The Ashburton Guardian. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1880.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 p.m.~\
Merinos. —To-day, Messrs. R. Wilkin and Co. sold by auction, in Christchurch a number of merinos bred by Kermode, of Tasmania. The rams brought 11 to 14 guineas, and the ewes 10 guineas.
Mount Somers Road Board. —An advertisement announces the holding of the ordinary monthly meeting of the Mount Somers Road Board on Monday, November 29, instead of on Monday, December 26.
Trout, —Some four hundred trout have been liberated in the Borough’s stream in the hope that they will take kindly to its waters. There is no reason in the world why they shouldn’t, but every reason why they should, if they are let alone. They are not, we think, likely to be disturbed, as the water is not clear enough for the larrikins to find out where they are yet awhile, and we decline to tell. Another lot have been placed in the creek, near the town, and there is every probability that soon every promising stream in the neighborhood will afford sport for the angler.
A Challenge. —ln another column we publish a challenge,, issued by Mr. W. H. Smith, to show his carriage stallion, Tam o’ Shanter, against any other in the district. It will be remembered that at the Ashburton Agricultural and Pastoral Show of 1879, Mr. Smith's horse was placed first in his class, Mr. Carter’s Dexter being behind him, while at the Show of last year the positions were reversed. If the challenge is taken up, (he decision of the judges will be watched for with considerable interest, as both Tam o’ Shanter and Dexter have by their sterling merit secured a host of admirers, and the partisans of each are confident of the superiority of their favorite.
Drowned While Bathing.— The hot weather is always a temptation to outdoor bathing, and the bath is not without its dangers. Already a goodly number of deaths have this season to be scored up against the rivers of the colony, and on Friday last another occurred —in the Clutha, at Roxburgh, where a lad of twelve years, named Hiscocks, was drowned. His body has not yet been recovered.
Good Templaky.— ln reporting on the progress of the Order in this district, we have to note the opening of two now lodges, one at Barrhill, on the 11th ultimo, and one at Alford Forest on the following day. The one at Barrhill was instituted by Bro. R. Elston, D.D.G.W. C.T., assisted by Bros. K. Sando and Isaac Scott, when a good number were initiated. It was called The Rising Star of Barrhill, and the nights of meeting were fixed for every alternate Saturday—in the schoolroom. The lodge at Alford Forest is named The Bushman’s Pride, and was instituted by Bro. Sando (acting on instructions received from Bro. Elston), with a very fair number of members. Their meeting nights are fixed for every alternate Saturday, commencing on the 27th inst.
Cole’s Circus. Perhaps the most popular kind of entertainment in this colony is the circus, and the public will have recollections of the audiences, numbered by the thousand, who patronised the huge establishments of Messrs. Cooper and Bailej', and Chjarini. A circus of the same description, and even of greater dimensions, has just arrived in Auckland, and has commenced to work its way down the colony. Coles’s Circus is said to wipe out everything we have yet seen for magnitude, and we may expect to see it here about the end of next month. Already an advance agent has been in Ashburton, and this week will see the enormous pictorial posters displayed, that Cole’s people spare no expense in getting up. To display the illustrations of their performers’ feats, and the pictures of the animals that form their menagerie, the circus does not stick at erecting hoardings, 400 or 500 feet Jong, where they find it necessary or desirable, and the gorgeous character of their bills deserve ample display. About the 20th of next month we may expect to see this monster affair, which requires nearly an acre of ground to exhibit in, carries a following of 70 men and 50 horses, and includes the somewhat rare sight in these colonies, of a troupe of American Indians.
Catching the Mail. — The following story shows how fast the Yankees are, and how their “ push” will stick at nothing. The story is told by the New York Tribune in the following words “On Wednesday,” it say's, “Postmaster James (of New York city) learned that the Pacific mail steamer City of Sydney, which left Sydney on September 9, had reached San Francisco on October 5, two days ahead of time. She was just two hours too late to catch he mail train of that day, and a delay of wenty-four hours was unavoidable. The chodule time from San Francisco was two hours too late to catch the first departing British steamer. Mr. James went to the Union Paciffic office in this city and represented the facts to Sydney Dillon, and asked if a special could not be put on to catch the regular mail train of the day before. S. H. H. Clarke, general manager of the Union Pacific at Omaha, and A. N. Towne, general superintendent of the Central Pacific, at San Francisco, were present. ‘ Where is the train with the mail at. this time ?’ Dillon asked of Towne —‘ On the Humboldt Division somewhere,’ was the reply. ‘Can a special train catch the other train?’ he asked. Clarke rep.ied in the affirmative, but added : ‘We shall have to run the special a thousand miles, and it will cost a thousand dollars.’ Don’t care what it costs,’ replied Dillon. ‘Do it.’ The telegraph was put into requisition, and it was done. The regular mail train was overtaken at Omaha. The Australian mail car was attached, last night at 9.18. It was landed in this city, and to-day it goes by the Arizona to England. If the vessel makes schedule time, the trip from Sydney will have been made in the shortest time on record—about forty days.” The Arizona was expected to reach England in seven days, but did not arrive at Queensland till the evening of October 21. The mail was delivered in London forty-two days from Sydney. A correspondent wrote to the Tribune inquiring who paid the thousand dollars, and James replied that it was the Union and Central Pacific Railroad Companies, that he was proud of his country and the enterprise of its railroad men, and that such a thing was not possible in any other country in the world.
