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Dr Keymouth, Hawke's Bay, baa been loft a legaoj of £500 by a lady patient. There has been a " youngeßt grandparent ' contest m America. The prize waß carried off by a negreas, who was grandfather at 28. The Duchess of Marlborough has begun the restoration of Blenheim Palace, *ncl the new roof alone will oost £30,00Q. ' A maohine for lacing shoes is a remarkable oontrivance to be exhibited at the Buffalo Fair, A machine f of blaoking boota will be the next invention, probably. i The Oamaru Caledonian Sooiety talk of devoting a portion of their funds to teohnioal education by equipping a carpenter'B bench at one of the public schools. - ' Truth " learne that the Prince of Wales intends to join the Oddfellows, and he will probably be initiated into one of the Norwich lodges before the end of the year. Holloway's Ointment and Pills.— Notable Facts. — Intense heat augments tie annoyances of skin disease and encourages the development of febrile disorders ; therefore they should, as they enn be, removed by these deterrent and purifying preparations In stomach complaints, liver affections, pains and spasms of the Vowels, Holloway's Oinlr ment well rubbed over the affected part immediately gives the greatest sasc, prevents congestion and inflammation, checks the threatening diarrhoea, and averts incipient cholera. . The poorer inhabitants of large cities will find these remedies to be their best frien ' when any pestilence rages or vyhen f r . m unknown causes eruptions, bo Is,' abscesses, pr . ulcerations point out the presence of taints or ' impurities within the system, and call for Wtant and effective curative medicines.

The opening of a market m England for* ' New Zealand butter has had the effect of giving a great impetus m its production m this neighbourhood, says the "Feilding Star." During a recent Wellington " zephyr " several bricks were blown from tho waila of tho Post Office, which ie now undergoing repairs, and paeeers-by narrowly escaped injury. A miner at Mahaldpawa recently found, two feet under the surface, a lady's gold hunting watch, profusely ornamented with scroll work. It had evidently been underground for years. The annual meeting of the Ashburton Woollen Company called for yesterday lapsed for lack of a quorum (it being race-day). Notice will bo given of the date on whioh the adjourned meeting will be held. There waß a muoh larger attendance at the Rink last night than on the previous evening. It will be seen by advertisement that the olose of the rinkinpj season is to be celebrated by a Grand Fancy DreßS and Masquerade Carvival. The liink will be opened to-night as usual. Thp trade of rat-catching m tho basements and sewers of London is a flourishing one Tho ekins cf enptured rodenta are sold to glove manufacturers, and there is a dreadful suspicion afloat that ihe fleßh is Berved up m oheap ragouts and pies. In August last 160 people were regis'ered as having been treated at London hospitals for biteß from dog-*. In all probability three times ac many more were bitten who did not trouble the hospilala Some of the London papors hinf that it* is time ihe ory was raised " the dogs mußfc go." The .latent swindling Irick m London ib for a man to mount tho top of an omnibus after dark and impudently collect the faros from all the paßf enters, aflerward3 tripping down the ladder, explaining to the honafidc conductor that he had got on the wrong bus, and then disappearing m the street orowd. Among the coming sensations from America we are to have a " pulpit lour " by a boy only 11 years of age, oalled the Rev Paschal Porter. His eloquonco is said to be Buoh that thousands sit and listen to him for hours, while he preaches the most brilliant and profound sermons.

