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A lunoheon will be provided m connection ' with the Christmas Tree and Sale of Work at the Primitive Methodist Ghuroh on Saturday at twelve o'alock, and tea at any hour during the afternoon, The gathering should be well patronised. Hezekiah Jones' milk trade has not been a success of late, one family, whose custom was most liberal, having decamped m the 1 night without payment. " But of course you \ watered tbe milk, and so didn't lose muoh," said Mra Sorewdriver, m a conciliatory way. " No," said Hezekiah ; " that's where it 'urta — that's where it galls. They wos new customers, and I had't started worterin'." Then he took himself to the pump-handle with inoreased vigour and sent out for some obalk.

The New Zealand Dairy Association at Auckland, owing to the rise m dairy produce, have notified to the farmers that they will give 2£d per gallon, with the skim milk returned free, for the remainder of the summer. This is an increase of a farthing per gallon upon the agreement m November. The Association's creameries are supplied with milk to the extent of one million pounds weight, which this month will be inoreaaed by 25 to 60 per oent. Exclusive of looal sales, 22 tons oftbutter were exported. Mrs Blade, of Hazelhurst, U.S., has instituted a divoroe suit whioh is a curiosity. She demands a divoroe on four grounds: 1. That, owing to her defeotive eyeßight, Bhe was not able to tell exactly what kind of a man Mr Slade was, and that she had discovered sinoe her marriage that he had a ware on his nose. 2. That he snores m Bleep, so that she is kept awake. 3. That he has never kissed her sinoe they were married. ii That she wants to marry again. Her attorney is satisfied that he oan prove ever; allegation m the auit. The law against the use of profane language is terribly severe m Germany as may be inferred from a oase lately before the Imperial Court at Leipsio on appeal. A farmer was heard by two of his servants to swear at an ox, and was accused before the looal tribunal, whioh inflicted a sentence of three month's imprisonment. This has now been confirmed by the Imperial Court, on the ground that the blasphemous language wae aotually heard by two servants and might hava been heard by anyone else who happened to be paßßing.

In a recent artiole on the poverty df our publio men m the «• Pall Mall Gazette," it is stated that Mr Gladstone is not as well off as he might have been had he devoted his energies to other than publio affairs. He resisted when m office a motion for increase of salary: He has taken no pension, though ho is entitled to one. When he left offioe. says one of his biographers, "the numerouß claims upon him are understood to have compelled the sale of his remarkable oolleotion of valuable china and articles of vertu. There was something dramatically suggestive m Mr Agnew's bid of £35,000 m a lump sum, for the Marlborough gems." "Here for the present," said the "Times" of June 29, 1875, "ends one of the moat remarkable sales of an art property whioh has evar ooourred m the annalß of auctions m this oountry." Mr Gladstone not only sold his house, but his library. Sir Arthur Guinness bought the formerjOLord Wolverton purchased the latter, to return it to Mr Gladstone* as a gift.

An American paper says Mrs Langtry will, m all probability, retire into private life after the fulfilment of the contraot already made for the coming season. 1 She went upon the ■tage to make money, and has made it. From reliable souroes it is learned that her wealth is not far from one million dollars. Her oommission to her late manager, Geo: Keogh, who iB now m Europe to look up and buy for her a new play, is insignifioant, it is said, only mso far as an investment. When she does begin her work it is probable that she will follow her usual custom of buying property m every town where she appears, that she believes to be a thriving plaoe. This is the seoret of her accumulation of wealth. Her real estate is valued at 800,000 dollars, and she has acquired it by her own shrewdness. In New York she holds Bixty or more first mortgages, and she also has considerable landed interests m Brooklyn, while m California and numerous western towns her name appears upon the list of taxpayers and free.holders. In 1887 she bought ten aores of land m Salt Lake City for 5000 dollars; Last' season she refused 8000 dollars for the property. Her purchase of realty m California last year was 45,000 aoreg, for whioh she paid 80,000 dollars. Lately she refused ,2oo,ooo dollars for the same.

