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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 645, 25 May 1882
New Telegraph Stations. —Telegraph stations have been opened at the Hinds in this county, and at Kaeo, in the county of Mongonui. Departure of the Governor. Sir Arthur Gordon, having received six months’ leave of absence, goes immediately to Fiji. An Administrator is to be sent out forthwith.
Athletic. On Monday evening a match was made between Messrs J. M. O’Connor, the well-known Timaru athlete, and 0. Scrimshaw, to run half-a-milo for LSO a aide. The match is fixed for Ju:.c 24th.
The Queen’s Health. —There was only one case at the Police Court this morning—that of an old lady who had been drinking the Queen’s health too freely. She was cautioned and discharged. Borough Council Auditors, —Messrs Gundry, Curtis, Smith, and Boyle were to-day nominated for the office of auditors for the Borough of Ashburton. A poll for the election of two of the candidates is fixed for Juno Ist, at the Council chambers.
Death of Cloud. —It will bo seen from our report of the race meeting held at Dunedin yesterday, that the bay gelding Cloud, recently owned by Mr William Saunders was killed, while running in the hurdle race. His jockey fortunately escaped unhurt. Evangelistic Service. —An evangelistic service is announced to take place in the Wesleyan Church to-night, at halfpast seven, and members of the choir are asked to be in attendance at seven o’clock. Addresses by varions speakers will be given, and a cordial invitation is given to all interested to attend.
Sale at Rangitata Island. —We beg to draw the attention of our readers to the sale of stock, implements, produce, etc., to be held by Messrs Matson, Cox Co., to-morrow, at the farm of Mr ffm. Ford, Rangitata Island. Luncheon will be provided, and traps will meet the express train at the Rangitata station to convey those desirous of attending the sale, to Mr Ford’s place.
Temperance Conference. A conference of temperance workers was held at the Young Men’s Christian Association rooms, Auckland, yesterday. Sir W. Fox delivered an interesting address in favor of better temperance. Temperance subscriptions are being raised for the maintenance of Native and European temperance lectures. Negotiations are also taking place for the visit on a lecturing tour of Mr J. B. Gough. Railway Accident. —A stock train travelling North yesterday morning, carrying sheep, was thrown off the line by the engine striking a horse near Shag Point junction. The engine fell over on its side, and fifteen truck loads of sheep were upset, many of the animals being killed. The driver escaped without injury, but the fireman was badly bruised, and scalded. The line was blocked for some hours.
Wakanui Election. —The Returning Officer notifies that the nomination of candidates for the Wakanui seat will take place on June 10th next, and that the poll, if necessary, will be held on the 16th of June. The following will be the polling places County saleyards ; Town Hall, Rakaia; Pondarves schoolroom, Chsrtsey road ; schoolroom, Wakanui; Road Board office, Longbeach; and Stationmaster’s house, Hinds railway station.
The Royal Polytechnic. This favorite resort of the youth of London desirous of blending their “amusement with instruction ’’—the old Polytechnic in Regent street — is now a thing of the past, and has been shorn of its attractions by the auctioneer. Leotard, the mechanical figure in the great central hall, was knocked down to an American showman. The Polytechnic had reached a respectable old age, and fulfilled its mission. It will, however, be missed. The Young Men’s Christian Association have purchased the building. Debating Society. —A meeting of the Debating Society was held last evening. In the absence of the president and vicepresident, Mr Hogg occupied the chair. A letter of apology was read from Mr Lawrence, of Tinwald, regretting his absence. Owing to this the debate bn capital punishment was postponed. A subject for discussion was then balloted for, with the result that the question “Is war a necessary evil 1” was debated, Mr Stringer leading in the affirmative and Mr Hogg in the negative. Several others spoke. At the conclusion of the arguments the affirmative side of the question was carried by a large majority. The proceedings then terminated. Watehton. — A special meeting of the Waterton Library Hall Committee was held at the hall on Tuesday to arrange about holding a concert and dance (the first of a series for the winter months.) the opening one to take place on the 30th May inst. Members present—Messrs Davies, Taylor, Moses, Bryan, Lambert, and O’Shannasy (Hon. Sec.) Mr Taylor submitted his report to the effect that he had interviewed Messrs Wheeler and Dunn, the conductors of the Flemington Tonic Sol-fa Society, and that they would attend, to the number of twelve or fourteen, and render several pieces at the entertainment ; in fact, the sole management will be left in their hands. After the concert there will be a dance.
