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The oondor of the Andes flies higbor than any other bird, sometimes attaining an altitude of six miles.

The wheat , crops m (Marlborough are reported to ba Looking magnificent, and the yield is expected to be a very large one.

A Blenheim sohoolmaster named Murray baji reoovered £25 damages from a Mr Bragg, a member of his School Committee, who had slandered him.

The thimblol was originally called a thumb bell by the English, beoause worn on the thumb, then a thumble, and finally its present name. It was a Dutoh invention, and was first brought to England m 1695.

During tho time of the Edwards the broad' headed arrow was considered the most effootual weapon of attack, and was accordingly assumed as a mark to distinguish the property of the kings or queens ; and so this mark baa been used down to the present day.

The Chinese merohintsin Dunedin, besides taking up $100 worth of shares m the exhibition, have arranged for a systematic canvass of their fellow countrymen m the provincial distriot. Messrs Hogg. Howlson, and. Niool have also taken up £100 worth of chared.

The "Wang&nui Chronicle" announces the death, at the patriarchal age of 99, of Christopher Parker, who had resided m the district for orer 31 years. Mr Parker, who waa a natiYc of Kerry, osme to the oolony 36 years sro, and m another six weeks would have reaohed his centenary. The deceased had been bedridden for some time before his death, and passed away very gradually. He leaves one son, J^r Christopher Parker, of Mahirikiri, and three daughters and his widow to mourn his lose, The daughters are Mrs Prpwplee, Mrp M^f row, ana W«> Pro^n.

Mr Elston will open the Rink this evening, for that oooasion only, ho having been requested to do so.

Speoial train arrangements m conneotioß with Ohristohuroh Baoes on the 31st instant, Lyttelton Begatta on the Ist January, and Timaru Caledonian Sports on the Ist and 2nd Jan., are advertised m this issue.

The goods remaining over from the bazaar will be sold by auotion m the Primitive Methodist Churoh-this evening by Mr Bullock, There will bo a number of useful and ornamental artioles, and a large attendance may be expeoted.

A cricket mitoh between the Ashburton and Tinwald Clubs will be played on Friday, m the Ashburton Domain, commencing at one o'olook. The Aeb.bur.ton team will consist of Messrs A. Fooks, H. Pratt, W. Simpßon, F. Mainwaring, B. M. Outhbertson, G. Andrews, E. M. Blake, F, Makoig, Danßhire, Curtia, Purohaso, and Drummond.

Tho Hawera paper says :— Apiarists are complaining of the loss of their beea m this distriot. In one instance no less than twenty* three hives out of a total of thirty have suooumbed, and other settlers have suffered equally severe losses, No doubt the boisterous weather has been the oaueo of such an exceptional number of hives dying -, the bees having been prevented from replenishing their store after that of last Beason waß exhausted.

The M'AU Mission m France continues to be as successful as ever. The total attendance at the meetings m Paris is Baid to be about 43,000. Of this work it has been well said : — " In this mission the starting point of Christianity has been resumed ; religion has returned to the common room Christ is set forth m the dialeot of everyday life, and once more the oommon, people hear him gladly."

The children of the members of the local oorps of the Salvation Army were taken put yesterday for a pionio m the country, filling four large trollies drawn by a traotion-engine whioh sped merrily along the Wakanui road with its novel and joyous freight, attended by numerous traps oonveying the elders, who looked all as happy as tho littlo ones. They had a magnifioent day for the outing, and no doubt enjoyed themselves immensely.

A hearty reception and a full house may we think, bo assured to the Fisk Jubilee Singers, who will give one performance here only, m the Oddfellows' Hal), on Wednesday, 2nd January, 1899, and from the way m which they sang on their previous visit, and the (reception they had from lovers of good musio, we feel sure that a orowded audience will assemble to hear this, their farewell concert.

A distinguished Oriental soholnr and biblioal specialist has, says '• The Times," just passed away, after an unusually industrious and useful oareer. To Bible students and clergymen of all denominations few names are better known than that of Dr Robert Young, the author of the " Analytical Concordance of the Bible," " A New Version of the Bible, translated aocording to the Letters and Idioms of the Original Language," " Ohronological Index to the Bible — Old and New Testament," "Ethics of the Fathers (from the Talmud), with English Version," etc Dr Young waß a native of Haddingdon* shire.

