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The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 1890 LOCAL AND GENERAL

Chicago has 200 women physicians in active practice in medicine.

Four thousand spinners at Warsaw are destitute and out of work.

Protestants in America give £2,250,000 a year to religion. The theatre annually gets £40,000,000. Thursday 24th inst., being the second day of the Ashburton Race meeting will be observed as a holiday by all the Banks having agencies at Ashburton and Rakaia.

The revenue returns for the colony for the financial year ended 31st March were completed yesterday afternoon, and prove the surplns to be £115,174. The accounts, however, have not been audited, and some slight alterations may yet be made. " What is an Agnostic ?" asked Rollo, who was reading something by Huxley. "An Agnostic," replied his Uncle George, "is a man who loudly declares that he knows nothing, and gets mad and abuses you if you believe him. He says he doesn't know anything, but he really thinks he knows everything," Writing of Ohinemutu; the " Vagabond" says:—One can very well understand why there are no snakes or other vermin in New Zealand. No sensible ophidian, and we have authority that the serpent is more subtile than any beast of the field, would ever live in a country part of which appears to be only a few inches above the infernal regions, and with here and there holes in the bottom."

In the non-Catholic press there seems to be an impression that Mofokai is the only place where-Catholic priests and nuns devote their lives to the carp of the lepers. As a matter of fact, besides those in'the Pacific, there are leper hospitals founded and conducted by Catholic missionaries and religious in Trinidad, Madagascar, Japan, China, and India. There are nine Catholic priests now at Molakai.—(" Tablet.") The " Press" says that it js currently reported iv town that Mr Duncan Cameron has purchased from the executors, of the late Mr George Gould their interest! in tile well known Springfield Station property at Methven. It is understood that the price of the station was between £120,000 and i£li?s,ooo, which is the largest sum paid fo a freehold estate in Canterbury for some time past. Proud parents in Sydney have found a new way of keeping before their fellow citizens the fact that unto them a son or daughter is born. Not content with advertising the mere birth, they now make the formal announcement of christening, with the name given to the little stranger, the date and place of baptism, and the name of the officiating parson, The sections qf the " announcement column of the " Sydney Telegcaph " arc now headed respectively-— "Births," "Christenings," "Marriages," and "In Momoriam."

The "Becfton Guai'dian," writing of the Dr McLeod who has just been sent to Sydney to answer certain serious charges, and who, it appeal's, was recently on the West Coast, says :—" Th?s disgrccg to a profession noted for high and limn initarian feciing, had the horrible cruelty on one occasion in Ross, to refrain from binding up and healing the wounds and broken limb of a miner who Jiad be: ft smashed up in a mining accident, nor would ho proceed to assuage the man\j jxiin, until a promissory note had been drawn out, for the payment of his services." The annual meeting of Parishioners wps held in the Church of St. John, ]>arr Hill, on Sunday, Present —Key. H. Collins who presided, Messrs C. IS. Alington, J. Irwin, J, Sponson, ]). Hurst, and A- Maxwell. The statement of accounts showed a credit balance, of £3 103 Sd, The following were nominated <is Churchwardens : Messrs AJington and Hurst, and Mcssr3 Spooner. T. I{. Mills, T. Mutta, S. Hurst, and A. Maxwell, Vestrymen. A vole of thanks was passed to Messrs Croskie and Maxwell for decorating the church for the harvest thanksgiving. The, usual weekly meeting of the Ashburton Lodge, No. 29, LG.G.T., was hold in the Templar Hall on Friday evening 1 Ith inst, The Lodge was opened with the usuil ceremony at 7.30, when the business of the evening was discussed, several candidates were proposed and seven initiated into the fraternal bonds of Templary. During the evening the Lodge resolved to present D,D,G.C.T., Bro. A. Paterson with a diploma' emblematical of the institution, for the able and efficient manner in which he had fulfilled the duties of that office. The business being finished the C.T. reminded the members that on their next meeting as they were to receive an official visit from the Grand Secretary Bro Cameron, he hoped to see a large attendance of members on that occassion. Several songs readings etc, were then contributed by the members, after which the Lodge Avas closed in due form by Bro Pearson, Chief Templar. There has (says Truth) beeu a terrific fus at Constantinople in consequence of a German photographer having rashly attempted to take an instantaneous photograph of the Sultan as his Majesty was proceeding on horseback to the mosque. He was detected by a functionary, and the guard at once rushed upon him, smashed all his insraments to atoms, and dragged him off to prison, where he discovered that he was in a truly serious plight, for the Koran strictly forbids the depicting of the human form, and his attempt to photograph the Sultan was therefore regarded as treason of a peculiarly diabolical kind. If the culprit had not been a foreigner he would have beeen quietly strangled, or otherwise got rid of; but,, thanks to the energetic intervention of his Ambassador, he was released after a month's

