The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 1890. LOCAL AND GENERAL
The cabled' statement that Sara Bernhardt had taken an overdose of chloral proves to be incorrect.
So far ihc whoh"vp renounced 'fheir isi ■■:ni<-:i <•:" ■■ ;i-i« .(i ; -- ;!•,. Wellington election ; ■«' M< •■ V. \\\ .•■', M ■ I. ei'M,George, Fisher, John Duthie, and Charles E. Wiliest ton. During a baptismal ceremony in a river in connection with a Baptist church at Springfield, Ohio, 2000 persons assembled on the bridge, overlooking the scene. Without any warning the bridge gave way, five persons being killed, and many injured. i ' ■ i > ..■ . l; Says the "Rangitikei Advocate " :—Mr S. X- Richards sold on Saturday 1000' bushels of oats for delivery in Wellington at Is 9d per bushel. This/is equal to a price ofIs 5d in Rangitikei, leaving 4d per bushel; for,the carriage to Wellington. That,seems to be a large tax upon the market value of the consignment. -••• . ,,.-,
, ,The " Evening;Pp,3t" announces that in a private letter received by last mail, Sir, J. Vogelhas declared his.intention of going to New Plymouth to contest .one of the' Taranaki seats during the coming elections. According to' this authority the oldleader is going to attack the stronghold of his chief opponent, and we shall have a battle of the ■giants. ■■;■' . . . -■ ■
A lady in Croydon discovered a burglar in her bedroom. She immediately collared the intruder, and a hard struggle ensued; during which she was dragged to the top of the stairs. A domestic having come to her assistance, - together tney secured the man until the police arrived. He has been sentenced to two months', imprisonment. , ;
The sea is one vast reservoir of gold, to the extent, Bays the London " Standard," ;of about one grain to the ton, or about 4s worth in every twenty-five tons of water. It therefore follows that from this source ,alone /the amonnt of gold, to be. obtained, I .whenever . chemistry shows us how to ex[tract it econprnically^is. infinitely , greater than all that has ever been since •first the sacra famM auri seized upon the sons of Adam.
During a minstrel performance at the Haymarket Theatre, Sydney, a fight ocenred between two occupants of the pit. Those: seated in the gallery above crowded to the front to look down, when the Tails •broke under tho strain, and a number of young men and boys were precipitaed on to the heads of the people below. Seven were injured, some so seriously as to necessitate removal to the hospital. : '< ■
Lord Salisbury has administered a rebuke to Stanley for meddling in matters of British State policy that do not concern him. A despatch of May 23rd iays . the explorer's overbearing manner ana assumption of superiority have proroked. enmity towards him in English quarters where it was most" desirable that he should be regarded with favour. His attempt to introduce African manners into English, society, .while endeavoring to direct English enterprise into Africa, has proved a lamentable failure.
Some of the thieves in Melbourne are only half thieves, or they have hearts easily accessible by Gospel truths. A short time ago a burglar entered a house in the suburbs of the city," during the.owner!s absence, and stole a large family Bible and a fancy cup and saucer. A day or two afterwards the owner'was surprised to find that the thief had put under his door tho pawn tickets for the stolen articles, Talcing advantage oi the thief's liberality, he was enabled to r6cover the things from his uncle; but would the pawn tickets have been brought back if the part of the swag had not been a Bible ?
At Invercargill a farmer's hardy wife, who makes butter and brings it to town, last Saturday came in burdened with twenty or thirty pounds of butter more than her trade required, and with several pairs of Hissed ducks and fowls. After going her rounds she took up a stall in the public market, and arrauggd hoi' goods on a bench for sale. She had got }0d per Ib. for the butter from her customers but §he } rpjus94 that > figure when offered it in the markeji. In a few hours she sold the lot, getting Is per lb. for the butter and a good price for the fowls.
Piccadilly tells a story which has the one failing of being too good. It is said to refer to a young man, not a hundred ' degrees removed from succession to the throne, and is to the effect that he was taking part in one of those mild intellectual games that drawing room misses dearly love, and he was asked to write down the name of some heroine in history. Being slightly nonplussed by this call on his brain powers, he was prompted by ai yoking l*dy jiear l^im, who suggested Joan d' Arc, The name was written and handed i», and was subsequently discovered to read "Jane Dtirk."
A sensational story is forthcoming from Chicago, where Mrs Newland, a lady occupying a prominent position in the town, has just died, it is alleged from poison. It is believed that the irritant must have "been taken with her food at supper time, as she was taken ill directly after, and , died ha groat agony before the medical men could afford any relief. Suspicion has fallen upon one of th/e' serj-antf, and she , has been ; arrested, and will be' charged fp du 9 course. The chief point against her js th.af; she is known to have boughtjrat poison. Mr Newland, the husband of the dpce^sßd, is a millionaire, and the owner of a vast amount of real estate in Chicago.
