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The Empress of Japan is an ardent student of German, Russian, French, and Italian. England received £1,500,000 last year for beer licenses. Miss Braddon is 50 years old and has written just fifty stories. 4 la^ly deceased Saratoga hotel waiter left a fortune of £18,000. Eleotrio motors are to be used on the underground railways of London; Fifty' Germans, suspeoted of being Bpiei' have been expelled from France. In the United States there are 140,000,000 acres m wheat, oorn, rye, and oats. When was the theatre first mentioned m the Bible ? When Joseph was thrown from the family oirole into the pit. The Oam&ru Rifleß have ohallppged all ttio rolunteer companies m the colony to flr* hem a matoh— thirty men a-eide. In its theatrical news an American paper las announced the probable departure for Australia at an early date of a phenomenon mown as " the dog-faqed boy." At Spezzia, Italy, the whole Italian fleet is ;o assemble for a two months' exeroise, One >f the items m the programme is to show he faoility with which a large foroe can be liaembarked, fully equipped, for attack, and Snglish alarmists predict that it will show iow easily England could be invaded before a lefensive force could be gathered at any point, During the hearing of a case m Dunedin, me of thfl sotioitprq was cross examining a abman with reference to inebriety on the lart of one of the persons ponoernocl m the ase. The cabman's reply to one question ?as this :-— " We moßt of us offend now and gain ; I have carried ycu home drunk before iow." The lawyer subsided, and obtained the roteotion of the Court, for the Magistrate romptly rebuked the witness. The best Remedy for Indigestion. — Norton's Camomile Pills are confidently ecommended as a simple remedy for indigesion, which is the cause of nearly all the iseases to which we are subject. Norton's •ills, with justice called the " natural trengthener of the human stomach," act as a owerful tonic and gentle aperient, are mild f. their, operation, a"d safe under auy circum* vices sold m bottles at is i^d, 2s igd, h by (all mcdiGinefcyendojs throughout.tbe I wld f "

The amount of loss of the united insurance J companies on the Belfast factory buildings, I t assessed at £10,500 was paid yesterday. M f- y The Pcince of Wales owes at present, it is . said, over £100,000, and is thinking seriously * of applying to Parliament for an allowanoo * to Prince Victor, who now keeps up a house- B hold of his own, B The bicentenary of the landing of William r of Orange m England occurred on November j 5. In commemoration of the anniversary a j statue will be erected close to the spot where he first set foot on English ground—Brixam, on the Bhore of Torbay. • ] At the inquest on the body of Mrs Thomas ] King, found dead m her house at West Eyreton, Dr Wold deposed that he could find no signs of disease m the body. He attributed death to deceased's working hard immediately after a heavy meal, A verdict was returned accordingly. The first of the Reason's aeries of Ashburton wool sales was held at the Orange Hall today. There was a large entry of wool and a good attendance of buyers. Competition waa brisk and satisfactory prices were realised. A full report will appear to-morrow. The movement of Mormons towards Mexico is assuming definite shape and large proportions. The Mormons have quiotly bought from private parties large tracts of agricultural lands m Northern Ohihuahua, prioipally m the valley of the Oasaa Grande River, and they are negotiating for more. Nominations for the race meeting of the Ashburton Tradesmen's Baoing Olub must be m the bands of the Secretary at Henry's Hotel by 9 o'olock to-morrow night. Mr G: Outt has been appointed handioappor, and Mr A. J. Kelly clerk of the scales, these positions having been rendered vacant by the resignations of Mr T. Quill and Mr J. O. Duncan. A large and influential meeting of o'd college boys, parents and friends of the pupils, held at Chtistohurob. yesterday, unanimously passsed a resolution expressive of appreciation of the services rendered by Mr Oorfe, the retiring headmaster, and regret at his having. An influential committee was appointed to prepare a valedictory address, and a substantial testimonial is to be presented to Mr Corfe on his leaving the col At a eobool board examination the inspector asked a boy if he could forgive those who had wronged him. " Could you," said, the inspector, " forgive a boy, for example, who had iuaulted or struck you ? " •• Y-p-b, sir," replied the boy very slowly, "I—think —I —could," but he added, m a much more rapid manner, "I could if he was bigger than I am." A little girl had been absent with her parents at a camp meeting for two weeks. On her return, her