A remarkable atmospherio phenomenon was observed at Moscow at Bunßet on the 19th September. The raya of the setting sun were intercepted by cloud, and owing to some unusual refractive power of the atmosphere, the entire oity was coloured a vivid purple hue. The ourioua effect lasted about eight minutes. The •♦ Sydney Telegraph " sayß that Mr P. Falk, who is now m London representing the diamond interests at Bingora, New South Wales, has sold tho diamond mines for £40,000, subject to their inspection by an expert, to be sent to New Souih Waletj for the purpose by the intending purchasers, Bingora is 352 miles due north of Sydney. Among the effeota of a man arrested for drnnkenness m Wellington a few dtys ago was found a letter written by Queen Viotoria thanking him for a poem whioh ho had written, and complimenting ..him on the Bxoellenoe of it. There was also found good sobolastic testimonials from persons of high standing m the old oountry. I'he unfortunate man is welloonnected, but has come to his present degradation through his abuse of liquor. The Kurow correspondent of the "North Otago Timeß " reports that on Tuesday night the ticket-office of the railway station was broken into. The would-be thief effected nn entrance by forcing the window oatch jbaok with a knife or some such instrument, and raising the saab. The drawer of the ticket desk was opened by outting away the wood that the lock shoots into ; but finding nothing ' worth taking, the would-be thief decamped' The goods shed on tho Hakateramea side of the river waa also burglariously entered, and a case, containing liquor was broken open, and a bottle or two stolen. The polioe have the matter m hand. • ( An American paper Bays:— "A compositor on the " New York World," set up type from the dictation of Edison'a new phonograph. Two small tubes were fitted to his oars and oonneoted by a large tube with a phonograph. The latter was run by a small electric motor, and regulated by a pedal attachment by whioh it could be started and stopped at the compositor's pleasure. The phonograph would talk off a sentedde into the printer's ears, and then be stopped until he had put the words m type. This is obviously one of the mauy ways, m which the machine may make itself hereafter a highly important factor of modern civilisation. The "Malta Times" reports that the ladies of the Maltese nobility wiU\'in~a short time have Iho honor of presenting her Majesty the Queen with a Maltese Jaoe dress, It is worked m purs, black ei!k, tho aesien representing the national emblems of England: Sootland, and Ireland. The devices used m grounding the rose, thistle, and shamrock have demanded a considerable amount of ingenuity, for whilst all complicated intri. oadiea of design whioh will not allow of silk being worked into laoe are ingeniously avoided, the dress is m exquisite taste, and the laoe is perfedt m execution. The manufacturer is the well-known Michaol Borg, one of the leading firmß m Malta, and to whose exertions is due the present flourishing state of thia particular industry," The following good story is told by tho "Tuakepa Times" :— Two gentlemen ar. .riving at the Lawrenoe railway station yesterday inquired' on alighting from tho oarriage whioh way they should take to the Waipori flat. Mr Vincent Pyke, who was standing by, told them that the Waipori Flat was on the top of the hill, to which he pointed. ' 'Noni Bense," eaid one ; we're looking for a flat not a hill." " Quite so," said the oleot of Dunstan, "but, this flat is on the top of a hill." " Impossible 1 " rejoined the stranger, who was now beginning to suspeot that the genial old gentleman was taking a rise out of him- " How could a flat, be on tho top of a hill ? " " Well, you Bee," said Mr Pyke, " m going to Waipori you rise 1600 ft and then you desoend 300 ft to tho flat, so that you are still up 1200 ft. Therefore, a flat oa a bill ; and by ihe time you get there, there may be two." The stranger was satisfied. .

Statutory Declaration.— l, Franz Raabe, Ironbark', Sandhurst, m the colony of Victoria, Australia, do solemnly and sincerely declare that on the 25th June, 1877, my son Alfred, six years of age, waa accidentally hurt with an axe on hie knee. lat once took all paina to secure medical assistance. However, m spite of all efforts, on the 27th August, 1877, the opinion waa given by Dr Macgillivray. that an amputation of the injured limb had become imperative, m order to save life. At this juncture I oalled on Mesßra Sander and Sons, procuring some of their Extract of Ihe Eucalyptus Globulus, and by the application of the same I bad the satisfaction of seeing my eon within a fortnight out of all danger, and to-day, be isreoovered.. I may just add that it was when the crisis had; been reaohed that the Extract referred to waa first' applied, and J make this solemn declaration, eto — FkaKz Raabe. . Declared at Sandhurst, m the colony of Viotoria, Australia, this seventeenth day of Ootober, one thousand eight hundred and Betenty-seven before me, Moritz Oohn J.P.— (Advt.) g '

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1996, 24 November 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1996, 24 November 1888