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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2521, 18 September 1890
LOCAL AND GENERAL
The Premier of Victoria says that there is plenty work m Melbourne for those who are earnest m seeking it. Saturday's express will connect at LyMelton with the Monowai, for Sydney, via Wellington and Auckland, Mails close at Ashburton at 6.20 p.m. It is a common practice m many parts of India to oblige persona suspected of crime to chew dry rice m the presences of the officer of the law. Carious as it may appear, such is the intense influence of fear on the salivary glands that if they are actually guilty there is no secretion o^ sniiva m the mouth, and chewing is impossible. /Such culprits generally confess without further orders. On the contrary a consciousness of innocence allows a propel' fluid for (softening the rice. Mr Barnes, the contactor for the erection of the remaining part of the Arcade, commenced work last week, and Is making good progress. When completed the Arcade will form one grand corered way from Burnett Street to Tancred Street. The brickwork has been finished for some time, an 4Mr Barnes'well-known push and energy will allow no time to be lost m continuing tiie fine archway from street to street. As the wheel of time has again ushered m the busy spring, tv&d to be prepared to supply the requirements of Nature and of their numerrms patrons, Messrs .?. Scaly and Co. have completed their selection ot seeds, which are of the choicest samples obtainable, ( j st 1 which include elov*rs, turnips, man- , golds, carroty rape, perennial ryegi-ass, j cocksfoot, elephant-swede, garden and flower .seeds m endless variety, and garden requisites of every description. For the convenience of patrons who ca-nnot wia'ke tlifcir j purchases during the day the premises will j be open to nine p.m. ou f-jaturday evemugs on and after the Wb A»g«rt,-<A4vt/) '
When a Japanese feels cross he vents his vrath m a foreign tongue—if, of course, he lappens to know one. The Japanese anguage is quite destitute of " swearA'onl.s." Tlie inquest on George V. Clarke, who va,i drowned m Ljttelton harbor on August >, and whose body was recovered tiie day before yesterday, was held yesterday, The >ody was fully identified and a verdict of ' found drowned " was returned. The biennial election of Commissioners for Cinwald Town Board took place yesterday md resulted a3 follows:—Messrs Edward h\tcn, 43 votes; James Gudsell, 34; Martnaduke Redmayne, 30; Mark Scott, Hi; Thomas Williams, 26 ; John M. Hamp;ou, 21. The first five were declared elected. The quarterly meeting of Court Ashbur;on, No. 6729, A.0.F., was held last night .v the Orange Hall. There was a lull ittendance of members, and the financial >usimv3S done amounted to .£2O. It was lecided to hold a " social" on a date to be ixed about the middle of October, on which occasion the Art Union would be drawn, tickets for which may be obtained from any .ncniber of the Lodge. The Lyttelton Harbor Board resolved yesterday to take immediate steps to pro- i vide cool storage for butter, meat, fish, etc., \t Lyttelton. It was stated at the Harbor Board's meeting that there was only sufficient coal to supply the Board s requirements m port until Friday next. It was decided to inform the contractors (Grey Valley Coal Company) that penalties would be enforced if ■ they failed m their contract. It is confirmed that Prince Bismarck is engaged at Friedrichsruhe m writing his memoirs, but they will not be of a political character—so the "Daily News'" Berlin correspondent has been informed. The exOhancetlor considers himself bound to secrecy regarding the political events m which he took part m an official capacity. His book ay ill therefore have the character of sketches of those persons with whon the Prince has come into contact during his iong career m office. Anglo-Australian m the " European Mail" writes: —Many of my readers will, lamaure, be pleased* to learn that m the opinion of the London Miller, "never, perhaps, has New Zealand wheat played so important a part on the Mark Lane Corn Exchange as within the past six weeks." It aeems, from what I can gather, thac, consequent on the poor state of much of the Home wheat, there has been quire an extraordinary demand for the white wheat of New Zealand; and it is asserted that more than one firm has cleared over 4000 quarters m a single morning. I quite agree, too, with the Miller m its remark that at its best New Zealand wheat possesses very much of the mellowness and swee.t flavour which is so characteristic of the British wheat, and that the many experts hold that it is the best substitute for that article. A return presented to Parliament shmvs that there are m the colony 51 estates over 2000 acrc3 m area and £10,000 m value ownfd by absentees. The area of the f>l estates ia 1,027,399 acres, the value £1,(535,28!). Ten of the estates are m Canterbury, the owners, county, area, and value respectively being—B. Bealey, Selwyn, 11,.93 acres, £44,497; M. I. Brown, Ashburton, 9101 acres, £47,088; H. aud W. Chamberlain, Ashley, 2807 acres, £13,220; 11. and W. Chamberlain, Selwyn, 2521 acres, £12,000; T. Ellis, Ashley, 3897 acres, £19,2">0: H. Hoare, Geraldine, 17,334 acres, £71, 136; T. King, Geraldine, 2514 acres, £31,773; B. R. Langton, Ashley, 