these will be the election of the Speaker, which dignity will most certainly again devolve on Sir Maurice O’Rorke. On the following day (Friday, 19th) the Governor will deliver the speech from the throne, and little is likely to be done on that day, excepting the presentation of petitions, giying notices of motion and proposing sessional committees. The real work will thus not begin before Tuesday the 23rd. It is not yet settled who will move and second the address in reply. If that address is not made the subject of a no-confidenco motion or some other mode of attack by the Opposition, it is probable that some Native Bills may be dealt with, and I understand that the Budget may be expected at a very early period of the session, unless delayed by any party fights. _ I believe that at any rate the Financial Statement will be all ready for delivery as early as Parliament is ready for it, and that it will be of a very favorable character.

Pedestrianism.— The mile race for LSO a-side and the championship of New Zealand, between W. J. Burke, of Dunedin, and S. W. Fagan, of Christchurch, took place on the Caledonian Grounds at Dunedin on Saturday, in the presence of a crowd of about 2,000 people. Burke was popular, being the local men, but not a few put their trust in Fagan, as much as 2to 1 being laid in his favor. The result was a surprise for a good many. Burke did the last 300 yards alone, his opponent having caved in. The Dunedin man’s victory was received with great cheering. The time was dmins. 3G 2-sth secs. Local Option at Mount Hutt. —The local option poll takes place at Mount Hutt on June 2nd. Vital Statistics for Ashburton. — The registrar’s returns for the month of April are as follows: -Births, 23; marriages, 6 ; deaths, 5.

Cameron Street.—Our attention has

boon called to the wretched state of Cameron street east, which is sadly in need of improvement. As we understand the Public Works Committee of the Borough Council have this particular lacality under consideration, it is possible that ere long the street will be put in better order, and made more attractive to pedestrians.

The Woodstock Rush.— The Hokitika correspondent for a contemporary writing of the Woodstock gold-field says It is now universally agreed that this is emphatically a poor mann’s diggings—and a very good thing for the poor man too. It is after all a grand thing to have an exten sive tract of country upon which three orfour men working together, can, after a few weeks labor, in some cases no*- more than two or three, obtain permanent employment, which will bring them in even three pounds a week, and this too with the chance that it may produce much more. It must be remembered that the miners are absolutely independent ; they have no one to please but thtmselves ; no master can discharge them ; there is no fear of the produce of their labor falling in price, they always have a market for their produce, and it costs nothing to take it to market.

Tenders. —Mr C. J. Wentworth Cookson invites tenders for the erection of a boardinghouse at Methven. The South Rakaia Road Board invites tenders for formation. The Longbeach Hoad Board invites tenders for certain works.

Ashburton Rinking Club. —The first meeting of the above will take place on Thursday next at 7.30 p.m., at the Town Hall.

From Doyleston to Cheddar. —The people of Doyleston are terribly indignant at the local stationmaster having received official intimation that the name of the Doyleston station is henceforth to be changed to Cheddar. These changes which the Railway is so fond of making are certainly as vexatious as they are unnecessary. Methven and South Rakata Licensing Committees. —The quarterly licensing meetings for the above districts will be held—At Methven on June 2, and at South Rakaia on June Bth next. Cruel Treatment of a Horse. —A story roaches us from Methven which we are very pleased to give publication, as our doing so may possibly lead to the punishment of a wretch who richly merits the treatment to which he subjected a noor dumb animal. It appears that on Saturday last about 11 o’clock in the forenoon, a man residing near Methven, and who is, we believe, a carpenter by trade, started out on horseback on a shooting expedition. He reached Methven in due course, and having refreshed himself with sundty nips at the hoi el, rode off again to the water-race, which he urged his horse to cross (the spot, we may mention, was not the proper crossing place by the bridge), but in vain. The animal, more sagacious that its brutal master," refused to" enter the race, whereupon the rider attacked the poor animal in the most savage manner with the gun he was carrying. So fiercely and quickly did the blows rain upon the poor animal that the heavy gun was smashed to atoms ere long, even the barrel being twisted and bent from contact with the horse’s head and ribs. The sight was a sickening one, and the sufferings of the poor animal dreadful to contemplate. Several bystanders had by this time assembled, and they loudly remonstrated with the scoundrelly rider. His only reply was to renew the attack, while In threatened to shoot any one that came near him, or attempted to interfere in any way with his proceedings. It was his own horse, and he would do as he liked with it. Fortunately for this kiudly-natured sportsman, no policeman was at hand, or ho would have been arrested there an.l then. \s it is, we sincerely hope it is not too la'e. Such brutality as this should not be allowed to go unpunished.

Music Tuition. — Mr H. J. Weeks' second term commences on the Bth inst., and ends August 31st. Singing classes for boys and girls in Templar Hall on Saturday afternoons, will commence as soon as a few more pupils send in their names. *

Fire in Wellington,- A fire broke out at 10.30 on Saturday night on the premises known as Chew’s buildings, Wellington. The fire originated in T. Dwan’s auction mart, which was destroyed. Ihe flames spread to the adjoining premises, one building occupied by M'Ough, provision merchant, and the other recently occupied by a boarding-house keeper named McNamara, both of which ware gutted. The fire had a linn hold when first discovered, and was with the greatest difficulty suppressed. A crew of thirty men with an engine were sent ashore from H.M.S. Miranda, and rendered excellent service in extinguishing the flames. A.t one time these seamen weie heartily cheered by the crowd for their plucky efforts to get the lire under. The following are the insurances :—Chew’s building, L 2,700, in the South British, who are reinsured as follows: Northern, LSO ; Colonial, LI,000; Scottish Imperial, LI.OOO. The latter is re-insured with the United for L 230. The Colonial and United offices have L3OO each on Dwan’s stock.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 624, 1 May 1882

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