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Wesleyan Church. —Members of tho Wesleyan Choir are requested to attend at the Church to-night, at 7 30, on the occasion of tho reception service for converts. —[A DVT,]

Bankruptcy Notifications. Three insolvency notices appear in our issue of to day. Our readers will regret to hear that Mr Hay T. Smith, the well-known farmer, has been obliged to call a meeting of his creditors. Debating Society. —An ordinary meeting of tho Debating Society will take place this evening at the upper chamber of the Town Hall, when Mr Buchanan, tho Vice-President, will deliver his promised address. New Guinea. —Mr Mills’ promised lecture on New Guinea did not eventuate last evening, and we are consequently no wiser than wo wore before respecting the manners and customs of the Papuans. Some twenty people rolled up at 8 o’clock, but had t> disperse again with their curiosity unsatified. For a reason or reasons best known to the lecturer he did not hold forth. Police Court. —At tho Court this morning, before Mr Thomas Bullock, J.P., a first offender, charged with being drunk wliile in charge of a horse, was fined ss. Jas. Harrison, against whom there wore three previous convictions, was fined 20s for drunkenness, and a breach of the peace in view of a constable. Robt. Gibson, an old offender, charged with drunkenness, was fined 20s, with tho alternative of 48 hours in the lock-up.

Tenders. Tenders are invited for fencing by Messrs Matson, Cox and Co.

Borough Council. —Two audilo 3 are wanted for the Borough of Ashburton for the ensuing year. The Exhibition. —Tho total number of visitors to the Exhibition, up to and including Monday last, is given as 107,740.

The Pledge.— The attention of those who recently took the total abstinence pledge at Mrs flampson’s meetings is directed to an announcement elsewhere. An Asylum for Friendless Women. — In reply to a deputation that waited on him at Wellington yesterday, the Colonial Secretary said that the usual grant of £ for £ would be made in respect to subscriptions in aid of a Home for friendless women.

Something to be Proud of. —Two boys were in a boat in the Dunedin harbor yesterday. One fell out in trying to recover an oar ; the other grasped him, but was himself pulled it. A man named Phelan was passing and swam out about twentyfive yards, saving both boys. Thf. Kingite Meeting —Tho great Kingite meeting has not yet broken up, although it is becoming small by degrees and beautifully less. The only spicy thing said yesterday was by thb native called Paul, of Orakei, who remarked that the land left to Tawhiao was very small, and tho dogs (Pakehaa) were hungering for it.

Power’s Party. This popular company will pay Ashburton a second visit on Friday and Saturday, 10th and 20th inst., when “Bustle and Bounce,” “ Mfiy and December,” “ Tho Fascinating O’Fogarty,” “ Dolly’s Deception,” “ Handy Andy,” etc.> etc., are all to be produced. Mr Power is very funny, and Miss De Glorian sings in a way that always “ fetches ” the audience, we therefore expect to chronicle full houses on the occasion of their second appearance here. European Flax Cultivation. —Some time ago we commented on tho highly promising inducements hold out to speculators of European flax cultivation. ,Yesterday evening a puhUc meeting was hold at Wairoa, Hawke’s Bay, convened by the Chairman of the Wairoa County Council, to consider the expediency of growing European flax at Wairoa, and the following resolution was carried : —“ That a provisional committee bo appointed to ascertain what area of land farmers will guarantee to put down in flax, and if that area be sufficient to warrant it, machinery shall be imported.” There is some probability of a company being formed almost immediately to purchase seed and machinery. Winslow Cemetery Board —A meeting of this Board was held last Wednesday. Present—Messrs C. Martin (chair), J. Williams, W. Harris, and S. Chapman. Letters were read from the Ashburton County Council, stating that the sura of L 52 had been placed to the credit of the

