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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1889. LOCAL AND GENERAL

A Sydney oable states that over £40,000 has been subscribed m aid of the Wesleyan Jubilee Fnnd. Bioylists are requested to attend the meeting to-night at Olub rooms to make final arrangements for the sports gathering on Wednesday next. - The intercolonial cricket matoh between New South Wales and Viotoria was won by the- latter oolony by 12 runs amid great excitement. The Melbourne Exhibition was formally closed on the Slst ult. The total attendanoe during the time it has been open has been 1,900,000. Ths reason that ebony is so scarce and costly is because it is only the core of a tree. The outer wood is light colored and soft, and it ib only m tbe Very oentre of the trunk that the blaok heavy hard wood we oall ebony is found. The oantilever bridge over the Firth of Forth will probably be ready for traffic m about twelve months ; that is nearly two years earlier than wss anticipated. The two oentre spans are by the far tbe largest m existence, being one-third ot a mile m length. The two cantilevers are as high as the oross on St. Paul's. It is the moat stupendous bridge ever built, and is visited by eminent engineers from all parts of the world. Lady Jervois m bidding farewell to the Girls Sooiety m Wellington, made use of a neat simile. In reply to oritios who said "We do not want a sooiety for good girls — we Want more help for the bad," she said " Is it not better to put a railing at the top of the precipice to prevent them falling over, than an ambulance at the bottom to piok them np, maimed for life by the fall ? " Lord Hartington is said to contemplate withdrawal from the National Liberal Olub on acoount of its extreme Gladstonian tendencies. Mr Chamberlain went ont last year, but this did not oheok the more audaciouß Home Rulers, who baying recently introduced Earl Oompton and the oountesß into the club, with tbe result of produoing a noißy demonstration over the Holborn election, hare sinca been aotnally hissing a fellow member, Mr Jesaee Oollinge, MP. Lord Harrington's withdrawal will involve tbat of numbers of bis friends — possibly 100,— and as the olub is m anything but a prosperous state financially, the inoident may be really serious. Apart from this, it marks another stage m the rupture whioh is becoming final between Lord Hartington and his old friends. According to the. "London Daily Telegraph " a large amount of forged silver ooin, estimated at about £95,000, out of a total ourrenoy m tbat metal m the United Kingdom of £20,000,000, is now m the hands of the public. These coins oannot be called spurious, for they are made of good metal ; but bar silver has fallen during the past two years about 4d an ounoe, and henoe there is a large profit on these transactions, ranging, it is calculated, from 60 to 70 per oent. Many of the coins ape eleyer imitations of the old coins m oixonlatipn, and they have been returned by the Bank of England °ply °Q the ground that they have not been issued by the mint. Operations are believed to be chiefly oarried on abroad, and, ac detection is almost impossible by the general publio, there is little oheok upon a further inorease of the supply. A singular romanoe was related m the Newtown Oourt, Sydney, a week or bo ago. Joseph L. Sproule was charged with realioiously damaging a window and trees, the property of his brother John, to the value of £1. The prosecutor did not appear, but the defendant told a strange story. He swore that the property damaged was his. During September last, when on a visit to his brother [ the latter induoed him to drink a quantity of j liquor, and then booked him for England, under the name of Jameß Young. When he recovered he found himßelf at Bea. On arrival m London, he told the Lord Mayor of hiß case, and reoeived his passage money back to Sydney, On returning to Sydney, he discovered that hjß brother was drawing rant from his property, and being without nicfms he determined to bring the matter under thb sotioe of the authorities by smash, ing his property, asd thus made it publio. The case was remanded. An indefatigable Life Insurance agent, representing the— office called upon a member of the fourth estate m Hapier, and speaking Of the difficulty of getting business, wbioh he attributed to the misrepresentations of ihe agents of a certain oolonial offioe doing business m the distriot, said f these agents have -been telling their candidates for insurance that by ■ — and , say for 15 or 80 years they will receive the full amount of the policy with profits. Now this is wrong," said the agent with an air of injured innocence, " and it is calculated to damage the cause of Life Insurance generally. Too will see under these circumstances that many difficulties beset tbe path of an honest agent." "Yes you are quite right, Mr — -," replied the person addressed, "I am fully aware of the , truth of your remarks, having had substantial < proof to my oost. I have been had m a similar way, and I paid one year's premium before I discovered it," •• $y whom, pray ?