The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, JULY 30 1889 LOCAL AND GENERAL.
It iB said that John Bright's papers will be treated aB Lord Beaoonßfiold's have been, withheld from publication during the life time of the Queen,
The copyright of the well-known songi " Four Jolly Smiths " (Leslie), was Bold the other day for £262 10a. " Oh, oh, hear the wild wind blow " fotohed £427.
The standing committee ofjthe House of Lords on Law has approved of the Bill intended to authorise the flogging of armed burglars.
The number of persons interested m the Funds haß been increased by 35,000 through the agency of the Post Offioe Savings Bank; some £3,000,000 haa been purchased through this Bank.
At the request of the Officers commanding the two looal corps an extra Government Inspection Parade baa been ordered for this (Tuesday) evening. A full muster is desired and expected,
Last week's "Gzqlte" contains the text of the Order m Council giving effeot to the treaty with Mexico providing for the mutual extradition of fugitive criminals. The treaty oame into operation on April 19th last,
About 150 Freemasons were present at the speoial communication of the Provincial Grand Lodge of New Zealand, 5.0., at Wellington on Saturday evening for the installation of Bro E. T. Gillon as Deputy Provincial Grand Master of the North Island. In the absenoe of the Distriot Giand Master, Sir Frederick Whitaker, Bro Nicoll, of Auokland, Substitute Provincial Grand Master, presided and oonduoted the ceremony m a very impressive manner.
In the event of a dissolution of Parliament, Mr Fisher has had strong inducements offered to him to contest the Manawatu seat m opposition to Mr Maoartbur. It is understood that this request to Mr Fisher to stand for Manawatu is the outoome of a remark made by Mr Fisher during the present debate that should any motion be made to deprive Wellington oity of Parliamentary representation he would at once announoe himself as a candidate for the Manawatu district.
Commenting on the game of chepg, a recent writer says :— "It is Btriotly a eoientifio game, and strange as it may spem to say so, it is really more difficult than many sciences. Sir Walter Scott is Baid to have objected to learn chess because the time it would occupy would be Bufißoieot to learn two languages. Had ho Slid seven he would have been nearer the mark; but if Sir William Hamilton is righf, that the highest value of every soienoe is the mental discipline it confers, chess will hold a high rank as an intellectual puisuit. It may be defined as an endless succession of mathematical problems for impromptu solution."
The details of the 'Customs revenue for the past quarter show that, oompaied with the corresponding quarter of ihe previous year, there has been an inoreaso m the respective amounts of duty collected on spirits, oigare, wines, ales, tea, gluoose, opium goods ad valorem and m miscellaneous duties. The decrease of revenue is m tobsooo, coffee, cocoa, sugar, and gocd3 by weight. The total Customs revenue for the quarter wa3 (with £9512 primnge duty) £324,390, and for the corresponding quarter of last yrar £324,439,Rh0wing a decrease of only £49 The foreign parcel post duties for the quarter amounted to £369 10s Id.
During the past week the last of the unsold seoions on the well-known Merino Diwnß Estate, Otago, have been disposed cf. Only four years ago this property was one large undivided holding containing 22,922 aores, and one of the first- class estates m the oolony. Since tben by means of periodical auotion sales and private treaty the whole estate has been disposed of, aad is now divided into close on 200 separate holdings, The "Tapanui Courier" learns from the company that the payments on the sections have been made regularly, and that only two aections have been forfeited, and these were quickly re-sold. «
A man giving the name of Charles M. Darwin was arrested at Beefton a few weeks ago charged with begging, and was looked up as a vagrant. How Charley got into trouble was thus :— For some time past he was passing as^ a Freemason, and to perfect himself m this recondite science hd stole a copy of •« Csrlyle's Masonry " from a young man only learning bis trade, and when he thought he was right be presented himself to the Lodge to exohang9 grips and signs, and extend the right hand of fellowship, when the " brown William Goat " refused to reoognise him, and batted him severely out of doors. Hence it was inferred Darwin's theory of h : a standing was a fraud. His possessions aggregated only a briar pipe.
Singularly enough, though there is ample provision for the keeping of voting papers used m the election of local bodies, the law does not require that the nomination papers should be preserved. Several elections m Canterbury were lately disputed on the ground of informality m the nominations, but when the papers were required to be produced Ihey were not forthcoming. Mr Rhodes, therefore, has suggested to the Government that the law should be amended, so aa to provide that all nomination papers shall be forwarded with the ballot papers to the nearest Resident Magistrate, and m gase of a disputed election be kept until after the enquiry. At the same time he advised that power should be given to Government sohoolmasters to take declarations of grounds f..r asking for an election enquiry. The Colonial Secretary said, that both matters required attention, and that the Government would consider whether it was worth while to introduoo a bill specially fco deal with thetp.
