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The . Auditor.Ganeral has abandoned his olaim against the Borough Counoil for a refund of the £50 paid to the late Clerk and Engineer, by way of compensation for loss of office. A movement is a oot (0 the establishment of an A. and P. Abuouiution m Wellington with a view to holding an annual Metropolitan Show. ■■ j: tl The Domain Board having desired to "" w transfer the control of the Domain to the 8 Borough Council, the latter body last night a expresesd its willingness to take oharge of b the Domain. v ■ The Wellington •> correspondent of the k » " understands that the 6rst section of » the* Midland Railway— from Brunnerton to f Nelson Greek— has been passed by the Distriot t Engineer as fit for traffic, and ia now quite c ready for opening. i t ; A serious aaoident happened at Lyttelton \ \ yesterday afternoon. A youth named Joseph t Gardiner was working with others m Taibot's 8 Stores, dumping wool, when the platform, on \ whioh was about 16 ovrt of wool, fell' upon . him, splitting his skull and laoerating his brain. No hope waa entertained of his recovery. ' A most unusual occurrence happened at ] the Theatre Royal, Hanley (England), on a . Saturday night. While Mr Osmond Soarle was playing Brutus to a orowded house, a 1 laboring man named Ford beoame bo Btrongly ' excited that he broke a blood vessel and died 1 before he could be removed from the house. 1 Many oases can be quoted where aotors have I died on the stage or been attuok down by ' ' fatal illness ; but this is said, to be the first i recorded pase ot an actor causing the death | of an auditor. ] At the breaking-up of the orown-treaßury i of France m 1791 a magnificent large , spherioal pearl, unbored, was sold for £8000,* and two pear-shaped ones, whioh eaoh weighed 214 grains, were valued at £12,000. Another famous pearl of history was that ; sold to Philip IV of Spain m 1625. It is said that the Shah of Persia is the happy possessor of a pearl valued at £60,000— a goodly estate m small compass light and portable— and the imam of Muscat one for whioh he has been offered £30,000.' ' Amongst the numerous objeots diaoovered at Myoense, m the oourse of the lateßC digi gings, are articles of glaia, crystal, and . ivory, besides precious stones with engravings of animals charmingly executed. These artioles throw a flood of light on a civilization dating a thousand years before Christ. By their generally! Oriental character they prove that the ancient Greeks received from the 1 East not only the raw materials of their first ' works of art, but the art of symbolic representation itself. The usual weekly meeting of the Star of ' the East Lodge, No. 62, 1.0. G.T., was held 1 m the Templar Hall, on Wednesday evening, ' Deo. sth, Bro T. Sawle, W.0.T., presided. 1 The attendance was fair. Four propositions > were made for membership, and one oandidate 1 initiated into the Order. We understand that 1 the Lodge is steadily increasing m numbers, the roll now totting up within a few of 100. j As will be seen by posters distributed through- [ out the distriot|a monster|'emperanoe pitnio , under the auspices of thiß Lodge will be held at Tinwald on New Year's Day. 1 The usual monthly meeting of the Hamp- > atead Sohool Committee was held m the 1 Schoolroom on Friday evening, all the mem--3 bers being present. The minutes of the previous meeting were tead and adopted. The Master's report was also read. He sug- | geated that the sohool should break up for ! five weeks' holidays on the 21st Deo. A long r discussion ensued. Mr Orr moved, and Mr ■ } Fawoott seconded, " That the school break up t for five weeks from Deo 21st." Mr Andrews 3 moved as an amendment, and Mr Johnston r seconded, " That the sohool break up for four weeks." The motion was carried. The Chairman Btated that owing to the increased 9 attendance the BOhool was entitled to a seoond 1 master, m addition to the present teaching 1 staff. Kesolved that the Obairman write to 9 the Board applying for a seoond master, also t requesting that the architect should come * and inspeot the sobool m view of additions " to present building, the present acoommoda> 1 tion being insufficient. Several accounts were passed for payment, and the Committee 2 adjourned. i Thus, the " Wellington Evening Post " : — f " Never had any Ministers m New Zealand i a more glorious opportunity for making an c honourable and enduring record; and buiiaingd up the country on a basis of assured prosa parity. huLJhey move not hand or foot cT towards doing bo. It prosperity comes, it n will come despite them, but its measure will d assuredly be decreased by their lethargy, >f So far as we oan ascertain, the Government . has not made the slightest movement towards improving its present opportunity, or B direoting towards our unoccupied lands the " attention of those who desire to leave Aus--6 tralia and invest the remains of their B ) fortunes jn some better dime. Mr Riohard- . • son, we suppose, if asked, would say he did le not want suoh people here. He deems the j*j question of land settlement quite beneath ! d his notice, although really increase of j e population and settlement is the only way m > 6 which true prosperity oan be attained. The Minister oi Lands, however, oontinues to ss regard all new comers as the Old Identity of of Otago regarded the new iniquity of Viotoria, )h which was attracted to the Otago Gold •t, Fields. If ever there was a round man m a is tquare hole it is Mr G. F. Richardson m the id Lands Department, and his colleagues are b, not one whit better than he is or they would 3d not tolerate his obstinanoy and sluggishness." jp Holloway's PiLts.— Enfeebled Existence* a . —This medicine embraces every attribute a g required m a general and domestic remedy. „ It overturns the foundations of disease laid by defective foqd and impure air, In obstructions of or congestions of the liver, lungs, bowels, or le any other organs, these pills are sptcially •t, serviceable and eminent'y successful. They 3e should be kept m readiness m every family, c, being a medicine of incomparable utility for ie young persons, especially those of feeble conIB stitutions. They never cause pain or irritate je the moat sensitive nerves or most tender Jg bowds. Holloway's Pills are the best known ie purifiers of the blood, the most active proid moters of absorption and secretion, whereby m all poisonous and obnoxious partiolcs aie •d / removed from both solids and fluids. 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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2010, 11 December 1888

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2010, 11 December 1888