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Curtailing Her Freedom. —A lady of this city called at a police station the other day, and complained to the superintendent that her husband had, in the most cruel manner, kept her a prisoner at home for the last ten days. “ Ah,” said the superintendent, “does he lock the doors on you “Certainly not.” “Does he have somebody to guard you, and keep you from going out ?” “No, indeed ; not he !” “ Well, does he—does he t-t-tie you to anything ?” “ No, sir ;he dares not ?” “ Well, I should say, madam that —pray excuse me—that you have about all the freedom you could want.” “ Gracious heavens !” exclaimed the lady, with clenched fingers and flashing eyes, “ a horrid mouse tied to the top of the box with my Sunday bonnet in it ; and you talk to me about all the freedom I could want.”

Great Grimsby, which has just been honored by a visit from the Prince of Wales, is a place worth knowing of, especially now when a general election is at hand. Its burgesses are freemen, and these freemen are great men in their way, with rights inalienable. They have the franchise for ever. No Act of Parliament could, or rather would, deprive them of that; and, not only has every freeman a vote, but so has the happy man who marries a freeman’s daughter. The story goes that in one close-run election a marriage was made in hot haste to turn the scale. A bride-groom, whether an impromptu or a long-engaged lover is not known, was brought over from Boston in a coach and four, was married to a Grimsby girl, and voted on the same side the same afternoon. Freemen’s children have also the right to free education in the borough schools—more, they are paid to attend.

Ploughing by electricity, the latest novelty in the agricultural world, is, accord lug to a French correspondent of the “ Mark Lane Express,” now an accomplished fact. The motion is conveyed to a drum from the electric machine, and thence by a coil of wire to the plough.

The Canadian Government is inaugurating a new policy in regard to the Indians of the north west. Fourteen schools of farming are to he estahlishi d there for the purpose of instructing tl e Red man in agricultural puruits, and duly qualified persons are already appended ty parry out the gtjhsme,

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 15, 30 October 1879

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