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A Parcels Post.

From London comes the intelligence that that long-talked of public convenience, a parcel post, is about to be established at last. This has been the dream of the postal authorities at Home since the days of Sir Rowland Hill, but owing to the numerous obstacles blocking up the road of progress the idea has been but slowly worked out. Those obstacles have now, thanks principally to the exertion of Mr Fawcett, the present PostmasterGeneral, been removed, and the parcels post will very shortly be an accomplished fact. Strange to say, England and Russia are the only two European nations that are not at the present day enjoying the benefits of the system. So far as England is concerned, however, the inconvenience will soon be remedied, arrangements having been entered into with all the great railway companies to convey parcels over their lines at one half the rates chargeable by the Post Office. Within the United Kingdom the maximum weight of parcels is to be ylbs, and the charge one shilling, the prices being correspondingly lower for smaller sized packages. International postage for parcels will cost from 30 to 50 per cent, higher. The system answers admirably elsewhere, we believe, and there is every prospect of it proving equally success.ful in England. It might be extended with advantage to the colonies, and would doubtless be hailed as a very great boon in our part of the world. Where our railways failed our steamboats could be made available for the transmission of small parcels under postal supervision.

Coursing.—Forty nominations have been sent in for the Waterloo Cup, to be run at the Levels Station near Timaru, on the 18th inst.

Ashburton Volunteers. —The officer commanding the district has ordered an inspection parade of the Ashburton Rifles for Thursday evening, when no doubt there will be a full muster. Temperance. —The Rev. E. A. Scott, incumbent of St Stephen’s, last night announced from his pulpit that on Sunday evening next he purposed delivering a temperance sermon, having special reference to the total abstinence society about to be formed in connection with the church.

A Nuisance Removed.— “ Every dog has his day,” says the proverb, and the two sheep dogs that have haunted Montgomery’s corner for some time past, and systematically laid in wait for horsemen to come along to bark at, have had their day. The nuisance occasioned by the loud yelping of those dogs every time a horseman passed them has been frequently complained of, but nothing was clone to remedy it. On Saturday last, however, the dogs were secured, and being taken to the police depot, were promptly shot by Constable Smart. It may not be generally known that all dogs in the habit of barking at horsemen are liable to be seized by the police and destroyed, and their owners fined L 5 a-piece. Many serious accidents have occurred in consequence of the barking of dogs startling horses. Christchurch Criminal Sittings The quarterly session of the Supreme Court commenced at 11 a.m. to-day before his Honor Mr Justice Williams. The following are the cases for trial: —Thomas Edwards, personation (remanded from last sittings); Patrick O’Shannessy and John Keliar, assault (remanded from last sittings) ; William Gordon Jacobs, shooting with intent ; John Regan, false pretences ; Victor Parez, rape ; William John Simmonds, larceny from the person ; John Smith alias Kettenburg, horse stealing ; John Smith alias Kettenburg, larceny ; John O’Connor, larceny from the person ; Robert Workman, larceny ; Nathaniel Vale, fraudulent bankruptcy (two cases) ; James Wilkinson, larceny as a bailee; David McNiven, shooting with intent to kill ; Frank Henry Williams, embezzlement (three cases) ; Daniel Mann, forgery and uttering (four cases); James Coffey, forgery and uttering ; John Young, indecent assault ; William Soppot, forgery ; James Jury, unlawfully wounding ; Ah Ling, receiving sfoleu property. There are in all twenty cases for trial. The only local case is that of Patrick O’Shannassy of Watertou and John Keliar, of the same place, charged with assaulting a man named Richard Chudley some months ago. The case will probably fall through as Chudley has disappeared and cannot bo found.

