The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1882.
SECOND EDITION. tissued at 5 10 p.m. i
“Mine Uncle.” —The business announcement of Mr S;, Salelc, the pioneer pawnbroker of Asliburton, appears in another column; • I. 0. G. T.—A notice of the change of meeting night of the Star of the East Lodge, 1.0.G.T., .will be found among our advertisements to-day.
Trees.— Mr A. Harrison will submit to public competition on Wednesday next a choice assortment of fruit and forest trees and shrubs from an Otago .nursery. Religious.— Our Elgin readers are reminded that divine service will bo conducted in the local schoolroom on Sunday next, at three o’clock, the Rev. 0. H. Standage officiating. Rakaia Gorge Suspension Bridge.— It will be seen from our report of the proceedings in Parliament yesterday that the Government stated that the suspension bridge at the Rakaia Gorge would be completed in three months. The member for Ashburton, Mr E. G. Wright, put the query which brought forth the statement.
A New Auctioneer. —We learn that a new knight of the rostrum will shortly commence business in Ashburton in premises situated close to Mr Stevens’ blacksmithy, on the open space between Burnett aud Havelock streets. Plans, we understand, have been prepared for the erection on the above site of a spacious auctign room and yards for Mr G. F. Allen, well-known in Ashburton.
Ashburton Racing Club. —The annual general meeting of members of the local* turf institution is called for Friday next at Bp. m. The agenda of business comprises the reception of the balance-sheet, election of officers for the coining season, and also the consideration of the advisability of holding a spring meeting. We hope tci.see a full attendance of members, and that the Club will see its way clear to resume the spring fixture. The Admiral.— Sir Beauchamp Sey-‘ mour, who now commands the combined fleets off Alexandria, will probably be remembered by many an old New Zealand settler. He was Commodore (says the N. Z. Times ) on the colonial station during the first Taranaki war which broke out in 1860, and fought in several engagements on land. His vessel—the Pelorus—wife a frequent visitor to Wellington, and on one occasion she prolonged her stay to over four-months. Christchurch Hunt Club Steeplechases.- —After we went to press yesterday the Tally-ho Plate was won by Terry, beating fourteen others, of whom his most formidable opponents were Locks and Pieces, and Ringlet. The Tasmanian bred Quamby appropriated the Harkaway Stakes, beating Levant (second), Kosciusko (third), Ovedrraft, Trovatore, Gang Awa, and Wasp. Tho son of Castle Hill carried 12st, and was piloted by Tommy Lyford, and won as he liked. Brown Boy was first for tho consolation, beating four others.
Library Committee. —A meeting™ of the Library Committee was hold last evening. Present Messrs St. Hill, Zouch, Lechner, and J. Ward.' Tenders were opened for the building of the Public Library. After discussion the consideration of the tenders were postponed until the 27th inst., when a special meeting is to be .called for the purpose. It was decided'to hold an entertainment consisting of songs, readings, and recitations, and a farce or dramatic piece as a wind up, on the 2oth inst., at the Town Hall, in aid of the Library funds. After the transaction of some further business of an unimportant nature the mooting adjourned.
