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Hib Excellency the Governor passed through I ishburtori by speoial train this afternoon tn oute to the Hon. J. B. A. Aoland'a Btalion ,t Mt Peel, where he will stay on a visit for • few days. Up to the end of 1887 a total of 14,383 niles of railway had been oonstruotod m Indin, ho inorease during the last 10 years being !000 miles. And whereas from 1858 to 1867 he average numbor of roileß constructed per innum was 858, m the 10 years ending 1887 ;he average was nearly double that amounr. Chioaßo ia trying to Ret an underground railway on the modol of London, but run and lighted by elootricity, with a circuit of twenty. 3even miles. Elevators will be used to bring the people to the street level. A Company has been formed with a capital of 27,000,000 dollars. The marriage of the Emperor of China is fixed for the first month of the ensuing Ohinesn year. Six million taela (about £1,250,000 sterling) are being provided m order to celebrate the event with adequate pomp, one third from the Imperial and the remainder from the provincial revenue. Aooording to a letter m the " Melbourne ■gus," foxes appear to be increasing m the ostern districts m an alarming manner. le Shire Council is offering 103 a head for elf destruction, this amount being suppleented by an equal sum from the squatters, coording to the writer, young lamba are leir particular weakness. A ourioua and fatal aooident baa happened i Marseilles. Thirty OBtriohes whioh had rrived from Algeria were being placed m the ■am for Paris, where they are to be exhibited i the Jardln d' Acolimatation, when a man ndeavored to pluck Bomo featherß out of one f the "birds of the desert." He immediately Boeived a kick from the ostrich which killed iim on the spot. : Juvenile pilfering, aocording to the "Evenng Star," is very muoh on the inoroaso on luokland, and for one deteoted, a hundred jQenders escape, owing to the remarkable srofioienoy poaseßßed by these light-fingered Youngsters. Judge Smith treated Home bottle itealers to a substantial reward for their misdeeds the other morning, when he ordered jne boy 11 days' imprisonment, and another l birching. It is stated that Mr George Stewart, F. 0.5., ohemist to Messrs J. and B. Stevenson, extensive bakers of Glasgow and London, who has been experimenting with the object of discovering a method of baking bread by Oleotrioity, has been quite successful after a great deal of labor. The bread is said to be quite as well baked as by present methods and more quiokly, while there will be a very considerable saving m expense. Persian oarpet weaving has heretofore been m a large measure a secret. It is now reported that a native of Finland, named Bunen, was sent two years ago by the Government to try and discover the art of Persian oarpot weaving; He finally obtained employment m a small factory m Smyrna, where he acquired the desired information, and made a design of the loom. A Persian oarpet factory has now been establised m Finland, and great resultß are expeoted. A peouliar case of lookjaw ia reported from Ipswioh, Queensland; Miss Kate Cousins, a respeoted resident of that town, scratched the skin near her right thumb some weeks ago. The wound apparently healed, but a few days ago she began to suffer great pain. She was removed to the hospital, where the symptoms were pronounoed to be those of tetanus. The dootors pronounoed her blood to have bean poisoned through the dye oozing from hei glove into the wound. The sufferer subsequently died. , An agreement has been entered into between the Viotorian Government and Lieutenant Zalinßki for the purchase of a 15-inob pneumatic gun, similar to the weapons now being supplied to the United States. The gun is to have a range of at least 3500 yards, ' which will enable it to command the entrance to Philip Heads. It will be able to fire projeotiles of three sizes, viz., one carrying lQOlb of explosive, one carrying 250 oi explosive, or one carrying 5001 b of explosive. The Imperial Government not having been able to obtain a gun from Lieutenant Zalinski, have offered to ascertain the range tables for the authorities of the colony bo that they may gain information as to the weapon, nnd will m this way save the colony an axpeofß ture of at least £7000, Lieutenant Zalinafci states that a projeotile containing 1001 b Of explosive fired from the cannon will break through 6in of armour, one containing 20011 of explosive will break through Oin ol armour, and one containing 4001 b of explosive through 13in of armour. The