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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, JULY 11,1882.

TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.40 p.m. j

Chlorodyne. —A man named Charles Povv died suddenly at the Oreti Hotel, near Dunedin, on Saturday night. It is fupposed his death resulted from an overdose of chlorodyno. An inquest will bo held. A Divorce Wanted. —In the Supreme Court, Wellington, yesterday, Ralph Levoi, commission agent, applied for a dissolution of marriage on the grounds of his wife’s adultery with William King, a steward. After argument, Judge Richmond reserved judgment. Christchurch Hunt Club Steeplechases. —The railway arrangements in connection with the meeting of “the above Club on the 13th inst., appear in our advertising columns. Ordinary tickets (bsued in Canterbury) will be available for a week, single fares only being charged for the return journey. Criminal. —A.t the Christchurch criminal sittings, which commenced yesterday, Edwin Thomas, charged with personation was discharged ; Thomas Coffey, for forgery, received a sentence of nine months; Jas. Young, unlawfully wounding, got six months ; Win. Soppett, forgery, was sentenced to nine months. Friedlandbr v. Roberts. —His Honor the Chief Justice has declared judgment in the case of Friedlander v. Roberts, which was an appeal from the District Court. The gist of the judgment is that there must be a new trial, the costs of the former trial to abide the event, the costs of the appeal not to be allowed to either party, the erroneous judgment having been caused by a misapprehension by the Judge of the terms of a verbal admission made by the counsel at the trial.

Ashburton County Hunt Club Steeplechases. —ln our advertising columns will be found the programme for the Ashburton Hunt Club’s Steeplechase Meeting, on August 10. There will be five events, and a drag hunt around the course as a wind-up. The meetings in connection with the Club are always enjoyable, and this year’s promises to prove no exception to the rule. The officials of the Club (including the secretary, Mr J. Lloyd Crawley) are well known in local sporting circles. Crime in Timaru. The police of Timaru, we gather from the Herald, are just, now unprecedentedly busy, quite rushed with work, in fact. Detective Kirby, who has gone to California after Shepherd, the levanting storekeeper of Timaru, is much missed, although his absence is doubtless the cause of lively satisfaction to some of the “ old hands.” Constable Black is just now filling the the vigilant Mr Kirby’s place. While the police of Timaru are thus exceptionally busy, Ashburton is unusually quiet, the decrease of Police Court cases being very marked of late.

Evangelistic.—A public meeting was held in the Presbyterian Church last night when the question of carrying on the united evangelistic services in the Town Hall was discussed. There was a moderate attendance, and Mr H. M. .fonts was voted to the chair. The meeting eventually decided to recommend to the committee that services be conducted in the Town Hall every Thursday evening for a month, and it was understood that, in addition to the resident clergymen, other gentlemen would give their as-ist-anco as speakers. We understand that next Thursday week the Kev. A. M. Beattie and Mr J. E. Buchanan will give addresses.

The Tinwald Watch-Stealing Case. —At the Supreme Court, C iristchurch, yesterday, William John Simmonds was charged with stealing a watch, the property of one George Macaulay. The facts of the case, as our readers will remember, were that the prisoner and prosecutor were drinking together at Tinwald, when the prisoner noticing that the prosecutor had a watch, took it from him, saying that he wanted to have a lark with it, and afterwards sold it at Ashburton. His Honor having summed up, the jury returned a verdict of “Guilty of rumple larceny.” His Honor said he would defer passing sentence. The prisoner asked his Honor to sentence him at once, and put him out of his misery. His Honor said it was misery he seemed to have endured many times before,

The Public Works Statement. —This statement, it is expected, will be brought down to-morrow night. The Opposition say it depends upon the nature of the Statement whether they will table a “ noconfidence ” measure this session.

