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’Frisco Mail. —The Ashburton portion of the ’Frisco mail arrived here shortly after noon to-day per special train.

District Court. —Tho next sitting of the above is adjourned from Wednesday, July Thursday, July G, at lO^a.m. Obituary. —From a private telegram wo learn that Sirs Murdoch, wife of Dr Murdoch, late of Ashburton, died in Dunedin this morning. English and Australian Outward Mails. —Mails for the United Kingdom and Australian Colonies, per Manipouri, close at the Bluff on Saturday, July Ist, at noon.

Methven. —A bazaar, tea, and concert will be held at Methven to-morrow. Tho bazaar opens at three o’clock in the afternoon ; lea will be on the table at five, and the concert commences at eight. The festivities will wind up with a dance. Bravo Mothven Musical. —Attention is directed to the announcement elsewhere by Messrs J. R. West : nd Co., of Dunedin, notifying the appointment of Mr G. F. Henry as their Ashburton agent, who will bo prepared to supply pianos, organs, harmoniums, brass, wind, and stringed instruments, as well as tho latest novelties in sheet music. The services of Miss Gates, organist at St. Stephen’s Church, have been retained, and she will be in attendance daily at Mr Henry’s establishment to receive pupils for musical tuition.

The “ Golden Balls ” in Ashburton —A second application for a pawnbroker’s license will he made at our local Temple of Justice to-morrow, we understand, before Mr Bcswick, 11. M., the would-be “ uncle ” again hailing from Timaru, which town appears to have made a deadset at Ashburton as a field for pawnbroking enterprise. ■lt is not many months ago since another Timaruite asked for (and was refused) a licence. Whether Mr Salek will meet with better luck in making his application for permission to hoist the golden halls than befell Mr Fruhauf, remains to he seen.

Wesleyan. —At the quarterly meeting of office-bearers of the Ashburton Wesleyan circuit, held in the Cameron street Church vestry, last night, there were fifteen members present, the Rev. 0. H. Standage pressing. The roll of membership showed a large increase for the past throe months, and devout thankfulness was expressed for ibis pleasing and encouraging result of church work. The balance-sheet, as presented by the circuit stewards, showed that during the quarter LI 13 had been received, with an expenditure of LI2G, leaving a debit balance of Ll 3, it being explained that there were special charges on the circuit for ;he past quarter, which would not occur again for a long time. A report of the Sunday School department, read by the secretary, showed that the school was working well, and in addition to acquisitions in the shape of teachers, it was reported that during the quarter nearly thirty of the scholars had been converted. A deputation was appointed by the meeting to confer with the Evangelistic Committee re future services proposed to be hold in the Town Hall, and a lengthy conversation on the Wesleyan cause at Seafield, resulted in the matter being referred to a meeting to be held on Saturday next. It was resolved to hold a congregational tea meeting on Thursday night next, and a committee appointed to carry out the arrangements. It was reported that services were in future to bo held at Elgin every alternate Sunday afternoon, and after consideration of minor matters the mooting terminated.

Rakaia and Ashburton Forks Railway Company. —The fourth annual meeting of shareholders was held yesterday afternoon, at the offices of the Canterbury Fire Association, Fisher’s Buildings, Hereford street, Mr George Hart, chairman of tho directorate, presiding. The net traffic returns were shown to be L3OO in excess of those of last year, notwithstanding tho great decrease in grain traffic; representing 2| per cent, on tho certified cost of the line, L 74.000. The Government had paid their portion of deficiency for the year 18*0-81, but the Ashburton County Council had hitherto declined to collect the amount of rates duo from the railway district, required to make up the balance of such deficiency, as guaranteed by the District Railways Act, 1877- It was, however, confidently hoped they would shortly accede to the direction of the Government, and levy the necessary rate. In accordance with the request of the ratepayers, a detailed survey and estimate of the cost ot tho extension of the line to Buculeuch had been prepared; but until the rates directed to bo levied by the Government shall have been collected by the Ashburion County Council tho directors could not recommend further proceeding with the work. The number of shares issued was 3,744, at L2O each, 50s per share being called up, making L 9,360, less L 321 10s for calls unpaid. Debentures issued, accrued interest and sundry creditors amounted ta L 72,283 12s 7d. The assets amounted to L75,5G6 14s lid, being railway property L 74,000, sundry debtors, L 505 15s 7d, cash, less outstanding cheques, LI,OOO 18s lid To these should bo added proportion of deficiency for 1880-81, duo from rates to be levied by the Ashburton Council, ditto for 1881-82, and also proportion of deficiency for 1881-82 to bo received from Governmenr. Traffic receipts amounted to L 4,872 18a fid, and amount of revenue in excess of working expenses, LI ,930 6a 2d. The chairmen, in moving the adoption of the report and balance sheet, said a number of buildings were being put up at Metlivcn, the increasing prosperity of which would tend to augment both goods and passenger traffic on the line. Government no doubt would, as usual, promptly forward their quota of the deficiency of the past year. Tbo motion was seconded by Mr A. Cuff, and carried. In reply to a question the chairman said the amount of tho debentures was LO-4,200. Mr J. T. Ford proposed, and Mr J. Anderson seconded —“That in the event of the rates directed to bo levied by the Ashburton County Council being received tho directors are authorised, and are hereby empowered, to pay to the shareholders a dividend at the rate of 7 per cent on the paid-up capital of tho company.” Carried. Messrs George Hart, J. L. Coster, and D. G. Holmes wore re-elucted directors, and Mr John Ollivler was re-elected auditor. The sura of LSO was voted to bo divided between the directors. . Votes of thanks to tho directors and to the chairman concluded tho proceedings,— Press.

