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At the R.M, Court this morning, before the 5 Mayor, a first offender for drunkenness was dioharged with a caution. Over 22,000 acres of Crown land have been disposed of m Taranaki during the last six months. The late frosts have made great havoo with the email fruit trees m the Nelßpn distriot. A boy named Brown, eleven years of age, was drowned m the Heathoote on Saturday evening. The lad who was shot through the ear on the Timaru rifle-range the other day is, it appears, a son of Colonel Bailey. Messrs Trueloye inform a West Coast contemporary that about June next New Zealand hops ought to realise from seven to eight guineas per owt m Australia. ggWe are requested to Btate that the next Ashburton Stock sale will be held on the 18 h inst. and not the 11th as erroneously stated m the "copy" of a reoent advertisement. We are requested to state that the orop of 1 cowgrass on the County Council's Irrigation Farm, Wakanui, will be cut by a Massey mower on Tuesday week, the 18th inst,, oommencing at two p.m. 1 We need scaroely remind our roaders that , a very interesting lecture upon Australia — the outoome of his recent visit— will be delivered this evening m the Wesleyan Church by Mr D. H. Brown. The recent fire m Wanganui m which the " Chronicle " office was destroyed was dipoovered through a dog persisting m ooming into the office and making a noise* When a reporter went to remove the animal he found the premises nest to the office on fire. 1 It appears that any further extension of j the French railway Bystem must be by narrow-guage lines, only suoh being con- ' sidered oapable of earning their cost of workj ing as feedors and crosß-country connections 3 for the main lines, ) The " Taranaki Herald " understands that one of the most interesting trials for breach ■ of promise, m which a fair plantiff claims from a well known and rather portly gentleman heavy damages, is on the tapis, and will be tried m New Plymouth at a speoial j session appointed for that purpose. On dit, says the Roefton paper that the reluctance of two of New Zealand's Supreme ' Court Judges to be associated on the bench ? with the talleßt aspirant to the office that the oolony has ever known, is the real secret of 9 the Ministry insisting on keeping a Ward m 9 chancery. The " Beef ton Guardian " states that Sir '_ Charles Burdett, Bart., who wsb recently imprisoned for the larceny of flowers from \ the Albert Park, Auckland, is a full brother ' of Baroness Burdett-Ooutts, who grants him " a email allowanoe. Some time ago this 1 sprig of nobility held the honourable position of boots at en hotel m Waikato. In a divorce oase tried m the North Island lately the petitioner was asked by the » presiding judge why he and his wife had lived bo unhappily together. The reply must have considerably astonished His Honor, beoause the Bench declined to pursue the = examination any further : — " I don't desire to say much against the woman, but if you - will just live with her for a couple of months I'm sure you will grant me a decree." The decree was granted without His Honor making the desired test. W. A. Lyman, of Milford, Conn,, is making the smallest possible specimen of an engine. t It will be made from a silver half dollar. The boiler is io hold about eight drops of * water, but with four drops the engine can be i worked several minutes. When finished it ' is to be placed under a glass oase threec quarters of an inch m diameter and an inch , and one-eighth m height. Some of the parts * will be so fine and delicate that they oannot - be made without the use of a magnifying r glass. y Mr Gladstone is now engaged on one of the 0 mo3t interesting tasks of his life. This is / the collection and classification of his correa- , pondenoe extending, over a period of fifty 3 years, and unequalled for historical and 1 personal interest. Mr Gladstone is steadily c destroying usoless or superfluous correspond. enoe, but hp has decided that 60,000 Jpttera 1 must still be preserved. These have been c placed iv a new fireproof Btrong room, which - has been lately built for the purpose outside c the castle. •1 The growth of the JJpisoopal Church Jn c New York oity is quite remarkable. The [m " New York Post " has been looking into the matter and finds that the increase m population during the five years ending with 1887 1 was about 15£ per cent, and the increase of t the Episoopal Church was nearly 32 per . oent., while the increase of all the other Protestant denominations was only a little B over 3 per cent.