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A disoovery of gold is reported at Buokinbar station, 30 miles from Molong, m New South Wales. It is stated that the washdirt is traceable for 20 miles. They do things oxpeditiously m the States. An lowa colonel has just been notified by the War Department that his claim of £8 8s for the loss of a horse m the Mexican war haß been allowed. The claim was filed m 1848. There iB again good news of the Home wheat market, quotations for Australian being 4#b Gd to 44a, and for New Zca'and 43a to 43s 6d: Tbjß laßt figure is equal to 5b s£d m England. , Skinny Men.— "Wells' Health Renewed, restores health and vigor, cures dyspepsia impotence, sesual debility. At chemists and druggists. Kcmpthornc.i,iP»osser, and C v o.'.| WOts Christchurcb, £ j

At the B.M. Oourt this morning, before the Mayor, James Harrison, an old offender, was charged with drunkenness. He was discharged with a oaution. Tho Queen's birthday present to the aged Duchess of Cambridge on her ninety-first birthday was a large photograph of herself, set m a handsome frame of Florentine marble, purchased by Her Majesty during her recent visit to Italy. We (" Wellington Press ") hear on very good authority that a few dayß ago a true patmon was caught m this harbour by some fisherman, and sold m the town. The fish weighed several pounds, and was about the size of a fair sized kahawai. The gentleman who purchased. the fish is positive that it was a true salmon. Editor : " Write an able article carefully ■reviewing the topography and population of Central Africa, the dangers incident to travel from men and beasts, give the line pf Stanley's probable matoh and your conclusions regarding Stanley's probable fate." Assistant : " I don't know^nything about it," " Neither doeß anyone* else. It's a splendid Bubjeot for fine writing." The " South Canterbury Times," mentions that at the recent Timaru Show there was an extra exhibit of fresh butter, m roll, made m February last by James Wansborough, of Oamaru, declared to be as fresh' as when made. It was highly commended. It would be interesting to- know Mr Wansborough'B secret. Thiß is one of those novelties whioh the association should seek to enoourage. Says the " Wellington Post " :— ln reference to the recent oase m which some doubt arose as to the area of land whioh could be taken up by applicants, the Hon. Minister of Lands informs us that the maximum area of first and second-olaes land which can be taken up on perpetual lease is a total of 2000 acres, the maximum area of firstclass land being 640. The first reason of the question arising at the land sale was that it happened to be the fint ooonsion, sinoe the ' paßßing of the Aot of. 1877. that an attempt waß made to obtain the maximum area. The question was never raised before. Mr W. H. Collier, of "Tha Corner" drapery mefwith a serious aocident yesterday morning. With some companions he was riding near the Woollen Factory, when his horße bolted and ran into a barbed-wire fenoe. Mr Collier did not perceive the fence until he was close upon it, but when he did he endeavored to rise the horse over it, but unsuccessfully. The result was that he was hurled violently to the ground and rendered unconsciocp. He was at once taken to his home and Dr Tweed sent for. There were at first grave fears that concussion of the 1 r im wot 1 1 supervene, bat fortunately these fears proved to ' be unfounded. Mr Collier did nol recover consciousness till last evening. He has sustained severe injuries about the face, being bo muoh bruised that he oannot see, and he oannot artioulate without considerable difficulty.

A little excitement was caused about noon to-day, by the arrest of Frederick Herman ron Sohoeneberg, a cabinetmaker by trade, on a charge of committing a breach of the peace within view of the arresting oonstable. At the moment Sohoeneberg was arrested a warrant was being made out for his apprehension on a oharge of using threaten* ing language towards Thomaß Bullock, to wit : '* I'll blow yeur brains out next Monday." Sohoenberg was brought, up at the Court this afternoon on both ohargesl— The oharge of committing a breach of the peace was dismissed as a question of title to a house was involved. On the oharge of ÜBing threatening language Sohoeneberg was ordered to find sureties to keep the peace. A most successful concert and danoe was held m Mr H: Harrison^ Grain Store, Kyle, on Friday, the 14th of last month* There was a very large attendants, the large building being crowded, Mr William LI Allan, of AotoD, being m the ohair. Mrs William Harrison presided at the piano, and Mr Lambie waa m attendance with his string band. Miss Fisher, Miss MoMillan, and Miss Roe sang Borne nice songs, whioh were encored; Miss Roe's singing being muoh appreciated by the audience. The great feature of the evening was the singing and reciting of Mr R. Story of Acton! His rendering of " ThQ Tibbileerie Soandal " was Bimply perfect. MrMcGandlish sang some Irish songs which delighted .the audience greatly. After (he concert wqb over the matrons of the district supplied the audienoe with abundance of refreshments, and dancing waa then kept urr with vigor to the sweet strains of the Kyle fiddlers until &n cßtly lour. Thanking due to Mr Harrison for usu of his store, whioh was fitted up m a very artiatio manner. The object of the concert was to rait e funds to | buy a harmonium for the Dorio Sohool, and tha amcrjat realised, after defraying expenses, was £20 4s. The London correspondent of the '« Arg us' says:— Mr Grainger Hargroaves, who Bpent some months m Australia and New Zealand studying the Chinese problem during the most acute stage of the recent agitation, has been reluctantly converted to Mr John Bright's belief that Imperial Federation is a dream. He admits that persons born m the United Kingdom still cherish a warm attachmept far their homeland, even after years of residence m the colonies, but his observation has oonvinced him that •• the young Austra. lian regards Australia as his fatherland, and for him England only exists as any other country exiatß whioh he has not visited. Mr Hargreaves explains the reasons wbioh have forced him to this conclusion m a letter to the " Sfjpotator." In it he states that "the problem of the future will be how the federated Republic m Australia may best be established so as to preserve kind and generous feeling between England and the Oontipent m the Southern Pacific." Mr Hargreaves imagines that he discovered m the course of his travels "striking indications of a growing jealousy and estrangement be* tween Australia and Hew Zealand,"

