LOCAL AND GENERAL.
A thrashing maohine m England is worked by eleotrioity. Balloons and parachutes have been sent to Suakim for the use of the British troops. The number of female doctors m the' United States is about three thousand. There are more than 4000 people m the United States who are over one hundred years of age. Bishop Hunt is the authority for the statement that 8,000,000 persons m Mexioo have never seen a copy of the Bible. Tbe total amount of fish landed on tbe English and Welsh coasts m 1887 was about 301,000 tons, of the value of about £3,780,000, There is o decrease m the consumption of intoxioants m the United Kingdom. The revenue derived from the sale of coooa has gone up 75 per cent. A baronet as a colonial newspaper editor is j a novelty, but the editor of the " Waikato | News," hands over his paper to Sir W. Wasteneys, last heard of as a lawyer at Auokland. Many of the fashionable women of Paris are wearing huge hats of white kid on whioh are blaok feathers m reokleas profusion. The effeot is startling. The Medici family's (the great moneylenders of Florence) arms were three gilded pills, an allusion to their profession of medicine. This suggested to pawnbrokers the sign of the three golden balls. An aristrooatio papa, on being requested by a rioh and vulgar young fellow for permission [to marry " one of his girls " gave this rather crushing reply, " Certainly ; whioh one would you prefer— the housemaid or the cook?" Every day of the week is kept holy by Ejpme race or another — Sunday by Christians, Monday by Greeks, Tuesday by Persians, Wednesday by Assyrians, Thursday by Egyptians, Friday by Turks, and Saturday by the Jews. The latest Amerioan fashion fad is to wear Btookings with the wearer's monogram embroidered on the instep. The monograms are m all colours and m all kinds of materials. It costs 2 dollars to have a twolettered monogram worked on a pair. In an interview Bishop A. Cleveland Ooxe deolares that infidelity m France is bo prevalent that very little else is to be found. Of the 36,000,000 people the number of those who make their Easter communion does not reaoh 1,000,000. In drilling glass stick a piece of stiff day or putty on the part where you wish to make the hole. Make a hole m the putty the size you want the hole, reaohing to the glass of oourse. Into this hole pour a little molten lead, when, unless it is very thick glass, tha pieoe will immediately drop out. A woman named Elizabeth Latouobe, Beventy years of age, who resided by herself m a hovel at Campbelltown, Viotoria, was found dead the other day. Though the deceased had been living on charity for a number of years, & bank deposit reoeipt for £1141 was found m her possession. Hiß Exoellenoy Sir W. Jervoia left Welling, ton yesterday en route for Home, the D Battery of Artillery firing a parting salute. The " New Zealand Times " remarks that by a singular coincidence Sir William on the came day completed his jubilee m Her Majesty's service, his first commission being dated Maroh 18th, 1839.
During a heavy thunderstorm at Eudunda South Australia, a few days ago, a youth named Brook, aged 17 years, and his sister, aged 14, were struok dead by lightning. The horses they were riding were also killed. The lad's body was considerably blackened, but the girl had only one email black spot on her breast.
" There is no accounting for taste " Bays the " Wanganui Ohroniole." The remark ia not new, but the instance whioh it gives m illustration deoidedly ia. This is it :— The New Zealand black beetle is, as many people know, very offensive to the olfaotory nerves, but according to Major Wilson the late Bishop Selwyn appreciated their soent as something analogous to attar of roses.
The "Otago Daily Times" states :— A. little girl named Hefforman, while von the road between Gordon and Ohatton one day* last week, waa ohased by a bullock. While creeping through a fence the bullook smashed through it alongside of her and fell, partly upon her. Though a good deal bruised, on being resoued she was found to be not seriously injured. :
Trials of Carman's smoke consuming apparatus, made at Wellington before the principal engineers m the Government and other services, including those of the s.s. Doric, proved to be a remarkable success. Trialß extending over four months show that it favea fuel to the extent of 10 per cent., and m some instances more. Experts who watched it eajd that it was the most thorough apparatus of the kind they had seen.
