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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

In the Resident Magistrate's Court this morning, before Major Steward, J.P., JamesAnderson pleaded guilty to a charge of drunkenness, and a aonviation was recorded. On a further charge of resisting the police he was sentenced to 48 hours hard labor

It is officially reported that the total num. ber of wolves killed m Franoe during the past year was 701, and of these two were wolves whioh had attacked human beings, and for eaoh of which a Bpecial premium was paid The total amount paid m premiums was £1920, as against £2284 for 760 wolves m 1886, and £2620 for 900 m 1885.

The •' Melbourne Leader " states that the adulteration of milk with water can be easily deteoted. If the milk be plaoed m a deep veßael and a highly poliehed knitting needle be inserted into it vertically, a drop will remain at the end of the needle when ib is withdrawn if the milk is pure. On the other hand if the drop is not found at the end of the needle when withdrawn, it may be conoluded that the milk has been watered.

The "Taieri Advooate " supplies proof of what may be done by the bonus system m diminishing the small bird nuisance. In one week alone the Taieri County Council purohased heads and eggs that represented no less than 11,040 birds. The figures are bb follows :— 255 J dozen heads and 664A dozen eggs, the total cost to the oountry being £11 18b 6d, an exceedingly small sum, we should Bay, considering the great amount of good accomplished.

A singular case of somnambulism at New Plymouth is reported by the " Taranaki News." The son of a settler got out of bed m his sleep and travelled all the way to Waitara, where he was found next morning. The mystery is how he could have travelled all that way m the drenching rain without waking. He cannot give any explanation of the ooourrenoe, and wsb entirely unoonaoious until he was found lying on the road and awakened. Hia parents only misaed him a short time before he returned home.

A man who had business with a magistrate who was an auctioneer gave muoh offence by nepjleoting to call him " your worship " ; on which he was committed to gaol for contempt. When the man obtained bis disoharge, he constantly attended his worship's, sales, bidding for almost every lot thua : " Threepence, your worship ; Bixpenoe, your worship " ; which caused such scenes of laughter at the auctioneer's expense tbat he was glad to give the man ten guineas never to attend his sales any more.

The observed of all observers m North.east New Zealand just now (says the " South ! Canterbury Times ") ia Te Kooti, who may, J m a sei»se, be regarded as another instanoe of 11 the übiquitous Soot." For Te Kooti means*and is as near as the Maori can get to writing 1 * bia pronunciation of "Saotty." Te Kooti, tlie Soot. (N.B.— Te Kooti rhymes with "gay ooatie," not " wee bootie.") In a post, oript to the foregoing our correspondent add that the Natives call the Sootoh thistle 11 Kooti," and the old marauder may have been named after this pest to the oolony,

The feminine portion of " the profession " has been muoh agitated anent an insult to Mrs Langtry- m Canada. It seems that the Viceroy's wife (Lady Stanley, of Preston) refused to attend the fashionable ball of the season at Toronto unless assured that Mrs Langtry (whom the luckless committee had already asked) would not be present. The committee had consequently to request the actress to keep away, whioh she did m high dudgeon. The faot of Mr Gebhart's travelling everywhere with Mrs Langtry is said to have caused Lady Stanley to take this step. She has no objection to aotressea as aotreseea, and will presently prove this by inviting Miss Anderson to Government House.

A correspondent of the " Otago Daily Times " m describing a v:sit to the neighborhood of the Sutherland Falls, says : — "Grand as v is,lb.e spenery gpinp- to the Falls, Mr Sutherlapd assured v.? that it falls'far short of that to be foand m the Oleddau River Valley. By ascending this valley four miles from Sutherland's house a view is obtained of a valley filled with glaoiers coming down from Mount Latoko, whoße giant peaks (over 9000 ft high) hem m the valley, forming a spectacle of Alpine grandeur far surpassing anything to be seen about Milford. Mr Sutherland has flashed a track, one and a half miles through the bush, and beyond that he says it is easy walking up a river bed, ao that there is nothing to prevent the active visitor from viewing these Alpine splendours.' 1 -

The Rev Dr Hoatson, m a recent leoture m Chrißtohuroh on "Six Weeks m Australia," concluded with a few words important to New Zealandera. '• Prom all that I could gather and learn," said Mr Hoatson, " we here m New Zealand have the beat of the bargain, taking the Australian colonies all round. In the matter of scenery, of climate, resources, general prospects fpr tbe future— m the malter of all things that ajre wanted to make a really sound, healthy community and give really sound, healthy private individual life— we m New Zealand are m a position wbioh cannot be beaten or oannot be approaohed by even Victoria, whioh is acknowledged lo be the beßt of the Australian colonies. In faot there is no plaoe like New Zealand."

