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The Marlborough Express from Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand • 7

Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
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THE STALL SATURDAY LINE 5 1897 BAND GOSSIP GENERAL NEWS ROM AR VXD 5 EAR fBv Tomtom1 Oamaru Garrison members presented Conductor King with a purse of sovereigns before he left for England The newly formed irst Westland Rifles Band are making splendid progress They hold the first church parade on June 20 next Carterton Brass Band under Bandmaster Spooner held a successful concert in the Agricultural Hall Mr Hughes the secretary worked hard the music was good and the highly gratifying to all Well done Blenheim bandsmen The Garrison under Bandmaster Curry playing in NelsonSquare Tieton netted upwards of for the Bay Relief und The Hibernian Band played on two occasional and sent alfmg over Jill Between the two bands named they helped the undto the creditable amount of £20 The Grey town Band (Wairarapa) held it annual meeting last week Though its credit balance was not big the prospects of the band are considered excellent and special efforts will be made on June 22 to improve financial position Mr Bezzant has brought the Protes tant Band (Timaru) good standard Their programme played near the historical corner attracted a large crowd Though the programme was not of a distinctly high character it was enjoy able march "The slow march and the Wellington old favourite Day were included Timaru bands to three viz GariisonCitizens mui thv itawc i aketmid '(Kelson boasts! of Temper Eland Though young the band has a' ca lv 'become an established local urirp Tue Grange Orphanage Band Bardmiuter Leaner played a sacred eg mmc in he Botanical Gardens in aid he Bay Relief und last SiV 5 A imnibr attended and'iiflemcnted tn little fellows air Han i of £4 2 Gnt ngon is ftp wishing Twenty nutSc: i recent parade and much admired The Nel fcu rri Bend netted 10s for the Zffcd and 'had th6weather been Vun abic it would figyeheaxi' considerably more Nelson and 'Marlborough bands have done exceedingly well on behalf of the fund The Guards Band (Invercargill) has battled along and is now nearly out of its trouble Proverbially Invercargillites are most generous and assist local bandsmen in matchless style At the meeting held on May 22 members were delighted with the improved position of affairs A hearty vote of thanks was passed to his Worship the Mayor and the various friends of the Guards in Invercargill Mr John Goodall ah old bandsman in Greymouth was the recipient of a flatter ing complimentary benefit last week The Catholic and Town Bands combined and played fine marches The attendance in the Public Hall was splendid and Mr James Spindler an ex Oamaru Garrison member sang in his best style and brought the house down solo I Dreamt I was perfect and the soloist came in for a special round of applause Cornet solos by Masters Goodall Phillips and Violich baritone Rosy by and itz simmons I (bombardon) who played the favourite' were each well received solo (baritone) Home Sweet was given in a style than stamps him as a player of undoubted promise Phillips on the cornet played in good style Miss services were again highly appreciated and altogether the concert was one of the best ever held in Greymouth Boosey and issue of music for 1897 is to hand A grand fantasia of (arranged by Ackerman) is highly spoken of also a serenata Love in Herr contributions to the extensive list includes fantasia fantasia on nautical melodies The lying Squad ron another on popular ballads (No 3) Amongst the marches which evidently are favourites with the English bandsmen are (Lee) and (Sowsa) "The by (Sperber) Gay and of (Kappy) This old established firm keeps pace with the times and its 1897 prospectus is ahead of former ones No country band can score points off the Temuka one irstly they own a neat uniform dark blue with white facings and the physique of the members is good whilst their appearance when playifig out is such that impresses one favourably Their playing reflects credit on Band master Bryant a gentleman wliose ser vices cannot be over estimated The Temtika Brass Band possesses instrumen talists of no mean order Cornets are good euphonium one that would be an acquisition to any band solo horn and baritone can play with good tone and style and the band generally speaking is Bn institution that deserves public support With a fine practice room the Volunteer Hall and a fair stock of music by next summer this band should vastly improve and give residents plenty of amusement in the future They patronise Wright and Bound and journals and what pieces they select are well within the range of their capabilities a virtue not general amongst bands Practices are well attended and Bandmaster Bryant is to be congratulated oii the excellence of the Temuka Brass Band 'Hie (not Henry Lawson) respecting the newly formed Christ cmuyh app Band ITis main question is as be origin of the favourite It is really tendon either Portuguese or Spanish I'eu first introduced into Eng iri j'l in it came into favour Through out the nited States its popularity is surprising writer iu Musical Opinion sJntes Gui! tillH the Prince of Wales is no vthp perfciw' on the and aecom himsi If in true musicianly style rim mest ditty is the a reliable source I gather the date forty years t'rom tjwu D'mjonmivi near the south (Dutch West Indies) Its fm runuer ws co doubt the marimba Ton: in Georgia in 1849 was am! probably the best banjoist kuown for your request to record your hind's advent VETER AN Contemporaneous with Queen Jubilee Mr Painter senr will attain his jubilee yof ffifty years df active mem bership' in English and Christchurch bands Joining a band in Gloucestershire in 1847 playing therein till he left for Lyttelton oji arrival here he was soon in the thick of band and orchestral work the usual practice of our Garrison thereby establishing a Christ church record of upwards of thirty years I In musical circles during the and Mr Painter was much in evidence At later stages he identified himself in most matters appertaining to music and was one of the originators of and a consistent worker in the Associa tion MOTOR CARS Judging by an application made to the Ellesmere Rond Board by Mr John Rennie of Doyleston it appears as though the Ellesmere district were to bo theexperi i mental ground for the introduction of motor cars into the South Island The roads of the district are eminently