The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 1889 LOCAL AND GENERAL.
At a meeting o! ministers held last week arrangements were made for holding a fortnight's Speoial United Services, commencing on Tuesday next. Full particulars will be advertised on Saturday.
Wellington rumour has it that the Railway Commissioners are not altogether a harpy family. Mr Maxwell manßges, it is said, to get hia own way, and he praotioally rules tha railways^ Mr M Knrrow does pot like this, but has not sufficient praotioal acquaintance with railway management to prevent it.
A lantern entertainment will be given in St. Stephen's Schoolroom this evening, the views ta be exhibited are descriptive of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. These views were shown in the Hampstead Sohool on Tuesday evening, when a fair audience was present, and all seemed to thoroughly enj iy themselves. The views are both inetruo uve and entertaining,
The irrepressible Agnewa are making themselves obnoxious to several leading Dunedin oitizens, and the question as to bow io get rid of them haa already been aßked. Sir Robert Stout and Mr B. O. Hagpitt appear to be the prinoipal sufferers at their hands, and Mr W. D. Stewart, who waß in town on business lately for a day or two, did not esoape their eagle eyes, and in consequents was pe9tered by them as muoh as lay in their power. Mr J. P. Maitland, Mr Donald Reid, and the officials of the Lands department have also been interviewed, but ao far without getting any satisfaction.
H.M.S. Egeria left Samoa on June 16, under sealed orders from Admiral Fairfax, (or the Union group of islands, 200 miles to the north, and the British flag was raised on the isl&nde, whioh were formally annexed to Great Britain* At the principal Island, A'afu, representative officers were. appointed from the chiefs by Captain Oldbam, The Union group is fertile and populous. * The Egeria afterwards sailed for the Phoenix group, Btill further north, and likewise prod iimed their annexation. These are only guano islands, worked by Arundel Brother?, of London.'.. The cause of the sudden annexation is the proximity of (b.3 grcup lo tho route proposed for the Pacifio cable.
The following telegrams have passed between Sir R Stout and \he Government re Agnews : — " Dunedin, .August 10. Hon. T. W. Hislop, Colonial Secretary, Wellington — Have seen Agnewa. They are without clothe? or bedd ng. oould you not make sum £25, otherwise doubtful if they go. — Robert Stout,"— "To Hon Sir R. Stout, Dunedin. — Government consider Agnews have no claim on country, therefore oannot agree to further advance. They think it a oase for private subscription, and will individually contribute something if subscription started. — T. W. Hislop."
A London olergymsn tells me (" Truth ") that within the boundaries of the City there are seven Hvingß having an annual aggregate income of £14,890, and an aggregate annual resident population of 2724. The incumbents add in some oases considerably to their stipends by letting the residences whioh belong to them, and one of these, having been turned into offices, brings in £1000 a year and another £700. On the other hand there are seven East end livings just outside the City boundaries which have an aggregate annual inaome of £1816, and an aggregate resident popnlation of 85,131. The living of St Helen's, Biehopgate, whioh. is the gift of the Merohant Taylors' Company, is worth no less than £2475 a year, the population being 431; while St Andrew Undershafr, held (thanks to an atrooious job) by the Bishop of London's assistant, has an income of £2430, and a population of 327 1
An appeal has been made to the Victorian Government to plaoe a sum of money upon the Estimates to provide an annuity for Dr Wills, the father of the late Mr J. W. Wills, the famous explorer, who perished with Bourke in the Australian buah while endeavoring to cross the Continent. The Government of 1882 p'aced a Bum of £2000 on the Estimates for the purchase of debentures, the interest on which was paid over to Mrs Wills, while a separate sum of £500 was voted to eaoh of the two Misses Wills. The family of the explorer lived in England, where Dr Wills earned a livelihood by praotißing medicine. Mrs Wills died in 18S0, when the annuity terminated, and the Treasurer refused to continue the payment of the interest to the family, who are now stated to be in the most straightened circumstances, Dr Wills being over ninety years of age and qui'e unable to praotioa his profession. The Premier has promised to see what can be done in the matter;
The Pride of Wnkanui Lodge, 1.0.G.T., held in the Soboolroora, Wakanui, an exceptionally good and enjoyable open meeting on Tuesday evening, about 300 being present, including some friends of the Order from Ashburton. After a few opening remarks by the Chairman (Bro Clements, C.T.), an excellent programme was gone through, oomprisiug songs by Sisters Dalton, Morgan, Trevurza, and Washington, and Bros Dalton, Counter, Leadley, Piokford, and Traves; Mr Bateman being accompanist ; addresses by Bros Dalton and Eteton on the Templar Order ; readings by Sisters Wilson and Moore, find Bfo Dalton; reoitations by Bros Brown, Grant, and Trevurza ; and also a dialogue by Bro and Sister Corbett. Bro Trevurza, Ben., moved that a hearly vote of thanks bo accorded to the Brothers and Sisters who had contributed to the evening's enjoyment, oupling with it the name of Mr Bateman, A very pleasant evening was brought to 'a dose by singing the " Templar's dosing ode."