A Hair Snake —To-day Mr. A. 0 Aifckei: while sprinkling the footpath in front of his shop in East street, with water from the public channel, threw out a long worm —about as thick as a horse hair, of a brown color, and about a foot long. He secured the reptile and placed it in water, and now preserves it as a curiosity. The worm is known as the “hair worm,” and is believed by some people to come from a horse hair, as it is often found in horse troughs, cisterns, Ac. “Its scientific name is the Gordius aquations, the first having reference to the Gordian knot, the animal having a way of twisting itself up almost inextricably ; its specific name, aquations, was given because it is always found in the water, there being several species which are not aquatic.” The above quotation is from the American Agriculturist, which goes on to say ; “ These worms lay their eggs, which are hatched, and the young Gordiuses, in some manner, find their way into the bodies of grasshoppers crickets, locusts, and water beetles, being probably taken in with their food. Inside of these insects, like tape worms in large animals, they live and grow, and when they have reached their*full size, after having lived upon the food which these insects have taken for themselves, they at length leave the host that has entertained them so long, and are fortunate if they make their escape near water, where they can live for a while and lay their eggs for » new crop. A friend who gives much attention to the study of insects, informs me that he has often seen these “ Hair Snakes ” coming form the bodies of crickets, and can confirm the observations of European naturalists. That one animal can live within the body of another may be new to you. Such animals are called Entosoa, a word from the Greek, meaning within an animal, There is a very large class of creatures that thus pass the whole or a part of their li ms, it may be within the stomach and intestines of another animal, or it may be in some other part, the liver, the brain, and various other organs, affording a homo for these creatures. That an animal like the hair worm should live within the body of a grasshopper or cricket, is indeed very strange, but it is something more than strange, such knowledge is useful. Our domestic animals are troubled by various creatures that live within them. The hairworm, it is said, does not injure the grasshopper, though it would not be of much consequence if it did, but with our domestic animals, while some of the Entozoa cause little or no trouble, others, when in great numbers, make them ill, and even kill them. . . . • • One more curious thing about the Gordius or hair worm. When the pool in which it happens to be dries up, the worm does not die, but, as we may say, goes to sleep,and waits until water comes again. Mow long it can wait I do not know, but an Italian naturalist put away one in a drawer, where it was forgotten for three years, and when at the end of that time it was placed in water it became as lively as ever."
Tenders. —The Wakanui Road Board call for tenders for a good bit of work to be done within the district.
Cricket. —Now that the holidays are over, our cricketers are again beginning to bestir themselves. We are requested to notify that a club match will be played on Saturday next, commencing at two p. m. —married v. Single. A good muster is requested. A challenge has been accepted to play the Geraldine Club on the 7th December, and as they are a very strong club, it is hoped Ashburton players will practice regularly, and thus be enabled to retrieve their position of last year with this club. Who were They ?—We weren’t about when this happened, if it ever did, but some Temuka man appears to have been, anyhow the yarn is told in the Temuka paper ; —The following from Ashburton is too good to be lost sight of. An insurance agent, busy in his office, was accosted by a rev. gentleman, “ You seem rather busy Mr. S—.” “Yes, Jam,” returned that gentleman. “I am filling in some policies fetrlife insurance.” Clergyman, “Life; what is life. Life is tut a shadow. Can you insure the soul!” The ready witted insurance agent replied that he regretted that the Government had not yet seen fit to undertake fire risks. Tableau. The Karamba Savages. —A correspondent of the Westport Times, writing from the Karamea special settlement, says : —A gentleman from Motueka is at present on a missionary tour amongst the settlers, and judging from the fact tuat he brought through a fiack horse, via Westport, laden with tracts, ho must have expected to find us in a state of savagery. One of the outpost settlers affirms that when the preacher approached his clearing in the woods he held out a,stick with a red rag on the end of it, after the orthodox style of approaching savages, meaning that he was friendly, and was replied to with the same signal.
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