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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2435, 27 May 1890
LOCAL AND GENERAL
I Bishop Selwyn is recovering from his i She (at the piano)—" Listen ! How do enjoy this refrain?". He—"Very much. The more you refrain the better I like it."
Owing to the Queen's Birthday holiday there was no meeting of the Borough Council last night. The ordinary meetiug will take place this evening.
According to the " Otago Daily Times " it is stated that Sir Walter Buller has decided to become a candidate for the Bruce seat at the coining general electicn.
The canal through the Isthmus of Corinth, which is only now nearing completion, was begun during the reign of the Emperor Nero, over 1700 years ago.
An attempt is being made by Russia to lift two Euglish steamers sunk in Balaclava Bay during the Crimean war. One is said to contain £40,000 in gold.
An English company has been formed in London to purchase the fossil ivory which'is obtainable in Alaska. Fossil ivory hunting is a big business in Siberia, and this company has equal hopes in Alaska.
A lady appeared the other night in a Sydney theatre in a white satin ulster, with collar and cuffs of white velvet. The tout ensemh'e brought down the ' house, who thought the fair one had just got out of bed and forgotten to dress.
The Ashburton Rifles held their annual social iii the Oddfellows' Hall last night, and quite 200 persons were present, includiug members of the corps, past and present, and friends with wives and sweethearts. Dancing was engaged in with great heartiness, and other amusements were provided as well as refreshments.
A correspondent of the' " Press " records that a traction engine passed through Springfield on Saturday morning, en ro-ute. to Mr Dalgety's Glrasmere Station, near Cass, with material for a woolshed and other goods. This is opposition with a vengeance, when such an expensive mode of haulage can compete with forty-four miles of railway.
When the steamer Moray shire leaveWellington (her final port of departure for London), she is expected to have on board 45,000 carcases of frozen sheep. This will be the largest number of sheep carried Hcmo by any vessel. The majority of the New Zealand runs do not carry as many sheep as this vessel is taking away.
The " Mount Ida Chronicle " says that two rather intelligent young men recently passed thiough Naseby who stated that although they had travelled from as far as Quecnstown they had been unable to obtain employment. At one station where they asked for work, but were refused, two Chinamen were employed as shepherds, one as cook, another as muse, and still another as "rouse-about."
The Crimiual sittings of the Christchurch Supreme Court opened yesterday. True bills were found in all the cases except that of the girl accused of stealing a ring from a photographer's shop. Mary Butler was convicted of arson, Alexander Turner, of perjury, and James Henry Roberts pleaded gnilty to four cliai'ges of false pretence^. Sentence was deferred in all cases.
A somewhat rare operation, trephining, was successfully carried out at the Ashburton Hospital a few days ago by Dr Tweed, the medical attendant of the patient, assisted by Drs Trevor and Leahy. The case was that, of a, young woman, 22 ycaFt) of age, who suffered from epilepsy as the result of an injury to the frontal, bone caused by a fall during her childhood, and trephining was resorted to for the purpose of removing the pressure of the bone on the brain. Some months ago portions of the bone Avere thus removed, and last week the operation was successfully completed. The patient is recovering rapidly, and it i 3 hoped that the, result will bs the entire cessation of her: epileptic troubles.
I >■ In an Omaha Church recently, Sam Jones shouted; "Is there a man present who never sppke a cross word to his wife ?" The silence was becoming oppressive. People looked here and there. JSvery husband present wanted to get up but did not dare to, But the sadness that had possession of Jones's face vanished a moment later when a round-faeod, good-natured man rose from his seat. "Thank £*od ;" exclaimed Sam, " there is one man who never spoke a cross word to his wife !" The good-natured man smiled a bland smile and said : '-'No, sir, I uevcr did. I'm a bachelor." Then he put on his b>t and calmly walked out of the door,
A limited liability company is advertised in a weekly journal in 10,000 snares of £10 each. Truth will out.
It is notified by advertisement that the Rink will be open to-night and Saturday, next, after which it will be closed for, a week, owing to the Hall being otherwise engaged.
We notice by advertisement appearing elesewhere that Mrs Baeyertz, who recently held services in Ashburton, and has since been preaching to overflowing congregations in Christchurch, purposes to hold a week's mission at the Oddfellows' Hall, commencing Sunday, Ist June. All persons interested in and- desirous of helping this mission are invited to meet at the Baptist Church on Wednesday evening at eight o'clock.
On the Ferry Road Tramway, Christchurch, on Monday evening, Hugh Milner, a boy .of twelve years, was" kilted. It is supposed he had been riding on the drawbar at the end of the car, and had either jumped or been knocked off when the tram was backing. The brake gear appears to have naught his back, and broken it. He was the son of Edward Milner, wheelwright, Sydenham.
