Business Notice. —Messrs. Friedlander Bros, announce that their business premises will be closed to-morrow.
Insolvency. —Joseph Bryant, farmer, Longbeach, has filed. Mr. W. R. Boyle has been appointed creditors’ trustee in the estate of T, P. Gleeson, of the Hinds. Bakaia Church. Mr. Mountfort, architect, advertises for tenders for the building of additions to the Rakaia Church.
The War Paint. —Parties indebted to Mr. Gale, scavenger, for services rendered had better pay, unless they wish to do it “ through the nose” in the R.M. Court. §
In Bankrupcy. —David Stancombe, of Tinwald, laborer, lias filed a declaration of inability to meet the demands of his creditors. The first meeting of creditors is called for Saturday next. Bread.— At a meeting of the local bakers, held on Thursday evening last, it was unanimously decided that, owing to a late rise in the price of flour, theywould be compelled to make an advance in the price of bread of Id. per 41b. loaf.
New Communion Service.— A fine new communion service in silver has been procured for the Ashburton Presbyterian Church, comprising two flagons, two cups, two salvers, and also a baptismal font. The latter vessel has been twice in requisition since its arrival, and W® would he ungracious indeed if we did not express $ hope that its services will be ever in request. The communion service will be used for the first time on Sunday, the 10th October, when communion will be celebrated.
Whisker v. Archy. —Considerable interest seems to attach to the facts connected with a trotting match that took place eighteen or twenty years ago, near Geelong, between a horse named Whisker and another named Archy, Til® distance was a hundred miles, and the time taken was ten hours. The statement as to the time has been denied, and Mr. F. Gribben, of this town, has been at pains to write to almost every living man who had anything to do with the match. The consensus of evidence he has obtained is in favor of the statement that Archy did the distance in 9 hours 48 minutes, and was trotting gaily about Geelong next day. Thb Borough: Reserves.— From the Gazette of September 9, to hand, we learn that the following reserves within tfio Borough have been vested in the Corporation, viz.:—Reserves No. 762 (being sections 1210, 1211, and 1212) ; No. 764 (being section 657) ; reserve No. 765 (being section 630) ; reserve No. 766 (being sections 212, 213, 224, and 225) ; reserve No. 767 (being sections 210 and 211); reserve No. 771 (being sections 38, 39, 53, and 54) ; reserve No. 772 (being section 45, 46; and 47) j reserve No. 773 (being sections 73 d 74) ; reserves Nos. 775 and 776—in all, 5 geyes 1 rood 3 perches. The Camera Obscura.— This novel and entertaining exhibition is to be shown in Ashburton during the present week. The camera obscura haa been a source of much attraction in other parts of the Colony, and is very highly spoken of. A southern contemporary has described the wonderful optical instrument : —On a canvas surface being placed beneath the lense, which is in the dome of the building, the whole town, its surroundings, and the people moving about in the streets, can be seen with astonishing distinctness ; every change of the sky, on the face of the landscape, and in the streets, is accurately shown on the beneath the eyes of the spectators.
The Pound. —Tenders will be received (as per advertisement in another column) at the County Council offices up to ten a.m, on next meeting day of the County Council, for the position of poundkeeper.
Good Templary. —There is a movement on foot just now towards a union of the two Ashburton Lodges of Good Templars, with a view to strengthening the Order generally in the township. Whether the movement will be successful or not is as yet problematical.
An Old Friend, With a New Face. —There is no resident iiy Ashburton who does not know genial Joshua Tucker, for so long manager to Montgomery and Co. Mr. Tucker has now started business as timber merchant on his own account, and as he is perhaps the best known man in the district, we augur that his success in his venture is a certainty. The San Francisco Mail. —The City of New York, with the London mails of 12th August, left San Francisco on the 28th, being two days before, the contract date. The Zealandia, with the August colonial mails arrived at San Francisco on the Bth inst.—one day in advance of contract date. The Scotch Concert.— We understand that a “ foursome ” of really first-class Highland dancers have been secured for the forthcoming Scotch concert, which is expected to come off about the 30th of the month. The Caledonian Society’s piper, Mr. Murdoch Elder, aided by Piper Forbes, will supply the pipe music, which will thus be of the highest class, as is necessary when the Highland fling and Ghillie Callum (the sword dance) is under- - taken. Wo hear that amongst the-attrac-tions of the concert to “ upper country ” Scotchmen will be a song in the native Gaelic by a member of the Caledonian Society. The Committee would be glad to hear of. good Scotch vocalists in the district .who might be persuaded to add their contributions to the attractions of the programme.
The Lyttelton Naval Brigade.— Government has accepted the services of the Lyttelton Naval Brigade, but will give no capitation money. Pedestrianism. —Young Willis, who has been attempting to walk at Auckland 108 miles in twenty-four hours, caved in on Saturday at eighty-five miles. A Squeak. —At the Pukarangi Hunt Club meet yesterday at Wynyard’s the horse Cocky broke bis neck, and his rider had a narrow escape. He was riden by Thorpe the celebrated steeplechase rider.
