Telegraphic. —A telegraph station is now open at Scfton, in the county of AshleyLongdeach Assessment Court. —A full report of the sitting of this Court appears els 3 where.
Tea Meeting.— The Presbyterian annual tea meeting was held on Tuesday. An extended notice appears elsewhere.
The San Francisco Mail.— The outward mails for the United Kingdom &c., via San Francisco will close at the Ashburton post-office on Saturday next, at 9 a.m.
Mount Somers. —We understand it is contemplated by the Presbyterian community of Mount Somers to hold a tea meeting and entertainment next month in the Mount Somers school-room. Trespass. —Some persons have been in the habit of shooting tame pigeons and ducks upon Mr. Hay T. Smith’s land, and as the thing has become a nuisance to him he announces that persons trespassing on his land with dog and gun will be prosecuted.
Musical. Possessors of pianos and organs out of tune or that inquire repairing in any way, will now have an opportunity of having their instruments attended to. Mr. Symons, a gentleman well known as an adept in this particular business, is now on a visit to Ashburton, and may be communicated with at the Somerset Hotel.
Correction. damage occasioned by the storm last week, we referred to a Corcoran windmill, belonging to Messrs. Jameson and Roberts, as having come to grief through the gale. We have been informed, however, that the temporary damage was sustained by the oversight of a workman who had been engaged in its construction. Important Land Sale. —Messrs. Matson and Co. will hold a sale to-day at the Town Hall of about a thousand acres of the Fairfield estate, in small blocks suitable for dairy farms and suburban residences. From its near position to the township, this property ought to be productive of some considerable competition, being just opposite Mr. Hay T. Smiths farm and the racecourse.
St. George’s Day. The Lyttelton Times is somewhat in error over an announcemment made on Tuesday that, being St. George’s Day, the banks would be closed. St George’s Day, according to the “ Southern Provinces Almanac,” is on Friday nest, and on that day the banks will be closed. The Times paragraph has been written, or at least printed, too soon.
New Business. Our enterprising townsman, Mr. Thomas Quill, is about to add a useful branch to his present business in the shape of a wholesale wine and spirit store. The want of such an establishment has long been felt, where those citizens who do not care to frequent the more public bar,, can call as at any other place of business and make their purchases. Mr. Quill, as soon tho necessity presented itself, with commendable promptitude, entered into the necessary arrangements for the completion of the project, and announces the opening of the warehouse for Monday next.
New Temperance Hall in Tinware.— Tinwald is badly off for a public meeting place, and to remedy the evil, a company is in course of formation for the building of a hall somewhat similar to the Ashburton Templar Hall. The prospectus calls the proposed hall “The Tinw'ald Temperance Hall,” but does not in any way restrict its use to pui’ely temperance meetings, but rather courts aid in building it from all classes. The capital is proposed to be L2OO, in 10s. shares, and already half the needful sum is subscribed. A section has been secured for the site near the township, and there is every prospect that the undertaking will take shape at once.
Sack Ripping. During the grain season no small annoyance has been caused now and again by either wantonly mischievous people, or people who were theftuously inclined, ripping the sides of the sacks of grain stacked in the open air. The loss of the grain carried off from the individual sacks operated upon is not so much the cause of complaint as the fact that a very large quantity of wheat is spilt through the rip, the sack itself “ caves in,” and the stability of the whole pile is threatened, and persons passing a pile of wheat stacks thus, so to speak, undermined, may get an avalanche of “ yield ” upon them that would necessitate the aid of the coroner. We may . state that should any delinquent of the kind we refer to be clumsy enough to be found out, he will come to grief that he will have to hide in prison,
Stamp Collectors’ Magazine. —We ai’e in receipt of the New South Wales Stamp Collectors’ Magazine, an eight page journal of information interesting solely to enthusiasts in philatelic matters. It is five months since the first number of the journal was published, and hence the second issue is the first opportunity that has been afforded for recording the deith of Sir Rowland Hill in its columns, an event which transpired last August. Stamp collectors are surely not very eager for the latest news.