A very suooessful entertainment was given by the children attending the Tinwald School on December 11th m the Templa* Hall. Mr Gorrigan, Chairman of tbo Sohool Oortf. mitteo, filled the chair. A short adaptation of the story ol " Bed Biding Hood ". was aoted by the young people, the part p.f $ec| Biding Hood being well filled by May Lewis, while Charles Smith made a oapital wolf. The rest of the programme consisted of pianoforte pieces, songs, recitations, and a dialogue entitled " Stealing the Sugar," m whioh the young thieveß were disturbed by the appeara^noe of '• bogey " through a trap floor ip the (»ble. A pianoforte dpet by Bertha Jep^ao n (six years of age) and Anjy Ol»rk (seven) was well rendered for euob young performers. The reoi. tations were generally well given, but "Ourfew must not ring to-night," by Annie Lewis, oalls for special mention. The action songs of the younger children Bhowed oareful training on the part of Miss Bishop, and were well appreciated by the audience. The Rev A. Blake, In a few appropriate words, oongratulated the children on tha suooeßa of their efforts, and moved a vote of thanks to the teachers. A very pleasant evening's amusement was brought to a close bj singing " God save the Queen," The great American tillage orop is Indian corn or maize. The area oovered by maize last year, although reduced by drought, was 51 per cent, of that of all cereals together, and its product was 55 per cent. The maize orop would cover Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, \ with a slioe of lowa m addition. Its area is double that of wheat, and four times that of cotton. It is now grown m every State and territory m the Union, although sparingly m those of high altitude auoh as the Rooky Mountains region; The supply of maize is enlarged rather than diminished as population increases. It waß 255 bushels m 1850, 26 6 bushels m 1860, 29-7 bushels m 1870, and 35 bushels per head m 18.30. The orop, large as it is, is exported only m BtnaU pro* portion, only 4 per oent. of the production of seventeen years having been sent out of the country, the home demand being 96 per cent. It is a orop of whioh railways carry but a small part, less than one-fifth, crossing State boundaries. Half is used for feeding stook, one-tenth for human food, and four-tenths for the food of working aqimals. For spiritp eoarcely one per cent, is qaed. TJie acreage of maize for the present year is iar the largest area ever grown.

The city of Reading, Pa., had a remarkable visitation of moths on the evening of August 1* Myriads of them invested the air, resembling at a distance a snowstorm. They were first noticed flying around the eleotrio lights about eight o'olook, and gradually increased to such numbers as to obsoure the brilliancy of the lights. Passengers on the street oars, as they passed under the lamps, were covered with insects, and handkerohiefs, hats and fans were nlisd vigorously to keep them off. Fires were built under the lights, and heaps of moths were burned. Saloon men were compelled to oloso their front doors to keep out the pests, which were attracted to the bar rooms by tbe bright lights. The doors and windows of dwellinghouses had also to be kept dosed to beep them out. Looal savants pronounced them cotton moths, and they evidently came from the south. They are said to precede a hot wave,' and a deoided rise m the temperature is predioted. At JSaston, Fa, butterflies by the thousands flew around the 64 eleotrio lights, lit on the carbons, and then dropped dead m the globes. When the men who renew the oarbons visited the lights they found on an average two quarts of dead butterflies on eaoh globe, a total of four bushels, besides the lot that had fallen on the ground during the night.

Keating'? Powder destroys bpth mot|i, fleas beetles, and all other insects, while quite harmless to domestic animals. In exterminating beetles^ the success of this powder is extraof* iUaiy ' It >§ perfectly plean m applicatSr'see the &x^ ?»* purchase js Keatings as imitations are noxious and Irl' effectual Sold Ja tins, 6d, is, and as 6d by all cheaaulg

