The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 1882.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.40 p.m. j
The Benevolent Society Enquiry.— The evidence taken at the Benevolent enquiry yesterday was ot an unsatisfactory natuie, mainly comprising second hand statements. The commission will sit again to-day.
A Charmed Life. A man named Moyle, the cook of the steamer Annie Milbank, who, twice in one night, was nearly drowned, was missed again yesterday. The police dragged for his body. He had got into a dingy on Saturday night, lost his oars, and drifted out to sea. He was picked up off the Rangitoto reef by the Rotorua in making Auckland from the South.
Hunt Club. —The hounds will meet at Tinwald on Thursday, at the usual hour, Mr Jephson, through thj kindness of Messrs Stalker and Hampton, having been able to arrange a very nice run. The line is a somewhat long one—about five miles—but a very light drag will be laid, compelling the hounds to hunt slowly, the wires being removed and the country all good grass going. On this occasion the following will be strictly confined to members who have paid their subscriptions, and gentlemen wishing to tak > part in the sport should obtain their tickets from Messrs Saunders-or Shuryat once.
The Melbourne Cup. —ln another column to-day will be found the weights allotted to the vat ions horses engaged in the great handicap of the Victoria Racing Club’s Spring Carnival. According to the cablegram Lurline’s son, Darebin, heads the list with 9st 91b, the son of Slanderer getting 91b from Mr Dakin’s colt, 9st being allotted to the Now Zealander. Salvage has 7st 91b, the son of Castaway— Mist having to concede 231 b to his stable companion Iris.' (by Traducer Waiti) Cheviot, a full brother to Betrayer and Idalium, has Cst 71b. The message informs us that 6st is the lowest weight, which is rather higher than for some years past. For the two preceding years the lowest weight was sst 71b. Suwarrow, at the first blush, looks far from out of it, this game son of Snowden Phizgig having Bst 41b to get the two miles with.
School Children’s Trip to the Exhi bition. —Mr Hector Dempsey, head master of the Borough School, has addressed the following circular to the parents of scholars:—“ It is under the consideration of the School Committee to give the children of the schools an opportunity of visiting the Exhibition in Christchurch at a charge of two shillings per head, each one to provide their own luncheon, the Committee proposing to make up the difference charged by the Railway Department. At the same time they will endeavor to secure an excursion for adults at five shillings, so as to give the parents an opportunity of going. Excursion to be on Wednesday and Thursday week next, leaving Ashburton at 9.15 a.m., and returning about 8.15 p.m. Please let me know as soon as possible if these airangements can be made, and the number from your house that would bo likely to go.” Such an opportunity of giving the youngsters a day’s outing and a peep at the Exhibition before it closes should not be lost.
Scholastic. — A master is required for the Longbeach District Main School. Dentistry. —Mr F. G. Thomas, the well-known dentist, notifies that ho will be in Ashburton on Tuesday, July 4th, and may be consulted at Quill’s Hotel. A Professional Afloat.—On the passage of the mail steamer Australia to ’Frisco Miss Carrie Godfrey assisted at the ship’s concerts. The passengers and officers presented her with 30 sovs and a complimentary address. Useful Chinamen.— The “Vagabond” states, in an article published in the Australasian, that during the last financial year the Chinese merchants of San Francisco contributed two-thirds of the total Customs dues received at that port. Wrestling.— Strong, who has won some good wrestling events at the Caledonian Society games at Dunedin, has issued a challenge to Professor Miller to wrestle in the Border style on the Dunedin Caledonian grounds, forLSO or over. Strong has also challenged Slade ott the same terms.
Following Suit. —A meeting was held at Dunedin last night to form a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals. There was wretched weather, owing to which the attendance was small. Resolutions wero'carried affirming the desirability of the society, and a committee was appointed to draw up mles, etc. Addington Sale yards. —Mr Geo. A. Makeig, secretary to the Canterbury Saleyards Company, notifies that after Saturday, July Ist, stock will be received and delivered at the stages now erected at the railway siding, adjoining ’the Company’s yards. All stock sent by rail must be consigned to the owner or to an accredited agent, or the carriage prepaid. Poultry, Pigeon, and Canary Show. —The Ashburton Poultry, Pigeon, and Canary Show, to be held on the 21st and 22nd of next month, promises to be a highly successful one. Entries are coming in freely from all parts. The admission will be one shilling, and every patron will have a chance of winning a prize, as one hundred of the exhibits, comprising wellbred canaries, goldfinches, and songsters of all classes, and also a quantity of poultry, will be disposed of under the 18th clause of the Gaming and Lotteries Act. The show, lasting two days, is expected to attract visitors from long distances. The Light of the Future.— At a special meeting of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce yesterday afternoon, it was resolved—“ That in the opinion of this meeting it is expedient that a company should be formed, to be called the New Zealand Electric Light Company, Limited, to undertake the business of public and private lighting, and the application of electricity to purposes of locomotion, with a capital sufficient to enable it to carry on the business in all parts of New Zealand.” A number of gentlemen were also appointed to prepare memorandum and articles of association, also prospectus of the proposed company. Wellington evidently means business. Tinned Salmon. —A short time since, a lad eleven years of age, a son of Mr W. Scott, of the firm of Scott Bros., Christchurch, ate some tinned salmon for his dinner, and a few hours later was seized with illness, exhibiting all the symptons of having taken an irritant poison. As the fever abated pains were felt in the joints of his lower limbs and his hands, the joints becoming discolored. Dr Deamer who has been attending the patient, attributed the illness to poisoning from eating the fish. It may be mentioned that other members of the family ate from the same tin, but the boy was served from the part nearest the lid and that nearest to the bottom. He is still suffering severely from the poisoning in his legs, and it is not yet certain that resort will not be had to amputation. ; The brand of salmon was American, and the fish was a pale unwholesome color. New Zealand Libelled. —Our Sydney contemporary, Toum and Country, says an exchange, has some notes of a visit to Now Zealand in the last issue to hand. We trust that after contributions will be more reliable than the first. “ The first railroad constructed in Now Zealand was the line connecting the Bluff harbor with the town or city of Invercargill. . . . Tradition says that when the first train ran the driver overtook a laundress toiling along towards Invercargill heavily burdened with the fruits of her week’s labor. Being of a kindly nature, the driver drew up and said, “ Have a ride ? “ No, thank you,” was the significant reply, “ I’m in a hurry !” But all this is altered ; the distance, about 17 miles, is now accomplished in an hour.” The first line constructed in New Zealand was between Invercargill and Makarewa. The locomotives and cars travelled on wooden rails.
