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The Railway Department notifies excur sions and special train arrangements ie connection with the Timaru Show andßaoes. A child of seven or eight said that when the Bible speaks o( " children's children " it must mean dolls. 11 1 shall give you ten days or ten shillings," Baid the magistrate. "All right," said the prisoner. " I'll take the ten shillings." A fair propositton : —Father (to wouldbe son-in-law) : " Young man, will you be able to take care of my daughter m the style to whioh she has always been aooustomed?" Young man (earnestly); «• j«u guarantee it, sir, or return the girl." Gordon Hare, who shot his parent and committed suicide the other day, was well known m New Zealand, whither he wbb sent some two years ago to sow his wild oats. Like a groat many bad pennies he did no good m the colony, and soon drifted home again. Ex-Empress Eugenic is said to have developed idiosnyorasies, besides being a reoluaa. One is a tendency to Spiritualism and a belief that she can commune with the dead Prince Imperial. It is well understood that she intends to make Prinoess Beatrice of England her heiress. According to the " Detroit Free Press " a Chicago burglar read m a newspaper that he bad overlooked eighty dollars m a bureaudrawer. He returned the next night and not only secured it, but a suit of olothes besides. 1 Here we have another illustration of the value of the press as a disseminator of useful information. Now is the time to subscribe.— 41 Norristown Herald."Mme. Viotorin, who is known all over the continent as "the strongest woman m the world," and is sometimes spoken of as the "Female Hercules," is of medium height, with a girlish fjgure, and. nothing heioulean, looking about her. Yet she readily lifts one thousand pounds. Her strength is wholly the result of daily athletio training since youth. A singular thing is that she eats but little meat, preferring birds and fowls. Eggs are her main diet, and Bhe drinks ooooa.

Professor Hugo will deliver the last of his Belies of leoturea thia evening at the Orange Hall, when the srbjeot treated of will be "Lips." i TBe principal event of the rinking season, the race for the handsome silver cup given by Mr Elston, comes off at the Eink de Paris at i 8.30 thia evening, and will doubtless attract a large attendance of spectators. A Frenoh merchant introduced a young Parisian to his very pretty wife, and the two latter eloped. The merohant told the young man's parents that they had stolen a thousand poundß from his safe, and the parents reoeived a telegram from their son asking them to repay the money, which they did. In a Bhort time the young man came home with' out his companion, who had fled, and said that he had stolen nothing. Then it was found that the merohant had fled also. By the marriage of the Princess Letitia— only daughter of Prinoe Jerome Bonaparte and the Prinoeas Olotilde of Savoy— with her unole, the Duko of Aosta, the bride's family relations become somewhat complicated, She will be the sister-in-law of her own mother, the mother-in-law of her oousins, and the aunt of her first oousin, the Prinoe of Napleß. Her husband will be the son-in-law of his sister, and of his brother-in-la*, and nephew of hiß brother and sister, and the brother-in law of his nephews, A Brisbane telegram m the •• Melbourne Age " of the 12th inetant aaya :— «• An extraodinary inoident ocourred m the Assembly Chamber last night. Mr Masters, member for Fortitude Valley, was unable to maintain an upright position when he attempted to cross the house. He fell headlong to the floor more than onoe. Members generally treated the matter jooularly. The member refused to go home, but sat oalling •• Aye, aye," m a loud tone to all questions. After adjournment, and another heavy fall, he waa led from the House by two members, and sent horoe m a cab." M. Marambet m a communication to the Academy of Medicine, stated that after examining 3000 oonvioted criminals he found that of the vagabonds and medioantß 79 pel cent, are drunkards; of the assassins ano incendiaries, 50 and 57 ; of robbers 71. 01 thoaa convicted of crimes against the persor 83 percent., and those guilty of attacks or property, 77 per oent. are alooholics. Of 10( oriminal youths under twenty, 64 are already drunkards. Drunkenness has already m creased m France riipe the consumption o spirits has been substituted for that of wine The number of Bheep m Europe has beer for a length of time largely on the deorease Compared with what they were a dozen yean or so baok, these animals m round numben are 50,000,000 lobs at the present time. Thi largest decrease Beems to be m Austria, whiol has fewer sheep by 16,000,000 than it onci had. France has also less sheep by ll,000,00( the deorease m Germany being 9,000 000 England 6,000,000, and Spain 5,000,000. A one time there were some 224,000,000 sheej m Europe. Now the numbers are set dowr at about 195,000,000. So that m the com paratively new countries of Australasia ther< is plenty of Boope for the sheep industry although there are now upwards of 86,000,001 Bheep m those oolonies. It may be stated that m the United States sheep are also fas decreasing The numbers, whioh amountec m 1886 to 44,750,000, over 4,000,000 less thar they had been the^preoeding four years, hav< been further reduced owing to various' causes A beautiful lady m Paris, belonging to th< diplomatic circle, lately met with a mos peculiar accident at a ball, to the intensi delight of her " bosom friends " of the fai sex. The lady m question wore a low-bodiec dress of artistic design, whioh attraotec general admiration, but what most rivetet the attention of the ball guests were he: shoulders of dazzling white. Suddenly he brooch, a splendid cameo, beoame unfastened dropped to the ground and broke to pieoea In her alarm, the fair owner quiokly stoope< to pick up the fragments. But this rapi( movement caused something still mori valuable to fall to the ground, viz,, a portioi of the oharmiag white shoulders of the lady a pieoe of a mass resembling poroelain delicately touched up m blue and, pink. Thi gentlemen gazed m blank astonishment a the damaged beauty, while the ladies gigglei m their pooket-handkerohiofs, and the hus I band ran for a shawl to conceal the mis fortune.