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Diphtheria is reported to be very prevalent m Greymouth.

Nine millions of sheep and two hundred thousand head of oattle wore New South Wales' lobb by the late drought.

Why ia a fly bb tall as a big man ? Booause. it stands over six feet without shoes or stockings. Why ia Lord Napier like a henpeoked husbnnd ? Beoause he would be apier without the N. Oharleß Santley, the famous b&ritone, who will shortly visit Australia, will open with " Elijah " at Adolaide. The " Wesiport Times " mentions that Mr E. G. Wright is at present on a visit to that district. The first wheat shipments ever made from Los Angelos to Europe were recently loaded. There were two consignments amounting to 2600 tons. The expansion of marvellous Melbourne may be understood from the faot that within the laet ten years 30,000 houses have been built m the oity. The valuation of these is put down at two and a-quarter millions. A proclamation whioh appears m the *' Gazette " of the 21st inst. vests Reserve No 1074, 5 aoreß, and Reserve No 1312, 5 | aores, m the Rakaia Road Board, the firstnamed " for a site for a Publio Pound and other publio purposes," and the seoond for a gravel-pit. The wheat market continues active, and. large sales have been made. Prioes are seldom disclosed, but Tuscan has been Bold at up to 3s 9d ; other sorts 3a 6d to 3d 7d at Aahburton. There ia an improved demand for oats, prioes ranging from 2a 3d to 2s 6d, aooordingto quality. The "Lyttleton Timeß " says that the fish oaught m the Selwyn m July last, pronounoed by Mr S. O. Farr to be an English salmon m the smolt stage, but considered by Professor Hutton to be merely a trout, is to be sent to Dr Gunther, of the British Museum, m order that it may be finally decided whether it is salmon or trout. •' Truth " says :— " The magnificent organ of Gloucester Cathedral, whioh wae originally built m 1666 by the celebrated Renatus Harris, has just been thoroughly renovated and con- ! sideiably enlarged. It was re-opened with three special services, at whioh Dean Spenoe, Canon Creighton, and Arohdeaoon Farrar were the preaohers. The balance-sheet of the Manawatu Railway Company shows that the gross earnings during the last year were £55,219, an increase of £7702 on the previous year. During the year 7571 aores of land have been sold, realising £14,123 10s, the total since the Company was formed being 49,393 aores realising £79,563. A memorable ceremony for the dramatio profession took place m New York just at New Year, when the New York Players' Club the gift of Edwin Booth, was opened. Thiß building haß post £20,000. Mr Edwin Booth just before midnight presented the olub with the title-deeds, whioh were reoeived by Mr Auguitin Daly. Both then lighted ib.9 Yu'a log together. There was a large assembly of aotors and dramatio authors. . : ■ Cricket, of Jan. 24, contains an exoellent portrait of W. G. Graoe, of whom it is said that " his powers have not even yet, after twenty-five years of hard work, suffered to any appreciable extent, as was proved by his many good scores during last season. He is still, as he was m 1864 the foremost-orioketer of the day* 'W.G. is a national institution, and one of whioh Englishmen have good reason to be proud." Mr leaao Hardcaatle Palfreyman, a preacher m a church at Hobart, has been committed for trial, bail allowed m £200 and two suroties of £100 each, for marrying a oouple at 9 o'olook at night. The bridegroom, an omnibus driver, said his business prevented his getting married during the day. Aooused said he was not knowingly or intentionally guilty of a breaoh of the law, The penalty upder the act of 1843, under whioh he Is charged, is 14 years' transportation.

, The two telephone oompanies m Honolulu have 1000 subscribers among a population of 20,000 souls. The Mutual Telephone Company 1»«y» oraatad talophoaa poata upon the reefs m tho bay to allow vessels to oommunioate with the shore. The subscription is only from 24d0l to 86dol per annum, and yet the oompaniea make a good profit. The eleotrio lighting station is three miles outside the town, and ib run by water power. Sixty aros and 400 iooandesoents are supplied. The lighting is under Government oqptrol.

It is stated that a cousin of Mr Vanderbilt, who lived at Philadelphia, has reoently died. He was a man of very depressed spirits, and had for sometime withdruwn from society. When bis will was opened it was found that he had left his entire fortune to a. young girl whom he had not known, and whom he had only seen at a theatre. The will read aB follows :— " I leave all I have to this young girl, beoause her little turn-up nose made me 1 align and amused me all the evening while I waß at the theatre."

