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The Ashburton Grardian Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1882.

The Contest fai the Peninsula,

1 Vital Statistics.— The vital statistics for the month of November are as follows: —Births, 25 ; deaths, nil ; marriages, 1. Ei. M. Court. — The usual regular weekly sitting of the Court was held to-day. fortunately the business was light. We say fortunately, because a long delay ensued in getting to work. Mr Beswick, R. M., has obtained six weeks’ leave of absence, owing to ill-health, and there was a good deal of difficulty experienced by the p lice in getting two J. P.’s to sit. About three quarters of an hour after the usual time, 10 o’clock, the Mayor and Mr Thomas Bullock made their appearance. Really the want of a Resident Magistrate hero is becoming a very serious matter, and we shall never get justice done to the place until the residents take the question in hand. Masonic Installation. —List evening the annual installation of officers of the Thistle Lodge, No. 627. S.C, took place at the Masonic Hall. There was a large attendance of brethren, including a number of visitors from the sister Lodges in Ashburton. The R.W. Installing Master the Rev. Bro. J. Hill, of Lyttelton, officiated and installed the various officers in a very impressive manner. The following are the names of the officers for the ensuing year:—R. W. M., Bro. McFarlane; D.W.M., Bro. Bland; Sub W.M., G. Gaukrodger ; S. VY., 0. Reed J. W,, J. Tait ; Treasurer, T, Smith ; Secretary, W. Sparrow; S D., W. White; J.D., T. Williams; 1.G., R. Powrie ; Tyler, R. Cullen ; Organist, W. Townshend ; M. C., G. Lea ; Stewards, Bros. G. Shand and T. Hicks. At the conclusion of the ceremony the Rev. Bro. Hill presented, on behalf of the Lodge, a very handsome gold P. M. jewel to Bro. S. Nelson. A Secretary’s gold jewel was also presented to Bro. G. Gaukrodger, who has acted in the capacity of Secretary to the Lodge for the past 2 % years. In making the presentations Bro. Hill alluded to the ploa- ' sure it gave him to do so, and said it was the first time that he had been called upon to make two presentations of jewels on one evening. He was sure that the good feeling which existed amongst the brethren of the Lodge was shown by the way in which they had appreciated the efforts of Master and Secretary. Both brethren suitably replied. The inscription on the reverse side of the jewels were to the effect that they had been presented for services rendered and as marks of esteem by the members of the Thistle Lodge. As specimens of local industry the jewels give every credit to our local tradesman, Mr Murray, for his really fine handiwork. The brethren then adjourned to a very sumptuous banquet provided by the members of the Thistle Lodge. After the toast of “ The Queen and the Craft,” the various fraternal toasts were proposed and honored. Some capital songs were sung, and altogether a very enjoyable evening was spent

Matrimony. —Marriage or “courting” by advertisement appears to be becoming the fashion in Ashburton. In: our advertising columns “Oupid” invi es correspondence from young lad es. The Auckland Cricketers. The Auckland team arrived from Tiraaru this morning by the 10 40 train, and play was commenced a little after 11 o’clock. A report of the match appears elsewhere. Library Committee. The usual monthly meeting «f this Committee takes place this evening at Mr Ward’s office. Members are particularly requested to attend, as important business is to be tiansacted.

Memoranda. —Attention is directed to Mr W. T. Davison’s announcement respecting his choice and varied stock of summer fruits and vegetables.—Mr R. Alcorn has an announcement in our advertising columns.

Baptist. —Services in connection with the Baptist denomination are announced to be held at the Templar Hall on Sunday next, when the Rev. 0. Spencer, president of the Baptist Association will preach morning and evening. The Prisoner Lo' ghurst, —A second application was made on Wednesday to the Minister of Justice by Mr Edward Shaw, counsel for the prisoner Longhurst, for a remission of the remaining portion of his client’s sentence The request will be considered by the Cabinet at an early date.

A Young Wretch. —A most heartless act was performed by a boy at Oamaru the other day (says the Oamaru Mail). Ho tied the legs of a dog, and placed the animat in such a position on the line near the Thames street crossing that its legs would be cut off by a passing train. The plan succeeded. The police destroyed the animal, and are now in search of the inhuman rascal.

