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An Electric Compass. [Newspaper Article] — The Muswellbrook Chronicle — 22 January 1898
Ail Electric t'ompnss. A Now York electrician is understood to be negotiating with the Navy De partment: in i.regnnl to a compass of his invention, which he claims'will avert ■all danger of collisions at sea. The com pass is connected with a very powerful magnet, which is also in connection.-.with.' *the-sliip!s-dynamo. - The moment a. ship enters the magnetic;:, field of the vessel .carrying the compass, which is' calcu lated at about six miles, the needle is deflected. .The deflection -doses an elec tric circuit, -tyhich ringsan alarm' bell and- -gives"' warning oil the' approach of the . other vessel; The magnet , is .pre vented from affecting the.-ship's steering •compass by a fence of narrow strips ol brass around the compass. The inventor says the idea sprung out of an expe rience 4 of his own on ■ board an ocean steameY; i; He was-looking- at the com pass when lie noticed that the needle > shook and • turned lialf-way round.' I-le asked, an explanation of the captain, who,...
The Language of Flags. [Newspaper Article] — The Muswellbrook Chronicle — 22 January 1898
The Language of Flags. To " strike the flag" is to lower the national colours in. token /of ,submission.'. ' Flags: are. .used as ..the, symbol of rank and.;'command, the officers musing them being called.flag officers.!' Such-flags' ari; square to' distinguish tliem from other banners. •■ ■ ■ , .. A " flag of truce" is ,a white flag dis played to an enemy to; indicate a desire for a pai-Iey or consultation.' ■ The white flag is a sign o£, : peace. After a battle, parties from both sides often- go out to. the field to rescued the wounded, or bury -the dead, under • the> protection of a-white fia'g. . •• - The red flag is. a sign of defiance, and is often used by revolutionists. In our service it is. a mark ol danger and shojvs a.vessel to be receiving or;.discharging her powder. -&lt;l ■■■:■» ■ V ; ■ f ■ The biaclc flag is the sign of piracy. ' " i The-yellow flag. shaws a vessel>to .be at:' quarantine, or. is the, sign of a conta gious disease. ■ . A flag half-mast: m...
The Value of Cycling. [Newspaper Article] — The Muswellbrook Chronicle — 22 January 1898
The Value of Cycling. ' : Dr. Gonan Doyle's Opinion.: ■: • ■'Our readers are well acquainted, with 'the writmgk of Dr..rConan•. • Doyle*-: the: well-known., novelist. . - Of cycling lie says :— . , , '■ When the spirits are:,'low, when the: • (3a.jf&lt; apji?ars, darlc, "when .work becomes . monotonous,, when "hope ( seems- hardlyi • wtfjrth -hEtving,- just-mount; a bicycle, and. gb'"T>Tit for a goibd Spin down the road, .withoutr thought of -anything > but the ride .you: are talcing. : >1, have,' myself,' riclden : the "bicycle most during my prac-; tice as a physician and during my work in letters. In the morning or the atter nocm, before or. after work, as the mood o'ertalces me, I mount the wheel and1; • am off for a spin of a few miles up or' down the road from my country place. I can only speak words |of praise for: the bicycle, for I believe that its use is commonly benefiqial and not at all de trimental to health, exceptiin the matter >■ of beginners ...
Raiment. Summer Frocks. [Newspaper Article] — The Muswellbrook Chronicle — 22 January 1898
Summer Frocks. One especially pretty toilette, ami easily copied, was of yellow linen—now .so fashionable—and the skirt >vas per fectly plain, with three full pleats at the 'hack. • The bodice had very large le» •of-mutton sleeves, and the , hack ytaa Light-fllUng, while the front had a t?a theved piece drawn down from shoulder to waist, ami as a vest a piece to cor respond to the white linen and lace col ,Java and,,cuffs was inserted. The belt of ;;white ribbon was attached to -the ■ skirt, which fastened round the waist oyer the bodice, rind had a very stiff bow ;at...the. back. .Tti«*se collars and cul'l's, with'vest to match, will often refurbish ;a, gown—a necessary thing for the e'corio ■mical housewife. Polka dot, gowns are: much in vogue. At one fashionable es-' tablishment was a blue-and-white. the dot of which wa"s very small, while through the entire ground ran a very narrow '. blue ■ stripe. ,\ The . skirt' was trimmed with a deep Spanish flounce reaching to the knots...