Complaint has been made to us that those attending services held at the Wosloyan Chapel, Wakanui, are frequently disturbed (particularly on Sunday eveningß) by the oondupt of lads and young men who gather m the poroh smoking and talking, and making noises to the annoyanoe of the congregation. It may be appointed out to the offenders that the Polioe Offenoes Aot- renders suoh conduot punishable by a heavy fine, and we may add t^at unless the nuisanoe is abated, steps will bo taken to enforce the law,

The Most Rev. the Primate held confirmations on Sunday m St. Andrews' Church, Tinwald, where eight young people were confirmed, four of them ooming from the Hinds, and at the Church of St. Philip and St. Jameß, Waterton, were fourteen moro oame forward for this rithe. Of thiß total number nine were wales, and thiyrceen females. In the evening his Lordship preached at Long* beaoh Chapel, returning on the following morning to oonsecrate St. Andrew's Ohuroh, Tinwald. There were large congregations at all the services.

Communioationa have been reoeivod by the As^burton Women's Christian Temperance Union, relating Lo the vipit of Miss Aokerman to this distriot. This yodng lady oomoa as the aooredred representative of the American W.0.T.U., and is the second of their apoßtles. Mrs Leavitt, the first of their agents, visited Now Zealand some tirpe ago, and created a most favorable impression. Miss Aokerraaß's visit ban ip view the double object of consolidating apd extending the work commenced by her predecessor. For this service she is reputed to have epeoial gifts and qualifications. An effeotive speaker, lady-like bearing, and intenao devotedness to the work, all tend to disarm criticism and produoe an effect decidedly favorable. She is about 30 yearß of age, apd §ir Vjftlliara Fox writes that her address at the annual inppticg of the New Zealand Alliance, recently held at Auoklantj won golden opinions. As Boon as the date of Mis» Aokerman's visit to ABhburton is fixed, it will be publioly announood, and doubtless aoordial reception awaits the distinguished visitor.

A pitiable story of one of the results of early marriages oarao before Mr Partridge at Westminster Police Court, London, a Bbort time ago. A youth named John Brown, residing at S2, Horseferry lane, and who was sixteen years old last birthday, was summoned for assaulting his wife, who reaohed the mature age of seventeen last Boxing Day. Mra Brown, who is described as poorly clad, appeared m Court with a black eye, and a baby three months old. Acoording to the wife's statement she had been living apart from her juvonile husband since the ohild was a fortnight old, for the reason that he did not earn sufficient to keep her, and she bad not enough to eat. On Christmas night Mra Brown met her husband, who appeared to bo m a friendly mood, but upon her asking him for money ehe atalpd that he knooked her down and caused the blank eye. In his defenoe John Brown said that his wife followed him and insulted hjm. He denied striking her, but admtWod giving her a 11 shove " wbioh caused her to fall against a lamp-post. It came out incidentally m the evidence that Brown used to allow Bums varying from sixponoe to a shilling a day to maintain hia wife and ohild. Considering the faots of the obho at) deiailed by Mrs Brown, her youthful husband may, think himself fortunate m a decision whiph only bound him over m bis own reapgnipfthqes tp keep (be poftcp /or two jnoptbi,' v

At Timaru on Saturday Collins and 00. sold wheat by auction at the following prices : — Tusoan, 4g o£d ; red chaff, 3s 9d.

A gentlemen's hnndioap mile raoe for a pair of skates will take place at the liink on Sa'.urday.

At Ohriatohuroh on Saturday, Matson and 00. sold wheat by auotion at up to 3g 7d. Bennetts and Go. up to 3a 9d for a abort Hog of Tuscan, and up to 4s for 2000 bushels of pearl. Saokn extra.

Whipsmade, nenr Dunstable, is the plaoo to live m. For at least two years some of the inhabitants have been trying to die without suocesa. _ Neither m 1887 nor 1888 was there a death m the parish, and the average age at death is 56.

