The Cable. —Cable communication between England and New Zealand is interrupted, the hitch being with the cable at Rangoon. The Weather. —Sou’-west rain sot in about 2 p.m. on Sunday and continued through the night. Yesterday was drizzly and warm, with the wind all round the compass, hut very light. The weather is close and muggy, and considerable care will have to he exercised by those having grain in stock or in the ground, otherwise sprouting will very soon ensue should the temperature continue high, and wc fear many of the badly built, and imthatched stacks will have to be pulled down and fresh topped to save the grain from germinating.
The Cambridge School. —Owing to harvest operations the preliminary opening of the Cambridge School has necessarily been delayed till Monday, March Bth, when our young friends in that quarter of the district will have to exchange the stocking for the school book,
A Change fob the Better.— We are glad to observe that the large engineer’s and blacksmith’s shop opposite Messrs. On- and Go. ’s ; which has for some time been empty, except when made the habitat of the larrikin tribe, who periodically met there with the object of smashing every inch of glass in the establishment, is again opened by Messis. Robb and Burns, who intend carrying on the business legitimately pertaining to the shop, and being men of the right stamp, we expect to see the furnaces constantly throwing out their sparks.
Upper Ashburton Hoad Board. —A meeting of the ratepayers of this road district took place on Saturday, 29th ultimo, for the purpose of electing a member to serve in the place of the late Mr. Charles Seed, Westorfield, which resulted in the election of Mr, Henry Poole, Hinds river. A Collier on the Rocks. —The barque Sophia Luhrs, coal laden, from Newcastle to Wellington, made too close an acquaintance with the barrier of rocks off Wellington heads on Saturday last. She was got into port, and will have to be put on the slip for repairs. Mosley on the War-Path. The “Scarifier” of Pastor Chiniquy got a room to lecture in at Timaru on Saturday evening, and he got an audience of a sort —dead heads and empty benches. Thanksgiving Service.— On Sunday next a thanks-giving service for the abundant harvest will be held at St. Stephen’s Church ; and the farmers’ gratitude for the blessings of the sea-son may bo suitably shown by donations in the shape of produce; the proceeds of which will bo given to the Old Mens' Home. Vital Statistics. —The Registrar’s return of births, deaths, and marriages in Christchurch and district for the month of February is as follows : Births : city 45, district 104 ; marriages : city 30, district 10 ; deaths : city 50, district 54. Mr. Parkerson appends the following note —“104 deaths in twentyeight days is the highest number of deaths registered in my district in any one month.” During February, 1879, the number of deaths was—city 49, district 42.
Important Sale. —Messrs. J. E. Buchanan and Co. announce a sale at Mr. J. Ward’s farm, near Waterton, on Tuesday next, of stock, crops, plant, Ac. As Mr. Ward’s judgment in the selection of these articles is known to be second to none, wo expect to bear of high prices being realised. Maori Strength on the West Coast—ln consequence of a disqiuctning statement made by a correspondent of the “ New Zealand Herald,” that the Maoris on the West Coast could raise 3000 fighting men in 48 hours, Captain G. W. Wood, of the New Zealand Militia, has written to contradict the statement. He says that twenty years ago, when a combined movement of the tribes was made against New Plymouth, the natives could only raise a total of 1210 men, and these comprised all who could carry a musket or raise a tomahawk. Ho feels sure that 5 ,; 0 men would bo an exceedingly difficult number to bring together. The Royal Commission on Native Affairs.—We learn from Hawera that the Royal Commission lias finished its inquiry so far as concerns the country between the Patea and Kaupokonui Rivers. The Commission left for New Plymouth on Saturday. A Lucky Lady, —Mrs. Fisher, who drew Foul Play in a sweep on the Wellington Cup, drew the same horse in Stapleton’s sweep on the Dunedin Cup, thus winning LIOOO within a month.
Foul Drains. —Ashburton is not alone in its misery regarding foul drains, as witness the following from the “Press” regarding the Lyttelton drains : —The foulness of the atmosphere arising from the sewers in Lyttelton was last Saturday unbearable. The weather was unusually hot, a circumstance which no doubt increased the offeusiveness of the noxious exhalations from tfto drains, but in the absence, of periodical and effectual flushing of the sewers it would certainly seem to be the duty of the local authorities to have stench traps put in wherever the sewer is open to the streets. The imperative necessity there exists for some action in this direction, was strongly apparent to every person who traversed the streets much on Saturday'.
To Grain Growers. —Messrs. Miles, Hassal, and Co., who are so well known as large landed proprietors in this county arc open to buy or ship grain for farmers on liberal terms.
County Council Works. —The County Council are calling for three small, but> to the districts affected, important works* viz., two drains in the Longbcach district* and the approaches to the bridge over the north branch by Digby’a.
