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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

As will be Been by advertisement elsewhere Messrs Miles and Co will sell by auotion on May 4th the well-known Sherwood estate m farms of from 130 to 500 acres,

According to the " Wanganui ;Chroniole " it is rumoured that the Ministry, having decided upon Mr Fisher's retirement, have offered his portfolios to Mr J. B. Whyte, member for Waikato, but that gentleman has deolined the honor.

The Great Eastern Railway has an income of £4,000,000 per annum, which is larger than the entire revenue of the kingdom of GreJC?' aD 4 not ( J° ite Bo lar £ c BS tne revenue of the unu? d lingdomß of Sweden and Norway.

The Crawford-Hunter party of SdOttiph vocalists and charaoter delineators appear at the Oddfellows' Hall this evening. The company, have been doing very successful business elsewhere, their Southbridgo entertainment on Monday evening being attended by a crowded and appreciative ajudien'oei

The exhibition committee is making good progress with the arrangements for making a good display of the resources and products of the distriot. As threshing is now general they will be glad if farmers who have good grain oropa will save a sheaf or two for the jgrain trophy which it is intended to ereot and iaanjUh ; also samples of grain and a mjmorandjom of th£ yields threshed out.

Mr J. H. Hopkins, a niember of the Christohurob Drainage Board, was yesterday severely taken to task by bis fellow members for writing letters and making publyj statements of the Board's finances wholly contrary to truth. . They passed a rwplution calling upon him to specify his charges m writing, apologise, or withdraw them. Ha asserted that the books showed a deficit of £500, and that only £2500 had been spent m the Linwood distriot, whereas the books showed no defioit, at)d £16,000 has been spent m Linwood.

The ordinary monthly Weoting of the Aahburton Borough So&qql Go#irai£ts3 was held last evening. Present: Messrs .{•Hdeoa Scott (ohairman), Meddins, Punn, jElstpn, Oraighead and Siloook. The absence of Mr Paul was apologised for. The Chairman Baid that the credit balance at the Bank was ) £45 14s Gd. Letters woro read from the Board of Education forwarding amount of salaries and incidental allowanoo, also on various routine subjects. The master's report was read. It stated that the number on roll was as follows :— Boys, %()%, girls, 19G, total 387; average attendance, hove, £47 '/5> girls, 150*8, total 2083 ; highest attendance, kg, 158, girls, 161, total 319< Mr piaton fr'r the visiting committee submitted a report. Jt was decided to bold a ff ;ial meeting to draw up a report for preset., aion to the householders meeting. Accounts were passed for payment. A letter from the Board of Ediioat£pn with respeot to tho hoadmasterahip was onsidorod m oo.mmittso, and the meeting adjourned, - -

Berlin students are openly disloyal to young William 11.

The Sultan is one of the most enthusiast io ohess amateurs m Europe.

An alligator, 14 feet m length, was killed at Cairns, Queensland, recently.

On Massey'a estate, at Ginderoo, near Goulburn, 1500 hares were killed inone day

Somewhat of a rara avis m the shape of a white owl waß caught at Bulls the other day.

Five new ohurohes are being ereoted m Jerusalem and Bethlehem at the present time.

The Bulgarian Government ia making heavy purchases of artillery material from Erupp,

A potato has been grown at Woolston, whioh weighs no lesß than 3,J pbunde. It is of the kind known as the Early Ruby.

The number of muscles m an elephant's trunk, aooording to London medical authorities, is 33,122, and he has use for eaoh and every one of them.

California is to have a big University. Senator Stanford has allooated £40,000 for its establishment. It is to provide education from the kindergarten stage up to the highest point to whioh it can be carried.

At a recent Viotorian eleotion the candidate m his address gravely asserted that he entirely approved of legislation to prevent Chinamen from wearing " stand-up collars." He aotually received a unanimous vote of confidence.

Twenty-five theatreß were destroyed by fire m 1888. Of these six were m the United States, five m England, four m France, two m Russia, two m Belgium, one m Hungary, one m Spain, one m Portugal, one m Roumania, one m China, and one m New Zealand.

Lord Onslow, our New Governor, has a Bubi le sense of humor. At a dinner given him m London just before his departure to this colony by the famous Beefsteak Club, he said, 11 The general idea, of a colonial governorship was that he sat at the far end of an ocean oable and smiled.

It is not generally known that Count Herbert Bismarck was on the eve of being engaged to an English lady. The Chancellor, however, forbade the banns. He was determined that hia son Bhould not marry a foreigner, and the Count, like Gibbon, "sighed as a lover, and obeyed as a son."

