LOCAL AND GENERAL
He that never changed any of his opinions, never corrected any of his mistakes.
At a meeting of the Wellington Land Board it was stated that the amount of land disposed of up to the 25th June was 19,294 acres, the price realised being £16,046.
At Hawaii, recently, during the progress of a disastrous fire, Charles Hall, at one time an express driver, and who had two wooden legs, was burned to death.
Stoata and weasals, imported to estroy rabbits, are betaking themselves to the bush in North Wairarapa and on the" East 1 Coast. They prefer rate, woodhena, etci, to rabbits.
During the year ending the 30th April last 82 souls, equal to 65 statute adults, were brought into the colony under the nominated system. It should be borne in mind that assisted immigration is now restricted to uniting separated families.
At the Timaru Supreme Court a jury awarded £60 datnwgesto Winter, an employe of the Atlas Flour Mill,, for the, loss of a thumb by an accident brought about by the person in charge setting him to clear an elevator and then starting it without warning him. .
The present Act enables the possessor of capital to acquire 20,000 acres of' second class land and 6400 acres of first class land in the colony, and, if it had been passed aa it was originally introduced, the acquisition of about 1,000,000 acres of first and second class land would have been possible.
City Editor—"Mr Pad, we want an article for next Sunday's paper on ' How it Feels to be hanged." We have arranged with the Sheriff, and you are to go up, to the Tombs at once and be operated upon. After you have been cut down ■ and resuscitated, write it up and get your 'copy in. by 5 o'clock this afternoon.—" Puck." ■
The diver for the silver lost in the Tararua found the stem of the ship this week (says the "Mataura Ensign,") and as the weather is now favourable for operations under the water, it is to be hoped that the'plucky originators'of the undertaking may before long be'rewarded by the recovery of a sufficient amount of the treasure lost to reward them for their enterprise.
Mr J. C. Macdonald, late manager of the "London Times," left a personalty of less than £5000. He bequeathed all his estate in New Zealand to Mr John Piercy, of Kaiwhaki, Wanganui. To Mr E. C. Houeton, the gentleman from whom he obtained the Pigott letters; he bequeaths a legacy of £50 " as an expression of esteem and confidence in him." . . •
The " Financial News " asks, is it or is it not a fact that two members of the Now •Zealand Government are indebted to the Bank of New Zealand to the tune of £60,000? And is it or is.not a fact that not a sixpence of interest has been paid during the past four or five years by these borrowers ? ;
At the Police Courtthis morning, William Stewart, a hawker, was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Moore street on Saturday night; also with having used obscene language on the public street. On the first charge Stewart was convicted and dismissed, but on the second, as the offence was of a gross character, he was sent to prison for a week with hard. labor, without the option of a fine.
The total of the mortgages in New Zealand is decreasing. In 1885 the total was £31,521,109 and in 1888, £30,502,231. This shows a decrease of £1,318,078 in the period. Other debts outside mortgages have decreased in the same period from £20,365,593 to £16,661;4G6; a decrease of £3,704,127. In the period mentioned there hag. 1 been a decrease of indebtedness (outside the public debt) of £5,022,205.
Sir Richard Cartwright says that after enquiries into the amount of mortgages on farms in Ontario, he has come to the conclusion that the total mortgage indebtedness of the province is vyell over 200,000,000 dollars, and may possibly reach 300,000,000 dollars. As the total rateable value of the province is at present 429,000,000 dollars, "this means," he goes on to say, " that a very large proportion of the fanners of Ontario have sunk below the level of tenants-at-will."
It is useful at times to have a simple test at hand by which the purity of milk may be proved. A very simple German teso, and one that is said to be perfectly reliable, consists in dipping a well polished knitting needle into a deep vessel of milk, and then immediately withdrawing it in an upright manner. If the milk is pure a drop of fluid will hang on to the needle, but the addition of even ft small proportion of water wilL prevent the adkesion of the drop.
