LOCAL AND GENERAL
In autumn huge baskets of snails for sale may be seen in urn fyigbon fruit-market. In Madrid and other wealthy Spanish cities as many as 15 different kinds may be counted, on the slabs of the dealers.
The Bishop of Newcastle, six years ago, asked for a fund of £60,000 for promoting Church extension in the populous districts of Tyneside, and for aiding in the restoration .of churches throughout the diocese. A return just issyfljrt sl^ows that the total sum raised for the object is #75,500
Fears are expressed in ,the United Ssate s 'iVwtory, of Oklahoma, in the centre p ladiaa territory > that the negroes, who ar® flocking thitkap from the South, will establish a negro commonwealth there. The negroes themselves say that they are bound to have Oklahoma, to show to the world that thsy are ca]>»bje pi governing themselves.
""Russia is nbfmto £° >Cf eate a naval port' a few miles north of Libau, in the Baltic, at an estimated cost of £2,000,000, and WPrk there is to be begun immediately. This measure has decided the German Government to make a naval port at Danzig, as it is fiffjisidered that Kiel lies too far to the iwestwatd jfi serve in case of war as a check upon the iTewWsfcna],
A Chicago chemist has dff.v^/ifj. a method of so preparing milk, after a small poiii#n qt $i& water has been removed from it, that when bo pyrjfied and refined it will keep sweet for fully §0 days, and can be shipped anywhere, and when 1 thu ijj/ater has been replaced is in as good, if not beiUi', condition as when it left the cow, and cannot be dis"jfcitt&u^hed f rom m iik six hours old.
Artists Haul /scientific men have long wondered about the Jjcajifciful " azurrino " found in the ruins of Pompeii. $J. Fonue, the mineralogist, with a mixture of silicate nf copp*? 3>}\d of lime", has noAv obtained tjie brilliant ciy^lline'' azure "of Pompeii. It is a tint perfectly unchangeable, and identical with the Alexandria, blue which was feown to the Ptolemies, and aborted into Italy 3# fcjie first years of the ( Chris,6ian exu,
The " Taieii 4<|vocate " says:—We heard a Dunedin grain buy<^ <?ffer oue of our Taieri Wniers 2s 8d a bushel for a JJ^e of 4000 bags •of Tusttiyi wheat; but we dpitfl i^fflk the offer was accepted. It is a prevailing opinion amongst farmers that wheat has seen ike lowest price it will know for some time and that a rise may with £?/mdence be expected. With, that idea influencing them we do not thiuts Mm* those who can atfbrti to hold will rush tj^ir wheat into the market.
The liquefaction of carbonic acid gas on a large scale was first undertaken in Hanover about 20 years age, The manfacture is now becoming of considerable importance, the chief uses of the novel; product- being in brewing and by Kruppfor compressing njoltpn Steal in moulds to ensure solid castings. Tlis: gas is liquefied by a pressure of about 36 atmosphere, the temperature being at the freezing point ,of jiv/iter. One firm in Berlin .sells daily 200 flas}^ £fleh of about 17^1b., of the liquefied gas, aa^J Yjenna produces rtbout 10001b. each 24 houss.
Ms? Or "s■• Brooke opened work at his new sheep clipping yards, on the Railway Reserve, yesterday, '%W $P is opposite the Ashburton Saleyards, aus yesterday 1500 sheep were put through, .or at 4% fate of about 500 TW IWJirj as the operators ,w<s* engaged for something less than thr.ee hours. #fc sheep dipped were ffpm the flock of Mr Dan Brick, who expressed Vi^jself well pleased with the yrprk done. The dijp is fifty feet long in the swim, so that every sheets -long enough in the ,'mixture to have his wqtfl thoroughly saturated. .One .great improvement is that the sheep slide into the dip off a glass bottom instead of from the old wooden arrangement, so that there no possible chance pf delay,
An extensive bank note forging plant has been discovered at "Waterloo, a suburb of Sydney. A man named Steel has been arrested. Nearly 500 forged notes were found on the premises.
A Brisbane cable says that a hermit named Dusbica, formerly Professor of Classics at New York University, has been found murdered near Sandgate. There is no clue to the perpetrator, but natives are suspected It will be seen by a telegram in another column that Mr L. Markey s Little Arthu r carried off the Christchurch Hurdles yesterIt will also be noticed with satisfaction that Carbine, the worthy son of Musket, on the same day won the Sydney Gold Cup.
