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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2396, 9 April 1890
LOCAL AND GENERAL
«i The Borough Council is inviting tenders for concrete channeling. Particulars in another eolnmn. Notice is given elsewhere that the Burgess list and Defaulters list ion 1890-91 are now open for inspection at the Borough Council Chambers, Nominations for the vacant seat on the Borough Council caused by the resignation of Councillor McFarlane will be received at the Town Clerk's Office up to noon of Ike 18th inst. The Rev. Mr Gray^ who is fc> replace the Rev. Mr Burrows, in the Wesleya# Church here, arrived by the express to-day with his family. Fop the time being, he will be the guest of Mr R. Alcoph, who received him a* the railway station. The " Timaru Herald" states that influenza is said to be common in the Mackenzie County just now. In some gases it appears to be followed by a pr,os,trating choleraic affection. There are a good many under tiie $fij>f>e in Timaru now. Says the Pahiatua "Star":—Mr John Gregory received account sales by last mail of twelve boxes of butter sent home by the Ruapchu, which left -Wellington on the 30fch October. The price realised .yas 94s per cwt—<i trifle over lOd per pound. The Gas ajjd >Vater Review and Journal of Electric Lighting quote;, letters calling attention to the superiority of' New Zealand coal for .. ■■ ,' "'■ ' iii-*r- — . . rA pi'1 *: — '■There if ■■:' ■■■ "■ ' ■■■ ■ i ■:■_•■ :it)te gasworks in Chili and Peru will be supplied with New Zealand gae C-oal/' It j.? thought probable that thp Primacy difficulty will be settled very shortly, airij that a meeting of the General Synod will soon be commenced to elect a Primate and confirm the election of Archdeacon Julius, who will probably be consecrated on May Ist The favourite fad of the hour among 1 luxurious New York women jis. to have themselves rubbed all over several tu«§>s a week, after the frath, with cocoa oil. It is. undoubtedly good for £he nerves, nice for the \ skin, and nourishing. It is a favourite practice with Mrs Cleveland, who, by the' way, decidedly refines and improves' w'ii-h. time. In the hurry of piMication yesterday a telegram regarding certain imfor'ta#g,te j«'oceedings at a holiness convention at the Auckland Baptist Tabernacle went to press containing two or three manifest errors. Instead <of Barley the name so printed should , have been Varley, and the words " entire j satisfaction" slioyld, Jwe read "entke: , ft»ctifica.tj©n # " " ' *
The Annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service n connection with St Stephen's Church will be held on Friday next, the 11th April at 7.30 p.m. The preacher will be the Rev J. F. Teakle of Lincoln, and the collection will be for the balance of the Church debt, now not a very large one. Gifts of fruit and flowers will be thankfully received. _ It is requested that ladies willing to help in the decoration of the Church will meet in the schoolroom as soon after one p.m. as possible. A noted Tasmanian, " Tom Jennings," died last week. He was proprietor of the Harvest Home Hotel, and his great weight, for he was the biggest man in Australia, led to his house being a resort for visitors of all classes. None would think of leaving Hobart without a rim out and chat with " Old Jennings." His weight was 32st, his hoight sft lOin; chest measurement, 6Sin; waist, 82in; and cal, 20|in. He was born at Stream Head, Allerton, near Bradford, Yorkshire, October 6, 1824, and was therefore in nis 66th year. Jennings was one of the oldest Freemasons in Tasmania. 1 Four alabaster panels have been received from England for the Christchurch Cathedral i pulpit, illustrating scenes of New Zealand Church history. They bear high relief representations of Bishop Selwyn preaching to the Maoris, receiving Bishop Harper on the latter's arrival at Lyttelton, announcing the settlement of the Church constitution at St Stephen's Parnell, and the consecration oi Bishop Pat'terton. The panels were procured by a subscription promoted by the Hon. H. B. Gresson, are of a very high ordei of art, and executed by Mr Clark, the wellknown sculptor..' . - The rat plague is still flourishing in the fens. Large numbers are being killed daily, and people are grumbling much at the continued export of stoats and weasels to New Zealand. The price of stoats has risen tc 7s 6d each. Whilst a small wheat stacli was being threshed out at Long Sutton, neai Spalding, no fewer than 120 rats were killed, In another stack some 140 rats were founc and killed by the dogs. In the Alford dis trict it is stated that the vermin are devour ing one another, and only heads and tails are left. The farmers are receiving com munications from rat destroyers in differeni parts of the country offering to come intc the district and undertake the extermina tion of the rodents. Meanwhile, the farmer! are suffering serious losses owing to th< damage done. A former member of the "Pall Mai Gazette's' staff who has just returned" te London from the United States, says thai the growth of trusts establishing i monopoly of articles of necessity is the mosi Sortentous peril that threatens Americai evelopment. He states that the chic capitalist of the Standard On Trust hai accumulated a fortune of £32,000,000, anc that the growth of the colossal monopoliei is giving an extraordinary impetus to thi formation of asociations whose gospel h Edward Bellamy's '• Looking Backward. 1 That book—tl»e Socialist's apocalyptic visioi of the new heaven and the new earth—ii still in great vogue all over the Union, anc may yet produce results as notable as thost of " Unqle Tom's Cabin." A gruesone story comes from Northen Queensland about a man who was lost in th< bush. He used up all his water and ther j threw away his " billy " in the agony of hii thirst. By-and by, fortunately, he came tc a water hole, where he slaked his thirst anc found his road again. He had still som< thirty miles to go, however, and he hac nothing whatever to carry water in. 0; course it would havo been madness t( attempt to travel thirty miles on foot, undei a Queensland sun, without any water, sc his ready invention came to his aid. H< had been horrified a short time back bj seeing the skeleton of a man, who had cvi dently been dead several years. He wenl back and gob the skull, and plugged xi\ the eyeholes with clay, and filled it witl water. He then tramped thirty miles oi the water contained in the skull. The sijpposed discovery of a Revmbrandi representing Abraham and the two angel; has made a stir in artistic circles in Paris. The picture was included in the sale of the furniture of a widow without heirs orderec who had a hint from the deceased's doctor, bid up to 4000 francs, and the picture was knocked down to him. The State experl had described the subject as Jesus and the Disciples at Emmaus—a strange blunder, considering that the Chief figure was an elderly man, with a long white beard. The story does not end here. The authorities, after all, arc not agreed, some insisting thai the work is a Rembrandt, others arguinj that the signature and date, 1656, are c forgery. Th e'' Times " correspondent askec a connoisseur what the picture was worth. " That depends oh circumstances,'' he re plied; "if it is by Rembrandt 300,000f, if bj one of his pupils 150,000fj for anyhow it is s fine old picture." It seems odd that, the artistic merit being the same, the value shoul4 be only half in one case what it would bs in the other. •-/ ',
LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2396, 9 April 1890
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