The monthly meeting of the Tinwald Town Board wbb held on Friday. Present— Mesßra J. Clark (ohairman), W. Williamß, and M. Scott. Correspondence was read— (l) From the Ashburton County Counoil m answer to the Board's letter re Reserve 1422, and informing the Board tb.at the Coupojl wished the Reserve to be taken care pi and* not made 1 a public nuisance, and that the gates be kept open on sale daya. The Clerk was inßtruoted to reply that the Board wap willing to take charge of the Reserve on the conditions mentioned, but that at the same time the Board thought the management would not answer, but was of opinion that if the Gotmoil planted i the Reßerve and closed it up altogether, it would be more satisfactory. — (2) From the Seoretary of the Exeoutive Committee of the Canterbury Branoh of the New Zealand Jubilee Exhibition forwarding subscription list. Jt wqs resolved to reply that if anything was done m the matter the Board would act m conjunction with' the Ashburfon Committee. The purveyor was iristrudted to haye pertain forda attended to, It wae resolved '• That dog ppllars be sold at 7s ()d for sheep and cattle dogs and 10s for other kinds." The collars to be obtained from Mr John Clark. After transacting routine business the meeting adjourned.

Codlin moth has appeared m an orohard at Rangiora.

A shook of earthquake is reported to have taken plaoe at Hanmer Plains yesterday morning at 9.17.

An important meeting of tbfi looal lodge of Buffaloes is called for to-morrow evening for election of offioers and other business.

Hemi Kara (James Carroll), M.H.R., was one among the Gisborne nativeß who signed the objeotion to Te Kooti's 'visit, and the threat to prevent it themselves if the Government did not.

It turns out that the supposed burglary at St. Miobael's Church, Ohristohuroh, waß due to a choir boy who fell asleep during the practice on Friday night-. He was looked m and broke out through the window.

Miss Ohaddie Sterling, of the Salvation Army, haa been released from Ohilion Castle (where she had been imprisoned for fifty-nine days) oa bail of 1000 francs* The release is granted pending an appeal before the Chief Federal tribunal.

Two boys named Gilohrist, 14 and 10 years old, were oommitted for trial at Ghristohuroh yesterday on oharges of having oommitted wholesale larcenies. The elder one stole a saddle and two sets of harness, and with the younger Btole thirty books and thirty dinner plates from an unooooupied house. The two young thieves will ba Bent to Burnham.

The "Wairarapa Observer" understands that Mr O. A. Pownall has, after exhaustive and satisfactory tests, obtained a patent for his blight deßtroyer. The ingenious oontrivanoe consists of a nail oompoeed of zinc and copper whioh is driven into the trunk of the infected tree when the sap is rising. The result is that the sap becomes a galvanic fluid fatal to the propagation of blight, and destroying all blight whioh has worked its way out to the external back.

An inatanoo of the tough vitality of seeds is furnished by the reoent experience of a Wairarapa settler. Seventeen yearß ago he grew some tobaoao for sheepwash and also some horeground, m a garden patoh. The garden was then oonverted into a sheep yard, and neither tobacco nor horeground have been seen there. This season the old yard was dug up and sown with pumpkin seed, when a thiok orop of tobaoco and horeground came up, the seed of whioh must have "lain low" m tbe soil for seventeen

years. According to the " Wellington Press " " A New Zealand bibliopole purchased a book whioh he had spotted on tbe English bookBellera lists and ordered it to ba sent out to him. The cost of the book was slightly under £1, and he was presented m due oourse with the book, and the following account of charges :— Freight and oharges, 6s ; Custom House entries and examination, 3s ; wharfage 6d ; cartage, Is ; primage, Is ; total, 11b 6d." Served him right ! He ought to have ordered it through a bookseller. We always like to see those colonists who grudge local tradesmen a fair profit bowled up.