Lord Wolseley, referring to recent diaooveries with regard to explosives, said they were a power whioh " would revolutionise the soienoe of fortifioation throughout the world. He would say on this point, without betraying any eeoret, that many of the fortifications of the last twenty years, by this new power, had been rendered as useless as if they had been built upon a sandbank — and tbe authorities of England were m possession of this knowledge."
A latter day version of the gifts of Joseph to his brethren has been witnessed (says an English paper) near Brentwood. A small farmer sold a sack of oats to a neighbouring tradesman, who on shooting the saok found it to contain £0 sovereigns and £500 m bank notes and bonds. The tradesman at once returned to the farmer's and restored the property, and was rewarded for bis trouble by a bushel of oats and the promise of a rabbit, The farmer's mother, who died recently, was m the habit, it seems, of hoarding money, and as one of the rooms m the farmhouse was used as a granary, she mußt have put tho notes and sovereigns! n the eaok for safety.
A deplorable picture |oi Italian agriculture is presented m a work just published, en* titled " JJural Jtajy," by Mr W. N. Beauclerk, one of Her Majesty's secretaries of legation, who states that the natural f^ertilitif of the soil, which was formerly so great, has been exhausted ; that, except m certain of the mountainous djstriots, the forests have disappeared ( that plains and maritime regions whioh were once covered by rich and populous oitiea are now marshy solitudes; that two -thirds of the area of the country cannot be cultivated ; an& that the residue is so badly tilled as to be barely remunerative.
A correspondent of the " Pall Mall gazette," speaking of Mr Gladstone's visit to Naples gives the followinganeodbte^whioh he Bays deserves to beoome historical :•— " Sitting exaotly behind him (the G. 0. M ) m ohurob, I saw a grey hair tumble on the collar of his overcoat. Hearing once how a lemon squeezed by the Prince of Wales instantly became of immortal value it ooourred to me that a hundred years henoe thiß phort iron-gray hair might likowjaa. attain distinction, so I oarefully phio^ed ifou and' held it between my thumb and finger. The nsxt thing was to bring it home and preserve it, but on the way I—not lost it— but sold it 1 Meeting an Italian deputy of high position I showed him my trophy : he got tremendously exoited, seized my hair (the grey one), threw me a pieoe, and bolted!"' ■•■•■«••••.. ;
Aooordipg to the Borne correspondent of Jihe "Pailv Ohroniole," there is no doubt about the second brief having been sent to the Irish Bishops. Jt begins, bq we ara aaeured, by stating that the Vatioan bas learnt with regret that m several parishes m Ireland tbo original brief has not been promulgated, and thot, notwithstanding the prohibition of the Pope, Beveral priests have continued to take part m meetings having a revolutionary character. la consequence of this, the Vatioan again instructs the Irish Bishops to order the cessation of theae abuses, and to prohibit the clergy from m any way participating m the Nationalist agitatiep, at \he same time declaring that the Pope will never yield on the' question of prin. ciple. On the question of Home Bule the Pope is Baid to be perfectly neutral. This is a subjeot he leaves m the hands of the English Government.—" English Church man." I
At Charter's Towers, Queensland, the heat is tomble, and there have been thirty-five funerals m three days.
Miss Gwynno, of Hamilton, has m bar garden a Bunflower whioh measures twentyone inohes m diameter.
One hundred and twenty-eight oases of typhoid have been reported m Melbourne m one week, and 27 oaseß of diphtheria.
The Rink de Paris will be open this evening by speoial request under the patronage of the visiting team of the Ashley County Cricket Club.
An artesian well, bored at Ounnamulla, Queensland, is now yielding 540,000 gallons of water per day, with a pressure of 181 bto the square inch.
Several deaths have ocourred among the miners at Sudest. Thirty miners from New Guinea arrived at Oooktown recently with 2400zs of gold. Good gold is being obtained at St; Aignan, 30 miles from Sadest.
