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It is said that several railway officials m Dunedin win £25,000 over Mentor's viotory m the Melbourne Oup, having drawn that horse m Tatterßall's £50,000 sweep. , A son of one of the wealthiest and best ! known members of the Victorian Parliament is a porter on the New South Wales railways. The political parent is a firm believer m making his sons earn their own living, and commence their career on their own resources. About 120 adult persons are lost m London every year of whom no trace is disoovered, and about 50 dead bodies are found which are not identified. Between 14,300 and 15,000 ohildren are lost every year m the metropolis, [almost all of whom are taken charge of and ] restored to their parents by the police. The entries for the Oamara Agricultural and Pastoral Society's show thi3 year are less than for the last year by 189. In horses there are 178 entries thie year, as against. 189 laßtyear; m oattle, 107 as against 139 ; m sheep, 178 against 220; m diary produce, 84 as against 73. Altogether there are 774 entries this year, as against 909 last year. The " Ranpilikei Advocate " ia very outspoken m its denunciation of the Hospitals and Charitable Aid Aoty which is admittedly working very unsatisfactory. It says the Aot. relating to charitable aid m New Zealand w»b conceived m folly and draughted m stupidity. Itß author seems to have had very vague ideas as to what he intended to plaoe on the Statute Book, and the draughtsman appears to have made oonfusion worse confounded." According to the " Post "next year's meeting of the N.Z.R.A. will be held m Blenheim. The ammunition, which has hitherto had to be purchased, has been voted by. Government, which means some £800, und with the amount of £120 m hand, will form a nucleus, with which to form a good programme. The Snider will be the only, weapon used, and there will be only 'one Champion Belt, i.e., the one Major Purnell now holds, old winners to oount. Mrq Brown, a widow; has recovered £75 bb solatium for injuries received m a shop of a firm of drapers m Melbourne, through a roll of linoleum falling on her. She was on the night of the 11th August last looking at Borne goods .that were displayed for sale on a table when the linoleum, which was standing on end, fell on the back of her, head, and she received a spinal shook, and was so severely injured, that she had not recovered at the time of the trial of the action, Mr Justioe Williams of Victoria has had a severe shock to his faith m human nature. Sitting as a criminal judge at Sale, he disobarged a prisoner " without a stain on his character," and gave him a praotioal exhibition of sympathy by bestowing on him a gift of half a sovereign, Next day the man was brought before the local justioes and sent to gaol for six weeks for drunkenness and disorderly oonduot. He had gone straight to the nearest hotel with the judge's half sovereign. It is believed m Berlin that before the end of the year Emperor William will have changed the roster of the entire German army. He is removing generals to the retired list and decapitating -subordinate officers at an astonishing rate. One day recently the Emperor galloped- to the Hussar Barracks at Potsdam at five o'clook m the morning, caused a general alarm to be. sounded, and turned all troops from their beds to check a supposed invasion of the enemy from Spandau. Some of the superior officers were Blow m turning out, and were punished m oonsequenoe. The Emperor is. testing the army by some surprising device of this kind nearly every day, and it results m an amazing number of ohanges. and removals. The " Palmer ston Times" writing of the proposal to hold an intercolonial exhibition aqd of the large Bums which have been already promised towards the guarantee fund thus notices an instance of .liberality on the part of one of the city hqtelkeepers. "Amongst the latest subscribers is the very worthy proprietess of the Leviathan Hotel m Dnnedin (Mrs Silk), who, we observe has put her name down for £100 In doing so Mrs Silk has not pnly Bhpwn she has the welfare of New Zealand thoroughly at heart, but she has set a most poble example to other hotelkeepers, which it is to be hoped many will follow ; and we must say that we consider colonists, although not urged by law, are bound by common duty to patronise people like .Mrs Silk, who do such noble acts for the good of their adopted country;". r ... The following extract from a letter by an ex-Dunedinite, now resident m England, speaks for itself : — "It might interest Dunedin people to know that their splendid mutton and lamb is sold here as English. The rubbish sold as New Zealand is River Plate mutton, eto. Is it not time New Zealand people were aware how their interests are sacrificed? River Plate mutton is never offered. The writer has tried m vain to get some, yet thousands of caroasses are landed weekly, with an ever-inoreasing importation. A leading bntoher here fold the writer the other day — ' Your New Zealand mutton and lamb is as good or better than the primest English ; the toughnesß is caused by the oaroaaaes being frozen too soon, sometimes before cold;' This suggestion, coming from a praotioal man,, may be of value. New Zealand mutton would realise s£d to 6d per lb, if it had fair play, m wholesale quantity." The Melbourne Women's or Hospital Committee, which is oomposed of ladies, has (says the/ correspondent <qf thp " Otago Daily Times ") been alarmed 'by a suspicion that some of the attendants, like little Butteroup, "mix the babies up." Every morning it appears the little ones are taken oat to an apartment called " the soullery " to be washed, and a doubt has crept m whether the proper babies are always returned to the proper mothers. In future the committee has determined that the infant humanity shall