Borough Council. —The usual meeting of the Ashburton Borough Council takes place this evening. The Ash burton Pound.— Mr. William Price has been re-appointed to the poundkeepership till further notice, notice to that effect being given by the County Clerk. Agricultural and Pastoral Association. —A general meeting of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association Committee is to be held in the Somerset Hotel on Thursday afternoon, at three o’clock. The Dramatic Club. —The last rehearsal of “Josephine” and “ The Bailway Belle,” before their performance on Thursday evening, takes place to-morrow night. We observe that the Club are anxious to increase the number of lady members “McGuire.” —Philip .McGuire .made his appearance on the South Boad on Sunday afternoon, carrying with him a “cross” that had boon made with only one tool, and that a tomahawk. The large funeral procession passed at an awkward time for Philip’s lecture, as the greater attraction led away the crowd, and the “ lecture” has yet to be delivered.
Captain Barky Again. —Captain Barry, tho hero of the rotten egg scenes at Timaru and Christchurch, has been asked by 510 gentlemen to deliver his lecture, and he has consented to once more appear before a Christchurch audience and Christchurch eggs. “ Pinafore. ” — ln our last issue we gave an account from a Wellington paper of how “ Pinafore ’ was to be performed on board the ship St Leonards, lying at the Queen’s Wharf, Wellington. The performance should have come off last Thursday, but “ Pinafore” was delayed from “ stress of weather.” Saturday, however, was fine, and the representation eventuated in the evening, and was a great success. A Goon Deal. — A few months ago a dealer in Edinburgh bought at a sale two eggs of a great auk for 325. A few days afterwards the same dealer sent the eggs to London to be sold, when one fetched LIOO and the other 102 guineas, which, with one exception, is the highest price ever known to have been paid for one egg. This exceptional case was a moa’s egg, sold some years ago at the same place for L 165.
Teeth. —Dr. Fararr, an American physician, has made a very curious calculation. He estimates that not less than half a ton of pure gold, worth half a million of dollars, is annually packed into people’s teeth in the .United At this rate, all the gold in circulation will ( be buried in the earth in 300 years, lie also calculates that three million of artificial teeth are annually supplied, and that only one person in eight has sound teeth. Tvess v. Martin. This case has at last been settled. It was just beginning to be aa interesting as the celebrated Gorham case, a leader on which was written by an Indian editor. The leader was very short, but it was very telling, and comprised only two lines, one of which was the heading, “ The Gorham Case,” the other being the leader, which ran—“D the Gorham case.” The settlement of the Ivess v. Martin case has been brought about by Mr. Martin choosing rather to pay the £6 13s. than to be worried to death by lawyers, professional or amateur.
This Year’s Vintage. —Last year there were no grapes worth speaking of in Rhineland, France, or Italy. At Dijon in September the vino keepers were making mustard of their crops. In some parts the Swiss were leaving their crops to rot upon the vines. This year, the prospect is very different. Some of the vineyards on the Rhine have the finest fruit of the lasb five years. In Burgundy the glad heart of those who keep the vendange is full of joy. In many parts of Italy the harvest is of the best. Wine of 1880, the connoisseurs say, will become in time a famous and luxurious tipple.
Dangerous Lessons. —The Pall Mall Gazette says that the English army is teaching the. Afghans the art of war, the value of breechloaders, and the use of rifled artillery. Napoleon found a Europe trained to antiquated maxims and practices of war; he defeated army after army till a school of generals arose who had learned through defeat to become victorious. Then at last the master fell under the blows of his pupils. It is not impossible that we may be gradually teaching the warlike tribes how to resist the might of civilised armies. When the odds are five to onfe* men and six to one in guns againsi^ns; when the gunners turn out to be welFtaught, and many of the infantry are armed with breechloaders which they know how tousfr, the question may well arise whether we are not strengthening the Afghan nation without rendering it friendly.
Adelaide Keelson's “ Skeleton in the Closet.” —Miss Kcilson, the actress, had her own reasons for keeping her proposed marriage, which-never occurred, a secret for a time. She had been married early but not well. Her husband and she parted. She went to America and became an American “ citizeness.” In the land of free divorce she easily freed herself from the matrimonial bond. But could she marry again without committing bigamy ? It is doubtful whether she could have done so anywhere without running the risk of a prosecution in England. It is still more doubtful whether she could have done so in England, the English law recognising no foreign divorce after an English marriage. But she intended to run the risk, and death removes an interesting suit from the greedy hands of the lawyers. Quack Doctors. —An extraordinary trial for murder has been heard at the Central Criminal Court. Robert Slade Colmer, and his wife Jane Colmor, who for nearly twenty years past have followed the business of herbabsts, in the West of England, travelling from town to town, and giving advice and healing patients, were charged with procuring miscarriage to the widow of a deceased solicitor at Crewkemo, the illicit and violent measures used having caused her death. The deceased was proved to have gone to their house in perfect health, and when she left she was in a dreadful condition, and death was the rejault. Sentence of death was passed, and the prisoners were remitted to the custody of the sheriff of the district. After the sentence was pronounced the jury handed in a recommendation to mercy on account of their believing that the death might have been accelerated hy riding home in an omnibus.
Funeral. —Yesterday afternoon one of the largest funeral processions that has ever passed to the Ashburton cemetery, left the house of Mr. Donald Ross, on the North-east Town Belt. Mr. Ross’s second son Andrew, had for many months suffered from an affection of the lungs, and with a view to trying the improving effect of a milder climate, Mr. Ross had gone to Sydney to make arrangements for his son’s reception there, as soon as the latter should feel himself strong enough to face the journey. This errand of the father, however, has proved a bootless .one, for in his absence the son has been placed beyond the influence of earthly solicitude, and on Sunday he was buried. The young man was well known in town, and his general disposition endeared him to many friends. His suffering too, was well known, and many took an interest in his cause when they learned that the bright-faced youth carried with him the seeds of the deadly dosease that must finally take him away. Besides having a wide circle of private friends, the deceased was a member of the Somerset Lodge of Freemasons, and also belonged to the Good Templar Order. Both these bodies decided to mark the occasion of his funeral with the signs cf mourning peculiar to their respective Orders, and on Sunday the Masons and the Templars in full strength, headed by the brass band, playing the “ Dead March in Saul," preceded the remains to the cemetery. Following the band, came the Juvenile Templars of the Sunbeam Lodge, then the adult members of the various Lodges in the district, to the number of, perhaps, 100, and all in appropriate mourning regalia. Then the Freemasons followed in Masonic order, strangers and .visitors first, then St. John’s Lodge, then the Thistle Lodge S.C.), then the Royal Arch Chapter, and finally the Somerset, of which deceased was a member. Probably, 150 Masons altogether were in the procession. At the grave, service was read by Mr. George Jameson, lay reader of the Episcopal Church, and at its conclusion the usual Masonic final farewell was taken by each brother dropping a sprig of acacia on the coffin. After this ceremony had been completed, the Good Templar order for the dead was read by Mr. G. W. Andrews, of the Dawn of Peace Lodge, and the proceedings over, the procession moved homewards in the usual maimer. The deceased was only 24 years of age.
Steam Home. —The next large steamer from London direct, is to be Messrs Money, Wigram and Son’s Durham, a vessel of 2284 tons register. She will be despatched from Lyttelton also, direct for home, with cargo and passengers, leaving there about the 12th of December next.
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