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An edition of 8000 of Sir J. VogePa new book has already been plaoed, 2000 in London and 1000 in the oolonies. Daring the last ten years no less an area than ten millions of acres of land have gone oat of cultivation in England. The annual honey produot of North Araeriea is about 100,000,000 pounds, and its value nearly £3,000,000. Two old women recently fought ia the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico,' over the love of a man eighty years of ago. The total receipts of the Melbourne Exhibition have been £81,098, while the pppnnditure has amounted to £354,000. An English syndjoate ib reported to have offered to purchase the whole of the Adelaide tramways. A St Hilda, Dunedin, a boy tried paraohuting with an umbrella, from the roof of the bouse. His arm is now 1 in splints, and getting on pioply. The "Bruca Herajd" says;— "ln this diitriot the harvest prospects are all that eould be wished. The oat erop is looking grand, and the wheat promises well. A good breadth haß been sown in turnips, whioh are already giving indications of a splendid crop," Miss Mary Anderson has had to hand over an impassioned youth who used to stare at her imploringly from the front row of the stalls, and who haß crossed and reorossed the Atlantic three times in her wake, to the tender mercies of the New York polipe. Archduke Rudolph, the heir to the throne of Austro-Hungary, who appears to have ended bis life under melancholy circumstances, was the seaond ohild of Emperor Franz-Joseph. He was in bis 31st year and was married to Stephanie, daughter of King Jjeopold, of Belgium, eight years ago. Their married life was not edifying, and their only offspring is a girl npw five years old. A telegram from Melbourne, with referenoe to Mr Twopeny's mission on behalf of the proposed New Zealand Jubilee Exhibition, ■tates that that geptleman haß secured a complete Viotorian educational exhibit, similar to that at the Melbourne Exhibition, and also a portion of the French educational exhibit, which has been presented to the Viotorian Government. " Roy.G# on Catarrh " corrects offensive odors at once. Complete cure of worst chronic cases ; also unequaled as gargle for diphtheric ( ewe tjuoat, foul breath 4

