TOWN EDITION. [ lssued at 5 p.m. ] The Ashburton Guardian. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1880.
The Weather. —Yesterday was wet from;two o’clock in the afternoon'till this morning, and a large quantity of rain fell. This morning’s telegrams show that the rain has been pretty general over the eastern and southern portions of. the island/-'and its value-to all 'kinds of : land cannot be estimated.
A Painted Show Pig. —The dispute between Mr. Hurst and the Auckland Pastoral Association re the lamp-blacked Bertie Saverna pig at the late show, has been satisfactorily settled, the Association having passed a resolution that the disqualification took place simply as a mark of their disapproval of using any coloring matter in dressing an animal for exhibition. No blame is attached to Mr. Hurst for attempting to deceive the judges, but the committee are determined that animals shall be shown on their merits. An affidavit was made by one of Mr, Hurst’s employees stating that while Mr Hurst was in Wellington, at the Exhibition of 1879, the two pigs, there shown • were similarly dressed without the knowledge of their owner.
A Comforting Paragraph.—Moss, Paine, and Go’s Pastoral News, published in Wellington, says “ The financial position of the Colony is steadily improv-. ing, and the latest quarterly returns mark the improvement in a striking way. For the quarter ending 30bh September, 1880, the Customs yielded L 310,378, being an increase of L 6,598 over the corresponding quarter of 1879. The stamp duties also show an increase of L 2,188. The railway receipts show an increase of no less than L 58,106, and the Post Office and Telegraph L 3,178. The land sales show an increase of L 13,697, and the new beer duty, and increases in the other branches of Revenue bring up the receipts to L 131,530 over that of September quarter of the previous year. It must be remembered, also, that this is without any receipts from the Property tax, of which the first instalment does not fall due till the end of the present year.
Window Smashing at Rakaia.—On Saturday night some evil-disposed person or persons smashed every pane of glass in the windows of the shop lately in the occupation of Miss E. Wood, draper, Rakaia. Not content with this piece of mischief the..party also smashed all. the ih Mr. Kemble’#; workshop in the rear of’ the same building,"Mr. Kemble being the proprietor of both buildings. During the same night twenty-eight panes were broken in the windows of the Presbyterian Manse, which is being built by Messrs. Kemble and Sharp. The perpetrators of these acts of Vandalism would seem to have some strong feeling of enmity against the'victims of their; spite. .'This, being the case, and Messrs. Kemble and Sham knowing whom they have offended, it should not be a matter of very great difficulty to sheet it home in a place like Rakaia. where there are so few people. A reward of LlO has been offered for the conviction of the offenders.
Inquest. —An inquest be held at the hospital to-morrow ? oh the. body of a man named Michael Cuihey, who was kicked by ahorse at Waterton on Thursday last,-'and died on Saturday night. 1 .
: , Neglect. A man named W. H. Strange was remanded till to-morrow by the Mayor, before whom he was charged with disobeying an order of Court for the support of his wife and" family.
Arrivals at Home. —Per the Merchant Shipping and Underwriters Association we learn the arrivals at Home of the following vessels:. —The Athelred, irom Lyttelton, on September 8; the Otago, from Bluff Harbor, on September 15, and the Paget. A Shower of Worms. —Yesterday afternoon, during the rain, a shower of small white worms fell in some of the higher parts of the town. r ihe worms wore about half ah inch long, and’ arc imagined to be precrusorsof Mrs. Shipton S closing scene of the world in 1881, Smart. —Says the Bruce Herald :■ —We live in a smart age. The members of the Bruce Rifles danced on Friday night, last from 10 o’clock to 5 on Saturday morning, and then instead of going to bed, many of them proceeded to the butts, and substituted a bull’s-eye for the glances of the fair sex.
Lucky Executors. —In 1878 an old lady died at Brighton worth LII,OOO. By her will she gave legacies to the amount 0f;L2,400, but no directions as to the disposal of the r residue of her csta-te. On her death it transpired she was illegitimate by birth, and there being no next of kin the executors (her doctor and her solicitor) claimed the residue—about LB,ooo—and the Vice • Chancellor decided in their favor.
Working to Waste. —Talking of newspaper affair's (says a London correspondent), I give an item relating to the Times, which I know to be true, and which will afford an idea of the scale on which business is carried on in Printing-house square. The over-matter —that is, the news and other newspaper material set up, but distributed without being used, from pressure on space—represents an annual expenditure of from L 14,000 to L 16,000.
A' New Gunpowder. —A new description of large-grain gunpowder, manufactured at the Government factory, Waltham Abbey, is at present undergoing an exhaustive trial at Woolwich, varied charges being fired from the 38-ton and othei’i experimental ’ guns, and the usual tests applied to ascertain the velocities both inside and beyond the gun, and the pressures set up within the bore by the successive explosions. The “ grains " of the powder are prismatic in shape, and combustion is slightly accelerated by a perforation through each of the prisms. The powder appears to answer favorably in the large charges required for heavy ordnance.
