Ashburton Woollen Factory. —The shares in this company are being taken up rapidly. We hear that Mr John M‘Leau, of Lagmhor, has taken fifty shares this morning. Those interested are reminded that the share list will close on the 18th inst. Local Option. —The local option poll for the district of Ashburton will be taken to-morrow at the Temperance Hall, Tinwald ; and on Wednesday, the ratepayers of the Upper Ashburton district are invited to record an expression of opinion on the same subject, at the Road Board Office, Westerfield. Mysterious Robbery from the Central Hotel. —Between L6O and L7O has been abstracted from the Central Hotel. The robbery is rather a mysterious one. Mr Sara. Browne, the licensee of the hotel, is lying very ill in bed, and had the money in a small box which he kept under his pillow. The cash is supposed to have been stolen while its owner was unconscious. He missed it last evening. The police are making active enquiries. New Guinea. —We have been interviewed by Mr A. Mills, secretary to the New Guinea Expedition, who informs us that it is his intention to deliver a lecture in Ashburton in the course of a day or two on the land of the Papuans. MiMills who some time back paid a visit to the latter, showed us a number of interesting photos of the country ami its inhabitants. The members of the first expedition are organising a second trip to New Guinea. It is proposed to make up a party of 50, and some 30 persons have, we learn, already signified their intention of joining the expedition. Much interest has recently been evinced in the country, which is almost a terra incognita, and we doubt not that Mr Mills will draw' a crowded house.
Lismorf, School. — A meeting of the Committee was held on Wednesday evening last. Present—Messrs C. J. Harper (chairman), Hill, Roscoe, Burr, and Davis. The chairman informed the Committee that the school was opened on May Ist, under the mastership of Mr Bowley, late of the Richmond school, near Christchurch, and he (the chairman) hoped that all parents in the neighborhood would avail themselves of the school and send their children as soon ns possible, otherwise the Board would not maintain the school, say twenty children being the minimum number required. A caretaker was appointed and holidays fixed for one week at the end of each quarter, and four weeks at harvest. The building for the school is a very superior one, and well fitted up in every respect, and the Committee having fortunately secured an effioient and careful teacher, the settlers are to be congratulated on the positioni
Ashburton Rinking Club. The ordinary weekly meeting of the above will take place to-morrow (Tuesday) evening at 7.30, instead of Thursday, as usual. —Advt.
Debating Society. A meeting of members is called for this evening to consider certain resolutions to be brought forward by the Society in ieference to the public meeting on the Library site question.
Police Court.— At the Court this morning, Robert Carlyle, charged with vagrancy, was fined 10s, or forty-eight hours. Robert visited several tradesmen m town on Saturday, and demanded money, refusing in one instance to leave unless his request was complied with. He got no money, but was accommodated with board and lodging gratis.
Ashburton Teachers’ Association.— The annual meeting of the above was held on Saturday afternoon at the Borough schoolroom. The election of officers resulted as follows : —President, Mr Hector Dempsey (Ashburton) ; Vice-President, Mr WJJ. King (Elgin)’; Hon. Secretary and Treasurer, Mr H. Cape-Williamson (Flemington), re-elected. A vote of thanks to the Hon. Secretary for his services during the past year was carried. It was resolved, with reference to the proposed Christchurch meeting, to form a Teachers’ Institute for Canterbury. It was resolved that it bo held in the West Christchurch school on Saturday, May 20.
An Importunate Beggar. —The Marquis of Townshond, when Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, said of the omnivorous greed of John Hely Hutchinson, ancestor of the present Earl of Donoughmore—“lf I were to give Hutchinson,” said he, “England and Ireland for an estate, he would ask for the Isle of Man for a potato garden.” It was the same Hutchinson who, begging as usual, was told by Lord Townshend that there was positively nothing to give away excepting a Major’s post in a cavalry regiment. “ I'll take that ” coolly replied the place beggar, ‘ ‘ for my daughter.” And it is a fact in Irish history that a girl of 16 was actually gazetted a major of cavalry ! But in the Ireland of a century ago the ruling powers did not care what they did, or left undone.
