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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

It is said that Sir Julius Yogel is much improved m health since he arrived m England and oan now walk without a stick.

The "New Zealand Times " oharaoterises the Imperial Institute as a " wretohed monument of snobbery and jobbery."

The •' Queen's Pipe" is the name given to a furnace m which all the contraband tobacco confiscated m England is burned. Some £4000 worth of tobaooo has thus been " Bmoked " this year.

Sunday Island (Eermadeo group) has been set apart for leasing as small grazing runs, under the Land Act, 1885. The runs range m size from 930 aores, at an upset annual rental of £11 12s 6d ; to 1710 aores, at an upßet annual rental of £21 155.

QTbe "London Star," referring to Lord Hartington's attitude toward the Land Purchase Bill now before Parliament, says : —

" The noble lord is only acting aa his own, or rather his father's, bum-bailiff. Lord Hartington's father derives £90.000 a year from Ireland, and never spends one brass farthing m it."

The tin mania m Southland, like other manias, is being taken advantage of by people of aooommodating conscience. It is said that a young man is going about selling at £2 10s to £3 eaoh shares m a tin claim that he has never seen, m a distriot where he has never been. He oan say that he sells good property nevertheless, aa come of his buyers have sold their shares again at from £5 to £10 eaoh I

People who have visited Niagara will be interested to know that m the early days of the year a further mass of rock fell from the preoipioe of the Horse Shoe Falls. The effeot of this displacement on the contour of the falls is said to be quite marked. For the past few years these falls have been somewhat losing their ourve, owing to the falling away of rook m the oentre. The reoent ohanges, however, have restored the falls to their original horse-shoe shape.

In this age a reason for everything is required. A Melbourne lady was asked why her only son, who need never toil for his daily bread, was put as a clerk into a bank instead of being given a profession befitting his station m life, and this was her answer: " Well, you see, Tom, hasn't muoh brains, but he's good looking. Some of these days he'll have to marry, and the knowledge he'll gain will save him from a mistake* he would regret all his life. Fathers may deceive the world about the state of their affairs, but they find it very hard to deceive their bankers."

Mr Joseph Thomson the " leviathan bookmaker" of Victoria went Home by the last mail steamer and will start business m the English betting ring with £100,000. Some years ago a pamphlet, giving the history of his life, was Belling m the streets of Melbourne, but, probably, it is out of print now. He has been a " boots," a billiard-marker, and a fish hawker. He kept up the excitement to the last, joining the steamer at Adelaide, staying m Melbourne to the last moment to see the Viotorian Baoing Club Autumn meeting over, and leaving by train speoially engaged for the purpose of oarrying him and his friends.

Th 9 ••Wellington Post" writea:— "We were, of course, perfectly prepared for the inspired denial of the intention we yesterday attributed to Ministers of adding to the number of members of the Legislative Council. Prematurely and inoonveniently disolosed facts or intentions are usually denied omoially. The denial notwithstanding, we, however, believe our information to be perfectly correct. The Colonial Secretary, Mr Hislop, and the member for Taieri, Mr Fulton, will probably be amongst the elevated half-dozen, and it is possible that a well-known Welling* ton lawyer will also be inoluded."

The following extraot from a private letter is apropos of a frozen lamb from the Peninßula, which was sent Home m the Tongariro as a Christmas present to Heidelberg, m Germany: — " The frozen lamb you bo kindly Bent arrived on the 2nd Jan., and was very muoh thought of- -made quite a sensation m this house — it was so good and tender, and had como such a long way. The Greeks and Russians could not understand how it oould possibly have come such a long way, and Mrs H. told me that a lady oame to her and Baid she had heard of some excellent mutton we had had here; where oould she buy ii? for she wanted to give a dinner party and wanted some like it."

An American inventor has patented a swinging berth, whioh is warranted to keep level whether a ship pitohes or rollß, and whioh maintains its horizontal position^ without jarring m any unpleasant mechanical way. The berth is suspended to beams at the four corners, and m securing diseooiation from the movement of the vessel skilful use is made of ball and Booket jointß. Experiments on certain steamers have been very successful, and no doubt the invention will have immediate consideration on all lines of passenger steamers, and especially those whioh stop at no expense to surround the passenger with the luxuries of life. If the principle of this berth could be applied to ohairs and sofas on board snip nervous passengers would have all their tremors allayed.

