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[ The Rev Father Binßfield will celebrate 1 mass at Longbeach on Sunday next at 1 1030 a.m. Why is a lady at a ball like an arrow? because she can't go off without a beau, and ; is m & quiver till she gets one. i Mr John Baldwin, editor of a Poverty Bay paper, who waß recently imprisoned for prim inal libel , but released last S aturday week owing to ill-health, died on Christmas Pay. In connection with the vaoant judgeship aooording to a Wellington correspondent several fresh names have come to the front, inoluding that of Mr Seth Smith, the Auoklandß.M. "King" Tawhiao ib at present busily engaged beautifying his (place of residence at Pukekawa. New whares are being ereoted every day, and what with cultivation, fenoing, etc., (be settlpment is aeauming a very prosperous appearance, The "Dunedin Evining Star" says:^=r There is a good deal of talk m town about the find of stream tin at Port Pegasuß, Stewart Island. We hear that one of the discoverers has sold an eighth of a share (there being altogether twenty-five shareß) for £200. It is said that the tin m its crude state, roughly washed, is worth £40 a ton. The Duke of Edinburgh will next spring resign the command of the Mediterranean Squadron, and retire from the Navy, as m tvHuto Jia is to reside m Germany during the Greater part of eao.h year. The Duke has receive* a private intimation from Berlin that he will do well, ad heir of bis unole, the Duke of Saxe-Ooburg Gotha, to live as muoh as possible at or near Coburg, or his BUGQession to the. Duchy may be imperilled. According to the "European MalU" a ourious and not unimportant djsoo'yeiy has been made with regard to the Parnell letter m "The Times." A gentleman who has been employed to enlarge for magic lantern purposes the letter which appeared m " The Times " m Parnell'a alleged handwriting has discovered that the pen Btopped at least twenty timeß m forming the characters. On the other hand, m the case of the genuine letters of Mr Parnell the pen travelled up and down without stopping. Two young women, named respectively Miss Mary Jeffreys, " champion female walker of the world," and Miss Murray, of Aberdeen, were recently matched m a two nights' walking conteßt. The ohampioness was to ooncede to the representative of Bonnie Scotland three laps start m one hour and a half's walk eaoh evening, the one covering the greatest distance m three hours to be declared the winner. Miss Jeffreys did the first mile m 9min ssec, and at the end of the first hour had accomplished six miles one lap; and nine miles two laps m one hour and a half. When the score was declared on the ! seoond evening for the three full hours Miss Jeffreys stood seventeen miles seven laps, and Miss Murray seventeen miles four laps. Holloway's Pills are strongly recommended to all perspns who are much reduced m power and condition, wfooge stomachs are weak, and whose nerves are shattered, The beneficial effects of these Pills will be perceptible after a few days' trial, though a more extended course may be required to re-establish perfect health. Holloway's medicine acts on the organs of digestion, and induces complete regularity m the stomach, liver, pancreas, and kidneys. This treatment is both safe and certain m result, and is thoroughly consistent with observation, experience, and common sense. The purification of the blood,' the removal of all noxious matter from the secretions, and jthe excitement pf gentle action m the bowels, are the sources O[ the puratjve powers of HoJloway's Pjljs. * j

Messrs A. McKay, D. Gallic, and Lyons Beoured nearly all the prizes m the Highland eventa at (ho Timaru Oaledonian Sports yesUrdayi At the R.M. Oonrt this morniog, before Mr H. Friedlander, J P., James Williams, alias O'Brien, was fined s>», with the usurl alternative, for drunkenness. The following letters from places beyond the colony were reoeived at the Ashburton Poßt Office during the month of Nov., and nre now lying unclaimed : — Edward Butler, Mrs Dufratues, Mrs James Hampton, and Mrs i Sandy Spring. Don Juan Anchorena, cattle king of Buenos Ayres, after providing for bis family, has drawn up a will, leaving a very large sum for charitable purposes, the money to accumulate for throe centuries, when it should amount to £171,840,000. It is expected the Congress will deolare the will invalid. Wattle growing is being extensively carried out m South Australia, largo areas of land having been taken up for the purpose, both by the Government, companies and private persons. The latest report is that Mr Clifford, formerly conservator of foreßts in' India, haß tnken a 21 years' lease of 1400 aorea m the Mount Burr forest reserve for the purpose of wattle cultivation. It is said that he will plant 1000 acres this year. A special meeting of the Rose of Spring* burn Lodge, 1.0. G.T., was held m the Schoolroom, Springburn, last Saturday evening, Bro S. Climont, W.0.T., presiding. The principal feature of the evening wa> the presentation of a handsomo silver cruet stand to Bro and Sißter Gillam on the oooasion of their marriage. The piesentation was made by Bro James Price, who spoke m highly eulogistic terms of the recipients' services to the lodge. Bro E, Cooper responded on behalf of Bro Gillam. An enjoyable programme of musical items was then gone through, and during an interval refreshments were handed round. The "Wellington Post" states that « ballad compos Bd by Mr George Robertson, of that oity, and entitled, " Old Songs," has again been selected for the plaoe of honour m the Christmas number of the "Musical Cabinet" issued by Messrs