The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THUBSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1889 LUCAL AND GENERAL
The Elle.mere A, and P. Association's i show, at Leeston, has been fixed for October 24 I Mr George Hayward, a firmer, residing! between Temp'.etoa and Weedona, died suddenly en Tuesday afternoon. He waß with. one of his sons m a paddook near the hou.e collecting and oartir/g stones, when he fell and died almost at once. He has been m failing health for some time past. The Canterbury Acclimatisation Society just now are m the position of having on hand a large .took of young fish of all kinds without being able to find purchasers for | them. The ponds are fully stocked, and though the price asked is exceedingly' moderate the fish market — to use a commercial phrase — is without animation, Mr W. S. Davidson, General Manoger of the New Zealand and Australian Land Company, was married at Timaru yesterday to Miss Thierens, of Otaio. The marriage oeremony attraoted a great crowd to St Mary's Ohurob. The moat handsome among the presents was that given by the managers of the Company's stations, The Wellington " Post " has a good story of Mr Soobie Mackenzie's reoont leoture, "Beading and Memory," at the Museum Hall. It appears that Mr Maokenzie was under the impression that he was to speak to some fifty or sixty young men of the Union Debating Sooiety. He was a good deal taken abaok when he saw a large ball full of people, and the front rows densely paoked with ladies. After dealing with prose, the leoturer proceeded to .how what an essential element poetry was, and the various f unotions that it fulfilled. Among other things, he intended to show that poetry oould touoh with great purity and delioaoy subjeota whioh prose, for fear of degenerating into coarseness, would have to avoid. One of the illustrations was the beautiful passage from Ohristabel, "Her gentle limbs did she undress, And lay down m her loveliness." It appears that the lecturer looked at the front row for a moment, faltered, and then quietly drew his pen through the entire section, thus leaving the lecture m a mutilated condition. Considering that just previously Mr Maokenzie had been extolling ihe virtues of courage as an ingredient for .uooessful publio speaking, we are very surprised that he should be so deplorably lacking m that quality himself."
MrHannay, Railway Commissioner, will arrive m Ashburton. by first train from Ohristohuroh to-morrow to consult local bodies m referenoe to train servioe. - The Bey E. A. Scott will oonduot servioe m the Seafield Sohoolroom on Sunday .next at 3 a.m. The '* Oamaru Mail" states that there are approximately about 190,000 eaoks of wheat and dose on 40,000 sacks of oats stored m Oamaru, and ohiefly on growers' account. The programme of the Spring meeting of the Ashburton Baoing Club appears m our advertising oolumns to-day. It will be seen that the stakes given have been increased and the average nomination and acceptance feesreduoed. The Waimakariri Board of Conservators are proceeding with protective works at a cost of £600 to £700, to provide safeguards againßt the outbreak of the river m tbe floods whioh will inevitably follow the melting of the heavy snow on the ranges. Mr B. J. Dix, agent for the Baby Ogden Company, was m Ashburton yesterday, and completed arrangements for the appearanoe of the company at the Oddfellows' Hall next Wednesday and Thursday m '♦Jo" and " Oliver Twist." | Two lawyers [have entered into a eo'emn oompaot not to drink intoxiaating drinks, except when duok shooting, for a year, under forfeit of £100. One. of them keepß a duok m his back yard,' and .hoots at it when he is thirsty. Hia opponent has just bought a duok too. Passages from to and Australia are now being granted at very cheap rateß, anything over a pound being sufficient to secure the necessary accommodation . One of the Union Company's steamers on a reoent oooasion offered to oarry steerage passengera from > Sydney to any port m New Zealand for ten shillings. Even at that low fare they oould not suoeeed m getting many. All interested m the New Zealand Exhibiion are invited to attend the adjourned meeting this evening at 7.30 at the Borough Oounoil Chambers. Upon the position of matters reported this evening will depend what steps will be taken by the lqoal committee, and it is hoped all who have the interests of the district at