The Master of the Old Men'a Home wishes ? to acknowledge with thanks the reoeipt of a * quantity of pipes and tobaooo from Mr W. Zander for the use of the inmates. The Mayor intends oalling a publio meet* ing to take steps to ensure the thorough representation of this distriot at the Dunedin Exhibition. The Borough Counoil have received five tenderß for the Jubilee Clook, but as some enquiries have to be made, acceptanoe of one has been deferred in the meantime. The question of swimming baths for the town seems likely to be revived at an early date, Cr Friedlander having last night moved for the production of all documents relating to this subject which has previously been before the Counoil. A good story oomes from the West Coaat, A sporting man who frequently puts his £1 on the maohine, and is the proud father of some half dozen pledges of his wife's affection, had reoently to attend to the important matter of getting the latest addition baptised. To make sure of the name, he wrote it on a card to give the parson — but in a hurry he handed him a totalisator tioket. Aoaording to the " Napier Tolegraph" a praotioal joker up Wanganui way has bad the tables turned on him. On a recent Sunday while going up the river an old Maori lady in a oanoe attraoted his attention, and he forthwith jumped into the oanoe with the intention of oapßizing her, but before he knew where he was the old party had him head over heels in the water up to the ohin. He stood by the boiler all the way, dried his olothes and felt aorrowful. We understand A that the extensive drapery business hitherto carried on in Ashburton by Mr John Orr has changed hands, in consequence of the late proprietor intending to devote all his attention to the hardware and maohinery departments. Mr Andrew Orr is said to be the purchaser of the drapery 'goods, and as is generally the case in connection with large transactions in soft goods, astounding bargains are said to be forthcoming for the general publio. ijgA remarkable feat in shipbuilding has just been accomplished by Sir William Pearoe's well-known firm. On July 4th the Norddeutsoher Lloyd telegraphed to the Fairfield Shipbuilding Company at Govan aocepting their tender for the oonstruotion of a steel sorew Rteamer of 4500 tons. The keel of the vessel was laid down on July 27th, and it was launohed from the Fairfield yard last Saturday week, having thus been built in 98 working days. The Bbip was named the Dresden. It is almost unneoesßary to remind our readers of the bioyolo races, under the auspices of the Ashburton Bioyole Olub, that will be held on the old sports ground tomorrow afternoon; There are large entries for all the events, and everything possible has been done to secure the sucoess of the fixture. The Olub haß been in existence only a short time, but it already boasts of a large membership, and all who are oonnected with it are most enthusiastic It iB to be , hoped the publio will attend in large numbers 1 to-morrow, and so make this gathering, the ' first of the kind here, a great auooesa. [ rp ne ii Wellington Evening Press " says : — i An amusing example of colonial servant- ; galism ocourred reoently. The mistress of a l house one Sunday morning went to Ohuroh, after seeing the dinner in the oven and under ' weigh. On returning home, to her amaze- > ment she found the dinner had been served f up and partly demolished. In reply to her . indignant inquiry as to the reason, the maid replied, "Well, mum, you Bee my young ' man's going to take me to the Hutt to-day, ' and I thought I'd get dinner over early 1 " ' She had given the children their dinner, . eaten her own, and left the remains, whioh were about half cooked, for the master and [ mistress. The " Rangitikei Advocate " writes '—The email -bird pest is rapidly assuming the oharaoter of a seriouß evil to the agrioultura* 1 list; A large paddock of rye, on the Balls- . Sandon road, belonging to Mr James Bull, whioh was remarked on by everybody who passed as a first-olass crop has juat been harvested and thrashed, and the result has i been extremely disappointing. It has been found that the birds, have sp reduoed the amount of grain in the ear that what looked like a very large yield has scarcely paid for the outting. Mr Bull is of opinion that combined aotion will have to be taken by the farmers against the foatherdd enemy,. or the profitable cultivation of corn will beoome> itnpoasible. That the birds have immensely .1 reduoed the caterpillars and the grasshoppers he admits, but they are now becoming a destructive nuisanoe. A Waikato contemporary has heard that Mr'anS Mrs William Gvaham, of Pukete, had a very narrow escape from death' by lightning i daring the heavy thunderstom on the afternoon of the 23rd nit. Mr Crraham had just returned from a field whither he had gone to tell a lad to knook off ploughing, ae he opuld see the storm' approaching, and was standing under a willow tree, where Mrs Graham was engaged washing, one of the children being with her, when the three of them were thrown prostrate on the ground by a flash of lightning, and rendered ijnpongojpus. On regain, i'ng consciousness, Mr Graham noticed t£at a' large limb of the tree that had been sawn oft, and whioh was within a foot or two of the spot where be had been standing, was shivered into splinters by the eleotrio fluid, whioh had struok the log and thrown up the earth for BOtne distance around it, Lieut-Oolenel Hume, A.A..G, accompanied by Lieut-Col Bailey and Majors Newall and Douglas, inspected the Aehburton Rifles, Guards, and Cadets last evening at the Drill Ground. The Rifles, under Captain Dolman, numbered 42 of all ranks, the Guards, under Captain Sparrow, 32, and. the Cadetß, under Sergt-Major Hayes, 21. After a minute examination of the arms, accoutrements, etc, Col Hume called on eaoh offioer in turn to exercise his company in some kini of drill, being thus, enabled to eee what officers and men could do. He expressed himself as, pn the whole, well satisfied with the result of his inspection, and he thought that officers, non-commissioned officers, and men seemed to understand their work. The arms and accoutrements were well kept. He could have wished for somewhat better musters but could soarcely expeot that in the busy harvest time. His vißitipg them at this, geagoq was, hqw,' ever, unavoidable. The authorities, it is stated, have deolded at length to purchase a large quantity of the new and powerful explosive called lyddite, this name being derived from the town where the experiments:-' with the material were recently conducted. It is no secret that lyddite is neither more nor . less than the ! terrible Frenoh melinite. When the inventor of that oompound offered to sell the patent right to pur Government 18 months ago and bUsolo'so the eepret of the manipulation of the various bodies containing piarjo aojd'employed in its manufacture, the authorities deolined to entertain his proposals — guncotton and gunpowder were said to be good enough for all purposes ; but the marvellous results obtained by the Frenoh officials with melinite shells speedily dispelled that illusion. Captain Vavasseur, on behalf of MfiEsrp Armstrong and Co., of E!awick, recognising the value of the new explosive melinite, bought the patent right from the inventor, M. Tnrpin, and the latter gentleman is now personally assisting in the production of lyddite, whiou is to bo the Jfjjngljsh name of the better-known Frenoh compound, Jt possesses twp unrivalled oharaoterißtias-— first, it oan be handled with almost perfect safety, and when detonated the explosion is much more violent than even that of guncotton. — "Broad Arrow." We clip the following important teßtimonie from the " Illawarra Mercury " (N.8.W.) of the 30th Maroh. It needs no comment:— " Mr John fcoveday, of the Bulli Mountain, writes to us that after suffering for four years with aoute gravel, he has experienced almost complete relief by using Sander and Sons' Euoalypti Extraot. He says seeing the said Extract advertised in the 'Illawarra Mercury,' his intense suffering induoed him to obtain a bottle of the modioine from Mr Hoßking, obemist, of this town, and that the use of it gave him great relief at once.. He stateß that between the 10th Maroh instant, when he obtained the first bottle of the extraot, and the 10th, the use of that medioine continued to afford him relief, tp which he bad been a stranger for four years. Mr jjqveday writes lisp that he has found the Euoalypti Extraot i cure for rheumatism as well as gravel, ffo requests us to publiah this infprmation ihrough the • Mercury.' We have much pleasure in complying with Mr Loveday's ■equest, whose word cannot be doubted, and vho oan have no object in view other than a jura desire to benefit suffering humanity,"— Adyt; " '$

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2055, 5 February 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2055, 5 February 1889

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