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Lottie Again in Court.—At the Auckland R. M. Court yesterday, the Christchurch Telegraph Company sued Madame Lottie Wilmott for the sum of Lll, and obtained judgment against the fair defendant. Acknowledgment.—The Master of the Old Men’s Home desires to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of a case of old Jamaica nun, for the inmates, from Mr Thos. Quill, of the Commercial Hotel, Ashburton. A Hbavt Sentence.—At the Christchurch Resident Magistrate’s Court this morning, John Prescott, charged with several acts of indecent exposure of a peculiarly revolting character, was sentenced to three years’ hard labor. No Longer Protected.—The patents of the Singer sewing machine have expired; anybody can now manufacture them.

R. M. Court. —On the Court resuming this afternoon, Mr Crisp quoted authorities for his previous contention in the case of Boyle v. M'Laymont, and following his address on the merits of the case, his Worship gave judgment for the plaintiff, for L2 12s 6d, and costs. Crimminal Assault. —A man named John Davis, aged 72, was committed for trial at Auckland on Wednesday on a charge of rape on a girl under 12 years of age. He treated the charge with indifference and levity. Appointments.—A Wellington telegram states that Messrs H. J. Tancred and Mr T. W. Maude have been appointed visitors to the Sunnyside Asylum. Mr T. W. Hislop has been appointed Crown Prosecutor at Oamaru. A Model Charitable Institution.— One of the most remarkable and successful philanthropic institutions of the United States is the Children’s Aid Society of New York. With an annual income from voluntary subscriptions of L 43.000 it maintains twenty-one industrial schools, eleven night schools, six lodging-houses, a summer-house, a sick miSsion, a creche, and several reading rooms. Oamaru Steeplechases.—This meeting took place yesterday, with the following resells:—Maiden, of 40 sots., 2 miles, Sailor Boy, 1 ; Twilight, 2 ; Novice, 3. Won easily.—Handicap Steeplechase, of 100 sovs., 3 miles, Clarence, 1; Chandler, 2; Winfield, 3.—Selling Stakes, of 40 sovs., 2 miles, Robin Hood, 1 ; Kelpie, 2 ; Naumai, 3.—Consolation, of 30 sovs., 2 miles, The Agent, 1 ; Chandler, 2. Nap.row Escape.—A daughter of a farmer residing at Rolleston had a very narrow escape of being gored by a bull on Wednesday last. As Mr Donauglity’a children were driving the cows to the yard the bull rushed at one of the children, aged four. years. Fortunately Mrs Donaughty was standing by at the time, and rescued the child, who escaped with a few bruises.

Nelson’s Daughter. —When dying on the deck of the Victory, the hero of Trafalgar bequeathed to the protection of the country for which he had achieved so much his illegitimate daughter by Lady Hamilton. This daughter when she grew to womanhood, became the wife of an English clergyman, and passed her life in obscurity. She survived her husband, and died recently at a ripe old ago. Asphalt Channelling Blocks. —We have been favored with an inspection of the blocks in asphalc for channelling and kerbing, now being manufactured by Mr Bradley, to the orders of the Ashburton Borough and Christchurch City Councils. Each block for channel work is three feet in length by eighteen inches in width, and of a thickness of three inches ; the kerbing blocks being so constructed as to make a groove jointure thereunto, and being of similar lengths. We were also shown iomi blocks for paving. R.M. Court, Rakaia. —At this Court yesterday, before Mr Nugent Wood, R.M., the cases of Morton r Doherty, Doherty v Morton, for assaults, were taken together. In the first named case defendant was fined 20s and L 5 7s, including compensation to complainant and costs ; in the latter case defendant was fined ss, costs 7s. The following civil cases were heard : —J. Armstrong v. D. Murphy, and W. Doherty v. D Murphy, settled out of Court. Hargreaves v. Kemble and Sharp, claim L 47 17 Id ; judgment by default, for amount claimed and costs 335. Hargreaves v. J. N. Sharp ; judgment by default for amount claimed, 27s 6d, costs 7*.

Licensing Court. There was no quorum of Commissioners at the sitting of this Court this morning, only his Worship the R.M. and Mr J. Ward being present, and the Court was, consequently, adjourned till next Tuesday. His Worship the R, M. said there were no objections to the applications (all of which were for renewal), which had been put in in proper time and the applicants, therefore, would not need to be in attendance. In the application of R. Little, Hinds Hotel, which had not been placed in the hands of the Clerk of the Court within the time specified by the Act, Mr Branson appeared for the applicant, and hearing was adjourned to above date. Better Still. —At the last Nenagh assizes an old woman was charged with having maliciously set fire to a Roman Catholic chapel. Observing that she was what was called “ unrepresented by counsel,” the Judge said to her, “ Have you no counsel?” “I have not, yer anner,” answered the old woman cheerfully. “ But I must tell you what, perhaps, you do not know, that this is a very serious offence, and that you may be sent to prison for a very long time. Surely you have at least an attorney 1” “ Divil a one yer anner,” said the old woman. “ But,” she added with an encouraging wink and a smile, “I’ve several good friends among the jury.” The New Taj Bridge.— The features of the new Tay Bridge are : —The employment of the present foundations; the height of the railway above high-water to be 40ft, the river traffic being accommodated by swing spans over a deep water channel, and the piers to be built of brick. The estimated cost of a single line of rails upon the present foundations, with swinging spans for a double line, is L 330.000, and for completing the bridge for a double line, an additional L 280,000 is required, making the total estimated cost L 610,000. The single line will be ready for opening within two years, and it is stated that traffic might be run across it with safety while the foundations for the other line were being laid, five years being necessary for this work.