heart will endeavor to attend. . The regular weekly meeting of the Star of the East Lodge. No. 62, 1.0. G.T., was held m the Templar Hall on Wednesday evening when about ninety members and visitors from Sister lodges were present. Thirteen candidates were initiated, one member re-obligated, and seven candidates proposed for membership. After the routine business had been disposed of tbe Lodge went, into harmony, when some capital songs and reoitalions were given. The following advice was recently given to ladiea who wished to acquire an upright and graceful carriage. "Dress yourselves within the sacred, sancity of your own rooms m a soft blanket, nothing, else, leaving the lower extremities free. Then oarry something on your head and praotioe walking. In three months time you will have suoh a figure that you wont need, the coreetiere." The above is quoted from Mr St Matjr's lecture on " Habits," lately delivered m the Melbourne Town Hall before Sir William and Lady Robinson and their guests, News has been reoeived m Wellington that Mr Edward Wakefield has oonoluded an agreement with Messrs Cassell and Co., of London, New York, and Melbourne, to paint his book " New Zealand After Fif ty Years." The book will be printed m ootavo size, and contain forty illustrations of New Zealand subjeots. The work has been placed ia hanl at onoe, and the book is to be bromgt out at ■ah. -Mlfe__ p-iM-hl- d_te. It -wil. b_ a mado ! more oomplete and attractive work than at j first contemplated, and the fact that so I celebrated a firm as Oaese'ls are undertaking the publication of it, is a guarantee of ifa merit and auooeaa, 1 The "Lancet" contains an ar tide whioh 1 epeaks m very strong terms of condemnation of the indiffarenoe manifested by the authori. ties of New South Wales to tho prevalence of unqualified medical praotitioners m their midst. It declares that m many pases quacks are allowed to be nominated to medical appointments to clubs, hospitals, and other publio institutions, and most discreditable of all. the Government frequently appoints suoh persons to the office of coroner. The extreme disrespeot shown for life and health, it says, m such action by the responsible Government is without excuse, and it refuses to believe that the public authorities of New South Wales can realise what it means m country districts, where suffering and disease are the same as m Sydney, but without the Bame resources'. American Commissioner Phelps, on his return from the Samoan oonferenoe at Berlin I was interviewed by an American reporter. In the oourse of his remarks he Baid : — " The proceedings of the Conference were carried on m Eng'isb, and this is a fact of great significance and importance! It is the first time m the history of dip'omaoy that negotiations have not been oarried on m Frenob, tbe language of diplomaoy. It was done on our motion, and as English was the national language of six out of the seven Commissioners, as the Germans, who spoke English well, fell good naturedly m with us, that beoame the language of the Conference, though we started out m Frenob, whioh all of the Commissioners spoke. Maybe German antipathy to anything French helped to establish this important precedent. I don't know, but the faot remains. Even the language of tbe treaty is English, and I do not doubt that hereafter it will beoome the language of diplomaoy." The "Catholic Times" publishes a sensational artiole on the Kaiwarra murder, m j whioh "Watohman " attempts to solve the question Who killed Hawkins ? In the artiole m question the theory set up is as follows : — j The numerous unnecessary stabs inflicted ; oould only have been the work of a lunatio ; j the shape of the woundp shows they were inflioted by a muoh sharpened seaman's knife; tbe shot marks, etc, show that Hawkins was attacked with an old-fashioned single-barrelled pistol* Arguing from these facts tho writer foreshadows his theory, whioh is that a seaman, afflicted with reouring fits of homicidal mania, deserted some ship j m one of the Southern ports, after stealing from the ship's arm chest an old pistol ; perpetrated the Waitahuna murder about fiOth May, found his way to Wellington, murdered Hawkins, was seen near the spot next morning, inserted an advertisement of an extraordinary oharaoter m the " Evening Press," and has now escaped northwards, where, when the fit seizes him, he will probably Boon commit anpthejc wurfle'r,