As will be seen by advertisement m this issue our local solicitors' offioes will be olosed for the Ohrismas holidays from 24th to 29th December inclusive. All the banks m Ashburton will remain , closed for tha Christmas holidays on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next, as per advertisement m our oolumns. Aooeptanoes for the handicaps and Trot and entries for the Maideu Plate and Hack Raoe at the Ashburton Tradesmen's Racing Club's Meeting olose on Saturday evening at nine o'olook. By a mischance a letter of apology from Mr W. C. Walker only reached the Town Clerk this morning instead of yesterday. The letter stated Mr Walker's regret at Sling unavoidably prevented from attending at the Mayor's installation, and oonveying his best wishes to the Mayor and Oounoil. The Master of the Aahburton Home wishes to acknowledge, with thanks, the reoeipt of £Q from Rev. J. N. Buttle, taken as the oolleotion on the oooasion of the reoenfc leoture delivered by Mr D. H. Brown m the Wesleyan Ghuroh; The money will be devoted towards a Christmas dinner for the inmates. We have been shown a very finely got up lithographic portrait of the Primate of New Zealand, Bishop Harper. The portrait is a very strikjng and faithful likeness of the i venerable Bishop, and is issued as a supplement to this week's issue of the "Weekly Press." ' The Crawford-Hunter party of Soottish Yooalists open m Ashburton on Saturday evening. Of the oompany's appearance m Timaru last night, the " Herald " says :— Altogether the evening's amusement was of a kind never before seen m Timaru. The company iB not numerous, but there is a refinement and artistic grace running through the entertainment whioh at once commands the attention and arouses great interest among the audience.

Another revolution m motive power is promiae3. The " Scientific Amerioan " of a late date says :— •" Several newspapers have referred to a new invention by one William Timmins, which, if Bucoesaful, will revolutionise motive power. The inventor is an unpretentious English meohanio residing at Pittsburg, Perm,, who olaims to have invented a inaohine by whioht united motive power oan be stored or used without the expenditure of fuel. The story goes that he has been engaged for years m perfecting the invention, and is now negotiating with the Governments of England, Russia and the United Stateß for the sale of the right to use his disoovery, whioh, if after examination it proves to be ' what it olaims, will revolutionise the motive power of the world. He olaims to be able to oreate a preasure of 20,0001 b per square inoh —more than sufficient to propel the largest ooean steamer afloat, or to move 80 laden freight oars m one train. The machine seems to be simply an air compressor of the simplest sort. It consists of one small oylinder (six horse- power), with a balance weight of 75ib, whioh runs the entire apparatus ; another small oylinder 5 inches m diameter, with 7in stroke, compresses the air into a tank from whioh the power is utilised. Under the piston'plate the inventor has plaoed two layers of bars containing 11 different minerals, the magnetio influenoe of which is the seoret of the invention. The advantages, he olaims are durability, eoonomy, and simplicity. Experts have examined the machine and pronounce it a success. In submitting his design to the Governments named, Mr Timmins olaims that the pneumatio generator oan not only be applied to war vessels as a motor, Jbut oan be used as a defenoe against hostile attaoks by means of air chambers plaoed behind the armour plating'" The best medioine known is' SANDER and SONS' EUCALYPTI EXTRACT. Teat its eminent powerful effeots m coughs, oolda, influenza, eto. — the relief is instantaneous, Thousands give the most gratifying testimony. His Majesty the King of Italy, and medical syndicates all over the globe, are its patrons. Read the official reports that accompany eaoh bottle. We have no occasion to offer rewards m proof of the genuineness of our references. The offioial reports of medioal oliniCi and universities, the offioial oommunioation of the Consul-General for Italy at Melbourne; the diploma awarded International Exhibition, Amsterdam— all these are authentic documents, and, an such, not open to doubt. We add here epitome of one of the various cases

treated by Siegen, M.D., Professor, eta : Burning of the right hand through the ex-, plosion of a small oil stove. The epidermis on the Tolar and palmer side of the hand of the thirty-year-old patient was completely separated and lifted up as far as the joint of the hand. The likewise lifted nails were hanging loose, and half of the phalanx of the nail of the middle finger was coaled. The wounds thus contracted healed m three weeks under daily applications of Eucalyptio Extract dressing. The patient has retained the full use ol the hand.— (Advt.J 1

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2018, 20 December 1888

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