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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

Me D. Thomas was to-day eleoted Mayor without opposition, no other candidate being nominated. The pupila of the primary Bohools of Osaka, Japan, receive loßsonH m swimming, three soldiors of the garrison being told off as instructors. A marble head of Socrates, said to be of excellent workmanship, has been found m the courao of oxoavations on the Athenian acropolis. The ancient custom offiringing tho Curfew 801 l waß roßumod at Stratford-on-Avon latoly — the samo bell being uaed as that whioh tolled at Shakspcre's funeral. The Rink was well patronised on Saturday [ evening. It will be open on Thursday nnd ' Friday, race, days, morning and afternoon. On these oooaßiona there will be special attraotiona m the evenings. Professor Bertazssi has sold for 20,000 francß a genuine Stradivarius. It was made m 1715 for (he Marquis Pamparati, and was for thirty yoHra the property of tho violinist Saint Loon. It is m exoellent preservation. The foundation stone of a memorial ohapel to John WoHlev, the founder of Mothodiam, was laid the other day at Bpworth, his birthplace. Several prominent members of the Woflleyan body took part m tho proceedings. A Rheniah firm has just invented a new explosive called carboouo, which has boon tried m tho Saxon Roalm'inns. find iv said to have tho advantage of not igniting coal-dust or fire-damp. Ilamdi Bey, Director of the Mnsoum at Constantinople?, has gone ,fo Aden to Boarch for the head nnd arms of an Apollo by Praxiteles, said to Iwvo been dag up recently by a peasant. Tho Suez oanal ia tho cause of atmoßphorio ohangeß winch may havo an effeot of groat importance m shaping tho destiny of Egypt. Bains are now falling m Cairo and along the delta of the Nile, before almost unheard Owners and trainers of horses engaged at tho Ashburton .Racing Club's Spring Meet* ing, are reminded that acceptances for tho first day's handioaps olcße this evening at nine o'olook at the Commercial Hotel., Particulars appear in'our advertising oolumns. Acoording to the " Tuapeka Times " the " Australian Piotureeque Atlas " Company is suing all subscribers who have failed to pay up, and that " a brace of lawyers with a small army of bailiffs may be expected m Lawrenoe at an early date" m connection with the business: The Empress Frederick is an early riser as indeed are her daughters, tho latter,, weather permitting, riding daily from halfpast seven to nine. Not a day passes on whioh tho Empress does not visits the " Friodcnßkiroho," whore her husband, tho late Emperor, lies buried. An extraordinary kitten — a really wonderful freak of nature — is attracting considerable attention at Stircbley-street near Birmingham. It has two perfect bodieß, two tails, eight legs, but only one head. The little animal is puro white, and the limbs are well formed. This peculiar little oroaturo has caused quite a sensation m tho district. The Geraldino County Counoil have resolved to carry out irrigation workß m the Waiti and Orari districts. This will oomplote the system of irrigation initiated by the Counoil eomo time ago, embraoing all the flat oountry from tho south bank of the Rangitata River to the Waßhdyke distrust, three miles north of Timaru: In Tarkand the Chinese authorities have imposed a curious tax — viz., five cop on all women who intend entoring tho bonds of wedlook. A traveller who has been thero informs us that all tho morohants who visit Kashgar are obliged to take a wife. As soon as they leavo the town, the wife obtains anothor husband, and thus the five oop tax brings m a considerable revenue to the Government, During tho last yoar of his life Marshal Bazaino was m absoluto want, and several rich officers, formerly under his command, received urgent lotterß from him from time to time asking for money, so says the •• ri K «"«." ito a;a ««f nvnn 6orup j e to say :— . "It is not a, loan I beg ; it wouiu n u v *-. honest, for I don't know if I shall ever be ablo to repay." On another oooasion he wroto : — " It ia your old genaral, a new Bellauriu j , who holds out his hat." The latest and Billiest novelty at tho seaside is reported from Trouville. A number of large-sized crabs are oolleotod and tomptcd to take refreshments served up to them m the shape of bits of bread previously soaked m alcohol; The result is a numbor of oxtra- . vagant mancouvres, combats, and duols If small orabß aro ohosen they generally subside into absoluto inactivity. Tho largest onoa are, therefore, preferred, not only on aooount of their superior powers, but because they appear to bo predisposod to an unconscious {imitation of tho dovious ways of the drunkard. According to a Borlin correspondent, nowfl haa been received from Egypt to the effeot that the tomb of Alexander the Great, whioh Dr Sohliemann sought m vain last winter, has now been discovered m Alexandria. The coffin is of marble, and is covered with beautiful decorations. Its breadth is about three feet and a-half, and its height three feet. The skull of a man was found m it. Tho coffin was found m a brick vault about 20ft high, covorod by about Bft of earth. 1 The keeper of the musoum at Boulak is going shortly to make a thorough examination of the tomb. There are fligns of a revival of extreme prices for shorthorns at Home, whioh showed itself m a marked manner at tho Earl of Faverehara's sale. The struggle for bulls among tho pureo-bearera was especially severe, j tho four-year-old ninth Duke of York oausing such a scramble aB had not been lately neon. Ho was bought at 1000 guineas for a South American ranob. This is a big prioo, but his paronts hnd been sold for muoh bigger ones. The Earl of Fitzhardinge gavo 4500 guineas for his sire when a mere calf, and Lord Faveraham gave 2000 for his dam. At the Favursham salo 13 bulls brought an avorage of £183 2s 4d eaoh, and 32 oows and heifers £59 4s 3d. Writing of the Maori prisonor Hoani Mare, whose rooont escapes and ro-eapture have canned so great a sensation, on exohange says : — John Murray is a descendant of iho Nativo tribo whose location ib botweon the Sentry Hill and the Bell Block, m tho Taranaki district, and who were concernod m the Whiteoliff murders, wbinh were the cause of hostilities botweon tho Natives and the j Europeans many years ago. He is 29 years ' of age, eight years of which he has spent m gaol. Murray was only released on tho Oth October last, after doing a sentence of five years' penal servitudo for breaking into three hotels near Wellington. Ho was sont from Wellington toLyttolton to finish his sentence, on account of his having tried to incite tho prisoners, some of whom he knew, to revolt. ' A priest m St. Pancrnß, London, has shown himself more than a match for a couple of burglars. Tho housebreakers wero discovered m the sacristy of St. Aloyaiuß Roman Catholic Church by Father Ryan, and, finding themselves three to ono, thought it an easy matter to overpowor him. But fortunately tho thioveß had rushed out of the sacristy, and the priest found himself challenged to the combat m tho apaoious church, whore there is a fair I field for oxertion. This exertion ho put forth to fluoh purpose that aftor a brief interval, during whioh two of the men kissed tho duat, tho miscreants thought it deßirable to take to Ihoir heels, ono of them gaining only temporary freedom, however, and that by loavinp half of his waistooat m tho hands of Mr Ryan, Tho plucky olorgyman pursued the veatlcßS burglar, and recaptured him just as tho police oame up. Tho burglars loft thor booty and a numbor of Bkoloton keys. j llollowav's Ointment and Pills. Notable Facts. — Intense heat augments the | annoyances of skin disease and encourages the development of febrile disorders ; there* fore they should, as they caii be, removed by tliOjSe deterrent and purifying preparations. In stomach complaints, liver nflections, pains and spasms of the towels, Holloway's Ointment we 1 rubbed over the afTecteJ part immediately gives the greatest ease, prevents congestion and Inflammation, clucks the threatening cliarrluea, and averts incipient cholera. The poorer inhabitants of large cities will find these remedies to be their best frien-l when any pestilence rages or when from unknown causes eruptions, bo Is, nbscesses, or liberations point out the presence of taints or impurities within the system, and call for instant and effective curative medicines, -;;■

