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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1882.

TOWN EDITION [issne.-i :<■/ 5.40 •».»*. j

Committee Meeting —A ! meeting of Mr A. Saunders’ Committee is called for to-morrow evening, at eight o'clock, at Messrs Poj’Utz and Co.’a ollice. Local Option. —The ratepayers of tho Mount Somers Licensing District arc to decide by poll on Tuesday next whether any fresh licenses shall be granted in that locality for tho next three years.

Hunt Club. —The hounds will most at Mr Hunt’s gate, on tho Wakanui road, on Saturday, at twop. m. If the weather is favorable, no doubt there will be a largo attendance of members, as the run chosen is through a a first-class locality for hunt-

The Licensing Question at Westerfield.—Thu local option poll for the district of Upper Ashburton was held at Westerfiuld yesterday, and resulted as follows For increase of puhl'cans’ licenses, 8 ; against, 0. For Now Zealand wine licenses, G ; against, 1. For increase of accommodation licenses, 8 ; against, 0. For increase of bottle licenses, C ; against, 0.

The Death from Chloroform. —An inquest was held at Dunedin yesterday on the boy who died recently whilst under chloroform. Tho only witness was Dr Burns, who detailed how he administered the drug, which was in tho usual manner. He said ho had been practising for twontysix years, and this was the first time, either in public institutions or elsewhere, ait accident had occurred in connection with his having administered chloroform. The Coroner said tho only questions' were —Was the doctor negligent? did he take due precautions ? Tire doctor said there was no way known to medical science to satisfy tho practitioner of such a thine, Tho jury decided to adjourn until this day week for the production of medical experts. Ashburton Pigeon and Canary Association. A committee meeting of t.ho above was hold lust night at Messrs Saunders Bros.’ office. It was resolved to hold the annual show on Friday and Saturday, July 21st and 22ud, and that the entrance fee for members should be Is, and nonmembors 2s; also that first prizes bo fixed at 7s Gd. second, 4s; three exhibits or no second prizes to bo awarded. Several special prizes, wo understand, will bo offered by members. A prize of one guinea is to be given for tho winner of a pigeon race—Christchurch to Ashburton. The secretary and Mr S. E. Poyntz wore appointed to make arrangements for printing and distributing bills through local papers, and also to make arrangements for printing a comprehensive catalogue. It was decided that entries should close on Tuesday, July 18. The question of holding an art union in connection with tho show was held over until the result of the application of tho Christchurch society for the same privilege, is made known. Bacon Curing. —Directly opposite tho the .Prince Albert B lading-Jiouso, in Wills street, is a brick building, which many may pass by without knowing what business is carried on within, except, indeed, on days when the carts are at tho door delivering and taking away goods. This is tho newly-opened bacon curing establishment of Mr O. W, Green, and although only opened for the despatch of business on Friday last, the place proented a very busy appearance at the time of our visit yesterday. The building is of brick, GOft x 25ft, with a concrete floor, which just now is strewn with the bodies of the slain, both whole and in pieces. Tho place ia in fact full of pork, the sides and hams of which will here be converted into the toothsome rasher and tasty broil. Mr Green’s head establishment is at Christchurch, and he also has a branch at Doyles'on or Cheddar, to call it by its new name. Eight hands are employed at tho factory here, tho goods turned out being despatched to all parts of tho. colony. Tho pigs are slaughtered at Mr Lancaster’s yards, and tho trade, we are informed, done at the Ashburton factory averages just now 100 care: sea a day.

I.O.G.T.—An advertisement in another column intimates to the members of tho Star of the East Lodge, 1.0.G.T., that the meeting of the Lodge will take place to-morrow evening instead of on Saturday.

Matrimonial. —The Divorco Court at Wellington will bo busy next week, no fewer than eight couples (five from Dunedin and three from Wellington), being anxious just now to cast off tho matrimonial fetters. An Antidote for Wax Matches.— From time to time tho death of some child i.s reported as having occurred through eating wax vestas. It cannot be too widely known that there is a simple remedy for an accident of the kind. Mix carbonate of magnesia inio a thin paste and give freely, feeding it to the child with a teaspoon. A medical man should, of course, in tho meantime bo sent for.

Out of the District. —One of the Auckland City Council’s officials is a humorist. Tho Fire Brigade in that city arc paid a shilling a hour for every fire they ate rung to, no matter whether tho alarm be false or not. Someone gave an alarm over tho recent display of the Awom Anutrcdiit, and the Brigade claimed as usual. r i he Corporation official, however, objected on tho ground that it was “out of the district.” Oddfkllowsiiip at Nel-on. The Past (fraud Lodge of Oddfellows of the Wellington district celebrated their anniversary by a dinner at Richmond last night. Bro. Kearns, P.P.M.M., referred to the establishment of the order in Nelson forty years ago, when nine met on the hillside and afterwards in a tent, their funds amounting to 15s. Ho pointed out the advance which had since taken place, 'i’lie funds at the present time amounted to over LIO,OOO.

