The Ashburton Guardian. Magna et Veritas et Prævalebit. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1890. LOCAL AND GENERAL
Pastor Birch is spoken of as a labor candidate for Auckland City. The Tailoress' Union have voted another £25 to the strike fund, making £100 in all. An expert says Irishmen, Hebrew?, and negroes seldom commit suicide. A baby boy belonging to an Otago man | has been christened «' Sir Robert Stout McTavish," Miss Lydia Yon Finkolstein is reported to have cleared L.3000 from her lecturing* rouT in Australia. - . A trout weighing 161b 14oz was caught in the north branch of the Waimakariri on Friday. At a sale pf timber on Earl Fitj;william'a Wentworth Woodhousie Estate one. fine oak tree brought LIOO, and of the 126 trees felled 73 averaged LI 7 apiece. The collection of pictures at Hertford Hoiiso, which was left to the nation by the late Sir Richard Wallace, is valued at over L 3,000,000. ; The cxc-iirMOn train to the Timam Agri) cultural and Pastoral Association's Show today conveyed 200 excursionists from Chrißtchurch and 50 from Ashbnrton. Mr Nairn's rtin in Hawke's Bay, consist! ing of 20,000 acre 3, is reported to'have been recently leased at LSOOO a yeur. The property is estimated to carry 50,000 sheep, besides » couple of thousand head of cattle. Mr M'Rae, of Mossbnrn, on opening a shag shot by him, found no less than «ight young salmon as well as a large quantity of partly-digested fish. One of the salmon vu only partly swallowed and was alive when the bird was killed. , One hundred and nine thousand orphans have been supported and educated at George Miiller's famous o'phanagc at Bristol, England. Five krgrv houses capable of affording homes for 2050 orphans have been built, and 68 schools are now maintained. There ars now practically four cities in the United States with a million of population each. According to the published estimate 1; of population on June l.at, New Yorkha3l,627,227inhabitants;Phil,'Hlelphiii 1,0.0,441) ; Chicago, 1,000,000; um£ Brooklyn, 938,671. ■• , In France an increasing number of women < are being employed in the postal and tele- ' graph services. The railway companies have in many instances put the level crossing* under the dvuge of '•vomen; and statiout mistresses i aking th s place of station masters on ;the branch lines have give full satisfac- j tion to their employers. Mental worry, says I)r Herbert Snow, o£ \ the Cancer Hospital, is the chief existing; : cause of concer. The most serious increase^ of cancer diving the last few years is due to the worrier, caused by the accelerated rush of modern, life. In 1864 the proportion ot cancer sufferers was 385 to the million i iit! 1888 it hud risen to 610. r M. Jules ,Simon, in.Lisa-tide in "L-* Temps," :tm.f esses to beingse .-iously alarmed, at t:i« progress of the depopulation of France; ' He sho//s oluit, the annual totil of marriages- ; has decreased by 13,000 in four years, and ! that a Frenoiirnan marries on an average at- i between twenty-nine and thirty, that is a. : jcar and a half later than the average Eng- I lishmim. ; The fear of the evil eye lingers in many j run I di-sU-iccs of Sweden. It ia supposed that a child Mill turn ill if a bad person sees it absolutely naked. To prevent the possilibity of this a thread is tied round the child's ivnn, even when it is being wished in a bath, so that it may, even in the^e circumstances, have something on. The following is a good rule to find the contrast of any colour :— ihit out a circular piece of the petal of a.iy flower and pub it on a white paper, lo >k at it fixedly for a few seconds with one eye, and tkni look oflf the color to a piece of whits paper and you will see a bright rinf of another color ; that, rhig or circle is tlie tight complementary colour or contrast of the petal. i Head waiter: " Hope you arc not goingtb forget the waiter, sir.", finest- "No, sir; I'rii not going to forget liim ncr forgive him, eith'jr. Why don't you go to work, «n<l quit begging ? Hang me, if I haven't half a mind to have, you arre/.ted for vagrancy." Head Waiter: "But, -sir, I have employment: the.proprietors of this hotel, sir, are my employers, air" Guest: "Then why don't they p»y you rncagh to keep you from begging? Haiig m-. it" I don't have them arrested, too, an accessories before the fact." A recent visitor to Jersey, where General Bo danger is now living in retirement and obsjuriiy, describe him has bcins; completoly disillusioned—devoid of hope, and the shadow of lv» -cornier self. His daily life is one of dull routine, and is spent at the villa of St Brelado, an hour's ride from St H^lier's. Madame De Bonnemain, the companion of hi 3 ex^lo, who hopes to become La Gei erj.'