LOCAL AND GENERAL.
During the thanderstorm of Wednesday afternoon two draught horses, the property of Mr Judd, which were grazing m a paddock at Tjnwald were struok by lightning and killed.
At the B.M. Court this morning, before Mr D. Thomas, J.P., deorge Riggs, who bad been before the Court on Wednesday for drunkenness, was charged with a similar offenoe and was ordered to be imprisoned for seven days.
It v not often anything bo good as the following invitation appears m the columns of the Charivari :—" My dear friend, — Will you oome and dine with me to-morrow ? I have a goose. There wjll only be three of na."
The following is an alphabet of gems t-rr Amethyst, beryl, chrysobel, diamond, emerald, feldspar, garnet, hyaointh, idoorase, kyanite, lynx-sapphire, milk-opal, natrolite, opal, pyrope, quartz, ruby, sapphire, topaz, uranite, vesuvianite, water-sapphire, zantbite, ziroon.
The Raikoura Bailed from Lyttelton yesterday for London via, Rio Janiero, with 83 saloon, 26 second oabin, and 34 stfierage passengers, and a full cargo, comprising 13 boxes gold (value £52,899), 42,000 oaroases frozen mutton, and 2000 bales wool.
At a reoent conference at Exeter Hall, London, the Rev Mr Baxter prophesied a number of extraordinary events, amongst others that the greatest war ever known m Europe would happen m 1889 or 1890, ohanging 23 kingdoms into 10.
M. Alexandra Jacques, a Frenchman, haß completed a thirty days' fast m Edinburgh. His object was not bo much on aftempt to rival others m that line, as to publicly demon r strate the life-sustaining qualities of a herbal powder, which he oalls " sauveur," the elements of which are only known to himself. Two ounces of powder sufficed to keep him alive for thirty daya. His weight fell from flat 71b Soe to Bst 31b during his fast, He was watobed by a oommitteo of medioal men.
There are whispers that no leas a personage than the Earl of Perby ii becoming a •onvert to the priooipje of Jiome #ulp. He began life as a Conservative, was converted to Liberalism pure and simple, then when Lord Harrington broke with Mr Gladstone he followed the noble Marquis and became a Liberal Unionist, Jf he should now decide to embrace Home Bale principles he will have had the satisfaction of haying been a member of every one of the existing English political parties.
The following amusing story appears as a letter m the " Oiago Daily Times" :— ln these dull timeß a good joke is acceptable. Here is one that was going the rounds of London Bocfetf lately. At the conclusion of the recent JPaa-Anglipan Conference, the Archbishop of Canterbury and hja wife gave a great garden party at Lambeth, to yhjpb, of course, all the bishops were invited. Among them was an English bishop who had no Hee, and moreover, was very notorious for getting into chronic debt. It happened that he reached the door of the reception room together with two American bishops, those of Ohio and lowa. The footman who had tp announce the guests thought it a happy inspiration of the moment to bestow upon the bishop who bad no Bee a title which would compensate for that defioieppy while indicating that bishop's oharaoteristio pror olivity. Accordingly he annonnoed the threa Jbjahopa m this order :— The Bishop of Ohio I The Bishop of Iowa ! ; P& lißbon of I 0 U I
Little Josef Hoffmann is living quietly at Berlin, studying muaio under fleinrioh Urbar. The Bay Father Chastagnon, who has been on a visit to Europe, arrived yesterday at Ohristohuroh.
Fourteen thousand people attended Adelina Patti's reoent concert m the Albert Hall, m London. The total fortune left by the late Madame Goldsohmidt (Jenny Lind) amounted to £40,000.
A theatrical poster measuring 580 square feet and oosting £600 per 1000 was used m London to advprtise " Harbor Lights."
The " London Referee " states that Williamson, Garner, and Muagrove have negooiated for and purchased, by cable, the Australian right of " The Silver Falls."
One of Nellie Farren's songs, bottled up m a phonograph, was uncorked at Terry's Theatre on the occasion of Emily Soldene's "matinee on Deo. 18th. Miss Farren at that moment was m New York.