“How’s That, Umpire?” —The president of the Ashburton Athletic Sports Ground Company was a pointed to act as umpire at to-day’s cricket match, Auckland v. Ashburton, but he found, on getting to the ground, that he was not wanted, a certain new-paper man hailing from the Cathedral City ursurping the umpire’s seat, and refusing to budge from it in favor of anybody. Perplexed Volunteers. Considerable su’prise is espressedamongstthe Wellington volnnteersat the terms of the Order in Council which declares that the new regulations are now in force. A departmental circular has been issued stating that they come into operation on the Ist January, but the Order in Council is precise, and the volunteers seem uncertain what to do.

It will be seen from a telegram in another column that Mr Robert Stout has decided to contest the Peninsula seat in the Hou e of Representatives, rendered vacant by the fatal i ccidont to the lale member (Mr Seaton) The advent of the ex-Attorney-General makes in n 1 four aspirants for the honor, the other candidates being Messrs Donnelly (a wellknown newspaper man), Larnach (for some time Colonial Treasurer in the GreyMacandrew Government), and Cutten. Sporting. —Ater wj went to press yesterday the Spring Handicap was run off at the Wellington R.O. spring meeting, and resulted in a victory for The Poet, Hippodamia second, and Diosma third. The Consolation Race was won by Hippodamia, with Bst 91b up, Kakapo (7st) and Nikau (6st ,71b) second and third respective’y. At the Dunedin J.O. spring meeting, after wo went to press, Turquoise, carrying 7st Blb, won the St Andrews Handicap, Lady Emma (Bst 51b) second, and Adamant (6st 121 b) third. The second day of the meeting is to-mor-row.

Crown Lands. —The Min'ster of Lands has had a return prepared of the lands in Otago surveyed and made ready to be placed in the market before the close of the current year. The return is just completed. It shows the following surveys already finished : 102,900 acres, viz :—Vincent County, 11,600 acres ; Maniatoto, 13,000 acres ; Waikouaiti, 13,300 acres ; Taieri, 47,000 acres ; Southland, 18,000 acres. (2) Agricultural, 47,450 acres, viz, : —Vincent County, 29,160 acres ; Maniatoto, 8,274 acres ; Taieri, 10,016. The following surveys are to be completed by 31st December, 1882 :—Maniatoto County, 6,080 acres : Waikouaiti, 3,000 acres ; Taieri, 7,000 acres. Total, 16,000 acres, all agricultural. Besides the above, rim 224, containing 22,000 acres, will be subdivided into 12 runs which work is expected to be finished by the. 3lst of December. Elgin.—A concert took place at Elgin on Wednesday evening last in aid of the Library funds. The entertainment came off in the schoolhouse and attracted a

large audience, including a good many visitors from Ashburton, Amongst the vocalists were the Misses Gates (2), Miss Sinclair, Mesdames Craighead and Dunn, and Messrs H. Gates, Dunn, Craigheod, and Alfred Harrison. Miss G<tes also played several piano -forte selections. Mr King, the schoolmaster, presided, and gave a recitation in the course of the evening, which was very well received. The choir (the performers being Ashburtonians) rendered two part songs very nicely. The various pet burners were loudly applauded, and encores were the order of the evening. Mr Trevurza proposed a vote f thanks to the ladies a d gentlemen who had assisted, and this was carried with acclamation. Thus terminated a very agr cable evening. Fatal Accident to an Excursionist. A melancholy and fatal accident oc curred at the Maori Kaik, near Dunedin, yesterday, by which one of the passengers of the s'earaor Plucky, which had gone there on an excursion trip, was killed. His name was Salmon, m-nager of a brushware factory in Cumberland street, Dunedin. The deceased formed one of a picnic party who went down in the Plu.cky. On arrival, six of the party went to the hill, about 300 yards from the landing place,'and sac down under the shelter of its bush. The soil there is very crumbly. Two horses above were grazing, and it is supposed that one of them shifted a boulder which came tumbling down. A lady who was seated with Salmon called his attention to the danger, but bad scarcely uttered the words when the stone struck him on the head with such force as to impel him fully fifteen feet down the hill, and ho expired five minutes afterwards. The deceased was 23 yea-s old, and unmarried.