Presence of Mind. [Newspaper Article] — The Muswellbrook Chronicle — 22 January 1898
Prcsci/iee of Mind. Colonel-'Winjatri R. Morrison, a well known American, lias spent a' great" par® •of Ills career ;iri hotels, and one of his; theories "has be«;n' that the ^mind can lie', so trained that/a hotel fire pught riot,to distract" the reasoning faculties When presence of mind Is needed. He and his; •wife "\vere amused from their slumbers "one night by'an alarm. The hotel in which they had their rooms was afire, and there was great confusion and tumult among the guests; "Now, mj; dear," said the Colonel,: " don't get excited. Put on all your' indispensable apparel and take your time. Doa't lose your head. ,'Just' watch me." , ' " ' : He calmed Mrs. Morrison's anxiety,, handed her 'the articles necessary to her tcilet, put on his collar and cuffs; took his watch from under his pillow, and placed it ii;i his vest pocket, put on his hat, and walked with Mrs. Morrison out of the burning building into the street. " Now, my dear," he said, when they were safe, " don't you see ...
Land News. [Newspaper Article] — The Muswellbrook Chronicle — 22 January 1898
Land News. &nbsp; &nbsp; IT may be of interest to some of our readers to know, that the only un- selected portions of special areas No. 20,701 and 20,702, which will be re- duced in price after 22nd inst., as notified by advertisement in this paper on the 12th instant, are portions 119 and 120. These areas will be avail- able for selection at the reduced rate on Thursday next, 27th inst.
Wheat. [Newspaper Article] — The Muswellbrook Chronicle — 22 January 1898
Wheat. Considerable quantities of wheat have arrived at the local railway station from the surrounding farms recently, most of which has been forwarded &nbsp; to Messrs. Campbell and Co's mill, at Scone. The local price for prime samples is, we believe, 3/9 per bushel. It is stated in Sydney that there will be a scarcity of prime wheat this season.
THE Muswellbrook Chronicle O, sacred weapon, left for truth's defence, Sole dread of folly, vice and insolence, Reverent we touch thee! but with honest zeal To rouse the henchman of the public weal SATURDAY, JAN. 22, 1898. Finance and Federation. [Newspaper Article] — The Muswellbrook Chronicle — 22 January 1898
—THE— Muswellbrook Chronicle O, sacred weapon, left for truth's defence, Sole dread of folly, vice and insolence, Reverent we touch thee! but with honest zeal To rouse the henchman of the public weal SATURDAY, JAN. 22, 1898. Finance and Federation. The opening of the Melbourne session of the Federal Convention once more brings the delegates face to face with the financial bogy. The difficulty is one which is inherent in the nature of the problem to be solved. In other words it amounts to this: " How can we get from " colonies which are already taxed " to the verge of endurance and &nbsp; " which have pushed retrenchment " to the furthest possible point, an " extra contribution sufficient to de " fray their share of the cost of the " Federal Government and at the " same time ensure their financial " stability." It is obvious that it can't be done except at the expense of the wealthier colonies, and, as the latter are also called upon to find their own share of the federal ex-...
Wesyelan Church. [Newspaper Article] — The Muswellbrook Chronicle — 22 January 1898
Wesyelan Church. Last Tuesday evening the Quarterly Committee Meeting of the Wesleyan Church was held, and it was unani- inously decided to hold Harvest Thanks- givings Services in the Muswellbrook &nbsp; and Kayuga Churches on Sunday Janu- ary 30th. All the friends of the church are kindly invited to co-operate in making these services a success. Presents of fruit and vegetables, &c., are kindly solicited for the occasion, and may be left at the residence of Mr J.Hicks, Bridge Street.
LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS. Mysterious Occurrence. [Newspaper Article] — The Muswellbrook Chronicle — 22 January 1898
LOCAL AND GENERAL &nbsp; NEWS. Mysterious Occurrence. Early risers were startled on Mon- day morning about 6 o'clock by hearing a strange report, as if H.M.S. " Royal Arthur " had managed to steam up the Jacob and Joseph Creek and discharge an 81 ton gun over the town. For fully half a minute or more after the report, which was very loud,, it rever- berated through the hills, much the same as artillery being discharged. The occurrence was the subject of much discussion in the town on Mon- day, though no solution of the phe- nomenon has resulted. We can only attribute the circumstance to some convulsion of nature's laws, the work- ings of which are beyond man's under standing. Anyhow we are still alive.— Quirindi Gazette. [While, going through the scrub at Spring Ridge, near Quirindi, about six years ago, a wallaby shooter, noticed a similar mys- terious occurrence. He heard a loud report overhead, followed by a hissing sound, and the thud of some body striking the earth. For...
