The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit FRIDAY, MAY 23, 1890. LOCAL AND GENERAL
i Monday next will be observed as a close r holiday in honor of Her Majesty's birthday. The Scotia has completed the repairs to the Cook's Strait cable. On Sunday next Eev Father Chastagnon will celebrate Mass at Rakaia at 10.30 a.m. Vespers at Ashburton at the usual hour. The Antarctic expedition in 1890 under the auspices of the Geographical Society of Australasia will cost £10,000. The employees of Chaffey Brothers at the Victorian Irrigation Settlements have struck for eight hours and Union rate of pay. The Napier doctors report 177 cases of la. grippe, of which 113 liavo occurred tliis ironth. The Dunedin bootmakers and other leatherworkers will in future work 8 hours per day instead" of 8i or 9 as formerly. A run on the Melbourne' Savings Bank caused some sensation, but the movement has ■ abated. The Premier announced that the run was unwarranted. The Christchurch . Operative Bakers' Association has decided to give notice that if the Union's terms are not complied with within a week the employees will go out on strike. Belgium has 5500 schools, but 136,000 drink shops. For public instructien it spends" 15,000,000 francs; for "intoxicating liquor, 135,000,000. ' " In a drunken brawl at Patea a watchmaker named Oberg has had a finger pulled completely off by two men with whom he had been quarreling. • , ; Two hundred pounds damages have been given against the proprietor of the Criterion Theatre, Pitt street, Sydney, for opening the building on a Sunday. " ' There is a new Eiffel Tower on the banks of the Neva, near St Petersburg, constructed ontirely of 10,000 blocks of ice, with restaurants, observation platforms and other attractions. It is 150 feet high. A well-known London; member of the Society of Friends has just given the sum of £25,000 to be applied—one fifth to establish and the remainder to endow a convalescent home for children at the seaside. The sparrow plague is making itself felt in England. In Northamptonshire the farmers are offering rewards for their destruction. Fourpence per dozen is paid for the heads of old birds and 2d for those of young ones. I Kirkham was fifth in the Newmarket Stakes,, in which twelve horses started, Mr White's colt retained third place for a mile, ! but died away at the finish. Time, 2min 12 1-sthsec. The "Sportsman" considers ! that his running on this occassion disposes . of his chances for the Derby. i The Rev Father Rolland, of Reef ton, who ' followed the fortunes of the soldiery in the ! early Maori wars, and who is now in \ advanced years, was taken suddenly ill while, in the performance qf his prie3tly functions, and is now in a state of health i which causes his parishioners great anxiety. The President of the Stockton-on-Tees Chamber of Commerce, speaking at the annual meeting of that body, said that the j Teeside salt field now covered an area of 11 Sfxuai'O miles, averaging 70ft in thickness In some piaoua the stratum was 100 ft thick, J and there every acre contained 200,000 tons o f salt. There was suincent aalt in the , district to supply the whole world for SOO j e-irs. We clip the following from the " Norther » Ensign," a paper published at Wick, Caithness :—Councillor D. Dunn received last week a carcase of New Zealand lamb —sent in a vessel lirted with refrigerators—from Mr Peter C4ow, a Caithnessman, and now of Waipukarau, New Zealand. The carcase looked as frosh as if it had been dressed the day before, and Mi' Gunn's friends, among whom he generously distributed samples of the consignment, can testify to the beautiful quality of the meat. i The late Sultun of Zauzibar imagined that he was a groater personage than any other on this earth, and the only man not bom to die. He was so sure of this that he had big plans laid for 2,000 years ahead. When he found that he was going to die he was ao ; ,' cut up about it that he hastened his end by j ' many da,ya, and to get even with something i or somebody hr, lia<l sjx of his court physi- j . cians beheaded. j '• The Auckland Riilv/ay Reform Lciguo have adopted a petition to P ' . that the Government Railw o . has been most unsatisfactory, and that it be at once repealed, and an unconditional trial be givon of the stage system of railway administratiln on the whole or a considerable portion of the railways of New Zealand. The petition is to be circulated throughout | the colony foi signature. I At the Dunedin Court on Wednesday five • cases out of twenty-one summonses issued in ' connection with the strike at the Shag Point I mine, were heard, and in all but one case 1 ejectment warrants were issued, with costs I 18s, the defendants being ordered to vacate j the houses occupied by Saturday- In one case, on account of the illness of the wife, the defendant was granted till June 21. The remainder of the cases were adjourned till Tuesday. The men intend, when ejected, to pitch tentsorputup huts on the foreshore, and watch the course of events. A Home paper writes :—lt is pleasant to remember, at the time of Bismark's departure into the country, how very fond he is of living