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Amateur Dramatic Club. —The next performance of this Club takes place on Feb. 1, when a benefit will be given to Mr C. Bourk, the scenic artist. Ashburton Cheese and Butter Factory. —Mr S. E. Poyntz, secretary to the above, invites tenders for ten acres of land as a site for the factory. For further particulars see advertisement.

South Rakaia Road District. —The Valuation List for the South Rakaia Road District for 1882 is now open for inspection) at the Road Board Office, South Rakiia. An announcement elsewhere contains further particulars. Ashburton Racing Club. — A. meeting of the members of the above Club, to discuss certain details connected with the Grand Rational Meeting here in May next, and arrange a programme for our Autumn Meeting will be held on Saturday evening nes t nmLa> the great American showman, contemplates visiting London with the largest circus and menagerie in the world, some time during the coming season. He will also make a tour of the provinces previous to his retirement from the business.

Happy Thought ! —“ Really I hardly know what to do with you,” observed the Magistrate at the Police Court this morning, glancing meditatively at a “drunk and disorderly.” “Let me off, your Worship,” briskly suggested the offender, acting on the inspiration of the moment. But his Worship didn’t see it. He intimated that the payment of 10s would be a necessary preliminary to release—with the usual sad alternative. Cheering. —The Melbourne correspondent of the Timaru Herald says : “ Building operations are going on here to the extent that many capitalists who projected improvements have determined to wait until bricks come down. The aspect of the city is every day being altered for the better. Our harvest is exceptionally good, except the wheat in the middle counties, and as the price looks likely to keep up to 5s —the ruling rates at Chicago just now—our farmers are jubilant. A great wave of prosperity has set in—not before it was wanted. The Approaching Exhibition. —The question of fixing a site for the proposed International Exhibition continues to be a vexed one. Owing to the opposition Mr Twopenny has met with respecting i the use of Cranmer square for the ExhiJ bition, he has decided to abandon the I idea of holding the “ great show” there,

\ and is now endeavoring to secure an eli:j gible site elsewhere. It was rumored yes- | terday that Messrs Joubert and Twopenny had received some exceptionally liberal offers of sites at Dunedin, and it would : serve the Christchurch people very well ■right if the Exhibition was held in the ; Southern capital. The opposition the i promoters of the present scheme have met with in Christchurch is really most extraordinary, and must have been exceedingly discouraging to the parties chiefly concerned.

, From America. —We have to acknowiedge, with thanks, the receipt of a copy | of the Australian edition of the American Exporter , from the publishers, Messrs Root and Tinker, of 102, .Nassau street, New York. This is an extremely useful publication, which treats, as its name implies, of America’s exports to all "parts of the world, but to Australia and New Zealand in particular. It is exceedingly well printed, on good paper, well illustrated, and is altogether nicely got up. In addition to a great deal of interesting reading matter, it contains a large number of illustrated advertisements of ingenious Yankee “ notions ” of all kinds, and these illustrations are so clever that they form quite an attractive feature of the publication. | We shall be pleased to hear again ‘from |he office of the American Exporter.

Police Court. —At the Police Court this morning, before J. Ollivier, Esq., K.AI., Richard Taylor appeared to answer a charge of being drunk at the Rakaia railway station last night. Sergeant Felton reported that the man had been Charged on the 10th inst. with lunacy |from drink and remanded for eight days ifor medical treatment to Lyttelton. He 'was only discharged from custody yesterday. Constable Rouse proved Taylor’s arrival by the last train from Christchurch last night. Ho was very drunk. His Worship commented on the foolish conduct of the defendant in behaving in the manner he had. Not only was he injuring his own health, but putting the country to expense. No sooner was he declared well, and discharged, but ho immediately set about doing his best to make himself ill again. He would be fined 10s, with the usual alternative. Dennis Cronin ivas charged with being drunk at the Ashmrton railway station last night, and with dolently resisting Constable Smart in the ixecution of his duty. Sergeant Felton fiaid the man was a great blackguard, and had given the police as much trouble at jlakaia, where he formerly resided, as he had here. Constable Smart deposed to Ihe defendant’s having misbehaved himi elf at the railway station, and annoyed a nan selling papers there, last evening. <)n being taken into custody he became i ery violent. Fined 10s, with the option of i 4 hours’ seclusion from the outer world.

