LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The agricultural returns for Great Britain just published, show that there are 32,081,396 aoreß of land cultivated throughout the entire Kingdom.
Prince Arisugawa Takehito, a commander m the Japanese Navy, has been ordered by his Government to visit Europe to obtain the latest features m naval construction and armament.
There are twenty cotton factories now m pperation m Japan, with a total of 82,680 spindleß. Therp arp also twenty faotories m process of establishment or extension, with an estimated capacity of 180,680 spindles.
A wealthy nnole m Michigan has reoently left big nephew, an eooentrio old bachelor, £50,000, only on condition that he should marry. The contents of the will leaking out, the embarrassed man is said to be deluged with offers of marriage from ladiea,
Amerioa now leads the world iv the manufacture of perfumery, an industry m whioh the Frenoh have long excelled. American perfumes can be bought m London, Paris, Hong Kong, Bio de Janeiro, Siam, Australia, and even the Phillipine and Sandwich Islands.
The ftlaine fomologioal Society is making A c'ollectjjon of choice apples for exhibition at the World's Exposition, Vfhigh opens m Paris next May. The apples are to be placed m a preserving liquid before being Bhipped,
The famous Bo Tree under which Buddha sat and meditated until he became " enlightened and ovoroame the last temptation " is said to be falling to pieoes. It is believed to be tbe oldest tree m the world, being predited with 2300 years.
It is said that there are only about 5000 elephants m the world, and that the number is decreasing every year.
At a meeting of the Langholm Paroohial Board it was intimated that one of the paupers on the poor roll had handed to the Board a sum of £100, being the amount of a legaoy from a lately-deceased relative m Australia. The legatee had been m receipt of relief for many years.
The latest scientific novelty is a little machine which accurately shows the amount of eleotrioity that exists m any part of the body to whioh the machine is applied. With a little patienoe the sum total of electrioity contained m the whole body could of oourse be ascertained.
The interest excited by the Stuart Exhibition, now being held at the New Gallery, has been so wide that the directors have decided to bold, next winter, an exhibition of the House of Tudor, m whioh the royal portraits will be supplemented by a representation of eminent statesmen and men of letters belonging to each reign.
A Wellington paper says that for 100 miles the beaoh of Weatland has been completely taken up for gold mining. But there is very little doing. The holders of one olaim baye sent Home for maohinery and the others will lie down and wait to see how it answers when it oomes, If it is a success they will no doubt take turns to borrow it.
It is said that there is a club of fat men m New York, candidates for whioh cirole must weigh at least 2001 bto begin with, and must inorease 201 b yearly 1 Last year the president weighed 415 ib, and the 200 guests at the annual banquet consumed 20001 bof fish and 600 roast fowls I Is this possible ? No wonder they are fat.
The birth of a child m a family of position m Borne is now announced by the issue to all friends and acquaintances of the infant's parents of a speoially-engraved oard, on whioh appears tbe name of the newly-arrived baby. Beneath the name is put the date of the child's birth, and the address at whioh it took place is added m tbe oorner.
The attendance at the speoial session of the rink last evening, held on the occasion of the vißit of the Ashley orioketers. was a large one, and the ladies were m a majority. The visitors seemed to enjoy themselves moat thoroughly, and before leaving by the express this morning they gave three hearty oheere for the Ashburtonites, who had rendered their stay here such a pleasant one.
It is announced that paper bottles are to be manufactured on a very extensive scale ; their weight is less than those of glass or stoneware, and they are less liable to breakage. Paper being also an excellent non-oon. duotor fluids stored m air-tight paper bottles will withstand a more intense degree of heat or oold than when put m ordinary bottles.
The " Lyttelton Times " says that m oonsequence of the prohibitory freight on store sheep by rail, not a single sheep was trucked from Culverden after the lata fair. Several large lines of cheep were purchased for the Timaru and Ashburton district, and one mob of five thousand are going to a run sixty miles South of Dunedin.
Edison's phonograph is undoubtedly a re» markable invention. It can reproduce a speech aoourately, and even give the long deep breath and coughs if the orator is suffering from a oold. The applauae of the audience is also distinctly and sharply repeated, and the oheera at the dose of the meeting, the shuffling of feet and the confused uproar of the departing orowd are also moßt faithfully reproduced.
A Frenoh physioian, Dr Feiz, mentions a ourious case of left-handedness. A child m a oertain family was left-handed, and the seoond appeared to be so at the age of one year. It was then learned that the mother alwayß carried her children on her left arm. She wbb advised to change, and, held on her other arm, the infant, having its right hand free to grasp objects, soon became rightbanded.
In less than one hundred years the post offices m the United States have increased from 75 to 57,376, the post routes from 1875 miles to 403,976 miles, while the gross postal revenue is more than 1300 times greater than it was m 1790. In considering the importance of this great development, it may be said that probably no other feature shows bo remarkably the growth of a nation as this. It marks the spread of intelligence and mdi* oates the expansion of commerce.
