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The Frenoh Council of Ministers ref uses to suspend the import; tariff on cereals, on account of the inadequate home crops. , Peru has ratified the treaty of amity, commerce, and navigation" between it and the United States, The curio dealers of Kyoto, (Japan), have deputed to opon a show-room sear the Kitano Temple, where no article wilt be admitted that 18 lees than 1000 yeara old. Four of the largest manufacturers of copper wire for eleotrioal purposes in the United States used in 1837 13,500,000 pounds of copper. Mr Sone Ginsaburo of Sakurado-oho, Shiba, Japan, has invented a musical instrument somewhat similar to a piano, which emits sounds through the action of eleotrioifcy. By the Eimutakr*, whioh arrived at Lytteltpn on Sunday, Mr S. Grum and Mr Perks, two Asbbpf ton residents, who hate been on a vißit to the Qld Country, returned to the oolonj. The Island of Cuba, Edgar L. Wakeman •ays, in a letter to the " Republic," offers a splendid field for the oulture of coffee. One* half of the southern slope of the island is cultivable ai the finest coffee lands of the world. Ke&tfng's Powder destroys both moth, fleas beetles, and all other insects, while quite harmless to domestic animals. Jn extermmiting beetles, the success of this powder is extraordinary. It is perfectly clean in appli. cation See the arMcle you purchase is Keatings as imitations are noxious and" in* effectual. S Win tins, frj, is. and ?s 6a by i oU chemists ■— ■ *

