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No Business. —There was a clean sheet at the R.M. Court to-day. Racing Club. — A committee meeting took place this afternoon. Particulars of the business arrived to hand too late for publication, but will appear in our next issue.

Catholic Church, Rakaia.— The Rev. P. Coffey will hold services at the residence of Mr William Doherty, during tomorrow.

Irrepressible Lottie. —The Auckland Observer states that “ Lottie Wilmot proceeds for libel against the Napier Telegraph and half-a dozen other Southern papers. ” Broke Down. —The Auckland police yesterday failed to secure a conviction in any one of the cases which they brought against various publicans for breaches of the Licensing Act. On the Right Side. —At the annual meeting of the Otago Daily Times and Witness Company, hold yesterday, the balance-sheet showed the nett profit for the year to be L 1,349 4s. The “Telegraph” Company.—At a meeting of the shareholders yesterday, instructions were given to wind up the affairs in connection therewith, and liquidators appointed. And Yet Another. Wickham, of the Free Lance, has been committed for trial on the charge of libelling Mr Hurst, M.H.R. for City West. Bail was allowed, himself in L2OO and two sureties of LIOO each.

The Engine Shed. —A public meeting is convened by his Worship the Mayor for Thursday next, at the Town Hall, to endeavor to obtain the removal of the railway engine shod to a site whore it will be less a nuisance to the township.

Grand National Steeplechases.— The entries for the events at this annual meeting, to bo held this year at Timaru, appear elsewhere. They are far behind previous years in point of numbers, and are entirely confined to Middle Island horses.

Died in Gaol. —Thomas Fidgett, alias Shelon, who was sentenced to penal servitude at the criminal sessions of the Sureme Court, April, 1879, for setting fire Do some stacks at Otahuhu, died sudtdenly at Mount Eden Gaol yesterday. H® had previously tried to throw a train off the rails. He is said to have been a lieutentant in the Royal Navy. A Junenile Bushranger.-— A boy named Mulhern, 14 years old, belonging to the Auckland Industrial Home, and placed out with Mr Wyatt, of Kaipara, stole a horse, saddle and bridle, sealskin ru", and a tomahawk, and has taken to the bush. The horse has been recovered, but the police have not succeeded in capturing Mulhern. Suicide. The medical examination yesterday on the body of Thomas Peake, an architect, who was found dead at Wanganui on Thursday, disclosed the fact that he had poisoned himself with strychnine. A verdict was returned at the inquest, that deceased committed suicide while in a state of temporary insanity.

Another Defaulter. A telegram from Christchurch this afternoon, states that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Mr W. W. Charters, who is now known to have left in the ship Orari for London. It is reported that defalcations to the extent of L 2,000 have been discovered in the accounts of the Sydenham Building Society, of which lie was manager. A warrant will be despatched by mail leaving to-day.

St Stephen’s Sunday School Festival. —The annual treat In connection with the St Stephen’s Sunday School, took place yesterday, and was a great Success. The children were marched from the Church—where they first assembled and received an address from the incumbent—to the parsonage grounds, whore fun and frolic held high rule throughout the day. Every praise is due to the ladies and gentlemen who lent their assistance to ensure the success of the treat. Parliament out of Session. —Mr Levin met the Wellington electors last evening, and during the course of his remarks said he regretted Mr Bryce’s retirement, was in favor of Mr Rolleston’s land administration, but disapproved of indiscriminate settlement of people on the land. He would preserve the present education system intact, but he thought it cost more than we had a right to spend on it, and many economies ought to be practiced. Without impairing efficiency he would alter the age of compulsory education, and make the fourth standard the maximum in ordinary schools, but would have in each district a school to teach the fifth and sixth standards, charging a small fee to those able to pay it. He received a vote of thanks and confidence at the conclusion of his remarks.

The Novelty Consultation. The prizes in Mr J. L. Fleming’s recent Novelty Consultation on the Autumn, Easter," and Flying Handicaps were apportioned as follows ; —The first prize in the Great Autumn went to a settler near Akaroa, the second prize to a gentleman in Kaiapoi ; the first in the Easter to a lady in Sydenham, the second to a gentleman in Christchurch ; the first prize in the Flying to a farmer at Courtenay, and the second to a Christchurch resident. The other prizes were distributed all over the colony. The drawing was filled by over 3,000 subscribers. Mr Fleming has now started a second Novelty Consultation on the Grand National Steeplechases, to be run on the Queen’s Birthday in Timaru.— Press.

Very Tall. —The following story, had it come from America, could easily be branded on sight as a lie, and one of no mean magnitude either. A gentleman, whom we call Captain Spanker Crain for the occasion (says the Adelaide Jteijixter'), went down to New Zealand the other day, and when ho came back said ho—“ Oh ! yes, I enjoyed my trip to New Zealand very much —very much indeed. Now Zealand is a fine country, a lino country, sir ; and the hot springs are immense—immense, sir ; no other word describes it. Talk about cure for gout ! why you have only got to bathe in the hot springs a few times, and it’ll draw every particle of gout you have got in your body clean out—won’t leave a remnant. 1 was there. I saw it, and I tell you it was surprising. Round the sides of those pools were heaped piles of gout—all the gout that has been taken from tho suffering persons of all the Europeans who have bathed there since New Zealand was colonised. There it is in masses like the rocks at Port Victor, and the Maoris saw it out in blocks and build houses with it ” When next Baron Munchausen thinks of publishing a book, he should make terms with the gallant Captain Cram.

Twenty-eight Weeks in a Tiiance.— The medical faculty of Germany have been much interested lately in a case of long-standing trance on the part of a girl of 13 years~of ago. The facts are, for once, undisputed ; and no possible suspision of trick or collusion can arise. The patient lay for twenty-eight weeks apparently in a state of profound sleep at the Hospital of St John’s, at Kerderweisel, near Butzbach. During the time she never once woke, or received nourishment of any kind. She was visited by upwards of GOO medical men from different parts of Germany during the duration of her trance, and some French and English physicians are also said to have seen her. Great interest was taken by the faculty in the question whether the girl would retain sufficient strength to recover on awaking from her long sleep, or whether she would rapidly sink. This problem is now set at rest. The girl awoke some three weeks since, and has now Quite recovered, though still remaining in the hospital under medical supervision, The case continues to attract attention, and to give rise to discussions in medical circles in Germany.

Onions and potatoes should be put into warm water an hour before cooking.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 326, 23 April 1881

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