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I + I Three Gorman Generals m the service of , Turkey have resigned owing to non-reooipt of their salaries. Lady Bowen and two of her daughters were m tho terrible railway aooident at Dijon, but escaped without injury, though terribly frightened. During the September quarter the deposits m the New Zealand PoMal Savings Bank exceed. d the withdrawals by £33,689, and 5306 account- were opened. There was a very good attendance at tho Rink de Paris on Saturday ovoning to witness the exhibition of skating given by Professor Wilkio. All tho evolutions ho went through were loudly apj liuded. A publio meeting of the ratepayers m the Allenton Ward of the Upper Ashburton Road Distriot will be held on Wednesday evening at Mr Silcock's houae, Winter's road, to discuss the Board's action re Rawle's Grossing, and other important matters. At a meeting of tho Committee of the Ash- ' burton Raoing Olub, hold on Saturday evening, the use of the oourse was granted to tho Tradesmen's Racing Cub for their meeting On Deoember 27. on Ihe usual terms. The Telegraph Department informs us that both Port Darwin oableß are again interrupted. The ship has not been spoken on the old cable sinoe last Tuesday. Tho duplicate oable failed yesterday morning about 60 miles from Banjoewangi. The Rogistar-General has directed attention to the faot that no fewer than seven deaths from oanoor and nine from consumption ooourred m the four ohief towns of New Zealand during the month of September, both being a very large increase on previous months. It is pointed out with reference to the oandidates for tho Presidency and Vioe Presidency that President Cleveland is the son of a Presbyterian minister ; Allan G. Thurman is the Bon of a Methodist minister; Levi P, Morton is tbe son of a Congregational minister ; and John A. Brooks, candidate of the Pre_by terian party, is himself a minister. Ac entertainment was given m the Town Hall, South Rakaia, on Friday evening, with the Bohool magio lantern. A very fine colleotion of viewß was ahown, and Mr Windsor manipulated the lantern. Both adults and children were delighted with the exhibition. Tbe lantern and views, whioh aro valued at £20, are now the property of the South Rakaia Sohool. The Moßt Rev tho Primate will perform the ceremony of oonseorating tho Anglican portion of the Ashburton Cemetery at three o'olook on Wednesday afternoon. At eight o'olook the same evening there will be a social gathering of the congregation m the sohoolroom to weloome hia Lordship, and on Thursday morning at eleven o'olock the solemn servioo of oonseorating St. Stephen's Uhuroh will take place* There will also be a oelebration of the Holy Communion, John Brown, who probably reoeived more presents than any otber menial m the history of tbe English Court, was sbrowd enough to anticipate the embarrassment whioh would be caused to his frienda if ho died possessing the gifts thomselves, so it was the prudent oustom of that domestic to sell nearly everything that he received within a few weeks, John Brown was constantly being complimented with costly gifts, but he wisely pre ferrod to possess their value m cash, and ie several oases the Bond street jeweller whe had sold the present to the Royal donor, bought it back within a short time from thi reoipient at very nearly the oost prioe. A mooting of the Provisional Direotors oi the Ashburton Farmers' Co-oporative Asaooiation was hold at the Aroade Chambers og Saturday afternoon. There was a good attendauoe. A memorandum of Association was drawn up and Bigned by a numboi present. A prospectus was completed, and tht Association started with a nominal oapital of £50,000 m 10,000 shares at £5 eaoh. II waa determined to issue a first instalment oi 2500 shares at onoo, 10a on application, 10s on allotment, and tho balanoo m calls of 10a at intervals of not less throe monthß. Several enoouraging letters were read, and a numbej of shares subscribed for m the room. People m tho ooloniea who may bo desirous of getting friends out from the old oountrv have now presented to them b j tho Orient Line an opportunity of doing so n f^wm dorfullj choap ratea. From their latost oiroular we (•• Wanganui Ohroniolo ") noto that the fares from London to Now Zealand aro reduced to £16 IGa, £18 18a, and £21, whioh is the same as tho farerf^to Sydney. The earns Oompany advortieo return second olasa fares to London at £60, available for nine months, aud as the route is by way of Egypt and Naples, and affordß every facility for vißi ting thoae interesting countries, their concessions m passage money ought to be largely availed Of by the publio. Experiments are being carried on m Rusßia with the view of finding a process of solidifying tbo petroleum used as f uol. Acoording to the report made to the Russian Government by Dr Kauffmann, who haa had the prinoipal ohargo of these experiments, a successful method of accomplishing tho deßired feault oonsista simply io heating the oil and afterwards adding from 1 to 3 per cont. of Boap. The latter dissolves m tho oil, and the liquid, on cooling, forma a mass having the appearanoe of ooment and the hardneas of compact tallow. The produot is hard to light, burns slowly and without smoke, but develops muoh heat, and leaves about 2 per oent. of hard blaok residuum. Mr W. W. Smith, East Belt, who takes I great interest m entomology, kindly forwards ub | the following memo. :— " In your impression of Saturday ovening you refer to a I curious inseot as having been brought to your office by Mr T. W. Zouob. From your remarks, and from tho description given me by two other gentlemen who Baw it, I have no doubt you are right m saying that it iB a specimen of the • walkiog stick insoot ' (Aoanthodertui liorridus). They aro widely distributed m New Zealand, and m some bush distriots are very numerous, especially soin the humid forests of the West Coast, being vegetable feeders. They are among tho remarkable « mimioking ' insects indigenous to New Zealand— when the oolor or struoture of any speoies olosely resombles tho plantß on which they subßist, they aro said by naturalists to be under the influence of, or effected by, the la\v of mimiokry, whioh affords to many species tho only natural means of protection from their enemies." The "Wairarapa Standard" Bays that a stallion made a savage attaok on Mr John Eglington, of Warokaukau, on the coast, about thirty miles from Featherston. He was riding a mare at the .imp, when tha entire rushed at him, Beizod him by the thigh, lifted him oleaned out of the saddle, shook him, and then dropped him, and made off after the maro. This took plaoe about 10 a .m. on Thursday morning. Dr M'Lennan, of Featheratone, reaohed him m the afternoon. It was difficult to make out the exact extent of the injuries owing to tho swelling caused by the extravasation of blood into the soft tissues under the skin. The thigh wbb unbroken (and the main arteries of the Hmbß were uninjured, but there is no doubt that tho musolea are considerably torn under the Bkin. As ho was living thirty miles from medioal aid, Dr MoLennan reoommendod his removal to bia home at the Lower Hutfc, for wbioh place ho left on Friday afternoon. It is a grave aooident, but the sufferer has youth and good health on hiß sido.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1976, 22 October 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1976, 22 October 1888