The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1890. LOCAL AND GENERAL
Electric soap is the latest thing in Ger. many. ; The Alphabet of the Sandwich Islanders has but 12 letters. : Mrne Alexandra Elyne has been elected Mayor of Kniazeff, Russia. ' Edward Bellamy is mentioned as a possible Mayor of Chicopee, Massachusetts. Austro-Hungary has 756 hand and 338 power-looms running on carpets. The average man can be philosophical on two occasions—when he is in liquor and when his neighbour is in trouble. To the young maid marriage is a lottery, but to the old maid it is a grab-bag. Geronimo, the retired Apache warrior, has been baptised into the Catholic .church. The Yorkshire "Post," of Leeds, England, uses different coloured paper to distinguish its various editions. A party of expert oil drillers has just sailed from New York for India, where they are wanted to search for oil. In spite of official denials the ediclg against the Jews are being enforced with severity in Southern Russia. An elaborate system of defence of London is intended. The metropolis is to have a chain of great forte. Queen Victoria's name is W^ttin, an iinnni'intic appellation, but known to history as the family name of the house of Saxony. Italy has a unique library in the books of travel of its princes. Each Italian prince is expected to write a minute history of his travels. Land is very scarce in Scotland and the poor can scarcely get enough to live on. Yet the gentry of the land are said to have 100 deer preserves, The French " Messageries Maratime " is the largest steamship company ; the British "Peninsula and Oriental" and the "Austrian Lloyds " push it closely. The Earl of Coventry jam is fast becoming popular in the English market. The noble eirl has gone into the business of making it on a large scale. There R.M. s.s. Rimntaka with the English mails, left Hobart for Wellington last evening. The mail should therefore arrive in Ashburton about Tuesday next. Misa Janet A church and her company appeared last ujghf. in Timaru very successfully- To-night they give a performance in A?.h'bp.rton, all the arrangements for opening hero being completed. More women in proportion to the popul- | n-tion are employed in industrial occupations '■ in England then in any other European country. Twelve per cent of the industrial classes we female* 1. The poot Queen of Roumania, who is sojourning in Wales for her health, is >»/i.kiiig studies of Welsh scenery and character, which will figure in a new novel on which »!><* iff At work. It is charged Hx\i the opening up of the ground in the search for the frofly of Count (lo Mirabeau, nt Moison Blanche, r*aq,<j«, Jja(p produced an epidemic among .children. T«p ciiildrew have died. 'The youn-* ]3u<&C3S of Ltinster, who has been called the prettied v/cjujanjp England, ia tall and slender, fcfcately oftd tfajm ; WW perfectly chiselled features, $h<? is an] aristocrat "frbni crown to toe. I
We have the best authority for saying that Mr H. M. Joaiea will be a candidate for the representation of Ashburton at the forthcoming general election. The income derived by French people who rear fowls, according to the official return^ is 337,100,000 francs, of which '153,500,000 francs represent the value of the flesh, and 183,600,000 franca that of the eggs. . - The s.tudy of cookery was introducedSinto the schools of New York city three years ago, and now about one thousand girls arc learning how to boil eggs, bake bread, make coffee, broil steak, and ahun the frying-pan. Owing to pressure on our space,' necessitated by a full report of the Show held to-day, we are unavoidable compelled to hold over a number of items of local and general news, leading article, telegrams, etc. The "New York World" says that 100,000 children will be turned away from school in that city this yfiar for lack of room. New York seems to be aa much behindhand in constructing school houses as in building monnments. A watchmaker in Newcastle, England, recently completed three gold shirt studs, in one of which is a watch that keeps excellent time, the dial of which ia only three-six-teenths of an inch in diameter. Major W. J. Steward is in communication with the Railway Commissioners in regard to granting facilities to railway employees to record their votes at the forthcoming general elections. The Commissioners have promised that the request shall receive every consideration. The number of missionaries stationed in Africa now exceeds 500. There are 400,000 converts, and the number is increasing at the rate of about 25,000 a year. Within, five yekrs more than 200 natives suffered martyrdom for their faith. The designs of the new Irish Church of St. Patrick, in Rome, were last week submitted to the Holy Father, who