The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, MAY 2, 1889. LOCAL AMD GENERAL.
An old Maori chief named Abraham Te Aire, of the Ratuirihia tribe, died at the Maori Pah, Eaiapoi, on Tuesday morning.
The Ashburton Hospital returns for the month of April, are as follows, viz. : — In Hospital April Ist, 10 ; discharged, 11 ; admitted, 9 ; remaining April 30th, 8.
The attention of farmers is invited to an analysis and testimonials aB to the value of Mount Somers lime whioh will be found among to-day's advertisements.
Mr George Muller, of Bristol, with his wife, will probably return to Sydney, whioh they have found suitable for their age and deolining strength.
MiBB Franoes E. Willard is writing her autobiography. It will oontain illustrations m oolours, representing some of the Btate and national banners ot the peaceful army waging war for God and home and native land.
The Matron of the Ashburton Hospital desires to acknowledge, wiih thanks, the receipt of fruit from Mrs Peter, Anama, fruit and flowers from Mrs D. H. Brown, also old linen from Mrs Bean, and papers from Miss Bishop, for the use of the inmateß.
Only one oase oame up for hearing at the Ji.M. Court this morning, F. and D. Dunoan vW. Madden claim £8 2a lid. There was no appearance of defendant, and judgment went for plaintiffs by default. Messrs it. Aloorn and D. Williamson oooupied the Benoh.
In Leeds £20,000 is to be devoted to extension work among the Methodists, and more than £100,000 baa been raised m 1886 lor ohapel buildings and removal of debts. Meetings have been held m Manohester wiih the view of uniting the various bodies of Methodists.
The smallest artist painter m the world has just died m Duaaeldorf, aged eighty-six. John William Preyer was not quite 3ft high —smaller than moat of his clever pictures, a few of whioh only are now hung m the German galleries, the majority having found their way to the States.
Apropos to the subject ot our editorial of Tuesday our telegrams of to-day state that several of the village settlerß m the North have oommenoed the growth of the tobaooo plant, and samples of the product have been brought to Auokland by Mr Kavanagb, Village Steward. A speoimen of tobaooo preserved by Natives is to be sent to Sir J. Thureton, Governor of Fiji.
A revolution is going on m Uganda. King Mtesa was a proieplpr of . missionaries ; his son Mwanga is weak,, vain, and cruel, and it seema beyond doubt that at his door lies the murder of Bishop Hanninglon. The tyrant is himself now a fugitive, and the Arabs are supreme. Their intentions are threefold to root out Christianity, to establish Islamism, and to extend the horrors of the slave trade.
Important correspondence has reoently been published relating to the expulsion of Rev J. Jones from Mare, m the South Seas, by the Frenoh authorities. In thoßo Government doouments proof is given of the high-banded aotion of the Frenoh towards a Buooessful and much respeoted missionary. It is high time some handßome compensation went forthooming for the damage and loss sustained by the Buddon stoppage of the mission work.
The Sooiety of Friends is experiencing some accession of strength m America. The wealth of the Friends is, it Beeme, increasing m the states, and there is a renewal of zeal m the distribution of literature and resuscitation of societies. This movement will meet with sympathy from many outside their circle for the friends have served the cause of truth before, and their efforts m the interests of peaoe;are as needful as ever.
"Yes, my dear children," said the visitor to a Sunday aohool lowering his voioe to husho and solemn tones, " this bravo missionary, this saintly man of God I have been telling you about, was captured by the cannibals sod killed. And now, little onest can any of you tell mo where he was after that ? " Chorus : << Von, mn'arn." " Wnll. thin ilnar HtHo boy may tell me." Dear little boy: "In the soup,"
An extraordinary dieolosure has just come to light respecting the health of the native population of Noumea. Out of the 25,000 Kanakas of whioh it is composed, upwards of 4000 are afflicted with leprosy of the most dire kind. Desperate efforts are being made, though very late m the day, to combat this frightful scourge, and the construction of hospitals for the reception of these unhappy people is about to be undertaken.
The United States is the riohest oountry m the world, and it has gained this distinction m comparatively a very short time. In 1880 the total wealth of the United States was £1,686,000,000, that of Great Britain being £4,500,000,000, Last year the wealth of Great BritaiD was £9,000,000,000, or almost ezaotly double what it was m 1860 ; but the wealth of the United States had risen m 1880 to £9,760,000,000, and last year was nearly £11,000,000,000.
