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Ourselves. —ln accordance with our usual custom, there will be no publication of The Guardian on Monday next (New Year’s day). The Peninsula Seat. —Mr Donnelly, of Christchurch, was a passenger by the train this morning to Dunedin, where he goes to contest the seat for the Peninsula, rendered vacant by the death of the late Mr Seaton. Mr Donnelly was a candidate at the general election, and it is in response to a petition from the district that he is again c intesting the seat.

A New Railway. —A Committee has been formed in Oamaru for the purpose of endeavouring to arrange will Sir Julius Vogel, the best means of securing the construction of a line of railway up the Lindis Valley into the interior. The line would open up a large area of agricultural country, at present in possession of the Crown. The Auckland Assault Case.—Elizabeth Olsen, who was assaulted by her husband at Auckland, on Wednesday, is still in a critical condition, but in good spirits. Dr Goldsboro is of opinion that no immedi ite danger need bo apprehended. Superintendent Thompson has arranged that in the event of a relapse the deposition of the woman shall be taken. Seafield. —Our Seafield correspondent writes as follows :—A crop of self-sown oats has just been cut and stocked on the farm of Mr Richardson, of Seafield. The crop was five feet high, and it is estimated that 40 bushels to the acre will be threshed out. As a whole, the crops in the Seafield district are expected to yield well, the storm of Wednesday and Thursday not doing so much damage as was anticipated, with the exception of one or two heavy crops of oats, which have been laid flat. A crop of oats belonging to Mr Parsons is believed to bo second lo none in the district. Masonic. —The installation of the W.M. and officers of the Somerset Lodge, No. 1811 took place last evening at the Masonic Hall. There was a good attendance of brethren, including a number from the sister lodges. Bros. Shearman, Braddell, and Bradley, P.M.’s, Somerset Lodge ; Bros. Gundry, Zouch, P.M.'s, St. John’s Lodge ; Bros. C. C. Hardy, P.M., South Rakaia Lodge ; Bro. Nelson, P.M., ThistleLodge,and Bro. B. Saunders, W.M. St. John’s Lodge, and Bro D. Macfarlane, W.M., Thistle Lodge. Bro. H. Stephenson, W.M., presided. The D.D.G.M. Bro. H. Thomson, performed the ceremony of installation in the usual impressive manner. The following brethren were then installed in their respective offices. Bro. H. Stephenson, I.P.M. ; Bro. H. W. Felton, W.M. ; Bro. H. Zander, S. W. ; Bro. W; Anderson, J. W.; Bro. Hughes, Treasurer; Bro. J. Davison, Secra ary; Bro. H. Poole, S.Djßro. L. Davies, J.D.; Bro. W.D. B. Wilson, Organist; Bro. W. Turton, J.G.; Bro.R. Cullen, Tyler; Bro. J. Canning, D.C. ; Bros. H; Britten and G; Wood, Stewards. After the installation ceremony, a capital banquet was spread in the Hall by Bro. Beecher, of the Central Hotel, at the conclusion of which the usual Loyal and Masonic toasts were duly honored. Some capital songs were also given by the brethren present, and a very enjoyable evening was spent.

Horticultural Society. —The monthly meeting of the above Society is fixed for Tuesday next, at Mr Jones’ upper loom.

Volunteer Bra c s Band . A programme consisting of sacred music will be performed at Baring Square, by the Ashburton Volunteer Brass Band, to-morrow (New Year’s Eve) between 10 and 11 p.m. The hour has bean chosen in order not to interfere either with the churches or the proceedings that are to take place at midnight, to usher in the new year. Fire. —Mr Collison’s stable, at Seafield, caught fire on Wednesday morning, about 8 o’clock. The building contained five of his best horses, and a truck load of coal. Fortunately several men employed by Mr Collison were in the neighbourhood, and by strenuous efforts succeeded in extinguishing the fire before very much damage had been done.

Waterton. —From what we can learn there has been very little damage done to the crops in the Waterton district, and the only complaints hero is that some little difficulty and extra labor will be involved in the process of reaping. Pasture land and late crops have benefited highly, and, as a whole, more pleasure than regret is felt by the farmers for the weather of the past few days.

A Warntng to Storekeepers. —By an Order-in-Council, dated the 16th inst., kerosene and any other distill;te or pro : duct of petroleum, are brought within the provisions of the Dangerous Goods Act, 1882, “ notwithstanding that they do not give off an inflammable vapor of less than 110 degrees of Fahrenheit’s thermometer.” The Order-in-Council will apply to all parts of the colony. An Experimentalist. —The widow of Dr Tanner, of fasting celebrity, was separated from her husband, and the cause of the divorce, if we are to trust the account that has found its way into some of the French papers, is not a little curious. The doctor held, among other curious theories on the subject of diet, that a man’s character was largely influenced by the nature of the food he partook. French beans, for instance, produced, he considered, an irascible tendency ; carrots rendered people timid and sullen ; turnips made them kind and amiable. To test his theories, he put his wife on an exclusive regimen of French beans, with the result of exasperating that lady’s tamper very much after ar week of it. The doctor, proud of this confirmation of his theory, now proposed to correct the effects obtained by employing an equally exclusive dietary of turnips; but the lady, objecting to be made the subject of any further scientific experiments, and perhaps entertaining doubts of the doctor’s sanity, applied for a divorce and obtained it.

