LOCAL AND GENERAL.
A Chicago newspaper makes the statement that a railroad train arrives or departs from hat oity every minuto of the day.
A private letter received m Brisbane from Mr B. T. Booth, the well-known temperance leoturer, states < that he has retired from the platform and intends to go into business m Melbourne.
Anew building material called Btonobriok is said to possess extremely useful qualitiea, and to be likely to oome into extensive use; It is made by grinding together lime and sand m a dry state. It is then heated by steam and becomes burned hydraulic cement.
One of the remarkable features of the tide of immigration whioh is pouring into the United States just at present is the Italian element, During tha month of April the number arriving at Gaetle Garden was nearly one-fifth of the whole number of arrivals. There were twelve Bbiploada from Italy, with 41,053 aouls.
The Customs returns for the quarter ended 30th Sept. last show that the revenue from alooholio liquors and tobaooo m its various Bhapos wap leias by about £10,pqQ than for the September quartor of last year m Bpite of heavier duties.
Printing is now declared (0 have bsen one of the lost arts. DooumentH printed op papyrua are said to have been found at Arsinoe, Egypt, the maps and plates of whioh alone number 20,000, add the languages m whioh they are piriufad eleven, representing, Beside this yariety pf »e#p)flß or tribes, a period of 2700 ye^ra,
At the Rink this evening an exhibition of \ Bkating will be given by Professor Wilkie.l The charge for admission is only 6d. ]
Professor Hugo delivers hia third lecture at ;he Orange Hall on Monday evening, when :he subject will.be " Eyes and lips."
Mr T. H. Zouoh has brought to our office a Bpeoimen of the somewhat rare tree inaeot — we forget its soientifio name. It resembles a twig broken from a withered tree, the legs, of wbioh there are three pairs, answering to the branchletp. The specimen m question, whioh was found at Alford Forest measures 5J inohes m length.
Professor O. E. Hugo delivered another of his addresses on physiognomy at the Orange Hall last evoning. There was a very good attendsneo. The professor's subjeot was " Noses and China " and his discourse was full of interest and listened to with great attention throughout. At the close of the lecture Professor Hugo gave v«>ry oorreot delineations of the character of Beveral ladies and gentleman who went up to the platform.
A lady advertised m the " Morning Poßt " for a let of servants, thero having been ructions m the household, and received the following : — " Madam, — Having seen your advertisement m the " Morning Post " for a kitohen maid, I beg to offer myself for the situation. I have been two years m the aoullery with Prinoe Louiß of Battenberg. Hoping I shall suit you, etc" She was engaged.
The privileges m connection with the Ashburton A. and P. Show were Bold to-day by Mr Peter Williams, for Messrs Friedlander Bros. There was good competition for the principal booths, and the following priceß were realised :-— Publioan's booth, No. 1, and lunoheon room, £31, Mrs Butler; publioan'a booth, No. 2, £26, A. J. Kelley ; confectioner's booth, No. 1, £5, W. O. Davis ; confeotioner's booth, No. 2, £4, W. O. Davis ; right of sports, 15s, W. O. Davis; total, £66 15b ; as sgainst £34 10a last year.
A young man was deteoted m pooket picking (writes the Paris correspondent of a contemporary). He decamped, but was followed. Encountering a group of bioylißts and trioyolists he knocked some of them over ; confusion ensued ; he jumped on a a bioyole minuß its rider, rolled like the new Edinburgh express into Paris, sold the maohins for 300f, and invited a polioe inspector whom he knew to pass the evening with him at dinner, and who finally saw the Booundrel unconaoiously off m the train for Belgium.
The Waitaki North correspondent of the " Odmaru Mail " thinks the Waitaki river will be able to hold ita own against any river m New Zealand bb a trout stream. He says that on Thursday afternoon a party of four gentlemen had the following splendid reoord for four hours fishing :— Mr Sohluter landed 11 fish weighing 68lbs, Dr de Lautour landed 4 fish weighing 241bs, Mr Dunoan 4 fish weighing 141bs, and J. Wheeler, who did not get a start until 6.30 p.m., landed 6 fish weighing 30lbs, making the total of fish landed 24, weighing 1361b5.
«« Golden weddings " and "silver weddings" are reoent institutions, so far as England is oonoerned. Custom and nomenclature oome from Germany, and have taken the firmest hold m Germany. The fifth anniversary wedding-day is " wooden ;" the tenth, "tin ;" the fifteenth, " crystal ; " the twentieth, 11 china ; " the twenty-fifth, " Bilver ; " the thirtieth, " ootton ;" the thirty fifth, "linen;" the fortieth, "woollen;" tho forty-fifth, " silk; " the fiftieth, •• golden ; " the sixtieth, M diamond."
Another viotim of the tobaooo habit has just died prematurely at Philadelphia, at the age of 113 years. Against the best advioe this reckless youth contracted the habit of smoking 98 years ago, and persisted m his fatal course until the end. Death was delayed, but; it oume at last, and another name has been added to the oranks' long list of persons who have been killed by niootine. Only one thing prevented this from being a horrible example threg quarters of a oentury ■go. He never smoked a oigarette.
Saya the " Wellington Press " of Ootober 12:— A resident m Sydney street had an unexpected and oertainly an unusual visitor this morning, m the shape of one of the emus from the Botanioal Gardens. The erratic bird lifted the latoh of the gate and walked m, and was preparing to make a meal off tho koives and forks on the breakfast table when the master of the house pub m an appearance, 11 not too soon, and not too late, but just m time." The disdainful air with whioh that bird marched off to the garden again was a treat to witness.