A singular will case, involving property of considerable value, has, been decided in the; Supreme Coiu-t, Sydney,-when the validity of a will made by Nicholla, sen., of Windsor, in favour of his son William Nicholls, /ras tested. The court found that the will was a forgery, or if signed by the testator he did, not know what, he was signing. The Chief; Justice stated the case disclosed a vile conspiracy between William Nicholls and two other persons named Corn well and Forrester to deprive the daughter .of the deceased»of the property left her by her father, and he would report the circumstances to tha Attorney-general.
The higely-satisfactory. character of the vital statistics of New Zealand have been the subject of public comment, the low mortality especially exiting, curious surprise. European children, it has been remarked, aeem to have a poor chance of life as compared with those in New Zealand, the deathrate in England for infants under five being nearly double that in the colony. One physician attributes the happy condition of the colony to the .cheapness of meat. He points out that while in New Zealand thete are 16,000,000 sheepto 608,O00people, in the British Isles there are only 30,000,000 sheep to 37,000,000 people,
A^gtartliug incident is just now the talk of military circles in Germany, Lieutenant yon Barby, of the 12th Hussar Regiment, was riding with the troop in the neighbourhood of the garrison of Merseburg, when suddenly his horse, a high-mettled charger, took fright and bolted, AH efforts to restrain the animal were fruitless, Giving the horse the rein, the officer waited his opportunity to spring from the saddle, To his dismay the animal swerved suddenly in the direction of the plateau overhanging a broad expanse of water, the shore beneath being dotted with fisher craft, A few moments, and both horse and rider would be over, the edge. But a bright flash was seen for a moment, and the sabre of the officer fell with deadly effect upon the head of his steed. The lieutenant then leapt from the saddle and so escaped.
Hollo way's Ointment and Pills.— Rheumatism and rheumatic gout are the most dreaded of all diseases, because their victims know that they are safe at no season and at no age secure. Hollow&y's Ointment, after fomentation of the painful parts, gives greater relief than any other application; but it must be diligently used to obtain this desirable result. It has been highly commended by rheumatic subjects of all ages and by both sexes for rendering their attacks less frequent and le.ss vigorous,,and for repressing the sour prespirations and soothing the neryes, In many cases Holloway'E, Ointment and Pills have proved the greatest blessings in removing rheumatism and rheumatic gout which has assailed persons previously and at the prime of life. It will be in the recollection of the public that my collection of apples shown m Mr Clayton's shop in East street, being sixty-six yarjfities, and also those which took two first awards #t ,£he Dunedin Exhibition and \ arious other places', was pronounced to be the largest and best ever shown in the Ashburton county. I would draw theii atten, tion my advertisement elsewhere. Aa only work on blight-proof stocks th»n which n other stocks can be relied upon, the roots of my apple trees do not require to be washed before sending out. James Porter, nursery, man, Altenton.—(Advt)
The Waitaki river at the present time is as low as the oldest settler can remember it to have been r and it is possiple to cross it at any point below the Kurow. In another column will be found an announcement to the effect that the goodwill of Gedding's Reserve, Tinwald, is up for tender in eight blocks, varying from 160 to 250 acres each, to be tendered for separately. All information will be given at the office of Mr George Jameson.
The Pleasant Point Village Settlement scheme is progressing. No available land being obtainable from Government, the New Zealand Land Company's manager has been communicated with, the result being so satisfactory that a public meeting is shortly to be called to discuss the scheme.
