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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2446, 20 June 1890
LOCAL AND GENERAL
Sir (i. M. O'Rorke is a strong advocate for colonial federation.
Mr Feldwick, of Invercargill, favors the imposition of an Income-tax.
Kind words are like babl heads —they can never dye. A Japan---' 1 .<."- 7; ■'■■ :■ !o develop exten' sivc coal i!-!:\ :: \«-.- ':■■■ i. Japan.
Mr R. K. Twopcny will b«n Ciindidatc for Duuedin City in the J'rotcotion interest.
Sir Robert Stout will deliver an addre^in the Oainaru I'ublic J-Iji] 1 on Monday night on the political topics of the day.
William O'Urien, M.1., has boon engaged io the daughter of M. Hafl'alovitch, a l\ivi fcian iui'.uicicr.
Germany's; new Chancellor is a great smoker, ami, like Disinarck, an immoderate quarter of beer.
It co--ts Great Britain £709,0;.)!) annually for caliirics and allowances lo the royal family.
A Hebrew convert to Christianity is labouring with success among the 30,000 resident Jews in Jerusalem.
The English people are grumbling because nearly ever member of the royal family is on a tour of the Continent.
Mr Gladstone says lie is opposed to the nationalisalion of land. He does not sec how the State could be a good and capable landlord.
O.ic effect of the proposed now cable rates will be that in future the charge for private mcjsiigi-K will be <")o 'Jd pur word, instead of 0a id us hiihvrto.
The discovery of a superior quality of coal is reported from the Bay of Islands.
A remarkable double funeral took place recently at Cwnbran, Wales, the deceased being a man and his wife, named Mumford, aged respectively 75 and 76. They had been married over fifty years, were ill together, died within a few hours of each other, and were buried in the same grave.
Pleasant Point settlers have decided to approach Parliament in favor of a village settlement near the township. Failing assistance from Parliament a suggestion has been made to purchase from private holders, and lay out a settlement, on the 21 acre lot principle.
The recent persecution of the Jews in Vienna became so dangerous to all shopkeepers that the city recently appeared covered with such signs as " I am a Chtistian Tradesman." "Christian Brandy Shop," " Christian Cheesemonger," " Christian Old Clothes Shop."
The Executive of the Farmers' Union are inviting expressions of opinion from the farmers' clubs in Otago on the advisability of New Zealand federating with Australia if intercolonial freetrade is granted, and also aB to the Bupport.which farmers will give a farmers' co-operative company.
A remarkable result of Russian influenza is recorded by the authorities of the Massachusetts insane asylum. In seven cases the patients, thiough having la grippe, were restored to .reason, and in each case the details are thoroughly vouched for by the medical attendants.
"George," she whispered, softly, "mark yonder breadth of cloud, stretching to the utmost part of the heavens —a boundless, infinite sea of nothingness." "Nothingness I" he echoed. " Why, goodness gracious, Maria, there's a quart of rain in every square foot of that there cloud."
The extent and resources of the British Empire may be realised when it is stated Ithat it is nearly three times the size of JSurope and only 1,000,000 acres less than Africa. At least a fifth of the world's population are British subjects, and close upon one-half of the trade of the whole is in their hands.
"I don't think it is chimerical," said the Emperor William to Jules Simon, " to beleve that wars may one day cease. The time appears to be coming when even wars between two nations single-handed will give place to wars between groups of nations— that is, between Continent and Continent. But after that I daresay the Continents will take refuge in peace."
There is a curious stone about which very little is ever heard. It is called the "Alex* andrite," in honour of Alexander of Russia, who was very fond of them. In the daytime they resemble an emerald, except that they are somewhat darker, but at night they are a deep purplish red. They are found in India, and like all rare stones vary much in size.
Another unhappy victim of matrimonial infelicity has been given away by the wife of his bosom. He was a Norfolk man, and",he advertised in the papers a few days ago that he would not be responsible for any debts contracted by his wife. The fair one responded by an advestisement in the following words :—"Mary Johnson, of——, Norfolk, couldn't, if she tried, obtain credit •in Martin Jonnson's name, he being too well known for anyone to trust him."
A married woman in Sydney recently took a terrible revenge upon a Sydney barmaid. She caught her husband talking to the girl, and suddenly threw a bottle of vitroil over them. The man oscaped, but the acid took a terrible effect upon the girl. Her eyesight was totally destroyed,- and she is disfigured almost beyond recognition. The woman was charged with the offence, but a remand had to be granted on account of the injuries to the victim.
The Khanate of Bokhara was lately 'visited by an epidemic that carried off thouM nds of victims. The A-neer consequently issued an edict enjoining upon all the inhabitants to whitewash their houses inside and "out, under a penalty of receiving 30 strokes. The result was that the disease Avas stamped out, and the Russian general, Ainienkotf, on whose advice the decree had been issued, was proclaimed the saviour of the country. I hear (says a London correspondent) of a remarkable romance. A woman, lately a convict, has married the chaplain of one of the homo county gaols. The clergyman in question was a widower with a large family, and the wedding only became known through an official of tne penal department complaining that the wife had not reported herself on the iicket-of-loavo. In consequence of the fact coming out the clergyman lus asked for and been appointed to another prison in the North of England.
