LOCAL AND GENERAL
The library o* the British Z-tfusamn increases at th 3 rate ot about a hundred •volumes a day. Teacher ; " What great event occurred in 1880?" Small boy (after a pause): " Please, ma'am, I w.is born then." An International Conference on the subject of the abuse of alcohol will be held in Christiania, In September. Forest and Stream states that Mr Morton Campbell has refused an offer of £400 for his collie Stratharco Ralph. . Boston consumed a ton of quinine pills (the Eecord of that city declares) dxiring ten days of the influenza epidemic. Captain Joseph Hill, of Plymouth, has been for 49 years on one ship, during which time she has never sailed without him, and. he has been captain of her for 36 years.
Sheet iron is rolled so thin at the Pittsburg mills that 12,000 sheets are required to make a single inch in thickness. Light shines as readily through one of these sheets as it does throngh ordinary tissue paper.
We are requested to state that Sunday next, beiug the last Sunday of the month, the Rev Father Chastagnon will celebrate Mas 3at Rakaia and vespers at Ashburton at the usual hours. It is reported from New York that Mr Cornelius Vanderbilt lias presented to the Metropolitan museum of that city Turner's great picture, the Grand Canal Venice, recently acquired by him from the Earl of Dudley. Me dame Fredo, and her talented troupe give another performance this evening in the marquee adjoining the Royal Hotel. Admission is free, but to prevent overcrowding it is stipulated that no adulc may be accompanied by more than two children. We learn from the " Press " that copies of a farewell addresses to Bishop Harper, so worded as to include all denominations, so that everyone will have the opportunity of testifying their respect to the late Primate, have been sent for signature to the various centres o£ population throughout the diocese, It is stated by the Westport " News " that 800 miners' rights were taken out at Resfton during the days of March last. The rights were taken out almost wholly for voting purposes, and in view of the comity elections which take place in November next, and the local option poll to follow. In another column will be foimrl the programe of the Concert to be given this evening in the Oddfellows Hall in aid of the funds of the Catholic Boys' School. It will I be advisable for those who desire good &eats to attend early as there is sure to be a crowded house. The doors will be open at 7.30 and the Concert will commence at 8 p.m. A well-known jockey named James Carey was thrown from a horse on Sunday on the Panmiii'c road Auckland and when discovered was found to be unconscious, and suffering from fracture of the skull, concussion of the brain and a broken collarbone. The unfortunate man was removed to the hospital, where ]ie died. He leaves a widow and several children. It i 3 unclersood (says the " Grey Argus ") that Mr Gardner, formerly chief engineer in this colony of the firm of Messrs M'Keown, Robinson and Avigdor, has received an appointment in Tasmania, in connection with a railway line to Mount Zeehan, a new ■'lid important silver and tin mining licld f opened on (ho west count of Tasmania. IVival.c loiters received in Auoklnni] from Sun Francisco, utate that things are in a bud v,;iy tiiQic. Owing to the wel winter thai ]>'.'! ! luvnilud, about, !0,0(H) men were out, of ciup'oymonl. One old Auckliinder writing (o I'lTriend there, .says ".San Francisco is v splendid place just now to gcb iway from."
Respecting the large find of river pearls y& America, which is stated to be enormous,
correspondent well versed in the subjec writes :—" It happens that river pearls are of very little commercial value. For instancea pearl as big as a marblr finnd m riv»»-s iv>vh+ be worth £50. but ape."i '■■' >• ij -m/ a IW,. ; from the PersiariGrulf w--.;M Iv vior; 11 tWn*.
It is reported from Dunedih that the> search party who went out for the young man named Allender, lost on the ranges between Nenthorn and Waikouaiti, discovered two skeletons at the bottom of a deep ravine, evidently those of a full grown person and a youth. As some matting and a primitive spoon were iVi."-H--\ AY- remains are supposed to be .'■!'■■■■ <'f M ■'.■■. Allender turned up safely, none the worse for having spent two days and nights on the ranges.
In accordance with a suggestion emanating from the Geraldine County Council, a Conference of Representatives of County Councils and Hospital and Charitable Aid Boards in the Provincial District of Canterbury; will be held in the Provincial Council Chamber, Durham BtreetiJcominencing. at 11 a.m. tomorrow, to. consider matters connected with Hospitals and Charitable Aid, County Councils and Local Government, with a view to making suggestions to the Government prior to the meeting of Parliament.
Sir George Bowen will publish shortly a history of the life and , great public servicee of the late Sir Donald M': Lean, whose extensive official correspondence, if published, will form a very important contribution to the r history of the colony. His personal career was a' very remarkable one, and his influence over the Maori race was extraordinary; whilst' a benefactor in every sense of the word to his fellow colonists, he was the best friend the Maoris ever- had, and it is almost entirely to him they, owe their present share in the legislative institutions of the country. The book will be interesting reading.— ("Taranaki Herald")
The WelshTnewspapers report a remarkable scene at Mumble's Head. A wedding war arranged to take place, and the bridegroom and best man arrived, in due time at the church where the ceremony was to be performed, but the bridal party did not come. After long waiting the friends of the bridegroom went to the home of his intended wife, but were not permitted to enter the house. It appears that the parents of the bride were strongly opposed to the marriage, and although dressed for the ceremony she was locked up in her room, while a member of the family mounted guard with a'guuat the door, and threatened to shoot anybody who should attempt to enter.'
A rumor of a very persistent kind has been in circulation in London, to the effect that Sir F. D. Bell has accepted the managing directorship of a large Australian finance company, and will shortly resign the post of Agent-General. A London correspondent writes :—" Under the terms of his reappointment as Agent-General he is entitled to retain the office till October, 1891, and although he often talks to his friends about returning to the colony before his term expires, New Zealand may depend on his services to the end. In many respects it would be very difficult to replace him. Not only is he regarded as an able financier and good man of business generally, but in high quarters he is a pe-rtona gratissi'ita, and this counts for a good deal in a colonial representative.
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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2408, 23 April 1890
LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2408, 23 April 1890
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