LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Horse meat sells at 6(d per 1b m Man* ohester,
Two Bagdad Jews have bought the entire site of Babylon, with the ruins of Nebuohadnezzar'e and other palaces upon it.
Mr Stevens who went round the world on a bioyole has arrived m London from Amerioa, with the intention of starting to find Stanley.
A " Beauty Show on a magnifloent soale " is to be held m London during the forthcoming seasoD, under the auspices of Messrs Pears.
One of the promised sensations of the Paris Exhibition will be given by a man who will make daily balloon asoensions on a horse.
An autograph of Henry of Navarre, attaohod to one of the letters whioh that Plumed Knight failed to burn, Bold for 100 dollars m Paris.
A bronze halfpenny is exactly one inoh m diameter, If it is laid on a map drawn to an inch eoale it oovera just 500 aores.
Russia boasts of a mußioal prodigy. Ho is a pianist, five years of age, who plays Chopin to perfection, and bears tbe inharmonious name of Raoul Koozalski,
The moat prominent brigand m China, Ho Ta Lao-hu, haß been captured, and killed. He was a giant, being seven feet two inohes m height and broad m proportion.
Lady Sandhurst and Miss Jano Oobden were chosen by a big majority at the late election as members of tbe London Council. Their eligibility is to be tested m the Courts
Mails for the United Kingdom and Continent of Europe via Bio, for correspondence specially addreßsed, olose at Wollington, per Tongariro at 1 p.m. on Thursday, the 21st.
The Pianograph is the latest invention. The apparatus, when attached to an ordinary piano, enables the notos sounded by the player to be reproduoed on mußio paper.
There is a dwarf m New York 19 years old, 16in high, and who weighs Olbs. He is carried about m the ovorooat pocket of bio manager, Mr Thomas Foster. His name is "Hop-o'-myThumb."
Flotsam is where goods are onst into the sea, and remain on the surface. Jetsam is where goods sink and remain under the water. Ligau is v/hero goods are sunk, but tied to a buoy or oork, m ordor to bo fpqnd again.
Tho " Ohristoburoh Prosa " hoars tbat a Christohurch grain merchant has telegraphed accepting an oflor for a oargo of wheat from San Franoiaoo for shipment to Sydney at 85s 6d for SOOibs. This is about 4a 4d per busbel, bags inoluded, at the wharf m Sydney.
It is proposed to oonßtruot a largo tole. soopo m Amorioa, with an .objeot-glass six inches greater m diameter than tbat at the Jjiok Observatory. Tbo now instrument ih to be erected at \yilßon's peak, Sierra Madre, about twenty .five miles from bos Angolos,
Keating's Powder destroys bolh moth, flcap beetles, and all other insects, wh'le quite harmless to domestic animals. In exterminating beetles, the success q[ tliis powder is extraordinary. It is perfectly clean m appjication gee the article you purchase is Keatings as imitations are noxious and ineffectual Soldjjin lint, is, 6d, and z» foJJby all chcnjiili
Mr Barney Barnato is the " diamond king" of South Aft ion. Sixteen yoars ago he was a ponnileßß boy of 19 yoarß. Three yearn later he had £3000. Then he bought four claims at Kimborley which paid him net £1800 a weok for years, and tuon ho Hold thorn for £120,000.
The repeated announcements of tha death of Father Sohloyer, the inventor of "Volapuk," nro cont radiated by Futhor Sohleyer himself m his paper, the " Volnpukubled Zonodik." He says ho has bgen dangorouHly ill, and ovon received the last Sacrament of tho Church ; but he has been cured by tho baths of Badon.
The other day a fox turned the tables on his persecutors at o plaoo called Toddington, Bedfordshire. A sportsman had shot a pheasant, but before he could fetoh his booty it bad been oupturod by a four-footed olaimant. A fox, with more than the traditional cunning, had watohed the proceeding from behind cover, and aa soon as the bird fell seized it and fled.
Oolonol North, writes a correspondent to the " Pall Mall, Ib a Napoleon amongst speculators. Not content with his successes m " Nitrates," he is now going to make a set on the Waterloo Cup, And the method by whioh he proposes to accomplish his objeot has all the simplicity of true magnificence — a " corner "m greyhounds. He has already bought up about forty of them.
