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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

In Chambers yesterday, before Mr 0, C. Kettle, District Judge, lotters of administration were granted in the estates of Catherine G. MeAlley, Kuapena Ngarini, and Edward Broughton. The final heat between DyinooV and Thomson for Mr Drew's pair oar trophies was rowed last night. Both boats got away together, and kept so till near the hospital, when Dymock drew away and eventually won by about two lengths. We are sorry to have to report the death of Mr William RaiuDOw, at Napier. The deceased was for a great many years a residant of Wanganui, and will be remembered by nearly all our oldest townspeople. The death took place on Monday diiy last at Napier, ho has been residing of late. We are reauested to remind the members of the Orchestral Society that it is highly essential that everyone should make a point of attending the three final lehearsals of "Lea Cloches," viz., this evening, to-morrow, and the full-dress on Monday. Spinnaker is tlio name of the dam of Me J. D. (Jrmond's Spindrift, not Spinako, and Lyrelinua, not I.yreline, is the dam of the same gentleman's colt Bugler. Mr G. G. Stead's Bswshot should have appeared as nominated for the Wanganui Derby, whereas he wa*s published as entered for the Two-year-old. At the last mooting of the Bishop Lodge of Druids, held iv the Druid's Hall on Monday evening last, six new members -vere made and five more proposed for initiation. This popular lod^e has progressed wonderfully since obtaining a hall of their own, and no loss than 20 members havo been added to tlie roll within the last six weeks. An error crept into our report of the last meeting of the Wanganui Harbour Board. Wo should havo said that it was in connection with the anchorage ground for large (steamers that Mr Thatcher had interviewed Mr Jiallance, and not with roferonco to the South Spit, and consequently all the Chairman's remarks as to the interview referred to the anchorage ground and not to the Sonth Spit. As evidence of the promise of a not rery far distant flourishing up-river trade, wo may mention that on Tuesday last Mr A. Hatrick cabled Home to the London firm who have the order for the construction of his now steamer to eonsidorably increase tho dimensions over those contained in tho originul plans. Tho size of the vessel, which 13 to bo a sister to the popular little Wairere, will be about twice the size of that craft, and whan she is launched on our river the mein?, so far as conveyance is concerned, of a vory extensive and prosperous traflic. As will bo noticed, tha criminal business of the Supreme Court was concluded yesterday, This morning tho civil business, of which tho following is a full list, Trill commence : — Riinitsrini and another v. Cnllinana ; Wilkie v. Wilkio ; Whittaker v. Dunbar ; Syme3 v. Chamberlain ; Moore v. Moore ; Nixon v. Nixon. Before a special jury — Banna Kairi v. Moore, 17th April; Bickelben v. Raker, 19th April j Blaremborg v. Browne, 20th April. Diyorce— Soler v. Soler, 18th April. The first six cases mentioned will be heard by his Honor without a jory. Considerable sat'sfactiou was expressnd by many at the Courthouse on Tuesday at the improvements mado in the matter of jury accommodation. The old benches, or rather boxes, have been completely removed, and in their room chairs have been placod behind substantial railings, the outside of which is draped with curtains. The |*reat tin partition behind tho prisoner's dock is, wo bolieve, to b 9 removed. As it is now it practioally makes the major portion of the ienr of tho courtroom useless, as it is impossiblefor those behind it to see anything of the proceedings, with the result that they er*mp and crowd into the side.? of tho room, stand on the seats, and generally make a commotion. With the removal of this bo/io, and the erection in its place of a small curtain just sufficient to phield the prisons', the wholo court will bs thrown open and a much bettor state of things will prevail. The explanation of so-called "dusfcphotographs " and " breith figures " has become a matter of great curiosity sinco the question was ventilated at the British Association meeting last year, and, more recently, at tho Psysieal Society. The ordinary phenomenon of two coins separated by a plate of glass, on which faint but clear reproductions can ba obtained by connection with au influence machine, is hard enough to explain; but several correspondents in Nature testify to cases of similar reprints on glass from tho msre proximity of brilliant objects. Thus tho words " Col Ton Room," not infrequently seen in gilt letters on a wire gauze blind, appsar to have a way of fixing themselves on the window-pane which they face, and have been known to romain in evidonce on misty days long after tbo blind was removed. Washing does not affect these images,and,barring some actual molecular j changes, the cp-ucq of the phenomenon is not apparent. JExparimouts in connection with similar figures wore shown by Lor'l Armstrong during his lecture before the Literary and Philosophical Society at Newcastle. Of the 172 females who kilted themselvos in Victoria during tho last decade seven resorted to rksarmb to effect the purpose Poison is the commonest a<»ont lor women to lay hold of, sixty-one having chosen' it out of the above total. With tr.e males hanging and shooting are most popular. Of tlie 929 who terminated their own existence in the decade, 258 optededhangingandlOG used of gun or pistol. It is curious to notice that, with tho exception of shooting, the relative methods of committing suicide in England follow almost tho same order as in Victoria. The proportion of suicidos to population varies considerably, beinf; 7 9 por 100,000 living parsons in England and 11-2 in Victoria. Compared with the other colonies this record is outnumbered by that of Queensland only, although it is but a shade in excess of that of Now South Wales. For the ten years 1881-90, the suicides of Queensland had a yearly avorago rage equivalent to 1J per 10,000 persons living. Those of Victoria, Now South Wales, and West Australia ari somowhat above, and those of South Australia and Mow Zealand somewhat bolow 1 par 10.000, while those of Tasmania are considerably the lowest, averaging only one half the last-named proportion. Extending tho survey to foreign countries, wa find that the ayr-rage of suicide in Victoria is little more than half what it is in France or ths German Empire, but is higher than Sweden, Norway and Hungary, and very greatly higher than tho United States, Russia, Ireland or Spain. As evidencing tho effect of a vital belief in Roman Cathulic doctrino in restraining the inipulso to solf-slaughte', it is noticdablo that tho yearly average in Ireland is only 2o to iCO/OOOof tho population, and in Spain l'-i. ' * " ' <• •

