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Sir Wm Jervoia has consented to lay tbe foundation stone of the New Zealand exhibition on the 20th inst.

J Thfl " Edinburgh Evening Despatch "o ? ;Jaa. 15 .ontuins a paragraph "The eleotrio light a failure. — The Leamington Town Oounoil have no faith m the eleotrio light. Tbey deoided at their meeting last night that it had been ' a miserable failure,' and re. solved to give the company that supplied it twelve months notioe to end the contraot."

In another column will bo found the results of the volunteer competitions for musketery prizes last year. Tbe Ashburton Riflea oame out seoond among the South Canterbury corps and sixth m Canterbury, their figure of merit being 262 2 and taking a prise of £4 18s Bd. The Company whioh topped the list was the Dunedin City Guards, with a figure of merit of 36-31 and taking a prize ot £45.

The " Woodville Examiner " says : — There ia a fungus which is causing great destruction to fruit and forest trees m this distriot. It attaoks the roots, killing them entirely. It throws oot small white threads, and m a very short time destroys the roots. It is prevalent m the vioinity of tawa stumps, or where tawa stumps have been eztraoted.

The frequent visits whioh the Grand Duke Sergius paid to the Pasteur Institute, during his recent stay m Paris, has not been for nothing, for it is now announced that the Emperor of Russia has consented to the ereotion of an institution m Bussia whioh is to oombine the ohief features of the Pasteur Institute and of the Berlin Institute for publio sanitation.

Tbe sons of St Patriot will celebrate the day of their patron saint by a oonoert and Booial m the Oddfellows' Hall on Monday evening. A capital programme haß, we understand, been prepared, and among otber items will be given a ventriloquial performance whioh will be by a gentleman who has lately settled m Ashburton and who is oredited with possessing a good deal of skill m this particular line.

M. AugUßte Genin, of Bourgois, m the Isere, a late wealthy gas-works proprietor, has left a will bequeathing Government Stock yielding one thousand franos annual interest to eaoh of the eighty-six departments of Franoe. The shares due to Alßaoe-Lorraine are to be F aia " -° the Minister of War, and expended by him m the purohase of arms until suoh day as the said department oan benefit by the lsgaoy.

Two ladies have just been created knights of the Legion of Honour. One of them is Mme. Gourdon, known as Sister Eveline, who bas devoted 35 years of her life to nursing the siok and wounded m military hospitals, Tbe other is Mmc Oombie Oahen, a member of the assooiation of Frenoh women who worked with the Ambulance Servioe at M6tz and Venddme m 1870, and attended on Frenoh prisoners m Germany m 1871 and 1872.

AU and Mustapha, tbe two grandsons of Ebd-El-Kader, the oelebrated defender of the Arab nationality, whose power was fist undermined by General Bugeaud, 1841, have just arrived m Paris from Damasous. The elder of the two boys is seventeen and the younger twelve years old, and they are about to begin a oourse of study m the Lycee Louis le Grand. Their grandfather settled m Damasous m 1861, and lived there on an annual pension of £4000 whioh he reoeived from the Frenoh Government.

According to "Vanity Fair," Colonel North's son outs a very lively figure at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he ib supposed to get through a cool couple of "thou." yearly. His rooms are amongst tbe most marvellous m Jesus, and his tandem hardly to be rivalled. The other day an undergrad m the college oame of age, when the Colonel's son presented him with a set of diamond studs of rare value ; which the boy, believing it to be a hoax, returned, with the remark that he " never wore glass."

The Mahommedan conscience m Persia has been as sorely troubled about the monument of the Shah Nasr-Eddin aB the Puritan oonsoieoce m England about the new reredos of St Paul'B Cathedral. It consists of a statue of the Shah on horsebaok, life-size, whioh was oast at the artillery arsenal m Teheran, and afterwards gilded all over. It was originally intended to be set up m a publio square m Teheran, but the clergy of Islam, whose influenoe throughout Persia is immense, made the Shah understand that the ercotion of a human figure as a publio monument wonld be universally regarded by ths faithful as an aot of apoßtasy.