How the Ashburton Man had him. — They were looking at the exhibits of soap at the Christchurch Exhibition. Said the pompous man—who, in manner and get up, resembled the immortal Pecksniff not a little—with a desire to impart knowledge to his ignorant fellow creatures, “That soap, my friends, comes all the way from Castile, in Spain. Is it not truly wonderful that we, in New Zealand, should be gazing upon soap that has come so many thousands of miles across the ocean ?” “ But,” said the Ashburton man, “ they make Castile soap out here.” Pecksniff smiled with conscious superiority as he replied, “ Nay, my friend, Castile soap is made only at Cast'le. ” “ Well,” said the Ashburton man, “ then I suppose Irish stew is only made in Ireland V' The bystanders tittered, and tha pompous man collapsed, and moved off to enlighten the peonle at the end of the gallery. ANewZealand AlpineGlub. —There is some talk of a New Zealand Alpine Club. A Tiinaru gentleman wrote to Mr Green asking for some information as to the basis, and so forth, of such a club. Mr Green, in reply, furnished a long letter, in which he discusses the feasibility of the scheme. He also states that the higher mountains in New Zealand present more difficulties than are to be met with in Switzerland, and climbers of them would need skilled guides. He further remarks that Swiss shepherds might be induced to come out to this colony instead of emigrating to America, as is the case at present. He is certain that forty young men could be at once induced to come
men who would be guides on the ice and
shepherds for the sheep—if they were assured that all was fair and square, and that their ignorance of the country would
not be turned to account against them. Cream op Tartar and Small-pox —A correspondent of the San Francisco News Letter, resident in Yokahama, writes as follows:—“ In a recent number of the News Letter I saw a paragraph stating that the Mexicans are using cream of tartar in cases of small-pox with signal success. Permit mo also to testify to the efficacy of cream of tartar in such cases, having administered it to several Chinese with extraordinary success. Take cream of tartar -|oz.; rhubarb, 12 grains; cold filtered water, 1 pint. Dose for grown-up person in severe cases, one half-pint every throe or four hours; a child of ten about one-half the quantity. If fever has gone dose every five or six hours. If bowels are relaxed leave out the rhubarb. Dessert-spoonful throe times a day for children. One half-pint of cream of tartar with water taken by an adult, and a proportionate quantity for children, will prevent small-pox if in the house.
Messrs Elz Bros.’ Coach Factory.— Messrs Elz Bros., have just completed an extensive addition to their premires in Wills street, which were becoming too small to meet the growing demands of their business. They have just added a workshop of 20 x 22—making the total size of the factory 46 x 42. The firm has recently laid in a large stock of materials used in the trade, and are, they inform us, just as busy as they can be. There is now building at the factory a new buggy, which Messrs Elz have christened “ the Commercial.” When finished, it should form a very neat and attractive turn-out. It can be used as a single or double-seated buggy atf pleasure, and when used as a single seated vehicle the back seat folds down leaving’a large space beneath available for stowage of luggage. The “ C miinercial ” combines lightness with strength, and is intended for country as well as town use. The price is moderate, and the firm intend to make this trap a speciality.
