The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1888. LOCAL AND GENERAL
" How ia that butter I Bent yon ? " asked a grocer of a customer. "Better, thanks-— gains strength every day." A deal and dumb pair having got married, a young lady wondered if they could be happy. " Yes," said the beau, of oourie they can — unßpeakably happy." The social advertised for last evening m the OraDgo Hall did not take place the leather being so bad, it will, however, lake place this evening, and the charge for admission has been reduoed to 2s. Isaao :' " Abe, dit you hear dot Dinkelspiel' dot second-hand furniture man, has married Eaelbaam'B widow ?" Abe: u Yah. I'—1 '— Isaao : " Voßn't you surprised?" Abe: " Nein. She was jooat his. line of goods." A horrible death overtook a man named George Lodge, near Orange, New South Wales, on Friday week. He was pinned to th<3 earth by a branch of a burning tree, and was literally roaßted to death as the fire made its way along the branch to where he lay. This is the second occurrence of the kind that has taken place recently. in Australia. ! A learned qounsel, defending a well-known pick-pocket at Bow street, opened with the following startling sentences : — " Nobody need tell me that a women ever had her pocket pioked. I don't believe a thief could ever discover a woman's pocket. I know that I tried two hours onoe to find the pocki t m my wife's dress, and I had to give it up." The members of the Newlands Primitive Methodist Church have made arrangements for holding their anniversary on Sunday, Deo. 9th. The sermons will be preaohed by Mrs Jones, of Wadding ton. The annual tea meeting will be held m the Newlands Schoolroom, so as to have greater accommodation for visiting friends, and the usual? publio meeting will be held at night. Addresses will be delivered by ministers and friends, and selections of musio will be given by the choir.
Melbourne must be the Paradise of the Knights of the hammer. A correspondent writes : — Certainly auctioneers hafo had, imi ate etill having, a wonderful time of it. Fanoy, Munro and Ballien pay £0000 a month for advertising. They are credited with having made £300,000 m commission this year. Two men I know well— one an accountant, the other a Bank clerk—started m business about two and a half years ago, and are now worth about £100,000. An Aaoklander, now m Melbourne, writes to the "New Zealand Herald ":—•" The great wave of prosperity here, induoed by the superabundance of English money, etc., has reached its full height, and is about, to recede. The land boom is exhausted and eotne of the knowing old birds, .who have been flying m the front rank, ate drawing m, and I have heard of their paying large sums — several thousands — by way of forfeit, rather jihan go with pertain land speculations m ,whioh are interested." The town of jjjtaqck, which is now the Mecca of Ireland, was visited on 4 u K u Pt 15th by about 20,000 pilgrims, amongst whom . were many from America, Australia, France, Spain, and England. The approaches to the church were blooked by dense crowds, and the (building itself, was inaccessible, except to a few who arrived on the previous night and aeoured places. Qt tbes« many came on foot from tho north of Ireland/ The devotional services throughout the day 'were yery im» ! pressive. The central figure m the religious ceremonial was that of Archdeacon Cavanagh. He was followed everywhere by hundreds of the people, who sought his benediotion. Two "miraoles" are reported, one being the re* ißtoration to sight of a blind girl, and another A carp pf Jaroonoßß. The day's devotions ended m a prpoaß^6n ; m wbioh all the pilgrims joined. It is reported that the Hun of Kenmare is about to return to, Knocjf! to finish the convent which she began some years ago, and abandoned for some unex? plained reason.
The "Boomerang," a Queensland illustrated paper, m its issue of the 10th inst. has a first-rate full page engraving of Sir W. F. D. Jorvois, whon it describes as the ••favorite candidate i;he Queensland vacancy . given by Salisbury to • Blake of Galway.' " ( ( News has been received at Sydney that a * German warship has visited the Gilbert Islands and punished the natives of TaVawa/ and Aprang for offences committed against German residents. there. A number of natives were seized, and will be held pending the settlement of a long Btanding dispute between the natives and the Germans. ■..;,.. The officers of (he Scottish Rifles have decided to request Colonel Lean to order an enquiry into the independent *nd yotley firing of thoir company on Saturday' last," when the corps was disqualified on aooount of the Bhotß counted on the target exceeding the number otoartridges isaued to the men of the. squad who, were flri/ig* , ... We learn from the "Lyttelton Times" that the governing body of Christ's College lave declined to reconsider their decision with, regard to. thft jttead-mastership of the school, and have offered vhe position to the Rev F. A. Hare, who has! aooepted it; Mt Hare is an M.A. .of Cambridge, and Waa Private Secretary to Sir Jameß Perguaoi,when that gentleman was Governor of this Colony. ]3e has fo^ several years been Chaplain Of Christ's Colhfga. : : , A Wellington gentleman, who went to Melbourne, on his rttum eaid— •' The barber who. shaved me pays £30 a week rent for his business premises ; a little milk 6hop, without any, other room, is rented at £10 a week. That. cannot last. It is dearer than the rents' 1 of Eegent street, Picoadilly, or New Bond 1 street." Already, adds a Wellington pajber, people are seen on L&mbton quay, who went to Australia to setUe, t but they fouud no restf Already the steamers are bringing baok numbers of persons who' twelve months ago! shook the dust of New" Zealand from off their feet to go where they hoped to do better. They have been wofully| deoeived. The captains of the steamers tell a signifioanL story of the number of people who apply to. get back to New Zealand at reduced fare or anyhow.