Buggy Accidents. —The vicinity of Wheatstone was the scene of two buggy disasters this week, but neither, fortunately, were attended with serious results. On Wednesday evening as a buggy was being driven into town from Longbeaeh, the horse attached took it into its bead to “ strike for home,” and he contrived to free himself from the b-idy of the vehicle, and with the shafts at his heels made the best of his way to his stable in Ashburton, leaving the occupants of the trap to find their way home as best they could. Toe second mishap occurred on the following morning, Mr Walker, drill instructor, being the victim on this occasion. Mr Walker, accompanied by a lady, was proceeding en route to the Longbeach school, when the animal ho was driving suddenly became restive, but the driver succeeded in bringing the frisky gentleman to a fence, where the occupants of the vehicle were thrown from their seats, but, ns wo have said, without injury. Very little damage was done to the buggy or runaway, and Mr Walker proceeded on his mission in a trap provided by Mr McConnell, of Wheatstone.

The Aucklanders at Timaru. —The match Auckland v. Timaru resulted in a win for the northerners by six wickets. Personal. —We regret to learn that Mr Arthur, station master hero, is laid up with a sudden attack of illness, and a substitute came down from Christchurch today to take the invalid’s place during his absence from duty. We trust Mr Arthur will shortly be about again as usual. Trout.— -Wo have been shown two large trout, one weighing Gibs and the othe over 51b, caught by Mr Shury in the south branch of the Ashburton river, near Westerfield last night. So those who are fond of fishing could spend a pleasant holiday before the season is over if so inclined. The river bi 's to be famous for trout. New Zealand Diamonds. The Committee of the C.-.istchurch Industrial Association last night passed a resolution to request the Government to grant a bonus for the discovery of a payable diamond field in New Zealand. During the discussion on the resolution several members mentioned the fact that diamonds and other precious stones had been found in the Malvern and | West Coast districts. Concert. —A concert in aid of the Presbyterian Sunday school took place last evening at the Templar Hall. The Rev. Mr Beattie p esided. There was a capital attendance, the hall being comfortably filled. Mesdamea Craighead and Wood, the Misses Wood (2), Kidd, Orr, Polhill, and Messrs Craighead, Weeks, contributing songs, and Mf Fergusson playing a violin solo. Several ladies performed pianoforte selections, and Mr Weeks gave some operatic selec'ions on an Atnetican organ. The entertainment was a great success, apd encores were frequent. The Late Jamis Lillywhitb.—"dr James Lillywhite, the well-known cricketer who has just passed away, visited the colonies as one of the English team under the captaincy of Mr W, G. Grace, in 1873. In 1876 he brought out a team of which ho was captain, and subsequently again visited the colonies in connection with Shaw’s team in 1881. During his last visit he was suffering from general debility, and it was thought the homeward voyage would again bring him up to his old form. This surmise, however, proved incorrect, as since his return to England his health has been gradually growing worse, until in the end the well-known author of the “ Cricketer’s Annual ” and one of England’s best all-round players has passed away. He was born at West’ hampnett, Sussex, on February 23, 1842, and was cor.sid red a fine left-hand bowler of round medium pace, and s - capital bat, Holloway s Ointment and Pills.— Diseases of the Bowels.—A remedy, which has been tested and proved in a thousand different ways, capable of eradicting poisonous taints from ulcers and healing them up, merits a trial of its capacity for extracting the internal corruptions from the bowels. On rubbing Holloway’s Ointment repeatedly on the abdomen a rash appears, and as it thickens the alvine irritability subsides. Acting as a derivative, this unguent draws to the surface, releases the tender intestines from all acrid matters, and prevents inflammation, dysentery, and piles, for which b'istering was the oldfashioned, though successful treatment, now from its painfulness fallen into disuse, the discovery of this Ointment having proclaimed a remedy possessing equally derivative, yet. perfectly painless powers.—[Advt]

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The Ashburton Grardian Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1882., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 807, 1 December 1882

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