W. H. Glen and Co., the well-known Melbourne music publishers. The melody appears to be a very pleasing one, and is set within the easy range of a mezzo*Boprano voioe. The words are by Mr A. D. Stewart, an old school-chum of the composer, who is now m Canada, and sent the lines to Mr Robertson as a sample of his. poetry. Mr Robertson's lateat composition is an interesting addition to colonial musioal works. The London correspondent of the " Otago Daily Times " says : — Sir Julius Yogel has scoured a publisher for bis novel " Anno Domini, 2000." The terms are very favorable. The publisher believes the work will be a success, and has agreed to pay a certain sum down and give Sir Julius a half share of the profits. The book is a sort of forecast of the year 2000. The theatre of action will ba laid mainly m Australia and New Zealand. Amongst local points touohed upon will be the pumice land of the North Island. In a. d. 2000 Sir Julius prediots that, by virtue of some ohemioal discovery it will have proved to be amongst the riohest and most productive soil m the colony. Sir Julius will also deal with aeronautical problems m a bold spirit, and his characters will be ablejto fly about m the air at will The following items are from the London correspondent of the " Otago Daily Times " j — I hear that Sir James Fergusson was lately offered a peerage, but deolined it on the ground of insufficient means. His friends wonder that he did not accept it and use it as a lever for making a rich marriage; Sir John Hall, having arrived by the Kaikoura from New Zealand, joined his family m London, »nd then moved to Eastbourne, where he- has been advised to remain for the winter on account of his daughter's health. It is, however, Sir John's intension to be back m London m time for the next session of Parliament. I have it on the very beßt authority that the Imperial Government had determined on a renewal of Sir Wm Jervofo' term of office as governor of N,ew Zealand, but about a fortnight ago he cabled a" request not to be reajppoiDted, bb he desired* to revisit Europe. No specifio reason is assigned, but it is supposed to be ot) account of the precarious state of Lady Jervois' health. Buyers of oheese (says the " Mataura Easign ") have been very pertinacious this year, and, thanks to the general state of despondency, have been very successful. They secured the whole of the output of a number of Otago and Southland factories at 5d per Ib, which seemed at the time to be a fair enough price. But those Direotors, or factory owners, who refused to listen to the voioe of the charmer are not likely to regret their hardness of heart. Cheese, like most other produatg, |s gpiog up, and those producers whose name ia a sufficient guarantee tor a good article can now obtain 6d per lb. That price was acoepted on Thursday for a parcel of Gore oheese. There is also every prospeot of the value of the produot riuinpr yet more. No matter what happens it can soaroely fall. The trouble at present m Southland is not the prospeot of prices, but. the difficulty of supplying orders. The weather is so bad that the milk supply is nothing like what it ought to be, and as a natural result, there will not be as much obeese made this season as could m ordinary circumstances be turned out. The annual gathering of the soholars and friends at Ashburtoh freaby(et|an Sunday Bohool took plaoe yesterday, The ohildren, with their teaohers and Rev A. M. Beattie, met at the ohurch m the morning and thenoe proceeded to Mr A. Orr's grounds on the Beaoh .Road, where they spent the day very pleasantly. A numerous oompany of parents and friends was also present, and the soholars of the Wakanui Sunday Sohool also joined m the day's amusement. Refreshments were supplied very liberally to all during the day, and everyone seemed happy and pleased with the whole proceedings. Games, rapes, and various* amusements for. tpe scholars* were kept up well, more especially m the evening when the heat, whioh during the morning and afternoon was intense, had moderated somewhat, The Rev Mr BeaUJe presented each, child with a book as a souvenir of the gather* ing, and before the people dispersed called for three cheers for Mr and Mre Orr for their kindness during the day. These were heartily responded to, the party then gradually breaking up: The settling up on the Tradesmen's race meeting took place at the Commercial Hotel on I Monday evening. The Secretary reported that there had been a loss on the meeting of about £20, the* to'tat an Ihe credit side, including balance of £46 brought forward, being £879 15s Id, and the stakes and expenses amounting to £253 17s, leaving a credit balance of £25" 18s Id to carry forward. The following amounts were paid to winners : — Mr M. Sherwin, £33 sa : Mr S, H, Lemon, £19 ; Mr J. P. Bell, £19 ; Mr C. Hobbs, £10, ; Mr A, Cowie, £9 10a ; Mr J. O. N. Grigg, £9 103 { Mr J. Smith. £9 10a; Mr H. G. Pitt, £4 15s ; Mr G. Angland, £4 15s, The stakes m the Ladies' Braoelet were held over pendins the decision of the 0,J.0. m the protest re Zealot referred to that body, as also that m the Trotting Raoe, doubt having been thrown upon Neil Gow being a "non. performer " ao entered, and also as to the horse having been domiciled m the district for the time required. It was resolved that notice be sent to the owner accordingly, and I that he be requested to satisfy the Stewards on both points at an adjourned meeting to be held on the 15th instant.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VIII, Issue 2026, 2 January 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VIII, Issue 2026, 2 January 1889