The Ashburaton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 1889. LOCAL AND GENERAL.
An Auokland telegram states that flour has advanoed £1 per ton. Dr Oliver Wendell Holmes haa presented hie vast medioal library to the Boston Medical Library ABSOOiation. We have to congratulate Mr L. Oxley, o' South Rakaia, upon bis appointment to the Gommißsion of the Peaoe, his name appear* ing m the list of new Justioes just gazetted. The Gzar of Rusßia has m the last five years spent £60,000 m the erection of a beautiful church at Jerusalem, m memory of his mother. The installation of W.M. elect of the Somerset Masonic Lodgs has beenpo tponed till the 22nd inst. The adjournment haa been made out of respeot for the memory of the late Dr Deamer. We are requested by Mr, William Suther. land to express his thanks to Mr Weldon, bis employees, and others for their kind assistance m Btopping the further spread of the fire at Greenßtreet on Tuseday. Last night was unusually cold for this time of the year, and this morning the higher peaks of the front rangeß, whioh have been bare of snow for a long time past, had a plentiful sprinkling. The "Lyttelton Times" says that Mr Stanton's Be van. acre paddock of wheat on the North road, between Eaiapoi and Woodeod, was threshed out on Wednesday and yielded 651 bußhels, or equatyto ninety-three bushels per acre. An extraordinary collection wag made m Blackburn the other day, when sermons were preached at the St George's Presbyterian Ohuroh m that town. The sum of £1000 was asked for, but over £1222 was oollected at the three services. In the course of the proceedings at the opening of Cook's Tourist Agency at Sydney on Wednesday last it was Btated that the Agenoy had arranged to meet Lord Onslow at Adelaide, and oonvey him via Melbourne and Sydney to Auokland, thence overland to Wellington. Among the passengers by the Arawa, whioh arrived on Tuesday, were Lord and Lady Delamere, with their daughter, the Hon. Sybil Oholmondeley. Lord Delamere, who is nearly 80 years of age, sat m the House of Commons as member for Montgomeryshire from 1861 to 1867. During the year 1888, cancer, whioh is becoming very common m the colony, caused 63 deathß, being an increase of 7 on the number m 1887. The mortality was greatest m Dunedin, 27 deaths, and next m Wellington 20 deaths. Auokland look next place with 14 deaths, and m Ghristohuroh there were only 2 deaths from cancer." New South Wales vhas issued postage stamps of an entirely new pattern. The head of Queen Viotoria has been replaoed by an emu, and the stamp bears the words New South Wales Postage— one word being m eaoh 1 corner. In a band whioh surrounds the emu, on the top is " One Hundred Years," and at ; the bottom the amount of the stamp. , An English paper advises cutting off the bloßsoms of potatoes as soon as they appear. The theory is that m seed bearing the plant | exhausts its vitality. Indeed, it is claimed to be more than a theory ; to be a soientifio faot. As b rule, if the full vigor of a plant is to be preserved, it mußt be prevented from produoing seed. The Star of Aahburton Orange Lodge, No. . 23, held a summoned meeting on Thursday, I at whioh a large number of members were present. A large amount of business was pranßacted, including the consideration of propositions for membership and affiliation. The question of getting up another sopial (the last having proved a great suoceks) was discussed, and it was deoided to hold one on May 24th. As students the young Chinese appear to be coming to the front m the colonies. In the second class m a Melbourne College the 1 chief prizes fell to Mongolian youths. A 1 contemporary quotes as lollowb from the prize list : — " Class 11. Science and writing, F. Ah Num ; classics, W. Chun Tut ; mathematics, W. Suey Ling ; drawing, Ah Loy ; copy-book average, Ah Loy." The people of Salt Lake city are contemplating the creation of a great " salt palace," It would be a struoture that would lay m the shade all the ioe and oorn palaces ever constructed. The main part of the structure could be of the finest specimens of rook salt to be found iv the quarries, chiseled, carved, and artistioally arranged, while the interior fittings should be of crystallised work from the lake on a grand cpale. At a great gathering of the Salvation Army m St. James' Hall, General Booth, reviewing the work of the Army abroad and m the oolonies, spoke of New Zealand. He said they had sent out to New Zealand two lads who landed with only a sovereign m their pockets, and they had no friends, but they began to preaoh, and the result was that m twelve months there were seventeen offioers and an inoome at the rate of £10,000 per annum. 1 The advantages of life assuranoe are (the " Gamarq Mail " says) dearly demonstrated m the oase of the late lamented Earl of Seafield. A proposal was" made by the deceased gsntleman for £1000 m November last, the premium being £17 5s for the first half year. Before the expiry of three months he died, and his widow has been paid £1000, less the half year's premium. The assurance was effeoted m the Mutual Life Association of. Australia. A meeting of the Ashburton High Sohool Board was held at Mr Jameson's Office last evening. Members present — Messrs Jameson, Orr, Thomas, and Brown. Mr Walker sent a pote apologising for bis absenoa. On the question of additional teaohing power for the boys' school, it wao resolved that an assistant master be engaged to help m the boys' sohool, and that the Headmaster be authorised tp make enquiry and report at the next meeting. With a view to economy H was resolved that after the present term the service of the drill master at the boys' soboo! be disoon* tinued. Mr Thomas gave notioe of motion to be disousaedat the next meeting, as follows ; — -'• That steps bo taken to hold an annual examination of the Behoofs m addition to that made by the Inspector-General." After some routine business the Board adjourned; Keating's Powder destroys both moth, fleae beetles, and all other insects, wh ; le quite harmless to domestic animals. In exterminating beetles, the success of this powder is extraordinary. It ig perfectly clean m appli- > cation. See the article you purchase is Keatings as imitations are noxious and ineffectual Sojd m tin?, is, $d. and ?s 6d;by
