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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2068, 20 February 1889
LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Mr Wilson Hall, of Biversdale, has a orop of 300 or 400 acres of wheat the length of samples of whioh picked promiscuously is sft 4in.
The business annually transacted on the London Stock Exchange— the world's great centre of speculative enterprise— amounts to about £4,550,000,000,000.
Mr McCarthy, of Dunrobin, baa a Bheaf of timothy grown this year whioh measures 6ft m the clear, the heads being about 7iu m length. He intends to forward a sample of this grass to the Dunedin Exhibition.
At the Amberley Resident Magistrate's Oourt yesterday Julian James, a Bmall farmer, was fined £100 for unlawfully putting his brand and ear marks on three sheep belonging to Messrs Mallook and Lance. He paid the fine.
Mr W. H. Matbieson, of lavercargill, while at Stewart's Island recently saw several reefs of mica. He suggests that as mioa is m request it might be worth while for someone to bring over a good sample of the mineral from the island.
At the B.M. Court this morning, before Mr D. Thomas, J.P., and H. Friedlander, J.P., a first offender for drunkenness was fired 5s with the usual alternative, — Joseph Nicholas, charged with lunaoy, was, on the certificates of Drs Trevor and Tweed, committed to the Asylum at Sunnyaide.
The Moeraki Bohonl is now under the charge of a mistreas for the first time sinoe it was Btarted 19 years ago. At one time there was an average of over 40 scholars attending sohool, now the number is under SO. This is due to the land being looked up m large estates.
One firm alone] m Venice, that of Mr Jesurnum, employs 4000 work people m the manufacturing of 84 different descriptions of lace, embracing coma thousands of different patterns at prioes from one penny to £90 per yard. All the laoeß are produced by bobbins or by the needle.
Mr 0. 0. Corfe, late headmaster of Christ's College, was yesterday presented with a purse of 360 aovs., and an address by old boys, pareDts and pupils, and other friends. The presentation was made by Mr John Studholme m the presence of a large gathering m the Provincial Counoil Chamber at Chrjstohuroh. Mr W. P. Beeves, M.H.8., delivered an address on behalf of the old boys. Mr Oorfe leaves for England tomorrqw.
A alergyman oalled on a poor parishioner whom he found bitterly lamenting the loss of an only son— a boy about four or five years old. In the hope of consoling the afflicted woman, he remarked to her thet one so young oould not have committed any griovoua'sin, and that no doubt the ohild was gone to heaven. " Ah, sir," said the simple-hearted creature, "but Tommy was so shy — and they are all strangers there."
A new Brighton milkman named Diokenson was tossed by a bull on Saturday. The animal, Which had bopne a very good character provi? ously, came up to see him harnesß a horse, and Diokenson took up a rope's end to drive him away, whereupon the bull upset him. A man named Hogan saw the attack, and — how he did it he could not tell— ran up and picked up Dickenson and threw him over a fence, and then got over himself. Dickenson reoeived a flesh wound m the side from the horn of the bull.
This winter the West End dandies dietjnotly suggest by their dreßS the old ooaohing days." A white 'tie, a blue greatcoat with a velvet collar (and made almost as wide m the Bkirtß as was the garment y?prn by that coaohman m " Pickwick . who* took aq imperial pint of vinegar with his oysters) dark trousers, and drab gaiters — thoße things form the oostume worn perhaps by two out of three of thoße dandies who frequent Piccadilly and olubland,
The firet balloon inflated with natural gas ever sent up arose from Riverside Part, near Anderson, Ind., August 14th. It has been a question as to whether or not natural gas would float; a balloon to any considerable height, said a writer from that town. This one was filled from a pipe from a well until the gauge indicated that the silk, whioh was enclosed m a strong netting, was bearing twenty pounds pressure, when CJeorgo Avers, an amateur aeronaut, clfmbled jnto the basket, and the balloon was out loose. It rose steadily until an altitude of about 2500 feet was reached, when a current of air wan struck whioh bore the balloon and its single passenger away to the south-east, einoe when nothing has been Been or hoard of him. " Progressive Age/
Shortly before half-past ten o'olook this morning nn alarm of fire waa raised. Both Brigades promptly turned out, but, fortunately, there was no need for their services, tha fire having been extinguished almost immediately after its discovery. The alarm was first given by Mr O'Connor, an employee at the Zealandia Boot Store, who observed flames issuing/ from a large obbb, used as a reoeptaole for waste pape andr rubbish, at the rear of Mr H. M. Jonos' stationer's shop. A few buckets of water were promptly applied to the burning mass, and all danger was soon at an end. It is fortunate the fire was discovered m an inoipent Btage, because, had it obtained a good hold, it is hard to Bay where it would have stopped. There are large wooden buildings on every side, and as there was a still nor'-wester blowing at the time, 1 it will be reoognised that the escape from a serious conflagration wbb a fortunate one.
