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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

The Borough street lamps were lighted last evening for the first time this year.

The Rev H. T. Purohas, of St. Matthew's Churob, Ohristohuroh, will oonduot the services to-morrow m St. Stephen's Ohuroh.

The annual inoome of the population of the United Kingdom is estimated at about 1500 millions.

A Dubuque, lowa, paper asserts thai it is quite a common thing for dogs to commit suicide by jumping from the high bridge m that city. Z^£

Bed wines are mostly produced m the north of Italy and Sicily on the eastern coast, and white wines m the centre and south of Italy and western coast of Sicily.

Country minister (to boy, fishing) : '« What will your father say, little boy, when be discovers that you have been fishing on Sunday ? " Boy : " I dunno, Bir ; it depends on how many fishes I ketch."

The prooess of manufacture of China crape was kept a seoret by the Chinese and for a long time baffled all attempts at imitation. A Frenchman finally discovered it, and is introducing its manufacture m Franoe.

Mr M. W. Green, at one time member for Dunedin East, ib, (says the "Press") now editing a temperanoe journal m Adelaide. When Mr Green entered politioal life he said he would be Premier m two years, but his propbeoy was not fulfilled.

A Bample of New South Wales Parliamentary debates: — Mr MoElhone having abused Mr Haynes is asked by the Speaker to withdraw his remarks. Mr MoElhone : "I apologise Mr Speaker, I apologise; but I'll spit m his eye when I get him outside I " Bobby—" Ma, is the church raising a fund to send our minister to Europe ? " Mother— •• Yes, dear." Bobby — " And will the ohuroh be closed while be is gone ? " Mother— "Yes." Bobby— " Well, ma, I can give that dollar I've saved up to the fund." Mr William Campbell, of Ashburton Forks, was returning from Ashburton on Wednesday, and caught a large albatross ou the road at about 15 miles from town. The bird measure! 9ft 7in from tip to tip of wings, and is now being oared for at Alford House pond m company with some ducks and blaok Bwans,

A man of Manton, Nev., tipped a oouple of barrels of whisky into a natural spring whioh flowed on his premises and invited all the ranohmen for miles around to coma and see it. The next day he sold the spring for 10,000 dollars m gold dust and fled the country.

The " Press " records what will probably prove the ohampion yield of the season, viz 1220 bushels of good oats from eleven acres of the dun variety grown by Mr Haok at Upper Riooarton. This is the aotual result of threshing, and is equal to within an infinitesimal fraotion of 111 bushels to tbe aore.

Aaoording to the last report of the British Consul at Jeddab, 46,020 pilgrims to Mecca arrived there during the past year. Of these over 10,000 oame from British India, 16,000 from Egypt, Turkey and Syria, nearly 7000 from Morooco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripoli, 5000 from Java, and between 1000 and 2000 eaoh from Arabia, Yemen, and Persia.

" You'd be surprised," says a safe manufac* turer, "at the number of sham pasteboard safes m New York, and they're made bo well that any ordinary person would be deoeived. They have a bpsinesarlike appearance and give an office a thrifty look, and all for 3 dollars or 6 dollars, wheraaß the real artiole would cost something like 100 dollars." — American paper.

The "Journal d' Agriculture " states that it is oustomary m Upper Saone (France), both on farms and m villages, to preserve meat m summer by plaoing it m large earthen pans or pots filled with curdled milk, or even with skimmed milk, which soon curdles, and Btoring the vessels m the cellar. In order to keep the meat beneath the surface of the milk, it is loaded with olean stones. Meat is preserved m this way for over a week, without the least ohange m its flavour. When it is needed fer use, it is simply washed and dried. The milk is fed to swine.

There are now some 4200 species of flowers cultivated m Europe ; and it is matter of some surprise as well as regret that only 420, exaotly 10 per cent, are odorous. Perfume, therefore, the speoial " poet attribute " of fiowers is the exoeption not tbe rule. White flowers are the moßt numerous, there being 1194 Bpecies of this color. They also include the largest number of fragrant apeoies, 187. The other colors yellow, 951, 77 scented ; red, 823, 84 scented blue, 594 31 scented ; viole f , 308, 13 suented; and 230 parti-colored, of whioh 28 have saenfc.

