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Mount Somgrs Road Disxtxct.— The Mount Somers Road Board notify the proposed closing of a road in their district, and a public meeting to consider such closing. To be Divided. —After deducting the expenses of the late prosecutions for illicit distillation at Wellington, one half of the fines inflicted (L 400) will be divided among those who were instrumental in obtaining a conviction.

Caledonian Sports Privileges.— Mr T. Bullock has been instructed by the Caledonian Society to dispose on Saturday next, at the Bazaar, Burnett street, of the privileges in connection with the Caledonian sports on Boxing day. Anniversary Day.— Elsewhere appear the names of about thirty of the leading business people of the town, who have agreed to close their premises on anniversary day, 16th inst. We trust that the movement will bo a general one, and that all shops and offices will be shut up on the day in question in honor of the anniversary of the founding of the Province. The Proposed Wakanui Cheese and Butter Factory. —To prevent any mis-' understandirg on the m itter we may mention that there is no connection between the Ashburton Cheese and Butter Fact .ry ’ and that, proposed for Wakanui. The Wakanuiites are entitied to every credit for their endeavor to found a factory of their own, and we trust their meeting on Tuesday night (at the local schoolhouse) will be as largely attended as it deserves.

Memoranda. —Messrs Matson, Cox and Co., notify clearing sale, under bill of sale, on 22ttd ihat.—Mr J. Humphries want 365 gallons milk delivered. Ashburton Rifles. —Two squads went to the butts for rifle practice this morning, but owing to a stiff breeze blowing across the range, the scores were very low. Private Williamson led the short range team with 38 points ; Corporal M'Donald being first in the other squad with 30 points.

Rabbit Prosecutions. Under the new Act the first convictions were obtained by the District Rabbit Inspector at Invercargill yesterday, and fines were imposed on several large landholders for failure to taka proper steps to keep down rabbits on their(properties. The prosecutions excited great interest.

Properties for Sale. —Attention is directed to Messrs Matson, Cox and Co.’s long list of properties for sale, which appears in our advertising oolumns. This enterprising firm also notify a sale of properties by auction, at their bazaar, on Saturday, 23rd inst., particulars of which will be duly advertised. Open Air Music. —The Ashburton Volunteer Band will play the following selections in Baring square this evening, from 7 to 8 o’clock : —March, “ The Lighthouse-keeper;” quadrille, “The Beehive ; ” varsovianna, “ The Merry-go-Uound ; ” selection, “Pirates of Penzance ; ” valse, “ The Rose of England ; ” march, “ The Statue ; ” “ God Save the Queen. ”

Sporting. —Welcome Jack, Turquoise, The Agent, Clarence, and Minerva were shipped yesterday by the s.s. Te Anau from Lyttelton for the Auckland Ra e Meeting. Two brood mares from Mr Stead’s stable were also shipped by the same steamer. —Fitz Hercules is improving for the Cup. His owner took 300 to ScTyesterday that he wins. He is quoted at 100 to 12. Sib William J ervois. —lt is understood that the new Governor, Sir William Jervois, at first contemplated coming by way of the Bluff, arriving about the 15th January, but it was considered more convenient that he should come direct to the seat of Government and be sworn in at once. Accordingly, he has arranged to travel from Sydney by the s.s. Wakatipu, and will possibly arrive at Wellington about the 18th prox. Acknowledgment. The season for Almanacs, like the big gooseberry season, is now comnmncing, and rival establishments are vieing with one another in the grotesqueness or elegance of the designs. One of the latter class, bearing the title of “ Accidents will happen,” descriptive of the misfortunes which sometimes happen to a lady’s ball dress, has been sent to us by Mr S. W. Alcorn. Our picture gallery will shortly bear inspection. A 1 r Bryce Accused of Eccentricity. —Referring to his late meeting with Mr Bryce, Tawhiao is reported to have s id in private—“ Ido not think any worse of Mr Bryce for his str .ightforward quaking, for he spoke as one man to another. The only thing I felt grieved about was his leaving us in the manner he did, for I think the least he could have done was to have shaken hands with one. Perhaps, however, this eccentricity is due to his European breeding.” Longhurst’s Case. —The case of George Longhurst has not yet been fully dealt with by the Cabinet, and it is considered indispensable that Ministers should be in possession of a complete record of the case in all its varied stages, and this has been in course of preparation since the Court of Appeal pronounced judgment. Copies of numerous documents, judgment notes, depositions, etc., are now almost ready, and when they are complete the poaa-W>H;-- ’ " '- 01..R;„ n f for final The Churches. —ln several of the Ashburton churches to-morrow the services will be more than usually attractive, and the various congregations will have the pleasure of listening to preachers of perhsps 'more than ordinary ability. Bishop Redwood will conduct the dedication ceremony at the opening services of the new Roman Catholic Church, as stated elsewhere, and will also deliver a sermon on the occasion. The Rey. J. S. Smalley will preach the anniversary sermons of the Wesleyan Church, .the Bev. T. Bray is announced to conduct the Baptist services, and Mrs Holder, a lady evangelist will preach at the Primitive Methodist Church. The Rev. John Nixon will occupy the pulpit of the Presbyterian Clmrcfi at Wakanui. Licensing Meeting at South Rakaia.

