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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 387, 5 July 1881
Tender Accepted. The tender of William Joice, for ploughing 100 acres of the Kaiapoi Reserve, has been accepted. Removal Notice. —Mr John Harvey, bootmaker, announces that he has removed to new premises, next the Panama Boarding-house.
Served Him Right. —The Christchurch Telegraph states that a rumor is current that the editor of a certain Society Journal not a hundred miles from the Triangle, has been pitched bodily into a water-tank, as a penalty for some alleged insult.
Tinwald Mutual Improvement Association. — A meeting of the above association was held in the school-room on Monday evening last. Ten members were present; Mr J. Stalker (vicepresident) in the chair. Mr Beattie read an interesting paper on “ Mental Exercise,” after which the meeting arranged for a discussion on July 18, on the the three forms of Government: Limited Monarchy, Republicanism, and Despotism.
I.O.G.T.—The weekly meeting of the Dawn of Peace Lodge was held last evening, at which there was a very large attendance, in expectation of the reading of Bro. Dunn’s paper on “ Pickled Tongues. ” The Lecturer handled his subject in a masterly manner, drawing special attention to the various tongues at present belonging to representives of both sexes. He detailed at length upon the gossiping, tale bearing, slandering, boasting, and flattering tongues, showing the evil effects engendered by each, and wound up a very instructive lecture by urging the members of the Order to be careful how any of them indulged in what might appear to them the trifling frivolities incidental to any of the before named, and thus prevent any illfeoling arising among the members of the order. Bro. Dunn has kindly consented to deliver another lecture on the Good Templar Obligation at an early date.
Supreme Court, Chkistchurch.—Bo" sides the criminal cases which were reported yesterday as having been disposed of by Justice Johnston at the Supreme Court, Christchurch, the following were heard, with the results as stated:—George Wood, charged with forging a cheque for LI Is at Ashburton, was found guilty and sentenced to three years’ penal servitude; Thomas Miller, who pleaded guilty to forging a cheque for L 5, was sentenced to eighteen months’ imprisonment with hard labor; George Sadler, who was charged with forging an endorsement on a letter of credit, was found guilty and sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment with hard labor; William Baker, charged with stealing a gelding, was found guilty and sentenced to three years’ penal servitude; Mark Kenwell was charged with robbery with violence, and also with larceny, pleaded guilty on both charges, lie was sentenced to five years’ penal servitude on each charge, the sentences to be concurrent; George Thomas Lovett, charged with larceny from the person, was found guilty and sentenced to twelve months’ imprisonment with hard labor. In the case of Robert Robertson, charged with attempted suicide, the grand jury returned no bill. The Court then adjourned.
■ Cost of Navies. Many suppose that England, spends more proportionately on liet\navy than any other of the Great Powers, but this is proved by a writer in the Edinburgh Review to be incorrect. Diviiing the annual expenditure on the navy by every ton of armoured or unarmoired shipping, the result shows that in Rissia the sura spent is nearly LIOO per ten ; in France, L 5 4; in Germany, LSO ; and in Britain, L 43 18s, Smalt, but not Polite. —The Wellington Evening Post lias the following :—A learned counsel was cross-examing a witness daring the hearing of a civil case at the Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday, and had occasion to ask the question “ When was it that you went insolvent ?” “ Just before you went insolvent yourself, sir.” The Court tittered, and the Magistrate interfered, informing the vitness that ho was not placed In the box to return rude answers. The witness said ho had not meant to be offensive, and apologised if he had hurt the learned counsel’s feelings. He explained that the reply he had given was meant to enable the counsel to fix the date definitely, at which another smile went round the Court. Union Insurance Company. The annual meeting of shareholders in the Union Insurance Company was held at Christchurch at noon to-day. The balance sheet and report wore read, showing a profit of L 25.000 on the year’s business, and recommending a dividend of 10 per cent., leaying L 12,200 to bo carried to a reserve- fund, and L 5,200 to .be carried forward to next year. The Chairman, in mooing the-adoption of the. report, said the business of the company showed an increase during the past year of L 13,400 over that of the previous year. The report and balance sheet were unanimously adopted. A resolution was carried authorising the Directors to declare interim dividends in future. Mr L. E. Nathan called attention to the desirability of the company, separately or in conjunction with other New Zealand companies, establishing a branch office in England. The Chairman promised that the Directors would carefully consider the matter.
The Pope’s Habits. —Writing of the habits of the Pope, the Roman correspondent of the Cologne Gazette says : “The most striking fact about him appears to bo the slight extent to which his character is known either by the faithful at largo or by the inmates of the Vatican. Everyone knew how Pius IX. lived; his hours were all allotted beforehand, and the same duties always performed at the same moment. There is a, total want of this regularity in his successor. He keeps late hours, and has sometimes been found by his servants at his desk in the early morning, half dazed after writing through the night. He has all his meals served to him in the greatest privacy, is much more sparing of audiences than was Pius, and even his state secretary and the cardinals can only see him at irregular intervals. He has set on foot a chancellory of his own, consisting of three private secretaries, and conducts his affairs wifi their aid quite independently of the state secretary, and often over his head.”