Political Gossip. Says the Press special at Wellington, wiring from that city on Saturday ; —Ministers held a long Cabinet meeting this afternoon, when, I believe, the Public Works Statement underwent its final revision and was agreed upon. Major Atkinson was at home most of to-day, working at his great national insurance scheme, which he is to bring down on Monday night, and which is looked for witli extreme interest, the proposal having already excited much comment. It is remarked that the benefits which (in the resolution of which he gave notice yesterday) he proposes to provide by his system of insurance are much more liberal in their character than those proposed by Mr Blackley, and it is feared that the premiums required to furnish such benefits must necessarily be so high as to militate seriously against success. However, we shall see on Monday night how ho proposes to manage it. The Government believe that, although Tawhiao may bluster a little about the arrest of Winiata, the occurence is really a great relief to his mind, and to the mind of all the King natives. I do not think it is generally known that Winiata is related to the Maori King, or at any rate connected with him. Winiata’s crime, however, was never approved by his tribe, and since the introduction of closer and more cordial relations between Tawhiao and the Europeans, the former and his chiefs have been in a state of much perplexity as to what they should do in caao of a demand for Winiata’s surrender, of which they were in full expectation. They feel that they could not with decency refuse it, and yet thau there would bo some degree of humiliation in consenting. The capture by Barlow has relieved them of this difficulty, and Tawhiao’s protest is believed to be all humbug, probably due to the insidious counsel of some of the horde of Pakelia Maoris, who would do anything to check the extension of friendly relations between the King natives and the Europeans, which would strike at the root of their particular trade. At the same time it is not at all unlikely that u'iniata’s personal friends may give some trouble in isolated cases, and care will have to be exercised.

Sir Julius. —A formal public reception is to be accorded to Sir Julius Vogel by the citizens of Christchurch. Wesleyan Church, Willowby. Messrs Muir and Reid’s tender for erection of the above church has been accepted. Central Hotel.— Mr John Beecher notifies that on account of the Orange dinner on the 12th inst., he has postponed the opening dinner at the Central from the 12th to the 19th. Business Mem. —Messrs W. H. Puddicombe and Co. notify that they have resolved to continue business at the Mount Somers store. Wo have no doubt Messrs Puddicombo and Go’s decision will bo received with satisfaction by the public. L. O. L., Ashburton. —About 100 Orangemen were present at the morning service at the Presbyterian Church yesterday. The Rev. Mr Beattie preached a most impressive and appropriate sermon, which was listened to with deep attention throughout. The anniversary dinner in connection with the Lodge (No. 23) will be held on Wednesday the 12th insl. at the Royal Hotel.

Poultry Association. —We are requested to remind exhibitors that the Society provide pens for poultry only, and that it is necessary in making entries to place a selling price on each exhibit. Entries should bo made as early as: possible to ensure proper classification in the catalogue. All exhibits must be at the Hall by 9 a.m. on Friday, Juno 21. Attendants are appointed to feed, water, and look after all exhibits during the Show, and exhibits will be delivered after 9 p. m. on the 22nd on production of entry ticket. Police Court.—At the Court this morning, before Mr Bullock, J. P., Janies Franklin, against whom a terribly long list of “previous convictions” was produced, was charged with using obscene language. It appeared from the statement of the police that Franklin, who is a man of some education, was only dis charged from custody on Saturday last after “ doing ” a month for drunkenness. When leaving the lock-up the police goodnaturedly subscribed eleven shillings between them to give the man a show, and with this money he straightway proceeded to get drunk, with the result that two hours after his liberty was restored to him he was once more in the clutches of the men in blue. His Worship sent him up for 43 hours, without the option of a fine.

Protection Orders. —At the Dunedin Police Court on Saturday, a husband named Carter was charged with assault on his wife. The latter has a protection order, but had taken her husband back to live with her. He, however, whenever ho gets drunk, abuses her, and the police stated that there was fear that if not restrained he would kill her. Tiie police added that the wife thought she had broken the protection order by taking her husband back, and they knew of several women with orders who took the same view. They asked for an expression of opinion on the point, but the Bench did not give this, contenting themselves with binding Carter over to keep the peace. The question raised by the police in this case is an important one, and demands a reply.

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A Parcels Post., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 684, 10 July 1882

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A Parcels Post. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 684, 10 July 1882

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