The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 1882.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.40 p. j
Tub Timaru Relief » Fund. Herr Mosch’s recent concert at Dunedin, resulted in L7B being handed over to the Timaru relief fund. Mining. —Quartz mining on Garrick range, Cromwell, is showing signs of revival. Among other old claims to be reworked is the Star of the East, in which a low level tunnel is to be put in with good prospects. Manslaughter.— Tamati Tuputu, the Maori who killed another in a fight at Awatere, on the East Coast; was yesterday at Rapier found guilty of manslauhgter, and sentenced to seven years’ penal servitude. Larrikinism. —Palmer Wilson, a ringleader of the Ponsonby (Auckland) larrikins, has been fined L 5 and costs for obscene language. Mr Alfred Wilson, the presiding justice, told Wilson he would get imprisonment without the option of a fine next time.
The Cost of the General Election. —A return has been laid 011 the table of the House showing the cost of the general election of December, 1881. The total cost of compilation of electoral rolls was L 3,402 16s, and the coat of elections L 5,812 8s lOd : —viz , European members, L 4,981 17s Gd ; cost of Maori elections, 1.830 11s 4d. Total, L 9,215 4s lOd.
Stanmore Election. The Hon. E. Richardson met the electors of Stanmore at the Phillipstown schoolroom last evening. There were about a hundred persons in the room, and the candidate was attentively listened to throughout. At the close of his address several questions were asked and answered, and the speaker received a vote of thanks. The proceedings terminated with throe cheers for Mr Richardson, a similar tribute being refused to Mr Pilliet.
Cry, Susan, Cry. —“O, Ma, I ani so cold from the want of some clothes that would keep me warm.” “I am sorry, my dearest one, to hear you say so ; but, dearest, papa had only two days work this week, and your mamma can’t afford to buy new clothes.” “Ma ! little Susan told me that "Mrs Hodge, who has baby’s clothes, sells what would keep me warm and good tempered awfully cheap. Dear mamma, just let you and me go and see the cheap things at Mrs Hodge’s dressmaksr’s shop, Tancred street.”— [Advt.] Entertainment. —A highly succesfful entertainment in connection with the Ashburton Debating Society took place on Wednesday evening at the rooms of the Society in Saunders’ Buildings. About sixty persons were present, a considerable proportion being friends of the members, including several ladies. Mr W. H. Zouch, President of the Society, occupied the chair, Mr J. E. Buchanan, VicePresident, being also present. Mr H.
M. Jones very kindly supplied a piano for the occasion, and a number of capital
songs, readings, and recitations were
given during the evening by members and friends. Mr W. Townshend, Hon. Secretary to the Society, certainly deserves a word of praise for the energetic way in which he superintended the arrangements in connection with the entertainment, which passed off so well that we trust the Society will hold a second one shortly. Such a pleasant and profitable way of getting through some of our long winter evenings is to be commended.
Oddpellowship at Waterton. —Our Waterloo correspondent writes :—“ The Loyal Waterton Lodge of Oddfellows held their half-yearly summoned meeting for the election of officers on Wednesday evening last, there being an excellent attendance of members, and also P.G. C. Reid, and P. G. R. Cullen, visiting brethren from the Loyal Ashburton Lodge. After the usual routine of business had been gone through, the following officers for the ensuing six months were elected : G.M., P. O’ohannasay ; N.G., W. Bryan ; Y.G., J. Barr ; E.S., W. Lambert ; P.S., J. Pearson ; R. S. to N. G., J. Davies ; L.B. to N.G., 0. Shutt; R.S. to Y.G., W. Moses; LS. to Y.G., J. Reid ; Warden, J. Fox ; I. G., E. Benbow. G. M. O’Shannassy was also appointed Lecture Master. Bro. Thomas Williams, the retiring G.M., installed the newly-elected officers, assisted by P.G. Reid and P.G. Cullen, after which he presented the Lodge with the Dispensation (which has just arrived from England) in the name of the Grand Master and Board of Directors. The usual votes of thanks to the retiring officers, and to the newlyinstalled officers followed, including one to P.G. Williams for the manner in which ho had officered the Lodge for the first twelve months, to which he suitably replied. The third sentiment of the evening was given, to which P.G. Reid and P.G. Cullen replied. It was resolved that the Lodge should pay an official visit to the Loyal Ashburton Lodge on Friday (tonight). It was also resolved that P.G. Williams’ name should be placed on the Respect Board. The three P.G.'a spoke in very complimentary terms of the progress of the Lodge. Bro. J. A. Clothier, the late permanent secretary, resigned his office, owing to his having removed his place of residence to Tinwald. Very general regret was expressed by all present at the great loss the Lodge would sustain thereby. The Lodge, on the whole, is progressing very well indeed. The Lodge closed at about 10.30. p. m., after spending a very pleasant evening, the receipts being about Ll 6. 1 omitted to mention that Dr Leahy was elected surgeon of the Lodge, ”
Shifting Wanted. —From Timaru we learn that great difficulty is experienced in getting vessels to take away the grain with which the stores are still full. A large quantity is being stacked in the open area.
