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Going for Gold.— Active step:- are being taken to thoroughly prospect the Terawhiti district.

To Consultors. —From an advertisement on our third page, it will be seen that the drawing in T. Quill and Oo.’s Consultation is postponed till Wedn aday next, in consequence of the non-retv, m of some of the books by county agents. Removal —Mr. Robert Murray, watchmaker, announces, in another column, his removal from the shop in Moure s oet, which lie has occupied since starting business, to one in the front street, beside the Clothing Factory’s store.

Pillar Box. —The Postal authorities have consented to erect a pillar box for the receipt of letters, at the junction of Fast and Moore streets, in accordance with the Borough Council’s recommendation. The convenience will save a great many people a somewhat longish journey. The Wellington Asylum Inquiry.— The Commission appointed by the Government to inquire into the management of the Wellington Lunatic Asylum, commenced its sittings yesterday afternoon. After two witnesses had been examined, the Commission adjourned until to-day. The Weak Ones. — The Mayor lectured one drunk to-day, and sent him about his business; to another, named Sayle, he gave a holiday of 24 hours, to he spent in the lock-up ; a third, Parker West, had charge of a horse while lie was vinous, and he was sent to keep Sayle company. Sayle was also accused of obscenity, and three days were added to his holiday time for this offence. A glance at the charge-dieet shows that the united coin of those three gentlemen amounted to one penny, so that we need not give the fines imposed, of which imprisonment was the alternative.

Butter.— The New Zealand Tim - in referring to the success of the shipment of butter sent home by the Protos, ;ays; —“We trust to see this export trade established on a large scale. The London prices current shows that from Is. to Is. 4d. can bo obtained for the finest qualities of tinned butter in London. It is clear, therefore, that a large export .vade in butter would bring great gain L the New Zealand farmer. And the-e is abundance of demand for it there. The yearly consumption of butter in Loudon has been estimated at ten pound* per head of the population, or 40,000,000 pounds per year, without including .tome 3,000 tons necessary for victualling t-hips leaving the port. Here now is the prospect of a highly profitable trade, in which this colony ought to fully participa! 3, as well as in the export trade of frozen meats.

The Way the Money Goes.— Another engine, and a new one, has gone to smash on the Taranaki railway (says the Patea Mail). It happened in this way:—The fireman at the Taranaki end got up early in the morning, and set a roaring tire under the boiler of his engine, hut forgetting to put water in the boiler; the result was that he stoked and poked till he burnt the bottom out. And still the engine wouldn’t go ! Then, with true Taranaki energy, it was perceived that something would have to be done equal to the greatness of the emergency; so it was resolved to send for another engine from Waitara, and after three hours delay the train for the south was started on its way. It reached Ngaire without the boiler giving out. But the south coach was also delayed three hours, and people in this district were in great perturbation about their letters.

Was it a Mistake ? — A short time ago the wife of one of our townsmen took into her employ an amiable (and, by the way, good-looking) servant. The young lady did the work wished by her mistress in a most satisfactory manner, and as a mark of appreciation was presented with a dress very similar to one often worn by the donor. The other day Mr. had occasion to come home earlier than usual, and just as he entered the door of his house ho noticed (as he thought) the esteemed partner of his life busily engaged preparing something for the forthcoming meal. Her back was turned towards him, and he gently creeped up, reached over her shoulder unnoticed, and implanted such a loving kiss on her beautiful cheek. Mrs. has heard all about it, and says she will have the dress changed for a different pattern.

The Industrial Exhibition. —There was a meeting of the Committee of the Exhibition last night in the Borough Chambers, at which there were eleven members present. The Secretary reported that 1128 feet of space had been applied for, and a large number of exhibits were known to be coming for which applications had not yet been made. No definite reply had yet been received from the railway authorities regarding an application to have exhibits carried free. In answer to a letter from Mr. Do Voeux, it had been replied that the selling prices of articles should be marked on them, and aitides would be carried free. A long discussion took place on the subject of in- , surance, and it was ultimately decided that exhibitors should insure their articles themselves. A tender for the refreshment booth from Mr. A. O. Aiken at LlO for the three days was accepted, and the Secretary said he had received an offer from Mr. Gates to work up a glee party to give two hours’ music each evening. Mr. Hodder’s suggestion that preference in allotting space should be given to locally manufactured articles, elicited a reply from the Secretary that ho thought there would be plenty of room for these. Ultimately it was decided that owing to the number of applications received for space already, all others must be sent in by the Ist of March. Messrs. Jameson, Hodder, cud Harrison were appointed a Committee to arrange for and allot space. Mr. It. Elston was appointed custodian during the days any exhibits were in the Hall, at a fee of LI fur every twenty-four hours, and it was arranged that during the day time the members of Committee would take turns of being present to act as stewards. The Committee had a 1c ig sitting arranging matters of detail and discussing general business.