expressed himself as highly pleased with them. The' church will be a basilica, with a facade adorned with many colored marbles, mosaics and statues. The original Harpers, of publishing fame, were printers, and their" sons and grandsons have foamed the craft. Each one of the family that intends entering the firm must learn the trade. He starts as ah apprentice and is not admitted to the firm until he has mastered the craft. He also practices proofreading, and in this manner goes the founds. A special meeting of the Aslibnrton District School Committee was held on Thursday, October 30th. Present -Messrs W. J. Silcock (chairman), Bean, Baker, and Porter. Application for the post of an assistant master were considered, and that of Mr Llewellyn Owen was chosen for recommendation to the Board. It was resolved that Friday, November 7th, be a school holiday. Mr Thomas Scott was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Committee rendere I vacant by the resignation of Mr Bissett. After passing ape mtots, and transacting other business, the meeting adjourned. A good story is told of Sir Robert Menzies, of Menzies Castle. Sir Robert is an ardent volunteer, and, notwithstanding his advanced age, kept his position as the captain of the Aberfeldy corps. From official quarters there one day came to him a note urging hi n to resign on the score of old age and mike way for some young man. Indignant at this, Sir Robert sent a reply asking them to send a score of their sturdiest men to Aberfeldy, and he would walk them for forty miles, and then load them to the top of Feargan, a hill near by very hard to climb. The old volunteer was allowed to keep his post. In some of the older portions of Parnell rats are now becoming not only numerous but dangerous. Mr R. Strong, greengrocer, corner of Manukau road and Garficld street, informs the <c Auckland Herald " that during the last month his children, while in bed, have been severely bitten by rats on three separate occasions, two children being bitten on one night. On each occasion the rats attacked the lobe of the ear, inflicting great pain and drawing a great deal of blood. In these old buildings the rata have so many holes for escape that it is possible to catch them, especially aa they seem too cautious to be taken in traps. This is how Mr John Burns " endorsed" Mr Champion on the latter setting out on hia Australian mission t—"Mr Champion, late editor of the "Labor Elector," the best labor paper they had ever had in England, had sailed for Australia. He had devoted a great deal of time and money ta the labor question in England, and financially suffered very heavily indeed. He had done more for the eight hours' question than any man in England, and rendered great service during the clock strike. He (Mr Burns) could only speak of Mr Champion in the highest possible manner, and heartily recommend him to all Australians as being a ma a and a gentlemen whom they could trust in everything." A Queenstown (Lake Wakatipu) letter says :•—" We are now entering upon a third year of drought, without, auv sign of the end of it being at hand. During the past winter next to no snow fell upon the ranges, so that the mines will have but little water for their sluicing operations. Many native shrubs, patches of fern, swamp grass, reeds, and other native growth that cannot do without a certain amount of moisture are, drying up and dying for want of it. Grass for stock in scarce and the greater portion of the meat supply we have to draw from Southland." What have the records or traditions of the short past of the settlement of the South Island to say about droughts ? Has such a long spell of comparative rainlessness been experienced within the memory of the oldest whaler ? Miss Achurch, and her talented dramatic company appear at the Oddfellows' Hall tonight, the piece chosen for the occasion being an emotional drama founded on circumstances connected with the FrancoGerman war, and entitled " In His Power." The drama abounds with ample opportunities for the display of histrionic talents of a high order on the part of the principals, and judging from Press reports in the Home, Australian, and New Zealand papers Miss Achurch makes the most of her opportunities, sustaining the interest and sympathy of the audience throughout. The drama is one whu-h cannot be attempted without the aid of at least two strong male characters, and a number of others of minor importance, and is in itself a guarantee of the strength of the Achurch combination— tiie strongest combination indeed that has travelled New Zealand for many years past. Theatre-goers may therefore profitably fill up the evening of Show day by presenting themselves for admission at the Oddfellows' Hall at 8 this evening.