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LOCAL AND GENERAL

Whioh of the English monarohs had moot reason to complain of his laundress ?— John, when his baggage was lost m the Wash.

Ohurohill county, Nevada, is m danger of breaking m two. A orack has recently appeared three feet wide, several miles long, and how deep no one can find out. *

At Fittsburg, Pa., recently a woman asked the agent of the Anti-Cruelty gooiety to help to get redress m the oonrts from a map who has exeroised mesmeric influenoe over her for the past nine years, and which, Bbc alleges* ia gradually killing her.

General Sir F. Fitzwygram, Bart., M.P., ex-Inspector-Ganeral of Cavalry, speaking at A volunteer prize distribution at Gosport, eommecttd somewhat sharply on the system of masketry-isstrootion m the British Army. He said that when the expenditure of ammunition m odr rafleiit engagements was compared with the number of . killed and wounded, it would be seen how little effective had been the fire. This wes beoaose the men were taught to shoot under conditions whioh could not possibly occur m war.

The case of a death from an overdose of ohlorodyne a few days ago leads a Ohristohuroh doctor to publish a warning about the use of this compound of poißons; He says there are m ohlorodyne prussio aoid, Indian hemp, chloroform, and morphia. Of these poisons the prussio aoid is light and ohloroform heavy, and if the bottle has been allowed to stand for a good while and the oontents are not " well shaken before taken," ono may swallow a powerful dose of prussio acid oM the top, and leave other separated poisons for the next comer.

It is rumored (that tjao triple alliance will soon bo strengthened by the important addition of England. The particular points to be gained by the extension m question are the protection of the Mediterranean ports by an Anglo-Italian fleet, and that of the ports of tbe North Sea by the united fleets of England and Germany. The meaning, of oouee, of this ib that France will be held jta obeek m the South, and Bussia m the JJorth. Such an allianoe, however, with suoh ends m view, must neoessarily have the effect of preoipitating and strengthening a Rusao. French allianoe, and the results of all this remain to be seen. They ate diffiouH to

Edward Brown, formerly manager of Mount Thomas Station, committed suioide by shooting himself at Cam on Saturday afternoon.

At Saturday evening what is known as a " Maori saok race " took plaoe. The performers were painted up, m imitation of tattoo masks, and the event was the source of a good deal of amusement.

Notioe appears m the "Gazette" that Messrs John Hibbs, John Holmes, Julian Jaokson, Wm McMillan and William Morgan have been appointed a licensing committee for the Mount Hutt district.

A sailor at Eaiapoi lost his wages cheque m the street the other night, and going baok to look for it saw a man searohing the road with a lantern. He said he had lost a half sovereign, and had just found it. Borrowing his light the sailor found his cheque close by.

Hard-up Gent : " Say, boss, can't yer give a feller a few cents to help him along ? " Mr Delawney : •• Why don't you do something faw yaw own living? You had bettah ask for bwaina instead of money," Hard up Gent : " Well, bos, I asked yer for what I thought yer had the most of.'

Margaret Lady Sandhurst, who has been elected for Brixton, on the London Oounty Council, but whose return - has been held to be invalid is a very remarkable oounty councillor, with exceptional gifts, both Booial and magnetic Some of the feats of healing whioh she has been able to perform at her little hospital m Northern London are almost inoredible were they not well authenticated.

The Russian ironolad frigate Admiral Nahimofi, whioh has been sent out to relieve the Dimitri Donßkoi as flagship of Admiral Sohmidt on the Paoifio station, arrived at Singapore from Oronstadt just before the Bteamer Airlie started for Australia. She is a vessel of 8000 tons, oarries a orew of 560 men is armed with 18 breeoh-loading guns, and is fitted with engines of 8000 horsepower.