An accident, fortunately unattended with fatal results, ooourred on the Ashburton Traffic Bridge some time after noon yesterday. The family of Mr MoQuilkin, of Willowby, were driving home after attending service at church, and bebini them were the vehicles of Mr Lindsay and Mr Smnll. The lad who was driving Mr McQuilkin's trap drew on one side m order to let the others pass. While Lindsay was m the aot of passing Mr McQuilkin's horse waa startled by the noise, and swerved, dragging one of the wheels on to the guard at the side of the bridge; The tilting of the cart oaueed the oooupants, three boys and a girl, to be thrown out. Mr Small wap immediately hehjnd afc the time the aocident oocurred, but was unable to stop his horse before the wheels of bis vehicle passed over the iaoea of Mr McQuilkin's girl, who is about fourteen years of age, and of one of the bojß, aged about ten; Mr Small, himself, was thrown from hia trap and had his leg severely hurt, but those who were with him fortunately escaped uninjured. Mr McQuilkin's children were taken to the ABhburton Hotel where their injuries were attended to by Dr Hannah. They wei« shaken BorneWhat severely, and the faces, of the boy and girl put and bruised by the wheel of Mr trap passing over them. The injuries are, however, mnp wiae ■erious, and m a few days the children will be ajl rjght, It is fortunate, indeed, that no fatality has to be Keporged,

i A bed of exoellent coal has jufet been discovered m the Crimes. The quality is said : to be very similar to that of Soottish ooal. The Italian newspapers arc devoting' eon*. Biderable. attention to the performance of a child violinist, Ginlletta' Dionefii' by najfte, aged ten years. The tone aoourapy, and j brillianoy of the girl's playing are matters of astonishment to those who hear the gifted player. ■■<-. „ ; .;, ; , . Queen Victoria has won quite a reputation among English agricultuiists as what may be called a royal farmer of the gentler sex. At a chow of the Isle of White Agricultural Sooiety recently she took three -prizes for farm horses, one for Jersey cattle, and four for Down sheep, winning the champion prize for the best ram and the reward for the best pair of ewes. ■■- . A poot-oard waa addressed to " Inaha, Waimate," and travelled to the Waimate m Canterbury, and a few other Waimates, of whioh there are many m the colony. • It had thirteen different postmarks upon it befora it reaphed its destination at Waimate, Taranaki. We are m receipt of a copy of the:.progpaotus of "The New Zealand Exhibition Company, Limited," whioh is proposed to be formed for tho purpose of holding an Inter* national Exhibition at Danedin towards the olose of 1889. The capital is to be £10,000 m £1 shares, to bo called up as followß, viz. : _2s 6d per share |on application, and the remainder by oalls of not more than 2s 6d per share at intervals of not less than three months: The Seoretary is Mr D. Harris Hastings, Chamber of Commerce, Danedin. Tha Wellington correspondent of the 11 Press " says that a return of the imports and exports of the past four years shows that ' the imports which amounted m 1885 to £7,439,848 fell m 1886 to £6,982,120, m 1887 to £6,225,058 and m 1888 to £6,027,209, this laßt being the smallest import noted for sixteen years, or Bin'oe 1872. On tho other hand the exports, after a. slight retrogression m 1886,/ have speedily and substantially, in,drearacl until this year they exceed the imports by the large sum of £1,371,920, the yearly totals being respectively as follows :— IBBS, £6,712,211; 1887, £6,672,570; 1887, £7,044,237 ; 1888, £7,399,129.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1888, 5 November 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1888, 5 November 1888

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