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The settling on the Tradesmen's Raoee will tpke place at Henry's Commercial Hotel at eight o'clock on Monday evening.

The interest on the new loan of £3,000,000 about to bo floated by the Government of Victoria has been fixed at 3£ per cent.

Nominations for the Lincoln seat m Parliament close on the 9th January, and the election takes plaoe on the 16th.

New railway linen, and worka connected therewith, costing £4,100,000 have been authorised by the Victorian Parliament for the year 1889.

Tho earthquake of Thursday was felt at Lyttelton, Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Woodend, Amberley, Culverden, Sheffield, Leeßlon, Dunsandel, Kakaio, Oeraldino and Timaru as well as the places mentioned m our last.

The late J'rinoo Sohwarzenberg, whose landed estates wore so enormous as to bo called the Schwar^enbgrg Empire, left a fortune of £10,000,000, from Which a Bum of £80 was bequeathed to tho poor of Vienna. That was his sole charitable bequesr.

Wells' Hair Balsam. — If gray, res ores to origina color. An elegant dressing, soflens anrl beautifies. No oil nor grease. A tonic restorative. Stops hair coining out strengthens, cleanses, hcale scalp. 9

The Most Reverend the Primate will preach at the morning service to-morrow m St. Stephen's Church, and will administer the Bite of Confimation at 6 30 p.m.

English women of high position arc raking an active interest m the open-nir evangelistio BBrviees. Among tho most earnest are the sisters of Lord Kinnaird, himself an enthusiast m evangelistic work. One of tho sisters leads the music on a portable crg<vn.

A Danish oiliocr, Captain Holstein, ha 9 invented a portable bullot-proof shield fortwo soldiers. It may be easily. carried and fixed, nnd the men then cnolly blaze away from behind, either with rifles or a machine gUD, without running any risk of being picked off or knocked over by anything less penetrative than a cannon-ball.

The Mildura irrigation farm m Victoria is a raoßt pronounced success. About 1000 families are settled on the land, and over 50,000 aores are beiDg cultivated. It is asserted that Messrs Chafley Bros have determined tho future of that part of Australia. A similar colony ib m course of establishment near Rockhampton, Queensland.

„ At the B.M. Court this morning, before Mr T. Bullock, J P., two first offenders charged with drunkenness were mulcted m the usual penally. — Patrick MoHanna, alias McGinn, for having been drunk, was fined 10a, with tbe alternative of forty-eight hours' imprisonment, and for having been illegally on the premises of John Nawraan, livery stable proprietor, with, a lighted pipe, was ordered to be imprisoned for seven days :

On Thursday afternoop 400 poor people] including 10 widows, 10 deserted, wives, and many families of the unemployed, wero entertained at dinner m tbe Y.M.G'.A. Rooms, Obristohurch. Bißhop Harper delivered an address and said grace. A free concert followed, after which there waa a public meeting, with the mayor ia the chair. Mr Herrick, manager of the Destitute Home, stated that Bince June 20 he had given away 7273 moala.

A return laid before Parliamens shows thai m 1887, 12,176 courts-martial were held m tbo British Army ; while of minor punish menta thoro wero 212,448 or a percentage pt 123-7. The desertions numbered 5312. This was the year m whioh a greatly modified system of dealing with military offenoea oame into forae and the punishments and courtsmartial showed a distinot diminution m numbers as compared with the previoua year, Desertions maintained the ÜBuat average.

A serious accident happened on the arriva* of the 2*30 p.m. train at Waimate on Boxing Day. Just as the train was cowing up to the Btation, and passing the junotion of the Gorge line, a man named Andrew Meaney either fell or jumped off, and the train ran over him. The train immediately went baok, and took the unfortunate man to the station, from where he was at onoe conveyed to the Waimate Hospital and attended to by Dr Stuopoole. it has been ascertained since that one leg was broken m one or more place b_, and that • the patient had received other iDJurieß from whioh he is not expeoted to recover.