The prioa of bread in Dunedin has been raised to sixpence. This is the last, night the rink will be opened before the Carnival, and all thoEe who intend taking part on that oooasion are requested to get their skate number to-night. The " Gazette " notifies that from the Ist Deoember the bird known as the " ruru " or •'koukou" by natives, and as the "night jar " or •• morepork " by ooloniata, oom*es under the operation of the Animals Protection Acts. '. ■ The Intercolonial Amateur. Champion Four-oared outrigger race was rowed' on the Paramatta river, New South WWob. on Saturday afternoon. The competing orews wew Viotoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, and New Zealand* Yiotoria won by two lengths, the New Zealand (Canterbury) crew being a good seoond, Experiments having been tried for some time past with Japanese iron, it has been discovered that very fine steel oan be made from it, and a' company is now being formed for the production of steel by the latest and most soiontiflo prooesseß. Oosta Rioa has praotioally. demonstrated her sympathy with the revival of the Central Amerioan Confederation, by proolaiming that all the citizens of the neighboring Central Amerioan Republics will be considered citizens of Oosta Rioa. An eleotrio railway is being built in a suburb of St. Paul, Minn. It is an elevated structure, and the oars are hung.below it, nearly to the street. They hang from sets of wheels taking their power from the tracks which are charged with eleotrioity. Mr W. O. Davis has opened a toy and fancy bazaar in Tancred street, near the oorner of East street. He has a large stook of ariioles suitable for Christmas and New Year gifts,, which are marked at the lowest prices. Many of the toys he has on view are very novel and are well worth inspection. What with bandits, bad government, corrupt officials, oppressive taxes, and industrial depression, Cuba seems to be in a bad way. The bandits, as they aro termed, appear to be the only really prosperous element in sooiety, but at the rate at which they are working there will soon be a soaroity of rioh men in the island to operate on. The Auckland correspondent of a contemporary writes:—Country settlers are jubilant at the advance in oountry produce, and, are hurrying it to port as fast as possible. Ona Waikato settler in a large way haa received an inquiry for a quotation of butter, taking five tonß. He replied; "Fifteenpenoe per lb," so as to leave a decent margin for a com* ing deal. To his surprise promptly oame a telegram. " Aocepted." Aooording to the " Indian Mercury," published in Amsterdam, tho. Government of Paraguay has given a very unconditional permit to a Dutch Company to lay out tobacco plantations. It is said that the representative of the Company, H. A. J. Batz, has been granted a number of privileges, among which is that the tobaooo shall be free from taxation. The trials already made are said, to justify a very hopeful view of things.' The British Government has been pleased to recognise the sarvioes of Captain Hayward of the S 8, Mariposa, in going out of his direot course to Bave the passengers and crew of the wreoked bark Henry James at Palmyra Island. Captain Hay ward is the reoipient of a piece of plate, Chief Officer Hart of a gold shipwreck medal, and four of the orew each receiva a silver medal and ten dollars in oaab. Up to a few years ago travel in Hayti was exclusively on horaebaok, but now a great many light vebioles are imported and extensively used ; oarriages are run on the cab system for public hire! Buggies are baeoming very popular with business and professional men; in foot the higher class of people are beginning to keep private oarriages. The major quantity of all conveyances are imported from the United States, but there is a preference for English. Amsterdam claims to have beoome the prinoipal market in Europe for tobaooo, in consequence of the excellent quality of the Sumatra tobaooo, whioh is sought for there by buyers from all parts of the world, and especially by the American cigar manufacturers, and of the large amounts of Dutch capital invested in the plantations of Sumatra, Java and Borneo, the extent of whioK il daily Innraasing. Installations ,^# «,iont»;« —Mgnting"..'fait domestio purposes on a large scale have lately been carried out in London, one of the largest ever token.'in hand by a single firm being the one now in action at the Italian Exhibition at Earl's Court, Kensington. The whole of the exhibition is lighted by the firm on the Thomson-Houston system, and up to the present there has been a noticeable steadiness and purity of light jn the art galleries, whioh demonstrate that aro lamps oan perform suoh duties without hissing, • spark shooting, or other startling vagaries. There were on view at Messrs Friedlander Bros', office on Saturday afternoon'; two oil paintings from the brush of Mr G. F. Fodor, the well-known animal painter. The paintings were of two representative sheep from Mr Max Friedlander's Hampshire Down flock, and Mr Fodor showed by his work that his reputation as an artist is well merited. The sheep that have been thus honored are phenomenal speoimens. One, the champion ram, scales a little over 4001bs live weight, while the other, a ewe boggett, 14 months old, would kill at from 1551bs to 1601bs, Mr Fodor has. we understand, secured several orders from owners of stook in this district to execute paintings of their prigo animals. The other day (says the •• Southport Guardian ") a picnic party arrived at Hawarden with the object of seeing and having, if possible, a word or two with Mr Gladstone, but were at a loss to know how to attain their object, when they were joined in the park by the old park-keeper and guide. One of the party said to the man, " Do you think we shall be able to see Mr Gladstone to-day ?" " I don't know," he replied. " Are you a choir?" " No," was answered. " Oan you sing ?" he inquired. "Yes, we can." "Well, the best way would be to sing one of his favorite hymns." "What is that?" was aßked, " All hail the power of Jesus' name." If you sing that to the old tune it will bring him out, or nothing will. The hymn was sung, and in a minute or two Mr Gladstone appeared on the terraoe, his face beaming with delight, A Julian eleotrio oar, of the pattern whioh the New York Fourth avenue surf aoe railway company proposes to substitute for horse oars, has been plao^d on the line for public use and is giving general satisfaction. The motion was quite as smooth as that of a cable oar, and turns were rounded without a jolt. A slight hissing noise aeoompanies its motion. A practical advantaga of the oar as shown was the perfeot control exercised by the driver. The oar is 18 feet long, has two truqks. and is handsomely furnished. It is lighted by eleotrioity, driven by an eleotrio motor, operated by the ourrent of a storage battery whioh is ohanged for a re* charged battery every second tripl Ten similar oars will Boon be running on the line. The Croften* Commiaiion continues bnsy in Orkney. Some of the details given arc very interesting and suggestive. On the estate of Grnmihall in the South of the Mainland, for example, where the landlord, Mr A. & Gr»me, was on the best terms possible with hjs tenantry, and highly respeoted by them, it was, nevertheless, i.fiown that the profterß had themselves reclaimed their lands from waste, while there had been oontinual rises in the rent. The reductions just given in the island of Sanday amount to an average of 26 per oent. on a total rental of £892 5s 7d, and an average of 42 per cent, on a total of £820 13s lid arrears. The total number of cases bo far deoided has been 383, with an average reduotion of 27 per oent. rentß, and 49 per oent. arrears. I ,

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2003, 3 December 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2003, 3 December 1888

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