A brave old man has died at Felixstow© from the effects of exposure to the weather while he was engaged on an errand of mercy, A vessel was seen on the Skipwash Sands, about twelve miles from the shore, and in response po her eignajs pf distress, a boat was manned and went to fhe rescue, of the crew. Among those in the boat was Xfabert Watts, who though 78 years of age, did not hesitate to tivke part iji the work of the rescue. The boat was out for 10 hours in a rough sea and bitterly cold .vind. Next day Watts was found dead from the effects of this protracted exposure. ■
The Cunard steamer Umbria,when in midAtlantic, halted in her race from New York torcscuuthe crew of a timber-laden vessel the Magd&lena, which had collided with an iceberg, and had l»epi^ floating about for hours ready to sink. In addition to the cre\v of hardy Norsemen, the captain's little 'six-year-old daughter- was on board the doomed vessel, and was no sooner transferied to ihp Umbria than she became the heroine of the 500 passengers,' and proved a perfect windfall to the children, who had grown weary'of the voyage.
A licensing committee in a district in Taranaki decided to 'regulate the price ef liquor sold in the house undor their jurisdiction. The chairman said that complaints had been made to him that sixpence was charged whether the customer wanted a pint or h'alf-i pint of beer, and he thought 3d was quite enough for the latter. One licensee said he had nevar been asked. to draw half a pint, and another that lie only charged that price to anyone who asked for it, " but if 6d was put down he did not give any change unless it was asked for,', The chairman closed the discussion by sayjng f/hat 3d was qiiile enough for either a small glass or r half : pint. It was ultimately resolved that it be optional, for a customer to have a half-pint of beer in a glass or measure at a charge of 3d at the bar or over the counter, but if taken into a parlor it would be the same as a long glass; (id.
The Financial Statement, delivered last evening, is of unusual length, containing no less than 18,000 words, and qocupies eleven and a half columns of closely printed matter in the Christchurch dailies. To condense, intelligibly this umveildy delivery into the small space of five columns, as printed in the present issue, is uo light task, Taut we have extreme pleasure in stating that the task was rendered less irksome than usual by the clear and intelligible manner in which the message ivas handled by New Zealand telegraphists generally, and our local operators in particular. The local operators started to receive the message at 5.5 p.m., and at 2.30! a.m. the task was completed, notwithstanding that the wires,'"owing to unfavourable ii,tniQ3pheric conditions, were working badly.
Oats of various kinds range in price from 2s to 3s a bushel in San Francisco.
The normal work day throughout Saxony is thirteen hours, with two hours' allowance for meal taking.
The Kirig of Greece is the best team's player among the royalties of Europe.
A Q.ueenslander, for. returning from England as a nominated emigrant, was fined £20.^ - : '. ',
Mr Fisher has, announced his. intention of bringing forward a motion for the complete severance for once and for ever between the Bank of New Zealand and the Government of •" New Zealand. ' ---...
i' Frie'ndsof Detective Robert..Neil,,.so,lpng v and favorably known' intAshburton/will'.be: interested to learn that he has been transferred'from Christchurch' to Wellington, Mi place in Christchurch being supplied by Detective Campbell, of Wellington; .
Thare are now ten Hindoo and Parsee ladies taking courses'of highep study injEng-; land,-and numbers''• of young*, girls are- ftt school in the mother island. Doubtless ■nianyiof these girls will .live.to see'tho' last S l,'"Child widow" in 1ndia.»..,,., . . '..;. : ! WalkerFearn* late UnitedStatea Minis-;, '•tor/at .Athens,, states that, brigapdage.^no,, longer exists in Greece. He says that-he, and his daughter and a few friends, UDarmed and without an escort, visited on horseback the wildest-parts of. Greece,..and met with nothing but' cordial hospitality. A novelty has been, introduced in the direction of the Stanley'and'African'Ex-' hibitions. Young lady guides are in attendance to afford information to visitors when required, and to show them the various objects of interest. No charge is made, and judging by appearances, the assistance of the young ladies is much appreciated by the throng of visitors.
•We would' remind pur readers of the; ooi^cert of highrclaas-; music to be giyen> in. the Oddfellows' Hall to-night by Mr R. Wood and his company of vocalists and instrumeitfalista. The published programme indicates a treat of a high ojder in waiting for lovers of good music, and we trust a full house will reward Mr Wood's venture. We are given to understand- that Bhould this concert be at all successful, it wil^ be only the first of a series for the winter months. The prices of admission are the usual popular prices, and Mr W. Zander has the plan of the reserved seats.