The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. MONDAY, MAY 19, 1890. LOCAL AND GENERAL
•—" .. . \ Sydney news states that a petition m i favor of those sentenced to imprisonment ft for mutiny on board H.M.S. Egeria is being signed. .. .' A rich Catholic manufacturer in Canada, M. Chanteloup, who died lately, left a million sterling to be divided among his employees' and servants, whom he makes his heirs. • " ■ 1 The Holy See is making arrangements for the establishment of a regular hierarchy in Japan. The missions of Japan are governed !at present by three Vicars-Apostolic, and the Church is making rapid progress in all parts of the Empire. The lawfulness of cremation can be no longer held in doubt by French Catholics, the Archbishop of Paris in accordance with instructions received from Rome, having issued directions to his Parish priests ,to refuse Christian burial to the remains of all Catholics who had expressed a desire for such a disposal of their bodies. In a small country town a minister closed his sermon with these words —We Would be pleased, morever, to have the young man who is now standing outside the door come in and make certain -whether she is here or not. That would be a great deal better than opening the dpor half an inch and exposing the people in the last row of seats to; a draught. Blood as a beverage (writes our Paris correspondent) is rather an unsavoury m'edicatiqn. Every morning, however, fashionable ladies suffering from anemia go to the monumental slaughter-house of La Villette, just as'if it were a pump-room at Bath or Vichy. They there drink bullock's blood' at thirty centimes aglass, and observers say that the "blood cure" is often efficacious. The New York "Sun" recalls the fact that the London " Times," in paying damages to Mr Parnell the other day, was celebrating a centennial. • Just "a, hundred years ago its publisher, Mr Jolm Walter, was sentenced to pay two fines of £100 each for libels on the Prince of Wales and Duke of Clarence. It costs fifty tinies as much to libel a commoner to-day as it did to slander a Prince a century ago. . r :, A remarkable incident occureel in the Mayor's Court at Gainesville, Texas. A woman, aged 60 and .weighing 17st 51b, entered the Court, and by way of protest against the imposition of a fine upon her husband knocked down first a policeman, then the city attorney, and finally the mayor. She then thrashed them all three and drove them out of the Court, of which she retained possession for three hours. The victims of her violence are much disfigured about the face. < The following is from Saturday's Oamaru Mail:—Whilst Mr Bookie was discharging a truck of sand ballast from the Warwickshire yesterday he discovered what he at first thought wa3 a worm, but what is actually a young carpet snake. The sand amongst which it was found came all the way from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and, singular to relate^ the young reptile was alive and ■ ■" ■■.',- :ti was discovered. It has been .'.;■-,■■ 1 (chemist), at whose shop it may be seen by any persons interested. The " Oamaru Mail" of Saturday says :--- The Howard digging plough still surprises the farmers by the manner in which it turns the soil. Yesterday a trial ol the ploiigh was held in Mr James M'Keown's farm, Waiaieka, in a stubble paddock. Of course, turnirg stubble land with this plough set for a depth of -10 inches d^A drawn by fpnr horses is a very easy matter, but a few of the Waia.rp.ka fanners, although tl «/ had real , about it, had not seen it at work, and they " were agreeably surprised. The plough is a ■ great labor-saving implement, for by the use of it the ground is so thoroughly worked that • a seconcrploughing and twice harrowing are not necessary. Mr Reid announces that he will hold a trial on Mr Mitchell's hnd at Studholmc Junction on Tuesday next, and another trial will take place on the Friday following near Mr Nicoll's house at Dtmtroon, ■ It seems (says the "Post") that the full measure of the London slanders upon the colony has not yet been made public. During the hearing of the Te Kooti case in the Appeal Court yesterday afternoon, Mr Justice Richmond, touching incidentally upon old native customs, mentioned that it ' was one of tho Maories ( practices to tike oft [ the heads of'their defeated enemies ajid dry > them, and that the Native Minister of lift '> day had to pay a large sum of money m - order to recover such huads. That r-ct>, his i Honour went on to say, was represented by [ Mr Ruedgn in his history of New. Zealand as payment of hsad ; inquf,y to head-hunters. 