Excursion to the Exhibition. —A cheap excursion to the exhibition is announced for Tuesday, July 4th. St. Andrew’s, Tinwald.— A meeting will be held in the vestry of the above Church, to-morrow, at 7 p.m , to wind up the affairs of the late concert.

Temperance. —The Christian Temperance Society in connection with the Ashburton Wesleyan Church hold a meeting to-night, an announcement concerning which appears elsewhere. Salvage Company. The Salvage Company announce that they will open on July Ist in Ashburton, having secured premises in East street, next Mr Patching’s. See advertisement. The Farnik Case.— At tho Teachers’ Institute, Dunedin, yesterday, the Farnio case was discussed. Speeches were delivered by Mr Stout, Rev. Dr Macgregor, and others. The following resolution was carried :—“ That this Institute learns with regret that tho Education Board of Otago have dispensed with Mr Faniio’s services, and that as Mr Farnie had not offended against any regulation of the Board, this"lnstitute respectfully requests that the Boaid will see fit to reconsider their decision.”

Ashburton Items. —At yesterdays mooting of the Christchurch Hospital and Charitable Aid Board, a letter was road from the Ashburton Hospital and Charitable Aid Committee, forwarding copy of the following resolution, viz : —That on application made, and after proper enquiry in such cases as are shown to be residents of the County or Borough _of Ashburton and admitted into the Christchurch Hospital, the maintenance will bo ' defrayed by this Committee in cases of necessity.” The letter was received. Mr Harris, master of tho Old Men’s Home, wrote reporting the concert of Wednesday evening last, at tho Homo, and added —• “ Tho Wesleyan denomination hold Divine service hero every Sunday, and Mr Scott will hold service every alternate Wednesday evening ; and I think the services would be much more appreciated if wo had a piano or harmonium to accompany the singing, besides the convenience it would-be to the ladies and gentlemen "etting up entertainments for the inmates. I should very much like, with the approval of tho Board, to open a subscription list in Christchurch and Ashburton towards an instrument for the Home. I have no doubt is it a call that would be liberally responded to by the public.”

Masonic Installation. —The installation of the officers for the ensuing year of the St John’s Lodge, 1853, E.C., took place last evening, at the Masonic Hull. There was a good attendance of brethren, including a number of visitors from various lodges in the Canterbury district. The following visiting Past-Masters wore also present;—Bros. Moss, Stephenson, Bradley, Dempsey, Braddell, and S. B. Nelson, W.M. Owing to some of the Grand Lodge officers being unable to be present to perform the ceremony of installation, Bio. I.P.M. Gundry (St John’s Lodge) was instructed to undertake the duly, which was very effectively performed. P.M. Bro, Moss also helped considerably by delivering the charges to the Wardens and Lodge. The following officers were elected; Edward Saunders, W.M. ; W. H. Zouch, I.P.M. ; E. G. Crisp, S. vV. ; C. C. books, J W. ; A. Curtis, Treasurer ; T. H Zouch, Secretary; 0. Hogg, S.D.; 0. B. M. Branson, D C.; J. Tasker, 1.G.; R. Cullen, Tyler. The officers for J.D. and organist were not installed, the brother who was elected for the former being unable to be present, owing to a severe accident. After the ceremony an adjournment was made to the banquet gallery, where a very nice spread was laid by the officers of the St John’s Lodge, and was partaken of by all the brethren present. The usual loyal and fraternal toasts followed, and several capital songs were rendered by the foliow-iug-brothren, namely:—Bros. 11. Stephenson, Bradley, Williams, H. Gates, and R. Cullen during the evening, which was very pleasantly spent and enjoyed by those present.