suited for locomotion of the "horseless carriage description Mr intention is to utilise his motor car for the purpose of sending meat from his butchery through out the district iu which his business lies He has estimated that the cost of main taining such a vehicle will be less than 'that of the present system of horses and carts The experiment is sure to be watched with interest THE LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE The following changes in the lighthouse service have been decided Mr owler of The Brothers is to become assistant keeper at Island vice' Mr letcher' who is to take a similar position at Cape Palliser under Mr Voyle at present principal keeper at Nugget Point Mr Rayner from Cape Maria Van Diemen is to succeed Mr Voyle at Nugget Poiut Mr Sinclair assistant keeper at Godley Head is to be promoted to charge of the Cape Maria Van Diemen lighthouse and Mr second assistant at Island will also be removed to that part of the colony his place on Island being taken by Mr Broughton from Taiaroa Head MELANESIAN MISSION The report just issued by the Melanesian Mission shows that a very large amount of useful work was accomplished by the staff last year There were 213 boys and girls at the school at Norfolk Island and they were as a whole making good pro gress with their studies The staff was strengthened by the addition of Mr Edgell from England and Miss Wil liams MA from New Zealand During the twelve months 924 natives were bap tised and 242 confirmed and the work of the missionaries was vigorously extended The operations of the Mission have been a good deal restricted by the difficulty of maintaining communication between the islands The Southern Cross has proved altogether too slow for the purpose and Bishop Wilson is particularly anxious to obtain the means to provide a more suit able vessels A LABOUR PROGRAMME The Independent Labour party in England opened their fifth annual con ference on April 19 when a resolution of sympathy with Greece in her present struggle with Turkey was carried with three dissentients On April 20 a pro posal to change the name of the party to Socialist was rejected A revised programme was adopted declaring that the land should be treated as public property and demanding the enactment of an eight hours day the provision of work to all capable adult applicants at recognised trade union rates with a statutory mini mum of fid per hour State pensions for every person over fifty years of age and adequate provision for all widows orphans sick and disabled workers free maintenance of children while at school or university free primary secondary and university secular education the abolition of indirect taxation and the gradual trans ference of all public burdens on to un earned incomes and the municipalisation and popular control of the liquor traffic A NEW TORPEDO A telegram from Auckland states that a trial of a new torpedo took place in the harbour1 yesterday in the presence of a large number of interested spectators The torpedo is the invention of Mr Perkins Ponsonby and is propelled and" steered by electricity A storage battery in the interior of the torpedo works a powerful electro motor which irith steer ing and other gear is also enclosed The trial took place alongside the ferry and as the model used had no storage cells the electricity was supplied from a dynamo on the paddle steamer Victoria the wires being paid out as the torpedo went along Several tests were made the course being altered each time The inventor states that it will travel from 6ft to 8ft below the surface never becoming visible but rising and exploding at any given time The steering gear can be set to any course and the weight of the instrument will only be about one half of that of any other effective torpedo thus enabling double the number to bo carried It is also claimed that the torpedo has a wider range than others Among those present were some gentlemen from HMS Mildura who it is under stood were favourably impressed with the principle of the invention MEDICAL AID OR THE POOR At a recent inquest in Wellington on the body of a woman named Jane abling it transpired that when the woman was dying a medical man was asked to attend her but declined to do so The Coroner Mr Ashcroft commenting on this fact ex pressed the opinion that it was a pity no medical man had been appointed in Wel lington to attend the very poor It is not only a pity (says the Neiv Zealand Times) but a reproach In Christchurch Napier Dunedin and other centres the services of medical men are secured and it is their duty to attend the poor The people of the Cathedral City have gone a step fur ther and pay for the services of an experi enced nurse and much good has resiilted from her ministrations In many cases those whose homes are so cheerless so void of all ordinary comforts are ordered into' the hospital but it was found in Christ church at any rate that the services of a trained nurse not only materially assisted the medical officer but gave hope to many a sufferer who might otherwise have des paired of recovery THE WORKLESS The Melbourne Age thinks that one thing which Commandant Booth told the Old Age Pension Commissioners may well sink into the minds of the com munity at large Ninety per cent of all classes who came to the army asking for help were willing to If these figures be any fair indication of the average disposition of the workless people of the world then the amount of besotted ingrained laziness of which we hear so much is almost a negligible quan tity The Conservative Press of Vic toria is never weary of typifying the swagman as all that is vile and de graded He is a pariah an irreclaimable who ought to be placed without the cate gory of human fellowship as we place our lepers To give such a man a vote is to dishonour the franchise And yet it may well be that in ninety cases out of a hundred the sole crime is his inability to find a market for his labour He as he terms it because like Poor Jo he has no resource but in Only 10 per cent of most woe begone poor are loafers according to these experiences Does not the thought occur and recur with terrible force that society is making a disastrous mistake when it permits ninety willing men in every hun dred of its unemployed to drift into want misery and perhaps crime because it is no business to lend a helping hand to those who fall in the race If (the Age concludes) a single body can do work like that described what is to hinder its pro secution on a larger scale by means of more potential