LOCAL AND GENERAL.
In New South Wales grain and flour is free. In Victoria and South Australia there is a duty of 2s per 1001 b on flour, wheat, barley, and oats. In Queensland the duty is 6d a bushel on wheat, barley and oats.
The Primate will hold a confirmation Bervioe at St. Andrew's Church, Tinwald, to-morrow, at 11 a.m., and also at Waterton Churoh m the afternoon at 3 o'clock. On Monday the consecration of the Tinwald Churoh by the Bishop will take place.
In the city of Manchester preparations are being made to supply 10,000 eleotrio lamps (inoluding fittings) to private houses for au annual charge of 25s per house. A similar serviae m London to houses requiring only a few lights is undertaken at a charge of $ d per hour. -
In the oourse of a very interesting account of the Longbeaoh Estate published by the " Press " the statement is made that m 1886 and 1887 the percentage of lambs raised from 8000 eweß was 125, while this season the same number of ewes gave the highly Batisf aotory average of over 129.
I A very poor aotor having played the part of the ghost m " Hamlet " for many yearß, fjaphir, the German wit, on seeing him, said, «' It would be a good thing if this man gave up the ghost, so that somebody else could take his part." A young poet once sent the humourist an " Ode to Immortality," requesting his opinion of it. Saphir returned the : manueoript with the message, •« This paoket will never reach its address." They appear to be on the way m Dunedin towards putting a stop to the sweating system. The " Daily Times " saye that the , Committee appointed to inquire into the matter are making good progress. They have met with much encouragement from the merohants and others interested, and there is good reason to hope tbat a tariff of prioes will be agreed to whioh will go far to abate the evils of the system, Madame Janisoh, the aotreßS, m said to be confined m an insane asylum near Vienna the result of morbid dejection brought about by finanoial reverses. Formerly she handled, money freely, bathed m champagne regularly, lived m a luxury that equalled anything Vienna has ever seen m its private life, and became famed for her reokless disregard of " the sinews of war," and for her joyous , disposition.
We learn from our Ohristohuroh contemporaries tbat Mr B. P. W. Miles, of Miles and Co., died suddenly of heart disease yesterday, at Manawaru, the residenoe of Mr E. Hanmer, near Te Aroha, Auckland. The deoeaaed gentleman was a member of the London house of Miles Bros and Go. and also a Director of the Union Bank of Australia. He had been on three visits to New Zealand, this last time on aooount of hie health, and was on his way home when his dea'h took place, having taken his passage by the outgoing San Francisco mail steamer.
Joseph F. O'Donoghue, an Irish-American, has beaten the ■world's record as a skater, carrying off all prizes at Vienna and Berlin m the international aoptests. Joseph oomes of a family of great skaters. He is only 18 years old, weighs 1601 ba, and stands 5 feet 9£ inohes. His father, Timothy O'Donoghue, is a native of Ireland, and was the champion skater of Amerioa some years ago, . He is now a boat-buildor, and is the inventor of the spoon-oar wbioh is universally used. His four sons, Qharles H. ? Timothy, jun, Joseph, and James, have all made wonderful records as skaters, and he has four daughters who are great loverß of the sport.
Marco Polo described the city of Ohenteu m the provinoe of Sz-Ohuan, as a very magnificent capital indeed. Tha Rev Virgil O. Hart saw m one of the temples ereoted m memory of Li-Lao Ohwen, the founder of Taoism and contemporary of Confuoius, two bronze images of the highest value as works of art. They represent animals. " One of them Boems to be a fabulous water monster, about tho size of a large gpat, with a sharp horn m the centre of the head ; it is seated upon its haunches and faces the front doors. The other is the perfeot image or a fair-sized goat, and occupies the same position as the first. They are of yellowish-green colour, and polished as smooth as glass by the patting and rubbing which they constantly receive from adoring pilgrims-"
The -United States Department of Agriculture has published the details of the Amerioan wheat crop for last year, Id 1888 the area under wheat was 37,336,000 aores, showing a small decrease as compared with the previous' year, while the return was 414,000,000 bushels, as compared with 456,000,000 for the previous year. The average yield, it will be seen from these figures (says the «• ijapier Telegraph'!), was 11 bushelß per acre. The value of the orop was £76,000.000 m 1888. as against 61,000,000 m 1887. Wheats-like wooWproduotion m the United States is not keeping pace with the increase of population, and that being the . case, higher prices may be legitimately looked for m the future, so New Zealand farmers have thus an incentive to* extend the area of land devoted to wheat growing.
The usual monthly meeting of the Methven Band of Hope and Temperanoo Sooiety wa3 held m tho Schoolroom, Methven, on Friday evening, 220 d mat. The ohair was taken by Mr John Alison, who, m his opening address, enlarged upon the folly of indulging m the use of strong drinks and upon the evils arising therefrom, and explained to the children the nature ana* obligations pf their pledge-cards. Recitations were hioely rendered by Misses Ethel Alison, Emily Toppin, Mary Telling, Annie Anderson, Edith Jlibbs, Florrie Hibbs, Madeline Shanks, and Mabel (jrainger, and Charles Alison, Freddy Rands, Willie Hill, and Alex McWilliam. A duet was prettily given by Annie Anderson and Florrie Hill, and two aotion songs by the little ones, who have attained a degree of speoial excellence under the able tuition of Miss Harrison. Several hymns from " Hoyle'a Hymns " and solos were sung by the ohildren accompanied by Mrs Alison, and the singing of Hoyle's Hymn No, 1Q brought a very pleasant meeting to a blQge.
