LOCAL AND GENERAL
A nugget of gold weighing 115oz has been found at the Pilbura goldfield, S.A.
A 15-ton breech-loading gun is being put m position at Ripa Island, Lyttelton.
There has been a splendid yield of fruit throughout the Bay of Plenty this season. There is freetrade m drink at the Cape. Gin is sold at 2Jd per pint.
St. Patrick's Cathedral m New York is to have the finest set of chime bells ia the world.
Laurencekirk, Sootland, ia rather proud of Mrs Robb. She has recently attained her 102od year— and is m fairly good health.
Wanganui, acoording to the local "Herald," ia blest with the presence of an heiresa m hor own right to the tune of £350,000.
The first pilgrimage of any body of Oatholios from the United Stateß is now prepariDg for departure to Rome and the Holy Land. They will number over one hundred.
The Seoretary to the Hospital acknowledges the reoeipt of 21s as a donation to the funds of the Institution from Mr Peter Cameron, Longbeaoh. It would be a good thing if some more of our settlers would follow his example.
Sir Herouleß Robinson, m a private letter to a gentleman m Hawke's Bay, expresses his determination to settle m New Zealand after his retirement from the Governorship of Cape Colony, if he can make the requisite arrangements.
Tne "Auokland Herald" writes: — "It is said that this will be the best season for maize that Te Puke has seen. Where before there were forty bushels to the aore, there will be from eighty to one hundred this year. The average will be about seventy bushels per aore."
Saored history and natural history must have got somehow mixed m our soholar's mind. " Boy," said the teacher, " tell me what you know about Solomon." Baok came the answer promptly. "He was a great, wise, magnificent King of Judea ; he built a temple, and kep' five hundred' poroupines 1 "
General Bou] anger, it is known, reoeives large subscriptions of money from many different quarters, but moßt persons will be surprised to learn, aa is deolared m the London journals, that he has reoeived 80,000dols from admirerB — oompatriots, of oourse— in the United States.
The " Banffshire Journal," a short time ago published a summary of the sales of pure-bred cattle m Scotland during the past year. It appears that 1670 animals were disposed of for upwards of £39,000, against 1602 sold m 1887 for better than £30,500. The average per beast for 1881 was £20 17a 2d ; the year previous it was rather more than £19. For shorthorns the average was £21 5s 9d, and for polled Aberdeen Angus £20 83 lOd.
The following orioketing arrangements are on the tapit which seems to indicate that the interest m this thoroughly English game is reviving m this district, viz, a third match with theßakaia O. O on Saturday week on the Ashburton Club's ground, a matoh with the Ashley County O. 0,, a team from whioh is expected to visit Aehburton at an early date, and, after harvest a matoh at Longbeaoh with the Lougbeaoh Club.
The "North Otago Times" reports that the moßt of the crop m that district is now out, and threshing has been begun m many partß. The yield of wheat will run from 80 to 45 bushels per acre, and will for the most part be garnered m exoellent condition. A superb sample of this season's wheat, averaging 85 bushels, grown by Mr Jas Miller, at Papakaio, was brought into town on Saturday, and placed under offer to one of the millers*
Mr J. T. Matßon, who baa been visiting South Canterbury and is charmed with the harvest prospeots m that district has sent the following oharaoteristio telegram, dated from Temuka, to Mr Kinaoy, seoretary of the Ohristoharoh Committee for the Jubilee Exhibition : — " Having viewed Eakbank and Olark'a property, now shining with golden orops m stook, recommend photographs of most beautiful and gorgeous wealth of South Canterbury Land of Goshen was a fool to thio par&dise. Time should be taken by the forelock."
This is how the money goes. When the Duke and Duohess of Edinburgh recently left Malta for Athens it was discovered that the duchess's bonnet-box had been left at Malta. Jt might have been thought that the best way to get the box was to telegraph to send it on by the next steamer, but the Duke aotually despatched one of Her Majesty's vessels from the Pirteus to bring back the Duoheßs's bonnet box. The conveyance of the box mußt therefore have cost the British taxpayer several hundreds of pounds, and probably a great deal more than the original value of all the bonnets it oontained.
