The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 1890 LOCAL AND GENERAL
%* For some considerable time past both ourselves and our readers have suffered considerable disadvantage and inconvenience from the worn state of our type, which bad
seen many years' service, preventing the possibility of a clear, sharp impression. Henceforth, however, there will be no need for further complaint on this score, as all the reading matter in to-day's issue; is set up from new founts, and our standing advertisements will also appear in new guise as quickly as they can be re-set. ! Sophia Bennington of Xenia, Ohio, has given birth to her twenty-fifth child. Her husband claims this beats all known records. Presumably he means in the United States,
Baron yon Mueller has announced his intention of being present at the meeting of the Australian Association for the Advancement of Science, to be held in Christchurch next January.
The performers in an Algiers theatre, which closed its doors while the influenza raged, sued their manager because he deducted the time thus lost from their salaries claiming that they were willing to play right on.
Little Edith—Mamma, did you say that we should all know each other in Heaven 1 Mamma— Yes, my child. Little Edith— You can say that you're out, though, can't you, mamma, when people call that you don't want to see?
An inhabitant of Maine supplied for damages against the ElectricJLight Company of that place. His case is that the light keeps his fowls awake till one in the morning, so that they are too tired to lay eggs on the following day! The' shares of the company are falling rapidly.
The "Dunedin Star " says : Business does not appear to be brisk in Melbourne just now. A private letter received in Dunedin this Aveek says : " I fear that an epidemic of insolvency has sat in, and will increase in intensity. This morning (March 31) there Avere nineteen meetings of creditors,
The Civil and Military Gazette* of Lahore (India) contains a report of the marriage of Miss Lydia Yon Finkielstein with Mr Mountford, a gentleman Avell-known in Lahore. Miss Finkelstoin, it will be remembered, delivered a course of lectures in New Zealand on Eastern subjects some 18 months ago.
Mr Lance, M.H.R., appears to have gained a veiy poor impression of Mr Pyke's " garden wall" as in addressing his constituents at Ashley he stated that he had lately been over the part of the Otago Central that had been opened, and from Avhat he had seen of the land through Avhich it passed, he thought it would take about a million acres to starve a lark.
The scandal connected with the Rideau House at Ottawa is the gossip of the Capital. The chief steward's testimony shoAved that even the Marquis of Lome and Lord LansdoAvne took articles of furniture and fine ! linen away Avith them. The vice-regal family complained of the cold this Avinter with 193 stoves and ten furnaces in the building.
A correspondent avlio has had great experience Avitli the treatment of her children when attacked with diphtheria, sends the '' Australasian " the f olloAving, Avliich may be of some use to mothers in the bush who are far distant from medical aid :—Take a lump of fresh lime about 81b. Weigh and slako in boiling Avater; hold the child over the fumes for about three minutes and make it open its mouth. This was tried in four bad cases Avith marked success.
Says the Manawatu " Standard " :—lt is not generally known that the Premier is G9 years of age. Recuperation at that age is not such an easy matter, especially when needful rest had been put off too long. The Premier came down from the north last night, and left for Wellington per first train this morning. We regret to learn that he is still in a very Aveak state, and it is considered physically impossible that he can get through next session.
In response to a special invitation the Rev Mr Blake (who is an old Maori missionary) held services at the pah, Temuka, on Sunday last, preaching to the natives in their own language, in the Maori Church in the morning and [afternoon, and in the evening in the runanga house. The afternoon service Avas specially for the young. The services were very successful, the attendance being gqod and tho singing very creditable.
Dunedin's oldest inhabitant ton days ago died on the Ist inst. This was William Low, familiarly known as "Sandy." He was in Dunedin to welcome the John Wickliff and Philip Laing arrivals. He had been a whaler, and being wrecked on Waipapa Point he lived for some time with the Maoris. When the settlers came he joined them, and was bellman and town crier to the first town board. He was about 80 when he died. Low was quite a celebrity it his way, and Visitors to the Exhibition will recollect seeing his portrait in the Etchings lobby of the Fine Arts Courts, next to that of the equally celebrated " Jock " Graham.
The "North Otago Times" records that Mr T. Duncan, M.H.R., had rather an expensive experience the other evening. He had driven out to the Waitaki river in his buggy to enjoy a few hours fishing, and having tied his horse by the reins to a flax bush proceeded to the river. He had been there however, only for a short time Avhen he heard the horse galloping up the river bank with the buggy. The horse could not be overtaken, and was not found till next morning, when it was discovered with the shafts and the two forewheels attached to it. The remainder of the vehicle had befjn destroyed.
Few people, we imagine, are aware that maize can be grown successfully in this I district. Yet such is evidently the case as we have before us at the time of writing a handsome cob fully ripe, measuring about 7 inches in length and full of good sound corn.' This was grown in his garden at Tinwald by Mr Henry Lee from seed obtained from the North Island and sown last October. The cob in question, which'is a sample of a number which are growing in Mr Lee's garden, can be seen for a day or two at our office.
Apropos of the high-hat nuisance in theatres, a somewhat funny story has travelled all the way from New York. A lot of college boys formed a theatre party in New London the other evening, and completely filled the first three rows of orchestra stalls. As soon as the curtain went up' they all put huge Eiffel Tower bonnets on their heads, causing a total eclipse of the stage. Some of the ladies in the audience were highly indignant; but eventually they sent word that, if the collegians would terminate their " little joke," they would consent to remove their own bonnets. The students j accepted the compromise, and filed out in a body after the first act to celebrate what they considered a successful struggle for man's rights.
It would be^difficslt to produce a more Shocking instance of juvenile depravity than Js related in the following authentic story from Esla, Missouri. A negro boy, aged 12 was left by his parents to take charge during their absence of his sister, aged eight, and his brother aged four. A quarrel arose, and by way of asserting his authority, the elder boy shot his sister dead with his father's gun,and then, attacking his brother with an axe, completely severed the little child's head from his body. When his parents returned he manifested no contrition, but imperturbably explained that his sister and' brother refused to obey him.
I Our Hinds correspondent writes:—Our ' Wesleyan Sunday children held their ' annual picnic in the grounds of Mr J. . Withell, Lowcliff, which were kindly lent . for the purpose, on Good Friday. The invitation was not confined to Wesleyans, but to the whole district. All were most heartily invited. The day was everything to be desired. Mr and Mrs Withell -did everything to provide for the comfort of the young people and their friends. Various games were indulged in, after which tea was provided. Before the start for home was made Mrs Withell kindly handed round the prizes and with a few well-chosen remarks gave each scholar a book. Mr Bowles wishes to thauk everyone who assisted to make the picnic suehji' complete success*
A very important "sale of land, prize draught stock, Ayrshire cattle, sheep, implements etc., the property of Messrs Clark Brothers, of Dromore, who are dissolving partnership, is announced.to take place under the hammer of Mr David Thomas tomorrow, Friday, 11th inst. Messrs Clark's successes in the show yards of several of the leading A. and P. Associations are wellknown and their draught horses are of a stamp such as cannot well be beaten. The Ayrshires are descendants of Maggie Warnock and Old Sir Redmond which to say is to say enough for " good wine needs no bush." The land is that comprised in the farms known as White's and Woodlands and the sale will be held at the former, opening at 12 o'clock noon.