The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, MAY 19, 1852. The Fire Brigade and the Library Site.
We are glad that the question of the Library site is now finally decided by the Borough Council. The Library Committee can now proceed with their proposed building without further delay; and we feel confident that Subscribers and the public generally are satisfied, and will endorse the action of the Council in granting a site which is sufficiently large* and, from,its position, particularly adapted for the requirements of the Brigade and the Library for many years to come. We are at a loss to understand how any objection could be raised against the proposal to have the Library building on the Brigade site. It seems to us that certain individuals..bave interested themselves all at once,on behalf of a certain public body for'the express purpose of putting obstacles in their way. The arguments 'brought forward by those not in favor of; the site being allocated for a Library, go for nothing at all. The Fire Brigade is a most useful institution, and we cannot possibly do without them, W2 admit,-but we hardly care to see them the masters of the situation. In their capacity as a Brigade, like all other well-organised institutions, they are supposed to be subservient to the Borough Council, from whom they derive a certain amounts! .revenue, in return for the expenses incurred at fires, etc., and of course should give way to the public wish. To all rightthinking minds the Brigade has not been treated with any disrespect. It will find that the station will be improved, and the members’ comfort added to, by having a convenient, warm, and well-lighted room close at hind where they can adjourn to-read, or hold their meetings after drill nights. In addition to this a' joint caretaker for :the Library and the Brigade can Vesicle on the spot and thus save considerable expense to both bodies. If'is but bare justice to Cr St. Hill, whom we gene rally oppose, to say that we are glad to | see he has actdd 'with every desire I to carry out the wishes of the public meeting' lately .held to decide upon the site, and his Worship the Mayor and Councillors Bullock, j?riedlander, and Orr who generally lobk upon questions affecting our Borough and its inhabitants in their broadest sense, all spoke in favor of both institutions being placed together on the same site, and we feel confident that there will be no cause to regret their decision hereafter, on public grounds. The public has too good an opinion of, our Brigade to think for one moment that, as, a body of well organised men, they would not conform with every good feeling to its wishes in the matter of retaining a portion of the site they already occupy in conjunction with the Public Library. It was pointed out last night that there is plenty of room on the site, and on referring to Christchurch we find the Brigade" are satisfied with far less ground space in that city than would be he case here. Let the Brigade and the Library work hand in hand. They are both required in our town, and add toils importance in the highest degree.,
The idea of having our Library close to the Fire Brigade station is also a good one, because, after all perhaps, what the. Brigade was not enabled to do last January it will be in a position to effect on another occasion (should the latter unhappily arise) —viz., to , save it from the flames.
Parliamentary. Parliament was opened at two o’clock to-day by tho Governor in person with the usual ceremonies. There was (says a telegram)" a. Very large attendance of the public.
ANew Business. -r-Mr Edward Ling,
the well-known market gardener, has opened a greengroceryTind confectionery business in Wills street, opposite tho Fire Brigade station. The sew National Bono. —To insure due rendering of the poet laureate’s new national song, the. Government have supplied Mr Williamson with copies, in order that, his opera company might perform it at the new opera house, Auckland, on Her Majesty is Birthnight.
St Stephen’s Church. —We are requested to remind the members of the Church of England that there will be a special service at St. Stephen’s- Church this evening at 7.30 p. m , and a meeting will take place afterwards in- reference to the late mission of Mrs Hampson. The Wrecks at Timaru. —lt is still a question whether more persons were not drowned on Sunday last than telegraphed. In order to gain further information, all who wept out in the various’ boats will meet to-day to compare notes. By this means it is hoped to ascertain exactly who are missing.
The ’Fhisco Mails. —Tho City of Sydney, with the April. English mails, left San Francisco’ for Auckland on the Bth of May, two days late. The Australia, with the April colonial mails, arrived at San Francisco from Auckland on the 15th May, thrpe days before the time -table date.
Woollen Factory Company. —We hear that as all the first applications for shares are allotted, any intending to apply for shares will be enabled to do so, as there are still a number of im-’ allotted shares which are retained for
local investors. They should make early application as the Company intend proceeding with their works almost immediately. , The'whole of the plant is on the ground.
Temporary Reading Room. We understand that arrangements have been
made' between the Library Committee and the Town Hall Company, to .occupy the upper room of the hall as a temporary reading room. The various periodicals, etc., now coming to hand for the Library will be laid on the table so that subscribers can avail themselves of the opportunity to peruse them there until the Library is erected..
