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Operatic tenors are becoming more exorbitant m their demands every day. Signor Masini asked and obtained from M. Farrari the Bum of £80,000 for his season m South Amerioa laat year. The same impressario lately offered to engage him on the same terms for a similar tour this year ; but the artist Btood out for £40,000. It was witb the greatest diffioulty that be was finally induoed to acoept £34,000, and be considers himself a deoidedly underpaid and hardly uaed man. An Amerioan hostess bas instituted a new praotioe at the dinner-table whioh ia intended to oonduoe to sociability, but which will oertainly raise objections from somo people. The new practice is for the hostess to ring a bell at tho end of eaoh oourße, and for all the gentlemen thereupon to leave their Boats and move to the seat beßide the next lady. By an ingenious mathematical oaloulation, and regulating the number of ooursos to the number of guestß, every lady gets a few minutes' talk with every man at tbe table. This is, after all, a plagiarism on the ootillon. The terrible Bpeoulator, Mr Jay Gould, is beginning to Bpeoulate on bis end. He iB ailing m mind and body, and a prey to the gloomiest fancies, His family say tbat it iB only neuralgia, but tboae of hia intimates, outßjdo tbo family cirole, who have observed him steadily drooping of late, are oonvinoed tbat tbe great man iB beginning to break. He is inoapable of business, he rarely goes to his office, and he refuses to be left alone for a minute m the day. It ia a miserable ending to tbo career of one of tbe greatest moneymakers ot the century. The " Rangitikoi Advocate " remarks that the question as to whether there are m New Zealand aboriginal dogu, that is to say dogs which aro descendants of oanines whioh wero hero anterior to tbe advent of tbe European, has often been dißouaaed, and the vordiot haa tenerally beon m the negative. Mr Bruce, 1.H.R., Mr William Cameron, and other Paraekaretu settlers, however, Bay that they have often seen dogs whioh are m the strlot sense of the terms "Native doga." These animals are of a perfeotly distinot type, There are big and strong, and m appearance tbey exhibit a combination of the wolf and the fox. Tbeir colour is fawn.' A couple of | these dogs have reoently been visiting the i Paraekaretu flooks of sheep, Mr Bruco'a amongst others. One of tbeir characteristics is tbeir fondness for lambs. Tbey always, go for the lambs first, 1 U»*-»»S--*»*--»---»»»»»W»WMM-B»«W«Mi_M_MM|^^»^ '" * S1 -

LONGBEACH ROAD BOARD. BIRDS EGGS. TWO Shillings (2s) per 100 will be paid for birds eggs and heads. By order. UJI27 FOOKS & SON. I £20 REWARD. IN consequenoe of the amount of Poaching going on m the Creeke on ; the Lagmhor Katate, tbo above reward | will be paid to anyone giving information j that will lead to a convlotion, From this date NO ONE will be per- ; mitted to fish m the Creeke on the , Lagmhor Estate. i DONALD MoLEAN. ' Lsgwhor, 17tbQct°bvF. 1888. 10*144

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 3, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1998, 27 November 1888

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 3 Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1998, 27 November 1888