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The Roselle Broß are announced to give a gymnastio and trapeze performance at the Rink to-night, when wo expect to see a crowded house. There will be a dance afterwards. Mr Hugo's leoturea m the country have been well attended. He lectures at Willoughby to-morrow, Monday at Newlandß, 1 Tusb* day at Waterton, and Thursday at.Winßlow. Tho M Dunedm Evening Herald" understands that an notion is likoly to be tried m January next, m whioh the Hon. George Fisher will be the defendant. The action is for non-delirery of New Zealand Shipping shares, whioh have gone up lately. The Southern Baptists are proseouting .what has been called "one of the most remarkable works of modern missions " m Guba. Within two years 1100 oonverts have been made, and these converts contributed 4610d0l last year for the support of ohurdh 'services. The Stella has returned from a. oruia 6 among the Auckland islands. Captain Fairchild a year ago, as an experiment, plaoed twenty- five sheep on the Islands. He reports that they have increased 100 per cent, aad the lambs arc healthy and hardy. Shipwrecked teamen cast upon these shores will consider the experiment a wise one; Mr Henry Zander h s a new advertisement m this issue oalling the speoial attention of farmers to the faot that he baß onhinl a large ttook of M'Cormick exlras and will be glad te supply them at any hour,, night, or day. Also that he has received bis season's supply of binding twine, and is booking orders for reapers and binders for next Beacon. ' Physically the present Czar of Russia is one of the most powerful men of the day. On a recent visit, whioh he paid (says a correspondent) m company with the Czarina to a cannon foundry ai Peterhof, he lifted up a block of steel weighing, it is said, 6001 b. The exploit excited tho enthusiastic admiration of the workmen present, and they gave the Emperor a regular ovation. : Referring to Sir George Grey's trip to the Old Country, the correspondent of the "Lyttelton Timeß " says :— It is just on the cards that m the present state of politioal affairs m England, he may be offered by Mr Gladstone and the Home Rulers an opportunity of getting a seat m the Imperial Parliament, "where, m the council of the Empire, he may have a wider sphere for his eloquence and statesmanship.

Eighteen years ago, when the air brake was tried, it required 18sea to apply it to' a train 200 ft long. Four yeara later the time was reduced 48eo. Recent experiments with the air brake on freight trains show that it can be. applied to every car m a train of that length running at the rate of 40 miles an hour, and that this train can be stopped within 500 ft, or one-fourth of its own length, and all this without any serious jolting. A very eucoessfnl praotioe of 'the cantata •'Under the Palmß" was held last evening. Moat of the performers were -present, and the several items undertaken were most efficiently rendered. The principal soloists were m capital voioe and their numbers were moat aatisfaotorely taken. We understand there, has already been a very large and rapid sale of tickets, and the financial eucoess of the affair is thus made certain; According to the ''Japan Weekly Mail" the Japaneae publicists are earnestly disoussing the propriety ,of an .official adoption of Christianity as a means of perfecting their civilisation and of maintaining a moral standard among the people. It ia alao Bflid ' that many high officers of the Government Bre m favour of Buoh a step, not beoaust they believe m the Christian religion, but because they believe that its adoption would promote th« belt interests of the country. . , We are now making guns whioh coat np. wards of £20,000 eaoh, and General Alderaon has etated before the Army Estimate! Committee that the coat of firing a single shot from one of these guns would be ov«r £200. It is by no means certain that the gun could be fired with safety ; it is quite certain that after every 150 rounds at the utmost it would have to be relined, This number of rounds would coßt £30,000, and then there would be. the expense of repairing the gun. Could; there be imagined a more expeditious plan for getting rid of money wholesale ? The " London Central News " is informed tnat Sir J. W. Redhbpse, who reoently baa the honour of knighthood oonferted upon him by. the Queen, has mysteriously disappeared from his residence, 14 Kilburn Priory. The missing knight, who is 76 years old, -was 1 a few weeks sinoe married to a lady some 50 yeara his junior. His first wife died last year. Jt had lately been noticed that he showed symptoms of despondency, and fears? are entertained as to his .safety. Aotivo inicquiries are being pursued by the relatives and the police. It is stated (writes the " Timaru Herald ") that a contraot has been made with tha owners of fhe Elderslie and Fifeflhire to build one or two more steamers of the Fifeshire class, and run the whole fleet m the New Zealand trade, oarrying frozen meat at the rates fixed between the combined shipping companies^ end the Canterbury freezing company, viz., beef l&d, mutton ljd.lamb l§d per Ib. The news that more of the oargo carrying class of boat are to bo built is satisfactory, as indicating that the combination are not to have things all their own. way. - The moat awful predicament a man was ever m must have been tfyaf; of an Amerioan reoently bathing at douth I?each, ~wfyo was the oynosure of all eyes m hia splendid blue and scarlet bathing suit. Presently, as he posed like a merman on the briny frink, a fashionably dressed woman advanced and begged him to give her baby a dip, The young man complied, the two«year-old splashed and kicked, and when the dip was done, and the dipper waded back to shore, the young mother had disappeared, and the young man was left alone m his splendour with a baby nobody owned, or would relieve him of. A Russian mineralogist has lately found ndioations pf diamonds m a meteoric state. In the insoluble residua small cgrpusolei showing traces of polarization were observed, they are harder than corundum, and have the density and other oharaoters of the diamond. The' corpuscles are Baid to amount to one per cent, of the meteorio atone. Carbon m its amorphous graphilio form hag long been known as a constituent of meteorio irons and stones ; lately small, but well denned, crystals of graphitic carbon, having formß often pretented by the diamond, were described aa having been found m a meteorio iron form m Western Australia. If this supplementary discovery be oonfirmed, says "Nature," we may at last be placed on the track of the artificial production of precious atones.

