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Ashburton Cheese and Butter Factory.—Pe sons desirous of visiting the Factory can do so on obtaining a written order from the Secretary, Mr S. E. Poyntz. Guy Fawkes Night in Wellington. —There were bonfires and discharges of Guy Fawkes fireworks in all directions on Monday night at Wellington, to the great dangerof the city from fire. Oddfellows’ Fete at Lagmhor. —Our readers are reminded that the Oddfellows’ fete at Lagmhor takes place to-morrow — the birthday of ttie Prince of Wales. The fete promises to be a most enjoyable affairand no better way of spending the holiday could be desired than by taking a trip to Lagmhor. The Carnival. —There are great preparations to make the carnival in aid of the Dunedin Benevolent Institution, which will be opened on November 22nd, a success. Yesterday the Colonial Secretary was interviewed, and he revoked the former determination not to carry contributions free by rail. There will be Pon,h and Judy shows, fortune-telling. May-pole dance*, etc., a costume cricket match and masked fancy dress ball.

Methven New Year’s Day Sports.— At a meeting of the residents of Methven and the adjacent locality, which was held at the Methven Hotel on November 6th, of which Mr R. Patton was appointed chairman, a resolution was unanimously carried —“That the annual sports and races be held at Methven on New Year’s day.” An influential committee was elected to carry out the arrangements in connection with this popular yearly gathering.

A Ruffianly Assault. — While walking down Madras street, Christchurch, on Monday, a man named Laurenson, who was in company with a young woman at the time, was set upon and savagely assaulted by two young men. It is gratifying to learn that one of the assailants has fallen into the hands of the police. A young man named James Patrick, who Has been indentified as one of the perpetrators of the outrage, was arrested yesterday in the nei.;hborhood of Bingsland.

An Old Acquaintance. —At the Christchurch Magistrate’s Court yesterday, James Keafe, alias James Kedge, alias “ Cockney Bill,” was accused of stealing a watch and chain, value L 9 17s 6d, from the person of Edward Muller. Inspector Pender stated that the accused had been arrested some time ago on the aroe char e, but the police had t lien been unable to find the prosecutor, and he was discharged. Now the police had ascertained that the prosecutor lived in Reefton, and accused had been arrested again upon a fresh warrant, and sent up from Ashburton. The Inspector wished for a remand, to enable Muller to be brought from Reefton. Remanded to November 15.

Insurance. —The agencies for insurance companies are multiplying in Ashburton with marvellous rapidity, and business people, with other owners of house property, have abundant means for securing themselves against heavy loss by fire. In addition to the many other companies brought under notice recently, and whose claims for patronage have been from time to time set"forth, the Australian Mercantile Insurance Company announce in this issue the opening of a branch in Ashburton, Messrs Orr and Co. being the agents. The list of directors and shareholders of this new candidate for public favor is a most influential one, and the promoters of the Company boast of having est iblished it without having incurred any of the usual pieliminary expenses, such as brokerage, etc. The New Plymouth Murder. —The Supreme Court, New Plymouth, was occupied the whole of yesterday with the trial of Antonio Schnell, charged with having murdered Matthew Knolls at Stratford. Mr Govett appeared as amicus curiae for the prisoner, who, when called upon to plead, said, “I have murde ed him, but it was the fault of a dream.” This was taken as a plea of “ Not guilty,” and the trial was then proceeded with. The medical evidence of Dr Boor, of Nelson, was to the effect that the man was of sound mind during the time he was in the Nelson Asylum. The jury retired at five o’clock to consider their verdict and returned to Court at seven o’clock with a verdict of “Guilty.” The judge, in passing the sentence of death, said he agreed with the verdict in point of law, but in his own mind he had doubts about the prisoner’s sanity at the time prisoner did the deed. He should represent these doubts in the proper quarter. Fiji Items. —The s.s. Hero, just arrived from Fiji at Auckland, brings news that the Fijians have finished a house in Levuka intended as a meeting place for the chiefs in the principal councils assembled. Adelaide House, Levuka, the property of Mr Win. Mordue, has been destroyed by fire. It was insured in the New Zealand office for L3O. The latest news to hand from Taimari is to the effect that though every possible research and inquiry has been made, the authorities have obtained no clue respecting the unfortunate Coolie found murdered there some weeks back, nor has anything transpired to strengthen the suspicion which existed that the perpetrator was one of his own race. The Fijian mission of H.M.S. Diamond is reported to be to convoy his Excellency the Governor 1 ound some of the Islands in the Western Pacific, in order to enquire into and report upon matters connected with the jurisdiction of the High Commission. An advertisement which appeared in the Suva Times, offering for sale the residence of Sir John Gorrie, with entry on December Ist, confirms the telegraphic announcement that his lordship was offered a similar office in the Leeward Islands, which apparently he also concluded to accept.

