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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

Aooording to the " New York Telegram," Buffalo Bill is worth £20,000 ; Edwin Booth, £200,000 ; Jefferson, £100,000 ; Mary Andereon, £50,000 ; Clara Louise Eellogg, £60,000; Mrs Langtry, £110,000 ; Modjeska, £40,000 ; Boßina Yokes, £20,000 ; Ada Rehan, £30,000; and Lotta £160,000.

A coincidence that is worthy of being rooorded is that by the same mail by whioh the news reached Auokland of the great naval disaster, m whioh the United States cruiser Vandalia, -with tho other warships, was wrecked, an item from London came to hand staling that tho British whip Vandalia, from America with petroleum, for London, was sunk off Bognor, March 7tb, m a collision with an unknown eteamcr.

Lady Willoughby d' Eresby, who died m EfJgland reoently, was a great personage m more waya than one. She owned about ono hundrod and forty thousand aorea of land m Lincolnshire and Wales, and was noted for her liberality to her tenants and her charities generally. She was a baroneßß m her own right, Ihe titlo being heritablo by either sex and one of the oldoßt m the United Kingdom. Her eon, Lord Aveland, now becomes the twenty-second baron.

I The so-called expression with whioh the eyes are generally credited is largely imagination, aa may be seen by placing a number of pereonß behind a eoreen, or with paper maßks tbat have holes just allowing the eyea to bo aeen. But little .expression oan be seen m the wide-opened eye of joy or sorrow, ang6r or love, these being mainly produoed by the innumerable musolea of the fape especially round ihe mouth, the manipulation of the jyelldf, and thi poie of (hi head,

The Ohrlstohuroh bootmakers' strike is at an end, and the men roßumo work to-morrow*

The Bink de Paris will be open this evening, and, it being the last night prior to the Carnival, there should be a large attendanoe.

The football matoh between Ghriatohuroh and Wellington resulted m favour of Ghriatohuroh by 2 tries to 1 try.

Messrs W. P. S. Elmalie, E. M. Goodwin, O. J. Harpor, W. S« Peter, and O. M. Straohoy have been eleoted members of the Bangitata Boad Board.

We are requested to call attention to the faot that there will bo a ball this evening at the Orange Hall. The mußio will be provided by Messrs Mayo and Btooks.

The Easter services m the ohurohes of the Longboaoh paroohial distriot and at the private obapel on Longboaoh Btation were well attended. The ohurob at Watenon whioh had been nioely decorated for the previous Sunday's aervioea waa again tastefully adorned for the Eaßtor festival by the Misses Smith and Aahton and Mr 0k Soal, members of the congregation.

A rumor ia current m Auckland (says an exohange) that one of the Premier's pleasant eurprisos for next session is a reduotion of the property tax, and with further contemplated retrenohment it is intended to graduate it eaoh year until it is finally abolished. The rumour is said to oome from an Auokland member high m the confidence of the Government.

During a thunderstorm m Christchuroh on Saturday (says the " Lyttelton Times ") Mrs Fred Mills, of North street, met with a startling experience. She had gone to the fireplace m the kitohen, and was m the act of lifting a saucepan from it, when a flash of lightning gave her a shook, whioh partly stupefied her. Her eldest daughter came to her aid and applied restoratives. It was necessary subsequently to Beck medioal aid.

The "Wellington Post" says than an absent-minded parson walked into the offioe of the South British Insuranoe Go. on Thursday last, and produoing a roll of bank notes, asked for ohange, evidently under the impression he had entered a banking establishment. He took his departure upon baing informed of his mistake, but left his pooketbook upon the oounter. The police are now m possession of this article, whioh will be handed to the owner upon his appearing to identify it.

A Napier contemporary learnß that there haa been a great tourist trafflo to the hot lakes this season, the number of visitors during the past six months having been the largest sinoe 1885, that year having headed the list sinoe the opening of the distriot to tourists. From estimates furnished it would appear that -there have been upwardß of a thousand visitors at Botorua alone during .the period mentioned, many of whom, it must be remembered, made a lengthened Btay of three months, whioh would mean the oiroulation of a very large sum of money.

Says the "Foxton Herald:— Mr Russell brought to our office thia morning a hank of oressed hemp whioh measured fully six and a halt feet. Of oourae this would not represent anything wonderful if out from the old-grow ing bushes, but thia sample was out from a green flax buah whioh had been out clean leas than six montbß ago. It has been aßked at times, what provision has been made to secure a fresh orop? We believe this supplies a very fair answer, for. most of the mills have a two years' supply around them, more indeed than is needed, if the six months' growth is like the sample mentioned,

Reoently a new food depot was opened by the Salvation Army to the numerous poor of the Mirylebone distriot. The depot has a capacity of 24,000 meals a week, and 80,000 customers are expected to oroßß its threshold daily. Here the hungry child may buy a dish of soup for a farthing ; the hungry man or woman a meal for a penny. Somewhat similar depots are already m operation at Olerkenwell and Limehouse, the latter of which has provided 600,000 meals and 30,000 beds m twelve months. Threepence pays for Buppor, bed, and breakfast, with (to use the General's words) " prayera thrown m." This scheme for supplying the poor with choap, wholesome food, and clean, respectable lodgings, ia oertainly deserving of a generoua recognition on the part of the public at large.

