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In the island of Samoa, within ten years, 80,000 natives havo become Christiana. The United atatos has 164,000 publio schools and 215,000 saloons. There are 365 collogoß m the United States' 4836 instructors and 65,723 students. A Japanese novelist has just finished a work of fiotion whioh coneietD of ninety, volumes. It is found that there are 20,000 obildren of school age m New York for whom no room is provided m the sohool buildings. Wo are requested to mention that m the orickot matoh Longbeaoh v Coldatreara the olhor dny, the former team won by 47 runsnut 03 as previously stated. An Auckland paper states that m an ordinnry season Aucklanders spend £10,000 on strawberries, This year the crop was \ very short. The memorial stone of the new wing of the Salvation Army barraokß m Punt road, Melbourne, waß laid by Sir William Fox, of New Zealand. { It is reported m London that it is highly probab'o that Prinoe Ohriatian of Denmark, eldnflt Bon of the Grown Prinoe, will marry Princess Maud of Wales. The tower of the now City Hall at Philadelphia is to be surmounted by a bronze statue of William Ponn, whioh is to be thirtyseven feet m height, being the largest figure ever cast; The prosont orange crop m Florida is the largest within the history of the Stato. The golden fruit hangs there on the trees m rich abundanoe. The estimate is that the yield will be fully 4,000.000 boxes, Yet the price of oranges does not decline. It is seated that at the present time thirty large steamers are being built m German and English dookyardß lot Hamburg firms alone » Shipbuilders m Germany are 60 overwhelmed with orders that they havo had to transfer somo to English firms. A museum of boots, shoes, and slippers whioh have belonged to oelebrated person, ages has just been opened at Dresden. It inoludes several pairs of boots which were worn by Napoleon at some of his great battles, and the white satin rhoea whioh he wore at hia coronation* We are glad to notice m the " Mail " that the statement that there is a largo deficit over the Waipawa Exhibition is incorrect. It would have been a pity if the spirited efforts of the promoters had involved them m pecuniary loss. As it is tho Exhibition has about paid expenses, a result duo m a groat measure to the energy of the Secretary, Mr B. B. Johnson. Tho "New Zealand Times" says : — We do not see how tho shortcoming on the part of tho railway revenue can be less than £50,000 for the year, and it can easily be a good deal more. This loaves a very inconvenient gap to be filled up, even allowing for the gain m not profit through the substantial reductions m expenditure whioh Mr Maxwell and his assistants havo succeeded m effecting. Tho "Napier Telegraph says it is to bo feared that the Poverty Bay district cannot rely on an immunity from tho rabbit pest. On his last visit to the Opotiki dißtriot, Mr Oampboll Thomson, Sheep Inspector, onught no less than thirty rabbits, /or tho capture of whiob he employed the aßsistanoe of a ferret, whioh drove the rabbits out of their burrows into a trap whioh had been placed at one of the opom'ngs. The Empress of Russia often drives oat m a jaunty wagonette drawn by six eroameolored horses, with outriders m goarlot, and gold, and tho young Grand Ducheaaos follow her m low open oarriagos, drawn by longtailed ponies; Sometimes the cream-colored horses give way to four suporb and perfootly matched jot black eteods, with showy trap* pings harmonising with the livery of the outriders* Tho " Wairarapa Star " eaya it Is a rais« take to anticipate an abundant harvest m Wairarapa. "Possibly tho South Island, from whonoo reports of a most favorable oharaotor are coming, may bo more favorably situated. But from our own observation, nnd from tho testimony of our beßt farmers, tvo aro able to cay authoritatively that the coming harvest, though by no njoans a failure, is not likely to do more than give a very moderate yield." A gentleman purchased two parrotß from different places. One bad oorao from a kitchen where a hot-tempered and eviltonguod oook had been m tho habit of anathematising hor employers— the other tronx a pious family, where the bird had boon aoauetomed to hoar family prayers. The result was that tho two parrots kept up a Btrnngely-aesortcd duot, tho first constantly crying, " Deuco tako tho hubbub ! " to whioh the other bird responded with a fervent 11 Amen 1 " Mr John White, who accompanied the lato Professor Brown on his ill-fated trip, mentions .m his account of the expedition (furnished to tho " Daily Times ") tho discovery by the party of another waterfall, whiob, although not nearly so remarkable as the Sutherland Fall, is yot of great height. Tho top of the fall m near the timbor lino on Leaning Peak, and Mr White says that whilo they " could not form any just estimate of its height, it certainly seemed muoh over 1000 feet. We named the fullß, after Professor Brown, ' The Mainwaring Falls.' " A sooial gathering was given by the employees of Longbeaoh at the bomsstead m one of tho large granaries kindly lent by John Grigg, Esq. Over 200 poople sat down i to tea at 6.30 at a vory inviting table, the room i being tatefully decorated with evergreenß and flowers kindly given by the Mibbcs Grigg. The evening's entertainment commenced with a glee rendered by Mrs Cobb, Mrs Lusoombe, Messrs Luecombo, Rceoe, and Erckino. Mrs Cobb then sang " The lover and the bird." afterwards giving " Barney O'Hea " m excel, lent syle, and was followed by Mr Thorburn who sang " Jook M'Ban " to the great amusement of the company. Mr J. H. Erskino g»ve " The Union Jaok of Old England " and " The Marquis of Oamborwell Green " m oharaotor, both of whioh were loudly enoored, Moßßrs R. Recce, G. Pago, and several others also aang during the evening. Mrs Luscombo, who aocompanicd the tooalista throughout, displayed great musioal talent as a pianist. The dancing under Mr Roundtroe, as M.G., was carried on until the early hours of the morning. According to the nunual report of the Conservator of Forests for South Australia the total expenditure of tho department last yoar was £7262 19*, and the revonuo was £12,080 7fl Id, leaving a credit balance of £4817 83 Id. During tho last 12 yean the expenditure has boon £72,342 17s Id, and tho revonuo £81,HG 10a Bd. Tho dnpnrtmont has thus not only been eel f -supporting, but it addod nearly £}0,000 to tho general revenue of tho colony, and bos permanently improved the publio estate to the extent of no lees than £193,000. There are at least 800,000 trees m various plantations from 6 to 12 years of ago, whioh are valued at the average of 2s 6d each, although some of them j could bo cold for six times the amount. There are 1,000 000 trees botwoen three and six yoars of ago, these being valuod at la and Cd each. No credit is taken m the balance shoot for the solf-sown timber whioh is growing up m the forests under the care and protection of the board, although thoro are 2,000,000 of suoh trees, whioh have been dealt with m a simple and inexpensive fashion. Ono of the merits of the South Australian system m that it has imbuod the population with a taste for troo planting by the gratuitous distribution of young troos to /armors and othors. No less than 280,000 wero thus given away' last yoar, and it is calculated that thorp aro no loss than 700,000 living trees |n the polony whiph private persons have boon induced to plant. Tho oost of these to the Government was only a fraction over a farthjnjg eaph. lIQM.OWAY'b 1 Pnj-S are strongly recommended to all persons who arc n)i)ch reduced m power nnd condition, whose stomachs ore weak, r^d Whose nerves are shattered. The beneficial eflccls of these Pills will be perceptible after a few clays' trial, though a more extended course niny be required to re-establish perfect health. Ilolloway's mcdi. cine a.ctfi on the organs of digestion, and induces complete regularity m the stomach, Ifver, pancreas, and kidneys. This treatment is both ' sale und certain m result, and is thoroughly consistent with observation, expert: ence, and common sense. The piirifuintibn of the blood, the removal of all noxious matter from the s.ecyC|tions, and the excitement pf gentle action m tho bowels, are the sources pf ibfi cuntjvc powers $f ftglwy't PjJJs,