Marriage by oapture seems to be not yet

quite extinct m the Highlands. The good folks of Inverness the other day witnessed a struggle whioh took place m the High street between the parents of a girl who had left her home m the Black Isle that day m order to marry a ferryman, her lover. The family aonteut was witnessed by an interested and uninterfering crowd, length youthful vigour prevailed, and the would-be br jdegrooiu succeeded m keeping possession of his prise. The old couple then gave m, and escorted the young pair to their quarters, where, it is to be presumed, the knot wa,s tied without further opposition on the parents' pact,

The Vienna correspondent of the " London Daily Telegraph " states that a tragico-oomio romance lately ocourred at Buda-Pesth. A

stripling of 17 fell m love with a girl three years bis junior, and these children were m such despair at foe prospect of having to wait so long ' before they oeuld ba matstsd that

' they deoided to commit suicide. Their last meeting was behind the Custom-house, ( Tears were shed on either side, and some I kissing and hogging was gone through. The

juvenile couple then repaired to the Danube, and with a fortitude worthy of a better cause the young lady jumped m. Fortunately she could Bwim, end availed herself fully of her capabilities m the art, She shrieked for help, whioh was soon at hand. Just as sha was safely lauded her lover fired three revolver shots against himself, but none of them took effect, and a quarter-of-an-hour later the young folks were handed over to their respective parents.

The Government have exeaated a right-about-faoe movement m regard to Te Kooti's contemplated visit to the Poverty Bay district, When his intention to revisit the scene of the massacres perpetrated by him and his band of followers was made known, the Native Minister, m spite of the protest of the settlers, declined to take any Bteps to prevent tbe murderer and ex-rebel carrying oat his intention' Then, when the Gisborne people again olamored for Te Kooti to be warned back, a few efforts seem to have been made by the. head of the Native department through Government ofgoiala to induoe him to deßiat from biß purpose. The Premier, geems. however, to have been better able than his Minister to discern that trouble was brewing, and took occasion to visit the distrust, and he has now announced that Te Eooti's visit will be prevented, and that if necessary he will be turned back by armed force. That the settlers were sincere m their declarations, and that these were not mere " bouno9," as the Native Minister, a day or two ago sup r posed them to bo, is at onoe made manifest on perusal of the telegraphed report of a pubho meeting held at Gisborne yesterday, At this meeting one friendly native ohief made a speeoh whiob was tantamount to an expression of bis determination to lead three hundred natives against Te Kooti and bis party, if the latter oame into the district, and another Maori ohief said he would lend two hundred men more for the same purpose. It was after seeing how the feeling of the people ran at this meeting that the Premier made his promise to stop Te Eooti at all hoards.

The Most Bey Dr Moran, Boman Oatholio Bishop of Dunedin left on Thuraday by the Wairarapa en route for Europe.

A meeting of householders to eleot six members to fill the vaoanoiea on the Borough Sohool Committee will be held on Monday evening.

The number of living children per family m Franoe is 2*07, which is believed to be a lower average than can be found anywhere else m the world.

The " Post " asserts that not less than £30,000 was sent out of the colony last year to " Consultation " addresses m Melbourne and Sydney.

In oonsequenoe of the householders' meeting being held on Monday evening the adjourned publio meeting re the Dunedin Exhibition has been postponed to Tuesday afternoon at four o'olook at the Munioipal Chambers.

Bishop Moran, m a speeoh whioh he made at Dunedin on the eve of his departure for Europe, said that he intends to open a Catholic College near Dunedin. During his visit to Europe he will endeavor to secure a ■taff of competent Profeseors for the College.

According to a Home paper the health of the Prinoe of Wales is giving occasion for some anxiety to his friends, Its outward and visible sign is an excess of irritability whioh is rather trying, the more so beoause his entourage have not been acclimatised to Buoh a temperature. The Prinoe has not spared his oonßtitution and Nature Beldom negleotß to take her revenpe.

Wife : " Be sure to advertise for Fido m the newspapers." Husband: "Never fear. I'll tie a knot mmy handkerchief. " Next day the wife reads m the morning newspapers: — " Ten Dollars Reward. — Lost, a measly yellow our, with one eye and no tail. Too fat to walk. Answers to the name Fido. Smells like a oheap perfumery shop after a fire. If returned stuffed 10 dols reward." She faints.