Property Assessment Act. —The following reviewers for the Canterbury district under the Property Assessment Act are already appointed : —Christchurch— Messrs. G. Hart and J. Anderson ; Leeston—Messrs. E. Lee, F. J. Ki mb ell and J. Jameson : Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Amberley, and Kaikoura—J udge Gresson .Messrs. J. C. Boys, and F. Courage ; Ashburton —Messrs. J. Grigg and W. 0. Walker ; Akaroa—-Messrs. J. D. Potts and W. B. Tosswill ; Geraldine—Messrs. H. Belfield and W. Postlethwaite ; Waimate—Mr. F. R. Lovegrove ; Oamaru—Mr. D. Sutherland ; Waitaki—Hon. H. J. Miller. This list is not a complete one, as- several vacancies still remain to be filled up, which will bo done as soon as possible. A Centenarian.—A northern exchange says ;—“ It very rarely falls to the lot of man, especially in the colonies whore people live at such high-prossurc speed, to reach the age of a hundred years. There is in the Turakina valley, however, ‘ a man of the Cameron clan,’ who is still in possession of Ml his faculties, though he is 102 years old. Mr. John Cameron was born in 1778, the eighteenth year of George the third’s reign. George the Third reigned 60 years, after him came George the Fourth, and then William the Fourth succeeded by Victoria, who has now occupied the throne for about fortythree years, and yet Mr. Cameron is in the land of the living. ” Winslow Sports. —The Committee of the Winslow Annual Sports met at the Winslow Hotel on Saturday evening at 8 p.m., Mr. J. Walker occupying the chair. The minutes of the last meeting having been road and confirmed, the election of. officers was proceeded with, resulting as follows President, Mr. E. G. Wright; Vice-President, Mr. John Carter; judge for horse races, Mr. M. Stitt ; judge for athletics, Mr. Scolley ; starter for horse races, Miv S. Satin dors ; starter for athletics, Mr. Foster ; clerk of course, Mr. H. Fowler. The programme advertised in another column was then considered and adopted, the amount of' the prizes being left, for allotment at a future meeting. It was resolved to advertise the programme in the Guardian and Mail. The meeting then adjourned until December 11th, at 8 p.m. , The sports this year will probably bo held on _ private , grounds, thus enabling the Committee to charge for admission. ' Drunk.— Robert Taylor, hailing from Kyle away, took some machinery to Rakaia railway station on Saturday, for despatch to Christchurch to be repaired. Ho sent away his machinery, and then took “only two glasses, your Honor.” Those two glasses, however, were too many for Mr. Taylor, and he fell down between the railway platform and the train at Rakaia. To-day the Mayor fined him 10s. John Hogan, a man with one leg. was found drunk at Rakaia by constable, Rotfso. Bouse tried to rouse him up and take him to the lock-up, hut Hogan screwed off his timber toe and wouldn’t “ gee,” giving Rouse the alternative of carrying the maimed one or leaving him. Rouse got a conveyance and removed Mr. Hogan, whom the Mayor fined 10s. Edward O’Neil was dismissed with a caution. He had only had “ one glass, yor Honor his onelosigpd companion in misfortune had “only two.'’ AJI the above cases were from Rakaia, and if five glasses can produce three cases of drunk the hciuor supplied in that district must ho strong indeed. . .
The School Cane —ln giving his decision in a case in which a female teacher in the William street school, Dunedin, was charged last week with assaulting a pupil in her class by beating him on the hand with a cane, Mr. Watt, R. M., spoke as follows ; I think all medical men will agree with me, that punishment on the hand is the wrong method to adopt with children. It is at all times likely to create inflammation, and when it does it is always severe. slaps on the head and caning or leathering on the hapds is punishment which .School Committees should put down. I shall always look curiously at cases of caning or injury to the hands. A stroke across the back is not likely to injure a boy or girl, but I know one case in which a boy lost three fingers through caning on the hands. —We fancy jf teachers would cast their eyes down the contour of each child’s body, they would discover fjji.at midway down, and at a suitable height for, ffoipg spanking properly, nature has provided a pl3.ee for delivering punishment—a place that will receive any . .amount,, without taking per r .manent injury, And yqt’give to the pupil intimation sufficient that he’ has been up to mischief.
Her Birthday.—A young lady wrote some verses for a paper about her birth* day, and headed' them, “ May 30th.It almost made her hair turn grey when it appeared in print My 30th.” -
A New Description. —At the Anglican Synod in Dunedin the other day, the Roy. Mr. Byng spoke of tea meetings, held in connection with churches, as “ greasy demonstrations of Christianity. ’ ■ \
Economy of a Reformed Spelling, i —According to London Truth, it is! calculated by the ad rotates of a reformed, system of spelling that, by the adoption of the phonetic rule, there would be a saving > to a writer of one hour and twenty minutes in a day of eight hours, or 400 hours in a year of 300 days. A saving of 20 per cent would be effected on the same amount of literary matter in the ■ Times newspaper, and an equal saying in the cost of new books. Over all departments of English literature it is calculated that there would be a saving of L 10,000,000 annually.