Winnie Johnson, said to be the largest woman m the world, weighing 8491 b, has just died at Baltimore. A new Roman Oatholio College, which has aooommodation for four hundred students, half of whom will bo resident, was opened reoently, at Tooting, by the Bishop of Southwark; In the afternoon Cardinal Manning visited the new building, and delivered an address to tho Btudenta and their frionds. An important stop has been taken m oonneotion with the winding up of the Publio Works department. Notice of dismissal has just been given to 41 oQioora of th» department, their ranks ranging from that of district engineer downward. All those will leave at tho ond of December. The following is an eztraot from a letter ; reoeivod from a South Australian merohant; r Things hero are very bad. Our harvest is something frightful, and will not average three bushels to the nore. It simply means ruination to most of our farmers. We oan only hope for the best." The " Paris Petit Journal " positively vouohea for the truth ol a sensational story whioh has been going tha rounds of the Continent announcing the mysterious death of a celebrated singer, Miss Laura Schirmer, who "had been added to the Sultan's harotn at Constantinople," and perished soon after with 13 other beauties, Her death ia attributed to " eating poisoned ice-oream. At Bald Hill, neat Ohoßwiok, Victoria, the other day a young man Darned Woods, while at work threw his ooat on a stump.* It was Boon alive with bull-dog ants, which Woods did not notice when he put the garment on again. The rosult was that he was dreadfully bitten by those ferooious insects. He swooned away, and for a long time did not regain oonBoiouoness. His life was m danger, Hundreda of those who lately left New Zealand for Viotoria have evidently discovered that " all that glittors is not gold." One of the Mararoa'a oQioers says that every trip they are literally besieged by New Zealanders now m Melbourne asking to be allowed to work their passages back. Last voyage over 50 applied to come back m this way. As Bhowing their oagernosß to return they were willing to do stoke-hole work. Hoart disease is an affection to whioh nine-tenths of the wild animals m confinement aro subjoat. Among elephants the most common and fatal disease is rheumatism. Monkeyß and baboons generally die from bronohial affeotions and heart diseases : felines, euoh as lions, tigers, leopards, etc, from dysentery and heart diseases; deer, antelopes, etc,, suffar moßt from dysentery and heart disoases ; while wolves, dingooß, foxes, aud other canines seem to bo subject to no particular disease.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1991, 19 November 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1991, 19 November 1888

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