Manawatu Herald , 18 Hereturikōkā 1892, Page 2
In our advertising columns, Mr E. G. Cox, the manager of the Sanson-Carnarvon Tramway, publishes a notice as to the days on which the tram runs, and the fares. He also calls the attention of travellers to the advantages of this route for reaching Bulls or Wanganni. This will be of much convenience to commercial travellers, as well as many others. We are glad to see that the direct route is being once again brought prominently before the public. The hemp trade is on a far better footing than it has been for some time. We hear of five mills, if more by now have not accepted, who have secured fair contracts for their output for the next six, and in some cases twelve months. This is sat:s-faotory to the millers and to the tradespeople of the town. Owing to the rain of the past two days, sinking at the well has been stopped. We understand the rain, if it does not put the contractors pipes out, at any rate interferes with their getting their pipes down. Mr Rutherford, who has been only working one of his mills during the winter, is now getting the other into order with the view of starting it next week. Mr G. JR. Luoas has informed the Advocate that the separation of the Pohangina district has been granted., and notices have been sent to appoint Berurning Officer! for the election of Wardens. The Awahurl correspondent of the Advocate writes I am sorry to hear that Mr Nye, schoolmaster at Awahuri, has been in ill-health for some time, suffering, I 1 believe, from the after effects of la griffle, which has left him very weak. He seems to be much in need of rest. Great credit is due to him for the determined manner in which he has borne up against his i Iness in order to be with his scholars so I as to bring them on for the examination. After the examination it is to be hoped he will be granted a holiday, and that he may return fully restored to health. The Secretary of the Post Office invites tenders for the conveyance of mails between Foxton ahd Eereru daily, for a period of two years' from the first of January next. Tenders must be in by the 24th of September. The hearing of the charges against Thomas aud Elizabeth Goodgame of uu-1 natural cruelty to their daughter was re, sumed at the Resident Magistrate's Court, at Masterton. on Monday, when the female 1 prisoner admitted most of the specific acts of cruelty. She excused herself by saying she was actuated in what she did by a desire to break the girl of bad habits. At the conclusion of the evidence His Worship reserved his decision until 2.30 p,m. When the Court sat again at that time the Magistrate sentenced the female prisoner, 1 Elisabeth Goodgame, to four months' im. prisonment with hard labour, and the male prisoner, Thomas Goodgame, to* three months' hard labour. The sentences were received with applause in Court. The Magistrate, in pronouncing sentence, said such unnatural cruelty on the part of parents to a child was hardly conceivable. We read a short time back of three foreigners killing themselves by drinking too much water, but an English paper states a New Zealand man has gone insane through drinking an excessive amount of coffee. For the past two or three years he he has taken scarcely any solid food, but has subsisted almost entirely upon the fragrant berry. He drank at least a gallon of coffee every day. This, we are told, was the address on a letter recently sent through the German Post Offioe To the pretty maiden with the white apron trimmed with Polish embroidery, who was in Schweidnitz on Sunday." The letter fell, strange to say, into the hands of to whom it was addressed. The postmaster was evidently a married man or he would have sent the letter to his best girl. The writer of the following epistle would find his work in this colony. The Hobart Mercury states that the following sanguinary unsigned epistle has boen received by Mr Bird, a member of the Cabinet Take notice, if you raise the duty on tea, sugar, butter, tobaoco Bird, Fysh, Clark your blood and brains wi 1 be blown out of your bodies. You are nothing better than a set of robbers and villains. Take £100 a year off your salary, and pay your own railway fare, and not let the poor people do it. Tou ought to have to live on old bread and salt beef for twelve months." At a Queensland town, not long ago, the police-sergeant ran down a man, who it was suspected, had duffed stock from almost every J.P. in ihe district. At the trial the Benoh was packed, but the case broke down, and the sergeant asked leave to withdraw the charge and dismiss the prisoner. You may weedraw the charge," said the Chairman J.P., "if you weesh but yell no dismiss him— na, na. We'll gi 1 him a month anyhoo, for bein' a dom scoundrell." And they did. One of the most novel applications of electricity, says an exchange, is a devioe for preventi g caterpillars from climbing trees. Alternate copper and zinc wires are wound round the tree trunks so closely that the marauders must touch one wire of each kind at each step of their progress across the wires. Thus they serve to complete the circuit, and the result is an electric shock strong enough to kill or precipitate them to the ground. It is stated (says the Post) that the Government has been called on to take over under the Land Assessment Act one of the principal coal properties on the West Coast, in the development of which some £150.000 has been spent The owners now value their property at £42,000, the taxation value was £75,000, and the local Board of Reviewers fixed the value at £58,000. The proprietors, however, still demur, and have ca led on the Government to either take the property over or accept their own valuation of £42,000. The property is at present yielding some 4000 tons a week. The Government has not as yet made known its decision. The latest American papers to hand state that Miss Louise Beaudet, the wellknown actress, is suing her late partner for £10,000, or a half-interest in his property at Montana (U.S.A.) Miss Beaudet, it will be remembered, played with Herr Bandmann in New Zealand about 1882. After touring Australia, India, Ceylon, and the Straits Settlements, these actors realised a considerable fortune in the Western States, which Bandmann invested in a cattle ranch. Miss Beaudet now claims half of thii property, which ii of a great value.