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A manufacturer has. discovered that bpp stalkq possess a material of textile properties similar to hemp, from whioh oan be produced good linen of a dark yellow shade. The anniversary of tbe death of Edward the Confessor was, on Nov. 18, observed at the Boman Gatholio churohes m the metropolis with due solemnity, and a numbnr of pilgrims visited the tomb of Edward m West* miniater Abbey. It will probably surprise .most people to learn that both cessation of respiration and Of movement of the heart are rejegted aa signs of death by a JFrenob leoturer m considering the preoise moment when life ceasea. Heart beats have been known to continue for an hour after the body was "beheaded, while on tbe other band they may temporarily oeaae m fainting. Jeff King, the oldest oolored man m the State of Georgia, has just died. Aocording to authentio reoorda kept by the family he was 128 years of age at the time of hia death. Born m slavery, he did not become a freo man until he bad reaohed the age of 100 years. He leaves a widow of three-and-twenty and two children, hia lateat marriage ! having been celebrated m his 126 th year. < One of the most extraordinary of London 1 trades ia m rabbitskina. Babbits are one of 1 the plagues of New Zealand and Australia, 1 and the partial compensation of the colonists 1 is this export. From New Zealand (writes I the London correspondent of the •'Manchester ] Guardian") there have been sent out m about ten years 70,000,000 akins, valued at < £750,000, and m the same period 20,000,000 ] have been exported from Victoria. "Coney i wool" is now worth 7a a pound. The extensive supply has, it is said, flooded the 1 English market, and the trade haß on hand ' a supply sufficient to last for a year or two. ' The cheap lininga of winter coats and oloako, ! and many of tbe dyed artiolea of fur, as well as many hats, are made of rabbit fur. ' An inoident m a street oar the other after- > noon furnißbed amusement for a lot of 1 passengers. A mischievous girl of about 2} I years cauaei the trouble; A young man and ] hia beat girl boarded the oar. The ohild was < preoooioua and attraoted the attention of tbe i young woman. The intimaoy between the J two ripened very faat, for the baby exolaimed, I *' I like 00 1 I want to tiss 00." The kiss c was bestowed, and then the affeotionate 1 youngster added, "I want to tiss 00, too," I addressing tbe young man. The latter oom- I plied with the request with evident reluotanoe, r but the eyea o( fifty passengers were on him, 0 and be could not baok out. Then the elf C hurried the climax. by Baying, " IJow titm I mamma, too." The young woman Boowled, £ the young man smiled, the mother eooided, I and the phijd rpoeived. a spanking {hen and 0

Four staoks of wheat and twelve aores of barley were burned yesterday morning on Mr Parkinson's estate at Kaituna. The loss ia estimated at £500. Incendiarism ia Buspeoted Mr Justice Denniston proceeds to Wellington shortly for the purpose of being Bwora m as a Judge of the Supreme Oonrt. The complimentary banquet to him, tendered by the Dunedin Bar will take place on his return to that oity. Building blooka made of oorncobs form the object of a new Italian patent. The oobß are pressed by maohinery into forms similar to brioks, and held together by wire. They are made watertight by soaking with tar. Theße moulds are very hard and strong. Their weight is less than one-third of that of a hollow briok, and they can never get damp. Mr B. B. Wilson, writing to the " Oamaru Mail," states that on examining a " burr " growing on the Hirbor Board Reserve he found it to be the "eorew" or "Bathurst burr " whioh has been found snob a peat m the wool m Australia. He believes the seed must have been brought by sheep from Australia, and steps should at onoe be taken to eradicate it. The "Lyttelton Times" records that yesterday the Canterbury Frozen Meat Company killed the millionth sheep slaughtered at their works at Belfast. The first sheep killed there was butchered on Feb. 16, 1883, almost exaotly six years ago. As marking the expansion of the Company's business, it may be noted that nearly half of the million have been killed during the past two yearß. A woman's hair may grow to the length of six feet. Madam Hobs, of Paris, refused 5000 franca for her " oranial covering," whioh was about that measurement. Four hundred hairs of average thiokness would oover an inch of space. The blonde belle has about 140,000 filaments to comb and brush, while the red-haired beauty has to be satisfied with 88,000 ; the brown-haired damsel may have 109,0' J O; the blaok-haired but 102,000. Few ladies consider that they oarry some forty or fifty miles of hair on their heads ; the fair* haired may even have to dress seventy