Mr W. P. Beeves coramenoed his speech on the representation Bill by Baying that he proposed to deal m alphabetical order with the till, and would undertake to show that it was absurd, arbitrary, anti-domooratio, arrogant, artful, annihilating, bewildering, bungling, baneful, burdensome, baffling, oruel, clumsy, conservative, oapiious, dioatorial, disturbing, dirmging, dilatory, deHtruo'ive, evil, extrema, exasperating, oxaoting, bvnsive, flimsy, foeb'o, faoli m>, foolish, greedy, grasping, harsh, hateful, haßty, humiliating, improper, illiberal, ill-timed, ill-tempered, Injudicious, involved, intimidatirg, intolerant, ioto erable, inconsidera'e, mr quibble, immoral, inlrudve. irritating, irrational, iniquitous, meddlfng, rnudd' ng, nanse. ou3, Monstnaioul, oppressive, outrageous, qiibbliig, reactionary, rapping, ridiouiou-", tyrannical, treaohe-oui, Tory, unjust, untimely, useless, unaetting, UDgentrous, unkind, unfair, unreasonable, unrigheou-^, u^pii icipled, urgrateful, uosiatcamanikr, unnxp^oiod, urjfiappy, ye?ft« tiPW? ; v^.HUtiut;, and wrong, }
Mails for Australia, India, China, Japan and Continent of Europe, via Sydney, per "Fiona," oloee ,at Auokland at 2 p.m. tomorrow;
Mr Spurgeon adds lo the literature of controversy a brilliant illustration. Ho has no interest m politios, he informs his readers. The only difference he oan find between the grrat political parties is aB to which class of maggots shall feed on the obeese.
A meeting of the Committee of the Ashburton Oyoling Club was held last night to consider the Domain Sports Ground question. After considerable diEoussion it was deoided that the olub should give all tho aesisunoe that was possible to the other olubs m the dis riot to enable them to co-operate with the Borough Counoil m laying out a suitable ground.
The second of the sories of entertainments m the Templar Ha 1 to be given on Saturday next will be the temperance service of song " Up and Down, or the Pathway of Life," by the Primitive Methodist Church ohoir assisted by several friends. It is a good servioe and as it has only been given onoe m the town it should draw a good audience.
The Kingsley Brothers make their reappearance at the Riak this evening for one uight oaly. Their wonderful performances on the bioyole should attrnot a large attendance. The Kingaley's are to be escorted to r he Rink by a torchlight procession of cyclists, headed by a brass band, Btarting from Moore street at half-past seven. A large muster is promised. It is not a Bioyoie Club affair, and all oyol'.sts are invited to take part, whether members of the Club or not.
Professor Borreson had not a large house for his lecture at the Oddfellows' Hall last night, but those who were there heard a very intelligent exposition of the soienoe of phrenology. A number of quotations from well-known authors on the mind wore recited, and at the oloie of the lecture some heads were read, the subjects and the audLnse mike reoognisiug the correctness of Mr Borreson's reading of the " bumps." Professor Borreson'a Btay m Ashburtou terminates to-morrow.
In connection with the Kaiwarra murder oase a settler living near New Plymouth, : doubting that the paper m whioh a onarge of shot was wrapped would be aarried into a wound made when fired from a gun, haa reoen'ly tried the experiment on the oaroaae ot a sheep. The settler put round the dead animal a ooat and waistcoat, and hoisted the carcase by a rope to a branch of a tree. Then going about the distanoe described m the trial that the shot was fired at Hawkins, the set Jer loaded his gun as m the oase of the murder, and fired three or four oharges at the dead sheep. The set'ler afterwards examined the effcot of the charges, and we understand that not m one instance was the paper m whioh the Bhots were fired oarried into the wounds, but tnat a pieoe of the woollen waistcoat was there.
There was a large attendance on Friday evening last, at the Wcsleyan Church Choir praotioe, when the cantata " Naaman " Wdfl again rehearsed. All the soloistß were present, and took their several numbers most successfully. The ohorusea alao went better than on any previous oooabion, Mr Gamble, the oonduotor, has Beoured the assistance of rotny outride of the regular ohuroh choir, so tha the full strength of his company, inoludirjg oroheßtra, will number from forty-five to fif y performers. An additional attracion ib provided m the tenor solo "In native worth," from the oratorio '•Creation," whioh wil be taken by Mr Flower, as also the fine "Haileluah" chorus from the "Messiah," Every effort is being made to secure for « Naaman "a more OOmplete success than wr.3 accorded to the rendering of the cantata "Under the Palms," whioh reoeiyed bucu favorable comment from the general public, We understand that already there has been a brisk demand for tickets, bo that the finanoial suooeas is secured.
The San Francisco ootrespondent of (he <' Mew Zealand Herald " writes that the Zealandia brought from Auokland another small lot of New Zealand apples, 12 cases being oonsigoed '0 Mr Hugh Craig, of the New Zealand Insurance Company, and 10 oases to Allison, Gray, and Co., fruit commission merchants. Mr Craig states that, out of the 10 boxes Bent for sale, there was only one box and a half of sound fruit upon thei- arrival m San Franoiaoo. These realised 30a, or at the rate of 203 per box, while the expenses amounted to £6 6-1, or at the ra'.e of 12s 7J psr box of fruit shipped Messrs Allison., Gray, and Co. slate that all tho 10 cases consigned to tb.9tn might be considered Bound, though of oourse tbere were some bad ones, and one or two varieties were worse than others aad had better not be shipped. The lot sold at 12j per box, while the expenses were only 4? 2£d. The freight p vid waß higher by 30c per box than the rate now fixed by the Ooeaoio Company. In their opinion tbere would bo no difhaulty m disposing of I^oo oases by each steamer to arrive m March, April, and May. The fruit at'raoted muoh attention m the retail markets. The correspondent priced some of ihe applca m a fruit store opposite the Palace Hotel, and they were Belling at Qi eaoh — two New Zealand apples for Is, As a great favour he was given one very bmall apple for 50.
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