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Appointment. —Mr S. Holland has been re-appointed poandkeeper of the Waterton pound. Rabbits. —Two hundred rabbits will be submitted to the hammer to-morrow by Mr Alfred Harrison.

Dressmaking. Miss Kingsbury announces having commenced business in the dressmaking and underclothing lino. Mr Saunders’ Committee. —The gentlemen composing Mr Saunders’ election committee are requested to meet, at the central committee rooms, at eight o’clock this evening.

Steeplechase Accident. —The accident to Mr Kelly, the rider of Moltke at the Timaru steeplechases, is not a serious one wo are glad to hear. Beyond a severe shaking he is none the worse for the fall.

Tenders. —The overseer of the Mount Hutt Road Board invites tenders for shingling, formation, etc., of roads in the Board’s district, and Mr R. Bird calls for tenders for building an eight-roomed house on the Alford Fdrest road.

“Woman’s Rights.” —A man named Howie, a resident in Auckland, given to liquor to the annoyance of his wife and family, was seized by her, with the help of three other women, put on his bed and well horsewhipped. 'Notwithstanding this he was brought up yesterday for being drunk and disorderly, and fined 20s and costs in the Police Court. The French in the South Seas.— Says an Auckland item By the arrival of a schooner from Tahiti intelligence has been received that fears are entertained that the French are about to take possession of the Harvey group, South Sea Islands. The cause of alarm has arisen from the recent arrival of a French war vessel at Rurrarutu and Rimatua, with the suspected object of hoisting the flag of protection.” Bunny. —FromOtaga we learn that the inspectors under the Rabbit Act find great difficulty in making headway against the plague, owing to the unwillingness of small holders to do anything, and more especially to the large number of Crown reserves, which become breeding grounds. There is a growing feeling amongst large landowners that no plan but introducing the natural enemies of the rabbit will be effective.

The Execution of Hiroki. —The warrant for the execution of the murderer Hiroki has been signed by his Excellency the Governor and transmitted by yesterday’s steamer to the Sheriff of Taranaki, who will have to fix the day of execution and make the needful arrangements. The Government have also forwarded to New Plymouth improved apparatus used in Wellington for the hanging of Tuhi, the murderer of Miss Dobie eighteen months ago. The governor of Wellington gaol goes to New Plymouth to give the necessary directions.

Agricultural Statistics. —At the ordinary meeting of the Waimate County Council, held on Wednesday last, when Mr Hugo Friedlander’s resolution, re collecting their statistics from the owners of threshing machines, which was passed by our own Council, came on for discussion, it was resolved —“That this Council concur with the Ashburton County Council, and are of opinion it would be the most useful system to adopt in arriving at the correct agricultural statistics of the county, and that the Government bo advised of the resolution passed by this Council.”

Pouch Court. —4. t Police Court this morning, before Mr Beswick, R.M., and Mr 0. P. Cox, J.P., M. Wilson was charged with being drunk while in charge of a horse. Mr Wilding appeared for defendant, and stated that he had taken the pledge that morning, and proposed henceforth to bo a total abstainer. No person had been endangered or inconvenienced by the defendant’s conduct, and he (Mr Wilding) would ask that, under the circumstances, he might be leniently dealt with. Fined 10s. R. Ruddock was charged with having two unregistered dogs in his possession. Case adjourned for a week. A charge of ill-treating a horse, against W. Fleming, was withdrawn on the application of the police. M. Wilson was then charged with being an habitual drunkard, but the case was adjourned. Licensing Meeting at Mount Hutt.— The annual meeting of Licensing Commissioners for the district of Mount Hutt mot at the Mount Hutt Road Board office to-day (Friday) at noon. The only licensed house in the district is the Mcthven Hotel, kept by Robert Patton. The police reported "as follows ; —This house has six outside doors, and for fire prevention purposes there are throe iron tanks of 400 gallons each on a level with the top of the ceiling of the upstairs floor, kept filled by a “ ram ” working in the water-race, with piping distributed over the building, and with three taps with hose attached, forming the most complete arrangement for fire prevention purposes of any hotel in the county. There are two staircases and three long ladders. The house has been considerably enlarged." The report on the management of the house was as follows ;—“ Better managed lately. Was a very rough, rowdy house a few months ago.” The police offering no objections, the renewal of the license was granted to Mr Patton.

Borough Auditors —The annual election for Borough Auditors took place yesterday, and resulted in the election of Messrs Alfred Curtis and W. H. Gundry, Messrs W, R. Boyle and W. Smith were also candidates for the office. R.M. Court. —The following civil cases were heard this afternoon :—Upper Ashburton Road Board v. McKerrow, L 3 5s lOd, pound rates. Judgment by default for amount claimed.—Phillips v Compton, L 3. Judgment by default for amount claimed.—Harper v Knight. Dismissed, owing to the plaintiff being a bankrupt.

The Timaru Catastrophe. —Another body was found jammed in the rocks in the neighborhood of the wrecks yesterday, and was extricated with difficulty. It is supposed to be that of Martin Bates. Three are still missing. The work of launching the ship City of Perth is being greatly delayed by the weather. There is no alteration for the worse either in the vessel or her position. Rinking. —Last evening a very successful practice of the rinking Club was held in the Town Hall. There was a large attendance. A polonaise was danced very nicely by the more proficient members, and was effectively led by Mias Shury and Mr H. Zander. This was followed by a quadrille, polka, and waltz, the practice ending with a steeplechase, performed by the young male experts. It is decided, we believe, to wind up the entertainment, which takes place on Thursday next, with a dance after the rinking is oyer, at which, however, only those attired in fancy dress will be allowed to take part.

Hunt Club, The hounds met at Ohertsey yesterday, and were supported by a considerable number of local sportsmen and small contingents from Ashburton and Rakaia, making up a field of about fifty. The line selected was a particularly good one, and the run was generally pronounced the best of the season. Daring the second run rain commenced to fall, rendering the ground very slippery, and a few falls resulted ; Mr Crawley, who has so efficiently discharged the duties of whip, breaking his collar-bone. Amongst several strangers who were prominent throughout, we noticed the master huntsman, Messrs Denshire, Learmoulh, Crawley, Dicken, Mulligan, Miller, De la Orouce, Smith, and others. The next meet will be near Ashburton. Affiliation. —At the R.M. Court this afternoon, before Mr Beswick, William Mahoney, formerly of Ashburton, but How of Southbridge, was summoned by Laura Watkins to show cause why ho should not contribute towards the support of his illegitimate child. Mr Branson appeared for Miss Watkins. The defendant did not eppear. Mr Branson read a letter received by him from Mahonsy, stating that he had not seen Miss Watkins for nearly two years, and he therefore failed to see how he could be responsible for the maintenance of the child. He had no money penny,” in proof of which he (Mr Branson) could make any enquiry he thought fit at the Bank of New Zealand, Southbridge. After hearing evidence as to the intimacy that existed between the parties. His Worship made an order on Mahoney to pay 6s a week towards the support of the child up to the age Jof 12 years, and to pay the expenses incurred by the complainant in connection with the case.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 652, 2 June 1882

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