The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY JUNE 27, 1889. LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The Bey E. A. Scott will oonduot Divin c service at Seafield Schoolroom on Sunday next at 11 a.m.
It has been decided to give a series of four oonoerts m oonneotion with St Stephen's Churoh, Ashburton, on Tuesdays July 9th, August 6th, September 3rd and October Ist. Admission will be one shilling; season tickets, 2a 6d.
The Sorio, from London, via the Cape, arrived at Hobart at three o'olook yesterday afternoon, and was to Bail for Wellington at eight o'olook this morning. The Doric brings eighty-seven passengers for Australian ports and seventy-three for New Zealand.
A widower, lately re-married, has a brigh little girl of four or thereabouts, whom he was most anxious to induoo to oall his new wife mother. As a means to that end the lady bought the baby a magnificent doll, and aaked of all visiting friends to inquire of the little lass, " Who gave her that doll ? " Alas I for expectation ; the tiny tot was too sharp for her elders, and said with the most innocent air possible, " My papa's girl gave it to me."
The following ia from the half-yearly report of the directors of the celebrated Mount Morgan Goldmining Oompany, Queensland : — " The reoeipts for the half-year ended 81st May were £707,785 7s 2d, whiob inaluded £15,496 carried over from last halfyear. The prooeeds of tbe sale of gold were £691,840, and sundry other receipts £400. Out of thiß dividends to the amount of £575,000 have been deolared, carrying forward to next half-year £14,6*02. The total yield of gold from the mine from July Ist, 1886, to May 81st of the present year, that is ono year and eleven months, was 888,481 ounoes, of the actual vsiue of £1,582,509 11b 2d."
• When Sir Somers Vine was m the Malay Peninsula he was presented by the Sultan of Jahore with a number of boxeß of cigars, one of whioh he sfterwards gave to Mr Julian Thomas (" The Vagabond "} to sample, for, like, the majority of journalists, Mr Thomaß is fond of tbe weed. Mr Thomas had about half a boxful on arriving m Auokland yesterday, but a zealous Customs officer, m overhauling bis luggage, found and , promptly confiscated them, no traveller being allowed more than half -a-pound. weight of oigars. Mr Thomas, on discovering the stringency of our Customs regulations, imagined he had arrived, jnnt-.-jn New. .KooUj*j,_i.»v «-. cjl^ Russian frontier.
Miss Kate Field, who kept her shrewd eye ß about her qb she journeyed through one of tbe Western Prohibition States, communicated Borne of her discoveries to a Beleot audienae of Washington journalists the other day. One was a " Prohibition wisp-broom," which looked as innocent as any wisp-broom m the world. When she stepped into a Kansas City store to buy it, being curious to know what the name meant, the salesman inquired, " Will you have it with or without ? " The explanation was given by uneorewing the top off the handle, and raising the wisps so as to show a good-sized flask concealed there. "Prohibition Bibles" and "Prohibition canes " are sold m the same way, being simply oases for liquor.
The «« Auckland Herald " says :— Th Duokworth-Spurgeon incident, which took place m Mariposa, Cal., while the parties were en route to the Tosemite Valley, a few weeks ago 2 appears to have had a very slender basis, %. personal misunderstanding certainly does appear to have arisen between Mr Duokwortb and the Bey. Charles Spur geon, but as subsequent explanations were given and accepted, " All's well that ends well," Letters by the Mail state Mr Spurgeon returned to San franoisoo, where the story seems to have been first published m the " San Franoisoo Chronicle," and be was preaching and leoturing to large audiences. " Tbe Ohroniole " was the only San Franoisoo journal wbioh had any allusion to the matter.
Mr J. Smart, the Seoretary at Home of the Otago and Southland Investment Sooiety, m a letter to the "Southland News," dated Edinburgh, May 8, says that tbe Property Tax paid by the Oompany for its finanoial year ended on June 30th, ISSB, was £2176 Is 3d, while tbe net profits for the year were £5,456 17b, The tax is thua equivalent to about 40 per oent of the net profit, or about £8£ per oent. on the profits before deducting the tax paid by the Oompany. The greatest grievanoe pf tdj it (hat the tax ia levied upon borrowed money, as well as the Company's capital, while if it were limited to tpe paid-up capital, or to profits, like the inoorne tax m the United Kingdom there would not be so much ground for complaint, it will not be disputed that this taxation is oppressive, and uniesa tbe tax is modified, tbe result may bo a3 stated by one of our shareholders tbat the Company will ba oompelled graoefully to retire from the Colony, fairly taxed out of it.
On Monday a day's Bteepleohaaing was held at Caimbrae, when capital sport was had, though the ground was m very bad order. The entries were made at the post, oatoh weights^ The three mile steeplechase was won by Mr G. Murray-Anyßley'a Q-len Mr Chapman's Post Boy (Mr E. Saundera) second, and Mr J. Oorbitt's Captain (owner) third ; seven starting.. There was a good race between the placed horses, the rest being out of oondition. Two mile steepleobase, Mr Bowse's gr m first, Mr T. Nee's g g second. A large field started for tbe fiat raoe, whioh was won by Mr Aynslej's pony Nancy Lee, and a trot for about two miles was won by Mr Jackson's Rook wood, Mr J Quinn being a close eeoond. A steeplechase one and a-balf miles for beaten horses was won by Mr Mr Claridge'B Patriarch (Mr Wilson), Mr Alingtoc'e Rugby second* A flat raoe for beaten horses, won by Mr Oorbitt's Captain brought the meeting to a close.
