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Colonel Scratchlby,—Col. Scratchley who has just selected a site in Lyttelton harbor for a battery, and is making a tour of inspection of the leading harbors of the colony with a view to their defence, passed through Ashburton last night, per special train, en route to Dunedin. SiixaoEiv. ——Ownlplfllntft-jUAvo-Voon-made in some quarters of the difficulty experienced in procuring totara timber. This complaint has no longer any foundation, if it ever had any, as Mr. Alphcus Hayes advertises his ability to supply it in unlimited quantities. Before the Mayor. —His Worship on Thursday fined W. Smith and J. Clifford 10s. each, with costs, for being drunk and disorderly at Rakaia. R. Wilson for the same offence at the same place was simi-, larly punished, but he was also sent to prison for 48 hours for abusing Constable Rouse, who apprehended him. The Irish Relief Fund. —At a meeting held on Thursday in Christchurch, it was resolved to ask the different churches in the city to devote one day’s offertory to the relief of the distressed in Ireland, and also to send subscription lists to the banks, hotels, and workshops. It was further resolved to take steps to get up fetes similar to those instituted for the Indian famine and the Kaitangata coal mine accident relief funds. This Year’s Thrashing. —On Wednesday next, at half-past three, a meeting of proprietors of thrashing machines in the county will be held at Messrs. J. E. Buchanan and Co. ’s office, for the purpose of arranging an uniform tariff throughout for the present season. Such a combination cannot but be more satisfactory to all concerned, as fanners will have a definite fixed price to pay, without the usual bargaining with various owners and the consequent loss of time. Waiting for the Harvest. —There are about 600 men in town just now waiting for the harvest. Most of them are accommodated in the hoarding-houses and hotels, but a great number of them, too, have taken up their quarters in tents in the river bed. Notwithstanding the number of young fellows amongst them who have their veins well blooded, and their spirits light, the behaviour of the whole has been remarkably quiet and respectable, and the police have had little to do. Visitors worth Entertaining. —The Lincolnshire Agricultural Delegates arrived in Christchurch yesterday. They are on a visit to New Zealand to spy out the fatness of our land, 'with a view to reporting to some hundreds of brother farmers in the old country on the suitability of the various paris of this colony for settlement by those of their number who consider a new country, with cheap freehold land, hotter for them than high rent, and bad harvests in the land of their birth. His Worship the Mayor of Ashburton, in conjunction with the Agricultural and Pastoral Association, are taking action to induce these gentlemen to visit this country. With the favorable weather we are enjoying and the splendid appear-ance-of the crops every where, we imagine there are few places will take their fancy better than the Ashburton district. The Funeral of Mr. Denihay. —On Thursday the funeral procession of Mr. Denihay, whose lamented death we notice in another paragraph, passed through Ashburton to the grave yard. The cortege was the largest ever seen in the district, extending over fully a quarter of a mile in length, and comprising between 30 and 40 private conveyances and over 60 horsemen. The coffin was first taken to the chapel for the usual services and thence to the cemetery, whither it was followed by those who had attended to pay their last tribute to the dead. The procession, containing as it did so many of the deceased’s neighbors and fellow-settlers on the plains, testified to the high esteem in which he was held. The Manugraph.— Hr. Cambridge is now exhibiting in his window specimens of work done by the manugraph, a simple

