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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

The usual fortnightly meeting of *^ c Ashburton Debating aooiety will be h eld to-night. The anniversary of the Star of the East Lodge, 1.0. G.T., is to be celebrated by a tea and mueioal entertainment m the Oddfellows' Hall, on Tuesday, September 3. The balanoe of the stook of drapery, eto.i purchased by Mr Andrew Orr from Mr John Orr will be sold by auction at the Aroade to-morrow. Mr S. Manning, one of the oldest members of the City Oounoil, has bean requeßted to come forward as a candidate for the Mayoralty of Ohristohuroh for the ensuing year. The " Bush Advocate," Hawke's Bay, says: —One encouraging sign of the times is the fact that_ during the past few months tendera for work m the country R ra about 20 per coat bigfa.tr tbia fomuiyf

A big feature of the forthcoming Dunedin ( Exhibition is to be the native braes band of / the King of Tonga. They are " bo?sed "by a ' European bandmaster) and are Baid to be extremely clever mudoians, In an artiole m the Contemporary " Koview " on trade depression, Sir Lyon Flay fair attributes the oause to the faot that the world has not yet aooustomed itself to the wonderful changes which soienoa has produced. At yesterday's meeting of the Board of Eduoation the appointment of Mr W. Malcolm was confirmed. In reßpeot to schoolmaßters being memberß of Sohool Committees it was decided that the Board considered that sooh positions were incompatible with the office of soboolmaster; The delegates of the various Masonic Lodges under the Soottish Constitution met last night to recommend a successor to Bro the Rev James Hill as District Giand Master, There was a good representation present, and it was resolved to reo ommend Bros 0. Louiseon, D.D.G.M., and J. 0. Watson, S.D.G.M. During the run of the Fakurangi hounds on Wednesday two aooidents ooourred one of which proved fatal. A horse ridden by Mr Paton fell and the rider sustained concussion of the brain and is m a oritioal oondition ; and Mr John Taylor's horse fell and rolled on the rider who expired shortly afterwards. Prinoipal Rainy is announced to preach at the St Andrew's Church, Chrißtohuroh, or Sunday morning, and at St Paul's m the evening On Wednesday the Presbytery will meet m the morning to formally receive him, after wbioh a complimentary luncheon will be held m the rooms of the Y.M.O.A. A publio meeting will be held m St Paul's Ohuroh m the evening, when Prinoipal Rainy will deliver a speoial address; The " Tablet " says :— Letters have been received from the Most Rev Dr Moran announcing that his return passage to the Colonies had been taken m the Orient steamer Orizaba, to leave London on August 16, The Bishop had desired to return by a direot steamer to Fort Chalmers, but found that as his Lordship's party would comprise some eleven or twelve persons, consisting of priests for the mission and postulants for the Dominican Convent, the New Zealand Shipping Company ocu'.d not make the arrangements deßired. It is laid that Judge Ward, m giving his evidenoe before the Ward-Hislop correspondenoe Committee read a forcible reply to the Colonial Secretary's oelebrated memorandum to the Minister of Justice about the Christie bankruptcy case : that the Judge categorically replies to all Mr Hislop's statements, and flatly contradicts most of them; and that there is wrath m the Ministerial camp thereanent, the Colonial Seoretary being anxious to reply to Mr Ward's statements, though he declines to appear before the oommittee for the purpose, A parallell to the Gasparini inoident ooourred on the last voyage to England of the Coptic. Sergeant Robotham, an English police officer, was taking Home an abßoondmg bankrupt named Latham, alias Edwards, etc, who had been arrested at Hobart with some £300 worth of jewellery m his possession. At Rio de Janeiro Latham feigned illness and Robotham s vigilanoe being thereby somewhat relaxed the prisoner found means to escape. Robotham went on to England with the jewellery, bo that he had Bomething to Bhow for his long journey, At a meeting to consider the best means of dealing with the small bird pest held at Lovell's Flat, Southland, last week, Mr Dunlop said he had prooured a 10! b bag of Messrs Donald Reid and Go's poisoned wheat and with it had destroyed on his plaoe between 500 and 600 birds. All present put down their names for from one to six 101 b bags, and a oommittee was appointed to canvas the district m order to make the poisoning universal. The Lovell's Flat farmers are of opinion that poisoning small birds should be made oompulsory by Aot of Parliament. The poisoned wheat referred to was prepared by 0. M. Brooke, of Ashburton, and the result of the oanvas was the receipt by Mr Brooke yesterday, of a large order. An influential meeting was held on Tuesday afternoon for the purpose of organising an Ashburton Musical Festival Choir m view of Kondoring tho McooUh " afc Ohriotnuß. It was decided that arrangements be made for a choir on an unseotarian basis, open to all musical people m the town and distriot, who would be willing to assist. The Rev E. A. Scott consented to aot as president of the oboir, and the Revs J. N. Buttle and J. Boothroyd as vice-presidents. The offioes of oonduotor and leader of orchestra were offered to and accepted by Messrs H. Gates and 0, L. Fleming! A thoroughly representative committee was appointed to assist m oarrying out the proposal, and it is hoped that the members of the various ohuroh ohoirs as well as all o'hers who feel interested will take the matter up heartily bo that a really creditable production of Handel's master pieoe may be given, It is intended to issue invitations ,to all persons known to the oommittee likely to beoome performing members, and it is hoped that any who may be overlooked or are unknown to the committee will aooept tbe invitation whfoh will be given through the columns of the "Guardian. In his book, "Hew Zealand Rulers and Statesmen," the^Hon Mr Gisborne draws an admirable word-pioture of the present Premier, It is as true, says the <• Post," now as when (written three years ago, and at the present junoture is worth reproducing. Dealing with the resignation of the Whitaker Ministry m 1883, Mr Gisborne says : — " Major Atkinson, who had been throughout Colonial Treasurer, took the reins into his own hands, but he was only able to hold them for about twelve months. Publio oonfidenoe m him and his colleagues was fast waning. Finance bad beoome embarrassed; substantial looal self-government was still m abeyance • procrastination was the chief pohoy; demoralization of Parliament by a political Bliding-soald of grants of money for publio works m various eleotoral distriots was growing infco a system. The besetting Bin of Major Atkinson was more and more manifest m hie saorjfioe of prinoipleß to love of ofiioe. Place, with or without power, was his political motto. He almost began to believe that he was New Zealand's only Treasurer.'' In yesterday's " Guardian " tha following appeared »n tbe cable news, under the heading The Maybriok Case !— " It is believed that the Lord Ohanoellor favors the reprieve of Mrs Maybriok. The agitation for a reprieve is greatly due to politioal feeling ; tha ' members for Liverpool oppose it, and assert it began with the Irish population of Liverpool, because Sir Charles Russell defended 1 the condemned woman.'.' Our message was reoeived direot from Wafcapuaka, m 11 skeleton " form, reading as follows .— i " Believed Lord Ohanoellor favors reprieve Maybriok believed agitation reprieve greatly due politioal feeling members Liverpool oppose assert began Irish population Liverpool because Russell defended.'-' The version of this message supplied to this morning's -- hv the press association reads as paper o .... -~ £,ii cV fld the Lord Chancellor follows;— -It ib v --Maybriok, The is m favor of reprieving iutu . ■ - ~««at|y agitation for the reprieve ib said to bo b ._ due to politioal feeling of the members for Liverpool, beoause Sir Charles Russell, who is Parnell's oouoßel, defended Mrs Maybriok, " — A very different reading.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2207, 23 August 1889

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