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' There are 110 ohrysahthemum societies m t England. Boulanger's friends predict that he will j soon be President of Franoe. , Emperor William will visit Alsace-Lorraine toward the end of April. ' Ths Prinoe of Wales has engagements 3 booked for every day of 1880, ' Boston eleotrloians are opposed to the use 1 of eleotrioity for exeouting criminals. Up to the present time £392,000 has been ' spent upon the Melbourne Hospital* i There are duly qualified medioal men m Sydney willing to aooept engagements at £3 a week.. i There are m Utah 7582 ohildren of nonMormon parentß and £7,371 of Mormon parentage. The cost of tbe 15-inoh eh alia to be used m the Zalineki guns on the Vesuvius is about 1 £180 apieoe. Fifty thousand people are now employed m the 15,000 photographic establishments m the United States, "Mna's solitary railroad is eighty-one milet long;;* 00Bt £im a mile ' Xt ÜBes Amerioan locomotives, Mataafa (says the «« New Zealand Heu? ♦ has a foroe of 6000 men so splendidly en-/ trenched tbat he could sweep every European from Samoa. The native ohurohea of Samoa bave m the last twenty years contributed an average of £1200 a year (or £24,000) to the London Missionary Sooiety. .The Czar of Russia is an enormous eater. 1 He takes from two to three pounds of solid meat and an average of two quarts of champagne for lunoheon, with a dinner big m pro. portion. Agrionlture yields more than one-Bizth of the total inoome of Great Britain. It is, m other words, by far the greatest of her ind-BtriPB — whether we regard its net return or the number of people it maintains. Meßßrs Collins and Co. notify m our advertising columns tbat they bave purohased the business of Meßßrs MoCallum and Co, timber merohants, and aro prepared to meet the requirements of the Ashburton publio on moßt liberal terms. It is stated (sayß the " Auokland Herald ") ; that the "little bill " for the Te Kooti episode will not be so large as wbb antioi- J psted, oertainly will not exceed £2000. The ! savings effected on various defence votes will ; cover the liability. Nearly the whole of the ! liabilities m connection with the affair have ! been already paid. Holloway's Pills.— Sleeplessness, flatu- ( lency, acidity, nausea, and all dyspeptic < indications may be speedily relieved by these j famous Pills, of which large quantities are l shipped to all parts of the world. The con- t stantly iEcreasing demand for Holloway's t medicine proves its power over disease, and ] its estimation by the public. In weakness of j. the stomach, m diseases of the liver, and m c disorders of the system caused by cold or a t sluggish circulation, no medicine is so effica- fi cious, no remedy so rapid, as these Pills, t w.iich are altogether incapable of doing mis- t chief. By quickening digestion, tht-y give r refreshing sleep, sharpen the appetite, impart v tone to the digestive organs, purify and enrich v the blood, regulate the secretions, and I d . lengthen the whole physical frame* li

