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Emperor William is eafd to be effeoted by tumor on the brain, and the dootors are already sharpening their pens m anticipation of another great squabble. Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria has givefl 2,000,000 franos out of his private fortune for the establishment of a national university at Sophia. Miss Luoy Campbell, a Boston girl, seven' teen years old, reoently took part m the MendelEßobn prize contest at the Royal Conserve' ory at Berlin. She is the first violonoellist that has ever won this distinction. You are Mr Quezeen, the huaband of the celebrated leoturess on cookery, are you not ?" " Yes, eir," replied the dejected, hollow-eyed man, " I'm the man she tries her new dishes on." It is deolared that by his advooaoy and personal influence, Oanon Wilberforoe has been instrumental m obtaining over half a million temperance pledges. The " Woodville Examiner " says :— An anthracite coal, resembling the speoimens found at Woodville, has been found at Makotuku. As the range formation rests on the ueual coal formation it is almost certain a coal deposit will be found between Wpodville and Makotuku. A recent traveller into the interior of the North islund, saya he is positive thatßuapehu is now an active voloano, aa he distinctly saw smoke issuing from it. The volumo of vapour was not so large as that issuing from Tongariro, but it was unmietakeabty smoke. — (" Rangitikei Advocate." A jackal has been killed m the forest of Marly, just outside of Paris, and the keepers state that there is another animal of the snme kind still at large. How these genuine specimens of the Cauls aurens came there ib at present a mystery, the supposition that they had esoaped from a menagerie being £iooountenanoed by tbe fact that the forest * jyftHfdJn, "

The journeymen bakers of Ohristohuroh met on Saturday night, and deoidod to endeavour to have the eight hours' system extended to their trade. They state that they work 14 to 18 houra daily. At the R.M. Court this morning before Mr R. Aloorn, J.P., John O'Brien and John, Dunoan, two men who had been" before tho Court on Thursday last were fined 109 each, with the alternative of 48 hours imprisonment, for drunkenness. The following letters wore reoeived from places beyood the colony during the month of February and are now lying unolaimed : — I Alexander Godsall, Arohibald MoTaggart, John Thomas, Edward W. Clarke, and Patriok Fitzgerald. At a meeting of the Masters and Past Masters of the various Masonio Lodges, held on Saturday evening it was deoided to call a meeting of the Masons of the County to oonsider the question of the formation of a Grand Lodge for New Zealand. Mr G. F. Fodor, the well-known animal painter, has just exeouted to the order of Mr Gates, of Grove Farm, an oil painting of the stud mare Miss Kate, the dam of Sultan the winner of the last Dunedin Cup. The picture is one of the best of the many excellent oneß that have oome from Mr ! Fodor's brush, The usual weekly meeting of the Star of the East Lodge, No. 62, 1.0. G.T., waß held m the Templar Hall last Wednesday evening, and was well attended. The members had a prize conundrum oontest, whioh was won by Bister Mrs Manhire. The prize spelling bee ooniest, held at the previouß meeting, was carried off by Bro John Hardley ot the Dawn of Peace Lodge. The •« Wellington PoBt " says that Mrs J. L. Wright, who has just left for England, takes with her an exhibit for the Paris Exhibition from the Women's Christian Temperanoe Union of New Zealand. The exhibit is a banner made of peucook blue silk, and bears the inscription m gold letters "New Zealand, W.O.T.U. For God, Home, and Humanity." In the oentre is painted a wreath composed of the yellow kowhai and white clematis. Mr Hislop arrived at Christohuroh from Wellington on Saturday morning, and left for the south this morning. A deputation, consisting of Messrs Joneß, Reeves, Rhodes, and Taylor, M.H3.'s, wi'.h residents o! Addington, interviewed him, requesting that Addington Gaol might not be made a criminal lunatio asylum, and suggesting that the ait* should be Bold and a building ereoted at Sunnyside. Mr Hislop promised that the Cabinet would reoonsider the matter. There was a large attendance at the Rink on Saturday night to witness the Mile Handioap Race, which was run m heats of twos, the competitors being as followß : — Messrs Moss and Curtis, Sawie and Restell, Arthur and Shiles, and Auckland and Wilkie. The winners of the first heat are— Curtis by half a lap, Sbiles by one lap, Restell by half a lap, and Wilkie by half a lap. The final heats will be run off on Tuesday next. On acoount of the Foley Company appearing on Friday and Saturday the Rink will open every day this week previous to Friday. The Bordeaux counterpart of "Jaok the Ripper " has been run to earth. He murdered a woman about a fortnight ago, and then tried to burn her body. He was hunted aoross the Landes like a wild beast by gendarmes, and by peasants armed with flails, reaping hooks, and soythes. He was arrested at St Symphorien, and made a deßperate effort to escape from his oaptors ; but a gendarme fired twice, hitting him m the neok and arm. The murderer is a man named Aguez, and when caught looked like an ourang-outang, so long were his naile and hair.