A steamer of a thousand tons has ;boen ! built on the Clyde, designed to skate over the surface of the ioe instead of foroinp; its way • through it. The idea is to run tha fore part of the vessel en to the. ice, and then, by. pumping water into the forward divisions, to ' increase the weight co as to break down the ioe, and thus to clear a passage. Tho vessel' ib designed to ply between Prinoe Edward Island ftndjthe mainland m the winter months. No doubt the special requirements have been considered, although it looks as if this mode of breaking dowujthe ice will be slow work, and, it ib a little bewildering to be finally informed that the speed of the vessel will be 15 miles an hour.

A writer m " Melbourne Town Talk " Bays } — "From carefully compiled documents m the possession of the banks I gather thTit nine million pounis of bills, given m oon> neotion with land transactions, fall dcte during the first quartor of next.year. It may also be of interest to Btate that on October 22, when the associated banks of Melbourne raised the rate of iu tores t, there were 83 millions sterling of bills afloat m connection with land, whilst the cash dt posits on thes£ gigantio transactions only amounted to three millions. Even n .tyro m fiunnoial. matters oan understand that' the.- banks have acted rightly m stopping upstarts from rooklesely gambling with other peoples' money." Captain Whitney is [m trouble m Victoria over the Bite of his proposed small arms factory. The Premier wants it at Echucn, which is m his electorate, and if ho does not get it there it may materially affect his popularity m a district m which he is not strong. Captain Whitney has fixed on j» site on the Saltwater Biver near Fodtsoray. and declined to ooneider the claims of the border town oven wiih an annual subsidy of £20,000. Ono of the Eohuca members has suggested that ns Captain Whitney was not the only manufacturer m the world others should be commnnicated with. The Bplendid new marine baths at the protty lit tie watering place of Moeraki, Otago, were formally opened on Wednesday m the presence of about 4000 persons. In the bathß for men there is a depth of sft Gin at low water, and m the division for ladies there ia a depth of 4ft: The first-mentioned is 200 ft by 70ft ; the ladies' portion, being triangular, is 190 ft at the widest or Bhore end. The baths are enclosed by rubble and conorete walls built on a reef, and are divided into two by a 6ft galvanised iron fence. There are 10 dressing rooms altogether, all being supplied with fresh water procured from a permanent spring half a mile distant, and each fitted with a shower bath. The cost up to the present haa been £1130} Mr G. M. Barr, C.E., being the engineer. An extraordinary yarn haß been sent to the Calcutta papers by v Mr Webster, chief officer of the ship gßenvenue, who declares that " on tho 4th August m latitude 39.50 south and longitude 0.13 west, when the ship waß hove to m a strong gale, the Becond offioer, Mr Parsons, who was on watch, reported that belween four and five m the morning a tremendous living monster passed the port aide of the vessel, measuring nearly as long as the ship itself. It had large wings' or ears, two immense humps on its back 14 feet or 15 feet high, and a tail like a whale. The monster had two eyes the size of teaoupe, while its back was covered with shells or j scales resembling barnacles as large as cocoanuts. ' It remained near the ship for twenty minutes, its movements being yery slow." We fanoy that Mr Pareons must havo been " tapping the Admiral " protty freely, A meeting of St Mark'B Vestry, Bakaia' was held on Thursday. Present— Key H* Collins (ohairman), Messrs Broadbent» OBborne, Bryant, and Gorringe. The meeting opened with prayer, and after passing the last minutes it was reported that the total proceeds of the Garden Parly were £58 5a 3d. On the motion of Mr Osborne, seconded by Mr Bryant, it was resolved that tho interest on perpetual loan amounting to £18 be paid when due.— lt was also resolved that £20 should be placed to credit of loonl oontribu tions. Mr Osborne moved that the beßt thanks of the Vestry bo accorded to the ladies who gave so muoh of their time and assistance towards making the Garden Party a grand success. Seconded and oarried unanimously.— A hearty vote of thanka waß also aooorded the ladies and gentlemen who had so kindly decorated the ohuroh for Christmas. — A number of acoounta were passed for payment, and after transacting other routine business the meeting adjourned.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2024, 29 December 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2024, 29 December 1888

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