The Legislative Council. —We have been requested to republish the following letter by Mr Wright, M.H.R., which was contributed by him tea Christchurch contemporary : “lam incorrectly reported as suggesting a Legislative Council elected trieunially. What I said on the subject, both at Alford Forest and at the Mothven meeting, was—that I thought the elective Council, proposed by the late Premier, whethei elected under Hare’s or any other system, would not work well; that sooner or later clash with the House, of Representatives, would then assert its superior authority as being elected by larger constituencies, and that a deadlock would ensue ; that I thought the present system of a purely nominated Legislative Council objectionable, and was of opinion that a middle course might be adopted, by .providing that twenty or twenty-four members of the Legislative Council should be elected by large constituencies, by combining three or four of the districts now returning members of the House of Representatives, and that such Councillors should receive pay as at present, and bo elected for a period of seven years. That the remaining members of the Legislative Council should be nominated as at present, but for a short period of five years, and without pay. The nominated members being unlimited as at present, would enable a Ministry to meet any emergency that would otherwise threaten a deadlock, by the appointment of additional members. The elective portion would secure the return to the Legislative Council of the most prominent public men throughout the colony, whilst the nominated element would remove the danger of the Council clashing with the House of Representatives, whilst the short term for which the nominated members should be appointed, would in due course secure the removal of those who ’might not prove equal to the position, wluch would prevent them becoming, R 8 ( now, pensioners for life.” ‘
Mutual Improvement at Mount Somers. —A meeting of the Mount Somers Mutual Improvement Society will be held at Mount Somers on Friday, 12th inst., at 7 p m. ; business important.
Annual Sitting of the Borough Licensing Committee. —As all intending applicants for licenses are required to advertise their intention of applying for same three weeks before the sitting of the Committee, we drop the Borough bonifaces this friendly hint—“ be in time.” The annual sitting of the Commissioners for the Borough of Ashburton takes place on June 6th. ,
St. Stephen’s Cliurch. —Last evening the Venerable Archdeacon Harris, M.A., preached a most eloquent sermon at this church to a large congregation. To-night a vestry meeting takes place at 7 p.m. The Rev. i A. E. Scott, incumbent, notified last evening that applications for sittings in the church can now be made at any time by the churchwardens. The right aisle will be seated with new pews by Sunday next.
The Reason of It. — A writer in a London paper says that the lowest per centage in insanity is among men and women engaged as authors, editors, journalists, reporters, translators, and in other literary work. Of 140,000 such persons 12 are only returned as lunatics. This can only be accounted for by their seeing so much insanity exhibited by correspondents and contributors that they, profiting by example, avoid it themselves.
Exhibition Sports. Some of the events, or the results of same, were reported in our last. The other events were—44oyds handicap race, first prize, LG, won by A. Scrimshaw, who got 30yds start. A three miles bicycle race, prize, L 5, J. F. Norris, who was given 150yds ; two miles walking handicap, LB, O’Connor, scratch ; 880yds scratch race, L 6, C. Scrimshaw ; 440yds handicap hurdles, L 6, A. J. Lawrence, 20yds. A tug-of-war ended so unsatisfactorily that the committee postponed awarding the prize— LlO.
Farming.—One of the great mistakes in carrying on farming operations is the attempt to make use of too much ground. A small farm, well and carefully tilled, will yield the tiller more profit eventually than an immense area placed under imperfect cultivation. Lack of cash capital seriously interferes with conducting farming operations after the most approved methods. Many of our farmers have little or no working capital. Some are in debt for the land they occupy. They keep little stock except what is necessary to work the soil. They owe for the implements they employ in raising and harvesting their crops. Many of them have borrowed money at very high rates of interest in order to make some improvements on their places. Persons thus situated are in no condition to cultivate their land in the best manner.
A Dissipated Monkey.—A runaway monkey out “ on the spree/’ in the streets of Dunedin, on Friday, caused quite a sensation. The animal conducted itself in the most disgraceful manner, assaulting a number of youngsters and hurting several of them very much. Finally, the abandoned creature entered one of the public schools, and then a scone “ easier imagined than described ” ensued. The monkey cuffed the boys on the head, and pulled their hair, but contented himself with putting his arm around the girl’s waists. The whole place was in an uproar. Finally, the police were sent for, and the disturber of innocent youth was “run in.” Whether he will be brought before the “ beak ” in the usual way has not transpired. Really if monkeys take to behaving in this civilised manner, the opponents of the Darwinian theory will have to alter their opinions.
