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- ■ ■♦ -— Some of the crops Buffered very severely from the nor'wester of Sunday. We have beard of one paddock of oats which was completely threshed put. Sydney muit just now be a splendid market for potatoes, our oable news Btating that that useful esculent is cow being cold at the tremendouß price of sixpence per dozen I Id some parts of America there is no law for the closing of publio-houßeß. One refreshment bar jn Chicago has never shut its doors for eleven years'. The latest rumor with regard to the vacant puisne judgeship jb that Mr Jußtioe Ward will not receive the appointment, but that Sir F, Whitaker, the present AttorneyGeneral will b* seleoted for the post. A Ohristohurch exohange informs uh that to-morrow 10,000 brown trout and 100 ohar are to be liberated m Btreamß at Asbburton. The fish are to be supplied by the Canterbury Aoolimatisation Sooiety, Mr piackett, who retired from the post of Engineer-ip.-Cbief on tbe last day of 1888, will probably leaye jn Inarch for England to enter upon his new and important duties 'as consulting engineer for tbe colony; A rumour has obtained ourrency m Welt lington that tbe gentleman recommended by the Agept-peoeral for the Chief Oomruiasionership e( Railways is Mr Bees (assistant deputy manager for Liverpool district on London and North-western line). This position, m point of relative raDk, would be analagous to that of the second m looal command at Dunedin or Chriatohuroh m the service of New Zealand railways. As showing the force of the tremendous nor'wester which raged m and about Aehburlon on Sunday, we may mention that a little girl, of some six years of ago, the daughter of a gentleman who resides within a couple of miles of the town, was oarried off her feet, while attempting to croßß the garden, and blown clean over a five foot fence into tbe adjoining paddock. H.Ol4Q\vay's Pjjxg.— Health or Wealth.— ; No sane person' woul,d hesitate an instant m < the choice between those two pon,diljpns. Noytr ; is the season to secure the forme^ either by i restoring or confirming it. These'pills expel i all impurities from the system which fogs, foul i vapours, and variable temperature engendered j during winter ; this medicine also acts most ' wholesomely upon the skin by disgorging the 1 Jiver of its accumulated bile, and by exciting i tba Jcidneys to more energetic action; it i jthe appetite for food and strengthens I the digestive pyoccsg . The stomach and liver, i with which most disorders originate, are fully < under the control of these regenerative pijl^, i ,which act very kindly yet more efficiently pn < fee tCQdfrgt J>9Ws!s, r

The postal authorities of Victoria are about to fix a uniform registration fee of Id on letters for all parts of the world. Last night's meeting of theßorongh Gonnoil one of the shortest on reoord, all the r business being transacted m Bhortly half an I hour. The •' Lyttelton Times M sayß that Mr B. I B. Williams, a member of the Fisk Minstrel Troupe, purposes to take up his abode m New Zealand, and to enter upon the practice of the law. He has already Btudied to a considerable extent with this object m view, and has succeeded m procuring his B.A. degree ; but he ia still studying, and he hopes with a few more months' assiduity to attain to the degree of LL.B. Should he be successful he will nettle down m either Christchuroh or Napier. Mrs Williams accompanies him on his travels. The " Telegraph " reports that on Saturday last a swarm of bees, which mistook the Kdiapoi Wesleyan Chapel for an apiary, caused some trouble m their dislodgment. The Rev P. W. Fairolough managed to secure about a gallon and a half of the industrious insects. As it takes 3200 busy bees to fill a quart, the rev gentleman's congregation amounted to at. least 19|200, and it may be added m the churoh was '• room for millions more," though the regular congregation would prefer the room to the company of the bees, no doubt. There was quite a chapter of aooidents — happily not of a very serious nature — m oonneotion with the trip of the up express yesterday. When the train was near the Uiods Btation a mare harnessed m a loaded dray attempted to bolt and fell, and about the ' same time a mob of sheep rushed aoroßS the line, with the result that one or two of them oame to grief under the wheels of the looomo- , tive. A little farther on a horse tethered to a fenoe attempted to leap over and got both bis forefeet entangled m the wires, and when last seen appeared to be m a very ugly predicament. Says a London correspondent of a Southern

