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There is on the various canals and wotorwaya m England a population of between 60,000 and 70,000. Mrs Langtry, the popular English aotreas, has been offered £2000 by a New York publisher to write her autobiography. She has agreed to do so. A matoh betwoen the South BaLaia and Ashburton Crioket Clubs has been arranged to take plaoe at Rakaia on Saturday next. The names of the Ashburton team will appear later on m the week. A Singapore paper states that a murder was committed near Wynaad, and the murderers wore oaptured through the instrumentality of a monkey, who watched the murderers and led the constables to their abode. v "General Boulanger's strength," says a well-known English resident m Paris, " lies m the f aot that be has promised never to head' a crusade against the ohuroh. Fifty thousand pulpita support^him i " The '.Bible contains 8,566,489 letters, 810,697 words, 81,173 verses, 1189 ohaptera, and 66 books; the word "and" occurs 46,227 times, and " Lord " 1815 times, and the word " reverend " only onoe, m the 111 th Faalm. When the law passed a year ago, whioh oalls for the oreation of eleven new regiiments of cavalry, Bhall be fully met, the Frenoh army will oount eighty-nine regiments of mounted soldiers, twenty-Biz more than were enrolled m 1870. The "New York Heroules" beara the appropriate name of Samson, He kilts a steer with one blow of his fist. His greatost feats are breaking steel obains by fastening them around his cheßt or his arm, and swelling his moaoleß. Ten years hence a famous woman m New York will be MiBS Gonsuelo Yanderbilt. Miss Yanderbilt will then be just making her formal debut m society. The wealth of her father, William K. Yanderbilt may easily have grown to £80,000,000. The Tainui took 4000 kegs of butter on Saturday 1 Good! Nothing like greasing the wheels of commerce ! The dairy trade is going to do more for New Zealand than all the politics 1 Yes, indeed! It's going to pull the little country through m spite of the politios!- : 'Pufl." " You are sentenoed, sir," said the Baillie, 11 to pay a fine of ten shillings for furious driving m the publio streets." " Furious driving ! " exolaimed the culprit, a farmerlooking man from the oountry, gleefully. " Graoious me t winna the auld mare be prood this day 1 " The " North Otago Times" is strongly of opinion that the work that the Land Boards of the oolony now carry out should be entrusted to County Councils. Our contemporary is sure the country would be muoh better served by suoh a ohange, as every application would then be publioly dealt with on its merits. A wag m Marton tried to take a rise out o a Hielandman anent the Caledonian gather* ing. " Why man," he said, " they are paying a lot of Englishmen a pound apiece to don the kilts and strut about as Scotchmen." •' Nonsense. They could get them for naething. There's aye lots o' folk ready to ape their better." SfThe " Oamaru Mail " believes that eiroulatl aye been issued by the Railway Commissioners to the efleot that railway employees will have to pay their fares when travelling. Even the guards when on a return journey, and not on duty, will require to purchase a tioket. The new order of things will be anything but acceptable to the employees. A grass fire ocourred at Scotteden, two or three miles north of Ashburton, on Sunday. The fire oommenoed on the road, and irom thence spread to the paddooks. About a hundred aores of grass and some fenoing W6re destroyed. A number of sheep whioh were m a paddock were fortunatoly removed m time, and co esoaped injury. Muoh of the sooalled ivory now m use is simply potato. A good sound potato, washed Sn diluted sulphurio acid, then dipped m the same solution and then slowly driod, is all ready to bo turned into buttons, poker ohips, and innumerable other things that ivory was used for onoe upon a time. — "Amerioan Analyst." - - An Austrian medioal man (Bays " The Shoe and Leather fieoord ") is said to have invented a new kind of artificial leather made from red beech wood. The wood is pulped up m some mysterious way, and the inventor states that his pioduot is " superior to animal leather m firmness and durability, and can be worked up m the same way as animal leather, nailed or sewed." Osman -Digna is a Frenchman, his real name being Yinet, He was born at Rouen, but was taken to Alexandria at an early age. lie adopted the name of bis mother's seoond husband, who was a merchant at Alexandria and a slave dealer at Suakim. In the oivil war of 1882 Osman espoused the cause of his old friend. Arabi. He is a fine looking man, and has lost his left arm. j Says the " Auokland Herald " of the 7th inst : — " It ib quite interesting to note that yesterday the Railway Department had to put on an extra oorriago for the conveyance of tourists to the Hot Lakes. A large number of Australians of means are travelling m thia. colony just now, several of whom have oome over as muoh m searoh of investments for their surplus oapital as for pleasure." Says a western exohange : " A practical revivalist m this neighborhood requested all la the congregation who paid their debts to rise. The rising was general. After taking their seats, a oall was made for those who didn't pay their debtß, and one solitary individual arose, who explained that he was an editor and oould