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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas* et Prbvalkbit. MONDAY, JULY 31, 1882.

TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.20 p.ttt. i

Hunt Club. —The hounds will meet on Thursday next at the gas works a two p m. Yital Statistics. —The vital statistics for the month of July are as follows: — Births, 29; marriages, 7; deaths, C, Church Parade. —About fifty members of the Ashburton Volunteer Corps mustered yesterday morning at the Post Office at 10.30, and headed by the band, marched under the command of Lieut. Douglas to the Presbyterian Church, where the Rev. J. Elmslie preached a most impressive sermon.

Playful Larrikins. —Some larrikins, at Kaiapoi, on Saturday night improved the shining hour by removing a number of gates from their hinges, pulling down a half built house, sinking the Harbor Board’s dredge, and doing other damage. Ihe police have no clue.

1.0.G.T. —The Dawn of Peace Lodge, I. will celebrate its anniversary on Monday evening next, at the Templar Hall. Dr Trevor has promised, we learn, to take the chair. An entertainment will follow the tea, and the whole affair promises to he a big success. * Racing Clue. —We are desired by Mr J. C. Bell to point out that the new saddling paddock at the racecourse is “badly” wanted, and not “hardly” wanted, as stated by ua, and that it was his own proposition that the matter of appointing a secretary to the Club was left to the Committee to deal with. VVe must apologise to Mr Bell for the mistakes. r

Shabby.—An extraordinarily mean sell is reported by the Cromwell Argus to have been perpetrated at Arrowtown quite recently. A person on leaving that district disposed of his effects by auction, and amongst them was what appeared to be a stack of first-class hay, which after spirited bidding was bought by a shrewd Yorkshireman for his draught stallion. Appearing shortly afterwards with a dray, and armed with hay-forks and hay-knives, he found that the.stack was artistically composed of brushwood and tubbiah, and a coating only of hay on the outside and ton ! The intensity of his disgust was shown by the strength of the language he employed. Library Committee.—A special meeting of the Library Committee was held on Saturday evening last. Present — Messrs St. Hill, Zouch, Branson, Lechner, and Mr Ward, (President, in the chair.) Mr R. Lechner was elected bon. sec. in the place of Mr Douglas resigned. The treasurer reported that the result of the late entertainment, was an addition of Ll2 7s Od to the Building Fund, which Was considered most satisfactory. The plan of the new site was laid before the meeting, and it was resolved to ask Mr Crisp to obtain the fee simple of the land, in order that the work may be proceeded with at once. The President read several letters which he had received since the last meeting, viz., from Mr George Gould enclosing cheque for LlO, and from Mr E. G. Wright, M. H. R., for L 3 3s, as donations towards the Building Fund, and from other gentlemen promising support on certain conditions. From the subscription lists handed in it was ascertained that a sum of Ll4O had been promised and partly paid already by the public towards the Building Fund, and it was resolved to make every effort to raise another L4O in order to supplement the grant of the County Council. Thejtenders were then considered, and that of Messrs Nelson and Coutts for L96917s Cd was accepted. The President and Mr St. Hill were authorised to arrange details with the architect and contractors re stone and the signing of contracts. It was decided that the vacancy in the committee, caused by the resignation of Mr Douglas, be filled as soon as possible. The committee expressed great regret that Mr Douglas had resigned, as he had always done his utmost to further the interests of the Library in every way. The question of holding another entertainment was‘next considered, and it was decided to hold one on the ICth of August, when it is very probable the trial scene, “ Bardell v. Pickwick,” will be given by some of our best local amateurs. After some other routine business the committee adjourned. Political Gossip. Says the special correspondent of the Press, wiring from Wellington, yesterday : —“ On Wednesday next Mr Wynn Williams will ask the Government whether they intend to take any steps for the purpose of arranging an extradition treaty with the neighboring colonies so as to remedy the evils arising from a want of power to arrest absconding debtors, as shown in the case of Harges, who was arrested at Adelaide and released by the magistrate. The gross receipts from railways for the quarter ended 30th ult. were approximately L 260,000, or at the rate of L 1,070,000 per annum. The net profits were approximately L 115,000, being at the annual rate of L4C0,000. This very closely approaches 5 per cent, on the cost.

Found Drowned. —The body of a man unknown was found in the Auckland harbor on Saturday. The body is that of an elderly man in a dress suit, white shjrt, and elastic side boots, and worsted stockings. He had a silver watch and a black cord guard was attached to the vest. Hia features were completely gone. The hair was dark, and there are traces of side whiskers. In the pockets was found a letter, but this gives no clue to the man's identity. It was a missive written by a sister on a visit to Cambridge, Waikato, date April 30th, 1882. It commences “ Dear John,” and concludes “ Your loving sister Ada,” but no particulars are contained therein by which the surname of either sender or recipient can be discovered.

Temuka. —At a public meeting held at Temuka on Saturday night, it was resolved to ask the Government to ro-allo-cate the amount proposed out of loan for a railway to Burke’s Pass to the TeraukaOxford line as far as Peel Forest. It was also resolved with a view to encouragement of agricultural and mechanical industries that the property tax be abolished and a tax be levied on uncultivated agricultural land instead.