To-day, boing Easter Monday, was generally observed as a holiday m town, the various places of business being closed. Although tho weather appeared somewhat threatening early m the morning, about nine o'olook the sun broke through the clouds and the day was all that coqld be wished.' In oonsequenoe of many of the townspeople going ' away holiday making, the streets wore a very deserted appearance. A good number of people went to Ohristohurob, while c fair sprinkling attended the annual sporta and races at Ohertaey. A Press Association telegram from Wellington states that there ia beautiful weather for tho holiday. There were large numbers of passengers by speoial excursion trains to the oountry this morning. The Druida annual fete takes place at the Basin Reserve to-day and thero ia sure to be a largo attendanoe. A Dunedin telegram Bays that fine weather is being experienced there. The Taieri races are the ohief source of attraction and are largely patronised.

Major Craigie addressed the Maidstone Farmers' Olub recently, m the course of hio remarks developing some interesting oompari. sons between the agriculture of France and that of the United Kingdom. Both nations embraoe about 37,000,000 inhabitants, But whereas thoro are 7,00Q,00Q. persons, or onefifth of the population, actually working on the soil of Franoe, m the United Kingdom there are not more than 2,500,000 persons, or one-fifteenth of the population aotually engaged jri operative agripul(nre. Again, |he areaß m tho two countries devoted to agriculture proper are 86,000,000 aorea m France against d 8.000,000. 000,000 aorea m the United King, dom. Moro than this, Franoe is essentially a corn-growing oountry, more than 88,000,000 aorea being set apart for the cultivation of cereals, chiefly wheat, whioh is grown on a soale cpUe unknown m Great Britaip. At the present time Franoe has 9,000,000 aorea of arable land m fallow, wbereus the United Kingdom has less than 500,000 acres. The peasantry of Franoe are In a miserable oon. dition.

St. Stephen's Ohurob, Ashburton, was, as usual, tastefully decorated for Easter Sunday. Wreaths of maqrooarpa illuminated by scarlet geranium blossoms were plaoed around the pillars of tho nave and along the window sills, and very pretty chaplets of autumn foliage m which tho golden hue of the Lorobardy poplar contraßted well with the dark green of the laurel and the pure white of the silver poplar were hung upon tho choir. BtftUe. In the centre light of the east window Was a cross of soarlet geraniums on a green baokgrpund and a seoond orosa m yellow chrysanthemums wag plaoed upon tho altar. The pulpit and font were dpoorated, with wreathe of foliage and flowers; and at the ohanoel opening, on either side, tall bunches of toi-toi rising from among the dark green shafts of phormium tenax, bad an exqoilept effeot. But perhaps the chef d'muvre of the lady-deoorators was the leotern, whioh was exoeediogly prettily decorated with masses of tho orange berrieß of the Mountain ABh glowing amid a variety of many.tinted foliage, the result boing highly satisfactory, Thoro wbb as usual early Communion, with seoond oelebration at the ueual morning servioo, at whioh there was a very large number of{oommunioanls, land evensong at 6.80 p.m., with i a apooial Easter oarol ; tho proaoher at both aorvioes being the Itov E. A. Soott.

SANDER and SONS' EUCALYPTI EXTRACT.—In protection of tho world wide fame our manufacture haa aoquired all ovor tho globe, wo publish the following :— Haaard M.D., Profoßßor of General Pathology and Diseases of the Mind and Nervous System aaya m an editorial published m the " Clinical Rooord : "— " Wo have examined half-a-dozen apecimona of different manufactures; the preparation of Sander and Sons waa tho only ono that proved to bo reliable and corresponding to Doiontilio tosta." Anothor conoootion colled " Refined Extraot of Euoalyptuß " haß mado its appearanoo since. Thia produot atanda, aooording to Dr Owon, foremoat m causing injurious effoota. That gontloman oommunioates, at a mooting of tho Modioal Sooioty of Viotoria, that a child living at Fit/.roy beoamo most seriously indispoaed through its use. In another case a lady atatea on the strength of statutory declaration that ahe suffered oruelly from the effeota of the game conoootion. To guard tho high reputation _ of our manufaoturo wo fool warranted m exposing tho above faota, and desire tho publio to oxeroiao care and precaution when buying, SANDER and SONS — /Advt. 7

It is reported that the riohest goldfield as yet discovered m any part of the world exists m Mexico. It iB m the province named Guanajuato, through whioh the national railway runs, and where settlement iB advanoed — bo far, at least, as ranob.es are concerned— and water abounds. Here, they say, whole mountain ranges contain a largo proportion of rioh, gold-bearing quartz. The uttention of American capitalists haa been oalled to the matter, and, if the report be true, further developments may be looked for.