The demand for bridge aooomodation m Amsterdam has inoreased very rapidly during reoent years ; but a great difficulty, which has stood m the way of further development m thiu respeot, has been the disadvantages which their presence entails on tne canal traffic. A novel project has been devised by two local engineers for providing the necessary bridge without interfering with the canal. They propose to construct a broad and hjgh tower on each side of the North Sea Canal j these towers are to form the buttresses for the support of an elevated roadway, and will also be wide enough to enolose a helical oarriago ascent. A continuous course will thus be opened for both oarriage and foot passengers to ascend the way without any disadvantages of delay or interference with the ships. — Industries.

The American (Government are paying a high compliment to the preea of that country by appointing two prominent newspaper men as Miniaters at Foreign Courts, Mr Whitelaw Reid as American reprosentaive at the Court of St. James', and Mr Murat Halatead as American Minister at Paris. Mr Murat Halstead is a native of Butler County, Ohio, and was born m 1830. Ho began writing for the press at the age of 18. He beoamo at 21 newß editor of the " Cincinnati Atlas," He afterwards became assistant editor of the " Enquirer," and a little later oooupied a similar position on a prosperous literary weekly, entitled " The Columbian." He soon ohanged for a more oongonial situation on the " Oinoinnati Oommoroial," Here he has been since Maroh, 1853, and' own or of the paper since May, 1854. The progress of the man and the solid worth of the paper he commands are two incontrovertible faots.

More than a hundred years ago two vessels Went to the bottom of the Gull of Finland, the cargo of one of which ooneiated of glittering ejlver. Two diving Companies at Bevel have lately begun to explore the submarine regions near Jussaro, where the vessels Bank, and the divers have now really come upon them. But like the caatle m whioh the Sleep* ing Beauty lay, the hulls have all been overgrown by a aentury's growth of seaweeds and tang. Now a way has been out through thja wet wall of weeds, but »b yet the interior of the vessel baa not been explored, as the divers fear that the deck is too rotten to carry them. Of the treasures of silver nothing has so far come to hand, but be remains of apples, cucumbers, buokles, coffee pots, and shoes with pointed toes have been brought to the light of day, together with some well corked bottles, all of wbiob, however, burst a.a soon as the " air of heaven " touohed them. The Beoond vessel lies farther out at Bea ; on its deok lies a groat heavy stone, whioh is evidently part of the cargo. As Boon at the (Julf of throws off its ooat of ioe the invßatigatipns wj U he resumed.

We draw attention to an advertisement m another column by Messrs Reid and Gray announcing a reduction m theprioe of ploughs.

At the R.M. Court this morning, betore Major Steward and Mr R. Aloorn, J.P.s, Jas. Gill was oonvicted of drunkenness, and upon a further charge of using obscene language was sentenced to thrse days' hard labor.

The following team will represent Ashley County m the . oricket match to be played against Ashburton to-morrow : — B. Blunden, H. Brown, A. T. Chapman, E. Feary, E.R. Good, O. H. Haskell, O. Mason, E. B. Milton, R. Warner, E. Wilder, and H. J. Horrell.

During the progress of cross-examination before the Bawson Commission, Mr Samuel bo far forgot himself as to oall Mr Jelliooe 11 an impertinent cad." The Commissioners suitably reproved Mr Samuel for using suoh a term.

A ooncert and sooial gathering will be given m the Oddfellows' Hall this evening by the Sons of St Patriok. The programme has been advertised, and from its excellenoe it will be seen that the entertainment, promises to be of a very enjoyable oharaoter.

The London correspondent of the "Tuapeka Times " says that Sir Julius Vogel's (book, '•Anno Domini 2000," has so far been a failure; it has been deoided to publish one edition of 3000, 2000 here and 1000 m the colonies. Except by New Zealanders the book is never talked about, and the publisher is already of opinion that the contemplated edition will more than satisfy the publio demand.

We extraot the following from Massey's Illustrated Journal, published m Toronto, Canada, under date January 1889. (The italiOß are our own). New Zealand.— Our correspondent's letter, dated Nov. 29th, 1888, states that the prospeots for harvesting a heavy' orop continue good, and that their surplus will all be required by their Australian neighbors. The farmers are jubilant over the prospects and the prices they are lilcely to obtain.