Important Land Sales. —Messrs. Sdmistion Bros, and Gun dry will hold an unusually important sale on Thursday, next, when among other properties to be submitted to auction, a store and dwelling house, and several farms will he put up for competition, and the terms of sale are unusually reasonable. Wanganui Races. —The sporting men of Wanganui deserve support for the pluck they displayed in offering a LI,OOO prize to be run for. That their spirit lias bean appreciated is evident from the prices the privileges brought at auction, some of the minor ones having been sold for Loci' 1 , and the Committee were offered and refused LB4O for the remaining ones. A Brave Boy. —The following instance of pluck deserves to be recorded : —On Friday evening two boys, named Mathews and Oldham, while bathing in the Waimakariri, would have baen drowned but for tho plucky conduct of Herbert 11. Johnston, aged 13, son of the postmaster. Johnston, who was dressing, seeing the lads in trouble, made for Mathews, who was farthest out in the stream, and was sinking for the second time. Johnston dived and brought the drowningyouth by the hair to the surface. A young man named Hayman, attracted by Johnston’s calls, swam out for Oldham, hut after seizing him lost hold. Johnston then grasped him also, and held ban up till Hayman could relieve him. When brought to land Mathews and Oldham were quite exhausted, and it was some time before they recovered. But for Johnston’s action both would certainly have bceen drowned, and his pluck is well worthy of recognition. Police. —Mr. Sub-Inspector O’Donnell, lately in charge of tho Clyde district, takes charge of the Christchurch subdistrict in the lilacs of Mr. Inspector Hickson, removed to Clyde.
The Flower Show. —ln the interests of horticulture wo would remind our readers that the first show of the Ashburton Horticultural Society will take place at the Town Hall on Saturday next. Wo are requested to draw attention to the fact that entries must be made with tho hon. sccretai-y not later than noon on Wednesday, in order to ensure each exhibitor the requisite .amount of space. All who take an interest in this young society are particularly invited to send exhibits, either for competition, or for exhibition only-. Those for exhibition only are admitted free. All members’ exhibits are free, and non members will have to pay an enl ranee fee of one shilling for each exhibit. Wo are in hopes, even at this advanced period of tho season, to sea a goodly an ay of fruit and vegetables, but wc are afraid the weather lias militated somewhat against a successful show of flowers, and we must therefore look more for quantity than quality. Still, as everything must have a beginning, we sincerely hope that the coming show may ho a precursor of many, each, increasing in merit from its predecessor.
Dreadful Accident.— On Saturday, whilst a knot of business men, farmers, and idlers were doing their lounge under Montgomery’s verandah an appalling crash was lieard overhead, then a shower of a dog and glass fell on the footpath. The dog had beer locked up in the “Times” office, and the window being open he took the nearest exit from his prison, and looked considerably amazed when he reached terra Anna. He sneaked off with a look of intense disgust at the outrage upon his feelings. In his fall ho luckily did not land on anybody’s head, had ho done so, lie would have given a shook to somebody’s hat or system, as he was of tolerably good proportions.
The Irish Relief Fund. —Dr. Lemon has received a cable message from Colonel Glover, Chairman of the Eastern Extension Company, forwarding the following message from the Lady Mayoress of Dublin to the Australian and New Zealand Press : “As daughter of Caroline Chisolm, the emigrants’ friend, I thank Australian people for magnificent subscriptions to Mansion House Fund for relief of Irish distress. I don’t know what we could have done without your aid. It makes me so proud of my old home. L 1,500 per Bank of Australasia ; L 1,500 per Union Bank of Australia ; LSOO from Launceston ; LI,OOO from Adelaide ; just received. Again thanks. ” Insurance for Girls. —A novel system of insurance for girls has existed for several generations among the Danish nobility of Copenhagen. A nobleman, upon the birth of a daughter, enrolls her name with the insurance society, paying at the time a foe, and subsequently an annual sum, until she reaches twenty-one. She then becomes euti tied to an annual income from the society, and to apartments in the large building of the association, which is surrounded by gardens and a park. Should her fatlicr die in her childhood, she may immediately occupy the apartments. Should she die or marry, the income and the right to entail the homo both lapse.
The Eucalyptus Forests. —A correspondent of the Haywards “Journal,” (Alameda county) writes as follows : —The first piece of land of any extent planted in California in blue gums and entitled, from its size, to be called a forest, contained about 45 acres, and was sot out by J. T. Stratton of East Oakland, in Castro valley, near Haywards, during the winter of 1870. The number of trees planted per acre, GSO, set out at a distance of 8 x 8 feet apart. In the months of April and May, 1877, some 19 acres of the forest underwent the process of thinning out, but leaving stand 100 of the largest finest trees to the acre. The 10 acres yielded in material 149 cords of wood and COO poles. The latter were purchased by the Central Pacific Railroad Company to bo used on their telegraph lines ns an experiment to test the value of the blue gum for such purposes. The cost of putting into market shape the cordwood was 1 dol. 10 cents per cord, and polos 25 cents cadi. The cordwood sold readily on the premises at from 5 dols. 75 cents fo G dols. 25 cents per cord. The poles, it is said, brought 1 dol. each, delivered at the station, On deducting the cost of labor involved in the operation, the returns, as the figures show, were 1190 dols. profit. The same ten acres of land for agricultural purposes, rented at the rate of 5 dels, per acre per year, at that rate for seven years, gives the sum of 350 dols. A plantation of gum trees, large or small, in necessary labor does not really require an outlay of more than lOdols. per acre during the period of seven years in the requisite culture and attention to insure success.
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