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Arohdeaoon Julius, of Ballarat, is Bpoken of as the probable Buoaessor to the See of \ Christchuroh, but nothing is yet settled. The tender for 'the excavation of a ship channel and dock m the West Melbourne Swamp has been let to Mr George Higgins at £60,555. A Mnsterton paper reoords the fact that a train had arrived at the station punctually. It was bo rare an event as to deserve to be ohronioled. (N.B.— Two of the Railway Commissioners were on board.) Mr Dion Bouoioault is going to sell by auotion m New York all hiß plays exoopt " London Assurance " and " Old Heads and Young Hearts." He declares be haß made a quarter of a million pounds sterling out of them, but now prefers to resign them to younger hands, as he has determined not to •gain appear m publio. The prinoipal drawing-room at Buckingham Falaoe is being splendidly redecorated m blue and gold, from designs Beleoted by the Queen and Prinoess Beatrice. This imposing room is next to the ball-room, and there is a charming view of the palace grounds from the windows. It contains some exceedingly fine family portraits by Gainsborough. The Rev Charles Spurgeon, brother of the Rev T. Spurgeon, of the Tabernaole, Auokland, ia now on his way to Auokland, on a visit for the benefit of his health He will arrive by the direot steamer Aorangi on the 14th inst. at Wellington, and intends to remain a month m A lokland, and will then returd home via Ban FranoißOO. At the R.M. Court this morning, before Mr T. Bullook, J.P., Rosanna Hill, against whom there are a number of previous conviotions, was fined 10s or 24 hours, for having been drunk and was warned that if she came before the Court again she would be sentenced to a long term of imprisonment. Patriok Cashan for drunkenness was fiaed 5b with the usual alternative. A oolfc belonging to a Berkshire farmer suffered very muoh from difficulty of breathing. An operation having been performed on its throat to no purpose, it was finally deoided to have it shot. On the oaroass being out up a toad crawled out of the opening m the windpipe. The toad waß almost red when extrioated, but gradually assumed its natural color. At the weekly meeting of the Star of the East Lodge, No. 62. 1.0. G.T., held m the Templar Hall, last Wednesday evening, Bro T Dalton Was rp-eleoted Lodge Deputy and Bro J. Mullaney Distriot Deputy for the, enßuing twelve months, and Bro T. Sawle was' appointed to represent the Lodge at the Grand Lodge Bession to bo held m Christ* oburon during April. At Edinburgh, a medical student was fined £3 and costs, and bound over to keep the peaoe for violently assaulting a woman by throwing her out of his window into a backyard. She waß so muoh injured that it was neoeßsary to remove her to the infirmary. This ruffian must have been very near committing murder, and it is altogether monstrous that he should have been quietly dismissed on payment of a small fine. Sir John Lubbook gives an amusing instanoe of the way m whioh writing is puzzling to savages.' "In South Amerioajon one occasion, a native was sent by a mis* sionary to a friend with a note and four loaves of bread. The native ate one on the way, and was amassed to find that the note discovered hiß theft. Oo the next oooftßion that he was sent with four loaves, he Bat on the note while eating one of them." Sir Henry Drummond Wolf figures m the latest list of alphabetical honours published on the Ist of this year. Already he oould append to his name a round dozen of distinguished letters. Apropos of this, a good story is related. When last it wbb proposed to add to his collection of alphabetical distinctions, Sir Henry is reported to have remarked, " Kindly let them take as closely as possible the form of L.S.D." We find the following m the •' Press " : — A thick oloud was noticed at noon on Saturday passing over Eyreton whioh, a person who saw it, says waß due to a whirlwind. . It, for a time, obßoured the sun, and then broke, delivering a shower of sand dust over some paddocks, m whioh the horses and oattle seemed to be so muoh afleoted by the falling dust that they were seen for a time madly rushing away from it, and made at last for the river. An American gentleman, the possessor of* a wondertully strong and vigorous elootrio motor, offers to drive the presseß of a London daily newspaper by means of eleoirioits conveyed from New York by gable, Distance m eleotrioity is, of oourse, a matter of no consequence, but the difficulty that presents itself m all eleotrio arrangements, m their present condition, is the possibility of the eleotrio ourrent breaking off at a most inopportune moment. Maloolm MoMillan, of Catalono, Cape Breton, a native of Loohmaddy, North Uist, Scotland, at 101 years of ago (according to an Amerioan paper) has all big senses as good as when he waß m his teens. A few months ago he out .and Bewed a pair of millcloth trousers for himself. Laßt autumn he mowed bay m the same field as his son, his grand-son, and his great-grandson. He had never lost a tooth, and did not know what a headache or a toothache was. The Independent minister at Barnsley is possessed of prepenoe of mind. During service on a Sunday recently the roof of the phapel caught fire from the stove flue, and be alone notiped it. Instead of rajajng an alaym or directing the attention pf tpe cdpgf:egat{<j{i to the $rel).e made some excuse for dosing tbeservioe and dismissed them, so they walked out quietly. Had he not done bo there might have been a panto, rush and orush. and somebody got badly hurt, The Chinese, (writes the Greymouth oor» respondent of a Chriatohuroh paper) whatever their faults and peculiarities