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The Rev Father Binafeld will say mass at Springburn to-morrow week, Sunday Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. It is asserted that a Sydney capitalist deolined to purohase land m Auokland and build, beoause of the property tax. A son (four years old) of Mr Thomas Hilson, of Sefton, was killed instantaneously by a horse tied outside a blacksmith's shop kicking bim on the skull, The Ounard liner Umbria which left {Jew York on January 5, passed Browhead at five o'olook on the afternoon of January 11, making the passage to Queenstown m Cdays 2hr -Sarin— boating the best record. " Rough on CATARRH " correcls offensive odors at once. Complete cure of worst chronic cases ; also unequaled as gargle for diphtheric 9 »t,foulWtb 4

1 It la notified that the Olerk of the R.M. Oourt will be m attendance at Bakaia on I Monday next from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. The anniversary services of the Tinwald Wesleyan Sunday Sohool take place m the Temperanoe Hall to-morrow at 3 m the afternoon and 6.30 m the evening, and will bo oonduoted by Mr John Brought on, senr., of St. Albans, A tea mooting will be held on Tuesday next. A sale of greyhounds was recently held m ' London, and the 29 lota submitted fetohed 2787 guineas. A dog puppy brought 860 guineas, while a slut brought 510 guineas. Both doga were bought by Colonel North a new fancier. It evidently pays better to breed dogs than horse, or oattle. Here's a funny little problem : — Put down m figures the year m whioh you were born ; to this add your age last birthday ; multiply the result by 1000 ; from the total ao gained deduct 674,423. Now substitute for the figures corresponding letters of the alphabet, as A for 1, B for 2, O for 3, D for 4, and ao on. The result will spell m words the name by whioh you are popularly known. Mr H. Zander haß brought to our office apeoimens of radishes grown by him, whioh are of Brobdignagian dimen. sionß, as wiil be poroeived when we state that one of the roots is no leas than six inoheß m diameter and weighs 2lbs 9ozs. They are of the Spanish variety and though of suoh enormous Bize are exoellent eating. Tbey are out m slices and sprinkled with salt for table uso, and being Bomewhat pungent are firegrate with oold meat. The usual weekly meeting of the Dawn of Feaoe Lodge, 1.0. G.T., was held m the Templar. Hall on Thursday evening, when there was a good attendance of members and visitors. Two new members were made. The ofnoera were duly installed by the Distriot Deputy, Bro T. E. Kilworth being Chief Templar. The standing committees reported favourably on the general position of the Lodge, the membership having increased to over sixty. A very hearty vote of thanks was reoorded to the eleotion oommittee for the suooessful manner m whioh they had oarried out the eleotion now just over. The offioera elect returned thanks for their honors and promised a varied and interesting programme for the ooming quarter. A large number of residents m Ashburton and the surrounding districts will regret to hear that Mr George Herbert Hioks, late manager of the Ashburton branoh of the Bank of Australasia, has passed away at the early age of 31 years. During his residence here he won the respect and regard of all with whom he oame m oontaot, and was justly esteemed for his many exoellent qualities. He had been m failing health for some months past, and reoently removed to Palmerston North, where his wife's parents reside, m the hope that ohange of air and scene would accomplish his restoration. This hope has, bowevor, been frustrated, his malady ooming to a fatal termination yesterday. Mr Hicks leaves a widow and one ohild for whom there will be general sympathy. A great demonstration, intended by M. Floquet aa an obstaole to the advanoe of General Boulanger, has, by its oomplete failure, bad a direotly opposite tendency. It took the form of a procession from the Hdtel de Ville to the cemetery of Montmartre m honor of a republican hero named Baudin, who was shot m tbe attempt to raise a barrioade m the Faubourg Saint-Antoine on the day of the coup d' etat. For some weeks notbiug had been talked of but tbia demonstration, whioh many people feared must be tbe occasion of serious riots. It passed off, however, m the most tranquil manner possible, and comparatively little interest of any kind was shown m it. Boulanger's popularity, meantime, continues to increase, something more powerful than an attempt like that m question will be needful to overthrow it. What has made the affair still more ridiouloua is the faot that Baudin is alao held m honourable memory by the Boulangists themselves. Tbe special commissioner of tbe " Mark Lane Express" writes:— A distant land, far remote from the shores of England, isolated, as it were, m the mighty