New Zealand Tinned Meats. The London correspondent of the New Zealand Times writes : “ A friend of mine, one of the largest importers of tinned meats in London, stated to me yesterday that the demand for this class of food is brisk and increasing. The New Zealand tinned meats, he says, have lately improved in quality, particularly that from a firm in Canterbury and Mr Gear’s establishment in Wellington, which ranks as a first-class article ; but he further explained to me that the American method of preserving suits the English market and palate better than the old or New Zealand mode. American ‘ canned ’ meats, both beef and mutton, as soon as killed, are slightly corned and submitted to a severe pressure ; in fact, the American beef and mutton, as soon as killed, are slightly salted for a fortnight, then cut up into pieces, boiled,
pressed, and tinned in the usual way. But to do it properly, by a company in New Zealand, machinery would have to be imported from New York, and a man who understands the preserving process must be procured from Chicago. 1 There’s a fortune to be made out of this,’ says my informant, whose firm in one year sold L 500.000 worth of tinned meats, principally American.”
A Football Orazs. —The following from a Glasgow paper may have a “ local application” at some towns in the colonies : —“ Football is the epidemic of the hour. In Glasgow it is virulent. All the men and boys who linger on the slopes that
lead up to the table land of middle age have been hopelessly infected. They have reached the stage of delirium, and in their sleeping and waking dreams see nothing but goals, hear nothing but mad howls and huzzas for backs and half-backs, for ‘hand,' and for corner kick. The frenzy is increasing. It has shot past the hot blood of youth, and taken hold of grave and reverend seniors. No wonder the youths are proud of their position. Not only do they know their prowess, but they see it recorded in the papers—every little foolish slip or hit they make—set down with curious nicety, and in grammar and phrase fantastic enough to make the gods stare. Verily the gods may stare. To see twenty thousand people, supposed to be in their right mind, running into raptures and ecstasies over twenty-two brainless lads chasing a piece of globular leather to its destiny is no joke. The keen-featured gate-keepers eagerly gather-
ing in the cash, badged committeemen wandering about as grave as caravan apes, respectable teetotal-looking umpires, in sweat and excitement, peering and careering after the unexhausted Twenty-two, the gaping and struggling mass of spectators pushing and shoving for a good position—these form a scene which, to the ordinary disinterested mortal, is the antipodes of fun. The philosopher who devises some other and more rational channel for so much surplus energy will bo worthy of a monument.”
By Auction. —Mr Harrison will hold an important sale of valuable imported furniture, including a fine pianoforte, at his rooms to-morrow (Wednesday) at noon.
The Invercargill Railway Embezzlement. —At the Supreme Court, Invercargill, yestetday, Thomas William Taif, late clerk in Goods Department of Southland railways, Invercargill, was charged with embezzling L 338, the money of the Department. The verdict was “ Guilty,” accompanied by a rider, recommending him to the leniency of the Court, on account of the laxity of audit displayed. The Crown entered a nolle prosequi on two other indictments, and His Honor passed a sentence of three years’ penal servitude. Law Costs. Our Wellington correspondent, wiring ns last night, says i The Neiv Zealand Times, referring to the final report of the commission appointed to enquire into the constitution and practise of the Supreme and other Courts, gives the following general information a.s to costs under the new code in the Supreme Court :—“ Turning now to that question which, to suitors, will seem the most vital of all in the proposed amendment of law—that of costs—we find the commission has boldly thrown over all preconceived ideas on this subject, and made it lawful, in the first place, for solicitors to agree with a client as to the amount of past or future services, either by a gross sum, or by commission, per centage, salary, or otherwise, subject to reduction by the Judge, if, in his discretion, it seems unfair but not liable to be increased by the solicitor in actions. The costs are in the discretion of the Judge, who may direct the amount to be paid, or, if left to the Registrar, the Judge is empowered to review the discretion of that officer even in questions as to the amount, which hitherto had not been the case. vVhere no decision by the Judge is given the code provides a sliding scale of costs for the different substantial proceedings in action. From a perusal of which it appears that in future the costs of simple contested cases, if the rules be properly administered, exceed L2O on each side, increasing proportionately according to the amount involved in, or the difficulty of the case. The introduction of some degree of certainty as to the amount of costs intending litigists may have to pay will be especially appreciated by the commercial world. ”