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ThfiTO were sharp frqs'B this morning and on Monday night, and growing potatoes Buffered Bovcrely. We understand th&t Mr David Thomas has been nuked, and has oonuoiitod, to booomo'a candidate at (he approaching Mayoral election. Wo nra roqueated to state that entries for tho Chriatchuroh Agricultural Show will bo received up till to-morrow (Thursday) night. A London cablo says that it is expected that Sir William Jervoi* will eucoeed to tho Governorship of Queonflland vacant by tho death of tho lato Hir A. Musgrnve. At a country inn.— Guest: " I any, landlord, your food ig worse than it was last year." Landlord : "Impossible, sir." Aunf : " Has anyono been at those prcsorvos ? " (Dead silence. ) " Havo you touched them, Jimmy ? " Jimmy : '• Pa never 'lows mo to talk at tho table." The Cabinot havo dooidod to givo bonuses for stoats and wcaßels landed m tho colony for distribution on Crown lands — on Btoalß 20->, on weasels 10.3. Ah an indica'ion of Hie s.'ato of tho labor market m Wellington, an advertisement m the " Post " for an nnEutunt storeman brought forward sixty applicants. Tho wages offered were 30a per weik. At tho meeting of an Bgriculfural society m an interior town thia question was discuaaod : — •• Which is the best way to keep girls on tho farm ? " A momber suggested a barbed wire fence six foot high with no gates. A simplo moans of determining the position of tho Bun at any time of the day ig by plaoing tho point of a koifo-blade or Bharp load pencil on tho thumb nail, which will oast a shadow directly from tho Bun, no matter how thick tho snow or fog is. Try it. Ono of tho holiday attractions m Auckland is to bo an open air skating rink. It is said that tho floor will be tho largest m the colony, and it is expeotod that an immense business will bo done on holidays. A site has been secured near tho Domain approaches, A large numbar of Ohristohurch oxcur- ' sioniats availed themsolves thia morning of the cheap fares to Timaru on account of. the show and races. The express train was of unusual length, and was drawn by two engines. A fair number of ABhburton people proceeded to Timaru by this train. A Government Inspection Parade of the ABhburton Rifles, Guards, and Cadota is ordered for Tuesday noxt, at seven p.m. Col Bailey has announced his intention of being preßont, and has oxprossed a hope that there will be a full muster on the oooaßion. Every member should therefore make a point of attending. A woman m Georgia sat up Into m the night recently to soe a pail of ice water Bho had hung abovo the door ovorturn on her husband, when ho returned from the " olub." She got tired and went Jo bed. In tho morning she forgot all about tho pail until ohe opened the door to admit her mother. Tho two ladies aio still as mad aa wet hens. Mr Gladstone Is reported to have reoently said to a prominont author : " I confess that I wish to live for two groat objects. You oan guess ono of them, It is to sottlo tho Irish question. The other is to oonvince my oountrymon of the substantial identity betwoen the theology of Homer and that of the Old Testament." It is stated that vessels built of African teak wood havo lasted 100 years, to bo then broken up beoauso of faulty models. Its weight is from 421 bto 521 b porcubio foot; it I works easily, but wears the tools rapidly on acoount of tho quantity of silex m it. It also oontaina an oil whioh provenla the* iron m oontaot with it from rusting. The Tinwald Gospel Temperance Sootety and Band of Hope met last evening m tho Presbyterian Church. Thoro was a good attendance, and an interesting programme of songs, recitations, and readings was buooeßßfully carried through. It waa announced thai the serios of meotings will olose for tho season at an early period, and arrangements aro being made for an attraotivo sorvioe of Bong, Banana growing appears to havo descended into an unsomunoralivo oooupation m Queensland, Australia. Tho Queouslandor Btates ihat m tho northern half of the colony but 1 Is per bunch of 20 dozen is paid for the fruit, at which iiguro only tho Chinese appear to thrivo. This oondition of nff'iire lias arousod a desire to dry tho crop, and m fact, ono growor has exporimontod to that end wilh an encouraging decree of suoooss. A curious and sorious loss has bofallon an old Chinaman at Talbot, Victoria, who has been "saving up," doubtless with a view of returning to tho Flowery L,and. John had amassed m all J&32, of which £7 was m gold, and £25 m five £5 notes. John for oafoty buried liin money m a box m bis garden, and tho other day on taking up tho box to look at his hoard found tho notes reduced to a pulp and consequently usolose. Prior to tho departure of tho barquo Primera which sailed from Oamarufor Homo on Saturday n'ght last, Detective O'Brion olevorlj arrested a man named Patriok Daly, wanted by tho polioo on a charge of deserting his wife and three