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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

Twenty young men m Pennsylvania town formed a football club. In three months fourteen of them had broken bones, three were crippled for life, and one druggist Bold them 18 dollars worth of ointment.

The returns of the Ashburton Hospital for the month of January, 1889, are as follows : — In Hospital on the Ist Jan., 8 ; admitted during the month, 8 ; discharged, 10 ; died, 1 ; remaining, 5,

The Matron of the Hospital wishes to acknowledge the receipt of old linen and fruit from Mrs Bonifant, fruit from Mrs Potter and Mrs Randall, also papers and booka from Miss Twentyman. Contributions of old linen wUI be thankfully reoeived.

At Dunedin on Saturday afternoon while the regatta was m progress the Torpedo Corps blew up an old yaoht whioh, however, was anchored too close to the wharf. The debris fell plentifully among the spectators, «nd a man named Alexander Corbett bad his left arm broken. ■ .

It is estimated by the Defence Department that there are 154,000 males m the oolony

between the ages of 15 and 55. Making ample allowance for invalids and youth, it is considered that there are more than 100,000 persons capable of bearing arms m case of necessity* The number of volunteers m the colony is about 10,000. ;

The following ohoioe speoimenß of philology are culled by the "Journal of Eduoation" from an English grammar paper at the entrance examination for arta of the Victoria University \— lsland is derived from "highand" — i.e., land above water. Ottrferv.— Latin cur, '• why," and French feu, " fire." (Why's your fire alight at suoh an hour?) Chicken. — "Chick" is a diminutive prefix meaning •• little ; " " en," a corruption of " hen." Syntax, — So-called from Dr Syntax, who wrote a book on this subjeot;

A firßt cousin ,of Mr BaHour's figured m a" very ugly assault oaße on Friday, Nov 16, m the London Queen's Bench Division. The individual m question was a Lieutenant m the Guard 8. Lieutenant Balfonr was hunting, and when a farmer protested against the injury he was doing to his land, the reply of the Lieutenant was to strike the old man a cowardly blow on the head with the handle of hia rWtng whip. He tried to settle the ease economically before going into oourk, but he ultimately had to pay £450 and costs.— " Dublin Freeman."

The list of officiating Ministers m New Zealand under the Marriage Aot, 1880, pub* Wished m the " Gazette "of the ,31st ult. containa 728 nameß, viz, Church of England. 252 ; (of whom 27 are Maori clergyman), Presbyterian Church of New Zealand, 96; Presbyterian Ohuroh of Otago and Southland, 73 ; Roman Oatholio Church, 116 j Wesleyan Methodist Church, 97; Primitive Methodist Churoh, 20; United Methodißt Free Churches, 12; Congregational Indepen* dents, 16; Baptiste, 17; Lutheran Ohurob, 10 ; Hebrew Congregations, 4 ; Ohuroh of Christ, 7 ; Independent Wesleyan, 1 ; Bible Obrißtians, 1 ; Plymouth Brethren, 1 ; Bible Christians, 4; New Plymouth Sootoh, 1; Salvation Army, 1.

A London despatch Bays :— Count Herbert Bismarok is absurdly described as perhaps the most rising man of the day m the field of European statecraft. So far is this from being the case, that a person who is behind the soenes at Berlin says that Count Herbert's days at the Foreign Office are numbered, and that on the retirement of Fmoe Bismarck, whioh is certain to take plaoe next spring, he will be shelved by being despatched to London aa ambassador. The fact is, Count Herbert, instead of being a man of great political talent, is simply nothing beyond a manly, agreeable German, with a great father to guide him. The most rising man m European politioß is Count von W ftl <lersee, w ho will be the de facto ruler of the German Empire m conjunction with the Kaiser before another year has passed,

The " Cincinnati Enquirer " records that a most interesting experiment has culminated m the raising of some wheat grown from seeds as old as the Exodus. The experimenter is David Drew, who last year reoeived from a friend m Alexandria, Egypt, Borne grama of wheat taken from a mummy exhumed near the ruins of Memphis, and belonging, it is believed, to the period of the Ninth Dynasty, whioh would make it grown about 3000 8.C., or be nearly 5000 years old. He planted the seed early m the spring and oareiully nursed it. It grew rapidly, and at t^e time of antting measured from Bix and a half to seven feet high. The leaves alternate on the stalk like common wheat, but the product of the plant ia the moat singular part of it, for, instead ot growing m an ear lifee modern corn, there ia a heavy cluster of small twigs m plaoe of the spindle, whioh bangs down* ward from its weight, eaoh twig being thiokly studded with kernels.

