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Tue Youngsters’ Trip. —Last night the Ashburton juveniles returned from their trip to the Exhibition, all evidently well pleased with their day’s outing, which fortunately passed off without the slightest mishap. The Electric Light.—A company to light Christchurch by electricity has been formed, with a capital of L 25,000, in LI shares. Between Friday afternoon and four o’clock yesterday 4,900 shares had been taken up, mostly in lots of 100. A Make’s Nest. —The intelligence which we published yesterday regarding the attempt on the life of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales turns out to be a mare’s nest. The supposed dynamite was merely fireworks, so says the same authority (Reuter’s London agent) which yesterday told us it was dynamite. European Flax. —A meeting of farmers and others interested in the promotion of the European flax industry was held in the Ellesmere district on Friday, when those present decided to assist as far as possible the provisional directorate established in Christchurch for the formation of a company having in (view the manufacture of fibre and oil. A New Zealand Plumpton.—A meeting of coursing men was held at Christchurch yesterday, at which the proposition to form a Coursing Ground Company was affirmed, and directors elected. The shares were LSO each, and the capital L 2,200. About 2,500 acres of land near Rollesion Junction, 18 miles from Christchurch, will be bought and laid out after the fashion of English and other coursing grounds. Severe Criticism. —“The prophetic mantle of Te Whiti (says the Otago Daily Times) seems to have fallen on the Rev. Mr Byng. On Sunday last ho startled his hearers with a prophecy of a singular ghastliness. Quoting a certain passage (Matthew, chapter xxvi, verses 52 and 53), Mr Byng remarked —‘ Let any of you say that was a mere oratorical demonstration, and you will be struck dead. Now, stand up in your pew and say it.’ Awful pause. No one had the courage to say it, and so the impious audacity of the speaker was not as satis factorily exposed as it ought to have. And this abominable trash is popular preaching.”

I. O. G. T.—An open Lodge meeting and entertainment were held in the Library Hall, Waterton, last evening, in connection with the Clear Brook Lodge. Mr Geo. Andrews (in the chair) opened the meeting with a short address, exhorting all those present to come forward and work for the cause of temperance. Songs and readings were contributed by the following : —Mr Jennings, song ; Mrs Beaumont, reading ; Mrs Jennings and Miss Cate, duett ; Bro. W, T. Norrish, reading ; Mr Tomlin, song ; Bro. I. Scott, address ; school children, song ; Mrs Jennings and Mias Cate, duett; Sister Hockings, song ; Bro. VV. T. Norrish, reading; Mr Tomlin, song; Mrs Edge, song ; bro. Hockings, song ; school children, song. After the usual vote of thanks to the ladies and* gentlemen, the singing of the National Anthem brought a very enjoyable evening to a close.

Musio Everywhere. When it is known that there are more than one hundred pianos in this district, besides a much larger number of smaller musical instrument?, such as the organ, harmonium, violin,guitar, clarionet,flageolet, flute, cornet, bugle, trombone, euphoniam, saxhorn, bombardon, symhals, triangle, drum, accurdian, concertina,etc., all of which require learning and skill, before music can be produced, and we consider the large number that often congregate to listen to music performed on these various instruments, we might well say music’s everywhere. Now, what every lover of music wishes to know is where they can get their wants well supplied, whether it be for instruments, music, tuning, or tuition. The address is H. J. Weeks, Messrs C. Begg and Go’s, branch, Tancred street, Ashburton. Pianos by Brinsmuad, Erard, Ibach, Ronisch, Schaller, Baueer, Hummel, Ward, Sciedmayer, and Smith organs, all guaranteed and kept in tune for six months.— [Advt.]

