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A telegram fromHobart under date 24th inst. states that the steamer Southern Gross has been totally wreoked on the reef at Rooky Gape. The crew reached the shore m safety.

At the R.M. Court this morning, before Mr T. Bullook, J.P., three first offenders for drunkennees were fined ss, or twenty- four hours' imprisonment. — A man who had not been before the Gpurfc for two years was muloted m a similar penalty,

A writer on dancing estimates that 18 waltses are equal to about 14 miles of heel and toe work. And yet many a girl who is too frail to walk down into the kitchen can oover about sixteen miles of ballroom floor per evening.

The wealthy Marquis d' Angra, who died m Paris some time ago, was co parsimonious that, seeing his servant one day with a smart* looking bat, he reprimanded him (or Mb extraYaganga, ''Put it is the old hat you gate me; I had it ironed for s franc." "Ah," ■aid the marquis, •■' but I did uofc fcppw U could be restored. 3ere is tbe frano you paid— l will ta|w the bat," And he fourthwith traneferred the renoraUd bearer to bis OWH UiAf

A gold nugget was found at Duaolly, Viotoria, the other day, which weighed 990z. . The nugget was obtained m gold workings, only about 6ft from the surface, m a very V small corner of a wall, between two old 1 claims, which had been left untouched pre< Mously, although the ground all about bad been thoroughly worked. Natural snowballs are often noticed on the prairies m Dakota and Wyoming, U.S.A. The foroe of the storm rounds the masses of Bnow aa neatly as an industrious sohoolboy, and frequently thousands of these natural snowballs may be Been whirling about, some the Bize of an orange, others like a cannon ball, and some as big as a prize melon. It is reported {says the "Press ") that a weasel has beeen committing serious depredations among farmers' fowls at Loburn, so that the natural enemies of the rabbits are migrating from the high lands of up-oountry sheep stations m the direotion of lowland farms. Persons would do well to be upon the lookout for them. At Prescott, Ontario, a stallion belonging to a Dr Monage, and valued at £3000, recently broke his leg. pis owner would not have the animal shot, but had the leg amputated, and ordered a wooden leg m iti plaoe. The horse is now said to be doing well, and will be used for stud purpose!. They do very olever things m America. There has been a destructive fire at Maokay Town, Bituated on the south bank of the

Pioneer River, Queensland. Nineteen buildings m the prinoipal block of the township were destroyed before the Brigade mastered the flames. The damage is estimated at £15,000, while the inßuranoe amounts to only £6000. The Aird River,' m New Guinea, long remained unexplored on account of tbe hostility of the natives at its mouth; but when Mr Bevan entered this river these same savages who sallied out m their canoes to attack him were so badly frightened by a single blast from his steam whistle that they jumped overboard and swam for dear lile to the Bhore. The •' Evening Post," published at Hartford, Oonneotiout, is now entirely set up by machinery. The maohine used is tbe Thome-Type-Setting maohine, invented by a man from whom it takes its name m 1880, and whioh has now been made perfect for praotioal purposes. Three boys or girls, by the aid of one of these machines, can do the work of six fully qualified compositors. The Chief of the United States Bureau of Animal Industry, Dr W. S. Devoe, haß discovered that certain Bmall farmers have been carrying on a cute swindle, with Uncle Sam as the victim. The swindle consists m Btooking a farm with cheap oattle, inoculating them by contact with a diseased caroasp, and then notifying the Inspector and obtaining tne price of good cattle bb damages. The " Press " says that Oapt Rose, the commanding offioer of the Lyttelton Navals, wired to the Defence Minister to the effect that, if required, forty men from his company would leave at onoe for Poverty Bay. He reoeived the following reply :— •• Many thanks for offer of services of Lyttelton Navals, but do not think that any outside assistance will be required."

A man named Parsons, a labour contractor of Oonneotiout, has been fined for ill-treat-ment of one of his subjeots. This was a young Pole whom he had chained to his waggon, and m that position exposed to extreme suffering from cold. Parsons, m the course of his trial, epoke of himself as a benefaotor, and produoed evidenoe to prove that he was oonneoted with a young Men's Christian Association and a Sunday sohool, and, therefore* m all respects necessarily a humane and exemplary character.

Foxes, whioh were introduced to Victoria for sport, are now, like the rabbits, become a peat, and the publio bodies have for some time been moving for their destruction. They did not go wisely about the matter, however, for some of the Shire Connoils offered a reward for eaoh bead of a foz, while others stipulated for the tail — probably for economic reasons, for the "brush" makes a nice parlour duster. Anyhow, Master Beynard has been made to do double duty, his head being sent to one Oounoil, while another would be aocomodated with his tail, and so he earned a double reward for his captor 1

James M'Oloud, of Lodi, owns a horse on his Dakota farm whioh has eight feet. It is perfectly formed 'm all respects, except that it has eight feet. Not until the pastern or fetlook joint is reaohed m the desoent from ihe shoulder to the foot is there any apparont difference between this horse and any. other. Bat at the pastern joint, or lower end of the shin bone, the branch begins, and two perfectly formed feet are found, one on each of )he fonr legs. The horse runs on the ranges tht same as any, and is as fast as most of thsm, and all eight feet are shod, or may be if desired. M'Oloud has refused 2500 dollars for half a interest m the curiosity, but he wants 6000 dollars outright for the whole animal.