Rape. —Richard Henry Wilson has been arrested at Okaiawa (Waimato Plains), for rape on a girl seventeen years of ago, named Mary Ann Butler. It is stated that the crime was committed in March last.
The Elecric Light. — A meeting is to be held at Wellington, on Monday next, to take into consideration the expediency of establishing a company with a capital of L 200,000 for the purpose of supplying public and private lighting by electricity. It is proposed that the general directory shall bo established in Wellington, and that a local directorate shall be formed in Auckland, Canterbury and Dunedin.
Animal Friendship. —A strong affection has grown up between Alice, a mare belonging to the Royal Australian Circus, and a dog that follows the “show.” When the circus was approaching Hokitika after a long journey, the mare and the dog were missed. A. search was made, and Alice was found cosily lying on the soft sand of the sea beach, with her faithful canine friend by her side.
The Dunedin’s Shipment. Messrs Murray, Roberts and Co., of Dunedin, have received cable advices of the sale of 349 carcases of
mutton forwarded by them per ship Dunedin. After paying freight at twopence farthing per lb and all charges, the net return was equal to two and four-fifths pence per lb. Reckoning the skins, offal, etc., and paying all expenses, the firm receive twemy-two shillings and twopence per head for sheep, which at the time of their shipment were selling at Burnside yards at 13s per head.
The Missing Man Anderson.—Nothing fresh has transpired respecting the disappearance of Mr Anderson. The residents of Methven are certainly deserving of all praise for the manner in which they have turned out to search for the missing man. Business at Methven has been at a standstill since the news of Mr Anderson’s disappearance, and the district has been very thoroughly explored. On Sunday morning another large search party will assemble at the bridge over the north branch of the Ashburton river near Methven, and it is hoped that as many horsemen as possible will put in an appearance on the occasion, in order that the search may be a thorough one, and the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Mr Anderson cleared up without further delay.
A Gigantic Lily. —According to a local journal, Mr J. Laird, of the Eginont Nursery, Wanganui, has growing in his grounds a plant of the gigantic Australian lily, which is this season sending up a flower stem. This wonderful specimen of the lily tribe requires many years to develop its blossoms, and we believe a flowering species has always been a thing “ heard of, but never seen,” as yet, in New Zealand. The plant in Mr Laird’s garden is in splendid condition, and the flower stem already looks like a moderate sized flagstaff, being at this time eleven or
twelve feet high, and showing every prospect of doubling its altitude before the buds expand into bloom. It is difficult to realise a lily stem blossoming to the height of twenty feet and upwards, and bearing flowers in proportion to its height. A Sparrow Trap. —The Queenslander, in a recent issue, contains the following : “ Sparrows are found to be more pestiferous than usual throughout the Australian colonies, and the greatest anxiety is now manifested to get rid of them. At the Chamber of Manufactures in Adelaide, a sparrow trap is exhibited, which, as used by Dr Mayo’s gardener, has taken over GOO sparrows in five weeks. For the benefit of our readers inclined to test its efficacy, we furnish them with the following description of it : —Galvanised netting with a quarter-inch mesh, is made into a large net 2 feet 6 inches square, and divided into two compartments. A few live sparrows are placed in the larger compartment, on the floor of which breadcrumbs or the like are strewn, and the cage is placed where sparrows ‘ most do congregate.’ The wild ones enter through a run, like that of a cheese rat-trap, and from thence make their way into the second or larger division, and from there they can be removed as often as necessary by a side door.”