Sailing Her. —The mysteries of a baby’s toilet were altogether new to a little four-year-old, and ho carefully watched the bathing and dressing of a little cousin. When the little powder-box was opened and the fluffy brush was about to bo used underneath the baby chin, he exclaimed : “Ob, aunty, let me see you salt her.” The Rangatira. —The Lighter Company is diligently at work securing the cargo of the ill-fated Rangatira, and as the weather has so far proved favorable, a considerable quantity has been landed. Operations, however, can only be carried on for two hours each tide, and it will take some time before the cargo is landed. The Wellington Footballers. —After beating the Auckland players, which the Wellington team of football players succeeded in doing, they leave to-day by the West Coast, playing at Nelson on the route. The Press Association agent at Auckland considers it of sufficient importance to telegraph the fact that ths players enjoyed themselves immensely, etc.
Good Templar Mrn-of-War’s Men. —There are several floating lodges of Good Templars in her Majesty’s navy, and nearly all the vessels on colonial stations have a lodge. The Sappho, and the Nyrnphe, had each a Templar organisation amongst their crews, and now we find that the Danae has also a lodge. The members of the latter are to be entertained by the Chrishchurch Templars on Thursday.
A Peculiar Incident. —A ewe was run into by the train the other day between Greatford and Marton. The poor animal was cut to pieces, and, of course, killed on the spot. Strange to relate, however, a lamb was seen to rise from the mangled remains, having, like Macduff, been “ripped untimely from its mother’s womb.” The lamb, which came into the world in so marvellous a manner, is still alive and healthy. The settler in whose charge it is has called it after the Scotch usurper. —Bangitikei Advocate.
The Home Meat Trade. —The Australasian learns, by telegram that the Sydney Government intend to test three refrigerating cars—English, American, and Colonial—on the railways during the ensuing summer. As arrangements are being make for killing meat for shipment at more than one point far inland on the railways of New South Wales, a safe method of transmitting frozen meat to the seaboard becomes an essential condition. In Victoria the only place at which it is at present proposed to kill meat for shipment is at the Saltwater River, so that refrigeration cars aro not so imperatively required there.
The Glanders in Man or Beast.— In all European countries stringent sanitary and other measures are taken to prevent glandering horses from communicating the disease to other equines or man. Notwithstanding this, instances aro not rare of the communication of this dread disease to man. When such is the case there is no help. The person is doomed, so far as human help is concerned. Physicians may mitigate the suffering) hut cannot prevent death, and, as a rule, in the human subject the disease runs its course sooner than in horses affected. In the case of a horse suspected of glanders the animal should be immediately isolated until the advice of a competent veterinary surgeon can be had. If an individual suspects that he has received the virus, and we have known it to be communicated simply by a person drinking out of a horse bucket previously Contaminated by a glandered horse, he should immediately seek til® best professional advice possible. Glanders is absolutely incurable ; the animal or man contaminated with the disease must certainly die when, the disease runs its natural course. The disease may he temporarily alleviated by proper treatment, but it surely, although sometimes slowly, undermines the constitution, and ultimately ends in one of the most loathsome forms of death.
Taking the Oath, —lt geems the taking qf an path flag ffad its difficulties and its humors in a less imposing place than the British House of Commons. The other day a man, who is either a great simpleton or a wag, was to give evidence to character at one of the local courts in Berlin. Ho was told' that he must swear before giving his evidence, but he was so impervious to the arguments addressed to him by the council of the party in whose interests he -had been brought forward, that the President of the Court was obliged to take the conduct of the business into his own hands. “ Witness,” said the Ryesjdent, “I must now have yon sworn. Lift up yqur jffipnj. fffgh, as I do—l swear.” The witpegs vyas silent Thp President, raising hia voice, said again—- “ I swear ! ” The witness was gtill gilent. The President grew a little angry, 1 ‘ Do you not hear me ? ” he aiskod ; “ Now —I swear!” “Yes, yes, Herr President,” replied the man, “I hear that you swear.” “My good man,” said the Judge, “it is you who must swear.” “ Oh, that is quite another thing,” said the placid witness. “ I thought you wanted to swear yourself; but if you demand mo to swear in the name of the law, it is of course my duty to comply—cl n it! ”i
“ Yicks Chicks” is the irreverent heading of an article in a Canadian paper on Priffco Leopold and the Princess Louise;,. - t