Drowned. —Mr Arthur R. Pearson was drowned at the Heads, Wangaroa Harbor, while attempting to cross it. The bod*v was recovered and taken to Raglan, M Killed by a Fall of Earth. —A mans named James Farrell was killed throuMi a fall of earth while working in, d,tgrayHg pit at Winton, near day. - 1 ' v The Circus. —Woodyear and Ross’s Australian circus will give one performance at Ashburton on the evening of Monday next. An announcement respecting the big show will be found else-,, where.

A Little Unfortunate. —An inquest was held yesterday, at Oaraaru, on the body of the illegitimate child of a domestic servant. The child had died suddenly. The medical evidence was that death was the result of congestion of die lungs, and a verdict was returned in accordance therewith. An Oamaru Branch. —The New Zealand Shipping Company have established a branch of their business in Oamaru, and intend during the present season to despatch two ships from Oamaru for Homo with wool. The company also intend to load up grain ships for Home during the coming season.

The Magistrate and the Foreigner. —Tn the Wellington R.M. Court yesterday, an Italian unable to speak English, was defendant. The Magistrate, Mr Hardcastle, refused to allow counsel to enter a plea for him. Mr Shaw, counsel for the defendant, suggested it was the duty of the Court to find an interpreter, but the Magistrate said if litigants were unable to speak English they must find a linguist to interpret. Dunedin Tramways. —The prospectus of the company to take over the Dunedin tramways from Mr Proudfoot is advertised. The capital is LIOO,OOO, in LI shares, of which it is proposed to call up only about one-third. The directory is a large and influential one. It is shewn that the receipts of the tramway for 1880 were L 18,150; for 1881, L 22,757; and for five months of current year, L 9,998. The net profits for the twenty-one months ended May 31st last are stated to have been L 10,933, equal to L 6,282, a year.

Memoranda. —Messrs Tucker, Rested and Co., have just received from Christchurch a machine for bending galvanised iron for roofing and other purposes. This will be found a convenience to builders, wo have hitherto had to send their iron to Christchurch to be bent.—Attention is directed to Messrs Poyntz and Co’s announcement re Walter A. Wood’s twine reaper and binder.—Mr Cyril Jephson, of Tinwald, has an announcement re clearing sale of timber in another column.—The Mount Somers Road Board invite applications for clerk, and also for poundkeeper.

Sermons for Artizans. —The Rev. C. J. Byng, of St. Matthew’s Epscopalian Church, Dunedin, last nighr,, delivered the first of a series of week night services to the manufacturing classes. He began with foundry hands and had a capital audience, principally composed of that class. He explained that he meant this as an attempt to teach the non-church-going class without any attendant excitement, such as characterises the salvation army movement, and that he had no wish to. prosely tise. He gave a lengthy evangelical address, and maintained the interest of his hearers throughout.

Seeding Bottled Beer without a License.—At the Dunedin Police Court yesterday H. C. Bennett was fined for selling bottled beer without a license. He explained that be bottled for a firm of brewers, and was under the impression that a license taken out by the firm allowed him, as agent, to make sales by the bottle. His Worship expressed his opinion that it was a gross case, as so much profit had been made of it. He had to decide whether it was a case of gross impudence or of gross ignorance, and would give the accused the benefit of the doubt. A fine of LlO would be imposed, with costs 7s, in default fourteen days’ imprisonment.

Longbeach School Committee.—A meeting of the Longbeach School Committee was held in the main school, Longbeach on Monday, Nov. 6th. Present —Messrs Croy, Norrish, T..ylor, and Rundle, Mr Taylor being voted to the chair. The Master’s report for the Main School for September showed that there were on the roll 60 children, and that the average daily attendance was 48 ; while the highest record for one diy was 55, and the lowest 34. Some few children are irregular in attendance at this school. The Master for the Side School reported a greater number of children than have attended since the school was opened. The number on the roll is 42. Highest attendance, 41 ; lowest, 10; average, 31'9. The reports were thought to be satisfactory. Several accounts were passed for payment, and after some fur the: routine business the Committee adjourned.