not, because the rest of the congregation were owing him lor their subsariptions; We learn from the •• Timaru Herald " that just now tourist troffio to Mount Cook is eioeedingly brisk. Last week no fewer than 50 touris a arrived or departed from Fairlie Creek m one day, and the Mount Cook Coaohing Company found the demands on their resources so great, that a speoial ooaoh and six, driven by Mr J. S. Rutherford, was put on to oloar the presß of work. Many of the tour|sts were from Homo, from Melbourne, Sydney, and other pities jn tb'e colony ' of Australia. ' Latest advioes from Fairlie Creek report the weather to be very fine and favorable. Tho attention of the publio (writes the "Mount Ida Chroniole") has been drawq time after time to the danger attending the weariDg of stookings oolorod with poisonous dye. A daughter of Mr George Hodgins, of Naseby, about a fortnight ago acoideutally cut her foot, but as it was not very serious not much notice waß taken of it, and she continued wearing colored stockings as usual. The wound apparently healed, but shortly aft<r wards symptoms of blood-poisoning up, peared and the girl was removed to the Naseby Hospital. The poison worked its way right through her system, but under the skilful treatment of Dr Whitton the patient is now progressing very favorably. A lecturer up north treating on the question of Soottish humour told the following story:— A certain good lady was m the habit of serving up to a boy about the plaoe meals of red horrjoga and salt pork. As she repeated them very frequently the bpy began to long for a ohange, so he hit uppn a soheme to induce her to give him a more diversified bill of fare. Qna day he said to her: "Mom, dae ye believe m tha reaurreotion?" "What makes yer speer sic a queer question as that, my laddie ? " said She. M'Qf course | dao, but what maks yp speer bio a peauhar question V" "Weel, mem, when ye gang to heaven if ye Bee a red herrin' or a soo daqnerin about, that'll be me," The bill of fare was thereafter extended.

The "Tasmanian Mail" wants to know "what is the matter with Victoria? The exports of articles produced or manufactured m the colony, whioh at one time were as high as £13,292,204, had fallen m 1887 to £8,502,972. The Government Statist seeks to explain this phenomenon by supposing that there has been an inoreased borneconsumption, but that appears hardly to be sufficient. For, anrely manufacturers would keep up their exports if there was a demand for them, and supply the Home market aB well. In 1868 the Viotorian exports amounted to £17 12a lOd per head of the population, whilst m 1887 they amounted to only £8 63 9d, There is a aorew loose somewhere." The "O.D, Times" report that on the voyage of the Ringarooma from Sydney a very heavy thunderstorm was met with twelve mileß east of Sydney Heads on the 24th ult. The Btorm clouds were Been approaohing verj blaok, with thunder and lightning, and the wind, blowing from all parts of the compass, was followed by a oomplete calm, during whioh large lumps of ice foil some Sin m diameter, nnd the majority 2in long and lin thiok. There was no getting about the decks at all. The chief offioer, who wai on the bridge with double folds of oanvas over bin head, had his face cut by a pieoe of ice piercing the canvas ; two AB.'a were more or less out about the faoe and bruised. The fall of ioe lasted about thirty-five minutes, and to give Borne idea of its extraordinary severity it may bo mentioned that a wickerwork chair wbioh had been left out had the bottom completely smashed up, while what oanvas awnings there were about were riddled. The noise on the deck waa deafening, and the vivid flashes of lightning with the accompanying roaring of the thunder made a grand but terrible scene, A reoent oable said the Pope had advised the monks of Chartreuse to sell their famous liquor manufacturing business, aa he considered it incompatible with their religious oalling. The famous Chartreuse, the manufacture of wbioh has been prohibited by the Pope, has long been manufactured by the inmates of the celebrated Carthusian monastery of that name, Bituated near Grenoble, m France. It stands on the slopes of the Grandsom, at a height of 2200 ft above sea level. Formerly the monastery derived large revenues from the surrounding domain, whioh was confiscated m 1793, and the monks expelled. They were permitted to return m 18 L 6 under payment of a nominal rental, but the estates wero not restored to them. The manufacture of the aromatio liquor, which has bo long borne the name of the monastery, has sinoe been one of their chief sources of revenue. It is made m three kinds, distinguished by different colours— green, white, and yellow—indicating different degrees of strength. The young budp of a Bpeoies of pine, oarnations, and absintheum are employed m its manufacture, and the money derived from its aale, and that of eeveral medioines, m the preparation of whioh they are also skilled, enabled the monks to carry out benevolent projeots benefiting the entire diatriot m wbiob their monastery is situated. Many sohools, hospitals, and churches m the adjacent villages have been founded and maintained by the monks of Chartreuse.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2061, 12 February 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2061, 12 February 1889