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District Court. —The next sitting of the District Court will be adjourned from Monday sth inst. to Tuesday the 6th. The Rink. —The rink will be open at 6.30 to-morrow night, to enable those who wish to practice dancing for the forthcoming fancy dress rink to do so—[Advt.]

Local Option. —The poll to determine whether licenses shall be increased in the Mount Hult licensing district will take place at the Road Board olhee, Methven, on Friday next. The ’Frisco Mail. —The Wanaka, with the English mail, was expected to arrive at Wellington this afternoon. The Hawea will bo detained to carry the Southern portion, and will take her departure immediately the mails are transhipped. The Ashburton portion of the mail should be to hand to-morrow.

The Late Fire at the Victorian Government Printing Office. —The fire at the Government Printing Office at Melbourne, which we lately chronicled, resulted in damage to stock and plant to the tune of L 20,000. The Fire Brigades were all away at a public demonstration, and twenty minutes elapsed before assistance could be summoned. Meantime, the building was completely gutted from floor to basement. The premises and property were insured for L 35,000. Timaru Steeplechases. —The following art the Timaru Steeplechases acceptances received last night:—Steeplechase Cup Clarence, Why Not, Katorfelto, Baron, foung Slodmere, Quamby. Maiden Handicap : Moltke, Kosciusko, Canard, Overdraft, Black Doctor, Gang Awa. The nominations for the Tally-ho Handicap were—Mr P. Butler’s Quamby, Mr W. Sherwin’s Mokarakara, Mr J. Pilbrow’s Clarence, Mr W. Douglas’s Baron and A.G., Mr D. O’Brien’s Trovatoro and Katorfelto, Mr H. Muir’s Why Not. The privileges in connection with the meeting, sold yesterday, only realised LBG.

The Roxburgh Murder. —With res pect to Kitto, the perpetrator of the recent Miller’s Flat murder, it has transpired that about four years ago he was an inmate of Dunedin Lunatic Asylum for a month. At that time, however, he was perfectly quiet and inoffensive, his delusion consisting only in a deeply-seated grudge against his son-in-law, Roggierio, who has now become his victim. Threats by Kitto against the latter are recorded in the books of the institution, and Kitto was possessed by the remarkable idea that Roggierio was the devil, a hallucination which brobably accounts for the exclama tion, “ Praise he to God,” when informe I of the fatal effect of the shot. _ At the coroner’s inquest yesterday, Kitto wis committed for trial for murder.

Tinwald Public School —Mr T. M. Wil o.i takes charge of the Tinwald school on and after Juno Ist.

Masonic. —An emergency meeting of the Thistle Lodge, S.C., is called for Thursday evening at 7.30. “ Tichbobne.”— lt is announced that the mammoth bullock “ Tichborne ” will be shown in Ashburton on Friday, Saturday, and Monday next. The Wandering Cattle Nuisance.— Owners of cattle of a roving disposition will have to min i their ps and q s in future, if the new by-law published in our advertising columns this ovening comes, as no doubt it will come, into force. The new regulation is worth reading.

The Railway Embezzlement Case at Invercargill. —Thomas William Tait, goods clerk at the Invercargill railway station, was yesterday committed for trial on the charge of embezzeling L 569, the monies of the Government. Tait was receiving LllO per annum, and no regular audit of his books had been made since February, 1831. Tb Whiti and Tohu in Dunedin.— Te Whiti and Tohu are just now “ doing ” the lions of Dunedin. Yesterday they were shown over the Daily Times printing office and Mosgiel Woollen Factory. Visiting cards were printed off for them at the former place. In the railway yards, Tohu was allowed to drive a locomotive and blow the whistle.

The Timaru Disaster.— The Union Steamship Company have forwarded a cheque for LSO on behalf of the limaru relief fund. The amateur entertainment at the Pimaru Theatre Royal, on Monday night, in aid of the fund realised LGO. An enquiry into the wreck of the City of Perth was held at Timaru yesterday, but nothing fresh transpired. “The Crown Lands Guide.” —We have to acknowledge with thanks the receipt from the Government printer of “ The Crown Lands Guide ” (No. 4). Very voluminous information is given on all matters connected with Crown Lands, under the headings—Digest of land laws, town lands, rural lands open for sale, forest and timber licenses, and lands being prepared for settlement. Two excellent maps of the North and South Islands of New Zealand are added at the end of the pamphlet. Copies are on sale at this office.

Hiroki. —We yesterday briefly stated that the extreme penalty of the law was to bo carried out in Hiroki's case. VV e learn that a special meeting of the Executive Council was held at Wellington last afternoon to consider the case of the Maori murderer. The Judge’s notes of the trial and ths evidence given were gone throngh very carefully, and ultimately a decision was arrived at that nothing appeared in the evidence or in the circumstances of the case calling for any interference with the due course of the law. It was therefore resolved that the capital sentence, shall be carried out, and a warrant for Hiroki’s execution will be issu ed forthwith.

Bills of Sale. —The Dunedin Chamber of Commerce have passed the following resolution, which is to be printed, and a copy sent to each member of the House of Assembly and the Upper House:—“ That every bill of sale hereafter executed within six calendar months before the bankruptcy of the grantor thereof, whether given to secure payment of a present advance or an existing debt, shall, as against the trustees in bankruptcy, or under any assignment for the benefit of creditors, bo deemed fraudulent and void so far as regards the property comprised in any such bill of sale; and that the time for registering a bill of sale be limited to ten days from the making thereof.”

Chinese in Ashburton. Ashburton has been lost in wonder since the erection of the new shed or store adjoining Mr Joseph Clark’s office on the Government reserve. On the structure in question appear several curious characters, apparently Chinese, which bear a rude resemblance to the letters J.C. A.D K. It has been suggested that the mysterious characters went towards forming Mr Clark’s name, and "that portions of them having got mixed up in rhe removal of the shed from Tinwald, have resulted in the extraordinary combination under notice. We fancy this is a mistaken notion, and that the letters announce the arrival in Ashburton of some wearer of the pig-tail from the Flowery Land.

Temporary Reading-room. —Wo are informed that a temporary reading-room will be opened at the upper chamber of the Town Hall to-morrow. Subscribers only will be admitted. The Town Hall Company have let the room to the Library Committee at a nominal figure, and Mr R. Elston has kindly consented to act as caretaker for a nominal consideration. The few books which were in circulation at the time of the Library fire, and were consequently not burnt, will be placed in the room —“ all that are left—left of GOO.” —or more. These will be available for the use of subscribers. Subscriptions towards the Library fund are slowly coming in. We are informed that the Hon. W. S. Peter, of the Anama station, has kindly promised to supply all the stone used in the erection of the new Library free of charge, beyond the quarrying and cartage, that is. This is a very liberal donation on the part of Mr Peter.

Upper Ashburton Road Board —The ordinary monthly meeting of this Board was held on Monday last. Present—all the members, except Mr Sargeant. The monthly report was read and considered. The Clerk therein stated that, as requested, he had taken legal proceedings against rate defaulters, and would continue to do so as the Board had desired. The Clerk was requested to write to the contractor for the district road repairs, and give him a list of roads to at once proceed repairing in terms of his contract. He was requested to apply for certain waste lands for planting purposes. He was also requested to call for tenders for metalling a portion of Hackthorne and Anama roads (Hinds), and to get several small works done in No. 5 Ward. He was further requested to get the map posted up to date and to make a list out of all sections not found in the rata roll, so that owners may be traced. Some small accounts were passed, and the Board adjourned.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 650, 31 May 1882

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