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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 648, 29 May 1882
Ashburton at the Exhibition. —We notice that Mrs Kingston, of Ashburton, received an “honorable mention ”in the awards at the Christchurch Exhibition, for cushion and crewel embroidery.
Attacked by a Boar. —A son of Daniel Colley, of Pungremii, near Auckland, was horribly gored by a boar on Saturday, which ripped both legs almost from tho knee to tho thigh, and completely ripped open the bowels.
Struck Oil. —Considerable excitement was occasioned at Greymouth on Saturday, by a rich strike of stone in the Keep It Dark, Reefton. The sample is richer than anything ever seen on this field before. It is estimated that four bags of stone brought up contains from two to three hundred ounces of gold. The gold is being retorted. The same shot of gold has been passed in the lower slopes, though not so rich. There is a great demand for shares.
Sale of Racehorses. —Mousetrap was submitted to auction at Tattersall’s on Saturday, and was knocked down to Mr Dosborough, of Southbridge, for 40gs. Mountain Deer was purchased by Mr Lawson, of Southland, for GOgs, but neither Katerfelto nor Trovatore changed hands. Messrs J. T. Ford and Co. submitted Clarence and Flap Jack, the former falling to the nod of Mr R. Richardson for 180 gs, the same gentleman securing Flap Jack for 31gs.— Times.
The Fancy Dress Pink. —By all accounts the fancy dress rink to ho held on the Bth of June, at the Town llall, is likely to be a great success. Those who would like to be present as rinkers, and who have “ nothing *o wear,” need only apply to Mr Robert Elston, at the Town Hall, when they will be able to select costumes from a very largo and varied stock, and will thus be enabled to attend the festival in any “rig,” from a Prime Minister’s to that of a negro minstrel.
The Accident to Dr Ross.—Wo are happy to bo able to state that Dr Ross is progressing as favorably as can bo expected. It appears that it was the formidable water-jump at Tinwald which brought the worthy doctor to earth. He was riding his recent purchase, Musket, at the timo, and had successfully negotiated the obstacle, but owing to the slippery nature of the take-off, the horse lost his footing and stumbled, the doctor’s legs being jammed between the side of the ditch—and which forms part of the jump—and his horse’s shoulder. This accident cast quite a gloom over those present at flio limit, and although we trust the doctor will soon bo about again, bis genial presence can bo ill spared in the field, while those who are dependent upon his professional care will not feel very favorable towards the sport of which he is such an ardent votary.
A Singular Coincidence. —The “own correspondent” of the Lyttelton Times at Wakanui is evidently a remarkable person. In to-day’s issue of the Times appears a letter from Wakanui, in which the “ own,” speaking of the collection of agricultural statistics, says I think that an easy and inexpensive, and at the same time reliable, method of gathering this kind of information would bo to require all threshing machine proprietors to send an account of the number of bushels of grain threshed by their machines to some person appointed by the Government for the purpose.” The suggestion is a very valuable one indeed ; but—ah, those bnts !—it is not exactly original. It his already been made by Mr Hugo Friedlanclor at the County Council table, and has been justly commended. The Wakanui correspondent’s notion of seeding in the item as his own is suggestive of Sir Fretful Plagiary and the critic in Sheridan’s famous comedy. “Perdition catch my soul, but I do love thee still,” exclaims one of Sir Fretful’s characters. “ Strange,” says the critic, “ but those words appear familiar to mo.” “ Impossible,” says the author, “they are absolutely original.” “Possibly,” responds the critic; “ but they occur in “ Othello ” nevertheless.” “ Then,” says Sir Fretful Plagiary, “if they do, all I have got to say is, that it must be a case of two great men having thought of the same thing!”
Clearing Sale.- Attention is directed to the clearing sale of Mr John Thompson’s stock and farm plant, which takes to-morrow at Mr Thompson’s homestead, near the saleyards. Mr Bullock is the auctioneer.
Artistic. —We have been shown some very pretty little pictures by Mr G. F. Henry, bookseller and photographer, of East street, which are decidedly worth framing, and are well adapted for hanging in hod-rooms or parlors. Some of the pictures may be seen in Mr Henry’s window.
Awkward. —We understand that the Government has given notice to occupiers of corner sections of the Railway Reserve on either side of the lino to remove their buildings, Ac., within ten days. The notice also states that after the Government has obtained the space necessary for their requirements, present occupiers will be to tender for the balance of the sections. Several of our most enterprising townsmen will, through this action, be put to considerable trouble and expense. Exhibition Award to Ashburton.— Amongst the Exhibition awards we are glad to notice that Mr George Wood, of the Lion Brewery Company, in this town, has succeeded in taking the bronze medal for stout in bulk. The judges stated that the other prizetaker’s exhibit with Mr Wood’s stood out distidctly superior to the other competitors. As this was the first brew of the new brewery, Mr Wood deserves every congratulation from his fellow townsmen on the success of his first exhibit.
