The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19,1889. LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The throe fivo guinea cups given by tho Mayor. Mr D. Thomas, as prizes for tho soorers of the greatest nurabor of points m horses, sheep, and produoe saotions roapootivoly at the forthcoming Agricultural and Pastoral Show, aro on viow at his office. They are substantial and handflomo oups, und not hollow delusions as is often the oaso with suoh prizes. Mr Max Friedlander's fivo guinea oup for yearlings by Blaobwood Abdallah is to bo seen m Mr Henry Zander's window, and it also is a good Bolid tropby.
Last year the weight of the free " 0.P.5.0.', correspondence transmitted through the New Zealand Post Ofhoe was 248 tons, and, if tbo same had been paid for m Btamps, would have oost £75,087 ; an inorease of £3122 on the previous year. The oash vaiuo of free Government telegrams waa £18,273; of weather and shipping telegrams, also free, £5820 ; benoe, the state of tbe elements, and the safety of our shipping, ooßts a third of the Government free telegrams, bu^ only a thirtoonth part of the value of the correspondence and bundles of mail matter '« On Publio Service Only."
The 3745 sovereigns found some five or six weeks baok beneath the platform of tho pior railway station, Williamstown, and identified by the remnants of bag* found near them as those Btolen from the R.M.S. Iberia, have been handed over to the Oriont Oompany, who had made good the lobb to the snippers, the Union Bank. The sovereigns formed a portion of a quantity forwarded m May last by tbe Iberia, and it was while the steamer wbb lying alongside the pier that some person managed to abstract two or three bags of the sovereigns and hid them underneath tbe pier, where they wore subsequently found by bo me boys.
There was a very poor response to the invitation to attend tbo meeting held at the Borough Oounoil Chambers last night with referenoe to Exhibition matters. His Worship the Mayor presided, and gave some interesting particulars respecting the Exhibition buildings and the progress already made with the preparations. It must be seen, hia Worship said, to have any idea of its magnitude. All parts of tbe oolony will bo represented by oolleotions Bhowing their resources, produots, arts, and industry ; and he urged those present to make every effort to send a worthy display from thi^ oounty. A sub-committee was appointed to attend to exhibitors and exhibits, and if possible to show tbe colleotion m Ashburton before sending it to Dunedin — this not to trespass upon the Exhibition fund. Some additional subscriptions were announced, and the oommittee adjourned.
Some four or five months ago a family, who then lived m Temuka (says the " Leader ") removed to some other distriot, leaving their bouse empty. Tbey left behind them a wild ben tbey oould not oatoh and a oat, and ever since the oat and hen have been inseparable Tbey Bleep aide by side, they attend eaoh other m their walks abro.d, and when the hen is Eoratobing for food the oat iB Bitting by looking on. The hen has a nest m wbioh she lays eggs, and there beside her one morning reoently the oat waa disoovered Bleeping placidly. This is a positive faot, and they oan be seen any day by anyone who wishes. It is perhaps the strangest instance of companionship on reoord. What has the law cf natural selection to do with tbfs ? Apparently the law of neoessity has more to do with it. Both found they were deaertod, both wanted oompany, and have naturally agreed to give it to each other.
When reoently interviewed m Sydney m regard to the mission of tbe Irish delegates to Australia, Mr John Dillon, M.P., Baid the utmost they hoped to raiße m all the Australian colonies, inoluding New Zoaland, was about £20,000, and almost exactly that amount bad already heen raised, and tbey had not yet visited New Zealand nor even finished New South Wales. The best reßults so far had been aobieved m Viotoria and Quooncjland, wbioh had been worked best, bul bo expeots equally good returns from New South Wales when all is done. Tbe amount of receipts so far haß been £0000 from Victoria, £6000 Queenslaod, and over £.000 from New South Wales already, and £1000 from South Australia. Ho is oonfident of getting another £5000 from Australia, and between £4000 and £5000 from New Zealand. Considerable time has yet to be Bpent working New South Waleß.