“The Complete Home." —We have received from Messrs Porter and Sons, wholesale book agents, of Christchurch, “ The Complete Home : An Encyclopaedia of Domestic Life and Affairs,” an, American work of between 500 and GOO pages, replete with wrinkles on affairs domestic. Of cookery books and books on household management, ,the name is legion, the choice bewildering. Mrs Julia M'Nair Wright, the “ Aunt Sophronia ” of the work before us, has, however, taken a new departure from the beaten track pursued by most writers on the subject she handles. “ The Complete Home " is written in narrative style, and combines the interest of a story of domestic life with the information usually sought, for in purely technical works. And it is not only of culinary affairs that the book treats ; morals and manners are also discussed, and innumerable invaluable hints given for the guidance of young and inexperienced housewives. For instance, on turning to the well arranged index we find a page or two devoted to, “ How to keep accounts,” and also some information on that most interesting topic, “How to obtain money ” —also to save, waste, and spend it. One would have thought that instruction on the last-named topics was superfluous. The proof of the ; pudding lies in the eating. We have not put the “ Complete Home ” to a practical test, but fancy that when tried it will not be found wanting. Mr Gaut, Messrs Porter and Sons’ representative, will shortly be in Ashburton again. The work is well printed and got up.

The Alleged Murder at Oamaru.— Richard Beattie, the husband of the woman found dead in a water-course near Peebles, has been arrested by the police on suspicion of having caused her death.

The City op Perth. — The ship City of Perth was submitted to auction yesterday. The bidding started at L 2,500 and reached L 5,200, at which she was passed in. The damage to the vessel is thought to be more serious than at first supposed.

Children’s Fancy Dress Ball. —This ball took place in the Art Gallery of the Exhibition, and was well attended. The dresses worn were appronriate and exceedingly handsome. Dancing commenced shortly after seven o’clock, and was kept up till midnight.

Dunedin Benevolent Asylum Enquiry.— At the Benevolent Asylum enquiry yesterday, the evidence was nearly all favorable to the manager, Mr Quin. He stated that he had been eleven and a half years in the police, and seven years a Provincial Government servant. When he left the force he was senior first-class sergeant, and during his service was only reprimanded once, the matter being a very trivial one. He became master of the institution in 1874. International Juvenile Industrial Exhibition. —To the Editor, —Sir, —Will you kindly allow us, thorough your columns, to address a few lines to the young people on behalf of the intended Juvenile Exhibition, to be opened on the 9th November, 1882, in the Garden Palace, Sydney ? Young Friends, —The schedule of regulations and prize list is now published for your information, and we hope you will carefully read them through. In drawing your attention to it, allow us to tell you great care has been taken in framing them ; much attention has been given to embrace all supposed articles that, may be prepared for exhibition. But should any omissions have been made, or any part not quite clear to you, apply by letter or personally to the Secretary, who will give you every information. If you desire to exhibit any articles not enumerated, it can be entered in Group 23. We hope every young person, who is able, in your district will make an attempt in some form to prepare an exhibit, and thus show the colony at large that they have energy, talent, and industry. Do not look on with indifference ; do your best to help to make the Juvenile Exhibition worthy of your native land ; and then in after life you will have the gratification of being able to say that you took part in making it so. Many are already at work—the simplest specimen of industry will be acceptable let all work with a will and enthusiastic. The object is a good one, and intended to show to the world that the young Australians are an industrious and intelligent community. Remember, much depends on you to make the Exhibition a success; for without your handiwork it would be a failure, and you will have to share in the disappointment. The committee will do their part, and trust their young friends will do theirs, and every colonist do their best to help in the good work ; let no one stand aloof, for when the busy and interesting event is over, and you have not taken some part, you will feel remorse that you had not in some way contributed to it; it will then be too late to share in the honor. Bear in mind there is dignity and honor in labor. The committee are anxious that the young people should take the matter up warmly, and set a good example to others in making their homes hives of industry and contentment ; that in to coma it may bo the theme of many a pleasant hour—the Grand International Exhibition Juvenile Industrial Exhibition of Sydney, 1882. R. D. Bannister, Secretary and Superintendent. Offices, Garden Palace, Sydney.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 680, 5 July 1882

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