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A field of dan oats m the Glarkville distriot, near Raiappi, tha property of Mr B. Parnham, which has been thrashed oat, gave the high return of over eighty bushels per acre. There is news from Kimberley, Boath Africa, of the Coding, by the Jagersfontein United Diamond-Mining Company, of a diamond weighing 240 carats, and stated to be worth at least £12,000. It is the finest diamond yet found at Kimberley and beats even the famous " Porter Rhodes." An English paper sayß that Bishop Clifford (8.C.) of Clifton, is to be raised to the Oardinalate. He is of very ancient family and closely related to the Catholic aristo* oraoy, and would fill the plaoe that Cardinal Howard has lost through bis reoent attack of insanity. In the new by-law issued by the Railway Commissioners respecting the regulations relative to railway refreshment rooms, olause 2 oontaips the following stipulation : — " That the lessee will not supply any spirituous or fermented liquors to any of the engine driyere, guards, porters signalmen, olerks, labourer*, or othjir servants employed m or about the railway**' The " Otßgo Daily Times " announces that Mr. John Blair, of Abbotsford, Oreen Island, intends publishing shortly a small volume entitled " Lays of the Old Indentities." Mr Blair pas a frequent contributor to the "Otago Witness "m elder times! and intends republishing some of bia contributions to that journal, together with other sketches of the " good old times." A poet once went to Niagara Falls, intend" ing to write verse about them which should be worthy of such a majestic theme. No poem has yet been writtep which does justice to the " thunder of the waters," This genius determined that he would supply the want. After being there a week the following waß as far as he had got :— " 0 Niagara, Niagara, you're a staggerer, a staggerer." Hoiaoway's Ointment and Pills. — Diseases of the Bowels. — A remedy, which has been tested and proved m * thousand different ways, capable of eradicating poisonous taints from ulcers and healing them np, merits ii trial of its capacity for extracting the Internal porruptions from the bowels:. On rubbing Ilolloway's Ointment repeatedly on the abdomen, a rash appears, and as it thickens the alvine irritability subside*. Acting as a derivative, this ointment draws to the surface, releases the tender intestines from all ftcrjd matters, and prevents inflammation, /dysentery, and piles, for which blistering was ttic old-fashioned, thpugh successful treatment, now from its painfulness fallen jnto disuse, the discovery of this Ojn'ment having prp. claimed a remedy possessing equally deriv, tive, pet perfectly pginless, powers. n

