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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1882., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 682, 7 July 1882
The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1882.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.40 p.m. j
The Member tor Wakanui. —Some of the electors of Wakanui will be surprised to Isarn that their newly-elected member intends to “ raise the hatchet ” again. His solicitor has served a writ, claim rig a modest sum on this occasion, against the proprietor of this journal, for publishing a letter on the evening prior to the late election.
Work. — Particulars of various works for which the South Rakaia Ruad Board invite tenders, will be found on our third page. Acknowledgment. —The Master of the Old Men’s Home wishes to acknowledge the receipt, witli thanks, of a parcel of wearing apparel, also a parcel of books and papers, from “ Anonymous. The Kitchener Relief Fund.--The fund subscribed on behalf of the Kitchener family has reached L 520. It has been raised privately and mainly by voluntary subscriptions. It will be invested on behalf of Mrs Kitchener and family. Police Scandal.— Sergeant,O’Grady, the officer in charge of the police force at the Thames, has been charged by exDctective Farrell with attempted rape on a woman named Eyre. The charge is now under investigation by Superintendent Thomson.
Wisiata’s Case. —Sergeant McGovern has secured an important witness in Winiata’s case, namely, a half-caste called Clements Newton, to whom Winiata confessed the circumstances of the murder at Kuiti in 1880. Gilmonr, postmaster at Raglan, took down the half-caste’s statement at the time, ho having told that gentleman of Winiata’s conversal ion. The written statement will be furthcoming.
The Hunt. —Wo would remind onr readers who arc fond of tho chase that the hounds wiil meet to moirow afternoon at two o’clock, a; the Gasworks. We understand Unit the run will be over country which will give those who prefer to be lookers-on a capital opportunity of watching the movements of those whose inclinations may load them to take an active part in the proceedings.
The Innocent Celestial ! —At tho Timaru Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday, three Chinamen, named Ah Ling, Jim Luck, and Ah Chor, were committed for trial at tho Supreme Court for receiving a quantity of property stolen by tho boys who were dealt with last week. One of the witnesses swore that one of the Chinamen had threatened to cut the boys’ throats if the “ bobbies” came to hear of the transaction.
New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company. —The annual local meeting of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency was held yesterday at Auckland. Mr J. C. Firth was in the chair. The retiring directors, the Hon. James Williamson and Mr G. B. Owen, wore reelected. Mr William James Taylor was re-elected colonial auditor. A vote of thanks was passed to the directors and officers.
Matuimonial. —It would appear that there is a chance for one at least of the many bachelors of Ashburton to change liia lonely state for that of marital happiness. A fair one intimates through our advertising columns vo-day that she is anxious to correspond with a gentleman with a view to matrimony. If some of those of the sterner sex who lately advertised for partners for life are not “suited” here is an opportunity for them—one of them, that is. The Exhibition Catalogue. — W. J. Fisher, a grocer, obtained judgment at the R.M. Court, Christchurch, yesterday, against Joubert and Twopeny for L 5 damages, on the ground that an advertisement, which had been paid for by plaintiff for insertion on a particular page of the official catalogue of the Exhibition, had been inserted on a different page, and only ir. 5,000 copies of the catalogue instead of 10,000 as agreed by defendants. Other cases of a similar nature are said to be ponding. Our Stations!aster. —General regret will, we are sure, be felt at the news of Mr Pilkington’s departure from Ashburton, where be has been located for nearly four years ; but, while regretting his removal, the public will be pleased to hear that Mr Pilkington is to receive well-de-served promotion. -In a few days’ time he will go to Oamaru to take charge of the station there, Oamaru being rated as a first-class, while Ashburtofi is a secondclass, station. Mr Pilkington was offered the O imaru appointment some ten days ago, but, not being anxious to quit a town where he is known and respected, he not unnaturally showed soma’reluctance to go away. He has now been, prevailed on do so, however, and will leave very shortly. While in Ashburton he has won the goodwill of all by his obliging manner, and the efficient way in which he has always discharged his duties.
