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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prevalebit. MONDAY, MAY 22, 1882.

TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.40 ;j. m. j

Tenders. —The South Bakaia Road Board invite tenders for a of works.

Postal.—On Wednesday next, Queen’s Birthday, the Post Office will be open from 7toßp. m. only. Mails will be despatched North and South per first trains. The Hunt. —ln consequence of the Grand National Steeplechases taking place on Wednesday next, we are requested to state that the local Hunt Club meet will be on Saturday instead of Thursday, as originally announced.

The Chjjrches. —We understand that the attendance at the local places of warship yesterday was unusually large, and at each church special reference was made to the success of the recent evangelical meetings in Ashburton. The A.R.C. StLeger.— The St Leger Stakes in connection with the Adelaide Racing Cluh was run on Saturday last, and resulted in a victory for Mr F. F. Deakin’s br c Darebin, by the Peer—Lurline, carrying Bst 121 b. Removal —Attention is drawn to Mr Woi. Patching’s advertisement on our frontpage. He notifies that he has removed to new premises, below Messrs Friedlander Bros., East street. We wish Mr Patching every success in his new establishment.

Another Clean Sheet. —Whether (he fact is attributable to the recent mission services in this town we do not know, but during the past few days there has been a marked absence of “ cases ” at the Police Court. It is some time since the men in blue had even a “drunk” in their clutches.

The Approaching Grand National.— Mr James Campbell sold the right® the forthcoming Grand National Steeplechase on Saturday morning. The two publicans’ booths brought L2C and Ll 7 respectively, the buyer being Mr Burke, of the .Victorian Hotel. The confectioner’s booth was bought by Mr Robinson for L 3 10s; the horse yards were passed in, as also was the right of sports. Political. —The Press special, wiring from Wellington last evening, says On Tuesday next, in the House of Representatives, leave will be asked to introduce the following Bills :—Mr Holmes—A Bill to Amend the Law Relating to distress. Sir G. Grey —A Bill to afford Relief under certain circumstances to Deferred Payment Settlers. Mr Hutchison—(l) A Bill to regulate the Liability of Consumers of Gas in New Zealand ; (2) a Bill to Amend the law relating to Evidence. Mr Swanson—The Auckland Harbor Board Empowering Bill (in Committee)

Larrikinism: at Christchurch.— Christchurch is acquiring quite an unenviable reputation for larrikinism. Only the other day the doings of a gang of ruffians at the Cathedral City caused a sensation throughout the colony, and we now learn the evil is again developing itself. During the last few nights, several persons walking near Avonside and the S tan more road have been set upon and beaten by scoundrels who have set the police at defiance. Pour or five people have complained to the authorities recently of having been 1 attacked.

. Exhibition Athletic Sports. —These sports came off on Saturday last at Christchurch, in anything but pleasant weather. However, they could not be postponed, having been put off from the previous week on account of the weather. The following were the results :—l2oyds Handicap— First prize, L 3 ; C. Hulston tscratch). Two Mile Bicycle Handicap— First prize, L2; Langdown (scratch). Half Mile Handicap—First prize, L 3 j' J. M. O’Connor (scratch). Ten Milo Bicycle Handicap—First prize, L 3 10s; J. F. Norris (200yds). Two Mile Walking Handicap—First prize. IT4 ; C. J. Laurence (300yds); A tug-of-war, prize LlO, was “ pulled off" by the Railway Cricket Club, their opponents being the Christchurch Rowing Club. Educational Institute.— A meeting of echool teachers was' held in Christchurch on Saturday, with a view to forming an Educational Institute for the dis trict of North Canterbury. The chair was occupied by the Rev. John Camming. There was a large attendance of professional men. Mr H. Cape-Williamson, the secretary of the Ashburton Teachers’ Association, having briefly explained the preliminary action taken in the matter, moved—“ That an Educational Institute be formed for North the members of such institute to consist of teachers in the North Canterbury district, and of others interested in educational matters.” Carried unanimously. Some discussion took place as to the objects of the proposed institute, when it was stated that the principal object aimed at would bo to farther the interests of education and to enable teachers to exchange ideas on subjects connected with educational matters. It was resolved to call the association the “ Educational Ins itute of North Canterbury.” . The appointment of officers for the yeir resulted as fo lows:— President, Professor J. M. Brown (of Canterbury College); vice-presidents. Rev. James Gumming, Mr Alexander (of Kaiapoi), and Mr Hector Dempsey (of Ashburton),; hon. secretary, Mr H. Cape-Wil-liameon (of Flemington); hon. treasurer, Mr J. G. L: Scott (of Gloucester street); librarian, Mr Wilkinson (of West Christ- | church). Branch district associations are | to be formed at Christchurch, Leeston, Ashburton, Akaroa, Rangiora, and at,| other places, as may be required. After , some further business had been transacted the meeting dispersed. ]

Sunday Trading at Auckland. —The Auckland police are rigidly prosecuting publicans for. Sunday trading.

Local Option at South Bakaia.— The local option poll for South Bakaia will be held on Wednesday, June 7th. Mr A. Makoig will act as presiding officer.

Beer Drinkers Beware! —At Auckland on Saturday, Frank B, Scott, charged with drawing beer from a cask with the stamp „ undefaoed, was find 20a and costs.

Dunedin’s Street Lamps. —lt was mentioned during a recent discussion of the Dunedin Council that there are 494 street lamps in the city, and their annual cost is L 4,197 12s. A Maori Ambassador. Major Te Wheoro, M.H.R., is expected at Wellington from Auckland. He is understood to be the bearer of certain proposals from the Kingites to the Government. An Agricultural College por-Dune-din. —The committee of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce has recommended the Chamber to lend every assistance towards forwarding a movement for the establishment of an Agricultural College in Dunedin.

