LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The number of registered lunatics in Great Britain and Ireland rose from 55,525 in 1862 to 111,979 in 1889. [ i 7 j The popnlabion of the United States in 1870wa538,567,617;in1880itwa550,155,783. The next census is expected to show a population of nearly 65,000,000, Mr Joyce wants to know if the Govern ment intend to bring in a Bill this session to abolish the County of Akarba.' j • '■■ Steps are being taken by the Wellingto >- Acclimatization Society to import sand grouse from California and quail from Egypt. Electricity moves 288 > 000 miles per second ; light moves 192,000 miles pea second"; a rifle ball moves 1490 feet per second. In the New South Wales Assembly recently one speaker referred to New Zealaud as an outlying island. According tto the Christchurch '"Press," Arthur Clampett, a'iat Sullivan, is returning to Christchurch by theßuapehu, his passage having been paid by a local syndicate. ' ' Henry Ward Beecher, in his Thanksgiving sermon] once said, " I have no sympathy with an eight-hour man with a fourteen-hour wife 1" ' ' ' ;' j Five sisters in Moscow, the youngest .19 and the eldest 32, recently committed suicide on becoming aware that they were to be j I arrested for taking part in a Nihilist con-, , conspiracy* , I
The metre is no indicator of the amount of gas in a poem.
, Sir George Grey's Eight Hours Bill simply provides that after a daw which hus yet to fixed, eight, hours shall constitute a day's work, unless thoro is a contract in writing to the contrary.
.A piece of pink coral :hirty feet long and ■nine inches in diameter at one end, with branches projecting about four feec on all sides, was recently obtained on the co.iAt of Japan. Its value in a prepared state would be about £3000.
"The churches," says Professor Stuart, " have begun to realise (-hat religion lies not beyond the stars, but in .the streets. The social improvement >of- tho', mass of the people has become dear to every denomination." ' . .
A certain thin man sent a shilling in postage stamps to an advertiser who promised for that sum to impart trustworthy information how. to get fat, and received this message on. a postal card—"Buy it at the butcher's. !"
Mr Anderson, M. H. R., speaking at Milton, said education was not free, for. every man who bought whisky, tobacco, or trousers contributed to it,'and .the poor man paid a larger share than the rich man. The endowments paid for the poor man's ■ childron in the High Schools.
Sir Evolyn Baring's report on Egyptian finance in 1889, and a memorandum drawn up by Mr Gorst, speak of it as'tho most satisfactory in- the history of Egypt. Theanticipated surplus of £&000 had reached £196,000 while debt to the amount of £509,000 had been redeemed. , -■ ; All the best sites along tho. hill country of Judea, between Jerusalem westward and the sea, have been bought by Russia and covered with splendid Greek temples. Tho great pilgrimages of tho day are from Russia to Palestine. Every year about 30,000 or 40,000 Russian pilgrims visit the Holy Land.
.It is the intention in Vienna to establish three separate schools for weak-minded children, each to begin with two 'grades.' This will be done to free the other schools of elements which retard their progress, ant' to give the dullardß special treatment, which will l)encfit them better than the instruction they can get among brighter boys arid girls.
Tommy: "Mr Spoon, can you swim?" Clara (impatiently): "Tommy, leave tho room. You arc annoying Mr Spoon." Mr Spoon (graciously):.-'.' Oh, that-,'question■ does not annoy me, Jtfiss Heartsease. Yon, Tommy, I can swim: Why \lb" you ask ?" Tommy (edging towards the :door): ■Jl'jvCaiise Iheard Clara tell sister Kate she Nvas going to throw you overboard.";
The desert of Sahara is slowly becoming inhabitable, with the aid of science. Tho Lower Sahara is aii immense basin of artesian, waters, and the French are forming fresh oasea with skill and success, so that the number of cultivated tracts is increasing rapidly. After a period of thirty years, forty-three oases have 13,000 inhabitant*, and 120,000 trees between one" and seven yeara old, and 100,000 fruit trees.
It has. been ascertained that the . youthful shoeblacks of London earn on the average 17s 7d a week. The scheme of division adopted by the Society that looks after tHeaiis:—7s lid for wages,'-is lOd for the savings batik, and 4s lOd is retained to provide a comfortable home and give the advantages of an ovening school.
The construction of a Inrge seaport with throe basins; near Brussels, lias now been determined upon. The syndicate in London, presided over by Lord Braswy ami ;Lord Sheffield, has resolved to entrust the works to tho son of the engineer of tho P-vfi B:V- n.!SI. Verve/. Willebroke. T.i ■«■.■!■ i! ■■■<"i■■■!(■ Scheldt to Brussels is io ':. ■ ■!<■! [!■■■■■, " .<> -n extent which will permit vessela of 1,000 tons reaching the Belgian capital.
An Italian paper gives some curious piirticulars about dead and living cardinals. Sixty-live cardinals have died during the twelve years' of Leo Jll'u Papacy. Tho Sacred College is to-day composed of almost How cardinals. Only six Loon wore thoro under Pio Nono, and one of these (Howard) is seriously ill*and several others aro over eighty years of nge.^ Tho youngest of tho cardinals of Pio Nono are Parochi and Ziglitiri, who are each fifly-sovcii years'of age ; the oldostia Merlcl, who is eighty-four, and has worn tho scarlet for thirty-two years.