announcement that the Rev T. Spurgeon, of Auckland, would conduct Divine Servioe attraoted to the Oddfellows' Hall yesterday afternoon perhaps the largest congregation that has ever assembled m Ashburtont The body of the hall was packed, extra seating aooommodation having to be improvised, and on a gallery fitted up on the Btigo room for about one hundred persons was found. Altogether there must have been about seven hundred people present. The Rev Mr Spurgeon preaohed the sermon, eeleoting for bia text John xvi., Bth and following verses. The discourse he delivered was most eloquent and impressive, and wae listened to with rapt attention by the very large congregation. During the oourso oi the service several hymns from Sankey's book were sung. The oolleotion whioh was taken up amounted to £8. It will be devoted towards the Presbyterian and Baptist Sunday Sohools. Mr Spurgeon having promised some time ago to conduot a servioe for this objeot, From an advertisement In another column it will be seen that a musical treat ib m store for the Ashburton residents at an early date The Wesleyan Choir, assisted by leading looal amateurs, have been hard at work for Home time past rohoarsing the saorod cantata " Under the Palms." The work is descriptive of the Jewish Feaßt of Tabernaoles, and the various items are representative of the prin cipal points m the saored festival above named. The oantata will be staged with all the floral and bptanipal aooesßions requisite m the realistic! "poijftrayal of scopes frog; Hebrew life, Mr Gamble, choirmaster at the Wesleyan Ohuroh, will aot aa oonduotor. Ac effioient orchestra will be m attendance, anc most hearty and cordial assistance) ia beinf rendered by those unattaohed to the Wesleyat congregation. Doubtless the Oddfellows' Hal will be orowded to overflowing on Nov. 29tb to hear what promises to be a most suocess ful musical affair. A San Franoisoo man got married recently — not as men usually do — but chartered t boat and went to sea. A smart reporter or a looal paper managed to get wind of tb< affair, although' it was kept very seorejt, and he dressed up as a fireman and got employ' raeut on the vessel for the trip m thai oapaoity. The party came on board, and the oaptain at onoe steered for tho open sen where the vessel was onohored and all handf assembled on dec];: tp see the oeromonj performed. The engineer' was informed thai his " fresh fireman oould also be present if he would only wash his faoe." The reportei gives an amusing aooount of tho ceremony, He says the bride was alarmingly seaßiok and had to be supported by those around her, The oaptain brought out his Bible, and coin menoed. to read the marriage ceremony, bui the boat rolled, and the bi'ido got aiojrer eyerj second. Tho oaptain had only read a fey; lines of the binding formula, when the bridt again interrupted the proceedings and leaned over the Bide to make a remark to a paeßJDf whale. "The amateur minister waited for {hi bride to reoover her composure, and thet procoeded with the ceremony. The part\ were considerably astonished to find a ful jooount of this romantic marriage next day md. it gradually eked out how the reportei managed to «upply his readers with the ful ietaila; We dip the following important testfmonla !rom the " Illawarra Mercury " (N.8.W.) oj ;he 80th March. It noeds no comment :— • Mr John Loveday, of the Bulli Mountain writes to us that after Buffering for four yean yith aoute gravel, ho has experienced almpsl lomplete roliof by using Sandor and Sons Eucalypti Extraot. Ho says seeing tho Baic Sxtraot advertised m tho ' Illawarra Mercury, lis intense suffering induced him to obtain I jottle of the medioine from Mr Hosking iheraisji, of this town, and that tho use of i savo him groat relief £j,t onpo. Ho states thai letwoen tho 10th March instaat, yjhep h( tbtained the first bottle of the extract, anc he 19th, the use of that medioine oontjnuec o afford him relief, to whioh he bad been s transer for four years. Mr Loveday write! ilso that he has found the Euoalypti Extraot \ cure for rheumatism ao well as gravel. H< equesta us to publish thia information hrough the • Iftoroury.' We have mu'ot ileaaure m complying with' Mr Lovedayfi equest, whose word cannot be doubted, afac tho can have no objeot m view other th»p | ure desire to benefit suffering humanity."—

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1994, 12 November 1888

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 4 Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1994, 12 November 1888