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Strength of Parties. —The “ Post ” thus analyses the strength of parties in the House : The division on Friday night cannot be regarded as a conclusive indication of the present relative strength of political parties. On the, proposed adjournment of the second reading of the Triennial Parliaments Bill the Ministry were beaten by two votes, the respective numbers being 38 to 36, which 5 pairs would increase to an actual combative strenth of 43 to 41. But two members of the Ministerial party were absent unpaired, therefore the real numbers would appear to be 43 and 43—a “ tie.” It is possible, however, that this conclusion may prove illusive. For instance, Mr Allright, in voting with Ministers on this particular question, hinted that ho probably would be found in the other lobby when the division on Mr Macandrew’s no-confidence motion took place. If so, that would alter the numbers by two, reducing the Ministeral strength to 42 and increasing that of the Opposition to 44. But, on the other hand, it is alleged that Mr Shephard is absolutely pledged not to support Mr Macandrew, which, if true, restores the balance of power. The two members who have seceded from Mr Hall’s party and joined the other side are Mr Vincent Pyke and Mr Downie Stewart, both, if rumor tell truth, disappointed aspirants to office in the Hall Ministry. If, as seems probable, the division of Mr Macandrew’a motion gives a majority of only one or two to either side, there seems every reason to anticipate further secessions of discontented members from which ever side may happen to win. In that case a protracted deadlock may be imminent, but is to be hoped that the good sense of the majority of members will enable this danger to be averted.

“ The Laborer is Worthy, &c.”— Dr Talmage, the well known American preacher, is in England “ starring it,” as the theatricals say. He obtains £IOO a night, so says his “agent,” in reply to a request from , a small town anxious to hear the Brooklyn sensationalist. He writes : “ I have upwards of one thousand letters, all wanting Dr Talmage to lecture to then., Some contain fabulous oilers. Now there is but one way of getting the doctor. If your society can afford to pay what larger places offer I may be able to drop out a larger place and give you a date in July. The lowest terms I care to take are £IOO. I know it is a big price, but Dr Talmage is a big man.”

A Jettisoned Rower. — A somewhat novel rowing match between men of the German ship Bismarck and men of H.M.S. Wolverine, in cutters, is reported by the “ Sydney Mail. ” The contest excited a considerable amount of interest. The cutter of the Wolverine was manned by a crew of 10, including Mr Banyard, the coxswain ; while the Bismarck was reprepresented by a crew of 12. The race was for £24, and the course was from" Farm Cove, around the City of Sydney (lying in Lavender Bay), around Piachgut, back and around the City of Sydney again, and back to Farm Cove. The boats got away well together, but unfortunately one of the Wolverine’s crew, namey Henry Tuffnell, snapped his oar at the start, and as there were no spare oars in the boat, and he could render his shipmates no help, in that spirit which has often characterised a British man-o’-war’s man, he determined that he would be no obstruction to them, and at once jumped overboard, thus leaving a crew of only nine British seamen against the doaen Germans. Notwithstanding this disadvantage, however, the Wolverine’s cutter went ahead, gradually gaining on her competitors from the start, and coming in a winner by about 12 lengths. The plucky fellow who jumped overboard from the Wolverine’s cutter was picked up by a waterman’s boat. Holloway’s Pills. —A certain cure foHeadaches, Bile, ,Loss of Appetite, and Lowness of Spirit.—These Pills can be taken without clanger from wet or cold, and require no interruption from business or pleasure. They act mildly on the bowels, strengthen the slomrch, and promote a healthy action of the liver, whereby they purify the blood, cleanse tiie skin, brace the nerves, and invigorate the whole system. They effect a truly wonderful change bn a debilitated con titu ion, ns they create a healthy appetite, correct indigestion, remo e hi'e, giddm- ss, headache, und palpitation of the heart. Plain drectiont for the u e of this medicine, at once so quid and elftcaifious,

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, 16 October 1879

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, 16 October 1879