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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1888. LOCAL AND GENERAL.

Mass will be celebrated at Rakaia on Sunday next at the usual hour by the Rev Father Binsfield.

It is supposed that Borne at one time contained 5,000,000 inhabitants. Babylon contained Hi gquare miles, and London contains but 120. In the Eternal City tnere were 1780 palaoes, and 59,602 houses divided into flats. The palaces of Borne eaoh accommodated about 350,000 people. It took Jonah a day to get into the middle of Nineveh, whioh occupied more space than London. The Star of the East Lodge, 1.0. G.T., picnio and sports are to held m Mr J. W. Sawle'e paddook, Tinwald, on New Year's Pay. A good and varied programme has Deen arranged, consisting of races for men, women, and children, games, swings, eto. We understand the refreshment booth will be m charge of Mr W. O. Davis assisted by members of the Order. If the weather proves favorable we have no doubt the demonstration will be a success, as a strong oommittee has been appointed, and they are working earnestly and systematically. The results of American observations of the laßt transit of Venus m 1882 have been tabulated and summarised by Professor Harkness. Ten stations of observation had been established m the United States, and 1472 photographs of tho transit had been | taken, The mean pf the results gives the parallax as §.847min. ; that is, the mean distance of the earth from the sun is about 93,385,000 statute miles. Profeaßor IJewogmbe had, twenty years ago, estimated the parallax at 8.848min. ; and the American astronomers estimated the possible error at not more than 130,000 English mileß. The Baroness Burdett-Coutta unveiled the Statue erected tn Westminster Abbey to Lord Shaftesbury on Ist Oct. Before doing so the Baroness proßOUDced a short but eloquent eulogy on the philanihrophio E.arl, concluding her remarks, whiah were warmly applauded, by saying that she was very glad it bad devolved upon a woman to pay the late Earl a little tribute of homage on that ocoasion. The women of the country owed Lord Shaftee. bury a deep debt of gratitude. She wished the duty oould have ;been performed by a little child, for to the ohildren of England he Was a noble benefactor. A peooUar acoident, resulting m the loss of a racehorse named JKarearea, owned by Mr H. Slee, of Waimate, occurred earjy on Monday morning. Mr Slee wag awakened at four a.m. by the horse making a peculiar noise m the adjoining Bection, and upon looking down a well about 30 feet deep a horse ;yas seen struggling at the bottom. Ropes and assistance were obtained at once, and Mr Slee wbb lowered down the well and tried twice, eaoh time having fco be pulled up again without reaohing the horse. Messrs Bean, R. Hiokman, Ryan, and Roberts, each tried to go down but had to be pulled up again, and eaoh on raaohing tji? top turned sick. An old miner who offered to go down, first tried a lighted candle to sea if It would keep alight, but on finding it went out be said there was so much bad air m the well that no man could live m it. Efforts were now made to slip a noose over the horse's head and pull him up m this way, and this at last sucoeeded. The horse was dead before it was brought to the top.

A novelty (according to a Paris correspondent) is the Gymnoto, M. Zede's submarine boat, with which the navy authorities have been experimenting at Toulon with entire success. This boat can travel under water and fix under an enemy'B ship explosives that remain connected with it by wires, with the aid of whioh it fires [them by an eleotrio shook. The Gynmote, whioh is to revolutionise naval warfare, oan be steered m any direotion, moved up and down m the water at pleasure, and is perfectly habitable. It is 17 metres long, nearly two metres wide. It has resevoira for water m variable quantities, whioh are filled to sink it, emptied to bring it up to the Burface \ and reservoirs of com* pressed air to rene«r its atmosphere at pleasure. It is surmounted by a small glared cupola, for the use of the directing ofßoer, who will have with him only two meohanics and one common workman. It is provided with a Ereb's eleotrio motor of 50-borse power, and other machines moved by compressed air. At the official experimentation of this j curious realisation of Jules Verne's Nautilus, only naval authorities were allowed to bo J present, no pices {reporters or other snlookers J being admitted. i

ITolloway's Ointment and Pilj^s.— Debilitated Constitutions. — When climate, | age, or hardships have undermined the health, skin diseases aie prone to arise and augment the existing weakness. Holloway's medicaments daily prove post serviceable. This wellknown and highly esteemed ointment possesses the finest balsamic virtues, which soothe and heal without inflaming or irritating the most tender <=kin or most sensitive sore, Hollojyay's Ointment and Pills are infallable for curing i bad legs, varicose veins, swelled ankles, ! erisypelas, scaly skin, and every variety of skin disease. Over all these disorders Holloway's remedies exert a quick and favorable action, and, where cure is pcssible, gradually but certainly arrive at that consummation. They are invAluabJe iff trus s ure of scrofula and tfuryjr,

There was a good attendanoe at the Rink last night, and it must be admitted that Bkating is still the rage m ABhburton.

41 The consonants are better than the vowels," said a father to a son ; "I moan L S D are alwaya to be preferred to I O U.

Messrs R. Friodlander, and A. Harrison were to-day nominated for the vaoanoy on tho Borough Counoil, causod by the election of Cr Thomas to the office of Mayor.

The fastest firmed cruiser m the world ia said to be the German Grief, with 2030 tons displacement and 5500 indicated horse-power. She makes twenty-three knots per hour.

It ia Btated m Wellington that Mr Balfour, the present Clref Secretary for Ireland, is tho owner of a property of 4000 acres m the Wairarapa district.

Not one professed Pagan oan be found now m the portion of Greenland subject to Denmark,- bo complete has been- the triumph of missionary effort there.

On Christmas day the Rev Father Binsfield oonduoted servioes at the Roman Catholic Church to full congregations. There were profuse and most tastefully arranged deooralions of flowers, etc., about the altars, and the body of the ohuroh was also decorated.