Wesleyan. —At a committee meeting of the Wesleyan Sunday school held last night, it was reported that, after paying all charges and expenses connected wifh the recent ann versary, a balance of Ll 5 would be available. It was resolved to purchase a quantity of new books for the library, and a sub-committee was appointed to select suitable works. Steps will probably be taken ere long to associate the school with the Wesleyan Sunday School Union in London, and a recommendation to the teachers on this matter will be discussed at their next meeting. The officers nominated by the teachers, already published in The Guakdian, f>r current year were approve i of by the committee, two teachers were received into full connexion, and Mr C. Dixon was re-elected secretary of the committee. An animated conversation took place on the question of a new Sunday school. It was not deemed expedient to take immediate action on this matter, and after passing a resolution expressive of thanks to those who had given practical aid at the late tea meeting the committee adjourned. Struck Oil.— The following interesting story of how fortunes are lost and won is told by an American paper. It appears that when the petroleum excitement became rampant, a citizen of Pittsburg went to Titusville without any money, and after a few weeks fell in with a prosperous speculator and “ struck oil,” making 400,000d01s to 500,000d01s a year. He increased this sum to 1,000,000d015, and was urged by his friends to retire from, the oil region with the wages of his luck. This he refused to do, and before another twelvemonth he had lost it all but a few thousand dollars. Then he returned to Pittsburg, and went to work in a legitimate way. But the fever of speculation attacked him once more, and he betook himself a second time to Oil Creek. After various shifts and adventures, fortune revisited him, and he was able to count his million. Trying to double this—he had fixed his fortune at 2,000,000duls —he was again financially wrecked. This time he was so poor that he stayed among the wells and was forced to earn a livelihood as a day laborer. New opportunities opened to him, and a third time he got very rich. Reckless speculation once more brought him low, and he left, for California, hoping to improve his prospects there. The fascination of petroleum drew him back. He made a fourth fortune and lost it; and finally a fifth, with the same result. Within a few months the fickle goddess has smiled for a sixth time, and he has invested all his money Government bonds—well-nigh 1,700,000 dols. —and foresworn speculation. He sold all his oil before the recent tumul to prices, and says ho has learned wisdom by experience.

''ifaiNCß Or, Birthday.— lolijuMrow of Wales’ Birfch- <(||, there will be no u&ue of this journal. 4b||bination'^^ipaay’will perform at the Toiim Pall in-Jud Library funds. Tls4 Aahburton Excelsior brass ba.i.'. have .their assistance. A crowded hoflsets' Anticipated.

Cricket. —A match will be played on the -Domain’ ground "t6 : ®dWow between the Ashburton Cricket Club second eleven and'the Borough Cricket 'Club. The following will play -for- the^AvCbG.;—S. Saundprs, Rogg fJ , Buchanan, Gundry, Fooks (2), Fish, Nelson, Rich,-White, Zouch. Emergencies—Hill, Fleiping, Wroughton. B.C.C. :—Andrewes 1 (3), Johnston, Deo, Andrews, Amos, Davis, Groves, Marsh, Davidson. Emergency— Stephens. Play to commence at 1 o’clock sharp.

Temperance Meeting. The usual monthly meeting of the Wesleyan Temperance Society will be held to-night in the Cameron street church. The proceedings are open to the public, and an attractive programme has, we understand, been prepared. A paper entitled “The wines of the Bible ” will be read by Mr J. E. Buchanan, to be followed by a discussion on the subject. The Band of Hope connected with the above society will also hold its monthly meeting to-night, commencing at 6.30 o’clock.

Australian Items. —At the opening of the new cattle yards at Brisbane the other day it was stated that during the last four months Sydney had been depending upon Queensland for its meat supply.—From Victoria comes the news that the Assembly has voted a quarter of a million for immigration, and also L 70,000 for defences, including two gunboats, having one 25-ton gun, two thirteen pounders, and one Nordenfeldt gun.—Proceedings have been instituted against Jeremiah Bolan, a well known Melbourne sweep promoter. Four detectives attended the drawing and seized the whole of the paraphernalia.

Ashburton Fire Brigade. — The ordinarymonthlymeeting of the Ashburton Volunteer Fire Brigade was held last night at the Borough Council Chambers, Captain J. 0. Dolman in the chair.. • There was a fair attendance of members. After the usnal routine business was gone through, Mr A. Harrison, one of the bon. members, also chairman of the Fire Brigade Committee, rose and addressed the meeting on the object that brought him there, which object yras the presentation of books, given' ' ! by the Brigade to each of the committee who rev sad and arranged the rules and by-laws of the Brigade. After some appropriate remarks, Mr A. Harrison presented the first two books to Lieutenant W. E. Dolman, the second to Secretary E. Higgins, the third to Branchman G., -Millar. The recipient? then rose arid thanked the Brigade in suitable terms, after which a vote of.-thanks was passed to Mr Harrison for his attendance and the. kind remark? ha made in reference to the occasion. Mr Harrison thanked them for the vote, and said he would "always assist thern as far as he was able. The roll was then called and the meeting adjourned. Holloway’s Pi lls. —Health pr, Wealth. No sane person would hesitate an instant in the choice between these two conditions. Now is the season to secure the former either by restoring or confirming it. These Pills expel all impurities from the system which fogs, foul vapours, and variable temperatures engender during winter ; this medicine also acts most wholesomely upon the skin by disgorging the liver of its accumulated bile, and by exciting the kidneys to more energetic a :tion ;it increases the appetite for food and strengthens the digestive process. The stcliriach and liver, which most disorders originate, are fully under the control of these regenerative Pills, which act very kindly yet most efficiently on the tenderest bowels.—[AdvL] . r ■-i

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 788, 8 November 1882

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