The ground on whioh Philadelphia is built is claimed to be one of the riohesb goldfields m the world. The only difficulty is that the field oannot be worked. Nearly the whole oity is underlaid with day to the depth of about JO feet— an area Bay 10 miles equare, A cubip foot of day. weighing 12Q pounds, taken from a depth of 14 feet when the oeHarqf (be Twelfth street market house waß exoavated, was praotioally demonstrated to contain seven-tenths of a grain of gold or one pound m 1,214,000. The experiment was repeated with about the same results with clay taken from R brickyard m the suburbs. Supposing the . whple mass of play tp be 4, 1§0,00Q,,00q pounds' (and' it is really mu.ob. greater), the amount of gold would reach m value the enormous value of }26,000,000 dollars. The gravel is much richer m gold than the day, but there is not so muoh of it. Undoubtedly 800,000,000 dollars worth gpld' lie within fifteen feet of the surface, and still it oannot be used.

In Borne reepeots the Book of Job is the most remarkable one of the Baqred writings. It is the oldest of the recorded scriptures, thought by some to have been written by Moses during the forty years that he dwelt as a shepherd m the land of the Midianites. Whether written by Moses or Job himself, the book was doubtless known to the Hebrew leader, and was a light to his path m study, ing 'he strange ways of Jehovah m dealing with his people. The great age to wljioh Job lived marks the antiquity of Tiia story. !He lived 140 years after the return of prosperity, and BB he bad seven sons and three daughters fully grown up and living by themselves, it is probable that be was sixty or poadbly eighty years old at that time. This would place his era near the time of Noah after the flood, when the years of human life began repidly to decrease. Moses was 120 years old when he died, but he expressly recognised three Boore and ten years as the limit of human life. It is quite likely that Job was oontemporary with Abraham, possibly living a little before Abraham's time.

Mental malady assumes at times strange forms. A case m point is that of the unfortunate youtig lady Julia Beele, who resided with her parents at New York, and who recently dsptrpyed herself by poison. The deceased who was handsome, wefl-grpwp, and, twenty 'Seven years of age, bad since seventeen been afflioted with a fixed idea whioh nothing could Bhafce — namely, that she was a creature monßtrouß to behold, horrible In her ugliness, and a disgrace to humanity. In vain her mirror was placed before her eyes by her anxious parents. The poor girl turned ehudderingly away from it, and any attempt to force her to look at herself provoked a nervous crisis. Suitors for her band had pre. sented themselves merely to be rejeoted by this unhappy monomaniac, who shrank from the thought of marriage lest she might become the mother of monsters like herßelf, and be an objeot of disgust and aversion for her husband. After living for ten years with this idea haunting her, she committed suioide, leaving behind her a letter for her diatreseed parents explaining that Bhe felt it to be her duty to rid sooiety of a being so deformed and bo frightful to look upon as herself.

Holloway's PitLS.— Though pood health is preferable to high honor, how regardless people often are of the former— how covetou? of tne latler I Many suffer their strength to drain away ere maturity is 1 reached, through ignorance pf fhc fapility afforded by thesp incomparable Fills of checking the first untoward symptom of derangement, and reinstating order without interfering m the least with their pleasure or pursuits. To the young, espep'fll]y r it is important to maintain the highest digestive efficiency, without yrhich the growth is stunted, the muscles, bcppm'e lax; the frame feeble, and the mind slothful. The removal of indigestion by these Pills ig 80 easy that none save the most thoughtless would permit it to sip the spring of life,