Apropos to tbe recent invasion of Oamaru Bay by sharks the " Mail " writes : — On Sunday morning last Mr David Grant, who, as is well known, lost one of his arms m a desperate enoounter with a shark, while bath* ing at a plaoe a little to tbe north of the woollen mills, was at tbe same plaoe indulging, together with a companion m a similar pastime, when they both found themselves seriously menaced by one of these voracious monsters. He and bis companion bad taken a dive into the briny and had retired to shallow water where the advanoing and retiring breakers pleasantly laved their bodies, when Mr Grant espied one of his old friends about a yard from his companion. He gave the alarm, and, siokened at the narrow esoape from imminent peril, they as hastily as possible beat a retreat. They then beoame oonsoious that quite a shoal of these fish were disporting themselves m the vicinity, and that tbey ventured into water that was at times scarcely their own depth. We are told that the particular fish that the two bathers had just dodged aotually leapt out of the water m its attempt to get at them as they retired, Mr Grant now says that be will never again attempt to bathe m the surf and that hiß oompanion has had more than enough of suoh a dangerous praotioe.

The leotare by the Rev J. Paterson given last evening m the Asbburton Presbyterian Ohurob was very well attended, moat of the seats m the building being oooupied. The usual introductory items were given and then the lecturer took the floor, and explained the reason for bis presenoe. He has a number of maps on a large soale, showing the routes taken by him when visiting the various parts of' the world, these comprising Australasia, Asia, Europe, and North Amerioa, and during the evening these were made great use of by the leoturer m explaining various geographical and other features of the countries and people visited, Mr Paterson having travelled through the places named as a missionary. Some very raoy anecdotes .1 his adventures m theße foreign lands were interspersed, and a vivid description given of the anoient ruins of Nineveh and Babylon, oolorod diagrams being shown of some of the specimens of sculpture and the tile records exhumed from these places by explorers. The great extent of country travelled over did not allow the lecturer to go into many details m the oourse of a short evening's leoture, but the information given wa'B to the point and very interesting. A remark made by Mr Paterson (m regard to the supposed insecurity of human life m foreign lands) that he •» had felt more fear while travelling through the Southern and Western districts of Ireland last year than he bad experienced amongst the heathen villages of India," was strongly resented by Mr D, H. Brown, who stated tbat the leoturer's reference to the state of Ireland had no foundation m faot. In oonoluding his lecture tbe rev gentleman made a brief referenoe to New Zealand, very favorably contrasting its many natural advantages with other countries, and predicting a prosperous future for its people, Tbe doxology eung by all present, and the benediotion by Rev Mr Seattle ploßed tba proceedings.

We have the very best authority for stating that negotiations bave been oonoluded by some New Zealandera for a oargo of Oalifornian wheat to be landed at Sydney at 4a 3£d per bushel. The negotiations were conduoted by cable and were oonoluded yesterday.

It may interest some of our readers to know that Herr Rudolph Falb, the earthquake prophet, has predioted a seismio disturbance for Sunday next, Maroh 17th. It ia said that Falb has, m one or two instances, been suooessful m his predictions, but whether the " shake " promised for Sunday next will take plaoe remains to be Been.

Writing of the Connemara esclandre the London correspondent of the " Otago Daily Times" says that the affair has been con siderably exaggerated. It turns out that Lord Connemara invited his niece, Lady Eva Quin, wife of hia aide-de-camp, who is the heir of the Earl of Dunraven, to help Lady Connemara, who is suffering from illbealth, with tier many duties. Lady Connemara seems to have got madly jealous at the great popularity of her niece, and bickerings ensued till Lady Eva and her huaband finally left for England. Lady Connemara had m m the meantime left Madras, bnt the intervention of some friends, notably Lord and Lady Jersey, scoured her return to her husband. This ia a satisfactory ending to a very foolish inoident. Lady Eva Qain, by the way, ia reputed to be the best sportswoman, m India, if not anywhere. Like the Oomtesse de Paris, she handles her rifle like a maa ; and recently, during an expedition m Northern India, bagged five tigers. She is a daughter of tbe sixth earl of Mayo, who waa assassinated when Governor-general of India, and is about 30 years of age.

Deaf.— A Person cured of Deafness and noises m the head of 23 years' standing by a simple remedy, will send a description of t free to any person who applies to NICHOLSON 65 William street, Melbourne.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2088, 15 March 1889

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