According to the " San Franoisoo Journal of Commerce " the value of the exports thenoe to Australia and to New Zealand increased from 1,298,000 dollars m 1887 to 2,160,000d0l m 1888 ; but the imports from the colonies (exclusive of specie) showed a trifling decrease, from 1,453.000d0l to 1,414,000d01. Lord Donegal mentioned m a reoent oablogram, has already had a Bomewhat chequered matrimonial experience. He was married m 1859 to Mrs Mure, a divorced wife, and the marriage was deolared null and void a few years afterwards. In 1865 he was married to his present wife a daughter of the late Mr Edward Robb, of Arnold, Kent. The Ashburton Solioitors have reoeived a reply to their memorial to the Minister for Justioe asking for monthly sittings of the Distriot Court. The Minister deolinos to accede to their request, on the ground that past experience shows that more frequent sittings of the Court would not be likely to result m any appreciable inorease of business. Oapt Sommerville estimates that when the aooounta of this year's meeting of the New Zealand Rifle Association are made up there will be a defioieooy of about £70, inoluding the oredit balanoe of £100 carried forward from last year. The loss is due to the small number of entries, whioh proportionately reduoed the revenue reoeived for ammunition and sighting shots. A correspondent of " Notes and Queries " mentions as a ourioua faot that m Russia no wolves will pass under {telegraph wires, and that the Government are utilising this valuable discovery, and already olearing distriotß of the oountry from these brutes. It haß been suggested that if the foregoing information be reliable. our Australian oouaina might try the experiment pf straining wireß, and thus proteoting their Bheep from the ravages of the dingo ; indeed, the Government Bhould undertake the duty. At the Midland Railway sheds, Riohardson, says the " Greymouth Star," a dozen men are busily engaged m putting together the carriages reoeived per Waimea.- Already two out .of the seven are nearly completed, one of whioh is a composite carriage 46 feet m length. It has patent spring blinds and a lavatory, etc., while the shining braßS work about shows that no expense has been spared m the construction. The floor of the oarriage rests upon thirty-Bix gutta-peroha blocks, whioh will do away with that preoeptible jar that one feels so muoh on the Greymouth oarriages. There are five looomotives ready for work m the same yard. The " Westport Times" says :— Mr Edward Wakefield, exM.H.R., late editor and part proprietor of the "Wellington Evening Press," has Bbaken the dust of New Zealand from his shoes, and is now speeding his way to London via Australia. This is m confirmation of newß recently published that he was going to enter journalism at Home. Mr R. 8, Hawkinß, who unßuooeßsfully contested the Masterton seat against Mr Beetham, and who has been sub-editor of the "Press " for some months • past, assumes the editorial chair, Mr Hawkins is a red-hot Freetrader, and an opponent of the Atkinson Ministry. A cor, respondent says:— There was no farewell banquet to the brilliant "Puff" before his departure, and he haß dissolved quietly away from Wellington sooiety like the smoke from a fragrant bu^efjtervesoent oigarette. The proßpeots of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy (writes Edmund Yates) are oertainly not bright. The Archduke, the now Crown Priuoe, is epileptio, a disease whioh runß m the Hapaburg family, and last year he was banished from Court m oonsequenoe of disgraceful behaviour m Bohemia, for having met a village funeral while out driving, he stopped the prooesaion and set his horse to jump ov«r the coffin to and fro. The noxt brother, the Arohduko Otto, ia quite as dull, mote profligate, and more addioted to drink. Laat year he treated bia young wife, the Prinoeaß Marie of Saxony, bo badly that she was on the point of leaving him and the Emperor banished him from the Court, after an interview, during whioh Franois Joseph laid a stick across his hopeful nephew's nhpuldora, apd waß reported also to have Boundly boxed his eara."

A warrant was reoently issued under the Fraudulent Debtors Act for the arrest of Themiatoples Constantino, a G^reek merohant shipper, who had an office m Infirmary street, Idea's, and who, during his Bojourn therein, obtained goods on credit m Manchester, Glasgow, and throughout the woollen distriots of Yorkshire, amounting to £22,000 m value. These goods he shipped to Turkey, where the bankrupt himself ib now known to be living. In reply to the warrant a communication has been received to the effect that the Porte will not consent to the surrender of the fugitive offender, unless her Majesty's Government ia Prepared to guarantee reciprocity of treatment m similar oases, as there is no extradition treaty with Turkey, The Secretary of State imforms the Leeds Official Receiver that it is impossible to give any suoh guarantee, and m the meantime he fears that no further aotion can be taken m the matter.

A abooking burning accident is reported from Fryer'B oreek, about 13 miles from Btawel), Viotoria. A brother and sister named Piokering, aged seven and five years respectively, were playing m a "paddook. and they piled some boughs and stioks on a burning log. The girl's dress ignited, and the attention of her mother was drawn to the oooident by the Boreamß of the ohildren. She hastened to the spot tp extinguish the. flames which enveloped 1 the ohjld by rolling the child m her dresß, and then hurried towards the house, a hundred yards away, but fell exhausted after going about 70yds, She remembers nothing moro till she recovered consciousness m bed, when she summoned assistance. The unfortunate woman, who was frightfully burnt, doeß not know how she reaohed the house. The child crawled home when the mother fell, and the poor little thing died m great agony a short time afterwards. The dootor doeß not Tiold out muoh hope of the mother's reoovery,

If report speaks truly, we shall Bbortly (says the London correspondent of the " Dublin Mail ") witqoso the d&ltut of a young lady of fifteen summers, whose talent lies m playing with extraordinary dexterity on the single Btring of a violin. The Paganini-liko damsel is said to be a marvel m her way. She is the daughter of a rioh city merchant, and almoßt m her infancy began to develop a remarkable taste for mueio. Her father enoouraged it, and her enthusiasm and indomitable perseverance surprised and dolighted aU who knew her, She bad her violin m bet band eight or nine hours every day, and then only relinquished it at the strict iujunotion of her parents, who wero afraid that her health might become impaired. Recently the young lady has developed a taste for performing extraordinary feats on one string, and sho is now desirous of displaying her accomplishments on the concert platform. The only obstaolo is her father, who at prosont is strongly tiyerco to his ohild appearing m public " '

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2094, 26 March 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2094, 26 March 1889

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