The harvest thansgiving and anniversay servioes at the Wesley an Ohuroh yesterday were very suooessful. There were large congregations, especially bo m the evening when extra seats had to be provided. The preaoher for the day was the Rev W. Morley, who fully sustained his reputation as one of the ablest pulpit men of his Ohuroh. The annual soiree will be held to-morrow evening iv the Oddfellows' Hall, after whioh Mr Morley will leoture on his reoent tour to England. A programme of muaioal itemi appears m our advertising oolumns.

A freshet on the south bank of the Potomao, near Romney, Hampshire county, West Virginia, has laid open a great Indian cemetery. Hundreds of skeletons, according to a despatch, have been found m a good state of preservation . All were lying on the left Bide. With the skeletons were found beads, arrow, spear, and tomahawk heads, and what is believed to have been Indian money, made of bone and ivory. Some of the beads were of bone, others of small Btones, and all were beautifully ooloured. Among the trinkets were many bone fishhooks, and oopper artioleß used by the Indians for some purpoße unknown at this day. The trinkets were all perforated with very small holes.

A meeting of justices at Ohristohurob on Saturday adopted a memorial to the Minister of Justice to juvenile orime, recommending the removal of ohildren from the control of parents who negleot them and the punishmant ot parents for not exeroieing proper control over their ohildren, giving power to magistrates (1) to apprentice neglected child' ren, (2) to establish a seagoing training ship for criminal boys, (3) to raise the age of consent to at least 14 years, (4) to striotly enforce the compulsory olauss of the Education Aot. The memorial also reoommends that negleoted ohildren should be kept separate from young ohildren, and that oases against juvenile offenders before the oourt for the first time be heard privately.

The Melbourne correspondent of ' the " Dunedin Star " says ;— Mr Monty Browne, well-known aß a tbeatrioal manager m Australia and as a journalist m New Zealand, has distinguished himself as the originator of a novel method of assault. The other day he went to the Bondi Aquarium, m Sydney, with his wife, and beoause of some supposed insult whioh was offered to his wife by some oooupants of the manager's offioe, he went thither to remonstrate. The door of the offioe was Blammed m his faoe, and he thereupon made an extensive purohase of jam tarts, oustards, etc, at the refreshment room, and liberally pelted those m the manager's office with the confeotionery. For this aot of kindness he has been mulcted m fines amounting altogether to £13.

A little village with a big same— Beau. maris-oum-Llandeglan — is deeply conoerned ia an eoolesiastioal soandal whioh a commission directed by the Bishop of Bangor is now enquiring into. Sinoe August last the reotor has negleoted to hold any servioes m the village ohuroh. He defends himself by saying {that the emoluments have all been taken to Bangor, [which prevents him from keeping the ohuroh m proper repair. The parish olerk desoribes the buildings as " wringipg wet," and fpll of broken windows. Altogether it is hardly the plaoe of worship where the preacher oould complain justly of the congregation ooughing. The reotor ia passing poor on £70 a year, and is expected to discharge full eervioes at two churches tear miles apart from eaoh other. It is not surprising that he refused to buy ooal to warm the ohuroh or to employ curates to keep hi 6 flock together.

Brussels was thrown into great exoitement the other day by a tragic event that happened m the courtyard of the house belonging to the Corporation of fishmongers. Some days ago a travelling menagerie arrived there, and attracted great attention by its enormous elephant. The menagerie bivouaoed m the courtyard of the fishmonger's house. A boy of seventeen, who was employed m distributing handbills of the mepagerie, was m the habit of teaßing the elephant by twißting hiß tail* The elephant never remonstrated with the boy, and submitted to all his pranks with extraordinary potienoe. One morning the boy threw a bucketful of water over the elephant's head. This was too muoh. The weather was cold, and the elephant lost its temper, With one whisk of its trunk it seized the boy by the" right ankle and whirled him twioe over hfs htfad, and than dashed him against the wall. The boy was or^sbgd ao flat as a wafer. Death was instantaneous. The elephant seemed to feel very sorry at the boy's death.