Mr Stil well, of Para wai, Thames, has pro* duoed a ououmber Vtbioh weighs six and a- quarter pounds, and is 26 and a-half inohes m length, The " Hansard " reports of the speeohes of one of the New South Wales members of Parliament would, if laid on m a column three inohes wide, extend along the railway track, between Sydney and Melbourne, until, within a mile and a-half of the latter oapital. Many of readers will remember Mr Ashton, of circus fame ; we learn of his death lately m Queensland. Ho has been m the Bhow business for thirty years, m faot " Ashton's Circus " was a household word with the past and present generation m Australia. The deceased was very liberal to charitable institutions. * A oritio to whom Sir Julius Vogel's novelette was handed with a £10 note, and the request that he would touoh it up a bit, deolined the office at the figure. To do the book really any good one tvould, he judged, have to pretty i well re-write it. The plot, the oritio thought, j though old, is respeotable ; but Sir Julius' style oan only be oalled crude, very crude. The Eing of the Belgians, as Sovereign of the OoDgo State, has instituted an order for rewarding services rendered to the progress of civilisation m Afrioa. The order i 3 oalled the African Star, and the deooration copaiats of an enamelled star with five points, surrounded with palm leaves, and m the oentre a gold star on a blue ground. The ribbon is azure with a yellow stripe. The Rev Hugh Callan, of Glasgow created a sensation at Jerusalem reoently by entering tho gates of the City of David on a bioyole, It was the first maohine of the kind the inhabitants had seen, and the streets were thronged with people attraoted by the novel sight. Mr Callan travelled from Paris to Constantinople, then aoross Asia Minor to Alexandria, where he was obliged to take steamer as there were no roads. Mr O'Reilly Deaße, formerly a member of the House of Commons, bequeathed his estate, of upwards of £50,000, to the Treasury, to be applied towards the reduotion of the National Debt. Mr Dease left two nleoes, maiden ladies, who are at the present time iti ill-health and wholly without means, A memorial has been presented to the Lords of the Treasury asking that Borne provision be made for them out of their unole's estate. The emigrants from the Flowery Land are notorious for the immense loads whioh they oan carry along at a jog trot, but there is one ' now doing the district who is carrying a retail store. At one end of the bamboo, whioh he carries on his shoulder, there is a ohest of drawers with a box on the top of it, and at the other end it is balanoed by a monster basket, surmounted by several boxes. At a distance tbe show looks like a man oarrying two 400 gallon tanks.— " Rangitikei Advocate." We clip the following from an exobange :-— > When visiting a friend laat summer he oalled my attention to a curious plan for preventing the plague of flies in* a house. The upper saßh of one of the windows m his sitting room being open for ventilation, there was suspended outside a piece of common fishing-net. My friend told me that not a fly would venture to pass through it. He had watohed for an hour at a time, and Been swarms fly to within a few inohes of the net, and tben after buzzing about for a little depart. He told me tbe flies wonld pass through tbe net if there was a through light— that is, another window infthe opposite wall." Though the day was very warm I did not see a single fly m the room during my visit, though else, where m tbe town thoy were to be seen m abundanoe. I aoppose tbey imagino the net to be a spider's web, or some other trap intended for their deßtruotion.

A strange ooourrenoe is reported from Lyttelton. At half-pa.t nine o'olook on Monday night two seamen observed a man apparently carrying a swag across tbe railway lines from the hillside, and deliberately walk over the edge of the wharf into the sea. They ran to tbe spot and saw the man m the water. They oalled to him but met with no response, and a few moments afterwards he sankfrom sight. The night watohman and the men obtained a boat and searohed the locality, but m vain. Yeßterday morning the polioe, after dragging for more than an hour, recovered a bundle containing a number of old and worthless artioles of olothing, etc., and a bible. In this was written— ■' David Breeze, Oounty Down, Ireland," and two other addresses, " Dalton-in-Furneßß " *and "Pihama, Waimate Plains,,' The manjt name is unknown to the polioe. The body has not yet been reoovered.

A Government Inspection Parade of the Ashburton Volunteers was held at the Drill Shed last evening. The Rifles (Captain Dolman) mustered 36, Guards (Oapt Sparrow) 84, and Cadets (Sergeant-Major Hayes) 27. The oompanies were inspected and exeroised iv battalion drill by Captain Dolman. After parade Captain Dolman presented Private 8. Salek, who is the ohampion shot of the Ashburton Rifles, with a handsome marble olook. In making tbe presentation Captain Dolman eaid he hoped the efforts of the Shooting Committee would induce the younger members to oome forward and distinguish themselves. He was glad that Private Salek had won the prize, as ho was a very hard working member of the Shooting Committee. Private Salek, m replying, hoped more interest would be centred m the championship next year, that someone else would be more successful than he. The Ashburton Rifles will hold a aooial m the Oddfellows' Hall on May 24th.

