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Mr Hugo leotures at the Town Hall Bakaia, to-morrow evening. Parliament is further prorogued until the 6th February. The present drought m New South Wales is the worst since 1865. Visitors to the Wairarapa distriot report that the crops are looking splendid and promise a substantial yield. . The match Australian Eleven v Victoria was won by the former m one innings, with 22 to spare; the scores being — Australians 274 ; Victorians 149—103, total 252. In the year 1886 there wero m Great Britain 16,175,999 sheep and 9,344,719 lambs; m 1887 the numbers were 16,146.249 sheep and 9,821,519 lambs : m 1888 the sheep numbered 15,726,406 and the lambß 9,529,824. Mr Eleton, of the Bink de Paris, has paid ft visit to the Mount Somers district, and haß arranged to open a rink m the Springburn Sohoolroom on Tuesday and Wednesday, 18tn and 19th inst. From the reception aooorded him he anticipates that the venture will prove a success. The following oable according to "Puff" was recently sent to Queensland; — "Knutaford to Molllwraith— Got nioe young man for you. No l yet out eye-teeth. Parts hair m middle, and affeots Blop clothes. Is strong on the rights of the people, and teaohes m Sunday School: Has a mother-in-law, who travels with him. Will he do ? " The '* Lyttelton Timeß" describes a curious find at the Peninsula m the shape of the Bkull of a wild cow exhibiting an abnormal growth of the horns. The points, curving inwards, have forced their way into the bone about an inch below the eyes, making holes about the size of a shilling. They have penetrated to a depth of over two inches, and must have oaused the animal's death. Government statistics, reoently published, place the population of the Bussian Empire at 108,788,735, of which 81,725,185 are m Russia proper, 10,136,725 are m the other provinces of Russia m Europe, and 16,925,325 m Asiatio Russia. St. Petersburg is the most populous city, with a total of 861,803. The population of Moscow is 752,469, of Warsaw 454,293, and of Odessa 240,900. Ten per cent of aluminium added to the weak metal copper gives it the strength of I steel. One stove-making concern m Miohigan used about one-tenth of one per cent of the metal m all its iron castings, with the result of diminishing the shrinkage, making it fiill the mould better, improving the skin, rendering the grain perfectly even, and preventing chilling even turning white iron into grey. A peouliar statement is made m connection with the destruction by fire of the Botorua Sanatorium. 'There is a oapital water Bupply under high pressure ; a fire plug within twenty yards of the kitchen wherein the fire broke out ; a supply of hydrants, hose, and branohes; a doctor, two bathkeeDers,_^ana two gardeners, -nrho xnlgnt have been trainee! to aot as a fire brigade— and not one of them knew how to fix a hydrant 1 Two thousand pounds gone for the sake of a pennyworth of teohnioal education, We have been unfortunate m endeavoring to set right an error, for whioh we were not originally responsible, m connection with the dates appointed for looal live Btock saleß, Following is the arrangement made, viz. : This day, Tuesday, 11th inst., the usual sale will take place at Ashburton yards. On Tuesday, 18th, there will be a sale at Tinwald yards, and thereafter there will be no Bale until January Bth, when there will be a sa)c at Ashburton. The " New Zealand Herald" thaa d9soribei a triumph of local industry m the shape o: an elaborate table of native woods, whiol: has just been manufactured by Mr Souffert cabinetmaker, Auckland : —" It contain! 4688 pieoes, and the design is chaste anc unique. In the centre is a group of birds the tpi, and the yellow and white beakec Popotea, and purjri, berries, and flowers The bordering is inlaid and sexagonai, thi whole being surroupded by a border of con volvulus. The light and shade of the varioui Coloured woods are admirably brought out.' The " Oamaru Mai) " thus writes o: harvest prospects m North Otago; — Th( wheat m the distriot is beginning to shoot though very slowly, and the harvest will be later than usual. We are inclined to believe from what we hear, that the yield will b< much smaller than last year, whioh, wai oonßiderably above the average' with a larg< area of first crop after grass. On low-lyin( grounds the rain of the latter part of the winter haß made the plant very thin and patohy. On the hills, the cold winds from N.W. and B.W. have been against a good growth, still if the weather is favorable there O)|y yet be an average yield. The following significant paragraph appears m the " Marlborough Express " :— We understand that the authorities have taken stepg whioh it is hoped will rid the town of a source of danger. A person who had lived m tha district for a considerable time was rightly or wrongly, suspeoted of having wilfully oaused pertain repeated calamities m the town ; but it was found to be impossible to sheet home any oharge. However, hp waa privately charged with the offence, and invited to " clear out " He consented to do so, and funds were placed at his disposal ts enable him to get away, and away he went accordingly on Sunday. We remind ou< country readers that th'a seventh annual Garden Party m connootion wjith St Stephen's Ohijroh. Ashburton. will be held m the Parsonage Qnrden op Thursday m this week. In addition to the usual amusements, the Boselle Bros,, who have kindly offered their services, will give a trapeze performance. Mr Page's shooting gallery will be on the ground. Every effort ia being made to make the day a pleasant and enjoyable one. Any gifts for the produce or other stalls whioh may be brought up on Thursday wjll be thankiully accepted. The gates will be opened at 3 p.m., and tea will be served from half-past four till as late as may be required. The Ashburton Band will

I bo present from four o'clock.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2010, 11 December 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2010, 11 December 1888

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