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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

♦■ ■ >• The Rimutaka arrived at Hobart at biz r/oloofc yesterday evening. She sailed Bgain at ' three this morning. She brings thirteen passengers for Australia and sixtytwo for New Zealand, including Sir John Hall and Lord and Lady Ribbledale. A high license law wont into effect m Missouri six years ago, and its operation has reduoed the saloons m the State from £000 to 3000 while toe !°oal option douse has entirely aboi'io-.** tha I 1 ?™* *>ffi« B * > n siit F' five counties and seven itso2 ,1 "* e{ ' k M. Pasteur has during the past two years treated 178 British subjeots gratuitously. The average mortality m oases of hydrophobia under ordinary treatment is from 15 to 16 per cent., while under M. Pasteur it has deoreased.to 3.3. To-morrow being Good Friday, services will be held m St. Stephen's Churoh at 11 o'clock m the morning, and at half-past seven m the evening. The colleotion will be for the Churoh Sunday Sohools. There will also be a speoial servioo for the young at 3 p.m. A sale of sec' ions m the township of South Rakuia, was held at the Courthouse yesterday. One hundred and two sections were offered, of these sixty-one were sold ohiefly at the upset price, the others were passed m. Mr J. E. Maroh of the Crown Lands Department officiated as auctioneer. . Lieut Szepeshazy, pf tbe Prince of Wales' Hungarian Regiment of Hussars, has committed suioide m the same way as Prince Rudolph, by firing a revolver at his head whilßfc looking into a mirror. He had returned homo from a mourning Bervice for the Crown Prinae, during whiob he was muoh affeoted. A correspondent writes to " Truth " :— One of your contemporaries gives a list of tha sovereigns, ex-sovereigne, and Prinoeß who have died " mysteriously," and among them I find the name of Napoleon 111., who m reality, though I believe the faot has never been punitory stated, died under chloroform, which was administered when he was about to undergo a painful operation, The orohid growers and importers have had another good haul, for at Blenheim, where great alterations and improvements have been going on for the last two years, the conservatories have been filled (as a consummation) with over 3000 orobids, at prices varying from 50gs to lOOgs. After this her Grace of Montrose may hide her diminished head. There are to bo no more big medioal fees m India. The Governor-Genoral has ruled that when a medioal offioer is permitted to attend a native prince or chief the fee to be paid for such attendance must be settled by the Government of India, or the local Government, to whom the amount should be reported by the political agent. before it is oommunioated to the medioal offioer con. aerned. Now Caledonian papers report that a steam sloop engaged m the timber trade m the Isle of Pines has been seized by five escaped oonviots, who put ont to sea m her and got olear off. She had been left m the charge of a Kanaka, whom the marauders stupefied with < (Jriojt, and deposited m a drunken slumber on : the beach. The vessel contained an ample ■ supply of provisions, as she had eight days' : rations on board for twj& of the oarapa. As M. Houet^s, the insp'eotor of works m the South Bay,' where the sloop was' lying, is considered to have displayed great laxity of oonduot m the matter, the penal authorities have ordered him to pay £gBO, being the MtimiUd Y»lU« ol thf veil el. r

People do not appear to take as m u oh *t°°k m lightning-rods as they formerly did. -J-nere are now only three lightning-rod factories m the United States against ninety-three a few years ago.

At the Rink de Paris last evening the silver medal competition was a great suoocss, and the prize (a season ticket) was won by A. Wiikie. The Maypole movements ope off welT, and another praotioe takes plaoe this evening at 6.30 o'clock.

The women of Denmark, to the number o* 20,000, have petitioned for the right of suffrage A " social and political " school for women has recently been opened at Copenhagen, where modern hißtory, constitutional and moral law, and psychology are taught.

A man named J. Adams, employed on the railway, met with a rather severe aooident yesterday. He was lifting ooal with a crane, when by some means the basket fell and Btruok hia wrist, breaking the bone and lascerating the flesh. His injuries were attended to by Dr. Tweed.