— " Tableau. " The dead body of a man, horribly mutilate< and dismembered, was Jound on the railway near Coventry on August 14th. There wer' no means of establishing his identity, and after the inquest, the body was buried as tha of an unknown. Immediately over the man' heart was discovered a long tress of woman'i hair. By the tress of hair he has beet identified, Mibb F. Thaoker, a young lady o Wolverhampton, saw, a day or two ago, j paragraph m a newspaper giving some par tioulars of the deceased, and she concluded that he was William Bromley, a native o Oriok, near Eugby. Bromley had for som< time lived at Wolverhampton, and had beer engaged to Miss Thaoker, and reoently sh< came to Coventry to inßpeot the clothes anc other property found on deceased. Sh< r9oognised a Bmall microscope and the sleeve links whioh he wore, and when Bhown th( hair found that it was her own. Some firm ago he promised to spend Bank Holiday with Mies Thacker, at Wolverhampton. He die not Bee her, however, and she believes that being short of money, he was walking alonf the railway between the two towns when he was overtaken by a train and killed. One of the saddest oases that has ooourreti m my observation (writes the Amerioan oorrespondent of a contemporary) is that ol Emily Euter, who has been suing m the CourtE to be released from the guardianship of hei brother. It almost sounds like the story oi Cinderella, without.the glass Blipper and the prinoely lover, and the substitution of a brutal brother for the oruel sisters. Emily'a father died some years ago leaving a fortune of about 30,000 dollars. Emily's brother had himself appointed executor to his father's estate, and also the. guardian of his sister. The wretohed girl was taken to her brother's home, and made the drudge of the family ; she had scaroely clothes enough to cover her nakedness, and was driven into the streets to colleot cinders from ash barrels; she was beaten and abused till life beoame a horror and a burden, and then she ran away to tha home of her aunt, who took her m and sheltered her. The brother watohed the house for days, and finally oaught the Bister m the street and dragged her home; then she esoaped again, and suit was entered to ohaoge her guardian. After a oareful investigation. Judge Barrett deoided that the brutal brother was not a fit guardian for his Bißter, and remanded her to the oustody of her aunt • and m deference to the Surrogate, Judge Barrett left to him the duty of removing the brother ; this the Surrogate, for some inßorutable reason, refused to do, and remanded the girl baok to slavery. A well attended meeting of ratepayers m the Allentqn portion of the Upper Ashburton Road distriot was held at ihe residence of Mr W. J. Siloook, Winter's road, last evening. Mr Silcook was voted to the ohair. The principal business the meeting was called to consider was m connection with Rawle's orossing, a ford over the North branoh of the Ashburton river, some distanoe above the Woollen Faotory. The Upper Ashburton Egad Board have called for tenders to repair thiß fprd and keep it m order tor a stated period, and the cost of the repairs would fall upon the ratepayers m the Allenton distriot. The meeting was unanimous m the opinion that a very large sum would be requisite to put the ford m order at the present time, and perhaps the repairs would only last a few days. As there was a bridge at Bigby's, to go round by whioh meant only a very small ad. dition trip, to all the residents m the Forks distriot, save three or four, the meeting thought the road at the ford should be closed while the river remained m its present state. When, however, the state of the river is suoh that the ford oan be made passable without inourring muoh outlay the meeting expressed their willingness to contribute. Ultimately it waa resolved on thg motion q| Mr Qteele, seoqnded by Mr Broamfteld "That a petition be sent to the Board requesting them to defer spending any money at Eawle's crossing at present, and that m the meantime the road be dosed." Mr Campbell, the representative of the ward on tho Board, was present at the meeting and ga,ve a.ll the information m hiß possession pn the aubjeot. At the oonolu.Biop of the business a hearty vote of thanks, was passed tq him for his attepdanqe, (hqae present being unanimous m their praise of the way m which he bad represented the distrust ever sinoe his eleotion. Hope fob the Deaf. — Nioholson's Ear Drums Cure Deafness. The moat astonish* ing cures have been effected. Send for 182 page illustrated book containing full parti^ I cqlars of this invention, free.' Pr Nicholson, 65 WiUJam, gtre?t, WelbourpQ, '

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1979, 25 October 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1979, 25 October 1888