The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit FRIDAY, MAY 9, 1890. LOCAL AND GENERAL
Sydney can now boast the largest town ' hall and the largest organ in the world. j The Patti season as Chicago (twenty-on performances) realised £46,000. The phonograph is likely to be introduced into the Government colleges in Mexico as ail aid to the study of elocution. The final returns of the South Australian harvest give the average yield at seven bushels of 551b to the acre. j The " Lake Wakatip Mail" hears that the I Hon Mr Fergus will probably address his constituents next week. ■It is computed that there are 4,200,000 j ounces of metal at the Central Silver Mine, Broken Hill, ready for breaking down, of the value of £835,000. The Christmas present of the Queen to the Emperor of Germany took the shape of twenty splendid stags, specially selected from the Windsor herds.. • ,
The Queen is much pleased with the pro-) gress whichj|the Princess Louise is. making with the'portrait she ispaintingof her Royal mother,' and which; when finished, is to adorn the walla of Windsor Castle, .■ It is reported that an English syndicate through local agents at Reefton have purchased the alluvial property at Cronadum known as the Due North. The price has not transpired. Mr Sew Hoy, the .well-known Dunedin merchant, has purchasod the switchback railway that was so largely patronisad at the Exhibition, and intends to have it erected near St Clair in a. paddock belonging to Captain Baldwin. As an indication of the mildness • and growing character of the season we may mention that ripe strawberries were on sale in Oamaru yesterday, and hi /several gardens , in' town a second crop of apples has appeared on the trees.' —N.O. "Times."
A recent s discusston about the; height, of trees in the forests of Victoria brings from the Government botanist the statement that he has seen one -525 feet high. The Chief Inspector of Forests measured a fallen one that was 485 feet long. Among the first awards obtained at. the Dunedin Exhibition we notice that Messrs S. Myers and Co., gained a certificate of first merit for scientific and mechanical appliances for the mouth, artificial teeth, and dentures. In reply to an interviewer^ the melodious Johann Strauss has communicated'the,remarkable fact that, though the family have been writing dance music for three generations, not one of them could dance a step, and if he himself were put on the floor he would "cut a shocking figure." Her Majesty has expressed a desire'to be godmother to the infant daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Portland. This is a high honor to the house of Portland, for the i Queen has rarely stood godmother for children not related to her by blootj. The 1 name which the Duke and Duchess of Port--1 land are to give their daughter is Victoria Dorothy Winifred. It is said that the insurance companies and friendly societies in England have paid for increased mortality and sickness in connection with the "la grippe" epidemic not far ! short of £1,000,000. The decreased earning power through loss of wages is estimated at i another million. It is believed that 8 per cent of the total population of Europe were attacked. There is talk of the establishment in London of a rival Mdme Tuasaud's, which shall be of a more sensational character than the great original. The promoters are understood to have fixed upon the Musue Grcvin, one of the attractions of Paris, for | their model, with such modifications and variations as they think may suit the English taste.
A singular strike recently occured at Hargreave's cotton mills, Massachusetts. Thelrish girls employed there insisted on wearing green ribbons, whereupon the English and Scotch girls retaliated by wearing orange and blue. To put an end to the rivalry, which interfered with work, the manager ordered both parties to take off their decorations■ at once. The Irish girls refused, and left the mill in a body, The other morning (says the "Transvaal Advertiser), "Charlie," State executioner, died at Six-Mile-Spruit, where he had been drinking heavily. He was conveyed into town, and that same night placed hi a coffin. Next morning, just as the lid was being screwed down, lie sin-prised the undertaker by getting up in the coffin and asking for a drink. The man is quite well; he was thus in a state of profound trance for over 24 hours. An extraordinary marriage has just tnken place at Seltsville, in the Htate of Indiana. The bride, a Mrs Corwiu, is not a novice at the business of marrying, the present bridegroom who has been brave enough to lead her to the altar being ninth on the list of husbands whom she has disposed of since 18G7, the date of her first wedding. Only two out of her eight former husbands are dead : the rest are all alive, and residing in different parts of America. They were- all successful in obtaining legal separations; from her after living with her for periodsvarying from two or three months to two or three years. During the recent visit of the Duchess of Edinburgh to St. Petersburg, she was accompanied by half a dozen young English ladies of high birth and remarkable beauty, who produced a great sensation at Court. Young Morier, the son of the British Ambassador, became madly infatuated with one of them. At a state ball he proposed to her, and was rejected. As the guests departed, lie discharged two chambers of a revolver at himself, and fell, apparently dead, on the grand staircase. Neither of the wounds proved mortal, and he is in a fair way towards recovery. The young lady immediately quitted the .Russian capital for England, The latest cra?e in Paris is the abolition of wi inkles in the face by means of electricity, the process being described as not painful, but only vexatious. First the skin is simply touched—irritated, as ifc were—but gradually the current is made stronger until all skin imperfections are obliterated, and finally the surface becomes smooth, clear, and clean. But how long the effects of this rejuvenating progress last is at present altogether doubtful. The treatment is superintended by physicians, and the prospectus of. the establishment takes for its motto [ the famous adage' b't Niuon de L'Enclos, " Women should only have wrinkles on their heels."