Thomas Hodgkin, a blaoksmith working at the claim of the Pioneer Company, Mitta Mitta, Albury, wag stung by a waap on the forehead. His faoe swelled up, and he beoame unoonsoioaa and died.
Oaptain Driant, Boulanger's son-in-law, haß been oondemned to a month's Bojourn m his own room, with leave to speak to nobody but bis wife and the sentry at his door for publishing a work called " The Future War," a kind of French " Battle of Dorking."
Herr Rudolph Falb, the universal provider m the matter of earthquakes, haß issued his annual budget of alarm. He says we are to have plenty of earthquakes this year, the dates being Maroh 17th, April 16th, May 15th, August 11th, September Bth, Oat. 24th, and November 23rd,
A Buooessful trial of iron sand smelting m a oupola was made at the Henui Iron Works the other day (sayß the •• Taranaki News ") with a new compound, and the trial was m every way a sucoess. Preparations are nearly completed for starting the furnaoe, and ere long the works will be m full swing.
The immigration and emigration returns for January show the following results : — The arrivals were 1521, of whioh 675 were from Viotoria, 464 from New South Wales, and 250 from the United Kingdom. The departures were 1350, of whioh 561 were for Viotoria, 558 for New South Waleß, and 132 for the United Kingdom. Only one Chinaman arrived during the month, and none departed.
The "Otago Daily Times" says that Mr L. W. Wilson has just finished the first oil painting that has been made of the Sutherland Waterfall. A waterfall, and especially one of suoh enormous proportions as the Sutherland Waterfall, must be always a diffioult subject to treat, but m this instance the artist has succeeded m giving a good idea of height, and at the same time produoing a good pioture. The trees and the rooks m the foreground are particularly well painted, and worthy of olose study. The pioture is of large proportions.
It is a singular foot that the preßont Emperor of Germany waß not crowned with the old orown of Pruaaia whioh onoe adorned the head of the great Frederiok. The Emperor William has a very small head, and as it waß impossible that he should use the traditional crown, another had to be made for him. When this was finished, he was asked to try it on and see if it fitted, but he stoutly refused. He objeoted on the ground that the orown ought first to touoh his brows on the occasion of his ooronation, and that it would be unluoky to antioipate matters.
As showing the manner m whioh agricultural sooieties are sometimes imposed upon, the "Sydney Town and Oountry Journal" relates the following case whioh ooourred last year; — A oertain bag of very ohoioo wheat won a prize at one show. It was bought by a sort of syndicate of exhibitors, and hawked about to half the little shows m the country as the property of different people, all mem. bers of the syndicate, who divided the prizes between them. The fact only oamo out when the partners quarrelled over their shares of the prize-money won, and sued eaoh other m the Small Debts Oourt.
Mr 0. Malfroy, one of the Government employees at the Rotorua Sanatorium, has (says the " Post ") forwarded to Wellington apeoimenß of twigs, eto , whioh have been nnhjrtntrrt fnr-Hghtr-Trftf>hn la U» inflnm™ of. the Waikiti geyser, Whakarewatewa. The thiokneea and beauty gf the incrustations of silica are really marvellous, and enoourage the hope that by aßßißting Nature something may be done towards replaoing the lost terraoes. Mr Malfroy has, m faot, formed basins for the purpose of causing suoh an overflow as would be neoeesary, and he estimates that presentable terraces should be made m the oourae of about two years, should the geysers oontinue as aotive as at present.
The " Melbourne Argus," under the heading of " Strange glimpses of Melbourne life," reoords the faot that, for the last quarter of a century the proprietor of the Meohanias' Restaurant, A. de Freitas, has observed a peouliar custom. Punctually at eight o'olook m the evening the doors of the restaurant are thrown open and the whole of the food left over during the day ib plaoed, free of oharge, before whoever likes to enter and eat. Knives and forks are laid for 100 persons, and a cup of tea with a large piece of byead are at the servioe of whoever like to order them. All the remnants of meat, fish, fowls, etc, are plaoed on the tables. The nightly attendance for the 25 years has ranged from 60 to 100.
