The Ashburton Grardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1882.
The Weather. —Yesterday the weather was particularly hot, the thermometer ranging from 125 to 130 in the sun and 85 in the shade. To-day it has been warm, but a cool breeze has occasionally tempered the heat.
The Suspected Murder at Auckland. —The man Prie tly suspected of being concerned in the death of Hugh Hamilton, has been removed to the Auckland Hospital as he is suffering from disease of the kidneys.
Eauly Harvest. The recent hot weather has brought on the crops very fast. Mr Wm. Megson informs us that he intends cutting his sp'endid crop of oats on Thursday next. In other districts we hear the crops have ripened considerably.
Startling. —On Saturday evening as the train from Invercargill to Dunedin was pas ing across the Taieri plain an aerolite descended within about 100 yards of i‘. There was a flash and an explosion, the latter sounding as fifty thousand rifles had gone off at once. The passengers congratulated themselves that the visitor from space fell clear of the train. Concert. A grand concert is announced for B >xing night under the auspices of the Star of Ashburton Orange Lodge, No. 23 The programme will comprise glees, solos, instrumental music, recitations, and Highland dancing. A whole host of well-kn >wn amateurs have promised to assis*. A ball will follow the concert. Proceeds in aid of the new Orange Hall building fund. S induction. —In the Invercargill Supreme Court yesterday, Cuthbert Cowan, a runholder, Benmore, was sued for seduction by the father of a servant, Christina Hemmingaen Gill. Damages were laid at L6OO. It was alleged that the girl was seduced by the defendant in his house, and gave birth to a child in July last. The defence was a total denial, and evidence was brought to prove that a young man seen with the girl on several occasions was the father of the child. The jury, afte- along absence, returned a verdict for LIOO. Borough School Committee. A special meeting of the above was held last evening re prize fund and school treat. Present— Mr G. H. St Hill (chairm m), and Messrs Robinson, Boyle, Roberts, and A. Orr. The Chairman reported that L 23 odd had been collected by the members of committee appointed to canvass the town for subscriptions to the fund for prizes and treat. It was resolved to hold the latter on Wednesday, 27th inst. The following special prizes were offered : —Mr St. Hill, 12s 6d, geographical knowledge of the United States ; Mr Ward, 10s, arithmetic ; Mr Weeks, two prizes for best boy and girl in the school ; Dr Trevor, 5s ; Mr Dempsey, head master, 10s ; Messrs Poyntz and Co., box of paints and three pocket knives. For the school treat Mr A. Orr promised a box of tea, and Mr H. Brittan 10 gals, of gingerbeer.
A Tedious Case.—An action, out of which eight separate trials have arisen, has been engaging the legal profession in London since 1878. It appears that aMr Smithermau lost his life by’ being run over hy an engine and tender of the SouthEastern Railway Company, which dashed through a station as ho was crossing the line to get to his train. The widow sued the railway com; any for damages, andobtained a verdict for L9OO. There was an application for a new trial, ou the g ound that sufficient attention had not been given to the question of “ contributory negli gonce,” and the Divisional Court, constituted by Mr Baron Pollock and Mr Baron Huddleston, set the verdict aside. The Court of Appeal, however, set aside this decision and upheld the verdict. There was then an appeal to the House of Lords, when three Law Lords reversed this decision and directed a now trial, in order that attention might be more particularly given to the question of contributory negligence. The case was accordingly tried again, and it was tried before Mr Baron Pollock (one of the two j udges who originally directed a new trial) at the Guildhall Sittings, December, 1881. The jury returned this verdict, “ we find for tlv; plaintiff: we consider that both parties were in fault, but that there was more responsibility on the company than on the deceased, and greater fault.” The Judge considered this a verdict for the plaintiff, and gave judgment accordingly. The company applied for a third tri.il on the ground that the verdict was against the evidence; but the Division Court refused the application, and on appeal the Court of Appeal upheld the decision. An application to enter the verdict for the company on the ground that the findings of the Jury really amounted to a verdict for them also came before the Court of Appeal, and was likewise dismissed, whereupon Mr Grantham, on the part of the companjq asked for a stay of execution, pending an appeal to the House of Lords, but Lord Coleridge did not accede to the application. The company have, however, succeeded in oetaining an order fur stay of proceedings, pending their appeal to the House of Lords, and they are now exercising that right of appeal.