Christchurch Supreme: Court. —At this Court yesterday Win. Gordon Jacobs was indicted for having bred at Jessie Jacobs with intent to murder her at the Chatham Islands on March 7th. The prisoner pleaded “ Not guilty.” It appeared from the evidence adduced that the prisoner and his wife had been living unhappily for some time before the shooting took place. The jury retired at 5.20 a.m., and at 10.45 p.m. returned into Court, and having stated that there was no chance of agreement were locked up for the night.—John O’Connor, for stealing a watch from William Shand, got four years’ penal servitude, twelve previous convictions being recorded against him. South Canterbury Poultry, Pigeon, and Canary Association. The first Show under the auspices of the above Society opened at Timaru on Wednesday at Messrs Maclean and Stewart’s Buildings. The poultry were shown in the Horse Bazaar, and the pigeons, canaries, etc., in the saleroom. The “extra exhibits ” comprised a number of canaries, a couple of “ talking cockatoos,” a Tasmanian jackass bird, and a pair of monkeys. The prize takers were not by any means confined to Timaru residents, Christchurch and Ashburton coming in for a fair share of the honors. Appended is a list of the Ashburton exhibits that carried off awards Poultry : Blackbreasted red game (16 entries), S. Saunders, second ; light Brahmas (4 entries), S. Saunders, second ; Langshans (3 entries), S. E. Poyntz, hrst; silver spanged Hamburgs (7 entries), S. E. Poynty, first. Pigeons : Black carriers (2 entries), S. E. Poyntz, second ; beards (5 entries), S. E. Poyntz, second ; nuns (5 entries), S. E. Poyntz, second ; English owls (2 entries), S. E. Poyntz, first. Canaries ; Norwich variegated yellow (5 entries), R. Patterfirst. Special prize for best pair of silver Hamburgs, S. E. Poyntz. The Show was on view again yesterday. As Ashburton can produce so many prize takers, we may expect a first-rate display of birds at-'our own approaching show.
The Telephone.-— A public telephone station has been established at Pahautanui, in the Hurt county. New Journal. —We have received the first number of the Sentinel, from Mr Alfred Fisher, of Timaru. The new journal is to be published monthly, and is to supply the place of the lately defunct New Zealand Protestant. Epiha and Pakara. —From Auckland we learn that shortly before 12 o’clock last night the Supreme Court Jury brought in a verdict of “ Guilty ” against Epiha ; Pakara was acquitted. Epiha was sentenced to three years’ penal servitude.
A Very Sad Case. —Sarah Swan, aged 15, ‘ of Waikato, who had been found wandering about, and was sent temporarily to the Old Peoples’ Refuge at Auckland a few days ago, disappeared on Wednesday. The police found her yesterday afternoon in a deplorable condition. She is believed to have gone deranged on finding herself enceinte. The police were about to-run off the Domain Reservoir when she was discovered, believing she had drowned herself in it.
Elopement During the Honeymoon. The wife of Mr R. H. B. Peile, head land Steward on the estates of Sir Michael Shaw Stewart, Renfrewshire, has mysteriously disappeared. Mr Peile was married a fortnight ago in London to the daughter of a Cumberland clergyman, and it is with a wealthy land-owner of that country that she is understood to have eloped. He is a married man with a large family. —Home Paper.
What Did They Mean ?—Says an Oamaru telegram : —The following is the verdict which the coroner at the inquest on Sarah Beattie or Adams inscribed on the parchment inquisition: —“That a person, to the jurors aforesaid unknown, felon on sly, wilfully, and of malice aforethought, did kill and murder the said Sarah Beattie or Adams, against the peace of our lady the Queen, her Crown and dignity.” The verdict, written roughly by the jury, was not the one the jury intended to return.
A. R. V.- A Government inspection parade of the Ashburton Rifle Volunteers took place last night, about fifty of all ranks being in attendance. The inspecting officer, Sergeant-Major Morgan, expressed himself well satisfied with the appearance and efficiency of the corps. After inspection the company, headed by its band, marched round the town, under the command of Lieutenant Douglas, performing sundry evolutions cji route. Before dismissing the men Lieutenant Douglas announced that a church parade will take place on Sunday, 30th instant, when the company will proceed to the Presbyterian kirk.
Recovered Treasure. —It is very rarely that treasures lost in mid-occan are ever recovered, but the following is an instance of such a case having occurred. The smack Nelson, of Yarmouth, arrived recently at that port with a leathern bag, which the crew had dredged up in the North Sea, and which was found to contain cheques and documents representing a value of L 6,000. The bag, which was identified as belonging to the steamer Annie Arbii, lost in the North Sea in November last, has been handed over to the authorities. •
A Bailiff in a Church. —A most extraordinary affair, which has created a little sensation among the members of a certain church in New Plymouth, is reported by the Taranaki Herald. There is “a man in possession” of the church in the same fashion as a bailiff, and he has taken up his quarters there on the authority of persons who, it is understood, claim to have a lien over the building and who are determined to hold possession against all comers. It is probable (adds our contemporary) that when the worshippers assemble for divine Service on Sunday next, ins’tead of a rev. gentlema being in possession of the pulpit, it will be occupied by the pseudo-bailiff.
