The Ashburton Guardian. Magna et Veritas et Prævalebit. MONDAY, JULY 21, 1890. LOCAL AND GENERAL
———. - . ♦ — Preliminairy proceedings m connection with [ the issue cf a writ for the Timaru electorate will be taken to-morrow. On dit that Mr A. J. Towsey has abandoned his idea of proceeding to Melbourne, and has decided to remain m Duueclin. The local press complains strongly of the proposed intention of the Government to " run " the Westport custom house with one man and a message boy. Ex-operatives of the Petone Woolen Mill have written to the Trades and Labor Council demanding further strike pay, and threatening m default of compliance, the institution of legal proceedings. The unemployed difficulty threatens to become a serious question m Victoria, and the Government of that colony have cabled to our Government for particulars of the Village Settlement Scheme, introduced here at the time of the unemployed agitation. The necessary particular*! are being furnished. A boy, twelve years of age, has been received into the Dunedin Hospital suffering severely from frostbitten feet. He ha d been playing truant from the Arthur Street School, and for several nights slept out m the scrub and bush. He was found m a helpless condition on Thursday, and it was at first thought that his legs would have to be amputated, but this is not now considered necessary. The Melbourne Harbour Trust m their annual report state that they have been striving to provide a waterway to the city 20 feet deep at low water, but that m places, before it could be proclaimed open for navigation, the depth was reduced by one foot by the solid portion of the sewage of Melbourne. Sir John Coode's new channel had been similarly silted up |from end to end: while the work of five dredges was almost entirely monopolised m removing what the citizens poured into the harbour. It was shown the other day that there are 1150 absentee property owners, and it now appears that these own between them £3,210,489 worth of real property and £4,847,609 worth of personal property. There are fifty-one of such persona owing between them estates of more than 20GO acres, and exceeding £10,000 m value. Amongst these distinguished owners are the Right Hon. A. J. Balfour, Sir James Ferguson, Sir Charles Clifford, and Sir Frederick Weld; The most valuable absentee-owned properties are the Clifford and Weld estates (Marlborough), £135,100; that of Mr T. P, Russel (Waipawa), £112,873; Mr H. R. Russel (Waipawa and Patangata), £79,488; H. Hoare (Geraldine), £71,136; Joseph Clarke (Tuapeka), £78,401 ; and James Ashbury (Wallace), £75,700. The local corps of the Salvation Army has favored us with a copy ofjthe Rescue number of a magazine known as "Full Salvation." The publication is neatly printed, profusely illustrated, and contains well-written and graphic records of the Rescue work under- | taken by the Army m the slums of London, Melbourne, and Sydney. Judging from the thrilling incidents recorded, the Army soldiers are performing heroic work amongst the worst specimens of depraved humanity to be found m the most iniquitous portions of thosejeities —drunkards, thieves, prostitutes, begging imposters, etc., being reclaimed ; 'vliile much-needed charity is dispensed m cases of genuine distress. The object of the publication of " Full Salvation " is to solicit monetary assistance to enable the Army to carry on the work. There is a paragraph going the rounds of the scientific periodicals declaring that "m Aaia, the supposed cradle of the human race, there are now about 800,000,000 of people, densely crowded, on an average of 120 to every square mile." In point of fact, the population has b?en estimated at 830,599,000, and yet this gives an average of no more than 149 to the square mile. Only a small portion of the area can be truly described as " densely crowded," while the bigger half of it has an average population of less than two to the square mi c. The highest estimate is probably not far from the truth ; for although the population of China is supposed to lie everrated, that of India is supposed to be understated, an increase of 2,000,000 per annum having been accumulating since 1881. The only reason for supposing that Asia was the cradle of the human race is that it happens to be the biggest quarter of tbe earth, and has therefore the biggest chance that anything may have happened there* The Rev. Mr Walker, of the New Zealand Alliance, speaking recently at his Good Templar lodge upon the Government's Prohibition Bill at present before the House of Representatives, said:—"ln round numbers our New Zealand public debt amounts to thirty-seven and a-quarter millions, and the annual interest to one and a-half millions. During the past twenty-five years our annual drink bill lias averaged two and a-half. millions, or a million more annually than the interest on the public debt; or for the whole twenty-five years about sixty-two and a-half millions. If the sixty-two and a-half millions had been a sinking fund instead of a drinking fund we could, without counting interest, have spent our thirty-seven millions on government, public works, etc., and had a national credit balance to-day of twenty-five millions, instead of a burdensome debt. Our public and private indebtedness combined reaches roundly ninety millions, and the annual iuterest four millions. Add to the direct cost of drink the cost of the crime, pauperism, and diminished production which have resulted from it, and the interest which would have accrued from all that has thus been lost and the public and private indebtedness together would have been more than cancelled by the country's savings if absolute prohibition' had prevailed durinpr | the past twenty-five years. If it be said that the money which would have been thus saved would not have gone into the particular channels named, the fact remains that it would have increased the x'iches of the country m some way to the extent indicated, and have made this fair Irtnd to-day the most, prosperous and attractive under the sun." i Hollow ay's Pills.—lndigestion and Liver Complaints. —The digestion cannot be long or seriously disordered without the derangement being preceptiably on the count ance. These pills prevent both unpleasant consequences; they improve the. appetite, and with the increase desire for food, they augment the powers of digestion and assimilation m the stomach. Holloway's Pills deal most satisfactorily with deranged or deceased condition of the many organs engaged m extracting nouifishment for our bodies from our various diets—as the liver, stomach, and bowels, over all of which they exercise the most salutary control. By resorting at an early stage of this malady to these purifying and laxative pills, the dyspeptic is speedily restored to health and strength, and his sallowness gradually vanishes.