Police.—At the Court this marning, before Mr Thomas Bullock, J. P., afirstoffender charged with drunkenness, was fined ss, with the usual alternative. William Millen, alias “ Hokitika Bib,” was then charged with riotous conduct in Patten’s Hotel, at Methven, using obscene language i.i a public place, and further with using obscene language at the railway station, Ashburton. When asked what he had to say for himself, William said he had a good deal to say, and he proceeded to do so in a very forcible manner. He had been shearing up country, and when the wet weather came visited Methven, “and had a few liquors, sorr.” As to the obscene language, he was perfectly incapable of using it, and “ it must have been somebody else.” Sergeant Felton smiled grimly and produced a list of sixteen previous convictions, whereat “ Bill ” winced, but still persisted that he had bean more sinned against than sinning. The Sergeant said ho had known the accused for the last twelve years, and when under the influence of liquor he was a very rowdy customer indeed. His Worship reminded William that he had rendered himself liable to several months' imprisonment, but he would merely be sentenced this time to fourteen days with hard labor. “ Bill ” politely thanked his Worship, and was escorted from the box by Constable Daly. When nearing the door, he remarked to his custodian in no very pleasant voice—“ Take your hands off me, will you ?” whereupon he was marched back to the box and charged with contempt of Court. Having been admonished by Mr Bullock to mind what he was about, he was once more walked away to durance vile. A Salvation Army Marriage.—An English contemporary gives the following account of the tuarriiga ceremony which took place recently, when the son of “ General ” Booth entered into the bonds ®f matrimony with a Salvation Array lady :—“ Having placed the bride and bridegroom on his left and right, respectively, Mr Booth read the marriage service, which was almost similar to that used by the Church of England. One distinct innovation, however, was the pledge to ‘do nothing to prevent him doing or giving anything in his heart to do or give to help the Salvation Army, and to promote bis constant self-sacrifice to the salvation of the world.’ This vow each made severally, the bride uttering the words in a most composed and distinct manner, A chorus of ‘ amen? ’ signalled the clasping of the hands and the placing oi the ring on the finger. The General having declared the parties duly and lawfully married, the Rev. Mr Ryder, a clergyman of the Church of England, offered up a prayer, and was followed by Mrs Booth. The General then made another speech, in which he spoke of the marriage as a pledge and guarantee of the perpetuity of the movement. It was not, he said, intended to make the Generalship of the Army hereditary, but it would be assuring to friends who contributed to their support to know that if he passed away his son would step into his place. Referring to the demand that the property of the Army should be placed under trustees, ho said he was anxious to conserve all its properties for the purposes for which they have been given, and they were all "s truly sett’ed on trust as they could possibly be.”

Lay a Fainting Person Down. —lt is surprising how everybody rushes at a fainting person and strives to raise him up, and especially to keep his head erect. There must be an instinctive appreh msion that if a person seized with a fainting or other fit fall into a recumbent position, death is more imminent. I must have driven a mile to-day while a lady fainting was held upright. I found her pulseless, white, and apparently dying, and I believe that if I had delayed ton minutes longer sho would really have died. I laid her head down on a lower level than her body, and immediately color returned to hir lips and cheeks, and she became conscious. To the excited group of friends I said:— Always remember this fact, namely, fainting is caused by want of blood in the brain ; the heart ceases to act with sufficient force to send the usual amount of blood to the brain. Restore the blood to the brain and instantly the person recovers. Now, though the blood is propelled to all parts of the body by the action of the heart, yet it is still under the influence of the laws of gravitation. In the erect position tho blood ascends to the head againstgravitation and the supply to the brain is diminished, as compared with the recumbent position the heart’s pulsation being equal. If then, you place a person sitting whose heart has nearly ceased to beat, his brain will fail to receive blood, while if you lay him down, with the head lower than the heart, blood will run into the brain by the mere force of gravity ; and in fainting, in sufficient quantity to restore consciousness. Indeed, nature teaches us how to manage the fainting persons, for they always fall, and frequently are at once restored by the recumbent position into which they are thrown. —Medical Journal.

