LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The Tauranga settlers don't know what to do with their fruit
The new volunteer dress regulations appear m this week's •• Gazette."
A London paper says thero arc still 23 islands m the Pacific Ocean whioh no nation has set up a olairn to.
A Sydney resident has io his possession no less a treasure than a piece of the plaid worn by Prince Charlie at the battle of Oulloden.
A potato exhibited at Wangonui turned the scale at 21b soz. Three apples have blbo been shown, of a total woight of GOoz.
The Borough Braes Band, which wan formed a Bhort tiuio ago, made its first appearance ia publio last evening when it played through several of tbo streets.
A German io reported 1o havo invented a paper that reßista tho action of both lire and water. Asbestoß, aluminum, sulphate, chloride of zinc, and resin soap are the ingredients.
A consignment of poniee, forty m number, has been imported to Victoria from Batavia. They are intended for racing purposes, and arrangements havo been made for working them at Mooneo Valley.
At a committee mooting of the Ashburlon County Hunt Club, present: Meßßrs F. Russell (m the chnir), E. J. Fooks, J. Oorbett, and C. Wroughton, a letter waß read from Dr Leahy resigning the masterßhip, finding that he oould not givo the uecesaary time to tho duties, which was accepted with regret and tho blootion of master was postponed till nojet mooting on . account of the email attendance It wao decided to open
j the hunting season on Wednesday, 17th J April at Saoisden, Dromorb, &nd"th£ dates | and plnces of meets up to May 28th ihcluEive } were fixod subject tp the eanotioa ol partiefl WDOornafi.
Ex-Governor Barry, of Now Hampshire, is 92 yeaw of age, but is m vigorous health.
Arahi Pasha, who is living m exile m Ceylon, is said to be growing old very fast, and to pre3ent the appearance of a heart-broken xnaoi
The Earl and Countess of Onslow are now m Adelaide, whore they stay a few dayß as the guefitß of the acting-Governor.
The largest single stone ever out m tbe United States is a granite shaft weighing 70 tons which has been placed over the grave of the late John Wentworth, of Chicago.
The following are tho Ashburton Hospital returns for the month of Maroh, viz. :— In Hospital on Maroh Ist, 8; admitted during the month, 19 ; discharged, 17 ; remaining on tho 31st March, 10.
At Luoknow, India, where so manj^were murdered during the Sepoy rebellion 30 years ago, 2000 children, nearly all of Hindoo or Mahommedan parentage, recently marohod m a Sunday eohool prooussion.
&.Dra Germont and Loir, have at Brisbane, demonßiiated the efficacy of inooulation aß a preveutalive of pneumonia. The experimentsthey have made are regarded as having been BUOceaßful.
The London correspondent of the " Press '' writes :— Sir Julius Yogel has at last actually resigned, and will not appear m tbo colony m Maroh, as was expected. He is not likely to go out at all just now.
Two dogs have been deoorated for bravery and fidelity by tbe Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals m Paris. One saved its miatresa from a burglar and the other its master's child from drowning.
A Wellington telegram dated Ist inst. says : — The accounts of the total revenue of the colony for the fiaanoial year ending yesterday are not yet to hand, but the Colonial Treasurer antioipatts it will exceed the estimate.
The " Opotiki Herald " says :.—" We are oredibly informed that Te Eooti has announced to his men Chat it is still his intention to visit Poverty Bay, but he only intends to take from 15 to 20 followers witn him."
Isaiah V. Williamson, a millionaire, died at Philadelphia on Maroh 6. His banefao(ions m recent years readied a total of 160,000,000d01. He devoted 12 millions to the establishment of a great industrial sohool for boys.
The "Auokland Herald" learns that during the eight days ended on the 22nd ult. the New Zealand Dairy Association has exported from Auokland fully 20 tons of butter. This quantity is not sent on consignment, buc io supply orders, aud is of oourse paid ior.
The " Detroit Free Press " has the following profane remarks about our new and very aristocratic Governor:— The Earl of Onslow, the new Governor of New Zealand, is an alert, terrier-like little man, with keen, intelligent eyes, a narrow profile, orisp manners, and brindled hair. *
The " Auckland Observer " witting of the recent Te Kooti expedition says tuat the Volunteers ,who went from Auckland wera provided with cartridges whioh oould not be got into the carbines, and alleges that, had a oollißion ooourred with the Natives, the result would have been a massaore of Europeans, and demands a full enquiry.
Thanksgiving services for the harvest were conducted on Sabbath last at Tinwald, Flemington, and Longbeaoh by Rev A. Blake. The preaoher discoursed on Mat. VI, 25 etc, showing how Christ had drawn lessons from nature of trust m God. Reference was also made to recent sudden deaths m the oommunity.
The respect and sympathy of his wide oirole of friends m his recent bereavement was testified on Monday by the numerous attendanoe at the funeral of the late daughter of Mr John Small, of Wheatstono. The ooriego waß one of the largest ever seen here, being composed of nearly a hundred vehioles and about fifty horsemen. The last solemn rites at the Church and at the grave was conduoted by the Rev Father Cbaßtognon.
The " Lyttelton Times " remarks that the threatened deluge of California]] wheat bad not, up to March 7 last, begun to set towards Australia. During tho month ending on the above date, only one chip had been chartered to load grain for Sydney, and her cargo consisted partly of oats. Seeing that Australia, by the latest corrected statistios, will require, before February next, 75,000 tons more wheat than New Zealand can Bupply if every grain that we oan spare goes to our neighbors, it is olear thai largely increased shipments must soon be obtained by Australia irom some outside sodroe.
