The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, MAY 28, 1889. LOCAL AND GENERAL
The Queen Dowager of Bavaria is dying of dropsy. Mails for Timara, Oamara, Dunedin, etc., will close to-morrow (Queen's Birthday) tt 10 a.m. An apple tree near Fresno, Oal., is reported to have borne one ton of fruit the past season. Captain B. Ureok is the tallest man m Colorado. Bib height is seven feet seven inohea. It ia said that no white child born at Aepinwall on the Isthmus of Panama baa ever reaohed (he ege of twenty.one yeara, Muoh to the surprise of her physician and friends, Mrs Harriet Beeoher Stowe has almost wholly recovered from her recent illness. One Dr Tere, m England, iB advocating the sting of ifees as a remedy for rheumatism. He deolares that he has treated with BUooeBS 178 oases and h&8 given m all 89,000 stings. King Alexander 1., the boy sovereign of | Servia, is Icbb of a child than his thirteen years bespeak. He Bpeaks French, German, and Russian, and showa great capacity for study. There is great ezoitement over a rich find of alluvial gold on the Hokkika borough boundary on the south Bide of the river: The gold has been found on private property. The extent of the lead U not yet known. A python over twenty feet long crawled upon the ileok of the Norwegian ship Birma at Singapore a short time ago and routed everybody that attacked it, until the whole orew oombined, and by atiaoking it on all sides succeeded m pinuing it to the deok with a barpoon, The snake weighed over eighty pounds. The following will play for the AehburtonBakaia Football Olub m their match with the East Ohristohuroh Olub at Ashburton on Saturday next, viz:— A. J. Beid, Laraman, Jameson, Doherly, O. A. Low.J. Fooks, Hugonin, Clark, Dixon, Simpson, Fizell, Storry.lß. Low and Staele. Play commences at 280 p.m. Entries were reoeived last night for the coursing matoheß to take place on Queen's Birthday. They were not so numerous us had been anticipated, but comprised seven m the puppy stake and five m the all-aged stake. A start will be made at the Tinwald railway crossing at nine o'oiook to-morrow morning. Several late entries have oome m, and the question of accepting them will be deoided on the ground. Messrs Ritohie and Wilson have no reason to complain of the success of their cropping venture this season (eaya the " Wangoaui Herald"). They had m about 600 acres altogether — wheat, oats, and barley — and, roughly speaking, the yield will average all round 50 bushels to tbe acre. They had some of the Wanganui wheat that realised 4s lOd m tbe Sydney market, and have already plaoed a fair quantity of barley, though the market price of this cereal this season will be lower than it bas been, on aooount of tbe quantity offering. Oats are being held for better prices than at present are obtainable. The yield of barley, we may say, would have been muoh greater but tbe patterpillars took fully two-fifths of the whole. A remarkably " hairy man " lives m a small industrial town m Franoe. He is now (aooording to the " Sieole ") sixty-two years old, and hia beard, which be wears wound round bis neok, is neatly three yards long, bo that when its owner unfurls }t to its full length it reaoheß down to tbe ground) and has then to be taken up and carried over the arm, as a lady would carry her train, Louis Goulon, tbe owner of this phenomenal beard, is a laborer m the iron factory, preferring to earn bie living as an expert workman to following the ''oajfc," of whioh he lias had a great many, to become en exhibit under the care of a wandering showman, tyhen Goulon was twelve years old, and while yet bis lace had thp freshness bt infancy, his whiskers, moustache, gnd beard began to grow; at fourteen yearß of asa pc wore a beard o?er a *«* ia Jwgtfc; W* fcow Pfo stjlji growing. ' : - H fc§ gasr, $0. $2, I Q.G.T., Lodge Stai v "* "W&PB J fl $* < ce y enin ß held the usual wee&i, -~- £u@r Jthe Bro 0. Grant, 0.T., presiu*u o . ~ *«nd minutes of tbe last meeting had beou . and oosfirmed, five candidates were proposed for memberehip, ar»d 000 new member was initiated. The Lodge was then olosed m the usual way, after whioh an open meeting was held. There was a large attendance, and tbe ohair was taken by Bro J. W. Sawlo, who gave a very earnest address on temperance. Addresses, Bongs, readings, and reoitations were given by tbe following members and friends, viz : — Messrs Sawle and Arthur, Mies G. Steel, Sisters Wildsmith and Barron, Brothers Emsley, Grant, Lookwood, G. Soott, and E. Sawle. A dialogue was given by Misses Orum and Addia. The Chairman announoed that the Lodge intended to bold an open meeting onoe a month during tbe winter and asked anyone who could assist m auoh meetigga to do so. The meeting was then terminated by singing the closing ode. Under the heading " Sir Harry's Boots," the " Wellington Post " supplies the following startling item of political news:— The whole world recently rang with the story of William O'Brien's breeohes. The oflloial world m tbe largest wooden building of the universe is now agitated