—The usual quarterly meeting was held in the R.M. Court on Thursday at noon. As only the Chairman, Mr Coster, and MrL. Mangham, put in an appearance, at that hour, the meeting was adjourned till 2.30 p. m. , when Mr C. N. Mackie arrived and made up a quorum. The police repor’ed favorably on all the licensed houses in the district. Accounts were passed for payment, and the Clerk was instructed to forward the same to the County Council. On the Clerk calling the attention of the Committee to the amended Licensing Act, 1882, it was resolved that in future the

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business connected with the houses, and the police were requested to send in their reports in time to give due notice to the members of any bu s i ness he may have to bring before them with regard to the conduet of licensed houses. The meeting then adjourned. Rough on thf. Reporter. About three weeks ago the Otago Daily Times repotted briefly a lecture given by the Rev. A, C. Gillies on “ The Inspiration of the Bible,” Yesterday a reporter of the Times (not he, however, who reported the lecture) received the following letter : —“ Sir—before beginning my lecture on ‘ The Inspiration of the Bible,’ I stated

that 1 wished it to bo distictly understood that neither the Times nor the Star is allowed to report me any more. Hut I have been told that some time after this you came in. Of course you were not aware of what had been said before you entered. Now, to prevent any possible misunderstanding in future, I wish to say to yourself that your presence is not desired in the North Dunedin Presbyterian Church so long as I am the minister of it. Only Christians and such sinners as are worth saving, or at least are c ipable of being saved, are welcomed there.—Respectfully, A. C. Gipuks.” The Times, in publishing the letter, suggests that Mr Gillies is suffering from acute mania, and needs looking after.

Interesting. A curious and interesting return has just been compiled by direction of the Government, showing the respective nationalities of nominited immigrants sent for during the past six months, and other instructive particulars. From the list it appears that in the last half-year 3,852 nominations were received . Of these 603 were of relations in the

nearest degree, that is to say, husbands nominating wives, or parents children, or rice versa. 3,021 were in the next degree of relationship, such as brothers, sisters and cousins. There were 182 more no-

minations of friends, and 45 were people sent for to supply some particular new trade about to bo started, for which no skilled labor could bo procured in the colony. Next, as to nationaliti s. Of the total, 3,852, no fewer than 1,519 were

Irish, but of these 904 were single women, chiefly coming out as domestic servants. There were 1,445 English, including 375 single women ; BC3 Scotch, including 224 single women ; and 65 foreign, 13 being spinsters. The total deposits received on account of these nominations in six months amounted to H 0,475. All those nominations have been duly forwarded to the Agent-General, and the people will be sent out as soon as possible.

New Advertisement. .—’Mr S. W. Alcorn’s new advertisement will appear on Monday. > Tenders. —MrT. B. Jackson, architect, invites tenders for building a house at Lowoliffo. Invercargill to Melbourne. — A line of sailing traders has just been established between Invercargill and Melbourne. Wakanui Library. — A meeting of per sons interested in the Wakanui Library is called for Tuesday, 19th instant, at the local schoolroom.

The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus. —The New Roman Catholic Church will he formally opened to-morrow, the ceremony of dedication being performed by Bishop Redwood, of Wellington, at 11 o’clock a. m. Mozart’s Twelfth Mass will be performed by a united choir, under the leadership of Mr Horace Gateo. The attendance is expected to be large.

Auckland v. Wellington. —The Aucklanders hid put 151 together yesterday for the loss of five wickets when the stumps were drawn for the day, the Wellington team having scored 94 for their first innings. The Aucklanders to-day finished their innings, which closed for 174. At the lunch adjournment the

Wellington men had lost two wickets for 43 in their second innings.

How They Allot the Time —There is a certain dry humor evinced in an announcement displayed by a well-known Christchurch firm of wholesale druggists. In a conspicuous corner near their office door appears the following:—‘'Office hours : Solicitors collecting church subscriptions, 10 to 1 ; advertising and book age its, and insurance men, Ito A. N.B. —We do our own business at night time.” Book agents and insurance men, and ladies with tea meeting tickets to sell ought to respect a firm who are consent to give up their entire day to others, and who “ do their own business at night.”

