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•—+ The oldest and largest tree m the world is a chestnut near the foot of Mount Etna. The circumference of the main trunk is 212 ft. A new English game oalled " naval blockade " has recently been invented, which is eaid to be as intricate and fascinating as chess. Aooording to Oivis, the Bishop of Melanesia the other day took a hansom for some plaoe m the suburbs of Dunedin. He stopped on the road at a shop m Prinoes street to make a purchase, when, enter a man who remarked that he had just missed the. Anderson's Bay bus and Bhould be obliged to disappoint his wife, who was waiting for him. " I'm going past Anderson's Bay," said the good-natured bishop. " Jump into my oab and I'll give yon a lift." When put down at bis destination the Anderson's Bay man, by way of acknowledgement, took from his pooket and presented to the bishop a tract headed " Are you on your way fo Heaven ? " We find the following m " Passing Noteß " m last week's " Otago Witness." "That popular prelate (the Bishop of Melanesia) was m the Ringarooma on her recent bad passage from Sydney to Auckland. At the height of the gale the bishop went down into the engine room for a quiet smoke, but he couldn't find a matoh. " Hi, youngster ! "he onlled out to a ship's boy at the top of the ladder, " just go and aek the steward for a box of matches." The young villain exoouted his commission m these terms : " There's the Bishop o' Melanesia m the engin9 room a oussin' and swaarin* and saying there isn't a match m the whole blarsted ship " At the KM. Oourt this morning, before Mr O. A. Wray, 8.M., a man who had not been before the Oourt for a ooupie of years was charged with drunkenness. He admitted having had some liquor but pleaded m extenuation that he oould stand. He had been looked up einoe Saturday night, and the Magistrate decided to let him off. John Clifford, a man who was up the other day, was finod 20a or 48 hours imprisonment. George Biggs who has been frequently before the Court of late was ordered to be imprisoned for seven- days with hard labor. A first offender was fined 5s with the usual alternative. H.M.S. Orlando has been astonishing the Wellington people. The other day she steamed up from Lyttelton m 9 hours 35 minutes, or from Heads to Heads m 9 hours, whioh is the record. Tho fastest passage hitherto made was by the Rotomahana with her full steam power, her time being 11 hours 40 minutes. The Orlando is an 18 knot boat and without being driven kept up a Bpeed of 17 knotß during tho run up the coast. Fast as this ie, it is nothing to some of the performances of the greyhounds of the Atlantio, the Etruria for instanoe which has logged 503 miles as her day's work. This is equal to 21 knots or 25£ miles per hour kept up for an 6ntire day and night. The " Bruce Herald " has the following :— " The friends of Mr John Murray, of Southbridge, will be pleased to learn that his eon David, who has been suffering from hydatids on the brain, induoed, we understand, from ovor Btudy, is on a fair way towards recovery. The delioate operation of removing the hydatids from the brain was successfully performed on Friday last by Drs Maunsell, Davis, Batohelor, and Colquhoun, assisted by two students. The patient, though totally blind, deaf, and almost wholly paralysed before the operation, had so far recovered within two or three hours afterwards as to be able both to Gpe and hear, and is now able to sit up. This, we believe, io the first time this operation haß been successfully performed m the colony." Tho " Melbourne Argus " thus refers to the prospects of the dairying industy m this polony. " The strength of tho position of New Zealand m regard to the trade m milk procluots is unassailable. As Professor Long, of Oirenoester, the great English authority on the subjeot, recently pointed out m his report to the Agricultural Department of the Home Office, the amount of pasture land m the world suitable for the production of butter and ohoese for export is very limited and well knowp, bo that New Zealand enjoys a praotioal monopoly of thp possibilities, of tho development of the trade m exporting butter and cheese to Great Britain, whioh are, m the professor's opinion, suoh as to be able to absorb all tho oolony will ever be able to produoo." The following information will be of interest to Volunteers: — Aj: a meeting of Ohristohuroh Volunteer Officers Col Loan stated that the Government had granted £200 towards the cost of an Easter encampment, this sum to cover all expenses. To Lieut-Col Surapter, , commanding the North Oiago Battalion, the Defence Department have intimated that should it bo decided to hold an encampment m the Qamaru distriot at Easter, the Department will grant the requisite permission, ' provided the Department is put to no expense, ' Free railway passes will be granted, and a ' number of tents, as well as a supply of blank < ammunition, will be given by the Govern- 1 ment. We have not as yet heard whether 1 any similar communication has reaohed Col ( Bailey, commanding the South Canterbury \ Volunteers. { We remind our readers that Mies Amy Vaughan and her talented little Company open at the Oddfellows' Hall on Wednesday evening. The entertainment given comprises Borne novel features, two of tbp lady artistes taking the roles usually filled by "corner; men " is what is m the slang of tho stage denominated ohair business. Miss Amy Vaugban's " baby-songs " are also a Bpeoiality s and bo too are ths nagro songß and danoes ( given by Miss Daisy Thorton. Miss Annie i Vaughan and Mi3B Mary Travere hayp the < reputation of being capital ballad singers and Mr Collier's operatio selections on two penny ) whiatlea are said to be well worth going to hoar. Mr Gray is the pianist of the party £ which besides its mußioal and terpsiohoroan * performances also adds the attraction of < light and sparkling burlesque. Judging from t bonteraporary notices tho entertainment '. offered is a very pleasing ono. c Holloway's Ointment and Pills.— 1 Outward infirmities. — Before the discovery of I these remedies many cases of sores, ulcers, t etc., were pronounced to be hopelessly m- I curable, because the treatment pursued tended r to destroy the strength it was incompetent c to preserve, and to exasperate the symptoms a it lyas inadequate to remove. Holloway's fc Pills e»ert tha mot wholesome powers over tho unhealthy flesh or skin, without debarring j :he patient from fresh air and exercise, ana r thus the constitutional vigour is husbanded while the most malignant ulcers, abscesses, 8 md skin diseases are m process of cure. * Both Ointment and Pills make the blood ' icher and purer, instead of permitting it to all into that poor, and watery state so fatal to d pony labouring under chronic ulccratjong, t