Teaoher : " Can any of you boys tell me what the great plague waB?" Tommy: " Lessons." The ."lllustrated London News" of January 19th gives a sketch of the Sutherland Falls with explanatory letterpress, There was a good attendance at the Bink last evening, the coldness of the night adding zest to the amusement. The Bink will be open to-morrow, Mr James Ashoroft, writing on the auriferous resources of Otago, says the £18,000,000 worth of gold already got is only a certificate of the riohness of the parent rook ; there is plenty more where that came from. The "Sydney Mail" says that at the sitting of the Wesleyan Conference there it was stated that after the attempt upon the life of the Premier of Tonga (the Rev S. Baker), the Bey Joshua Lolohea, without trial, was oast into a cell 6ft by 3ft, and there kept m terrible suffering for 100 days, then deported to Fiji, where he died. The "New York World" publishes a statement concerning the wealth of the Vanderbilt family, giving their oombined possessions at £54,800,000, with an annual inoome of £2,772,800. Mr William H. Vanderbilt died three years ago, leaving his family £40,000,000 and this aum has since undergone a remarkable increase. One of the most fortunate of song-writers m London is the author of " Only a Pansy Blossom." His inoome from the song was at first £600 a year. He is a negro minstrel ; his name is Frank Howard Howard, and he isgthe son of an American olergyman. He waß singing m the streets to attract a crowd round a quack dootor when a minßtrel manager discovered his talent and promptly engaged him. One of the most interesting Bights now to be seen m St Petersburg is, writes a correspondent, an ioe Palaoe, built exaotly on the lines of that erected by the Empress Catherine m 1740. The Palaoe contains bed, furniture, ornaments, stoves, etc., all made of ioe Outside the Palaoe are oannons, statues, and various other forms of ornamentation. At night the structure is particularly striking, as it is illuminated by the eleotrio light. One of our local threshing machines made a large return a few days ago, threshing out 5120 bushels of sparrowbill oats m 22 hours. The orop waß grown at Wakanui, and the farmer to whom it belonged had. when giving m his return for the agricultural Btatistios, estimated it to turn out from 30 to 35 bushels per acre, while the actual result as shown by thti thresher provee to be 70 bushels! or more than double the estimated yield. If there are many suoh instanoes the official statistics must be of little value. The deceased was notremarkable for genius. But he was a good business man, and before departing settled his affairs even to the inscription that was to be placed upon his tombstone. His dying instructions were faithfully carried out by his exeoutor, and the marble now tells us " The Lord hath need of him." His oldest and dearest -friend smiled as he read the words and remembered the occasion on which they were spoken. " Nothing m the world," he said, *' oould be more appropriate. Poor fellow, it was not knowledge of the Bible, but a subtle instinct that made him choose the text ; for he certainly never knew that the ' him ' referred to m the passage was an ass I " The London correspondent of an exohange writing of the Panama Canal says:— The feeling is growing strongly that the projeot must not be abandoned, and th»t the commercial necessities of the age demand its completion. Force is added to this senti. ment by the favourable aooounts which reaoh us occasionally from reliable resources oonoarning the progress of the works at Panama. Fully three-fifths of the work has been done, and it seems that, as far as the engineering part of the enterprise is concerned, everything has been conducted m a thoroughly satisfactory manner. The ruin of the whole thing has been reoklesa finanoing and wilful waste of money. A leoture will be given m the Ashburton Presbyterian Church this evening by the Bey J. Paterson, the subjeot being "Experiences as a Missionary m many lands." We hear the lecture has been given m Timaru and Geraldine to large audiences, and hope all interested m foreign missions will attend. The leoturer will give a popular and interesting aooount of his travels m all the Australian polonies a quarter of a century Ago ; also m India, Burmah, Finland, Busßia, Turkey, Cuba, Mexioo, United Stateß, Manitoba, Egypt, and Palestine ; and will give descriptions of his visit to Nineveh and Babylon, an interview with the King of Burmah, a visit to the land of the Midnight Sun, an reni counter with a tiger m India, and a journey of 1000 miles over the plains of the Great North- West. A Wolverhampton evening journal refers to a remarkable circumstance m connection with a Liberal meeting recently held m the town, and m whioh Mr H. H. Fowler. M.P., and Mr Asquith, M.P., took part; The morning after the meeting Mr Fowler reoeived a letter from Sir Henry James, M.P., saying that he had dreamt a dream, and it was so impressed upon his mind that he was constrained to write to Mr Fowler 1 . The substance of it was that he oould see plainly that there was being held m Wolverhampton a political meeting, m whioh Mr Asquith and Mr Fowler were taking part, and Sir Henry then went on to report exaotly Mr Fowler's utterances at the meeting. The journal adds that Sir Henry deolares he did no know that a meeting was to take place m Wolverhampton, or that Mr Asquith or Mr Fowler were to take part m it. •