The " Taranaki Herald " of the 21st inst. writes:— The operations at Henui lronsand Smelting Works still oontinue to be proceeded with successfully. Already fifty tons haye been run, and Mr Oldfield has sufficient material ou hand to go on for another week. At the tapping at five o'olook on Wednesday evening the metal did not run so fluidly as on previous occasions, but we understand the iron was ot a superior oharaoter. Sir James Hector, who arrived by the b.b. Wauaka on Wednesday morning, went immediately to tbe iron works, and was there for several hours. He left the same day by the fonr o'olook train and took with him several pieoes of iron, whioh he will report on when he gets to Wellington, Of all the trials yet made there oan be no doubt that tbe present one is the most successful, and Mr Oldfield deserves every praise for the enterprise he has shown m the matter. We believe it is hi. intention to go to England, taking with him the iron run, and there to float a oompany to work the iron sand. We wißh him every suooeßS.

A sensational incident ooourred at about eight o'olock on the night of the 16th mat. as the Orient steamer Grmuz iwas hauling off from the Williamstown railway pier, Melbourne, preparatory to sailing for Sydney. • • «.«B«el h«_ moved off a few feet, when a laay knd gen:;."- 0 mh °i fe th6 R P ler calling out to be taken o_ bOBr «' B ° Im61 m 6 sailors on deok quiokly threw to them v_. a end of a heaving line. Both the intending passengers took hold and held on tightly, the sailors meanwhile hauling them up the side as they dangled over the sea. All went well for a while, when suddenly, just as the gentleman and his wife touohed the rail and were about to be drawn m, both lost their hold and fell into the water. The lady proving to be a good swimmer, strnok out boldly. Her huaband could alao swim, and some man m charge of a boat near at band seeing what had ocourred, pulled quiokly to the spot and saved those who had fallen m. They missed their passage and the lady has suffered some, what from the shook. The couple proved to be newly married, and were proceeding to Sydney on their honeymoon trip. |

At Sydney general election looal option Candida ea reoeived 238,397 votes— ls4,l2o freetraders and 79,477 were given to protectionists.

It is said that after 15 or 20 more interments are allowed m Westminster Abbey all the available room will be oooupied.

Barely a week passes without some offioer m the Austrian army committing suioide, the almost invariable motive being insolvency.

The moat extensive bee farm m tbe world is probably near Beoton, m Canada. ■ It covers four acres, and the owner, m a favorable year, seoures not less than 75,000 pounds of honey from his 19,000,000 little workers.

Menzieß' Hotel was offered for sale at auotion m Melbourne a Bhort time ago, and passed m at £150,000. Fifty years ago the land upon whioh it stands changed hands for a £10 note:

The fires of the volcano of Eilauea, m ths Hawaiian Islands, which became extinot m 1886, are again enkindled, and clouds of steam and vapour are issuing from ths craters, from one of whioh jets of lava are thrown to a height of twenty-five feet.

A simple remedy for hiocoughs is given by the "New York Medioal Journal," The sufferer should olose his external auditory oanals with his fingers, exerting a certain degree of pressure ; at tbe same time he is to drink a few sipß of any liquid whatever, the glass or oup being held to his lips by another person. The effeot is said to be immediate.

Our Melbourne correspondent writes:— Several members of the present Ministry are said to have been hard hit over tbe land boom. Indeed lam authoritively informed that one has thrown himself upon the meroies of his oreditors, whose bowels of oompassion were only moved when he offered to hand over £50 per month out of his ministerial screw for their benefit.

The "North Otago Times** says that at Oamaru on Monday •• two lines of velvet wheat, grown on the Plain, were sold, one at 3a lOd and the other at Ss lid. Last week a line consisting of about equal quantities of Tusoan, velvet, red straw, and Moule's ennobled, was sold at 4s, delivered at Oamaru; In our commercial report, appearing m yesterday's issue, we Baid th*|enquirieß for Tusoan wheat at 4s 7d ha~een received from Dunedin. We omitted to mention that this prioe oovered the cost of delivery la Dunedin,"

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2095, 27 March 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2095, 27 March 1889

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