Prize Essay.—A notice in the Gazette states that a prize of Ll 5 will be given for the best essay on Freedom of Debate in
Parliament, the competition to be open to all persons under the age of twentyfive years at this date who have passed either the junior, or senior .Civil Service examinations, and who are in the service at the time of competition. The essays to be delivered to the Secretary of the Civil Service Examination Board, Wellington, by December 31st, 1882. Gun Accident. —Stephen Smart, a blacksmith, of Kurow, North Otago, has
vhad one of his knee-caps blown off by the discharge of a gun. Ong barrel of the gun burst some time ago, injuring the hand of the person who was using it, and it was sent to the blacksmith for the purpose of having the nipples taken out. The gun was placed in the fire, and one of the barrels being loaded, exploded, blowing the unfortunate man’s knee-cap off. Old English Fair. —The Old English Fair, which has of late become such a popular institution in these colonies, is about to be, introduced in Christchurch, where great preparations are now proceeding at the Drill Shed, which is to bo turned for the norice into a street of “ye oldsn tyme.” The Fair will be opened on the Queen’s Birthday (Wednesday next); and judging by the success which has attended the efforts of its promoters elsewhere, ought to prove a big “ draw.” Keeping Wives in Order. During tho hearing of a wife assault case at the Court this morning, Mr Branson caused
some amusement by remarking that a husband was perfectly justified, under certain circumstances, in administering a little gentle correction to his better half. There was, he believed, a statute still in force, empowering a husband to whip his wife when necessary, provided he inflicted the punishment with a stick or twig “ no thicker than his little finger." llefractory wives had better mind what the 7 are about!
The Kino . Meeting. —At this gathering yesterday, the matter of the Maori . printing press was introduced by Wahanuij who advocated the establishment of same. Paul Tuahero also advocated the establishment of the press, and said he had collected L 25 towards that object. Rewi followed, and said he had already given L 8 towards it. The meeting concluded with a haka, which signified that the proceedings were at an .end. The natives are now leaving" for their respective homes. The Ngatifaukawas intend remaining in the district until the meeting of the Court, which is expected to come off at Cambridge shortly.
Power's JSsthetio Party.— We would remind our readers that Mr H irry Power’s amusing company will re-open this evening at the Town Hall, for a season of two nights. The company was m >re than ordinarily successful on the occasion of its last visit to Ashburton, and were so heartily applauded that Mr Power regretted his inability to remain here longer than one night, but promised to come back at the first opportunity. He has been as good as his word, and wo trust
that he will have no x’oason to regret it. We ought to patronise professional talent when it does come our way, which is seldom enough, in all conscience. Miss De dorian is still the “ bright: particular stair ” of the company, and several novelties will be presented. We understand Hr Moech has kindly lent the company a quantity of furniture and effects, which will doubtless prove of valuable assistance to them. ‘ .A Newspaper Directory.— We have
received from the compiler, Mr H. P. Hubbard, of Now Haven,. Connecticut, U. S. A. , his “ Newspaper and Bank Directory of the World," comprising two thick royal octavo volumes, nicely bound in crimson cloth, and exceedingly well printed and got up. It is hardly necessary to say that ,Mr Hubbard, is an American by birth, for probably only an American would have conceived the idea of bringing out such a work as that undo! notice. Tlio Newspaper Directory contains the names of thousands of newspapers published in all parts of the World, including those of a good many journals issued in this colony, but in addition to these the work comprises in its 2,500 and odd closely-printed pages, a mass of interesting information respecting newspapers, newspaper men, and the “curiosities” of journalism. On this account alone, apart from its business value, the two volumes before us deserve a place on the shelves of every newspaper office. The compilation of such a work must have entailed a vast deal of labor and research, and we can readily believe Mr Hubbard’s statement that “It has taken a large force of correspondents, copyists, translators, and writers fully seventeen months to collect, arrange, revise, prepare for the press, and supervise- the printing of the material required tb fiU the volumes.”
■ Tenders.—The Borough Council invite tenders for 1,000 yards of.shingle. To Footballers. —The local Football Olufc will play a scratch match at 2.30, when all members are requested to be in attendance. Tinwald Races and Athletic Sports. —A final meeting in connection with the late taees will be held to-morrow evening at 8 o’clock at Scott’s Hotel, Tinwald, when the balance-sheet wiil be submitted and arrangements discussed for a future meeting. Mrs Hampson’s Mission. —The united evangelistic service held last night at the Wesleyan church was well attended, there being a number of representatives present from the various denominations in town. The Revs. Messrs Nixon and Beattie were, however, unable to be present—the former through indisposition, and the latter from having a prior engagement. Addresses were given by the Rev. 0. H. Standage, Mr Hodder, and Mr J. E, Buchanan, and the singing of the United Choir was remarkably good, To-day, after the noon-day gathering, a meeting of the committee was held, when the balance-sheet of the mission was presented and other business transacted. The sub-, committee appointed to arrange for carrying on evangelistic services not having their report ready, nothing further was decided on in this matter, but we understand that no delay will be made by the gentlemen appointed to" complete : the necessary arrangements. To-night recognition services for new converts will be held in the Anglican and Presbyterian churches, and a meeting to establish a Christian Temperance Society in connection with the Wesleyans in Ashburton will be held in the Cameron street churohi The statement of accounts of the mission will appear in our'issue of to-morrow.