paper: — A young gentleman of aristooratio bearing who had been to New Zealand was bent on displaying his knowledge of Maori' before a crowd of admirers, at one of the matohes played by the Maoris m England. Entering the pavilion, he called Earauria : — "Ehos, Maori man ! Haere mail Kapai te waipero." " No, thank you, Mr Whiteman, I do not drink," replied Karauriain perleot English, and with crushing efleot. The orowd roared. a*nd the young swell looked as though he had swallowed half a pound of Cayenne pepper, and it was ooming out of him through the skin. The " Australasian " reports that a field trial of reapers, strippers, and binders, m connection with the Agricultural and Pastoral Society, was held at Albury on the 12th nit. The orop was too light for tidy work, but, on the whole, the judges considered the work done satisfactory. They awarded the first, prize for reapers and binders to Massey's machine with 164 points, the Hornsby being second with 147 points. As the work of the maohinea was considered to be nearly equal, the judges recommended that a prize should be awarded to the Hornsby. T. Robinson and Go. were the only competitors m stripper and winnower, and were recommended a prize for the work done by both. An interesting point m oriminal law has been decided by the Viotorian Full Oourt.. George Beresford Sargent was convioted at the General Sessions before Judge Worthington of forging a cheque for £640 m the name of a firm of squatters who bad formerly employed iiim near Albury, and uttering upon the National Bank. The document was neither stamped nor domiciled; it. did not bear the name of tha plaoe at whioh it had been drawn nor where it was payable. The primary judge expressed gOtne dogbt as to. whether a conviction oonld stand under the. circumstances, and stated a case to elucidate the question. Their Honors held that though tha cheque could not be sued upon m a civil aotion, it wbb sumoient evidence of felonious intent to enable it to be used m oriminal proceediDgs. The oonviotion was therefore con-' firmed. A laundress who wig employed m the family of a great man, said to him with si Bigta, " Only think, my lord, how small a' sum of money would make me happy." "How little ?" Baid he. ." Oh, my lord, £20 would make me perfectly happy." " Then I will send it to you to-morrow, upon the understanding that the. amount will make your happiness perfeot." " I thank, you, my lord ; and assure you it will," said she, and took her departure. She "was no sooner' outßJde the door than Bhe thought she might? as well have asked and received £40 ; so Bhe stepped baiak saj'ing, (' Bleas'e make it forty." "Ah { I am released," said hU lordship ; '■you have proved that twenty would not make you happy ; nor would any other sum." The Waitaki is said to be swarming with> trout and we can testify to the splendid fettle of the fish, having partaken the other day of one wbioh weighed lQ!bs, acd was quite equal to salmon m flavour though not quite bo pink m color. We have heard too on unquestionable authority of a ciroumstanoo whioh is perhaps without parallel m oonneotion with trout fishing or oapturing and whioh happened reoently not far from the mouth of. (be river referred j)o r It appears that a man who was doing Epme pontraot ploughing and harrowing had knobked off work for the evening and took his horses, drawing the harrows, through a pool of water m a part of the riverbed. On emerging he found to his eurprieo a grand fish of Blbß weight impaled by the tines. Having secured his prize ho took the harrows through the pool again several times with the result that he captured three more fine fish ranging up to 61bs weight. Tha. genera} meeting of the Asbburtori Cypling ~ Club was held on Friday' evening. Tqere was a good attepdanpe of members, Mr Stephens (subrOaptain) m the chair. Messrs D. Jones and A. Jamieeon were elected members. After the transaction of some routine business the question of holding a race meeting was discussed. It was resolved that bioycle races be held on February 6th.. The following wore eleoted a Committee of Management ; MeBSVj ' fc}tepb,ens, gander, Salek, A. Jones, Fisher, and Andrews. After deoidiog on the main points of procedure the meeting terminated. A Committee meeting was held on Monday evening, there being a full attendance. A programme of 'events woe drafted, and a. great amount of preliminary business got through, From the interest that members are evincing m the matter the meeting promises to be a big eucoess, and considering that it is the first meeting of the kind that has taken plaoe m Ashburton, ■hculd be well patronised by the public According to the Wellington correspondent of an exchange ptbor people besides the tradesmen are beginning' already to find the new foreign parcels by no means an unmixed blesfiog m combination with the existinc

heavy tariff. Advantage has been largely' taken of it m England by perc-ons desirous of sending Christmas and New Year's gifts to friends or relations m the oolony. The, consequenoes have been m a mild degree disastrous to scVme of the recipients. In one; ease mentioned to me a Christmas pudding was forwarded by the Ruapehu's mail, and the lucky oonsignee had m one way or another to pay no leBB than 33 91 m charges, fn another case some small bags were sent out to a family of children, whose father was by no means enchanted at'being palled on to pay 4a 6d for bisppresentt t Many other instanaes are mentioned m whjoh unfortunate colonists who were already puggled how to, pay all their Christmas bills have been;' compelled to stump up with repugnant liberality for the various artioles deßpatohed to them with euoti 1 mistaken kindness by their distant friends.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2031, 8 January 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2031, 8 January 1889

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