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A misprint occurred m our Court report of yesterday. In the case of non-regietra-tion of birth the name of R. McCallura should read Thomas McCalman. < Eleven men were charged at the Christchurch R.M. Court yesterday with unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grevious bodily harm upon one John Walker, of Richmond, at Wilson's road on the evening of Monday, September 8. Their names were William Thomas Barnes, William Buckley, Federick Green, Thomaij Blake, Peter Morrison, Wiliam Petheram, William Sinclair, James M'Gerty, Samuel M Donald, Luke Buckley and James Lewin. The case arose out of the present labor dispute, and accused were remanded until Monday next, bail being refused. Barns and M'Gerty are prominent Unionists, and were active during the past few days m their professions of desire to help to keep the peace. All the accused are Lyttelton men. A contemporary states that a new shipping company has been formed, called the Newcastle Shipping Company, with the headquarters m New South Wales. A large number of shares have been taken up by the leading produce dealers m Newcastle and Sydney, but a certain proportion of the shares have been reserved for allotment m this colony. One of the objects of the promoters is to increase the produce trade between New South Wales and New Zealand, which, says our contemporary, will be a benefit to our farmers, as the want of shipping facilities has been much felt of late. The new company do not intend to confine themselves to the two colonies named, but will despatch vessels for Home from the different ports m both New South Wales and New Zealand. The Paris newspaper, " Paix," states that a French scientist has made a discovery which is likely to revolutionise the art of war. M. Paul Giffard has found out a liquid gas which can be used to propel bull«tsi cannon shot, or shell. The Chamber of Commerce of St. Etienne has been ao impressed by the value of the discovery that it has conferred upon him a gold medal and a more substantial reward of 10,000 francs. A small steel receptacle is placed under the barrel of the rifle containing 300 drops of this liquid gas. At each pull of the trigger one drop falls into the breech of the barrel behind the bullet, and contact with the atmospheric air causes it to volatilise instantaneously and with a force of expansion exceeding that of gunpowder, and drives the bullet before it with equal or greater velocity than gunpowder. No smoke or sound is produced.

The annual meeting of the Ashburton Cricket Club was held last night m the Council Chambers, and was well attended. Mr G. W. Andrews was chairman. The report and balance sheet, read by the Secretary, disclosed a passably good financial position, Both were adopted. . Letters from the Domain Board were read making I the offers agreed upon by the Board for the Club's use of the ground; The Board's last offer was accepted, the Club to ask the Council to employ a man for a day or two to fill up the holes on the pitch, and also for the use of the water to flood the pitch when necessary. The following officers were elected:—President, Dr Tweed ; VicePresidents —Messrs F. Wilding, Purnell, Thomas, Rees, and Rev E. A, Scott; Secretary, Mr W. L. Andrews; Treasurer, j |F. Mainwaring; and a Committee of five. [It was resolved that all subscriboions be paid before commencing play; that adult members' subscription be 10s per annum and junior members' ss. The Secretary was instructed to write to several Clubs named with the views of arranging matches. At the Police Court this morning, before Messrs. R. Alcorn and Alfred Harrison, Justices of the Peace, James Gill and Michael Shea were each charged with being "idle and disorderly persons, and having no visible lawful means of support." To the charge against Shea was added that "having beeu , previously convicted as such, is now a rogue and vagabond." Gill pleaded not guilty, hut the police evidence was too much for him, and the Court sent him to gaol for a month with hard labor. Shea pleaded guilty, and he was let off with seven days' hard labor, An extenuating circumstance m Shea's caeo was that he had not been j before the Courfc for some years; but Gill had only just finished a term of three months' for a very bad case of assault, and according to the police was a most inveterate cadger, and altogether a bad lot. A meeting of the Ashburton Cycling Club was held last evening m Mrs Pearson's rooms, Triangle. Only four members attended. The a embers expressed their regret that the attendance was so small, which showed plainly that cycling was on the wane m Ashburton, for what reason they could not explain. The club has a grand'future before it, if the young men would but take an interest m this sport winch is looked upon as a very manly and popular recreation. From the japaihy shown |by members and cyclists generally, it did not eiiGourago those who had always taken on active interest m the clnb's welfare. The captain stated he was sorry that such bungling occurred last year, which did no end of mischief, and so far as he was personally concerned, he would not press members to join against their wish. lie would therefore move that the club for the present) l?e dissolved, but that if any one wished to convene a meeting at any future date he would subscribe towards its funds and do all he could as a private member to further the interest of cycling. All those present endorsed these remarks. The meeting then closed. ___________________

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2516, 12 September 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2516, 12 September 1890