The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1882.
Escape of a Lunatic. —A man named Thor, an American, ag d 28, eacaped from the Sunnyslde Asylum yesterday, and when last seen was making his way to Timaru. He is said to be quite harmless. He was formerly a diver at Lyttelton.
The Crops. —The recent warm weather has brought on the crops unusually fast. Towards Seafield some very fine crops of oats are to be seen. On Mr Megson’s farm a fine field of oats, containing about 30 acres, is out in ear, and the straw is fully 3ft Gin long, and altogether a rery heavy crop is expected.
Cheap Excursion to Dunedin. —Our readers are reminded that a cheap excursion leaves Ashburton for Dunedin tonight at 10.40 p.m., arriving at Dunedin at 8 'a.m. to-morrow morning. A return special night train will leave Dunedin on Dec. 2nd at 8 p.m., arriving here at 5 a.m. on the following day. A Crab Race. —The Pall Mall Budget says :—There seems no end to the inventive faculty of our neighbors over the water. A few days ago we chronicled a novel form of betting on oysters. The latest development of le sport, which serves both to fill the columns of our seriouscnntemporary, the Journal des Dehats, and the vacant hours of its less serious readers, who are making holiday on the coasts of Normandy in crab-racing. The ‘‘interesting crustaceans” are weighed and handicapped. They are then placed in line. Each “ sportsman ” lays his first finger on the back of the crab which carries his colors ; the starter waves his handkerchief for a flag ; the backers lift their fingers and let their crabs go, and impelled by instinct (a Frenchman must be scientific even in his sporting descriptions) the crabs race zigzagging to the sea. The sport has become so developed that the length of the course has been definitely fixed at twenty metres. For those who must have something to hef upon crabs have the advantage over rain-drops on a window pand for racing purposes, that they cannot defeat their backers by running into one another, and crab-racing has the advantage over coursing that it is not attended with pain to any animal. Lecture. —The Yen Archdeacon Harper (of Timaru) lectured last evening at the Town Hall on the .approaching transit of Yenus. The hall was comfortably filled. The interval between the taking of seats and the Archdeacon’s appearance was agreeably filled up by some vocal and instrumental selections. Miss Gates and Miss Permain played a pianoforte duett very pleasingly, and the choir of St Stephen’s rendered a part-song in excellent style, and Mr H. Gates sang a song entitled “The Silver Cup.” The Archdeacon now appeared and assisted by a number of carefully prepared diagrams of his own making managed to invest a rather dry subject with a good deal of interest. The lecturer pointed out the great scientific importance of the transit of Venus—or, in other words, the passage of that planet across the sun—and the interest with which the operation was watched, when it occurred, by the whole civilised world. Such a lecture was a fitting preparation for the transit which takes place next Thursday week. The lecturer was applauded at the close of his remarks, and was accorded a vote of thanks by all present. The choir having rendered another part song, the singing of the National Anthem brought the proceedings to a close.
St. Andrews’ Day.—'Jjdvieorrow being a bank holiday, the respective banks in Ashburton will be closed, ’ -’i „ '; '
County ‘Council. —-Mr W, 6. Walker was re-elected Chairman at to-day’s meeting of the Council, and was also voted an honotarium of LIOO for his past services. Presbyterian " Sunday School.—A musical entertainment in aid of the school funds is announced for Thursday, 30th inst., at 7 p.m., at the Templar Hall.
An Absconder. John Johnstone, another Timaru defaulter, was brought home last evening in custody from Gisborne for obtaining money under false pretences. Timaru is gaining quite a notoriety for runaway debtors. Tus Agent-Comet Match. We, amongst other papers, appear to have been premature in reporting the match between Comet and The Agent off, as although both owners have agreed to that course, a third gentleman interested is not yet a consenting party. Presentation. —‘ A handsome testimonial has been presented to Mr Phillips, the chief gaoler at Lyttelton, by his fellow officers, on the occasion of his leaving, to take charge of the Dunedin Gaol. Mrs Phillips was also the recipient of a necklet and bracelet, as a memento. The Steel Dust Case.—The stewards of the Racing Club met a Quill’s Hotel last evening to enquire into the running of Steel Dust in the Selling Hack Race. Having taken a quantity of evidence, the enquiry was adjourned for the attendance of the owner of the horse—Mr J. Thompson.
Otago Book Society.—Mr McDonald, agent for the above Society, notifies elsewhere that he has a choice collection of Boy’s Own and Girl’s Own Annuals, besides a large quantity of other books, amounting in all to some thousands, and weighing upwards of 20cwt. Mr McDonald leaves on the sth Dec., so no time should be lost in making purchases. Half-Holiday.—ln compliance with a numerously-signed requisition (which appears in another column) his Worship the Mayor has proclaimed Friday next a holiday from noon, on which date the cricket match, Auckland Eleven v. Ashburton Fifteen, will be played, on the Domain ground, and no doubt, should the present favorable weather continue, a goodly number will avail themselves of the opportunity thus afforded of 1 witnessing the prowess of the knights of the willow from the northern capital. Ashburton Racing Club.—The committee of the A.R.C. met at the Club’s room last night. Present—Messrs R. Friedlander (in the chair), M. Friedlander, Quill, Fooks, E. Saunders, W. Saunders, Crawley, Drs Roas and Leahy. ,An interim, statement of accounts was submitted by the Treasurer, showing the finances of the Club to be in a highly satisfactory position. A letter was read from Mr Wilkie, thn consideration of which was deferred until next meet’ng It was determined to hold the general halfyearly meeting of the Club on Tuesday, Dec. sth. The meeting then adjourned.
The Famous War Correspondent.— Archibald Forbes has now arrived in New Zealand, and gave his first lecture last night in Invercargill. He was most enthusiastically received. The Scotchmen give him an ovation to-morrow, St Andrew’s day, and this characteristic welcome we feel sure will be appreciated by the famous visitor. Arrangements are being made in Timaru by an influential committee to get Mr Forbes to lecture in that town, but it is not certain whether he can do so. We suppose that the Ashburton people will have to bo satisfied with a glimpse of the famous war correspondent as he passes through by rail, as nothing has been done yet to persuade him to stop and favor us with a lecture. Electricity v. Burglars. —The Gl isgoiv Herald draws attention to a new use of electricity. Mr W. H. Akester, F.S.A., electrician to the Universal Electric Company, Glasgow, has been much annoyed for some months past by attempts to break into his residence at Balvaird, Rutherglan, near Glasgow. He had complained repeatedly to the police authorities of the ancient burgh, but they seemed helpless to defect the offenders. He eventually devised a plan of adapting electric beds so as to warn himself of the approach of burglars, and it has proved at once effective and inexpensive. Late one night, after the family had gone to bed, a couple of burglars opened the gate. Mr Akester instantly became aware ot their approach, and before long they took to thei heels and decamped. Mr Akester has had no further annoyance from them since. It is obvious that the application of electricity in the direction indicated above may be greatly extended.
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