# Tho burglars aro finding splendid Hole's just now in Melbourne, nnd jewellery and valuables nro lining missed on all sides. One householder was absent from a room for five minutes, but during tbat timo tho family valuables wore abstracted. One v>ho roWud 7Cow railivay station, and tried to mako use of his legs in escaping, tos brought down by a constable's revolver. It is tho intention of the Board of Admiralty to make tho following additions to tho fleet:— Two first-class crusiors, to cost 4700.000 each, and to bo superior to any vessel of thoir class afloat. Threo second-class critisors, two battlo ships, and two single-screw sloops— fitted with sails, suitable for tho Pacific and Australian stations. The total co3t of those vessels will be J15,000,000. Wanganui is dravviug nearer and nearer to that coveted time when she will bo the pos.essor of a froiut JliU public museum. Tho contractors, Messrs Arthur and Abrams, commenced work on Tuesday week last, and, if circumstances are favourable, the skeleton should be erected by Saturday next, or at the latest Monday. The work ia to be finished next month, and, from appearances, tho contract should be completed well within the specified time. Mr Predonclc G. Jackson, P.E.G.S. writing with reference tothe British Polar Expedition, which will, if possible, sail for Franz Josef Land this year, and winter there, say : •' Briefly, the plan of the expedition lam to lead will be this. Cn reaching the southern coast of Franz Josef Land we shall establish a depot, which will form tho baso of our future work. Bofore tho summer begins to fall I shall hopo to have mado a raconnoitre northward which may enable us to reach a point north of the Austrian limit. In the following spring we shall again advance northward and ostablish a depot in latitude a. outSideg or, if possible, 85deg. Hereabouts tho land may ceaso ; if so, I shall endeavour oithor to make diroet for the ultimate object of the expedition, or having secured myself in more or loss comfortable quarters, shall prepare to winter in this very high latitndo, and make the necessary move in the following spring. If the land continue it is quit, possible that tho whole distance might be covered in that summer. It will be seon that this plan prescribes a base, and establishes a chain of depots. Ono great Arctic canon— keep your line of rettoat open— is thus maintained. The expedition will be chiefly accomplished by sledgos. I shall tako not moro than ten men, and we sball travol as light as possible, tho depots helping us in this respect. Up to a certain point the course is clear enough ; and if wo only roach, say tho eighty-fourth parallel wo shall have heen enabled to mako most important geographical discoveries and have reached a point further north than any yet attained,"

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXXVII, Issue 11782, 13 April 1893

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXXVII, Issue 11782, 13 April 1893

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