The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit SATURDAY, MAY 31, 1890. LOCAL AND GENERAL
Sir R. Of—t c-.-.-r.'-- iJ-":■ ■'■ .''".!■ I \ hehasno ■■■■. ■■ ■•: ■. .■. , .•■■ :'. .i'.h-p-•'..■.i-.-ii arena. A new Roman Catholic Church will shortly Ibe built at Rotorua to accommodate "■ 200 .worshippers. . - . : : . Mrs Feneday, Secretary of, the Christ-? church Women's Christian Temperance Union, died to-day. . , . Baro Hirsch has created a trust of £24,000 a year for the relief of Hebrew emigrants from Russia to the Uiiited States.
The "Press" understands that a requisition- is in progress inviting the Hon W. Rolleston to offer himself as a, candidate for the Halswell district at the next general election.
We are requested to intimate to our Catholic readers that the Very Rev Father Chervier, who is on a visit to the Rev Father Chastagnon, will be glad to see his old friends to-morrow.
" There is no truth in the report that Sir Harry Atkinson intends to resign office immediately after the delivery of the Financial Statement." So says an exchange —which probably means that the report is true but that the fact has leaked oiit earlier thau was intended.
The " Grey Star" says that it is currently believed that Mr Hursthouse will be hardly strong enough to oust Mr Eugene O'Conor, and adds:—"lt matters little to us here whether O'Connor or Hursthouse get in. j Both are supporters of the present incompetent Administration." The apprehension at one time felt by some that the opening of the Midland Railway I works would attract a very rough and turbulent lot to the West Coast has so far proved quite groundless (says the "Inangahua Times") those^ employed upon the works being as a rule well conducted, steady, hard working menf who seem bent on making the most of their opportunity to knock up a good cheque. The London correspondent of the " Lyttelton Times" writes:—" The floating of the Taranaki Ironsaud Company is understood to have somewhat improved the fortunes of Sir Julius Vogel, who may now reconsider his intention of re-honouring the Colony with his presence. I fancy Mr Wakefield, who holds the poorest opinion | of the old man's political chances in New Zealand, smashed any last lingering delusions he retained."
The "New York Star" says it is reported that Madame Adelina. Patti is about to enter an auction in the American courts to prevent the unauthorised reproduction in public of-her voice by means of the phonograph. ' The proprietor of one of. these in« struirients secured in it during an opera performance at San Francisco a splendid impression of the priina donna's voice, and proposes to make a tour through the States, giving through the phonograph Patti's solos at second-hand. - fi ' A gentleman who travelled by the Mount Somers line this morning, tells us that during the pouring rain he sawa stack of bags of grain at the Westerfield station, from which the tarpaulin had blown off." One of the maintenance men was standing by smoking a pipe, but never lifted a finger to put things right The guard of the train, however, saw what was wrong and attended to it, but the neglect of the other man deserves mentioning as an example of reprehensible laziness. The "North Otago Times" of Thursday says : —ln yesterday's issue we published a telegram from our' Wellington correspondent, who stated that Sir H. Atkinson intended resigning after delivering his financial IStatement, and that Mr Ballance or Sir John Hall would bo chocen to succeed him. We at the time doubted the trustworthiness of the rumor that Mr Ballance would be asked to take t!ie Premier's place, ami yesterday had the message repeated, ami ascertained that in transmission an error had occurred by the introduction of Mr Ballance's name for Mr Bryce's. The Pegasus correspondent of-the " Southland Times " writes that they are not all dead or gone over there yet but that things are pretty sleepy- There »re only twelve men on-the ground. The largest operation going on is at~t':ie High Lovcl Co's alluvial claim where five men arc at work washing up.
