The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. THURSDAY, JULY 20, 1882.
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Police.—There was no business at the Court to-day, but to-morrow promises to be a field day compared with the Friday sittings of late. There is a stabbing ca*e, an assault on a female, and a case of alleged forgery and uttering already set down for hearing, and to be disposed of by the R.M. Poultry, Pigeon, and Canary Show. —lntending exhibitors at to-morrow’s show are reminded that all exhibits must be at the hall by 9 a.m. sharp. The hall will be thrown open to the public at 2 o’clock p.m. to-raprrow, and will be open on the following day (Saturday) from 9 a.ra. to 9 p.m.
A Handsome Present.— On the 25th April, 1882, the employes of Messrs John Brinsmead and Sons, of London, presented to Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, and Princess Helen, of Waldeck, a grand oblique pianoforte, in a very handsome ebonised case, decorated in Adams’ style. It is 7 1-3 octaves in compass, and contains all the recent improvements of the firm, including a third pedal that produces most melodious effects, the sound being sustained to an almost indefinite length of time. —Morning Post.
A Happy Home. —An unfortunate woman, the mother of a family, was sent to the lunatic asylum recently, says a Wellington paper, on the certificate of two medical men, a third refusing to certify that she was insane. For three or four weeks past she has labored under peculiar hallucinations, saying among other things that she was continually surrounded by spectres. Her state of mind is ijttributed to the treatment she received from her husband—formerly a clerk in a good position, but now a laborer—who, among other cruelties, recently turned her out in her nightdress in the middle of the night, and refused to permit her to reenter the house. The children of the unhappy woman are now being cared for by the Benevolent Institution.
Temperance. —Last night a meeting was held in St. Stephen’s Church for the purpose of establishing a branch in Ashburton of the Church of England Temperance Society. There was a good attendance, the Rev. E. A. Scott occupied the chair, and opened the meeting with prayer, after which the rev. gentleman stated that the object of the meeting was to form a branch of the Church of England Temperance Society—a Society that had been long established in England. He stated that there were two pledges—one a total abstinence from intoxicants, except for medicinal or religious purposes; and the other a pledge to be taken by persons not wishing to rigidly abstain from the use of intoxicants as a beverage, but who will, by example and self-denial, endeavour to reduce the evils of intemperance. After the objects of the meeting had been fully explained by Mr Scott, the enrolment of members was proceeded with. Sixteen signed the total abstinence pledge, and four signed the other one. A very efficient Secretary and Treasurer combined was chosen in Mr Ferriman, and a connnitt e of twelve were elected. The subscription was fixed at four shillings a year, each quarter payable in advance, and it was resolved to hold the meetings fortnightly. The minimum age of full members is fifteen. The Rev. Mr Scott suggested that at the next meeting a paper be read by a member on some feasible method of dealing with intemperance, and also at future meetings that debates on the same subject should take place. The next meeting will be duly advertised.
Shorthand. —Mr Jacob Pitman, brother of the celebrated “ Shorthand Pitman ” is touring in Auckland.
Lucky Christchurch. — A number of the English exhibitors at the “World’s Fair ” at Christchurch have donated the Museum with their exhibits,and the latter institution is in consequence considerably enriched. One donation consists of about LIOO worth of show cases.
A Public-House Quarrel and its Consequences. — A stabbing affray took place at Te Aro, near Wellington, yesterday. A public-house quarrel was the cause, during which one Leydon stabbed a man named O’Keefe in the neck and back. The stabber is in custody.
The Wellington Conspiracy Case.—
At the Wellington Magistrate’s Court, John Adams and his daughter, aged nine years, were committed for trial yesterday on a charge of having conspired to convict George Longhurst for indecent assault in 1880. The charge against Mrs Adams will not be proceeded with. The Rev. Mr Wyatt. —The Rev. Mr Wyatt, who will probably be remembered by most of our Ashburton readers, he having formerly resided in this district for some time, has, we learn, just been appointed to the incumbency of the Kaianoi church. The Gust people, with whom Mr Wyatt appears to have become a favorite, are up in arms at his proposed removal.
Invercargill Items. —A colored man, named Harry Davis, cook to the survey party near Orepuki, has been found dead in the bush. It is supposed that he died from heart disease. The police have received information that William Clinn, who went out shooting at Waiau on Sunday with three other men, has been found dead, having evidently been killed by a discharge from his gun, after straying from his mates. An inquest will shortly bo held.
Explosion of Gas in a Mine.—A strange accident occurred in the Albion quartz mine, Paparoa range, Greymouth, yesterday, by which one man got severely burnt about the face and neck. On two men going into the tunnel in the morning a quantity of gas exploded on contact with a lighted candle. The explosion knocked both men down, but one, who had some experience of the gas, threw himself flat down and escaped uninjured. This is the first instance known here of the existence of such gas in quariz mines. Political Gossip.—The Press’ special writing of last night’s debate on the Constilution Amendment Bill, and the motion for its adjournment advocated by Oppo sition members, says :—The question has just been put, and, contrary to expectation, has resulted in a victory for the Government by four members, being 44 to 40. Every safe Opposition member was said to have been in his place, but several Ministerialists were absent. The result conclusively proves that the weakness of the Opposition is greater than was supposed. Sir George Grey’s Bill is now certain to bo thrown out by a large majority. Rabbit-Skin Travelling Rugs.--Says the New Zealcmd Times; —We were yesterday shown by Mr Evans, saddler, of Lambton Quay, some really first-class travelling rugs made from rabbit-skins procured from Kaikoura and Wairarapa, and prepared by means of the alum process by Messrs Murray and Harvey, of Masterton. The rugs are suitable for all purposes that opposum rugs are used for, such as buggy or travelling rugs. The articles are not for sale, but manufactured by Mr Evans for exhibition, so that other traiesmen may be induced to make the article a specialty. As a proof of the durability of these rugs, it may be mentioned that Mr Evans has had one, made by himself, in use for five years, and it is now as good as new.
