The Ashburton Grardian Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1882.
Public Holiday. The 16th inst. is announced as a public holiday in honor of the anniversary of the province. A Good Crop. —On Saturday Mr Martin Griffin brought to this office a remarkably fine sample of oats grown on his farm at Dundaa. The straw is fully sft long, with very large heads of corn, and will average about GO bushels to the acre.
Memoranda. —Mr Alfred Harrison notifies an important sale of pianos, organs, and harmoniums. A Christmas tree in connection with the Primitive Methodist Church is announced.—A notification re Ashburton Cheese and Butter Factory appears elsewhere.
Found in the Harbor. —The body of the lad, found floating in the Auckland Harbor on Saturday, and was unreoognat the time, has since been identified as that of John Martin, the son of a resident; but nothing further has transpired as to the case. Doubtless the inquest will help to clear up the mystery. Volunteer Shootists. —A party of the Ashburton Rifles had some practice at the Butts this morning. Private Stevens was top scorer with 34 points, Corporal Andrewes being second with 32. There was a strong breeze blowing across the range at the outset, and it increased to half a gale of wind when the longer ranges were reached.
Police. —At the Police Court this morning, before Mr R. Alcorn, J.P., John Meiklejohn, sheep-dealer, and wellknown in this district, was charged with stealing about 500 sheep, the property of various owners. Accused, who was arrested on Saturday by Sergeant Felton, was, on the I’ergeant’s application, remanded to Friday next at ten o’clock.
The Aucklanders’ Dunedin Opponents. —The opinions expressed as to the poorness of the Dunedin and Suburban Cricket Association team which met the Aucklanders were justified on Saturday (a Dunedin telegram tells us), when the same team—with one or two slight exceptions—met a Carisbrook eleven. The latter kept the wickets all the afternoon, scoring 245. H. Mac Neil contributed 88. Accident. —A nasty accident happened to Mr W. Jackson, son of Mr A. Jackson, Ealing. He was riding to Cracroft on Saturday, and when about three miles from that place his horse fell, throwing him violently to the ground, and rolled over him. Luckily no bones were broken, but the shaking and bruising ho received will incapacitate him from work for some time.
Another Almanac. We have received from the publishers, Christchurch, a copy of Tombs’ Sixpenny Almanac for 1883, and considering the quantity and variety of the information it contains upon all sorts of subjects likely to interest business men, and that it is adapted for use in the household as well as in the countinghouse, it must be considered a cheap sixpenny woi th. Ashburton Rifles. — \ meeting of the committee of this corps was held at Gapt. Douglas’ office on Saturday evening, to consider a loiter fi om Capt. Young, of the Temuka Rifles, suggesting that a sham fight should take place at Ashburton on Anniversary Day (Saturday next). After full discussion, it was decided that, in view of the temperance demonstration, picnics, cricket match, and other counter attractions on that day, it would be impossible to arrange the matter. It was resolved to hold a church parade on Sunday next, in order to attend divine service at the Wesleyan Church.
The Aucklanders at Wellington.— The Wollingtonians scored 134 in their second innings on Saturday in their match with the Auckland team, and than Auckland, with 55 to get to win, went in, Robinson and Barton batting to the bowling of Firth and Luxfoid. Robinson was clean bowled by Firth when 16 had been scored, 1—7 —16. Arneil followed, and with tho assistance of Barton knocked up the necessary number of runs. The Auckland captain, however, after claiming the match decided to play on for the amusement of the spectators, and at 5.30 the stumps were drawn, the visitors being declared winners by nine wickets. Wesleyan. —Tho Rev. J. S. Smalley, of Springston, conducted the anniversary services of the Ashburton Wesleyan Church yesterday. There was a very good attendance, both at tho morning and evening gathering, and the discourses on each occasion were extremely edifying. The sermon last night, in which the preacher advanced the claims of Christianity, and contrasted it with all other systems of religion, was a masterpiece of sound argument, and. gave evidence that Mr Smalley is not only a profound thinker, but a close observer of men and character, and keeps himself abreast of the most advanced modern thought. Along with this there is a warm zeal for the cause which he espouses, and he is able to present the truth in language most choice. To-night the rev. gentleman will deliver a lecture in the Wesleyan Church, the subject being “ Gow we got the Bible." A number of diagrams will be shown, illustrative of different portions of the lecture, and it is anticipated that a large audience will be present. Wakanui Sparrow Club. —A meeting of the Wakanui Sparrow Club was called for four o’clock Saturday afternoon at the Mail office, but although the balancesheet was upon the table at the above hour not a solitary member was in attendance. About half past four Mr James Brown, of Wakanui, put in an appearance, but as that gentleman could not manage by himsel he wont (o the door and hailed the first Wakanui man he saw—Mr Healey —who at Mr Brown's invitation walked in, and the business was proceeded with. Mr Brown read the balance-sheet which allowed that the sum of L2 14s was standing to the credit of the Club. Mr Brown then moved, and Mr Healey seconded—- —“ That the balance in hand be forwarded to the Wakanui Road Board, to be expended by the Board towards suppressing the small birds nuisance, and that a vote of thanks be accorded to Mr Bland for his services as secretary, and that the Wakanui Sparrow Club cease to exist.” The motion was carried with the utmost unanimity, and its being by this time nearly five o’clock, the “ meeting ” adjourned, Mr Brown promising to communicate with Mr Bland and report progress.