The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 1881.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4 p.m.)
Wellington Rates. —Times must be dull in Wellington when the large sum of LIO,OOO is in arrears for rates. The Forthcoming Exhibition. —Preparations for the Industrial Exhibition are going on apace, and exhibits are coming in freely from all parts. In order that the various articles may be properly classified, the Secretary requests that they be sent in not later than Tuesday next.
Presentation. —Father Goutcnoire was presented at Waimato on St. Patrick’s Day with an address and a purse of 112 sovereigns by the members of his late congregation at Timaru, on the occasion of his leaving the latter place t) take charge of the district of Waimate. The Lotteries Act. —The police authorities at Auckland have instituted proceedings against the proprietors of the American War Diorama under the Lotteries Act, for an infringement of the law by distributing gifts at the Theatre Royal.
No Gold. —lt was reported some time since that gold had been found up the Palea river, inland of Hawera, by a surrey party. A prospecting party have been out a month on the land, and one of the party has interviewed the editor of the Taranaki Herald, and stated that they made a most thorough search but could see no trace of true quartz.
The Rev. C. M. Pym at Nelson. — Speaking of the Rev. C. Pym’s mission services the Colonist says:—“ The ten days’ mission services in connection with the Episcopalian Church commenced on Saturday evening last, when the Rev. C. M. Pym held a prayer meeting and opening service at the Shelbourne street school-room. The rev gentleman, who is acting as missioner, was formerly an officer in the 7oth Regiment, with which he served in India, and was present at the siege of Delhi ; but, having laid down his sword, ho was admitted to holy orders, and is at present the rector of Cherry Barton, in Yorkshire. In parochial mission work in England the Rev. 0. M. Pym lias had much experience, and he is spoken of as a gentleman who wins the esteem of those amongst whem ho works, whilst his earnestness creates a deep impression upon his hearers. During the short time he has been in Nelson this appears to have been felt, for the interest in these mission services is evidently increasing. On Sunday the missioner delivered three addresses at Christ Church, and the evening service was very largely attended, and there was another large congregation at the Cathedral Church last night. Similar missions in different parts of England have been marked with signal success, and in some even the records of crime have illustrated the good that has been done, for for so general has been the effect that the police reports have shown a considerable diminution in the number of offences.”
Ashburton Fire Police. —A meeting of the Fire Police was held last evening, in the Borough Council Chambers, Mr George Jameson, captain, in the chair. There was a full attendance of members. MrC. P. Cox moved and Mr W. H. Gundry seconded —“ That we enroll ourselves as Volunteer Fire Police and Salvage Corps, elect a captain, and request the Mayor to appoint a fire inspector of the Borough.” An amendment was proposed by Mr St Hill, and seconded by Mr Boyle, but as there was little difference in the proposal horn the original resolution, it was lost and the latter carried. A considerable discussion between these present then took place, as to the desirability of naming the corps “ Fire Police,” and it was aftcrwai’ds resolved to call the corps “The Ashburton Fire Police and Salvage Corps.” A lengthy discussion then took place between Mr St. Hill and Mr Harrison, on various matters in connection with their duties in cases of emergency, while some laughter was indulged in by the other members. Mr St. Hill then moved, Mr Gundry seconded —“ That Mr Rudolph Friedlander be appointed captain.” Mr C. P. Cox moved —“ That Mr George Jameson be elected captain. “Mr Hodder seconded the resolution, but Mr Jameson said ho would resign in favor of Mr Friedlander. Mr Friedlander was then unanimously elected captain. Mr Zouch proposed that there should bo two lieutenants appointed, which was carried. Mr Hodder proposed, Mr Gundry seconded—“ That Mr George Jameson be elected lieutenant.” Mr Wood was also elected lieutenant. Some difficulty was then experienced in getting a member to act as Secretary and Treasurer, but on the captain consenting to act as such, he was elected unanimously. The following gentlemen were then elected as members of the Fire Police, viz. Messrs R. Friedlander (captain), G. Jameson and Wood (lieutenants), Hodder, Harrison. St. Hill, Cox, Shury, Gundry, Poyntz, Boyle, and Stephenson. The captain instructed the members present that notice of meetings would be forwarded them by postal card in future, and that regular drills would be held once every two months. It was decided to use the badge already supplied to members for the present. After a vote of thanks to the chairman, the meeting adjourned.