Upper Ashburton Road Board.— The usual monthly meeting of this Board was held on Monday last. Present—Messrs D. McLean (chairman), Williamson, Stitt, and Sargeant, Mr Harper being absent through indisposition. The Overseer’s report for the last month was read, wherein ho mentioned that Devery’s contract for shingling on Hackthorne road had not been started, and that the shingling of Alf >rd Forest road had not been commenced. Ho was requested to see that both works be commenced at once. Correspondence was read as follows;—From the Ashburton County Council Planting Committee, asking the Baard to recommend gravel reserves for planting, preference to bo given to those already fenced. The Board selected six reserves suitably apart in the district, subject to the committee’s approval Tbo County Council also wrote enclosing copy of paragraph of the engineer’s report re widening approaches to the Ashburton railway bridge. The Board, alter considering the terms proposed, decided that one-eighth of the cost (instead of one-fourth as asked) was as much as, in justice, they could pay, and they thought that, the work being a public one, the Kaugitata and Wakanui Boards ought to contribute towards the cost; and further, those bodies nearer the bills were equally entitled to give their quota, as sheep, cattle, horses, and machines formed the main traffic of the bridge, and they come and go from all quarters of the county. Prom the secretary Ashburton Racing Club, asking the Board to take 'into their consideration the planting of the reserve No. 1030, at the corner uf the racecourse let by the Board to the Club The Clerk was requested to reply the Board lias already decided on reserves to bo planted. Mr Sutherland wrote re his contract for road repairs, enclosing an account for extra shingling.— The Clerk to reply to Mr Sutherland’s letter. Mr Bell wrote, offering terms for the Board’s reserve 2040, at Tinwald. _The Clerk to reply Hie reserve would be let by tender. The Clerk was directed to give Mr Remington notice to fence the travel reserve he occupies. He was also requested to give notice to occupiers to clear gorse from roads opposite their suctions, as this has been done in times past, and very little notice taken, and to notify that after tills the Board will do the work at owners’ cost. It was then resolved, “That from the date of this meeting the Ashburton Mail have one month of the Board’s work, advertising, etc., the Guardian the same for three issues, or as many as will amount to the Mail’s ant, alternately.” “ Tint no work will be let by tender in future unless three members are present.” The Clerk was requested to notify that (bo Board, at its next mooting intend to strike a rate of Is in the LI on all the rateable property in the district. He was also icquested to call for tenders for fencing, ploughing, and harrowing certain reserves, and for planting same, and, at the same time, call for tenders f: r other works to be specified, tenders to bo opened at Mr D. Williamson’s store, Fast street Ashburton, on Saturday, the Bth July, at noon. In reply to the County Council'sletter re planting gravel reserves, the Clerk was instructed to reply that the numbers of the reserves the Board had decided on as being tbo moat suitable are —No. 1 Ward : Ashburton Borough Endowment, Hinds, reserve 1984, and east of tho Great South Railway road, towards Winslow, No. 1423.—N0. 2 Ward : Reserve 1933, Wosterfield run.—No. 3 Ward : 1943, Alford Foro.t Road.—No. 4 Ward : 1942, Winchmoru run.—No. 5 Ward ; 1406, Digby’s road to Saunders’ mill Accounts were then passed, and the Board adjourned. I

The Late Accident to Du Ross. —We are g'al to record that Dr Ross has sufficiently recovered from the effects of his late accident to be able to take carriage exercise, although some time must yet elapse before he will be able to resume practice.

Hawke’s Bay Steeplechaser. —The following concludes our report of the above meeting;—Maiden Steeplechase; 50 sovs; two miles. Mr Bloomfield’s Tartar, aged, 1; Mr Hislop’s Tidal Wave, 5 years, 2° Mr Allan McLean’s gg, by Snowdon, aged, 3. Consolation Handicap; 60 sovs; two miles. Mr Enderby’s Mount, 5 years, 1; Mr Rae’s Grey Momus, aged, 2; Mr Donnelly’s Ruahine, aged, 3 Won, after a good race, by a couple of lengths.

