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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2142, 4 June 1889
LOCAL AND GENERAL.
In Illinois the marriage of cousins has been deolared illegal.
Mr 8. Buxton, M.H.R. for Itangitata district, addresses hia constituents at Geraldine on Monday evening next.
Dean Jaoobs' " History of the New Zealand Church" will be published m London on October Ist,
It is stated that the Irish delegatos to the Australian colonies have, so far, colleoted £6502 towards the funds of the Irish National League,
Tho Direotors of the A.M.P. Society have df oided that the officers under their direotion who are m reoeipt of less than £200 a year, or who are undor the age of twenty-one years, shall not be allowed to marry.
The prohibition amendment to the constitution of Massachusetts was defeated on April 22 by a majority of over 44,000 votes. Liquor men are equally astonished with total abstinenoe advooates at the result.
The Queen finds tbat the introduction of the eleocrio light into the corridor at Windsor Castle m so great an improvement that it will be extended beforo long to the White, Crimson, and Green drawing-roomß, the ballroom, and the dining-room.
A plaßuo of foxes has overrun the villago of La Itochatte, not far from Digne, m Southern Franco. Foxos coolly trot about tbo street m daylight, and ono vi/.on is eyon bringing up a litter m a stable mangor.
Madame Patti was aooompaniod to the Btation on her departure for Buenos Ayrea by a boat of friends. Her salon was filled by them with flowers. She will make, at the very loweßt computation, £100,000 this year, a figure a prima donna nover touched before,
The alligator of the South, like tho buffalo of the West, is likely Boon to become extinot. The Blaughter cf the alligator for its hide like the slaughter of buffaloes for their hides, has jfoeen so groat that it will be only a few years before the lonely lagooa of Florida will have lon i(» frti tyttftft,
Messrs Samuel Orr and Co., Dunedin report the sale of 10,000 bushels of oats, ex store, at 3s per bushel.
In the entries for the Grand National, Premier was inserted for Premium, and Hurricane was omitted from the list.
Mr Robert Wallace, Professor of Agrioulturo m tho Edinburgh University, is a passenger by the R.M.S. Orizaba. Mr Wallace intends to make a tour of Australia and New Zealand for the purpose of investigating tbe oharaoteristios of agrioulture m the oolonios.
A novel sort of beauty show is about to take plaoe at Vienna. The beauties on view are to be gentlemen, and their claims are to be decided upon by lady judges. There are prizes for the handsomest man and for tho finest moustache. There ia actually to be a speoial prize for the most imposing bald head.
A new interpretation of the phrase "a shilling m and the winner shout," was given by Chief Justice Prendergast at a -sitting m Banco m Wellington last week. He remarked that the winner of the game evidently could drink all tho liquid refreshments paid for oat of the Btakoß. Counsel omphatioally denied this.
The name of Napoleon, when written m Greek characters, will form seven distinct and very applicable words by simply dropping the first letter of eaoh word m succession, thus : Napoleon apoleon, polebn, oleon, leon, eon, on. These words arranged m a Greek sentence and translated, mean : Napoleon, the lion of the people, was the destroyer of whole oities.
At the inquest held yesterday touohing the death of Mr Thomas Wauohop, a verdict was returned thot the deceased aooidentally met his death through a fall from the balcony of the Sawyera' Arms Hotel. The deceased's life was insured m the Government Life Inßuranoe Offioe for £1300, and m the New Zealand Aooident Insurance Company for £500, making £1800 m all.
An Auokland telegram says :~" The whole of the Masonic Lodges m this district have expressed their opinion on the Grand Lodge question, the voting being— ln favor of the proposal, 6 ; against, 1 ; to postpone the question, 1." As the number of lodges m the Auokland district is 45 (17 English, 15 Sootoh, 18 Irish) there is evidently some mistake m the telegram.
The Count and Oounteßß Harten&u, as Prince Alexander of Battenberg and his wife arj to be styled, have, it is stated, decided to take up their permanent residenoe m Milan, at the Palazzo Turati, whioh they have rented. Prince Alexander — whose mesalliance has annoyed all his relatives— has at all events a comfortable fortune, the fruits, so his enemies say, of his seven year's reign m Bulgaria.
It is said that when the Shah last visited England he was taken to Newgate, and shown, amongst other objects of vertu, the gallows, In this engine he evinced the greatest interest, and expressing a desire to see how it worked, asked ths governor to hang a man. The governor explained that be had not a man ready for the experiment, whereupon the Shah expressed his contempt. " Hang one of these," said he, pointing to bis suite. NeedleßS to say the governor did not comply.
