LOCAL AND GENERAL
—* Whalebone is so scarce that it now sells for £2500 per ton in London. There are about 6000 different postage stamps in existence.
The news comes that the heir to the throne of Roumania has fallen in love with Queen Natalie of Servia.
Where the nobility are defendants it is said now to be more difficult to get justice than for many years in English history.
The London County Council proposes to erect a building for the accommodation of its various departments, at a cost of £508,000. i
Last half-year the London General Omn bus Company carried 50,000,000 passengers at reduced fares, but with increased receipts"
Ten and three-quarters miles is the rang that the French have obtained for the 43 ton gun, 35ft long, with an 8001b weight projectile and 425 pounds of powder.
A committee of the African Anti-Slavery Conference has agreed upon the establishment of surveillance over the caravan routes in order to prevent overland transportation of slaves.
Henry George has, it is said, founded a single-tax community in the wilds of Sullivan County (New York). This commonwealth owns 1450 acres, with a good fishing retreat for city men, and numbers 300 members.
At a meeting of farmers and others interested held at Rangiora on Thursday afternoon it was decided to form a Baconcuring Company in the northern district, with a capital of £20,000 in £1 shares.
At the inaguration of the Otago University session yesterday the Chancellor, Dr Stuart, announced that the University was now in a position to appoint a lecturer on metallurgy and assaying, and form a School of Mines. At the close he congratulated the students on their behavior.
Mr Harry Stephenson, who for many year 3 was locomotive manager at the Ashburton Railway station, and more recently at Timaru, has been transferred to Napier, ami passed through by the express on Wednesday night for his new location.
The Sultan,of Turkey has sent three hairs from the beard of the Prophet, by a special messenger, as a present to the town of Aleppo. Wherever the messenger appeared during his journey he was received in state, and the Governor of Aleppo came down to meet him before the gates of the town.
A sad accident happened to a wedding party at Pontivy, Paris, on February 13. The vehicle conveying the bride and bridegroom and a number of their friends was upset and the whole party were precipitated into the river. The bride and bridegroom and ten others of the party were drowned.
The Greek Church forbids the marriage of those more nearly related than third cousins, and this is also the Russian practice at the present time. In Sweden manages within the tiitpcl civil degreearenominallyforbidden. Marriages betwpen first cousins are illegal in some States of Hie American Union.
The municipal debts of many of the chief cities of Europe are assuming such immense proportions as to render the local taxation almost crashing in its incidence. At the Hague the civic debt is equal to nearly £510s per head of population, in Berlin it is upwards of £6 per head, at Milan it is over £8 per head, in Frankfort-on-tlie-Maine it exceeds £12 per head, in Paris it is above £31 per head, while Brussels tops the list with an ndebtedness of £64 per head,
The solemn opening and blessing of the new Catholic Church at Methven will take place on Sunday week 11th inst.
A "London Times'" letter feom Persia sayt the Shah, in addition to the masses of jewels in the royal treasury, has a private fortune stowed in vaults or elsewhere, which is known to consist of at least three millions sterling. To this he is perpetually adning fresh accumulations.
Among those connected with the opening of the Forth Bridge, which M. Eiffel considers one the mechanical wonders of the world, is Sir Thomas Tancred. You will remember that some five and twenty years ago Sir Thomas was in the Public Works Department of New Zealand. After a time he went into sheep farming, and vi 1876 came home and was associated with Mr Travera Faulkirer a3 Consulting Engineer for the New Zealand Government. —(Home Correspondent.)
Says the " Masterton Daily ":—For many years past there has been at a Maori Pah, situated just across the Ruamahanga river, Te Ore Ore, a curiosity in the shape of an enclosure or vault, in which may be seen the remains of an ancient chief and several of his descendants. The coffin of the chief in question, which is manufactured of a plain kind of timber, is half in and half out of the ground, and is in a slanting position. A glass plate which originally covered the head has been broken, and there is now exposed to view a large portion of the aristocratical remains. In different parts of the vault are visible the coffins of children, the coverings of each of which have been removed. To any persons inclined to romance a visit to this vault which is always open,is exceedingly interesting.
The 1890 session ot the Ashburton Presbyterian Church Musical and Literary Association opened last night in the Church when an address by the President, Rev A.- M. Beattie, MA. was given, the subject of which was " Philosophy in its relations with paganism and Christianity. '* This the speaker handled in a terse and logical manner, and was attentively listened t» by the audience of members and friends, over seventy in numbers. Refreshment i supplied by the bachelors and young lady members of committee were then handed round and after these had been discussed a programme of vocal and instrumental music was successfully rendered, Mr H. Craigliead, the new musical director, having got together a very attractive , list of items, wmc'h. were much applauded by those present. A vote of thanks was heartily given Mr Beattie for his address, on the motion of Mr William Malcolm, and the benediction by the chairman closed a very pleasent meeting.
At Christchurch on Wednesday evening Mr Henry Thomson was installed grand master of the New Zealand Grand Lodge of Freemasons by Bro E. T. Gillon, who said that the New Zealand Grand Lodge had not severed bonds with the mother constitution in a rebellious spirit, and had no inimical feeling towards those who differed from them. The New Zealand Grand Lodge could be trusted to make masonry more popular among the growing youth of this colony than it had been. The Grand Master in his address defended the grand lodge movement against the charge of , inopportune, and un83emly haste and dfc oyalty, and said that if the non-recognibion of the lodge and consequent scandal among the Craft took place it might fairly be laid to the charge of those who stood oloof—neLhei helping the movement nor permitting others to help. The chief defect of the present system was the almost total neglect to make systematic provision for the exercise of benevolence. Over 250 were present at the installation, and the scene was most imposing.
Statutory Declaration.— I, Franz Raabe, Ironbark, Sandhurst, in tho colony of yic. tona, Australia, do solemnly and sincerely declare that on the 25th Junej 1877, my son Alfred, six years of age, was accidentally hurt with an axe on his knee. lat once took all pains to secure medical assistance. However, in spite of all efforts, on the 27th August, ] 877, the opinion was given by Dr Macgillivray that an amputation of the injured limb had become imperative, inordejr to save life. At this juncture I called on Messrs Sander and Sons, procuring some of their Extract of Eucalyptus Globulus, and by the application of the same I had the satisfaction of seeing my son within a fortnight out of all ■ danger I and to-day he is recovered. I may just add that it was when the crisis had been reached that the Extract referred to was first applied, and I make tins solemn declaration, etc. —Franz Raabe •Declared at Sandhurst, in the colony of Victoria, Australia, this seventeenth day o # October, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven, before me, Moritz Cohn, J.P. —(Advt.) ' - 6
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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2419, 2 May 1890
LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2419, 2 May 1890
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