nature in any form or shape. He knows every treo on his estates, watches the rookeries with unfailing interest, delights in walking among the fields and the woods, where he looks for his favorite flower, the pink heather bells. He knows the name and history of every one of the la]>orer3 on his estates, and, talking of an old cowherd, ho said once, " When he comes into my miflil J think of the heather and meadow flowers." At a meeting of electors of the new Bay of Islands constituency, held to determine upon a platform for the coming elections, resslutions were passed in favour of retrenchment and against borrowing or any increase of taxation ; in favour of tho abolition of the Property tax and the substitution of a J;and and (if necessary) Income tax ; of the present system of education ; of a trial of Vaile's railway scheme ; of granting of further powers to local bodies ; of the introduction of the American system of collecting taxes, and also a resolution urging that the land of the, Colony should be reserved for actual settlers. The " N.Z. Times;) says :-r~Tho Mauawatu Gorge Railway is now fast approaching completion, and Avill be opened in about three or four months' time. The big iron bridge over the Pohangina js finished as far as the bridge itself is concerned, but the ■ approaches have yet to bo made. All the tunnels in the Gorge are through. In fact, all the way from Woodville to Palmerston there seems very little to be done, merely the finishing off a very big work. It is pleasing to know that this long delayed work will be ready for the next spring and summer traffic, whi-gsh m\\ at once be very large. Says the "Mastertou Star";—A most amusing incident bearing on the servant girl l difficulty recently transpired in a townslnp not a hundred miles from Masterton. It appears that thfc maternal guardian of a certain bright domestic was suffering from an attack of la, grippe, and the girl in a pathetic tone of voice implored her mistress to allow her a iew hours' furlough to visit her "ma," who she had every reason to believe was nigh unto death. Considering the serious surroundings of the case, the mistress, as a matter .at course, granted her consent, and the doiuesljc left in a hurried manner. Now it so happened that tho mistress in question had occasion to drop in to the skating rink at an advanced hour before returning home. The"feelings of the domestic, who was waltzing around with a skatorial artist of tho opposite sex, may be ' more easily imagined than described, when ! she beheld amongst the admiring spectators . the stately form of her charitable mistress. What occurre' '. . ", we cannot j . .say, but we . '.- ■ -is now a < Yflcaucy in that household for a domestic,
An Adelaide parson, has failed with liabilities rcschsng £10,000 and assets just about half that amoimt. He attributes his woes to gambling in shares and buying a brewery, The Dimedhi Harbor Board having decided to grant six sections of their endowment for the piirposes of a Technological Museum, and the Government having granted £1000 | for that object, the proposal is likely to be carried out. The Christchurch correspondent of the "Catholic Times" thus refers to Bishop Julius:—" The new Bishop is not only a fluent and polished speaker, gifted with the courage of his own strong and deep convictions, and also with that good gift of a keen sense of humor, but he is evidently a man of broad sympathies, warm and generous heart, and intensely in earnest. There is plenty of work for him in tllis city of Christchurch There arc, as he himself has said, "plenty of platforms on which we can all work side by side, ia the cause, for instance, of purity, temperance and general morality," and.here Catholics will be only too glad to meet and co-operate with him." A romantic story of the elopement and :■-■.-:■■■■ •' - - ■—• Vom Notre Dame College, ■' >• ..■ , ■ ■ . has just come to light Sister Margaret -Mary was the name which . Cora la Thaimne assumed two years ago, when she took the black veil and became a teacher in Notre Dame College, which is opposite the old mission Dolores Church, in the suburbs. Her father is a French florist, and .she has two sisters, one married. The unmarried sister, Berthe, was recently engaged to Charles Perkins, an iron moulder. Berthe and her betrothed paid several visits to Cora, and young Perkins seemed greatly struck with the nun. Berthe noticed this infatuation, and they quarrelled on the day the three went together to inspect the new house which Perkins was furnishing for his intended bride.' Berthe's jealousy flamed out, and she asked him to decide between them. He chose the mm, and the younger sister acquiesced. One stormy night the convent sisters found that Margaret Mary .had disappeared. They could get no clue to her, but at last she was found in the new cottage with her husband. Prom his story and that of the sister it seemed Cora obtained a dispensation from the Mother Superior releasing her from her vows, and also one from the Archbishop. They kept her secret. They were married, and, after a brief honeymoon, returned to the house that had been furnished for the younger sister.