Nelson College. —The accounts of the Nelson College show the surplus of receipts over expenditure to be L 1,394. Accident. —A man named Robert Miller had his thigh fractured yesterday through a truck running over him on the Break* ater line ah Oamaru. Export of Grain. —ln our advertising column appears an announcement by the Messrs. Friedlander of their arrangements for the grain season, to which wc would draw the attention of farmers. Tobacco. —Dr. Qindcrs has shown us (Bay of Plenty Tones) a tobacco leaf from one of the plants grown by him this season, which is, we should think, o'i unusual size for this district. It is perfectly freeTrom any blemish, and measures 2ft. Gin. in length and Ift. 2in. in breadth. Dr. Ginders is experimenting with various kinds of the tobacco plant, to see which is most suited to the climate, though, of course, he grows only for his own consumption. It will he satisfactory for the people here to know which plant is best adapted for the place, as it is to he hoped Government will some day withdraw their practical prohibition of the growing and manufacture of tobacco.

The Barihaka Meeting. —Themonthly talkee-i vlkee at Parihaka has concluded. Thereere present about ten Europeans and a large number of natives. To Whiti made an inoffensive speech, saying that although the Government had taken up arms against him, he would not do so against the pakehas. Ho intended to stop where he was to carry out his work. He would not send his natives for the Europeans to make prisoners through breaking the law. The Governnment might do what they liked, hut the natives would not obstruct them. With reference to Mr. Bryce’s resignation, he said that if the Government took Parihaka the natives would make no resistance. They might take him and Toliu prisoners. He compared the Government to a cannibal, or a chief who would destroy his (Te Whiti’s) people. Toliu spoke in a similar strain.

Germany and the Ikon Trade. —The announcement very recently made that Herr Krupp has successfully tendered for 3,000 tons of steel rails for a Norfolk railway will (states the Pall Mall Budget) be hut unsatisfactory news for the British iron trade, and will revive again in all its force the old l; bogy ” of foreign competition. Germany has, no doubt, increased her iron and steel production very remarkably of late years, the statistics of her make showing that both pig and merchant iron have been doubling from one decade to another with the greatest steadiness. But the secret of Herr Krupp’s being able to supply the demand of the Norfolk contractor at prices considerably below the tenders of our own ironmasters probably lies in the unremitting care and attention which the Essen-house has bestowed on the recent changes of manufacture, and the many experiments which Herr Krupp has himself initiated to secure the best and cheapest mode of dephosphorisation. There is no doubt that in the matter of cheap steel Prussia is somewhat before England at the present time, and the experiments at the Essen and Hoerde works are proving the fact in a somewhat uncomfortable way for the British trader.

Garrick. —Garrick’s character was by no means perfect. Many faults were laid to his charge ; and among others was his fondness of flattery. Murphy, to whom Garrick had given loan upon loan of money, accuses him of meanness. This charge, however, has been proved to be as unjust as it was ungrateful. On one occasion Murphy was asked his opinion of Garrick. He replied : “ Off the stage, sir, he was a moan, sneaking fellow; but on the stage—throwing up his hands and eyes—- “ Impossible to describe !” Mrs. Clive was one night standing at the wing, alternately weeping and scolding at Garrick’s acting : and turning away in anger, she exclaimed : “ I believe he could acta gridiron !” Once at a splendid party at Lord ’s, they suddenly missed Garrick, and could not imagine what had become of him, until they were drawn to the window by the convulsive shrieks of laughter of a young negro boy, who was rolling on the ground in an ecstasy of delight to see Garrick mimicking a turkeycock in the court yard, with his coat-tail stuck out behind, and in a seeming flutter of feathered rage and pride. In ‘ ‘ Lear ” Garrick’s very stick acted. The scene with Cordelia and the physician, as Garrick played it, was ineffably pathetic. The anathema in this play exceeded all imagination ; it electrified the audience with horroi'. The words “ Kill—kill—kill ?” echoed the revenge and impotent rage of a frantic king.— Chambers' Journal.

New Zealand Help for the Cape.— The Wellington Post of Wednesday says: —“A rumor has lately been current of the probability of a volunteer contingent being organised in Wellington for service at the Cape, but the matter is now not only talked of but actually in progress. The idea has emanated from the Naval Brigade, from which corps some 95 men have sent in their names. It is proposed to raise about 250 men to go as a blue jacket contingent from New Zealand, and the promoters are waiting the return of Captain Johnston from the south to enter into immediate communication with the proper authorities. It is asserted that within a fortnight of the undertaking being accepted by the Cape Government, the men to the proposed strength would be ready to embark We hear also that a detachment of 50 picked men from the Thames Navals are prepared to join under one of our blue jacket lieutenants, who served in the Thames corps for several years, and who, we believe, has, at the request of the men, taken the matter in hand. It is believed that the proposed contingent can he made up of first-class shots and hardy fellows, who would ho a credit to the colony; and as the Government compel the volunteers here to buy their own uniforms and now give no capitation money, it is supposed that the scheme can hardly he opposed by the Defence Minister.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 273, 19 February 1881

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