The forthcoming production of Mrs Frances J Hodgson-Burnett's dramatisation of her popular story, Little Lord Fauntleioy, is naturally being looked forward to with no inconsiderable dogree vi interest. The pictorials so extensively exhibited in the shop windows illustrating scenes in this pl#y, seem to have giv ■ '""' - :.,.-.....■.. that ihp performers a* ■ } . ■ . '. is altogether erroneous, the only child employed in the ca^t bpjng the little girl who enacts the character of Little Lord Fauntleroy, and who has achieved quite a remarkable reputation for the performance. The othev -Tiaras in the plays are sustained by adult'actors and actresses. The piece as already advertised will Jje flayed at the Oddfellows' Hail on Monday nigli'-o. A "Philadelphia paper reports a fighl between an imp" or' '".'.! V'" n'-" "'■ 7 a young African o ■■" , j' ■:.'■■:• -v ■■ : i animal weighing forty pounds," ttlO gorilla a savage-looking brute, weighing eighty pounds. They were put into an enclosure 15 feet,stf(iiarfe and eiglrt feet high. A large • crow-til was.prese/ji, jj-jkl betting was lively, with odds largely pi favour of the gorilla. The fight was to be' coiitew^d u^til oi)e of the animals \vaß killed. As" so'oV ,5^ $hey faced each other, the dog sprang for' i^he; gorilla and tried to sink his teeth in the gorilla's huge hide, but he was unsuccessful, as he conld net penetrate the skin 1 In less than . ■■•'-.--• -•"-.- —ilia ha 1c; ojht the dog ■ 1 :■■■■■ awiw,'aiid sunk his 1 large tusks repcatetny into his i^ck and s-phie. In ten minutes the dog was dead. / Jt was with great difficulty that the infuri- ' ated gorilla was got back intp lus cage,
I The farewell address of the laity was pre- ■ , sented to Bishop Harper yesterday. i i j The amount required from the county this year by the Charitable Aid Board is £931 i lls 3d—£252 19s 4d less than last year. The cumulative system of voting for school committees is anathematised in all the Wai- j I kato townships. j The Railway Construction Bill to be sub- | mitted to the Victorian Parliament makes ' provision for 1000 miles of new railways. I . ,A public meeting is to be held at Leestoti I I this evening with a view to the formation of a Bapon-curing Company for the Ellesmere district. '■ A medical journal points out that the T: . n 1 "_. dying out. DrLagneau •i i ! if matters go on as at present there will not be a single Frenchman in existence less than five centuries hence,' and that without the aid of wars or epidemics. . Sir, John Hall on Wednesday addressed a meeting of'his constituents at Leeston.' At the .close of his speech the following resolution was unanimously passed:—"That a hearty vote of thanks for his address, and of continued confidence hi him as our representative, be accorded to Sir John Hall, and that this meeting asks him to again offer himself for our suffrages at the next election."
The opening meeting of the seventh year of the Tinwald Gospel Temperance Society and Band of Hope was held on Tuesday evening in the, Presbyterian Church. - There was a good attendance, and the programme con-' sisting of hymns, songs, recitations, and readings, all well given, was much enjoyed. Appropriate addresses were given by Rev A. Blake and Mr Andrews. The battle of corsets was fought at a collegiate school for girls in North London. Some of the pupils wear stays and some do not. Between these parties a trial of strength was arranged, consisting of a high leap, a tug-of-war, and a foot race. There were sixteen competitors—eight on each side. Those who did not .wear corsets were' victorious all along the line. ' At Buda Pesth, a youth of 16, a son of the director of the Orphan Asylum, has just shot himself, having "drawn the black ball" in an American duel with a boy of his own age. He left a letter addressed to his antagonist,' saying,''' You want me to beg your pardon to save my life. I shall do ho such thing. I have drawn the black ball, and not litter another word to save my life, i Farewell." • . The marriage of. Miss Henrietta Hallenstein, third daughter of Mr B. Hallenstein,; to Mr Frank Hyams took place at the resi dence of the bride's parents, Dunedin, on Wednesday. The young couple afterwards proceeded North and journey to« Auckland, where they propose to take the steamer for San Francisco,, thence to 1 the Home conntry, and after a brief sojourn there the happy twain return to the colony. In honour of the event Mr and Mrs Hallenstein gave a ball,to the employes of the New Zealand Clothing Factory in the City Hall The following business of local interest was transacted at the Education Board on Thursday. The appointment of a master at Hinds was deferred. T 1 ■ ■ ■'--'■--■- -■* fl--master at Longbeach a "'i.- ■iv i 1. I. ■ .■. ■< was received and accepted. The inspection report of the Little Rakaia School was received. It was notified that at Ashburton j Forks the householders had failed to elect a Committee, and the 26th May was appointed as the date for another election meeting. The election at Hinds was declared invalid, ( and a fresh election ordered on May 26fch. The Chairman said the results of examinations for scholarships would be known on Saturday next, and he was empowered to notity the results. It was resolved, on, the motion of Mr J 03 c?, seconded by Mr Meredith —."That Winchmore be formed into a separate school district."
Tho " Lyttelton Times " says that amongst a number of objections to bhe election of School Committees," '• ' " .n " /• • of a report presentee ■ ', . :. . lion yesterday, the following is Avorfch noting. It is certainty unique. Six householders At [ Hinds protested against the election 011 the grounds that the t members of the Committee were in the schoolroom-before 7 p.ni., and] remained there with closed doors apparently holding a Committee meeting till seven, when they at once, without opening the door, proceeded to the election of a Committee and' elected themselves. Meanwhile seven cf the householders were outside waiting for tha door to be opened and wer thus excluded from all share in the proceedings. The Chairman of the Committee gave a statement of what had occui j>2d, which substantially, confirmed the complaints. It need hardly be said that the Board declared the action of the self-elected Committee invalid, and ordered a fresh election to be held oil May 26.,