The Wellington correspondent of tho " Press " wires that (*overnmont have undertaken to give a subsidy of £10,000 to the Exhibition, conditionally upon tho guarantee paid being raised to C 15,000. This subsidy is m place of the buildings and collections promised by Government under previous agreement with Mr Twopony, Ministers finding it simpler to incur a definite liability for a lump Bum rather than to erect buildings on their own cooount, or make their contribution dependant on matters of aocount.
"An English antiquarian has been delving among old newspaper fileß, and has discovered what he says is the first commercial advertisement ever printed m a newspaper. It appeared m the " Mercuriua Politious,"- of London, dated Sept. 80th, IGSB. It runs as follows :— •• That excellent, and by all Phyfloians approved, Obina Drink, called by all the Ghineans Toha, by other Nations Tay, alias Tee, is Bold at the Snltaness Head Oophee House, m Sweeting's Bents, by the Royal Exohange, London." At the date of this advertisement tea had been ÜBed m England about forty years, but the price was extremely high, often reaohing £20 per pound.
Worth, of Paris, has just invented for an Amerioan lady a green gown, ho oovered with emeralds that tho dress seems almost to consist of those rare and ooatly jewels. For Mrs Maokay, the same artist m toilette has been producing dresßses so laden with real pearls, diamonds, or othor goms that a oouplo of polioomea always accompany his people when they aro sent out to try on those wonderful " creations " at the house of the oustomer for whom they are intended. Thja lady has invented a new ornament for tho hair— viz., a band, so narrow as to bo almost invisible, of volvct of the same shade as tho hair of the wearer, spotted with poarls, diamonds, or other small jewels, so that when this tiny band is woven m among the hair the latter seems to be studded with the gems. She is now having ono made with diamonds, that is announoed as going to look 41 magical " and "fairylike."
The new Zalinaki dynamite gun is a tube capable of driving a projeotile two miles. The projectile is a oigar-Bhaped braes case, ten feet long, containing 2001bs of dynamite and 8001 bs of explosive gelatine. A oap fitted on the pointed ond explodes the charge when an objeot is struok. The object hit is knookod into splinterß and everything within a considerable distanoe shares m the destruction. Seven of these guns will, it is considered, be a Buffioiont defenoe for any harbor. They are to be employed for the defenoe of the seaboard of the United States, and the navy of that oountry is to be reinforced by Bwift oruisers eaoh oarrying three of them. One suoh orusier, namod the Vesuvius, is already afloat, and is said to bo the fastest vessel on any sea. Her destructive powor, ablo as she m, from the distanoe of two miloH, to pulveriso the strongest iron-olad m existence, is something terrible to think of.
The following important and satisfactory' information with regard to the arrangements for the approaohing sale of tho Canterbury runß (fixed for the 29th of next month) i», telopraphed to the " Otago Daily Times" by its Wellington correspondent," under date 13th irjst. : — " The classification plans were completed to-day, and will be Bent South for circulation to-morrow. Very full and complete reports have boon obtained aa to the respective qualities and values of the lands, and the operations now under consideration will be by far the largest measure m the direction of settlement tbat bus been applied to Canterbury for many years. All that is feasible will be done to enable full advantage to be taken of this opportunity for promoting substantial Battlements, while at the same time avoiding as muoh as possible any hardship to the present tenants. Tho dotaile, however, have not yet boon finally Bottled m Cabinet."
The "Railroad Gszetio" Bays :— A Bouthorn exobange has discovered a station-maßter who is assisted m bis duties by a small, long haired, black and tan dog, for whose aooomodaiion a little platform has been ereotod, where he takes hiß stand with flag m mouth. Ho is well known to all engineers and conductors, and his signals aro always obeyed. He is sent out to flag trains, but displays original talent m watching a deep rook out near tho station. The dog is ever on the watob, especially at night. If he hears an unusual sound, suoh as that produoed by the falling of a stone, be leaves the little sentry box which has been ereoted for his oonvonienoe and comfort, walks leisurely up the road, oarefully examining if anything is on the track that would endanger the train, and if any objeot of the kind is discovered, goes to the old flagman, wakes him up if he happens to bo asleep, and oonduots him to the point of danger. Our contemporary addß that this is no fiotion, and oan be vouched for by many who have witnessed these performances. But for this usauranoo some might bo sceptical.