Another Egyptian pyramid has been entered, Mr W. M. Flinderß Petrie has at laßt accomplished the diffioult task of foroing an entrance into the sepulobral obamber of the pyramid of Amenemhal 111, at Hawara, m the Fayrtm. It took skilled masons three weeks to out a small vertical shaft through the roof of the obamber. Once m, the true entrance was soon discovered, and it proves to be by a long subterranean passage. The pyramid was found to have been plundered long ago. The ohamber is all but monolithic, the weight of the block of stone being estimated at from one to two hundred tons.
Three ladies, highly esteemed for purity and good works, have been apart for deaoonesses m oonneotion with the Ohuroh of Scotland. The three are— Lady Grisell Baillio, Bister of the Dowager Countess of Aberdeen ; Miss Catherine H. Davidson, for several years associated with Mrs Meredith's Priaon Mission and diaoonal work at Mildmay; and Miss Alioe M. Maxwell, superintendent of the Deaooneases Institution and Training Home m George square, Edinburgh. In answer to aues* :<ins »»P ointed by the General ABBembly, the ladies c":; reßßed their desire to serve as deaconesses m the ou: irob i ftnd Poised submission to its judioatories.
Some time ago Blue Ribbon meetings were regularly held m the Rakaia distriot, but of late they have been discontinued. On Monday evening last a publio meeting was held m the Oddfellows' Hall for the purpose of resusoitating the movement. There was a moderate attendance and the Rev J. P, Riddle presided. Mr Johnson, the Treasurer, reported a balanoe m hand of 168. It was resolved to oarry on the Society and the following officers were appointed : — President, Rev J. P. Riddle ; Vioe-Preßident, Mr McDowell ;Mr B. Blaokham, Seoretary ; and Mr Johnson, Treasurer (re-eleoted). It was decided to hold monthly meetings on the Thursday evenings nearest the full moon, the first meeting to be at the Oddfellows' flail on the 16th. The officers eleoted were appointed a working oommitteo to arrange programme Ac. A vote ot thanks to the chair terminated the meeting.
Following are the particulars of the sad fatality which occurred at Weater&eld on Tuesday when a young ohild, son and only ohild of Mr G. 3 . F. Lublow, the proprietor of the mill, was drowned m the mill.raoe. It appears that the boy, who was about a yoar and ten monthii old, was missed by his mother about half-past three m the afternoon. She had been with him to the mill, distant about seventy yards from the house, and had returned, the ohild following her. Three or four minutes after her return to the bouse she found that the ohild had not followed her m, and at once started to look for him, being assisted m the searoh by her father, Mr B. Morris, who was at the time m charge of the mil). After searching for nearly two hours Mr Morm found the body of the ohild floating m the mill raoo some forty chains below the mill. Owing to the length of time it must have been m the water any attempt at resusoitation was hopeless. The ohild had been seen onoo or twioo to cross a plank which spans the mill raoo, and it is supposed he fell off this plank, or was pushed off by a dog which was m the habit of following him. An inquest was held last evening before Major Steward and a jury of whom Mr W. Bruokshaw was chosen foreman, when a verdict m accordance wtyb, thY Jojegofog f»stpi w»p Mturnid, p
The Tasmanian agricultural returns show a slight deolino m the average yield of wheat, and an inorease m the average of other crops.
The Selwyn County Oounoil estimates tha last season Binall birds destroyed grain to the value of £15,000. It is proposed to levy a rate for raising funds to oheok the pest.
A oonoert m aid of the funds of the Borough Brass Band will be held m the Oddfellowß' Hall to-morrow evening. An excellent programme has been prepared and doubtleaa a crowded house will assemble.
The Cathedral Chapter has reoeived an offer from the Rhodes family, through Mr A. E. G. Rhodes to rebuild that portion of the Ohristohuroh Cathedral spire whioh was shaken down by the earthquake of Sep. 1.
Aooording to the "Eangitikei Advooate' one of the results of the revival of the flax industry is to restore the draught horse to something like its intrinsio value m the market. Twelve months ago they were almost unsalable, but sinoe then they have quite doubled m prioe, on aooount of the brißk demand for strong oart horses,
An amusing American story is told by Me Sankey to this effeot. A seatholder found- a stranger m his pew. Taking his seat he wrote, " I pay lor the pew," and handed it to the intruder. The other wrote baok, "How much do you pay?" "So many dollars a year." To which the Massaohusett's man replied, "It's a comfortable pew and worth the money. I'll stay where I am."
A woman named Marie Bougerie, 42 yeara of age, has been sentenced to imprisonment, with hard labor, for life, for having murdered her illegitimate daughter, who was 11 months old. She acknowledged to having taken the ohild up by her feet, and struck her head repeatedly against an axe handle until death released the little sufferer from her pains. The murderess had previously been transported to New Caledonia, where she had married a liberated oonviot named Boyer, by whom Bhe had two ohildren. Both these, however, aa well as her hußband, had mysteriously disappeared.