ohildron. Tho deteotivo suapeoting that Daly had shippod at tho last moment as a Bailor on tbo Primera, procurod a small boat and pulled to the outer anchorago whero tho barque was., unfurling Bail to get under weigh. Ho managed to neoure his man, and brought him OBhoro. At Wimbledon last month thoro was bottor shooting for tho Elcho Shiold than haß ever been soon m any of tho twenty-six years Binoo tho competition waa instituted. Tho Irish team won with a grand total of 1652, or 82 points moro than that of tho winning team lost year, and 10 points moro than has been made m an Elcho Shiold matoh. For the Irish eight, Captain Barnott scored 216 out of a posßible 225 points, thua boating the highest individual record by ono. The English team wore Becond with a total of 1042, and tho Scotch sooro was 1568. The following is olipped from tho "Taranaki Budget " :— On Monday a very respeotablo looking old Scotchman was driven through Opunoke by Mr Honoyfield. Before it transpired that tho Btranger.waß Mr John Grigg, of Longboach, ABhburton, probably tho largest agriculturist m New Zosland, the horses had been fed and the visitor sped onward to Manaia. Mr Gripg's opinion of the coast will be interesting; and valaablo, as ona largo potion of his farm is devoted to supplying moat to tho Wost Const of the Bouth Island. Mr Grigg will probably Bmilo at his being mistaken for a Scotchman. Tho trial of Noale, a draper, charged with tho manßlaughter of his wife, took place at Loodß assizcß reoontly. His wifo had commtited adultery with a man named Black, and tho Crown Proseoutor, Mr Stansfold, doolared to tho jury that •■ speaking not us a counaol for tho Crown, but as a man, ho would havo acted as tho prisonor at tho bar had done." Tho presiding judgo, Mr Justioe praith, said tho prisoner had done " that which was proper?' m kicking tho mßn Black downstairs ; and went on to BUggoßt that m a paroxysm of rogo, induood by tho action of Black, tho prißonor had turned upon his wifo and infliotod upon her tho injuries of whjcl} sho died. " Thoro wero," Mr Justice Smith continued " manslaughters and manslaughters," and as tho priaonor at tho bar had boon m prison awaiting trial for two months, exprossod his determination to inflict no further punishment, but ordered him to bo imprisoned for ono day, whioh waß oqijivalont to discharging him.

Mr 11. Elston, tho proprietor cf tho Itinlc, intends to fit ap a similar Ra'lery to (hat on tbe occasion of tho carnival, for tbo convenience of spectators on Saturday onl Men-lay j evoninßß when Professor Rollinßoo .will givo an exhibition on the bioyolo. A preaohcr, expatiating on the nature of man, pointed out that one pnint of distinction between human beings and the lower animals conniated m tho capaoity for progress. " Man,"' oxclaimcd the preacher, " ia a progroßßive being; other oreaturoa aro stationary. Toko for oxamplo, tho ass! Always and everywhere it is tho samo ; you nevor will soe a more perfeot ass than you see at tho present moment." Me Purvis gavu an entertainment " Twa hours at name " m tho Hohoolroom, Mount. Somere, on Wodnosduy evening. Although tho weather was bitterly cold a numerous audienoo aseombled. Mr Purvia wont through a programme of Scotch songs, humoroua reoitationa, and readings m excellent stylo, and should ho at any timo revisit Mount Somers he can roßt assured that ho will be greeted by a full houoo. Mr Purvis will give his ontortainment m the Orange Hall, Ashburton, on Friday next. It has been estimated by Profossor Kirohhoff of Hallo, that tho language moat ypoken on the globe, for the last thousand years at least, is Chinese, for it is without doubb the only one whioh is talked by ovor 400,000,000 of the human raoo. Tho next language most m uao, but at a very great distance behind Chinese is, Hindustani, spokon by over 100,000,000. Then follow English, (spoken by aboat 100,000,000), Russian (over 70,000,000), German (over 67,000,000), and Spanish (over 47,000,000). Miss Cornwall, daughter of a contractor formerly of Dunodin, more generally known m mining oiroles as '• Prinoess Midas," from hor connection with the famous Ballarat mine named- tho "Midas," is reported to have made a very extensive purohaso of land possessing very rioh coal dopoßita m New South Wales. It is tho •• Wyong " estate of 15,000 aores, and is situated some 60 miles from Sydney. Coal was first struck m boring at 525 ft, the seam being sft thick, at 650 ft it was Bft thick, and at 800 ft it was found to be 12ft. Tho figure paid for this property by the "Prinooaa" was £202,000, or £13 10a per aore. Wells' Hair Balsam.— lf gray, restore to original color. An elegant dressing, softens and beatifies. 'No oil nor grease. A tonir restorative. Stops hair coming out ; s»7JJ?lhfns, canscs, heal scalp. 2

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1984, 31 October 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1984, 31 October 1888