agencies This record is unique As a musical enthusiast an old Christchurch musician a thorough going bandsman and a re spected member of the Garrison Mr Painter will be congratulated by his friends when he reaches the date this month Loyalty to his band and a keenness for instrumental music are characteristics which he largely possesses and Mr Painter can make sure of my congratulations and a hope that he' will for many years remain an active member of our local Garrison A decree has been issued abolishing slavery throughout the Niger territories to come into force on the Jubilee Day The On Thursday night the College Rifles held an inspection parade (including musketry instruction) Colonel rancis Captain Hobday and Sergeant Major Barrett were the inspecting officers The parade state numbered forty nine out of fifty three After the parade Captain Day announced that the corps had reached its minimum strength Private Benefit Commis sion The Rbyal Commission to inquire into the working of the Private Benefit' Societies of the colony which has just con cluded its sittings at Dunedin will sit in the Land Board Room on Monday morning Those desirous of giving1 evidence should send in their names at once to the secretary ERRORS INSTINCT PROCRASTINATION LICENSING COMMITTEES SCHOOL COMMITTEES SARSAPARILLA It is evident that the law has strange STRANGE STORIES IMPRESSIONS READING OR EVERYBODY Jamieson A apology was received for the absence of Mr Williams Several letters were received and read from the Board of Education One was in reply to a resolution passed at the annual meeting of householders with reference to the KORNER'S PRAYER BEORE THE BATTLE This is the old good old of curing a cold But it is inconvenient andonly adopted as a last resort There is a new much more convenient and quite effective I refer to It has been curing Colds steadily ever since its introduction and now holds the popular favour Think of Prime Meat Mr Couzens of the Eastern Butchery has a very creditable display of meat which is tastefully arranged whilst the shop is decorated with pot plants ferns Amongst the beef is a very prime Shorthorn bullock from the Coldstream Estate grazed by Mr erguson Three of Mr Southdown sheep which took Mr special prize at the Winter Show and some very fine carcases of cross breds from Mr Kirwee Estate are included amongst the mutton and there is also some very prime lamb The dairy fed pork sucking pigs and hams and bacon are all excellent and in the small goods de partment which is tastefully arranged there is a fine show of dressed poultry pigeons and prettily decorated hams Samaritan Home The Matron of the Samaritan Home acknowledges the follow ing gifts for use at the Home Mr Grainger fish Mr uchs pies A riend fish Mr Taylor firewood and pork Messrs Baker and Hopkins meat Mr Smith and Mrs milk Tai Tapu Dairy Com pany butter Mr Gunner garden chair When the aure batteries and Sir William expositions thereon came to the front some years ago a New Zealand journalist took unto himself the wings of the morning and went sailing away into the realms of prophecy One of his visions of the future was to the effect that by and by steamers would be able to generate or store sufficient electricity to keep them going throughout a1 sea voyage at a rate varying from fifty to two hundred and fifty knots an hour The prophet probably had not troubled himself about such contingencies as or stormy seas and an ocean with a continuously smooth surface had very likely been an element in his dream He was of course consumedly laughed at by his more prac tical brethren of the pen And yet things keep moving on the line of his prophecy Mr Seddon how in England insists that if the Canadian Australian mail steamers call at New Zealand ports they shall shorten the present passage by five days It is it seems only a matter of paying a higher subsidy to the owners Then a mail line of four steamers eacli of 10000 tons and each capable of running twenty one knots an hour is being established as between Canada and England After all with improvements in construction iu motive power and in methods of propulsion men now in middle life may live to see or hear of electro motor ships running be tween New Zealand and the Old: Country at the rate of fifty knots an hour At any rate in these days it is not less risky to deny such possibilities than it is to affirm them would not call in tbe neighbours who were strangers and lot them know that the man whose proper place was by her side was wearing out the night in dissipation at his club And the night was the same on which the sympathising sister more than 4000 miles away had tossed on her pillow in wakeful grief over her unknown sorrow (Jusfralasian) was ebruary and every day the SELWYN The annual meeting of this committee was held at Darfield yesterday Messrs Bishop SM Boag Bull Knight Gough and The following applications for licenses were granted without remark after reading the police reports Robert Miller Methven James Nee Meth ven: Peter Miller Rakaia A Lewis Chert sey Donovan Darfield Michael Keane Springfield John Beecher Kirwee Thomas Clayton Glentunnel Thomas Rolleston Potton Coal gate A transfer was granted from Hugh of the Dunsandel Hotel tq Ernest Richards and new licenses were granted to Walsham Sheffield and Thomas Napier Hororata Walter Halliday of the Rakaia Hotel was called He had been fined for Sunday trading during the year The police gave a good report of the house since the licensee had been cautioned and the license was granted Accommodation licenses were granted to Cloudesley and Hewitt A number of letters were read against the Bealey Hotel and three witnesses attended the meeting from Christchurch to protest against the treatment which they received at the hotel on Good riday An affidavit was forwarded from a resident in Dunedin in support of the evidence given by the witnesses The Bench retired to consider (Mr leaving the committee) and said on resuming that they were quite of opinion that the licensee of the Bealey Hotel James had not acted towards the complainants in a proper and civil manner and the gentle men who had come from a distance to complain against the conduct of the house deserved the thanks of the committee and the public The license would be renewed this time and it rested with Mr as to whether the committee would take into consideration at some future meeting his fitness to hold the license License granted William applied for a license for Pass Hotel which had been rebuilt His Worship said it was no