may be, are Dot ungrateful. In the pursuance of their mining operations m the interior they frequently meet with severe aocidents, those of a serious nature being sent m to the hospital for treatment, where they are properly cared for, and as a rule are cent back m a fit oondition to reßume work. Not unmindful of the benefits conferred upon them m this respect, they collected £80 during their New Year holidays whioh they banded over to the Secretary of the Groy River Hospital as a donation towards fhe support of -the iqati, tutfoq. There seems to be room to hope that the efforts bo long put forth for the acclimatisation of salmon m New Zealand waters have at last been crowned with auooesa. A day or two ago we published newß of the discovery of quantities of fish, believed to be salmon smolt, m the Aparima, Southland, and now Bjmilar news is to hapd frpin th» Weßt Coast. The Greymouth correspondent of the " Prees " says that a shoal of bright fiilvery-aoaled flab, from four to Bix inohea long, have been haunting the banks of the Grej River, m the visiry of Brunnerton, lately. As the fish are neither herring, smelt nor grayling, it is suspected that they are salmon smolt about a year old. A looal resident well acquainted with salmon and Salmon fishing m Scotland, and who ia not long .put from Home, says that he has no doubt whatever as fo their bsiijg Balmpn smolt. The Acclimatisation Society should therefore bestir tbemßelvep m the matter and eeoure a few specimens of the fish whioh might be cent ovor to Ghristohuroh with the view of obtaining the opinion of Professor Hulton, or some other mlmonidct expert who has ft knowledge of the family, The faot of these fish being seen almost ooncurrenily with the larger ones seen disporting themselves on a gravel bank opnosjtp the Coal Pit Heath Mine is a oqinoidenoe that might hivo moro significance than would appear at first sight. *

On Saturday the fourth day of the Viotorian ' Olnb's race mooting, Carbine oarrfod off both the All-aged Stakeß and the Looh Plata. The Mayor of Ghristohuroh declines to preside over a meeting for expressing stympathy with Mr Parnell, on the ground that be (the Mayor) has no right to bind the citizens to any resolution passed which would be of an exjiarte naturo, and that it ia inadvisable to oliioiftlly introduce hero a question which doeß not interest us exoept sentimentally, and which is being discussed m the Mother Country with bitter animosity. The Rink de Paris is to bo re-opened this evening, when no doubt a number will take part m the healthful and graceful art and exeroiße of skating. The Ashburton ßrassßand has been engaged to play Beleotions during the evening, and the Roselle Bros, m addition to their usual "gymnastic exhibition, will give Leotard's sensational Niagara Leap, without the aid of a net. They will be assisted by Monarque, tb« oelebrated Frenoh olown of the Paris Rink. "Tiuth M learns that the monument whioh ia to be ereoted m the new mausoleum' at Potsdam over the tomb of the Emperor Frederick is to be a model m blaok marble of the famotfs Tarvera monument m Toledo Cathedral. The riohly ornamented sarcophagus is to be, supported by four eagles, one at each oorner, and it wilt be surmounted by a recumbent effigy of the Emperor m a cuirassier uniform, wearing the Blaok Eagle, and holding between hie hands a laurel crown. The feet are to be draped m an Imperial mantle. Lord Cross was summoned to Oaborne reoently for a private oonferenoe with the Queen and the Empreßß Frederick oonoernitjg the disposal of that part of the Emperor ' Frederick's fortune which he left to trustees (Her Majeßty, the King of the Belgians, and the Duke of Saxe-Goburg Gotha) for the benefit of his widow and younger ohildren, with a special direction that it was to be invested m British securities. The late Emperor'B fortune was wholly derived from his father, Kaißer William, and he left a Jarge sum to the Empress absolutely, out of whioh her Imperial Majesty has expended about £40,000 m the purchase of a residence and estate at Eronberg. A miraoulous escape from a serious aooident ooourred at Clarendon reoently, Mr William Hare was, the " Bruoe Herald " says, outting his orop with a reaper and binder when his four-year-old son, who had followed his father unknown to the latter, got amongst the corn and fell asleep. Mr Hare, by the purest aocident, notioed the boy when the machine was nearly on top of him and pulled up his horses. Before he could stop the maohine, however, the knife caught his son on the leg below the knee, outting it to the bone, but luokily did no farther injury. Dr Stewart, who was called m, attended the little fellow and bandaged up his wound, and he is now progressing very favorably. The Mayor, as obairman of the N.Z. Jubilee Exhibition Looal Committee, has reoeived from Mr J. J. Einsey, secretary of the Canterbury Committee, a reply to the invitation sent to him to visit Ashburton and explain matters oonneoted with the Exhibition. Mr Einsey expresses his willingness to come down at any time, and says that if the meeting is held at the time Mr Twopeny returns from the North Island that gentleman also will attend. The looal oommittee has accordingly asked Mr Kinsey to fix the date, whioh will be duly advertised. Mr John Grigg writes that his son is preparing an exhibit of the produoe of Longbeaoh estate ; and promises from other quarters lead it to be believed that this distrust will ba very creditably represented.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2084, 11 March 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2084, 11 March 1889

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