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-~# -=- Stryohnino given by injeotion is said to be a oomplete cure for snake-bite. Moequitos have been worse m Auokland this summer than for several years. At Huketere, on the West Coast, (North Island), a clergyman married sis couples m one day. Jfttß Booth, wife of General Booth, haß lost the nse of her light hand, and the disease from whioh she is suffering is making steady progress. The six Great Powers and the Balkan States have twenty-six millions of men ready for war. A haßty word or a rash aot might set them at work destroying eaoh other. On dit that] a (speoial session of the Diocesan Synod will" be convened for the 26th instant for the eleotion of a suooeßsor to the Bishoprics of Christ churoh. Mr Edward Howard Stafford, eldest son o* Sir E. W. Stafford, waß married on Deo. 22nd, at Buepos Ayreß, to Teresa Enriquetta Carmen, eldest daughter of Don Federioo gruls, of Belgranp. It is estimated that New South Wales will require ail the available wheat surplus of Victoria and South Australia, and still have to depend for 2,000,000 bushels on New Zealand and Amerioa, this being apart from what Queensland may require. It is proposed m New Plymouth to start the manufacture of condensed milk. The plant, it is Baid, would cost £2000, and a company with a capital of £10,000 is talked of. The price proposed to be given to farmers for milk is 3£d to 4d per gallon, The Maoris at Parihaka are doing well m cutting flax, some of them earning from £3 to £4 per week. A settler some time ago set fire lo 70 acres of flax, m tbe vicinity of Bahotu, which, it is estimated, would have been worth not less thap £JOOO 1 The Home correspondent of the "New Zealand Herald " understands that Sir Julius Yogel haa now decided to resign his seat for Ohristchuroh, and to remain m |England for the next two years, by whioh time he anticipates that tbe education of his two eons, who are now at Chaterhouse, will have been completed. * A Palmeraton journal understands that a Feilding gentlemen has produced a oompoßition to take the plaoe of Bait m the preservation of butter. It is olaimed that tbd composition, whioh will shortly be patented, effectually removes all water and buttermilk, $nd {seeps the butter m a firm state.

