The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 1881. More Distortions.
TOWN EDITION. ■; i [lssued at i. 30 p.m.]
The Ashburton County Council has again incurrreci the displeasure of the Timaru He)aid. This time it is over the day labor system, by which that body has decided to have the Rangitata traffic bridge, extension carried out, that our representatives have gone astray, and, assumingithe’dharactcr of a good shepherd, Our, contemporary attempts to crook them back into the right path; The role is a ludicrous one, - and The assertions by Oat Herald in its endeavbrs to induce us to believe that black is white are equally laughable, The Council should have called for tenders for completing the work and keeping the same in repair fora certain period, says the Herald, and a very feasible idea indeed, when compared with the economical project of the Council. The Herald is still of opinion that the Geraldine Council are nst liable for their half of the expense —and this after it has been so clearly demonstrated to them otherwise. Our contempory has been convinced—that is, if logic can convince—that he is in error, but, woman-like, “ Convinced against her will, Is of the same opinion still.”
This new phase of the old complaint, however, would be a happy one were it not that it is perfectly untenable. The project to carry the work out by day labor has not been decided upon with unseemly t haste, but has been deliberated upon by the Council, and is the recommendation of the Engineer. In the respect of the possessing of such a functionary, we are ahead of our Geraldine neighbors, therefore it would be but gracious on their part were they to bow in deference a little thereto. This modus operandi has been adopted purely with economical views by the Council.
Tenders. —Tenders for cutting gorse are invited by advertisement published elsewhere. Complimentary Banquet. —This evening a complimentary farewell banquet will be given to Dr Stewart. New Boarding-House. —By advertisement appearing in this issue, it will seen that Mrs Mutch, late of the Ashburton Hotel, has opened a boarding-house in Burnett street. Fatal Accident. —Mr William Mcllroy, a road contractor, was killed by the fall of a tree on a road near Warkworth, in the Auckland district. Scholarships.— Twenty-seven boys and. twenty-one girls have entered into competition for the scholarships offered by the Board of Education at the examination at Christchurch, which (commenced to-day. T?e Oamaru Unemployed. — A meeting of unemployed, attended by : about 50 persons, was held at Oamaru on Saturday. An opinion was expressed that Government should provide the unemployed with bread or work, and it was agreed that working men should be united to send only men to Parliament who would look after their interests. No definite resolution was arrived at.
Debt Collecting.— A short time ago a London greengrocer who had several times called in vain on a. well-to-do lady for the payment of a small account, armed himself with a long whip and proceeded to make another demand. The lady told him as usual to “ call again ” and he at once began “to take it out ; of her " with the whip. he was fined L2 15s with L2 4s costs.
Gone Home. —George Wilson, one of the few remaining survivors of H.M.S. Orpheus, which foundered in the Manukau in 1863, died in the Auckland Hospital. He suffered from heart disease, and had been an inmate of the Hospital for four years. When I the Orpheus went down, Wilson, who was an able seaman, saved himself by floating ashore on a piece of timber.
Mr Berry and the Miners. Mr Berry, the Premier, of Victoria, while being shown round the Working Miner’s claim, Homobush, asked if Mr Williams (the manager) had any of the gold from the mine to show him. “ No,” replied Mr Williams, “ I took the precaution of sending it all away before you came.” The folk laughed, and the Chief Secretary “ smole a sickly smile.”
Curious Facts. —The detailed account of the United States census reveals some curious facts. One is that the number of males exceeds that of females by 888,298, the numbers bising, males 25,520,582, and the females 24,632,284. The difference must be mainly due to the large number of men who emigrate as compared with women, and accounts, in some measure, for the high position women attain in America. Curiously enough, the excess nunibdr of males is within a few thousands of the excess of females in the United Kingdom. Elopement in High Life. —A story extant in London, and published by Vanity Fair, relates to the elopement' of Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, with Mrs Miller Muridy, member of a well-known county family in Derbyshire. The lady is seven years older than the Earl, who is 25. A relative of Mrs Mundj’s traced ths fugitives to Strasburg, where he found them, and ah interview with the Earl resulted in his being badly beaten. The lady was brought back to England. The husband, Mr Alfred E. Miller Mundy, owns an estate in North Northamptonshire, and another in Derbyshire worth L 7,000 a year, and has a large income fiom other sources.
