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A meeting of , employers will be held in the Arcade this evening at 7.30 to consider the half holiday question: Those interested are requested toattend punctually, in order that the majority may be able to attend Mr Christie Murray's lecture in the Oddfellows' Hall at 8 o'clock. The local powers that be might do worse than have a look at the Burnett Street "mouth" of the right-of-way behind the Somerset Hotel and the old Town Hall. The mud is so deep that the members of the Works Committee if they wish;to keep their boots clean, must view the slush as Moses viewed the promised land—at the distance. A large funeral procession passed through Ashburton to-day to the New Cemetery, carrying with it all that was mortal of Mrs McCorniickj mother of the McCormick Bros, farmers, Winchmore road. The deceased lady was highly respected, as was evidenced by the fact that forty trap loads of mourners and thirty horsemen followed the remains to the grave, where the Very Father Chaslagnon, Ashbnrton, and Father Goggan, of St. Patrick's College, performed the funeral ceremony. The widely known and kopular novelist : and journalist, David Christie Murray, who is now touring New Zealand, had the misfortune to miss the express train at Ashburton to- ; day. This misfortune has, however, been turned to good account, as Mr Murray has consented to deliver one of his humorous lectures this evening iu the Oddfellows' i Hall. The title of the lecture is "Scenes from the Life of an English journalise." The same of the lecturer should be sufficient to draw a bumper house, and as an earnest of what is to come we are informed that Mr Saint Maur, Mr Murray's agent, sold tickets to the amount of £3 iu as many minutes this afrernoon. Mr Murray lias several friends iu th:'| district | and yielded to the pressure thus brought to bear to lecture in Ashburton; andvvehaveg'ood reason to believe thathewill have no reason to regret having done so, as the opportuky is likely to be largely availed of to hear one who is so well qualified to speak j with authority in almost every department of literature. A meeting of the Committee of the Ashburton Kacing Club was held on Saturday ( evening. The various sub-committees for | the ensuing year were elected. A telegram, suggested by the New Zealand Trotting ] Association, to be sent to Mr W. C. Walker, M.H.R., asking him to support the Gaming and Lotteries Act Amendment Bill, promoted by that Association, was conBidered, and it was unanimously resolved that the Club take no action in the matter. The outgoing Ground Sub-Committee reported having leased from Mr Tasker ground atAllenton (Quill's late farm) for a ploughed training track ; and that a track nearly a mile round had been formed there. It was decided that the fees for the use of the track should be £1 half-yearly for each horse, and to meet owners or trainers who might wish to work a. horse fora shorter period, monthly tickets at 10s for each horse would be issued, The Ground Sub-Committee was authorised to arrange for the care and maintenance of the track.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2460, 7 July 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2460, 7 July 1890