The City op Perth. —The hull and sails of the ship City of Perth were sold at auction yesterday for LBSO. As the vessel is said to be worth LIO,OOO the purchasers ought to make a “liao” out of their bargain. Speaking of the sale the Timaru Herald says : —The purchasers of tho City of Perth, of whom Captain McGowan, late of the ship Bouvenue, is one, intend to use every exertion to get her afloat, and with this object in view have secured the services of the tug Lyttelton, to come about Wednesday or Thursday. They have also hired two centrifugal pumps capable of throwing 1,500 gallons per minute, to pump her oat, and these are expected from Port Chalmers to-day. A number of men, under the direction of Captain McGowan, were employed on board the City of Perth yesterday in dismantling the vessel. It is intended to strip her to her lower masts, and to discharge all but about eighty tons of grain out of her, so as to lighten her as much as possible. Up to yesterday afternoon there was no appreciable sign of the water in her hold increasing, and she was all afloat at about half-tide. We trust the spirited enterprise of those who have bought her will be rewarded in tho way it deserves to bo, and that ere tho present week is out the City of Perth will be in dock in Port Chalmers. Asuburton Hunt Club. —Tho hounds met at Tinwald on Saturday afternoon, when there was a very fair muster of the usual followers. Owing to the absence of the secretary, who had selected the country, there was a considerable delay before Mr Saunders was able to cast off. The first obstacle, a bare wire fence, which the rest of the field wisely avoided, brought the huntsman down, but, notwithstanding the fall being an unusually severe one, he was with his hounds at the third fence, and occupied his customary position for the remainder of the run. The hounds travelled at a great pa;ie, and soon had the bulk of the field in trouble, but a few of the best mounted stuck to them and enjoyed a very pretty run. We must compHment the huntsman on the condition ho has brought his hounds to; they work with a dash and accuracy which would not disgrace many more pretentions packs, and there appears no disposition to complain of the pace on the part of tho hardest rider. The second run was over the Tinwald Steeplechase course, tho sensational water jump being the first obstacle. Unfortunately this brought a majority of those who attempted it to grief, and Dr Ross, one of the pluckiest and most popular members of the club, sustained a fractured leg, as briefly stated by us on Saturday. The next meet will be at Chertsey, on Thursday, at 2 p.m.
Police Court. —At the Court this morning, before Mr H. Alcorn, J.P., and Mr T. Bullock, J.P., Thomas Hunt, lately seaman on the City of Perth, was charged with doing wilful damage to a railway carriage, and also with wilfully annoying the passengers in the train. It appeared from the evidence of two platelayers and Daniel McFarlane, guard, that the defendant got into the last train from the South at the Hinds station on Saturday night. He was very troublesome, and after making some disagreeable allusions to knocking out the brains of his fellow passengers, and remarking that he would make the guard’s head “like a boiled cabbage,” the defendant deliberately kicked in the panel of the door communicating with the next carriage. On arrival at the Ashburton station ho was given in charge.—Mr Pilkington, station-master, said the damage done would amount to 40s.—Defendant : I saved a railway truck the other day, and they gave me half-a-crown; but for kicking a carriage door lam charged 40s. I
hardly know what I did I had had a glass or two too much.—The .Bench said the case was a very serious one, and fined defendant 40s or fourteen days on the first charge, and 20s or seven days on the second, also ordering him to pay for the damage done. George Campbell was ch; irged with being drunk in a public place in Ashburton at five o’clock last evening.—Defendant : Let me off, your Worships, this time, and I will go and take the pledge right away.—Sergeant Felton remarked that this was not the first time the defendant had made a similar promise.—Fined 20s, with the alterative of forty-eight hours’ imprisonment. Richard Baile was fined 10s for drunken ness.
Thk Deferred Payment System.— A mooting of deferred payment settlers was held at Dunedin on Saturday. Thirty were present, several representing entire districts. The result of the deliberation was embodied in a petition to Parliament, which will bo sent round for signature. It urges that many bought their lands at a time of land fever, and paid beyond the real value. That in order to avert the confiscation provided by the Land Act in cases whore payments are in arrear, they have had to borrow money, with which they have p .id in full the remaining unpaid instalments, though in such cases they have received no rebate of interest from the Government, and consequently are practically paying interest on the same sum of money to the Government and to their mortgagors. That by the Land Act, 1877, the Legislature did not j intend to raise the price of laud to L 3, hut Judge Williams advised the local Board the Act had that effect. That consequently many paid L 3 an aero for land really only intended to be charged at 30s. That the provisions so raising
the price wore repealed during 1379, but such repeal was not made retroactive, as many in purchasing wore led to expect it would be, and that in the opinion of the petitioners their lands should be revalued by competent and impartial persons, and a rearrangement of the terms of payment also effected. Further, that the Bill prepared by Mr J. A. Connell, of Dunedin, is eminently suitable to their case, and is approved of by them, except that personal residence on pastoral deferred payment land should bo retained. The meeting passed a special vote of thanks to Mr Connell for his exertions on behalf of deferred payment settlers.
Brickyard Improvements —Owing to t’ e i 1 creased demand for bricks, Messrs Friedlander Bros, are about to make very considerable improvements in the Kolmar Brickyards, on the North East Belt. The work will commence directly, and in a few days we purpose giving our readers a detailed description of the improvements. Wakamji Roll. —The last supplementary electoral roll has now been printed, and contains 337 additional names of persons entitled (?) to vote, making a total ..f 1793 on the roll. Taking the census return for Wakanui as showing 2,300 persons, including men, women, and children, the district is having the benefit of the franchise as well as could bo expected. It is, however, extraoriinary that such a large number of names should now be added to the roll. Out of 337 new names, there are only 11 names of farmers claiming under the property qualification, 3 only of whom live in the district, and only 41 claim under the freehold qualification.
Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 648, 29 May 1882
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