Very favorable reports have been reoeivod of the mission lately undertaken by the Jesuit Fathers to the Crow Indiana. Fathers Bandini and Prando Bot out on this mission m January, 1887, and after severe suffering among snow, reaohed their destination m about six weeks. They immediately Bet to work with energy— succeeding ao well that m a short time it wua neoessary for them to oall m the aid of the Ursuline nuns as teaohers for the children. Their eohool is numerously and increasingly attended, and they have, besides, a handsome ohurob.

The oldest inhabitant of Bedworth has died at Oolly Croft. Her name was Mary Kirby. She waa baptised when she was eight years old* the oeremony having taken plaoa about 102 yearß ago, bo that her age would be nearly 110. She had had three husbands, the firßt of whom died more than sixty years ago ; her last husband survives her, though he is m very bad health. The aged couple, though poor, were reokoned among the moßt respooted people m the parish of Bedworth. The deoeaaed waa bedridden, and her sight waß impaired, but her other faoultiea were perfect up to the last few days.

The olamour m England for small sections of land seems to be aB great as ever. Freßh allotments are continually beinglet m almost every'village, The looal authorities are often puzzled to know from whom to aooept land for allotments, so numerous are the offers from the landlords. At Hounton, near Southport, an agreement has just been entered into to pay £2 10s per annum per aore. In nearly all the villages m Suffolk the rent paid is £2 per aore, and landlords are moat willing to let their land to individual labourers at this rent, beoause they are more certain of obtaining small sums from labourers than large ones from farmers.

A Sootoh oountry lad went up to a man who waa ploughing m a field near the high, way, and said, " I say, man, I've ooupit ma oairt," •• Ooupit your oairil that's a pity ; where is it, and what was on it?" "It's doun on the road yonner, an' it was a oairt 0' hay. Div ye think ye oan oome and help me to lift it ? " '• Oh* yea, I'll oome as Boon as I oan, but I oanna leave my horses m the middle 0' the field ; as soon as I oan get to the head rig, I'll oome and help you." '• Div ye no think ye oan oomo the noo ? " he said, aoratohing hia head. '-No, I'm aorry, but I'll oome as Boon as I oan." ••Aweel," he said, m a tone of resignation, " I maun juat wait then, but I wad hae likit that ye oould hae oome the noo, for the hanged thing is that ma faither's below't 1 "

The "Evening Press" has been favored with the perußal of a letter from a gentleman reoently a resident m Wellington, and who is now at Johannieburg, m the Transvaal, He desoribes it as a fully equipped town of 30,000 inhabitants, though only of about three yearß' growth. It boaats four daily papers, the "Argus," tho ••Diggers' News," the •• Standard," and " Daily Newß." It has an opera house, raoeoourae and grand stand, swimming bathe, and other luxuries*. The writer gives some particulars of his journey, whioh waa by rail to Kimberley, and then by coaoh 300 miles further north to Johanniaburg. The ooaoh travels by relays night and day, and the journey oooupiea 68 hourß. When he reaohed Kimberley all the ooaoh Beats were booked for a week m advance, and speculators had bought up the tickets, the original prioe of whioh waa £10, and were retailing them at from £20 to £30. The » Standard " and •« Tranavaal " Mining Ohroniole," of whioh wo are favored with a copy by Mr Hall, is a ten page journal, largely taken up m mining advertisements.

For the following amusing story we are indebted to the " Bruoe Herald " :— A worthy farmer, who resides a few miles from Milton, brought m his milk to the factory the ether morning. The can was duly scalded after its contents were removed, and our friend Btarted to return. On the way through the town ho halted and purohased a pair of tnoleßkin broekg, whioh for aeourity, aa the day wbb very blowy, he Btowed m the milkcan. Next morning he again appeared with his milk. It was duly poured into the strainer, when, 10l orj't. popped a bundle, whioh proved on. examination to be tho veritable moleskins. Now it was evident at once to the manager of the faotory that moloakin breeohea and milk did not woigh alike bulk for bulk; moreover, upon their removal they naturally took up a lot of oowjuioe with them, for the manager did not see hie way clear to wring them out |nto the receptacle. The manager insists upon the tare being deduoted from the milk, equivalent to the weight of the trousers, Thiß the farmer doesn't! object to, but they cannot agree whether the breeka shall be weighed wet or dry. It ia aaid that tho matter will be referred to arbitration.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2115, 22 April 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2115, 22 April 1889

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