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-- ♦ ■ The Railway Commissioners will, it is be^eved, enter on their duties at the end of this mgntb, A large quantity Qf pears, which arrived at Wellington from Australia on Friday, have been condemned as being affooted with oodlin moth. Tbe meeting of the Farmers' Cooperative Association wbioh was to havo been held on Saturday afternoon has boon adjourned to a future date. There waa no sitting of the Diatriot Court this morning, tbe few oases that were Bet

down on tbe cause list having been withdrawn or adjourned at the last minute. The next Bitting of tbe Court is fixed for Maroh 11. Tbe " Nelson Colonist " has tbe following obitu«. r v notice— calculated to " make angele weep "• — Obituary — Lawrence Oliphanr, diplomatist, the author of " Cancer on the Lungs," from whioh disease he suffered | intense pain during tho last five months. His death, however, was painlpea. We beg to remind our readers of the anniversary tea meeting to-morrow evening m Ihe Templar Hall, Tinwald, The following gentlemen are expected to take part m addresßing the meeting :— Revda J. Elmalie, M.A,, R. F. Garbett, J. N. Buttle, J. R. Riddle, W, Finlayson, A. M. Beattie, and Mr Sawle. The oboir will have the assistance of some friends m rendering mueioal selections, and preparations are being made to make the tea a sucoeßß. At tbe Resident Magistrates' Court this morning before Major Steward a batch of six 11 drunks " wero brought up to do penance. John Adams, alia? Price, 1 aliat Pearce, and Thomas Farrell, m consideration of not having been before the Court for two years, were let off with a fine of 6s with the alternative of 2i hours' imprisonment. Archibald Clark and Israel Luke were eaoh fined £1 or 48 hours' imprisonment. Fines of 5s with the usual Alternative were inflated m the cases of Jerome OamiDe and James O'Brien, neither of whom had been before the Court for come time past. U?iv way's Pills,— Epidemic Diseases The alarm.: . n(r 'nciease of English cholera and diarrhoea :,honld be * warning to every onp tp subdue at once any iru£«" 1 '' lril y tending toward disease. Holloway's°Fills &n^ llc * now be m every household to rectify all impurt states, of the blood, to remedy weakness, an f l lo overcome impaired general health. Nothing can be simpler than the instructions for taking this corrective medicine, nothing more e/ficient tljan ft qleansing po»ers, aothmg more harmless than its vegetab'e ingredients. Holloway's is the best physic [luring the summer season, when decaying fruits and unwholesome vegetables are frerjuently deranging Jhe bowels, and daily Exposing thousands through their negligence m permitting disordered action, to the dangers of diarrhoea, dysentery, and cholera.

\ The four licensing districts of Wellington ' city have been amalgamated. { Mrs Greeson, wife of the Hon. H« B. < Gresson, formerly a Judge of the Supreme Court, died on Friday night after three days' illneas. Tho second of the season's series of Ashburton wool Bales was beld at the Orango Hall this afternoon. There was a good attendance of buyers, and a large catalogue was submitted to the hammer, A full report will appear m to-morrow's ißßue. At an inquest on the body of the boy O'Malley, who was drowned on December 30th, at Taylor'a Mistake, a verdiot of " accidentally drowned" wbb returned. The ooronor and the jury passed high oncomiurns on C, E. Percy, who plunged into the water and endeuvoured to savo the boy. The Wellington correspondent of the '' Press " says it is rumoured' that the Government will propose next aeenion to increase all the Judges' salaries by £500 oaoh, and that a pledge to this effect will be given to the appointee m the present instanoe. Tbe Press Association informs us that it is understood that the rumor that Mr H. D. Ball is to receive tbe appointment are entirely without foundation. Three or four yearß ago (says the " Pall Mall Gazette ") an extraordinary young lady, who had made acquaintance with at leapt one of her Majesty's gaols, achieved a brilliant foreneio Bucoess m a south country assize court by pleading her own oase m Buoh » way as to extort a verdiot of " not guilty " from a jury wbioh was BuppHed with overwhelming evidence of her guilt. This young person has now entered upon another sphere of usefulness, and is leoturing m America as an " escaped nun I An esoaped criminal would be nearer the mark. On Friday last a trial of the Brantford reaper and binder, for wbioh Messrs J. Quane and Co. are looal agents, was held m a paddbok belonging to Mr Lee, on tbe Alford Foreßt Road. The orop was one of green