miles of threads of gold every morning. A German experimentalist has proved that a single hair will suspend four ounoes without breaking, stretching under the prooess and contracting again. But the hair thus heavily weighted must be dark brown, for blonde hair breaks down under two and a half ounoes. No wonder, then, that " beauty oan draw love by a single hair." Mr Peroival, member for Christohuroh South, has written a private letter from London, dated Deoember 14th, referring to the proapeots of the Midland Railway. He says: — " Mr Salt, ohairman of the company, ib full of regrets that Government did not aooept the oontraot sent out some months prior to the last oontraot, as he says we had the whole money offered to us then on speoially favourable terms. They oould not keep the money waiting and so the chance went. Mr Burchill, solicitor to the company, thinks the contraot satisfactory. The directors seem quite sanguine of getting the money. They naturally await the most , favourable opportunity, and do not want to • move until they oan auooeed. Unless some* thing unforeseen happens to disorganise the ' money market you may expeot early m the . year to hear that the money is raised." ' The two new steamers for the Union S.S. , Company, one of wbioh is to relieve the ) Tekapo m the Calcutta trade, and the other I to take the Melbourne Fiji trade, m which the Pukaki and Hauroto have been employed 5 by turns, are expeoted to arrive m the Colony - about May next. The " Otago Daily Times." States that th,ey " will be plain vessels, more oi the cargo type, and will be of about 3000 and '. 4000 tons respeotively ; but we learn that the I company have also decided to add two large I passenger and oargo steamers to their fleet, I These are to be 830 ft long by 42ft beam, . somewhat larger than the Mararoa, buf arrapged more after the Amerioan plan, with c their aooomodation arranged on the upper > deck, thus BfOjring the maximum capacity 3 for both passengers and oargo. They will i be up to the company's best standard m speed, aooomodation, and goneral equipment. 3 One is expeoted to be out m time for next f Beason and the other will follow after an ; interval of three or four months." The "Soientifio Amerioan" gives the { following aB the " champion " snake story— i as well it mpj^j^Out^pn tha plantation of "MinrrGnSvans, near Madon, there are a p great many moooasinß, espooially about the 3 mill pond. One little pond near the mill is ] a favourite resort, and they qonßtegate m : great numbers about it. It is supplied by the rains, and last summer during the 3 protraoted drought, (it went almost dry, with ) a great number of Bnakes to mourn the loss . of the water. The snakes did not like to be l evioted by dry weather, so they crawled out m single file from the little pond that lay 5 below foe leyel of. the will pqqd% When tjjei l first snake ok loader, had reached the water f of the mill pond a halt was oalled, and each . snake proceeded to swallow the tail of the snake m front of him, until eaoh mouth was ' filled with a tail, and then every snake m the r long line proceeded to shed its skin and. i orawl out. The shed skins formed a long , length of hose, whioh acting like a syphon, , drew the water from the mill pond and filled c the little pond, and, what is better, kept it > full ail summer, i A gunner In the Royal Artillery, m one of ) the recent fights m Egypt, was serving a gun . round whioh a fierce contest with the Arabs was taking place, and wielded a rammer 1 Bbillelagh-fashion with such energy that he ! broke it. His gallantry being conspicuous he 1 was the next day oalled before his command- . ing officer, m order that the oiroumstaqosß ( might bo enquired into, and the man, if his gallant conduct could be established, reoom--1 mended for the Viotoria Oroßß. The gunner, - quite misapprehending the object of enquiry, , and unaware that he had done more than his simple duty, imagined that he was brought before a. B,oatd held to examine into the oirflamatances under whioh a certain article — to wit, a rammer, the property of the War Office — had been destroyed. Scarcely, therefore, , had the enquiry beßtm than he naively con-, feased his guilt, and appealed q& inistrioordjayh He frankly admitted that he had broken the rammer, but, pleading that be had no other weapon handy, earnestly promised 1 that Mhe would never do it again." The London correspondent of the ' Dunedin , Evening Star" tells the following amusing story anenf; the septuagenarian Duchess of Montrose and her juvenile husband (Mr Milner). There was an amusing soene at the Lord Warden at Dover the other day. Her Grace wa8j(8o poor Milner thone;ht) We n Q1 thG way to 'uonie Carlo. She left London on a Thursday, but, feeling unwell, stopped at Dover. Thither to on