By a proclamation m the "Gazette" the reservations over the following lands have been removed, and it is ordered that they are to be dealt with under seotions 95 and 232 of the Land Aot 1885; that ia to say, 83 aores, 1 rood, 31 poles m blocks XV and XVI A,lford Survey Diatriot ; 4 aores, 1 rood, 26 poles, being part of Reserve No. 953, BJook VII, Geraldine ; and 3 aores, 2 roods, 26 poles being other park of same Reserve and situated m Block Till, Geraldine. The effect of this proclamation is that after the expiring of three months the lands m question may be sold to adjoining properties at a prioe not less than £2 per acre.

Mr Harper haa given notice of hia intention to move at the next meeting of the County Gounoil: "That m consequence of complaints made concerning the superabundance of water below the railway line, m the Longbeaoh-Windermere districts, supposed to be caused by the County water raoes, this Counoil ia of opinion that all the water raoes m those districts should terminate at the railway line and be diverted into a different channel"; also "That at the next meeting of the , plantation Committee the question of the reduction of Mr Goodwin's rent be considered."

The following, remarkable political forecast is from the "Wellington Evening Post " :— "We fully antioipate important ohanges m its personnel either before or almoßt immediately after the session opens, and we shall not be at all astonished to find the politioal flirtation, which it is notorious has long been going on between Sir Harry Atkinson and Sir Robert Stout, happily consummated by Ministerial union era many monthß are past. Sir Harry would gladly fold Sir Robert to hiß bosom if he could conveniently oust some of those who now usurp a position there. If Sir Robert Stout re-enters Parliament shortly, as rumour says, it is more than probable, it is almost certain, we think, that a. re-oonstruotion, not only of' the Ministry, but of Parliamentary partieß, will immediately ensue. The two knights will join hands and openly assume the leadership of the ultraI Protectionist Bide of the House, with Mr } Ballanoe probably as a first lieutenant."

The ordinary meeting of the Hampstead Softool Committee was held on Friday. Present— Messrs F. T. Mayo (chairman), A. Orr, Lamb, Fawcett, H. Hunt, and Johnstone. It was resolved that m future cheques be drawn to name instead of number. The Master reported that the total number on the roll was 350, and the striot average 265-6. He urged upon the Committee the necessity for applying again to the Board for a second maßter. The Board had written stating that they considered the teaching staff strong enough for the present. The Committee deoided to reply that the Board were under a misapprehension, and that the sohool was entitled to another teaoher. The Town Board wrote requesting that the sohool bell might be rung m oase of a fire ooourring within the town distriot. It was deoided to comply with the request. The Committee's nomination was given m favor of Messrs Cunningham and Saundera for the vaoant seat on the Board of Ednoation. Aooounta were passed for payment, and the Board adjourned.

The programme for the autumn meeting of the Aahburton Racing Club was deoided upon at a meeting of the Committee on Saturday evening, and is as follows : — • First day, Thursday, May 9th, Handicap Hurdle Bace, 40 soys, two miles ; Wakanui Stakes Handioap (distriot horses), 25 sovfl, one mile; Autumn Handioap, 60 soys, one mile and a half; Novel Race, 25 boys, half a mile; District Welter Handicap, 80 soys, one mile and a half ; Flying Handioap, 80 fiovfl, three-quarters of a mile. Seoond day, Friday, May 10th, County Hurdle Raoe Handioap, 80 soTB, one mile and a half; Disposal Stakes, 80 boys, three-quarters of a mile; Grand Stand Handioap, 50 soys, one mile and a quarter; Handioap Time Trot (distriot horses), 20 boys, three miles ; Open Welter Handioap, 85 boys, one mile ; Harvest Handioap, 25 boys, three-quarters of a mile. The district raoes are open to horses owned and resident m the distriot from Feb 11th to the date of the meeting. Mr D. Thomas was re-appointed starter. Some further improvements at the raoeoourse were approved of, and.a number of accounts passed for payment,

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2054, 4 February 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2054, 4 February 1889

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