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Evangelistic Balance-sheet. —The balance-sheet in connection with the late evangelistic services in Ashburton, will be found elsewhere. Declined With Thanks. —Counsel for defendants in the recent illicit distilling oases at Wellington has written to the Government, requesting that the bondsmen who went security for the payment of the amount of fines imposed (L 400) may be released. The Government have declined to accede to the request. Dismissed With Costs. —An application to upset the election of Mr William Barnett, as Mayor of Kumara, through alleged irregularities in the appointment and action of the returning officer, and other causes, was heard before Dr Gillies, R. M., at Kumara yesterday. The Court ruled that the evidence as to the alleged irregularities did not tend, as stated in the petition, to defeat the fairness of the election, and dismissed the case, with costs against the petitioners. Something Wrong With the Books. — At the Resident Magistrate’s Court, Patea, yesterday, William Dale was charged on the information of the chairman of the Permanent Building Society with altering the Society’s bank pass book with intent to defraud. The defendant applied for an adjournment, which was granted for seven days. Bail was allowed, himself in L2OO, and two sureties of LIOO each. Until recently Dale has been managing director of the Society.

Accident to a QuiitfißYMA^. — \ man *hany>d William HanrjP was terribly injuredc ,by the exmosjoh of a blasting charge'at Mount Eden quarry, Auckland, yesterday. His aim was Amputated at the ‘ hospital. The man is in, a very critical condition. An Exasperated Chinaman . — 'Ah Chow, a Chinaman, was, at the Dunedin Police Court, yesterday committed for trial for stabbing and wounding a man named John Godfrey, on the 16th inst., at Mullocky Gully. Godfrey had been teasing the Chinaman, who retaliated with Kis pocket-knife. Alleged Seduction. —A case of alleged se luction is set down for the civil sittings of the Auckland Supreme Court. The damages claimed are LSOO. The plaintiff, Adam McOlusky, alleged in the declaration, that the defendant, Ed " vrd R. Gilbert, seduced his daughter Fanny, who has given birth to a child. Thr defendant denies all the allegations.

Attempt to Burn Down a Publichall. — An attempt was made to burn down Parnell and Boylan’s Hall at Gisborne on Thursday night. Mr Thornton, scenic artist, was at work, and a lad named Russ, who was in the hall at the same time, noticed a light under the stage. On examination Thornton discovered several lighted candles amongst a heap of rubbish. The police have a clue to the incendiary.

Summer Flower Show. — The Summer Flower Show will bo he held on the 30th ins’ ,at the Town Hail. There will be a large number of classes, and no less than .19 special prizes have been offered for competition by various residents interested in floriculture. The season has been a good on for flowers, and such a year for fruit has not been known for some time. The Show ought therefore to prove a most attractive one. ■ The Secretary, Mr S. E. Poyntz, wishes the e 1 tries to be in as soon after Thursday as possible. Business Mems. —Special attention is directed to Messrs Orr and Go’s announcement in our advertising columns respecting their recent shipments from England and America, of hardware, &c. Everything from a hank of twine to a weighing machine, ora nee lie to a scythe -is to be had at Messrs Orr and Go’s well stocked establishment. —Mr Andrew Orr’s Christmas announcement will' be found elsewhere, from which it will be perceived that he is prepared to supply Christmas luxuries in great variety. A Happy Home. —The Sanitary Inspector at Auckland has reported to the local Board of Health that he and the health officer. Dr Stockwell, visited the house occupied by Captain Snow and his mother, in William street, Auckland, and found it in a filthy condition beyond description. Scarlet fever and typhoid were in the house adjoining. He recommended that the house be pulled down and burnt, and Captain Snow and his mother removed to the Hospital and Refuge, as unable-to look after themselves. The Board authorised the Inspector to take the necessary steps to . get the place purified.

Mo tE Growling About the Railway Tariff.—A meeting of merchants and others was held at Oamaru yesterday to consider what steps should be taken with regard to the new railway tariff. the discussion on the question it was pointed out that the new tariff would have an injurious effect on such towns as Timaru, Invercargill, and Oamaru, and it was resolved that a committee be appointed to examine the new railway tariff, and tabulate its most glaring inconsistencies, and that .places similarly situated with Oamaru should be invited to join in getting a tariff framed on a fair basu. The question of railway communication with the interior was considered, and a committee was appointed to discuss the question with Sir Julius Vogel.

The Westport Case. —ln the case Williams v. the Quean heard at Nelson yesterday, the Judge’s summing up occupied an hour and fifty minutes. The jury th n retired, and after an absence of nearly an hour, returned the finding—- “ That the steamer Westport settled upon the vertical snag, and sank in consequence ; that Her Majesty’s Executive Govern ment were mot aware of the existence o this snag, but after the comment from the harbor master, if proper steps had been taken promptly they would have been so aware ; that the Government negligently and improperly allowed the said snag to remain alongside the staiths ; that no steps were taken to indicate to masters of vessels the existence of the hidden danger ; that the captain of the Westwas ignorant of such danger ; that :the master moored his vessel without communicating , with the harbor master, and upon his own responsibility, but there was a tacit permission to do so, according, to the usage of the port; that the suppliant, in consequence of the injuries mentioned, suffered damage and lon to the amount of LISOO. ”