Invercargill Supreme Court. The sitting of the Supreme Court was continued yesterday. Alfred Harper, found guilty of unlawfully wounding, was sentenced to twelve months’ imprisonment ; Stephen Walsh, for passing a valueless cheque, to six months. He had been five months in gaol awaiting trial. C. R. Martin was charged under the provisions of the Representation of Elections Act with personating by voting twice at the Wallace election. The evidence clearly showed that the accused while in liquor had voted at two booths some miles apart though he himself, when put into the witness-box on the suggestion of the Judge, denied any recollection of having voted at the second polling place. The jury at once returned a verdict of not guilty. Angus Muir, a lad of fifteen years, was charged with assault with intent on a middle-aged married woman, residing near Edendale, and found not guilty. The charge against Mr Daniel, M. H R., comes on this morning. Mr Stout will conduct the defence, and the Grown Prosecutor, with him Mr Wade, the prosecution.
Political. —The Wellington correspondent of the Press, wiring last night says : —To-morrow's sitting is likely to be a much m ire lively one than at first seemed probable, seeing it was decided to go on with the estimates. In the first place Mr Seddou has given notice that on going into Committee of Supply he will then move a resolution in favor of thqgßayment of members. He takes this coifflß) partly at the suggestion of Major Atkinson, who, in answer to a question, said the Government would not introduce a Bill providing for the payment of members, unless a resolution in its favor is passed by the House. Mr Seddon had withdrawn his Payment of Members Bill, under the impression that Government would bring in a Bill, but on the Hon. Major Atkinson’s suggestion he decided to take the other course above indicated. This obviously would bring on discussion the whole question of payment of members. The second feature of interest about tomorrow’s sitting arises under the following circumstances :It is understood that one of the decisions arrived at in yesterday’s Opposition caucus was to resist going into Committee of Supply until the whole of the Government’s financial policy is before them. I hear that tins course will be taken unless the Opposition leaders lose heart before, and this is not very improbable, for it is generally known that if the intention of the Opposition is persisted in, the Government will treat their action as a motion of want of confidence. The Ministerial whips have “ counted noses ” pretty closely, and are so satisfied that the Government would have a substantial majority in case of a trial of strength just now, that the party are not only willing but anxious to try the question. If Mr Montgomery, as it is intended, shall oppose going into supply, a no confidence debate will immediately be precipitated. I shall not be at all surprised if, under these circumstances, the Opposition shirk the struggle at the last moment, as, if they go to a division, they will almost in-
fallibly be beaten by a majority of eight or ten votes.
Foreign Missions. —Thu annual meet ing in connection with the Wesleyan Foreign Missions takes place to-night at ac the church in Cameron street.
Musical. —Those really magnificent German pianos, which were so much admired at the Masonic concert, are on sale at the Ashburton Music Depot, Tancred street; — Advx. A Great Juvenile Gathering. —ln our advertising columns will be found a notification from the promoters of the International Exhibition, which will bo found interesting to those of our readers who have children. As some special attraction before the season closes, Messrs Joubert and Twopenny have provided a monster art union, and holders of every ticket will be entitled to a prize. Hunt Club. —Favored with beautiful weather and the promise of new country, an unusually large number of sportsmen attended at Winchmore yesterday to enjoy a run with the hounds. The line lay over the farms of Messrs Stitt and Miller, and those two gentlemen had spared no pains to make the run the marked success it proved. A capital view of the sport was obtained from the road, and the proceedings appeared to afford a large number of spectators great satisfaction. Amongst those mounted we noticed, besides the popular master and other officers of the Club, Messrs M. Winter, Hutchinson, M. Friedlander, Strouts, Martin, A. Fooks, Hart, Miller, Stitt, Nealas, Mangham, Graham, Leahy, Denshire, Allan, Digby, Hugonin, Reatall, and many others. A Novel Elopement. —l Sot long ago a certain “bag-man,” named Antony, went round Woolabra way, and made up to a sprightly dame out there called Cleopatra. The “drummer” was bound for Auckland ; all preparations were made for the pair to clear at 4 a.m., and then make overland for Melbourne. It seems, however, that Cleopatra’s rightful lord was as well posted up in the whole concern as she was, and the disgust of the loving pair may be imagined when they found their 2s fid cab sent off, and in place thereof, Cleopatra’s own carriage driven round ; the husband ready to hand the elopistsin, and che kanaka coachman sitting on the box with a grin on his face like a baked possum. This called Cleopatra down completely, whilst the “drummer” afterwards told a friend that ho felt about as much out of place at the time as a “ local preacher ” would be at a Cook’s River cock fight.