The remainder arc scattered over a wide area,
fossicking about. Mr Smith's party—the High Level—arc «aid to be getting very good returns, lnit as they intended to work a fortnight before putting results to tli« proof, and that time h-'.s not yet elnpsed, the amount of success is no£ definitely known
yet. A rather exciting incident oscurcd at the Oroua Bridge on Saturday, which miraculously resulted in no serious mishap to the principal party to it. A Maori on horseback evolved the brilliant idea of racing the train, and set off at a terrific pace along the road. He readied the Oroua Bridge just in advance of the engine, and the horse taking fright jumped over the bridge which was fully fifteen feet above the bed of the stream. The horse was killed instantaneously, but the foolhardy rider escaped with a severe shaking.—" Manawatu Times." A telegram from Berlin to a London paper says:—The Kaiser has issued an order that the first two rows in the gallery of the Hofkirche shall henceforth be reserved for
soldiers, as he does not like to be gazed at by sightseers while attending divine service. " From the moment I enter the church," he said to-day, "till I lea re it hundreds of curious eyes fasten on me ; this annoys me. I want to be left alone on Sundays, at least at church. People who wanb to see me can stare at me on the promenade, Unter den Linden and in the Thiergarten." The usiiial monthly "long night" in connection with the Rakaia Dancing Assembly was held in the Oddfellows' Hall on Weclnesday last. The hall was well filled, a number of visitors coining from a great
distance, and all present appeared
thoroughly enjoy themselves. Dancing was kept up until morning; excellent music beir>g supplied b> Messrs McCarthy and Connor and Miss Scott. Mr R. D. Petrie acted as M.C These assemblies, which are held weekly, are now very popular, and as^the Management Committee have worked assiduously for-this end, they are to be congratulated upon the success which has attended their efforts. A truly remarked physical defect is recalled by the death of Mr Edwin Cowles,
editor and owner of the " Cleveland Leader,"
one of the great newspapers of ■ the West. Until Mr Cowles. was 'lo years old, he supposed that all he heard and read about the songs of birds was poetical fiction, since to his ears they had always been as mute as fishes. Then a distinguished aurist, learning of this droll delusion, sought Mr Cowles out, and made the discovery that he could ' not hear the notes of a piano or organ above the sixth octave, or even the shrillest or most vibrant high notes of a fife or a violin. Put in a room with twenty canary birds, Mr Cowles could not hear the slightest sound, even when they were singing at their shrillest and he placed his ear close to their cage. All the sibilant sounds in human speech escaped Mm likewise, and as a result he never produced them i;j his own talk^ ; Vet, strange enough, in all othep respects, J his hearing was more than ordinarily acute.' A ludicrous incident occured at KilLirney I Cathedral in the presence of Lord Kenmare and all the local magnates. .Father Burke was preaching for the Presentation Brothers' schools, and his sermon reached an unusual length. The brothers, anxious only for a good collection, began rattling the tin plates as a hint to the preacher to stop. The bishop, Dr Moriarty, frowned from his throne and the noise ceased. The portly prior advanced from his stall and took up his position in front of the pulpifc, full in view of all present except the good father. The preacher was just then expatating on the zeal of the brothers. He pictured forUi the pale ascetic monk, his emaciated frame bearing evidence of his fastings and vigils. He was' surprised to find the audience wore smiling. He tried to be more impressive, and again reverted to the mortified and overworked monk. The audience could hardly restrain their merriment. There in front of him was the rotund 'igure, the, broad, jolly face of the prior, beaming like a full moon visible t.o all bvt the preacher, and fully enjoying the beautiful i | description of the ascetic monk. Greatly j disconcerted the preacher concluded as ' quickly as he could, and it is but right to j mention that the collection did not disappohit 1 fraternity.-" The Tablet."
Ihe audited balance-sheets of the Borough Council are published inthis issue. "The Lytteltoii"" Times" reports that duiinj? the past, week" large and varied " hauls " of fish have been made at Sunnier, arid are still being brought to land. The fishermen and others are naviug quite a btisy time of it. .Many visitors are availing themselves of the plentiful sport. Several of the fish have been of a very large size, one turning the scales at 871bs. At Thursday's meeting of the Waste Lands Board, the following, among other sales for cash were.made: ?•■ !:■, "i HIC^", 89.acres, Spaxton district, ■■ \. \'-' ■■.■■>: section 60, reserve 1371, 50 acres, Hinds district, to Catherine Keays ; section 36204, 147^ acres,' Rangitata district, to J. W. Sawle ; section 35927, 61a 2r 36p, Orari<district,- to D. R. Ambler. '* Section 50, Reserve 1371,50 acres, was granted on perpetual lease to John Keays. '■ ' v '. : Trere was brought to our office to-day by Mr Poole, some grain which was poisoned four years ago by Mr C. Neate. The sample looks as fresh as when it was delivered to the farmers in 1886 ; and what is more to the purpose, evidently still retains its deadly properties, as we have in our possession a sparrow which was poisoned to-day by par taking of some of it. We clip the following important testimonial from the " Illawarra Mercury " (N.S. W.) of the 30th March. It needs no comment: — '■ Mr John Loveday, of the Bulli Mountain, writes to us that after suffering for four years with acute gravel, he has experienced almost complete relief by using Sander and Sons' Eucalyptic Extract. He says :—" Seeing the said Extract advertised in the ' Illawarra Mercury,' his intense suffering induced him to obtain a bottle of the medicine from Mr Hosking, chemist, of this town, and that the use of it gave him great relief at once. He states that between 10th March inst., when he obtained the first bottle of the extract, and the 19th, the use of that medicine continued to afford. him relief, to which he had been a stranger for four years. Mr Loveday writes also that he has found' the Eucalypti Extract a cure for rheumatism as well as gravel. He requests us to publish this information through the' Mercury.' We have nwch pleasure' in complying with Mr Loveday's request, whose word cannot be doubted, and who can have no object in view other than a pure desire to benefit suffering humanity."—(Advt') 2 There is now to be seen, in- the shop window of Messrs J. Scaly and Co., East street, a collection of apples showing some of tHj.3 sorts grown at the nurseries, Riverbank, that will repay inspection by any 0n.6 who contemplates planting fruit plants. Th.ere are upwards of fifty different kinds shown, all valuable, long keeping sorts. For size, color, and general excellence they are by far the finest that have been shown in Ashburtori this season.-^(Advt.) ;