The Ozarewitz is to marry Prinoess Alioe of Hesse the coming summer, and the event will be celebrated m St Petersburg, when the bride shall have been formally admitted into the Holy Orthodox Ghuroh. The Prinoess Alioe Viotoria Helen Louise Beatrice is the fifth daughter of the Grand Duke of Hesse and bis wifo, the late Princess Alioe of England, and will be seventeen years old June 6th. The Czarewitz will be twenty-one May 6th,

Mr Matthews/who is on the point of leaving Ashburton, was entertained last night at the Somerset Hotel by his fellow employees and other friends. An exoellent spread was provided m one of the sample rooms of the hotel, and full, justice having been done to the repast, the remainder of the evening was spent m a social manner, with singing and danoing. Daring his residenoe m Ashburton Mr Matthews has frequently lent valuable asßistanoe at local entertainments and his many friends will regret his approaohing departure!

Tasmania promises to rival Now Zealand m the opportunities offered to anglers. The 11 Hobart Mercury " states that the Governor of Tasmania and Mr Harry Hamilton returned on Friday, the 23rd ult., from a trout fishing expedition to the Great Lake, They reaohed the lake on the forenoon of the 15th, and left it on the morning of the 23rd. They kept a oareful reoord of the weight of eaoh fish oaught. They were all oiuglft by spinning m the day time. Toe total number of flth oaught was 60, and the total weight 2601 b. Of these 17 were caught m the lake, weighing 1401 b, and 43 m the river and lagoon, weighing 1101 b. The largest fish oaught m the lake Boaled 16 Jib, and the largest m the river 6£lb.

The " Post " bslievea that it is not generally known that naiil recently the Chinese of Wellington were m the habit of attending at the residenoe of Mr John Barr, m Garrett street, on certain evenings m eaoh week, and receiving in&tmotion m reading and writing English. With the objeot of making the lesßona as profitable aa possible the Bible was used for the reading lessons, and we have the assurance of Mr Barr that m both branohes cf instruction his pupils made vory Batisfaotory progress. No oharge was made for the tuition, the work being purely a labor of love on the part of Mr Barr, who was only too pleased to be of servioe to the almondeyed strangers. The olass was suspended a few weeks ago m eonsequenoe of the receipt of newsj from China that the men would soon be called upon to return to their native land, but Mr Barr is m hopes that he will be able to induce them t.Q resume the work very shortly.

Here is a true story of a bold, bad burglar and a pluoky Scotchwoman. Reoently m the town of Inverkeithing, m Scotland, a lady retired to rest all alone m the house. Towards 1 o'olook bug heard some strange noises down staiis. She listened, and finding that it was some thinggmore ourioua than cats, she was determined to find out the cause of the row. Now, nine women out of ten would have screamed or tucked their heads under the bedolothes and lain shivering with terror. But not so the bonnie Scotoh lass. She did not even strike a match to light her candle, but hastily dressing she desoended the stairs m her bare feet, and, peeping into the Bitting room, saw the burglar on his kneeß m front of a cupboard paoking away m his bag her valued family plate. She neither "swerved nor swooned," but penßJble-like stole quietly behind the burglar, and m.sertjng Ijer band m his neckloth at the back of his neok, half Strangled him and hauled out of the house. She marched him down the street, till eheoama to the house of one of the city fathers . V/ith one hand holding the burglar m a tight grip and with the other kneoking up the eleepy city Councillor, that woman was a pioturo of what women can do if they willingly pat their miods tojit. The burglar was given into custody."

It is, of coarse, difficult for the uninitiated to speak relatively m the matter, but we would say that the new mystery introduced by young Mr Maekelyne at bis father's entertainment at the Egyptian Hall, London, is more extraordinary *than all the loDg series of ..wonders that have preoeeded m it. Nominally a "spiritualistic skit," it ia entitled "The i Bloomsbury Proper-ganders of Spiritualism," and is 6tr**inly for more inexplicable, than the phenomena witnessed at any eo-oalled genuine spiritualistic) meeting. Mr Nevil Maskelyne gave a well studied imitation of an medium, and produoed his phenomena opt of apparently innocent materials. Aorosa two light wooden trestles he plaoed a sheet of plate #asß, and pponthat puiltnp, m eight of the audienoe, a minature oablnet, bit by bit, This receptacle, which" waß opened ' at the top with doors m front, waa seen to be entirely disconnected, and yet the most: astonishing results were obtained — slate.- j writing was produced ; hands of Napoleon, wbioh had been dealt at hazard among the audience, were not only oalled for by the " spirit," but that astounding power aotually doolared before play began who would win, apd by how many points. Many other extraordinary effects were produced, apparently by the hand of a living person, but the isolated cabinet was too email to contain even * baby — rbesides, the cabinet was constantly opened and proved to be empty.— '.« Pall Mai Gazette."

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2104, 10 April 1889

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