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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 695, 22 July 1882
Assaulted by Bushmen.— Robert McIvor was brutally assaulted by a party of bushmen at the Foresters’ Arms, Auckland, the other day, and now lies in a precarious state. A Change or Occupation. —We learn that Mr H. Z. Taylour, late of the Press agency, Ashburton, has become the proprietor of a panorama of the Egyptian war, and is about to start on a lecturing tour. A.R.C. —The annual general meeting of the above was to have been held last evening, but in consequence of the limited number of those who turned up it was adjourned until Thursday next, when it is to be hoped that there will be a large attendance. Agricultural and Pastoral Association. —A meeting of the Committee of the Ashburton Agricultural and Pastoral Association was held at Messrs Matson, Cox and Go.'s office yesterday afternoon, when there were present —Mr 0. P. Cox, Vice-president (in the chair) ; and Messrs Mayo, Taylor, Carter, Bullock, Harrison, Saunders, and Mr G. Jameson (secretary) The Committee appointed to revise the catalogue brought up their report, which was approved of. It was decided to hold the annual Horse Parade on Saturday, 30ih September, but the consideration of the date for holding the Show was deferred till nest meeting. The following new members, proposed by Mr E. S. Coster, were duly elected:—Messrs R. Patton, G. Coward, and J. F. Tickell. The meeting then adjourned.
Ashburton Borough Schools —These schools re-open on Monday, 24th inst., at 9.30 a.m. Resignation of the Chief op Police at Dublin. —An Age special cablegram received by us to-day, informs us that the Chief of Police at Dublin has resigned. A policeman’s lot—or the lot of a Chief of Police—can hardly bo “ a happy one ” in Ireland just now.
English Investors. —It is stated that the representatives of an English Syndicate seeking for investments, on Wednesday bought 500 shares in the WellingtonManawatu Railway Company at par. It is believed the Syndicate represents no less than L 3,000,000.
He “ Axeo ” Him to go. —At Auckland yesterday a laborer named Michael Bresn, finding William Creighton in his house under what he regarded as equivocal circumstances, ordered him out, and on refusal, took an axe and inflicted dangerous wounds on Creighton’s forehead.
The Dunedin Hbnnessy’s. —At the Supreme Court, Dunedin, yesterday, Charles Wilkins and Andrew Neilson, for applying forged trade marks of James Hennessy and Co. to bottles containing brandy not of Hennessy’s manufacture, were each sentenced toonemontb, without hardlabor.
Business Mems. Mr Bevan’s announcement re law and commercial stationery, miscellaneous works, hymn and prayer books, toys and fancy goods, will be found in our advertising columns, to which our readers are also referred for an announcement by Mrs Hodge of special interest to the ladies.
McKellar’s Case. —The case against Messrs Neill and Park, whose recognisances in the case of the defaulter McKellar are threatened to be estreated, was further adjourned at the Dunedin Po’ice Court yesterday. The R.M. expressed his own opinion that in cases where an accused was likely to abscond, the bondsmen could themselves legally arrest him.
Local Industry. —Mr W. Swanson, M.H. R., has presented to the Wellington Museum miscellaneous samples of Auckland manufactured glassware. The samples consist of water bottles, jugs, confectionery jars, stained claret jugs, hyacinth glasses, globes, ordinary tumblers, and pint and half-pint mugs. The articles are exceedingly well finished, and can scarcely be detected from the imported articles.
