The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1882.
The Lakes. —I he Railway Department announce cheap fares for Kingston, thus affording an excellent opportunity for visiting the Lakes in the South. The Transit of Yenus. —The Yen. Archdeacon Harper will deliver a lecture in the Town Hall on Tuesday evening next, taking for his subject tho forthcoming transit of Venus. Burglary. —On Tuesday night the station-master’s office at Edendale (Southland) was found open, and the safe on board a truck on tho floor ready to be removed. The supposed burglars were scared by the approach of the train. There was a considerable sum in the safe. There is no clue to the offenders. Servant-Galism. The Wairarapa Star says : —The following telegram, received by the landlady of a Masterton hotel, from a housemaid in Wellington that she wished to engage, exhibits an advanced stage of “ servant-galism. ” For the sake of the young lady we suppress names :—“ Will come in a fortnight, must have 12 month’s engagement, double bed, use of piano and private parlor, three evenings, breakfast in bed, and every Sunday out, 30 bob a week, and you know.”
A Phenomenon. Says a Wellington telegram of yesterday’s date : —“A sudden and singular change in the weather took place at one o’clock this afternoon. Daring the morning the sky had been nearly cloudless, with almost a dead calm. During the forenoon a vast rounded mass of white cumulus clouds banked up over the Hutt Valley, and seemed to advance from the N. E. suddenly. At the time mentioned a hard southerly gale came on, with dense masses of low, swiftly driving mist,, which lay almost on the surface of the bay and completely hid the surrounding hills, though the sky above this mist could be seen to be as clear and blue as ever,”
Railway League. —At a meeting of committee of this body, at Christchurch, last evening, the following resolution was carried, after discussion :—“ That this committee, having had an interview with the Railway Commission, is disappointed to find that the Commission regards it as beyond its powers to report on any extension of the Middle Island trank line by way of the West Coast, and that in view of the comparatively great importance of connecting the East and West Coasts by railway, the Government be respectfully requested to issue a new Commission, or extend the powers of the present Commission, so as to admit of a report being obtained on the advisability or otherwise of making the said extension of the trunk line by way of the West Coast.” It was also resolved to canvas for subscriptions towards the objects of the League. A. R. C. Spring Meeting. The first day’s racing concluded yesterday with a hack race, which was won hy Lady Helen, out of a field of eight. The mare led all the way and won easily. She was the favorite. After all was -over the general opinion appeared to be that a very capital day’s sport had been experienced, and if to-morrow furnishes as good a day the visitors will have no reason to complain. Everything passed off well. There were no accidents of any kind, and but one arrest on the ground— that of a drunken and disorderly character. In addition to the already published programme for tomorrow, another event is announced in the shape of a Selling Hack Race, part - culars of which will be found elsewhere, .■should the weather be as propitious tomorrow as it has been for the last week the Ashburton Club’s Spring Meeting of 1882 may be looked upon as the moat successful ever held by that energetic and spirited body. The Mackenzie Clause Interpreted. —ln a letter to the Otago Daily Times Mr Yincent Pyke, M.H.E., writes—“ From a common sense point of view it is quite too absurd to suppose that the law contemplates shutting out the present holder of a pastoral license from the possibility of becoming the purchaser of a now licence or lease for even a portion of his run when it is next offered to public competition in divided areas. Such a law would indeed out-Gracchus the agrarian law of Rome. It would be equivalent to a law of pastoral prescription as against the present licensees, such as was never designed, nor would over be assented £o even by an infinitesimal minority in the New Zealand Parliament.” He then remarks that the Act of 1882 deals exclusively with the future, and concludes : “It is admitted that the clause is very loosely drafted, and that the words ‘ under this Act ’ should have teen inserted after the words ‘ no original holder, transferee, or other person occupying any pastoral lands.” But both the intention of the clause and its legal interpretation admit of no doubt. The sole object aimed at is to prevent any person from becoming the holder of more than one of the future leases, and not that the present holders should be exceptionally debarred from purchasing one such lease, nor are the provisions of the c’ause capable of bearing such an outrageously strained construction.” Otago A. and P. Show. —For the Otago Agricultural Society’s Show yesterday there was capital weather and a good attendance for the first day. Cattle, sheep, and implements were judged. Mr Menlove, from Oamaru, scored the moat points in shorthorns, the New Zealand and Agricultural Company being second. The latter company’s bull, Earl of Brunswick, was second. Ho was, however, adjudicated champion, and his stock took a number of prizes. Of Ayrshires there was a magnificent show and great competition. Messrs A. and J. McParlane beat MrGemmell, of Oamaru, in the number of points by two, out of some tec or eleven exhibitors. Great interest was taken in the exhibition of merinos, which were all of the Australian type. The Hon. R. Campbell took first prizes both in rams and ewes, his imported ram Golden Tom taking first prize in that class, and one of his own breeding the second prize. Messrs Murray, Roberts and Co., who took honors in previous years, were a good second on this occasion. In Leicesters the blew Zealand and Agricultural Company had things pretty well their own way in Borders and English classes. Mr Marcroft’s ’exhibits from Canterbury w re passed over by the judges. In ploughs, Messrs Reid and Grey beat Messrs P. and D. Duncan, of Christchurch, and Mir Duncan took a well deserved first prize for a broadcast sower, and Messrs Haxton and Beattie were first in harrows.