00l North, of Elthara, m Kent, has Bet a good example to millionaires. He reoently presented Kirkatall Abbey, whioh cost him £10,000, Iwith adjacent lands, to his native town of Leeds, as an additional reoreation ground. He has alao given £5000 to the Leeds Infirmary, and substantial sums to other Yorkshire institutions. In acknowledging the honor of the freedom of the town whioh bad been conferred upon him, 00l North said m acknowledgment, " What is the uss of having money if it is not spent m the way it should be ? "
A meeting of the Ashburton Hunt Olub Committee was held laßt evening, Dr Leahy m the ohair. A long dißOUssion was held on the matter of the appointment of a Master to the Olub, and after a number of suggestions had been oonßidered, the following arrangement was deoided upon :— " That the Honorary Secretary act aa Master to the Club, and that he be empowered to appoint a substitute for any meets that he is unable to attend." It was resolved that a Committee of three, consisting of the DeputyMasters and the Seoretary, be appointed to qualify horses. The meeting then adjourned to Wednesday, May 15th, when the meetß for June will be fixed.
What promises to be a useful invention is being Jput to the test of praotioal experienoe upon one of the less important lines m Franoe. In prinoiple the invention U not new ; the novelty lies m the details of its application. It consists of a dial plate m eaoh compartment of the oarriage, bearing the names of the stations on the line. The indioator needle is moved by electricity, eaoh dial plate being oonneoted aleotrioally with a similar dial m tho guard's van. When approaohing a station at wbioh tha train is to stop, the guard puts his indioator to tho name, and all the others are moved simultaneously to the same relative position.— «• Industries."
At a meeting of Sir Jaliuß Vogel's eleotion oommittee held on Wednesday night, a letter was read from Sir JuHub, m whioh he stated that it was not his intention to oome baok to New Zealand for a year or two owing to his health. He also thanked his constituents for the kindly manner m whioh the conBtitaenoy had treated him. A letter was also read from Mr W. 0; Walker, stating that he had reoeived a letter from Sir Julius Yogel, dated March 7th, asking him to oonvoy his rooiguation o! tho seat to the Hpeaker. Mr Warner thanked the Gommittoe, on behalf of Sir Julius Yogel, for the way m whioh they had supported him during his two eleotionu. The meeting then terminated.
The usual weekly meeting of the Star of the Eaßt Lodge, 1.0. G.T., was held m the Templar Hall lußt evening, Bro Edwards, 0.T., presiding. Two new members were initiated. Bro I. Scott, who is leaving for England, applied for his oloaranoe card, whioh on the motion of Bro Oook was granted free. Bro J. W. Sawle, on behalf of the offioerafand members of the Lodge, then presented Bro Soott with an illuminated address as a token of esteem and appreciation of services. Bro Sawle m making the presentation spoke m feeling terms of the loss the Lodge and the temperanoe cause m this distriot would sustain by Bro Scott's departure. Bro Soott suitably replied. H« urged on the younger members the neoeoity for increased, energy m Goßpel and Temperanoe work. Sister Manhire, Bros Oook, Elston, Dalton, Andrews and Edwards bore testimony to the faithful servioes rendered to the Lodge by Bro Soott during his fifteen years' conneotion with it. Befreshments having been handed round and songs and refutations contributed, the Lodge was dosed m due form by the G.T.
We dip the following important testimonial from the " Illawarra Meroury " (N.S.W.) of the 80th March. It needs no comment ; •• Mr John Loveday, of the Bulli Mountain, writes to us that after suffering for four years with aoute gravel, he has oxperienoed almost complete relief by using Sander and Sons' Euo&lypti Eztraot. Ho says seeing the said Extraot advertised m the ' Illawarra Meroury,' his intense suffering induced him to obtain a bottle pf the medioine from Mr Hosking, f chemist, of this town, and that the übo of t gave him great relief at onoe. He states that between the 10th Maroh instant, when he obtained the first bottle of tho eztraot, and the 19th, the use of that medioine continued to afford him relief, to which ho had been a
stranger for four years. Mr Loveday writes also that he has found the Eucalypti Extract a euro for rheumatism as vteil bb gravel. He requests us to publish this information through the ' Meroury.' We have muoh pleasure m complying with Mr Loveday's request, whose word cannot be doubted, and wno ?&Q have no objeot m view other than a pure deeirfi to benefit suffering humanity."— Advt, 2