During the year 1887 £1,228,759 were eonributed by British Christians to foreign i nissions. The University of Upsala, Sweden, has jome into a legaoy of £2600 under the will of Jenny Lind. His Bxoellenoy Sir William Jervoia will leave Wellington for Melbourne, via Southern ports, by the Wairarapa on the 18th mat, and ho expeots to meet Lord Onslow m Adelaide. Twelve petitions m bankruptcy wore filed m Wellington last month— the largest number recorded m any one month since the exist« enco of the Official Assignee's Office. Rsmonyl, the great violinist, who, m all probability, will give concerts shortly m St. Jfttnea' Hall, London, has been touring through South Africa. He is said to have no less than £20,000 worth of jewels given him by admirers the wide world over. In oonnootion with the quarantining o animals, a good story iB now m oiroulation' The inoident ooourred m a New Zealand port. We need not be more speoifio. A couple of piga of high pedigree were imported from England, but were not permitted to land. To have kept them m quarantine for the prescribed period would have been very expensive and risky. The owner was m despair, and took counsel with an experienced friend. The result was that a boat went alongside the hulk, and behold there were suddenly four piga instead of two on board. This wae clearly two too many. The law insisted on two piga, and two only, being detained. The men on board were not judges of pigs' breeding, and it is no wonder if m oatohing the oouple whioh could be legally taken ashore, they did not discriminate very closely between pure Berkshire and descendants of tho stook originally landed by Captain Cook. But the law was satisfied, and two piga were duly Quarantined— in faot, if they are alive, possibly they are still m quarantine. All who saw them deolared they did not think muoh of ihe breed, and that they closely resembled auimals to be found m the neighbourhood of many a Maori pa.— ("Post.") We learn from the " Post " that an invention whioh may have no slight influenoo on the future settlement of the bush lands of New Zealand is just being patented here and m all the colonies. It is a composition whioh, when trees are inoculated with it, mingles itself with the sap and circulates through every branch and leaf, utterly destroying the life and rendering the standing tree m three months' time dead and rotten, and so highly inflammable that when fired it burns away literally root and branoh ; for the fire oreepa even down the roots into the ground, oonsuming them so thoroughly that the land oan be ploughed afterwards. It is available also for old stumps, thus doing m a month what Nature takes years to accomplish! The prooess of inooulation is simplicity itself, requiring little labor. It is simply the boring of a hole about six inohes into the tree with an inch auger, filling with composition, and afterwards plugging with cork, tough clay, or other suitable substanoe. It has had several trials, and has done effectual work m all oases, m one instanoe 700 acres having been cleared with it, every tree being successfully dealt with. This will be welcome news for bush Bettlers, as not only saving muoh labor, but adding to the value of land by a muoh quicker and more thorough clearance, and by bringing it into an earlier condition for oropping. It is also very inexpensive, not oosting more than a few pence even for a large tree. The Riverton paper has the following paragraph oonoerniog the departure of Mr E, Saundera for Canterbury : — After a residence of some five |years m the Western Distriot a gentleman who has deservedly held a high plaoe m the esteem of his fellow settlers — Mr Edward Saunders— took his departure for Canterbury yesterday. Widely known for his varied accomplishments it is, perhaps, m his connection with the turf that Mr Saunders is best known m tbese parts. A man passionately found of all dumb creatures, it is not surprising that he early took an interest m the most oppressed of the animal kingdom — the horse ; he made a study of his nature and habits, has long been a most perfeot eduoator of the animal, and is not only m Southland but_ throughout the whole of the colony reoognised as one of tho greatest authorities on everything pertaining to horseflesb. Mr Saunders, although m no cense what might be termed a racing man, is by far the most proficient horseman that has been seen down this way, and iB, m faot, one of the finest riders m the oolony. Only a few days since we mentioned that he had been euooesoful m all save one steeplechase run m connection with the Amateur Turf Club ; we might go further and Bay with the exception named he has won every steepleobaoe he has ridden m Southland. To Mr Saunders belongs the credit of initiating hunting m these parts, and lovers of the " king of pastimes " are indebted to him for showing them most excellent sport on many occasions. It iB hardly neocßsary to say we wish prosperity to attend Mr Saunders m his new sphere. We olip the following important testimoniel from tho " Illawarra Mercury " (N.S.W.) of the 30th. March. It needs no oomment:— 41 Mr John L'oveday, of the Bulli Mountain, writes to us that after suJering for four years with aoute gravel, he has experienced almost oomplete relief by using Sander and Sons' Eucalypti Extract. He Bays seeing the said Extract advertised m the 'Illawarra Mercury, 1 his intense suffering induced him to obtain a bottle of the medioine from Mr Hosking, ohemist, of this town, and that the use of t gave him great relief at once. He states that between the 10th March instant, when he obtained the first bottle of the extraot, and the 19th, the use of that medioine continued to afford him relief, to whioh he had been a stranger for four years, Mr Loveday writes also that ho has found the Euoalypti Extraot a cure for rheumatism as well as gravel. He requests us to publish this information through the •Mercury.' We have muoh pleasure m complying with Mr Loveday's request, whose word cannot be doubted, and who oan have no objeot m view other than a pure desire to benefit suffering humanity,"— Adyfc. ___________ *

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2078, 4 March 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2078, 4 March 1889