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Thomas O'Gonnell, an old colonist, died the other day at Sandhurst, aged 102. He leaves a widow partially blind, aged 105. At the R.M. Court thia morning, before Mr T. Bollock, J.P.VPatriok Olarkin, for drunkenness and disorderly conduct and for vagrancy, wai sentenced to 14 days' imprisonment, An- ordinary elephant produces 1201 bof ivory, worth £60. fiogiand oonsumes 650 tons (of which Sheffield takes one thfrd), Igr whioh it is neoeisary to kill 13,000 elephants yearly. A cowboy m Wyoming Territory is quite the hero of the boor m that section on account of his having killed a noted desperado of Oheynne. After the shooting the cowboy fled ; but the coronet's verdict— an echo of the public feeling— did not criminate him, co be came #ut from his hiding-plaoe, and has been given a public, reception by the grateful citizens of the town. Some youths were playing golf at St. Mary's Barraoks, Chatham, the other day, when one of their number, frank Bannet, missed a stroke and accidentally hjt a pomnanlon named William Chapman. The blow from the golf stick fell behind Chapman's ear, and he dropped down and expired almost imme> diately. The eleven of the Ashburton Cricket Club to play against Geraldine tomorrow m the Ashburton Domain, commencing at 11 a.m., will be pioked from the following: — A. Fooks, Bimpßon, Kneen, Denshire, G. Andrews', B.uchanan jutir, Strange, Sawle, Blake, Pumareeq, Ma^eig, Hargreaveß and Cranfield. A man named Frederick Clapham was arreßted at Christohuroh last night by Detective O'Connor, for alleged wholesale forgery. Be is charged with forging the namit of F. Fay to four ohequeß on the Colonial Bank for £20, £25, £20 and £6, and uttering the same to tradesmen during the past three daye, Mr John Hopkins, a farmer of Fareora, is credited with the following novel plan of dealing with the small birds. Having secured a ponpje pf young hawks from a nest, he placed them op a raised platform m the midst of his field, The old birdß m their flights to and fro to feed their young effeotually soared away the sparrows. The Mormons, who are now moving into Mexico and Canada; seem to find no difficulty m leaving their peculiar institution of poly, gamy behind them. It appears that those | who have settled m the North-west Territory ! have expressively deolared that they will not attempt to violate the laws of the Dominion m this respect or countenance such a violation. Doubtless the Bame prudent decision will be taken by the Mormons now establish* ing themaelveein Chihuahua, At Bacohns March, ViotorU. op the Oth inst., Ellen Jane Tanner, aged 17 years, was engaged as a saleswoman at a draper's shop* Mr T. B. Hikely. her employer, took a email reyolver off the desk, making some remark as to bow he shot parroti. By e/jme means whioh cannot be explained, he discharged the weapon, and* the girl gave a scream and fell into his arms. A Dr Vance happened to be at an adjoining ohemist's Bhop, and ran m to sfle what had happened ; from the quantity of blood flowing from the girl's mouth he thought ehje bad been shot, probably through the heart. She died W » few min|}tC| With*

