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Polio k Court.— There was no business of any kind at the Police Court to-day. Butter Cheese, ant> Bacon Pactory. —lt has’been decided by the Teimikn people to start a butter, cheese, and bacon factory at their town. Horticultural Foci sty. —A meeting of the committee of the Horticultural Society is called for this evening, at Mr Jones’ upper room, at 8 sharp. Mrs Hamp.son’ Mission. —This wellknown lady evangelist opens her mission in Ashburton to-morrow afternoon, in the Town Hall, when a meeting for women will be held, followed in the evening, we understand, by a meeting for workers. The Kingitb Meeting.— Preparations for this great meeting have been going actively forward during the past few days. The talk ”is expected to begin to-mor-row. About 1,000 natives are on the ground, and more are expected. Library Rite Meeting. - The much vexed question of site was settled last evening, when the public voted in favor of the Fire Brigade reserve, or a portion of it, rather, being used as a site for the new Library. A full report of the proceeedings appears elsewhere.

Important Land Salk. —The attention of speculators, settlers, and others, is directed to an announcement elsewhere, notifying the sale (in consequence of the dissolution of partnership of Messrs Grigg and 1*038011), of 6,500 acres of the celebrated Longheach estate, subdivided into a number of snug farms. The sale will bo held on Friday, 12th in&t., at noon, and the auctioneers are Messrs H. Matson and Co., acting in conjunction with the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company. The sale is a highly important one, and worthy the attention of investors in land.

Elizv Uddman, —The enquiry touching the death of Eliza Rodman, recently died, as it was supposed, from injuries received at the hands of Arthur Piercy, the man with whom she was living, was resumed yesterday. It will bo remembered that Piercy struck the woman a day or two ago, with a piece of wood, breaking her wrist, a,nd it was thought that her death might be attributable to that cause. The evidence went to show, however, that the deceased was confined very recently, and the medical testimony was to the effect that death resulted from acute peritonitis, and was not at all dllo to the

Enforced Abstinence. —At Kaiapoi yesterday, before the local bench, Beil. Bailey, and John Bailey his son, were called on to show cause why an order should not be made, under the new Act, to restrain any licensed person for one year from supplying them with liquor, as they, by excessive drinking, were wasting their estate, injuring their health, and interrupting the peace and happiness pf their families. After heiring the evidence, which was considered conclusive, the bench made the order, forbidding any licensed person in the Mandevillo, Rangiora, or Kaiapoi districts supplying the defendants with drink for one year, subject to a penalty of LlO. Licensing Renewals. —A special general meeting of the Canterbury Licensed Victuallers’ Association was held at the Empire Hotel, Christchurch, last evening. Thirty-four members were present. The chairman explained that the meeMng was called on account of the difficulty of coining to an unanimous opinion regarding the renewal of licenses. Several legal opinions had been taken, many differing from each other, but most agreeing that it was not necessary to make further application than on the day of the mooting of licensing commissioners. A chairman of a licensing committee had privately stated that he thought that it was not necessary to do more. The Act, the chairman added, was self-contradictory, and the lawyers differed. It was proposed, and carried arm. con. —“ That all present licensees must apply for a renewal of their licenses as provided in the now Act, clauses 5C and 78.” The Otago Central Railway. —The committteo for the promotion of the Otago Central Railway met yesterday at Dunedin, and passed the following resolutions : mittee the time has arrived when in the interest of New Zealand the construction of the Otago Central Railway should be vigorously prosecuted, and that in the event of a loan being raised a sufficient sum should be placed on the schedules of the Loan Bill to complete the line to the terminus at the Hawea, and that if no loan be raised, a sum sufficient to construct the lino to the Taiori Lake be placed on the Public works Estimates for the ensuing financial year.” (2.) “ That a copy of the foregoing resolution be forwarded to the Government and to the Chamber of Commerce, with a request that the Chamber will support the action of this committee.” (3.) “That the Otago members be requested to support the above resolution in their places in the Assembly ”