Sir T. Eanionde executed a novel commission immediately on arrival Home. A young lady in Sydney waited on him while there, ami said that her father (recently deceased) was in debt to Richard Pigott to the extent of one sovereign. On his deathbed he expressed a strong desire that this debt should be paid, and ehe handed Sir Thomas a sovereign for that purpose. He gave the money to Mr Luboucherg, who added it to the fund which he raised for the benefit of Pigott's children.
I'Ho " Sydney Morning Herald," of the 10th instant, has the following:—" The interest taken in tho fish importations from New Zealand was shown by the numbers of persons who made inquiry yesterday on board the steamer Mararoaas to whether a further shipment had arrived. She has brought both fish and game in her refrigerators. The lot comprises the following fine varieties :— Blue cod, trumpeter, salmon, trout, wario, soles, floundgrs, butterfish, dorys, schnapper, kawhai, kippers, and smoked fish ; and the game consists of pheasants, quail, wild pjgsons, kakas, etc.
Hearing a noiso under their bed in the middle of .the nighc—" There is something under die bed,' said the man to his wife. '' Most likely it is the dog,'" wns thn reply, " JJut it might be a robber," thought the hu.sb.ind. "Just put your hand under the bod," was his wife 8 advice ;''if it is Carlo ho will lick your hand," The man did a he was told, and the- buglsir, who had overheard the conversation, began at once to lick the proffered hand most assiduously, The couple went olf to sleep, but next morning ihoy fouu-.l little left that was worth carrying away,
"News was brought to Kingston (.South Australia) that a man, apparently in a dying stale, was lying in the bcrub at JNlarcollat, thirty-five miles distant. A trooper having all night,'returned to Kingston at cla\ break on Sunday, June I, bringing with him 1 lie sick man, who wad found to be Allen khUh'thdu', who go mysteriously disappeared from !Nar>'ac()f(toon'7£'l AJa 2\- Tne w"1" dorer left his homo apparently' owiug hi being in depressed spirits from inability to sloop, FToping to die, he went straight to an empty iiut J it; ii ].'!?iely par of the desert, fifteen inilcs from ilifi Jjpan icst residence. lie entered the hut, m.iclo a W wjlji (juni leaves, closed the door, and lay down without fw;<] or watw for 2.1 d»ys. Mentally Mr Kobc'rtfcon is perfectly n'.)»m\, and considering the terrible privations whiui| !;(• endured from c<;ld, limiger, and thirst, he 1b woitdi»-fuliy v, ell. His Mm met him at Kingston and took him by train to JJarracootc Hospital.
The Christchurch members of the Railway Servants' Society purpose entertaining their delegates at dinner on their return from Wellington. The championship of the Skating Rink takes place to-morrow evening.
The shingle accumulation at the Napier breakwater is said to be rapidly decreasing, owing to the angle at which the work has been laid out.
It is stated that Major Gudgeon, Commissioner of Police, is to be appointed a Native Land Court Judge, and that lie will be succeeded by Lieut-Colonel Hume, who also retains the present office of Inspector of Prisons.'.. / ■
The Westpoft'iOfficial Assignee, owing to a clerical error of £100 in adding up. some credit balances in a statement of claims, sued a sister-in-law of the bankrupt on Thursday for the amount, and was nonsuited.
Last evening Mr" A. H. Shury, with Mr H. Pilbrow, one or two others, and a number of small boys, went out to the high gorse fences near the Racecourse, and in something less than two hours and a half netted 280 linnets and sparrows. The nets used, of which there were four, were the bat's wing folding nete, made by Mr Shury himself. They are certainly most efficient sparrow nets, and with sparrows at 4s 2d per 100 heads ought to be worth investing in by some of our sporting lads. *
At the Police Court this morning, before Mr Alfred Harrison, J.P., John Burke was sent for 72 hours to gaol for drunkenness.— J. E. Hyde Harris, arrested on a warrant from Blenheim, was remanded to that place, on a charge of obtaining goods under false pretences.—A prohibition order for 12 months over Ashburfcon County was issued against James O'Connell.—The accused Harris was arrested on the railway station, as he came off the express. He was allowed bail, himself in £200 and two sureties of £100 each.
The financial affairs of Fiji seem satisfactory, to judge by the returns of 1889, which are just to hand. The receipts and estimates realised £63,722, while the expenditure amounted to £57,710, leaving a surplus of £6012. Customs duties and Harbor dues are below the estimated receipts by £150, but stamps showed an excess of £650. It is rumored that the surplus will be appropriated towards refunding to civil servants the deductions made from their salaries during the last two years under Sir Charles Mitchell's retrenchment scheme.
Recently Sir Henry Parkes was questioned in the New South Wales Assembly regarding the unemployed, the Government having been asked to find shelter in the drillshsd for a number of persons said to be unemployed. He had complied with the request, but comparatively few persons had sought shelter., Of those who applied it was ascertained that 5 came from Scotland,. 23 from Ireland, 20 from England,.! from Italy, 2 from Germany, 9 from America, 2 from Tasmania, 10 from South Australia, 20 from New Zealand, 33 from Queensland, 63 from Victoria—(laughter, and cries of "Oh !") —" and only 25 belonged to the 1 population of New South Wales.
LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2446, 20 June 1890
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