The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas, Et Prevalebit. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1882.
Scottish Imperial. —We understand that Mr W. R. Boyle has been appointed agent in Ashburton for the well-known Scottish Imperial Insurance Company. Accidental Death. —At the inquest at Timaru yesterday on Captain Richard White, who expired in Court on Monday, a verdict of “Accidental death ” was returned.
Christchurch Racks and Show.— The railway arrangements in connection with the approaching Christchurch races and A. and P. show will be found in our advertising columns. Amateur Dramatic Club. —A meeting of the above Club is called for to-morrow night at 7 sharp. All members are particularly requested to attend as the business is important. Still Firm. —At the Timaru Board of Education yesterday it was determined to adhere to the resolution to give notice to the present headmaster, headmistress, and to two pupil teachers of the Timaru Public Schools.
A Good Example.—A telegram from Hawera states that the business people of that town have agreed to a weekly halfholiday, and consequently all stores and places of business were closed yesterday afternoon.
A Valuable Discovery, —A splendid fishing bank has been discovered about six miles due east of Tim ru in twelve fathoms of water. Steps will be taken to work it without delay, as hitherto Timaru and district have been dependent on Ch-isichurch and Dunedin for the supply of fish.
A Big Success. —The Old Englyshe Fancy Fayre at Napier concluded yesterday. The takings have been over L7OO. Visitors who saw other Fancy Payres in the colony say that this was by far the most Complete. The whole arrangements were designed and carried out by Mr Briggs, the scenic artist of the local theatre.
Salmon Trout. —Yesterday afternoon Mr T. Quill caught a salmon trout in the Domain stream, near the island. The fish was fifteen inches long, and weighed 11b 6ozs. It was “on view ” at the hostelry of mine host last night, and attracted much attention. It may not be generally known that anyone may angle in the Domain stream, provided they previously take out » license. Horticultural Society.—ln consequence of a stupid printer’s error, the monthly meeting of the Horticultural Society was announced to take place last last evening. It was intended that the meeting should be held to-night, but as the mistake referred to has led to some misapprehension, the secretary has definitely postponed the meeting until Tuesday evening next. Jarley’s Waxworks.—We are pleased to announce that Jarley’s famous waxworks show will shortly pay a visit to Ashburton, Mr Jarley having kindly consented to give an exhibition of his celebrated collection of “ figgers ” at the next entertainment in aid of the Library fund. The first rehearsal takes place to-night at the Town Hall, at 7-30, and the “figgers” are requested to be punctual in putting in an appearance.
Chrsistchubch Young Men’s Club. — The hristchuroh Young Men’s Club was formally opened last night, when there was a large attendance of members, their friends and the general public. The Mayor of Christchurch delivered an inaugural address, in which he talked to “his young friends,” and gave them some advice, which although rather of the “copybook” order, was very good. The speech was applauded, and his Worship’s health drunk in bumpers of lemonade !
Christchurch A. and P. Show. —The following are the entries for the forthcoming A. and P. Show, to be held on the 9th inst. :—Sheep : Merinos, 87 ; English Leicesters, 42 ; Border Leicesters, 35 ; Lincolns, 58 ; Romney Marsh, 23 ; Cotswold and other downs, 54 ; fat sheep, 36 ; total, 335. Cattle : Shorthorns, 67 ; Hereford, Devon, Alderney, Jersey, Ayrshire, and milch cattle, 31 ; fat cattle, 39; total, 137. Horses: Draught horses, 52; thoroughbred horses and reputed thoroughbreds, 7 ; carriage hnrs’s, hacks, etc., 56; draught yearling fillies for the Oaks Sweepstakes, 4 ; total, H 9. Pigs, 45; sheep dogs, 13 ; implements, 313 ; dairy produce, 69; cured and preserved meats, 20; New Zealand manufactures and produce, 109; wool, 1 ; total, 1.200. A few rpore entries are expected. Those already to hand compare favorably with the entries of former years. The committee have wisely, as we think, excised the poultry classes altogether. Deamatio.—We are glad to announce that Mr Frank M. Willmott's Dramatic Combination, whose performances have been very well received in Christchurch and elsewhere, are about to play in Ashburton for a couple of nights. The opening performance will be on Saturday evening at the Town Hall, when the popular extravaganza of “ Cinderella,” or “The Little Glass Slipper,” will be p’aced on the boards. The piece abounds with fun, and is full of songs, dances, and jokes, and ought to attract a good house. As a first piece, the capital Irish comedy “ His Last Legs ” will be given. On Monday night the Company will appear again in “ Struck Oil.” As wo understand that several old favorites are included in the troupe we trust they will have a good reception. It is not often that Ashburton is favored by the visits of professional artists.