Phrenology. —Professor Lio Medo, a gentleman who has earned “ golden opinions from all sorts cf people ” as a phrenologist, and whose praises have been sung in no measured terras by some of our contemporaries, has arrived in Ashburton. He intends to deliver a lecture early next week, due notice of which will be given in our advertising columns. New Zealand Timber. —There appears to be a probability of the timber trade with Australia being further developed. We (Nelson Colonist ) understand that a company is being floated in Hew Zealand for the purpose of taking up suitable bush land on the shores of Cook’s Strait, and erecting mills thereon. White and red pine are finding great favor for many purposes in Sydney and Melbourne, on account of being so much softer than the Australian timbers. The promoters of the company anticipate that they will find a ready market for 600,000 feet per month.

Sunday School at Ashton. — A meeting of parents and others was held on Wednesday evening in the Ashton schoolroom for the purpose of taking into consideration the advisability of starting a Sunday school for that locality. It was decided that the school should be nonsectarian, and Mr Wake, who was appointed superintendent, intimated that he had received a donation of books for the use of the school. A large number of ladies and gentlemen expressed their willingness to act as teachers, and after a conversation as to the ways and means for procuring more books for the school, a subscription list was handed round, and all present subscribed liberally. A vote of thanks to the chairman closed the proceedings.

Christmas Song. —The music and words of “ Our New Zealand Christmas Song ” has been beautifully photographed, cabinet size, with a pretty view of Otago Harbor, encircled with ears of corn and flowers. The following is the chorus of the song : “ A merry Christmas may it be, And that from shore to shore ; May plenty reign within your hall, And grace stand at your door.” This beautifully-executed card is got up for Is, obtainable at H. J. Weeks’ Music Depot, Tancred street, where there is to be seen a fine collection of pianos by Brinsmead "and other well-known makers ; also, the famous Smith American organs. 88,000 of these organs having been sold is a sufficient guarantee. The celebrated pianofortetuner, Herr Otto Schweers, will pay his regular visit very shortly to attend to customers only. Orders can be sent to the Music Dep6t.— [Advt.]

The Auckland Cricketers. —Whatever merit the Auckland Eleven, which recently made a tour of the colony, may possess as cricketers, one of their number is not gifted with good taste. A series ofartic'es is mw appearing in the Auckland Star, written by “ one of the team,” in the course of which an attempt is made to account for them losing the Canterbury match, by stating that the captain induced some of the best men to attend a dinner, given by a Christchurch gentlemen the evening before the con elusion of the match. A very broad hint is thrown out, as ungracious as it is probably unwarranted, that the hospitality shown to the Auckland men had some sinister object. We take the following extract from the article referred to “ Our cricketers were playing at Christchurch in a public capacity, and therefore the people of Auckland have a right to go further, and ask who was to blame. Certainly not the men who were so conscientious as to preserve their nerve and strength for the coming struggle. Blair can hardly bo blamed, because ha is not an Aucklander, and could scarcely be expected to have the. interests of the place very deeply at heart. Barton was not so much at fault, because he showed a disposition to remain at home, but was overruled by his captain. Robinson, on the other hand, as captain of the team, is specially responsible. It was his duty to have kept thorn together, to have worked with every man in order to secure a healthy esprit de corps. He had no right whatever to accept any invitation which did not include the whole of the team, and he should have discerned that true hospitality make? no invidious distinctions, and searched for a hidden motive that might have dictated the inviting of several members of the team (including the principal batsman) to a late pleasure party on the eve of the conclusion of an important and critical match upon which so much depended, and where nerve, tact, and coolness were the principal requisites. His want of judgment was further shown by the fact that he accepted an invitation for a drive to the Stud Company’s farm on that memorable Tuesday morning, knowing that champagne would flow freely on that occasion also. Fortunately, however, Messrs Buckland and Whitaker were successful in their opposition to the scheme, and it was abandoned out of deference to their wishes. It is said that history repeats itself, and going back to the period of the last southern tour, it lingers in our recollection that Robinson then nearly lost the match by taking one of his team to a dance. The members of that team still speak in strong terms of the bad play shewn when it was least desired, and the closeness of the match, all because the captain’s passion for dancing was stronger than his love for cricket. ”

Holloway’s Ointment and Pilis.—Glad Tidings. Some constitutions have tendency to rheumatism, and are through the year home down by its protracted torture Let such sufferers bathe the afflicted parts with warm brine, and afterwards rub in this soothing Ointment. They will find it the best means of lessening their agony, and, assisted by Holloway’s Pills, the surest way of overcoming their disease. More need not be said than to request a few days’ trial of the safe and soothing treatment, 1- >y which the disease will ultimately be completely swept away. Pains that would make a giant shudder are assuaged without difficulty by Holloway’s easy and inexpensive remedies, which comfort by moderating the throbbing vessels and calming the excited nerves.—Advt

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 830, 30 December 1882

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