1 Mr Bryeo had told him (tho s^uixkei>) that '. he considered this a worse libel upon the ' then Native Minister than what was said of himself in the same book. What was simply 1 an act of humanity was, perverted, when ' pefn f hrough Mr Rusden's spectacles —those ! spectacles which threw what the writer I called a " lurid ligfifc' upon everything— into one of extreme barbarity. 5 A Queenstown correspondent says that 1 despatches received on Wednesday from Vancouver Island state that three English- ! men were landed there on February 5 from ■ the uninhabited island of San Allcsandro, where they had been for four years. In October 1885, they took a passage on the Japanese vessel Matsuo Marie, at Hakobutt, for Amomari, and while crossing the Straits of Issiigaru ;i gale Avas encountered which blew them out of their course. After eighty ' days' tossing about, tho vessel was driven ashore on the island of San Allesandro, and five of the crew were drowned. The vessel yas patched up again, but the Englishmen refined to trust themselves in her, as she was leaking badly. The three castaways remained on the island, find Jjvpd chiefly on • fruit' and ab'me sea birds. They also caught ' fish with hooks mado out of part of the works ! pf a watch. They suffered considerable privations, especially from wanj; of clothing, and had all given way to despair when the Wanderer rescued them. During their stay on the island several vessels passed, but not sufficiently wear to observe their signals. The men when rescued presented quite a wild appearance. A fairly successful date farm te paid to have been established in the Sahara Desert a quarter of a century ago, and the project of further colonising this immense waste has since hson a favorite one with French , engineers. A company was organised some years ago to work j(-h/? region of .Oued Rir', an Algerian valley some fourteen miles wide, and now owns five oases—the largest oou- • tailing 1800 acres—on which are planted date ' paunsf Sfejoe 18S2 this company has created three oases'and three villages, has secured a water supply of wtoujti 5000 gallons per ; minute, by sinking'nine avtfcbiiwi wells, and has reclaimed aiid put under cultivation over 9.00 o-iivaa of land and planted 50,000 date palms',' " Tjiis, vdi,h the' construction of irrigation caunls ?,ud Jyjuses for workmen, has oost £30,000, Ofciier aty}ts Are cultivated in addition to the date palju, iippna and madder being found "to thrive with b,ut little attention, cotton, flax, and tobacco, with vines aud cereals, being grown experimefltally, • Grass for the cattle and vege- ' tables "for the VorJonen are produced m the shade of the date palms. The largest ot the oases is about eighty fc*fr below sea level, and the underground watcjr & fl-bout 200 fegfc below the surface.—Home papei-, Hoiaway's Pills and Ointment.--Glad 1 tidings.—S^mp constitutions have a tendency to rheumatism, and are throughout the year borne down by its p^V.act,ed torture. - Let auch sufferers bathe the affeeicd parts with warm brine, and afterwards rn;l> k} this i soothing ojntmont: They will "find it ili« ; best means ■." Wonii!.: i'seir agony, and, . assisted by [|<iii<H,av"s i'sil•. the surest way of overcomin/ .-w r;\'r <: > -'• More need not be said than to request a few days' trial of this safe anc 1 soothing treatment, by which f the disease will ultimately be complete,-^----j swept away. Pains that would make a giant Ji shudder are assuaged without diflicull v v by '< , Holloway's easy and inexpensive remedies, i] which comfort by moderating the throbbing vessels and coming the exceed uervefr
Mr Raikes, Postmaster-General, states that a univeral penny post would entail a - yearly loss of half a million. General Harrison, the new American President, is a courageous abstainer. At a recent banquet lie declined to pledge a guest in wine, declaring, when pressed to do so, that not a drop of wine should pass his lips. He made a resolve when starting in life that he would avoid strong drink, and that vow he had never broken. He owed his health, his happiness, and prosperity to that resolution. The Shah of Persia has just had a terrestrial globe made which is unique in its ;vay. It is about 2|f tin diameter, and cost several millions of francs. The seas are represented by the most beautiful emeralds, uid the various countries by diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and other valuable., gems placed side by side.—"La Paix." Twenty-five years ago the Primitive Methodists had only six stations in London'; now they have thirty-one. They then had dxteen ministers, now forty. Their membership has increased, from 2685 to 6877,. Twenty-five ,years ago they had only eight chapels; now they have 100, and the value has increased from '£5000 to £100,000. During that period the societies, composed'chiefly of workingmen, have raised £60,000 for chapel building alone.