A Narrow Escape. — A narrow escape from a serious fire took place last night about nine o’clock at Invercargill. The unstairs bedroom of the Prince of Wales Hotel, a large wooden building in Dee street, was found on fire. The flames broke through the roof and wall, and it was thought impossible to save not only the hotel but a range of wooden buildings to the north. Fortunately there was a force pump and hose in the house, and the hose kept the flames in check till the brigade got the engines to work. The damage by the fire was confined to the upper part of the back of the hotel. The hotel being close to the theatre, where Simonson's company were playing “ Boccaccio” to a crowded house, the fire quickly caused the audience to disperse. The damage is about LI,OOO. The house and furniture are covered by the insurance. The greater part of the hotel was seriously damaged by water. The offices involved are :—Hotel: New Zealand, Liverpool London and Globe, National, and others unknown, to the extent of L 2,000; on the furniture and stock, the Colonial and Victoria for over L 1,500. (
Old Men’s Home.—At yesterdays’ meeting of the. Hospital asd Charitable Aid Board at Christchurch a lengthy explanation was received from the master of the Ashburton Home re the case of Wm. Mann, particulars of which have been published, denying any ill-treatment, and asking for an enquiry. The Mayor of Sydenham moved—“ That the Mayor of Ashburtpn and Mr March bo appointed as a Board to hold an enquiry into the case. That the ma ter of the Home and Mann be informed that the enquiry as a<kod for by him would be held.” The resolution was carried.
Organ Recital. —At the Town Hall yesterday afternoon Mr Weeks performed the following selections on the newly imported Smith American organ, intended for use in the Roman Catholic Church : Overture and march, Mendelssohn; “ Hallelujah Chorus,” Handel; Sacred march (processional), Rochard ; “ Benedicts (symphony and chorus), Mozart’s 12th ; canzone, Verdi; Te Deum Laudamus” (in F.), Jackson ; march, Watson|; “ Gloria in Excel sis,” Mozart’s 12th. The organ gave every satisfaction, the tone being much admired. It is undoubtedly a fine instrument. A Wonderful Mirage, —The frequent observation of the mirage in the south and central part of Sweden is very remarkable. From time to time we are told that whole landscapes, cities, and castles, with moving objects, have been observed reflected on the sky for hours, and wa again learn that a similar display of the forces of nature was se n one afternoon last month over the lake of Orso, in a remote part of Dalcarli, lat. 61 dog., which is stated to have reflected a number of large and small steamers, as if plying on the lake, and from whose funnels even the smoke could be observed to rise. Later on, the scenes changed to a landscape, the vessels now taking the form of islands in the lake, covered with more or less vegetation, and at last the mirage dissolved itself into a haze. The phenomenon, which lasted from 4 to 7 p.tn., is said to have furnished a most magnificent spectaol e. — Nature. Curious Charge. —A case of a painful and very unusual description recently occupied the attention of a General Court Martial at Bolarum, India. One of the snbadars of the 3rd Regiment of Infantry, Hyderabad Contingent, who has been in the Queen’s service nearly 30 years, was charged with behaving in a manner unbecoming the position and character of sn officer, in having offered a bribe to his Colonel. It was alleged that the prisoner, with a view to obtain from Colonel Macquoid a favorable reply to some request he was about to make, dropped a massive gold ring into that officer’s coat pocket. The Court came to the conclusion that the prisoner was not guilty of the charge, and the Commander-in-Chief confirmed the finding. An Insolvent Actor. —Mr John Lawrence Hall, the well-known comedian, convened a first meeting of creditors at the Wellington Supreme Court-house last afternoon. According to the filed statement (he debtor’s liabilities amount to L 919 5s Bd, the principal item being a sum of L7lO 3s 8d alleged to be due to Mr F. Marc Wilmott, theatrical agent, of Christchurch, which claim, however, ,Mr Hall disputes. The list of liabilities also include the following:—Mr Melville (manager of the Bank of Australia), Christchurch, LSO ; Mr Pritchard, Christchurch, L 3 9; Mr D. Mills, Dunedin, L 26 10s; Evening Star, Auckland, LlB ; Mr W. Warner, Christchurch, Ll 6 10s. The only asset represents about L 25 worth of theatrical dresses. Attached to statement of liabilities and assets is an affidavit sworn to by Mr Hall, which sets forth the circumstances under which he was arrested on the 26th at the instance of Mr Wilmott, who “ falsely asserts ” that the sum of L7lO 3s 8d is owing to him by the insolvent, and states that in consequence of his arrest he had been put to very great inconvenience and loss, and had been compelled to file a declaration of insolvency. There is also an affidavit on the part of Mr F. Lazelle, theatrical agent, who states that he has no reason to suspect that Mr Hall intends to leave New Zealand until after the termination of his tour in December next. The meeting was attended by eight creditors. Mr Boothman occupied the chair. Mr H. B. Duncan was appointed creditors' trustee. Holloway’s Pills. r.iver Complaints.—The digestion cannot be long so seriously disordered without the derangement being perceptible on the countenance. These pills prevent both unpleasant consequences ; they improve the appetite and with the increase of desire for food, they
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