Scientific). Tpouve’a utilisation of electricity in combination with surgical instruments is beating fruit, says an English paper. A case is recorded from Vienna, in which a doctor has succeeded in curing a cancsr in the stomach, mainly by the assistance rendered by the polyscope. The electric probe, which rings a bell when a ball or any metallic substance imbedded in the muscles is reached, is highly prized ley the army surgeons, and an application of the same principle to surgical forceps has enabled a Berlin oculist to save the eye of a workman which was damaged by the intrusion of a spark of steel. This case had become so urgent that it was necessary to extract the piece of metal without delay, or to excise the eye ; but Dr Hirschberg, by inserting a soft iron probe, and subsequently converting it into an electric magnet, withdrew the particle of metal, and saved the eye. • *

Russian Morality. - The present Czajg *, enjoys the (in' Russia) extraordinary ' honor of being faithful to his wife, no other member of the Royal family being able to claim such a distinction. The late Czar had the tastes of a Mormon. During the life of the Empress he lived openly, not only with the Princess Dolgourouki, by whom he had eighteen children, but the sister of the princess, by whom also he had a family. What Next. One of the industries which the census men have unearthed, while gathering the statistics of the population and property of New York, is a honey and honey-comb manufactory. The latter is made by machinery out of paraffin wax, while the honey is simply glucose, a sweet - syrup made from common corn, which looks and tastes very much like the genuine product of a hive. When the cells are filled they are closed by smearing a hot iron over the top, and the product is then sold as “ best clover honey.” It is in great demand, and far outsells the genuine honey. His Opinion. —Mr Carlyle’s severest critic, and a critic of his own school- (says the Si James' Gazette), was the old parish roadman at Ecclefechan. “ Been a long time in the neighbourhood 1 ” asked an American traveller, on the lookout for a sight of the sage. “ Been hero a’ my days, sir.” “Then you’ll know the Carlyles 1” “ Weel that! A ken the whole o’ them. There was, let me see,” he said, leaning on his shovel and pondering, “ There was Jock, he was a kind o’ thoroughither sort e’ chap, a doctor, but not a bad fellow, Jock—he’s deid, mon.” “ And there was Thomas,” said the quirer, eagerly. “Oh, ay, of coorse, there’s Tam, a useless munstruck chap, that writes books, and talks havers. Tam stays maistly up in London. There’s naething in Tam ; but, mon, there’s Jamie, ower in the Newlands —there’s a chap for ye ; he’s the mon o’ that family. Jamie taks mair swine into EcclefeChatt market than ony ither farmer in the parish.” New Cattle Truck. A newly-in-venteted truck for carrying cattle oh long journeys by rail is now on view at Chicago (says an American contemporary). The inventor claims that cattle may be shipped from one end of the continent to the other without unloading. The animals are divided by chains and hinged plates extending across the cars. They stand heads and tails alternately, half the space allowed for head part as for tail part .of each animal. Over the animals, in a second story or loft, feed for several Jays is carried. The water is also carried over the animals in tanks, consisting of galvanised iron pipes. A separate water-tap is provided for each animal, and the water is taken in at either end of the car by means of a hose. Each animal has a separate hay-rack and feed and water troughs. In a few minutes after unloading the animals, the car may be washed out by means of a hose attached to the tank in the car, and the divisions folded against the sides so as to occupy little space. The attendant and breakman pass through the car over the animals. A Galvanic Shock. —The Post relates an amusing incident which occured on the opening evening of the conversazione held in Wellington under the auspices of the Young Men’s Christian Association. A galvanic battery on the Hayes principle had been fitted up by a. local tradesman for the amusement of his friends, but some wicked telegraph operator, considering the effect produced too mild, slyly added a couple of powerful cells to the battery. Shortly after this had been done the proprietor of the instrument entered the hall surrounded by a group of friends, all anxious to test the machine, and confident in his knowledge of the strength of the battery grasped the handles and requested a bystander to turn electricity “full on.” The effect was—electrical. He could not let go, and his friends were astonished to see him dash into a “ haka,” , accompanying it with one of the finest exhibitions of profane discourse ever offered to members of a Christian Association. As soon as he was released he drifted out of the hall and swore by all the gods that never, or at least hardly ever, would he be persuaded to set foot in it again. And he hasn’t !

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 367, 10 June 1881

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