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Meßpra Hallenstein Bros, have presented to the Ashburton Kifloa and Guards trophies as shooting prizes. The Hon Mr Fergus, Minister for Dafenoe ' who has just returned from Australia, pa3Sed through Ashburton yosterday en route to Ohriatohuroh, where he will meet the Premier, returning with him to the Empire City m a day or two. The manufacture of the oable to be laid at Banjoewangie and Roebuck Bay, about 1300 miles m length, ooßting nearly £120,000 is almost oompleted and it will be despatched during Deoeraber. When laid the Australian communication ought to be thoroughly Beoured." The Hons Mitohelson and Fisher are ex« peoted to arrive m Wellington from Sydney on the 19th inst., at which time there will be a general rendezvous of Ministers m that oity. Wo understand that the Premier and Mr Mitohelson will pay their promised visit to Central Otago about the first week m Deoember. The Royal Ark of Friendship Lodge R.A.0.8., held their usual pleasant gathering at their Lodge room, Boyal Hotel, Moore street, and have certainly no reason to complain of their Host's (Bro H. Davia) endeavours to administer to their oomforls, he having gone to considerable expense m further beautifyihg the Lodge room. After the uaual election of officers the Lodge waa duly closed. ■ Writing of the Marlborough goldfields the correspondent of an exchange Bays that the prospectors at Waikakaho continue to get exoellent gold. In two days they obtained about £140 worth, one piece weighing 16oz 15dwt. I firmly believe that m a little while we shall hear of many other good claims on theae diggings: The miners at Waikakaho are now going through the same ordeal as the miners did at Mahakipawa, three or four months ago. •The " Bush Advocate " says that there exists a rather singular animal at Smith/a Siding, near Makotuku. This is a pig of the breed known aB the " Yorkshire," and the strange part of the affair is that the animal never übcs its forefeet, but moves about on its hind legs like a kangaroo, although not quite bo nimbly as that ourioualy oonßtruoted oreature. This pig is some seven weeks old, and, has never been known to put any weight on its forefeet unless when it Bits down. A serious aooident happened at Waimate yesterday morning. Mr Dooley'a thoroughbred entire First Lord having turned up at Messrß Hardy and McGoverin'e, Bearoh was made for the groom, a man named Harry Williams, who had been leading him. The poor fellow was found m a djtoh, by the side of tho main road, m an unconsoioqa state and fearfully cut and bruised about the head, some of his ribs being also broken. It is supposed that he was attacked by the horse. Tho unfortunate man was conveyed to the looal hospital, and is not expeoted to recover. At the Wesloyan district, meeting held &t' Ohriatohuroh yesterday, the following resolution was passed on the motion of the Rev J. N. Buttle: "That Rakaia, Metbi en, and Liuriston be separated from the Ashburton circuit, to constitute with the other places the Methven Home Mission station." TTnO' CWC3- gt-prupcrfrium ujmul lonOCT WUrw ■ « follows : — WorceEter street, parsonage, and Bite ; proceeds to build new parsonage. Xnh burton, two acres, Soafield, on condition the Deoember quarterly meeting approves ; proceeds to be devoted ta. reduction ot debt on Wakanui church. In tha R.M. Court this morning when a civil oase came up. for hearing, Mr Purnell, for the defence, applied to have it struok out, on the ground that the summons had been Borved less than forty-eight hours before the day of hearing. Mr Crisp, for tho plaintiff, submitted that a former Magistrate had ruled that if servioe was made fqrty-eight hours before tho hour tho Court sat, it would be sufficient. The servioe of Bummona, m the oase m question, was made a^out nine o'plook on Tuesday, the Court sitting at eleven o'olook on Thursday. Mr Purnell arguod that the summons should have been served at least on Monday. Tho Magistrate would not strike the oase out, thinking it would bo suffioient if it were adjourned for a week. In reply to Mr Crisp, the Magistrate Bafd that it waa his opinion that service should he made fqrtyeight houra before the day of hearing, instead of forty-eight hours before the hour of Bittine of the Court, A paragraph has been going the rounds of the presa about the supposed abandonment by Dr Riohardson of teetotal