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A Chinaman in a Passion.— A Chinaman in a violent passion must present a singular appearance, according to a witness in the Police Court this morning, who described the almond-eyed stranger as pursuing a boy up Tory-street, and all the while “ hollowing out like a cat who haul lost its tail. ” We presume that the witness (who, as Mr Fitzgerald said, seemed to be the ‘ ‘ funny man of the district ”) intended some covert allusion to the Chinaman’s pigtail.—“ Wellington Post.” Ritualism. —We learn from Waimafce that similar charges to those brought against the Rev. Mr Carlyon formerly of Kaipara are likely to be preferred there against the t ßev. Mr Coates, Church of England curate. Meetings have already been held, at which was asserted that the ritualalistic practices upheld by the rev. gentleman were so closely lerging on Romanism that the difference was. scarcely discernable. Strong feelings on the subject are manifested by members of Who church. The Doings of Lightning. —Many tone the strange stories related of the curious or wonderful freaks played by lightning—suprising, perhaps, because One of these (says the “Manawatu Times ”) we heard of the other day as having occurred between here and Wanganui. During a thuscuießstoriu which passed over the district, the electric flood struck one of the telegraph poles and damaged seven others. The pole first struck appeared as if riddled by small bidlets just below the arm which suppoitta the wires. The others were either jaggjcd, as if with a chisel, at one of the coniars, or had large splinters torn off. In the hist pule a hole about an inch in diarentair was bored clean down the centre from that arm to the foot, the portion hi being splintered to pieces. are four chains apart, the electric- fluid l , must have travelled along the wire- moret than a quarter of a mile before entering the ground.

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 1 Ashburton Guardian, 25 October 1879

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