be gashed and dressed m the presenoe of the mother. Another moment at which the " mixing-up " prooess may be performed is when the little ones are being baptised. This ceremony is performed "m the bunch," come 10 or a dozen being " put through " on the morning of the clergyman's! visit. The nurses are suspected of being somewhat careless ; the clergyman is often m a hurry ; and there are fears that " John " has been baptised " Jane," and " Susan " "William" full many a time and oft. In the matter of christening also the committee ias ordered reform. The Wellington Post has the following welltimed remarks : — " What is the Midland Railway Company doing ? Since the contraot was signed, after most protraoted negotiation, the company seems to have sunk into oblivion. Something has been cabled about the company's engineer coming out to the colony, and we have heard also of Mr Alan Scott making BQme arrangements about lands on the West Coast, but there all information ends. ' Summer is drawing on, and undoubtedly the company should by thig time, have shown some aotivity m getting oontraots arranged for. The unemployed difficulty iB not quite at an end, and m several parts of the oolony the Government has still to find or make worfc (or some people. If the Midland Railway Company would start one or two big oontraqta, this necessity would no longer exist, and tha surplus labour would be absorbed without Government interference. Thiß would be a decided benefit. Perhaps when the Minister of Publio Works bas Been the Melbourno Cup he will have a little time to devote to the business of bis department, and may recognise the advisability of Btirring the Midland Railway Company up to a point of greater aotivity.

Tha Rink will be open to-night, at a reduoed fee. As this is an extra session, season tiokets will not be available. Mr A. P. O'Oallaghan, member for Lincoln has resigned his seat. There are as yet no candidates for the vacancy. ~ To-day was observed as a oloae holiday m town. The Bhops were olosed, and the streetß wore quite a deserted appearanoe. A fair number of people went by rail to Ohristohnroh, the Metropolitan Show, doubtless, being the attraction. An instance of the marvellous increase of the value ofland m the city of Wellington has been brought under our notice by an old identify, well versed m property valuation. About 17 or 18 years ago one town acre at the western side of Cuba street, extending northward from : Ghuznee street, changed hands at the price of some £550. Since then the acre has been Bub-dividfid, but a portion of it was .sold not long off* at a price per foot which makes the present market value of the aore no less than £83,000.—" Poßt." Aooording to ■" Madge," m " Truth," some ourious -fashions are being adopted m bathing dresses. Some girls, she says, may be seen bathing at Brighton whose waists m their bathing dresses are as small as m their .ordinary dress ; and the reason is that not only do they wear seventeen inch stays while m the- water, but their bathing dresses are lined with oilsilk to protect both skin and corset from the water. They also wear long chamois-leather gloves to proteot their arms and hands.. Previous to the meeting of the Waiareka Road Board (nays the " North Otago Times ") Mr Reid, m conversation with several of the members, said he bad proourcd from Melbourne a quantity of " scrub exterminator." He had, he said, used it on some gorse and other plants with good effeot, the plants on whioh it was sprinkled dying off, and leaving nothing but the blackened stalks above the ground. Mr Reid intends using it on couoh grass and Canadian thistles, and if- it iB as destructive of these as it has been of gorse, £tc, it will prove a boon to farmers who have either Canadian thistle or couch grass on their properties. A diver named Arohibald MoGowan, who has recently arrived from Napier to aesiat m laying the conorcte blooka of the face line of Maoguirejs oontraot, had an unpleasant experienoe last week of the inhabitants of Wellington waters. On going down for the purpose of laying some blocks he was attacked by a good-sized ootopus whioh succeeded m fastening on to him, and m spite of all hia struggles chained him to one of the piles m the retaining wall. McGowan, however, had the good sense to remain quiet, and the octopus, whose arms measured quite nine feet, quitting its hold ' of the pile, was brought to the surf aoe on the back of the diver. ' Wednesday's " Waimate Timea " contains the following :— We were informed last evening of a most painful case of destitution. Yesterday morning a woman living m the part of the town known as •« the bush," who, , we believe, is at present m receipt of oharitable aid, her husband having died reoently leaving his family unprovided for, gave birth to twins. No one was with her at the time, and an hour elapsed before a neighbor discovered her pitiful state. There was not a stitch of clothing for the new-born babes, and no food (and littlo else) m the bouse. Two young children were running undressed about ' the room. The neighbors, we hear, have taken care., of the ohildren for the present, and the woman haß reoeived all the attention that the neighbors can bestow, but the oase i 3 one where further aid is absolutely necessary, 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 th diseases to which we ate subject. Norton' Pills, with justice called • the " natural strengthener of the buman stomach," act as a powerful tonic and gentle aperient, are mild m their operation, and safe under auy circumtances Sold ia bottles at is i£d, 2s 9J, 4s, by all medicine vendors throughout the world.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1992, 9 November 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1992, 9 November 1888

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