The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 1889. LOCAL AND GENERAL
Bismosck fought twenty-eight duels while attending college.
Charles King, of Middloton, Mass, has lived 10S years. He has 600 desoendanta.
One hundred and five oollierieß are open m India, says the " London Truth," and m 1886 1,400,000 tons of ooal were mined.
Italy has opened its seventeen universities to women, and Switzerland. Norway, Sweden, and Denmark have done likewise.
During- the past twenty years there have been granted m the United States 328,716 divorces.
The ladies quarter mile race at the Rink last night passed off successfully. A saok raoe is announced as the attraction for Saturday night
Admiral Akamatau, of the Japanese navy, has invented a floating fort for ooast defenoe whioh is attracting the attention of naval experts m Europe.
Sir George Grey visits Sydnej shortly. He is over 70 yeara old, and has lived m the southern seas Binoe his youth, but bo far he has never seen Sjdney or Melbourne.
Mr Mackay, the silver king, it is said, contemplates endowing a college as a perpetual memorial to his name, and as a thanks-ofler ing to the Providonoe whioh made him no rioh
Fighting Jonathan Alexander, who was m Pioton'o regiment at Qaatre Bras, has just died at Edinburgh. He was also one of the guards of Napoleon at St, Helena.
An Afghan who was m obarge of one 0* the South Australian oamels travollod, m three weeks, from Milparinka to Bourko and back, a diatanoe of 900 miles
The Chinese navy consists of 26 foreignbuilt men-of-war — some of them large and powerful ironclads— and about 100 gunboats, Built m the arsenal of the empire.
Mr Napier, Bolioitor of Auckland, has reoeived some communication from Te Kooti and Bewi, but the oontents have not transpired. It is understood be is not likely to proceed further with tho Te Eooti business.
Visoount Hinton still perambulates London with his barrel-organ and a plaoard attached setting forth that he is the Btone.broke son of Earl Poulett, and he is said to be doing a roaring business.
The estimated expenditure of the Ohriatohuroh city council for the coming year is £23,907, including an overdraft of £5691. £16,229 is to be raised by rates, and the overdraft at the end of the year will be £5200.
- A newspaper runner named Harry Smith committed suioide at Christohuroh yesterday by taking aconite after a disagreement with a woman with whom he lived.' At the inquest held last evening a' verdict "Took poison while temporarily insane " was returned.
STho c gt, Petersburg Gazette " believes at the question of lady dootors m Russia has been definitely settled m an affirmative sense, with the stipulation that ladies shall only attend on adults of their own sex, and on ohildren of both sexes.
At the B.M. Oourt thia morning, before Major Steward, J.P<, two men were brought up oharged with drunfcenne3B, As they had not been before the Oourt for two and five yearir respectively they were treated as first offenders, being fined 5s eaoh, with the usual alternative.
Yaooination ia compulsory m England and optional m J?ranoe. In the large cities of France the number of deaths from smallpox was 1956, or 0.81 per 1000 of the living population. In the large cities of England during the Bame period the number of deaths was 332, or 0-4 per 1000.
A oourt train worn reoently by the young German Empress was six yards long, and of the finest white Lyons silk, magnificently embroidered m gold and silver. The price of the material about £300, and the embroidery was done by twelve young girls, who were working on it for two months.
In 1296 two hogs at Oberrad, Germany, bit a child to death. The animals were arrested, tried, oonvioted, gentonoed and were buried alive. Two hogs m 1296 billed a child at Fraqkfortfonrthe-Main. They were oonvioted of murder m the ftrat degree, and were killed and their caroases thrown m the river.
With the money spent on drink m Grea Britain there could be maintained 60,000 missionaries at £250 a year, 500,000 schoolmasters at £100, 10,000 churches at £2000, 5000 Bohoola at £800. It would givo to the world 400,000,000 shilling Bibles, 1,000,000,000 traots at one shilling a hundred, would give 100,000 widowß £60 a yoar, and 200,000 poor families £30 a year.
