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It is said that on their return homo the Duke and Duchess of Connaught will embody m a volume a story of their Indian experiences and travels, which they have sent to the".Qoe*r» m long and highly interesting letters from'tiifoQ tp time. The book, it is added, \yill be illustrated jpith a number of sketches' taken by the Duchess. Mr Martin, pf the firm of Day and Martin, was a native of J)on.caster, and served Ins apprenticeship to a fcafbpr at Gainsborough. After this he was employed by the father of Mr Day as a traveller. While «tayi«g man inn at Doncaster, he was struck with the briil'i^lfc polish on the boots of a private soldier quartered there, by name Elorry. In return for a pint of ale lie obtained the valuable recipe from him. <)u his return to London the recipe was proffered to Mr Day, junr., who agreed to advance the nccGKsary cash, and tlW"manufacture, m a very humble way at firsi, wat be£im forthwith. It rapidly became a huge s^cqajts. Afte" some years Mr Martin sold his slu^G jtt ; tlie. business for £JO,OOO to his partner. Whe», some years later, Mr Day retired, he had amassed <a &rjwie of nearly £500,000. The Weslcya* .meetings were con- i tinned on Wednesday at Wiflowby. At 3 p.m. the Rev W. Morley (J uUleo %|QTp4;ary) ', preaciied a powerful and earnest; sevutpi}, \ taking his text from Psalm 70, v 13. lv' tluj (jourse of his address the rev gentleman pointed out how Divine Providence had beeu manifested m connection with the founding and davetyfrW) Wt ..of the Methodist Church. The discourse watf Iptpiied to with marked attention by the large qGpgi*ss.jtjc>n J pwjspnt. In.the evening a public meeting was neld wh? n addresses were delivered by the Reviis U^fnVfl, Morley, Gray, and' Buttle, and M,r Cl#RWjiWf ([phairman). The Rev Mr Morley, m the coiuse ,j. #. yery able address, explained the nature or thtt J white movement and the object sought to bo realised. He mentioned several of the peculia^ties oj£ Methodism, viz., initenary of ministry, its employment of the laity, and the popular use of its hymiwlogy. The church was well filled, and the collection, including promises, reached about £30, with more to follow.