News From the Coast.—The Hokitika papers of the 3rd inst. state that Duncan and party, who washed up at Woodstock last week, obtained 15£ ounces of gold from 36 loads of washdirt. A share in this golden claim has just been sold by Jair.es Greenhaigh to Joseph Caiter for L 55. Two shares in other claims changed hands at Woodstock last week—one at LGO, and the other at .L4O. The Boucher’s Gully rush is fast becoming an established success. There are now reported to be seven parties on gold, viz., Acastor and party, (the prospectors), Irvine and party, Roberts and party, Nankernis and party, McFarlane and party, and Falconer and party. The depth of washdirt averages from 4ft, and yields from 4 to 10 dwts of gold to the load. Four or five fresh claims have been recently taken up, two of which are supposed to be on the lead. The sinking ranges from 18 to 25ft, and the claims average from 50 to 400 ft in length.
Orchestral Society. — Some fourteen gentlemen attended at Mr Henry’s rooms, Saunders’ builnings last night, for the purpose of forming an Orchestral Society in Ashburton. Mr George Jameson was chairman, and after the very hopeful prospects of such a Society had been duly canvassed, it was resolved to form such a Society in Ashburton, to bo called the Ashbuiton Musical Society. The meeting then proceeded to elect office bearers, Mr Geo. Jameson being chosen president; Mr J. MacLeau Dunn, secretary and treasurer : and Messrs Harrison, Gates, and Savage a committee of management with the president and secretary. After the meeting the committee met, when an inventory was taken of the players available from the members already joined, with the following result: There are five violinists, three flautists, one violoncello player, one player on the euphonium, two cornets, and one tympani. It was decided that the Society would meet again on Thursday evening next, when the commhtee would be prepared to submit certain necessary information they were to glean meanwhile. An interim conductor was chosen in Mr Alfred Harrison, and the subscription for ordinary members was fixed at a guinea per annum, payable quarterly in advance. It was also decided to ask honor ary msmbersto join, paying a subscription of a guinea, and being entitled therefor to two tickets for each of the concerts given by the Society during the year. As the institution is to be conducted on the lines of similar societies in the larger towns, it ought to commend itself to all lovers of good music, and the honorary list should fill up very rapidly. Wo might just here add that to set an Orchestral Society going no small expense must be incurred, and we hope that when the heads of families are approached fur aid in the shape of honorary members’ subscriptions, or other donations, it will be promptly and heartily given. From the character of those who have the Society in hand, wo feel quite safe in auguring a bright future for this new enterprise, and as its operations are not to be confined wholly to instrumental music, though in that direction the hardest work will lie, vve can easily see that at no distant date, a treat in store for honorary members in the shape of on orcheutrally accompanied oratorio. J
Quoit Match at Watbrton. —Wo hear that a quoit match for L 5 a aide has been arranged between Messrs Lemon and Sargusson of Waterton, and comes off at the latter place to-morrow. Poultry, Pigeon, and Canary Association. —The Secretary of the above Association requests intending exhibitors to send in their exhibits as early as possible, in order to farther the compilation of the catalogue for the forthcoming exhibition, to be held under the auspices of the Association.