A peculiar case of poisoning ooourred at Dangog, Nev/.Houth Wales, the other day. A Mrs Burgees took a dppe of ohlorodyne m the night, and then auokl6d her jnfant twins. In the morning they showed signs qt narcotio poisoning and died daring tho day. At the inquest a verdict of accidental death was returned, no blame being attached to the mother, who was unaware of the poisonous effeots of the ehlorodyne*
Thus the '' Star "op one of our ez-Gover* nors who is now m the Honaa of Commons : — Sir James Fergueson is one of the men who oao reduoe the most exoited and tragjo debate to common ground and the dullost prose. Ho has a poor vocabulary. He never seems to be certain of what ho is saying ; he stumbloß through bis eentenoes ; and his halting rhetoric is made still tnoro unimpressive by the thick utteranoo that comes from what is familiarly-called " a flannel mouth."
A Christohurch telograrn aaya : — The foreman clicker at O'Brien's faotory rqfusos to join the Bootmakers' Society (hough they reduood the enlranoe.feo to one shilling unless other men m a similar position aro made to join. Tho uooioty consider^thot there are no other men m a similar position m town, and havo deeidod to carry on tho strike. Tho society offor to admit non-sooiety men as members for ono sbilliag; give them strike pay pt pay their passages to other towns provided tjbe/ do not work at O'Brjan'i.
The Czar has a huge mastiff who Bleeps m hia bedroom, acroaa his doorway.
- Threo young men m ths Wairarapa district havo cleared £2000 Binoe Juno from the flax industry.
With a population of 29,000,000 Italy oan at a week's noiico this year havo 2,000,000 men undor arms.
Mr Wyatt, the stipendiary at Sandhurst, Victoria, is a model magistrate, Ho recently fined himself £1 for being late at the Polioe Court.
At the North' Shore, Auckland, four orops of potatoes have been grown m fourteen months, and the quality of every orop was bo uniform that the growers could not say whioh was tho boat.
The Railway Commissioners have informed tho North Otago Agricultural and Pastoral AaEOciatiun that, m connection with representations mado by the Association, enquiries had been mado as to whether the barberry plant was conducive to the spread of rust m wheat. They found on due enquiry that suoh was the oase, and ordera have been issued stopping the farther planting of barberry.^
A London correspondent Btatea that rabbit Bkins from the Antipodos now form quite a trade m the London market, and are used for lining cloaks, trimming hats, and are aleo^ dyed m various colors ; but at the present" time the market s druggod, the stock on hand being enough to last for a year at least. N«w Zealand alone is said to have exported 70,000,000 skina m ten years, valued at £730,000, And Viotoria has exported 20,000,000 m the Bame period. Ooney wool ia said to be worth 7s a pound.
The first meeting of tho Band of Hope m oonneotion with the Tinwald Wesley an Sunday School was held on Wednesday night. The Rev J. Burrows presided, there being a large attendanoo A long and interesting programme, consisting of songs, readings, reoitationa and dialogues was admirably rendered by the ohildren and friends. Miss Bißbop presided at the harmonium, the choir rendering some eeleotions m a very pleasing manner. The Rev chairman oongragulated the ohildren and the frienda on the suooesaful opening of the Band of Hope, and thought it augured well for its future success. The meeting was closed m the usual way.
