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The New Zealand "Times" has the following:—A party dropped into our office the other night with a half-inch ad. and a foot long notice of it. We anticipate the formation of a very strong union among newspaper men. That is proprietors, editors, reporters, and readers, with a devil or two thrown in. It will have to come about if the press is to be saved from its enemies, the fellows who are on the rampage for cheap ads. and long notices. Ihe most original rat-trap in the world is reported at Blenheim. A stupid rat got fooling with some oyatcrs, when one of the bivalves opened its shell, and, tlie tail of the rat getting inside, the shell closed, and the foolish rat was caught. A patent has not yet been taken out for the idea. In the Resident Magistrate's Court this morning, before Major Steward and Mr A. Harrison, J.P.!B,_Frank Allen was fined 10s for drunkenness, with the alternative r>f 48 ■hoursV—William Turner was brought up chargod \?ith, lunacy. The certificates of Jtos Trevor, and Tweed showed that the unfortunate man was quite- demented, one of his hallucinations being that his flesh comes off at night and grows again in the morning. Jie wae committed|to Sunuysidc Asylum.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2425, 9 May 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2425, 9 May 1890