The Queen’s Birthday In Christchurch. —Ten thousand and forty people patronised the Exhibition yesterday. “ Hands All Round,” Tennyson’s new national song, was sung in the Concert Hall by the Choral Society, but was not pa'rticulaaly successful. It will never, in all probability, attain the popularity of “ God save the Queen-” The Trades men’s Athletic Sports were well patronised during the day, and the Theatre Royal was largely attended at night. Nine thousand people attended the Old Englisho Fayre at Christchurch yesterday. The Drill Shed has been fitted up to resemble in no small degree “ a street of yo olden tyme,” and the lady assistants are all dressed in the costumes of a by-gone age. The procession of heralds, beefeaters, pages and nondescripts attracted, a great deal of attention as it marched through the streets before the Fayre was opened. The Grand National Meeting (of which a detailed report will be found in another column) was of course an immense attraction.
Political. —The Press’ special wiring from Wellington last night says : —To-day has been observed as a close holiday in honor of the Queen’s Birthday, and neither news nor gossip seems to be stirring. The amendment moved by Mr Joyce last evening to the Address in Reply is generally condemned as a stupid blunder in tactics due to the mover's vanity. Uo hoped he might by a fluke carry his amendment, and so be in the position of having defeated the Government. Ido not know whether he contemplated being sent for by his Excellency, but it is not unlikely. However, bis aspirations met with a severe check, for, with the exception ol Mr Feldwick, his seconder, ho was met with a chorus of disapprobation on all hands. There is no doubt a considerable feeling in favor of the Premier being a member of the popular Chamber ; but the other plan, if inconvenient, is so thoroughly in accordance with constitutional practice and precedent that Hie older stagers ridicule the wild denunciations launched by the leas experienced members against a plan so well established and often adopted as that of having the Prinm Minister in the Upper House of the Legislature.
Oranoe Meeting. —The Grand Lodge of the Loyal Orangemen of the Middle Island of New Zealand, met yesterday afternoon, at the upper chamber of the Town Hall. Over fifty delegates were in attendance from Dunedin, Timaru, and Christchurch. The delegates returned by the evening trains North and South.
An Affecting Incident. —We clip the following touching incident from a contemporary :—Haverley’s Mastodon Minstrels were playing in London, and were softly singing one night to a crowded house the . chorus in ‘ 1 Old Kentucky Home.” When the last notes melted away, a strange looking figure advanced a few steps from his seat in a dark corner of the pit, and the auditors were startled at hearing a voice say earnestly and distinctly, “ Sing the dear old song again—sing for me. I’m listening hard, I’m listening low, boys, and every word is a friend to me, home to me—everything. Say, will you sing it just for me, right now and here!” It was the figure and voice of Ben Leland, an old minstrel, who left America several years ago, and after • playing in Australia made his way, a broken down man, to London, Here he supported himself by playing the banjo, but generally eked out a miserable existence. The Mastodons sang the chorus again, and the figure sank back into its seat. When the audience dispersed it remained motionless, and when an attendant came to arouse it he found Ben Leland dead.
Sad Death —The circumstances surrounding the death of Mrs David Anderson, of Otatara, which was announced on Monday (says the Southland Times) were of a singularly distressing character. Mrs Anderson, on Friday morning, having sent her elder children to school, appears to have gone to milk a cow, taking with her two children —one about four years, and the younger about eighteen months old. What occurred will never be perfectly known, but the inference! are that Mrs Anderson had finished milking, and was stooping to take the leg rope off, when the cow kicked her on the side just below the ribs, the mark of a blow being visible there. The unfortunate woman was enceinte, and the effect of the kick was such the evidence of the little child being that that she appears to have died immediately, “ Jean kick mammy, and she sleep. From that time until well on in the afternoon Mrs Anderson lay where she fell, the children crying piteously meanwhile. The first knowledge of the fatality was got by the return of the elder children from school. Information was then conveyed to Mr Anderson’s brother’s house, and also to himself at the sawmill, some four miles off. On examination it became evident that Mrs Anderson had been dead several hours, and nothing remained but to bear her body to her desolate home. The Journalist-Soldier on the Platform. —Mr Arehibald Forbes sprained his ankle in alighting from a cab in Sydney, and had to deliver his first lecture from a seat. The Masonic Hall was crowded with a brilliant assemblage. His Excellency Lord Augustus Loftus and Lady Loftus were present. The subject of the lecture was “ The Inner Life of a War Correspondent.” On appearing on the platform, Mr Forbes was greeted with enthusiastic applause. He wore a number of medals which had been awarded to him for bravery. Commencing his lecture with an anecdote relating to his experience with General Skobelofi in the early part of the Russo-Turkish War, the lecturer proceeded to explain the duties expected of a war correspondent, and then touched upon the dangers to which he was almost incessantly exposed. His account was in the main a narrative of his own career, and the audience was completely spellbound by his description of the wonderful incidents which had marked his experiences. The lecture abounded in attractive anecdote and picturesque and striking description. The lecturer’s personal reminiscences of the field of battle were pecu-
liarly interesting, and his adventures were described so graphically and with such telling effect that the sympathies of the audience were frequently aroused and their attention enchained throughout.
Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 645, 25 May 1882
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