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The Courthouse. —The Courthouse reserve has just been dug up, preparatory to being re-sown with grass. A double row of trees is also to be planted right round the Courthouse, we understand, and the footpaths leading up to it are to beriieatly asphalted. Inside the building, carpet is being laid down all over the floor, even the space devoted to the public being covered with drugget. This will be an immense improvement. The noise of persons walking about the building on Court days has been very trying on many occasions to Bench, bar, and reporters. The Courthouse fire is to be lit every Court day during the winter months, we understand. Wrestling. —From Dunedin we learn that the money has been staked for a wrestling match between Slade, of Timaru, and Professor Miller, of Mace and Miller. The amount is LSO, and the match will take on Saturday night at the Princess Theatre, Dunedin. The contest will bo worth seeing. Slade is a halfcaste Maori, a man standing over six feet in height, and of splendid physique. He has distinguished himself at more than one annual gathering of the South Canterbury Caledonian Society at Timaru, and few amateurs care to tackle Slade. Miller, of Jem Mace's troupe, is a perfect Hercules, his muscular development having excited the curiosity and surprise of the medical faculty of Christchurch when the troupe were performing in the latter city. One of Miller’s feats of strength is to raise with one hand a monster dumbbell weighing 186 pounds, and hold it above his head. When the company were in Timaru Slade was the only man who dared accept tho invitation of the terrible Miller to wrestle, and when he did so he was disposed of with about as much ease as a schoolmaster would dispose of a refractory small boy. Mace applauded Slade’s pluck, and told him ho was the only man who had dared to face Miller since the company left Australia. Slade expressed his desire to have “another buck ” at his powerful opponent—with the result already announced.

Police. —At the Police Court this morning, John Heard, previously convicted of the same offence, was fined 20s by MrC. P. Cox, J.P., for drunkenness.

Personal.— Mr E. G. Wright, M. S.R. for Ashburton, returned to Wellington to-day by the s.s, Wakatipu.—Dr Giles and Mr Whitefoord, the Royal Commissioners appointed to inquire into the management of the Benevolent Institution at Dunedin, went south by the express this morning.

The Missing Man Anderson. Our Methven correspondent writes us that up to five o’clock yesterday evening Mr Anderson was still missing. He says:— “ Over fifty men must have been scouring the river, gullies, and bush all day in the drenching nor’-west showers, and a most deplorable appearance the bulk of them ■wore on their return, drenched to the skin, faces and hands scratched all over from the thick scrub, and the lower part of their clothes torn into ribbons. The gravest fears are now entertained respectin" the poor fellow, as the north branch of the Ashburton river, where Anderson and Grant were camped, is in very heavy fresh.”

Christchurch Offences. —At Christchurch, yesterday, George Hall was brought up on remand charged with having indecently assaulted a little girl aged ten years, atSpreydon on June 19th. The accused was committed for trial at the next sessions of the Supreme Court at Christchurch. A man named Matheson was charged with assaulting a lady named Elizabeth Kinly. Matheson, who is a seafaring man, met the lady on board the 1.20 train to Port. Complainant deposed that the train was just entering the tunnel, when defendant, after some preliminary talk, made an improper proposal to her. Witness testified to the language used by the defendant. The case was adjourned for a Week ; in the meantime a warrant to be issued for defendant’s arrest.

Floods in the South. —A Dunedin telegram under yesterday’s date states ! “ The Balclutha river is in high flood, and in many places is overflowing its banks. The lower reserve and the adjacent flats are almost wholly covered. The old post office, now the Borough Chambers, is surrounded with water, which is running along the street now, but there is no water in the houses yet. The river is rising s’owly, and the temporary railway embankment reserve has given way in several places. But for the protective works, a large portion of the town would have been flooded. No damage and no danger are anticipated. The height of the river has been about stationary since two o’clock, and it is expected that it will gradually subside. The township of Stirling is pretty much flooded. The water has run into some buildings, but there has been no damage done. Lake Wakatipu is also much flooded, as well as the Clutha river.”

River Road, Wakanui. Owing to the heavy flood on Tuesday night and the Ashburton overflowing its banks, this road for a short time was knee deep in water. The river overflowed about three-quarters of a mile below the junction of the River and Beach roads at the place where protective works were made last year by the Wakanui Road Board. The groins put in by the Board have withstood the enormous body of water that was coming down very well, and have no doubt saved the road from being washed away. As to make good work here would entail a considerable expense, we should think the appointment of a Board of Conservators would be very suitable. The appropriation of part of the funds set aside by the County Council for a plantation, would bo well spent in planting willows along the banks of the river, thus saving the striking of rates for purposes of this kind in future years. Invercargill Supreme Court. —This Court opened yesterday before his Honor Judge Williams. True bills were found in every case. The charge against Cornelius Hagan, of larceny of growing timber, was abandoned. William Neilson, larceny of a watch, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment in consideration of his having been in custody for four months. John Woodrow, charged with aggravated assault,

was convicted and sentenced to one day’s imprisonment on the representations of the jury. His Honor expressed the opinion that the case should have been summarily disposed of. Alfred Harper, late seaman of the Kingdom of Sweeden, was convicted of stabbing Jacob Sternman at the Bluff; sentence deferred. Thomas Sims was found “ Not guilty ” of taking with violence a watch from the person of William Maun at East Gore. The charges of forgery and uttering against Stephen Walsh were sustained, but sentence was deferred. The Grand Jury sat all day, and on concluding their labors made a presentment with reference to the case of Tait, the railway clerk, charged with embezzling public funds. They expressed the opinion that there is great looseness in the manner of conducting the business of the railways, which to some extent was an encouragement to commit crime. The system of audit seemed also very imperfect. In this case there had been no proper audit for over twelve mouths, although a mere examination of the books without record had been made in November last. They also sidered that the department was offe

an incentive to crime by paying an officer, through whom some L2OOO a month was passing, a salary of LUO per year. Also that there should be local supervision over the accounts made up by the clerks of the department.