by the story of the Premier's boots—those historical bobnailers, the weight of whioh has been so often felt by the corns of both friends and foea m Parliament. It is said that he has been despoiled of them, foraibly debooted m fact, and that by two of his oolleagues, 6aoh of whom has scoured one and constantly wears it. Of course it is a horrible misfit m eaoh case, but eaoh of the wearers tramps round a good deal m it, and according to the story, the boots have on several ocoasions reoently been applied m a not over gentle manner to tbe should bo sacred person of their former owner. In plain words, it is now ourrently understood that it is Mr Hislop and Mr Fergus who run the Government show, and that the Premier is completely •• bossed " by the Colonial Secretary and the Defenoe Minister. The statement appears at first sight almost incredible, but a great many people assert that it is true. The best Remedy for Indigestion. — Norton's Camomile Pills are confidently recommended as a simpL remedy for indigestion, which is the cause of nearly all c diseases to which we are subject. Norto n Pills, with justice called the " nature's strengthener of t.he buman stomach," act as a powerful tonic and gentle aperient, arc mild n their operation, and safe under auy circum? itftnues Sold m bottles at is ijd, as- ad, ! i, by all mediciQelvendon throughout; Itjie \ j JTPf » 1 '
It is rumoured that Prince Edward of Wales would not objeot to try bis hand as Governor of an Australasian colony. A Sunday eohool by telegraph is held weekly on an American railroad. The superintendent asks the class questions over the wire at different stations, prayers are said, and a ohapter m the Bible ib read — all by wire. Dating from London April 5 the correspondent of an exohange writes : — The Kaikoura, whioh arrived at Plymouth on Wednesday, brings a dreadful account ot Bio Janeiro. When she touohed thera more than 4000 people had died of yellow fever, and deaths were still at the rate of fifty a day. The sailors had to do their own coaling. The Asnburton Rifles will hold a social m the Oddfellows' Hall to-morrow evening. A oapital programme has been prepared, and there should be a large attendance. Teams of men from the Rifles will go through' a number of military evolutions whioh, it will be remembered, pleased the audieaae so well at the last gathering held by the corps. At the 'Varsity sports whioh oame off the day before the boat race, a New Zealander was eleoted to represent Cambridge m the hurdle race, namely, Mr W. M. Poatlethwaite, son ot Mr Poatlethwaite, of Raukapuka, Geraldine. He ran a good raoe, but was beaten by his tougher companion, yet Oxford did Dot pull of! the event, as the other Cambridge man won easily. Little more than thirty years ago Rangoon consisted of a mere swamp, with a few mat huts mounted on wooden piles, and Burroonded by a long stookade and fosse. Now it is a city of 200,000 inhabitants, the terminus of a railway, and almost rivals Bombay m beauty and extent. It possesses fine palaces, public offioee, hospitals, lovely gardens and lakes, excellent roads, and shady promenades. An aooident ooourred m Eaßt street this morning. Mr Moore, of the firm of Jephson and Moore of Tinwald, was driving the steepleohaser Fox m a light trap. Something oaußed the horse to start kioking and tue result was that he got his off hind leg caught m the splash board and fell. The wheel of the trap was smashed and the horse knooked about considerably, but Mr Moore esoaped unhurt. Emit of all kinds . haß been unusually plentiful m the neighborhood of Auckland this season, but the growers have made very little out of it. One orohardiet shipped between 400 and 500 oases ot apples and netted only 7d per bos. Another tent 12owt of pears to Auokland, and was 2a 6d put of pooket after paying oharges. It ia said % " ring " exists m the oity to prevent gale* of more than a certain quantity, . ; At the lunoheon at Mesarß Wood Bros' mill (sayß the Lyitelton "Times"), Mr Oliver, an Australian miller of long experience, said that he was very pleased to be able to refute the statement that New Zealand wheat would not germinate m Australia. In 1876, he said, when m the Wimmera district, he sowed 1000 bushels of New Zealand wheat, with the result that the crop yielded 22 bushels to the acre, against 13 bushels per aore, the average yield of wheat grown from the looal seed. It is intended to hold a public trial ot the steam fire engine on the first Wednesday m June . The Fire Brigade will make a demonstration on the occasion, it being^ their intention to have competitions of various kinds. The date fixed upon was selected as being the day on whioh the promoters of the half-holiday movement are trying to bring it into operation, and if they suooeed m this the demonstration of the Brigade will form a fitting oelebration of the occasion. Of the Rev H. Montgomery, vioar of St Mark's, Kenning ton, who has aooepted the bishopric of Tasmania, the "Dunedin Star's" Home correspondent says:— He is a sound Broad Cburohman, and had a fairly die*, tinguished oareer at College. At Harrow he' Was oaptain ot the cricket eleven tor a long time, and was famous as an athlete. He went from Harrow to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated m the seoond class of the Moral. Soienoe Tripos, and was braoketed with no less a personage than the Bight Hon. A. J. Balfour, M.P.