Tiswald School —The following is the lis; of the prizes awarded on Thursday night to the Tinwald school children : Standard V : Annie Cairncross, 1 ; Hannah Lewis and Eliza' Houston, equal. Waiting ; Annie Cairncross, 1 ; Eliza Houston, 2. Sawing : Annie Cairncross, 1 ; Hannah Lewis, 2. Special for Dialogue and perseverance, Thomas Wilson. Standard IV: Maggie Meharry, 1 ; Agnes - Williams, 2. Writing Martin Meharry, I ; Martha Holborough, 2. Standard 111. and IV ; Sewing, Isabella Stalker, 1 ; IMCary Lewis, 2 ; Katie Armstrong, 3. Standard 111. : Martha Meharry, j. ; George Clarlc, 2. Writing: George Clark, 1; Martha Meharry, 2. Standard 11. : Annie Meharry, 1 ; James Smith, 2 ; Albert Williams, 3. Writing: Patrick Murphy, 1 ; Annie Meharry, 2. Standard I and 11. : Sewing, Mary Ann Stalker,. 1 ; Alice Lawrence, 2 ; Annie Lewis, 3. Standard I : Ralph Armstrong; 1 ; Charles Brader, 2 ; William Mullaney, 3. Writing : William Mul.laney, 1 ; Ralph Armstrong, 2. Infants Sewi ig : Annie Brader, 1 ; Emma Scott, 2. For good conduct, awarded by the votes of the children : Isaac Lewis and Mary Gough were selected by the children. Each .child under the standards received a Christmas gift.

Tub Suspected Muhdeu at Auckland. —Thomas Priestly and Mrs laugh Hamilton were brought up on remand at the Auckland Police Court yesterday before Seth Smith, Esq., R. M., charged with the wilful murder of Hugh Hamilton. The Court and approaches were thronged by the assemblage to see the prisoners. Priestly seemed to have recovered his health, and, as before, manifest ;d no appearance of tremor or discomposure. He surveyed the crowd with the utmost coolness. Mrs Hamilton did not ones look around her, but she was quite composed. Mr Tyler announced that he appeared for Priestly. Mr Thomas appeared for Mrs Hamilton. Superintendent Thomson said at this stage of the enquiry—Your Worship, lam not prepared to adduce any evidence, and, as I indicated before, I now apply for a further remand till tomorrow, Saturday, week. Since the last adjournment was made, a post mortem, examination has taken place, and, without disclosing or anticipating its results, I may say they fully confirm me in the course I have pursued in causing the prisoners to be arrested on a charge of wilful murder. I feel satisfied with the correctness of what I have done. The remand was then granted, there being no opposition. The prisoners were then removed from the dock, and the bulk of those rn Court immediately joined the crowd in the street, who were waiting for the reappearance of accused. There was no attempts however, at any manifestation of feeling on the part of the public.

Tenders. —The Longheach Road Board invite tenders foriroad formation.

TsijupaioiioßEAN.—A ball is announced to take place in Mr Clark’s grain shed, Tinwald, on New Year’s night.

Thh Orange Concert. —Ladies and are to take part ;.i die ,Coi«pHHo!p Tuesday night, are reminded that a full rehearsal will take place in the Town Hall this evening. TiNtflxn Store. —The business of the Tinwald store, until recently conducted by Messrs Biggs and Reid, has been resumed under the management of a member of the late firm —Mr W. Biggs.

Thcrsdat’s Concert. —We are requested to state that the whole of the performers at Mrs Wood’s concert on Thursday last wore pupils of that lady, and that there was consequently no assistance given by others than the pupils themselves. Accident. —We regret to learn thht Mrs Norrish, of Waterton, met with a painful accident last night, bhe was returning home in a trap, and when half-way over the bridge the horse’s blinkers came off. Mrs Norrish stopped the horse (fortunately a very quiet one), and in getting out of the trap, slipped and fell, striking her head with some violence on the wooden curbing or skirting of the bridge. The sufferer was picked up by Mr Mullanoy, bridge-keeper, and was afterwards driven to her own home. We'are pleased to learn that the lady was not seriously hurt, although the blow inflicted a nasty wound on the head. Christmas Cheer. —ln accordance with our usual custon at this “ festive ” season we despatched a reporter this afternoon to see and report on the various Christmas novelties. But the weather was too hot for shows of meat,, and the grocers, confectioners, greengrocers, and other purveyors, were evidently reserving themselves for to-night, when, wa are given to understand, the display of good things will, to borrow a phrase from playbills, be on a scale of magnificence never before equalled in Ashburton. The fruit shops present perhaps the most tempting display of any to the foot passenger during such weather as wa have experienced to-day.lndeed larger towns, we are confident, cannot boast of a better display of seasonable fruits than is to be found in Ashburton at the present time. The grocers’ shops are all arrayed with’ good things for Christmas, and it would he hard indeed to single out one shop that is more profusely supplied than another with good cheer. In some places the decorations are very pretty, and add cdtir siderably to the general effect. To-night will be observed, so far as shoppers are concerned, as Christmas eve, and to-nighf the streets will doubtless bo crowded with people,'out, to' see the shop windows “dressed," in their best in honor of the occasion.

■ Holloway’s Ointment and Pills.-t-Though it is impossible, in this climate of changing temperature, to prevent; ill-health altogether, yet its /onn and frequency may be. much 1 mitigated by the' early adoption of remedial measures.' When hoarseness, cough, thick breathing, and the attending slight fever indicate irritation of the throat and chest, Holloway’s Ointment should be rubbed 1 upon these parts without delay, and his , Pills taken in appropriate doses, to promote its curative action. No catarrhs or sore throats: can resist these remedies. Printed directions envelope every package of Holloways medicaments which are suited to all ages and conditions and to every ordinary disease to which humanity is liable.—Advt.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 826, 23 December 1882

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