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The oanal Government Inspection Parade of the Rifles, Guards, and Cadets will be held at the Drillahed this evening at 7 p.m. It is expeotad that Golonel Bailey will be present. i Chicago editors confidently predict that j " 3,000,000 or 4,000,000 of people " will be gathered m the Corporato limits of that city within the lifetime of men now of middle age. It is estimated that £20,000 was sent as Ohristmaß gifts to Ireland from Boston — ; nearly all of it from the servant girls of that oity and vioinity. One house alone drew 1 drafts for £12,000. Castle Mona estate, at Douglas, Isle of Man, which formerly belonged to the Dukes of Athole, has just been sold for building purposes, and the land which faoes the sea, realised £12,000 per aoro. The attraction for Thursday night at the Rink is a ladies quarter mile race. There are already six entries and two prizes will be given. Daring the progress of the race no one, except competitors, will be allowed on the floor. A building m Chicago which weighs 20,000 tons and is 6 storeys high is being lifted up 6 feet 5 inches. Several thousand screw jacks are used end it takes 300 men to work them. The average lift is 1 foot per day. The cost will be £8000. I According to sfatistiC3 just published, it ' appears that since the yoar 1870 the number of inhabitants of Berlin has increased by j 639,100, thus verifying the assertion of the Btatistioiana that population usually doubles itself m twenty years. Thiß increase givea an average growth of 37,592 inhabitants per i year. .

The usual meeting of the Ashburton Sohoo Committee, the last of the present Committee's term, will be held to-night. ,

Among other petty insults to whioh tho widowed Empress Frederick has been subjected by her eldest son is the order recently published m the " Official Gazette " depriving her of the use of the Imperial orown on her coat-of-arme, and deoreeiog that m future she must content herself with the attributes of a mere Queen of Prussia.

The " Tuapeka Times " is given to understand that the proprietors of the antimony mine at the head of the Waipori river are m receipt of intelligence from London that their property has been purchased by a syndicate, who agree to give £5000 m cash and paid up shares to the value of £20,000. The sale is not regarded as a vary satisfactory ono by some of the shareholders, whoso eatima'-o of the value of the property is far m excesa of that of the London syndicate.

Reports from Vi:ua, m Bussian Poland, state that the Polish people and shopkeepers have been foroed by the police to sign a declaration by whioh they undertake for themselves and their assistants not to speak Polish either among themselves or with their customers. In case of contravention the delinquents will be fined, and if the offenoo of speaking Police be committed twioe, their shops will bo olosed by the polios.

According to the " Beichanzeiger," of Berlin, the late Grown Prinoe Budolf was " the dearly loved friend " of the present German Emperor. A lew months ago these dear friends were m converse with eaoh other. Rudolph talked of literatureand scienoe. William yawned, and then said, insolently, " Oh, I don't understand any of that. Suoh dry stuff is unworthy of a prinoe." "There is," replied Budolf, " only one thing unworthy of a prinoe, and that is, to aspire to the throne while his father is yet alive,"

A Ohristohuroh paper reports that some boys were on the rooka at the Bed Point, off Akaroa, on Saturday, and came aoross a nest of old cannon balls. A small landslip had oaused these old stagers to roll down, and the sea had washed the day away from them. Some of them are the real old 32-pounders, and must have been fired from the Frenoh men-of-war fifty years ago. They are eaten away with age, being quite rough on the •utside. One boy waa Been wheeling four of them m a barrow.

Beferring to a recent cablegram to the effect that one million carats of Australian garnetß had been sold for £5, the " New Zealand TimesJ' says it does not appear that gem mining, so far as garnets are concerned, is a very profitable speculation. A million carats weight is about 3,vt 211 b 3£oz. To gather that quantity, paok them, snip them to London, aad then sell them for £5 means that a man will not possess the " potentiality of growing rich beyond the dreams of avarioe " by garnet gathering.