It turns out that Prado, the assassin recently exeouted m f aria, was the natural son of General Prado, President of the Republio of Peru from 1876 to 1879. Prado the younger, m company with twelve associates, performed a daring act of piraoy daring the Peruvian insurrection. They boarded a Spanish vessel while the captain and his officers were at dinner, overmastered them, and took possession of the ship. The passengers were disembarked at Hayti, and were furnished with the means of reaching their destination. As soon as the piratical oapture of the Teasel was known, some efyips of war were despatched m pursuit, wbioh Prado succeeded m evading, and eventually landed m China, from whence he prooeeded to America by way of San Francisco.

At a funeral m Glasgow a gentleman found himself m a mourning ooaob, opposite a pale faced man very warmly clad. Feeling a onrions interest m his companion, he ventured to ask him whether he was a relation of tbe deceased. The pale laced man replied m the negative. Pressing the question a little further, he asked whether he waß connected with the deceased. "No," said the other ; "I am mno way oonneoted with him." "Only a friend?" insinuated the gentleman. <f No " waa again the reply j "I am not aware that I ever .saw the deceased— but," he added. I have been m poor uC°! th for somo time, My medioal adviser has ordered me to take carriage" exerofse i and this ie the third time 1 have jbien to the cemetery thja weefc."

Tho German papers are full of articled regarding the health of the German Emperor. Dr Hennet, the specialist on diseases of the ear, doolares that the Emperor's organß of hearing are affected by chronic purulent otitis, with intermittent pains. He states that the affeotion may lead to meningitis, should the aural inflammation spread to tjae cerebral tissues, or to the formation of an abscess on the brain. Should an absoess form, it may be necessary to resort to trepanning, and if the inflammation remains looal an operation would probably be successful. Dr Hennet does not take the same view as the other German dootors, but considers the Emperor's oase vary serious, though at present, had it assumed its worst aspect, the truth oould not be oonoealed from the public It is a curious coincidence that apropos of the Emperor's malady no fewer than twenty-five artioloß on otitis have appeared m Germany. I hear (says "Atlas " m the " World ") from trustwqrtby eouroes that tbe Emperor is looking ill, and is alarmed about himself, having insisted on being told the opinion of the German doctors regarding his condition.

Dr Junker found, during hie many years m Central Africa, that he oould not introduce himself more favourably to tribeg who bad never before seen a white man than by playing on his accordion. He never entered a now village without first obtaining permission, and he never failed to make an impression, as he marched m at the head of hia little oaravan, making the woods ring with the liveliest melodies of his native land. He found many of these people quiok to oatoh an air, and probably soores of negroes m the depths of Central Afrioa whom he met are I still humming some of the jollieat melodies i of Europe. A compass is one of the essential artioles m an explorer's equipment, and is an endless souroe of wonder and pleasure to many savages. In Afrioa the oompass is often regarded as a fetish whioh knows all things, and unerringly shows the white man the right road, even amid interminable forests. During the reoent travels of Jacquea d 9 Orazsa, a younger brother of the more celebrated explorer of that name, the fame of his compass spread far and wide, and the constant demands to see it became so annoying that for a timt the explorer told the natives that the fetish was siok and had been put away m the bottom of a box to get well. A shooking trapeze accident ooourred on December 12th m a oafe, called the Orpheum, at Ofen, the town on the opposite side of the Danube to Peßth. Mademoiselle Clairette

was giving a performance on tbe trapeze, m whioh ahe holds by the teeth her little boy of five years old, when suddenly tbe rope gave way, and mother and ohild were preoipitated to the ground, tbe former falling heavily on the latter. There was a fearful oQtory among the audienoe.' On picking up the child it was found among other injuries, to have lost an eye, whilst the mother is I Buffering from concussion of the brain. An examination of the apparatus showed that the hooks of the trapeze were badly fastened. The ordinary monthly meeting of the Hampstead Town Board was held on Friday evening. Present — Messrs Fawoett (ohair* man), Orr, Elliott, and Andrews. The deputation appointed to meet the County and Borough Gounoils m regard to water supply reported the result of the conference, and stated that the. matter would be dealt with by the County Oounoil at their next meeting. A letter was read from the Hampstead Sohool Committee granting permission for the sohool bell to be rung m case of fire. Mr Andrews was authorised to see to the hanging of the belli with power to expend any email sum necessary for adjusting the rope and preventing accident to the bell. It was resolved to instruot the ranger to impound all stook trespassing on streets or footpaths, and prosecute the owners. The Works Committee reported that the Board's oottage had not been sold, the expected purchaser having withdrawn his offer. The matter was left m the Committee's hands to deal with further. Aeoountß were passed for payment, and the Board adjourned. The best Remedy for Indigestion. — Norton's Camomile Pills are confidently recommended as a simple remedy for indigestion, which is the cause of nearly all the diseases to which we are subject. Norton's Pills, with justice called the '* nature's strengthener of the human stomach," act as a powerful tonic and gentle aperient, are mild m their operation, and safe under auy circumstances Sold m bottles at is r§d, 2s Q.l, 4s, by, all medicine vendors throughout the world

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2072, 25 February 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2072, 25 February 1889

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