The " Dnnedin Star " referring to the recent ruling of tbe North Canterbury Board of Eduoation on the interpretation of olause I of the Aot, defining the term " householder" says ; — We agree with tbo3e of our contemporaries who affirm that the North Canterbury Board have mistaken ,tbe clear intention of tbe Legislature, which was t.p ore&to an alternative olass of voters besides the* residents m the sohool distriot, from whom members of oommittee oan alone be chosea* If the words used mean anything they oreato the residential votor possessing a property qualification, and give a vote to tbe parent or person who stands m tyco parentis, apart from any question of reaidenoe, beoause tbe conjunction "or " completely outs off the latter from the earlier part of the olause. And that is the viow that has been almost generally accepted until this Ashburton case occurred .... Wo ara BatißfJed that if an interpretation of olause 4 were invoked from the Supreme Court the deoision of tbe Board would be reversed. But, poßsibly, Parliament will intervene and set this and other #ud.diei riflbt,
Leather belts run with the grain side to the pulley will drive 80 per oent more than if run flesh side on.
The new freezing works at Islington, near Templeton, will be open for work on Monday next. The buildings are oomplete, and tbe machinery will be ready by that time.
The programme of the steeplechase meeting of the Ashburton Oounty Hunt Club appears iv our advertising columns. Tbe stakes have been increased, and the meeting should be very interesting.
It will be agreeable news to volunteers that the Government have increased the oapitation grant. Tho amount set down under this head m tbe estimates is at the rate of £2 per man, instead of the £1 10s paid last year.
At the first meeting addressed by the Irish Delegates m Melbourne £2000 was subßoribed or taken at the doors, the admission being five shillings. In our cables a paltry £1200 is acknowledged as boing received from Melbourne. Where is the balance ?
The building and fittings for the Tai Tapu Dairy Maaufaoturing Company's butter and oheese faotory have now been oompleted, and work will be commenoed on Monday next m full earnest. The building is of brick, with dtone faoings, and has been oonstruoted with every oare m view of the requirements of the trade.
The trousseau of the Chinese Empress was paoked m 600 boxes, eaoh taking two or more coolies to carry. Those of the Emperor's owo wives next m rank took eaoh 200 boxes. The Kin-tien, or 3oard of Astronomy, aeleoted the 22nd to the 26th day of the first moon (corresponding to 21-25 Feb.) for the paraphernalia to be oarried through the Tung Oh'ang An Gate into the Palaae, the first three days being oooupied with the young Empress' gear, the two last days with those of the two beauties of the Imperial harem.
The Appointments Oommittee of the North Canterbury Board of Eduoation yesterday decided that, as the election of the Ashburton School Oommittee had been deolared void, oho recommendation of a headmaster should aot be reoognised. The appointment of a headmaster for the Borough Sohool will therefore stand over until it be Been whether the new School Committee ratify the ohoiae oi their predecessors. In tbe meantime Mr Eneen has been asked to oarry on the sohool; pending the arrival of bis suooesaor.
The Beoond quarterly meeting of Court Ashburton, Anatent Order of foresters, was held m the Orange Hall yesterday evening. In spite of the bad weather about thirty members attended. Two new members were initiated and three others proposed. The quarterly accounts were passed for payment, and the finanoial report was received and considered satisfactory. The C.B. having closed the Court, refreshments were served and an harmonious hour was spent. This most recent accession to the ranks ot our friendly societies is now fairly established and bids fair to have a prosperous career.
The annual assemblies of the two churohes of the Latter Day Saints have just been held, the larger or polygamistia body m Utah and the other m Missouri. It ia notioeable that correspondence has been begun between them, possibly with a view to a reunion. This may be an indication that the Utah Saints have reaohed the oonblußion that polygamy is doomed, and that a apeoial revelation proscribing the praotioe is to be expeoted. The Utah ohuroh reports some 86,000 families m communion. The nonpolygamous ohuroh, with its headquarters at Kirtland, Ohio, reports 26,000 members. Both are oarryipg on a vigorous propaganda among the poor whites of the South and of Europe. Ireland iB the only country where they have had no suooeesi
| We olip the following important testimonial from the " Illawarra Mercury " (N.8.W.) of the SOth Maroh. It needs no comment :— " Mr John Loveday, of the Bulli Mountain, , writeß to us that after suffering for four years with aoute gravel, he haß experienced almost complete relief by using Sander and Sons' Eucalypti Extraot. He says seeing the said Extraot advertised m the 'Illawarra Mercury,' his intense Buffering induoed him to obtain a bottle of the medioine from Mr Hosking, chemist, of this town, and that the use of it gave him great relief at once, He states that between the 10th March instant, when he obtained the first bottle of the extraot, and the 19th, the use of thstmedioinfl /mruinued loaHora mm reuer, :tc i wtaohhe had been a stranger for four years. Mr Loveday writes also that he has found the Eucalypti Extraot a cure for rheumatism as veil as gravel. He requests us to publish this information through the 'Mercury.' We have much pleasure m oomplying with Mr Loveday's request, whose word oannot be doubted, and who oan have no object m view other than a pure desire to benefit suffering humanity," — (Advfc. a