On Sunday last a harvest thanksgiving servioo was hold m the private ohapel on the Westorfield Estate, The building had been very prettily decorated for the ocoasion under the direotion of Mrs Hawdon, and was closely filled by the large congregation. At seven m the evening of tho same day a similar service was held m St. Andrew's Ohuroh, Tinwald, also nicely decorated for the oooa? ■eion, the Communion table being particularly well done. There was a large attendance, and there was a full ohoir, the musioal part of the service beiDg very hearty. Mrs Tippet presided at the organ.
The Ashburton Borough Oounoil, m its papaoity as Domain Board, has received a tetter from the Colonial Seoretary'B offioo with reference to the desirableness of growing the oherry-plum ns a hedge plant. The letter states that a New Zealand farmer, while travelling m Europe, was struck with the suitability of the plant for this purpose, and goes on to ask if the Oounoil is desirous of procuring come, so that a diatributiop can bo made within the distriof. Some" of the Councillors who have bad experience with the oherry-plum are not at all inolined to believe that it would prove suitable for hedges, ft is subject to the attacks of the small leeoh whioh devours the leaves. of pear, plum, and cherry trees, and from other oauseß, also, does not appear to thrive here. ]Lt is considered, therefore, that it would he a waste of money to purchase plahts.
A meeting of the South BakaiaDomain Board was held m the Library on Saturday. Present — Meßerg Hardy (chairman), Allen, and Holmes, Mr Lyttelton wan elected chairman for the ensuing year, and Mr Hardy wa» elected Secretary. On Daoember Bftfc~the balanoe-shoet showed the reoeipls for ths year (including £20 from the Road Board) to be £42 15s, the expenditure to be £35 4s 3d, leaving a credit balance of £7 10s 9d. Since that Borne contraots for improving the ground?; &o, bad bepn parried out, and the Bsaerva was pow Jet on satigfa.otory terms. The credit balance to-day was £1$ l^g 3d, whioh was considered satisfactory. Attention was called to the matter of feuoeg being broken down ; the damage was mostly done m one particular plaoe, and there was reason to believe it was known who did the damage. — It r*aoi.ved £o gjye a reward of £5 to" anyone grvtag such information as would lead to a oonviotion.' — Accounts for £6 Vf& weue passed for payment. — It was reaolyed not tD cell any timber frpm the plantation until suoh time as there was a general thinning. —The meeting then adjourned.
Those interested m tho representation of this^ distriot at the Dunedin Exhibition are reminded that a meeting of tbe local committee takes plaoe at the Borough Counoil Chambers this evening. Mr Twopeny, the Executive Commissioner of the Exhibition, will be present and will furnish all information that may bo required.
Some time ago a proposal was brought forward m the Borough Council to raise a loan at a low rate of interest to extinguish the overdraft, whioh at present is something over £1500. The matter was referred to & committee to consider and report as to its practicability. This report was to have oome up at last night's meeting, but the committee obtained an extension of time for another fonnight. The reason given was that when the matter wbb first considered the oommittee were just about equally divided m opinion but aB there now appears to be a greater ohanoe of unanimity it waa decided to withhold the report to allow of reconsideration.
A. meeting of the Ashton Sohool Committee waß held m the sohoolroom on the Ist April. There were present Messrs T. Taylor (m the ohair), J. Ashton, D. Ryan, and W. Wilson. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed' The chairman reported that he had written to the Board of Eduoation re painting Bohool buildings and had reoeived a reply stating that aB the Board had not sufficient funds at its dißpoEal the matter would have to stand over for tbe present; but as soon as the Board was m receipt of a grant for that purpose the request would be considered. The master'e report was read' and deemed satisfactory. The report stated the number on the roll to be boys, 30, girls, 26, total 56 ; while the average attendance for the past quarter was boys, 24, girls, 21-6 ; total 45-6. A supply of fuel was asked for and granted by the committee, Mr ABhton undertaking to bring it from Tinwald. As this was the last meeting of the present oommittee on tho motion of Mr ABhton, seoonded by Mr Ryan, a hearty vote of thanks was passed to the chairman for the able and oourteous way m whioh he had oonduoted the business of tbe oommittee during the past year. After a few acoounts had been passed for payment the meeting adjourned.
The ordinary mee'ing of the Hampstead Town Board was^held on Friday evening. Present: — Messrs Fawoett (chairman), Orr, Andrews, and Elliott. The statement of aooounts showed a balanoe to oredit of £11 13s 6d. The overseer's report was read, and the chairman's aotion m having bad channels cleared was approved. The works committee were authorised to have ■ some shingle put on Smith's bridge, to have necessary work done m Green Lane, also the work promised on Trevor's Road, and to.have a ford made m Oxford street, m place of oulvert, if necessary. A petition was re. oeived from residents on the Beaoh Boad asking to have a lamp ereoted at the oorner of Cambridge street. Referred to the works oommittee as to coat, etc The County Oounoil wrote enclosing report from Borough Oounoil offering to furnish the town district with a water Bupply at the rate of £30 per annum for ten years. It was resolved: — " That this Board cannot entertain the proposal of the Ashburton Borough Oounoil to furnish a water supply at a charge of £30 per annum, which sum would represent interest and sinking fund on £600 of borrowed money under tho Government Loans to Local Bodies Aot 1886, and that the County Couuoil be requested to allow their engineer to meet some members of the works committee, and asoertain the praotioability of bringing m a water supply without trenohing on the requirements, noanoial or engineering, of the Ashburton Borough Oounoil." The returning offloer was instructed to hold an eleotion for one commissioner, Mr Henry Hunt having forfeited his seat through nonattendance. Aocountß amoutning to £7 11b 8d were passed for payment. It was resolved to request the police to prosecute owners of unregistered dogs, and it was also decided to prooeed for the recovery of outstanding rates.
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2100, 2 April 1889
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2100, 2 April 1889
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