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“ JOTTISG.S FROM A TRAVELLER'S JOURNAL.”—We are pleased to announce that we have made arrangements with a gentleman who recently left the colony for the Old Country, via the Sandwich Islands and Californian route, to send us a series of letters, under the above heading, descriptive of his impressions of (ravel. The first letler will bo published in Monday’s issue. Our readers will find the “jottings” (penned expressly for this journal) well worthy of perusal, as the writer took an active part in the politics of the colony during its early days, and was one of New Zealand’s oldest journalists.

The Opposition. —The fate of the Opposition, according to the Press special, is now sealed for this session, Winiata. —Winiata has written to his relatives to say that he regards himself as a dead man, and ho counsels them not to avenge his death. This argnes that the murderer is a man who possesses some common sense.

Arrived. The barquentine Cathona, Captain Gifford, has arrived at Auckland safely, thirty-four days out from Port Chalmers. The cause of the lengthy passage was a succession of gales and head winds, during which the deck cargo shifted, but no injury was done to the vessel. Much anxiety had been felt for her safety.

Alleged Rape. The Christchurch Beach was occupied nearly the whole of yesterday in hearing a charge against Thos. Russell Roberts of committing rape on a girl between thirteen and fourteen years of age. The evidence is unfit for publication. The Bench decided that it would be useless to send the accused to the supreme Court under the circumstances of the case, and therefore discharged him. Gun Accident. — A farm hand of Mr Gibson’s (Hinds) had a narrow escape the other morning. Ho was shooting at a sea-gull when the gun ha was using exploded and flew into a hundred pieces, even the stock being reduced to splinters. The gun was a very ohl one and of German make. That the “sportsman” escaped amidst the shower of wood and iron fragments is little short of a miracle, yet escape he did, with the exception of a few trifling scratches on the hands.

A Horse Drowned while Crossing the Ashburton. —On Thursday afternoon a Mr Broker and a friend were driving into Ashburton from Timvakl in a light trap. The bridge being temporarily closed during the alterations now going on, the horse had to be driven across the river, and while crossing it fell in about two feet six inches of water and was drowned. How the persons in the trap managed to drown the horse is a mystery. There is, we are informed, a good fording place about a chain from the left-hand side of the bridge, starting from the Ashburton end. Ashburton Brewery. —We learn that this well-known brewery has been disposed of Dy Messrs Wood and Co. to Air A. Moore, whoso long experience as a brewer of first-class malt liquors will bo a sufficient guarantee to the public that Messrs Wood and Co.s’ reputation will not stiller in Ids hands Wo remember Mr Moore when be was connected with the I'hoe nix Brewery in Timaiu, and can personally testify to his efficiency and thorough capability to conduct a brewery in the way it ought to be conducted. Be has carried of numerous awards for beer in addition to the prize-medal gained by him at the Melbourne Exhibition. A capital bottling store will shortly be opened in connection with the brewery. We wish Mr Moore every success in his new undertaking. _____

Land. —Messrs Jameson and Roberts, and the manager of the Lowcliffe station, have announcements respecting laud to let, in another column.

Volunteer Church Parade. The members of the Ashburton Volunteer Corps will parade to-morrow at the Post Office at 10 a.m., and, headed by their band, march to the Presbyterian Church, where the Rev. Mr Blmslie will preach a sermon specially addressed to them.

Sale of the Alford Forest Hotel and Land at Mount Somers. — In our advertising columns will be found a notification by Messrs J. T. Ford and Co., respecting the sale of the old Alford Forest Hotel, and also of some valuable blocks of land at Mount Somers.

Mr H. J Weeks* Music Depot.— Attention is directed to Mr Week’s announcement elsewhere, from which it will be seen that his stock of pianos and other nstruments is very large and varied. Herr Otto Schweers, the well-known tuner, will be in Ashburton shortly. Orders for tuning must be left with Mr Weeks.

A Liberal M.P.—Mr Isaac Holden, the new M.P. for the Morth West Riding, is a hale and hearty man of seventy-five. He has recently built himself a palace at a cost of LIOO.OOO. On a recent birthday ho gave a feast to bis family, and when they came to ihe table his daughters found in each of their napkins a cheque for L50,00d.

To Farmers and Others. —Mr T. M. Jones, who for some time past has been residing at Seafield, but has recently taken Thompson’s Farm, near the Ashburton Saleyards, has a notification elsewhere which should prove interesting to farmers and others who visit the saleyards. Both buyers and sellers will doubtless find it convenient and to their advantage at times to leave their stock in Mr Jones’ care.

Narrow Escape op H. M.S. Nelson.— At Russell H.M.S. Nelson had an accident to one of her anchors. During the gale on Thursday night the officers’ watch noticed the vessel dragging, and immediately gave the alarm, when a second anchor was let go. The vessel had dragged some distance, and on heaving up the port anchor it was found that only the ring and stock and a small-piece of the shank were left, there being a flaw in the iron. The anchor lost weighed 96 cwt. If the wind had been from the westward she would probably have been ashore before she could have been brought up.

Ashburton Racing Club. —A committee meeting,of the Ashburton Racing Club was held last evening at Quill’s Hotel to consider the purchase of a totalisator. Messrs R. Friedlander, C. C. Fooks, and Sam. Saunders were appointed a Committee to make all necessary enquiries, and report to a general meeting of the committee on Thursday, August 3rd, next at 7 p.m. In our report of the annual general meeting of the Club we made the Secretary say a now saddling paddock was “ badly wanted,” whereas the sentence should have read “ hardly wanted.” The appointment of a Secretary us a successor to Ms Bell has been left in the hands of the Committee. The Club invites offers of a room for its sole use.

