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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2433, 5 June 1890
LOCAL AND GENERAL
More than 80,000,000 egg 3 aro rsed annually-in France for'clarifying wine.
Over 14,000 miles of railway track are now under construction or. projected in the United States
The " Evening Post" says that Mr Henry Bunny will oppose Dr Newman for the Hutt district at next-elections.
The Sydney Museum contains a fine display of metalliferous ores from every colony except New Zealand.
Dr Fitchett, M.H.R., is expected to arrive in Melbourne this week, so that he will almost certainly be fible to be in his • seat at the opening of Parliament. ' ■'
The United States Government, are willing to give £34,000 for a four-weekly and £68,000 for a fortnightly service via San Francisco ; the contract to be for ten years.
At Tnapeka a book agent was assailed by a good wife, who not only used her kmickles but her crockery to the detriment of his good looks.
In order to encouroge shooting the Defence Department have reduced the price of Martini-Henry ammunition to 8s 4d per 100 rounds.
Mr Moody, a mining expert who visited the Whangarei district lately, declares that " there is enough wealth in Pupipuhi to make the whole of New Zealand rich."
The English, War Office has been compelled to secure firing rights over 5000 yards at all their ranges on account of the great range of the new rifle adopted for the infantry.
A member of the Wyoming Legislature, seeking to sustain a point of order, jerked his coat off with, "-Mr Speaker, if some reliable man will hold these duds, I'll show him that he is out of order."
It is expected that the final aggregate vote of the Presbyterian Churches in America will show a majority of two-thirds in favor of the revision of the Confession of Faith.
With reference to the statement that' Sir Julius Vogel intends to take up the editorship of the "New Zealand Times," we (" Otago Daily Times ") have good authoiity for stating .that there is no truth in the rumour. ■
MrJ. B. Watson, tha eldest son of the lately deceased Sandhurst millionaire of that name, got married. The result is that under his father's will he now receives £4000 a year, while if he remained a bachelor, he would only receive £2000 per annum. . •
From Rewa word has reached Suva' of a brutal murder. A coolie was found on a piece of land with his head literally hacked to pieces. The deceased was reported to have some money saved, and it is presumed that to obtain the money was the motive for the outrage.
The man Morton, who was missing from Dunrobin station, Southland, was found by a party of Mossburn residents (headed by Constable Griffiths, of Lumsden). The man had been wandering about for 14 days,- the only food he had during that time being a robin and a few. berries.
From a census recently taken by the Prefecture of Police it appears that the number of Germans at present residing in Paris is 30,229. If to these are added those living in the arrondisscments of St. Denis and Scaunn (outside the fortifications) the total amounts to 35,718 —20,471 women and 15,247 men.
A remarkable thing in connection with the flood at Wilcannia, Avrites a correspondent to the New South Wales Government AstronomGi? (Mr Russell), is the clearness and purity of tha water. Never before has such clear, clean water been noticed with the Darling in flood. The peculiarity is attributed to the heavily-grassed state of the country above and to a great deal of the rains having fallen upon saturated ground.
A young man named David Williams, while feeding a chaffcutter at Fairlie Creek, had liis left hand by some means caught by the feed roils and drawn in, and the hand and arm, nearly to the elbow, were sliced up by the knives before Ije managed to drag his arm out. Williams pieserved his coolness, and his mates tied the arm up very cleverly, and then took him to the railway station, When 02 he was taken by train to the Timaru Hospital, where it was found necessary to amputate thq arm above the elbow,
A sanitary regulation of Detroit (U.S.A.) dema-ic's the placarding of houses in which aiiy form of contagious disease exists. A card of about tliroo inches square, of a bright red color, and lettered in black, is the conspicuous sign, posted inside the entrance. Its inscription, printed in three languages— English, French, and German—varies only with the sickness, " Whooping cough here" giving place to measles, diptlieriu, or whatever the malady may be. From this rule no residence in the city is exempt.*
One of the best arguments in favour of plain living is that the simplest articles of diet are Hie safest. The sooner ■we come to realise that fact as well as another important truth —that the best of its kind is the safest as well as the cheapest—we shall be in a fair way to bid adisu to the fiend dyspepsia. It is almost enough to make one dispute man's exceptional superiority to animals'when we consider how much better the latter protect themselves in this respect in selecting such nutriment as will as most readily assimilate than does man with all the light of his boasted reason.
Although the Russian papers are silent on the subject, there are serious revolutionary movements afoot both in Finald and Poland. Proclamations in Sweedish and Finnish are being widely circulated in the former province inciting the population to revolt, and it has been found necessary to send some Cossack regiments there in apprehension of an uprise. In Poland, the Governor-general lias recommended the Czar to grant some political reforms in lieu of attempting to Russify the country, and the Emperor's rejecting of this advice has had the effect of stimulating popular disaffection.
