The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 1890. LOCAL AND GENERAL
The upper harbor at Dunedin is just now swarming with red cod.
The date for the opening of Parliament has been definitely fixed for June 19th.
We have to acknowledge receipt of the Government Railway timetables for May.
The Railway servants of Christclmrch have decided by 573 to 34 to affiliate with the Canterbury Trades and Labour Council.
Narayan Sheshadri is one of the college converts in India; and he has been the means of bringing a thousand heathens into the Christian told. • ■ - • , ,'
The Russian Government has perfected the scheme for a Siberian Railway. It will be 4775 miles in length, and it is expected to cost £35,000,000, and be completed within ten years. •
The "Cromwell Argus" learns tliafc the rabbits are slowly but surely spreading towards the West Coast. They have not yet reached the seaboard, but the time is not far distant when they will." ( ,■;
A survey of canals for the irrigation of a large tract of country in Riverina has just been completed. The length of the country to be traversed is 230 miles, and the cost of the undertaking is calculated at £1,500,000.
Ab a meeting of the Vestry of St Stephen's last evening Mr R. Wr Brooking was appointed verger vice Mr Cook who has resigned, being about to pay a visit to England.
India-rubber for street-paving is now talked of in London ; granite, asphalt, wood, and other materials have been tried and found wanting. Rubber has been laid down on the approaches to Euston Railway Station and seems to be serviceable. It isj also, on trial in Berlin.
Chang, the famous giant, is hi poor health, and has been staying for several weeks at Ryde, Isle of Wright. He says that of late years, owing to his having to stoop so much' in order to enter houses, etc., his height has deteriorated several inches. He stands now only 7ift. He is rarely seen in the day time owing to the curiousity he excites, but in the evening he frepuently takes walks abroad. ' His permanent residence is Bournemouth. :
The northern papers are calling attention to the manner in which Sir William Fox conducts the business" when he sits on the bench at Auckland. Each person charged Avith drunkenness is subjected to a, string of questions, principally iutended to discover the hotel in which drink was obtained. Sir William also appears to inflict the full penalty allowed, and no first offender seems to escape under a fine of £1 or 48 hours' imprisonment, a second offender being fined £3, or, in default, seven days.
Our readers are reminded that the annual social of the Foresters will, as usual, take place in the Oddfellows' Hall to-morrow evening, when the votaries of dancing will find the music supplied quite up to their wishes. The members of the Court • arc making every effort to bring this social off very successfully, and the catering being in the hands of Mr J. Ranger, no doubts need be had on that score.
Here is a queer story from Auckland. Mr Samuel Locke, ex-M.H.R., who died suddenly the other day had imbibed a faith in astrology, and he some time ago sent home for an Astrological Almanac for 1836,. the year of his birth, in order that from it he might calculate his horoscope. He did so, and he told his friends that he believed if he could get over this month he would escape a groat danger which thrcained him. He was afraid to go anywhere in case he should meet with an accident. lie felt a sti ong conviction that sonic accident would happen to him. The prediction of astrology was true. Had it any effect in bringing about its own accomplishment ?
Pickford and Undrill made a very goo.l show of locally manufactured furniture in their windows on Saturday night. They had four chests of draAver« two of which were of the early English pattern, and one halfScotch. These were all made up from North Island rnnu, and the patterns of the wood worked out in very pretty designs. A suit in nine pieces also in riinu, upholstered with fancy cretonne, and another of the same wood in silk tapestry showed how .suitable thi.s Now Zealand wood is for furniture. Cheffoniers in kauri and wasjiatands in rimu were also exhibited, the various items making a very nice show under the gas-light. They will be on view for a few dn.y.3 prior to delivery, as most of the goods are special orders from local residents.
It may help to revive the youthful memories of the middle-aged (says an English exchange), to learn that Mrs General Tom Thumb, now known—for she has taken to herself a second husband —as Mrs Tom ThumbTMagri, is reported in the land of her birth as alive and wall, and still engaging enough to be described as *' that fascinating atom of humanity." The lady—whose maiden name was Warren—was younger than her first husband, Charles Stratton, otherwise "The General," whom she married in 1803. She confesses to forty-seven summers. Her height was 32in when she married, and, as married ladies have, as a rule, done growing, that is probably her height now. Mr Magri, otherwise the Count, is also a dwarf. His age is thirty-nine. Happy in their mutual affection, and blessed with a ■ handsome fortune, the tiny people are said to spend their clays in flitting between Boston, New York, and other cities of America where exhibitions are to be seen.
& special meeting of the Wakanui ; River Board was hojcl on Saturday April 19th. Present; Messss Olephane (ch&jrmaxi), Brown, Wilson, Johnson, and "Thomas. The clerk reported that a small amount of rates was still outstanding. It was resolved that the defaulters be notified that if the amounts are not paid by Saturday the 14th inst legal proceedings ,will be taken to recover the same. It was resolved "that by special order a general rate for the year ending March 31st 1801 hg made, and levied on all rateable properties in the Wakanui River Dist i! ' . ' .•■■ 1 '"i-1 scale 'according to the said properties and in the manner following that is to say—on al! properties included in the first class j^tb.3 of a peuny ju the £, on all properties included in the secoitit cl^sj jjths of a penny in'the £, on all properties include j.u the third class 3-16ths of a penny in the £, tUb said rate to be paid in one sum on the 31st day of May 1890 to Messrs Fooks and Son at the i jyakaimi Road Board offices, Moore street I AslrbiwjUjn," It was resolved to hold a special meeting oi fcljo Board on Saturday ; Why 3rd at 3 p.m. aud th^fc Messrs Fooks I Mid /?0» bo instructed 'to prep^EO the liccess&rty fj#tc Book for the distvicl ai}d to lay the same bfiforo the meeting of the ' Board to be heid on tint 'date. Messrs Fooks and Son agreed to colleyt'the rates, and do all the necessary work in connection with the collection thereof, for 7i per cent. I 'i'fce mooting then adjourned.
I An item of to-day's cable news states that the Court has allowed the Alford Estate Company to write off £24,000 of its capital. The Little Lord Fauntleroy Company open at Ghristchurch on Saturday. The Cathedral bellringers will ring a peal to-night in welcome of Archdeacon Julius, the Bishop-elect. , Tho steamer Alameda, which .arrived , yesterday from San Francisco, nude the 1 passage in the fastest time on record, 17 days I 22 hours 45 mii'is.
At the annual meeting of. householders of tho West Christchurch School District, held last evening, a lady was one of the successful candidates for election on the School Committee.
Before Messrs Hardy and Allan, J.P. s, at Rakaia, on Monday, Henry .Bates, licensee of the South R.akaia Hotel, was fined 20s and costs for refusing to supply travellers with, food when requested. ,Mr Leatham appeared for accused. :; - . •y'A .. The " Temuka Leader understands that a numerously-signed protest from the residents "in, that portion of the Geraldine County which has been put into the Ashburton electoral district has been forwarded 'to the commissioners.; Tho district protesting is that piece of land between Rangitata and Orari, between the railway and the sea, and the grounds of the protest are that there is no community of interests between the district and Ashburton.