In a recent issue it was stated that M^ Williani Brown of Wakanui had threshe out a paddock of oats which yielded 80 bushels over all. We should have said Pearl wheat, instead of oats.
The new constitution of Wyoming, which has been adopted in a great measure through the large number of women voters, will, make no distinction, of sex in the qualification for electors. This is looked upon in the United States as the, greatest triumph which the woman's sunarage cause has yet been able to record.
Messrs J. Scaly and Co. now have on view a collection of about forty varieties of apples, grown by Mr James of Hampstead, which compare favorably in size form and color with other samples of this year's crop. * They are the produce of trees now six years of age and the crop is a very good one, this showing thaV.th.ere is good scope round Ashburton for fruit growing, which used not be confined to any particular locality.
The San Francisco correspondent of the " New Zealand Herard," writing on March Bth says:—" Mr R. J. Creighton, the local agent of the New Zealand Government, is again able to be up and about on crutches. The broken bone in his left .leg knitted as fast a3 could be expected, all things considered. He expects to discard his crutches ere long. The accident, which occured jußt before Christmas, consequently laid him up for about ten weeks.
News reached Ashburton on Saturday afternoon that Mr Ernest Croft, who has recently been engaged at Ashburton Railway Station, ha^ received a severe paralytic stoke onGG o d Friday, and that his position was very critical. Mr Croft's friends will be glad to know *na* a telegram received today stated that he has wcoveerd consciousness, find that the crisis is part. He has been removed to his home at Ashley. It is expected that Borne time will elapse before his recovery.
Great scientists (says a writer in the ." Argus ") have always been dubious abbut those wonderful brown coal finds. It is told of one accepted authority that a pestering prospector of coals came to him with specimens. He examined them very briefly.
" Got much of thiß ?" " A mountain of it.'^ "And all like this?" "All—yes, from top to bottom." "Are you a pious man?" •' Yes." " Believe the world will be destroyed by fire some day?" "Yea." "Read the poet Campbell?" "Yes." "Well, when that comes about you get on that mountain, and sit there, and you'll be the last man.^
A very remarkable lusus natures is now on view in those premises, Burnett Street, adjoining Messrs Stephens Brothers', grocers. This is no less than a horned horse, the horns groAving, not out of the head as is the case with all other corniculate animals, but out of the hoofs s each of the feet being furnished with a long horny projection. This is an anterior prolongation of the hoof curving up at the end like a rain's horn, those on the fore feet being perhaps -18 inches or so long at present, though the exhibitors state that this abnormal growth has reached to the enormous length of 54 inches). The animal is a mare of 15J hands,
of a good stamp, and was bred at Stoney Creek, Taranaki. As a curiosity she is well worth seeing. At the same place is also showu a lamb with two bodies joining to one head.
The P. and 0. boat Victoria seems to have been the scene of a painfnl incident during her last homeward voyage. When midway, between Colombo and Aden a passenger, who, from a letter which he wrote, was cvi-
dently out of his mind, threw himself overboard. An alarm was at once raised and the
engines reversed. All hands were ordered to the boats, and while one of these, fully manned, was being lowered, one of the seamen let go a rope, with the result that 13 of the crew were thrown into thq sea. A second boat was then successfully lowered, and all the men were rescued except two. The dead body of the boatswain and that of the passenger who had thrown himself overboard, were afterwards recovered. The body of thci other man, a quartermaster, could not be found, ft was in all probability devoured by sharks. The bodies recovered were buried at sea, Someone in the Antipodeß has been writing very savagely about the Antipodean young man. Can it be a lady who has thus fumed at disappointment, or is it the work of a snubbed *" new chum " ? At all events, it has come home to us,' and i 3 reproduced in a leading daily. Says the paper in quest i#n ;—r" The dancing young man of the Antipodes is by no means polished in style. At present the usual mode in whiph be asks a young lady to give him a dance is to say, "Let me me see your programe, and then calmly writes down his name after as many dances as he desires, withqut in thp least
consulting the lady's wish. Apcording to a critic in one o Ihui own newspapers, he
