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Education Reserve No. 2010.—The School Commissioners invite tenders for lease of above for fourteen years. Gheenstreet. —Divine service will be conducted at the Greenstreel schoolro >m next Sunday afternoon, at 2 30, by the Rev. 0. H. Standage.

The Woodstock Rush. —Some idea of the difficulty of procuring labor in Hokitika just now, owing to the Woodstock rush, may be gathered from the fact that a contractor named Ryan has been advertising for a hundred men for road work at Paringa, offering 11s per day, and a free pas sage from Hokitika, Only three or four men have applied, owing to the attractions of Woodstock, although Mr Ryan offers twelve months’ work at the above wages. Elsewhere jvill be found a letter from our special correspondent, who is at work himself on the goldfield, and a variety of interesting clippings about the rush, extracted from our West Coast exchanges.

Alleged Assault on a Female. —At the Police Court this morning, before his Worship the Mayor, Fred Howard was charged with assaulting one Ellen Jones, a domestic servant, on the 29th of April last. Sergeant Felton explained to his Worship that Howard had been summoned to appear shortly after the offence was alleged to have been committed, but had failed to do so, and a warrant was ordered to be issued for his apprehension. Yesterday he was apprehended at the Rakaia and brought into town by the arresting constable. He (Sergeant Felton) would ask that a remand might be granted until to-morrow. The accused was accordingly remanded until to-morrow, when he will make his appearance before Mr Beswick, R. M.

ashbueton Public Library. —We have inspected the plans for the new Public Library, designed by Mr T. B. Jackson, architect. The building, which is to be of brick and O.imaru stone, presents a substantial if not an elegant appearance on paper. It will have a front elevation of 44 x 29 feet, or without the ornamental tower, of 32 x 29 feet. A porch of 7x 14 feet will form a feature of the structure. From this will be a vestibule G x G, connecting with a central hall or passage-way, on one side of which will bo situated the reading room and on the other the library. Both apartments will be 17 x 20 feet. There is also to be an upper floor. As soon as funds will permit, a public hall —62 x 40 feet—is to be added at the rear of the Library premises, with which it will be connected.

Mount Somers Youno Men’s Mutual Improvement Society. —A mooting of the above Society was held in the Mount Somers schoolroom, on Friday, July 7th inst., and was very well attended. In the absence of the President, Mr William Edson was voted to the chair. It was duly proposed, seconded and carried, that the committee bo requested to endeavor to get up an entertainment in aid of the funds of the Society, to be hold at as early a data as convenient. A debate on the advantages of “ Non-Smok-ing over Smoking,” was then taken up by Mr Williams in the affirmative, followed by Mr Long in the negative. After a close contest, the casting vote of the chairman decided the debate in favor of nonsmoking. Messrs Hood, Edson and Williams, each gave a reading, which was much appreciated. The subject of debate for next meeting will be “ What kind of Wheat is best suited for the District, Essex white, or Hunter’s white ?” A lecture on the “ Races of Mankind,” will be given by Mr Williams, at the next meeting. The Chairman reported that the School Committee had kindly granted the use of the school free of charge. The meeting then broke up after a very enjoyable evening.

Orange Dinner.— The anniversary of the “glorious twelfth of July ” was celebrated last evening at the lloyal Hotel, by a bancpiet given by the Orangemen of Ashburton. Dinner was on the table about half-past seven, and a most excellent repast it was, for which Mr Power received deserved kudos. The chair was occupied by Bro. Jas. Tail, and the vice chairs by Bros. Bennett and Robinson. About seventy guests were present. The dinner over, Bro. Robinson proposed the toast of the evening—“ The Charter of our Order, and the immortal memory of King William the Third.” The toast was drank with enthusiasm. This was followed by “ The Imperial Grand Master of the Order, Earl Enniskillen “ Our Worthy Master, James Tait“ Our Worthy Deputy-Master, Bro. Thomson (unfortunately absent through indisposition);” “ The County Council “ The Mayor and Borough Councillors “ The Orangemen all round the World “ The Treasurer and Secretary, Bros. St. Hill and Mclntyre;” “The P.M.’s of the Ashburton Loyal Orange Lodge, No. 23;” “ The Press ;” “ The Visitors and last but not least “ The Host and Hostess.” A number of capital songs and recitations were rendered during the evening, and the singing of “ Auld Lang Syne ” “by the whole strength of the companyj’ brought a very jolly night of it to a close, ,

Ashburton Bridge Approaches.—The County Council inviDcs tenders for improvement of approaches to the Ashburton Bridge.