The Maori Haka troupe appear to be m difficulties m Melbourne. Th.c troupe, of 18 performers, were engaged by Mr Richard lieeveß, M.H.R., but that gentleman, with the consent of the performers, handed them over to aMr Horace Del main. The members of the troupe summoned Mr Delmain on the 18th inßt. for £41, two weeks' wages due. It appeared, that on returning from Adelaide, they were lodged m an empty house and supp!ied with food but no wages. On a summons being taken out the food supply was stopped, and the troupe were m destitute citoum* Btanoes. They wished to return to New Zealand, but were told they would be arrested for breach of agreement. The Distrust Court judge made an order for the amount olaimed, with oosts.
A peouliar incident happened the other night at one of the Melbourne Coffee Palaces. Not long since a certain gentleman was ruthlessly thrown over by a woman to whom he was engaged, but, aB many men have done before him, he fell m love with somebody else, and married her. Strangely enough, bia first false love was married on ezaotly the same day to one of his greatest friends. Upon retiring to rest he plaoed his boots outside the door, and as he wbb m the aot of doing so, the bedroom door opposite slowly opened, and a well-known figure clad m an elaborate suit of pyjamas imitated his example, Reooßnjsing m the individual opposite his old friend, he eiclajmed~ " Hallo, what are you doing here 7" "Why, don't you know, I was married to day — honeymoon, and all that kind of thing." " Dear me, how odd 1 I was married to-day, too." " Whom did you marry ? " " Why, don't you know, Miss-—- — " "Really, well, now, I am married to Mibb— — -— . Good night, old ohgp 1 "
Tb) Governors of Canterbury College have ' deoidtd to ft'oae the publio referenoe library ' on Suadayß. on account of the small attendance. The same people are seen there week i aftsr week, and the Sunday attendanoe averages ileven. It costs £13 per year to keep tke ibrary open on Sundays.
Count Herbert Bismarck, the most rising man of the day m European diplomaoy, is the onl* new representative of stateoraft who bea'S a soar received m battle. He wan shot though the thigh m the oavalry oharge at Man la Tour, m whioh he rode as a private dragoon.
Misß Davenport, an Irishwoman, who has passed m<st of her life m Spain, has been appointed governess to the young King of Spain. The appointment is worth £700 a year, aid after five years' service Miss Davenport will be entitled to a life pension of £600 a par.
Aldernsn Whitehead, the Lord Mayoreleot of London intends to Signalise the double evnt of his mayoralty and the 700 th anniversary of the oity of whioh he is the head by raising a fund of £100,000, the interest it whioh is to be devoted to the bitter equipment of the Volunteer Corps of the met:opolitan district.
The ' Rangitikei Advooate" ohronioles the finding if the ironwork of the handle of a 1 pooket-kiife m the heart of a limb of a solid rata seventy feet from the root. The rata m question had been dead at least ten yeßre, and had been felted about six years. The limb vas Bft m oiroumferenoe and the disoovey was made m chopping it up for firewooi. A3 the rata is a very slow-growing tree, anl the particular tree m question must have bien quite a veteran, the handle must have ben embedded m its wooden tomb for a very bng term of years.
Holujway's Ointment and Pills. — I Disease of the Bowels. — A remedy, which has ben tested and proved m a. thousand differert ways, capable of eradicating poisonous taints torn ulcers and healing them np, merits a trial of its capacity for extracting the internal corruptions from the bowels. On rubbing Holloway's Ointment repeatedly on the atdomen, a rash appears, and as it thickets the alvine irritability subsides. Acting as a derivative, this ointment draws to the sutface, releases the tender intestines from all acrid matters, and prevents inflammation, dysenUry, and piles, for which blistering was the old fashioned, though successful treatment, now fnm its painfuloess fallen into disuse, the discovery of this Oin'ment having proelaimec a remedy possessing equally deriv tive, et perfectly painless, powers.
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2070, 22 February 1889
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2070, 22 February 1889
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