"Ireland Revisited." [Newspaper Article] — The Muswellbrook Chronicle — 22 January 1898
"Ireland Revisited." &nbsp; The residents of Wybong and neigh- &nbsp; bourhood are promised a rare treat on Wednesday night next, when the Rev. Father O'Gorman will deliver his famous lecture on " Ireland Revisited," which has only to be heard to be ap- preciated. The lecture will be illus- trated by a large number of lantern views, under the care of Rev. Father Roche, who is an adept in the working of the. slides. All who have had the pleasure of listening to the Rev, F. O'Gorman's lecture speak very highly indeed of the substance of the lecture and the manner of its delivery.
Stove Cattle. [Newspaper Article] — The Muswellbrook Chronicle — 22 January 1898
Stove Cattle. IN addition to the 250 head of Wombo-bred bullocks to be offered by Messrs. Harrison, Jones, and Devlin at the local municipal yards on Tuesday &nbsp; next, 25th instant, Mr. Edward Higgins will offer 300 head at the same time and place. Particulars will be found &nbsp; in advertisements in this paper.
Musical Union. [Newspaper Article] — The Muswellbrook Chronicle — 22 January 1898
Musical Union. THE local Musical Union has de- cided to take part in the Estedfordd Competitions at Newcastle on the 26th inst., and have been practising a piece for sixteen male voices. Messrs. Beaver and F. Lowe -will compete in the tenor duet, and Mr. Stevenson will try his skill in the tenor song for those &nbsp; who have never won a prize. There is n0 reason to doubt that our singers will acquit themselves well in the com- petitions, and we trust that they may return covered with laurels, and a share of the prize money in their pockets.
LATEST TELEGRAMS. Sydney, Friday. [Newspaper Article] — The Muswellbrook Chronicle — 22 January 1898
LATEST TELEGRAMS. Sydney, Friday. &nbsp; One of the largest burglaries perpetrated for some time was carried out early this morning. The factory of tho Union Clothing Company, Sussex-street., was broken into, and the whole of the stock of woollens, tweeds, and serges, except one roll, and about 150 suits of clothing were stolen. The gate fastening was undisturbed, and the robbers evidently came provided with a key to fit the padlock. There were clearly discernable wheel tracks in the yard, showing that a ve- hicle had been utilised to remove the stolen property. The load must havo been a big one. So far no clue has been obtained as to tho identity of the robbers. London, Thursday. Speaking last night Sir Michael Hicks Beach, Chancellor of tho Exchequer, stated that the Government expected to have a large surplus this year. It was intended to increase the number or blue jackets. They were watching- the naval programmes of all the rival naval Powers. Tho Government could see n...
Municipal Elections. [Newspaper Article] — The Muswellbrook Chronicle — 22 January 1898
Municipal Elections. In an advertisement appearing in &nbsp; another column of this paper Alder- man C. J. Skinner announces that, in consequence of not being able to give that attention to the duties which he thinks should be given, he has decided not to become a candidate for re elec tion as an Alderman at the end of his present term of office. Mr. Skinner being a man of large practical know- ledge and endowed with a good portion of sound common sense, his retirement from the Council is much, to be re- gretted. Rumour says that Aldermen Bowman (Mayor) and Lea, the others who retire in February next, do not in- tend to offer themselves for re-election. Should the "lying jade" in this instance speak the truth, it will be necessary to elect three new aldermen, and nomina- tions for the vacant seats must be in the hands of the Returning Officer not later than Monday next, 24th instant, to be in time.
P. and A. Associtaion. [Newspaper Article] — The Muswellbrook Chronicle — 22 January 1898
P. and A. Associtaion. We would again remind members of the above-named Association that the annual meeting takes place at 3.15 p.m. on Thursday, 27th inst., not the 21st, as erroneously stated in the Maitland Mercury. We understand that, as only the required number of nominations have been received to fill the various offices, there will be no elec- tion necessary. Adoption of the an- nual report and balance sheet, and,; discussing the important motion to be moved by Mr. E. C. Brecht, will be the principal business to be dealt with at the meeting.
Victorian Bush Fires. A Settlement Swept Away. [Newspaper Article] — The Muswellbrook Chronicle — 22 January 1898
Victorian Bush Fires. A Settlement Swept Away. In connection with the terrible bush fires which have devastated the Gipps- land country in Victoria during the past week, the Melbourne "Argus" con- tains the following telegram from Chil- ders. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; For the past week there have been terrible fires raging all through this dis- trict for miles, great damage being the result. Within three or four miles of Childers twelve or more people have been burnt out. In fact, it is rare in- stance to see a house which has been saved. The following is a list of the homeless ones: Mr. Pakenham and family, Mrs. George Mayo and family, who were only able to save their lives by getting into creeks of running water, with showers of coals being thrown all over them from the standing timber ; Mr. Brown and family have been, ren- dered homeless, without saving any thing; Messrs. W. and A. Bryan were completely burnt out; Messrs D. and A Gunn just escaped with their li...