A well-known Tara.dale settler, Mr Joseph Hogan, has just been relieved m Napier of a bullet over half an inoh m diameter and weighing nearly an ounoe and a quarter, which found its way into his right leg just behind the knee, at the engagement fought at Te Ngutu-o-te-mauu m July 1868, nearly 21 yeara ago, the affair m whioh Yon Tempsky lost his life. Mr Hogan was at that time a member of No. 8 oompany of the Armed Constabulary. He was taken to the Wanganui Hospital, and several nnsuooessful attempts were made to dislodge the ball. L»Bt week Dr Spencer suooeeded m securing it and laying it before Mr Hogan. Writing of the present Government the " Wellington Post " (whichjis now severely m opposition) says: — "It is only the love of office and the solaoe of the monthly cheques, modest as are the amounts drawn, which keep the Ministry together now. They are not a happy family. Open quarrela are, indeed, m Borne measure prevented by the expedient of rarely meeting together ; but it is notorious that strained relations exist between several of the Ministers, that they are not united by any bonds of polioy or community of thought, that they have very little regard for eaoh other's feelings or views and that they all have to bend, however unwillingly and ungraciously, to the imperious will of the Premier. He drives them muoh as he has been used to drive a bullock team, and they obey as quietly and as sullenly as the intelligent bovines."

The improved demand for wheat, which we noted a woek ago, still continues. Tuscan is most m request, presumably for shipment to Sydney, and several parcels of this description, or m which it predominates have been sold at advanoed prioes. We hear of sales

having been effeoted at 3s 6d per bushel delivered at Ashburton, free of deductions for storage or other charges, and are also informed that this price has m more than

one instanoo been refused. Other desorip* tions of wheat, aa well as good oats, have also hardened m value, but not muoh business is doing m them. Barley appears to be dull at present. The reoeipts of wheat into the town stores are very large. At Ghristohuroh on Saturday Messrs Matson held at their stores the first of what they intend to be a series of grain sales. The prioes realised were : — Milling wheat, 3s 8d to 3s 9£d, m |store ; ohiokwheat, 2s 6d to 2s lid ; oats, 2s 3d to 2s s£d : tyegrass, inferior, 2s 6d.

The London correspondent of an ex-

obange writes : — " It is considered pro* bable here that the Dowager Gounteßs of Seafield will send for the youthful earl, and undertake his eduoation, with the view of his suooeeding to the property on her death." A Taranaki paper writes quite postively on the subjeot aa follows : — " The eduoation of young Lord Seafield will henceforth bo oonduoted m England under the superintendence of his grand aunt, the widow of the seventh earl, who oan either return him the family, estates and £80,000 a year at her death or leave him penniless. The late earl seriously displeased her ladyship by resolving to reside m New Zealand after he had suooeeded to the title. She is not by any means an old lady* and may live twonty-five years . yet." It may be that the Dowager Countess has thus determined, and that eventually she will get her way, but at present at anyr^te the eduoation of the young peer is being oonduoted m New Zealand, Lord Seafield being a pupil of the Rev Mr Baker, Akaroa. SANDER and SONS' EUCALYPTI EXTRACT. — In protection of the world wide fame our manufacture has acquired all over the globe, we publish the following : — Hazard, M.D., Professor of (general Pathology and] Diseases of the Mind and Nervous System, says m an editorial published m the " Olinioal Record : " — " We have examined half-frdozen specimens of different manufactures; the preparation of Sander and Sons was the only one that proved to be reliable and corresponding to scientific tests." Another oonoootion called " Refined Extract of Eucalyptus " has made its appearanoe since. This product stands, according to Dr Owen, foremost m causing injurious effeots.^ That gentleman communicates, at a meeting of the Medical Sooiety of Viotoria, that a child Hying at Fitaroy became most seriously indisposed through its use. In another case a lady states on the strength of statutory declaration that she suffered pruelly from the effeotß of the same ooncootion. To guard the high reputation of our manufacture we feel warranted m exposing the above facts, and desire the publio to exeroiso oare and preca'u. tion when buying. BANDE.R and SONS — (Advt,) ' 7

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2090, 18 March 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2090, 18 March 1889

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