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A negro was put upon the atand aa a witness, and the judge. inquired if he understood the nature of an oath. For oerlingboss, eaid the citizen : if I swears to a lie, I must stiok to him I A memorial of St. Paul — an orphan asylum — is to be established m his native town of Tarsus. Americana are its projectors, and the Rev Dr. Howard Crosby is at the head of the philanthropic soheme. A London correspondent hears that among the projeots which are likely to cake shape before the winter sets m will be the formation of an Anglo-French Company for the flooding of the North Afrioan deserts from the Mediterranean. A London correspondent says :— " After visiting her brother, a missionary m South Africa, Lady Frederick Cavendish will proceed to Canterbury, New Zealand, where the family own valuable property. It is not stated how long she means to remain there." Mr J. Porter, of Allenton Nursery, is the first m the Gold this season wilh early strawberries, and has sent us a sample basket of fine qua'ity, size, and flavor, for whioh ha has our beet thanks, The fruit is, we think, of the variety known as the British Queen. Gladstone's private library contains 15,000 volumes, and the venerable s'atesuaan oan lay hid hand upon any one b >ok of them all at a minute's notice, " I haven't a single book," he says, " that I am not, on intimate terms with." "Why mamma; you surely are. not going to that dreadful play ? " •• Arabella," replied the New York matron, buttoning her gloves, her eyes moist with solf-sacrin:ing tenderneßß, " I feel it my duty to see V, so I can intelligen'ly warn you against it." When was Rome built ? asked a teacher of the first clbbs m ancient history. In the night, answered a bright little girl. In the night ? exclaimed the astonished teacher, how do you make thet out? Why, I thought everybody knew that Borne was not built m a day, replied the child. A man named Joseph Henderson, working on the railway at Wilson's sidiug near Kaiapoi, died suddenly yesterday afternoon, it is supposed from rupture of the heart. He ran about 200 yards to Bheltor as rain was coming on, and died ten minutes afterwards. Oyerheard on a Grand Stand the other day. — Lady: "Who is that gentleman standing over there? " — Gentleman : " Ob, that is Mr , the solioitor." -Lady : " Well, I thought he waß a lawyer, because his style of dress is so characteristic of the profession." — Gentleman : " How »b that ? " — Lady : " Don't you know? all collar*" The twenty-fifth annual exhibition under the auspices of the Oamaru A. and P. Association was held yesterday and to-day and. was very successful. Afthough the total number of exhibits is less than last year, being 781 against 909, the quality of the stook shown waß excellent. We are pleased to notice ' that m Berkshire pigs Mr J. G. Restoll, the Ashburton breeder, swept the board, carrying off the lion's share of the honors. The " Wellington Post " writes :— " There is a rumour abroad that the Government wish to 'shunt' the Chief Justioe of the Native Land Court, Mr J. E: Macdonald. and that after serving a novitiate as a Commissioner, Mr Soth Smith will be made Chief Judge, while his colleague, Mr Trimble, will also be comfortably provided for by a Judgeship. Much more unlikely things have happened. Time will Bhow." A horrible story is related by the •' Cologne Gazette," whioh states that the Royal Procurator visited a detached farmhouse near Oberesch, m the Saarlouis district, to whioh his attention had been called by the police. He explored the premises, and found >» - cupboard or cellar, which was m total darkness, and from whioh, emanated a suffocating Btfirtc.ll-,.- a half-naked woman of about thirty, six years of age, who was chained by one leg to the wall of tha cell. Four years this wretched creature has been confined fn this abominable and pestilential hole, m the course ot whioh period, it is stated, she has been confined of a child; Her mother and two brothers have been arrested. At the Baptist Union at Christchuroh yesterday the seorotary read the oompleted statistics of the past year's work ac follows : — • Inoreaßc by baptism 137, transfer 70, vieitatation 27, f< t 1 241 ; decrease by transfer 51, withdrawal l(j, revision of roll 68, discipline 1, death 21, t Jtal 157 ; showing an inorease of 84 for the year- The total number of members m communion with the churches is now 2778. There are throughout the colony 63 local preachers, with 23 preaching stations. The Sunday school returns showed the number of teaohers to bs — females 245, males 2 14, total 489 ; scholars— females 2543, males 2137, total 4680; as against 4637 last year, or an increase of 43. It was decided to hold the next annual conference m Dunedin. A story of an audacious swindle comes from Paris. Baccarat was being played m a fashionable house. The game was proceeding amidst great exoitement — for the stakes were heavy — when a magistrate and two policemen appeared on the soene. They at once seized the money — £2000 — " m the name of the law;" The head official who wore a tricolor scarf, proceeded to write out a report on the spot, and informed the host and hostess that legal proceedings would follow. It was not until some hours that the gamblers discovered the real truth of their adventure; Neither magistrate nor police had paid them a visit. The intruders had simply appeared dressed m a little brief authority of their own. The description tallied with that of notorious Paris swindlers. There was a very good attendance at the Oddfellows' Hall last evening on the oooasion of the lecture by the Rev P. R. Monro, of Sydenham, on " American Wit and Humor," The ohair waß taken by the Eev A. Mi Beattie, who introduced the Lecturer, and made a few remarks relative to the subjoot of the address. Mr Monro commenced by defining the peculiar characteristics of American humor, and pointing out the difference that generally lay between it and English humor. : Extracts were read from the works of wellknown Amerioan writers, the side-splitting whimsicalities of Mark Twain, Artemus Ward, and others, fairly convulsing the audience: Selections from Washington Irving, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and other writers were alßo read, the Leoturer pointing out the distinctive features of their humorous references. The leoture proved of the most enjoyable nature, Mr Monro proving that ho deserves the good reputation he has gained. The proceeds will be devoted to the Presbyterian Organ Fund. In speaking of the various things of interast at the Centennial Exhibition, the " Melbourne Mirror " says :— " Every time one vibita the Exhibition and Btrolls through the various courts something new is to bedisoovered. The plans adopted by the numerous exhibitors to attraot attention are as novel and varied as the ingenuity of man can suggest. No one thing, however, is probably creating more interest than the contest for the prizes of the value of 1000 dollars, to be given at the close of the Exhibition, by the Amerioan Hop Bitters Company. This amount is to bo divided into three prizes and to be awarded to the individuals forming the moßt words from the three different sets of letters. Dr Soule, the president of the American Hop Biltors Company, ovidontly believes m enoouraging all kinds of contests, both athletic and mental. He ,has already given away prizes amounting to thousands of dollars m America, England, Australia, and other countries. That great interest is being taken m the oontest is evinced by the large list of words filed each day; Aa there are some people residing at a distance who will be unable to visit Ihe Exhibition, the Company, m order to give all an opportunity to try and secure one of the prizes, will Bend to any person their address a prize circular. Whilst only three persons can secure prizes, unsuccessful competitors will have the satisfaction of knowing that the time employed m .preparing a list of words was not misspent, as anyibing that tends to familiarise one with the Euglish language cannot fail to be of benefit. The euooesa of the Amerioan Hop Bitters Company m introducing its goods led many others to use the words " Hop Bitters " for preparations whioh do not contain the medicinal properties found m the original article. None, however, would appear to follow them m the matter of liberality;" " Rough ON fl Piles."— Why suffer Piles ? r immediate relief and complete cure guaran- I lecd. Ask for "Rough on Piles." Surecnrel for itching, protruding, bleeding, or any form B Qi ilcs, j J