The following amusing scene m a Dunedin dininß»room is from a Timaru exchange : Timid Tourist (politely): Might I trouble you for the— ah— menu? The Neighbour* Eh ? The T. T. : Would you kindly pass the — or — (changes his mind about tbe pronunoi-ation)-r-May-nu ? The neighbour (blankly) : I'm not seem' ony of it aboot hero. The T. T. : I was only asking you if you oould reach the— (decides to alter it once more) m'noo. The Neighbour: Will I rax the what? The T; T. (meekly): The bill of fare, please.

The devotions of congregations m the frontier States of America are interrupted by exoitements. Lynobing is not uncommon m the Bear Guloh distriot, according to a Ohioago paper:— •• Brethren," said the AriEona minister, pausing a moment m his discourse, " to save you the trouble of olimb* ing on your seats to look out of that window every minute or two, I will state that I have written assuranoes from the captain of the Bear Guloh regulators that the hanging of the horse thief who was caught yesterday will not take place until 2*30 o'olook, and it is now only 11-30. There is nobody m ihe adjoining grove yet. If there is any more fidgeting I shall take up a oolleotion. I now proceed to the consideration of the third Clause of my tort."

Now that grapes are coming into season it maybe well (says the "New Zealand Herald ") to caution consumers against swallowing the feed. A physiological observer thus writes : " — "Two people m my neighborhood have died within five or six yeara from eating grapes ; the seeds of the grapes getting into the appendix, which is the term commonly given to a small intestine which leads from th« large intestine. It is but a few inches long, and comes to an end like a pocket. What its use is m the digestive economy has not yet been made out, but when a grape ssfld, or a bit of oyster shell, or any unyielding substance slips into it m itß passage through the body the result, I believe, is uniformly fatal; and death endues in' four or five days, after intense Buffering, oramps, inflammation, and swelling of the bowels. No remedy avails anything— the pain finally ceases, and then the end is nigh. I have known of three young men of brilliant promise who have been slain by the grape seed, a post mortem m eaoh case revealing the cause of death."

Major General Mitford m Mb "Journey East from Lahore to Liverpool " contrives, says the " Times," to introduoe an anecdote whioh has never beep completely related before. |t is known to many that m the earlier days of the Sikh religion two of the ions of one of the ohief Gums were perfidiously put to death by the Mussulmans at Sirbind. The bereaved father, m his anguish, cursed the Mussulmans, and predioted that " their power should be destroyed by a nation from beyond the sea, who would scatter the bricks of Birhind from the Sutlej to the Indue." The ftrst part of the prediction wag deemed to hate been fulfilled by the capture of pelbi and the removal pf the King from h{s titular throne, but the second part— j,(>.. that relating to the briokg of girhind-»re-mained, apparently, unperformed. It is true that our Sikh soldiers m passing through Sirhind were wont to take eaob man a briok or two to throw on the road. Still this oould hardly be considered as 0 satisfactory aooompliehment of the curse. At lenatu • 1868, when the railway wag being pug g~|» oq northward from Delhi, the ruins of Sirhind were utilised as ballast, wbioh was ujed all the way up to Attogk op the Indus,

Certainly the Most Effective MEDICINE m the world is SANDER and SONS EUCALYPTI EXTRACT. Test its eminent powerful effects m Coughs, Colds, Influenza, eto, ; the relief is instantaneous. Thousands give the moßt gratifying testimony. Read this certificate :— " 24th April, 1885.— Messrs Sander and Sons,— lt is with the greatest of pleasure that I testify to the excellence of your Eucalypti Extract. Having bad inflammation of the bone of the leg, whioh came on after • severe attaok of low ferer, I was attended by Dr J. Boyd, who had made strenuous efforts to save my Ipg, but witfewt success. Hefpyrad ft necessary to amputate my limb. Having heard m the meantime of the wonderful cures worked by the Euoalypti Extract, I obtained a bottle, and the extract had not been applied more than an hour when I began to feel greatly relieved. After applying the extract every four hours for nine or ten days I was out of all danger. I would persuade all who may be affected with any Buoh disease to give the Euoalypti Extract a trial, and I am convinoed that they will find i it the moßt wonderful of medioines. — Yours etc, E. J. Cubnow, Wattle street Sandhurst." — (Advt.) 5

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2073, 26 February 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2073, 26 February 1889

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