The Late Mrs Bland. —Notwithstanding the disagreeable weather, a large number of persons, including representatives from every section of the community, attended the funeral of the late Mrs Bland, which took place yesterday afternoon. The mournful procession, numbering about 250 people, left the deceased lady’s residence, Tancred street, at about three o’clock, proceeding to St Stephen’s Church, where a portion of the burial service was conducted by the Bcv. E. A Scott and xMr Joseph Ward. The hymn commencing “ When our heads are bowed with woe ” was also sung, and the cortege •left for the old cemetery, where other members of the lamented lady’s family are interred. We understand that, although an active member of the W esleyan Church, Mrs Bland, in the early days of the district, worshipped with the Episcopalian bedy, and before her death she expressed a desire for Mr Ward to conduct the funeral service, that gentleman having officiated in a similar way for her late husband and son, and also being a personal friend of the family. Both the Rev. C. H. Standage (Wesleyan) and the Rev. M. Beattie (Presbyterian) were in attendance, and every denomination in the town, both Catholic and Protestant, evinced their respect for the estimable lady by being present. The funeral sermon will bo preached in the Wesleyan Church on Sunday evening next. Ashburton Debating Society. The ordinary meeting of the above was held on Wednesday evening at Saunders’ Buildings. There was an excellent attendance, the President in the chair. An apology was read from the Secretary for his absence. One now member was proposed for membership. It was res lived—‘ ‘ That a hearty vote of thanks be accorded to the ladies and gentlemen who kindly assisted at their last entertainment.” The business of the evening was then proceeded with. A very able paper on “Phonetic teaching v. Romanic ” was then read by Mr H. Cape-Williamson, of Flemington, Mr Williamson advocating Phonetic teaching in primary schools only, instancing a case in which he taught a youth to read in sixty hours, in lessons of two hours per day for thirty days, thus shewing the advantage of phonetic teaching for children. A very animated discussion followed, in which Messrs Buchanan, Hughes, Hogg, and Leggatt took part. Most of the speakers argued against Mr Williamson’s proposed style. A very pleasant evening was brought to a close by a hearty vote of thanks to Mr Williamson for the care and ability he had bestowed on the subject. The subject for debate at the next fortnightly meeting, w ill be—“ Nihilism : Is it'justifiable or not 1” Mr Hogg taking the part of the Nihilists, the President opposing him. Hughes and Leggatt will open the subject for debate at the meeting following the next regular one of the Seciety, which takes place on Wednesday week. Tea Meeting. A very social and pleasant gathering toc.k place at the Weslej’an Church last night, there being about 120 members of the congregation present. Tea was provided in a most creditable manner by Mr J. Ranger, and ladies of the congregation presided at the tables. The object of the gathering was for the purpose of making the members of the congregation acquainted with the working of the church’s vaiious organisations, and to report on the progress which had been made. After the tables were cleared, Mr J. E. Buchanan took the chair, and after a short speech, called upon the Rev. O. H. Standage for an address. The rev. gentleman’s speech had special reference to the relitionship existing between pastor and people, but before entering upon this portion of his remarks ho expressed his pleasure at being appointed to the Ashburton circuit, although, when he was first invited to come here, he had shown some reluctance on account of the difficulties which he understood the circuit was in. However, with the disparaging sentiments that he had heard and read before coming to this circuit he had also heard that the Ashburton people were both plucky and warm-hearted, and since coming to the district ho had had practical proof of these commendable and encouraging phases of character. The officials of the church were highly complimented by the rev. gentleman, who, ho said, had relieved him from any financial work in connection with the cause, and left him to the more congenial and appropriate labors of preaching and pastoral visitation. The latter portion of Mr Standage’s speech had reference to the local preachers, and to those gentleman, a high tribute of praise was given. Messrs H. M. Jones and C. Dixon (circuit stewards), C. Ray, W. H. Collins, and Alison also gave short addresses on the particular portion of the church’s departments with which they were more immediately connected, and a most enjoyable meeting terminated at about ten o’clock. An Ashsurtonian on His Travels. — An Ashburton resident has just received a letter from a friend, Mr Jas. Gudaell, of Tinwald, who is at present enjoying a holiday ramble in Southland. The letter having been kindly placed at our disposal by the recipient wo have made the following extract from it, fancying it may prove of interest to some of our readers : —“ lam now about 50 miles from Invercargill, at a place called Wairio. The country round about is very wild and primitive, but I like it. There are plenty of birds and rabbiis for game, and plenty of work for money. The railway is newly opened, and the settlers are' all new comers. I have not met anyone I know, except Mr David Evans, former!} of Waterton, who ii here doing very well, all things considered, I got a job the very night I arrived here, and which is paying very well for the time of the year. 1 expect to bo finished-with it in a few days now, when I shall probably shift to another place, as I want to see as much of the country as I can while I have the opportunity. Land is good and cheap hereabouts, and there seems to be a good prospect for a working man. I understand there is going to bo some land offered on the deferred payment system in a few weeks time, situated about 30 miles from here. This land, lam told, is good, and I mean to have a look at it before I come back if I can possibly manage to do so. My brother is with mo, and ho may possibly remain if ho can get some land on deferred payment cheap, but there is a rush for it at present. The land I refer to is at Orepuki, where there is a small goldfield open, and a good coal pit. The land, they say, is so rich it grows all straw, which is a good fault, as I consider. At any rate, if I like its situation and can secure a piece, I will chance its growing too much straw. Mr David Evani’ land is not of the best, but still it is cheap, I think, at LI per acre, and ten years to pay it in, and no interest due on the money. It is well situated, about a mile from a large bush where the owner can got what wood he likes for the cutting, while two miles off is a coal pit, whore a three-horse load of coal is procurable for 10s. I hope you will bo ab’e to make this scribble out as I have nothing but a pencil, and am vyriting in a tent.”