A Dutch Auction. An interesting case on prohibition was recently decided by the Supreme Court at Sydney. Mr Hamilton, a clerk of Mr Alexander, auctioneer, had (states the Echo) been fined at the Central Police Court for a sale after sunset, by the process known as “ a Dutch auction,” that is by reducing the price ur til a buyer was found. This had been treated as a genuine auction, and a breach of the Auctioneers’ Act, and Hamilton was fined accordingly. But the Supreme Court, consisting of Sir James Martin, Justice Windeyer, and Sir George Innes, unanimously hold that the essence of an “ auction” was the increasing of the bids, and that Hamilton had not committed any breach of the Act. The Late Fatal Accident to a Convict —An inquest was held yesterday, touching the death of John Cunningham, who was killed while quarrying stone at Lyttelton the other day. C. S. Phillips, gaoler, said deceased arrived from Timaru in February, 1881, having been transferred from the prison there. He was in good health on Thursday morning, when he went out to work with the rest of the prisoners at Sticking Point works. He was put to quarrying stone, an occupation he was familiar with. Soon after ten o’clock he was brought into the prison on a stretcher, dead. Principal Warder Worgan stated chat the deceased was in the act of breaking out a piece of stone on the side of the hill with a crowbar, when the piece of stone gave way, and he fell from eight or ten feet headforemost, never moving afterwards. He was quite dead when picked up. A verdict of accidental death was returned. From the Sheer's Back to the Governor’s Back in Twelve Hours. —We occasionally hear of instances of emart workmanship on the part of American artisans ; but it is not often that anything smarter than the following comes under notice : —Governor’s day at the Atlanta Exposition was signalled by the manufacture of two complete suits of clothes from growing cotton, all the processes being finished within twelve hours. A large crowd watched the skilful workmen. The gathering, ginning, picking, carding, spinning, weaving, and dyeing were successfully completed with great rapidity and perfection, and at 12.55 o’clock in the afternoon, the cloth went to the tailor. That evening at seven o’clock Governor Bigelow, of Connecticut, arrayed in one of the suits, was receiving a delegation from the Atlanta University at the residence of Director-General Kimball, while in the other Governor Colquit was submitting himself to admiration at the Executive Mansion. Granolithic Cement. Several interesting communications from Mr J. C Crawford, now in England, accompanied by pamphlets and printed notices bearing on the subject, were read at a recent meeting of the Wellington Philosophical Society, the most important being on the “Manufacture of Granolithic Cement,” the material for which, he considered, was abundant in New Zealand. Dr Hector considered this a question of great importance, and the information was most valuable. We had ample material in accessible positions, and he had no doubt that in time we could ourselves manufacture all the cement and concrete we required in Iho colony, and of the very best kind. He instanced the blocks now used in Wellington, and known as O’Neill’s patent flagging, as showing the excellent quality of this production, which was sohighly thought of at the Sydney and Melbourne Exhibitions. The President endorsed these views, and remarked that ho hoped in time also to see the splendid granites we h ,d largely used in constructive works. Dr Newman mentioned the newly-erected cement works in Nelson, which would prove of great importance, and entirely supersede the imported article. An Apostle of Admirers of Mr Oscar Wilde, who lias just arrived in New York from a voyage of discovery in search of the picturesque, should be delighted (says a Home paper) to learn that, after many disappointments, he has at length found the “ true American ’’in the Far West, and “sublime brandy ” at the Golden Gate. But it was only west of Chicago that ho “ found America.” .The Philistine New Yorker is too closely akin to his English cousin. At San Francisco, too, Mr Wilde first saw the Chinaman, and was conquered, probably recognising in him that element of color which, according to his creed is iho supremo joyousness of life, ‘T learned many things from the Chinese,” Mr Wilde modestly adds. “ Their plays are pageants ; every actor is moat nobly and beautifully attired.” In bis opinion the Chinese have a most decided artistic value, which hitherto has been somewhat unaccountably ignored. The unhappy Mormons do not please him. They were “a most unintollectual people.” “To comprehend art, one must have a good physique ; the Mormons have the worst physique I have seen.” President Taylor and his three wives proved to be charming, but their tabernacle is “ in the shape of°a tea-kettle, and is ioeorated with the ornaments of a gaol.” Mr Wilde believes, however, that his coming has been productive of good, and some, at least, of the seed has not fallen in stony places. The next mission of the apostle of restheticism will be te the backwoods of Canada and Australia.
Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 695, 22 July 1882
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