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The " Mataura Ensign" says : — " Rudolph Radka ia supposed to have joined Jonathan Roberts m a missing frienda and private enquiry business m Melbourne. Gasparini will be travelling agent. The Roman Oatholio Missal issued m Franoe was once the subjeot of a ludicrous blunder. By the accidental substitution of a " v " for an " a," the word calotte (an ecclesiastical cap or mitre) was printed crlotte (breeches). The error oocurred m the directions for conducting the service, and the sentence as altered read "Here the priest will take off his culotto." It is to be hoped that an effort will be made to induce Miss Lydia von Finkelstein to pay a visit to Ashburton on her way from Christohuroh to Dunedin. Her lectures are exceedingly intereßtjpg.and the leoturess is possessed of most exceptional abilities, the result being that she has been greeted with crowded houses throughout her tour. We feel sure that she would meet with a similar experience if she could spare a night or two at Ashburton. The eldest son of King John of Abyssinia has just married Princess Maria, daughter of the Ethiopian King of Shos. The bride wore "a curious crown. It was made centuries before Christ, and is declared to be the famed diadem which King Solomon gave to the Queen of Sheba when Bhe visited him at Jerusalem. It mof gold and preoions stones, and has been preserved through all the centuries by the Kings of Shoa. The Duke of Portland recently gave £3000 for " Prince Albion," the first prize two-year-old oolt at the Highland Agricultural Show, being the highest price, by a L long way, ever given for a Clydesdale of any age. The sum of £1500 was paid for his sire, Prince of Wales, now well on to twenty years ago ; but though the four figures have often been reached sinoe, the sum given for the Prince of Albion far exceeds the highest figure on record. Says the' " Auckland Herald " : — The Argentine Republio furnishes the world with another illustration of the thrift of a selfgoverning people, and it is to be hoped the legislators and Government of New Zealand will profit by the example. In 1887 5000 miles of railway were constructed. Immigration this year will reaoh 200,000. They have 3000 public schools, with 230,000 pupils, electrio lights, telephones, and telegraphs, I and a " surplus of revenue." An old Chelsea pensioner seated on the embankment waß lamenting the death of a comrade. " Poor old chap 1 How shall I get on without him ? " •• Were you very much attached to him then?" inquired a bystander. •• 'Twarnt altogether that, sir," replied tha veteran : " but, you see, he'd lost his left leg and I've lost my right. We shared a pair of boots between us, and its ten to one whether there's another m the hospital whose feet are exaotly the same as mine I " At the R.M. Court this morning, before Mr R,Alcorn, J.P., and MrD. Thomas, J.P., John MaManua, who had been apprehended at Rakaia by Constable Black, was charged with lunaoy. Drs Trevor and Tweed expressed the opinion that the man, though of weak intelloot, was able to go about without danger to himself, B.nd his prinoipal want was regular work and food. Aooused was dismissed on this oharge. He was then charged with vagranoy, Constable Blaok stating that he apprehended him begging at Rakaia on Saturday. Acoused had been given work m that district but was unable to keep it, and was evidently not fit at present to take care of himself. The Bench thought the best thing was to commit acoused for three months, when he would be taken oare of. — Ann Butler was fined 5s for allowing two horses to wander. Another rather romantio atory of the Glasgow Exhibition is going the rounds. A few weeks ago a gentleman, while making some purchases at a stall was unfortunate enough to lose a diamond ring which he wore on his little finger- It was only after he had left the building that he discovered his loss, and, not knowing where it might have dropped off, he advertised m all the papers, and only as a last resouroe went back to the stall. The pretty attendant there was very glad of his reappearance, as that morning she bad found the ring at the baok of some goods. Naturally, the gentleman waß overjoyed at its recovery, and Btayed a long time ohattering to the tinder. The next day he was baok again — m Bhort, it was the old story. The sequel is that the diamond ring has again gone off his finger— this time transferred to the third finger of a pretty little hand— a certain exhibitor is looking out for a new assistant, and a quiet marriage is on the cards, The best Remedy for Indigestion.— Norton's Camomile Pills are confidently recommended as a simple remedy for indigestion, which is the cause of nearly all the diseases to which we are subject. Norton's Pills, wifcb, justice called the " natural strengthener of the human stomach," act as a powerful tonic and gentle aperient, are mild m their operation, a«d safe under auy circumtances Sold m bottles at is isd, as t)d, 4s, by all^mediciQe|vendors|throughout|the