We regret to learn that at the hunt on Saturday last Mr D. Shea Lawlor, in attempting to negotiate a fence that had been broken and repaired with strong blue gum saplings, had a bad fall. His horse funked the jump, and came down; casting his rider, who -was somewhat severely bruised and shaken. This 13 all the worse in that Mr Lawlor had, just recovered from the effects of another nasty fall he had at the previous meet. His friends, however,- will be pleased ,to learn that the game old gentleman, who has passed his 72nd year, though stiff and sore, and confined to his arm-chair, is coming round gradually, and hopes to follow the hounds again next Saturday. ' t. '.' On the morning of Saturday week a fire' occurred at Mr James Begg's blacksmith's shop, Tinwald, by which the whole building was destroyed. 'The fire .is supposed to have been caused by a spark getting 'among the oily rags under the bench at which Mr Begg had, ;the previous day, been'bending a strap of iron. The fire was first.discovered-by Mr Mark Scott, who at once raised the alarm, and the neighbors turned out to help, but the building was beyond help, as the fire had got too strong a hold. There were no insurances on the shop, aud the total destruction of it, as well at the large.quantity of valuable working plant, represents a loss to Mr Begg of about £100. The usual weekly meeting of the Ashburton Lodge, No 29, 1.0. G.T. was held in the Ashburton Lodge room on Friday • last. There was a large attendance of member ( and visitors present. The chair was taken at 7.30 by Bro Welch C.T. and the Lodge 1 was opened with the' usual ceremony. During the evening the C.T. took occassion to present one of the sisters with. a handsome third degree collar (kindly given to the Lodge by one of the members) for having succeeded in getting most members for the Lodge during the past quarter. A large number of valuable prizes were also offered for competition during the coming term for services to the Order in various directione. Bro Elston gave a short account of his visits to various Lodges in other parts ot the colony, during his late holiday, also taking occasion to 1 congratulate the Ashburton Lodge on the rapid strides made during the past quarter. Being instituting officer, he had always taken , a high interest in the welfare of the Lodge, ! and hoped it would still continue so to advance and prosper. Bro Duncan also made a few remarks congratulating the members on the tasteful appearance of the Lodge room, 1 and votes of thanks were accorded to Bros Welch, Higgs, Johnstone and Pearson for their help in the same. The Lodge then went into harmony when songs, readings, etc. were given by several members, after which it was closed in due form by C. 11.I 1. Bro.Welch, Statutory Declaration^—l, Franz Raabe i Ironbark, 'Sandhurst, in the colony of Yic. toria, Australia, do solemnly and sincerely declare that on the 25th June, 1877, my son Alfred, six years of age, was accidentally hui't with an axe on his knee. lat once took all pains to secure medical assistance. Howeveri m spite of all efforts, on the 27th August, 1877, the opinion was given by Dr Macgillivray that an amputation of t\\e injured limb had b2come imperative,, iv order to save life. At this junoture I called on Messrs Sander am 1 " ■ :■• '. . ■ -io of their JSxk-aci of "-' " . ' ■ .■. and by the'applicatioi ! ■ ■ .- I .- -I the satisfaction of seeing my son, within a fortnight out of a]} d&J>goi', tuul to-day lie is recovered. 1 may just add that it was when he oriais had beau reached that the Extract referred to was first applied, and I make this solemn declaration, etc'—Franz R.aabe. Declared at Sandhurst, in the colony o, Victoria, Australia, this seventeenth day -of October, one thousand eight hundred and goyeuty-.seven, Iteiore mo, Moritz Cohn, J.P. -(Aclvt.) 6