The appointment of a housekeeper for Windsor Castle, which became vaoant on the death of Mrs Henderson, is one of the best things m the, Queen's gift, for there is not only an adequate salary, but an exoellent apartment m the castle, valuable perquisites, and numerous privileges* When royal per* sorages from abroad .visit the Queen at Windsor a handsome present to the housekeeper is a matter of course. Emperor Nioholas gave her £1000, and Emperor Napoleon a couple of splendid diamond braoelets. ]' . : • Quite a sensation has been created m Paris by a speeoh delivered at Alais, apropos of the " Budget " then under disousßion m the Chamber of Deputies, by M. Gilly, one, of the Socialist representatives of the oleotoral district of Gard, who stated that tho finances of the nation were being profligately equandered that there were as many as 20 Wilsons m that Chamber, and that these men enter both it and the Senate as poor as himself, expend at the rate of £4000 a year, occupy princely mansions, and live like millionaires. He has since reiterated these assertions m a'< letter, whioh has been published m the newsaapers, but declines to incriminate any mdi« vidual member specially! Several of our contemporaries, m speaking of the reoently discovered Sutherland waterfall m Central Otago, term It the highest waterfall m- the world. This is a mistake. There are at present known two waterfalls .of much greater height; The principal one is m the Yosemite valley, m California, add is 2550 feet m height m all, but iB, broken into three leaps. It odoure m • stream which' is a feeder of the San Joaquin Biver. The famous Bridal veil, or Pohono fall, is gens* rally considered the most beautiful waterfall m the world. It fills 940 feet m one un-
broken leap.. The Oroo fall, at Monte Rosa, m Switzerland, is second m height. It is 2100 feet,' m two leaps. -Then comes the third highest, the Sutherland falls;, m Otago, 1904 with three leaps. Although this Btsnfds third on the list, it is perhaps, the most important fall, as it contains a larger volume of water than either the one m the Yosemite valley or the one at Monte Rosa.— Exohange. A ghastly discovery was made recently by a couple of boys m a deserted brickyard at Chicago. They found an old soap box, opened i; and found the dead bodies of five. babies laid side by side within. The bodies* were found to be badly decomposed. Tw» were males and the other three females One of the males and one of the femalea appeared to have lived about two weteks, while the others had died shortly after birth. A cursory examination revealed a seeming fracture of the skull m two oases, but thpaa ware the only marks of violence discovered. The babies had probably been dead for atout 10 dayi. Tho. police are o( the opipiqn that the babies came from a•! baby farm ' or lying-in hospital. None of these are knewn to exist m the vicinity, and it is beliereq that tbe soap box was oarried to the brickyard from a distance with a pile of refust, a considerable amount of whioh has bean deposited there.
At the Rink de Paris last evening, m Bpite pf the wet weather, there waa a lage attendance, of skaters and onlookers to witnias the performance of the Roaelle Broe., who gave two very clever exhibitions on the double trapeze and with the Roman rings. Their performances were greeted with bud applause, wbioh they thoroughly deserved. A great many Christohuroh skaters Mere preeent, several of whom expressed tkir surprise at the advancement of our )>oal skaters, especially among those of the laities who had studied the more graoeful evolutims, and whose performances on the Bkttea contrast very favorably with those of stme pf our youths who are m the habit of sinply rushing round. The Rink will be open atain this evening, when the Roaelle j3ros. will give another performance, and should the weaker be fine a full house may be expected, geacn tioketscwill not be available for this evening. Last evening the musio was supplied »by Messrs Gates and Ward, assisted by Mr J, Baxter (a cornet player of repute from the North Island). There will be a dance immediately after the rihking.
Two men having been sentenced to a month's imprisonment for- being drunk and disorderly, a medical practitioner obtained the permission of the authorities to try upon them, a new method . of treatment, 'i'hey were removed to special quarters and informed that all their food would be dressed as they might prefer, pit her with wine, gin, or pny other kind of spirituous liquors, Our topers accepted the proposal with the greiteat delight, and nearly came to blows over the oboToeof the liquid; The first day every t^qg pasßed off well, and ample justice wa| done the viands. The eeoond day there was a slight falling off jm their enthusiasm, still they ate with good appetite. The third day they look very little, «n<i began to think that aloohol was all very well m its way, but that ttaca were limits. . . . The fourth day they deolpejj all nourishment. The fifth day they took a solemn oath p starve gooner than touch tho siokening" diet, $ut the d, oofor was firm, and impelled by hunger, after a' 'three daysj fast, they consented to eat the only food that wbb offered to them. At the month's end the fellows were liberated. They were parfeotly cured, for ever sinoe the very smell of wine or spirits would cause them to faint.