A Russian Solomon has had to decide a knotty case. A man sold a cow; the buyer said he paid for it, the seller declared ho did not. There were no witnesses. The judge hit upon a ruse. He thought the buyer an honest man, and proposed to get up a subscription on his behalf, and ask,ed the fellow who had pocketed the money if he would give three roubles. Delighted to get off so easily, he complied. The judge scanned the threerouble note critically, and pretended tii.it it was counterfeit. Completely upset by the accusation, the fellow confessed that he had received th_o money in payment for the cow.
Two "ancient mariners" have just died in Melbourne—namely, Captain Campbell (aged 85) and Captain M'Meckan (aged 81), Captain Campbell left Scotland for Hobart Town in 1825, and.had as eventful a subsequent career as the New Zealand hero, Captain Barry. He came to Victoria in IS3G, and was many years engaged in whaling pursuits at Port Fairy. IJefore the gold rush he was made harbour-master in Melbourne, aposii ion he held right through the busy and auxin as time of the early fifties and down to LS(i!). C.iptain M'Mekan, who was also a colonin'. since the " thirties," must be known to many in New Zealand. He was of the firm of M'Meckan, Blackwood and Co., who started the steam service between Melbourne and Dunedin, the 'Bluff and Hokitika. The Aldinga, Alhambra, Albion andßingarooma were some of their best known boats- Eventually the present Union Company bought out the firm's New Zealand trade.
A New York telegram says :—"Mr Noble, of Olaysvillc, has just come into an estate in Scotland valued at £100,000. The property descends frf.ni tJ ■■ ■: -lf ',':■-. W-'T'-i Noble, who was a ■' ' ■■ ■ I'> ■■ . ■ r and who deserted and came to America in ISOS. Subsequently he entered the United Sta.tes army, and was killed in battle atjN'ow Orleans. When lie left Scotland lie was the sole heir to the North Woodaide estate, ncir Glasgow. Some time ago an attorney, tracing the record of property contiguous to Woodside, found tliftt the present possess-or of the latter estate had a clouded title. The attorney, after a long and patient search of the parish records and military roll, traced William Noble to America, and discovered his hejr in the person of J. R. Noble, who Mill leave for Scotland with his family on l.sl April, and will hereafter reside on the ancestral estate." Mr Noble may be the heir, | but he will have some difficulty in residing 3 " on the ancestral estate," as it has long since * been absorbed, by the city.
At a meeting of ratepayers at Geraldine on Tuesday, Mr A. E. G. Rhodes uaid it was necessary to get an Act to define the duties of County Councils and local bodies, for in regard to water races, at present they were badly defined. Unless- such an. Act was passed clearly defining the duties and responsibilities there would be endless confusion. •
A large deputation connected with Canadian shipping had an interview with several members of the Government, to urge the deepening of the Beauharnois and Cornwall canals, which connect t tha lakes with the St Lawrence." Sir John Macdonaldjin- reply, said the work would commence this year t , and, would cost 12,000,000 dols.; On ifs completion within three years the St Lawrence canal will have been deepened sufficiently % enable' ocean steamers to reach Chicago and Duluth^
Mr Henry Holiday, lecturing at Toynbee Hall, London, on "Looking Backward, said it was a mistake to suppose that men's moral nature must be improved before the state of society pictured by Mr Bellamy could' be realised. It was admitted that such a state of life would have a very wholesome effect xipon morals. But in order to bring about the change there must be a general conviction that it is desirable. Generous aspirations may supply a. lever, but there must be a basis of public opinion to serve as a fulcrum from which to work.
A useful application of electric motivepower has been made by Mr W. E. Irish, of Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. It' consists of driving the cutting tool or drill used in preparing etched blocks for printing, or for removing superfluous metal from the block, etc. The tool-holder is rotated by a small electric motor at a high speed, and the whole is arranged and supported that the operator with one hand can shift the blook on the operating table while he applies the tool to it with the other hand. The action of the motor is regulated by the pressure of the foot.
A prolific ewe, owned by Mr Blakeman, of Market Dray ton, recently gave birth to the unprecedented number of seven lambs; four were born alive, the other three being dead when lambed, and the ewe, which is a very fine and large Shropshire, is attending to the cares of maternity on behalf of three herself, while the fourth is given over to the charge of a foster mother. This ewe was the tenth up to that date of the flock which had lambed, three of the others having brought triplets, and the remainder doubles; the ten ewes having produced twenty-five li ye lambs, besides the three born dead out of the seven at a birth.
The charge of heresy against the Rev J. Gibb is to the affect that on Sabbath, the May 25 at the morning service of the FirsfeChurch congregation, Dunedin, in the course of hia sermon he made use of language to the effect that he did not agree with the statement of the doctrine of election as set forth in the standards of the Church; that the words were an emphatic declaration from the pulpit of the falsity of one of the cardinal doctrines of Scripture and of the Presbyterian Church; and that such a statement made in" such circumstances was calculated to unsettle the minds of the members and adherents of the congregatiou, and generally to throw doubt upon thedoctrinea of the Church.
LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2433, 5 June 1890
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