Profitable Piety. —The Scotsman says Messrs Moody and Sankey, the wellknown revivalists, are to receive L7OO amonth for their present tour through the United Kingdom. Ouii Cricketers. —We understand it is the intention of the Ashburton and Borough Crieket Clubs to resume the evenin" matches next week, which were interrupted by the recent Christmas and New Year festivities.

Curious Attempted Suicide. Miza- j beth Hodges endeavored to terminate her earthly career in a rather curious manner at New Plymouth yesterday. She took a run. across th© beach and, leapt into the sea. Had it not been for prompt assistance that dive would have been her last. The English Eleven. —The English Eleven passed through Ashburton by the morning train from the south to-day for Christchurch. They were looking in very good form all round, and not at all knocked up by their recent exertions in the various matches they have played, The game between the Englishmen and Eighteen of Canterbury commences tomorrow at Lancaster Park. Bazaar. The bazaar in aid of the building fund of the new Roman Catholic Church will take at the Town Hall. His Worship the Mayor will perform the opening ceremony at 2 o’clock to-morrow afternoon. We understand that the preparations have received the utmost attention, and confidently expect the affair to be as successful as its promoters can desire. The Mammoth Cave. —The rumour is confirmed that the mammoth cave in Kentucky is to be utilised for the cultivation of mushrooms. It is probable that only a part of what is known as “ Audubon Avenue” will be set apart for this purpose \ while more than IfiO miles of subterranean passages atid chambers will still remain open to the curious visitor. Mr Klett, the superintendent, who is said to be fully competent for the task, is engaged upon a scientific survey of the entire cave.— Academy. The English Eleven at Timaru.— The match between the English Eleven v. Twenty-two of Timaru took place yesterday, at Timaru. The English team were all out for 111 at 3.30 p. m. At a quarter to six the stumps were drawn, although it had been previously arranged that play should continue until 6.30 p.m. The Englishmen had put 119 runs together for the loss of four wickets when the game finished. Great dissatisfaction was expressed by the numerous visitors at the play terminating so abruptly. The reason given for the sudden cessation was that the people were crowding too much on the ground. The local team is held responsible for the un-looked-for stoppage. To Be Pitied. —A man was found by

the constable on duty about two o’clock this morning lying under the verandah opposite Mr Mayo’s place. He was suffering from a cut on the forehead, which was bleeding freely, and he appeared to be in an insensible state. The constable removed him to the lock-up, and medical assistance was summoned. Dr Ross found the sufferer still insensible, but some hours later he came to himself. He gave his name as Hustler. He is understood to be a recent arrival from Wellington. He could give no explanation as to how he came by the wound in the forehead, but as it appeared that he is subject to fits, it »j«W*9Sto r «lxuttW4 He had sufficiently recovered this morning to leave for his home. Singular Case of Tetanus. —A young man named Robert McCartin, of Onehunga, was brought to the hospital last night, suffering from tetanus. The disease was brought on in an unusual way. Some weeks ago, he had occasion to lift an empty dray for the purpose of greasing the axles of the wheels. Some houis after he had done this, he felt ill, and went to Dr Scott for medical advice. Dr Scott treated him for several weeks, and sent him to the hospital last Tuesday, tetanus having become decided. At one period, several weeks ago, the spasms were very severe, but many of the muscles seem now to have relaxed, and the patient is doing well. McCartin was unable to move when received into the hospital, but he can now walk without much difficulty. Although the muscles of the neck are stiff and contracted, the patient is able to swallow his food. Tetanus is most frequently induced by fractures, burns, and injuries to the fingers and toes, and sometimes, though rarely, by cold. This case is singular, as it

appears to have been caused by the strain of over-exertion.— N.Z. Herald. A Blinding Flash of Lightning.— A New South Wales pleasure party had an extraordinary escape from death by lightning recently. The party included Mr W. L. T. Montefiore, Signor Ferrarini, the Italian aitist, his wife, and Mr Marsden.

They were on a visit to the Blue Mountains and when near Mitchell’s Causeway were about to enter their buggy, when a blinding flash of lightning prostrated three of them. One of the horses was killed instantaneously, and the other was knocked down. Mr Montefiore was the only one of the party who escaped unhurt. Signor Ferrarini felt the electric shock on his left side and Signora Ferrarini on her right side. Mr Marsden’s left arm was temporarily paralysed. The party were subsequently enabled to travel as far as Blackheath.

