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There died recently m Scotland a man named Alexander Cleugh, cf Moryiob, Golspio, who was 106 years of ago at bis death, Mr J. MacLcan Dunn has been appointed by the Asbburton Acclimatisation Sooiety a ranger within the boundaries of the Sooiefcy's district. The medioal man m charge of one o( the direot steamers the other day stated publicly that his passenger list inoluded no less than 30 consumptives. Ministers m their recent tour m Otago have given great offence to tho Sabbatarians by travelling on Suuday. The matter is made subject of complaint m letters to the newspapers. ; Mr Phil Robinson, the famous war corres" I pondent of the "London Daily News," who ia now m tho colony, deaoribes New Zealand as " being south of the line, the very gem of of the British dominions." Franca employs over 5000 women m her Civil Service, telephone, and telegraph offices. The Munioipnlity of Pans alone pives work to 900 women, while the Bank of France pays Balariea to 400 more. The servioeß at St. Stephen's Church on Ohriatmas Day will be aa follows : — Holy Communion at 8.30 a.m. { morning prayer, sermon, and Holy Communion at 11 a.m. ; and a short evening service at 7.30 p.m. The competition between Cobb and Co.' B 'buses and the Wellington Tramway Company is now very keen. Both the services are now carrying passengers from terminus to terminus, a distance of about three and a half mites, at halfpenny fares. i It is quite a novelty to read, m the dea' 1 oription of a new railway bridge m Sweden* that " there are holes m tho granite pillars for placing dynamite, m case it should be necessary, during a war, to blow up the bridge." In accordance with a request made by the Chairman of the Board of College Governors, Mr Mackay, Prinoipal of Wellington College, will inquire into the working cf (secondary sohools m New South Wales and Viotoria, during his visit to those colonies, with & view to making a report on the same on his return. Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day are postal holidays, but the local Post and Telegraph' Office will be open eaoh day from 9 till 10 m the morning, and from 7 till Bin the evening. Mails will be despatched and received by the early morning trains on Christmas and New Year's Days, and up to 10 a.m. on Boxing Day. The " Now Zealand Times " states that the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company will put the next lot of their lands into the market some time during the month of February next. In that and the following mon ha about 85,000 acres will be offered for Bale, divided into areas suitable for dairy and sheep farms. The •• Taranaki Herald" of the 17th inst. reports that a lad named Adam McKee shattered, his left hand by the discharge of a revolver. He was shooting sparrows, and m endeavoring to get a good shot he allowed the revolver barrel to lie m the palm of his left* hand. Becoming exoited he accidentally pulled the trigger, the result being that the charge went into his left palm, shattering the first and seoond fingers, which it was subsequently found necessary to amputate. There ie now on view, at the rooms of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association, samples of Linooln wool from the well-known flook of Mr H. Weaton, Ellesmero.' One of the fleeoos is a sample of wool taken from an Unclothed Lincoln, whioh took the first prize m the unolothed classes at the late Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association Show. This fleece weighs 22Jlbs, from a fifteen-months' hogget ram. The other fleeces weigh as follows :— 22lbs, 20£ Ibs and 12£lbs. For the product of fifteen months' hoggets this ia a splendid yield,—" Press." Says the " Manawatu Times " :— Mr T« Hunt this morning brought to our office a matchbox containing a crawling creature built on similar lines to a caterpillar, but capable of doing conisderable damage to flpeks. It was found by Me Hunt m the brain of a Bheep killed by him, and we understand it reaches maturity m the brains and livers of animals. Sheep when afflicted with it are sometimes seen to whirl round Buddenly and drop dead. The specimen now on view is about an inch m length, but much larger specimens are sometimes found. The writer of Literary Gossip m the " Pal* Mall Gazette" Bays: — •• The largest aum ever given to a woman for any single story has jußt been offered and accepted m America. The anthoresa is Mrs Hodgson Burnett, and the sum is said to be £3750. lam told, by the way, that the extraordinary success of f Robert Els mere ' will bring m a very large sum tp its autthnress, and that she has already received correspondingly large offers for her next novel. But Mrs Humphrey Ward's ' figure ' is still, I imagine, not more than half Mrs Hodgson Burnett's," A singular affair oocurred at New York on a recent evening. During the performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's new opera, " The Yeomen of the Guard," one of the audience (says the "Standard" correspondent) attracted attention by the singularity of his manner and movements. An investigation was made, and resulted m the discovery that he was the agent of a rival theatrical manager armed with a phonograph, by means of which he was intending to steal the music of the opera. The machine was required to tell its own tale, and it gave a perfeot reproduction of the unpublished soore. The Grey " Star " Bays:— A feeling is gain : ing ground every day that the Midland Rail" way Company are but trifling with the Government, and should be brought to book. The different excuses set forth at varipua times tend to strengthen this opiniop, and unlpas work is resumed speedily there will be many publio meetings held throughout Canterbury, Nelson and Westland, at whioh resolutions will be passed, asking the Government to compel the Company to proceed with the work at onoo, failing which the contraot will be cancelled. Whatever the Ministry may know and understand about the matter, it is dear that the people of the colony have