At the annual meeting of the Canterbury Frozen Meat Company held at Ohristchuroh yesterday, a dividend of 7 per oent. was declared, and £158, oarried forward to new aooount. Messrs John Grigg, J. T. Ford, and John Deans were eleoted direotors.
As matters now stand it is rumoured tha' the Hope advices as to the promoters of th c Inland Railway Company being able to raise tlie . "quiaite capital are by no means encouraging, and the works are likely to be hung up for a considerable time at any rate.
The Easter camp of the Canterbury volunteers is not to be held at Medbury as at first proposed owing to a doubt as to there being Buffioient water there for camp purposes, the iooaiity now fixed being Springbank, Bix miles from ltangiora aud twenty-eix from Christohuroh.
At the Dunedin Exhibition oeremony, someone m the crowd aßked Sir Wm Jervois to " speak up." Sir William repiied, "I am sorry the gentleman cannot hear me, but m the words of my frieud, Lord Westbury, I should have thought his ears were long enough to hear me at any uistanoe." Laughter on the part of the audienoe, and silence on the part of Sir William'B interrupter followed his retort.
An Aberdeen firm has just completed to Mr Goldsohmidt'a order a monument to be ereoted m London to the memory of Jenny Lind. It is m the form of a cross of polished Swedish granite, measuring about 10ft m height. In the oentre is a marble medallion, beneath whioh is the following inscription : •In loving memory of Jenny Maria Lind, wife of Otto Goldsohmidt, born at Stookholm, 6th Ootober 1820; died at Wynds Point, Malvern, 2nd November 1887."
The feat of towing a vessel aoross the Atlantio, a distance of 4000 miles, has just oome to a successful termination at Greenock. The vessel is the Ardencaple whioh, m September last, came into collision off the Brazilian coast with the Earl Wemysa. She was dibabled and put into Fernando de Noronha, whenoe she has now been lowed. She is loaded with salt. The difficulties of the feat, however, oan best be appreciated by those who understand the perils of the sea.
We reported the other day the sale of 120,000 bushels of wheat, and 40,000 bushels of bailey by Mr John Grigg to Messrs Friedlacder Bros. The prioe has not definitely transpired but it is rumored tbat the figure for wheat was from 3s lOd to 4s and that for barley 8s 9d. Another large transaction has Binoe begn announced viz of 100,000 bushels of wheat from Messrs Gould , and Cameron the purchaser being Mr G. G. Stead. The prioe is witheld.
The authorised biography of Mrs Harriet Beeoher Stowe which her son, the Rev Charles E. Stowe, is preparing m conjunction with Mr Kirk Munroe, will oontain, among other interesting details, the whole inner history of " Uncle Tom's Cabin," the causes which led to its production, and the souroes from which the authoress drew her information. Mrs Stowe'a own oorreßpondenoe and diaries furnish so muoh material that the work will be praotioally an autobiography. The book will be published early m the present year. Trees of the palm family have larger leaves than any others. The Inaia palm, which grows on the banks of the Amazon, has leavts whioh reach a length of from thirty to fifty feet, and are ten or twelve feet m breadth. Specimens of the leaves of the Talipot palm, a native of Ceylon, have been met with that were twenty feet long and ! eighteen feet broad. These leaves are used by the natives to make tents, and form a very efficient shelter from the rain. The leaves of the double-ooooa-nut palm are often thirty feet long and Beveral feet wide. When the wind is strong they crash together with a noise that may be heard at a great distance. Only one leaf is produoed eaoh year, and they are so firmly attaohed to the stem of the tree, and so strong m themselves, that a man may sit on the end of one of them aud rook to and fro m perfeot safety, With respeot to the appointment of teaoherß the Otago Education Board has passed the following resolutions :—" Preparatory to the appointment of teaohers, the Board shall make a selection of not more than <three of the candidates for suoh appointment. The Board shall oonsult the School Committee by forwarding to them for consideration the names of the candidates selected, together with copies of all certificates and testimonials submitted by the candidates, and by inviting the Committee to recommend one ot the said candidates for the appointment. That no communication with regard to the appoint, ment of a teacher shall be made between the ofhoera of the Board and any candidate, teacher, school oommittee, or member of committee, or other party, excepting ' by official letter, aud all suoh letters shall be deemed to be ofnoial letters, and registered aooordingly. No oandidate. for an appoint, ment Bhall oommunioate direotl y or indireotly with a member of the BjOard regarding an appointment exoept on tjhe invitation of suan member."
ggO'Donovan Rosea has instituted an action for defamation of oharaoter, claiming 100,000 dollars damages^against Herman Bidder, of the '* New York Catholio News," who aooused him of inviting a gang of rumaxis to deseorate his first wife's grave out of spite to her relatives ; of being afraid of collecting an insurance policy on the life of his second wife ; of refusing his starving son ten cents, though asked for Good's sake to buy bim. a sandwioh j and of allowing that son to die m a oharity hospital and be buried m Potter's Field. The artiole further accused him of defrauding servant girls by taking their money and giving them bogus passage certificates to briDg relations from Ireland, and charged him with giving seoret credentials to James Macdeimott to betray and sell men into penal servitude m British prisons, Finally, the artiole aooused- Rosea of pocking 2000 dollars for hiß individual benefit which had been gr en to him to send to tho worst than widowed and orphaned dependents of the men whom 'he and Macdermott consigned to a living grave.
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2095, 23 March 1889
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2095, 23 March 1889
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