The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, MAY 24, 1890. LOCAL AND GENERAL
Her Majesty the Queen completes the 71st year of her ags to-day.
General Caprivi, the new German Chan cello'r, is a confirmed old bachelor.
The " Post" says that on Monday evening 19th inst the Wainui River rose between five and six feet, owing to the heavyrains.
Some Sydney policemen recently locked up a, blind beggar, who when searched, was found to be worth £911 103.
-The value of the meat product of, the United States is. now' £150;000,0p0 sterling, of' which '£13,000,000 worth is: annually exported. . :' . ■" ■
"Enquirer ", wishes'to know what is tho age of our new Bishop. Bishop' Julius is 43 years of age. ''_ .
The, Rev, P. R. Riddel .is announced to f preach in the Presbyterian Church, Ashburton, to-inorro^, morning and evening. ,■ Snakes in-India last .year the deathof 1165 persons and -81 head- 6.E;cattle, and wild animals; killed 65 hutn&n'." beings! and 2552 cattle. - , .'''•'■','<■,. •', ,.'l| \ , At the Convention of Christian workers in Sydney it .was stated _ that, fully' 200,000 of i.the, people of (Sydney and suburbs rarely or never go to church.'., , ,', .r. •-. : , Mr Charles R. Chapman, of Dunedin, lias announced, - through - the— columns- of - the '' Bruce Herald ? his intention of contesting the Bruce seat at thegeneral election. ■
It; is currently rumored in Dunedin that Captain Baldwin has purchased the " New Zealand Times, " and.intends to completely reorganise the staff. ■ :
It is stated that the loss on cattle exported from the United States to England auring the early part of last /winter,,amounted to £2 or £3 a head to the shippers. ',
In the year 1700 there, wag but,one:newspaper in the United States. ' In 1870 there were 5,871; this year there" are 16,310, the total for the United States and Canada being 17,107.
The Christchnrch: •?' Telegraph '•' speaks of Napier as "that little town." '.'Little town", is good for a port which last quarter exported more than either Auckland or Dunedin.—("Napier Telegraph.")
A private letter from New-Plymouth states that at present good butter is only fetching 4dtosdper lb there, and that last season one dealer lost over £2000 on his shipments Home.
The "Post" says that steps are being taken by. a number of Wellington gentlemen to get up a petition to Parliament, praying that no more Crown lands should be sold until the new House has had the opportunity of discussing the question of the single tax.
1 The size of the great ocean steamships "is increasing day by day. The 'Norminia, for the Hamburg-American Company, launched from the Garfield yards, is of 8500 tons and 500 ft long, to carry 1300 passengers. She rivals the City of Paris.
We ("Nelson Mail") understand that Mr Richmond Hursthouse intends being a candidate at the forthcoming general election for the Buller electorate. It is also stated that Mr Phillips juttr., of the Tadinor, will come forward for the Waimea-Picton electorate.
Mr Moody has opened a now evangelistic institute in Chicago. Its object is to train aggressive men for work in the dens and saloons in Chicngo. Accommodation has been provided for 100 students. The building cost £25,000, which was provided by the business men of Chicago,
With reference to the challenge recently given "by Mr E. Price to Professor Hickton fora horse-training contest, and -which the latter accepted, we are desired to state that Professor Hickton is willing to put, £100 clown to Mr Price's £50, if he is game to come to the scratch.
Yesterday while Mr Hugo Friedl antler's trap was ■'■ .Vv-r r *" "• the door of his house in E ,■: ■ , up to a post, a passing buggy frightened the horse, which played up somewhat and smashed a fair portion of the machine behind him. Friends haudy, however, prevented any serious mischief from being done.
A Panorama comprising views of the Paris Exhibition, the Eiffel Tower, the Australian Bushrangers (Kelly's gang),-'etc., diversified by a display of conjuring tricks, will be ojien this evening at eight o'clock at the Templar Hall, under the management of Mr De Loree. The prices of admission arc one shilling for .adults and sixpence for children.
On dlt that on Monday next there will be an oxtraordinary state of things in Aaliburton, in that every one of the local solicitors, all the police, and the clerk andbaliff of the R.M. Court will all be absent their attend-; ancc being required in connection with the; local cases -in the Supreme! Court, arid as nobody knows as yet what position these may occupy on the calendar, it would seem possible that we may require to depend upon outside assistance for all our law and its enforcement for perhaps'the best part of a week.
The Borough's men ar« now busy lifting the line of iron pipes, that runs along West street, past the Stationnfaster's house. The pipes hay 3 now been down for a number of years, and the. soil has settled very closely round them, making the work of lifting them very hard indeed. This line of pipes was thrown out of use by the recent introduction of the new system that increased the supply for the town when the steam fireengine was introduced, and when a line of fifteen inch glazed pipes was taken from the Domain to the new distributing sump at the junction of West street and Cameron street West,, "...,-.. - .
A New York correspondent writes: — " The alleged manufacture of artificial eggs has ofteu been treated as a joke, but Uib other day a man named Onderdonk, of Rockland County, New York, was fined 50 dollars and costs for selling to dealers a number of " fresh " eggs at a very low price. On examination these eggs were found to be artificial, and to have been manufactured by a firm in New Jersey. Theshells were made of a composition containing lime and chalk, the whites of some albuminous substance, and the yolks of ground carrot and saffron. The imposition was easily detected on boiling the eggs, as the yolk and white did not hardeii separately.
The illuminated address to Mr T. Arthur, late Statiomnaster, Ashburton, that was put in hand with our local illuminator, Mr J. L. lliggs, has just been finished, and the artist, must be ■."■r —-'■-'V.+'H -ipon the excellent result o :-. ■ : '. "I ■ address,
the text of which we have already published, has been neatly written in Elizabethean text, and encircled with a graceful floral wreath. 7?1>8 address was signed by the Mayor, for the p«9plp of Ashburton, and the Hon Secretary a«d Treasurer of the Fund, Mr James Tasker, 'to whose energy, more than anything else, may be ascribed the success of the movement to notice rMr Arthur's departure for Dunedin. The address will t>e on view in Mr, Andrew Orr's window for the next few days, after which it will be sent on to Mr Arthur. ;. .-• :
Mr E. Stone Wiggins, the well-known , .-■:."■ .' 1.: '■_■.' *-; -*--.--.- Ottawa .■! \:.■■■;;■ i ■ , .! <■' ■■ '■ iccessful prediction of the ree-'™ 4' r"""if of™-™. Vfe based his calculations ■,■ i-.'■ i ■■' ■"■ of certain planets to the earth. Mr Wiggins has received many letters from shipowners thanking him for his timely warning. In point of fact he was' two or. three .days'-too soon in his reckoning, but ho did certainly, predict an umisual atmospheric disturbance. The "Australasian" has the following:— "•It ia a noteworthy coincMence that at-the very tjme the grandest .features of European scenery —its-mountains, lakes, caverns,; and cataracts—are becoming trite and familiar; j wew wonders and previously undiscovered beauties are being revealed in the group of I islands so inappropriately gained New Zea; land. Anything more unlike the flat and marshy archipelago, formed by the numerous I mouth's of tlio .Scheldt, than the magnificently diversified land of the Maoris it ] I would be difficult to imagine, and n move 1 ovprcfeiiivy niiinc i-i ceritvuilv v.b ufgc:ii vvam,