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The Public Library.

Very shortly now the erection of the 1 public library may be expected to commence, plans for the building having , been prepared, and tenders (one of which will probably be accepted in a few days time) opened for the work. We must confess to being rather disappointed with the design for the library that is to be. While giving Mr Jackson, the architect, every credit for the care and attention which he has evidently bestowed on his drawings, we hardly think that the building he proposes to erect is exactly the sort of thing to hit the public taste, or the most suitable that could have been desi ed. It would have been far better had the Library Committee invited competitive designs, as was done in Timaru when it was decided lo build a Mechanics’ Institute to replace the old premises which were destroyed by fire. Instead of one, the Committee would then have had probably half a dozen plans from which to choose. However, the thing is done now and there is an end of it. It only remains to get in as much money as possible with as little delay as may be, in order that the promised County Council subsidy of pound for pound up to L2OO may be secured. We understand that the committee is desirous of accomplishing this belore the August meeting of the Council. At present the funds in hand are not very large, and it rests to a considerable extent with the public whether Ashburton is to possess a really creditable and well stocked library or not. If tbe thing is to be done, all who are able must lend a helping hand. We are glad to hear that the Library Committee are organising a musical and dramatic entertainment to be given at the Town Hall on the 22nd inst., the proceeds to be devoted lo the library funds. That entertainment ought to be supported by every person in the town. The ball would probably be rather crowded on the 25th if every one shut up house and looked in, but they can aid by buying tickets even if they do not use them. Should the entertainment turn out as successfully as we have no doubt it will turn out, the Library Committee would do well to invite the co-operation of the Debating Society and Dramatic Club, as well as that of other amateurs, and go in for two or three more entertainments at short intervals. They could easily be made attractive, and would not only result in all probability in a substantial addition to the funds of the library, but would serve to keep up the interest in the movement.

The Exhibition. —lt is notified elsewhere that the concession in railway fares to Christchurch will cease on and after the 22nd inat., that being the closing day of the “ World’s Fair ” The Chatham Islands Shooting Case. —Jacobs, the would-be murderer of his wife at the Chatham Islands, was on Saturday sentenced at the Christchurch Supreme Court to eight years’ penal servitude, the Judge remarking that the penalty would have been even harder had it not been for the jury’s recommendation to mercy on account of the prisoner’s age and previous good character. How Unfortunate ! —We regret to learn that a young lady who presides over the bar of one of our hotels yesterday met with an accident, happily unattended with serious consequences, while riding out w;th a companion. When about four miles from Ashburton the fair equestrian’s horse threw her, and she sustained a bruise on the arm, the pain from which brought on a fainting fit. The gentleman who was acting as escort of course jumped off his horse to render all the assistance in his power to the sufferer. In the meantime both horses improved che occasion by bolting, and the disconsolate pair had to walk four miles back into town !

Ashburton Stock and County Saleyards Company. —We beg to draw attention to the prospectus which appears in our advertising columns of the Ashburton Stock and County Saleyards Company, Limited, and from which it will be seen that the object of the above Company, when formed, is to provide sufficient yard accommodation for the sale of sheep, cattle, and other stock, the present yards being wholly insufficient to meet the growing requirements of the trade. The ('ompany proposes therefore to take over the present County saleyards and enlarge them or erect new ones, and also to ei'ect suitable yards on the south side of the Ashburton. The provisional directors are, every one of them, men of standing and position hero, and their names should afford a sufficient guarantee for the bona fides of the concern. The proposed capital is LG,OOO, in GOO shares of LlO each.

The Ashburton Brass Band. —The first open air performance by the members of the above band took place on Saturday night upon the “ village green.” A most attractive programme was rendered in a way that appeared to be keenly appreciated by the crowds of promenadera who throng our principal thoroughfare on every fine Saturday evening. The utmost order prevailed, and no one attempted to enter the square—not even the happy swagger so eloquently alluded to by his Worship the Mayor and Cr St Hill during the Library site debate at the Town Hall. This is as it should be. The band want plenty of room and a place where they can be seen and heard without having their movements hampered by a crowd pressing around their stand. They should be given every encouragement to continue the : r alfresco concerts, so that they may be induced, if possible, to hold them throughout the summer months.

The Condemned Murderer Winiata. —Particulars of Saturday’s proceedings at the trial of Winiata (whose death sentence wo recorded in our last issue), are now to hand, from which it appears that the judge’s summing up lasted an hour, and that the jury took thirty minutes to bring in their verdict. Too Court was crowded to excess, and Winiata received the verdict with visible emotion. In reply to a challenge why sentence of death should not be passed on him, bo made a statement of an hour’s duration, identical with that already published, as to the half-caste Harry committing the deed, and that he ran away from fear of being charged with the crime. His Honor, in passing the sentence of death, said the evidence was so clear that no denial could affect the mind of anyone who heard it. It was a fold, deliberate, and unprovoked murder. The prisoner had long escaped justice, but it had at length overtaken him. There was but one punishment for his offence —death. The prisoner, who appeared agitated, held up his hand as if ho wished to say something in reply, but ho was hurried out of the dock by the attendants before he could speak, and got into a cab accompanied by two warders and the gaoler before the crowd could get round to the avenue, and was driven rapidly away to Mount Eden gaol.