Mount Somers Road Board. —The usual monthly meeting of this Board was held at the offioe, Mount Somers, on Monday, December 4, 1882. Present— Messrs A. E. Peache (chairman), W. G. Walker, I. E. Taylor, B. Ede and W. Edson. Ten applications were received for the vacant clerkship, and that of Mr W. R. Hoyle was accepted, at LlO per annum, duties to commence on January Ist, 1883. The following correspondence was received:—From chairman Rangitata Road-Board re merging Road Boards. Resolved—“ That such a proposal is considered by this Board to bo inadvisable.”—From Mr A. Hewson re clearing gorse on his road.- Mr James Harper interviewed the Board and offered to clear the gorse as agreed on with the late surveyor, at 5s 6d per chain, and finish the same together with his contract for widening and deepening drain on Fergus’ road within one month. The Board agreed to the same.—A petition was received from ratepayers Mount Somers re crossing opposite blacksmith’s shop, across Council’s water-race. Resolved—“ That a culvert be placed as requested, and cost of same forwarded to County Council, with explanation.” The Chairman was requested to at* end to this matter.—From Mr Macfarlane, manager Mesopotamia station, re road to Mesopotamia. Resolved—“ That Ll sbe voted, and that Mr Macfarlane bo requested to expend that amount on the road.”—From Mr Reynolds, Methven, re closing road on Gould and Cameron’s and Morgan and Hibbs’ properties. Mr Reynolds to be referred to ratepayers meeting. Resolved —“ That the Chairman advertise ratepayers’ meeting to consider closing of above road on Tuesday, January 3rd, 1883, at noon.”—From Mr Blackmore, enclosing rates. Resolved —“That Mr Cookson and Mr Boyle arrange with Mr Ollivier for the audit of accounts up to December 31st, 1882.” —From Ashburton County Council re Small Birds Nuisance Act, 1882. The Board decided to cooperate with the Council in this matter ; Messrs Edson and Ede to make arrangements with schoolmasters to act. —lie maintenance of fords. It was resolved—- “ That Thos. Hix be offered the charge of the lords for twelve months at L 25, to include Bucclough and Gough’s fords, in addition to the four in last year’s contract.”—Mr Taylor tendered his resignation as a member of the Board. Resolved —“ That, in accepting Mr Taylor’s resignation, this Board desires to place on record the regret with which it receives his resignation, and begs to express its appreciation of the valuable services rendered by Mr Taylor during the many years he has sat as member of the Board.”—Resolved—“ That the appointment of Returning Officer be offered to Mr W, R. Boyle, conditionally upon his accepting the office for the usual fee without expenses,—Accounts amounting to L 74 Os lid having been passed for payment, the Board adjourned.
Business Mm. —Mr H. M. Carson has a tempting amouncement in our advertising col.nnnarespeoting good things for the Christmasseason. The Gardet Fete —Should to-morrow prove wet, the fete at Dr Trevor’s ground, great preparations for which are making, will be postponed until Thursday.
Sale at 7inw ild. —The sale of the stoek-in-trad« of the late firm of Biggs and Reid, Tiiwald, which was fixed for to-day, was postponed until Thursday next.
Beaks and Bicycles. —Since the recent ’bus 'accident at Auckland the “ beaks ” of the northern capital have taken to ine bicyclists for riding their machines in the streets of the city. There are many jrowls in consequence. More Toul Play Suspected.—Auckland has had its full share of horrors lately. It is now announ-ed that the police suspect that the man Hardy, who recently died, as was supposed, from excessive drinking, met with an unnatural death, and they are busy investigating. H- rdy had a large sum of money in his possession just before he died, and of this money, as stated in our last issue, only a small portion can be traced.
A Fatal Pleasure Excursion.—A couple of Christchurch butchers, Fredk. Hopkins and William Taylor, yesterday afternoon visited Sumner, and bathed near the Cave Rock. Hopkins, who could not swim, soon came out, but Taylor, who roald swim a little, went on into deep water. On looking round for his friend Hopkins found he had disappeared. The body had not been recovered up to a late hour last night. Deceased leaves a wife and family in Christchurch.
Again in Trouble. —An Invercargill telegram states that Amos James Tudball, from Canterbury, who has been very patronising as a big speculator in land, and anxious to purchase, and has been introduced to good society there, besides living well at hotels, was apprehended last night on charges of obtaining money by false pretences by means of valueless cheques. Tudball completed a sentence of four years for forgery last year. He was in business in Christchurch as a butcher when convicted.
