The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1888. LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The town m Kansas most noted for divorce suits is named Concordina. There ara seats for 33,000 amusement seekers m the Philadelphia theatre. The centennial gift of £10,000 m £100 donations to wipe off the overdraft of Melbourne Hospital was all subscribed m a few days. Recent reports of the International Sunday Sohool Union show that there are 1,504,613 Sunday sohool teachers m the world and 12,680,267 scholars. Ur T. Duncan M.H.R. for Waitaki, was banqueted at Rurow on Thursday evening, when a gold watch and chain and a jubilee sovereign were preaentpd to him. Mr Anderson, M.H.R: for Bruce, was apaong those present. There are about 30 grand dukes m Russia, all of them being near relatives of the Czar. Each receives from the State an annual pension amounting to £16,000 and the majoiity of them have large private fortunes besides. A orooodile 14 feet long haa been shot on the Daintree river, Queensland. In its stomach was found a Father Matthew temperance medal, bearing the name of A. D. Edwaid3, and the date 1880. Nothing is known of any person by that name being missing. An English lady iayß " the art of conversation is unknown m New Zealand." Whereever she went for fifteen months the talk among her acquaintances was all on the wanning wiih kerosene one half the time and the sins of the servants the other half. The law m France and Germany is that every time a person ia detected selling adulterated articles of food and drink he is compelled to put notices of the faot m his windows, and to pay for the insertion of the same m all local newspapers. The " Waimate Times " says :— During the hearing of the case Green v Bunting, at tb.3 looal Court the other day, the plaintiff produced a curious kind of ledger, m whioh the patties recorded their transactions. This was made up of a copy of the " Otago Daily Times," several copies of the " Waimate Times," the inside of nn envelope, and other odd papers, tied promiscuously m a bundle. Tbe records were jotted down here and there on the unprinted margin of the newspapers, sometimes by Green, at other times by Buntinp, and the " entries " were mostly made on a Sunday m plaintiff's barn, Tbe dates of tbe publication of the papers, and tbe date of the postmark on th.o envelope, served to tell the dates on which the business recorded was transacted. Keating's Powder destroys both moth, fleas, beetles, and all other insects, whle quitharmless to domestic animals. In extermina ting beetles, the success of this powder is extraordinary. It is perfectly clean m application See the ar»icle you purchase is Keatings as imitations are noxious and ineffectual. Sold m tins, 6d,ms, and 2s 6d by all chemists*
It is intended to hold the annual garden part j m oonneotion with St. Stephen's Church eatlj m December. At a Maori wedding at Eototua lately, some lit'le amuaeißent was oreated by the large curtain ting (no other being available) continually alipping off the bride'B finger. However, m syite of this little difficulty, Mr! Spencer succeeded >n going through with the ' oeremony m a verw satisfactory manner: At Ceylon the great reservoir, which covers : seven equare .miles, has been repaired, and the valuable work of "irrigation "whioh it accomplished even as far back as the fifth century is again going on. The reservoir supplies towns . and villrges for fifty milea around. Mr George W. Cablo enumerates BOrne of the things the blades m the United States have done Bince they wero emancipated. Prominent among these ia their increase from 4,000,000 to 7,000,000. He 3aya they are multiplying faster by natural increase than any other raoe on the continent -or m the world. The " Dnnedin Evening Herald " is struck with the muscular development of the many ministers of religion at present m Dunedin attending the Synod meetings, and is of opinion that, whether m the vineyard m which their toils are more properly spent, or on the more homely potato patch, most of them could do a day's work. At the R M. Court this morning, before Mr B. Aloorn, J.F., James Harrison, a man who on Monday was convicted of drunkenness, was brought up oharged with having been illegally on the premises of Mr T. Bullook last evening. He was ordered to be imprisoned for forty-eight hours. On a oharge of drunkenness he was fined 203 and coats, with the alternative of forty-eight hours' imprisonment. The Rink will be open to-morrow evening, and a notification appears stating that it will also be open on Friday evening the occasion of the Prince of Wales' birthday. The fees have been reduced for the latter evening. On Tuesday next A. Wilkia and B. Elston, jr , will compete for the professional championship, and endeavour to lower the time made by Mr 3. Olark, the present amateur ohampion. In a table of altitudes at Yosemite Valley at the baok of a card issued by Leidig'a Hotel, m that neighbourhood, it is stated that tbo Loya or Sentinel Fall is 3270 ft m height, the To-Semite or Large Grizzly Bear is 2034 ft, m three leaps of 1060, 534, and 500 ft, and the Eung-00-too.koo-ya or Long and Slender "Ribbon Fall," 3800 f- The To-coy-ac (Shade to Indian Babybasket) or Royal Aroh Fall ib also given at 2000 ft, The ohampion " marryist " hails, as might have been expected, from Chicago. Mr Brown, as he modestly calls himself, has, it is said, conducted no less than 32 wives to the altar, and has subsequently, with all due legality, escorted 31 of these trusting females to the local divorce oourt. But Brown has either ma ried once too often, or divoroed "■not wisely but too well," for it is now stated that he is m the hands of the Chicago polios for what are vaguely described as " escnqxieries do marriages" The Madrid correspondent of the " Daily Cbroniole Bays : — " A dUol of the most