Mr R. Tapper, junr., in a letter to Mr R. H. Brodrick (late secretary to the Southland ' Acclimatisation Society) says.that the other ' week he noticed fish, which he believed; to be salmon, going up the Aparima river, near Fairfax !■■ '■';■■. Tl> v.-,— led'to this belief by the ■■ • i^. ■ \ ■■!■!». .■• i. • of the fish, which were in large numbers, and by their jumping clean out of the water and for some little distance ahead as well. He describes them as quite different in appearance to trout.
There has been '"caught at Lofodden, Norway, a cod weighing fully 681b, "and measuring sft., 4in.. This beats the; longest on record—4ftllin. The cod is a cannibal, and this Lofodden cod had in it the remains of another cod of no mean dimensions. The fish must have been of a great age* to attain' that size. Whereas (says the "Newcastle Chronicle ") other animals cease growing at a comparatively early period of life, it is the nature of a fish to keep growing until death overtakes it. Hence the size of a cod, as of a carp and a salmon, is a measure of its age.
M. and Mmc de Lesseps held a reception recently, where the chief attraction was the presence of all the old. man's children, the two by his first marriage and the eleven by his second. His eldest " boy "is about forty-five years of age, and his youngest child, a daughter, Gisele, is four years old,; the age of the eldest of the eleyen children is sixty-seven. Comte de Lesseps is himself now in his eighty-fifth year; he is rapidly breaking up—or down, but still retains a good flow of animation for a gentleman never at auy time mercurial. They say the failure of the Panama Canal has never affected him; he believes that his scheme is being victimised, by a conspiracy.
Saturday's Oamaru " Mail" reports that the result of the trial of the Howard digging plough, which took place on Mr Borton's estate on the previous day was a great surprise even to the agent. The land given to him to work upon was a hillside well sprinkled with small boulders of limestone, just such a place where double furrows are made to dance on their ends occassionally. The digger turned up 9 inches of soil and left it in splendid, form and without any extra strain on the horses. Afterwards a piece of atubble land was operated upon and there the work was done just as satisfactorly as on the hillside. A number of farmers came on to the ground during the day, and all expressed satisfaction at the work done.
At a meeting held at Clinton last week it was decided to form a company, with a capital of £5000, to start a rabbit tinning and meat preserving factory, and provisional ! directors were appointed. In a letter read ■ from Mr Heath, manager of the Marborough factory, he statfcd:—"We are paying 3s per dozen for full-grown rabbits, trapped only, and we are now receiving 3000 daily, which, with 150 sheep, wo pivserve daily. I have managed here since the factory started, and am glad to inform you with excellent returns for our goods. The rabbits iii manufacturing cost 5s 6d per dozen, whilst our returns last season were 11s 6d. Our rabbitskins brought Is 4d per lb, We our return for mutton in 21b tins was usu perlb." An exciting scene took place on Sunday, March 30th, at the wedding in Berlin of M.' Probst to Miss Frohmann. Just as the bride was about to have the ring pladfed on her finger, a woman named Hermann with dishevelled hair, rushed at her and tore the wreath of orange-blossom from her head; j then seizing the bride by the throat, almost strangled her before the astonished witnesses recovered sufficient presence of mind to separate the two women. It seems that M. Probst lived.at Miss Hermann' 3 house, and became ihe. object of her affection: Miss Frohmann was introduced to Probst at the house, and when Miss IT- ■: ■ •v.:'-V:-■:-•■---- 1, that her lodger was in.L- 1 ■ ■•■.■. i;. , ■■ ■ : '. her reason began to give way, and her mental distress culminated in the attack at the wedding. She is now completely insane. The Right Rev, H. M. Turner, colored bishop of Georgia, has written a letter to the ' American Government advocating the adoption of Senator Butler's Bill for colonising Africa with American Negroes. He says a million blacks have discovered io their cost that, as far as they are concerned;; the American nation is a failure. He adds:— "Either this nation cannot or will not protect a man who is not white. No court in America has given a decision in, favour of a Negro in 12 years. The Supreme Court is an organised mob against him. Senator Butler's Bill will enable 1,000,000 Negroes to go where they can work out their own destiny. Africa, is the future home of, the elevated and cultivated Negro.' It is' a giant continent, and an Eden on earth, and it will become the sanitary, commercial, and evangelical heart of the globe. - • : The "Otago Daily Times" of Friday says: —A beautiful meteoric display was. observed over the city yesterday morning at about 4.30 o'clock. Attention was drawn to the meteor by the siidden burst of light from it, by which the outlines of things were niade quite distinct, and shadows almost as well defined as in clear moon-light were cast by intervening objects. The meteor seemed to start from about the meridian, and shoot with great velocity in a S.E. direction until within something like 30 degrees of" the horizon, when its progress gradually ceased 1, and at length it became stationary in the form of a long incandescent ,rod; it then slowly waned in its brightness, the material expanding in width and contracting in length until it formed a large gobular mass, with a more solid or dense head of nucleus on the south-western side. It fjien commenced to travel in a S.W. direction, at what appeared to be a right angle to its original course, in the form of a comet, gradually fading from sight. It must have been visible to the eye about four or five minutes,
LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2435, 27 May 1890
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