good going into the matter as the committee had no power to grant it Mr could have kept the old house going if he had liked by using a little energy and the committee knowing that an accommoda tion house at Pass was desirable would have given him every facility for doing so but his chance had now gone License refused Thomas Clayton applied for an extension of license for two hours on a certain night on the occasion of a ball at Glentunnel Refused All houses were ordered to be closed at 10 pan and lights to be kept burning from sunset to sunrise Typewriting Arrangements have been made to hold an examination in type writing in connection with the National Union of Typists (England) about tho middle of Juno The examination will take place at Miss A School of Shorthand and Typewriting and Miss Cart has been appointed by the Association to conduct the examination have been Oh no no she replied dream i know Nothing in the ner ELLESMERE A meeting of this committee was held at the Courthouse Little River on Wednes day present Messrs Overton (chairman) Latter Bradley Daly and Knight Mr Overton apologised for the absence of Mr Bishop SM through illness The police reports were read and considered satis factory All applications for licenses were granted and extended to 11 pm except Somerset Hotel Duvauchelle and Springston Hotel Springston the licensees of the two last declining the extra hour air and By the time he reached the resi dence of the fair one he was so grievously troubled with catarrh that he decided not to cast the die until the next day He therefore went back home and on the following morning learnt from a friend that the actress had eloped the evening before with a middle aged theatrical agent After recovering from his rage and disappointment ho felt very pleased that his attack had prevented him making a fool of himself An old woman in poor circumstances was recently searching in an old cupboard for some spirits of camphor which she wished to use to relieve a bad cold when she found a dirty stamp album Shrewdly guessing that her find might be of value she sent it to a dealer and asked him to give her what he could for it By return of post the dealer sent her $50 a sum which enabled her to live in comfort for the remainder of her waning life Tho cupboard would never have been ransacked in her lifetime at all if it had not been for the timely bad cold which induced her to hunt for some camphor The monthly meeting of the East Christchurch Committee was held at on Thursday pre addition to Mr Tippett Smith as a member of the Board of Governors for the Canterbury College A circular was re ceived from the Railway Department stating that excursion fares for children attending the schools would be allowed on Record Reign day The head monthly report showed the attendance at the main school to be 1066 Phillipstown school 234 South Belt school 127 He recommended that the boys should be trained to sing the National Anthem at some suitable place on the line of route on Demonstration Day It was resolved to accede to this recommendation After passing accounts the committee adjourned until eleven on Monday when it will vote for those nominated for the Board of Governors of the Canterbury College A meeting of the Kowai Pass School Committee vas held on Thursday evening The following lines are a rough transla tion of a fine German poem The author Korner was a young poet and playwright who when his atherland was in danger (1812) gave up the prospects of a brilliant career and happy marriage and devoted himself to death for the liberty of his country His presentiment was fulfilled and a few hours after composing his fiery of the he was slain inbattle These lines show in what spirit asoldier may fight ather I call on Thee Clouds from the roaring cannon surround me lashes and hisses the lightning around ma Disposer of battles Thy child calls npon Thee ather oh lead me ather oh lead me Lead me to victory lead me to death Lord I await the commands of Thy breath Lord as Thou wiliest so do Thou lead me My God I behold Thee My God I behold Thee As when the leaves of the autumn are falling So when the clarion of battle is calling ountain of Grace my eyes still behold Thee ather oh bless me ather oh bless me Take Thou the life that Thy spirit ha given Lord for Thy blessing Thy servant has striven Living and dying still do Thou bless me To Thee be all glory To Thee be all glory 1 Not for this world are Thy soldiers contending Holy the reuse that our swords are defending Death is but victory My God now receive me My God now receive me Out of the thunder the death call is greeting ast from its prison iny spirit is fleeting My God now receive me ather I call on hee EDITH SEARLE GROSSMANN It heat filled the newspapers with weather reports and the country with sunstroke and typhoid My cab waited at the door while I en tered a little fruit shop to see if there was anything decent among the piles of mushy grapes greasy bananas and fly speckled pears and apples to take home with me for luncheon I heard the frowsy shop woman say have some very nice She addressed a weary looking little man in shabby clothes with a thin lanky girl of fourteen standing beside him you show them to me he said and diving below the counter she produced a half ripe Sorry sun shrivelled specimen Sixpence she said sharply The man hesitated and looked at thp girl who nodded I will take one if you please if you can find one a little riper for a sick per The woman took one from another box and held it up for approval It was round and yellow one side suffused with a rosy blush as a peach ought to be and the eyes of the man and the girl glistened with pleasure as she popped it into a paper bag and twirled the corners the best she said handing it to him He took it nervously and began I afraid I The girl whispered something to him and he continued Will you show me some grapes Good or cheap said the woman im patiently with her eye on me Be quick this hurry on my I said and the man murmured with a blush I would like them rather cheap She lifted a case from the window a yellow sticky mass that had nearly turned me from the shop I can do you these at Again tho eyes of the man and girl met in mutual question and I felt a lump of shame and pity rising in my throat as I watched the tragic comedy But do you think grapes are good for mother she whispered know he answered thoughtfully but she must have fruit and one peach is so dad buy the grapes Three pounds is a lot and we could eat just a few ourselves we she answered