Tho usual fortnightly meeting of Court Ashburton, No. 6720, was hold in the Court Room, Burnett .street, on Wednesday ovening, Bro W. H. I'iigcfc, C.R., presiding. The minutes of the prcvioun meeting were read and confirmed. The Woodwards reported no sick on the fund. Two members were initiated. The installation of officers for the ensuing term was then proceeded with, the ceremony being performed by Bro W. H. Pagcl. The officers were as follows:—C.B., Bro J. W. Baker; 8.C.R., Bro T. Hancox ; S. W., Bro A. J. T. Baxter ; J.W., Bro J. L. Higgs ; S.B, Bro S. Hume ; J. 8., Bro J. Piiget. The Court was then closed by the C.R.
The Hustings correspondent of the "Napier Telegraph" of Saturday says: — " There was a great flutter among the dovecotes yesterday. The sum of £2000 was paid by Mr Studholmc in various amounts to the natives in connection with the Native Land C«Hrt. The vendors of all sorts'of commodities were naturally enough looking forward to a good time, and no doubt in some cased to repair the ravages of tho totalisator. Their hopes M rere dispelled, however, by the eucecswful natives clearing out to Napier by the two midday trains. It was rumored thai the local banks had re* fused to cash the cheques, tlioy being drawn on Napier, but on onquiry I found that although perhaps there was some difficulty with one of the banks, it was not ho with them all, for the Union Bank cashed >£1200 of them and would have cashed the) lot if required. < However, the fact remains that the natives were off to fly around at Napier, a joircumstance which I have no doubt some of your fellow oitizena will have little reason to deplore." "'' ' ! In a short announcement of the publication of a cheap edition of Low's aSclniirable "jLife of Prince Bismarck," the " Home Newß "says : —"A perusal of the book, while it cannot but increase our admiration for Bismarck as statesman, and for the affectedly ruggedone might almost use a stronger word— fearless, able, penetrative, and overpowering character of the Minister, it affords'a striking p'rpof,of the'fact that men, whose mission it is to affect such superhuman achievements have little that is likeable about the personal aspect of ithem. Bismarck's greatest achievement was, of course, his acquisition of Alsace and Loraine, and the terms of peace he forced on the French envoys after the capitulation of Paris. 'A'ndit is also in his negotiations with those envoys—the representatives of a humiliated and afflicted people—that his mercilessnesa to his foes—a mercilessness which approaches almost to the point of being wanton and imprudent—was most strikingly and' repellantly exemplified."
W.e acknowledge tho receipt of the Rail way Time-table for July.
The Rink will.be open to-morrow aftcrloon and iri the evening as usual.
The Christchurch operative bootmakers u j:go Trades' Unionists to support only " working-men " candidates at the forthcoming election.
AH tho Wellington schools have a uniform series of class books. Wellington is the only educational district in New Zealand where uuch is the case,
The name of the man who died suddenly in Cathedral Square, Christ-church, on ■Wednesday evening was Frederick Bean, a former resident of Rangiora.
Sheep owners are reminded by advertisement in this issue that that tho returns of s'.irep owned by them'on Slst May, 1890, must: bo sent in by ,'iOth June.
The Rev V. O. (Jriflifh will preach anniversary sermons in connection with the T ipM=t Church op Sun.laj next. The -nnni- \- :-Niry Mi an-l atrvn- of song will be held on the following Monday.
The Wellington Chamber of Commerce has appointed a sub-committee to roport upon " Land.Settlement." The Committee have invited the Hon Mr Ballance to favor the Chamber with his valuable experience.
-' Thomas James Daly has been charged at Wellington with.having failed to obey an crdor of theAshbtirton Court to pay £1 per week towards the support of his-wife and .five children. The accused failed to appear, but paid over £6,0f arrears to his wife, and the prosocution was withdrawn. i'
The Oamaru publican who was fined for refusing to allow a |dead body to come upon his premises, alleged, as a reason for lofusal, that one of his children died in consequence of a dead body 'being brought to the hotel on a former occasion.
The Auckland Hospital -and Charitable Aid Board have again discussed the case of; the Avondale Asylum exiles, and have passed the following resolution:— " That the Board refuse to acoept the charge of any 'chronic lunatic or so-called imbeciles, considering that the consolidated ' revenue ought to bear, the cost of such oases, and consider that the Government deserve great censure for the course they adopted .in at-' tempting to foist them oh to the rates."
The. Star of the East Lodge of Good Templars was presided over by the officers of the Dawn of Peace Lodge on Wednesday ■avening last. . There were about 120 memWrs present, :. representing - the following Lodges :—The Pride of Wakanui, the Rose of •Spriiigburn, the Dawn of' Peace,' the Ashburton, and-theHope of Christchurch. The Superintendent (Sister Edwards) of the Juveniles brought into the Lodge her flock of some forty young Templars, who added to tho harmony of the evening. Refreshments were .handed round, during the-'even-ing, and after a* 1 long pro'gramrne had'Jbccn carried out,'the!'Lodge cloeecl-'at 10 p.m.
A little incident (says the Sydney " Evening News") occured on Wednesday after■noon which it) another addition to the in. variable acts of kindness performed by our estimable Governor, ■ Lora Carrington. A man met with an accident in Bathurst street, whereby his eyes were badly injured with lime. He was takeu to the Sydney Hospital in # a cab by a fellow employee, ami on reaching the institution a dispute aro^o between, the cabman and the man as'to.-the^formerV: legitimate fare. His Excellency' - the Governor and Lady Currington happened to bo passing by at tho time on horscback^iid; observing tho'altercation, enquired the reason and on learning the cause, Lord Carrington, vi his usual good-natured style, immediately •put his hand in his pocket and paid tho cabman his fare. ■■ ; •. ■ ■ ■ ■- :
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2452, 27 June 1890
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2452, 27 June 1890
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