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Tobacco Growing. —A movement is being made in Auckland to found a tobacco growing and manufacturing company. Chimney on Fire. —Last night, about 8 o’clock, one of the chimneys of the Panama boarding-house caught fire, and considerably startled the people who were passing at the time. Prompt measures, however, were resorted to, and all danger was averted. A Phenomenon. —A rare phenomenon was observed last night at about ten o’clock, in the shape of a lunar rainbow. The bow was very complete, but no colors were distinguishable. It was, however, a beautiful sight, the pale appearance of the rainbow being brought out distinctly by a background of heavy, black clouds.

Removal.— Mrs Harper notifies he r removal from the A 1 Restaurant to promises in Wills street. Wakanui Election —Mr A. Saunders will address the electors of Wakanui at the Town Hall on Wednesday evening next.

County Council. —Mr Andrew Macfarlane has been duly elected to represent the riding of Mount Somers at the County Council table, he being the only candidate nominated on Saturday for the office. Oamaru Steeplechases. —The followare the acceptances for the Oamaru Steeplechase Handicap:—Clarence, Baron, Why Not, Rocket, Young Sledmere, A.G., Trovatore, and Black Doctor. Harvest Returns. —The Taieri County Council refuse to recommend the system of threshing-mill owners returning the grain statistics, as much of the grain in the Taieri is not threshed till months after harvest.

Agricultural College. —The Wallace County Council look favorably on the Rev. Mr Jenner’s proposal for an agricultural college for Otago and Southland, and have asked their representative in Parliament to give it his warmest support. Ashburton Building Society. The usual monthly meeting of the Ashburton Permanent Building and Investment Society for receipt of payments will be held at the Secretary's office from 9 a.m. to 4,30 p.m., and at Mr Bullock’s office from 630 to 8 p. m. to-morrow. The “Commercial.” Messrs Elz Bros, have asked us to notice a new bugey turned out by them, the “Commercial,” which is certainly a well-finished and very conveniently-arranged vehicle, with plenty of stowage room. The firm intend to make this buggy a specialty. Journalistic Changes. A West Coast contemporary of tho 30th ult. states that aMr C. C. M‘Carthy, late schoolmaster of the Greymouth Roman Catholic School, left yesterday for Ashburton, where, it is understood, he will join the staff of Mr Ivess’ paper. Horticultural Society. —The monthly meeting of the above will be held to-mor-row night at Mr Jones’ upper room at 8. This meeting is open to all members of the society, who are requested to be present. The presentation to Mr S. E, Poyntz will take place during the even-

A Good Suggestion. —At a meeting on Saturday of the Invercargill North licensing district, the police drew attention to the want of means of escape from public houses in case of fire. Tlio committee cordially concurred with a suggestion that in the case of two-storey houses especially, supplying such appliances should be made compulsory. The applicants for renewals of licenses undertook to have rope-ladders or other means of escape from the upper stories provided. St. Stephen’s Church. —A tea meeting and concert will be held at the Town Hall on Thursday, 29th inst., in connection with the above Church. At two o’clock on the afternoon of the 29th a stall will be opened in the Town Hall for the sale of useful and ornamental articles. The proceeds will be divided between the General Church Fund and the Sunday School Building Fund. Tea will be on the tables at 5.30, and the concert will take place at 7.30. Railway Employees and their Overtime. —It is understood a railway employee in the locomotive department of the Southland railways intends to commence an action against the Government for overtime, alleged to have been promised by one of the Ministers, but never paid. He has kept an accurate record of his time for several years, and it is underI stood that his claim will amount to a tidy sum. Should he succeed there are a number of others prepared to follow suit. There is still a great scarcity of trucks on the Southland railways. Linseed Flax. —On Friday last, says the Timaru Herald, Mr E. Pilbrow forwarded to Mr J. Pearce, rope and twine manufacturer, Christchurch, a truck load of linseed flax, grown on his farm near Temuka. This is the first export of locally grown linseed flax from South Canterbury, and we are glad to learn that Mr Pilbrow intends forwarding some more in the course of a day or two. He deserves the best thanks of the district for the energetic efforts he is making to open up a new and thriving industry, and we hope his example will be numerously followed. A Wintry Visitor. —Some surprise was caused this morning when on getting out of bed, Ashburtonians found the ground covered with snow. It was'not very thick, but sufficiently so to enable the youth of Ashburton to indulge in the sport dear to boys everywhere—a good game of snowballing. The snow soon turned into sludge while the weather has been c >ld enough during the day to remind us of some of the winters at Home. However, we must not complain, for we have had splendid weather so far, and the “ shortest day ” —the half-way house to spring—is now rapidly approaching. Fatal Accident at Christchurch.— We take the following particulars of a tragic occurrence (which was briefly ! mentioned in our telegrams on Saturday) from this morning’s Press : On Saturday, about half-past eight o’clock, a fatal accident happened to a man named Ralph Reading, who owned a portable steam sawing-machine, and was in the habit of taking contracts for cutting firewood for various coal and firewood merchants in Christchurch and its vicinity. At the time in question deceased was working in Messrs T, and E. Pavitt’s timber yard on the South Belt, and whilst in the act of traversing a log of wood the saw broke into three or four pieces, one of which struck Reading in the face, com-

pletely bisecting his head. Death resulted instantaneously. Sergeant Brooks and Constable Fluellen was soon on the spot, and the constable at once conveyed the body of the unfortunate man to the morgue. It is stated that the saw was a new one, having been purchased only the day previously. A short time ago deceased was seriously injured by a piece of wood flying from a saw, which, striking him on the face, broke his left jaw, and very much disfigured him. Deceased, who lived in Kingsley street, Sydenham, leaves a wife and family. Political.— The own correspondent of

I the Press wiring from Wellington last night says : —The Canterbury and Westland members met together yesterday, the meeting being convened by Mr Weston and Mr Wright. There were twenty-five present. It was moved that Sir John Hall take the chair, but Sir John declined and proposed Mr E. G. Wright in his stead. Mr Wright was duly elected. As in most other “ local ” meetings the ques- [ tion for consideration was what works ought to bo constructed out of the new loan if carried and floated. There was some discussion and difference of opinion relative to the desirableness of further borrowing at present, but in the end it was agreed that this question should be waived in the meantime, and that members should hold themselves free to vote for or against a loan, discussing now merely its allocation if passed It was generally held that railway connection between Canterbury and Westland and northward past Hurunui was desirable,

and ought to be among the new works out of the loan, but no definite resolution was passed. A committee was appointed, consisting of Messrs Wright, Weston,

Seddon, Postlethwaite, Mcllwraith, Steward and Holmes, to obtain all needful information and to report to a future meeting. The Stanmore case is now practically settled, and Mr Pilliet loaves tb-morrow for Christchurch to conduct his election campaign, an indemnified man.

The Railway Platform. —On Saturday workmen were engaged placing truck loads of broken bricks on the platform at the railway station, these by no means add to the comfort of travellers who desire to gain access to the refreshment room, the ladies especially complaining of the exceedingly uneven nature of the “going.” We should think the growing traffic of the district would warrant the Government in expending a few pounds in the necessary work of Laying asphalt on a pathway so much used by visitors to the town. Here is a chance for our local Joseph Hume, if he will but descend from his airy “ tre-a-tises ” on law reform and the incidence of taxation; and come to something practical, should he obtain the much coveted M.H.R.-ship.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 654, 5 June 1882

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