A month ago tho financial arbiters of Australia, the Melbourne boom-makers, were just languidly disoussing where they would Btart another boom— in N.S.W. or N.Z. Now a lot of them are reckoning how much they will have over for themselves after paying their creditors 6d m the £. Suoh is life 1

The Wellington papers protest m unmeasured terms againat the injustioe done to this oolony by the managers of the " Pioturegque Atlas of Australia" relying for the letterpreßß acoount of New Zealand on Rusden's History the inaoouraoy and gross partiality of whioh have been established m the English Law Courts.

An astounding orime has been perpetrated at Reinerz, m Sileßia, by a basketmaker, named Henry Trogisoh. He strangled three of his ohildren, stabbed two others with deadly effoot, and then cut his own throat. He had recently loßt his wife, his worldly affairs were not prosperous, and it is conjectured that he feared his offspring and himself would have to fare starvation*

Spanish politios have been thrown into a state of considerable excitement by the publication of tbe statistics relating to the religious orders m Spain, There are 221 monasteries m the land, 200 having been built since 1876, with a total of 4220 monks. There are also 1109 oonverts, with 25,000 nuns. The cause of the alarm lies m the faot that the orders are almost entirely Carlist.

The six prinoipal Railway Companies of France use more than 10,000 aleepers per day, or 3,650,000 per annum. In the United States the consumption amounts to 15,000,000 sleepers a year, whioh is equivalent to the destruction of about 170.000 aores of forestf The annual consumption of Bleepers by the railways of the world is estimated at 40,000,000 and that is probably Ibbs than the aotual number.

Our Rakaia correspondent writes : — St. Mark's Churoh was very prettily decorated for Christmas by Mesdames Hardy, Secretan, Kemp, and Hughes. The evergreens and flowers were nicely arranged. Besides these decorations a number of pot plants added muoh to the effect. The font was especially well done, and the ladies are to be congratulated on the result of their labors. Services were oonduoted m the morning and evening by the Rev H. Collins, but the attendanoe wai small. The " Eoho " flays that a German dootor, by name Eisemann, haa discovered the secret long sought by musioians— namely, the power of sustaining sound, and of producing a really strong cresooulo or deercscendo on the piano. Eleatro-magnetism is hiß system, and a touch of the new pedal sets the eleotrio stream m movement. But the most curious quality of his disoovery is that by simply moving the bar with the eleotro magnets the whole timbre or quality of the Bound may be changed, and the exaot tones of, say, the double bass or the flute may be drawn from tte piano.

It appears that not only was the Marquis of Salisbury m Australasia m the early day?, but Sir John Millais, the eminent painter, and Mr Woolner, the well-known sculptor, were also m Victoria, Mr Woolner did not take to tho diggings;- But Sir Jonn b»u.i« tried his luok at Bondigo; and as he and the Marquis of Salisbury (then Mr Robert Oeoil) were contemporaries on the I^endigo goldfield Borne 35 years ago, they mu'Bt have occasionally brushed against eaoh ptber, both being probably attired m the regulation oabbage-tree hat, red sbirt, and moleßkin trouserß— the orthodox digger's working oostume.

The new Governor of South Australia, Algoron H rhomond Keith-Falconer, Baron Eintorp fn the peerage of the United Kingdom, and Earl of Kintore m the peerage of Scotland, is 36 years of age, and succeeded tc the title ia 1880. He has filled the offioea of Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard and a Lord : in-Waiting, and holds a commission aB Lieutenant jn the Aberdeen Highlanders. His wife is a daughter of the fi'th puke of Manchester, and his son and heir, Lord Inverurie, was born m 1877. His estates oompriße 25,433 aores, and his rental is Bet down at £29,551.

On Tuesday evening a young man residing near Kaiapoi, who had injured one of his fingers m a maohine, caused a commotion m the hairdresser's shop of Mr MoDougal by expressing a determination to" eat it. and trying to carry the same into efteot. JDiokia had been to Dr Murray with a request that he would perform amputation. The dootor, however, decided to put it m splints and dreßsed it. The patient pulled this off, and after trying to bite the digit off his band without suooess, also failed to stamp it ofl with his foot Several persons interfered, and the polioeman on duty warned him to go home or he should provide for him. The man complained that he oould not bear the pain;

A cypress (Washington gigantea) m a forest In Calaveras county, California, measured 863 ft from its base to the top when standing. Its greatest diameter was 31ft, while at 115 ft above the roots it still possessed the enormous diameter of 15^ft. Upon very inseoure data, this monster has been pronounced more than 3000 years ofd. De Qandolle considered that the yew lived much lpnggr tijan any other European tree, and it must certainly be ejfdudpd trow, the 1000 years limit, which seems ample enough for all pi her varieties. He estimated tha age of tho famous yew Braburn, m Kent, at 3000 years, and that o the Scotch yew at Fortinral bb only a littl younger. Evelyn also Bpeako of a gigantio oypress m Persia reckoned (we know not on what basis) to bo 2500 yeara old.

The Prince of Walea (says a London corre. spondent) has one little weakness, above all others, and that is a fondness of uniforms, regaliaß, etc He, as an offioer of various ranks and regiments, has m atook no fewer than eighty-four different Bets of regimentals. He has a magnificent rig out as Grand Master of the English Freemasons, and now I hoar he ia about to clothe himself m the regalia of the Oddfellows' Sooiety. He has been proposed m the Lodge, and his initiation will take place shortly. He has for some years been a worthy member of the Anoienfc AntedHuvian Order of Buffaloes, and has risen, I believe, to be Grand Primo of the Order. We are wondering what is the next freak he will take Jjold oopn p It would not surprise some people if he joined General Booth's army. The uniform would look extremely well on him,

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1888. LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2023, 28 December 1888

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