The Earl of Sheffield, who reoently announced his intention of closing Sheffield Park against the public, has received an anonymous letter threatening to murder him. He has offered £250 for the disoovery of the author. Seventeen young ladies (unmarried) sent from home by the Church Emigration Sooiety, recently arrived m Melbourne, whereupon a writer asked, "on behalf of Australian Bpinsters generally, 'Is this a protective country, and, if so, why is it that unmarried women— the one particular olbsb' m the community who are generally conBidered to need proteotion— don't get it ? ' " Removal of sections of bone m surgical operations has hitherto been a lcng tedious | prooess, effeoted with a mallet, chisel, gouges, etc It is perhaps, the most brutal and unscientific method whiob could be adopted, and sounds like the operative butchery whioh existed m the last century. This has been all reformed by an invention called the electric osteotome, whioh is an instrument holding a circular saw At its extremity, revolved with lightning speed by an electric motor. This, when held against a bone, makes a clean cut through it m a few seoonds; m faot its action is instantaneous* By hold* ing the osteotome m a slanting position, wedga-shaped pieces can be cut out with equal promptitude. There is no clanger of the Baw outting the soft parts, as they are proteoted by a retractor, an instrument whioh is passed down and under the bone. The receipts of the Suez Canal are as pro* gresßive as those of the British Bailway companies. In the first nine months of last year the receipts were 48,829,000f against 45,187,000 fin the first three quarters of 1887, ; showing an inorease of 5,642,000f . As there is praotioally no inorease m expenditure, m earning thiß additional sum, theßO figures may be taken as representing a gain m net revenue. To calculate what benefit the shareholders should derive from this it must be remembered that the net profits of the canal are distributed thus : — 71 per cent, to the shareholders, 15 per oent. to the Egyptian Government, 10 per oent* to the holders of founders' shares, 2 per oent. to the direotors, and the same to the employees. Thus, of every clear lOO.OOOf, earned, the shareholders divide 71,000f, so that of the 5J millions of franos by whioh the receipts have already increased this year, there will be four milliona for the shareholders. At the meeting of the Board of Education yesterday a discussion took place on -the matters which led to the resignation of "the Ashburton School Committee. Mr E, G. Wright thought it would only be justice to the Board that the letter of the Secretary to the Ashburton Committee, whioh had been followed by the resignation of the local Committee, should be published. He moved a resolution to that effect.— Mr Cunningham seconded the motion jiro/ornw, — Mr Weston was not sure that the publishing of the letter would not be libellous.— Mr Saunders would like to Bee the letter published,- but for the faot that the master had resigned The Board should be above justifying themselves to the publio at the expense of anyone with whom they had to deal. — Mr Weston thought the publication would be punishing the master for the Committee. — After some further discussion, the decision on the matter was postponed, Mr Wright withdrawing hit motion for the present. As an evidence of the fertility of the soil ] of New Zealand, and that there is an abund* anoe of food m this Colony for man and beast m spite of all our grumbling about hard times and depression, a correspondent of the " Auckland Herald " points out that during the past five months it has been estimated that theljnipn Steamship Company have sent on an average thirteen steamers per week fully loaded with New Zealand produce of various kinds— even the saloon, m some instances, having been utilised 'for the storage of New Zealand food for the parohed-up Australians. On some occasions even as muoh as 2000 kegs of butter have been carried on deck. Contrast this with the produce of Queensland, whose produce oiroulars (lately received m Auokland) show that thg wheat yield there will be four bushels | to theaoref apd, considering the cheapness there, this may be considered a fair average. ! "Taink of this," says the correspondent, "ye New Zealand growlers, and be thankful 1" , At a dinner given at the St George's Club on the 2nd Dec last, Sir W. J. Kay-Shuttle-worth complimented Lord Grariville on his past achievement as Colonial Seoretary. He deolared that Earl Granville's deoision m 1869 to withdraw the British troops (the 18th Regiment) from New Zealand while ft hot warfare was proceeding m the North Island between the settlers— then comparatively few-and the Maoris, was largely responsible for "the great happiness" now prevailing m the coioriy, because it had brought about instantly a new native policy, with the results that there had been no more serious troubles with the Maoris. . Jfcord Granville replied, m those puaye aopents with which all Europe used to be familarj that it was " no light matter " to adhere to a policy which at the same time some of his s own colleagues were dubious about, and whioh was widely condemned as likely to lead to the massaore of the European settlers, and to the joes of New Zealand itself. That these predictions yen not verified was owing to the oourage and vigor of tbegettjers tfyenasefres. Miss MaoNeills appointment as extra Woman of- the Bedchamber to the Queen is an innovation on the ojd position ooonpied. by the l»dies whp fprmerjy flUed these postß, Their work was purely nominal, and entailed, nothing more that the attendance at the Drawing Booms and State entertainments, and an occasional wait on the Queen or a foreign Sovereign, if neoessary. But Miss MacNeill's appointment is to be made more of a personal one with regard to the Queen, and, if I may use a familiar expression, perhaps hardly m aooordanee with the language of the Court Circular, J might oharaole'iise the place she' is to occupy as that oi extra ''lady help,*' to assist the Queen's ladies, who are none of them so young a.s they were, m the very wearisome work of copying and tabulating all the Queen's private correspondence, whioh is enormous. The Queen has a oopy made of nearly every letter she receives, and it is easy to understand how heavy and increasing the work ib. Mi'bb MaoNeill is also to be leotrice to Her Majesty, —^ogdop Gossip, gome very interesting disolpßitfei are generally brought to lighf at meetipgs of file Charitable Aid Boards throughout the colony. A) (he Jast meeting of the Napier Board the applioat^on of a woman to have the two children of her depeased daughter supported by the State, on account of her inability to keep them, was (pays the Evening News ") disoussed. It appeared that both the children are illegitimate, and it was eventually deoided to pay the grandmother so muoh a week foi keeping them. It came out that the putative father of one of the children is a member oi the Legislative Counoi!. His name wae mentioned. The girl was working as a Beryant m his house when the intimaoy occurred, the regqlt pf whioh was aohiljj, and it is Baidthat the ariotooraiio father paid a lump sum down on the birth of the child to have nothing more to do with it. The unhappy girl died reoently m Christohuroh, but the father still mingles with the beßt of sooiety, aseiets m making the laws of the oountry, and is pointed out to the rising generation as a model man, whoße actions they would do well to emulate, Suoh is the way of the world. The best medioine known is SANDER and SONS' EUCALYPTI EXTRACT. Test its eminent powerful effects m coughs, colds, influenza, eto,— the rejief is instantaneous, Thousands give the moat gratifying testimony. His Majesty the King of Jtaly, and medical syndicates all over the globe, are its patrons. Bead the official reports that acoompany eaob bottle. We have ne occasion to offer rewards m proof of the genuineness of our references. The official reports of medioal olinics and universities, the official oommunioation of the Consul-General for Italy at Melbourne; the diploma awarded International Exhibition, Amsterdam— all these are authentic dooutnents, and, as suoh, not open to doubt. We add here epitome of one of the various eases treated by Siegen, M.D., Professor, eto : Burning of the righjk hand through the explosion of a small oil stove. Tb.e epidermis on the v'plar and palmer side of the ifand of the thirty-year-old patient was completely Separated and lifted up aa far as the joint of the hand. The likewise lifted nails were hanging loose, and half of the phalanx of the nail of tho middle finger was coaled. ' The wounds thus contracted healed m three weeks qnder daily applications of JBuoalyptio Extraot I dressing. The patient has retained the full y|o o! (he bapd.- jAdyt.} j

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2046, 25 January 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2046, 25 January 1889

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