An Economic Device.— -We have heard a very laughable, story (says^asouthern exchange) which emanates' from a small town between Dunedin and Oamaru, where thereTives a man who appreciates cheap coal, and whose mode of-securing it; is one more illustration of the proverb, “ necessity is the mother of invention.” Engine-drivers are a hearty race of men, and it was on this fact that the “inventor” to whom we refer based his stratagem for obtaining cheap fuel. He fixed a wooden image of the “Aunt Sally” pattern, close to the railway line, and its comical aspect so tickled the fancy of the engine-driver that he invariably threw some choice lumps of coal at it, which our “ friend in need ” picked up when the locomotive was out of sight. Colonial Wines. —A gentleman twelve months ago (says the Adelaide Observer) sent to England a case of colonial wine, with instructions to an agent there not to open any of the bottles, but to repack them in a case with the Madeira brand, and send them back to South Australia. This was done, and on its return the owner said he had just received a consignment of the best Madeira, and invited his friends, including some connoisseurs, to sample it.’ Their commendations were eloquently expressed, and just before the company broke up the chief of the connoisseurs remarked, “ Superb wine. Never bo able to come within cooey of it in these colonies.” Then the host explained. “Let me have another taste,” said the somewhat confused connoisseur, and then with a deprecating gesture, “ H’m, there is % colonial twang about it after all. " ■
Presbyterian Church Committee Meeting. —The usual monthly meeting of the Committee of the Presbyterian Church was held last night in the Teatry of the Church. Present Rev. A. M. Beattie (in the chair), Messrs Baxter, Gavin, McLaren, Murray, Orr, and Robinson. It was resolved to defer the proposed asphalting of the Church footpaths, on account of the intended alteration of the street levels. The Secretary was instructed to write to the Borough Council requesting that there might be no unnecessary delay in beginning the alterations. It was resolved to remind the collectors for the Church Debt Extinction Fund that payment of the mortgage has to be made on September Bth, and to request them, when convenient, to pay any sums already' collected to the Treasurer. A letter was read from Mr Savage, the choir leader, resigning his position on account of his leaving the neighborhood. It was resolved to accept his resignation, the committee, at the same time, expressing their regret at losing Mr Savage’s services. It was resolved to hold a special meeting during the course of the month to consider the appointment of a new choir leader. The meeting then adjourned.
The Decline of Mormonism.—Alluding to the report that Brigham Young, the son of the Mormon prophet, had been indicted for bigamy before the Federal Court at Salt Lake City, a contemporary observes :—Polygamy, from being a cheap arrangement, has become so costly that only rich men can afford to have a number of wives. These ladies will no longer toil like Indian squaws, and fine clothes are quite as costly in Utah as they are elsewhere. The Mormon girls now decline to be anybody’s second or third wife, and are beginning to prefer the whole of a humble Gentile’s heart to the fifteenth part of an elder’s jaded affections. Moreover, there are secessions from the faith. Joe Smith’s sons have pronounced against polygamy, and when the children of the first and only legal marriage claim the sole Estate of an intestate Mormon father, the systeifa will receive such a shock that iti' filial collapse cannot be far off. Of late years it has gained no American recruits, while the European immigrants are invariably' the poorest, mqst ignorant, and undesirable that pan be picked up, by specious promises ip Scandinavia, Wales, and Lancashire. It is therefore clear that though Mormonism may, for years to come, exist as a faith, as a semi-political organisation its day is over.
Unsea worthy. —The Marine Surveyors, Auckland, have ordered certain repairs to be made to the brig Syren before proceeding to sea. Progress v. Mata. —lt is said that Mr Branch, the owner of Progress, offered the owner of Mata to make a match for LSOO, but the offer was declined. Political Forbshadowings. —Mr J. Bathgate, formerly Minister for Justice, is likely to be a candidate at the next general election for Dunedin. Melbourne Cup. —The entries for this event appear in another column. Sir Modred and Somnus are nominated. The total number of horses entered is 119. A Success. —Priestman’s patent dredge was tried in the Auckland harbor yesterday. It is said to work to a depth of thirty feet, and lift a ton of silt every five minutes. A Mean Trick. —The donation box '-at St Patrick’s . Cathedral, Auckland, has been robbed. A man named Adam, M‘ Cornish was arrested yesterday on suspicion. Infectious Diseases in Auckland. —- There are 11 cases of typhoid fever and typhoid and scarletina in the hospital. One of the nurses died of heart disease, accelerated by fever symptoms.