The following, it is almost unnecessary, to say, is from an American paper. An ingenious poultry raiser near Pomona, California, bus devised a way of preventing chiokena from soratobing up his garden. He orosses the long-legged brahmas with the short-legged bantams, and the result is a new breed of fowls with one long leg and one short leg* When they raise either leg to soratoh they lose their balanoe and come to grief. After a few demoralizing attempts they desist. "Prisoner," said the Judge, "have you anything to Bay before the sentence of the Court is passed upon you ? " " I have, your Honor." (Turning to his lawyer.) "You slick-fingered, smooth-jawed, pudding-head ! You said you could-olear me for 25 dollars, and took your money m advance. You hain't got sense enough to be assistant janitor to a oorn-orib, you don't know as much law as a Texas horned-frog, and yon haven't tbe moral prinoiple of a blind-owl i Go ahead, Judge." — " Chicago Tribune." Some few months ago a fine was inflioted on Mr Thomas Lloyd, of Wanganui, for the terrible offence of oaning a larrikin whg had given him Borne annoyance. The feeling of the community at the tiene was m favour of Mr Lloyd, who was considered to have acted m the interests of the public. Practical proof of thia feeling has now been given m the presentation to the gentleman m question of the amount of the fine and expenses, raised for the purpose m subscriptions of Is eaoh. A determination has also been expressed by the subscribers to put down larrikinism. A pamphlet has been published m Brussels whioh is attributed to King Leopold, and whioh is creating a sensation. The writer proposes that the Belgian army should be increased to 163,000 and put on a solid war footing ; that a navy should be oreated for the defence of Antwerp, and that Belgium should continue, on her own aooount, the work begun on the Congo ohiefly by her Bid and under h( r auspices. It is supposed that th'a virtual oall to arms is due to tbe idea that the seat of the next Franco-German war will be Belgium, and that her neutrality will not be respected by the contending powers. High life m Franoe has received a rude shook by a crime committed within its sphere and by one of its members. The crime alluded to is the murder of the Baron de Claviers committed by bis wife at his ohateau near Toulon. Tho lady, it appears, being of a hot temper and angry with her husband, seized a carving knife and ran it into his stomaoh, killing him on the spot. She has been arrested and a cause oel^hre is looked forward to with interest by people wbo are addioted to suoh excitements. The

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Baron de Claviers was distinguished as a savant no less than- by his wealth and standing m society. The largest gold ooin m circulation is the

Gold Ingot or Lcof of Anam, an Asiatio

kingdom sometimes known bb Coobin China. This coin is a '.fiat cir 0 1 1 piece of go'ft on whioh the value is marked m Indian ink, and is of varying worth, averaging about £53 of our money. Next to this unwieldy picOa of money, the largest gold coin appears to be the [Obang, of Japan, worth £10 16s lOd followed closely by the Benda, current m ABhantee, and representing £10 13s 4d. The Oalifornian fifty-dollar pieoe, ootagonal m shape, is worth £10 8s 4d, and after it comsa the Old Cobang, of Japan, worth £6 17s 9d. Turning- to silver coins, we find Anam agairt occupying the first place with tbe Silver Ingot, worth £3 4s, and fully as cumbersome as the Gold Ingot. Next comes the Chinese Tael, equal to 6s 6£d, the Dena of Tusoany (whioh legally is out of circulation, but as a matter of faot is still current), worth 6s Bd, the Austrian Double Verionsthaler, worth 63, and the Dinh-bao of Anam of the same value.

It was only the other day, writes a correspondent to a contemporary, I happened to be the enforced listener <to a dispute between a Melbourne man and a Sydney man, as to the rospeotive merits of the two capitals. That debater from aoross the Murray was loud m his praises of Sydney, and especially of the harbour, whilst the Victoaian was equally eloquent on the eubject of. the Melbourne streets, the buildings and the trams. "We aro ahead of you m everything," at last asserted the latter with a confident smack on the table, whioh denoted that he was certain of it. " I beg your pardon, as vigorously replied the Sydneyite, " you are not indeed — on the oontrary we aro greatly ahead of you, and what's more we always will be." •• You are not prepared to wager on ifr," challenged my fellow-oitizen. " I am, said the other eagerly, " and can prove it too." Both men took out their sovereign oases, and eaoh placed five coins m my hand — aa the holder of tho stakeß. " Now then," asked the Melbourne champion " m what matter ate you ahead of us m Sydney." In the matter of time," was the reply, " twenty-two minutes oertainly." And as I banded him over the ten sovereigns he walked oxultantly to tho bar and called for a bottle of dry Monopolo.

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FLOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2103, 9 April 1889

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FLOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2103, 9 April 1889

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