Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 1905. LOCAL AND GENERAL
Weather FoiUSt!A3T, •- Oaptuin Edwin wires as follows :—Strong winds to a gale from between north and west and southwest; glass fall; rain, probably heavy. Robbery From a. Church.—Last Thurtday evening some person or persons entered the Baptist Tabernacle and stole a number of the Sunday school mission boxes. These boxes had not been emptied for about three months, and would probably contain altogether about £2. The matter was placed m the hands of the police, and some o? the boxes have been found, broken open, at the rear of the church, while others were discovered under one of the railway tanks. As there is nothing to show that a forcible entrance into the Tabernacle was effected, it i 3 supposed that one of the doors at the rear of the building was left open. The police have a very good idea as to the identity of the thief, or thieves, and arrests will probably be made m a day or two. A.O.P.—The quarterly meoting of the A.0.F., No. 6729, was held m the Orange Hall Monday, Bro. Hastie, C.R., being m the chair. A large amount of business was done, including the election of officers, which resulted thus: —Chief Ranger, Bro. Hastie; Suh-Chi«f, Bro. Allen; Senior Woodward, Hro. Haack; Junior Woodward, Bro. Bright; Senior Beadle, Bro. Barrett; Junior Beadlw, Bro. 01.-eu; oiinuta Becre-j tary, Bro. Harper; auditor, Bro. Stock; and Secretary, Bro. I'haup. Three candidates were initiated int;> tho Order and two proposed for membership. This being all the business, the Chief Hanger closed the Lodge m the usual form, Th/) receipts for the evening wore about £70. The installation of officers takes place next Lodge night. Catholic Literary Society.—The usual j weekly meeting of the abovo Society took place last evening, when Mr D. McDonnell, (President) occupied the chair, there being a fair attendance of members. Correspondence from tho Ashbnrton Debating Club m reference to the proposed Inter-Club debate, was referred to the Council of the Society. Ad interesting debate was held on the question "Should the Government legislate against Trusts ? " Mr T. Stephens (affirmative) and Mr L. Madden (negative) led a very interesting discussion. The decision was eventually gained for the affirmative side of the question. The next meeting of the Society will be on Thursday, June 29th, when the programme for the evening will bo impromptu speech making. A Shocking Case. — A shocking crime, of which a little girl was the victim, has just been reported m Christchurch. The child, who is stated|to be about ten years old, was admitted to the Chriatchurch Hospital yesterday morning, suffering severely from the effects of a brutal outrage that had been committed upon her She now lies m a critical condition, and the Sub-Inspector of Police visited tho Hospital yesterday to take her depoaitions. In addition to injuries from the violence used, the child is suffering from other consequences of her maltreatment which cannot be further particularised, but which add to the painful character of the case. The author of the crime is alleged to be a man between fifty-five and sixty years of age. An arrest was made yesterday. The Ceoss Country Run—The crosscountry run, for which prizes have been donated by Mr Lopdell and members of the A.A.C. and A.C., will probably be aa out-ati'l home event, six miles m all, and will be run off on the first Thursday on which there are no important football matches arranged for. The course we understand, will lie iv a westerly directiou from Ashburton, and will include a fair number of gorse hedges, while the river will have to be forded. If the event brings forward a fair number of starters, it is proposed to establish a Flarrier Club m Ashburton, In other centres this form of sport has of late years become very popular, and m Chrhtchureh and Dnnodin it is nothing unusual to Gee two hundred or more men, participating m a run. Ashburton county, with its large number of football clubs, should be able to send along a very fair number to compete m the inaugural crocs country spin. Shkep-Woubting Case.—At the Raugiora Magistrate's Court yesterday, John Simpkinson, of Ashley, claimed .£36 from Henry Blackett, Loburn, for damage done to sheep by defendant's dogs worrying them. The statement of claim was:— Three wethers destroyed, valued at 17s 6d each; 14 hoggets, at 153 each; general damage to 191" wethers, £o; and to 418 hoggets, at Is per head, je2o 18".. Plaintiff gave evidence to the effect that ho found a number of his sheep rounded up, and close by them were two dogs belonging to the defendant. The same afternoon ho asked defendant to shoot the dogs, and defendant thereupon shot one, but refused to destroy the other. Plaintiff afterwards mustered his sheep, and discovered tho amount of damage done. Henry Blackett, m defence, stated that when plaintiff complained about his sheep being worried, he offered to compensate him." Plaintiff said, " Shoot the dog: that will do for damages." Ho shot the animal, nud thought he had thus settled the mattor. Subsequently, he asked plaintiff to show him tho sheep, and he took him to three carcases m the field two of which had been dead from six weeks to two month?, | mid the other about a week. Judgment was given for plaintiff for £18 7s, and costs J26 fis. Attractions at the Winter Show— There will ho several attractions nfc tho Winter Show, one of which will be the stand of tli& ft. 11, Carson Cycle and Motor Works, This.firm will display al2 h.-p. Darrauq Motor Car, also Minerva Motor Cycles and Swift Royal Cycles and Accessories. Mr Carson will be m attendance on Saturday, and will be pleased to give any information required m regard to De Dion Bouton or Darracu, Motor Cars. 60 Rubber Hot Water Bottles, Horse Clippers, Horse Covers, Gunu and Ammunition, j Kerosene Heating Stoves, Hanging and j Table Lnmps, all at lowest prices, at John Okr & Co'a annual sale. 5 Q For Children's Hacking Cough at Night Woods' Great Peppermint Cure, Is 6d i
Shops and Offices Bill— The Canterbury Shop Protection Association have forwarded to members of both Houses of Parliament a circular requesting theui^ to endeavour to have the Shops and Offices HiLl amended by repealing Clause a, and by making Clause 21 applicable to thy whole colony. Clauso 3 eoaots t'nat all shop 3 m the larger centres tiro fco olore at (1 p.m., and open Hfc 8 a.m., while Clauso 21 eoncts that the closing hour may he fix«d by a^ri'tm jqc of t.hf shopkoepo'S, except m tho four iavfjer centres. .An Opposition OROANrs-vrroN. —A meeting attended by some seventy citizens was held m Dutio'iin last night to form a Political Reform League. The speakers included Messrs John MacGregor and .fas. Allen, M.H.R.. A constitution was adopted and'an executive committee of fifteen was set: up. The platform of the League is the pUtform of the Opposition as recently elaborated m addresses by Mr Massey, Mr Allen and others.