The Ashburton Guardian. Magna et Veritas et Prævalebit THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 1890 LOCAL AND GENERAL
We have to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the Railway Timetables for April.
An enquiry into the wreck of the Quetta has commenced at Brisbane.
Mark Twain's income is said to be £16,000 per annum.
We have to acknowledge receipt of the Union S.S. Co's timetables for the current month.
We stated in error in yesterday's issue that the opening meet of the hounds takes place at Scottsdean on the 9th instant. We should have said Wednesday, the 16jth inst.
The rovenue of Queensland for the quarter ending March 31st shows a deorease of 120,000 as compared with the corresponding period last year.
Mrs H.; " Maggie, where do you suppose you will go if you tell such falsehoods as this ?" Maggie: " Sure, ma'am, I don't care ; I have friends in ayther place."
The greater part of Sennacherib's palace at Kouyunjik, including the library chambers, has been cleared out, and 1706 tablets and fragments have been acquired|for the British Museum.
The anniversary tea meeting of the Ashburton Baptist Church takes place at the Oddfellows' Hall to-morrow at five p.m. At the after meeting addresses will be delivered by the Rev Mr Dewdney and other gentlemen.
The longest distance over which conversation by telephone is daily made is between Portland, Me., and Buffalo, N.Y., about 750,. miles. There are more than 170,000 miles of telephone wire in operation in the United States, over which 1,055,000 messages are sent daily. About 300,000 telephones are in use in the United States,
The Dillon reception committee at Christchurch has received a letter from Dr Kenny, Treasurer of the Irish Evicted Tennants Fund, warmly thanking- the Canterbury people for their liberal contributions, and stating that £29,236 had been received up to Februbry Bth from Australia and New Zealand, £2840 being from the latter.
The usnal fortnightly meeting of Court Ashburton, No. 6729, A.O.F. was held in the Orange Hall last night. There was a good attendance of members and three novices were initiated. The question of holding a "social" this month under the auspices of the Lodge was referred to a Committee, to report at next meeting.
Great efforts are being made to introduce throughout Europe a new species of artifical butter, called cocoanut butter. The "butter" is nearly white as anow, made from cocoanuts and packed in tin boxes. Although the manfacturers claim that the " butter " contains 9998 per cent, fat and only 0"02 per cent, water, the new " butter " does not find many admirers. The butter " is made in Mannheim, a town in Germany. The anniversary tea-meeting of the Ashburton Primitive Methodist Sunday School takes places to-morrow, Good Friday, at 5.30. At the after meeting, which commences at half-past seven, addresses will be delivered by the Revs W. S, Potter, J. Boothroyd, and others, and hymns will be sung and recitations given by the scholars. The anniversary sermons will be preached on Sunday next by the JJev Mr Potter, of Christchurch,
The Te-Whiti-ites are active again, and are collecting food and supplies for a great meeting near Manaia. The Hawera '' Star " says To Whiti at present is supposed to be at rest, so the mantle of the great Prophet is at present on Tuhu'a shoulders. It is commonly asserted among those wjio are conversant with the mental attitude of the Maoris, that so far from Te Whiti having lost influence through his recent imprisonment for debt, he has added to his " mana" by his submission to the indignity.
The "Post" says the Colonial Secretary has had an interview with a flaxmiller who has just returned from England, after investigating the state of the t|?ade in lfe^ Zealand hemp. That gentleman informed Capt Russell that he was certain the market for phormium fibre is now thoroughly established', and that only the fluctuations of price, incident to all ordinary trade, need be apprehended. $o far q.s he had been able to ascertain the fibre sent Home ia being used entirely for the manufacture of rope and twine.
A Lcn.lon social paper says that the Duke of Edinburgh has, curiously enough, lately developed strong anti-Russian tendencies. He stai'tod nat-nrally enough as a Russophile, but free am) frequent intercourse with Russian officers has convinced him of the reality and seriousness of Russian deigns on the peace of Europe, and he has been foi'jod to take a side opposite to that which family ties would naturally suggest.
The Oamaru Mail says :—lt is now pretty well understood that, at the coming generql election for members of the House of Representatives, Mr Thomas Duncan will woo the electors of the Oamaru district, and that Mr John M'Kenzie will bo a Gandjdate for tho now Waitaki district. There ia an impression thfit the Hon. Mr Hislop will contest Waitaki against Mr M'Kenzie, but we hardly think this likely.
Last evening South Rakaia Lodge,-1857, E.C,, met at tho Lodge's Masonic Hall, Rakaia, for the installation of officers. The D.G.M. Bro Henry Thompson from Christcliurch was presont and performed the ceremony in his usual impressive manner. The following were theofficers installed :—W.M., P.M. Bro C. A. C Uq.rdy ; S.W., P.M. Bro W. Me N. Lyttelton: J,W.i P-M- Bro W. Pixon; Treasurer, Bro D. G. Holmes j Secretary, P.M. Bro L. Oxley; S.D., Bro A. J. Hmyeilf J.D., Bro J. Turner; 1.G., Bro Clark ; Tyler, Bro Kemble. Visitors were present from Ashburfcon and elsewhere, and after business a short time wis spent in harmony.
Lawyer*—-" Now, Mr Costello, will you have the goodness £9 answer me, directly and categorically, a few pjain questions?" Witness—"Certainly, sir" "JTo^, Mr Costello, is there a female at presont living with you who i.a known in tne neighborhood as Mrs Costello ?" "There is." "Is she under your protection ?'' (l She is," " Now, on your oath, do you maintain Jiep ?" "I do. "Have you ever been married to \iev'!" "I have not." (ijerc several severe jurors scowled gloomily at Mr Costello.) " That is all, Mr Costello; you may go clown." Opposing counsel —"Stop one morognt, Mr Costello. Is the female in question your grandmother ?" "Yes, she is."
V - -■■ ■"- - f.-. ii ie « Lyttelton Times " the "»i ■."■■■: I. .■ .; Company has decided to adopt for the Nelson end of the line what is known as the central route, i.e., starting from Belgrove and going via the Hope Saddle to the .Buller River. This is virtually the route originally surveyed by Mr Roclifort for a railway from Nelson to the West Coast. The Tophouse route js both much longer and more expensive, and doca nofc traverse nearly such good country, so it has been given up. The Company lms let a contract to Mr W. W. Dartnell, of Nelson, to survey, the first section, about six miles from Belgrove to the tunnel through Spooner's range. As soon as the survey is completed, which will be within four months, the contract for construction will be let at once,
On Tuesday last two stacks of wheat were burned on the Acton Estate. How the fire arose is not known ; no doubt, as usual, by someone going to bed in them without putting out the light. The stacks were 'insured.
At Christchurch on Tuesday a Supreme Court Jury awarded a man named Purcell £1200 damages against the Railway Commissioners, for loss of his leg through an accident on a wharf at Lyttelton, due to the careless management of a truck. The foreman said the evidence disclosed laxity in the management of the wharf traffic, and several of the jury had had personal experience of it. ' :