A. Hint for Tima.hu, —The North Devon Journal of April last says that the lifeboat, Robert and Catherine, which was christened at Barnstaple some months since by Lady Susan Fotesque, was exercised off Saunton Sands in the presence of Commander Laprimandaye, the district inspector of lifeboats, and Mr C. H. Guppy, the local honorary secretary. The boat is stationed about a mile in shore, and was drawn to the water’s edge by ten horses. At the conclusion of the exercise an interesting experiment was tried. As the boat was being rowed through the breakers to the shore, quantities of oil were thrown astern, in order to prevent the waves from breaking over her ; and the result, we learn, was highly satisfactory. Town Improvements. The shops which Mr John Orr (of Orr and Co.) is about to build near the town corner of the Wakauui road, should form very desirable additions to the business premises of the town. They will occupy a portion of the space between Mr H. M. Jones’ shop and Mr Lancaster’s City Butchery. Messrs Fooks and Sons are the architects. The new shops, three in number, will bo of brick and Oamaru stone, and will be.about 30ft in height. One will have’ a frontage of IGft Gin x 27ft Gin ; the second of 3ift x 41ft, and the third of 16ft Gin x 29ft. The middle shop will have a show room 32ft Gin x 17ft over it, the two other shops having dwellinghouses attached. The designs shown us are very tasteful and reflect considerable credit upon the architects. Wo understand that Mr Orr may possibly decide upon extending the row of shops so as to completely fill the gap between Mr Jones’ premises and those of Mr Lancaster. Ashburton is making rapid progress architectin'; illy. I
Political Gossip.—To let ycu into a little secret, say s the Press’ special, wiring from Wellington yesterday evening, no member dares to admit that the Ministerial' proposals, in respect to Ids district, are satisfactory, because ho knows quite well that if he did so he would instantly bo turned on byall the other members, who would insist thafj if he was satisfied he must have got too much, the view being that nobody can be satisfied with his allotment of the loan expenditure unless he has got more than his fair share, so members grumble and appear disaffected, even while°many are secretly chuckling at having obtained much more than they expected. A meeting of Canterbury members was hold to-day, thirteen being present. Mr Pearson was in the chair. Mr O’Callaghan moved—“ That in the opinion of the meeting the railway charges for carriage of grain, native timber, and New' Zealand coal should be reduced.” This was intended to apply to the whole colony, but Mr Steward moved, as an amendment, that it should apply only in Canterbury, and after a keen discussion the amendment was carried by seven votes to six. Lunderstaud, however, that some who supported the amendment are since disposed to repent having dene so. It was decided that a deputation should wait on the Government to urge the views of the deputation, and that a firm stand should be taken in the direction of obtaining relief in the railway rates. The latest bulletin to-night respecting the no-confi-dence motion rumored to be pending is that Mr Dargaville is to move it if anybody, but that he is grovying nervous about not seeing much promise of support, and that he is disposed to abandon the idea. The general belief seems to be that there will be no such motion this session, now that matters have progressed so far without it, because there would be no justification for not bringing it -down earlier, if at all, and so avoiding waste of time. However, to-morrow will show.
Plain Speaking. —The Victorian Press is vigorous. When the other day, 0. J. Jones contested Geelong, the local Advertiser said that his political infamy stood recorded in black capital letters in the history of the country ; that his only qualifications for politics were a glib tongue, a brazen presence, unblushing lying, and a glaring falsification of facts ; and that it knew of no member of the House who would introduce him to the Speaker wore he returned.