Longbeach Road District.—Accordng to advertiseme it, a meeting of the ratepayers of this district was held at the Road Board office on Friday last, the 15th inst., for the purpose of deciding whether certain road lines in the Ashburton river bed should be abandoned or not; and land obtain dto join Graham’s road, and the road lately laid out on the Longbeach land sale plan near to Wheatstone.— Mr Stephen S. Chapman, a member of the Road Board, occupied the chair. The following resolutions were carried without any opposition (I) That land for a new road commencing at a point being the junction of roads at the north-west extremity of rural section No. 2 539, and extending southwards through ru.,*l secrions Nos. 22539, 6793, 8417, 8450, 6793, 6787, 8342, 8451, 6788, 21581, and 23702, to the road running east and west at the southern extremity of the said rural section No. 23702, having a uniform width throughout of one hundred links, be obtained as provided by the Public Works Act, 1876, and the several Acts amending the same.—(2) That the road lines extending from the junction of roads at rural sections Nos. 20242, 20245, 6793, and 8417 southwards to the junction of roads at rural section No. 21581; also from the junction of roads at the north-west corner of rural section No. 31311 eastwards to the river Ashburton, at the north-east corner of rural section No. 22619; also from the junction of roads at the north-west corner of rural aeevton No. 25702 eastwards to the Ashburton river at the north-east corner of the said rural section No. 25702 be abandoned, and the land contained therein sold, as provided by the Public Works Act, 1876, and the several Acts amending the same. The money obtained by the sale of land, as per No. 2 resolution, to be devoted to the purchase of land, as per No. 1 resolution.
Egyptian War Panorama. —We have been favored with a private view of the panorama of the Egyptian war, which Mr 0. Bourk is now painting. Th’e work is half finished, and when completed will comprise about five and-twenty scenes, the whole forming a comprehensive pictorial representation in oil colors of the war. The principal scenes include the massacre of British residents at Alexandria a month before Sir Beauchamp Seymour fired the first gun, the charge of the 16th Rifles outside Alexandria, a capital portrait of the redoubtable Arabi Pasha on horseback, the bombardment of Alexandria and the blowing up of the fortresses, and many other views, to particularise the whole of which would occupy about a column of our space. Some idea of the magnitude of the show may be gathered from the fact that the scenes will cover when they are all finished some 200 yards of canvas, and will take at least two hours to exhibit. In addition to the panorama Mr Bourk has prepared a diorama, in whic i he has introduced some excellent mechanical effects. In short, the spectator will have unrolled before him the whole history of the war from its commencement to its termination. A public exhibition will probably take place about the end of next month or the beginning of February at the Town Hdl, and the proceeds of the entertainment will be devoted to the Library funds. Seeing that the work has cast Mr Bourk several weeks’ labor and will cost him several more before it receives the finishing touch, not to speak of considerable expense, we trust that the exhibition when it takes place will be well patronised. Apart from the benefit that a good house would ensure to the Library funds, the time and trouble involved in the production of the panorama and the diorama deserve encouragement and recognition at the hands of the public.
Tub CaKSwick Disaster. —The a. a. Ringarooma, which arrived at Dunedin from Melbourne to-day, brings further particulars of the terrible mining disaster at Greswick. The accident occurred it aeeins about C o’clock in the morning. It appears that some years ago shaft No. 2 was put down about half a mile from No. 1, which was then abandoned. At intervals bores wore put down in order to tost the correct position, and the plana also showed that the old workings were between 250 and 260 ft away and 40ft below the new drive. Everything was understood to be safe. The accident happened as follows;—Two men were at work in the now drive when they broke into the old workings and the water came through. Both made for the plate, but the rush of air was so great that the lights were blown out. They managed with difficulty to climb the ladder to the surface, and the alaim was given to John Hodge, the captain of the shaft, who gave the alarm to the men on the face of the reef. He found the water driving everything before it, and went back to No. 5. The water bv this time was about five feet deep. He pulled several men out of the water, some having to swim. By twelve o’clock there were twenty feet of water in the mine. The roll was then called, and it was found that twenty-seven miners were missing. Pumping was immediately started, but could not gain on the water, which was rushing in with great force. Over 60,(Ki0 gallons an hour were pumped, and everything possible done to convey air below. At one o’clock the pumps were gaining, and by two the water was perceptibly decreasing. The scene at the mouth of the shaft was terrible. Hundreds of relative# of those below crowded round the claim, throwing everything in disorder.
Entertainment. —A musical entertainment in connection with the Primitive Methodist Church is announced for tonight. High School. —The distribution of prizes to the scholars at the High School is fixed for Thursday, 21st inst., at 2.30 p. m. Parents are cordially invited to attend.
A Policeman with a “ Happy Lot.”— An Irish constable has been able to show that Mr Gilbert’s famous song is not entirely founded on fact. Two years ago, Miss Ellard, the owner of a fine estate at Nowton-Ellard, was fired at, but, fortunately, both she and her coachman escaped the bullet of the assassin. Shortly afterwards police protection was afforded Miss Ellard, two constables being drawn for that purpose from the Now Pallas station. One of them, nani. J Kheohy, a fine young fellow, acquitted himself so well that Miss Ellard resolved to render his protection a permanent duty. The sub-constable is now the husband of a beautiful wife, and landed proprietor, with on income of some LIO,OOO a year. For the future, we presume the malcontents will fire at Sheehy instead of his wife, but nevertheless the “ foorce” has come into high favor since the story became known, and there is quite a rush of recruits.
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