imprisonment, on condition that he quitted, Turkey at once and for ever. ' The, " Irish Times " London correspondent says:—-"Another romance of Royalty is in social circulation to the effect that a younger sister of the Duchess of Fife has followed that princess's patriotic lead by falling in love with a native nobleman—an Englishman this time. The royal choice is a young earl, not by any means among the wealthiest members of his order, but personally what they call in Scotland "a very pretty man " of good intellectual gifts and high character. It is said that the heirapparent fully approves the earl's successful suit, while the Queen, though regretting the limited rent-roll, has decided not to interfere. Her Majesty has set her face sternly against the race of German fortune huuters, who are henceforth excluded from the royal matrimonial market—an exclusion for which, by all accounts, they have to blame the intractable Battonberg."

wThe Annual Parish meeting in connection itli St Stephen's Church will be held tomorrow evening in the Church Schoolroom at 7.30

West street was aninteresting sight to-day and a'stranger visiting the town would-have been greatly struck with the appearance it presented. There were over thirty drays ranged up in front of tho stores, all in course of either discharging their loads of grain, or waiting their turn to do so. Over a hundred handsome horsos, used in hauling the grain to store, helped to make up a spectacle not seen every day.

The opening meet of the season of the County Hunt Club was fixed for yesterday at the usual place Scotsdean ,but the hounds were not taken out, as it had been decided not to hunt at all until sufficent rain had fallen to soften the ground slightly. In its present state it would be almost certain to cripple most of the horses, and probably some of the riders. It is to be hoped that the next meet will not have to suffer the same fate.

An English exchange states that Count yon Moltke is an enthusiastic chess-player. It is the field-marshal's habit to play every night. True however, to his "rule of selfdiscipline, he rises from the chess-board at 10 punctually, his hour for going to bed. At that hour his valet, Wurst, enters the room, and, no matter how deeply the old soldier may be immersed in the game, he gets up and marches off to bed. Yon Moltke is also a passionate lover of music, and on most nights of the week music is discoursed at his residence. Yon Moltke sits by the fire playing chess, but attentively listening to the music. It is his boast that he can follow every note of the music even while giving his mind to the problem on the board before him."

A decree recently issued by Prince Bismark, re'ating to illegible signatures, rea4 tm follows:—" Several gentlemen from whom I receive documents write their names fa such a manner that, although it may serve to their own eyes to represent those namea) it is to others quite incomprehensible. This is absolutely inadmissible, and a legibli signature is not only an official duty, but also a duty dictated by politeness. Not only I myself, but everybody who receives an official document has the right to expect the signature attached to it to be easily decipherable, without being obliged to refer for assistance to an official list. I should b« very unwilling to be obliged to call the attention of certain gentlemen particularly and personally to this matter, but I shall be compelled to resort to that course if occasion be again given for such a step. 1 request officially that every official shall write his name, not in such a manner that it may be deciphered, but so that it can be easily read at the first glance.

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The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 1890 LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2403, 17 April 1890

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The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 1890 LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2403, 17 April 1890

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