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Tha Rev Father Ohastaguon will oelebrate Mass ft Rakaia to-morrow at 10.30 a.m. and Yeepers at Ashburton at 7 p.m.

xnere are m New York k loo,ooo ir,% 0r Irish^Amerioan voters, that ib, totera of Irish birth or desoerjt. There is salt enough m the flea (to cover 7,000,000 square miles of land with a layer one mile m thiokneßS. The Severn yielded X7O tons of salmon during the last season, including the fish whioh were oaught by nets m the estuary, . iJfJll} The Earl and Oountesa of Onslow and suite have arrived at AlbaDy per the s.s. Viotoria, en route for New Zealand. Mr W. B. Perceval, M.H.R., and Mrs Peroeval were also passengers. The largest room m the world under one roof and unbroken by pillars is at Chicago. It ia one thousand feet long, by two hundred and twenty-five m breadth, and it gives aooomodation to fifty thousand people. A son of Charles Dickens who emigrated when a lad, and a letter to whom from his father has been publ abed and read every, where, now represents Wiloannia m the Parment of If ew South Wales. The "New York Snn'f has recently collected some statistics of the passenger traffio m and about New York. It is found that 1 1672 regular passeDger trains leave the stations of New York, Brooklyn, and Jorsey City every twenty-four hours. Sir William Conrad Beeves, Chief Justice of JBarbadoeß, just knighted by Queen Viotoria, is a coloured man. His mother waß a nfigress ; his father was a Scotch planter. The Chief Justice began life as a printer. Micaiah Henley, the man who Invented roller Bkates, lives m Richmond, Indiana. He was a poor wood sawyer, and it took nearly his last dollar to pay for his patent, but the craze for elating that Bpread over the country made him rioh, At a meeting of Masons of the three conBtitntjons held at Dunedin yesterday at whioh representatives from country Lodges from Oamaru and lnveroargill were present a resolution m favor of the formation of a United Grand Lodge for New Zealand was carried, with only three dissentients* A mortar which it is olaimed will Btand m all sorts of weather is made of one bushel gf ung.laok.engd lime opd three bushels of charp sand, to which |s added one ppund of alum mixed with one pint of linseed oil.' The alum will counteract the action of frost on the mortar. The uses of the ootton plant are develop. »ng rapidly. Formerly the fibre of the blopsom was the only part utilised. Then the seed began to supply a large proportion of the 11 olive oil" and '.' fard '•" io the country, and now the bulls are found to be oheaper and better than wood for paper pulp. The annual Bazaar and Sale of Work, m aid of the funds of the Parochial distriot of TJnwald and Longbeaob, will be held as usual on Easter tyoriflay, at Tinwald, m the Templar Hall. The ladies have been bußi'ly engaged for a long time m preparing work for the Bazaar, both of a useful and ornamental character, and the assistance of the Waterton festry being promised, no doubt thia annual event, wjll be as Buoeessful as m previous yeuio. Some years ago", *• ." W" **•: graph," Mr Isaac Selby, a *«**WgW lecturer, visited New Zealand, and afterwb. " married Miss Tessie Chapman, a leoturess on the same lines. Both have become converted to Christianity, and Mr Selby, writing to a Sydney religious paper, says religion alone can supply the trne inoentive to proper living. Miss Chapman will be remembered m Christohuroh (for her lectures "Why I left the Churoh of Borne." When here, nhe had not joined any Protestant churoh, and afterwards beoame a pronounced freethinker Mr Selby was secretary of the Dunedin Free-' thought Association m its halcyon days, when the Lyooum was m full swing, and Sir Robert Stout president. Indeed Sir Robert is now the only one of the prominent Lyceum men who haß not done as Mr palby has. Porhapa even he will be the next convert.— Exchange; A person arrayed m full Highland oostume onuaed (saya tho Paris correspondent of the Daily Telegraph ") terrible commotion m a railway carriage at the Perraohe station near Lyons. Two ladies who were m the oarriace shrieked as they saw the awful speotaole presented by the entry into their compartment of a man without pantaloons. Tho Highlander, who was on his way to Nice, nevertheless, took his seat with Caledonian coolness, whereupon the ladies soreamed the louder. It was m vain thit the apparition m the garb of old Gaul apologised and explained the {situation m bad Frenob and equally futile wera the efforts of tho stationmaster, who assured the ladies that the gentleman with the dirk, the sporran and tho tartan accessories or properties waß perfectly harmleeß. "You don't run the shadow of a risk, me9dames," insisted the stationmaster m bis blandest tones. " The gentleman comes from a country where the men wear petticoats and do not wear trousers." Despite everything, however which was said m order to calm their appre' hensions, the overtimid lady travellers had* to bo plaoed m a carriage at a sefe distanoe from that m whioh the Caledonian stern and wild h^ taken up We position, wd