The " Auckland Evening Star " says :— - Whito Island, m the Bay of Plenty, appears to be m a state of great voloanio activity just now, the steam from the central crater being visible m fine weather for a distance of some eighty miles. Last week Mr Wilson, son of Judge Wilson, tbe owner of the island, went down by the s.s. Chelmsford to the place, with a view to reoommenoing the Bulphur workings near tbe beaoh, and arrangements are being made for re-opening operations. For some time past nothing has been done m the way of obtaining sulphur from White Island.
A Melbourne paper says : — The commercial outlook is beooming more gloomy every week. The stook and share market is a farce as regards business done. The amount of the transactions every week is not enough to pay interest on the total sum members have paid for their seats. It is only the fortunate original few who are making a living out of " legitimate " business. Land saled, m the language of commercial editors, are restricted to trade requirements, whioh means that the only purchasers are those foroed to buy, speculators and free investors holding aloof, With regard to commerce, Mr Beid, Chairman of the Melbourne Chamber of Manufacturers, was quite right, that the greater number of wholesale men have over-bought, and when thg time comes, whioh will be soon, when they must have oasb, if the banks do not behave liberally, disaster will be inevitable.
A large number of Ghioago girls met one evening for the purpose of forming a "Ladies' Anti-Slang Sooiety." The meeting wap called to order, and Miss Sadie de Pork elected President. Before taking her Beat she said m a dear, oalm, well-modulated voice : " Really, girl's I'm too badly rattled by the honor oonferred upon me to give you much .of my gaff. It's the f)rst time I gver tumbled to anything of this sovt, and J hardly know just how to catch on. However, I'll try to be sufficiently up to snuff not to let any flies light on me while doing tbe Preßi-dent-of-this-sooiety aot. I'm with you m this move, and don't any of you forget it. All over our land Blang words and phrases are multiplying like flies m sorghum time, and it is our duty to help knock this crying evil aa silly aa possible* Lst our motto be • Shoot tbe Slangist ' "
Some remarks disparaging to New Zealand having been attributed to Principal Grant by some of the Canadian papers, he has authorised the " O:tawa Chroniole " to say editorially that " any references oonoerning that oolony made by him sinoe bis visit have been of a wholly different oharaoter. There is no part of the world that he would adviae emigrants to betake themselves to rather than to New Zealand, Canada alone exoepted ; and if Canadians wished to emigrate be would advise them to go to New Zealand, or, at any rate, to enquire abou,t its aclvanfagea. Tqa colony is bletesed with every variety of healthful olimate, with fertile soil, excellent timber, and mineral wealth. It grows gpod cattle, good sheep, and a fine class of men. Jt has good Bohools, ohuroheß, and other institutions, Both North and South Islands are good, and as they extend over 1900 miles from north to south, they differ widely m climate and productions."
The Sultan of Turkey's chief confidantes are his mother, his barber, and one of his youngest wives, who is a Georgian, and these three are extraordinarily important personages m affairs of State
Asbestos was first mined as an article of commerce m Canada fn 1878. In tha first year the shipments at tho mines were about 300 tonß. In 1888 the quantity had risen to 4619 tons, the value of the shipment having increased from £4000 to £45,000.
Walter Webb was taking part m an amateur threatrioal performance, at Austin, Mo , when he suddenly tripped on the stage, and a knife whioh he had m his hand pierced his heart, killing him instantly.
The Empress of Japan reoently paid a visit to the hospital at Neno, m oourse of ereotion by the Red Cross Society, and was moved to contribute 80,000 yen towards the funds of the sooiety. This represents m English money £16,000.
Mails for the Australian oolonies, United Kingdom, and Continent of Europe via Hobart, per Wairarapa, close at the Bluff at noon on Friday, 22nd Feb., due m London May 6th ; also Capetown and Mauritius per Frenoh packet.
When a young woman was coming to a marriageable age, m the days of the spinningwheel, she "had to mind her wheel," and thus make preparation for her nuptials by spinning household necessaries, suoh as sheets, tableoloths, napkins, etc ; henoe she was termed a " spinster."
A meeting of the Peers of Sootland, called by Royal Proclamation, was held m the Piotuie Gallery of the Holyrood Falaoe, Edinburgh, on January 10, when the Earl of Lauderdale was unanimously elected a representative Peer of Sootland m the present Parliament, m the room of the late Earl of Mar and Eellie.
A singular exhibition has been held at Meiningen. It consisted of 250 newspapers containing articles upon the death of the Emperor William 1., representing no fewer than fifty-four languages, amongst whiob, of course, all the European, with their dialects, were represented ; while Bengali, Guzzerati, Hindu, Chinese, Japanese, and Hawaiian may be found.
HolijOWAy's Pills and Ointment.— Though it is impossible, m this climate of changing temperature to prevent ill health altogether, yet its form and frequency may be much mitiga ed by the early adoption of remedial measures. "When hoarseness, cough, thick breathing, and the attending slight fever indicate irritation of the throat or chest, Holloway's Ointment should be rubbed upon tkese parts without delay, and his Pills taken m appropriate doses, to promote its curative action. No catarrh or sere throats can resist these remedies. Printed directions envelope every package of Holloway's medicaments, which are suited to all ages and conditions, and to every ordinary disease to which humanity is liable.
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2093, 20 March 1889
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2093, 20 March 1889
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