machine by which writing af any kind if done by the proper kind of ink, can be reproduced by the hundred copies, by the simple process of laying the sheets of paper over the negative after it lias been transferred to the composition which is tire transfering agent. The process is a very simple and easy one, and can bo done by anyone who is able to write. The invention is a Dunedin one, but no end of nranugraphs are now being produced, both in Christchurch and in the southern city. Professor Wallenberg. —The public has heard a great deal, through the columns of the press, of Professor Wallenburg, a gentleman who makes a specialty of diseases of the eye and ear. Some extraordinary instances of his success South are record d—so extraordinary that unless actual personal knowledge of the cases is possessed, one is inclined to bo exceedingly sceptical of their truth. Professor Wailenburg is now in Ashburton, and in response to an invitation from him we attended his temporary consulting rooms in Quill’s Hotel, when six of his patients were under treatment. The Professor fixed half-past five as the time for our visit. At that hour, he said ho would have some of his best cases in hand, but ho would be employed with cases the greater part of the evening. We chose rather to visit the Professor at haphazard, and went at about seven o’clock. He was then, as we have said, attending to six persons. We were invited to question them. They were all known to us, with one exception, and we happened to know personally the history of most of the cases and can therefore vouch for their bona fides. The first we interviewed was old Joseph Goodman, an inmate of the Old Men’s Home, a lively, jolly old man of 65, whom every visitor to the Home must know. He has been in the Home for two years and a-half, and daring that time he has been totally blind in one eye, and partially so in the other. His want of sight incapacitated him from any kind of work, though otherwise he is quite strong and able-bodied, and in consequence of the failure of his eyesight he was compelled to seek admission to the Home as a man laid on the shelf for life. Mi’. Madison, the master of the Home, offered to pay the Professor’s fee out of his own pocket if he would cure old Joseph and another. The Professor would not accept payment from Mr. Madison, but undertook - the two cases gratuitously. Joseph the Professor for the first time last Wednesday. Then, as we have said, his eyes were of little use to him. Last night he was able to thread a needle, and could point out to us minute drops of_ spray upon the table that were not immediately apparent to our thirty years younger visuals. Joseph’s gratitude as may be imagined was perfound, and his naturally high spirits were at boiling point over his restored sight, which he says is as “ clear as ever it was,” and his previously totally blind eye is rapid y getting as clear as the other. Stephen Coppinger was the other man from the Home. He is an able bodied man of 40 years, a native of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. By an accident in - early youth his left eye was wholly destroyed. His right eye gave way last year, after he landed in Lyttelton from a sea voyage, being a sailor. He was for four months in Christchurch Hospital, from which he was discharged as incurable, or at least with an admission on the part of the medical men that they could do no more for him. This is his own story. But we know he has been in the Home for a considerable length of time, and that to all intents and purposes he was blind, and required two pairs of spectacles to aid him in groping his way about. He and Goodman came to the Professor together, and Coppinger can now see as well as ever he did, but ho is naturally short- sighted. Both will now probably leave the Home and earn their living. Mr. G. F, Rickards, farmer, Wakanui, had been weak in the eyes since he was four years of age, and was gradually getting worse, the lids being nearly closed over the pupils. He was-iw_t,ho-op<>vfvting chair when we saw him, and after he rose his eyes were somewhat inflamed under the treatment. He told us that previous to his first visit to the professor he could not distinguish objects at a greater distance than three yards from him. As the pain of the treatment assuaged he was able to distinguish objects se\ eral chains away. Mr. Lewis, veterinary surgeon, Tinwald, is a wellknown gentleman. Fourteen years ago, when girthing a horse up, his hand slipped and struck his open right eye, which was so much injured that he had to use his left when shooting. After the first operation by the Professor Mr. Lewis felt relief, and he does not expect to require more than another visit before his sight is fully restored. Another case was one of deafness. Mr. R. H. Curry, a stranger to us, however, said he was as deaf as a post in his right ear when he visited the Professor last Wednesday, and to hear with his left it was necessary that words should be bawled into it. Ho had been in tliis state for six years. When we saw him last night he could sustain a conversation with us, carried on in ordinary tone of voice. The cases mentioned above we can personally vouch for being bona fide, and as they seem to us to be extraordinary we publish them, in the belief that wo are doing afflicted ones a kindness. We know nothing of Professor "Wailenburg beyond what we saw of him yesterday, but he is evidently as clover in his treatment of diseases of the eye and oar as he is entertaining as a conversationalist. The Sunday Threepenny. — “ A Vicar ” confides ruefully to the “ Times ” that the “ offertory ” at his church is full of “ throepennies,” which arc in special demand by his congregation for the express purpose of the Sunday offertory. When paying a hill at his grocer’s in threepenny pieces the other day, the shopkeeper remarked, “ These threepennies are such a convenience to me, as I can now oblige so many of your conp regation, who come to me for them on the Saturday. ” Some time ago a country parson gave a satisfactory report on an experiment of bujdng up all the three penny-pieces and groats in his village. Ho ultimately invested L9O, and the result was a considerable increase in his collections. It is doubtful, however, whether enforced generosity should be a minister’s ideal. "

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 52, 24 January 1880

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Untitled Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 52, 24 January 1880