(Very Pitiful Indeed. —The last number of the New Zealand Tablet commences as follows:—“ Amidst the general breaking up of T roteatantism as a religion, of which wo discern clear signs everywhere, it is somewhat pitiful to find that frantic pretences are still being made of extend-' ing the system by scattering its ‘ missionaries’ broadcast over the world. W \nganui Lunatics. —There have been so many persons with disordered intellects sent from Wanganui to the Wellington asylum, that the Wellington Post thinks Wanganui must present a deplorably detached appearance. It also commends the suggestion "to the Colonial Treasurer that a special tax should be levied .on the Wanganui district for the conveyance and maintenance of their insane population. Officiating Ministers Under the Marriage Act. —The following names of Ministers have been gazetted as such within the meaning of the Marriage Act : Roman Catholic Church —The Rev. William Purton. Wesleyan Methodist Society —The Revs. Andrew Caughey, John Dukes, Francis White Martin, Daniel James Murray Murray, Martin Luther Waiti. Church of Christ —The Rev. John Morrison limes. Can any Good Thing Comb out of Nazareth. — Referring to the Ballarat Juvenile Exhibition, the Post says:—A rather unexpected award is made to Miss C. C. Macfarlane, of Jackson’s Bay, in the shape of a first-class certificate for a crochet quilt. The singularity is not that the young lady in question should be pre-emineutf in the crochet art, but that she should be a resident in a place that is supposed to be the term incognita of this colony, where barbarism only is supposed to prevail. Truly, there mustbe hope for the Jackson’s Bay settlement yet. Odd Names. —In examples of curious Christian names (says a correspondent of Notes and Queries) there is probably no district richer than the West Riding of Yorkshire. Every out-of-the-way Scripture name is to be found. Levi and Moses are great favourites. Marquis, Duke, Earl, Lord and Squire are common, and children are actually baptized Little Tender, Little Scribbler, etc., from the branch of the woolen manufacture carried on by their parents. I have met with a? boy named Washington christened General George, a girl named Togotubuline, and still more extraordinary a boy called Wonderful Counsellor (Isaiah ix., G.) Nicknames aro quite common, Tom, Ben, Bill, Jerry being conferred at baptism instead of "the full name. In some of the rougher villages I should add that surnames are still dispensed with or unknown. Tom’s Bill means Tom’s son Bill. Tom o’Bills is the same, while Tom’s Bill o’ Jack’s means that Bill is the son of Tom, the son of Jack.
Sulphur for Diphtheria. —A writer in an English magazine says: “ A few years ago, when diphtheria was raging in England, I was prevailed upon to accompany the celebrated Dr. Field on his rounds to witness the so called wonderful cure, which he performed, while the patients of the others were dropping on all sides. The remedy, to be so rapid, must be simple. All he took with him was flour of sulphur and a quill, and with those he cured every patient without exemption. He put a teaspoonful of flour of brimstone into a wineglassful of water, and stirred it with his finger, instead of a spoon, as the sulphur does not readily amalgamate with water. When the sulphur was well mixed he gave it as a gargle, and in ten minutes the patient was out of danger. Brimstone kills every species of fungus in man, beast, and plant in a few minutes. Instead of spitting out the gargle, he recommended the swallowing of it. In extreme cases, in which he had been called in just the nick of time, when the fungus was too nearly closing to allow the gargling, he blew the sulphur through a "quill into the throat, and, after the fungus had shrunk to allow of it, then gave the gargle. He never lost a patient from diphtheria. If a patient cannot gargle, take a live coal, put it on a shovel, and sprinkle a spoonful or two of flour of brimstone upon it; let the sufferer inhale the fumes, and the fungus wall die.”
Childrens Parties :—Children’s parties are quite a feature in our modern entertainments, and a new ribbon dance has been especially invented for the juveniles. A ring is suspended from the ceiling to which eight different coloured xdbbons are fastened; eight children, boys and girls, hold each an end of one of these ribbons; when the orchestra strike up a tune the dancers go through certain evolutions which enable them to plait the ribbons. Then a differont air is blayed by the band, and the performers go through another figure and the plaitinS is undone. The children usually take their own ribbons, and wear dresses to correspond. Flower balls are also a new kind of entertainment; each child represents some chosen flower ; the dress is covered with the favorite blossom, and the child’s hair is crowned with it. Chinese lanterns are very much used to light up the rooms on these occasions. Some persons think these entertainments a mistake, and fancy they foster vanity and a love of dissipation in the infantile breast, declaring bed to be the best place for children of tender years. The late hours seem to present the worst feature of these balls, but, it must be confessed, children run some risk from the danger of overfeeding and the consumption of the indigestible food which is sometimes provided for them by their entertainers.
Harrow Escape of a Wire-Walker. — The “ Southern Argus ” (New South Wales) reports that an accident which at first was thought would be very serious occurred to the Australian wire-walker Blondin and a lad whom lie was carrying on his back on a recent date on a vacant piece of land near St. Clement’s Church of England, Goulburn. Several reports are about as to the reason, one being that a horseman most foolishly tied his horse to a support of the guy, and upon some kerosene being thrown on the fire the horse immediately rushed backwards displacing the piece of wood. Another is that the ground being so hard the timber had not been placed in the ground a sufficient depth. Upon Blondin and his companion in peril (who was as heavy as Blondin) getting a short distance along the wire, it was seen to give, and gradually to fall in towards the other support of the wire. The presence of mind displayed by Blondin was something surprising. He quietly told his campanion not to get flurried or struggle about, but hold on to him tightly, which ho did, and kept walking on the wire in its falling downward incline until within about ten feet of the ground when, with a sudden plunge, he threw himself and his burden away from under the falling guy, sustaining nothing further than a slight bruise to his ancle, and a good shaking, the lad he was carrying, receiving a veiy severe shake, and cutting his mouth, which bled a great deal. A Spectre. —lt is said that a Chicago man’s nightmare turned out to be the shadow of his wife’s foot on the bedroom wall, instead 'of an unearthly monster with five horps.
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