Shri.li Jewellery. — We have been shown some exquisite carvings in pawa shell, the work of Mr D. G. Riches, an Akaroa resident. The things comprising brooches, watch chains, necklets, and pendants, etc., etc., are all very beautiful. Mr Riches has carried off several prizes at various Exhibitions for his shell carvings, and we quite expect that he will take honors at the Christchurch Exhibition, at which a number of specimens of his handiwork are on view in the New Zealand Court. The shells from which the attractive articles are manufactured are obtained from certain bays on the Peninsula, aid are subjected to a process, of which Mr Riches possesses the secret, which imparts a brilliant polish to their surfaces, and brings out the superb natural tints of the shell in a most surprising manner. Mr Riches, who originally took to shell carving as a pastime, has acquired such a proficiency in his art, that he now devotes the whole of his time to it, and indeed can hardly keep pace with the demand for the goods, orders for which flow in from all parts of the colony, and especially from persons about to return Home. Prettier preients for sisters, cousins, and aunts, to say nothing about uncles and ne'phews, it would be difficult to find. Mr Riches has appointed Mr L. H. Wilkins of this town his Ashburton agent, who will be glad to exhibit a
quantity of the shell jewellery to anyone who may feel curious to inspect it, and it is well worthy of inspection.
Mount Sowers Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Society. —AMount Somers correspondent writes :—A meeting of the above Society, which was called by advertisement under the heading of Mount Somers and Alford Forest Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Society, was held in the Mount Somers schoolroom on Saturday evening last, when a good number of residents of Mount Somers turned up. Mr W. H. Puddicombe was voted to the chair, and Mr John Hood acted as secretary. The object of the meeting was to consider the rules of the Society, and the future place of meeting, but, strange to say, not one person came forward to represent the Alford Forest District, though they have of late professed to take such a deep interest in the Society, and this being the third meeting which has been called to consider the above subject, it was thought by the present meeting that the Alford Forest people were treating the Mount Somers residents with contempt. After a lengthy conversation all round as to what had best be done to make this Society, which, up to the present, has only been one in name, a sterling benefit to the residents of the district, the following resolutions were unanimously agreed to:—lst. “ That henceforth the Society be called the Mount Somers Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Society.” 2nd. “That the meetings bo held in the Mount Somers Schoolroom fortnightly, commencing on Friday next, May 12th, at 7 p.m.” 3rd. “ That the rules of the Ashburton Debating Society be adopted as far as practicable to this district.” 4th. “ That Mr W. H. Puddicombe be elected President for this session, and Mr John Hood, secretary and treasurer pro ten i., and that the election of the other officers and the committee be postponed till the next meeting.” sth. “ That the secretary write the late secretary, Mr W. Lambie, requesting him to forward the property belonging to the society to Mr John Hood, his successor.” Cth. “ That the president wait upon the Mount Somers school committee, to apply for the use of the schoolroom to hold their meetings in.” 7th. “That the annual subscription be 2s 6d, payable in advance. ” Bth. “ That the secretary advertise the next meeting in the Ashburton Mail and Guardian, one insertion.” The following gentlemen were then proposed for membership:—Messrs 0. J. W. Oookson, jun., W. Edson, T. Charters, A. Fox. The meeting then adjourned, with a vote of thanks to the chairman;.
The Local Option Poll. —To-day the local option poll of ratepayers took place for the Borough. Polling commenced at 9, and will close at 6. Very little interest has been manifested in the matter, and we shall be surprised if the ballot-box records, on being opened, that a tenth part of the burgesses have troubled themselves to vote.
Obeying the Lkttbp. of the Law.— i Some publicans in Sydney, anxious to ( observe the strict letter of the law, which 1 prohibits the sale of liquor “ drunk or consumed on the premises ” on Good Friday, actually closed their doors, yet served , customers in the street from an open : window, the latter consuming their beer on the footpath! Potato Growing. Experiments in potato-growing have been tried in England. A pound of early potatoes was allowed to sprout freely, and a sprout was taken from each potato and planted in a row. The potatoes were also planted. Both grew well, and the following was the result. From sprouts (£oz. weight in all) 51b soz sound potatoes : from the potatoes (lib in weight) 61b 4oz. The sprout potatoes were con sidered best as regards shape and substance.
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