waste of water of the Southern Hemisphere, comparatively unknown, lie the beautiful and fertile islands of New Zealand, wanting nothing but the hand of man tp develop bar vast and almost unlimited resources. Her only crime is the want of a population to counteract the disadvantage of distance from the large markets of the world ; her oattle, her sheep, her wool are conspicuous for superiority, and are simply unrivalled. The abundant crops, the luxuriant verdure, the beautiful climate, the slumbering mineral wealth, and the fertile land offer to all olasses of industrious, men advantages rarely to be found m any other country. There has been a wave of depression passing over the country, as elsewhere ;it is only transient ; as the oloud Eassing over the morning auu but heralds the righter day, as the wave of emigration is, flowing to the Southern Hemisphere from the over-populated centres of the North, so will New Zealand reap her full share of a bright and prosperous future, offering, aB Bhe does, a most desirable field for enterprise, capital, and labour. The " Dunedin Morning Herald " writes : —It is only when one reads the lengthy list of awards of tb,e Melbourne Exhibition? jury m their report on " worsted ' and woollen yarns and frabrios, shawls, and clothing for men," as it appears m the " Argus " of 29th ult., tbat the full value of the position scoured by the Mosgiel Woollen Faotory Company is appreciated aB it ought to be. To stand at the head of the Hat of " First and Speoial Mention m cprapetjtjon'with the foremost manufacturers from all parts' of the world, is not merely an honor of the highest degree to the Mosgiel Company, but to t_9 whole oolony of New {Zealand. " P|rst awards " m this p9r ioular biass are numerous; enough, but tbe Mosgiel stands alone m tbe highest order of award for yarns and tweeds, the general excellence of the company's ex* bibits being unapproaobed. The distinction gained by tbe oompany is all the more gratifying when we learn/rom the report of the jury that " the woollens as a whole, comprising coatings, trouserings, oashmere.. oloakincj, blankets, and rugs, are a grand and very superior collection of manufaotured goods, and show a great advanoe m stylo, finish, and make on those shown at' our last Exhibition m 1880, and at a reduotlon of quite 10 por cent, m prioj, The Wellington correspondent of the " Greymouth Star " writes as follows;—" By speoial invitation of Captain Hammi), I paid a visit to tbe flagship Orlando. This veßpel, which is one of tho latest type of fast, armed cruisers, fully justifies the oriljoism of tbe English papers on tho ineflioionoy of tbe Britißh Navy. One of tbe officers, who was my guide over the vessel, tells me that eho is dreadfully undermanned. The loss of even five mon would cripple thorn Bhould a naval engagement take plaoe. She was turned out of tbe Devonport dookyard as a finished vessel properly equipped for sea, yet they havo had to Bpend thousands upon her sinoe her arrival m Australian waters. Ono instance of tho goneral stupidity of the Home authorir ties waß pointed out to me, Tbe iron stan. onions on the main deck, intended to support the skids, were not only insufficient to bear tho weight, but were plaoed m suoh a position as to prevent the men from working the guns properly. During the vessel's stay these had to be removed and altered at hoavy ex* penso. Tho authorities supplied the latest designs m big guns for the vessel's use, but i for the service of Blue Jaokets and Marines ashore they Bbippsd guns of the old Crimean fiattern. The 'tween-deoka are badly yentl. ated and are so dark that candles are burned all day. The elebtrio light apparatus was plaoed In the engine room m suoh a hot spot that the dynamo would pot work, a,nd thpre was danger of thq wires fusing, The dynamos havo been taken lo pieces and removed to a fresh part of the vessel. The whole equip, ment shows many signs of scamping fn many plaoes." Holloway's Pills.— Though Rood health is preferable to high honor, how regardless people olten are of the former — how covetous of the latter I Many suffer their strength to diain away ere maturity i reached, through ignorance of the facility afforded by these incomparable Pills of checking the first untoward symptom of derangement, and reinstating order without interfering m the least with their pleasure or pursuits. To the young, espec bIJv, it is important to maintain the highest digestive efficiency, without whicj} the growth is stunted, the muscles become lax, the frame feeble, and the mind slothful. The removal of indigestipn by Ijicse Pills is so easy that none save the most thnugritlesj would permit it to »ap the spring of life, !

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2059, 9 February 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2059, 9 February 1889