A well-known olergyman tells tbe following story against himself :— I was writing by my study window, and a little Irish ohild was busying himself by throwing beans at tbe window. Losing all patience I rushed out of the bouse, determined to frighten tho boy. It happened that his mother was ooming after bim at the same moment, and we met by his side. I stormed at the ohild; and then, as tbe mother seemed oxoessively stupid, I gave her a piece of my mind. Finally, as a grand and overwhelming conclusion to my Boolding, I said, " A little discipline now with your ohildren will save you muoh pain, if not disgraoe m the future. Think of that, madam : that iB, if you ever think." "Think ia it?" she replied. " I think if you'd po baok to your bedroom, and wipe tbe ink off ay your nose you'd be prettier, even if you didn't make bo muoh of a Benßation." It was not a soft answer ; but it had the effeot of turning away wratb."
The iosuranoe proposals as regarda the men employed on our railways will open up a wide field for disousßion, and tbe question is muoh too large a one to be dealt with today or to be pronounced on hurriedly. Railway Employees Benefit Societies are no now thing, but tbe proposals of the Government go muoh further. It ib tbe compulsory national insurance question over again, only the compulsion is confined to a class. We are not at all sure but it would bo a better plan to allow the men to have a benefit booioty on tbe lines they themselvea approve of m preference to a compulsory system. Then again, the demands made on the men seem unusually high. Tbey are to be deprived of more than fivo per oent ot their earnings bo that tbo Bobeme may be oarried out. It may be tbat the proposal is on safe lines', and that tbe aorvioes of an aotuary bave been obtaiuod as to the required contributions of the men, and if we aro to have suoh a system m foroe, it is necessary that the men, m losing so much of their pay, should have every oonfldenoe that tbe benefits promised will bo realised. The one thing thai strikes us at present is that it Bhould be oompulsory. That may load to oases of groat hardship. Then again, if such a proposal is a good thing for railway men, why should it not apply to tbo Oivil Service generally ? If the scheme evor gets into working shape it will do one good, we presume — thero will be an end of pensions. But if thore are to be no grants, retiring allowances, or compassionate votes m that department, should there bo m any other.
As tbe entries of horses for tbe Parade on Saturday are the largest that have over been reoeived here, so are tbe sales of stud horsos whioh take plaoe after the Parade tbe most important. Mr D. Thomas sells m the Aroade, RenfrowJook, whoso sire Renfrew was a great f)riv*otakor at Home and m Victoria, and who limself bae taken many first prizes, inoluding the prize for tho beßt draught entiro m South Cooterpury, A'so Young Wellington, who from a -/finding upwards has taken first prizes m Gantei-bury, including the South Canterbury Championship m 1883. MrT. Bullook sells a standardised trotting ontjre Prinoo Frederiok, by Berlin ; also tho thoroughbred hor9o Montrose, by Apremont, from Fleurange (botb imported) than whiob there can bo no finer pedigree, while the horse is as handsome as oan be desired. Sir William Jervoiß, a OJydeßdalo colt, haß a pedigree not to be surpassed. Messrs Williams and Bland have a largo entry, inoluding Rouser, one of the most useful stud borseß m the oolony. Ho is tho sire of Mexioo, winner of tho Hunt Olub Cup at Dunedin last wook, and Balderdash, who a fortnight ago trottod three miles m Bmin 42seos, the fastest record for a throe year old m Now Zealand. Hunnington, an elder balf brother to Sir Julius, and tho Marquis of Fife (by Menlove's Prinoe Viotor) ; Young Hopeful /a crandßon of Zj__ Ba,iab - U 7U v T0 p m : n ? llewn w ( b y -Bankeri ; Prinoe Impem. ._ Prino ° »oyal) of a renowned prize winning »»£_">' Foreign Polioy (by Beaconsfleld), and other well bred draught entires are among tbe firm's entries, Altogether tbe sales will afford buyers suoh a selection isJiaj seldom ' \i %m fen* lien m &**i-»*9>M j
The meeting of the Ashburton Literary and Debating Sooiety to bo held at tho Templar Hull to-morrow evening Jpromises to prove an intcroHting one, the various ministers having boon invited to attend and take part m the important debate " Should the Bible be road m sohools. " A largo attendance of membors ia requestod.
Mr Justioo Sfophon, of England, has assuredly a most impartial mind. In oourt rooently > alluding to tho oaso of a defendant who thought to cßoapo liability for oertivin expenditure by throwing the blame of ordering it upon hiß wife, hia Lordship vory oharaotorislioalJy blurted out :— " Thtvt ia a vory old exouse. I ofton felt that Adam— l mean — that is — well I I have always wished to hear Eve's acoount of the transactions."