ferociously bloodthirsty character has just taken place m Gergal, a small town m the provinoe of Huelva. Two young men who.were.engaged to sisters quarrelled over some trifling 1 matter, and agreed to settle their dispute by 1 a duel, m which both should be wounded and ' one at least should be killed.' The conditions agreed upon were that the right foot of the 1 one should be tied to the left foot of the 1 other, and then, each being armed with a dagger, they were to stab one another by tarns until one should die, These barbarous i conditions were carried out to the letter, and ' with the most cold-blooded ferocity, and m the presenoe of Beoonda Each of the com. batants received seven wounds before one of i them expired, whileßtill tied to Mb antagonist The other was also removed m a dying state.'i A great conflict between poaohers and watchers took plaoe at Gutter Hole fishing near Newburgh, on the Tay, The poaohers, who had been for some time under suspicion, numbering about thirty, were surprised by a party of watcherß, who intercepted their flight and attempted their capture. Several severe injuries were inflicted and received on both sides, and, m trying to escape to Mvg T drum Island, two young man who were bad Bwimmsrs were drowned, With the exoeption of four who were oaptured, m a more or lesa bruised or mained condition, all the poaohers escaped. A great deal of excitement bas been oaused by the affray, and, as is inevitable m cases of this kind, a good deal of the popular sympathy is on the side of the offenders against the law. The monthly meeting of the Mount Hutt Road Board was held on MoDday, November 5. Present— Messrs Wm MoMillan, J. Johnston and D. Cameron The Clerk's report waß read. — It was resolved that as Mr Macavey has not re-commenced work on Maginnis' road, fresh tender? be called for the work.— A ciroular from Mr B. Gray ye sorub extermina* tor WAS received. Letters wer6 reoeived— (l) From the Receiver of Revenue of Crown Lands— (2) From Mr W. F. Somerville— (3) From the Ashburton County Counoil, and Mr W. Gerard re Black Mountain Track.— It was resolved that the Board adhere to their former resolution to contribute an amount efiual to one half of Mr Gerard's rates towards this work.— lt was decided that the Board advertise their intention to strike a rate of 3-10ths of a penny m the £ for the year end- j ing 31st March, 1889.— 1t was resolved to have repairs made on railway road at Lauriaton, and on the middle road at Springfield.— Mr Holmes' charge of 3d per cubic yard for ahingle wbb considered excessive, the Board being willing to pay 3d per yard as they had to others — Accounts to the amount of £112 4s 2d were passed for payment. A lecture on "The First Artist" was delivered, under the auspices of the Art Sooiety, by Mr O. E, Hugo m the Society's Rooms laßt evening. These was a fair attendance, the chair being occupied by the Rev E. A. Scott. The Lecturer began by deprecating the devotion of energy to grasping for wealth, instead of Btriving for perfection of pind. He traced Art baok to the Greoian period, when Zeuxis painted grapes so faithfully, as, it is said, to deceive the birds ; then baok 2000 years to the banks of the Nile where the carved sphinxes stand. Still further back he traoed it to rude drawings of horses on a piece of reindeer horn, whioh he seemed to think were the work of an unknown artist m the prehistoric age. These had been found m a cave m Dordonne, m Franoe. Several sketohea had been found at Cromagnon and fit Mentone, whioh showed that the race were tall and muscular, intelligent, and of a reddish-brown color. The lecture was a mpst interesting one, and the quotations from authors, anoient and modern, showed that Mr Hugo had made deep researches m connection with the subject. Several of tho*e present took, part m the disoußsion, which ensued at the close of the leoture, and Mr Hugo replied to several questions whioh were asked. The Chairman referred to the subject matter of the leoture as showing the necessity that existed for a reference library, Buoh as the Association aimed' at possessing. If those present had studied such acientifio subjeoti it mast have been from private eonroes, «s there were no works bearing op the.m jn the public library. He hoped suitable works would ba obtained. The customary vote of thanks to the Chairman and Leoturer brought the pro--1 oeedinga to a oloae.
A distinguished American just arrived from Hamburg tells an interesting anecdote of the Prinoe of Wales. '• We were dining one evening m the Kursaal," said the genialJSfew Yorker. "I put to the Prince point biaok the question, 'Why do you like American girls so muoh ? ' • Why,' he replied,' because Amsrioan ladies always have something to say and always know how to say it very well. To borrow a orioket simile, with English ladies we have to do all the batting, fialding, and bowling ourselves, while your American girls cut and do the running themselves." A Ohristohuroh paper says that an eight-ypar-old son of Mr John Bamett, had a very narrow esoapa from a serious accident on Wednesday night. The boy, whilst suffering from nightmare, got out of bed about 11 p,m., unfastened the bedroom window, and olimbed outside. Mrs Barnett, who wns downstairs at the time, hearing the window open, at once went upstairs Jo hor son's room, where she found the boy wai missing All doubts of his whereabouts were settled by the boy Binging out to hia mothe*. Mrs Barnett . opened- the window and found her son hanging outside, a distance of nearly twenty feet from the ground. It appears he had tumbled out of the window, and saved himßelf from a severe fall by catching hold and hanging on the window sill with his fingers until resoued. To make the feat all the more wonderful tha ledge of the window is only a narrow one, and made with a sharp slope downwards. • .