principles, which haß been exercising the minds of his admirers and followers. Mr J. Giles writes to the "New Zealand Herald " on tha subieot as follows ; —'"How the mistake prjgluated I oannot say, but tho name of J)r Richardson has been substituted for that of a yet more eminent man, the late Dr W. B. Carpenter, the leading physiologist of his day, was for many years a Btrong advocate of total abstinence, and habitually preaohod that doctrine from his professional chair; But a fuller experience seems to have led him. to modify both bis theory and pj;ao,tiqe, and any. of your readers who have tho means of searching the files of the " Times " for the obituary notice which appeared at the time of his lamented death, tyo 6e three years ago, will find m substanoo, and, to tho best of my recollection m words, too, tho original of the paragraph whioh has mystified so many by the unaooountable insertion of the name of Dr Riohardson." Writing of Australian ontovpriso m things thoatrical the " Paria Figaro '? tattles thuß :— Speaking of Australian theatrical doings, that young aspiring colony has been trying to seoure the priceless Sarah Bernhardt, who,^ knowing foer value, appears to expect to be paid as ■ such. • Signor Teasero, whilst m Paris, it seems, aßked the great aotrase, " Would she visit Australia ? " Madame replied, " Oh, yes i she was quite willing (q go! to Australia — quite willing to go almost anywhere," And then an to her terms ? " Well," answered the divine Sara, "firotly, I require a oontract for not less than 100 performances 10,000 franos (say, £400; to bo paid for eaoh £40,000 for the whole. Secondly, half a million franpa (say, £30,000) must bo paid into the bank m advanoe as a guarantee against a managerial crisis. Next, all travelling and hotel expenses must bo de. frayed, and I must always have at my disposal, freo of cost, when on Bhore, a wellappointed qarrlage. Then thero are a few othor little items over whioh wo need not talk at present— anyhow, j am sure we'd not quarrol over them,"

Oar oablograms, this evening inform us that 1 General Harriuon has been eleoted President of the United States by a considerable majority over his opponent Clevelapd, the late President. . Tho ABhburton Crioket Club haa arranged to play matohe3 against the Midland and Lancaster Park Clubs, at Chriatchuroh, on Friday and Saturday, the 9th and, 10th inst. The ABhburton team 3 will be ohosen from the following :— Meosra G. W. Andrewa, Blake, Buohanan (2), Denshire, Dumaresq, J. Fooks,' Hawson, Jameson, Kneen, J. Sawle.T. Sawle, Strange, and Arthur Simpson. Friday's matoh will take place at Hagley Park, and play will oommenoe at ten a.m. The Rev Thomas Spurgeon, of tha Auokland Tabornaole, will preach m the Oddfellows' Hall on Sunday afternoon at three o'olook. In doing so he will fulfil an old promise miide to the Baptist and Presbyterian Churohes here, and the time and place have been fited so as not to clash m any way with the ordinary Sunday servioes held m Ashburton. A collection will be taken m aid of the funds of the Baptist and Presbyterian Sunday 'Schools. A Government Inspection Parade of the Aahburton Volunteers was held at the Drill■shed; on' Tuesday evening, The numbers on parade were:— Rifles 45 (Captain Dolman), Guards 86 (Oapt Sparrow), CaSeta 30 (SergtMftjor Hayes). The two senior oompaniea were exeroised m battalion drill by Major Douglas r and Oapt Fooks. Col Bailey waa Inspecting Officer. He expressed himself pleased with the number, and hoped to see as many of each company as could attend present at a parade to be held at Timaru on Deo. 16th. The Colonel also announced that a military tournament would be held at Timaru on Boxing Day, and as free passes for the railway, had been obtained; be hoped to see the Ashburton Companies well represented. A rather strange oaae of paraeouting a small boy has been brought under the attention of the police authorities at Par* ramatta. Four boya were m the vicinity of Harris Park, when one of the number was struck by a stone. The boys instantly picked out a little fellow close by, whom they apparently regarded as the culprit, and oatohing him they took him to a.paddook, cut down a clothes line, and suspended him by the neck to a tree. Taking him down, they reversed the position, and hanged him up by the heels. The next "recourse was" to plaoe the boy on top" of a fenoe, and pull him forward