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I Among the new applications for patents is 1 ono for on invention for shifting the Beats of two-wheeled vehioleß. It is made by Mr William Hioks, of Ashburton.In the Draughts Tournament, Brown, of Victoria, beat Boswell, of New Zealand. The former is now playing Gallagher, of Victoria, and the winner of the latter game will then play Patterson, of Viotoria, for the draught championship of Australia. A crushing of four tons of quartz from the mine of the West Tokatea Company, Coromandel, haa yielded the magnificent return of 200oz, a result which briDgs into striking prominence the great richness of the Coromandel reefs. Peru says that Chilli having S9ized the nitrate and guano beds, pledged as security for her European debts, and thuß deprived her of the means of repaying them, should also assume the obligations ; Chilli doesn't look at it m this light, although the oontention of Peru seem 3on the face cf it fair. Sunflowers are used m Wyoming Territory for fuel. The stalks, when dry, are as hard as maple wood, and make a hot fire, and the j eeedheads with the seed m are said to burn better than the best hard coal. An acre of sunflowers will furaish fuel for one stove for a year. The deaths of the Emperors William and Frederick have coat the Princes of Thurn and Taxis the enormous i-uui of 2,000,000 marks, because- as Feudal Lords of the Prussian Domain Krototzjn, they have to pay 1,000,000 marks on the decease of every King of Prussia. The construction of buildings for the first factory of the Japan Brick Company at Kami-Shimemura, Hanzagori, Snitama Prefeoture will be finished before the end of next month. The company proposes to produce brioks of foreign Btyle when the buildings are completed. The " New Zealand Times " has reason to believe that the mineral resouroes of New Zealand have been brought under the notice of French financiers to such good effeot that there are likely to be some substantial investments of Frenoh capital m this Colony at no distant date. A Darling Downs squatter gave his Chinaman a holiday last week to go to Toowoomba and the Mongol was to have returned at six o'clook: About that hour the squatter received the following telegram, which is worth giving literally .—" No olatohee tlain. Come home 'leven o'olokk. Pleas milkley clow, — Hop Lee." Chinaman have profited by the training they received as laborers to start a canning factory of their own m San Francisco; They oall themselves the Pacific Fruit Packing Co , and oocupy a rookery m Chinatown m whioh some twenty-five celestials find employment. Paoific coast dealers are greatly interested m knowing what beoomeß of all their produot. Six million dollars has been advanced by London capitalists to build railroads m I Honduras and elsewhere so as to conoentfate the fruit market at oertain shipping points, a Byndioata having been organised m New Orleans, representing 19,000,000d01s oapital, that will seek to control the entire outpot of Honduras, Polygamy is said to be on the deoline iv ■ Utah. The Government omoials are enforcing the laws against Mormonism, and many of the older leaders have being and are being driven out of their territory, their plaoes being filled by a Bet of younger and more Americanised men. In a few more years polygamy will, it is asserted, be driven out of Utah. An English journal has the following:— " Strawberries, hitherto considered the most easily spoiled of all fruits, have acquired quite a new reputation. A quantity of them gathered on July 13th, and placed m store chambers refrigerated by the De la Veryne cold dry-air system, were found twelve days after to be fresh, firm, ani bright, and wera exhibited on July 24th at the show of the Royal Horticultural Sooiety. The following, from the " Australasian and South Amerioan" is significant of the view taken m the United States of recent transactions m Samoa. That journal nays:— " Germany has suooeeded m provoking some of the Samoans into open hostility by actß ( f aggression on the part of her subjeols, doubtl rh with a view of scouring a pretext for the annexation of the islands. The seoretary of the navy has ordered the man of war Nipsio to proceed from Callao, Peru, to Samoa to watch the progress of events m behalf of resident Americans." The correspondent of an Auokland paper says " those acquainted with the details of the silver find m the King country speak of it as likely to be as rich and as extensive as the Broken Hill field itself ; and certainly a piece of galena ore shown to me yesterday by Major Jackson, at Ohaupo, is as rioh m the preoioua metal as it is almost possible to be. The exaot looality is not openly spoken of, but it is not far from Te Kuiti, and lies between the Otorohanga and the Mokau distriots. The land is m process of going through the court;." I The •' Press " reports that a little girl three years old, the daughter of Mr Sandford, was on Tuesday injured by a game rooster. The bird, whioh is full grown and a halfbred, peeked the child's face and eyes, and bruised her a great deal with its wings after it had knooked her down by flying at her. Medical advice was procured, and every attention given to the little girl, whoso sight ia not yet supposed to be affeoted, though the fowl's beak went dangerously near cutting out one of the pupils. The rooster has not until now given any indication that it possessed such a vicious disposition. The " Australasian and South American " to hand by last mail writes :— Foreigners will be astonished to learn that m spite of the fact that the State of Maine is the stronghold of extreme prohibition, the prohibitionist candidate for the Governor of the State reoently reoeived but 3000 votes, m a total vote of 14,000 m the State eleotion, The fact is that either party would like to get rid of the law whioh is increasing priva'e dram drinking, and the illicit sale of liquor at a frightful rate, but that " one Bide is afraid and the other doesn't like to." Meanwhile, prohibition, like another old man of the sea! is riding both parties to death. The seventh exhibition of the Waimate A. and P. Association held on Tuesday produced a larger number of entries than last year, and was on the whole very successful, and the weather being fine brought together a large attendance of visitors. The strongest department was that of light horses, whioh were well represented, the hacks, harness horses and hunters being numerous and good, among the latter being some first-class performers over timber; There was a fair show of draughts and a oapital lot of ponies. There were also some good sheep and pigs shown, and some excellent butter and poultry. A novel feature was a shearing ! competition, for whioh Messrs Kerr and Co. i offered a prize of £2, and the Association supplemented this amount with £1, for the best five Bhorn sheep. W. Lundon, H. Sanders, and W. Butoher were the competitors. The sheep were full-woolled merinos carrying heavy fleeces. Sanders completed his task m 82mina 20secs, W, Lundon m 33mins, and W. Butoher m 34mins 58eos: The prize was awarded to Lundon for general good worki The competition was a dose one The Band of the Waimato Eifles was on the ground throughout the day, and discoursed some excellent muaio.

Tho Key P. M. Monro leotures at the Oddfellow's Hall this evening: The time for receiving entries for the Melbourne Wool Show has been extended to Deoember 18th. Kesidents m the Borough whose ratea are still unpaid are warned by advertisement that legal proceedings will be taken after Thursday next. The scratching waa notified at 3.10 p:m. to-day of Nero for the Handicap Hurdle Raoo and Distriot Welter Handicap at the Ashburton Racing Club's Spring Meeting. In tha handioap for the' Ashburton Baoing Club's Spring Meeting, published last night, Robin Hood's handicap m tho trot was wrongly stated as' being 12ae03. It should have been 303CQS. As will be noticed from an advertisement m another column Mr EUton, the enterprising proprietor of the Rink, haß Beoured the Bervices of the Roeelle Bros, as a speoial attraction for race nights. The Mayor, Mr A. Harrißon, has reoeived an offer of a oouple of young blaok swans for liberation m the reservoir m the Domain. Mr Harrison has acoepted the offer, and the birds may be expeoted to arrive here m the oourse of a few days. At the sitting of the Ohriatohuroh Proßbytery the plans for a manse at Springburn, m the Methven distriot were laid on the table by the Rev Mr Finlayson, and leave was given to apply to the Property Board of the Ghuroh for permission to borrow part of the amount required to ereot the building. "Broadbrim " writes as follows m his New York letter :— lt is the custom here to give murderers that are hung a good set of! at the funeral; I recolleot the oase of a man, who murdered a policeman, bb desperate and cowardly a ruffian -aa ever stretched hemp. On one bright Sunday afternoon, he, having been hung on the preceding Friday, wbb followed to Calvary Cemetery by one hundred and twenty carriages and five or ais. hundred people on foot. Suoh exhibition a are terribly demoralazing, and with our yellowed-oovered literature, keep our prisons full all the time. The " South Oanterbnry Times " reports that on Monday evening a man named Whittingham met with a serious aooident at Mr Page's farm, Raugitata Island. While he vraa assisting Mr Page to break m a young horse, 1 the animal rushed against the stookyard rail and broke it, and one end of the rail atruok Whittingham with great violence m the face. Several of his teeth were knocked out and he was rendered unoonsoious. Mr Page at onoa drove him down to Dr Hayes at Temuka, and he waa admitted to Dr Hayes' private hospital where he now lies. On Wednesday evening he was unconsoious, and as symptoms of concussion of the brain are present there are but slight hopes of hie reoovery. The "Rangitikei Advocate" says that a pretty and clever girl, who has just completed her Eohool course with credit, and by reason of rather Bpeoial talents had reoeived more attention and admiration than falls to the lot of moat girla, was asked the other day how she was enjoying her vocation, •' Oh, I'm enjoying it very much," Bhe answered brightly, "I'm doing the house-work now, and letting mother have a little irSSt." " Your mother is away on a vacation then ? " was the natural question. " Oh, no, she's at home, but I'm giving her a ohanoe to reßt m the morning, and to dress and sit out on the verandah when Bhe likes. I think it will do her good to have a little ohange." If there are many suoh girls up that way the Rangitikei bachelors are to be congratulated, but they ought not to be bachelors long.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1997, 15 November 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1997, 15 November 1888

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