with an anxious little smile he said quickly and turn ing to the shop woman take three pounds of the grapes instead of the peach she said with an insolent toes of her fringe takes some folks a long time to know their own minds for She plumped the grapes into the scale with all the carelessness their oheapnese deserved while I stood by wishing with all my soul that I had the pluck to buy a peach and give it to them I was afraid they might resent it and snub me for my pains My opportunity was gone in a second for they left the shop immediately and almost before they were out of the door the hungry fingers had torn open the parcel and taken out little bunches for her father and herself Do yon know those people I asked the woman She did not but opined that they were not of much account anyway I bought a few of the peaches scandalously dear though it was before the days of Mildura and Italian fruit stalls at every corner and left the shop thinking The girl and the man were still in sight and I told the cab man to follow them He did so and I saw them go into a little cottage in a little street all drain and glare and dust I thought of knocking at the door and pre senting the peaches but the right words would notcome I always like to usd the right words so I procrastinated I took the number of the house and told myself that it would be a delightful surprise for them to get a parcel from the shop in the evening or from another shop I could buy better fruit and cheaper when I was on my way to the theatre that night The matter dwelt on my mind all day and I left home early with a spare half hour before my train went to give it due attention Having bought the peaches and des patched them I was sauntering towards the station glowing with charity and self congratulation when I ran into a doctor with a big practice in the neighbour hood I suppose you happen to know who lives inNo 33 Street I said I he replied attending a patient there Why I take an interest in I said How is thepatient In a precious bad way I've just left her decent people and the wife was nicely convalescent from typhoid or would have been if the poor creature had been able to get the food I Are they very poor I asked Poor The whole family is near star vation He was a civil servant retrenched out of his billet His wife begged me to give her fruit I told her peaches and one or two other things 1 mentioned would do no harm and do you know what the poor stupid wretches have done Bought her and such grapes The little girl told me between her soba that nice peaches were ninepence and that sixpence was all the' cash they could raise in the world Of course have sent them something decent if known the straits they were in but the worst of those people proud and conceal And has she eaten the grapes A few I believe the father and daughter devoured most of the only food had to day But any how tjie woman has had a Serious afraid The grape seeds will probably cause peritonitis Peritonitis in her case means death sorry They were nice people a devoted family and I hate to lose a patient through stupidity Well I must be off Good night unless coining my I was not I did not go to the theatre that night In my dreams the man in cessantly repeated But one peach is so little and even now I cannot pass the shop without bitterly remembering how my cursed conventionality lost me the best chance I ever hud of bringing happi ness into other lives High St Christchurch and Colombo St Sydenham Sole Proprietor of benjamin gum PRICE 16 statD EVERYWHERE Mr Alfred Jolliffe of Granville So Australia whose portrait W3 give above writes used Sarsaparilla in England for years before coming to Australia At times I was much troubled with boils and other eruptions of the skin caused the doctors told me by the running down ot my system and general debility The only medicine that has ever done me lasting good is Sarsaparilla which has always cured me puriiying iny blood and giving me new life and health and vigour The wonderful success of Sarsaparilla in purifying the bio and restoring health and strength to systems enfeebled byr lisease or the eiVTwat ing effect of a warm climate has led to the placing on the market of either preparations called Sarsaparilla Remember that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and be sure that you get SARSAPARILLA which has stood the test of time has won the highest awards at the great expositions and has been a blessing to the people of Australia and all civilized countries for more than a generation No other medicine operates bo effectually in removing general debility languor and all outward symp toms of the grave mischief caused by disordered nerves and impure blood Sareaparilla Known all Over the World for Its Excellence PILLS Sugar but Effective' Ordei is first and what applies to Heaven in this respect is i assuredly applicable to mundane matters Public assemblies and even small adminis trative bodies soon become bear gardens I when those who guide them slacken the reins of order It is therefore always refreshing to see or hear of a niayor or chairman firmly insisting on what is right in the matter of order eVen when the inevitable newsnauer man describes the the main school incident under the satiric caption of sent Messrs Sandstein (chairman) municipal or a scene in the Board Allison Tippett Smith The Mayor of Port Chalmers Bean Clarke Brunt and has just gained some distinction in this connection At a recent meeting of the body over which he presides one of the councillors made an objectionable re mark about his Worship who thereuponwith five of the councillors left the table At the next meeting the Mayor opened the Board providing a more suitable room for council but refused to proceed with the the next meeting and stating that the business until the offending councillor had Board had no room at its disposal but apologised for his remark The offender would sanction the use of any room recom however was one of those great men who mended by the committee as suitable for never apologise to anybody To get over the purpose The Chairman signed the the xleadlock that ensued one councillor necessary voting paper for the election of moved that the Council should adjourn Mr Brunt to the Board of Education It and another by way of amendment pro was resolved to nominate Mr Scott in posed that it snouia go on witn tne Busi ness The Mayor observed that if the amendment were carried any councillor could say what he pleased without being called to order This prospect of license as opposed to