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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2528, 26 September 1890
LOCAL AND GENERAL
Cook, the ex-champion billard player of England, has been committed to prison for forty days for debt. There arc m North Queensland twenty one newspapers m favour of separation and ei^ht against it. The Melbourne Exhibition (says the " Sydney Bulletin) resulted m a deficit of £2i\,000----gbwen's orchestra, concerts cost £3G,(H>O and. realised £9000. ,80 much snow has fallen m .Switzerland tMs cummer that it has put a stop to mountain clunking. The Daily News is of opinion that m the event of the present strikers m Australia bein" successful, an incursion of coolie labour will result. Seventy-n£ne persons m Great Britain pay tax oo incomes exceeding £50,000 per annum. The total aggregate anjoyjjt of incomes thus assessed exceeds £B,OOO,QGK*. A collector of curiosities at IJoinbay named Shaulcy has among hi* collection a, cod marked " Heathen Idol/ und »e^t to it a -mid piece marked "ChvUnhn Nul" Ifcis said that Arther t'la.i«j>!*W., hnttcv know to many as Sullivan, who made himself notorious some time ago by representing himself as »» evangelist on a tour of the colony, but ended rafcher shadily, was a passenger )iy the Mww4, He got on the boat at Hobart, and chaw f»t to J)unedm, where he is waiting to rcco-y.w i'lom the effects of the voyage, ate., bviw* starting «n (i temperance tour,
( The Prince of Wales continues fco grow i stout and grey. It is said of him that lie \ is <tisincline:l to make any exertion, and the only places to which he does not drive are to meals and to bed. I 1 lie most densely populated square mile m ilio world is m the city of New York ; it 13 inhibited by 270,000 people, the larger part of whom are Italians, who speak only taeir native language. Baron Alphonse Rothschild has lately bought a clock made by that royal and most lucklass clock-maker, Louis XVI, with his own hands. It is not particularly beautiful, but being unique and the object of much competition among collectors, it brought th<; remarkable price of £38,000. Ono-third of the fools m this country (says an American paper) think they can beat the lawyer hi expounding the law, one-half think they can beat the doctor m healing the sick, two-thirds of them think they can b« at the min'afcer m preaching the gospfil, and all of them know that they can beat the editor m running a newspaper. Recent statistics show that the greatest number of women, m proportion to population, employed m industrial occupations m European countries is found m the United Kingdom, the number so employed being 4,f>00,000, per centage 12*1. Italy comas next with a percentage of 11 '6, and Franue showsO -89. According to the "Jersey Bulletin," the largest prices paid m the world for butter are paid for the article made m private dairies, simply because the best butter m the world is made m private dairies. So long as this fact stands, the private dairy will offer greater attractions for the best dairy- I men than any factory can, simply because it offers more profitable reward for intelligence, skill, and enterprise. The "Sydney Mail" says:—William Beach, the most famous sculler of the world is -40 years of age this b'th day of September. He began to row m December, 1880, and raped for the last time m December, 1888, at Brisbane. We may have many wonderful scullers m the future, but this generation will never allow any one to take the place of the retired champion. No man has so completely and entirely the good wishes of his fellow-colonists as "old William Beach." The extent to which smoking is practised was perhaps never more evident than last Saturday on the occasion of the labor demonstration. The numoer of men who smoked as they marched along was surprising and when the assemblage congregated at the bottom of Mount Eden's natural amphitheatre, the smoke of thousands of pipes arose like incense towards the heavens. "Zamiel'"' lias been told that one anti-smok-ing clergyman informed his ilock next day that the cloud of tobacco smoke might be seen as it ascended from the crater of Mount Eden by persons standing m Ponsonby. Next please !"—•'Zamiel"' m the "Auckland Star. In lecturing at Christchurch on his trip to the West Coast, Bishop Julius said the sight of some kakapos, which had been killed by a bushnian'ts dog, had caused him to reflect oti the destruction of the beautiful native birds—the kakupo, tiie bell-bird, and others —because the Europeans were rash, ruthless anil foolish. First, m their folly, they brought rabbits ; then they brought m ferrets to kill the rabbits; then wild cats to kill the ferrets ; and then they would have to bring m elderly spinster ladies to domesticate the cats—(roars of laughter)—then they would probably empty the London Club houses to domesticate the spinsters —(renewed laughter). He would not go into social or political questions, but lie might say thrit they had brought out rabbits, as he might call them, of other kinds. However, one of his friends had said that the cure for all these was woman franchise. The evictions which are m course of execution m Golden Lane, St Luke's, says a London paper, are scarcely less harsh and cruel than some which have taken place m Ireland, nnd have been made the theme of influential denunciation. The edict to clear out is yet defied by a hundred families, who have -not been terrified into compliance by the unroofing of houses. A serious struggle with the officers of the law is apprehended before these people are expelled from their humble abodes. Thu proposed demolition may not be an unreasonable proceeding; nay, it may he highly desirable on sanitary grounds ; but what the poor residents complain of is that they arc to be turned out of their homes without other dwellingsbeingprovided for them. The hundred tenants are willing to go if they could find othe- accommodation m the district. But to leave their present abodes means the loss of livelihood, and that is why they cling so tenaciously to their present quarters. On Saturday afternoon, August 2nd, whilst watching a cricket match on the Officers' Club C rounds, at Aldershot, a private soldier named Williams, of tiie Liverpool Regiment, was killed, and six of his companions were seriously injured, by a fl.wh of lightning. They Mere sitting under the trees with a number of men of other regiments, whilst opposite a large group of officers hik! their wives were assembled. The weather during the forenoon had been very fine, but close and oppressive. Shortly after three o'clock a huge mass of black clouds came rolling up from the north, and the rumbling of thunder could be heard m the distance. Many of the spectators headed the warning and left the ground, but play still continued. About half an hour later a brilliant flash of lightning, followed by a crashing peal of thunder apptared to strike a tree under which the soldiers were sheltering. Responding to cries for help, Surgeon Frank, of the Medical Staff, rushed to the spot m company with th«» rest of the players, and after untiring efforts at resuscitation, successfully restored five «f the prostrate men. Williams, however, was declared to be lifeless. The stricken men were promptly conveyed to the Cambridge Hospital. The tree around which the group of men were sitting showed no mark except at the base, where the bark for about two feet was stripped away.