Some deposits have beea fouad m the north of Ireland of a mineral almost pare white m color, and .of very light speoifio gravity, bearing a close resemblance to meersohaum. Some specimens have been submitted to a wellknown pipe manufacturer, who says it is meerschaum. The following significant paragraph occurs m the leading article of the " New Zealand (Wellington) Times " :— " Hitherto the syßtem of paying a salary to the mayor has not worked at all well m Wellington. We have had several very good mayors, but m other cases the position has been sought either &a a means of livelihood or —by professional politicians — as a stepping-stone to Patliment. The "Financial News" the other day oontained a disagreeable article upon the New. Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency, Limited. It oharged the directors with pay-, ing a dividend which had not been earned, and, generally speaking, with pursuing a course similar to that whioh had been attended with suoh inoonvenient results for the Bank of New Zealand. Referring to the liberation m tbe Tapanu* distrioG of large numbers of ferrets " Antivermin " writes to the "Dunedin Star" stating tbat he considers that it is high time to do away with this vermin department, as the ferrets coßt the oountry ten times as much as thoy are worth, and they destroy lambs and weakly sheep, besides deolimating 'native and aoolimatised birds that nest near the ground. On Sunday morning (says the "North Otago Times ") a number of large sharks were observed disporting themselves m the surf opposite the Woollen Faotory. A number of residents armed with rifles, pitchforks, axes, etc., made a raid on the monsters. Oao shark swallowed a ham to which a wire was attached, but the fish escaped, followed by several of bis comrades. A good many were hit with bullets but seemed none the worse. There is no doubt the sharks were attraoted by offal thrown into the water. The party of men who have been engaged several months past killing wild sheep at Tophouse have been disbanded, m consequence oil having, apparently, exterminated the animal's. Some time ago, Bheep which were known to be infeoted with scab strayed into the back oountry, and were supposed to have spread infeotion to other wild sheep. At intervals these came down and mixed with settlers' flooka m the vicinity, and for that reason Government deoided to exterminate all wild sheep m the distriot. The party killed 1308 sheep. A Government Inspection Parade of the Ashburton Volunteers was held laßt evening, when there were present — Rifles (Oapt Dolman) 43, Guards (Oapt Sparrow) 30, and Oadets (Sergeant-Major Hayeß) 31. Major Douglas being the inspecting officer. After the inspection the oompanies were exeroißed m an hour's battalion drill by Sergt-Major Jones. Considering the number of recruits m the ranks the companies executed the various movements fairly well. The site of the Easter oamp will be deoided on Saturday evening. Dr Deamer, one of the oldest medioal men m Ohrißtohuroh died very suddenly last evening. At the time of the fatal seizure, he was attending a meeting of the Medioal Sooiety. He suddenly fell to the ground and died immediately. He was 59 years old, and arrived m 1863. He was a prominent mason, and the only one m Obristohnroh who had received the 33rd degree, which wbb conferred on him 10 years ago during a visit to England by the Prinoe of Wales, He received ihe appointment of Past Direotor of Oeremonies to the Grand Lodge of England m oelebration of Her Majesty's Jubilee. He was admitted to the order of Knights Templars, and opened the first preoeption m Ohriatohurch. : ;v A meeting of the Ashburton Sohool Committee was held last evening. Present: — Messrs G. Soott (ohairman), Siloock, Elston, Paul, Oraighead and Meddins. The ohairman Baid that the credit balanoo was £23. The master reported the attendance for the past month as follows : — Number on roll, boys, 188, girls, 194, total 382; average attendance, boys, 146*5, girls, 165 3, total 301-8 ; highest attendance, boys, 158, girls, 165, total 323. The visiting committee reported having visited the Bohool and having found a few small repairs required, had them attended to, also that the headmaster had lately examined the sohool and reported the result very satisfactory. Ab showing the necessity for some ohange m the railway tariff to meet exceptional cases we|(the " North Otago Times ") may mention that an Oamaru tradesman, who doos a considerable business with Waimate, has deqded to oart his goods from Oamaru to Waimate m preference to sending them by rail.' There are speoial oharges m connection with sending goods to Waimate, and the tradesman m question finds it will pay him better to cart than to rail. This is one of tbe oases that the Railway Commissioners will have to deal with. A bard and fast rule will not always pay to adhere to, and if carts oan do the work cheaper than the railway the railway will, as a matter of necessity, have to reduoe its oharges. Murray, Roberts, and Co., as agents fo r the lessee of runs 221 and 221e, have asked the Land |Board to permit the surrender of those runs, on the ground that the present rentals are exoesßive, and that the oost of rabbit destruotion is heavy, and the Board have, as usual, referred the request to the Government for their consideration. Upon this our Oamaru evening contemporary remarks with just sarcasm. "We cannot understand why the Government' doeg npt amend the land laws bo as to empower the Land Board itself to deal with these applioa* tions. As an application to surrender is never refused, m order to simplify the procedure by whioh distressed pastoral lessees may be relieved, there is no necessity for going through tiie oirC"Hl!?""ii?I! ?! "?!?r!;' ncf applications to the Government. It would be better st|H, if lessees were permitted to simply Bignify their intention to surrender without having to ask permission to do so, and if they were also allowed to fix the rents at whioh tboy were prepared to resume possession. The following is a dipping from a little volume by Mr George Russell (Blaokwood) intituled "Recollections of some wise and witty men and women.":— A story wbioh General Sheridan was fond of telling at tbe dinner table, after the ooffee had been served and the ladies had retired, went somewhat like this : — " There was a jealous ohaplain of the Army of the Poiomao, who had oalled on a colonel, noted for his profanity, to talk of the religious interests of his men. After having been politely motioned to a 6eat on the obeßt, the ohaplain began : — ' Colonel, you have one of the finest regiments m the army.' 'I believe so,' said tbe colonel m reply. 'Do you think,' pursued the ohaplain, • tbat you pay sufficient attention to the religious instruction of your men ? ' •Well, I don't know,' doubtfully replied the colonel. 'A lively interest has been awakened m the Massachusetts,' the pargon went on to say. 'The Lord has blessed the labours of His servants, apd ten have already been baptised. 'Is that so V excitedly oried the oolonel, and then, turning to the attendant, added, ' Sergeant major, have fifteen men detailed for baptism immediately ; I'll be blanked if I'll be outdone by any Massachusetts regiment,' "

. At the R.M. Court this morning, before Mr R Alcorn, J.P., s first offender for drunk- , ness was fined 2s 6d without oosts and ordered to pay 2s cab hire. An Ashburton business man has, we under* stand, taken over the ironmongery and timber business whioh has been conducted here for ' some time past by a Southern firm. Prelim- : maries have been arranged and the looal man will shortly take oharge. Admiral Sir Or. Tryon, while staying with his brother-in-law, Lord Willoughhy Do Eresby, at Qrimethorpa Castle, Bourne, Lincolnshire, met with a seriouß accident. Sir George was descending the staircase from an old part of the castle, when he slipped and fell down stairs. He broke his left arm and otherwise injured himself. At two p.m. yesterday a strong nor'-weßt gale sprang up m Lyttelton. Several fences were blown down, and a portion of the iron roof of the railway shed was blown off, some of the sheets falling 300 yards away. The foretopmast of the barque Conference was broken off 20 feet from the head. The ketch Aparima was driven on to the rooks, and was towed off without damage. The gale moderated about three o'olook, but rose again at five o'olook, when a fishing boat containing two men, named Watson and Twining, capsized between the moles. The accident was seen and they were soon resoued. The " Wellington Press " states that the question of the legality of levying primage duty on free goods has attraoted a good deal of attention m oommeroial oiroles ; and a number of importers who have been paying the duty on free goods m the belief that it oould be lawfully levied, are about to take steps to obtain a refund. It is understood that the subject has been under the consideration of the-Ouetoms authorities for some time past, and we have reason to believe that, m yiew of the clear wording of the Aot, they do not see their way to oolleot the duty if it should be resisted. Keating's Powder destroys both moth, fleae beetles, and all other insects, while quite harmless to domestic animals. In exterminating beetles, the success of this powder is extraordinary. It is perfectly clean m application. See the article you purchase is Keatings as imitations are noxious and inertectual tins, is, 6d, and 2s 6diby all chemists

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2086, 13 March 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2086, 13 March 1889

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