The "Dunedin Evening Star" says: — The irrepressible Dr Bakewell, who has been trying to put a spoke m the wheel of the Prohibitionists, deal ares that instead of having to treat a large proportion of oaseß arißing from excess m drink, he finds that for one case of that kind he has to treat twenty suffering from the effeots of total abstinenoe 1 He would not rob a poor man of his beer or his wine. But he draws the line at " something short."

Wo learn from the " Otago Daily Times " that visitors who arrived from Melbourne by the last steamer say there is a great deal of siokness m Melbourne just now, and that all the hospitals are full to overflowing. Tents have had to be erected m some of the hospital gardens for typhoid patientß. Quite reoently a young man from Dunedin, named Johnston, was taken to three hospitals but could not gain admittance, and eventually he was aocomodated at the gaol hospital, where he died. The drainage system is said to be very imperfeot.

As an evidence of the revival of the native flax iudustry the "Lyttelton Times" notes that Messrs Soott Bros are very busy just now m oonstruoting maohinery for the preparation of the fibre of Phormium tenax, having seven or eight separate orders for work of this kind on hand. The increase m the demand for the fibre is considered to be due to the faot that most of the sisal fibre m tbe market is now employed m the manufao* ture of binder twine, and Phormium tenax is used for the purposes fox whioh sisal was formerly required.

Few stories of death by shark- bite (says the " London Daily News ") equal m horror to the one reported m our impression of to* day. An English sailor waß employed m cleaning the side of a ship m the harbor of Sierra Leone, when he suddenly disappeared from the view of his astonished messmates. He had his feet m the water as he sat at his work, and he was singing a song. He never oame to the surfaoe. Hia friends were far from suspeoting tbe oau3e of his disappearanoe until a day or two after, when one of his limbs was discharged from the maw of a captured Bhark. The shark had caught him by the foot And dragged him down, and, as there was 100 muoh reason to believe, had waged a fierce fight over his remains with a swarm of other monsters of the same species. No single oiroumstanoe of horror seems wanting to the Btory of thia poor fellow's doom.

A writer m one of cur contemporaries thinks the intelligence of the horse is greatly over-fated, and submits th« result of some ot hiß observations as evidence : — I have seen horses walk around' a poat until they had wound up their bridle, and then stand there with their heads bound down to the post because they didn't have sense enough to walk the other way and unwind the bridle. I hare seen them get a foot over the bridle when tied to a ring m the pavement, and then go into fits beoauße they, didn't have Bense enough to lift their feet over the bridle again. I have seen them pranoe around m a burning barn, with their tails and manes on fire, and burn to death beoause they did not have sense enough to run out. Anybody oan Bteal a horse without any objeotion from it> A horse will stand and starve and freeze to death with nothing between him and a comfortable stall and plenty of oats exoept an old door that he could kick down with one foot, or that could be opened by removing the pin with the teeth. If this if a high degree of intelligence even m a brute, then I am lack, ing m that artiole myself. Compared with the dog, the elephant, or even the parrot, the horse seems to me to be a perfeot fool. " Soientifio American."

The best medioiqe knqwn ia SANDER and SONS' EUOAItf FTJ EXTBAOT. Tegt ita eminent powerful efleots m coughs, oolds, influenza, etc — the relief is instantaneous. Thousands give the most gratifying testimony. Hia Majesty the King of Italy, and medical syndicates all over the globe are its patrons. Bead the offioial reports that acoompany each bottle. Mosler, M.D., Prof. University, Greifswald, reports : — The Eucalypti Extract proved magnificently successful m very sever* contusions, bruises, sprains, wounds, soaldingi, broken ribs, a.nd limbs. ("Medical Journal,"' Nov., 1881.) In diseases of tb,e kidneys, either active congestion qr suppres. lion, (uremia) or albuminurja, dropsy, lithargy, nothing will equal m its action Eucalypti Extract. Doses, sto 8 drops. Mosler, M.IJ., Pro!., University, Greifswald, reports :— Diphtheria. Tonsils continually coherent presenting ulcers with white exudats. Cured m fourteen days, Surgical Clinic of Prof. M'lntyre, College of Physicians and Surgeons, St. fcouiß— Soirrh.u.B qt B.r§a,at-T-Exoision Euoajypti Extraot employed. Kfo swelJiDg, heat, or discoloration. Cared m ourteen dayi.— (Advt.) 4

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2071, 23 February 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2071, 23 February 1889

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