TOWN EDITION. [ lssued at 5 p.m.] The Ashburton Guardian. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1881.
Fall in Wool. —London telegrams state that the Antwerp wool sales opened with an average decline all round of 5 per cent. Accidental Death. —A man named Timothy Fitzgerald was drowned in the Waibo River on Saturday. At the inquest yesterday, a verdict of “ Accidental death” was returned. '' Accident Insurance Company. —At the annual meeting of this company, held recently at Auckland, after paying all the costs of establishing branches in New Zealand and Australia, a dividend of 10 per cent, was declared, and L1,G30 carried forward. Gold. —Considerable interest is bein taken in Nelson in the development o gold-bearing reefs. The Mount Arthur reefs are attracting much attention, and a prospecting association has been formed for the purpose of proving the lines of the supposed reefs at Wangapaka, and betwen there and Mount Arthur. A Dual Train Accident. —A double accident occurred on the Sydney tramway on the 24th January. An old lady on one side and an old gentleman on the other side attempted to enter the car while in motion. Both fell under the wheels and were seriously injured. The latter has since died. A Minister and His Parishioners.— At the annual meeting of parishioners of All Saints’ Church, Gladstone, Southland, last evening, a resolution was presented that the Ritualistic practices and opinions of the Rev. John Hobbs, the incumbent, meet with the strong disapproval of the parishioners, and that he be respectfully requested to tender his resignation. The resolution was withdrawn on the understanding that the newly-elected vestry would take action in conformity with the laws of the Church if thought necessary.
To-Day’s Court —At the R. M. Court this morning, before Mr. Nugent Wood, Frank Olliver, charged with being drunk and disorderly, admitted his guilt, and on payment of 2s. costs was discharged. James Costello, charged with being drunk and disorderly, and illegally on the premises of Mr. Johnston, was set at liberty, having atoned for his offences by confinement since Saturday last, his Worship, however, giving him some sound counsel with reference to his future behaviour. Mayfield School Meeting. —A meeting of householders took place at Mr. McColl’s homestead on Saturday, for the purpose of electing a comihittee for this newly formed district. The attendance, owing to harvest operations was not very large. The boundaries of the district as defined by the Board of Education were discussed at some length, and several gentlemen present appeared to think it necessary that a second school should at once be established for the upper part of the district, where there are a number of children too far removed from the present school to derive any advantage from it. The committee was then elected, and immediately held a meeting, but after Mr. McColl had been chosen as chairman, adjourned until February 28.
Temdkaßesident Magistrates’ Court. —At this Court yesterday, before Mr. Nugent Wood, R.M., the following civil business was disposed of :—Northam v, Crompton—a judgment summons for L 4 2s. 9d. The defendant was ordered to pay 20s. per month ; the first payment to be made on the 28th of February instant; or, in default, to go to gaol at Addington for 14 days. Cumming and Hayes v. Prentice —for medical attendance. The defendant having received his discharge in the Bankruptcy Court, the case was allowed to be withdrawn. Same v. Nelson— Ditto. Same v. Jones—L3 3s. Judgment for plaintiffs with costs. Franks v. Carter—claim, LI 7s. Judgment for amount claimed and costs. Temuka Road Board v. Thomas Trengrove—claim, 7s. for rates. Judgment for amount and costs. Mathews v. Golston—adjourned for one week. Medicinal Properties of the Blue Gum. —The testimony in support of the great medicinal properties of the Eucalyptus globulus is increasing every year. Few districts in Europe had a more eril reputation than the Campagna as a veritable hot-bed of pestilential fever, and people who knew the country round Rome may remember the monastry at Tre Fontane, on the spot, as tradition tells us, that St. Paul met his death. Life in this monastry meant death to the monks, but since the Eucalyptus has been planted in the cloisters fever has disappeared and the place has become habitable. Again, in parts of Corsica and Algeria, where the trees have been planted for the sake of its reputed virtues, epidemic fevers have been stamped out. Similar testimony also comes from Holland, the south of Africa, California, and many other parts of'the world, as to the febrifugal attributes of thp tree, which must make it increas- ' ihgly valuable in the eyes of Australians.
Pouring Oil on -. Troubled Wat:, is. —Some experim£fit||fwitk oil on w<-- es were made at Peterhead recently, raid were so successful that the proposal to lay oil on the mouths of harbors by meant 1 of pipes was discussed as a not very ren >te project. According to the Dundee Advertiser, bottles filled with oil were sunk to the bottom of the harbor in which the sea was breaking heavily. The oil was then released, and, rising to the surface it exercised an immediate and magical ellect in smoothing the ti’oubled waters. Ins lead of the waves breaking, the sea bee une quite smooth and glassy-looking, and there was a visible softening down of the waves, which in place of being sharp-crested were turned into long, undulating waves. The World’s Wool. — A writer, with statistical predilection, says : “ The capital employed in feeding and clothing the civilised world is amazing. It is estimated that there are from 484,000,000 to 000,000,000 sheep in the world, or, at the lowest estimate, 320,883 miles of sheep, if strung along, one closely following the other—or nearly enough to encircle the earth thirteen times. Of these, the United States have 36,000,000—that is, nearly enough to make a solid column of sheep, eight in a row, from New York to San Francisco. Great Britain has abou' the same number of sheep as the United States, and her wool clip increased' trom 94,000,000 lbs. in 1801 to 325,000,000 lbs. in 1876. France and Austria produce about as much, but the United Slates product is only about 200,000,000 I s. — not two-thirds of that of Great Britain. The great sheep-breeding countries of Australia, New Zealand, South Ah.ica, and the River Plate brought the total woolclip of the world last year vi> to 1,497.500,000 —worth, at a low estimate, L300,0Q0,000.