Ashburton Woollen Factory —At a

meeting of the directors of the above Company, held on Thursday afternoon, tenders were opened for the engine, and the acceptance of a tender left in thehands of Messrs Bullock and Williamson. It was decided to make the third call on the second issue of shares payable on the Ist January, and it was further decided that notice should be sent to all shareholders in arrear, intimating that the directors having contracted liabilities for building and plant, notify that all calls not paid by the 20th'December, will be charged 15 percent, inte est from due date, and this rule will be strictly enforced. We understand that the whole of the concrete foundations of the budding have now been laid, and that the brick walla are about 7 feet high. Some thirty or forty men are now employed on the structure, which will be completed in about four months time—when the contract period expires.

The Minister’s Visit. —The Hon. W. Johnston, Minister for Public Works, arrived here by special train from the South at 11.30 this morning. He was met on the platform by the Mayor and several members of the Borough Council, and Messrs Bullock and Taylor represented the County Council. There were besides a number of leading residentspresent. After a brief interval the party left per special train for Mount Somers. They were met at the Anama terminus by Mr W. C. Walker, Chairman of the County Council, Mr E. G. Wright, M. H. R., and others. The hospitable Mount Somers people had a number of vehicles in readiness to convey the guests to their township, and after an excellent lunch at Hood’s hotel, the “speechifying” commenced, a full report of which we shall publish on Monday. The party were timed to return shortly after 5 o’clock this evening, it being the Minister’s intent! m to proceed to Christchurch, per express to-night.

Private intelligence reached town to-day that Mr Mendelsohn, the well-known merchant, of Temuka, dropped down dead in his office this morning. Mr Mendelsohn established a business here in the early days of the township, and many “ old identities” will remember him. Indeed ha was well known all over Oanterbur}', and was much respected by a host of friends. The deceased gentleman wa» about sixty years of age, and leaves a wife and family to mourn his untimely loss. The death was most unexpected, Mr Mendelsohn being one of those men of whom it was said that he “ never had a day’s illness in his life.” A Timaru telegram to hand this afternoon states:—Julius Mendelsohn, the well-known and highlyrespected merchant, of Ternuka, dropped dead behind the counter of his shop while writing a telegram, at 0.15 this morning. Deceased was an extensive proprietor, a member of the County Council, and an influential resident. The causa of death has not yet transpired. Is It True ?—lt has often been asked, more in sorrow than in anger, why the Press does not give greater prominence to religious news. Good people complain that there is a nauseating amount of sporting, etc., in the papers, while scarcely any notice is taken of events which occur in the religious world. The answer to this complaint has heretofore been, that it would not pay to supersede sporting by religious intelligence. Thai the papers are in error in this supposition, let ihe following incident show ;—A certain journal published in a city not a thousand miles from Dunedin (as the chroniclers have it), went p to some trouble to obtain and publish a report of a certain lecture which was of considerable interest to one of the city congregations. The report was a fuller one than the Press usually accords to such discourses. In due time the newspaper proprietor fou d that he had

reaped his reward. In his office he keeps what is t clinically called a cutting file ” of his journal, for the convenience of his customers who may require to cut out advertisements as vouchers, etc. This is open to all comers. On the morning the report referred to appeared, a prominent follower of the lecturer was observed to

make an early visit to the office, and to tarefully lo cnt out from the file the report of the lecture in question, thus obtaining without theoutlay of the usual penny the item of intelligence for which his soul thirsted. When such effective support as this is given to the Press by the ‘‘religious,’' is it not wonderful that the proprietors persist in inserting sporting, racing, and such like profane intelligence, to the exclusion of religious pabulum ! Saturday Advertiser, Holloway’s Pii.l.s. - Indigestion and Liver Complaints.—The digestion cannot be long so seriously disordered without the derangement being perceptible on the countenance. These pills prevent both unpleasant consequences ; they improve the appetite and with the increase of desire for food, they augment the powers of digestion and assimilation in the stomach. Holloways Pills deal most satisfactorily with deranged or diseased conditions of the many organs engaged in extracting nourishment for our bodies from our various diets—as the liver, stomach, and bowels, over all of which they exercise the most salutary control. Py resorting at an early stage of this malady t > these purifiying and laxative Pills, the dyspeptic is speedily restored to health and strength, and his sallowncss g rad rial ly van i sites.—[ Ad vI. ]

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 814, 9 December 1882

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 814, 9 December 1882

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