The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, MAY 4, 1889. LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The Revd R. S. Bonn, of Temuka, will preaoh .m the Wesleyan Churoh to-morrow nt both services;
Mr Frank Guinness has deoided to oontesl Ohristohurch North as a workingman's oan didate.
A late Brantford paper oontains a notice of a costly violoncello. Mr Erneßt Holden, son of Mr Anguß Holden, the Jubilee Mayor of Bradford, is an amateur 'cello player, and his father has given him one of the finest instruments m existence. The prioe is said to have been £1200.
Mr G. Fißher, the Minister of Education, says that the probable outcome of the reoent oommisßion to inquire into the Linooln Sohool of Agrioulture would be that the school would be taken over by the Government and be placed under a board of praotioal agrioulturiets.
A private letter reoeived m Oamaru from a Calif ornian firm says :— " In spite of the rains our spot prioes remain remarkably steady. Even the constantly declining markets m Europe have but little efleot, the loss being borne by ships. We quote No 1 shipping wheat 1.42d01 ; No 1 milling wheat, l-45d0l to 1.47d0l per cental." These prices, worked out, give the prioe of wheat at from 3s 5d to 3s 8d per bushel fob.
The physioian at Madrid who was entrusted with the oonduot of the post-mortem examination on the remains of Biohard Pigott, has made a careful study of the brain and Bkull of the deceased man. He deolarrs that he neversaw suoh a well-formed skull and brain, the latter particularly having given evidenoe of the presence of great force of charaoter and Btrong intelleotual and imaginative qualities.
From the " Bruoe Herald " we learn that the Beotor of the Tokomairiro High sohool has oontinued his Bible-reading for a quarter of an hour before the formal opening of the Bohool with average attendanoe of 190. The three clergymen, Beys Jas Obisholm, 0. Fynes-Glinton, and B. Taylor, have carried on their work of Bible-reading on Friday afternoons m a most harmonious manner, with averago attendanoe of 170.
A football matoh waß played m the Domain on Friday between the Ashburton High Sohool and a team representing the Borough and H&mpstead schools combined. The High Sohool proved too strong for their opponents, winning by one goal and 2 tries to nil. Tries were gained by B. Shearman and 0. Clark. Both sides showed plenty of pluok if they lacked somewhat m form. Besides those (named Orr (2), Curtis, and Pooook r>lftj»«<? iroll foi> the .winners ; while lanes. Baker, Sawle, ana Baigent opposed them vigorously.
Apropos to the discussion whioh took place on the subjeot of the small birds pest at the County Council meeting on Friday, we observe that the " Press " rpmarka that one of the leading questions being put to candidates for election on the Boad Boards is whether they will do all m their power to lessen the small birds nutsanoe. It is alleged tbat m districts where the Boad Boardß omitted to distribute poisoned wheat the sparrow nuisance has greatly increased.
The result of a plebiscite taken m Edinburgh last year on the liquor traffio was as follows :— Voters on municipal roll, 41,670 ; number who voted, 27,720; number who voted for entire popular control, 21.763; against, 4333 ; neutral, 1574 ; for prohibition, 18,691 ; against, 10,035 j neutral, 2160 ; for reduction of lioenseß, 19,793 ; against 5437 ; neutral, 1799 ; against new lioenses, 18,193 wrote " Yeß," and 6526 " No ;" neutral, 1773.
The '! Timaru Mail " says that Mr J. E. Mar'ob, of the Lands Department, has paid a visit of inspection to the Beaoonsjleld village settlement, and speaks m the highest praise of the work done by tbe settlers. In the whole settlement Mr Maroh states there ia only a sum of £1 15s outstanding m arrears, while the settlers have their small plots fenoed and ouJii wa ted, and fowls, cattle, and pigs are to be seen on almost every holding, and the; sellers express themselves as thoroughly satisfied with their lot.
" Will you please pass the Shorn ? '•' asked a quiet man at the refreshment bar. "Haven't any," said the girl m attendanoe. " Some Japhet?" queried the quiet man again, " Don't keep it," returned the damsel. " I say," remarked a ourious passenger, "wbat (Jo you mean by Shem and Japhet ?" "Noth. Ing," responded the little man, dually j " only the Ham is so old and musty that I thought the reßt of the tribe might be about here somewhere, and I'd like to see 'em.'
The water supply at Tokio, Japan, is by the wooden water-pipe system, which has (been m existence over 200 years, furnishing at present a daily supply of from 28 to 30 million gallons. Square boxes are used m 1 various plaoes to regulate the uniformity of the flow of water, whioh is rather rapid, for the purpose pf preventing aquatio growth. The water is not delivered to the houses, but into reservoirs on the eujes of tbe streets, nearly 15,000 m number.
On a recent afternoon four young men were returning from a shooting expedition. They were residents of Riohmond, and got on a Richmond tramoar. One named F. J. Martin carried the gun they had been using, and leant forward on the oar to whistle to a dog belonging to the party, whioh was following the tram* As pc .did so the gun, which bad not been unloaded, went of, and he reoeived the contents m the etomaoh. The car was pulled up, and he was taken to the Melbourne Hospital, but he died bsfore the institution was reaohed. He was nine, teen years of age and was employed at the Postoffioe as a letter carrier.
A young Australian lady who is travelling with Miss von Finkelstein informs her Melbourne friends that, after seeing Jordan and the Dead Sea, they bad arrived at Jerioho on 4th Maroh, The writer, who had been carried m a basket on a mule, haying had an Arab lady for a companion or mafee.-weight. describes m glowing terms the beautiful scenery, and especially the lovely yellow, pink, violet, and white marguerites, much larger and more brilliant m oolour than any she bad ever seen m Australia; On the day after her arrival m Jerusalem Miss von Finkelstein had a long audienoe with tbe Turkish Governor.
Boyalty was treated with scant oeremony m the streets of Copenhagen a little while ago. Two American boys were playing ia the street, and one tossed tfte other's hat into a tree. An elderly gentleman was passing by with his bead buried m a book, and an umbrella under his arm, so the owner of the old hat aßked him to resoue the head gear. The gentleman oould not reach, but allowed the boy to mount on his shoulders and hook down his hat with the umbrella, /ugt as the boy had .succeeded, a gentleman oame by, und saluting the first comer, called him " Your Majesty." So the American boy had been using King Christian of Denmark Ii * ladder;
This afternoon Mr J. T.Ford, as auotioneer for Messrs Miles and Co, offered a number of properties for sale by auotion. The plaoe of auotion was Mr G. Jameson's Btore, West Street, and there was a good attendanoe. The well-known Sherwood estate was the first to be offered. This was put up with the exception of the homestead, the purohaser to have the option of taking one or more lots, but the only offer made was one of £3 5s per aore. On behalf of the vendors £4 10s was bid and the property passed m, the auotioneer announcing that he would be prepared to sell privately. The remaining portion of Graham's farm, a block comprising 133a. was next submitted. A bid of £6 was made, but this not reaohing vendor's reserve this was also passed m unsold. Just before we went to press the auotioneer had made a Btart upon the unsold portions of the Fairflald estate, and had sold a number of small sections of about two aoreß eaoh, at the corner of the estate nearest Ashburton, at prioes ranging from £6 103 to £6 15s per aore. The remainder of the estate was passed m unsold.