j The Chinese are strengthening themselve on the northern frontier in anticipation o an attack from Russia. 1 More than 200,000 people are admitted into the membership ofthe English Episcopal Church every year. The zebra of South Africa 'is said to be rapidly becoming extinct. The animal is untamable. . v The German Emperor is said to be desirous of abolishing all Customs duties in Europe by arbitration. Regret is generally expressed that Christchurch is losing Mr Garstin, railway traffic manager, whose courtesy has won him the esteem of all with whom he has come in contact. Eight cats exhibited at the Napier Cat and ] Dog Show were valued by the owners at £1615. Two of the number were valued by the owners at £1000 each. It is needless to say these are not Property Tax valuations. Major Steward intends asking the Government whether it is intendedjto introduce this session any legislation dealing with the codlin moth pest, to the extent, at any rate, of prohibiting the sale of infected fruit. The import of potatoes intoTaranaki from Canterbury amounted to orer 100 tonß three years ago. Now the import has decreased to a nominal quantity, while the export from Taranaki last season must have been about 7000 aacks. It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good. Some of the Taieri farmers are actually wishing for the big strike that is to stop all the railways. The strike would raise prices in Dunedin, and the Taieri farmers, being so close to town, would be independent of railways and could cart their produce into the market. An American congregation raised the salary of the minister from 500dols to 600dols. He objected for the following reasons:—"First, you cannot afford to give me , more thanSOOdok Second, because my preaching is not worth more than 500dota And third, I" have to collect the salary myself, which has been the hardest part of my labors among yon, and had I to collect the additional hundred it would kill me. At Beaucham, near Taunton, an inquest was held recently on the body of a man named Sully, who had been stung to death, while handling a hive of bees, One of the bees alighted on his face, and in knocking it off, he displaced the muslin covering his head, and three bees entered hia mouth and etung his throat so badly that in less than 5 minutes he was dead. After the man's death one living and two dead bees were taken from his mouth. One hundred and seventy applications for boarding out children from the Lyttelton Orphanage were received by the Charitable Aid Board, ab#ut one hundred being from Christchurch and' suburbs, the remainder from residents in the country from Kaikoura to Waimate. There are twenty-nine boys and sixteen girls in the institution, and the Board recommended the committee to give preference where possible to homes beyond seven miles from Christchurch. At a meeting of the Chamber of Mines at Dunedin on Tuesday a resolution was passed that care should be taken that the provisions of the Mining Companies Act Amendment Bill now before Parliament should not be retrospective, and should apply only to companies constituted under the Mining Companies Act, and that failing the abolitioa of the gold duty, the chamber expressed approval of Mr Seddon's Bill providing for its extinction as regards Middle Island on the 31st March next. The following important declaration was made by Sir John A. Macdonald, the I'ronver of Canada, in his speech in Kingston hi December last: —"I am satisfied that the large majority of the people of Canada arc in favor of the continuance and perpetuation of the connection between the Dominion and the Mother Country. There is nothing to gain, and everything to lose by their separation. 1 believe thai if any party or person were to announce or declare such a thing— either by annexation with the great Republic to the South of us, or by declaring for independence—l believe the people of Canada would say 'No.' (Loud applause.) I say that any separation from the United Kingdom would bring ruin mid misfortune." A new shipping company has been foimed, called the Newcastle Shipping Company, with the headquarters in New South Wales, *A large number of shares have been taken up by the leading produce dealers in Newcastle and Sydney, but a certain proportion of the shares have been reserved for allotment in this colony. One of the objects of the promoters is to increase the product trade between New South Wales and New Zealand which will be a benefit to our farmers, as the want of shipping facilities has been much felt of late. The new company do not intend to confine themselves to the two colonies named, but will despatch vessels for Home from the different ports in both New South Wales and New Zealand. The recently formed Ashburton Choral Society gave its first concert last night in St. Stephen's Schoolroom to a not by any means large audience. This was to be regretted, as the programme was a very attractive one, and the items of it were well' rendered. The concerted pieces comprised "New Year's Song," "Good Night, Beloved," "Summer and Winter," "The Winds Whistle Cold," and "The Carnival," and these were given by the Society, numbering very strongly in chorus. Pianoforte numbers were given in the first part by Miss Orr, and in the second by Mr Alfred Orr, both playing with marked taste. Duets were sung by Mr Flower and Miss Steele, and Messrs Gates and Stephenson, while the solo singers were Mrs Williams, Miss A. Gates, Messrs Rees, Stephenson, and Flower. Mr H. A. Gates was conductor. The Rev. E. A. Scott, who was chairman, made a speech in which he wished the Choral Society every success, and urged its claims upon musical people,. In a note in the v- American Naturalist" Mr F. F. Payne, of Toronto, records an interesting fact which often came under his notice duping a prolonged stay at Hudson's Strait. "Here," he says, "the Eskimo might often be seen lying at full length at the edge of an ice-fiq\y, and although no seals could be seen, they persistently -whistled in a. low note similar to that often used in calling tame pigeons, qr, if words can ex* press my meaning, like a plaintive phe-ew, few-few, the first note being prolonged at least three seconds. If there were any seals within hearing distance they were invariably attracted to the spot, and it was amusing to see them lifting themselves as high as possjbje out of the water and slowly shaking the^if fyeiwfc a,s, thongh highly delighted with the music. There thpy wquld remain for some time until one perhaps mope yeutur.esome than the rest would come within striking distance of the Eskimo, who, starting to his fegt wioh gun or harpoon, would often change the seal's tune of jqy to one Qf sorrow, the others making qf as fast as possible. The whistling had to be continuous, and was morj effective if porformed by another Eskimo a short distance back from tlje one lybig motionless at the edge of the ice. 1 ma>ff add that the experiment was often tried by mys.«)tf $•)'£{} the same res»lt. At the meeting of the Hospital Board, at Ofrrjstchurch on Wednesday, the Chairman said that,'having looked over Dr McGregor's report, he found some inconsistencies which he could not well explain away. The average cost per head, as stated with regard to Auckland Hospital, showed it to be 3s s£<i par h,cad for 1047 patients for 36,567 cpllec : tive doy#' fatay, Christchurclt Hospital was credited wtth'a tpj&l jjf fs42fj c^lljaptiys days at a cost of 4s #4<l. •'|?he' flUrerage cost for the total collective days' stay in the, Wellington Hospital was 8s 9d, He (the Chairman) had found that the figures should be Auckland 4s 4scl, and Wellington 3s 10:? d. Mr Dunlop pointed out that Wellington was iavoro^ ify j^vyjng a permanent building in brick, which required neUligr repairs nor additions. It transpired thai the total cpsj; of everything was included in Christehurcji, while in Wellington and Auckland the «,v»3j;age cost did not include such items as washing- ftPE&irs at Christchurch—£3Bo 18s—were included hi th§ dajly cost. During July last out-door relief was afforded in 408 separate cases in North Canterbury and Ashburton Charitable Aid District; the number for June was 487, and for July, 1889, 499, '

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2491, 14 August 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2491, 14 August 1890

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