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Each of John Bright's sons has learned his trade m his father's. works. Mr Bright himself learned a trade when young* Severe frosts have recently been experienced m some parts of the North Island, and have caused considerable damage to potato orops and gardens. y . Our Bangitikei contemporary hints at an early reconstruction of the Cabinet, and exj presses the hope that Mr D. H. Macarthur ; will then receive the portfolio of Lands. It is rumoured that there is a strong probability of Mr R H. Gowen being knighted on his return to England, m recognition . of his services m oonneotion with the Oentennia Exhibition; It will interest not a few to learn thai Mr Crowe wrote •' See-Saw" merely for his children, and had such an opinion of its merits that he sold the copyright to Metssler'B for £30. The publishers cleared over £16,000. Judge (to Irish officer " Are you snre, sir, that the prisoner ; was drunk ?" Offioer : I« it dhrunk, yer honour ? Shure, ay he had schpoke through the tilliphone, tbe brith uv him would have made the poleß shtagger. The best Remedy for Indigestion. — Norton's Camomile Pills are confidently recommended as a simple remedy for indigestion, which is the. cause of nearly all the diseases to which we are subject. Norton's Pills, wfth jnstice cal'cd the "natural strengtbencr of the iuman stomach," act as a powerful tonic and gentle aperient, arc mild m their operation, aid safe under auy circumtances Soid m bottles at is. ijd, ?s 9J, 4s, by taUimedicipe|verul6r6itlirbughouttthe , 1 WOrW, ■ ■ r I, _1

Letters for the following persons from plnces ' beyond the oolony were received at the Ashburton Post Office during the month of Ootober, and are now lying unolaimed: — D. Crawford, Thomas Prendergast. In a speech delivered at the Into convention of the 0.Y.M.N.U., m Cincinnati, Dr'Rudd, editor of the " Catholio Tribune " (coloured), said that there were two hundred thousand pr&ctioal Catholics of the negro raoo m the United States . .. ; . ' Two young Germans m Berlin fought a duel with tricycles. Starting at three hundred yards apart, they charged full tilt against eaoh other, with alight injury to themselves and serious "hurts to their machines. Their honor was saliefied. The three sons of the Emperor of Brazil have created a litora'ry pastime" b'f'"tlieir'''bWt£' by editing, oomposing, and priming a journal which they oail "The Imperial Mail." It is at t:. slavery m its ideas. — The- respective ages of tbeae apoatlea of freedom are twelve, ten, and seven. The following quaint epitaph on husband and wife—-the husband having didd first—is to be seen m one of the Parisian cemeteries: " I am anxiously expecting you—A.D. 1827." •'Hete I am— AD., 1867." - So the Rood woman was forty years m making up her mind to follow kpr husband. . A citizen stood m an unsteady way gazing at a front door the other night, and another belated who passed that way halted and asked : '• Looking for the key-hole, old fellow?" "Ohee-hole?" "Yes." "No.sur; I've goz way beyond zhat, sur. I'm looking for 'er door itself. Sheems to be too many of 'em here." : Says the " Akaroa Mail ": —Cheese is really up m price at last. We hear of one farmer, at Pigeon Bay, who got 7d dear for a lot of this season's make at Sydney. The price realised woe lOd, 3d going m expenses. Another farmer at Head of Bay was offered 5d for all his 301 b cheeses by a Ohristchuroh buyer. As a oonsequenoe of the advance of wheat and flour the Ashburton bakers have raised the prioe of bread to 7d the 41b loaf, being an advance of Id. At Wellington the adr vance baa been only; at Oamarn 2d (from 6d to 8d), at Blenheim and Hokitika the same as m Aehburton, viz., from Gd to 7d. In Chriatohuroh tne prioe is 6d for cash, 7d {(booked; Mr Alexander Beok, Consul for Belgium, suggests that the Government and agricultural associations should enoournge the'preservation of eggs for export. He has successfully preserved'eggs by extracting the air from their air chambers and replacing it with gas azote or nitrogen. Eggs so treated, after being kept for eight months, were sent to Belgium, whioh they reaohed m perfeot order, though not sent m a cool chamber. Some locally grown desert apples, packed by Mr Young, fruiterer, and stored sinoe last Maroh, have been sent to the •• Lyttelton Times" offioe. They are m excellent oondition, and were paoked by Mr Young m order to prove that with proper care and attention apples from Canterbury can b* 'placed on';the English market m a condition fit to compete with the importations from California