The late Baron Rothsohild, dining once at his club m Paris, heard some one say, " Horrible bore ; lent X 10,000 franos ; have not even got t an acknowledgment, and he's gone to Constantinople." " Write to him," Baid the Baron, " Have done so, and it don't answer." "Then, my dear sir, write to him thus : — • Dear Monsieur X , when the Turks and Turkesßes leave you a little leisure time, send me the 20,000 franos I lent you." " But he only owes me 10,000." Preoisely ; he will write and say so, and then there's your acknowledgment""

The " Waikato Times " writes ; — A gentleman named Young, a son of the proprietor of a large area of land m the Rangiriri distriot, upon whioh a considerable extent of forest planting has been oarried on during tho last few years, has lately arrived from Glaßgow, and is now on a visit of inspection of land between Ngaruawahia and Whaingaroa, with the view of. taking up 5000 acres suitable for tree planting on behalf of a Glasgow syndicate. We shall be glad to hear that he has been suited, as no doubt a considerable expenditure would ensue, whioh would provide employment for a number of village settlers m that looality.

The Sooi6ty of Arts Journal, quoting from 1 the "Belgian Bulletin dv Musee Commercial," gives the following information respeoting the number of sleepers used on the various' railways. In Franoe alone the six larger railway oompanies require a daily supply of more than 10,000 sleepers, making an annual consumption of over 3,650,000. As a tree of ordinary dimensions cannot furnish muob more than ten loge, it follows that more than a thousand fine trees are out down every day solely for the purpose of supplying the necessary sleepers for the Frenoh railways. In the United States the amount required is still greater. Over 15,000,000 Bleepers are annually used m that oouutry, thus necessitating the annual destruction of 80,000 hectares or 197,600 acres of forest. The " Bulletin dv Mueea Commercial " estimates at more than 40,000,000 the number of logs required for tbe railways of the world, and it is considered that this estimate is rather below than above the mark.

A writer m the " Tasmanian " speaking 0 f the codlin moth, says : — " My mode of pr 0 . oedure, whioh is commonly praotised by German entomologists, is simply this : — I g et some ale— tha stronger the better— and after allowing it to get stale, boil it with an e<j aa i quantity of brown sugar, molasses, or treacle, until it comes to a fairly thiok syrup. I then paint it with a brush either on the trunks of the trees or, what iB better, on a pieoe of board, whioh I afterwards place against a tree. Under the board I lay a newspaper or sheet. The syrup, whioh, if properly ma d 8 , has a strong odour, attracts tbe moths from a long dißtanoe ( and after partaking of the repast provided for them, they generally feel inoapaoitatad from further exertion and drop on the newspaper. If they are left too long they will recover themselves and fly away. The newspapers should therefore be visited from time" to time, and the moths emptied into a pail of water or destroyed m some other way. I have oaught as many as 70 or [ 80 moths at one place m a single evening." A oase of gross cruelty to a horse is reported from Christohuroh. - A man, seemingly a foreigner, but m suoh an intoxicated 1 condition that, when arretted, his name and nationality oould not be ascertained from him passed tbrongh Addington with a horse, whioh he attempted to sell at the Southern Cross Hotel and elsewhere. Of 'one man be asked £7 for the animal, but to another be offered to sell it for 355. Of course, people were hot disposed to do business with him m the oondition m whioh he was, and m what seemed a sudden muniacil jmpulep he savagely attacked the poor brute with a olasp knife, putting out one of its eyes, and inflicting several outs on its head. Thjree little boys saw him Stab tlje horse, and Constable