The Public Seal. —The original public seal of New Zealand was presented to the Colony by the Queen, and was presented along with the Royal Charter, which accompanied the Constitution Act of 1852. The seal is made of silver, and was intended to make impressions in wax, as was then customary. As the process of sealing documents is now entirely changed, the impression being embossed upon the parchment or paper without the use either of wax or wafers, it has been at last decided to obtain a new Colonial seal suitable for the purpose. A steel was L9O 6s. The first communication upon the subject was a despatch from Sir Hercules Robinson to Sir Michael Hicks Beach in April, 1880. A despatch dated March 17,1881, announces that the new seal has been forwarded, with a request that the old one may be returned in order to be defaced, and enclosing Royal warrant for its uses. Upon being defaced the old silver seal is to be returned, and will, we suppose, be preserved as an heirloom.
The Timaru Breakwater. —The Herald furnishes the following particulars respecting the Timaru breakwater :—The breakwater, over which so many sneers were wasted by our neighbors north of the Rangitata, and south of the Waitangi, is a solid reality. It has been thoroughly tested time after time, with the result that every succeeding heavy sea gives another certificate as to its stability. At the end of the breakwater, and for several hundred feet of its length, the depth of water is twenty-three feet at dead lowwater spring tides. Within the course of another month 600 feet of wharfage will be available, the contractors for the extension of the work having nearly completed driving the piles. Besides this 600 feet, four or five vessels drawing up to sixteen feet, will be able f to r be moored inside and under the shelter of the breakwater, and be worked by the cargo boats. A railway siding from the main yard to the wharf has been completed, and during the course of next week trucks will be loaded and unloaded from the latter. To briefly sura up the work the Timaru Harbor Board have done, we may say that in the course of a little over two years they have carried out the breakwater some 1,200 feet from the original high water mark; they have provided shelter for vessels drawing from seventeen to eighteen feet of water ; and they have also placed the port in a position which has enabled it to rely almost entirely on itself for its Home trade, and not on Lyttelton or Port Chalmers.
Bush Destitution and Ignorance.— Mr Hall, city missionary, writes to the Wellington Post as follows:—“ Yesterday I wandered a few miles cut of town to visit some families. When between two hills, and nearly surrounded by bush, I observed a small hut, built with bark and toitoi without any windows, and put together without the slightest pretence to architecture. Observing a girl standing close by an aperture from whence was proceeding a cloud of smoke, I ventured to approach her, and took her to be about sixteen years of age. Her appearance was very much like that of a sweep after he had performed his duty in a number of chimneys. Her garments were composed of the veriest rags, and of the filthiest description. Around her were three children, much younger than herself, and clat with nothing but a few tatters, all so dirty as to lead me to suppose that they had never been washed from the time they had been tied round the little creatures’ bodies. The following replies were made by the elder gii-1 to my questions :— ‘ Can you read V —‘No.’ ‘Did you ever go to school?’ —‘ A little while, I think. ’ ‘Do you know the letters of the alphabet!’— No. ’ ‘Do you know who God is?’ —‘I don’t.’ ‘Have you ever heard of Him ?’— ‘ No.’ ‘Do you go to church ?’— ‘ No. ’ Other questions were answered in the same manner. Being anxious to see the interior of the hut, I looked inside and observed one dilapidated chair and a block of wood, which was all the furniture in that wretched abode. Three was no floor to it, but simply the earth on which it was built. I could not make out from the girl what was the occupation of her father ; but, calling on a neighbor some distance off, I learned that he and his wife went into the bush collecting fungus, which they sold to the Chinamen, and that at this employment they obtained the barest subsistence. I have seen many cases of distress in our city, but have never witnessed such wretchedness as this.”
St. John’s Lodge, t— A meeting of thi s Lodge is advertised to take place tlii 8 evening, in the Masonic Hall. Benevolent. —Up to the present, about about LI ,000 has been collected in Christchurch for the families of the Revs. Richardson and Armitage, lost with the Tararua .Several subscription lists are not yet in. Church of England. — A lecture will bo delivered to-morrow evening, at St. Stephen’s Church, on the “ Translation of the Bible by Tyndale, and the subsequent revisions. ” A collection for church purposes will be made, but admission is free. A shortened form of evening service will be held prior to the lecture, at half-past 7. Another Chance. —At the Supreme Court, Christchurch, to-day, George Thomas Hulston was charged with larceny as a bailieo from his employer. The latter recommended the prisoner to the mercy of the Court, and offered to give him employment again. His Honor said he would try an experiment, and under the circumstances mentioned, would only sentence the prisoner to hard labor for one day. Torturing a Nihilist Prisoner.—A horrible statement regarding the respited criminal Jessie Helfmann has been received by her compatriots through their secret telegraph from St Petersburg. It is asserted that in order to extort from her revelations as to her accomplices, she was kept in her cell for 48 hours without bread or water. Helfmann was approaching her confinement, and as the period of her starvation became prolonged, she passed from fainting fit into fainting fit, until the purpose of her torturers seemed likely to be defeated by death, and some sustenance was given her.
Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 387, 5 July 1881
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