A Gnu at Victory. —The Government scored a great victory last night in the House. They announced that they would not proceed with any business, public or private, until Sir George Grey’s Constitution Amendment Bill was disposed of, and they were equally obstinate with regard to an adjournment,-to which they flatly refused to accede. Then came the tug of war. Should the adjonrnmenttalce place or not 1 That was the question, and the fate of the Ministry trembfed in (he balance. On a division being tiken, however, the Government carried he day by four votes —to the utter consignation of the Opposition, who were saiguine that a defeat was in store for other side.”
Boating Accident. —We barn from Blenheim that on Friday last oi accident occurred at the Ship Cove, Qisen Charlotte Sound, by which a mm named James Boon, aged 54, lost his Ife. In the afternoon Messrs Russell, Boot, and two sons left Ship Cove in a boat for Long Island. They had not proieeded far when the boat was struck by a iquall, and filled and turned over. All imceeded in gaining the bottom of the boat, which immediately rolled over again. Young Boon, seeing hia brother \v»s unable to swim, swam off and graspec him by the collar of his jacket, and awaa back, only to be washed off again. Tlis happened three times. He never lost his grasp of his brother, and succeeded ii saving hi s life. Men on the schooner of Life, lying in the Cove, saw the ocident, but owing to the strong wind aid high sea, did not reach the spot for ully half an hour, by which time James Boon, father of the boys, became exhaustd and sank. The deceased leaves nine ouhans totally unprovided for. Gamblers Exposed. lie Tapanui Courier has been raising a hornet’s nest about its ears by exposing tb doings of a party of gamblers who cmmenced to play cards one evening af a house in Tapanui, played throughcn the night, and wound up at two o’cloc on the following afternoon. That he play was pretty high is evidenced bythe fact that one of the party, a mere la( had to pay over L4O for one night’s wor. Says the Courier, in a subsequent fticle, “ The gamblers alluded to did lot like our action in exposing their weaness, but we have, on the other hand, me with numerous congratulations from eople of all classes commending our ideavors to stamp out the vice. Fathemnd mothers of families have accorded usheir hearty thanks; consequently wo do at dread the ill-natured remarks and tluats of personal violence and libel aions which have been so freely beatoweupon us by some of the offenders. We ope to hear no more tales of ‘ midnight aeetings for some time to come.’ ”
Debating Society. —The jgular meeting of this Society was hold .at evening, at Saunders’ Buildings, the resident in the chair. After the confirntion of the minutes and the election of m new member, the debate was comenced. The subject was, “Nihilism : it justifiable ?” Mr 0. Hogg led [untlio allirmative, and Mr W. Zouch in le negative. A most interesting debate'ollovved, in which a number of membci took part. The time at the disposal of he meeting proving too short, it was duled to adjourn the debate until nex Wednesday week. The speakers who exported the opener of the debate, were Msrs Leggatt, Hughes, Stringer, llobinsoi and Bradley, against Messrs Zouch ar Buchanan. From the large number of ambers present last evening, great intest seems to be manifested in the procedngs of the Society, and at the next meeig arrangements will be made for priding some more seats, as it is expectediere will be a large attendance of membe and their friends. After the next meing a debate on “ Government Assurancels it practicable ?” will be held, Mr Lgatt taking the affirmative side, and Mdughes the negative.
Ashburton Cheese and Butter Factory.—An announcement interesting to farmers, in connection with the above factory appears in our advertising columns.
New Fire Engine. —The new hand fire engine for the west end station in Ashburton arrived to-day, and will be placed in the shed on the new site in this part of the town.
Sale of Immigration Cottages. —We observe from an announcement appearing elsewhere, that the sale of the five immigration cottages decided to be sold by the Borough Council, has been definitely arranged for Tuesday, the 25th inst., when they will be submitted to the hammer by Messrs R. Wilkin and Co., at the stores of Messrs Jameson and Roberts, Ashburton.
Hard Drinking. —At the Christchurch Magistrate’s Court yesterday, George Wilson, who had been sent up from Ashburton as a lunatic, was brought up, after seven days’ medical treatment, and pronounced cured, having only been suffering from the effects of excessive drinking. He was ordered to pay 10s 6d for his maintenance while at Addington, and L2 2s for a certificate of sanity, and discharged.
A Horrible Case. —At the Dunedin Supreme Court yesterday Thos. Rammage was charged with rape on his own granddaughter, aged nine, at Green Island. It was alleged that hehadcommitted thesame offence on previous occasions. He was found guilty and sentence deferred. This morning (a telegram from Christchurch informs us) Ramage was again brought up and sentenced to eight years. He is an old man.
The Dunedin “ Lambing-down” Case. —At the Dunedin Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday the alleged “lambingdown” case, in which Robert Wright, from the country, sued Henry Scott, licensee of the New Market Hotel, for LlB 13s, balance duo on a cheque deposited, was continued. The defendant gave evidence of a very con'used kind, and although he said he entered all his dealings in books he refused to produce them. The Magistrate said it was a disgraceful affair, and gave a verdict for Ll 4 13s, allowing L2 10s for board and lodging for twe days and a half, instead of L2l 18s as defendant claimed.