Flanagan was informed of the occurrence, j He at once came and arrested the man, and lodged him m the Christoburoh look-up, while the horse was plaoed m tho polioe stables. The offender was brought before tbe Benoh at Christohuroh to-day and pharged with drunkenness and cruelty. I. was shown that the horse was badly injured, one eye being nearly gopged out. The prisoner who gave his name ss Wjlßelm Hebdeficks. was sentenced to six months' imprisonment! A terrible discovery has been made close to Bordeaux. On Monday morning, Jan. 28th, a rural postman was going his rounds when he was horrified at the eight of the legs and lower half of the body of a woman emerging out of the water of. a ditch. The head and bust were sticking m the mud at tbe bottom. Tbe folioe Commissary was immediately summoned, and it was soon found that the murdered person was a woman of about 25 years of age. The'olotbes of the unfortunate — «»turo were e.legapt and almost pew, and I y*-, '' — "* "till wearing' a gair of fine' the hanas »,.._ -iW.He fingw'pj j blaok silk gloves. Olenou&u — *^-.-«- J the right hand was a quantity of human nan, almost certainly that of the murderer. The head was pieroed by two bullets, just above the right ear. A pool of blood was discovered not fer from the ditoh into whioh the body of the murdered woman had been thrown head foremost. A half-burnt neokerchief and a small woollen shawl, saturated with blood, were also pioked up olose by. The viotim's body also bore evidenoe of an attempt having been made to burn it, at least partially, with the probable objeot of making it unrecognisable. No due has yet been found either to the murderer or to the identity of the viotim,

Mr Joseph Sealy'a, Moore Btreet window just now oontains a very good oolleotion of horticultural Bpeoimens grown m the district. A tray of ten tomatoes, averaging nearly ono pound eaoh and fully ripe, strike the eye as unusually large, they were grown atWesterfield by Mr Hawdon's gardener m the open air, and the crop is a very heavy one, some speoimens being larger than those on view. A oolleotion of late keeping apples, of about fifty named Bortß, is also on exhibition, and considering the two severe hailstorms experienced this season at Ashburton, and more especially aoross the river, these fruits are of very good quality and form. The apples are on view, so that any parties intending planting fruit trees this Beason oan choose the sorts they prefer by inspection and order the trees to suit them from Mr Soaly, whofwill supply them from Mr T. Sesly's River bank nursery, where a very large stock orhealthy trees are on hand. Samples of seed potatoes of the Viotoria Early, and Alpha varieties are alßo on view. The latter is found to be a wonderfully early sort and a heavy oropper, and is now acclimatised m this j distriot.

! The " Argus," man artiole on the wealth of Australian?, writes : - The private wealth of Now South Whlea, calculated m the same manner by the Victorian Government statist, Mr T. A. Ooglan, for the five years ending 1886 is £293,000,000,- or about the Bame as that of Victoria. The average population of Now South Wales, however, being slightly lesß than that of Viotoria, the wealth per head is calculated at £323 for New South Wales, as against £305 for Victoria. Dealing with Australia as a whole, Mr Coghlan oomputes tha gross total of public works and private property to bo £1,190,000,000, or £335 per head. The wealth of the United Kingdom is estimated at £249 per individual. The oircumstance that prosperity is more common m Australia than m the Old World is not so muoh to be asoribed to tbe difference of £86 per head as to the more equal distribution of the prosperity m question. Four brothers named Falquet resident m Chicago, have just come into £60,000 the price of some property m a London suburb. The property was oonverted into money by the Crown, the then owner, Caroline Grovo, leaving no will and no known heirs. It was discovered that Caroline Grove was a granddaughter of one Mark Thormaquay, and the daughter of one of tbe Falquet family. The difiaovery interested HughjPugh.of Cincinnati, who has learned something of the Amerioan family of that name, and after a short time he was able to show that the members of it were m reality the rightful heirs of the Grove estate. In the meantime two brothers claiming to be tbe descendants of one of the daughters of Thormaquay, nearly established a claim to the property. On the trial, however, the case went against them. They took an appeal, but the higher Court has just sustained the deoision of the lower. As the estate is m cash, there oan be but a short delay before the heirs get their share;

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2113, 18 April 1889

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