A Zanzibar correspondent writes on Jan. 13th ; — " It is ap incontrovertible faot, th.ougH the source of it may not be generally known, that lately the German ships have been steam, ing two mileß from the mainland coast at night and oooaßionally . throwing sheila promiaou. ously on to the land, with no idoa of attaching an enemy, but simply to overawe the natives. Talk of Busbire's barbarism ! This is muoh worse. A day or two ago they killed four popple sleeping m a hut near the shore, There jto »o /pretenpJß 6| gbolling towns or attacking enemies. To show the ehsnged attitude of the natives I may mention that three Europeans just baok from a three day's excursion to Ghuaks, en thp eait qt Jhi« island, were refose'd all hospitality and were forced to sleep .on the shore. Isxaotly the same thing happened at Punga, m the centre of the island; Everywhere letters of reoommendation are demanded. The attitude of the simple nativeß is utterly changed from (he old friendly, interested, trußtful, liberal ways, god I don't blame them,"

The fthnuai jneeting of the Ashbarton Football Club waa hold at the Somerset Hotel on Saturday evening when about 20 members were present. Mr E. J. Pooka was voted to the ohair. Mr Dixon attended on behalf of the Rakaja olub apd informed the meeting that it was the wish of his olub to unite with Ashburton and make a strong county team. On the motion of Mr JJ. B; Simpson seconded by Mr Moss it was resolved that the two olubs amalgamate to be called the Ashburton-Rakaia Football Olub. The following officers were then eleoted: —Captain, Mr E. J K Fooks ; vioe-oaptaiD, Mr W. JDixon ; seoretary and treasurer, Mr E. B. Simpson; oommittoe, Mesara Jameson, 0. Moss, Fiaher, Storry, Olark, Doherty, Howell, and offioers of the olub. After some disoussion it was deoided that red and black should be the olub^Q polours for the present season.' The subscription jpraa fixed at three shillings. Mr Moss offered to give the olnb a ball whioh was aeoepted with thanks'. It waa resolved to write at once to ten of the Canterbury, olubs asking them to arrange matoheH. A vote of thanks to the ohair terminated the "'• • '

Fourteen doctors and a squad of medical students made a descent on the sohools of Portland, Ore., and vacoiaated the unsuspecting pupils. Five hundred and thirty were disposed of m a single day.

Mammoth euoalypti trees are growing m the Gippsland diatriot. Girth, 70ft, m some oases over 90ft; height, 500 ft. The roost anoient tree m Gippsland has been used as a stable for a team of bullooks. The giant of the forest has its top blown off; ita height is now 466 f t; its girth at base, 114 ft; at four or five feet from the ground, ,81ft. A tunnel could be out through it, and a waggon of wool taken through with tho greatest of ease. The skeletons of several as large and larger lie fallen— one especially, a huge monster, showing a dear avenue m the forest for 500 f t; on its side a regiment of soldiers might Btand, or two or three Oobbß' coaches run abreast.

The sum whioh the Empress Frederiok may possibly reoeive under the will of the Duohess of Galliera is not £200,000, but upwards of £300,000. Besides the £40,000 which the Empress receives from the Prussian State Fund as Queen Dowager, the Emperor Frederiok left her a large sum absolutely, and she has a life interest (and power of appointment) m all this money, except that portion of it whioh was settled upon Prince Henry* If the Empress gets the Galliera bequest, Bhe will have about £62,000 yearly ; but out of this there will have to come allowances for those of the younger ohildren who need her assistance, as the Prussian Royal settlement does not provide very largely for the junior branohes of the Hohenzollern family.

Notwithstanding the abundant harvest m South Russia last year, m the interior whole provinces are suffering from a state bordering on famine. The inhabitants of entire districts m the Government of Orenburg are actually dying of starvation. Four years of bad orops h»ve totally exhausted the poor peasants, so that numbers of villages there have eaten up the last seed oorn. The adult population allow themselves the luxnry of a pieoe of bread onoe m two days, whilst ohildren orying for bread are fed by their mothers several times a day with very small bits of millet cakes, whioh m ordinary times the poorest peasants would not look at. These cakes, when they are just baked and still warm, look more like cement, and when they become 000 l are harder, if possible, than stones.