A lady correspondent, writing to the " World," a description of a visit to Pontonville, thus refers to a person well known in #ew Zealand : — " Aa we enter another long gallery of cells the warder whispers to me, •The first cell on tee left.' The door, like all the cell door?, bad been thrown open, and inside, faoing us, tall, erect, her head thrown back, stands a most beautiful woman. T
strong light from the window falls en a ma is of dark golden hair, which eeems to rebe openly Bgainst the white prison oap. The face, with its bright dark eyes, is somewhat in shadow; and as she stands there in tho white oell she looks like some wild faloon that baa boen trapped and onged for a tinio on'y, and as soon as ehe regains her liberty, win know how to use her strong pinions, as well ; B |beak and talons, just as well ea ever she <i'. And it may bo said that she has used them, for this beautiful creature is none other than the notorious Mrs Gordon Baillie, whose brilliant oneerof fraud oars e ti&n abrupt conclusion some months ago, wl^n she was sentecced to five years' imprisonment by a hard-hearted judge who fcftd eridec^y do feelfe3«WJb!autfl
A moetiog is oallel for Monday evening at the Oddft'llows' Hal) of those favorable to forming a minstral company.
The usual weekly meeting of tho Star of the Esst Lodgr, 1.0.GT., waa held in the Templar Hall on Wednesday evening, Bro Thomas Scott, C.T., in the o air. Four new members were initiated and five proposed for membership. It was resolvsd that tho anniversary tea and ooncert ba held in the Oddfellows' Hall on Sept. 3rd. Tho Lodge was closed in due form by the C.T. at 10 p.m.
Robert George Wnrues, of Christohurob, was granted a ruin nisi in tho London divorce court on June 27, for the dissolution o£ his marriage cn the around of the ndul ery of hia wife with'la London stockbroker named Boby, who had married Mte Warnep, under the name of Mary Ann Spackman, believing her lobs a single woman. Baby's marriage had previously been declared void by the oourt,
Tho Direotora of the Oanterbuiy Farmora' Co-operative Association have oonoluded the allotment of the new shares authorised to be issued. The figures were as follows : 850 persons applied for 10,600 sharea, and 3000 sharas were allotted by the Directors. The very large number of applications in ozoess of the shares to be allotted shows oonolusively that the Association possesses the publio confidence in no small degree.
The Library Committee of the Victorian Parliament have reoommondod that the services of four additional reporters should be oSt ained in order to facilitate the publication of " Hansard." It is unlikely, however, that the proposal will be agreed to. The present staff consists of only four men, and it is not likely that Parliament will sanotion the doubling of the staff at a cost of £2000 simply to have the offioial record of the week's doings of Parliament published on Friday instead of the following Tuesday. The daily " Hansard " projeot is still supported by several members, but in view of the miserable fiasco that has attended the daily publication of " Hansard " in Queensland, it , is extremely improbable it will be carried out.
Conoerning tho reprieve of Che mil ihe " Timaru Herald " tukes quite a different view from the majority of its contemporaries, and declares that the gallows has been robbed of its due. It says":—" A sl ; ght doubt raised after sentence has been pronounoed does not plaoe the man in the same position whioh he occupied previously to conviction. Then he oould olaim to be regarded as an innooont man, and the onus of proving his guilt reefed with his aoouaers. But after oon via' ion the onus is shifted, and he must be assumed to bo guilty until substantial proof of his innooence is forthcoming. Suoh then, is the justification for keeping in penal servitude a man who would assuredly have been hanged if some lingering doubt had not existed in the minds of the Governor and hia advisers, When Mr Jelliooe euoceeds in proving that Hawkings was not murdered by Louis Cbemis, that much-wronged individual will be Bet at liberty ; but, wa trust not sooner. We admU, after all, that the reasoning in favor of keeping him a prisoner is not very oonolusive. Our view of the oas» ia that the gallows has been robbod of its due ; but bow many of the 8000 petitioners who begged that Chfmis's life might be spared would like to see him at large in the streets of Wellington ? How many would shake bis hand and reoeive him into their houses?"
The aooksfoot has noarly all gone says the 11 Akaroa Mail " and has not brought suoh bad prioes after all. One Robinson's Bay farmer got 3£d in Dunedin, but from this expenses, etc, had to be deducted. Others have sold at 8.1. and generally holders of good seed have done fairly well, and what is better, the market is cleared for next year's operations. There will not be so much land shut up this season, so that grower* shou d have fair remunerative, returns, but, as we have before remarked, there should be some alteration in ihe systemjof harvfstig. Cheese is not by any means too free of sale, but stooka are at any rate getting pretty low. It would certainly be wise on the part of the farmers to ship a part of their cheese to England in Ddoember and January. They are then pret.y sure of feaaonable returns in London, as it arrives at the right lime, and tho relief to the market would mean much higher prices here at the end of the season. We would poin* out that the present praotioe ot not shipping till April or Mr»y brings the New Zealand productions into oompe:ition with the new Englieh aheese, which is much to its disadvantage, and loses the opportunity of gain by taking advantage of the reversal of seasons. Experience has also proved that comparatively new oheeee arrives at Home in the best condition, and brings highest prioes.