Petitions to Parliament. —The public petitions committee have declined to make any recommendation on the petition of the Dunedin Freethought Association that no alteration be made in present unsectarian system of education in public schools. <• With reference to the petitions i f the licensed Victuallers’ Aa-ociatum of Auckland anu of several other petitioners, who pray respectively—( ), tb ■ the Licensi g .ct may bo am-nule ‘ ; (2), tust it may hive a fair tri;l and mui.-tm fur a 'ime unaltered ; f 3) that it lie not amended ; (4;, uat it be amended, the c mmittee el ■■a ihat as the mat er is under i onsidoration of the House, they deem it unnecessary to make any recommendation. The same committee reported on .Saturday on petitions (1) of the Auckland (2) of tho Otago brewers, (3) Nelson brewer?, all praying that tho beer duty may be repealed. The committe consider that as the question is one of public policy, it would not be proper that they should make any recomtne»' elation to the House on the subject.

Horticultural Society. —The usual monthly meeting of the above will be held at Mr H. M. Jones’ upper room on Wednesday next, August 2nd, when Mr S. E. Poyntz will read his promised paper.

Cruelty to a Horse. —At the South Rakaia R. M. Court, on Saturday last, before C. N. Mackie, Esq., J.P., W’lliam Harrison was fined L2 and costs (Gs 6d) for cruelty to a horse. Rinking Club. —The next meeting of the Rink Club will be held at the Town Hall next Wednesday, instead of Thursday, owing to the Hall being engaged foranother purpose on the latter day. The members are now getting very proficient in roller skating. Hospital Returns. —Return of patients for the month of July:—Number in Hospital on the 31st, 5; number admitted during the month, 3; number discharged, 1; number in Hospital on the 31st, 7; deaths, nil. Hunt Club Privileges. —Mr Alfred Harrison will dispose of the privileges in connection with the approaching Hunt Club meeting, on Saturday next at two p.m. sharp. The “lots” comprise publican’s booth, confectioner’s booth, gates, grand stand, saddling paddock, and cards.

The Band. The Ashburton Brass Band performed a number of popular selections in the square on Saturday night, including some of the gems from the ever attractive “ Pirates.” The neighborhood of the square was thronged with people while the music was playing. When the nights grow longer and warmer these open-air concerts will doubtless be even more appreciated than they are at present. r ‘ Chertsey.—Owing to the bad weather the entertainment which was to have been held in aid of the funds of the Chertsey Library on Friday evening last did not take place. An excellent programme had been prepared, and every arrangement had been made to make this meeting one of the most successful ever held in the district, but Jupiter Pluvius interfered and the meeting had to be postponed till Friday next, when it is to be hoped that the efforts of the promoters will be rewarded with- a bumper house. Presbyterian Church, Wakanui.— The new Presbyterian church at Wakanui was opened at three o’clock yesterday afternoon, the Rev. J. Elraslie, M.A., preaching the inaugural sermon. The church was filled to overflowing. Many of the members of the Ashburton Presbyterian church were in attendance, and rendered valuable assistance by their singing. To-night a tea meeting will be held in celebration of the event of yesterday, when several ministers, including the Rev. Mr Elmslie, will address those present, and the Presbyterian choir will again be present. A Woman of Business.—Mrs Miriam Florence Leslie, the widow of the wellknown publisher (says “ Silverpen ’’ in the New Zealand Herald), has, upon application to the Courts of New York, had her name changed to Frank Leslie—the name her husband bore, It was not a mere whim with her, but a business idea, as she wishes to perpetuate the name of the Frank Leslie publishing house, of which she is now the proprietress and manager. Every morning she is found in her office by half-past eight o’clock, and remains till five in the afternoon. She signs all cheques and money orders, makes all contracts for supplies of every sort, looks over the proofs of all articles before they are published, and makes suggestions concerning the make up of every periodical before it is sent to press. In a word, she is the head of the whole establishment.. In Mrs Leslie’s employ are over 400 people, comprising artists, engravers, editors, compositors, etc., and thirteen different periodicals are issued from the establishment. Never Owned a Rabbit. —At the Resident Magistrate’s Court, Masterton, Robert Brown, a demure-looking man, pleaded guilty to a’charge of neglecting to kill the vermin on his property at Taratahi. Mr Wardell, RM. : Have you anything to say for yourself ?—Defendant: I ne’er owned a rabbit in ma life.— (Laughter.)—And who owns them ?—Farquhar Gray and ma neebors roond aboot. (Renejved laughter.)—Are they branded where you know them 1— Ou ayj, some of them are well branded. (Laughter.)— But how do you fix the ownership?—l ken them by the looks of them. —Are you living on the land?—’Deed no; they’ve st.irved mo aff it. They ate the grass ; ma sheep deed, an’ sae I’m working on the roadside. Can’t you get someone to live on it,"and kill the rabbits?—l’ve tried, but canna ; I’ve offered to lease it, ' but na ano will take it. (The heavy sigh that followed caused renewed merriment ) —How much have you ?—Twa hunner and thirteen acres- I —Have you tried to clear the rabbits off it ?—Haven’t I! I’ve had men and dugs, wrocht masel nicht and day, but they only graw the thicker.— You’ve done nothing lately?—l thocht they had gane o’ their ane accord after eatin’ me oot. When I last saw it I only saw three.—Then you have grass again I —Half a fat high, man. (Laughter). And why don’t you put sheep on it ? I’ve nae bawbees to buy^thera.—The case was adjourned for fourteen days, Mr Warded threatened a heavy penalty if Brown did not fight the rabbits in the meantime. Wa Ira rap a Star.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas* et Prbvalkbit. MONDAY, JULY 31, 1882., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 702, 31 July 1882

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