Band of Temperance, —The meeting of the Piesbyterian Band of Temperance to be held on Thursday next, takes place at the Presbyterian Church, and not at the Town Hall as stated in a local in our last issue.

In Hot Water. —The engineer of tho s.s. Russell, now at Russell, met with an awkward accident on Saturday. While examining the boiler ho suddenly slipped into it, and was oivy fished out again with considerable difficulty.

Titokowaru. —Titokowara was liberated on Saturday at New Plymouth, Mr J ohn Winks, of Hawora being one of the bondsmen, and a native named Manaia deposited L 250 in cash. Titokowaru signed his own recognisances for LSOO. He was supplied by the Government with a now suit of clothes when ha put his prison garb off.

The Hounds. —Owing lo the unfavorable weather that prevailed throughout the morning the master elected not to hunt on Saturday, but, as a number of sportsmen had congregated near Mr Corbett’s at the appointed hour, that gentleman very kindly afforded them a most enjoyable ride actosa the country selected for the day’s run. With Mr Corbett in the van about a dozen horsemen took part in Ihe fun, and at the conclusion of the sport all appeared thoroughly pleased with their afternoon’s outing.

Our New Station Master. —Mr Thomas Arthur, late station master at Invercargill, and who is shortly to take charge of the Ashburton station, was entertained at a supper by the railway employees on Friday evening. On Saturday the Mayor, on behalf of the citizens, presented him with an illuminated address, bearing the signatures of ninetyone business firms in town, accompanied hy a weighty purse of sovereigns. The presentation was made in the presence of a considerable assembly of citizens, several of whom took occasion to comment strongly in deprecating terms upon Mr Arthur’s removal. The feeling of regret thereat was most sincere.

Police. —At the Court this morning, before Mr Bullock, J.P., and Mr R. Alcorn, J.P., Joseph Ibell, jnn., was charged with being drunk and disorderly, using abusive language, resisting the police, and destroying Government property to the value of 12s. Edward Oughton, barman at the Somerset Hotel, deposed to the defendant making a disturbance at the hotel on Saturday, and using bad language, in consequence of which he had to be put out. He was very violent and very drunk, and pulled a table out with him when ejected. Con stable Hicks deposed to removing defendant from tho hotel. He violently resisted his removal and tore off witness’ cap, completely destroying it. Its value was 12s. Several previous convictions being recorded agains him, defendant

was reprimanded by the Bench, and sen fenced to fourteen days’ with hard labor. What Te Whiti Thinks About Them. —Says the Wellington correspondent oi the Press :—I hear that To Whiti dis-

played much anxiety as to the fate of Hiroki, waich was for some time concealed from him. He repressed his cariosity as iong as ho could, but at last asked straight what was done with Hiroki. He was told that the murderer had been hanged, and that he had confessed his

crime. On this Te Whiti expressed great contempt for him as a poltroon, and seemed much disgusted at his having demeaned himself so far as to confess, and to show fear of death. Te Whiti afterwards said he did not like the idea of Hiroki having been hanged. He was a bad man, and had committed crime, and deserved to be punished, but ho did not think it right to kill him. Nobody ought to kill anybody else. He also seemed

downcast and pouri when ho heard of Winiata’s arrest and probable fate, but he did not dispute the justice of the proceedings.

A Hough Journey to Hokitika.— A private letter received in Dunedin describes a journey from Christchurch to Hokitika as follows: —“Wo left Christchurch on the sth inst. Snow had fallen throughout the previous night, and the

high hills wore quite white. We travelled by rail to Springfield. At noon next day we set out on the overland trip by one of Cobb’s coaches. The snow lay on the ground six or eight inches deep. Before we were clear of the township a voice came swelling up ‘Better stay where you are.’ Porter's Pass was surmounted with difficulty, even with the lessened weight of some of the passengers, who walked, or rather plunged, leg deep through the snow. ‘Seventy-five’ claiming the privilege, kept his seat. Donald, a don of a driver, pushed forward, but at 6 p.m. we were hopelessly fast in a drift. Donald perserverod till 7.30. The horses reared and

plunged; the harness broke more than oii'je; they reared and plunged again, but all to no purpose. At last poor Donald caved iu from compulsion. The wife of a miner and her six children, Mr Neave, and I sat in the coach for sixteen solid hours. We were all west, weary, and cold. The night blasts were very penetrating, as the fine snow drove past the imperfect covering of the curtains. At 9.15 next morning came buttered scones and bottles of milk to the rejoicings of all. We were congratulated on having had the best of it, for Donald, and five of the passengers got lost in a fog, and it took them three hours to get to the nearest house, distant two miles and three-quarters. We reached Hokitika twenty-four hours after time. ”

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The Public Library., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 689, 17 July 1882

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The Public Library. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 689, 17 July 1882

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