The funeral of the late Mr George Gould, whioh took plaoe on Saturday afternoon, was one of the largest ever witnessed m Ohriatchuroh. Seventy carriages and a large number of mourners on foot followed the hearse. Those present included the Bishop, the ministers of several denominations, and nearly all the prinoipal residents. The burial took place at the Wesleyan Cemetery, the service being performed by the Rsv J. Adlridge and the Rev W. Morley. The cathedral bell tolled during the afternoon, and flags were hoisted half-mast throughout the city.

The " New Zealand Timeß " has the follow. in R — The whereabouts of JVlalietoa, the ex-king of Samoa, hna baen Bomowbftt or a mystery of late. After being forcibly deposed by the Germanß he was deported to the Camoroons, on the West Coast of Afrioa, and then taken to Hamburg. From Hamburg ac was ostensibly shipped for Samoa, but never reaohed there. It now transpires that he is at Jaliut-on-Bonkam, an island of the Marshall Group. He was taken there on Nov. 25th on the German warship Oiga. He is guarded by German soldiers to prevent intercourse with the whiles. The Amorioan Consul hao vainly endeavoured tp converse with him,

The following is from the " Wellington Evening Post":- That the New Zealand Government did not make any real effort to obtain the services of a competent English railway expert as Chief Commissioner of Railways, iB pretty conclusively shown by the rush of applicants for a Bimilar appointment m Queensland. There are, it seems, 133 gentlemen, who deem themselves competent and are willing to acoept the position, and evidently the Agent-General (Sir T. Aroher) is by no means hopeless of at least one suitable man being found amongst them. We do not know what the precise termB r offered by Queensland are, but weventure to think theyoannot be more attractive tha,n the New Zealand Government migh£ have offered, with the full oonourrenoe of Parliament, bad there been any real desire to find what was professedly being sought for.

Aooording to the " Times of India," " Advanoe Local industry " is becoming a popular cry m India, as it is m New Zealand. They have cut out Dundee m oornsaok and woolpack weaving ; they are multiplying cotton millß, reduoing the demand for English ales by the increase of local brews, and are now beginning io supply their own needs m wrapping and other coarse papers, with some hope of soon turning out the fjnest kinds. The JBombay journal, while pointing with satisfaction to these advances towards self - relianoe, argues that a greater triumph ia within reaoh, and ia not bo diffloult of attainment as has been believed. This is a profitable development of iron industries. There is iron m India m large quantities and of first-rate quality, and m times past Indian ironworkers produced artioles m that metal which our boasted E.nt;lis}) iron kings would pauee to undertake with alltbefr applianoes.

The "World" Bays;— ?The Bum of money the Empress Frederick will get under the will of the Duohess of Gallioia is said to amount to the tune of 5,000,000 franos, and it is left to her absolutely. She will be very rich when all her money is invested and her affairs settled, and she ha.B been wisely advised ID the arrangements by the Queen's lawyers" The arrangement made for her by the Emperor Frederiok, apart from her aanuity of £40,000 as Queen Dowager of Prussia, was very generous, and the present Emperor was most anxious that as regards money matters his mother should have everything done that was possible. When the late Emperor was about to make hie will be Bent for the Crown Prince and Frinae Qismarok to inform them of what he intended to do, Bo that after hiß decease there should be no un. pleasantness ; and lam informed that the present Emperor expressed his complete satis* faction with his father's arrangements.