On Ohristmas Day St. Stephen's Anglioan Church was, as is oustomary at this season, decorated with flowers and evergreens, and texts of BOripture m white upon a crimson cround. There was a large oross of white lilies over the altar, and tb.3 pulpit, desk,' and lectern were wreathed with foliage interspersed with sqarlet geraniums, wh.ite lilies, and marguerites, The font was covered!, wjth lilies, and the beautiful plumes of the toitoi were freely made use of m deoorating the ohoir stalls, while pots of scarlet geraniums m full bloom filled the window sills with very pretty effeot, There was an eaily Oommnnion Bervioe, and full choral servioe with anthem and second celebration at 11 a.m., and even* song at the usual hour. The Rev E. A. Soott officiated at all the services to good con* qregationa. King Charles of Wurtemburg, whose foroible dethronement Prinoe Bismarok is said to be contemplating, is the most eccentriq of living monnrohs. From 1843 to 1881 he lived m almost absolute solitude, having much the same distaste for human eooiety as the late King Louis of Bavaria. He was full of strange whims. His rooms were panelled with enormous looking-glasses, so tnat £ie^ might survey his royal person at every angle, and from all pointß of view. Another of bis fanoies was to have his rooms carpeted with' moss, instead of the more orthodox Brussels carpet. A sudden change, ocourrpd m tho. year 1&81, The Sing then beoame as fond of sooiety as he had previously been averse to it, This alteration for the better was due to the influence exorcised over the King by the secretary to the American Consulate at Stuttgart. Mr Jackson, the secretary m question, forced himaelf into the King's presence, and the King, after repeated instances of the secretary's oourage, came to like him. He made him his private secretary on a thumping salary, and Jackson now writes his name with " Von " before it, the KiDg haying made him a Baron.— 11 Eoho." An exchange gives the following curious instance of the manner m which animals sometimes treat the wounded : — In a field close to the writer's house were grazing recently a dairy of about fifty cows of the well -known Ayrshire breed. These cows aro, gs a rule, perfectly quiet and gentle, Qne day, however, not long ago, as the cows were entering the f}eld after ihe' morning milking, m pushing through the rather narrow gate one of them accidentally struck the cow m front of her a very severe blow on the {lank, and from the wound by the bpjn flic blood literally poured. The poor injured animal bellowed loudly with the pain, and all at onoe the whole of the unwounded animals seemed to go perfectly ma,d. They rushed upon the wounded oow, and m a very few minutes literally gored her to death < When the writer saw the carcase of the un. fortunate beast there was hardly an inch of the hide that was not perforated by the horns of the assailants. When the deed was ' accomplished the cows, subsided into their usual gentle and quiet condition, and have never phpwn the smallest sign of ferocity oinoe. Our Melbourne correspondent sends us the following;— The father who outa off his son is a very familar object m obsolete comedies, but it haa been reserved for modern days to produce a son who cuts his father off with four shillings a month. The father is an inmate of the Benevolent Asylum not far from Melbourne. The son was asked to contribute a few shillings a month for his parent's maintenanoe m the institution. He agreeably replied :—" Sir,-^ln answer to your letter wbioh Ireoeived abqnt ray father, as to maintaining him, I did not know I had a father, for he is not worth the name of one. He never brought me up or maintained mo, for I had to go and beg my bread before I had any, and sleep out m the gardens and m the pigsties, wherever I could get a place to lie down. My mother died nnd left me a baby, and I have never had a home since. Put it

to yourself and see bow you would like to maintain such a father. He has spent quite &3 much as would have kept him now, m his old Bge, without troubling anyone, and the best thing to do is to tell him to go where he haa carried bis money and spent it. There are only two of us living, and he has served us worse than dogs. How can he look to us for support. I will alloy the old dog 4s monthly, and no more, and that is more than I ought to do," Tho offer waß aooepted, despite the terms m which it was oouohed,

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2022, 27 December 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2022, 27 December 1888

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