The Queen has oonsentod to tho publication of the Prince Oonsort'a correspondence with his brother, the Duke of Saxe-Ooburg-Gotha, on condition that passages relating to private and personal matters shall be excised, and, indeed, the proof-sheets of the letters are to be submitted to Hor Majesty for her revision. Prince Albert kept up a regular correspondence both with hia brother and with the late Emperor William, then Prince of Prussia ; and, if all his letters could be published, his reputation for political sagacity and presoienoe would stand even higher than it does at present.
The annual general meeting of the Ashburton Cadets was held at the Drillshed last evening, when there was a fair attendance of members and a few parents. Major Douglas, who presided, read the balanoe-shjet showing an amount of £17 19a 6d at orecfit. Oadeta Arthur Priohard, Alfred Priohard, W. PearSon, Edward Oottrell and Robert Hepburn were elected a managing Committee, the offioers being ex offioio members. A hearty vote of thanks was tendered to Sergt-Major Hayes for the time and trouble he had devoted to the ourps sinoe its inception, and the sum of two guineas was voted to him as a slight rooognition of his eervioea. In returning thanks the Sergt-Major expressed a hope that they would encourage him still further by regular attendance at drill. He also gave them some good advioe as to behaviour when m uniform. Major Douglas announced that there would be an inspection parade on Tuesday next, and that on Friday evening it was intended to seleot some of the more promising boya for promotion as Sergfc. , and Corporals. The meeting dosed with the usual vote of thanks to the Chairman. 1
In tho course of an artiole condemnatory of the roving propensities of the present admin, istration the "Wellington Evening Post " says:— Wo shall Bhortly have three of our Ministers on a roving Commission m Australia. We do not think suoh a thing has ever before ooourred. The Minister of Justice is already m Melbourne, and the Ministers of Public Works and Education, it is announced, are about to meet him there. During the Cup week there will be as many New Zealand Ministers m Melbourne as m Wellington or probably more. Happy country that can thus do with so little Government;, and whoee affairs are iv Buoh a complete state of administrative perfection that those responsible for the oonduot of affairs regard seeing the Mel* bourne Oup run for as of superior importance to any demands upon their attention by the affairs of the colony, fpr attending to whioh they draw salaries at their own self-appraised value. Noro, we are told, fiddled while Rome 7?aa burning. Our Ministers gleefully baok their fanoy on the Flomington course, while suoh smaller matters as the constitution of a Board to assume the control of the New Zealand railways, the appointment of a Judge of the Supreme Court, and other little matters of similar kinds are either left over indefinitely, or relegated to the deoision of a minority of the Cabinet, without the advice or assißtauoo of the Ministers at the head of the departments specially ooncerned.
Coin collectors have got another treasure to look after ; for, a few weeks ago, a email ißßue of the late German Emperor's coinage was made from the Royal Mint at Berlin, and a limited number of gold Fredericks have got into circulation, but they are already bo exceedingly scarce that they command fanoy prices. The Mint offioials.are buay with the coinage of the new Emperor, whioh is to be issued at once.
Canada now holds fifth plnoe among the ! maritime nations of the world, and is very nearly fourth among the commercial fleets. Its fleet gauges 1,218,000 tons, valued at £7,250,000 sterling (over 36,000,000 dollars). Its tonnage is now only inferior to that of the German Empire by about 55,000 tons, and exceeds that of Franoe, Italy, Russia, Spain, Austria, etc. The oombined exports and imports of Canadian ports m 1887 reached 7,640,000 tons, which is very nearly equal to those of all the other British colonies oombined.
Acoording to the " New York Herald," Thomas A. Edison, the inventor, haa been interesting himself with his new baby and a phonograph at his home. When the baby crowed with glee, the orow was registered on the phonograph ; when it got mad and yelled, its piercing screams were irrevocably reoorded on the same maohine. That phonograph is now a reoeptaole of every known noit-t peouliar to babyhood. It is Mr Edison's intention to take a reoord of the strength of the baby's lunga every three months. " I will preserve the reoord," said he " until the child becomes a young lady. Then the phonograph can be operated for her benefit, and she can see for herself what kind of a baby she was, and won't have to take her mother's and the nurse's word for it."
A strange looking oraft was visible on the Seine m Jane. It is n well-appointed "junk," which has been built by a rather ecoertrio provincial banker for himself and his family. In its interior are a salon, a dining room, two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and, most wonderful of all, a stable and coaoh house. The cabins, or rather roomß for private use, are fitted up not only comfortably, but artistically, and there is even a piano m the drawing rooaj*.. The stables hold four horses. The boat oatr'bo navigated on most of the French rivers. Its owner — a M. Bareton — disdains railways and ordinary means of locomotion. He merely uses his horses and carriages for travelling m oities and other places where his big " junk " oannot go. Where there is a river or a oanal he journeys along it quite oomfortably m his gabare. He intends to live with his family m his boat during the Great Exhibition.
Fashion is constantly adding new features to dancing. A ootillion figure recently introduced is what is called the raoeoourse. Several hurdles are set up, and the ladies stand at an umpire's box and hold papercovered hoopß, through which the raoers must jump. The man who wins danoes with any lady he may select. This is quite picturesque, and it will ,doubtlesa, prove very exciting. And yet fashion would do well to ease up a little on its love for novelty. Danoing is a delightful pastime, and it is only injurious when abused, but it is a very evident faot that the men are gradually login? (heir liking for it, and this is almost 6ntiroly dae to the introduction of foolish figures and com* plioated arrangements thnt are as fatiguing as a go-as-you-please raoe. The average man does not care to be ridioulous, even if he does afford amusement to the fair ladier, and it is natural that be should be will ; ng to leave ■ the new figures to dudes who have nothing else to do except to dross and dance. — " Baltimore Amerioan."
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1975, 20 October 1888
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