Gone Aloft.— Captain Mundle, wellknown in the shipping trade ’of Now Zealand, died on Sunday evening at Wellington. Deceased was for years master and part owner of the schooner Enterprise. High-Toned Savages. —ln a South Australian journal we find an advertisement calling for tenders for the building of a yacht for the King of Tonga. A few years ago a scooped out canoe paddled by savages would have sufficed. Held Responsible. —An action is to be brought against the Dunedin Corporation for damages sustained by a settler coming to town and falling into .a < hole madeby the gasworks people on Anderson’s Bay road. Educational Black List. —The Educational Department is going to keep a black list. The Minister has sent a circular to the several Education Boards, asking them to furnish him with a list periodically of teachers who have been dismissed for disgraceful conduct. His Creed. —The Hawke's Bay Herald says;—“lt is stated that in one end of the .census papers in this district the * head of the house 1 filled in the column ‘ Religion ’ with the words ‘ Pay and expect to bo paid,’ a very good maxim certainly, but scarcely sufficient as a definition of religious belief. An Old Offender.— Par Peterson was brought before Robert Alcorn, Esq., J.P., this morning, charged with being drunk while in charge of a horse, on Sunday evening last. Accused denied the charge, but the evidence of Constable Neill, the arresting officer, being conclusive, he was fined 20s, or the usual alternative. Native Troubles. —Says a Napier telegram :—A native squabble about a disputed boundary occurred at Omahau on Saturday. Donnelly’s people had been driving some sheep upon a piece of ground claimed by Renata Kawepo, and the result was that. Renata’s party killed 280 sheep belonging to Mrs Donnelly’s mother and some other natives. Search for Castaways.— The Marine Department have instructed. Captain Fairchild, of the steamer Stella, lying at the Bluff, to search Mutton Bird Island (a small island to the eastward of Stewart Island) and those adjacent; in the hope of finding Roger Owen and Edward Clark, who are supposed, to have been ~wrecked In the cutter HanhaK on Mutton TBird Island about two months ago.
The Cerberus Accident. Captain Mandeville’s reply to the Board’s report was presented to the Assembly on the. 26th. It maintained that he was not liable lor the accident resulting from electric currents, but only for the discipline of the ship. It regrets that he was not on board the Cerberus when the accident occurred, but submitted that the committee was not qualified to judge of the discipline of a man-of-war. Captain Hume’s Report.— Th* Wellington correspondent of the Press writes : —“ When Captain Hume’s report is published, it will be seen that the guesses already made as to its contents, are amusingly wide of the truth. ' Somebody evidently has been cruelly .hoaxed, and it is not at all improbable that certain statements which have been published relative to the style, the literary merits and demerits of the document may give rise to legal proceedings.” Escape. — A rather amusing incident, which brought out a goodly number of spectators, took place shortly after the rising of the Temuka Court, yesterday, in which Constable Burke, who had in his charge a man named Thos. E. Palmer, a farmer of Temuka, was decidedly nonplussed. The man Palmer (supposed to be a little touched) mounted his horse, and after several remonstrances with Constable Burke, he took the switch, which he had in his hand, and before Constable Burke knew where he was, the bird had flown and escaped. A warrant has since been issued for his arrest.. Blanket and Whiskey Powwowing.— On formally taking possession of the house atKihikihi, given to Rewi by Government, he gave a feast and made a speech. Major Jackson and Mr Mair were present. Rewi said that the land on the south side of the confiscated boundary was in Tawhiao’s hands, and he (Rewi), owing to the decision at the late meeting at Hikurangi, felt compelled to order Ross’ cattle off to prevent disturbances. He was going to see Tawhiao again, and would have more to say about the matter on his return. The friendship between the Natives and Europeans would remain unbroken.