been misled, inasmuoh as they were assured that the work would be recommenoed immediately upon the contraot being signed. The Ashburton Caledonian Sooiety have de* oided to finish their day'B work on Boxing day> the day of their sportß meeting, with a concert ajad ball. We are requested j>y MrMaoLean Dunn, the ye' Wan manager of tturoaledoniaq Society's ooncert to state that a Blight omission has ooourred m the first part of the pro* gramme, Mr John Millar, the well-known oomique of the Canterbury Scottish Rifles, is to sing two Bongs, instead of one, and bis celebrated «' Jock M'Raw " will be given m the first part. Mr Haig has also consented to sing, and his baritone voice will be heard to great advantage m Scotland's best patriotio song " The land of the Free." The holiday season made it very difficult for our local impressario to procure at a moment's notice the best talent, but patrons of the oonoerfc will be agreeably surprised to {md that njany pleasant additions have been made to tho prpgramme. Tnp boat mediojne is Sander and 800b 1 Eucalypti Extraot, Test ita eminent power, ful effeots m coughs, oolds, influenza, etc.—' the relief is instantaneous. Thousands give the moßt gratifying testimony. Hia Majesty the King of Italy and medioal syndicates all over the globe are its patrons. Read the official reports that acoompany each bottle. Wo have no occasion to offer rewards m proof of the genuineness of our references. The offioial reports of medioal clinics and univer. ( sities, the official communication of the Oonsul-General for Italy at Melbourne ; the diploma awarded International Exhibition, Amsterdam— all these are authentio documents, and, as suoh, not open to doubt. We add hero epitome of ono of the various oases treated at the olinio of Schultz, M.D., Professor, etc.—" C.8., 24 yeara old ; congestional abscess on the thigh. Incisions made m two places. Although Lister's dressing as applied, the secretion became, two days later, very copious, and had adopted a foetid, decomposed onaraoter. The temperature rose enormously. In oonsequenoe the dressing wbb removed, and m its place were made uring the day-time repeated irrigations with Euoalypti Extraot. The offensive footer disappeared very soon, the fevev abated within a few days, and the patient recovered after he lapse of several weeks. I& this instance we must not lose sight of the fao.t that the i latter treatment eavod the patient's life. 1 — f(Ad?i f 8

Mr Joseph Ivess, late M.H.R., for Wakanui haa been appointed rt Commissioner by His Excellency the Governor to reproaent New 1 Zealand nt the Melbourne Exhibition. He • leaves by tho Botomahana on the Ist of January next to attend to hia duties. I Seven tenders have been received by the i Exsoutive Committee for the ereotion of a i manse at Springbnrn, there being a variance of about £120 between tho lowest and highest. ( The tender of Messrs Williams and Co., of ; Tinwald, at £336, has been accepted by the t Committee. The Crawford-Hunter Company of Sootoh , vocalists arrived m Ashburton this morning ! and will open for a season of two nights this evening. Tho Company has won warm encomiums wherever it has appeared, and from tho very high credentials v. has to show will doubtless be greeted with a good house to-night. Messrß Friedlander Bro«. (P. Williams, auctioneer) sold to-day the privileges m condeotion with the Ashburton Tradesmen's Raoing Club's meeting next Thursday, as follows :.— Publioan's booth No. 1 £12, J. Henry, Commercial Hotel; Publioan's booth No. 2 £17 10s, H. Davis, Roynl Hotel ; Confeotioner's booth, £2 10a, W. C. Davis; Right of Bports, 103, H. Davis ; Horee yards, £1, A. Sturgeon; Cards, 9s per dozen, R. Hioka. The gates were not sold. The privileges for the Caledonian Sports on Boxiog Day were then sold as follows :— Publioan's booth £20, Hi Davis ; Gonfeotioner's booth £6 lOi, W, 0. Davis. The " Wanganui Chronicle " of the 17th in3t says : — A moat disgraoeful soene was enaoted on the wharf yesterday evening, m the presence of a crowd of people (Europeans.) A European boy, aged about eleven, son of a well-known resident, had a quarrel with a Maori lad and the two commenced to fight. The onlookers, among who was tDO father Of the white boy, cheered and encouraged the combatants and did all m their power to continue the fracas. Language of the worst kind was freely used, and the affair was altogether most disgraoeful. Pakehas talk about Maoris and their barbarisms, but the behaviour of the Europeans on this oooasion was quite as bad &b any that the Maoris oould be guilty of. The fight, after laating twenty minntes, was at length brought to an end, the Maori boy getting the worst of the affair. J\ is a pity the police were not about to put a stop to this very disgraoeful soene, and obtain the a names of those aiding and abetting, with a view to having them up before a magistrate, On Friday week a concert of sacred mneio was given at Springburn m aid of the funds ot the Sunday School. There was a good attendance, _ and several friends from a distance assisted m the programme, inoluding Miss Bishop, who aooompanied on the organ, and Mr T. Grainger. The looal contributor!! to the musical part of the programme were Mioßes Wallace, A. Prioe, B. Johnstons, Syme, J. and A Finlayson, and Messrs J. Price, Jago and Hunter. Readings suitable to the oocasion were given by Miss Janet Finlayson and Master {3. Mcßae. Addresses were given by Mr Wallace (of Alford Forest), Mr Duff (of Methven), and the Chairman (Rev W. Finlayson), that of Mr Wallaoo being specially appropriate and instructive: Mr S. MoClymont (Superintendent of the Sohool) proposed votes of thanks, and made a statement regarding the work of the Sohool. Both teaohers and scholars are to be con* granulated on the harmony and prosperity which attends the work of this sohool.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2020, 22 December 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2020, 22 December 1888

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