After-dinner orator, quoted by a London paper : — *« It's m tho wonderful inßight iutor 'uman nature that Diokens gets the pull ovor Thaokeroy; but on t'other band, it's tho brilliant shiifts of satire, t'gether with a keen sense o' humor, that Diokery gets the pull ovor Thaokens. It's just this: Tbiokory ia a humorist, and Daokena is a satirist. But, after all, ita 'baurd to inßtoot any comparison between Daokor and Thiokens." So nono were •■ instooted."
The Star of tho East Lodge hold its weekly meeting on Wednesday evening, tho 0.T., Bro Thomas Soott, proaiding. Thoro waß a good attendanoe, about 100 members and visitors being present. Eight new members wore initiated, four proposed for membership, and one admitted on oloaranoe oard ceremony. Tho prinoipal feature of tho evening's entertainment was the presentation to the Lodge, on behalf of a few members, of v magnificent banner, having ineoribed on it the emblems of the "Tomp ar Order" by Bro R. Elaton, the oldest member of the Order m Mid Oanterburv; also of a handsome oushion for the Altar by Bro J. W. Sawle, on behalf of Sister Edwards, junr. After the business of regaling the inner man with tea, coffee, and oake bad been got through, reoreation io the form of humorouß readings, songs, and recitations was indulged m. After a moat enjoyable evening the Lodge was oloßed m due form at 10.20 p.m.
The " Britiah Medioal Journal " has thia to Bay about the intemperanoe of boya and girls m Austria : — " So serious and widespread haa inebrioty been of rooent years among sohool ohildren that the Vienna Sohool Board bave, though hitherto ineffectually, been making strenuous efforts for the prohibition of tbo Bale of intoxicating drinks to ohildren. The Board has just resolved to invoke tho intervention of the Government, and a bill is to be laid before Parliament during the present session to prohibit the selling ot iatoxioants to boys and girls under 15 yearß of age. So alarming is the present Btate of matters that tbe appearanoo of a boy at sohool m a state of drunkenness is by no means a rare Bight. During the winter poor ohildren are often sent to sohool with only a glass of the oheapest spirits for breakfast, partly to allay hunger and partly to ' keep out tho oold ' — that venerablo delusion whioh still lingers."
A oonoert m aid of St Andrew's Ohuroh, Tinwald, waß held m the Templar Hall last evening. Tbe hall was well filled with a very attentive audienoe whiob ia usually the case at Tinwald. The first part of the programme opened with an ovorturo by Misa Eidd, whiob was playod m this lady's usual good style, Mr dates then sung " Tbe Wreck of the Hesperus," whioh he had to repeat, and Medsrs Gates and Ward gave a duet " I heard a bird m tho tranquil night," for whioh they received a hearty enoore. Mr H. Moore gave a reading whioh oalled forth hearty applause, and m response he gave tbe " Heathen Ohinee," Mrs Orisp m her usual good style gave a aong »' The Pirrott," very aweotly. Mr P, Wiliama favoured tho audienoe with a Bong " Will of tho Wisp " Mi3a Gatos' voice was heard to advantage iv , tho song "Fiddle and I ' and well deserved the enoore whioh she reoeived. Mrs P. Williams rendered a song *' Remember me no more," whioh she had to repeat, and a comic song entitled " Brown " by Mr J. Fookß, for which he reoeived an enoore, brought the first part of the programme to a dose. After an interval m whioh refreshments were handed round by the ladies, MiBS Kidd oponed tho sooond part of tbe programme wtih a pianoforte boio. Mra Tippett's song " Barney take, mo home again," had to be repeated. Mra P. Williams then gave •• The song that reaohed my heart," which also reoeived an enoore, and Mrß Orißp Bang very sweetly " Twopenoe to pvy " whioh hoi to be repeated. Mr P, Williams gave another song whioh we oould not yet tho tide of, after whioh Mrß Biggs sang " Tho song for me," whioh brought the oonoert to a oloso. Mr Garbett occupied tbe ohair and m a very neat epoeoh thankod those who had bo kindly lent a hand to mako tho oonoert suoh a BUOOQSB.