Tha "Southland Times" states that at Wallaoetown on Sunday, 11th inst, Mra Hawkes was injured by a mob of cows. She, was walking aoroas $ paddook with some dogs whioh got among the pows, an 4 several of these, having oalves, resented the intrusion. They made after the dogs, which m turn ran to Mrs Hawkes for protection, so that the found herself m a most uncomfortable fix. The cattle rushing round her after the dogs knooked her down and bruised and lacerated her limbs to suoh an extent that Borne of the wounds required atitohing. Fortunately Mr Hawkes Baw the melee and was able to dme the jealous animate off, although not without some rißk, for one infuriated brute, wbioh he caught by the horns to divert its attack from his wife, tossed him up into the air. Mrs Hawkes ia recovering, and will probably coneider it best to deoline the company pf 5 flog m similar circumstances.

The best medioine known is SANDER and SONS' EUCALYPTI EXTRACT. Test i£ eminent powerful effeots m coughs, colds influenza, etc — the relief is instantaneous Thousandsgive the most gratifying testimony Hia Majesty the King of Italy, and medioai ■yndioatei all over the globe are ita patrons Read the official reports that aooompanv each bottle. Mosler, M.D., Prof. University, Greifswald, reports :— The Eucalypti Extraot ! proved magnificently empepeial m very severe oontusione, bruises, sprains; "wounds, acald^ ings, broken ribs, and limbs.' /•• Medical Journal," Nov., 1881.) In di M a aea of The kidneya, either aotive congestion or Buppression, <ur#mia) or albuminuria, dropsy lith .nothing will equal m its action Eucalypti Extra**. Doses, J5 tP 8 drooi Mosler, MJ>., ProL.Univereity, GreifawSld! report* f— Diphtheria. Tonsils oontinuallr coherent presenting ulcers with whita exudattf ' S ur f d i° T fo » rtee n «laya. Surgical Olinie ol Vtot M'lntyre, College o! phy fl iojan» and Surgeons, fit, of Bregifcll Exoision Eucalypti Extrgat employed. "*& i awelhng, heat, or discoloration, G W ed m

Messrs Proctor and Co., grocers, have sent ufl a very nice pictorial oalendar for the ensuing year, the subjeot being " Colonge Cathedral," This celebrated building is shown with great fidelity m the coloring and aroniteotural design.

This morning m the R.MJ Court, before Major Steward and Mr R. AJcorn, J.P.s, an information for assault against Charles Pbysiok, laid by hiß wife, who applied to have him bound over to keep the peace, and a furil'tr information by C. Clark against the same for using threatening languago, and an application for sureties of the peaoe m this oaso also, were called on. Mr Cutbbertson appeared for complainants and Mr Purnell for defendant. On the applioatidn of defendant's oounsel the hearing was adjourned until Monday next;

The members of the U.A.O.D. held their usual fortnightly meeting m the Templar •Hall on Monday evening, there being a fair attendance of brethren. After the ordinary business had been transacted and oorrespondenoe dealt with, a disoussion arose m reference to the Lodge oelebrating their anniversary with a dramatic performance. A Committee was appointed to arrange matters lor the production of suoh. ■ The Lodge received a cordial invitation to attend the Druids 1 Gala on Boxing Day. Two members were proposed for membership. The Lodge than closed after spending a most enjoyable evening.

The following are the figures of merit made by the various Canterbury oorps m the recent Volley and independent firing lor Govern, ment prizes i:— Kaiapoi Rifles , 32*64 pointß ; Rangiqra Rifles, 30-35 ; College Rifles, 29-46 ; Ohristohtiroh'City Guards, 2700; Ashburton Rifles, 26-29; Waimate Rifles, 26-14; E, Battery, 25-35 ; Ohristohurch Rifles, 25*12 ; Heathoote Rifles, 23 36; Engineers, 23*00; .0.1 0., 22*34 ; Timaru Navals, 22-36 ; Lyttelton Navalß, 21*86 ; Irish Rifles, 21*84 ; Richmond Rifleß, 21-31; N; Battery, 21*03; Timaru Rifles, 20 00 ; Sydenham Rifles, 19-51 ; Mounted Bifles, 1922; Ashburton Guards, 18-28 ; O. Battery, 15-03. The Temuka Rifles and Geraldine Bifles have yet to fitei

There was a peculiar electrical ooonrrenoe at the race course this morning. Whtn the thunderstorm was at its height a vivid flash of lightning followed immediately by a heavy olap of thunder, seemed to break over the builiings m the paddock. From the main body a small ball of fire, stated by the few petßons who were present, as resembling a star, flew along the buildings whioh contain (he Secretary's and other offioea, along the old grand stand, and into the tent ocoupied by Mr Davis, oonfeotionert There it struck some bottles standing on a table, and these it knooked down and scattered, without, however, breaking them. There were three or four persons m the tent at the time of the entrance of the unusual visitor, but they were at some distance from the point of impaot. It is needless to say they were considerably startled by the strange occurrence. The tent was illumined with a dazzling white light, but those who were inside did not, as was the case with the people who first saw it, notioe the body as being of star- shape. Altogether the phenomenon appears to have been most singular, and it is fortunate it was attended With no senoua result. ' The best Remedy for Indigestion.— Norton's Camomile Pills are confidently recommended as a simple remedy for iiidiges- , tion, which is the cause of nearly all the diseases to which, we are subject. Norton's Pills, with justice cal'ed the . " natural strengthener of the human stomach," act as a powerful tonic and gentle aperient, are mild <m their operation, a^d safe under auy circum tances Sold m bottles at is i£d, '2s 9d, 4s, by all medicine vendors, throughout th world.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1994, 22 November 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1994, 22 November 1888

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