oats and was uneven m plaoea, but the machine did its work exoellently. The outting and tying were well done, and the Brantford amply sustained the good opinions it won at the recent trial at Waterton. Another trial will be held at Mr Cox's farm, on the Raaeoourse road, to-morrow. Several other machines will probably be present. The Rev J. Elmslie oonduoted anniversary servioeß yeßterday morning and evening at Tinwald. In the morning the church was quite full, and Mr Elmslie took for hie text Psalm lxvhi.,v 18, pointing out the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit for the prosperity of a congregation; In the afternoon he conducted the Bervioes at Flemington, where the oburoh was thronged, and it wap believed there must have been nearly 200 present. At the evening service at Tinwald there was again a good attendance, when Mr Elmalie preached a most interesting discourse on Exodus xxxin., v 14-15. An Auckland paper Btatos that Dr Wilkins of Auckland, having been attracted by the extraordinary ease and comparative painlessnesa with whioh the Canadian dootors extraot teeth, has been investigating, and haß come to the conclusion that their suooess was due to the possession of an instrument muoh superior to those generally m use. He aooordicgly Bet to work and has devised an instrument which is claimed to bo simple, highly ingenious, and bo effectual m its operations as to autoniih the patients, the entire operation being so rapid and bo easily performed that the patient experienoes next to no pain. A woman was lately killed by lightning m a small Virginian village, and since her death it has been discovered that a pane of glass m a window at whioh she was standing has upon it an exaot reproduction of her features. The pane bears a perfeot likeness Qf the dead woman ; a oiroumstanoe whioh serves to reoall a case wbioh ooourred some time ago, when a boy who was struck down by lightning at bis father's door was found to have upon his body an exact representation of the limbs and leaves of the tree through whioh the lightning had passed before it struck him This boy reoovered, and m course of years all traoes of the tree portrait faded away from bio body, A trial of the Reid and Grey reaper and binder was held on Saturday afternoon m a paddock on tho East Belt. The trial wag. arranged for m consequenoe of a mishap preventing the machine showing at its beat «U, the recent exhibition at Waterton, On that occasion the machine was just fresh from the shop, and some of the bearings being tight an impression was given that the d/aught was very heavy. This defeot had been notified on Saturday, and tho team of two horses, driven by Mr Mulford, drew the machine with ease. The orop operated on was oats just on the turn for ripening, with a light under growth of clover. The machine did capital work leaving a. nice clean stubble and majjjag neat BheaveHj sg» An interesting eearoh after lost treasure bin juct begun m the Adriatic near Trieste. In {September 1812 the French corvette Danae was lost by an explosion, from oauses unknown, the whole of the crew, some 200 men, being drowned. The oaptain of tbe chip had jusf returned from the theatre, when the powder magazine blew up, and such was the force of the explosion that every window m the quarter of the town near the sea was smashed. There happened to be on board the Danae a ease of costly jewels and vaulables, destined for an exalted personage at Trieste. No (paps of it could afterwards be discovered. The searoh now b'ejng made, with the permission of the authontjeß of the port;, ia oarried on by experienced divers, though hitherto not a ve&tige of the Danae or her treasure has been found, The " dog-fiend " as he haa come to be known, or m othet words the individual who, for some years past, has periodically laid poigon for tbe canines of the borough, has evidently reoommenped work. Qne or two dogs were found dead yeßterday! and the owner of one found some poisoned meat on the roadway. It has been more than once suggested that the " dog-fiend," whoever he may be, is Borne one who has Buffered from the depredations of the mongrels that live . about the town, but these seem to almost invariably escape tbe poison' laid for them, really valuable dogs falling viotims, The destruction of theße mongrelß would be a benefit to everybody concerned, and if the Borough Counoil tock vigorous steps to enforce registration these animals would not long exist, as their owners, where they have any,

would not find them worth the oost of a collar, and m pases where th.ere were no Qwnere the authorities could see thftt the animals were destroyed. 4n incident, whioh at any rate, bqa the advantage of being ppvel, ppcurre^ a meeting of a public body wbioh oarnea out its dutios somewhere within the confines of the Ashburton county. At tho last meeting of tbis body the opiniona of the ohairman and one ot the members, to put it mildly, differed to some extent; The result was that a few pleasantries were bandied between the gentle* men Jndioated, Jn the oouree of whioh one of them gave vent to Bopap exprepaipn w^iph the other evidently accepted, whether m jest or earneßt doeß nojt appear, as an intimation of h{a willingness to settle tbe matter m diepute by an appeal to arms. At any rate, at an adjournment of the body to which both belonged, wbioh took piaoe phortjy after? warde, the Beoond gentlpm&p drpw up a formal ohallenge whioh he committed to paper, it being therein suggested that the weapons to be used bo pistols and the distance twenty paoes. Ab yot we have not heard whether this invitation folia m with the views of the gentleman challenged, but this, doubtless, tbe future will disolose. A rather Btorray meeting of the Wakanui River Board was held on Saturday, the papse of the trouble, being, we understand, (ihat somo work was carried out by the works oommittee without tbe pogni^anoe ;of the ohairman. The proceedings were lively at times and feeding ran high over tho matter. The river is still very threatening at the breaches op the old River Boad, there being a strong set into tho bank, for tbe proteotioq of tbis, willow fasoines have been put jn and fastened by wire tQ stakes. At a distance pf a chain or so baok from the river's edge play banks 5° P^ent overflow have been made, The damage Ih2t baa been already done at this point is surprising. Two wide indentations have been out through the River 1 Boad and these extend for some distance into the paddocks on the landward side of the road. A bank that was erected some time ago to prevent oversow has been for a considerable distance nearly all Bcoured nway, and it ia ; only a' question of time tot th£ new bank ' erected Eome distance farther baok to' be Iv a like condition it tb.e acQpr/ of tho river lo not prevented, ' ' " •' '

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2036, 14 January 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2036, 14 January 1889