liberty had little to attract the majority who by seven to three adjourned the Council The whole matter is no doubt small enough but at the same time it is iu its way noteworthy as an instance of following the wise advice of quarrelling about a straw if honour or order is at stake Purifies Vitalizes Enriches the Blood Gives New Life Health and Vigour There was a time when everybody from China to Peru and from Kamschatcha to Stewart Island sang and danced the deliriously delightful Ta ra ra boom de aye It is the way of men to do or be done to death periodically in connection with this or that cometary pass jon' There are people who think that cycling just now possesses the boards in this respect but that it will have its day and cease to be Dr Youll the city coroner of Melbourne is apparently of this way of thinking At an inquest lately on a cyclist who had been killed in a road race the doctor in fervently addressing the jury said that if the driver of a horse went along the roads at a very much slower pace than did the racing cyclists he would be summoned for recklessness There could be no objec tion to men riding into town on business at a moderate pace but when they went tear ing along at a terrific rate their riding be came a great danger In this case death was purely accidental but the jury might if they chose add that bicycle riding in Melbourne and neighbourhood should be better regulated To which the reporter laconically adds that the jury returned a verdict of accidental death Dr Youll Is that all you have to say The foreman replied that it was Dr Youll: Then you are bicycle riders yourselves I expect? It is difficult to get a jury nowadays half of whom at least are not cyclists The moral of this' is probably as applicable' to 'New 'Zealand as to Victoria Mr Concert Mr Mac kenzie gave another of his popular con certs at Lyttelton last night There was a good attendance and in addition to the musical items the myriorama was intro duced The singing of Mr Mackenzie and Mrs Carmichael the reciting of Miss Glover atid the step dancing of Master Mackenzie were highly appreciated most of the items being encored Mr Mackenzie announced that he would visit Lyttelton once a fortnight for the future on riday evenings the alternate ridays being taken up with a concert at Kaiapoi THE TURKISH ARMY A rench military paper recently gave the following particulars of the Turkish army which as the events of the last few weeks have shown is not by any means deficient in capacity for fighting Under the Act of 18SG military service is compul sory for all Moslems except the inhabi tants of Constantinople Eyub and Scutari who have always enjoyed exemption The obligation to serve extends from the twenty first to the forty first year of life viz six years in the or active army and its reserve eight years in the or reserve force and six years in the territorial army or militia Apart from exemptions on ac count of bodily disabilities dispensations are granted for a good many reasons but these do not as a rule exempt definitely from service the young men being simply put back for another year Total exemption cannot now be purchased although men can still secure considerablo alleviation of their service on paying a certain sum The law of conscription practically affects about thirteen millions of the inhabitants only as besides the exempt districts above mentioned there are other districts exempted by law or viz the South Albanese the Kurds and the Arabs The actual number of conscripts each year is about 120000 and of these about 25000 escape service as being physically incapable or else not to be found 30000 are exempt as being family bread winners 40000 or 50000 are enrolled for the full term of service constituting the first contingent and from 20000 to 25000 are classed in the second contingent Thus the whole of the available forces would be as follows total 530000 of which 250000 would be fully trained 130000 imperfectly trained and 150000 with little or no training total 600000 of which 280000 have had full training and the rest little or none 360000 of which one half are fully trained and the rest with little or no training Total 1490000 whereof 710000 with full 130000 with imperfect and 650000 with little or no training The qualities of the Turkish soldier are too well known to need comment and although the Turkish power is not now what it was twenty years ago and the" sinews of are lacking the Turkith scimitar would still weigh heavily in the balance of Powers in the event of any great European war TIMELY BAD COLDS (Tit BMs) A celebrated Italian singer owes his life to the fact that he caught cold one night last autumn He was billed to appear as the principal tenor in a cantata but on the appointed day he was so hoarse with cold that he could not fulfil his engagement and had to send a professional friend to take his place On the following morning he had reason to be thankful for the cola which he had thought such a nuisance for he read in the papers that his substitute had been crushed to death beneath a block of wood which had fallen from the ceiling Had the celebrated singer attended the cantata himself he would naturally have stood in the place which his unfortunate substitute as principal tenor had occupied and his career as a great singer would have summarily ended A fire which would undoubtedly have done great damage to a big pile of build ings in a northern city was checked in a timely manner recently The tenant of the top flqpr of the building a young architect Was just locking his offices up for the night when he began to feel chilly and at once came to the conclusion that he had caught cold His overcoat which he had not intended to take home with him was hung up in a little unused lumber room at the end of the landing and thither he went in quest of it He entered the room and then discovered that the boards of the floor were on fire and that the flames were rapidly extending to the deserted offices below Raising an alarm he got the fire bri gade to work while the fire was in its initial stages and thus saved the whole pile from ruin Had his bad cold made its presence felt a little later he would have been well on his way hoie and would never have thought of going back to the Inmber room for his coat A young gentleman of title who had lost his heart to a charming actresS was re cently spared a humiliating experience by the intervention of a bad cold After pay ing great attention to the object of his adoration for some months and receiving great encouragement