The " Frankfurter Zeitung " publishes a letter from an American correspondent who says that the town of Raleigh, m North Oarolina, ia threatened with desertion by its inhabitants, who have been thrown into a state of alarm and anxiety by continuous subterranean nptaes whioh make themselves heard above all ordinary sounds. Thp objef noise resembles that of rushing streams, as if masses of wafer were seeking new channels within the earth. The ground Beams hollow to those who walk the streets ; loaded waggons passing oause a loud echoing rumble, as if the town was built over a vault. Naturally the noises are more audible at night, and many persons have been so terrified that they have quitted the town. No subterranean explosions have yet been heard, and those whp have listened to the noises by plaoing their ears to the ground pr wall deolare that they resemble the sound made, by a powerful rush of gas or B'ea,m. The qrost accepted explanation is that some interpal changes are m progress m the neighbourhood, but borings and excavations wbioh have been carried put have not furnished any data to Bupport any yjew of the origin of the mysteri. oui loundf,
The " ftorth Otago Times " states that five fine salmon trout weighing m the aggregate 581bs, were oaught m the Waitaki on Satuc day by Mr Everett and Mr Marton,
Admiral Fairfax, with the members of the Harbour Board and other local notables, inspected the fortifications and other works at Lyttelton harbour, yesterday afternoon.
. A medical between physioians at Viotoria (Vancouver) and Sir Andrew Olark m London,. with referenoe to the case of Lord Ehnismore, reoently took place by means of the Atlantic cable.
The Christchuroh Fruit Growers' Association last night resolved to interview all members of Parliament hore to obtain an amendment m tho Oodlin Moth Aofc, to prohibit the importation of fruit from uther provinces m the colony whioh are infected.
The oitizen's ball to Admiral Fairfax m the Palace Rink at Ohristohuroh last evening was a very large gathering. The Admiral and many officers of the squadron were present, with the mayor and prinoipal residents of the city and neighborhood. The Scottish Rifles furnished a guard of honor.
Grandfather Totter (to aged wife) : " I was tellin' the minister yesterday, wife, that you'll be 92 years old to«morror." Grandmother Totter (indignantly): "Well, ye had no right to say no sioh thing, John Totter ; I'll only be 91. You ought to be more keerful when you talk about a lady's age."
A sensational shooting affair has ooourred at Mudge'e Gaol. Bad feeling haß existed for some time between Chief- Warder Jenkins and Warder Dick, and this oulminated m an alteroation, m whioh Dick drew a revolver and shot Jenkins m the mouth. The wound is not dangerous. Diok has been arrested.