V Bolt. —A horse attached to a hansom cab belonging to Mr M‘Rao, livery stable-keeper, took it into his head to bolt shortly before five o’clock last evening, to fh ; no small consternation of pedestrians. Tho horse and cab were standing by tho railway siation, and the former suddenly started off at a hot pace, tearing down East street like a comet behind time. On reaching Burnett street west, tho runaway turned tho corner and bolted up tho street, and thence up the Alford Forest road. Ho was pluckily stopped by a horseman, whose name no one seemed to know, who rode up behind tho cab, seized the reins hanging over tho driver’s seat, and, at tho risk of being pulled off his horse, brought the erratic animal drawing tho cah to a full stop. Te Warn and Tonu. —By the morning express from Christchurch, there passed through Ashburton the Maori chief and prophet To Wliibi, and his faithful ally Tohu These native celebrities were accompanied by Mr R. Beetham, Christchurch R.M., who is an excellent rnaori scholar, and has done much to beguile the weary interval for the native prisoners who are now awaiting their trial for the Parihaka business. Tho destination of the party was Timaru, where Mr Beetham formerly presided as R.M. While the train stopped here the two tnaoris walked about tho platform, and were, as a matter of course, “tho observed of all observers.” Te Whiti is a little shorter in stature than Tohu. Both men were dressed in plain suits of gray tweed, and wore black wide-a-wako hats, and looked as quiet and inoffensive as if they had never heard of John Bryce or Mr Croumbio-Brown. They will probably return to-night or tomorrow morning.

A Jolly Evening. —Last evening tho members of the local cricket clubs—or some of tho members—dined together at Quill’s Hotel, by way of an appropriate wind-up to tho season. The attendance • not so largo as could have been desired or was expected, but some thirty Ciieketsrs sat down at eight o’clock to a dinner for which Mr Quill and his manager, Mr Hill (who superintended tho spread), are deserving of all credit. The dinner consisted of seven courses, and was excellent. On the removal of the dish \s the talking commenced, and some capital speeches were made. The usual loyal and patriotic toastshaving been duly honored, that of “The Cricket Clubs of

Ashburton,” coupled witli tho names of the captains, was proposed and responded to by several present, including Mr Hill, who made the speech of the evening. Several other toasts followed, and also a number of songs, tho party breaking up about 11 o’clock. Kaiapoi Woollen Factory. —The following is the jury’s report on the Kaiapoi Woollen Factory’s exhibits at the Exhibition :—“ We have carefully examined the various exhibits of the Kaiapoi Woollen Company, and recommend (a certificate of gold medal) for purity of material and the excellent finish of their tweeds and woollen goods ; also, a second award of (a certificate of gold medal) for the superiority of their made-up clothing. Wo further recommend this firm for the Industrial Prize. Of all the industrial corporations which have come under our notice, none are better qualified to compete for an award of this character than the organisation at Kaiapoi. They employ capital amounting to LI 12,009 ; labor at the mill, 240 ; people at tho Clothing Factory, 185 ; total at present employed, 425. Additional labor required, 140 hands ; very shortly a total of 5G5 people will be employed. They have purchased for this year’s business wool, value L31),00D ; coal required, 2,G00 tons, Malvern coal only being used. Estimated consumption of oil manufactured in New Zealand, 2,000 gallons ; estimated consumption of soap of colonial manufacture, 40 tons. The motive power at tire mill is a CO li.p. engine, made by Scott Bros., of Christchurch, steam being supplied by five (20 h.p.) boilers, made by J. Anderson, also of this city. Nearly all the shafting and belting in mo is also of Colonial manufacture. In short, wo know of no industry so well calculated to develop the resources of the colony, and we arc not aware of any firm whoso efforts have commanded greater success.

Practical Joking. —Another victim of practical joking has paid for his credulity with his life. Last mouth, as tho French barque Felix was approaching tho port of Marseilles under easy sail, a negro belonging to the crew suddenly clambered up the bulwarks and plunged into the sea. Although tho vessel was promptly hove-to and a boat put out in search of tho unfortunate man, who was known to he a powerful swimmer, all the efforts made to rescue him from a watery grave proved fruitless. Inquiry among the crew respecting the probable motives of his suicide resulted in tho following painful revelation; —He had shipped in the Fe ix at Mozambique .as an able seaman, and his shipmates learning from his own month that he had never before made a voyage to France, agreed to persuade him that human flesh, of tho negro variety, is so highly relished as a dietio luxury by wealthy Frenchmen of tho present clay that ho could not fail, upon arrival at Marseilles, to ha roasted and eaten. Tho plot proved too successful. The conviction that ho was destined to figure as a comestible at some fashionable Mai soilles restaurant undermined his spirits and preyed upon his mind to such an extent that lie had at last resolved to die by his own hand rather than encounter the dismal fate awaiting him in port. This determination, it appears, ho in ido known to the authors of the hoax, but these inveterate humorists, nevertheless, kept up their jest until the Felix sighted Marseilles. when tho wretched negro, believing himself irrevocably doomed to sutler death by the batcher’s knife within a few hours, drowned himself in the manner above related It ia satisfactory to know that his tormentors are in prison and likely tojpay dearly for their barbarous joke.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1882., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 633, 11 May 1882

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1882. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 633, 11 May 1882

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