No less a sum than £11,000 will be offered m prizes for live stock and farm produce at the great show of the^Jßoyal Agricultural Sooieiy, to be held at vvinasor next June. A fund oolleoted by the Lord Mayor contri* butes £4000 of this, the Windsor local pommittee £1000, and the ' Royal Agricultural and other live stook societies the rest. The Queen, who ia to be president of the society m 1889, gives £300, to be distributed as the counoil think fit, The efforts made to increase the membership of the society have resulted m the enrolment of 1314 new members, raising the total to 10,168, a number never previously attained. This does not look an if agrioulture m the old country was quite played out.
Since the new Duchess of Marlborough arri'yed at Blenheim the big American da| lies have had reporters either resident m the village or constantly paying visits there. The labors of these gentlenjen^have not, however, been V6ry richly rewarded, as the vicar, whom His Orrace insulted, positively declines to discuss the incident, and the Duke himself " squirms " at the mere mention of a newspaper. Tbe other day a more than usually enterpriisng correspondent did manage to waylay His Graoe, and to enquire what he thought of the bell-ringing episode. The Dake replied briefly, but oonoluaively, that he didn't "care a ." "This," wrote tbe irrepresß|b.le scribbler triumphantly, ♦? ig probably the shortest intervier on repora. 1 !
There is said to exist at Mpntroage a phenomenon m the shape of a young girl of the name of Taulin, aged only if, who weighs 333t s^lb. She measures about oft round the bust, and 1 metre 20 oontimetres round the hips, the diameter of her waist being 9Q osnti. metres. Notwithstanding these enormous proportions, Mdlle Taulin is m no way deformed, but, on the contrary, of an agreeable appearanoe. Her physiognomy is pleasing; she has fine eyes, a small mouth, and feet and hands that do got exceed the ordinary size. Unhappily, however, Bhe cannot move without assistance, being utterly powerless m the limbs, and aoaroely able to use her hands. Her parents, working people m needy oir. oumstanoes, have three other children, about none of whom is there anything abnormal.
I hear a curious story from Wanganui told me on tbg bept authority as a foot. A gentleman was m the habit of palling pn (Saturday eveningß at the bouse of eorne friends who had oome down m the world, to leave them weloome contributions from the station produce. One - evening the wife greeted him with a radiant faoe and told him that daring the week her husband had dreamt very vividly that an old lawyer, some years dead, stood" by his bed and said, " I have wronged your wife out of some'money': the dpeds are at the bottom of a pile on the lower shelf, right-band corner, of oflloe." No money was expeoted by the wife, but, the dream being repeated every night, the husband determined to satisfy himself. He went to the oCice and, m spite of being told the name was unknown there, he had the deeds inepeoted, and to everyope!s surprise bis wife was entitled to and got £100Q.-4Gorrespriu> dent of " Wellington Weekly Herald."
The oldest Freemasons' Lodge m America exists m Boston. It has been established just 150 years. Lord Oxenbridge has determined to part with some ol hia famous collection ol rare china from GaUonPark. One old Sevres dinner servioe is considered by experts to be worth £15,000 or £16,000. The average age at death of the members of the Sooiety of Friends who died last year m England was olose upon 58 years. This is much above the average age of the general population at death. The people of Great Britain are growing more temperate. In the last ten years the revenue from the annual consumption of spirits has declined from £21,102,611 to £18,000,000. The consumption of tea, on the other hand, grows steadily. Among the new diseases whioh have oome m the train of our developing oivilisation ia eleotrio sunburn, whioh affeots those who work constantly under the eleotrio light. The iaoe beoomes red, there is irritation about the eyes whioh leads to undesired weeping, Bnd m about, five days the skin peeli off.
At the B.M. Court this morning, before Messrs Aloorn and Bullook, J.P.s, John Andrews, for having been drunk m OaBS street, was fined sa, with the alternative of twentyfour hours' imprisonment. — Frank Gribben oharged with assault on John Andrews was ordered to be imprisoned for seven days with hard labor.