Saturday oame Mr Milner, m company with a—well, we'll say <!' pretty cousin " to whom he wished to give a whiff of sea air. Trie young lady went upstairs to ohange her dress, Milner meanwhile intending to order dinner. He was just about to do so when a well-known voice greeted his alarmed ears, and looking through the glass door of the coffee-room, he saw with horror his buxon spouse contentedly dining with(ominous aonjunotion) her solicitor. Without giving another thought to the " pretty cousin," the horrified man flew back to town by the first train. Presently the young lady deeoended, and finding the Duohess m the coffee room and Milner non ett, quiokly realised what had happened. Undisturbed she dined luxuriously at an adjacent table, and then returned to town too, leaving the bill for her "friend's mother" (as she pretended to believe the Duohesß) to pay. What happened when the dooument m question was proeented to Her Grace, with a polite message from "Mr Milner'e lady frjend," may be imagined, The best medioine known is SANDER and SONS' EUCALYPTI EXTRACT. Test its eminent powerful effeots m ooughs, oolds, influenza, etc. — the relief is instantaneous. Thousands give the most gratifying testimony. Hib Majeßty the King of Italy, and medical syndicates all over the globe are its patrons. Read the official reports that aooompany eaoh bottle. Mosler, M.D., Prof. University, Greifawald, reports : — The Euoalypti Extraot proved magnificently successful m very severe oontusions, bruises, sprains, wounds, soaldings, broken ribs, and limbs. (" Medioal Journal," Nov., 1881.) In diseases of the kidneys, either active congestion or suppression, (urcemia) or albuminuria, dropsy, lithargy, nothing will equal m its action Euoalypti Extract. Doses, sto 8 drops. Mosler, M.D., Pro!., University, Greifawald, reports :— Diphtheria. Tonsils continually coherent presenting uloers with white exudats. Cured m fourteen days, Surgioal Olinio of Prof. M'lntyre, College of Physioians and Surgepnß, St. Louis— Soirrhus of Breast— Exoisjon Euoalypti Extraot employed. No swelling, beat, or discaloratioo.t Cured m foyrteep dasfli— (Adys,J 4 <

Writing to Mr Howland, from London, Mr 1 'eroival, M.H.R, says: — Yogel is very well, nd has almost abandoned his ohair, A farrier onoe announced that he was pro* irepared to'* make up oapes, circulars, etc., or ladies out of their own skins." Miss E. T. Miller, authoress of the novelette ' In the Pride of His Manhood," has settled it Ohristohuroh, where she will open a private ohool. The members of a family at Inveroargill lave been made ill by eating of the fish mown as the trumpeter. It is said that at lertain seasons of* the year and under certain londitions of this fish it is unfit for human 'ood. The shocking death of a female tamer of wild beasts is reported from Hoenmuth, m Bohemia. She was a girl of 26 years old, named Bertha Baumgartner. During a public performance m a strolling menagerie ehe antered an empty cage, and the door of an adjoining cage was then opened to let a lion and a Bengal tiger enter. The lion walked m quietly, but the tiger, a ferooious beast, wbioh had three times wounded its keepers, orouohed m the doorway and showed temper. The girl lost nerve, oried for help, and slipped. As she did so the tiger made a spring, bit her on the shoulder, then m the throat, literally rent her to pieces, and tossed her body about. Half the audience ran to the doors m horror, while the attendants tried to beat off the tiger by poking hot irons into the cage. But the girl was dead long before the animal was driven away. The lion seemß to have been as much frightened as the human Bpeotators, for he took no part m the oarnage. The proprietor of the show has sinoe admitted that this aame tiger had already killed two people. Holloway's Ointment and Pills. — In all outward complaints a desperate effort should be made to at once remove those annoying infirmities, and of establishing a cure. The remarkable remedies discovered by Professor Holloway will satisfactorily accomplish this desirable result, without any of those dangers or drawbacks which attend the old method of treating ulceratious inflammations, scrofulous affections, and scorbutic eruptions. The most timid invalids may use both the ointment and pills with the utmost safety with certain success, provided a moderate attention be bestowed on their accompanying " Directions.' 1 Both the preparations soothe, heal, and purify, The one assist the other rcaterially m effecting cures and renewing strength by helping exhausted Nature just when she needs such uccour.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2050, 30 January 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2050, 30 January 1889

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