Grain at the Bluff. —ln 1880 there were exported from the Bluff Harbor 12,500 bushels of wheat and 293,000 bushels of oats. For six months of this year already expired tho exports of wheat have been 115,500 bushels, and of oats 179,800 bushels. At present there is enough grain at the Bluff to load twelve I, ton ships. WhaT Constitutes a Fence? —This question, an oft-asked one, has been decided by Judge Ward, in so far that the top-rail is not a fence. Two Northern J. Ps. held that a top-rail was sufficient, but, on appeal, his Honor remarked that a top rail might constitute a fence for a conscientious Christian, but certainly not for a cow, who had no conscience. St Stephen’s Church.—We are informed that the proceeds of the recent tea meeting and concert in connection with the above church amounted to L 65, the net result being about L 56. At a Vestry meeting last night, a cordial vote of thanks was passed to those ladies and trentlemen who so kindly gave their services on the night of the recent friendly gathering. They Believe in “ A Name.” —From Dunedin we learn that many years ago the Provincial Government changed the name of Sawyer’s Bay Railway Station, on the Port Cnalmers line, to “ Glendermid,” after a local resident named M'Dermid. The change was resented by the residents, and several times the name Glendermid on tho station buildings was painted out. For several years, however, there has been no sign of the ancient feeling, but last night once again the objectionable name was painted out with coal tar. A Royal Jbu d’esprit. — A Royal jeu d'esprit comes to ns {New Zealand Time* ) through tlie medium of private correspondence, from the Old Country. It is said that one of Queen Victoria’s raaids-of-honor particularly desired to learn to dance the Highland fling, and that, taking advantage of the opportunities presented during a recent visit of Her Majesty to Balmoral, she became quite a proficient in the mysteries and activities of tho renowned dancs. This coming to the ears of her good-natured mistress, an exhibition of her skill in the Royal presence was commanded. The damsel, nothing loth, complied, and acquitted herself so well as to quite charm the Queen. “You have, indeed, danced beautifully, my dear,” she said. “ What shall I give you as a reward ?” Quick came the reply: “Gladstone’s head in a charger, your Majesty.” “ I would with pleasure,” as quickly ve sponded the good Queen, “ but, alas ( poor man, ho lost it long ago.”

The Hunt. —The hounds met at the gasworks on Saturday afternoon, and again showed capital sport. A bout 60 horsemen essayed to follow, and as the fences were of a fair description, the majority of these were able to hold good positions. We regret to learn from the Treasurer that, although the sport throughout the season has been exceptionally good and generally enjoyed, the sinews of war are very slow in reaching his coffers. We trust that sportsmen will at once effect a change in this department, and show their appreciation of the spirited efforts of the Committee to provide a popular and excellent recreation. We should also be glad to see a vast majority of the field ride with more independence, not follow in the immediate wake of the two or three horsemen who take a line. Less damage would bo done to fences and a large element of danger removed. On Saturday if the huntsman, master, or oven that exemplary enthusiast from a large financial institution, had made a mistake, the result would have been most disastrous to their confiding firmness.

South Rakaia Road Board.— The usual monthly meeting of the above was held at the Road Board office on Wednesday last. All the members were present. The Clerk’s report was read, and it was resolved to purchase one acre of laud from the New Zealand and Australian Land Company, to form a gravel pit on the Acton road. It was also resolved to call for tenders for metalling Railway terrace, East road, 30 cubic yards to the chain. The Clerk was instructed to got tussocks taken off Thompson’s Track road, between Somerton and Mitcham, and repair the road, also the plantation fence along Three-chain road. Correspondence was read from Mount Hutt Road Foard, stating that they intended applying to the County Council for one Board to have control of the boundary mad. —From County Council, on the sune subject. The Chairman stated that he had replied to the Council’s letter.—An account from Mount Hutt Road Board for half coat of forming Thompson’s Track road was ordered to be placed on the pay-sheet.— From County Council, re planting reserves in the district. The Clerk was instructed to inform the Council that the Board recommended two reserves on Chertsoy boundary road and reserve 1393 to be planted. The Council also wished to know from the Resident Engineer the rate paid by the Board for unskilled labor. The clerk stated that he had replied to the letter giving the amount of wages paid by the board.—From P. Clifford, re Cemetery road, stating that he had made a mistake in his tender.—lt was resolved that fresh tenders bo called for forming the road. A circular was read from the G denial Treasurer re Local Government. —The Board considered the subject, and requested the Chairman to reply.—lt was resolved to call for tenders for forming footpath from Boundary road, Chertsey, to railway station ; and it was further resolved to consider tenders on the Id'll inst., and that two members be a Comniiiteo for the purpose. —Moved by ivxr Holmes, and seconded by Mr Coster —“That a memo of agreement be drawn up in accordance with the scale of duties laid down for Clerk to the Board.” —Mr Allen moved, as an amendment — “ That the Clerk devote his whole time to the Board this finding no seconder, the motion was carried.—Accounts for L 223 4s lid were passed, and the Board adjourned.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, JULY 11,1882., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 685, 11 July 1882

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, JULY 11,1882. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 685, 11 July 1882

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