Said Canon Fairar reoantly, preaohing at Westminster Abbey : " What shall I say of the rioh ? I Bay there are scores of men m London who could save our hospitals and Christian enterprises from anxiety, almost without feeling it. Look at the very reoent art sales : £2000 for desart-service, £1200 for two flower pots, £3000 for a chimney ornament, £10,000 for two rose-colored vases, £800 for a lady's drees, £1000 for the flowers of a ball. Ido not orttioise this expenditure. I only say if there be m London suoh a Paotolus of wealth for these gewgaws of silk and day, oan there be by comparison only a drop or two to heal the bodies and ameliorate the souls of men ? Why should the channel of oharity. dribble on aa it do6s, while the full tide of luxury is still at flood ? " The Queen is Buoh a robust old lady, and liveß such a heaKhy, unexoiting life, that it Beemß quite likely she will attain a great age. Anyhow the probabilities are m favor of her surviving the Pr inoo of Wales, whose internal organs have for some time been troublesome, and who lives evary hout of his eventful and
tissue -wearing life. That both her Majesty and his Royal Highness have contemplated thia contingency is shown by the fact that the formor is economising and saving up m order to provide for' tha young Princesses of Wales, should they never beoome ohildren of the Sovereign.' Wo have all looked forward so certainly to his Royal Highness some day being King that thiß possibility sounds both startling and unpleasant.— London correspondent;
The " Praotioal Teaoher " gives the following simple experiment m ohemiatry, whioh any child can try :— Out three leaves of red cabbage into small pieoes, and, after plaoing them m a basin, pour a pint of boiling water over them, letting them stand an hour ; then pour off the liquid.into a deoanter. It will be of a fine blue oolour. Then take four wineglasses—into ono put six drops of pure vinegar ; into another, nix drops of Holution of soda ; into a third, the samo quantity of a strong solution of alum ; and let the fourth glass remain empty. Fill up the glasses from tho dcoaater, and tho liquor poured into the glass containing the vinegar will quickly ohango to a beautiful red ; that poured with the soda will be a fine green, that poured m with the alum will turn to a pretty purple ; while that poured into the empty glass will of course remain unohanged. This is said by tho " Boomerang " to bo a truo story. Lidy Oarrington, wife of the Governor of New South Waleß, is Btated to be a demure little lady with a keen sense of humour. The other day a magnate from South Australia called at Government House. He sent his oard m and, waving tho footman aside, said "he would go up and give his Lordship a surprise." 4t the top of the Btaira he met a nioe-looking young woman, and m a fine old gentlemanly, gallant way, chucked her under the chin and pressed half-a-orown into her hand, saying at the Bame time, "Show me into the presence of his Lordship, my little dear." The little dear, -with an enigmatical smite, openod the door of Lord Garrington's study, and said, "Bob, hero's a gentleman to see you, and," opening her hand, " he's given me half-a.orown to Bhow him where you were." The unhappy magnate then knew he had mistaken Lady Oarrington for a housemaid. The " Paris Morning News " calls attention to a strange mistake m the Revised Version of the Old Testament. A ourious thing about it ia that it is a re-produotion of a similar mistake m the version whioh is generally reoeived. It oooura m 2 Ohron. xxii., 2. There Ahaziah fa desoribed as, at the age of fqrty.two, having succeeded his father, who died at the age of forty. Seeing that another, and a perfeotly possible, aooount of the same oiroumstanoe is given m 2 Kings viii., 26, it is surprising that the obvious error should have escaped oorreotion.' Aooording to the Book of Kings, Ahaziah's real age at his accession was only twenty-two. At the time of Ahaziah's. birth, therefore, his father was eighteen— a fair age for a Syrian father of a firstborn. This particular error is older than the art of printing. It dates baok to some ancient Hebrew oopy of tho Book of Chronicles. It is rerproduoed m the Doaai Version of the Old Testament. A squatter on the west side had a present sent to him by a brother m the Highlands of a sheep dog, whioh was represented to be so intelligent as to understand every word that was said to him. When the collie arrived Mr M'Jumbuo was disgusted to find that loßtqad of being intelligent there was not a more stupid dog on the station. As M'Jumbuo himself put it, he didn't appear to know " the difference between a sheep and a blooming cow," and many a groan was given over tbt equandfrd passage money. One day there was a big muster of sheep on tho run, and every horde and dog was called into requisition. Among them was the imported oollie, who proved so oggravatingly stupid that an old Highland shepherd poured oat a volley of mingled oathj and orders on the dog. The shepherd Bpoke m Gaelic, and to the surprise 6f everyone the dog immediately obeyed orders, and worked m the most satis, faotory manner. It was the first time m Australia that ho had boon spokon to m a language he aould uoderatpnd.— '• AUioua " m theLoador."
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