3940 acres, £13,229: Sir E. W. Stafford, Selwyn, 230!) acras, £21,935; R. Strachey, Ashburton, 2876 acres, £11,965. The total area and value of these 10 Canterbury estates are r>9.292 acres, an d £286,020. In the Nile campaign of 1889 Serra was the scene of an act of great personal bravery on the part of an English officer which it is a pleasure to record. It will well explain, says " Blackwoo.l's Magazine" the kind of warfare they were engaged m. Bimbashi Judge, of the thirteenth battalion, had been ordered to land at Serra village with fifty men, as a strong party of dervishes threatened an attack there. He landed his men, and taking twelve of them with him he proceeded on foot to the western side of the village to see if there was any sign of the enemy. Suddenly a number of the enemy's cavalry appeared from behind the sand-hills. The men with him precipitately fell back and left him alone. Calling on them to stand lie fell back slowly. There were seven dervish horsemen altogether. Instead of charging straight down on him m a body and despatching him, they tried to deliberately surround him. This enabled him to use his revolver and disable three of them as they closed round him. By this time the fourth man an Emir, was on him. Judge /[tiding that his sword had no effect on the thick padded coat and turban of the Emir, and being a very tall and powerful man himself, a3 a last desperate resort, seized the man by the collar, tore him from his horse, and ran his sword through him. Just then nil his men came up and despatched the remainder of the enemy, The tweive men who had suddenly lost their presence of mind and deserted him on their return to the regiment went up to their commanding officer and reported the matter. A fire occurred yesterday afternoon m Burnett street, m an old stable just m rear of the Ashburton Brass Band's practice room. It appears that Mr S. B. Nelson, builder, had been at work upon the building that day, putting on some new weatherboarding on parts where repairs were wanted. He had finished his job, and had locked the place up when some children gave the alarm that the stable was on fire. The fire bell was immediately rung, and the Brigade turned out promptly. The curricle engine was set to work at once, and within ten minutes from the ringing of the bell was playing upon the stable. The steam engine made its maiden effort upon a real fire two or three minutes later, bnt the curricle had done all the work that could be done by that time. In fact, the process of reducing the whole building to charcoal took less than half an hour, but ample evidence was given of how useful the steamer would be when real work comes to be required of it. How the lire originated is not known, and Mr Nelson can form no idea about it at all. He is not a smoker, had no use for matches, and used none that day; and the crackling noise which he heard at first he attributed to some lads throwing stones on the roof. It was a fortunate thing the weather was calm—not a breath stirring—otherwise there would have been a danger of a fairly large lire. Within a few yards of the burning building stood the large livery stables of Mr Totty, and beyond these the Somerset Hotel. A few yards eastward was another stable belonging to Mr Baker, while the fence of the " Mail" office enclosure required several good drencliings to preserve its entirety, The burnt building was the property of Mr Robert Maeintyre, Ashburton Forks, but if insured, or to what amount we were not ablo to learn. The sixteenth anniversary of the Star of the East Lodge, 1.0.d.T., was celebrated last night by a tea meeting, with an entertainment to follow. There was abundance of good things provided by the sisters, the only thing to be regretted being that there were not more of the public present to partake of them, At the after meeting, however, there was a good attendance, not a few country friends having conic m to the entertainment. Rev. J. Sawle Mas chairman, and there were -with him on the platform Revs. J. N. Buttle, and J. H. Gray All three, as well as the Rev. E. A. Scott, delivered addresses on temperance, m the course of which the young men were urged to liaye tlieir names placed upon the pjll, no that when they were called upon to record their votes, they could do so m favor of the temperance candidates. A musical programme of considerable length was gone through, the items of which were contributed by members <«f the Order, and Mesdaiues Barrow and Burfoot, and Miss Steele ; Mr and Miss Simmons (violinists), Messr.s Pickford, Counter ? Flower, Gamble, Minnis, and otljers. Not the least interesting part of the progcainme was the campanological performance of Mr Marsdeij on an octave and a half of bells. Mr Marsdcn manipulates his bells with no little skill, and seems aqualjy at home whether the music he essays be an Irish jig or the National Anthem, He ilso played a melody on an octave of whisky bottles,, graduated m point of fullness (with water) to produce the several notes of the "suini v. The bottles were scarcely as well m tune as a. fastidious ear would have liked, lni;t they were cleve"ly manipulated. The usual votes of thanks dosed, a very successful
LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2521, 18 September 1890
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