from her he set out one night to ask the all important question But a cold which he had caught the day before developed rapidly in the outside AND Of) Vi rn their as thtt are LlVLLik A 10 constaitly saying many an action which men generally regard as cruel or vile is in The life of firemen stokers and engine nowise punishable by legal process In a men on ocean going steamers is probably divorce case recently a colonial judge the hardest and most' coarsening of all said I have no doubt that the wife was human occupations and to treat them badly treated that her husband was very lightly when they offend against tire regu frequently clrunk that he treated' her lations of their ship or the laws of the cruelly threatened her life and otherwise land would perhaps be akin to taming' behaved disgracefully that he also formed tigers with sprinklings of rose water On an improper connection with his board ship they work like Titans on shore friend but! by virtue of the fact that she they too often drink like devils and have condoned these offences this Court cannot hardly any other recreation give her redress The subse quent conauct nis insunang woras ms bitter speech and his manner though dis the argument asked one mem Governors her the object ot punishment? It is to be a deterrent to crime If it does not do that it fails in the very thing that it is intended for I say that brutal punish ments degrade the people who witness them just as much as the culprit What is a proof of civilisation? The way in which a nation treats people who are in its power A brutal nation will inflict a brutal punishment As we progress in civilisation we adopt more humane methods of treat ing criminals There was a time when condemned persons were put to every con ceivable torture before they were put to death to prevent crime yet in spite of that men continued to commit the same offences When they used to hang men for stealing sheep that crime was more preva lent than any other time Every description of crime has diminished during the last twenty years during which time the severity of the punishment has been These arguments will serve to show New Zealanders who are opposed to capital punishment that they have sympa thisers in other colonies That instinct is not infallible we are assured by A Acloque who gives in La Nature (Paris) some interesting instances of the truth of his assertion The Literary Digest thus translates part of his article: may be stated that instinctive im pulses are in some degree determined in advance for each species and in correla tion with the different acts that the indi vidual is called upon to accomplish by reason of its own mode of life Accord ingly it is a legitimate conclusion that animals may sometimes be deceived when the problem that they are called on to solve does not present itself under normal conditions or when the circumstances in which they are placed are only apparently true This is in fact what actually happens and we believe that it will be interesting to cite several examples where instinct thus acciden tally or with unaccustomed or artificial conditions finds itself at fault The Spegians are a tribe of wasps that make their nests in the earth and provision these nests where they deposit their eggs with the larvseof other insects particularly caterpillars or even with spiders These wasps do hot kill their victims they are satisfied with paralysing them or the young larva that will issue from each of the eggs has delicate tastes and would not be willing to feed on partially decayed flesh Thus each victim is pierced with the sting which finds its way to a nerve ganglion and inoculates the prey to use the technical term with a drop of poison endowed with anesthetic properties This poison condemns the victim to the most absolute immobility and it thus falls an easy prey to the newly born larva One southern species the yellow winged Sphex pro visions its nest with a large cricket which it knows how to wound iu the exact spot necessary to prevent all resistance and which it drags not without difficulty to its nest This Sphex is an interesting study When it has got its cricket to the edge of its nest it never fails to go into the gallery doubtless for fear lest some intruder might profit by its work and never brings in its prey without going through this prudent domiciliary visita tion If the cricket be removed and placed some distance away the Sphex after find ing it brings it anew to the opening and repeats its inspection of its lodgings This happens as often as the observer pleasds to repeat the experiment If now the cricket be taken away altogether the Sphex at first shows great anxiety turns around and rushes here and theije not understanding the trick that hks been played it inally recognising that its efforts are futile it returns to its burrow and sets to work conscientiously to seal up the opening as if the cricket were within In doing thus it performs all the acts imposed on it by its instinct to assure under normal conditions the nourishment of its larva Only instinct since it did not foresee the case of an accidental interven tion that should cause the prey to dis appear did not indicate any solution of the problem thus propounded by chance And the insect being confused does a foolish Christchurch is not the only colonial community in which the perplexilig ques tion of capital punishment has lately been under discussion Only a fortnight ago it was vigorously debated in the Parliament of New South Wales vr4 nnnAominallv hut in to a particular case Those who were when all ithe members were present It opposed to capital punishment either was resolved to support Mr Henry specifically or generally did not carry the Williamson for a seat on the Board of House with them though on general Education and Messrs A Saunders grounds they seemed to have the best of Peryman and Adams for the Board of There was a large attendance at the entertainment given last night in the social hall of the Sydenham Working Club for the benefit of Mr Cheriton and family who had such a narrow escape from the late fire at Syden ham The president of' the Sydenham Working Club had taken great in terest in organising the entertainment the items of which were kindly provided by members of the Christchurch Working Chib All the items went off well and encores were frequent The programme was as follows Songs by Miss Messrs Harrison Hollow: Dickey Biltcliff and Davie Irish jig by Master Dickey songs and dances by Miss and Master Dixon stump speech by Mr Mitchell