We are sorry to learn that M rs Henry, wife of Mr John Hfltiry, of the Commercial Hotel, is seriously iIL Nominations for the |Ashburton Trotting Club's Meeting close;'to-night at9o'cVoek, the Clubroom being at the Central Hotel.. It is understood that Lord Onsijowhas rented a cottage on the other side of Wellington harbour for the use of Lady Onslow and her daughters during the summer Iv putting the vote of thanks to the performers at last evening's concert, tho Rev K. A. Scott said that while the church was now out of debt there were a number of improvements needed, both within and without tlui building, and it was intended to pay all .moneys derived from entertainments, such as that of that evening, into a Fabric Fund, out of which the coat of sttch improvements wottld be defrayed. At, P»mpeii some mural paintings of more than ordinary interest have recently been disclosed, and a remarkable discovery has been made of a house live stories high. Thu upper floor is profusely decorated and the principal hall displays the myth of BeUevophou, a nude figure who, holding with one hand the bridle of his horse, is m the act, of receiving the letter and orders 'if King Proetii!*, who is seated on a throne before him. The louver part of the house was used as a bathing establishment. There was but little interest manifested m the Borough council election yesterday, only 240 votes m all were recorded, and only one or two vehicles were observed m vise bringing ratepayers to the poll. At about seven o'clock, the returning officer, to an audience of about half a dozen people declared the result of the voting as follows :— Messrs Joseph Scaly, 104 ; Edward Cookson, 87 ; George Francis Scott, 45 ; informal, 4. The usual vote of thanks having been given to the Returning Officer, the proceedings terminated. An invalid gentleman, who has lately been sojourning m the capital of New South Wales, complains m somewhat angry mood of the growing yomth of the colonies, na far j as he was able to judge them. He had occasion to advertise for a youth to re id to him, and he was, favoured with no less than 63 applicants. *' Not one of them," he complained, '.' could wade through the leading articles m the morning journals. Yet these promising brats were perambulating encyclopedias on everything connected with racing, football, cricketing, rowing, and every exercise, from putting ahead on a man to putting one on a penny." He tried them at arithmetic and found them the tame dreary failures. When they had to deal with the abstract principles involved m short division, or m simple multiplication, they were quite at sea. It was only when such concrete matters were presented to them as how best to "layoff" when they had what is called m sporting slang one leg m a double, or what they would stand to receive should they accept long odds, that they brightened up and showed symptoms of penetrating intelligence. Severn! of the business places m Ashburton displayed bunting to-day m honor of his Excellency's visit. Amongst the rest Mr William Patching had a line of flags, representing almost a full code of marine signals, stretching from his premises m E;ist street across the road to a telegraph post, so that had his Excellency chosen the ordinary route through Ashburton to Longbeach, whither he was bound, he would have had quite a triumphal arch to pass under. His Excellency, however, did not choose this route, but preferred having the express stop at Winslow, where Mr John Grigg's carriage was m waiting for him. At Ashburton, the express waited the usual ten minutes or so, and a fairly large crowd of people took the opportunity of having a look at the representative of Royalty. Lord Onslow, bowever, never left- the saloon carriage lie travailed m, and when the train moved away one politary voice was uplifte.l m aiv asthmatic hurrah. No municipal officer was m waiting to receive the Governor, but Mr W. C. Walker, M.H.R., came out of the viceregal carriage when it drew up, having evidently travelled with his Excellency from Christchurch.
LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2528, 26 September 1890
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