and eleawhere. The • Christian World' makes tha following statement: —"When the wealthy distiller who built the Presbyterian Ohuroh at Belfast (referred to by Canon Wilberforce) lay dyingi the Moderator of the General Assembly, then m session, took occasion to speak against the liquor traffic The dying distiller, on hearing this, sent for his lawyer and added a oodioil to hie will revoking a. legaoy of £50,000.which he had left to the Irish Presbyterian Churoh." Sir-Samuel Baker: Qeeswith alarm the drying up of the Nile., The Mahdi, ho thinks, has been damming,up the Atbara, the stoppage of whioh by ;.the Ethiopians, "he believes, brought about the -seven/years of drought which made the reputation of jfosepb, the Grand Vizier of King Pharaoh. Of course, if the Mahdi diverts the Nile he throttles Egypt. We have not yet saen the last of the fatal consequences of.refusing to give General Gordon a free hand. The Wellington correspondent of the " Press " telegraphs to-that journal as follows:—"! hear on good authority that Mr G. ,T. Shannon, of the firm of Thompson and Shannon, drapers, has boon appointed by Government as an inspector and valuer qf sofg goods for tho Customs Department at a salary of £800 per annum. .This is oxoiting muoh Birong comment here." Well it may! It will be observed that the] above has since been confirmed by a Press Asuooiation telegram, which appears iv another column. _ The " Mataura Ensign " states that the rise m oats was so rapid that Borne farmers failed to keep quite level with, the news. A buyer for a 'Dunediri firm went'up from Gore m the direotion of Waikaka at the end of last week, and he had the luck" to Surprise several farmers who do not keep themselves posted up m the latest information as well as they ought to do. Fromcne settler he bought 375 bags of oats at a price at least £75 below what they wero then worth,- and he secured other parcels at prices ranging from 2a 3d to 2s lOd. This iB an instance of " English aa she is wrote" m Germany sometimes : — (l Gentlemen 1 Your respeoted Jetter of 22nd Juny have received; and necessary thereput noted; aIBO that the coffee send over "to you is bean exaotly furthered. My deßire does now go, all letters for M.E.—addressed to you, to give course as rash as possible, and all letters addressed to me to let further pr direotly Lloyd steam. Beoaase I say to you, my best thanks for the advancement, what haa been hitherto, be assured, sirs, of my great esteem. P.R.P.S. Beoause I furnish my letters with running numbers, I beg to attend thereof, if it should do amiss anyone," a The olosa of the rinking season ia to be signalised by a fanoy dress and masquerade carnival on Wednesday next. Great prepara. tions are afoot, the bush is to be ransaoked for ferns and foliage for the decorations, and the servioes of the Ashburton Brass Band have been bespoken. Every arrangement whioh can be thought of is being made to secure the comfort and enjoyment of rinkers and visitors, and the lessee'of the Hall ib determined to spare neither trouble nor experiße. A great many ladies and gentlemen have notified their intention to be present, among ' them being a number of visitors from Ghristohuroh. A Committee of Management has been appointed, one of whose duties will be to revise the list of persons to whom tioketa will be issued. This final carnival promises to be even more suooeesful than the last, and will, there is every reason to believe, be very largely attended. The installation of the offioers of the Thistle Lodge, No; 627, S.C., took plaoe at the Masonic Hall, Tanorea Btreet, last evening. There was a large attendance of members and visiting brethren.. The following officers were duly installed by the D,GM. Bra Rev J. Hill; who the ceremony m hia usual impressive and instructive manner • —R.W.W., Bro J. Oookburn ; D.M,, Bro W. H. Kneen ; S.M., Bro J. Corbitt; S.W., Bro J. Ranger; J.W., Bro P.Rattray; Secretary, Bro W. P. Betaon; Treasurer, Bro F. Nokes; 5.D,,8r0 J. Elliott; J.D., Bro W. Bryant' I. G., Bro W. Patterson ; Tyler, Bro Meaolem • Stewards, Bros H. Paget and H. Smith; M.O W- Ourrie; Auditors, Bros 0. Reid, P.M., and T. Scaly, P.M. The D.G.M. presented PM. Bro T. Williams ; with a handsome Masoniq jewel, as a mark of tho esteem m whioh he is held by the members of the Lodge, The recipient suitably replied. The,Lbdge Was dosed indue form, and a/banquet was Bubi eequently held, a very enjoyable evening | being spent.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2002, 1 December 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2002, 1 December 1888