Waterton Lihrary. The annual meeting of the Watarton Library Committee was held at the Library Hall, Waterton, on Friday, the sth May, 1832 —Mr J. Davies in the chair. The following members were present : —Messrs Moses, Reed, Davies, Lambert, Bryans, O’Shannassy, and the hon. sec. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. The balance-sheet was then read, and showed a balance on the right side of L 7 6s 3d, which was considered satisfactory. The election of officers was then proceeded with, when the following members were duly elected as a new Committee;—Messrs Taylor, Davies, Lambert, Moses, Heed, Bryans, and o’3'liannassy. It was duly proposed, seconded, and carried, that Mr J. Davies bo elected chairman of the Committee. On the motion of Mr Moses, seconded by Mr Boid, Mr Taylor was elected treasurer for the ensuing year, and Mr O’Shannassy was elected secretary for the same period. It was resolved that Mr Seal bo asked to act as librarian and hall cleaner for the next year. It was then further resolved that a grand conceit in honor of the opening of the winter season bo given on Tuesday the 39th instant, and that Messrs Wheeler and Dunn, conductors of the Tonic SolFa Club at Flemingto i be asked to superintend the pcrfor;nan. e. The Committee then adjourned until the 12th ins f . i

Fire at Temuk.v. — A new hotel, the Wallingford, owned by Mr John Hayhurst, was burned down at Temuka yesterday. Several other buildings, including the Crown, had a narrow escape. Discharged. —Titokowaru and Rangi, charged under the West Coast Settlement Act,°woro yesterday dismissed by the Judge of the New Plymouth Supreme Court, the Crown Prosecutor having declined to proceed with the case. Debating Society. —ln consequence cf Mrs Hampson’s visit to Ashburton, and her first service taking place tomorrow night at the Town Hall, the ordinary fortnightly meeting of the Debating Society stands postponed to Wednesday week, when a very interesting debate may be expected. The Local Option Poll.—The local option poll for the Borough of Ashburton resulted yesterday as follows : —ln favor of increasing number of publicans licenses, 25 ; against, 37 ; majority against, 12 ; in favor of increasing New Zealand wine licenses, 26 ; against, 34 ; majority against, 8 ; in favor of increasing accommodation licenses, 26 ; against, 32°; majority against, 6 ; in favor of increasing bottle licenses. 30 ; against, 32; majority against, 2. Accident to Mb E. G. Wkighti M.H.R.— Just as we are going to press the news of an accident to Mr E. G Wright. M.H.R., reaches us. It appears that°Mr Wright drove two ladies down to the Windermere platform to-day to catch the morning train for the north. A little son of Mr "Wright’s was also seated m the buggy. The ladies having alighted, Mi Wright round to open a gate, and while doing so, the horses attached to the buggy bolted, and Mr Wright, in trying to catch the reins, was thrown down, the buggy passing over him. Some passengers by the train saw him rise shortly afterwards, but the horses continued their career with the boy in the buggy. No further particulars are as yet to baud.

Dastardly Conduct. —lt is high time that a caretaker who shall reside altogether on the premises, was appointed to fook after the Fie Brigade Station. The engine shed is open to the public, and we regret to loam that the circumstance has been taken advantage of by some miscreant to indulge a petty spite _ against the Brigade. On several occasions recently, stones have been found in the suction pips at the rear of the engine, and have only been I’emoved with much difficulty. It will be remembered that at the burning of the Public Library the engine would not act satisfactorily, and some of the bystanders jeered at the members of the Brigade, who were working away to save public property as hard as men could work. But something wrong, it was apparent, had happened to the engine, and on subsequent investigation the suction pipe was found choked up by a large stone, which must have been placed in it just before the fire. Since that time the same trick has been repeated on several occasions, and quite recently a portion cf hose was found cut through, apparently with a sharp penknife, the cut necessitating the purchase of some 30 feet of new hose, The last prank played by the rascal or rascals concerned, was the theft of the Brigade’s flag, a large banner worth about 50s. When it is remembered that a fire may at any time take place in the town, it becomes a matter of groat importance that the person or persona who have been interfering with the enguie should be detected and severely punished, and that living rooms for the caretaker should be erected at the Brigade Station. As the efficiency of the engine is a matter of public concern, we trust that steps will bo at once taken to raise a fund for the necessary additions to the premises occupied by the Brigade. The mischief above referred to may have been caused by larrithan a ’prentice hand.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 631, 9 May 1882

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