An Old Maori Chief. — A New Plymouth'telegram says:—The remnant of Wi Kingi’s tribe, numbering about thirty men, women, and children, arrived in town on Saturday morning on their way to Parihaka,: where they 'intend to settje permanently. The aged chief, William King, who is infirm and bedridden, will be conveyed to Parihaka on a stretcher, where he will spend the remainder of his days under the • protection of the prophet. This is the end of the. brave warrior who twenty years ago defied the British flag at Waitara, and brought on the trouble between the two races. The settlement of the tribe at Ngatimaru will be abandoned. The Member for Northampton.— The Northern Whig describes the member for Northampton in a more favorable light than we have recently been accustomed to see him —“'Mr. Charles Bradlaugh is a remarkable man—one of those nien' whom you could not meet in the street without turning round to look after. With a splendidly built body, massive head, and well-cut face, he is every way fitted for the career he has chosen and led for thirty years. One thing must be said of him : whatever his speculative opinions on religious and'social subjects, he has been before the public constantly for half a generation, and in all the fierce attacks made upon him, I have never heard a single charge made against his private character. Anyone who has seen him at Hyde Park haranguing a multitude that could only be numbered by the ten thousand, is not likely to forget him. With his- trurape f -like voice and pexfect gesture, he can sway them at will, and yet a rnob of hia gathering has never done an illegal act, while they have swept away many greviances. . Mr. Bradlaugh is, beyond all comparison, the most powerful platform speaker in England—it remains to be seen what he can do in a House that has tamed and broken so many wild spirits. A Parson in Diffculties.—The Bangitihei Advocate is responsible for the following : —An appalling story, touching a member, of the clerical persuasion, reaches us from the eastern side of the island, the precise locality in which the incident took place is not stated, be we incline to the belief that the scene of the fiasco was a fashionable watering-place, not many miles distant from the great metropolis, and famous for its esplanade, its charges, and its fair visitors. A certain curate (here again our contemporary exercises due caution with respect to pro--per names) was possessed of a gallant steed, whose ohly fault was that it had an unconquerable aversion to water, a quality which, at the seaside, could not be tolerated for an instant. The reverend gentleman, fondly believing in the superiority of the human over the animal will, determined to cure his steed of his dislike, and one day rode him to a lonely part of the beach, where, having doffed his. habiliments, he insinuated himself into a pair of tight-fitting bathing drawers, and remounted with the intention of carrying his purpose into effect. Unfortunately for the triumph of human intellect, the .animal’s strength wass too much for the divine’s will, and, despite the latter’s superhuman exertions —for he suddenly guessed the animal’s purpose —the horse took the bit in his teeth and bore him swiftly towards the stable. The curate tugged, and coaxed, and swore, and prayed alternately, as he neared the now thronged esplanade, where hundreds of the fair members of his congregation were assembled ; gazing in astonishment to see who this second Mazeppa might be ; but nought availed him, and he was borne like a whirlwind •. through the midst of them, a cold feeling " in that portion of his body which bounded upon the saddle, raising in his breast a horrible suspicion that bathing drawers after all were made of but perishable material. Panting and exhausted the curate at length reached the shelter of his own lodgings, together with the remnants of what had once figured in a clothier’s window as “ The gent’s silk net Loander costume, price 10s. Gd.,” and here our contemporary allows the curtain to fall over the story of his joys and sorrows, briefly concluding with the remark that the curate did not officiate on the ensuing Sunday. Two Good Wives. The following cutting is from an English country paper, and even if the story of the Countess of Beaconsfield is old, it will he read again with interest : —“ Much cheap chaff has been expended against Mr. Plimsoll’s earnest references to his wife ‘ Eliza,’ and against his belief in the advocacy of prayer. Neither wives—who are truly helpmates—nor family devotion are, we ! sincerely trust, becoming old fashioned or obsolete; and the public ought to be grateful to Mr. Plimsoll for importing private virtue into public life, and for his bold manliness in expressing his indebtedness to his wife, and his conviction in the value of prayer. The world does not know how much it is indebted to the words of worthy women—the quiet, undemonstrative heroines of firesides. Many of our greatest men would never have achieved greatness had it not been for the inspiration and encouragement of their wives. The knights of old rode to battle with the glove of their lady love in their helmet ; and history, both ancient and modern, contemporary and classical, is crowded with examples of influence of good women over great men. One instance occurs to us, and it relates to a statesman with whom we have nothing in Common, It rpfpra to the late wife of Lord Beaconsfield, whom he, in the dedication of “ Lothair,” describes as “a severe critic, but a perfect wife.” She was driving down to the House to hear an important speech of her husband at the time of a great political crisis. He, full of his subject, and pre-occupied, as he alighted from his carriage, shut one of her lingers in the door. Agonising as must have been the pain, she uttered no cry till he was out of gight, Then she brought her, footman to open the cruel door. “ My dear,” she said to one to whom she had told the incident, ‘‘ I would not have cried out for the whole world ; in thinking of my pain ho would have been so agitated that he would have forgotten all the chief points in his speech.” Such a woman deserved that coronet of a viscountess which her husband, refusing all honors himself, laid at the feet of hia wife. And in the ga|lp.fiy qf such noble women >ye would place “ Eliza ” Plimsoll.
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