.e, ia seriously ill. with a pulmonary con pi iinr, and the Boukuiger household is not ,i cheerful one. The monthly meeting of the Tinw.tld School Committee was held in the Schoolroom on Monday evening. The Master's report Bhowed for the month a roll of 69 boys and 54 girls—total 123 ; and the average attendance—boys, 60 ; girls, 44—total 104; which was considered highly satisfactory. Correspondence was received from the Board of Education drawing attention to the new Act; and also an estimate of cost of repairs to out-buildings. Accounts to the amount of L 3 7s 2d were passed for payment, and the meeting adjourned. Baldwin, of parachute notroiety, has nettled down in America, where he is living quietly on the fortune he made in England. He gained LIO.OOO in the two and a half years of his sojourn, in England. At ■■this Alexandra Palace he received Llso*for every ascent lie made. This was always paid to him in solid cash and he never went up until the two stout bags containing it had been brought into his tent in the grounds, where Madam Baldwin divided her thoughts between them and her intense anxiety for the fate of her husband. Baldwin himself never experienced a tremor in making hia perilous aerial journeys. On the evening of his last ascent he tore his balloon and parachute to tatters, and gave a champagne supper to his friends, and resolved to risk his life no more. According to life insurance statistics the average life of a clerk ia»about 34 years, and this is also the average among teachers, j Machinists are outlived by printers?—the average of the former being 331 years, while that of the latter is 30. Musicians live a year longer. The y«ars of life of an editor are 40, and of manufacturers, brokers, painters, shoemakers, and mechanics, 43. Judges live to be 65 years of age on an average, and farmers to be 64. Bank officers also live to be 64 on an average. The duration of life of coot era is 58, of public officers 57, of clergymen 55, and shipwrights 55, of hatters 54, of lawers and ropemakers 54, of Wackamitiis 51, of "merchants, calico printers and physicians 51; of butchers 50, of carpenters 50, of masons 48, of traders 46, of tailors and iewellers"44. '
The prospects of the lady medicos are brightening liiore every day. The Medical Congress at Berlin extended a welcome .to no less then. 18 l*«Iy .doctors. A medical man of Glasgow hjnj just bequeathed L 30.000 for the founding of a college tor the promotion of the medictil and scientific education of women. The first bull fight that has taken place in Naples for two centuries was held in an aretia near the c lurch of the Carmine on Snnday, the 13th oi: July, in the presence of at lenst 10,000 spectatots.l This violent and savage recreation is-to he indulged in twice n week for the rest of the season, and only one -journal in Sorithern Italy, "II Fugnolo," iias yen tureti. to' raise its voice in protest against it. ... .. ■ Mr 0. W. Pilrnell addreased the clectorf of,, Ashburtou in the Oddfellowa' llp.ll on Tuesday evening. The weather on the occasion, was boisterous and stormy, but notwithstanding tlm about 100 persons put in an appearance at the Hall, and acaorddd the candidate a cordial jeception, and \a patient hearing. Mr Purnell spoke fluently for about an hour and a half on-the principal political topics of the'day, and at the conclusion of the address answered a number, of questions to the evident satisfaction of the querists. At the conclusion of. the address ;i hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the Candidate and the chairman. The Medical Congress at Berlin was marked by a tremendous orgie at the Ratlihaus. It is said that IS.OOO bottles of wine were consumed, and more than a score of the guests were left on the floor at the end of the entertainment suffering from alcoholic "poisoning." Virch.ow was seized and chaired by certain admiring Germans, whip carried him from room to room j and then these enthusiasts fell .upon some distinjguished London medical men, and overwhelmed them with kisses after the German fashion. The Englishmen present went to the rescue of their countrymen, jmd there was a wild scene. Virchow has pronounced the whole thing a disgrace to Berlin. As a proof that' butter can be packed in the ordinary way and carried Home in g^od condition, the " North Otago Times" states that Mr Atkinson supplied the ship Ganymede, on her last trip Home from Ne<v Zealand, with three cwt of salt butter. The captain of the G»nymede, now in pori, informs Mr Atkinson that when the ship arrived at Home the balance of the, butter not used onTthe voyage was as good aswheh it left New Zealand. The price of the butter was 7<l per lb in New Zealand, but the price at Home for butter for the run out was from lid to 1b 3d per lb. The packing was done in the ordinary way. in Pond's patent, boxes, packed at the dairy, and delivered djrect to ship It is not often in these latitudes that the phenomenon of a rainbow at night is to be seen. Last evening, however, was an exception, as at eight o'clock a most complete lunar bow extending from the south-west to the south-east attracted the attention and remark of quite a number of Ashburton residents. The circular arch, in the bright moonlight, resembled a phantom reproduction of the ordinary solar rainbow, the many colours being represented by gradations of light and shade, varying from a dark ring en the outside to a light misty white on the inner circle. The phenomenon lasted lor several minutes, and afforded, ample opportunity to those wio were abroad ait ihe tiiitie to take a full no'c of the occurrence. .