No Provision in the Act.— The Invercargill county solicitor has informed the Southland Council that no provision having been made in the new Licensing Act, therefore no license fees were eligible for keepers of billiard and bagatelle tables.

The Shipping Disaster at Timaru. — The City of Perth is being relieved of her cargo—6,ooo bags of grain—with all possible despatch. The grain is as yet uninjured. Captain McDonald was to inspect the vessel to-day, and decide on the next steps. The funeral of the chief officer, Mr John Blacklook, took place yesterday afternoon, and was attended by an immense number of people. The Freemasons attended in large numbers. The cortege was preceded by the Artillery Band, playing the “Dead March.” The obsequies at the grave were very impressive. The Rev. Mr Gillies, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, read the burial service, and the Bey. Mr Beck performed the Masonic ceremonies.

k Singular Incident.—A Kaitangata correspondent writes to the Daily Times ; —“ Two years ago Mr H. Clemens, of Kaitangata, lost a gold albert chain when forking in the field, on Mr Blackie’s farm. He gaveit up as lost for ever. Recently Clemens’ father purchased a bag of fowlfeed from Mr Blackie, and on opening the bag, to his utter astonishment, there was his son’s chain, with only one link displaced. The chain had passed through the threshing and Stacking processes with only slight damage. But what is most extraordinary is, that of the many hundred bags sold by Mr Blackie, the chain was discovered in the last one sold. This extraordinary find is very much spoken of by the people of the district.” “Breach op Promise” in Germany. —Actions for breach of-- promise are so rare in Germany that, when one does occur, it is interesting to read the details. A Miss Constance Kirschner recently brought an action of this kind against her faithless swain, a goldsmith, named Mr John Fnndel, ’in which she sued for the fiftfilment of his promise, or, alternatively, damages to the amount of Ll5O. In the present state of the law in Germany, the Court could not award the fair plaintiff any pecuniary compensation ; but the defendant was formally adjudged to be guilty of breaking his promise, and, further, legally bound to marry his betrothed. The judgment having been duly communicated to all the Matrimonial Courts in the Empire, Miss Kirschner has the satisfaction of knowing that, if her truant lover will not marry her, he cannot marry any other lady in Germany. Sending Money by Post. —The Melbourne Argus says that thefts of money from letters transmitted through the post appear to bo Increasing «n frequency. _lt is an everyday occurrence, Detective Lomax told the Bench, for letter sorters and other employees to open letters, take Out the valuable contents, and close them up again without leaving any trace of their misconduct. “It must be admitted,” says our contemporary, “that the careless manner in which money and other valuables are forwaided through the post offers irresistible temptations to the dishonest A bank note in a letter is detected at once by a practised hand, and if it can be got out of the envelope the chances are that the theft will never be discovered. Letters containing bank notes are therefore constantly being tatnpered with, but one rarely hears of cheques or post office orders going astray. In the first place simple pieces of paper do not betray their presence like bank notes; and in the second, little nse could be made of them if they were abstracted. The remedy for post office thefts is obvious. Peop'e who have money to send should employ cheques or post office orders, or register their letters.” The Boots Did ir. — A correspondent writes to the Echo A few years ago, a friend of mine—there is no harm now in telling the story, as the superstition referred to in it is exploded, if not everywhere, certainly among youpreaders—was taking a country walk with a .friend, a clergyman, when the latter suddenly wheeled round, his. face towards home, with the remark, “ Let us go back, I’m

tired ; I was called up in the middle of the night to baptise a child that was dying.” “Were you in time?” asked my friend.

“Just,” was the reply; another half minute and I should have been too late.” “And if you had been, what then 2” “ Why, then, I suppose the poor little thing would .have been lost.” “Eternally?” “Well, yes, according to our belief.” “ May I ask what sort of boots you wear ?” said my friend. “ Boots ! elastic-sided, always.” “ Now, suppose you wore laced, and they had taken two minutes to put on, the child would have been dead, and—lost eternally, eh?” “ That is a peculiar view of the question ; I must think over my position,” Two days after, the clergyman met my friend, and said, “I have thought that over, and must alter my view. The boots did it. ”

“ Medical Comforts "' at the Melbourne Hospital. —With regard to the consumption of spirits at the Melbourne Hospital, the Argus observes: —“ Some of the statements would seem incredible, did we not knew they were found on tho official records. We read of patients consuming 11 and 15 bottles of brandy per month ; of a medical officer having 18 patients under his charge, prescribing 1,3850 z brandy, 2300 z. wine, two bottles of champagne, 134 bottles of ala and porter, and 194 bottles of lemonade and sodawater during one mouth ; of a female patient whose daily “ comforts ” consisted of 4oz. brandy, 6oz. wine, two pints of milk, fish, 6 oysters, and two bottles of sodawater. These are only a few samples of the reckless extravagance which is permitted. How should matters be otherwise when there is no steady check kept on waste —when, as Dr Motherwell asserts, the monthly reports concerning the different items *of expenditure, etc., are laid on the table, but are never even opened ? The worst feature about the whole affair is that it seems impossible to secure any permanent reform. Mr Gilbee mentioned the various attempts that had been made to bring the consumption of spirits, wine, and beer within reason, but though in each case some success was achieved, it proved only temporary. On the last occasion, when “the Committee was bold enough to go into the matter, the expenditure on these luxuries was reduced LI,OOO or L 1,500 a year,” but the outlay has gradually been mounting up again, to the depletion of the charity, and the great increase, doubtless, of drunkenness.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prevalebit. MONDAY, MAY 22, 1882., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 642, 22 May 1882

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prevalebit. MONDAY, MAY 22, 1882. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 642, 22 May 1882

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