by the hands, so that he fell with great force upon his stomaoh; By this maltreatment the boy received Berioua internal injuries. The boy grew woree, and the doctors in t attendanoe have not much hope or his reoovery. The " Lyttelton Times " m recording another shipment of piga for Sydney per the Wakatipu on Wednesday by Mr Jameß Rowe says :— lt is, pleasing to notioe the continued demand for our well-bred Berkshire and Yorkshire pigs. Mr Rowe has shipped no less than 101 wthin 12 montha to Viotoria, New South Wales,, and South Auatralia, and has obtained^ twenty-nine prizes at the Sydney Centennial Exhibition and at the National t Show, Melbourne, thia year, - the prizes 'amounting to £104 133. Our New Zealand Berkehires maie a splendid cross with the Australian Berkßhires* One sow under 12 months' old at the National Show, Melbourne, realised. to her owner £116 133 (sold for £73 10a; ohampion prize, £40; Association prize, £3 8s). Her sire was bred by Mr W. Boag, and exported to South Australia m 1887. A Christohuroh visitor to Melbourne says that when calling *t Hobarfc, he found depression existing as m New Zealand, and every one crying out. The timber export was lessening, and while the inhabitants im. ported their oabbiges, turnips, eto, from Viotoria, it was evident that they were not making the best use of their own colony. It waa surprising to meet a orowd of New Zealandors immediately the boat arrived at tho wharf, and it was said to be tho praotice of our late fellow colonists to make a point of attending when eaoh Btoamer arrived. It waa not long before one got posted up m regard to how eaoh ono mot had prospered oi otherwise. Ho had talkod with over 200 persona who had left this colony, and of that number all, oxcopt two who had been exceptionally luoky, would be glad to return ii any employment would await their arrival here. Writing of a beauCy exhibition to be held at Spa the Home correspondent of a Dunedin nftDBT Bftyfl.Jhnt thin novel Show promisee to be a bpna fide sucoeaa.. Already the little town la fuller of visitors than it haa been Binoo tho suppression of the gaming tabloa • and • lovely competitors are putting m an appoaranoe from all parts of Europe, even Russia. The Grand Prix for the fairest and Jovehest woman of all will ba £800; but there are numerous lesser competitions, confined some to blondes and others to brunettes, as well aa prizea for the most beautiful thin belle, and the most fascinating conversation•uist. The beauty of ladies competing is to be moral aa well as physioal ; for, as the promoters of the show remark with a floariah " without virtue beauty is a flower to '° from , ita stem -" The fair competitors mil be lodged, m luxurious apartments " with the national colors of eaoh displayed m the furniture." The show will laafc some days, and end with a gorgeous Jcte, at which tha Committee's deoisiona will be announced. The latest development of aotiong for breach of promise of marriage is both' qoyel and amusing, fleoently an aotion waa brought before the fcord Chief Juetioe of : England and a jury by a blighted elderly lady, who Bought to recover damages againßt a gentleman who died m 1887. The promise wbb made m 1881. His Lordßhip asked if oounsel meant to argue that the plaintiff could bring an aotion against an executor for breaoh of promiso ? '• Certainly, my Lord," said counsel, "if there was upeoicl dam. age, aa there waa m thia case, as plain. mr n A h L- h ? T r * il s* lio *'" Wheraupop $he liora Chief .rqatioe rertarfced; in/ hia ÜBnal bland fashion j " Qinoe it if difficult for your client to.reoover against a corpse, will the exeoutor fulfil the contraot and marry the lady?" Counsel said that unfortunately that waß not practicable, but tho executor was moßt cortainly liable under the ciroumstanoea, and, aoiin'g under hip advice, the defendant hsd soiled the niatter by paying a certain Burn, whiohijo thought qhould cqme out of th.c estate, whioh was. not a an^all one. Hope for t«e DitAp.—Nicholson's Eaj Dmm Cures Deafness. The most astonishing cures have been effected. Send for 132 pages illustrated book containing full particulars of this invention free. Dr Nicholson Wiliiam street, Melbourne.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1991, 8 November 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1991, 8 November 1888

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