— the Presbyterians, of all kinds, gaining not quite seven per oent, the n Baptists a little over 5 per oent. the Metho- > dipts a Httle over }. per cent., the Dutoh " Reformed' G per cent., and the Congregation* aliats losing nearly Q per oent. At a meeting of the Rakaia Sports Committee, held on Friday, Mr Miller produoed a 1 silver cup presented by Messrs Wood, Shand, i and Co. for competition at the sports on f Boxing Day. It was deoided that the cup y should be given as first prize -for Tilting at 3 Rings, to oommenoe at 10.30, entrance ss, 1 cjoaipg on the 19th, and Messrs Primmer, - Miller, and Rquritree were appointed a sub» 2 Committee to arrange details and carry or)t T the game. Up to date there ib every prospect, weather permitting, of % really good day's 3 amusement, The courße is m good order, 3 and the ground generally much improved, f especially the natural grand stand from whioh all tussooks have been chipped. There is ■ bVsry orospeot of numerous entries for both V hors"e raoes and athletio events". This year 1 entries for most of the athletio events close r on Deo. 15th (Saturday). On Thursday Mr ' Stavely, of the N.Z.L. and M.A. Co., kindly ' offered the privileges at auotion, with the 1 following result, viz. :— Publican's booth, Mr 3 Howell, £15 10s; refreshment booth, Mr 3 Shellock, £4. The right to sell oards and the 1 right of sports wpre left to the Seoretary to make arrangements {or, •j The usual monthly meeting of the South Rakaia Sohool Committee was held m the 1 Library on Friday evening. Present — Messrs t Pyke (ohairman), Dowling, Oxley, Makeig, s Broadbent, and Clark. The Master's report was read and considered; he reported the average attendance for the month as 1698 ; 5 for past week 1668; the highest attendance , 209. j the number, on roll 221. The Chairman reported that the Board's Clerk of Works ,' bad paid a visit of 'inspection to the sohool '» and had promised to recommend the carry- * ing out of proposals made by the Visiting - Committee with regard to ventilation and c additional lights, as well aB other matters previously asked for. It was deoided to oloae * the school for holidays from Friday, Deo. ' 21st, to Monday, Jan. 14th. The Ohairman f reported that satisfactory Arrangements' had y been made for holding the children's oonoert 3 m the Town Hallj on the 14th, m aid of the . school prize fund, and that'there was, evory ' promise of success financially and otherwise, i The Inspector's report was read, and to give y every member an opportunity of oarefully perusing the same, consideration was postponed till next meeting. Correspondence 1 was received and dealt with. The Chairman , was requested to write at once to the Master 7 informing him that m future the Rakaia ' Crioket Club would not be allowed to play on " the aohool grounds. After dealing with 1 accounts, the meeting adjourned.

The Japanese goods to bo submitted to , auotion by Messrs Frieaiander Bros, on I Wednesday will be on viow this evening from seven to nine o'clock and during to-morrow. The first Englishman who actually visited India wi\B Thomas Stephens, of New College, Oxford, who waß the Reotor of the Jesuits' College at Goa. His, letters to his father are Bold to have roußed great enthusiasm m England for direct trade with India. j John Warren, a Salvation Armj color sergeant, m tha course of an open air address m Birmingham the other day, said, " I am prepared to meet my God. Sudden death would be sudden glory." He had uttered but I a few sentences more when he fell down dead. The cause of death is certified on medioal authority to have been heart disease. Some Christohuroh butohers who desired to acquaint customers that they had not purchased the frozen meat saved from the Belfaßt fire, inserted an advertisement offering ,#SOOO reward for proof that any one of them had done so. Ie is stated that the reward is about to be olaimed on the ground that one of the men whose names appear at the foot of the advertisement can be proved to have bought and retailed some of the meat m question. An interesting denouement will probably follow. . Mrs Adams Acton, of Sunnyside, St John'swood and Ormidale, Arran, is the heroine of the latest remarkable pedestrian feat — a walk of 500 miles m England and Scotland, beginning at London and ending at Glasgow, and performed, not alone, but m the presence of her whole family of six ohildren, the eldest of Jwhom is twelve years and the youngest twelve months. The latter, we need hardly say, did not walk the whole distance, being wheeled, m faot, together with his feeding bottle and appurtenances hitherto belonging, m a perambulator. The party consisted of Mr and Mra Aoton, six ohildren and two maidu, 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, with justice called the "natural strengthener of the human stomach," act as a powerful tonic and gentle aperient, are mild m their operation, and safe under auy circum tances Sold ia bottles at is i£d, 2s 9], 4s, by all medicine vendors throughout the >K>rld.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2009, 10 December 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2009, 10 December 1888

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