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On dit that 80,000 people m Melbourne have no settled means of Bubßistenoe. The "Poat" sayß that the Government intend introducing a Fisheries Bill daring the next session of Parliament. This year will occur the twentieth anniver. flary of the establishment of the Catholic oiobese of punedio, the first bishop having been appointed on December 3rd, 1869. In the Resident Magistrate's Courts this morning, before Major Steward, J.P., William Smith for drunkenness (second oflenoe within three dayß) was fined £1, with the alter, native of four days' imprisonment. The Christmas post of letters at the. General Post Office, London, inoluding post, cards, books, and circulars, amounted to 42,000,000, as against 41,000,000 the previous year. Volunteers will be glad to learn that Major Douglas has received a telegram from the Government intimating that the grant towards the oost of the Easter Enoapment of the South Canterbury volunteers will be increased to £100. Another minor planet (No. 282) was discovered by Dr Palissa, of Vienna, on the evening of the 4th January. The planet is of the 12th magnitude, and at twelve o'olock on the evening of discovery was m the right ascension, 4h llmin, and North Polar distance 71deg 2min. We are pleased to note that Mr W. J. Doherty, who was an old pupil of the Ashburton High School and \b npw at Greenstreet, obtained his "D " certificate with "honorable mention" m Latin and Geography at the last teachers' examination. A Southland farmer estimates that he lost twenty-five per cent of a crop of selfsown oats through the ravages of the small birds He Bays ihat the loss m Southland from this oauue alone this year will amount to thousands of pounds. The polioe at Birdsville, Queensland have wired that a man named William Spioer has perished m the bush $0 miles from Dubbo Downs. He cut bis horse's throat '2nd drank the blood, but died soon afterr wards. The country there is m a fearful state from drought. A gentleman writing from Japan says that Although it is only eighteen years sinoe the first newspaper was published m Japan, there are now 575 daily and weekly newspapers. There are thirty-five law magazines, 111 Boientifio periodicals, thirty-five medical journals, and an equal number of religious newspapers. •" Rough on Piles." — Why suffer Piles, immediate relief and complete cure guaranteed. Ask for " Rough on Piles," Sure cure ! for itching, protruding, bleeding, or any form efpUci, 4

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2088, 15 March 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2088, 15 March 1889