How those New South Wales politicians love one auothor 1 In the course of a reoent eleotion speeoh Mr Abigail, who held ofSoe m the Parkea Administration, said that Premier Dibbs would have linked arm m arm with his Satanio Majesty and have walked down the street with him, if that would keep him m power. Mr R; E. N. Twopeny, Executive Commissioner for the New Zealand Exhibition, will visit Ashburton on Tuesday next to I explain to the local oommittee and others interested matters conneoted with the representation of this district. A meeting will be hold at the Borough Council Chambers m tho evening at 7.30. The ohildren attending the Sunday School attached to Sc Andrew's Churoh, Tinwald, enjoyed an agreeable outing m the Tinwald Domain last Monday afternoon, the day of the oonseoration of St Andrew's Ohurob. Mesdames Lowe, Tippet,' Scott, Garbett, with Messrs Oulverhpuse and Morine, were to the fore m providing the amusements usual on suoh occasions. The rainy weather seemed rather to add to the enjoyment of the young folk, although not bo agreeable to -their seniors.

The firßt Swede ordained to the Roman Catboho priesthood einoe Sweden went over to Lutheranism, three centuries ago, is the Rev Anthony Swensson, now rector of the Church of St. Elizabeth, Detroit, Miob. Father Swensson wbb ordained by Bishop Borgesß, m 1874, and is noted as an energetio, but singularly modest, worker. He Bpeaks Swedish, English, Italian, French, and German fluently. He is a native of Stockholm, and bis father was a oonvert to the Roman Catholio Faith. Out of a population of 6,000,000, Sweden has only 2000 Catholics.

The steamer Wakatu arrived at Lyttelton from Kaikoura yesterday bringing Henry Oilor, one of the crew of the ketch Florence, which he reports had sprung a leak last Friday morning off Kaikoura, when bound from Lyttelton to Havelook. Toe orew of three men attempted to return to Lyttelton, the wind being north-west. The wind soob became adverse. The vessel knocked about till Sunday morning, once getting within 16 miles of Lyttelton. The pumps were ohoked by the^ Band ballast, and the men were thoroughly exhausted by baling. At daylight on Sunday they beached the ketch olose to Kaikoura, and got safe to land.

In the Resident Magistrate's Court this morning before Major Steward, and Mr D. Williamson, J.P.s, Francis Soott, on remand, for drunkenness was ordered to pay 12s expenses, m default 48 hours imprisonment. A oharge against Charles Dawson for working a horse with a sore shoulder was dismissed upon the defendant's undertaking to discontinue working the horse until well, it being shown that the injury to ,<ithe Bhoulder was very recent. In a second case of a like sort against David Murray it appeared that the horse had been worked while m an unfit state, there being several wounds on the shoulder and also on the sides the latter oaused by the trace-ohains. A fine of £1 and 13s costß was inflioted.

The. " modern Noslradamus," Dr HubbeSchleider, whose predictions are anxiously ! pondered m Germany, because he so exao:ly predicted the decease of the late German Emperor and his son, recently published a statement oonoerning the "conjunctions of ' the Btarß " at tne beginning of the present year, whioh he says indioate the certainty of war and the flooding of the West with deluges of blood. He says Europe will have a stormy spring, a burning and windy summer, a dry autumn, and a Siberian winter, The 9th, 10th, and 12th of February were to be unluoky day's; serious European complications are to come to the front ; and a great State beyond the sea is to deolare war against Germany, whose new Emperor is threatened with death from apoplexy, a fall from a horse, or a severe wound. The dangerous days for the Fatherland are declared to be the 15th and 16th of April, and the 10th and 11th of May. So far his predictions for the year have not been very successful.

A railway accident attended by very serious loss of life, occurred on the 3rd February on the line between Brussels and Luxemburg, olose to a small station called Gronendael. The train ran off the rails and dashed witjj terrific violence against the pillar of a footbridge whioh there crosses the line, oversetting the pillar and bringing down the bridge on the top of the forepart of the train. The wreok was appalling, partly from the tremendous shock of the collision and partly through the fall of the bridge: The engine, tender, luggage van, and the first four carriages! which were .orowded with passengers, were simply reduced to atoms. Fourteen persons were taken out dead from the wreok of the carriages, and as many as 50 injured ; many of the latter have sustained frightful hurts. At Hoeylaert, a village near to the soene of the disaster lay 15 persons with mortal injuries. Several of these were young children, The sight witnessed m the approaches to the Luxemburg station m Brussels at the time the injured were arriving was most moving. Ambulances and stretchers followed each other m rapid succession on the way to the different hospitals. At the hospital of St Jean alone eight amputations were made. Almost all the sufferers are injured m the legs.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2098, 30 March 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2098, 30 March 1889

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