*' rejoined the agent. " I should like to know the name of the individual for the purpose of making an example of him." " Well, sir it was yourself when you were agent for tbe same office whose representative you now deory." Collapse of imaginary friendship, •nd exit of agent. — " News. " < Statutory Declaration.— l, Franz Raabe, 1 Ironbark, Sandhurst, m the colony of Victoria, j Australia, do solemnly and sinoerely deolare that on the 25th June, 1877, my son Alfred, six years of ace, was accidentally hurt with - an axe oh his fcnae. J. at onoe took all pains - to aeoure medical aaswiane*. Powever, m 1 spite of all efforts, on the 27th August, £877, the opinion was given by Dr Macgilhyray . that an amputation of the injured limb bad i become imperative, m order to save life. At this juncture I called on Messrs Sander and Sons, procuring gome of their Extraot of the Euoalyptusoloh^us,4uad by the application of the same I had the satisfaction of seeing my son {within a fortnight out of all danger, , and ta-day he is recovered. I may just add i that it was when the crisis had been reached . tbat the Extract jraf^rj:ed to was first applied. : and I make this solemn declaration, eto. — ' Fbamz Bubs. Deolared at Sandhurst, m the I solony of Victoria, Australia, this seventeenth * day of Ootober, one thousand eight hundred i and seventy-seven before me, Merits Oohn, ( »HM«.) p S

A little boy, the Bon of the Rev W. A. Diggins, Rookhampton, was playing with two companions at bide and seek. The game had proceeded some time when two of the lads orouobed into a oorn bin and let down the lid. The hasp fell on top of the staple, and &b the box was lined with zino they oonld obtain very little air. Mrs Diggins, requiring one of the boys to go on an errand, sent the Bervant to lpok after him, and the girl was extremely frightened on hearing a smothered ory issuing from some unknown region. A searoh was made, and the boys were found m the corn bin. Although only imprisoned for a short time, they were already suffering Blightly from the effeots. It is providential that the servant was sent down m the niok of time, as a few minutes longer would probably have made things extremely serious for them, The German officers of the Ebsr stated at Auokland tbat the natives of Samoa are very anxious to disperse to their homes, and that they would do so if it were not for the continual intrigue of a few white people who are iaeiting them against the Germans, and telling them that the Germans are going to make slaves of them. They further assert that their sole desire is to bring abont a termination of the present disturbed condition of the oountry, whioh \a absolutely ruinous to both traders and planters who have invested their money m Samoa* The natives are consuming all their Btoreß of food. They have done no cultivation and are now outting down treea, and, without doubt, unless something is done to speedily alter the unsatisfactory oondition of things, there will be a very serious famine. There ia no trade whatever going on,, except by a few small traders who are selling arms and ammunition to the natives as fast as they can, and tbe natives find dollarß somehow to pay for ths arms, A case possessing come features of interest to the medioal profession (states the "Gee-, long Advertiser ") recently came under the notioe of Dr Marwood, the resident surgeon Bt the Geelong Hospital. Abont eighteen monthß sinoe a male patient was admitted from the Ballarat distriot suffering from paralysis of the legs and the lower portions of the body. It was a somewhat peculiar base, and from the time the patient was .admitted it was clear that the complaint was one of an incurable nature, and after months of intense pain the man died. In the interests of soienoe an examination of the body waß made, when i; was discovered that the lower portion of the spine was entirely destroyed by hydatids, whioh swarmed m the spinal cord, and were . taken out m handfuls by the surgeon. In addition to that, two extra large hydatids, about the size of oranges, were found m the abdominal part, and adhering to -the spine. The ease is one of auoh an j unusual kind that Dr Marwood intends, for the information of the faculty, publishing a full acoount m the " Medioal Journal." An unusual sight wbb visible m Bridge street, Sydney, on tha evening of the Brd January. Oolleoted on the telegraphic wires: on both