<wd|y ever says "please" or "thank you." He becomes irritable wh^n a girl cannot find her dance programme the very mqment he asks for it. The bnlp alleviation qf his, [ general boorishness of manner is when the •farty is very attractive, an acknowledged belle, or in great demand from come other carise. This is a harshly drawn portrait of the Australian waltzing young moji, but it is from an Antipodean pen, npt ours. Ashburton, if it be. not altogether '* the hub" of the universe, may yet fairly claim to be one of the chief centres of inventive genius in matters mechanical, especially in connection with agricultural machinery. Recently we gave quite a long list of new and useful contrivances, which are to be credited to Ashburtonian inventors, and we have £f]W tp add another. This is an improvement U\ Uw governors of steamengines', devised by' Sir David G'airnqrqss, driver of the engine at Messrs Jephson ana Moore's flaxmill, Tinwald. By the iise of this appliance the governor-valve stands open when the engine is running at the proper rate of speed) five revolutions a minute faster closing the valve. 'Thus wheji the Jtoad is off, steam is shijt off automatically, the governor-balls dropping .'■.,> l .■■""■t'V:: valve when the load is :■ ■!.'!.! ■!. i,. .his way the engine cannot \ ,:v ■•■<■■.■■ i:■ !i' iiye V^yQljitions a minute when runnhig empty, and the jnajiinjum power can be obtajined frpin any engm^, (dia the speed satisfactorily regulated.
A trit&ug accident, which, however, might easily have dov^lon^d inj;o something more serious, occurred to the 'special l^te, train for the South on Thursday night. Shortly after leaving the Waihao Station, tuid while running at about 35 miles an hour, one of the carriages towards the end of the long .train of some thirteen or so commenced bumping in a curious fashion, and every now .and then pieces of shingle flew up and struck the ■tyj&dsws, while flashes of light, as of lire were "Been afl^npst the wheels. The guard came out on' o#e j^f frjie platforms waving a red lamp as a signal w> ,tjje engine driver that something' was wroijg,' bu;c the' signal was not seen, and it' was not until after the guard had made Ms way through" the long string of carriages to the head of the train that the driver was' made aware (tJiaf/ anything out of the common had occurred, $team was then shut off and the train broughV'to m> standstill, something like five minutes after flic'a/lafoij jjj^s first given. It was then found that ojje of this braefng rods of the under-carriage had broken a^d was dragging, ploughing up the shingle, the Cashes noticed being the result of the friction between stone and iron. The broken rod was jspeedjhr fastened up and the train resumed its journey,, nobody, happily,'being a penny the "worse. 1 'Ma 4 ijiS r/vKjpnuned under a sleeper the result mighty how^yjjr, have been ve,ry different. The little contre[tet^yii, however, brought out very clearly the necessity #f a signal cord being always used as a' connectioa be£ ween the guard and the engine driver," instead $1 only .occasionally as is now the case, the train on Thursday night having no such safe-guard, jn^lced, we have several times' recently in travelling by rail noticed that the signal cord has lieen conspicuous by }ts absence, EJiis ought not to l>? the ca.se]
The bazaar in aid of the Tinwald Parsonage Fund for which the ladies of the congregation have for a long time past been busy with preparations was opened on Easter Monday in the Templar Hall in that township. The building was prettily decorated with flags, foliage, flax, toi-toi, etc., the< stalls, three in number, being pfettily' arranged. The fancy stall was presidedl^ over by Mesdames Scott,Tippett and Jephson the produce stall by Mrs Clark and Mrs Lowe, and the refreshment stall by Mesdames Garbett, and Carter, and Miss Cowper. Mr Tippett rendered great assistance in disposing of goods by raffle, Messrs Heseltine and Dickey, conducted a shooting' gallery, and Mr T Bullock rendered good service as, auctioneer, while a number of others both ladies and gentlemen gave willing and efficient aid. There was a largo attendance, in the evening more especially the cloudy, weather in the afternoon deterring some from being present until later on. The total proceeds of the day's sales were between £50 and £60 which is regarded as very satisfactory. The bazaar was continued ,'to-jflay < admission being free and will be wound up with an auction sale towards the close of theeyening. /,.,,!.,
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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 2395, 8 April 1890
LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 2395, 8 April 1890
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