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Ashburtrn residents will be pleased ti learn that Dr Ernest Fooka. third son of Mr C. E. Fooks, Town C'.erk of Ashburton, has been appointed medical superintendent of Wellington Asylum. Mr R. S. Wakloy's New Zealand-bred hunter Otaio (well-known m S"Uth Canterbury) gained first prize at the Cambridge Show for heavyweight hunters, and the judge remarked that he was owe of the very best horses of his type at present m Eng-. land. A cricket match, Married versus Single, will be played on the Domain ground tomorrow (Wednesday)afternoon at2.3osharp. The players Avill be selected from the follow, ing, viz :—Married —G. W. Andrews, L. F, Andrewes, C. Grnbb, Cuthbertson, Rera, Rollitt, Makeig, Mackey, Main waring, Drmnmond, Kempthorae, Patching, and Simpson. Single—Temple, Handle, Fooks, Buchanan, Western, Kidd, McLean, Murray Pauling, Boyle, Sawle, Dixon, and Moss.

Th« "Ofcftgo Daily Time*" •ay*!—"So far as this island is concerned, there is no getting over the fact that the cream of Jthe land has been parted with." The privileges m connection with tho Ashbarton .Agricultural and Pastoral Association realised us follows : -No. 1 publican's booth, £21, Mrs Butler; No. 2 publican's booth, £25, Mrs Butler ; No. 1 confectioner's booth, £11, W. C. Davw j No. 2 confectioner's booth, £5, W. C. Davis; right of sports, £5, P. Crum; catalogues, 10a per dozen, W. Baker.On Thursday next Rakaia will bo m Me. The village fathers have taken a new departure, and a grand fancy fair is to be held on quite new, lines altogether. Iff addition-to; the usual commodities sold on such occasions, all sort* of. farm produce, live and dead, will, be-offered, and the attendant angels will be arrayed m fancy dross costumes; In fancy costumes, too, will bands of children execute some old English dancesj while -music will- not be wanting. Th« fancy fair has caused more excitement m tlie '«Other .Hub " than any « vent since the open!»g of the MethvenJ line. The Laghmor Highlanders Will take part m the entertainment. ' The Tinwald Wesleyan Band of Hope brought the season's public meetings to. a close laßt Wednesday m the Templar Hall by the rendering of the service of song entitled "Our Joe." The evening being ft at militated against the attendance, but the performers entered none the less heartily into the spirit of the piece, holding the audience m complete subjection from start to finish. The solo parts were well sustained by Mrs Williams and Miss Bonnington. The Ret J. H. Grey did full justice to connective readings. Mr Jackson, with'the violin, and Miss Bishop, at the organ, contributed considerably to the pathos of the narrative and sweetness of the vocalists, who were well balanced and m their best form. At the close, a vote of »thanks,was~ passed by acclamation ,to the .performejra with the request that the" piece be repeated at an early date. The singing of the ddxology brought a very pleasant meeting to a close. - ;• ■■'■■■ .'■."; ■'■ .k ■ "■■■' ■ On Friday Mr March, on behalf of the Commissioners of Crown Lands, submitted to auction, m the Rakaia Townt Hall, a large number of township sections. In some fewinstances there was competition, but the rest only fetched the upset price, £7 10s per quarter acre. Owing to the great length of time that had elapsed since the last sale a number of nominated sections were unsold, intending purchasers having made other arrangement?. A number qf township reserves were leased at satisfactory nnnur.,l rentals, the same to be used for grazing purposes only. The following lots were disposed of at the upset price (£7' 10a, wiiere not otherwise stated):—3O and 31, W. Melbourne ; 78 find 79, Ay. H. Macginess ; 163 and 169, E. W; Osbome; 414, W. Morton, upset £9; 415, W,. Morton, upset £8 12s 6d; 453, M. J. Liddy; 528, 597,601, 603, 604, 605, 606, 674, 075, 690, 692, and 693, T. Dowling; 530 to 538 (inclusive), H. Rutter; 673, J. A. Church; 607 and 608, T. Dowling, £10 each; (509 and 611, B. McLean, £9 10s each; 612, 613, and 614, T. Dowling, £9 each, and 616 at £8 10s; 618, B. McLean, £7 8s 6d; 619, B. McLean, £8 17s; 490, E. Bryant, £S 10a; 80, W. H. Macginess, £10; 81, W. H. Maeginess, £9 10s. . On Friday last a young man residing nt the Ashburton Forks, and working for MrWilliam Campbell, had an experience that even the renowned Captain Jack Sucton, of Wirth's Cowboys, can hardly boast ojE. ■ The young man'had gone off witha light spring trap to drop stakes along the'line-of a proposed new fence; but his hat was caught by the gale then blowing, and when ha had recovered it, as well aa the reins of his horse, and had got about half way into the trap,the animal ran off. The youth was m a mo3fc dangerous position. Sitting on the step of the trap, holding.the reins to be sure, but with no purchase for his feet, and requiring all his arm power to keep himself upon the vehicle, he was m about as dangerous a position as can well bo imagined. Ho, however, held on gamely, and went past Mr Campbell's smithy with the horse at full gallop. This speed was kept up-for.nearly three miles, when O*SheaV creek .broiight the runaway, horse to a stand, still. The lad had received only a slight.abrasion of the ankle, notwithstanding his perilous ride m a most constrained position.' So hia employer and others on the line of route saw what was the matter, they made haste to follow, and their satisfaction can be understood when they found the plucky young Jelm safe and sound.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2549, 21 October 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2549, 21 October 1890

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