The New South Wales Railway Commissioners' report shows that the revenue from all sources for the last quarter of 1888 was £757,881, aa against £671,253 for theccteesponding quarter m 1887.
The " New Zealand (Auokland) Herald " is glad to learn that the export of butter from that district is assuming Buoh respectable dimensions, and proving profitable. The Waikato Butter Faotory depot (H. Reynolds and Co.) ship at present about a ton a-week to the Australian oolonies, exclusive of their contribution to the looal supply.
" Mr Thompson presents his compliments to Mr Simpson, and begs to request that he will keep his doggs from trespassing on his grounds." "Mr Simpson presents his compliments to Mr Thompson, and.beggs to Buggest that m future he should not spell ' dogs ' with two gees." "Mr Thompson's respeots to Mr Simpaon, and will feel obliged if be will add the letter 'c ' to the last word m the note just received, bo as to represent Mr. Simpson and lady." "Mr Simpson returns Mr Thompson's note unopened, the impertinence it dontains being only equalled by its vulgarity."
A person who has evidently given much thought to the subjeot, and whom we are bound to conclude is a true Soot, writes to an exchange on " How to make them parritoh " as under: — Put four tablespoonfuls of the finest quality of oatmeal, with one quart of water into a double boiler ; add a teaßpoonful of salt, and stir for a moment to mix. Stand it over a brisk fire and boil it without stirring for two hours, or until the meal has consumed the water and the mass has a thiok jelly-like appearance ; push it to the baok part of the range, where it will Bteam over night. In the morning bring the water m the under boiler to a boil; then turn the oatmeal into a deep dish. Do not stir and Borape with a Bpoon. If properly cooked it will turn out like boiled rioe, eaoh grain swollen to four times its normal size, and no two stioking together. Serve warm with sugar and whipped sream, or with plain, thick, sweet oream.
A hundred years ago, a British sailor earned Alexander Smith jumped overboard and saved the life of one of the Queen's middies, who, on reaohing England, induced his relatives to plaae £100 m a Bank, to aooumulate at compound interest until it oould be presented to the gallant tar. He, however, not knowing of his good fortune, shipped on board H.M.9. Bounty, and went on the eventful cruise whioh ultimatdly resulted m the irregular colonisation of Pitoairn Island, Smith, who had assumed the name of John Adams, died m the odour of eanoity m 1829, and three of his grandsons are now living on Norfolk Island. It came to their knowledge recently that a fortune of £96,000, tbe result of the investment afore* said, awaited hose who could satisfactorily identify their oonneotion with Alexander Smith alias John Adams. The eldest, a man of sixty, reoently visited Sydney and oonvinoed a well-known firm of solicitors of the justice of his case, and the claims of the three grandßons are to be vigorously pressed. The . claimants are patiently awaiting further tidings m their island home. They are all men well advanced m life.
The best medicine known is SANDER and SONS' EUCALYPTI EXTRACT. Test its eminent powerful effects m ooughß, colds, influenza, etc — the relief is instantaneous, Thousands give tbe most gratifying testimony.. IHifi Majesty tl\e King of Italy, and medical syndicates all over the globe, are its patrons. >Re)id~ the official, reports that accompany eaoh bottle. We have no oooasion to offer rewards m proof of the genuineness of our references. The official reports of medioal olinios and universities, the offioial communication of the Consul-General for Italy at Melbourne; the .diploma awarded International Exhibition, Amsterdam — all these are authentic documents, and, as such, not open to doubt. We add here epitome of one of the various oases treated . by Siegen, MJX, Professor, eto : Burning of the right hand through the exploßion of a small oil stove. The epidermis on the volar and palmer side of the hand of the thirty-year-old patient was completely separated and lifted up as far as the joint of the hand. The likewise lifted nails were hanging loose, and half of the phalanx of the nail of the middle finger was ooaled. The wounds thus contracted healed m three weeks under daily applications of Euoalyptio Extraot dressing. The patient has retained tha full use of the band.— (Advt.) l
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2091, 19 March 1889
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2091, 19 March 1889
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