cornet solo by Mr Tankard recitations by Mr Ryan and instru mental music by Mr Docherty The pro gramme finished with a laughable farce entitled The ellow That Looks Like Me in which Miss Haydon and Messrs Walker and Mitehell took part Can anyone tell why we happen to be thinking of a distant one who per haps has long been crowded out of our busy thoughts at the same moment that he thinks of us He enters our conscious ness and will not be put aside His voice his smile and his peculiar ways are all be fore us as if he were actually present We recall his jokes and his exploits we long to see him at the same time wondering what has brought him just now into our memory In a day a two a letter comes we stare at the postmark and handwriting It is from It was written two days previously at the very hour in which we were thinking of him Was it a coinci we ask or did his thinking of me cause me to think of What is the mystery of elec tric chain wherewith darkly bound A striking case says a correspondent in the Metaphysical Magazine came to my notice some years ago With my husband I was staying for a short time at a hotel in a foreign city A lady a very dear friend came from her mountain home over a new line of railroad to visit us for a few days On the second night of her stay she could not sleep Early in the morning she awakened me and said Ex cepting one short nap on first going to bed I have not dosed my eyes I have passed a dreadiul nignt My husband is very ill I know he Uh exclaimed dreaming is no common it is true! I feel it! world can convince me otherwise 1 pale tense features were so expresive of anguish and her tone so filled with con viction as to dissipate all my hope that it was simply illusion I knew her to be a woman of extraordinary cour age not at all the kind that is frightened by fancier No train went in the direction of her home until evening so we tried to pass the anxious intervening time in shopping On leaving a dry goods store at about ten in the morning we were met by two men who had just arrived on horseback from the neighbourhood of my home and were in search of her On recognising them her face assumed a ghastly look of fear and dread but she bravely asked questions while I leaned somewhat ignominiously against a railing for support I heard her say through closed teeth knew it last night something told The was true Her husband had had a violent hemorrhage of the lungs in the night at the very hour when she had awakened in alarm and grief with the conviction that he was ill and needed her He was thirty miles away and she had left him in good health twenty four hours before On another occasion the same lady was far separated from her favourite sister The ocean was between them and trouble and embarrassment of various kinds had hindered correspondence or a year no tidings had reached her but one night the face of this sister appeared continu ously before her Whether the lady was asleep or awake it remained and its ex pression was of the bitterest anguish All the next'day she was unable to banish that sorrow stricken face from her thoiights feeling certain that the vision must Lucy is in ttouble I know it you will said she Then she anxiously wrote to her far off sister In due time ja letter from Lucy arrived telling how in a strange house she had watched all night besideher dying child When life fled she closed the eyes and dressed the little body for the grave sitting up till daylight the only living creature in the house for she Every customer for Benjamin Gum testimonial they recommend rom The Weekly Cattle atiou in every civilised community irstly because it is a never failing topic for con versation and secondly because it puts the strong upon their mettle and helps to weed tho unfit from the garden of life Its very variety is calculated to promote the ennobling feeling of gratitude and the people of the colonies including New Zealand have of late much to be thankful nection there is a plentiful harvest for this connection In Canterbury at the reformers but the labourers appear to anY there are probably many who will few say with the Scottish rhymster mo wanes it rair air wnnes ir snaws Tho syne it freezes syne it thaws ilka blast tbatblaws Mtvm hue a shy at ye A iblinswe sud be blythe because sic variety ENTERTAINMENT AT SYDENHAM hardly any other recreation Gin in pailfuls beer iu rivers Smash the window glass in shivers That is perhaps too much their idea of i graceful were not acts of cruelty in the havino a good time when ashore and eyes of the law and cannot be treated as men behave in that way on grounds fov divorce Is itnot clear that in land: are naturally enough daisies to chses of this order the law is worse than a deal with on board ship irmness verging hass Does it not apply under conditions on tyraTOV seems: to be the line of manage which have evolyed a higher morality ment justified by experience And their views of justice which belonged to posi treatinentas offenders underthelaw appears tively or cpmparatjjely barbarous times to be grounded on the same principle as The fact that it does so is surely ample is shown by the cases that arise from time justification for the action of those to time The latest local instance of this spirited women who are doing their utmost kind is supplied by the case of Michael to remove the anomalies in that Driscoll dealt with at Lyttelton on respect Witlings sneer at them as wild Wednesday Driscoll who had refused but they can afford to smile at duty was sentenced to imprisonment for this while they continue in their efforts to fourteen days and held liable to be put on brin? the laws society into harmony board if required before the expiration of yith the righteous principles of civilised his sentence Surely imprisonment with justice out being forced hack to work would be i punishment sufficient for such an offender I The weather is entitled to high consider Jjien 01 XrisuuAi SLttLuy uuii uiu generally described as a rough but are the conditions under which they work and the way in which they are treated under the law and in spite of it not very largely responsible for th eir roughness If they were treated with more humanity they would probably exhibit more in their lives and general behavior In this con BENJAMIN GUM when your next cold is coming on Also think of SPENCER VINCENT Pharmacist tively or cpmparaQf ely barbarous times i ot tnose spirited women who are doing their utmost respect Witlings sneer at them as wild i 't Az A.

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