In Victoria there remain altogether' 13,785,351 aores, or 31 per oent. of the whole,] still available for settlement. I A toadstool wiil lift 3401 bof solid weight while growing, and a ooxnmon oabbage head will burst staves as thick as those used m pork barrels. Husband (reading the paper) : "What asses some men will make of themselves ? " Wife : " Now, John, what have you done this time ? " There will bo no change m the religion of the White House as a result of the recent Presidential election. A Presbyterian will go out and a Presbyterian will go m. The Jungfrau Eapelle, or Swiss Mountain ' Singers will give an entertainment m the Oddfellows' Hall to night, and a orowded house may safely be predicted. m the United States are greatly embarrassed by the number and variety of towns with European appellations. Thus no fewer than 23 are called Paris; 32, St Petersburg; 11, London; 27, Frankfort ; 26, Hanover ; 7, Hamburg ; 11, Dresden ; 8, Bremen ; 54, Rome; and 8, Versailles.— " Le Petit Rouennai." The smallest watoh m America has just been received by an importer m Maiden Lane, New York, from Switzerland. It cost 280 1 franos. The faoe of trie watob is 19 32ods of an inch m diameter, while the diameter of the oase is about equal to that of a sixpence. The movement is the full jewelled gilt cylinder. Small as the watch is, the figures upon its dial are very clear and distinct, bo that the time oan be told without difficulty. This style of watoh is intended to be intro. duoed for the use of ladies. As a caution to boys anent the dangerous praotioe 'of stone-throwing we may mention that one day last week at the North Sohool, Oamaru, a boy named MoDonell, aged 13, was seriously injured m the eye by a atone thrown by one of his companions. The two boys had a dieagraement about a game that they were playing, and that led to the oommißßion of the offence. Medioal aid was summoned, and it was found that the snfferer had sustained suoh injury to his eye that he will have to be confined to the house for some time, and it is not known yet whether the eight will be affected or not. The influenoe of one good sire is soarcely estimated, but m the '* Live Stook Journal Almanac" for 1889 MrW. Burdett-Ooutts, M.P., calculates that the celebrated hackney stallion, Trifflt's Fireaway, represents m hia stock a money value of £250,000. He ia now rising thirty years old, and has been at the stud for over twenty-five years. He has averaged 100 foals a year, the last prices of which are given at £100 eaoh. So great is his influenoe that his Btook oan be reoognised at sight, and ah instance is given of foals got by him out of a oart mare wbioh, at five -years* old, were sold by London dealers at 300ga to 400gs the pair. Moßt people, we fanoy, are under the impression that that delirious fish the " frostfish " is exclusively a denizen of New Zealand waters. That, however, it appears ia very far from the oase, for adoording to Dr Gunther, an unexceptionable authority, the scabbard, or frost-fish as called, is rather common m the Mediterranean and m the warmer parts of the Atlantio, extending northwards to the South Coast of England, where it is an occasional visitor, and southward to the Gape of Good Hope. More recently it has been observed on the coast of Tasmania and N.ew Zealand. We may, therefore, oonaider be a deeprsea fiah, which probably descends to the same depth as allied forms. The " Rangitikei Advocate " has the follow* ing with reference to the newly-appointed lodge : — " Judge Denniston is very little known las a lawyer outside Otago. He is a Scotchman by birth, and oame to Southland with his 'father when he waja only a youth.. He entered the service of the Postal Department. and left that to become a bank olerk at ' Wostport, where he remained for six years. There he studied law on the advice of .Dr Giles?, Resident Magistrate. He was admitted to the bar about fourteen years ago, and Btarted business m Wanganui m partnership with Mr George Hutchison. He, however, Boon left for Dunedin, where he became a partner of Mr Downie Stewart, and where he remained till appointed to the Supreme Court Benoh. Mr Denniston is only 43 years of age, and is reputed tojbe a man of considerable ability ana greaVforcs jif phajaqte^ . t^': > Jenny Lind's benefactions to art deserve very special- mention. proceeds other Amerioan tour were almost all devoted to founding musical scholarships and encouraging young artists m her native land. She was also instrumental m bringing Sir Arthur Sullivan to the front. When the future-, composer was a ohorister at the Chapel Royal he got' the Mendelssohn scholarship whjoh was founded by her, and with that hq went to Leipsio to reoeive a musiqal training. She. built a whole hospital m Liverpool and a wing of another m London ; and her private deeds of kindness to young musioians who oame under her notioe, though unrecorded, will make her name a oherished memory to many. Her later years, m sb,ort, were as remarkable for splendid generosities aa her earlier yeara were for brilliant achievements, and though she has gone from among us her name will dwell m the records of musical art as that of one of the world's greatest, and at the same time kindest-hearted queens of song. The most sensational murder oase that ever ooourred m that part of the country has i just been settled at Fort Smith Ark., by a verdict of guilty bb to Henry W. Miller and William Woods, two oitizens of Donovan County. On November 25th last Woods left home with an old schoolmate and friend gamed John Hantz for a hunt m the Indian Territory, They subsequently pioked up a companion m a stranger named Miller, who went with them. They were gone three months, and were seen m various parts' of the Ohootaw Nation. When they returned Hantz was missing, and a searoh party found bis body m the Vendegras River with a bullet bole m his head, His watoh was found m Miller's pocket. The evidence if as purely circumstantial', and the recovery pi ibe body was due mainly to the devotion of a j pointer dog belonging to the murdered man. The dog refused to leave the place of its . master's murder, and bayed continually un'il too weak to move, until the body was found. Both Woods and Miller have been regarded as reepeotable oitizens, and several prominent attorneys defended them. — " Cincinnati Weekly." The late Sir G. Oornewall Lewis maintained, m the face of everything to the oontrary, that oentenarianism was a myth. But had ho lived at the present time his belief muet have been Bbajien by the wellauthenticated inatanoes within recent years of persons who have exceeded the age of one hundred. During 1888 the oases of oeatena* rainism which have been subjected to careful investigated amounted to twenty.eight. Of these John M'Donnell, an Irishman, who claimed to have served m the rebellion of 1798, waß the patriarch, having attained at bis death the extraordinary age of 119 years. Scarcely less wonderful was the Maidstone lady who lived to be 105. She remembered Nelson sailing for Trafalgar, and was on board (be Viotory at Chatham before the veßsel departed. The most celebrated living instance of centenarianiem is M. de Ghevreul, the chemißt of Paris, wbofee 103 rd birthday occurred last year. Two Irishmen, aged respectively 112 end 105, are said to be living m county Limerick, and a Protestant rector m Cork died on Deo, 81st, having completed 107 years. All these oases prove the fallacy pf Sir G. Cornewall Lewis' assumption. They also tend to give credence to the belief that a well-regulated life, free from oare and annoyance, pay after all, m any country, be extended beyond the limit of one hundred years. Statutory Declaration.— l, Franz Raabe, Ironbark, Sandhurst, m the colony of Viotoria, Australia, do solemnly and sincerely deplare that on the 25th June, 1877, my eon Alfred, six years of age, was accidentally hurt with an axe on his knee. lat once took all paini to secure medical assistance. However, m spite of all efforts, on the 27th August, 1877, the opinion was given by Dr Maogillivray that »n amputation of the injured limb had become imperative, m order to eaye life. At this juncture I called on Mesßrs Sander and Sons, procuring Borne of their Extraot of the Euoalyptus Globulus, and by the application of the same I bad the satisfaction of seeing my son within a fortnight out of all danger, and tOfday he is recovered. I may just add that it was when the crisis had been reaohed that the Extract referred to was first applied, and I make this solemn declaration, etc.— Fbanz Raabe. Deolared at Sandhurst, m the colony of Viotoria, Australia, this seventeenth day of Ootober, one thousapd eight hundred and seventy-seven before me, Moritz Gonh, J.P,~(Ad.rf.) + \ . 6 '

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2066, 18 February 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2066, 18 February 1889

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