Political Gossip —“ Prom what I can learn (says the special correspondent of the Press, telegraphing yesterday evening) there is no chance of the Public Works Statement being made next Tuesday as expected, nor, I believe, will it be delivered next week at all. It is early in the financial year for a Public Works Statement to be made, and there are various reports always included in it which take considerable time to prepare. Some of these are not, I believe, quite ready, and the proposals of the Government respecting a new loan will render the compilation of the Public Works Statement a task of unusual difficulty and responsibility this year. Mr Steward’s Coronets Act Amendment Bill provides that a publican shall not bo required to receive a dead body for an inquest if there be an hospital within two miles, and that the dead house at the hospital bo the public morgue. Provided always that wherever practicable, the inquest on such dead body shall be held at the nearest Courthouse, and shall in no case be held within the hospital buildings except with the sanction of the house surgeon of the hospital. Mr Steward’s Dog .Registration Amendment Bill provides that a dog registration fee shall bo fixed bv the local authorities at not less than 5s or more than 10s. Provided that when dogs are kept for tho sole purpose for management of live stock, or for tho destruction of rabbits, it shall be lawful to reduce the fee for the registration of any dog to such sum, not being less than Is, as tho Council or Board may determine. Tho penalty for a false declaration to this effect is L2O, or one month. The goldfields’ members are very resolute in their determination to enforce the decision of the Honso that the gold duly should be abolished, and threaten to oppose Ministers unless the latter agree to it. I hear the Governor’s departure is now finally fixed for Friday morning. The various members who have drawn up schemes for the amendment of the licensing Act have met in committee, and agreed to an elaborate schedule embodying most of these proposed amendments, which Mr Weston has given notice to move in committee on Mr Pick’s Amendment Bill.”

Evangelistic Service.—An evangelistic service is announced to take place at the Town Mall to-night, commencing at 7 30 o’clock

Wakanui Road "District.—A meeting of ratepayers in the above district was held at the Road Board c >ttage, near Wakanui School at noon to-day for the purpose of electing a member to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr Hugo Friedlanier. There were five electors present. The Returning Officer read the advertisement stating the purpose for which the meeting had been called. Mr Samuel Wright then proposed Mr Thomas Walsh as a fit and proper person to represent the district on the Board. The motion was seconded by Mr William Cockle, and there being no other candidates proposed, the Returning Officer declared Mr Thomas Walsh duly elected a member of the Wakartuißoad Board. Mf Walsh briefly returned thanks, and the proceedings terminated.

Football. —The A.F.C. had a very enjoyable game on the Domain ground last evening. About eighteen players rolled up, and sides were chosen by Messrs Brett and J. Fooks. After an hour’s hard play the game resulted in the defeat of Mr Brett’s side by one goal and two tries to one try. We understand the committee have finally selected the following to play against East Christchurch on Saturday next: —Brett, Fish, Fooks, A. (captain), Evans, Hussey, Fooks, J., Lechner, Winter, Fajks, E., Hugonin, Pauling, Hart, Groves, Church, and Hunt. Emergencies: Hepburn, Hutchison, and Wood. All who can are requested to turn up tomorrow (Friday) evening for practice. The following are the Christchurch fifteen: —Atack, Blanchard, Do Castro, Fisher, Fuller, Hinge, Kesteven (captain), A. Mountfort, Pringle, Ross, Roberts, Shand, Winter, Wright, Woledge. Play is to commence at 2.30 sharp.

“Struck Oil.” —Wo are pleased to learn that Mr Fred. Mayo, of this town, who recently went to the Woodstock rush, has “struck oil.” Mr Mayo is one of a party of six who have been hard at work for several weeks past in sinking. On the ni"ht of the Ist inst. Mr Mayo went down the shaft to take his spell, and almost immediately came upon gold. The glad tidings spread with great rapidity, and soon men were busy pegging off claims as close to Mayo and party’s ground as possible. The prospects were at first quite dazzling, but subsequent inspection proved the claim to be not quite so rich as was at first imagined. However, Mr Mayo says there is enough gold to keep the party in capital wages for some months to come. The gold is of a pale, flaky kind. The excitement when Mr Mayo first announced the find was very great, as the party had been laughed at by some of the old hands, and told their claim was “ a duffer.” The Wallace Election Personation Case. —The following were his Honor Judge Williams’ words to the Grand Jury at the opening of the Invercargill Supreme Court yesterday, in reference to the above personation case. The remarks formed part of his Honor’s charge ; —“ The Registrar received a claim from one Booth, who is accused under 28th section of the Corrupt Practices Act of sending in a claim to vote in the form prescribed without having authority to do so. This claim purports to be signed by a voter, and is attested by Theophilus Daniel, another of the accused. It appears from the depositions that the name affixed to the claim to enrolment was signed, not by the person named on it but by Booth, and the deposition of the person whose name appears on the claim shows that he never authorised his signature to be affixed, in writing or otherwise. Booth, who signed the claim in question, is accused of having done so without written authority, and Daniel, who attested the signature, is accused of having aided and abetted Booth in so doing. This being a misdemeanor, the person aiding and abetting is treated and may be indicted as a principal offender. I am unaware of the mode in which the indictment in the present case against Theophilus Daniel is framed. If, however, it • treats him as a principal offender—that is, if it charges him with having sent in a claim without written authority, and the evidence shows, not that he sent it in himself, but that he aided and abetted Booth in sending it in, it will be your duty to find a true bill.” The case will be taken on Friday.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 669, 22 June 1882

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