1.0.0. F. ,M.U., at South Rakaia.— At a summonsed meeting of this Lodge held last evening, the half-yearly balance sheet was read and received. The notable features in this was the total absence of a levy, the management fund having paid all opening expenses, disoensations, etc., and still leaving a credit balance. The sick and funeral fund was equally satisfactory. The subject of building a hall nn fill' freehold land already mirchased was considered, and it was decided to build forthwith. A committee was appointed to carry out the work, and a share list was opened, L 26 10s being subscribed in the Lodge by the members present. Some donations from outside friends were also handed in, making a total of over

L3O. It was also determined to celebrate the anniversary of the Lodge in September with a dinner, and a hope was expressed that the new hall would be sufficiently advanced to allow the celebration of that event within its walls. After the transaction of some routine business, the Lodge closed.

Evangelistic Suit vice.— Despite the heavy downpour of rain and muddy streets, there was a good attendance at the Town Hall last night. An apology was made by the secretary for the absence of the Rev. Jfl. A. Scott, and the Rev. A. W. Beattie with the Rev, J. Nixon were unable to be present on account of having to attend the tea meeting in connection with the Alford Forest Presbyterian Church. The addresses at last night’s service were given by Mr J. Alison and the Rev. J. Elmslie ; the Rev. C. H. Standage, wish Messrs Gavin, Jones, and Buchanan (secretary), also took part in the proceedings. Mr Alison spoke from the text John 111., 17, and was followed by a discourse from the Rev. J. Elmslie, lasting about half-an-hour, from the words—“ Como unto Me, etc.,” Matthew XL, 20—30. The evangelistic choir assisted to make the service successful by rendering several hymns, and before the meeting closed, it was intimated by the secretary that the next service would be hold on Thursday evening, when the Rev. J. Nixon and Mr Lawrence are expected to give the addresses.

Tiie Australian Cricketers and the Luncheon Dispute at Nottingham.— The Dunedin Star’s “ London Letter,” received per ’Frisco mail, contains the following anent the Australian Eleven, now touring through England :—The

Australian Eleven got themselves into an unsavory scrape on the day of the Nottingham match. The local secretary bungled the match, and by quite an unintentional oversight omitted to reserve seats for the Australians at luncheon. When the error was discovered, the pavillion was crowded to excess, and no accommodation could for a moment be found, though all the men of the team were informed that room would be made for them in a few moments. However, they curtly declined. Soon afterwards the captain of the Notts team, who had been absent, went to Murdoch and apologised ; but the latter declined to acknowledge his presence, and insulting remarks were made to him by the Australians. Subsequently, the hon. secretary, in the discharge of his duty, went on to the ground for the purpose of seeing that Hie wide eta were properly rolled, and was then ordered by the Australians to leave the ground, and told that ho had no business there. When the stumps wore drawn that evening Mr Wright, one of the Nottingham Committee, went to Murdoch and expressed his regret that there had been an accidental omission, and asked the Australians to lunch as his guests in the pavilion next day. Murdoch, however, abruptly declined to accept any hospitality from Nottinghamsire, declaring that ho would not look cn it in any other light than a premeditated insult. Th o conduct of the Australians in this match is looked upon as little less than idiotic by the general public. In reality, however, there is little more in it than at first meets the eye. Yon see that the team are particularly tenacious of their dignity, for, though ostensibly amateurs, they in reality play just as much for money as professionals. Now, professionals arc never asked to sit down with gentlemen, and, no doubt, Murdoch thought the incident the other day meant treating them as professionals. In any I case, it would have been more gentler manly to have accepted the apology when offered, and no one need be surprised that the reputaion of the Eleven for good breeding has suffered severely.

Another Arctic Expedition, Sir Allen Young contemplates another Arctic excursion (says the Home News), and will depart from England very shortly. Sir Allen Young has a new programme of exploration, subject to practical perfection. Undaunted by recent reversals of explorers with their colossal impedimenta, Sir Allen will venture into the unknown northern new world by a plan he conceives to be unique, i.e. : a small line of pickets advancing by given* stages, and establishing stations en route, each station being self-supporting and yet with a line of joint co-operation. The Fenian Organisation. —A special plain clothes detective has been detailed to escort Mr Parnell between his residence and the House of Commons, and relays of detectives have also been provide# to attend upon Mr Gladstone and other members of the Government These extra precautions have been taken in view of the fact that of late considerable activity has been observed at the usual Fenian rendezvous in London. _ It has been ascertained beyond all possibility of a doubt that the Fenian centres are in communication and negotiation with the Nihilist clubs of the Continent.

A Misunderstanding. —A lady figured in "the Police Court to-day (says a recent issue of the Dunedin Star) who had evidently received a comprehensive idiomatic English education at least. She said that on a certain occasion a Mr Bayley was close to where she was standing. When asked if it was Mr Bayley senior, she replied, “Of course he did!” which seemed a somewhat inappropriate answer. It ultimately appeared that the lady thought she was asked if Mr Bayley had “ seen her,” she having transformed the word “senior,” which was doubtless unknown to her, into that familiar though inelegant Cockney expression, “ seenycr.” For a moment the Court was nonplussed, but when the interpretation dawned upon it, its usual sombre dignity was quite upset.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 701, 29 July 1882

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