An Aperioan philanthropist, Mr Daniel Hand, has made a donation of £1,000,000 to the American Missionary Association for the education, of the colored- people of the Southern Stateß Mr Hand is the only surviving member of an old Puritan family who have been oonneoted with Oonneotiout for the last 250 years. He is now olose on 90 years of age:
The " Oamaru Mail " is informed by the Seoretary of the looal Hospital that he has been the reoipient of three guineas as a donation to the funds from a Chinaman reßid* ing at Livingstone. This handsome gift is the more remarkable as being a sum spared out of a weekly wage of. 15a, and by a man who baa never had a benefit from the fasti* tution. Well done, John 1 A thunderstorm, followed by a sharp fall of hail and rain passed over Ashburton shortly after two o'olook this afternoon. Flashes of lightning and peals of thunder were almost continuous for fully half an hour and the downpour of hail and rain was very heavy. The former for some time fell m pellets as large as ordinary marbles, and will we fear have done considerable damage to BtandiDg oorn. A young man named William Legender Milburn, who aoted as seoretary to the Christohurch grocers' picnic held at Sumner yesterday, met with his death by drowning m the baths last evening. Just before the party left for home he and about twenty others were engaged m a Bwimming race. When returning to the lower end of the baths to start m another event, he was seized with oramp, and Bank before his comrades oould reoover him. The body was some time afterwards brought to Ohristohuroh. Mil. burn was making arrangements to return to England m a month to see his parents: Last evening the R.A 0.8. Boyal Ark of Friendship Lodge held a moit enjoyable emergency gathering for the purpose of enter* taming visiting brethren belonging to the Jungfrau Kapelle Company at their Lodge Boom, Boyal Hotel. The brethren were reoeived by the S.P., who warmly welcomed them on a behalf of the Lodge. The visitors were delighted with the hospitality shown towarda them by their Ashburton brethren, and Bro Beebold stated, m returning thankß, " they would. alwayß remember Ashburtoh for the pleasant courtesy shown them at Brother Buffs." The Lodge then went into harmony, and Beveral capital songs wera given, but the " gem " was the splendid violin solo given by one of the visitors. A word must also be given to Bro Davis for his exertions m making the whole affair so sucoesnful, and he certainly deserves the high encomiums whioh the brethren have always passed Upon him.
Mr Dubus Bonoett, of Lille, France, has invented a process of spinning and weaving glass into cloth. The warp is composed of Bilk, forming 'the body and groundwork, on which the pattern ia glass appears, as effected by the weft. The requisite flexibility of glass tbroad for manufacturing purposes is to be asoribed: to its extreme fineness, aa not lesa than from 50 to 60 of the original strands are required to form one thread of the waft. The process is slow, for no more than a yard of cloth can be produoed ml 2 hours. The work, however, is extremely beautiful, and comparatively cheap, A Frenoh paper, oommenting on the disoovery, says : — "When we figure to our&elves an apartment d.ecora.tec( with oloth of glass and resplendent with light, we must be convinced that it will equal fh briUianoy all that the imagination oan oonceive a,nd realise, m a word, the wonders of the enohanted palaces mentioned m the Arabian tales."
Writing of on interview with a Victorian colonist who has been visiting Oamaru, the " Mail " says that m reply to a question be said that the drought had been as bad as bad oould be. On being aßked as to the oropß he Baid, "Drops 1 There are no oropo." This was the conclusion he had oome to after having travelled throughout the whole of Viotoria and New South Wales, juat prior to leaving for this colony. In Bpoaking of the condition of the other side, he said that those who lived m a beautiful and favored colony like New Zealand had no idea of the difficulties with which Australians had to contend. In forming an estimate m regard to these opinions, it should be remembered that the person who gave utterance to them has all his interests m Victoria., and that it |o therefore, not likely that, m depioting the oon« dition of Australia, he was guilty of exeggera. tion. We are glad to be able to add that his objeot m coming to the colony ia to inveßt some of his capital among us.
The " Builders' Reporter " and " Engineer* ing Times," giveß the following aooount of a singular invention, entitled "The Farrsoqpe," |t has been introduced by Mr George Geoil Farr, arohiteot, of Ship street, Brighton (a nephew of Mr S. 0. Parr, of Obristohuroh), ' and promises to beoome of permanent utility. It has been proteotod by Royal letters patent through Messrs J. A. Johnson and Go., of Lincoln's-inn-fields, London. The moti of the new instrument is instanteous communication between the remotest parts of any building. For example, m a faotory or public, works the different operating rooms oan be seen by the manager without quitting his offloo; messages indited on a elate oan be immediately transmitted to any division of the building and replied to by the same means. The Farrsoope must prove a dead shot to the movements of thieves. One of the applianooß (whioh a child oan manipulate) oan be laid on from the shop or offloo to the upper storey, a gasj et left burning m the shop or'offioe ; the manager, by these means, even while resposing on his oouoh, oan watoh the seourity of the basement m the event of any deprodators being there ; he can have almost an eleofro-photograph of them while engaged m their depredations on an; part of the premises. The Farrsoope is one of the happiest thought-out projeots of the age.
LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2068, 20 February 1889
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