The Wellington Cor.—King Quail and Welcome Jack have beet scratched for this event. Death of a Celebrated Si: ging Master. The death is announced at Paris of the renowned teacher of singing, Pierre Francois Wartel. Ho was born at Versailles on April 3, 1806. Wartel’s name is chiefly famous as the teacher of Christine Nilsson, Marie Roze, and Trobelli.
Stage Americans. —Miss Fanny Davenport has been favoring the New York Mirror with her English impressions. Amongst other things, the clever little actress is bitterly aggrieved at the notions the English still seem to have of Americans, judging by the stage American they present. He is supposed to c mtinually remark, “ That’s so !” in a loud, coarse voice; when he receives a favor to say, “ I’m obligated to you”; to say in the presence of ladies, “ That’s a d d lie ”; and to be always cheating at cards. “ At another theatre,’* writes Miss Davenport, “ There is an American heiress, and her expressions are “ Bet my bottom dollar," “You bet,” and the never-dying “ That's so.” Police Court. — At this Court this morning, before Mr T. Bullock, J.P., John McClure (who had before interviewed the Bench) was fined 10s, or twenty-four hours’ imprisonment with hard labor for drunkenness. Samuel Hill, who had also indulged in the cheering cup too freely, was let off on contributing 5s to the revenue. George Barker was fined 5s for drunkenness, and was then charged with stealing a swag, value L 5, the property of J. Cummings, on which charge he was, at the request of the police, remanded till to-morrow. Frederick Bisden pleaded guilty to being drunk and using obscene language to the police at the racecourse yesterday, and was fined 6s on the first charge and 10s on the second, and ordered to pay 5s cab hire. Struck Oil. —Last evening Mr F. M. Willmott’s clever company played “Struck Oil,” by request, to a crowded house. As “ Struck Oil ” was played here so recently it would be superfluous to give a detailed description of it over again. The performance was highly successful. Mr Wilkinson’s humor, and Mr John Heaford as tho hypocritical deacon, created roars of laughter. Mias Amy Johns made a capital Lizzie Stofel, her singing and dancing being repeatedly encored. The rest of the company did ample justice to the minor parts. To-night the company will perform the dramatised version of Mrs Henry Wood’s novel “ East Lynne,” after which a ball will be given, which, no doubt, will be a great success. We should advise all who have not yet obtained tickets to interview Mr S. Moss, the secretary, at the Somerset Hotel.
Doctor’s Devices. —“ Atlas,” remarks that a peep into a medical journal is not a bad way of spending an idle quarter of an hour.. It takes you behind the s enos and into the secrets of the business. I find that not only are sledges used during the winter in some parts of the Highlands by medical men in pursuit of their vocation, but carrier-pigeons are being successfully employed to carry prescriptions to the surgery, and to bring later tidings of the .case. Upon the announcement of the carriage tax, country doctors took active measures for its evasion by adopting tricycles, with a view to dispensing with the gig. One practitioner says he has traversed 6,000 miles on his tricycle in a hilly country with the greatest of ease, only it takes ‘‘ a hard month’s practice. ” All are agreed that for night work the tricycle has advantages, for it is always ready, and they can be miles on their journey by the lime a horse and trap can be prepared in the sleepy hours of night. During the day time, however, it is apt to fall a prey to the curiosity of village boys while standing outside the patient’s door. It is clear that the calm and spotless M.D. is “ going out,” and a dusty, soiled, and knickerbockered doctor is rapidly coming in to feel our pulse with one hand, while wiping his dewy forehead with the other. A Useful Portrait. —Says the Melbourne correspondent of the Timoru Herald: —“Man in his time plays many parts.” We have the authority of Shakespeare for the assertion. And no doubt the dictum of England’s bard is equally applicable to woman. But we’ve progressed since the days of the “ divine Williams," as our Gallic friends style him, and not only do man and woman play many parts, but their counterfeit presentments are made at times to follow suit. In the windows of all the music shops in Melbourne there is at the present moment a large lithographic portrait of a lady purporting to be a likeness of the actress Miss Annie Adere. Her name, at all events, is displayed on each side of the picture. There are, however, some pertinent fellows about, blessed, or cursed, with inconvenient memories, who remember the lithograph when it was the subject of some law proceedings in Adelaide, in which the “ poor printer” and a certain theatrical manager were involved. Then the portrait was one of Miss Ada Ward, another theatric d star, and her name duly appeared on the picture. At the present moment it has disappeared—cut off from the bottom of the lithograph. But the initials of the aforesaid manager still figure prominently on a spot where it would be inconvenient to remove them, and serve to enable those who “ know you know,” to recognise what, in this instance, is truly a “ counterfeit presentment. ”
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