* He is a bog of Sir Robert Montgomery, whoße work m India the English Government is not likely to forget. It is said m well-informed army oiroles that the Duke of Cambridge will, within a Bhort time, reeiqn his post of Gommander-in-Ohief. Prinoe Edward of Saxe- Weimar is spoken of as likely to be his successor, to be ultimately replaced by his Boyal HighneßS the Duke of Connaught. The latter (says the London correspondent of an exohange) would at the outset be a far more popular appointment than the former. The Duke of Cambridge was never a brilliant man ; but he has always been a careful, earnest, and buainegg-like Commander in-Chief — politic, yet easy of approach, and not above details. When he goes he will be greatly missed, even by;those who have muoh oritioised him. On ail hands his conscientiousness, his devotedness, and hia administrative abilities are spoken of with cordial appreciation. ■< The"Mataura Enßign " reports that Miss Sarah Maophereon, of Wendon, had a miraoulous escape from death on Thursday last, The young lady, who is nineteen years, of age, went to a paddook to oatoh a horse, taking with her a long plough rein for a halter. As Bhe was trying to adjust the rope after catching the horse, so that it would form a head stall, the animal jumped suddenly and that portion of the rope lying on the ground got twisted round Miss Maopherson's ankle. The horse oleared away at a smart pace, dragging Miss Maopherson over the ground. Her screams attraoted the attention ot her brother and father working m an adjoining paddook, but the horse becoming exoited by the gallop* ing of a number of young animals m the paddook, oontinued its mad gallop, dragging the yonng lady over the ground. A five feet wire fence, with a barbed wire on top, was oleared by the horse and the young lady was dragged through, three of the wires being b' token. The horror ot the father and brother w^p were following the animal at this stage may be better imagined than described. After about two rnifee had been" covered the brother caught the rope, and the father oomjbjg up managed to out it and release bis daughter, whose clothes were torn to ribbonß. Strange to say Miss Mapphertpp. though bruised and put about m a shocking manner. —'•4. broken boneg, and even Her ankle, eeoapw. * -« was twi§t§& pevop times, round which the iv*. " *- fc «n hgnje boo was not dislocated. She was »..~- . ."*"*- sattended to, and now lies m a precarious condition, but quite ooDßoious, Statutory Declaration.— l, Franz Raabe, Ironbark, Sandhurst, m the colony of Viotoria, Australia, do solemnly and sincerely declare that on the 25th June, 1877, my son Alfred, six years of age, was accidentally hurt with an axe on his knee. lat once took all pains to seoure medioal assistance. However) m spite of all efforts, on the 27th August, 1877, the opinion was given by Dr Maogillivray that an amputation of the injured limb had beoome imperative, m order .to save life. At this juncture I called on Messrs Sander and Sons, proouring some of their Extract of the Eucalyptus Globulus, and by the application of the same I had the satisfaction of seeing my son within a fortnight out of all danger, and to-day he is reoovered. I may just add that it was when the orisis had been reached that the Extraot referred to was first applied, and I make this solemn declaration, eto. — Franz Raabk. Declared at Sandhurst, m the oolony of Victoria, Australia, this seventeenth day of October, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven before me, Moritz Conn, J.P.— (AdvtO 6 The following was the somewhat trying experience of a young bride (says a London paper) at a dinner pnrty given m her honor. Seated at the other end of the table was an old dowager who waß exceedingly deaf, and whose attempts at conversation, at long range, were exceedingly embarrassing. «My dear," shouted the old lady, as the soup succeeded the oysters, " pray tell me how long you have been married." " Only a very few days," replied the guest of honor, also loudly, bo that she might be heard. Evidently, however, the old lady did not hear, for when the j! fish was being brought on she oried out again, "My dear, hava you been married very long ? " " Not yet a week, madam," responded the bride, louder atill this time. "Oh 1 " said the dowager, as if relieved, and thereupon relapsed into silenoo. But the removal of the roust woke her up again. "My dear," she remarked, •' I did not understand how long you said you had beem married ? " ••Exactly five days," sdreamed the matron, flushing, half with embarassment, half with anger, " Ah, yes ' " i . j n'ned the old woman, having apparently heard this time. "And, ; my dear, how rainy ohildreq did you pay you