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Canterbury Volunteers. Major Alexander Lean has been gazetted to the command of the Canterbury Volunteer district.

A Weekly Half-holiday. —The majority of the business people of Wellington, a telegram informs us, are favorable to the Wednesday half-holiday agitated for by the employees.

The Late Railway Accident. —Mr Hannay has forwarded to Wellington a report on the recent railway accident near Dunedin, the gist of which is that there is positively nothing to show how the accident was caused. The affair remains shrouded in mystery] Lost in the Bush. —A child named Hannah Bentil, one year and eight months old, the daughter of Mr Josiah Bentil, has been lost in the bush in Dresser’s Valley, near Kamo (Auckland Province), since the evening of the 27tu ult. Constables and settlers have searched unavail-

A Serious Inconvenience. Once more Mr Beswick, 8.M., was unable, through continued indisposition, to preside at the Court this morning, and once more the civil cases had to be adjourned. We have not learut the nature of Mr Beswick’s illness, but strongly suspect that it arises from over work. He has his hands a great deal too full, without taking Ashburton into account at all. The Wi.lowby School — A letter was read from the Willowby School Committee at the meeting of the Board of Education yesterday in rega d to expenditure on f ncing. The Committee, having been authorised to spend L 8 15s, had expo ded Ll2 6s, and the Board had refused to pay th balance. The Committee now urged that it wan the duty of the Board to pay the full amount. It w-s decide i not to allow the extra expenditure.

A.R.C. Spring Meeting. —We regret that by the slipping of a “ head-line” the County Plate entries got mixed with the entries for the Flying Handicap in our last issue. The entries for the Plate are: —Shepherdess, kelim, Winnie, Minnie, Our John, Wild Rose, Idalia, Zulu, Twilight, Comet, Marchioness Neil, and Marquis of Normanby. The Flying Handicap entries are:—Nautilus, Gold Dust, Trumpeter, Zulu, Marquis of Normanby, Marchioness Neil, Turquoise, Lady Dagworth, Contessa.

Jarley’s Waxworks. Mr Jarley, edits Mr Elston, assisted bv his man “ John,” held a first rehearsal last night at the Town Hall, when ihe Chinese Giant, the Siamese Twins, Mrs Winslow, of soothing syrup fame, the Welsh dwarf, “ Captain Kidd,” the piraie, “ the wonderful vocalist,” and other celebrated characters were put through their facings in readiness for a public exhibition on the of the next Town Hall entertainment in aid of the Library funds. From what we are told there seems no doubt that “ Jarley’s Waxworks Show ” will be a great success. On the same evening wo understand the popular farce of “The Area Belle t ” will be performed by some well-known amateurs, and the theatricals, in conjunction with a few voial and instrumental items, should draw a bg house.

Resident Magistrate’s Court. At the Court this morning, before Mr R. Alcorn, J.P., u “drunk,” hailing from the Rakaia, was discharged, being a first offender. Donald McKenzie was brought up for the third time charged with passing a value'NS cheque. Mr Branson appeared for the accused, and supposed his his Worship would grant a fur-her remand—it was really a very bad case. The accused was once more remanded for a week, the same bail as formerly being accepted for his appearance.—McFarlane, expressman, was charged under the Borough By-laws with plying for hire without a license, and with having no driver’s license. The charges were at first denied but subsequently admitted, and a nominal fine of Is and costs inflicted in each case. The Court then rose. Ashburton Woollen Factory.— At a meeting of the directors of the Ashburton Woollen Factory, tenders were opened for the erection of the Factory buildings. There were seven tenders, ranging from L 6.170 to L 4,390, which latter (being that of Messrs Muir and Reid, of Ashburton) was accepted. Tenders were also opened for the construction of boiler and the acceptance of the same was left in the hands of Messrs Williamson and Bullock. It was resolved that notice should be given of the fourth call on the first issue of shares, to be payable at the company’s office on December Ist. The manager’s purchase of n scouring machine was approved. The machinery for the new Factory is now on the voyage from Eng land, and it is to be hoped teat the public will support the undertaking by coming forward and taking up the remaining shares, and thus helping to establish one of the most important local industries we could have in the place. The success that has attended the factories at Kaiapoi and Mosgiel should encourage speculation.

Bankruptcy Defined. —While one of the Bosniac delegates who waited upon the Emperor Franz Josef at the Hofburg some time ago, was staying in Vienna, the owner of the hotel in which he lodged (says the Daily Telegraph) brcame a bankrupt. Hearing of hia host’s mishap, the worthy Beg sought an explanation of the term “ bankruptcy,” and having thoroughly mastered its meaning, proceeded, on his return to his native village, to impart his information to sundry of the Faithful, his near relatives, and close family connections. “ This, O ray brothers,” he observed, “ is the true and proper way to become a bankrupt. First you must hire a shop. Then you write to rich merchants in far distant cities, inviting them to forward their wares to you for sale, and pledging yourself to pay for them within a few months. As soon as you shall have received sufficient merchandise you must sell it for cash or hide it carefully away. Then you must go to the judge and say to him, ‘ Beloved of Allah ! I am a bankrupt. Here are five pounds. They are all I have in the world.’ The judge will keep four of the five pounds and proclaim your bankruptcy ; the (other pound will be divided amongst those who supplied you with goods. Later on you will remove to another town, and begin this good and easy business over again. Thus mayl the passing bitterness of insolvency be converted into the abiding sweetness of a comfortable independence. Be chasm 1 Upon my head be it 1”

Opening of Havelock Street. —The much ttilked-of railway crossing at Havelock street is now open, having beeifc finished to-day. Illness of Mr Beswick, R.M.—The. Herald of to-day says : —We regret to learn that Mr Joseph Beswick, Re-/ Bident Magistrate, is still too ill to his bed, and it will probably be some days before he will be able to resume his duties.

A Serious Buggy AcomBNT. —By a buggy Occident at Normanby last night Adams, a draper, Wallis, a publican, and O’Neill, a cabinetmaker, were thrown out, and all suffered injury. Wallis has three ribs broken, and the others sustained internal injuries. All three are late residents of Wellington.

Re-Chtistbned. —The Juvenile Brass Band exists no longer. The “ jov»nile ,” some of whom are not juveniles, have rechristened themselves, and now boast the more imposing title of the Ashburton Excelsior Brass Band. We trust they will act up to their name. They have certainly made a very good beginning.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 784, 3 November 1882

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