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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2460, 7 July 1890
LOCAL AND GENERAL
The Rink will be open to-morrow vening at the usual time. ' ; The usual fortnightly meeting of the Ashburton Borough Council is to be held this evening. The total cost of the construction of the Cochituate waterworks of Boston to January 1, 1890, has been £4,100,0C0. Mr Seddon is asking that steps be taken this session to bring in a measure dealing with the isolation of lepers and the prevention of the spread of leprosy in the colony. „,„ Mr W. P. Reeves wishes the Minister of. Lands to give instructions for the postponement of further land sales until he has devised such measures as may be necessary to effectually prevent dummyism. ; Twelve million pounds sterling annually is the contribution which the tobacco monopoly makes to the French revenue, while it gives employment to upward of 20,000 persons. ;■ Dr Norman L. Walker, editor of the F. C. Monthly, aaid that it is almost necessary nowadays for a theological professor to bo under some suspicion of heresey in order to call forth the confidence of the young men.; A farmer, having lost some ducks, was asked by the counsel for the prisoner accused of stealing them to describe their peculiarity. After he had done so the counsel remarked, They can't be so rare; I have some of them in my yard. Very likely, said the farmer; 'they are not the only ducks of the same sort I have had stolen lately. The " Wanganui Herald " thus ahroniclea a very '"small beer " item in its columns;— "The youngest daughter of Mr-— *is seriously ill, and has been unconscious for some time. The best medical assistance has been obtained and hopes are entertained of the little one's ultimate recovery. That fruitful source of many childish ills —teething—is presumed to be primarily the cause of the illness." There is some complaints from residents at Tinwald, whose business engagements necessitate daily double journeys between the Southern township and the borough, of the bad state of the southern approach to the bridge. From Mr Sealy's corner of the bridge there is no footpath, all the rest of the road to the centre of Tinwald there is a fairly well formed footpath on one side. The break in the footpath above mentioned has the effect of causing an accumulation of mud. several inches deep near the bridge and foot traffic is in consequence as uncomfortable as can be. The "Hawke's Bay Herald " »ays :—We are informed that canvassers are abroad seeking orders for what is stated to be an American edition of Stanley's Darkest Africa." Those who subscribe will simply find that they have been cheated. The English publishers have sole copyright, and the Custom House would promptly stop the importation of any American piracy in New Zealand. A human form has been discovered at Pompeii, under a doorway, which clearly shows the sandals on the feet, and, what is extremely uncommon in such remains, a pair of trousers. A Naples archaeologist supposes it to be one of the Alexandrian colony stationed at Pompeii during the period of its destruction. It is evident that the man was flying with a bundle, and fell suffocated. i In the Melbourne Immigrants' Home there are two old soldiers, one a sergeant upwards of 80 years of age, who was a drummer boy at Napoleon's funeral at St Helena nearly 70 years, and who has been 53 years years in the colony ; the other, after working 32 years in Australia, has, owing to the bad setting of a broken leg, become unable to earn a living and has been obliged to enter the Home. Judging the finishes of laces by means of instantaneous photography has often been talked of, and something very nearly approaching a consummation of the idea took place in connection with the Oxford and Cambridge boat race. Two gentlemen, stationed very near the finish, took instantaneous photographs of the crews as they passed independently of one another, and both of these results show that Oxford was just clear, and not merely half a length ahead at this point. Some idea, of the wealth of many residents of Victoria may bo formed by the following record of wills filed for probate in one day of last month :—Alfred Wooly (StKilda), realty valued at £20,621 aud personalty at £9475 ; Margaret Watb (St Kilda), spinster, personalty £35,000; Robert Black (Horsham), miller, realty, £17,100, personalty £4135; Thomas Whitelaw, merchant, realty £14,160 personalty £21,231; John Thomson, grazier, realty £160,496, personalty £25,260. Last week the wills of the following persons w ere filed :—George Cummins, Mount Violet station, realty £75,000, personalty £15,060 ; James M'Meekan, realty £36,500, personalty £34,000; C. Horton Hills, Normanby, realty £103,200, personalty £108,000. An old woman with a little history died a few weeks ago at Balclutha, writes a New Zealand correspondent to the "Bulletin." She was only working housekeeper to a poor old German carpenter, but when she died it was found that she had left £2000 to a local storekeeper. The lucky heir knew very little of his benefactress, and had not the remotest idea why she left him the money, unless it was because he always gave her credit when she required it for herself or her employer. The German, who was all along unaware that his housekeeper was a capitalist, is much aggrieved that she left him nothing, considering their intimate relations for many years. He feels it all the more, too, when he remembers a perilous adventure they once had together. During a big flood in 1878 the cottage in which they lived was carried down the river for several miles at night with the pair of them inside of it, roosting as best as they could between the ceiling and the iron roof. The old woman was very stout, and when the cottage threatened to capsize as it sailed along the German had to haul her from one side to the other to keep it level. They were rescued shortly after daylight, aad lived happily together from that time till the old lady s death. How she came by her fortune nobody knows. It is a significant fact that out of 1060 prisoners in the Eastern Penitentiary of Pennsylvania only nineteen are mechanics. This is a strong argument in favor of mechanics as an elevator of public morals. The percentage of men engaged in mechanical pursuits to the entire male population is large, yet there are less than five per cent of the persons in this institution, and the proportion is said to be about the same in others, who are mechanics by training. Instead of trying to impress upon them the repeated saying of Horace Greeley, •• Go West, young man," ic might be wise to advise more of them to learn trades as a prevention of crime and immorality. For the above reason, and from the further fact of the organised efforts to limit the employment of apprentices, the "Scientific American " suggests the establishment of private and public industrial schools where boys may bo taught trades—such as carpentering, and stone masonry, moulding, and all branches of ironwork, etc. There can be no question but that not only mechanical employment, but all kinds of labor, both manual and mental, lessen both crime and sickness. Let us, then, give the boys a chance to earn an honest living, even though it be largely at the public expense.
LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2460, 7 July 1890
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