The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 1882.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 440 p. m. j
To Publicans. —We would remind publicans that, under the now Act, they must pav the license fees within fourteen days of'the granting of the licenses, otherwise they become null and void ; and the holders must “ shut up shop ” for twelve months or until, that is, the next meeting of Committee. Tun Election.—The town has been in a state of considerable excitement all day in consequence of the “ great event, ’ and theC.>unty Saleyardshave attracted a < r ood number of visitors, amongst whom we noticed Mr 13. G. Wright, M.H.R., who came down specially from Wellington to be “in at the death.” Up to 3.30 about 300 “ free and independent ” ones reto ded their votes, and so far as could beglemed from outside sources, the polling at the hour specified slightly favored Mr Suu.idera. From Rakaia we hear that Mr Saunders was about 30 ahead at three o’clock.
A Warning to Larrikins.—At the Magistrate’s Court, Lyttelton, yesterday morning, a lad of sixteen or seventeen years of age, against whom were two previous convictions, was fined Lo or one month’s iraprisnnment, for using indecent language in a public thoroughfare. Mr Ollivier and Mr J. W. Smith were on the Bench, and the R.M. expressed his intention of severely punishing any offenders that might come before him on similar charges, as he considered that the larrikin clement was attaining such proportions that extreme measures were required to stamp it out. Press. The Courthouse. To-day has been charmingly mild and spring like, and on that account, wo presume, there was a roaring fire in the Courthouse this morning. The glowing embei’3 looked cheerful enough, but the fire was as unnecessary to-day as it was badly wanted on Monday week, when the Licensing Committee for the Borough sat, and Committee, solicitors, reporters, policemen, and publicans, sat for two hours in the draughty Courthouse shivering witli cold, and wondering whether there had been a sudden rise in “the price of coal.” The snow lay on the ground without. The cold was extreme.
The Public Works Bill. —Mr Wright, in committee, will move the following new clause in the Public Works Bill : “ The railways working account, published monthly, shall show the gross cost of construction of every railway or section of railway, including the cost of rolling stock and all incidental expenditure, provided that for the purpose of these monthly returns the cost as ascertained at the end of each financial year shall be inserted as the cost during the twelve months next ensuing. The annual returns of railway expenditure shall show in a separate column the cost of all renewals of the permanent way, as distinct from the cost of ordinary maintenance.” The Stranded City of Perth.—Speaking of the heavy seas experienced at 'Jimaru yesterday, the Herald says : “ The worst that has happened has been tiie delaying of the getting off of tho City of Perth, which would in all probability have been effected yesterday if the swell had not set in. It is believed that she has sustained no seiious damage from the seas of yesterday. Her owners took the precaution to fill her with water to keep her more steady, and left open the main hatch to allow of move water entering. She lay with a considerable list to starboard, and at high tide tho lower aide of the main dock was continually buried in the water, the crests of the waves washing high up the deck. A good many seas broke heavily over her bows, but they failed to stir her. The tug Lyttelton anchored some distance out, where she rode easily. We understand she is to stay a week if necessary, to take advantage of any opportunity that may offer for towing off the stranded ship.”
Hunt Club. Tho hounds met at llakaia yesterday, but owing to the unnegotiable character of the fences tho run was shorn of the usual interest. Only about a dozen horsemen essayed to follow, and of these Messrs E. and S. Saunders, on All Fours and Mr Winter’s Charlie, were alone able to see the sport. These two horses jumped in magnificent style over a country which should never have been selected for such a purpose ; in fact, was too big for a Grand National. We are glad to bo assured by the authorities that they will, in future, see that tho country hunted will be of a stnctly reasonable nature. Accidents, of late, have been far too frequent, and we are sorry to have to chronicle another yesterday. At the first fence in the second run Mr S. Saunders fell and, his horse rolling over him, he was rendered insensible. However, he was about and able to return to Ashburton in the course of an hour, apparently little tho worse for his shaking.
St Andrew’s Church. —Last night the Tinwald Temperance Hall was very tastefully decorated on the occasion of a tea and entertainment in aid of the funds of St Andrew’s Church. The business arrangements connected therewith had been wisely left in the hands of Mr 6. Jephson, and great credit is due to that indefatigable gentleman for the energetic manner in which everything was conducted. The tea was of a very superior description, and reflected great credit on its promoters. The “bachelors’ table” was catered for by Mr A. Thiele, of Ashburton, tho other tables being provided for and presided over by the following ladies : —Mesdames Cuter, Scott, Teppit*s, Lawrence, Corrigan, Scowen, Clark, and Miss Clark; Misses Sanderson and A. Clark attending to tho wants of tho “ bachelors ” at their table. The concert, which took place about eight o’clock, was a great success. The Kev. E. A. Scott occupied tho chair, and brii fly stated the object of the gathering. The overture consisted of an instrumental duett by Messrs Davis (piano) and Wilson (violin), followed by a song by Mrs Lawrence, which was loudly applauded. The chairman gave a very good reading, Miss Sanderson a song, and then Mr and Mrs Cuthbert followed with a vocal duet. A recitation by Mr Chichester, and a song nicely sung by Mrs Teppitts, was followed by a glee, well rendered, by the Club. Mrs Cuthbert gave a song, and Mr Thos. Wilson wound up tho first part of the programme with a reading. Part second was commenced with a pianoforte duett by the Misses Clark, and Mr W. do B. Wilson followed with a song. A vocal duett by Mesdames Lawrence and Teppitts was well received, and so also was a reading by Mr 0. Jephson. An exceedingly well performed violin and pianoforte duct by Messrs Davis and Wilson -was very much appreciated by tho audience. A glee, a reading, and a song by Mr L. Davies were followed by another charming glee by the Club, and “ God Save the Queen ” terminated the concert. —A dance was got up after the concert, and both young and old kept it up with spirit until an early hour this morning, when all dispersed, after having thoroughly enjoyed a very pleasant evening’s entertainment.