A Melbourne Scandal, — One of the scandals of the day, says the Melbourne correspondent of a contemporary, which so far has given much comfort to those who attend five o’clock teas, has been the

elopement of Mr Berry’s daughter. It would appear that the lady, who is of matured charms, fell in love with the painter and upholsterer who was doing up her father’s neat villa, and as there was little hope of the parent consenting, they fled together. Mr Berry, although he likes the “ ’orny ’anded” as applauders at a meeting and voters at the ballot box, draws the line of intimacy at their becoming sons-in-law, so pursued the couple in a fury. To make matters worse the swain had the appellation of Doherty, which I need not say is thoroughly Italian, and a nation whose vote threw Mr Berry out into the cold. Whether Mr Berry has caught the fugitives is not known, but as there has been no announcement of the wedding, I am inclined to think he has been able to avert the evil for a time. New Zealand Primitive Methodist Conference. —The New Zealand Primitive Methodist Conference is still in session at Wellington. The Rev. J. Ferguson, F. R. A. S., was yesterday appointed representative to the English Conference, and the Rev. A. J. Smith was nominated the English Conference representative to the next New Zealand Conference, which will sit in Auckland about the 25th of January, 1883. Considerable time was taken up with the question of stationing ministers, and the following appointments were eventually confirmed :—New Plymouth, Rev. J. Long ; Wellington, Revs A. J. Smith, R. B. Horseby, and W. J. Dean (superanurated) ; Auckland, Revs. W. S. W. Otter and J. Guy ; Invercargill, Rev. D. Dutton, F.R. S.A. ; Timaru, Rev. J. Sharp ; Thames, Rev. C. F. Barley ; Greendale, Rev. P. W. Jones ; Ashburton, Rev. J. Nixon ; Dunedin, Revs. C. E. Ward and J. Dumbell, and Mr W. B. Hayes circuit missionary; Christchurch, Rev. J. Ward ; Manawatu, Rev. S. T. Sadler and T. W. Adamson; Geraldine, Rev. J. H. Cuke ; Oamaru, Rev. J. Glover. At a meeting of the Free Methodist district meeting a resolution of sympathy and condolence with the Wesleyan Conference in the losses sustained through the Tararua disaster was unanimously carried,

llomewakd Boxtkld. —The ship Waimate, with twelve plisserlgers and a full cargo, left Lyttelton l|or London this morn-

mg. A Rakaia Branch. Messrs Friedlander Bros, notify that in consequence of the extension of their business they will shortly open an agency at the Rakaia for the purpose of buying grain for the coming season. “ Wiremu Kxngi,”—A great tangi is being held at New Plymouth on the wellknown Maori chief, AYiremu Kingi, as the natives called him, otherwise, William King. Wiremu had reached the patriarchal age of ninety years. Casting His Bread Upon the Waters. —Mr Jephson met with an awkward mishap on Tuesday lust. He was driving into Westerfield a batch of bread, and when crossing the river to Greenstreet, the vehicle capsized, and eighty loaves of bread fell out to feed the fishes. An Impudent Forgery. —We have been requested to make public the fact that the advertisement that appeared in the Lyttelton Times and Canterbury Times, in reference to the appointment of teachers to the Wakanui School, was not signed by Mr Leadley, the Chairman, nor had he given anyone authority to make use of his name in such an unjustifiable manner. \Ve hear that the matter has been placed in the hands of the police, and shortly, no doubt, the public will be in possession of the name of the perpetrator. Wakanui School Committee. —We have received a letter from Mr G. W. Leadley, Chairman of the Wakanui School Committee,| pointing out certain inaccuracies in our report of the last School Committee; meeting held at Wakanui. We can only regret learning that the report emanated from an unofficial source, and was calculated to mislead our readers as to what actually transpired at the meeting. In future, we need hardly say, that we shall exercise the greatest caution t) prevent a repetition of the mistake. At the time we published the report in question we did so in the utmost good faith, but circumstances which have only come to our knowledge lately lead us to believe that it came from [ interested parties. The Missing Man Magner. —A man named Magner has been missing from his home at Willow Bank, Christchurch, since Sunday morning last. Magner lived by himself in a little weatherboard cottage, and suddenly disappeared. At his house was found a letter which led the police to the conclusion that he meant to make away with himself. Diligent search was made for him, but without result, until noon yesterday, when two boys reported to the police that they had found Magner lying with his throat cut in a gully in the Port h ills. Sure enough the unfortunate man was found on the spot indicated, lying in a pool of semi-dried blood, with an open razor beside him. The remains were removed to the morgue to await an inquest, A Floating Pantechnicon. —A “ floating exhibition ” is stated to be in contemplation by a respectable mercantile firm London. They intend to charter a large steamer, let space in her for show rooms, and travel her round the world, the trip to occupy about twelve months. The vessel will proceed from London to Capetown, Port Elizabeth, East London, and Durban, the port of Natal; thence by Port Louis to Adelaide, Melbourne, Launceston*. Hobart, Sydney, and Brisbane. men 1U La t-.- r .._„/! visit Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Lyttelton, and Port Chalmers. From this point the vessel will “make” for Home again by way of the South American West Coast ports.