According to a Ohioago telegram, a resident of that oity, Mr Jamei S. Babook, who will forfeit 600,000d0l lef) him by his undo m oase he does not marry within five years, has received two offers of marriage by cable from Nottingham (England). He says he will submit all applicants for marriage with him to competitive examination according to the rules of Civil Servioe Reform and adds : "I will have rules of competition formulated, with questions to be answered, and judges to deoide (or a set of commissioners), as love is blind. No man mmy position ia competent to pass judgment upon so important a question, especially when I am bo muoh interested, and thus it will relieve me of an immense amount of doubt aud trouble, and would more surely gain me a good wife, happineas, fortune, eto."

A man was quietly walking on the Boulevards one morning, when he suddenly saw a wild-looking person emerging hastily from a oab and making towards him. He was intensely surprised when the wild-looking persoD seized him by the oollar of his ooat and laid to him aneeriogly, «« You think you are m robust health, you wretch, whereas you are dying by inoheal To my oxygenio apparatus!" and with that the strange individual ran baok to his oab and produced therefrom a kind of eleotrio battery, with inhalation tubea. The man who was thus admonished of hia approaching dissolution beckoned promptly to an adjacent polioeman, and the owner of the oxygenio apparatus wai oalled upon to give an aocount of himself. He was a dootor m lair praotioe, living m ths Rue Pauquet, and had been lately labouring under the delusion that mankind was universally afflicted with a terrible disease, for whioh he had invented a remedy m the shape of his batteries and tubes. He oarried hia apparatus about m a oab, and before he met the man on the Boulevards he had frightened several females 'terribly.

For some time past there has been a mystery about the large organ at St. Paul's Cathedral, Syracuse. Whenever the organist touohed the keys weird noises were heard m the interior. There waßa large attendance at the morning servioe recently. The Rev Dr Lookwood was m the middle of the benediotion when a large wild-looking Maltese oat made a flying leap over the head of the organist, and landed near a member of the ohoir, fastening its olaws m his knees. Before the cat oould be seized it was half way down the side aisle. A gentleman m the rear tried to oatoh it, but only sucoeeded m making it double m its traoks and go rushing up the main aisle straight for Dr Lookwood. The reotor lost his plaoe m the prayer as he oaught Bight of the wild-eyed oat rapidly approaching. The oat did not pause, but rushed between the feet of (the excited choir-boys. A few seoonds later and the oat was baok again m its old quarters m the organ. It was some time before the interrupted service oould be resumed. An investigation showed that the oat had made her home m the organ, and had broken several of the small "traokers," The eoolesiastioal authorities have made every effort to oapture the oat, but without suoceas.

We clip the following important testimonial from the " Illawarra Meroury " (N.8.W.) of the 30th Mar oh. It needs no comment :— " Mr John Loveday, of the Bulli Mountains writes to us that after suilering for four year with acute gravel, he has experienced almost complete relief by using Sander and Sons' Euoalypti Extraot. He says seeing the said Extraot advertised m the • Illawarra Mercury,' his intense suffering induced him to obtain a bottle of the medioine from Mr Hosking, ohemiat, of this town, and that the use of t gave him great relief at once, ge states that between the lQth Maroh instant, when he qbtained the first bottle of the extraot, and the 19tb, the use of that medicine continued to afford him relief, to whioh he had been a stranger for four years. Mr Loveday writes also that he has found the Euoalypti Extraot a cure for rheumatism as well as gravel. He requests us to publish this information through the 'Mercury.' We have muoh pleasure m complying with Mr Loveday's Keenest, whose word oannot be doubted, and who pap have no objoofc m view other than a pure desire to beneflVeuflering humanity."— Advt. "■ ; ■■'• ' • ' % " '9

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2106, 15 April 1889

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