The army of the United States is decidedly top-heavy. It oontains 24,549 enlisted men and 2188 commissioned officers, or one officer to about 12 members. There are nine generals and 574 members of the general Btsfl. Thus to eaoh general there are only about 2700 men, but an average of 54 staff officers.
The hippopotamus seems to be as fairly on the road to extermination by hunters as the American buffalo. Von Francois, the Congo explorer, says the huge but innooent paohyderma are already soarce m the waters that onoe teemed with them, and laments that they have been shot down by hundreds m mere wanton sport, their valuable hides being rarely removed.
The Sandwioh Islands alphabet has 12 letters ; the Burmese, 19 ; Italian, 20 ; Bengalese, 21; Hebrew, Syrian, Ohaldee, and Samaritan, 22 each ; Frenoh, 23 ; Greek, 24 ; Latin, 25 Dutch, and English, 26 ; eaoh ; Spanish, and Sclavonic 27 eaoh ; Arabio, 28 ; Persian and Ooptio, 32; Georgian, 35 ; Armenian, 38 ; Russian, 41 ; Muscovite, 43 ; Sansorit and Japanese, 50 ; Sthiopio and Tartarian, 202 eaoh.
A reoent issue of "Harper's Weekly" states that within the last five years over £5,000,000 has been invested m irrigation works m California, and as a oonsequenoe the value of land with water has increased from ten to fifty fold. The taxable valuation has inoreaaed at the rate of £20,000,000 a year during the last four years. Under the influence of irrigation counties whioh before were almost entirely unproductive are now blooming with verdure and yielding abundant crops.
The statistical abßtraot of India, which has just been issued, contains an estimate of the population of India m | Maroh, 1887, namely :--Britißh territory, 207,764,578 ; the native States, 60,382,466; giving a total population for all India of 268,137,044. Both m British territory and the native States the number of males is much larger than that of females. In 1881, m British territory, there were 101*2 males to 97*4 females, and m the native States 287 males to 26*4 females, and m all India there were m that year just 6,013,419 more males than females.
A meeting pf the Ashburton Guards was held last evening at whioh there was a good attendance, Captain Sparrow presiding. The balance-sheet (showed the Company to have a very substantial balance to oredit at the Bank, and muoh satisfaction was expressed with the very satisfactory state of the finances. Several reoruita have joined the corps, the number of whioh is above the minimum. A good deal of enthusiasm was displayed, and the Company bids fair to have a satisfactory year. The members present resolved to make a point of attending as many of the drills as they possibly could, and a hope was expressed that every man m the corps would 00-operata m this direotion. The Seoretary and Treasurer were re-eleoted and Committees appointed. Votes of thanks to the Offloera and Committees concluded the proceedings.
Statutory Declaration.— l, Franz Raabe, Ironbark, Sandhurst, m tbe colony of Victoria, Australia, do solemnly and sinoerely declare that on the 25th June, 1877, my son Alfred, iix years of age; was accidentally hurt with an axe on his knee. lat onae took all pains to secure medioal assistance. However, m spite of all efforts, on the 27th August, 1877, the opinion was given by Dr Maogillivray that an amputation of the injured limb had become imperative, m order to save life. At this juncture I called on Messrs Sander and Sons, proouring some of their Extract of the Eucalyptus Globulus, and by the application of the Bame I bad the paticfaotion of seeing ray son witbjn a fortnight bus &f all 'danger, jfri'd tb-'day Ke is recovered. I may just add that it was when the orisis h.ad beoq rea.ob.ad, that the J3xtra.cf referred to. was prat applied, and | make this solemn declaration, eto, — Fkanz Raabe. Declared at Sandhurst, m the colony of Victoria, Australia, this seventeenth day of Ootober, one thousand eight>hundred and seventy-seven before me, Morita Oonh, J.P.-(Advt.) 6
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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2074, 27 February 1889
LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2074, 27 February 1889
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