Board with tho Bank of New Zealand, Ashburton. From the Manager of the Bank of New Zealand in reply to a letter of the Chairman’s, re the signature of tho

treasurer. From Mr W. Cuthbert, re boundaries of site. Mr Cuthbert waited upon the Board, and submitted a plan of the cemetery, which was approved of and adopted. It was decided to obtain register and receipt books, similar to those authorised by tho Waterton Board. It was resolved that tho Chairman be author-

ised to call for tenders for clearing

ploughing, fencing, and planting the site, and to obtain all the necessary materials. Mr Chapman moved, and Mr Harris seconded, that Mr Meredith be appointed sexton to the Board. The price of each plot was fixed at 10s. After passing several small accounts, the Board adjourned. Boucicault. A party of gentlemen were supping at one of the principal hotels in Boston the other night, when the conversation turned on Boucicault. One gentleman, professing to know the actor intimately, gave a programme of what he was about to do. A second knew how much he was worth and where his funds wore invested. A third, who also knew him well, remarked that he had been a guest in the hotel, but, scared by the presence of smallpox in the city, he had secluded himself in Roxbury. A fourth assured the rest there was no epidemic in the matter ; he knew for a fact that he had been carried off by a Miss , one of the loveliest girls in Boston, and had secluded himself with her. An old gentleman rising from the next table joined the group. “ Gentlemen,” he said “I am the person you are speaking of. It always affords me much pleasure to learn in this manner what I am doing : where I am, and what I am going to do ; it saves me the trouble of making up my mind. I have no idea what I am worth, but I daresay the estimate of this gentleman may bo correct. As for the epidemic, I have lately been vaccinated ineffectually. The complaint is as indifferent to mo as the young lady of whom you speak. It is very flattering to my sixty years to be accused of being carried off in such a lovely manner. I don’t object to the imputation, but the young lady might see it in another light.” That elderly gentleman then turned his back on the most surprised party of the season. Mount Hutt Road Boakd. This Board sat on Thursday last, in their office at Methven. Present —Messrs Alington, Cameron, and the Chairman (Mr Julian Jackson) The Overseer’s report was read and considered. It was resolved to have

three more crossings put in on the West Coast road, to allow the storm wafer to drain away, instead of following down the road. The Overseer was instructed to call for tenders for the following works, namely:—Shingling about one mile of the Back Track, from Haskett’s down, 25 yards of shingle to the chain; shingling throe crossings on Barker’s road; forming 20 feet wide in centre, about 47 chains of the Back road, near Henderson’s; and for re-shingling Pocock’s road, tenders to bo in by the next meeting; also for filling in the ruts and opening the water-ways; and shingling crossing on the road leading through the Broom Park property. Correspondence was read from:—The Sydenham Borough Council re shingle taken from their reserve at Cairnbrae, and requesting the Board to either fill in the pit or else pay at the rate of sixpence per yard for all shingle taken therefrom. The Overseer was instructed to write to the Sydenham Borough Council, and inform them that as the Board hid already paid at the rate of about LSD per acre, the Board considered the Council had no claim upon them; and should the Council not consider this satisfactory, the Board decides that any further claim should bo settled under the Public Works Act. A letter was received from the Chairman of the County Council, enclosing au order for the sale of land on certain roads that have been closed in this district. From the South Riikaia Road Board, enclosing a cheque for half cost of repairing the Boundary road, and requesting that should any further repairs he needed arrangements should ho made with their Board before letting the work. —lt was resolved to give the South Rakaia Road Board notice that under sections No. 82 and 83 of the Public Works Act this Board will apply to the County Council to give one Board power to deil with the Boundary road. From the Methven School Committee, requesting the Board to form and shingle certain streets in Grigg’s Township. Consideration deferred until the next meeting. The Overseer was instructed to give Mr Henderson notice to open his fence on the Chertsey road in the natural watercnurses. After passing accounts to the amount of L 124 14s 8d the Board a Ijournod till Bth of June.

A Church for Wakanui. —Mr R. Bird invites tenders for building a church at Wakanui, near the school. L 700,000 Sacrificed for a Husband—lf the Baroness Burdett-Coutts survives her marriage ten years she will have paid, without interest, L 750,000 fora husband, taking her loss consequent on marriage at L 75,000 a-year.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 638, 17 May 1882

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