The Suez Canal. —Shareholders in the Suez Canal Company have reason to be satisfied with the receipts for shipping for the first quarter of the present year. In the month of March the tolls amounted to 5,(520,000f., from 313 ships, against 4,711,5511., and 260 ships m the same month of 1881, and 4,116,507 f, and 213 in 1880. The reiurns for the first quarter of each year were as follows : —IBB2, 908 ships and 16,311,012 f; 1881, 680 ships and 12,518,593 f. ; 1880, 534 ships and 11,186,440 f. A Pauper Baronet.—The death is announced of Sir Horatio Henry Wraxall, the fourth baronet, in his 50th year. He was a grandson of Sir Nathaniel William Wraxall, M P., the author of “ Memoirs of my own Time,” and a brother of the late Sir Lascelles Wraxall. The title passes to his brother, who is married and has a youthful family. The late baronet had for some time been chargeable as a pauper on the Southwark Union, and he died in the Wandsworth Asylum. He at one time followed the profession of a betting man.
Luminous Paint.—Mr Fermor Wilson, who has purchased the sole right for Now Zealand of Balmain’s Luminous Paint, is just now in Ashburton. He has engaged temporary premises in Havelock street, whore he has a number of articles on view coated with the much-talked-of paint, which for buggies, gate posts, and all objects of the kind used or encountered after dark, is invaluable. The paint glows by night with a brilliancy discernible at a very considerable distance, and is coming into use at sea as well as on land, ships and buoys coated with it being seen after dark as readily as at mid day. Mr Wilson will leave to-morrow, in all probability, for the South.
I. O. G. T.—An open meeting in connection with the Safe Retreat Lodge, 1.0.G.T., was held on Wednesday evening at the Templar Hall, I here was an excellent attendance, Bro. Isaac Scott, of the Star of the East Lodge, occupying the chair. The Rev. Mr Nixon delivered a most impressive address, which was listened to with the deepest attention throughout. The rest of the evening was occupied with duetts, songs, readings, and recitations by Mesdames Nixon, Manhire, and Rands ; Miss Andrewes ; and Messrs Andrewes, Murray, Rands, and Hardley, brothers and sisters of the Order. A thoroughly enjoyable evening was spent.
'•ENSATIONAIi ADVERTISING IN LONDON. —For some time past advertising has been carried on in London after a fashion hardly surpassed by that of America itself. All previous efforts in the advertising line muse, however, pale before the expedients recently resorted to by a popular london theatrical manager. The latter recently produced a comedy called “ Fourteen Days ” at the Criterion Theatre, By way of publishing the fact he retained the services of a string of “ sandwich men,” who, dressed as convicts, paraded the streets accompanied by a warder in full uniform, and armed with a gun ! The idea was a success, but it resulted in some of the crowded city streets becoming almost impassable. The people thought the men were veritable convicts, and stared at them just as the manager wanted them to stare. The illusion did not last. Each
man bore the legend across his chest in bold type “Fourteen Days.” With another set of sandwich men, dressed as
“ moths” (the title of another London comedy), and a few more as “ mothers-in-law ” (the title of a third drama), the streets would be blocked and all traffic suspended.
The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1882., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 682, 7 July 1882
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