Andrew Ferguson, an old negro, formerly a slave, has presented Louisville Presbytery, Kentucky, with a completely equipped church, built on a spaoious lot, the furnishing including a fine organ. It is to be held as a plaoe of worship for colored people. This laßt gift is only one of many by Ferguson since he secured his freedom 1 : He is a janitor of a bank, earning about a dollar a day, livos alone m a little attic, and does his own cooking and washing. He is now m his 70th year.
A very pretty story of the Orown Vrinoess of Denmark is just now oiroulatingj Prinoe Waldemar and Princess Marie are good skaters, and one afternoon when, aftor a long run across tbe ice, they sat down to rest on a lonoly seat, they notioed a little boy, who was vainly trying to put his skates on. On seeing the Royal couple, he took of his hat and said, " Oh, dear Prinoess Marie, can you not help me to put my skates on? *The Royal lady smiled, knelt down on the ice, and firmly fastoned the straps round the boy's ankle.
A few weeks ago a moat tragical affair ooourred m the Rue de Oharenton, Paris. A woman sixty-four years old died m a house m the street, and her friends assembled for the burial. The husband, who is seventy, evinced inconsolable grief, and aßked to be allowed to remain alone by the bier [before it was taken away. His request was aooeded to, and everybody withdrew. When the funeral mutes arrived they were horrified to find the old man Btretohed aoroßß the bier dead, his rigid fingers tightly closed round a halfemptied glass of phenol, Rather than live without his aged partner, the poor widower had poisoned himself, <
An owner of property who appeared before tbe Board of Reviewers at Napier to objoot to tne Government valuation on bis land, produced very direot evidenoe ao to its nature. Both pookets of his ooat projected very much, and a general laugh was raised when it was discovered that the oause of the projection waa two large tins. When culled upon to state his objections he displayed these two tins before the Beviowers, and taking off the lids showed those present the nature of the soil on his property ; Ije swpre jt was the best sample, but it did not look very nob, and tbe production of the sample bad the desired cfleot — the Reviewers reduoed the valuation by one-half.
At Bristol reoontly a large lurcher dog having bad one of its pawa severely crushed' under the wheel of a vehicle, found its way to tbe Boyal Infirmary and set up a piteous howl at the door of tbe institute. The porter went to the dopr, but the poor animal ran into a oorner and orouohed down. The porter had soaroely dosed the door again when the animal began to howl'more 'mournfully thaij ever. Attraoted by tbe peculiar ory of tbo dog, the porter again went out, this time l finding the cause of the poor brute's visit : there. He was taken into the oasual ward, where nurses Hawkins and Hall dressed the injured foot, the animal repeatedly expressing his'gratitu'de py licking their hands. Th.ere was a good attendance of spectators as well as skaters at the Rink do Pahs 'last evening, the former being attracted by the announcement that Professor (greenwood would gjye an exhibition of fancy skating. PunotualilF at pipe o'plook, the hour o^ppointedj ' ' m au appearanoe attired m tQei.» •*-<«uing ringing cgatume, and neat and Wfe^-_ ' >* ufajogt flOJ^lfi§9 equipped with a pair v. * — %aailjl okates. He performed all sorts of evolutions, dancing the waltz, polka mazurka and gallop, now skating on one foot, then on the other, then on both, pioking up a handkerohiof, making a pivot of hig hands and skating round thorn Catberinowheel faahion and cxeouting many other feats, for whioh he waa heartily applauded, as ho deserved to be. No doubt he will have hosts of emulators, but it is praotioe that makes perfeot, and it will tako a lot of praotioe to enable the best of our amateurs to rival this really olever professional. Nevertheless, no doubt some of them will do their best m that direotion, Another exhibition will be given on Thursday evening.
The usual monthly mooting of the Tinwald Sohool Committee was hold on Wednesday last. Present : Messrs J. Gudsell (Chairman), O. Doherty, T. A. Hiokman, J. A. Waite, F. Lowe, W. H. Smith and J. R. Oorrigaa. The Maater's report was read and adopted. Correspondence was read from the Board ro painting the school. It was decided to get towels, etc., for the use of the sohool. It was resolved that the Visiting Committee be empowered to repair pumps and fenoe and got shingle put about where required. It was resolved on the motion of Mr O, Doherty, seoonded by Mr J. It. Corrigan " That Mr Blake be denied the use of the sohool until he pays up all arrears now duo,' 1 The Visiting Committee wore instructed to get a price for planting the playground with maorooarpas. The Master sent m his report of the Annual Sohool Treat, whioh showed a credit , bnlanoo m hand of 7a Id, whioh was thought highly satisfactory. It was rosolved to loave the balanoe m the hands of tho Schoolmaster until next year. Messrs O. Doherty and VV*. H. Smith were elected a Visiting Committee for the ensuing month.
LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2142, 4 June 1889
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