Germany has eighteen foreign missionary sooieties, supporting 522 missionaries who oaro for 210,000 converts. The total r.eoeipta last year were £140,000. "We learn from the " Press " that meetings to forward a requisition fo Mr E. G. Wright to allow himself to be nominated for the Lincoln seat are to be held immediately. The first pne will probably take place either at Sheffield or Springfied within a week. Aooording to the Wellington correspondent of the " Press " it has been determined to taKe no steps with reference to the vaoant judgeship until a full Cabinet shall be assembled. Messrs Mitchelson and Fisher will return from Australia on Monday, and it is understood to be probable the appointment will be made some time next week. Tha "Lyttelton Times" mentions that among the items of oommerofal news received by the last mail was one which, though small, is satisfactory. A lot of twenty kegs, each containing one hundredweight of honey, was sold m London at prices ranging from 493 to 55s per hundredweight. The former figure waa Riven for some honey whioh was slightly faulty m oolor. A monster of some kind m the Bangitata river has been alarming the neighbouring farmers. Mr Jackson informs the " Timaru Herald " that the noise made by the animal every evening is rather appalling, and the idea of the neighbours is to make use of the police to take the monster m oharge, but they decline to take the responsibility without being armed with a properly executed warrant. As proved to be faot m the case of the so-called " Waikato Saurian " the " monster " will probably turn out to be a big seal and consequently a big sell. The Ashburton Traffic Bridge had, we heard just before going to press, a narrow esoape from destruction by fire this afternoon. The. brief particulars, we have been able to gather, are .that Mrs Milliohamp, herbal beer manufaoturer, who was crossing with her cart, discovered some of the timbers on fire, and with the|assi9tanoe of Mr Bland, who was also orossing at the time, opened a number of bottles of the beer and with it extinguished the fire. The Mayor, on the circumstance being reported to him by ihe polioe, at once sent out the Borough water-oart m order to make assurance doubly sure. A meeting of the Committee of the Ashburton Baoing Club was held on Tuesday evening. W. Perks was pormitted to amend the entry of Nap, (late Starlight) for the County Hurdle. Baoe, to Starlight. Dr Lsahy was appointed a steward of the Club. The sale of privileges for the race meeting was entrusted to Mr D. Thomas, the sale to take place on Saturday Nov. 17. A quantity of routine business was also transacted. After which tha Chairman, Mr Purnell, referred m feeling terms to the death of the late Secretary, Mr U. G Fooks, and the loss which had been thereby sustained, not only by those who were interested m honorable sport but by the whole district. The other members of the committee expressed their sense of the loss whinh had been suffered, and it was unanimously resolved : " That this committee desire to place on reoord their sincere regiet at the death of their late colleague, Mr C. C. Fookß, by whioh the racing world has lost a true sportsman, and an honorable gentleman ; and they likewise wish to express their hearty sympathy with his widow m her great affliction." A copy of this resolution was directed to be sent to Mrs Fooks SANDER and SONS' EUCALYPTI EXTBACT. — In protection of the worta wide fame our manufacture has acquired all over the globe, we publish the following : — Hazard, M.D., Professor of General Pathology and Diseases of the Mind and Nervous Sjstem, saye m an editorial published m the " Clinical Beoord : " — " We have examined half-a-dozen specimens of different manufactures the preparation of Sander and SOUS ~C: tuts t>niy onejii&t proved to be reliable and corresponding to scientific tests." Another concoction oalled " Refined Extraot of Eucalyptus " has made its appearance since. This produot stands, aooording to Dr Owen, foremost m oausing injurious effects. That gentleman communicates, at a meeting of the Medical Sooioty of Victoria, that a child living at Fitzroy became most seriously indisposed Lnrough its use. In another oase a lady ' states on the strength of statutory doo'aration that she suffered oruelly from the effects of the came concoction. .To guard the high reputation of our manufacture wa fee 'warranted m exposing the above facts, and desire the publio to exercise care and precaution when buying SANDEJR and SONS.— (Advt. ________ 7

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1998, 16 November 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1998, 16 November 1888

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