Plenty to Choo.se From. —A recent advertisement for a junior clerkship in a Dunedin paper, drew forth 103 applications.
Mistaken Identity. —A London paper gives an account of of a case of mistaken ident : ty ir connection with a distinguished personage. An .aged couple in high life who were celebrating their golden wedding, by way of concluding the festivities on that occasion, adjourned with the children and their respective belongings to a theatre, in which to accommodate so large a party two boxes had been knocked into one. The eldest son, who strongly resembles his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, stopped forward and occupied the centre seat with the ladies of the party beside him ; upon which the orchestra struck up the National Anthem and the audience rose to their feet eu masse, the innocently unconscious party of course doing the same themselves.
The Dangers of Dynamite. —Persons cannot be too careful (says the Kumara Times) in the use of dynamite when using it for blasting stumps, especially when in close proximity to the streets of the town. Recently a number of people in Main street wore suddenly alarmed by hearing a dull explosion, followed by a crashing of wood and glass, and a second after seeing a heavy knot of wood, about 201bs weight, descend in the street opposite Rugg’s right-of-way. On examination of the cause of the alarm it was found that a person in close proximity to the rear of Mr Rugg’s premises had blasted a stump in his garden, a portion of which had taken off a piece of board from the front of the bowling saloon, while another portion bad smashed one of the Kumara Hotel windows.
The Progress of Chicago. —Chicago continues to increase with the same wonderful lapiclity which won for her in early youth the proud title of the Lightning City of the West. Statistics compiled at the close of last year show that trade in all its branches in the great food emporium of the middle States has never been so prosperous. The grain received in 1880 was 101 millions. In 1850 it was thought a great thing to have received sixty millions. 5,375,000 hogs were slaughtered in Chicago last year, as against 5.089.000 in 1879. The hog trade in Chicago began in 1856, with a slaughter of 22.000 for the twelve months. Now the packing houses can make away with 100.000 in a single clay. In addition to the five million odd swine which met with their death in Chicago, 1,300,000 passed through the city en ‘route for slaughterhouses elsewhere. The Imveiual Cabinet. —lt is openly stated in political circles (says the Home Hews) that the secession of Lord Granville, the Marquis of Hartington, and Mr Forster may be expected at any time, while the chance of retaining Lord Selborue or the Duke of Argyll is regarded as a very doubtful one. There can be no doubt that the position of such men as these in a Government which includes a Chamberlain and a Dilke is exceedingly evnharassing ; and it is a marvel to many persona that they have managed to go on together so long. A disruption is sure to take place shortly, and, according to present appearances, the break-up will most likely take place over the proposed legislation for Ireland. This may possibly explain a telegram which we published recently, stating that changes in the Cabinet were probable.
An Arduous Duty. The London newspaper Truth, says that the most arduous duty of the British Minister at Brussels (Sir Saville Lumloy), is that of seeing, once a fortnight, to the proper packing of a box of Belgian biscuits destined for the Queen of England. Her Majesty one day lunched at Laeken, and expressed high approval of some biscuits which made their appearance on the occasion. Queen Marie Henrietta explained that they were home-made, and the like of them could nowhere be purchased (the secret ef their manufacture resting with the palace confectioner), but promised that Her Britannic Majesty should henceforth receive a regular supply. Every other week, accordingly, a packet af these edibles is despatched to : Sir Saville, and his Excellency confides them to a Queen’s messenger. The messenger returning from Berlin is usually selected to be the custodian of the precious charge.
The Winter Palace at St. Petekseckg.—About three thousand persons live in the Winter Palaco at St. Petersburg, some of whom have boon born, baptised, confirmed, and married within its walls. There are families which have even had the honor of dying out in it ; and in St. Petersburg, a contemporary states, the story finds common acceptance that there is a meadow somewhere on its roof, where cows are put out to graze. Certain it is that there are huge cisterns on the root which in winter have to be kept from freezing by heating furnaces in the lofts below. It is said that before the Russian architectural mind thought of these furnaces the water in the cisterns was kepi in a liquid state during winter by red-hot cannonballs, which after being heated on the roof were dropped into the water. When one of these forced its way through the lead into a lady’s apartt.nent, nearly setting fire to the Palace, the system of heating was changed.