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An- Item About the Doctors. —Dr. Johnston, when giving evidence in a civil case at the Feilding R.M. Court, on Friday last, tendered a bit of information which may prove of interest to the ailing ; public. In the course of his remarks he said “It is generally understood by our profession that the person who calls and gives the order for us to attend anyone 1 makes himself responsible for the fees.” The Big Money. —lt is a curious fact, remarks an exchange, to be remembered by those who advocate giving “big” money at race meetings, that the most important races in England have not a single shilling of added money attached to them. The Two Thousand Guineas, Oaks, Derby, and St. Leger are all sweepstakes. The first race is not so called because two thousand guineas are added to the stakes, but simply we believe, from the fact that the value of the race used to be about that sum. It now' usually amounts to between three and four thousand guineas. The Property Tax. —The following is from the Thames letter of the Free Lance ; —“ Sir George Grey’s opposition to the Proparty Tax ought to open your eyes to his real character. After all his howling about taxing the rich, as soon as the tax is put on he is the first to move and get the burden taken off his knicknacks and put upon the poor man’s beer ; and I believe he will never rest till he forces the re-im-position of the tea and sugar duties. Grey has certainly slipped up his poor man this time, and yet thousands of poor men join in the stupid cry “ Repeal the Property Tax.” lean understand people who have it to pay crying to get out of it, but to hear people w T ho are as free of property as I am, getting into an excited state about it, seems to me the height of utter insanity. lam quite content to let those possessed of five hundred pounds worth of property pay the tax. ” Diphtheria. —The following recipe for the treatment of diphtheria is worth knowdng ;—“ Put a tea-spoonful of sul phur into a wineglass of water, and stir it with a finger instead of a spoon, as the sulphur does not readily amalgamate with the water. When the sulphur is well mixed it is to be given to the patient to gargle, and after gargling to swallow it, and in ten minutes the patient will be out of danger. When the fungus is too nearly closing to allow the 'gargling, the flour of brimstone should be blown through a quill into the throat, and after the fungus has shrunk to allow of it, then the gargling. If the patient cannot gargle, take a live coal and sprinkle a teaspoonful of flour of brimstone on it, let the sufferer inhale it by holding the head over tha shovel, and the fungus will die. Brimstone kills every species of fungus in man, beast, and plant in a few minutes. Liberal Landlords. — A correspondent of the Daily Telegraph gives the following hint to New Zealand land-owners :—“lt may interest some people to know how landlords who are not English treat their tenants. Messrs. Hagin and Carr are American holders of a ‘Mexican grant,’ in Keru County, California. The grant was for fifteen square leagues, and comprises about 90,000 acres of splendid land, mostly open.valley land. They do not wish to sell at present, so they rent it on the following terras, in lots of 100 to 640 acres They build a house’, barn, and outbuildings,furnish seed, provisions, etc., for the settler until he can supply himself, and if need be a portion of the term, and on the bush land only ask a return of the outlay from the crop of the farmer the fourth year. On clear land ready for the plough one-fourth of the crop, and a return of the advance made within three years. The Coming Giant. —Much interest has been excited in Brooklyn, New York, by a young giant, by name Jack Shields, who has lately been engaged for exhibition at a museum in that place. Shields, who is a Texas boy, eighteen years old, is at present little more than 7it. in height, but he is in training to be the “giant of the future,” and it is expected that he will beat any giant ever exhibited. He comes of a family of gigantic proportions. His father, a farmer in Texas, is 7ft. high, and his brothers and sisters are of like 1 proportions, but they have done growing. : An agent who was lately scouring the 1 country in search of giants came upon the 1 Shields family, and at once saw that he had a treasure in Jack, | whose services he ’ secured with some difficulty. The agent 1 set forth the other day to a reporter of the ’ New York papers the difficulties attending 1 on “ licking a giant into shape,” as illus- ! trated by Shields. “We are,” he said, ! “training him to be a giant, and we r think that he will grow to be the tallest 1 man in the business. He needs watching. Having been accustomed all his life to lower himself to talk to his companions, - and to allow his arms to hang loosely by r his side, and to spread out his legs, he is ; yet raw and awkward for the giant business ; but now he is getting to hold up t his head keep his feet together, and throw f his shoulders back, to keep himself in shape, to take and getjnore height. ”

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 119, 29 June 1880

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 2 Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 119, 29 June 1880