The Victorian Reform Bill.—A Melbourne item, of date the 31st ult., says : —“ The fate of the reform Bill is still uncertain, though the corner members are expected to adandon the position recently taken up. It has been positively ascertained that Mr Berry’s interview had reference to a possible dissolution, and fears of this seem to have had the effect of stifling all opposition, but the difficulty regarding the franchise still remains unsettled, and whilst the Government appear resolved to insist on a LlO qualification, the Council will certainly not go beyond their last offer of L 25. ”
The Wreck of the Queen op Nations. —The following further particulars regarding the wreck of this vessel are to hand :—The Queen of Nations, barque, from London to Sydney, was wrecked on May 31, five miles north of Woollongong. The fore and mainmast are gone, and a man was drowned. All the other hands came ashore, except the captain and chief officer. The steward brought the ship’s papers ashore. When the tide ebbed in the afternoon a volunteer crow put off to the ship, in response to, signals ef help from the captain and chief mate. On arrival alongside, both officers disappeared below, and although repeatedly called, declined to show themselves. The boat leturned to the shore, and the officers again signalled. The boat returned, and the same conduct was repeated.: It was concluded that the captain and chief mate were either mad or drunk. Four of the crew have sworn informations against the captain and chief mate for assault and battery. The vessel appears to be sound, and not much damaged. The crew of the Queen of Nations state that the captain and chief mate were most eccentric during the voyage, and that the; weather was quite clear when the vessel struck. When she struck the chief mate presented a, loaded revolver at some of the crew, and threatened tp shoot them, if they left the ship.
A Good Precedent. — The /Fraser? have no street-corner loafers. As.apon as a man begins to hug a lamp post or rub a brick wall, he is smilingly invited to break stones for fourteen days. > Barring the Ecclesisatics. —A Judge Forbes recently bequeathed ton, Mass., L44,0(K) for; * public library,' on condition that no minister should have anything to do with its management. A Correct Definition. —A journal'for idiots has been started at Dresden. There are, says the Printer’s Register with supreme sarcasm, several such, journals in London, but they are known as society papers.
The Most Bbaettbful Woman.—Forepaugli, of New York, has selected his ten thousand dollaf~b6'£uty. Annie Pauline Scott, of Mbhofigahela'Gity,Pa., carried off the prize. She will travel with his circus, and be exhibited as the handsomest woman in America. . Miss Scott was a poor girl before she won the prize. A SLEEpi - -Monarch. —At ’ the National Theatre; Buda-Pesth, lately, in the first act of Wagnerls.” Lohengrin, ’’ while the hero was poiiring his romantic adventures into the king’s- ear, the latter ifell feat asleep on bis throne, and didnbt awkkb until the succeeding chorus.: The incident attracted the notice of the audience, who laughed heartily. Pre-Sessional. —Mr De Latour met his constituents last evening. His address was a mere reviewal of last session’s work and a deprecation:of the Government’s proposal re ths Legislative Council. He regarded this movement as one where with Mr Hall and. his party-sought: to retard future liberal government. At present the Council exercised a personal check only; if made elective it would have a party in the- country to give it backbone. The Upper House usually represented •property, and its members might he-called Conservatives, for want of a better word. The Upper House would always he . in, favor of a minority in the Lower House, and on the fusion of the two Houses in case, ■ of; a, dead lock, the minoritywould' invariably be converted into the majority. A vote of thanks and confidence was returned. .. " . ;;
Obituary.— Wo have to record the death of: Mr Josiah Birch, which occurred at Christchurch under peculiar, circumstances yesterday afternoon; ;It .-appears that the deceased gentleman was- left, in. his hotisd by Mrs ,Birch oh Saturday afternoon, and on her'return.to the house on Monday (yesterday),, ,she found her' husband lying in hit/bpd’ quite; dead; and beside the. bed. wae found a ■ bottle of laudanum, which had been in the house' for some tim A previously. Dr Nod will had seen the deceased on Saturday last and he then complained of being unwell but that he did not know what was the matter with him. The deceased was a Justice,of the Peace, and, yrss a vary old| resident in Canterbury. For a number of i years he lived in Kaiapoi, and carried on an extensive business there, and, at on time his firm did the largest business in grain, wool, and produce in the North of Canterbury.