The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, APRIL 16. 1889. LOCAL AND GENERAL.
A public meeting to consider the proposed train alterations will be held at the Borough Oounoil Chambers this evening.
It is proposed to establish a home for German invalids at San Bemo aß a memorial of Emperor Frederiok.
The Malaga grape crop was short m the year just dosed a single storm h&ving destroyed 100,000 barrels of the fruit.
The dressing of native flax is m full vigor again m Temuka, and several tons have already been prepared for shipment. At Orari a new mill is m course of ereotion.
The Christians m England are not growing remiss m foreign mission work. About sixty English preachers and teaohera were Bent during the last quarter of 1887 to the inland mission of China.
The "Mataura Ensign" states that a number of obildren have died recently m Gore after a short attaok of an epidemio resembling a mild form of oholera — the lymptoms being retching and purging.
" Did you hear about the burglar who was arrested this morning ? " •« No. What for ?"
"For breaking into song." "Ia that so?" 11 Yes. He got through two bars when some one hit him with a stave."
A good imitation of frosted glass may be produoed by applying to the glass a saturated solution of alum m water. It may be colored by the addition of aniline dyes. The colouring is not very permanent, however.
"Ouida" began her literary career by writing short stories for the English magazines, for wbioh she was glad to receive £1 a page. Her English publisher now pays her £1400 for every book she writes.
A tea meeting, to be followed by a lecture and. saored concert, will be held under tbe auspices of the Ashburton Wealeyan Ghuroh at tbe Oddfellows' Hall this evening. The leoturer will be the Rev W. Morley.
It is feared that we must add another to our already long list of imported pests, for we observe that a plant pronounoed to be tbe true yanthiuvi spinawtn or " Bathnrst burr ' haß ' been found growing near Hastings, Hawkea Bay.
In the Napier cemetery there is a monument ereoted to the memory of a Chinaman named Chuck Tom. Someone, eyidently of a facetious turn of mind, has written m lead penoil underneath the name, "Over the fence," wbioh makes the inscription read, ~'—«V Tom over the fenoe." i Madame Dumas, wl" (Ot JS£ ft among tbe women at tbe prison ot ok ' m Paris, spared no trouble to help those to whom Bhe devoted herself. When she was 82 years of age— Bhe is now 96 —she Bet to work to learn Spanish, m order to comfort a young Andalusian prisoner who knew no other tongue. His Graoe the Duke of Abercorn, who has just been appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, fills that offioe now for the third time, he having been Viceroy m 1866 and again m 1874. He is a nobleman of great wealth, and during his previous administrations was fairly popular m Ireland; The duties are mainly of a sooial oharaoter, tbe real politioal power vesting m the Chief Secretary,
The •• New Zealand Times " very muoh regrets having to announoe the serious indisposition of Mr Habens, Inspector-General of the State Schools. He is suffering nervous prostration, brought about by mental strain. Mr Habens has been very hard worked of late, the drafting of the Education Bill, now under Ministerial consideration having been, m coDJunotion with his other duties, a great tax upon his powers. Mr Habens is quite unable to see his friends. Dr Kemp is his medical adviser.
The newly formed Ashburton Borough Braea Band will hold a vooal and instrumental oonoert m the Oddfellows' Hall on 3rd May, the idea being to raise funds for purchase of new instruments and music for the use of tha members, and it is hoped that this worthy subjeot will be well supported by the publio, who will undoubtedly enjoy the benefit when the band gives musical selections m Ashburton. A number of local musioians and vooalists have already promised their support and are m full praotioe for the oonoert, which will be under the baton of Mr H. Gates, the bandmaster of the new band.
It is stated that expressed oil of bay (hulle Ac laurier) is extensively used m Switzerland by butohers to keep their shops free from flies, and that after a coat of oil has been applied to the walls none of these troublesame peßts venture to put m an appearanoe. This remedy has also been tried and found effectual m tbe south of France m preserving gilt frames, chandeliers, etc, from becoming soiled. It ib even remarked that flies soon avoid the rooms where this application has been employed.