little playmate, Ella Day, entertained her by showing her her new playthings. At night, little Mary, m saying her prayerß, Baid, " Ob, Lord, bloss Ella Day, and make her a gook girl, so as loan take J her playthings away from her and sher won't want them baok again." Soene—Highland ferry, wild eea, farmer going to market, and ferryman. Farmer: '•She's fery, fery stormy whatever, Baldy. Do you think she'll get over ta boat*" Ferryman: " Ay, goot storm, fery good Btorm, too, Master M'Tavisb. Heok, but she'll try, she'll try:" Farmer: " Ah, but she wouldna like ava to be trowned an' lost all her monish." Some of the German papers are discussing the nature of the malady with which, it is alleged, the present Emperor is affected, A good deal of reticence is observed on the Bubjeot; and, bo far as oan be learnt, the medical faculty are by no means agreed as to the exaot nature of it. The only thing certain is that his Majesty suffers very much from internal pains m the ear, that these are attended with frequent suppurations, and that he is obliged, m consequence, to fill his ears with cotton wool. There is a wonderful rnirape m Glacier Bay, Alaska, refleoted from the glaßsy surfaoe of the' Paoifio glacier. It is said that just after the obange of the moon m June, soon after sunset, and while the moon is olimbing above the sky, a city appears above the glacier. It is seen bo distinctly, .that a photograph is said to have been takan thiajeason by a resident of Juneau, who learned oi' the "mirage from the Indians, and has seen it ppear and disappear for four years, The seventh annual garden garden party m ponneotion wjth St. Stephen's Church will be hold m the Parsonage Grounds on Thursday next. Among the attractions will be an out. door trapeze and Boman rings performance by the Boselle Bros., who nave very kindly offered their servioes for the occasion. Every effort will be made to make the fete a buocobsTea will begin at 4 30 p.m., but as a large number of persons may be expeoted after six o'olock, oare will be taken to provide a oomfortable repast to a later hour than usual, The Ashburton Band will be present by four o'olook. The latest diabolism on the race tracks is the use of the hypodermic needle, says the V New York Sun." It seems that some men who havp had the entry to the best traoks lately, have managed to injeot morphine into horses that they wanted to disable temporarily. They have done it without exoiting suspicion by hiding the injection needle, m one hand and seeming to slap the horsea on the buttocks with, some such natural remark aa " Here's the horse for my mopey." The drug takes effeflt m half-an hour, find the horse goes round the traok with bis head down, the wreck of his former self, II not too frequently done, it does not harm the animals. The name of Canada, aocording to Sir J. Barrow, originated under the following oirGumstanoeß :—When the Portugese, m the year 1500, first asoended the great river St Lawrence, they believed it was the strait of which they were m gearoh, and through which' a paHsage'might be discovered into the Indian Sea. Bat on arriving at the point whence they oould clearly ascertain it was but a river, they with all the emphasis of disappointed hopes, explaimed repeatedly, ''Canada }"—here nothing—wordi wbiob were remembered and repeated by the natives on peeing Europeans arrive m 1534, who naturally oonjeotured that the word they employed so often must denote the name of the country. A little diversion was created during the bearing of a page m the B.M. Court yesterday. A married woman waa defendant m a civil action, and counsel for the plaintiff, with a view to showing that she had a Beparate estate, was cross-examining her bb to the property she owned. " You have forty aorea without any encumbrance, have you not ? " he asked. The fair defendant admitted that sho had, and she also owned to be the 'possessor of gome cattle. ('And a good husband ? '? queried the man oi' law sympathetically. ♦• Yes," ohe returned promptly, and immediately added m tones of decision," aqd that's better than all the rest." AH wh,o were m Court will agree that the good lady would give an emphatio denial to the question now being propounded at Home as to whether marriage is a failure or not. As the opposing lawyer seemed by his question to regard the husband as a realisable chattel of the defendant, it is to be hoped that he will from this time thrust tbo traditions of bio raoe from him, and refrain from levying execution on the worser half of so trusting and oonflding a helpmate.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2007, 7 December 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2007, 7 December 1888

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