Auckland Supreme Court.—At the above Court yesterday the deferred sentences in the cases of Henry Goldsmith (stealing from a dwelling), and H. Rodriquey (charged with an unnatural offence), were delivered. Both prisoners were sentenced to seven years' imprisonment. His Maiden Effort.—We learn that Mr R. Davies (of the firm of Davies and Winter, the well-known auctioneers, of Rakaia) managed, on the occasion of his maiden attempt at auctioneering the other day, to dispose of a quantity of farm produce, etc., at very satisfactory prices. The Tinwald Watch Stealing Case. At the Supreme Court, Christchurch, yesterday, W. J. Simmonds, for robbing a man of a watch at Tinwald, was sentenced to three years’ penal servitude. The accused protested his innocence, but previous convictions proved him to be an “old hand.” In two cases of indecent assault the sentences were deferred, and the Court adjourned until to-day, Australian Items. —Australian files to hand per Rotorua from Sydney state that in the Adelaide Assembly on the sth July, Mr Ward obtained leave to introduce the repeal of the newspaper postage, and Mr Fraser moved —“ That it is imperatively necessary that stops be taken immediately for permanent defences, as they are in an unsatisfactory state, and the existing force is altogether insufficient to repel any attack upon the colony.” The Queensland Government has taken exceptional steps to increase immigration. The draft regulations for coolie immigration are approved by the Indian Government.

Stabbing Affray. —Last night two laboring men named Joseph Capstick and Par Petersen (a Swede or Scandinavian), wore walking home together from town at a late hour. When they reached the North-west Belt they fell out and came to blows. In the midst of the scuffle Petersen pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed his companion on the arm and head. He then decamped, and has not since been seen. Capstick is not very much hurt, although his head is bandaged and his arm bears testimony to the fact that he has “ been in the wars.” Probably we shall have something more to say about the affair to-morrow. The Dunedin Good Templars and the Licensing Act. —A public meeting was held at Dunedin last night, called by the Good Templars, to consider the question of the proposed amendments of the Licensing Act. Fully 500 persons were present, the Licensed Victuallers being fully represented. A resolution was passed by a large majority urging that there should be no interference with the present Act, or, if any, not with the principle of local option. A further motion was proposed by a publican that the endorsements of convictions on licenses should be optional with the Bench, but was negatived by a small majority. Mr Stout, who moved the first resolution, voted for the second motion. The meeting became rather rowdy at the close.

Rakaia and Methven. —A moat successful bazaar, gift auction, and concert in aid of the funds of fhe Episcopalian churches at Rakaia and Methven were held at the latter place a few days ago. The Methven entertainment contributed LSO towards the church funds, and the Rakaia one about Ll2O. At the latter place there were three stalls, representing Methven, Rakaia, and Ohertsey, presided over by Mesdames Chambers, J. L. Coster, E. S. Coster, E. Chapman, Y. A. Pyke, Oldham, Robinson, and the Misses Raine, L«eraon, Wilkinson, McPhail, and Milsom. At the concert Mesdames Chambers, Pyke, and Broadbent, and Messrs Broadbent and Alexander were the principal performers. Miss Lemon played the accompaniments to the songs, etc. Mr V. A. Pyke (manager of the Bank of New Zealand), who had a magic lantern with a varied assortment of dissolving views, added much to the success of the entertainment. Politic ai< Gossip. —The Press special at Wellington says:—“There is still a curiously-hazy sort of feeling about the Public Works Statement. Some say that a sentiment of disapprobation is growing in the House. Others, and lam bound

to say these seem to me to have the most ground for their opinion, assest that the statement steadily grows in favor among him. members, and that most of the adverse feeling which was excited on Tuesday night by various portions of the Statement died away yesterday. There seems still to be some dissatisfaction among the Canterbury and Westland members, and the proposed extra million for Auckland finds many dissentients. On the whole, however, I am inclined to think the Statement is favorably regarded, and will not meet with any very serious resistance unless some new developments and combinations at present unforeseen should bo brought about by the Opposition. From a return laid on the table it appears that railway material to the amount of LI 70,989 is now under order from England. One item of railway expenditure during the past year was the purchase of rolling stuck from Rakaia and Ashburton Forks Company, LG,930. In the annual report of the Engineer- in-Chief for the North Island is one paragraph to the effect that a contour survey of Dorset Point, near the entrance of Wellington harbor, has been made, and plans forwarded to Colonel Scratchley, R. E., to enable him to design a plan of the battery. Poor Mr Green’s Eight Hours Bill has come out of the House of Representatives and has gone to the Legislative Council in a deplorably attenuated and emasculated state. It now consists of only the following single operative clause: —‘From and after the Ist day of January, 1883, the following regulations for defining the hours of labor shall take effect within the colony ;—Eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s work, and forty-eight hours a legal week’s work.’ ”

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 687, 13 July 1882

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