Teickett and Hanlan. Trickett writes to the V. Y. Clipper that he always rows to win, and when beaten is invariably defeated on his merits, and that if a match be made with Hanlan ho will certainly try his best to win. Hero is an extract from his letter :—“ I was not exactly satisfied with my defeat bj' Hanlan, although sickness prevented me from rowing him again last season. I determined to come to America in the spring of this year and try to get matches on with some other oarsmen before challenging Hanlan. I have been in this country since the middle of June without being able to find a man in the States who wonld row me a fair up and down race for money. I could have had plenty of matches if I had agreed to row to please other people ; but that is not my game. Since I arrived in St. Louis 1 have found friends to put up 1,000 dollars to back me in , a match with Hanlan for the championship of the world. This is the only place where I can find backers, so I trust that Harlan will favor me with a match, and if hej defeats me this time I will be satisfied. I There is a forfeit: of 250 dollars in the Ikands of the proprietor of the St. Louis ( Uobe-Democrat, and I am anxiously awaii ing a reply. I have Harry Kelley with me as trainer, and, as you know, his name has never been mixed up in anything wrcjng.” Trickett had a very stormy interview with Hanlan, during which the 1 liter was charged with cowardice.

The Father op Forty-one Children. —The following acjcount of a wonderful family was obtained by a reporter of an American journal from the lips of the man himself. The man is named John Heffner, and resides in Maple street, Reading, United . States : —Heffner is sparingly built, smojkes a short pipe, and makes a living in tl e rag business. He is 65 years old, and hi s a pleasant smile and a cheerful greeting for all friends. The story of the man’s married life, as related by himself, is prob ibly the most remarkable one on record. He was born in Germany in 1815. When 25 years old—in 1840—he married h s first wife, who lived eight years. She I ecarae the mother of seventeen children iin that time, having twins in the first year of their marriage. The next year another pair of twins were born. Each succeeding year for four years thereafter Mrs Heffner became the mother of triplets. The seventh year was signalised by the birth of only one child. Mrs Heffner died, ai d was laid away in the village churchyard in Germany. The widower had now a family of seventeen children, the eldest only seven years of ago. Three man hs thereafter, a young lady took charge of the children, and in course of time she became the second Mrs Heffner, His first wife had died in February, 1848. jfn 1849 this second wife presented Mr ; Heffner with a boy. On Christmas Day of the same year the nineteenth child was added to the Heffner flock. Tne family was now larger than any othe r in that part of the country. Five year i passed on, and Mr Heffner’s household was increased by th e addition of 10 morn children, a pair iff twins being born ev< ry year. There was now a lull, and fort tree years thereafter only one child was burn unto them. In 1854 he came to tais country with his family, and the last three children were born in America. 1 1 1857 his wife died, having been married' nine years. He was the father of 32 children, 12 of whom had died, 20 to be taken in charge by a widow whom he married in 1858. Mrs Heffner No. 3 had one child by a previous marriage. She became the mother of nine more children in 10 years, by single births. His last, or third wife, is still living. None of the first set of 17 children survive. Two of the 15 of the second wife’s child ren are alive, and three of the third wife’s nine. In a period of 28 years—t :om 1840, when he first married, to 18 58, the date of the birth of his last child—he became the father of 41 children. The five who are still living are girls. With the step-child added to the list, 42 children have called John Heffner “ Father.” The old man has long since forgotten the names of his numerous fprogeny, and can only recall those born.,in.later* years. j

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 538, 19 January 1882

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