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Shingle. —The surveyors to the Wakanui Ro:d Board invite tenders for the supply of screened shingle. Tenders must be sent in by 3 p. in. to-morrow (Tuesday) Police. —At the Court this morning, before Mr Thomas Bullock, J.P., an old offender named John Wilson, charged with drunkenness, was fined 20s, with the usual alternative.

The Acting Governor. —Chief Justice Sir James Prendergast took the oaths as Administrator of the Government on Saturday at the Government House, before Mr Justice Richmond. Objections to Roll. —lt is notified elsewhere that in consequence of the accident to Mr Cuthbert, clerk to the Longbeach Road Board, the holding of the Court to hear any objections there maybe to the Electoral Roll for the Ashburton riding, has been postponed from the 23rd inst. to the 30lh inst., at 10 a, m. Cheese. — Referring to the tasting of certain English cheeses at the Exhibition on Saturday, by a few connoiseurs invited to bo present by Mr W. Hockley, the Press says the cheese was in magnificent condition, notwithstanding its three months exposure to the variable temperature of the Exhibition. Our contemporary goes on to say that the packing of the cheese in transit from England was excellent, and Mr H. W. Savage, of the firm of Savage and Dilworth, who are the Exhibition agents of Jubal Webb, intends testing an export of the best samples of New Zealand cheese on his return to England. Mr Savage is sanguine of the arrival in prime condition of well ripened colonial cheese if the plan pursued with Mr Webb’s exhibit is carried out. The farmers of Canterbury, especially those who have made cheese making a speciality will watch with considerable interest the result of the experiment proposed by Mr Savage.

Inquest. —The inquest on the body of Agnes Jack, who was found drowned in the Avon on Friday, resulted in a verdict of “Found drowned.” It transpired that deceased was of intemperate habits. New Publication. —We have received a copy of a new weekly paper called the Port Chalmers Watch, published by Mills, Dick and Co., Dunedin. It is very well got up, but contains very little matter for a weekly publication. A Much Married Woman. At the Auckland Police Court on Saturday a respectable looking woman named Kelly was charged with bigamy, and remanded. It is alleged that she has been married three times, and that all the husbands are alive.

Wesleyanism at Wakanui. —A meeting of Wakanui residents who are interested in the establishment of a Wesleyan Church in that neighborhood, is to be held at Mr Leadley’s residence, tomorrow night. As the business to be transacted is very important, it is to be hoped there will bo a good attendance.

“Ye Olde Engltshe Fayre.” —The scenery, dresses, and effects, as the playbills have it, of “ ye Old Englyshe Fayre,” lately on exhibition at Christchurch, were sold by auction on Friday by Mr Hawkes, auctioneer, of Hereford street, Christchurch. The bidding was not very brisk. The lot was knocked down to Mr J. Parry,of Christchurch, for LSO. Barnum would have given more than that.

Water on the Brain with a Vengeance.—The Mataura Ensign, in a recent report of a meeting of the Southland County Council, states that “Mr J. H. Smith was granted permission to place a floodgate in the ditch adjoining his property, to dam back the tidal waters that now enter his brains.” In a subsequent issue the Ensign explains that the par. should have read “ drains.” Saturday’s Football Match. —The play of the Ashburton men on Saturday was generally commended. They wore pitted against a very tough team in that of East Christchurch, and played with groat pluck. Had they been in the good form that practice alone gives, they would probably have beaten their opponents, who only scored a barren victory as it was. The visitors returned to Christchurch by the evening express. Defaced Postage Stamps. —The London correspondent of the Leeds Mercury says ;—“An eminent Queen’s counsel, who has found lime in the midst of legal work to amass one of the finest collections of postage stamps in the country, has decided to part with it to a French collector even more highly esteemed in the postagestamp world. The price given is LB,OOO —a truly marvellous sum for a batch of defaced postage tokens.” Evading Postage. —ln the Victorian Parliament a few days ago, a member asked the PostmasterGoncral whether he was aware that a tea-broking firm in Melbourne bad evaded postage on 300,000 trade circulars in newspaper form, which had been printed in Melbourne with the imprint of a Sydney printer, then forwarded to Sydney by steamer, and posted there, being subsequently delivered in Victoria without bearing a single stamp. Mr Bolton said ho was not aware of the circumstance, but if such circulars were so sent from Sydney, ihe Victorian postal authorities were bound to deliver them. The Slade - Miller Wrestling Match. —There was a full house at the Princess Theatre, Dunedin, on Saturday night to witness the wrestling match between Professor Miller and Slade ol Timaru. On first Cuming together a good

deal of time was occupied in getting a hold, Miller having to make all the play. While gripping his opponent by the shoulders, Miller threw him without any tripping by shere strength. Slade was taken by surprise, but the fall was a very pretty one. The second time Miller feinted, as though attempting to trip his antagonist, and Slade him very neatly. The third fall was secured by Miller, who threw Slade (who is a big powerful man) clean over his head. The fourth bout occupied least time of any. Miller cross-buttocked his man, and thus secured the necessary three falls. The stakes were L 25 a side. A Pockbt Photographic Apparatus.— The Builder hears from both America and Paris of an apparatus in the form of an opera glass, that can be converted in a few minutes into a photograhic apparatus. It consists of a dry plate outfit, adapted to an opera glass case. A matched pair of lenses (one having an instantaneous shutter) are qnickly substituted in place of the usual eye-pieces of the opera or field glass. The object glass of one tube is replaced by a plate of ground glass for focussing on, while in place of the object glass of the other tube a dry plateholder is easily attached. These changes have turned the opera glass into a photographic

apparatus. It can then be directed towards the person or object to he photographed, and when the image is properly focussed on the ground glass the shutter on the other tube is sprung, and the picture is taken. A rolling spring screen then covers the sensitive plate, and it is transferred to the “ dark chamber.” This consists of a cylinder of black cloth, like a mull', into which the hands can be inserted, and which fits tightly about the wrists by means of elastic bands at both ends. In this the plate is removed and wrapped up, and another plate inserted in the holder for the next picture ; the plate may bo left until it can be conveniently developed at some future time.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 672, 26 June 1882

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 672, 26 June 1882

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