There wHI be the usual right-watcb service m St. Stephen's Ohuroh to-night at a quarter past cloven o'clock. At the B.M. Court this morning nCm \ offender who had baen apprehended for V| drunkenness but litorated on bail, did not appear when his name was called. Hib bail of £1 was ordered to be estreated. Mr T. BuUook, J.F., ocoupied the Bonoh. A boy named O'Malley, son of a resident of Sumner, waß drowned at Taylor's Miatako on Sunday, being washed off the rooks. A man ttiod to resouo the boy but failed. The body has not been recovered. The police are out searching. The Canterbury Engineers have protested against the ABhburton team taking the prize m the bayonet competition «t the South Canterbury Military Tour ament, on the | ground that the team wns composed of men of two Corp*. They nay a bayonet team should oonsiat of mon from one corps only. Mr.W, Hioka, coach builder, has turned out a excellent piece of work m the shape of a Whitechapel trap, to the ordor of Mr W. Pattman, of the Somerset Hotel. The trap is commodious and comfortable, being well finished m evory respect. It ia fitted with the seat patented by Mr Hioks some few weeks ago, and the new invention is found to work most satisfactorily. The painting was done by Mr T. Webb, and he has made an excellent job of the work entrusted to him. The blacks on the Palmer have developed a new advanoe m oivilisation and reoently stole four horses from Lakefield Station, on the Kennedy, using bark for Baddies and vines (or briddles. They drove away fifteen head of fat bullocks oil the run and killed qb oooasion warranted. A number of volunteers traoked and followed them up, reoaptured the balanoe of the beasts and the horses, and, says the Palmer correspondent of the " Brisbane Observer," of course gave the blacks a olean reoeipt m " lead' pencil." This we presume is a humorous way of expressing that the blacks wero Bhot down. Zino plaoed upon the fire m stove or grate is said to have proved itself an effective extinguisher of chimney fires. To a member of the Boston Fire Department is reported to be duo the 01 edit of suooesßfully introducing this soheme. When a fire Btartß insido a chimney, from whatever cause, a piece ot thin sheet zino, about. four inches gquare, is merely put injLo the stove or grate connecting with tho chimney. The zino fuses and liberates acidulous fumes, which, passing up the; flue, are said to almost inatantly put out whatever fire there may be there It certainly Bounda ■tmple enough. An extraordinary and dating foat was Accomplished by a laborer named Tom Hardy at tho village of Moulton, near Spalding, Lincolnshire. Some months ago a Bailor aacdnded tho lofty orookotod spire of the parish church, and tied a handkerchief to tho weathercock. Moulton was the othor day en fcto on account of two weddings, and whilst one was proceeding tho nann Hardy aßOonded the epirc, and brought the handkorobiof down, muoh to tho. astonishment of a largo number of spectators. In the year 1812 a laborer residing m tho village went up the spire with his little child whioh ho tied with a handkorobief to the weathercock. He then joturned to his home, fetohed bis wife to look at the child and subsequently asconded the spire and brought it down safely. Persons interested m the development of tho natural productions of this district will bo interested to learn that tho Mount Somera white stone is m high favor m Melbourne. The handsomest building m Collins street, tho principal thoroughfare of the Viotorian metropolis, ia built of Mount Somers ston« and tona ootta lumber, and its appearance ia described to be very fine indeed. It may not be out of place to mention that the first object to be seen at the exhibition, on going m at th« main entrance is ■ a fountain constructed of Mount Somers stone. This fountain stands ever eight feet high. It hnn beon tastefully curved, and is surmounted by a sculptured female figure. It has attraoted a great deal of attention, and the quality of the stone has come m for favorable oomment on every side.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2025, 31 December 1888

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2025, 31 December 1888

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