Two years ago a young man of the town of Leroy, Bloomington county, 111,, became suddenly and painfully ill. From that time he was a great sufferer and the pbysioianß were unable to satisfactorily diagnose his case. A few days ago Dr J. White made a oareful microaoopio examination of a partiolo of the patient's fleßb, and found that it was crowded with triohinto. It is believed that there is now no hope whatever for the exter. mination of the triohinto, and that the sufferer's agonies will find relief ia death.
The " Rangitikei Advocate" says that it is estimated by reliable authorities that there will be sent Home from the Wellington Pro* vjnoial Council district alone during the ourrent year at least 12,000 tons of flax, whiob at £200 per ion, would represent nearly a quarter of a million sterling. The " New Zealand Trade Review" has oollooted from offioial sources a return of the exports of jfjax from the whole colony f or the three years ending with 1888. For the year JBB6 the value of this export was only £15,000. Nest year it took a leap of £10,000. and m 1888 the record of 1887 was trebled, the amount being £75,000. Now we find, as indicated above, that from one provincial district ilono the export m 1889 will b» £240,000.
The American currant it largely cultivated m France, where its bright red juioe is used to oolor wines.
On Good Friday and Enstor Monday the hours of attendance at the Post and Telegraph offioe will be from 9 till 10 a.m. and from 7 till 8 p,m. Mails will be reoeived and despatched by the early morning trains only.
The demolition of the village of Llanwddyn, the site of which is to be ooaupied by Lake Vvrnwy, has been completed. Most of the buildings, including the pariah church, have been blown up by dynamite. Upwards of one hundred human Bkulls and remains have been removed and reinterred m the new burial grounds. Some fine old yew trees m the churchyard have also been uprooted and removed. Lord Powis having granted leases to most of the householders before selling the land to (he Liverpool Corporation, they have reoeived compensation for disturbance. There is now no inn m the neighbourhood, but a hotel is being built by the corporation.
The Frenoh Ministry of Agrioulture haß published a return showing that the total number of wolves killed during the past year was 701, and of these two were wolves wbioh had attacked human beings, and for eaob of whioh a premium of £8 was paid ; 14 were she-wolves with young, for eaoh of whiob a premium of £6 was paid ; 315 were ordinary wolves for whioh a premium of £4 was paid ; and 370 ouba, for eaoh of whioh a premium of 32b 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 department m whioh most wolves were destroyed was Dordogne (109), and then oame the Charente (68), the Vienna (50), and the Haute Tienne (47).
The " Christohurch Press " writing of Captain Henry Coey Kane says :— The gallant offiaer of H.M.S. Calliope, whose prowess as a seaman has earned for him the admiration of all these colonies, and whose late services will we think, be looked upon with, favorable eyes by the Admiralty, was commander of the Northumberland m July, 1882, when the Channel Squadron went to Egypt. He commanded the Northumberland landing party at the occupation of Ismailia, on the night of the 20th August. He was m oommand of the Canal Guard from Ismailia to Eantara from that date till selected for seoond m oommand of the Naval Brigade to operate with the land forces ; took part m the night march of the 13th September, the battle of Tel<el*Kabir, and the advanoe of troops to Zagazig ; appointed Commander of the Alexandria, flagship of Sir B. Seymour, m September; promoted to Captain ior Borvioeß m Egypt, mentioned m deßpatohes ; naval attaohe (Egyptian medal, Khedive's bronze star); member of the Committee for revising the Gunnery Manual of the Fleet, 1879. He was born m December, 1848 ; naval cadet m Maroh, 1858 ; sub* lieutenant, 20th July, 1863 ; lieutenant, 31st August, 1864 ; commander, 22nd January, 1877 ; oaptain, 18th November, 1882..