The Czar of Russia weara a ring m whioh is embedded what purports to be a pieoe of the true Cross.

The yields of grain and potatoes m many places m Whangarei distriot (says the "Auokland Star") are stated at a phenomenally large figure to the aore— wheat m many oaaes at 60 bushels, and potatoes at 12 tons per aore and upwards. Fruit, also, ot every sort is most abundant ; one man, Mr Reyburn, stated a few days einoe that he had estimated his crop of apples and pears at 30 tons ; his orchard is not a large one.

Count Herbert Bismarok is said to be responsible for the present disturbed condition of Samoa. He has made the affairs of the latter his pet hobby, and haa devoted muoh attention thereto. Indeed the head of a large Hamburg firm who has been a resident of the Samoan Islands for many years, and who during the reoent Samoan troubles had an interview with Count Herbert, remarked : " I felt as if I had been talking to somebody who lived on the islands."

Tne "Rangitikei Advooate" of the 26 th ult. says :— Another Maori ruotion took plaoe at the Moawhanga village, m the Murimotu country, last week. The land on whioh the village stands has not passed through the Gourti and it is claimed by two rival tribes. One party were driving a flook of Bheep aoroas a ford on the Moawhanga when they were stopped by another party, and m the struggle whioh ensued about fifty sheep were drowned. About 100 Maoris toolc part m the souffle, but no blood was BpilU Then it was eaid there was to be a big fight, and the rival tribes were mustering their men from all directions. A day was fixed for the fight, but more peaoeful counsels prevailed, and the matter is to fought out m the Napier law oourts. The tradesmen m the village had their doors and windows barrioaded, and were m hourly dread of being attaoked.

A story is going about whioh has a favorite and a pretty actress as its heroine (says the London correspondent of the "Nottingham Guardian"). A young offioer, the Bon of a Well-known general, beoame infatuated with her. The general, on hearing of it, demanded that the affair Bbould cease. It had not gone so far as a formal engagement, but was perilously near. The Bon refused even when threatened that he would be forthwith reduced to beggary and transported to America. As a last resort, the general sent a trusted emissary to the lady to implore her to break off the relations, aud at the same time to tender her a blank oheque, whioh she could fill up to any amount. The lady's reply was to throw the oheque m the fire, to deolare indignantly that she was not to be bought off, but that if it were for her lover's good she would give him up, and to burst into tears, Give him up abe did too ; and the oouple have never met Binoe. I do not know what beoame of the young offioer —perhaps he " went to the wars " m the hopes of having his miserable existence honorably ended— but the lady very Boon consoled herself another with flame, who, however, has sinoe given her up.

Reoently a paragraph went the round of theTresß," stating -that -an officer who had been made a bankrupt for debts amounting to £800 hud unexpectedly reoeived from an old brother offioer a cheque for the amount, »nd that the bankruptcy had, consequently, bean annulled. The Btory when told m full, looki (saya the London correspondent of the "Sheffield Telegraph") more like romance than reality. The offioer who was m trouble waß a Major-General, and the gentleman who haß befriended him was also an officer. Years ago the two offioera were m the Bame regi. ment, and beoaine friends. But it happened that on one oooasion they quarrelled, and the estrangement laßted a considerable time. One Christmas, however, the general reoeived from the other gentleman an envelope containing a simple little Ohrißtmas oard— a bird with an olive v branch m its beak. The general kept this for a year and the following Christmas sent it m the same way baok to his friend. He also kept it the next Christmas, and then once more returned it to the General. For thirty years this token of renewed friendship has been going baokwards and forwards, and last Christmas it happened to be the General's turn to send it. In the worry caused by the turn his affairs had taken, he forgot all about the oard, until two or three days after Christmas, it waß oome upon aooidentaliy by his wife. She put it m an envelope, but instead of sending it m the usual way, enalcsed a 'note explaining why it had.been overlooked with a newspaper outting referring to the bankruptcy. Promptly there oame m reply a oheque for £1000, with the intimation that, as the sender had jußt oome into a large fortune, he was only too pleased to come to his friend's resoue, and that, ia future, he intended to keep the olive branch as hiß most cherished possession.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2099, 1 April 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2099, 1 April 1889

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