It will be seen by advertisement that Professor Rollinson, who brings with him a great reputation as a bicyclist, is to give two exhibitions at the Rink de Paris on Saturday and Monday next. The nnfqne oharaoter of the entertainment should ensure a good audience. The additions and improvements to the Baoe Course, lately referred to m these oolumns, have now been completed, and instead {of the former meagre and oramped accommodation, the arrangements and appointments of the course are now considerably m advanoe of those of any other oountry Ooureo m this island, while for all practical purposes of raoing they are not surpassed anywhere. The new and altered buildings and the fences of the enclosures have been painted, and the gorse inner fenoes removed, and boundary fenoes trimmed, and the whole appointments are so improved that visitors to tne Spring Meeting will scarcely reoogaise the place. The Club is to be congratulated on its financial position, wbioh has enabled it to oarry out these improvements, whioh oost some £200. Nominations for the forthcoming Spring Meeting close on Saturday evening at nine o'olock. Mataafa, the new King of Samoa, is ohief of ihe distrust of Atuo, on the island of Upolu. He is desoribed as a man of great influenoe and ability. The "Sydney Morning Herald," m alluding to him, Bays :— He has no claim to bo King of All Samoa; the only man, perhaps, who haß such a olaim is Malietoa. But Malietoa is abaent — the Samoans probably think that he will never return— and his followers seem to have made oommon cause with Mataafa. It is of impoitanoe to note that Mataafa is a Roman .Catholio — he is commonly known m Samoa as " the Roman Catholio ohief " — and, he is, moreover, an ardent convert. When it is remembered how aotive the Frenoh mission m these islands has become, and that Frenoh interests and German interests m Samoa conflict very strongly, the significance of this fact is apparent. There is room for a good deal of speculation here as to the influences whioh have brought Mataafa to the front ; but all that need be said ia that his succession would be highly pleasing to the French missionaries and to the Frenoh residents generally. It follows that the establishment of Mataafa on the throne would be displeasing to the German authorities and the German residents. The "Press" says that a gentleman with the unprofessional title of Professor Philip Maguire was announced to give an entertainment at the Oddfellows' Hall, Sydenham, on Friday night. The " Professor " announoed " that he would give a wonderful performance on the tight-rope, without any netting to B&ve himself ; sing gome good Irish comio songs, of whioh he has a good delivery ; also a lecture on • Time to Come.' " The entertainment was announced for eight o'olook, but half-an-hour after that time not a single shilling wbb taken at the doors, and it was deoided to give up all hopes of giving the promised show. The " Professor," on being sought for, was found behind the curtain, with a clothes' line m one hand and a carpet bag m the other. "Faith," said he, "the people do not oare about amusement m this part of the world." In reply to a query as to whether he bad ever given any performances, he stated that he had " shown m lots of play-houses at Home. He did not give an ordinary tight-rope performance, but did rope tumbling."- If the gentleman intended doing anything on the rope he had m his hand that night there would have been a good case for some of our local surgeons or the Hospital. It is with very great regret that we have thiß evening to announce the death of Mr 0. C. Fooks, at the early age of 36. We feel sure that our regret will be shared by all our readers, for there is no one m our midst who had a wider cirole of friends than Mr Fooks, who was personally known to almoßt every Bettler m the oounty and respeoied by all who knew him. Mr Fooka' decease was due to a complication of internal disorders. About two months ago he was taken ill, and some few weeks back he was removed to his brother-in-law's plaoe-»t_a;__Aniir_ew8 i near Timaru, it being hoped the change iol~soene and of air might conduce to his recover j. No benefit, however, resulted from the change and Mr Fooks grew worse and worse till on Saturday night he expired, Mr Fooks, m his Oftpaoity of Engineer, had a long connection with public affairs m this district. It is about fifteen years since he first come to Ashburton. He has been Clerk and Engineer to the Wakanui Road Board ever since its inception, and he has filled the same offices for the Longbeach Road Board for the last five or six years. He has aIBO been connected with the Wakanui River Board and other bodies. He took a prominent part m connection with raoing matters, and wbb for some time Secretary of the Ashburton Raoing Club. In tba early daya of volun eering m this town Mr Fooka took an aotive part m this connection being a lieutenant m the Rifles, then the' only corps here. He was also prominently associated with the Masonic fraternity. The body will be brought to ABhburton by the express train from the South this evening and the funeral will take place immediately afterwards.

Holloway's Ointment and Pills.— Diseases of the Bowels. — A remedy which has been tested and proved m a thousand differenh ways, capable of eradicating poisonous taints from ulcers and healing them up, merits a trial of its capacity for extracting >he internal corruptions from the bowels. On rubbing Holloway's Ointment repeatedly on the abdomen a rasb appears, and as it thickens the alvine initability subsides. Acting as a derivative, this ointment draws to the surface, releases the tender intestines from all acrid matters, and prevents inflammation, dysentery, and piles, for which blistering was the old-fashioned, though successful, treatment, now from its painfu ness fallen into disuse, the discovery of this ointment having proclaimed a remedy possessing equally derivative, yet perfectly painless powers.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1982, 29 October 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1982, 29 October 1888

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