Meat Display. — A very excellent display of mutton and beef is now to be seen at the City Butchery, opposite Baring square. The carcases of sheep are very fine indeed, and range from 110 to 125 lbs in weight, and are undoubtedly the finest that have been seen in Ashburton. The meat is nicely decorated, and looked quite as well as any display wo have seen in much larger towns, and reflected great credit upon Mr Lancaster and his shopmen. The mutton came from the Longbeach estate.

t-.T Stephen’s Chukchi Tea Meeting.— Great preparations have been making at the Town Hall this afternoon for the tea meeting and concert in connection with the above church, to take place this evening. Tables have be n laid the whole length of the Hall, the arrangements having boon carried out under the personal supervision of a number of young ladies. Tea will be on the tables at 5.30, and the concert takes place about halfpast seven. A most attractive programme has been prepared, and wa expect to chronicle a crowded house. A Copious Petition. —A curious petition was presented to-day (says the correspondent of the Press , wiring from Wellington last night) by Mr H. Thomson. It was from Mr John Leaf Wilson, of Christchurch, produce merchant, who complains that owing to a telegraphic order for “10” tons of potatoes being transmitted by the telegraph operator as “60” tons, he was put to loss and expense amounting to L 164, because the customer refused delivery of the excess over quantity ordered. He, therefore, prays Parliament to grant him redress foi loss sustained through the mistake made

by the Telegraph Department. An Interesting Letter. — A gentleman who recently paid a visit to the colony writes to a friend in Dunedin as follows . Loudon, 29th of March, 1882. 1 have arrived here after a favorable voyage, and in attending to my business daring the last fortnight I have gained some information which may be of interest to you and some of your friends. I have brought Homo with me samples of New Zealand wheat, and I find there is nothing to bo compared with it offering from any quarter of the world. lam selling my cargoes at the very lop price. I have been in communication with experts in the seed trade, and, excellent as the quality of the New Zealand wheat is, I am satisfied that even that may be much improved upon by using a change of seed. lam shipping five or six varieties of hard Russian red wheats to Port Chalmers, and the experts assure mo that, from the results obtained in other countries, they confidently expect that these wheats, acclimatised in New Zealand, will produce a sample finer than anything known yet. The superiority of the samples of New Zealand oats, barley, beans, and peas, over those exhibited from other parts of the world, is even more pronounced than in the case of wheat. The people here listen in amazement when I tell them that there are five or six million acres of land already opened up by roads and railways, and capable of producing such cereals, the owners of which have ploughed up and laid it down in orass to produce wool. —Clutha Leader. The Murderer Winiata. Winiata arrived at Auckland by train last night. There was a great crowd at the station, and some slight hooting. The police got a carriage and drove off rapidly with the prisoner, who was manacled. He was charged in the usual way at the police station. The handcuffs were removed, and he was placed in a separate cell. Barlow came down by the train and went to the Maori settlement at Mangarei. The story of drugging and chloroforming turns out a fabrication. Barlow never had time to inform Constable Gillies that he was coming, and Winiata was leaving Barlow’s settlement next day, and he had either to capture him at once or lose his chance. Gillies had been watching at the rendezvous arranged for a weetc. No one knew anything but Sergeant McGoverin, Gillies, and Barlow, so that it the plan failed it might be again attempted. The material witnesses are all handy, but two persons who gave evidence at the inquest on Packer have since died. There is some suspicion ot Winiata’s being implicated in another murder previous to Packer’s. Winiata was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for stealing a saddle from Collins, of Onehunga. The evidence on which he was convicted was given by another Maori. Shortly after the expiration of his sentence this native disappeared, and has never been heard of since. Winiata gave out that he died at Mangarei, but recent enquiries reveal the fact that no one else knows anything about his death. By telegram from Auckland to-day, we I am that tiienatives there condemn the mode of Winiata’s capture. Winiata was brought before the Police Court to-day and remanded. He states that Harry, a half-caste, murdered Packer, and escaped to the Bay of Islands. He also says the King will be angry at his capture, as when Hiroki was taken he said “the Pakeha is treacherous. ”

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 675, 29 June 1882

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