The Fienoh " Itevue dee Colonies " reports the discovery of a new textile on the shores of tbo Caspian. This plant, oalled kanafl by the natives, grows m the summer, and attains a height of 10ft, with a diameter varying from two to three centimetres. By oareful cultivation and technical manipulation, M. 0. Brockunbourg, a ohemist and engineer, who has made a special study of kanafl, has obtained an admirable texUlo mattor ; it is soft, elastio and silky, gives a thread whjoh is very tough, and oan be ohemioally bleaobed without losing its value, Tho stuffs manufactured out of kanaff, and then bleaohed, oan be successfully dyed m every shade of colour, and would compete with any of the ordinary furnishing materials now m use. But it ib particularly for makihg oaoks, tarpaulin, ropes, etc., that thia new textile, from its cheapness, and its extra* ordinary resisting power, might defy all competition. Its specific weight is muoh less, but itß resistance muoh greater than those of hempi Thus a core of 825 mm. ia diameter, woven with the hand out of three threads of kanafl, requires a weight of 180 kilogramme? to break it. A. oord half an inch thick, manufactured at Moscow, did no(i break till the weight of 62(j kilogrammes v/as reached. When it is oonsiderod that Hussia annually consumes more than 150,000,000 of saoks, a third of which is imported, it may easily bo seen that the appoaranco of this now textile on the Hessian market is an event of no slight importance,
The Rink was again well patronised lost night, and as a spell of weather auiUblo for this amusement Booms to have Bet m doubtless there will be a large attendance to-nfght.
The team to represent Aahburton County m the cricket match to bo played against Ashley County on tho Domain Ground on Tuesday noxt will be choson from the following:— M«B3rs Denshire, G. Andrews, Jameson, A; Fooke, Strange, Hugonin, W. Lyttolton, A. I. Raid, J. Studholmo, J. Sawlo, CranQold, and Morewother.
The memoirs of tho Duke de Poraigny, Bomo time French Ambassador m London and Minister of Napoleon 111., will be published m the courso of the noxt fow months. The Duchess do Persigny has left Paris for Oannes with all the papers of her late husband, and she will revise these documents for publication during her Btay m the South.
Tho extension of the syndicate system at Home is creating alarm. Referring to a proposal to form a Flour Union to monopolise the supply of flour to the northern counties a London journal says the creation of gigantio monopolies affecting the food or the fuel of the people will have ere long to reoeive that attention of the law offioers of the Grown and if necessary legislative aotion will have' to be taken.
The "Lyttelton Timey" reports that one of the most Buooesßful and orderly meetings ever held m Ohristohuroh took p'.aoe m the Oddfellows' Hall, Liohfleld street, last night, when resolutions wero unanimously adopted, expressing sympathy with Mr Parnell and his colleagues, and thanks to Mr W. E. Gladstone and the members of tbe English Liboral Party. Some praotioal sympathy W>b also given, about £50 being subscribed m OftHh towards the Parnell Defence Fund. Among the apologies for inability to be present was one from the Rev S. Ohastagnon, who expressed the warmest sympathy with Mr Parnell and colleagues*
Hollowav's Ointment and Pills will be found the best friend to persons afflicted with ulcerations, bad legs, sores, abcesses, fistulas and other painful and complicated complaints. Printed and very plain directions for the application of the Ointment are wrapped round each pot. Hblloway's alterative Pills should be taken throughout the progress of the cure, to maintain the Hood m a state of perfect purity, and to prevent the health of the whole body being jeopardised by the local ailments ; bad legs, old age's great grievances, are thus readily cured, without confining the patient to bed or withdrawing from him or her the nutritious oiet and generous support so imperatively demanded, when weakening diseases attack advanced years or constitutions evincing premature decrepitude;
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2089, 16 March 1889
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2089, 16 March 1889
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