Bides of the western end of that l thoroughfare were to be seen, at about half past Beven o'olook, thousands of swallows, The birds were also congregated m large j numbers on the eaves and projections of the buildings m the Btreet, imparting a vory j peculiar appearanoe to the various etrcoturee, whioh m the dim twilight appeared to have been oovered with a thick coating of tar. or some other substance of a similar nature. The incessant twittering of the birds created no little surprise m the locality, and not a few of the passers by, unaware for the' moment . of .the real cause of the noise' imagined that some of the water-pipes m the vioinity had burst. It is presumed that tbe birds were gathered together at this spot prior to migration to another olimate. It is usual for the swallows to leave that part of the colony m the month of February, bnt they have been known to postpone their flight until Maroh:' Snoh an. immense congregation, of swallows has never been 'observed before with the precincts of the city. A meeting of the Ashburton Hospital Board was held this- morning. Present:— Messrs W. 0. Walker (obairman), D. Thomas, H. Friedlander, and James Brown. A letter was read from the Ohristohuroh Board, claiming the sum of £i 8a expenses inourred on behalf of an Ashburton man treated m the Ohristohuroh Hospital, and who stated he had no means to pay. It waß stated that the man went direct to the hospital from the house of his brothae-in-law, a farmer at Waterton, with whom he had been living for years. The Board decided to seek legal advice as to ill power to sue ; failing wbioh the Christ, churoh Board would be asked to take legal proceedings. The sum of £89 fees due to Chrietohuroh Board, by persons from the Asburton distriot who had no means to pay, was passed for payment. A further sum of £21 was held over m the meantime till the Board had ascertained Ub power to sue. The question of the application of Drs Tweed and Leahy to treat their patients m the hospital' oame up for consideration. After disoussion it was resolved " That the matter stand m ebeyanoa until* termination of the present appointment of medical officer, the Chairman to enquire as to the medioal. arrangements m similar hospitals m other parts of New Zealand." „ . Mr William Gibsorne, who is well known m New Zealand, lectured on " Colonisation " at the Hotel Metropole on Tuesday night (says the " Home News " of December 14th). Referring to the general meh among all classes of Bngiishmen to seoure the permanent.consolidation of the British J2mpirs, IJr Gibsome detailed a system of bis own with regard to systematic emigration from the United Kingdom to the ooloniea. This, m his opinion, should be organised and administered under joint agreement between the Imperial Government and tbe local State. And m tbe certainty at present of Parliament refusing any expenditure on account of emigration, there might still be formed a feasible publio system to that end whereby tbe surplus popnlation of these islands might be reduced and room given for the employment of redundant British oapital. Mr Gisborne believes, too, m voluntary emigration, an approximate equality of the two sexes of emigrants, and tbat they should be the very best of the olass from wbioh they are drawn. ?Dhe coloniee add materially to onr national nfluenee and power, the enlargement of our trade, and tbe increase pf our national prosperity. Tbey should, therefpre, have a oonBtitutional voioe m any soheme of emigration Started m the Mother Oountry, and only when England and her colonies shall bave agreed on the subjeot oan any feasible system be propounded, Holloway's Ointment and Pills.— ln all outward complaints a desperate effort should be made to at once remove those annoying infirmities, and of establishing a cure. The remarkable remedies discovered by Professor HoUoway will satisfactorily accomplish this desirable result, without any of those dangers < or drawbacks which attend flit old method of treating ulcerations inflammations, scrofulous affections, and scorbutic eruptions, most timid invalids may use both the ointment and pills with the utmost safety with cerfaip success, provided a moderate attentipn be bestowed on their accompanying *? Directions.'' Both the preparations soothe, heal, and purify. The one assist the other materially m effect- , ing cures and -renewing strength by helping exhausted Nature just when she needs such < succour.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1889. LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2052, 1 February 1889

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1889. LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2052, 1 February 1889

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