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 the sorts grown at the nurseries, Riverbank, that will repay inspection by any one who contemplates planting fruit plants. There are upwards of fifty different kinds shown, all /.aluable, long keeping sorts. .For size, color, and general excellence they are by far the finest that have beanshowainAshburton t is season (Advt, On Sunday afternoon the members of the Masonic body in Ashburton, to the number of about fifty, attended Divine Service at St. Stephen's Church. The service, which began at, three o'clock, was of a special nature, both as regards the hymnal ahd sermon. The Rev E. A. Scotttookfor his text the words of Cain, in reply to the Almighty's question as to where was Abel — "Aml my brother's keeper ?" The collection was ia aid of the Bick and needy fund of Ashburton, and amounted to over £510s. All three Lodges in town were represented, and most of the offi«Brs were present. The mission of the Rev Father Goggan, S.M., Professor of St. Patrick's College, Weir lington, commenced on Sunday last in the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Ashburton., The second Mass was celebrated at eleven o'clock by the Very Rev Father Chastagnon, and the Rev Father Goggan was the preacher. He chose the passage " What |shall it profit a nwa if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul," from which to speak, and his rermon was one characterised by deep earnestness and fall of stenlag appeals to the people on no account to hazard their souls' salvation by the neglect of religious duty. There was a large congregation, very many coming in from the country districts. The mission will be extended over the week, and at all the services Father Goggan will be the preacher. The half-yearly meeting of the Loyal Ashburton Lodge 1.0.0. F., M.U. f was held in the Lodge room on Friday evening. There Was a full attendance of members. The ordinary bnsiness being disposed of Dr Tweed's resignation as a medical officer of the Lodge was considered and accepted. The following officers for ensuing term were elected. N.G., J. Currie, .V.G., A. Patterson. G.M., J. Burgess. The minor offices were satisfactorily filled. The installation ceremony was impressively rendered by P.G., H. Dalley. P.G.s, T. J ones, and S. Woodward acting as conductors. It was decided to celebrate the anniversary of the Lodge by, a tea |*|i social to be held in the Oddfellows' Hall "on Friday July 18th,and a strong committee was appointed to carry*out same. The newly elected officers having returned thanks, the Lodge was closed in peace and harmony. Receipts £74 12s 9d, Expenditure £32 6s 3d. An amusing case of mistaken identily has occurred in Wanganui. ' The' police wanted, a carpenter named Anderson for petty larceny at Napier, and hearing there was one of that name working at Netlyo Lodge who answered the . description Constable Shearman was despatched to bring him down. Imagine the sensations of Mr J. W. ■ Anderson, the well known carpenter, who lived for years on the River Bank, when, as be was playing at cards with the owner of Netlye Lodge, the constable walked in arid arrested him. To walk handcuffed into town about ten o'clock at night, on a frosty night,- and to be taken into publichouses on the way to see if he was known and had changed any of the stolen money was hardly amusing to the accused, and perhaps least of all was the sensacion of having to take his drinks with' his hands encircled with the bracelets. However, when he got to town Sergeant-Major Anderson did not hesitate a moment in releasing him. Mr Anderson takes the mistake in very good part. Certainly the Most Effective MEDICINE in the world is SANDER and SONS EUCALYPTI EXTRACT. Test its eminent powerful effects in Coughs, Colds, Influenza, etc.; the relief is instantaneous. Thousands gave the most gratifying testimony. Read this certificate:-—" 24th April, 1885 — Messrs Sander and Sons, —It is with the greatest of pleasure that I testify •to the excellence of your Eucalypti Extract. Having had inflammation of the bone of the leg, which came on after a severe attack of lovr fever, I was attended by Dr J. 4 Boyd, who had made strenuous efforts to save my leg, but without success. .He found it necessary to amputate my limb. Having heard in the meantime of the wonderful cures worked by the Eucalypti Extract, I obtained a bottle, and the extract >had not been applied more than an hour when I began to feel greatly relieved. After applying the extract every four hours for nine or ten days it was out of all danger. I would persuade all who > may be effected with, any such disease to give the Eucalypti Extract a trial, and I am convinced that they will. find' it the most wonderful of medicines.—Yours, etc., E. J. Ccbnow, Wattle street;, Sandk*rst.—(Adrt.) ' 5
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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2454, 30 June 1890
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