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Tenders. —Mr M. Friedlander invites tenders for cutting, stocking, and stacking.

1.0.G.T.—A notice regarding the Star of the East Lodge, 1.0. G,T., appears in another column.

Outward Mails. —Mails for Honolulu, America, and the United Kingdom, per Australia will close at Auckland on Tuesday next at 1 p. m.

Land Sales. —Mr Thomas Bullock announces in our advertising columns a large quantity of land for sale by auction on Saturday, December 16th, comprising some very choice lots.

The Fatal Fall From a Train.— The inquest on the girl Eliza Smith, who fell off the railway carriage near Balclutha the other day, showed that death resulted from an accident, and no blame is attached to the railway officials. Unclaimed Letters. —The following is a list of letters received at the local Post Office from places beyond the colony during the month of October, and remaining unclaimed Ist December ; Adams, George ; Bowick, David ; Manning, Miss Ellen ; Moynihan, Maurice ; Sergeant, William. . L. O.L.—A grand concert and ball are announced under the auspices of the above Lodge, for Boxing night, at the Town Hall. Boxing day being a general holiday and the townspeople usually enjoying themselves at the Christman season, we have no doubt that the concert and ball will be largely patronised. Ashburton Riflus. A squad proceeded to the butts at five o’.: 10k this morning for rifle practice, but the scores made were not high. We understand another squad goes out early on Monday morning If our local men hope to pull off any of the district prizes on the 19th, it will be necessary xor them to practise steadily during the next week or two.

Southern Provinces Almanac. —We have to acknowledge the receipt from the office of the Lyttelton Times of a copy of the Southern Provinces Almanac for 1883. The thirtieth issue of this popular annual it may at once be said is fully equal (if not indeed superior in some respects) to any of its predecessors. It is well-printed, attractively got up, and comprises, in addition to the calendar, information on all sorts of subjects—the index ranging from A to W.

The Crops. —MrMegson, of Newlands, has brought to our office this morning tvvo samples of his oat crop of this season. In a paddock containing 35 acres, the average length of the straw is 4ft 7in. It is a beautifully even crop, and will average between fifty and sixty bushels to the acre. In another paddock containing sixty acres a crop of the same cereal is 4ft high and also very oven. These results arc very different from last season, when the cereal crops averaged a little over 24in on the same land.

Suspicious Fires —A telegram from Wellington states that suspi ions circumstances have transpired in connection with the recent burning of the Cheltenham saw mills. The New Zealand Insurance Company offers a reward of LSO for the conviction of the perpetrator of the crime. A detective has gone to the scene of the fire to make enquiries into the matter.— At Balclutha yesterday George Fraser was charged with arson in connection with the mysterious burning of his store at Pnera. He was admitted to bail, himself in L3OO, and two sureties of Ll5O each. How They Made it Up. —At the Balclufcha Police Court on Wednesday a young man named M‘Neill was charged by a Miss Churnside with having shot at her with intent to kill. It was expected that the evidence taken would have revealed some interesting features, but the case was withdrawn without any evidence being taken at all, and, what was better, the parties, acting under their counsels’ advice, adjourned to the nearest registrar’s office, and were made man and wife before they were twenty minutes out of the Court.

Ashburton Cheese Factory. —The Ashburton Cheese Factory has now been in operation for a month, during which time, our readers will feel interested to learn, 12,3401bs of excellent cheese has been made—a pretty' fair return for osao ly 32 clays’ work The farmers appear to be awakening to the great advantages which the Factory holds outto them, for the supply of milk has been gradually increasing lately, until now (DO gallons are now every day delivered at the Factory. Cheques to the amount of L 221 have been paid away to the suppliers of this milk, and in several instances cows have yielded to their owners L2 per head each per mouth. We are informed that the cost of producing the cheese, including the price paid for the milk, is now a little short of 4|d per lb, and if the milk supply was increased to 1,000 gallons per day the cost of production would be only 4id per lb. These are very encouraging facts, and sufficient to convince the most sceptical (if there are any sceptics) that the Factory must prove beneficial in the highest degree, not only to the promoters but to the farmers, and indirectly to the community at large.

Absconders and Detectives. --In consequence of the recent frequency of cases of .absconding by the San Francisco mail steamers from Auckland, the Government have decided to send to Auckland a detective from each of the priuoipd cities, in order tha. they may attend the departure of each San Francisco boat, and keep a careful surveillance, while it is presumed that, being acquainted with the personal appearance of most persons at their present stations, they would bo able promptly to recognise any defaulter, or debtor or criminal attempting to bolt. It has been pretty well ascertained that one or two recent absconders might easily have been stopped at Auckland had there been available anybody who could have definitely recognised them so as to be able to depose to their identity. It is to be hoped, by having one Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin detective to watch each boat an efficient check may be imposed, while also the knowledge that the mail steamers will be under such strict surveillance may act as deterrent to would-be absconders. The detectives removed from Dunedin, Wellington, and Christchurch will be replaced by members of the force at present in Auckland.

The Canterbury'and Otago Almanac. —Wo have received from'the publishers, the Timaru Herald Co., a copy of their almanac for 1883. The general get up of the almanac is of its usual excellence, and it contains a large amount of information valuable to all classes of the community. The moderate price at which it is sold will command for it a very large circulation, and should thus prove very beneficial to advertisers.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 808, 2 December 1882

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