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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

The annual meeting of householders throughout the district, for the election of school committees, will be held this evening at seven o'olook. At the R.M. Court this morning, before Mr D. Williamson, J.P., and Mr H. Friedlander, J.P., a man who had not been up for some tjme was fined 5s and costs for drunkennesß, A first ogender was convicted and discharged. John Demutb was obaiged with the larceny of an umbrella from Henry's hotel. The evidence showed that the umbrella had not been taken outside the building and the defendant said he shifted it for a " lark." The oase was dismissed. Fruit-growing is an important feature In the husbandry of New York State. Peaches, plums, apples, pears, apricotß, prunes, raspberries, p&errjtes, grapes, blackberries, currants, and gooseberries aw largely grown. The value of the. orchard produce is estimated at about £1,700,000 annually, or one-si^th p! the amount produoed m the whole of the United States. But tha most important branch of the agricultural industry of this State is dairying, the annual valne of whose products is said to be about £13,000,000. The Hudson Biver oounties m the eastern part of New York State have always been dairy oounties, from their proximity to large oitiaa, their abundanoe of spring water, and their large area of natural meadow land, so muoh desired m the early days of farming. The northern counties have now been obliged to adopt this system of farming on account of the generally poor soil and th.c inability to grow grain with a profit. Formerly, too, the Hudson fliyer counties were noted for the excellence of their butter; but of late years the demand for milk and oream for New York and other cities, as well as for condensing factories, has been so great that butter making has almost been discontinued. The Australian wine trade is growing beyond the bounds of a speciality, Australian merchants are reoeiving orders from the general wine trade to procure them Australian vines. The reason for this innovation is beiio"** to *> c that the wipe trade generally have'oome tC the oouolbb|ob thai; much of the wine which they l? 100 ** torn Franoe, or Portugal, or Germany— espeC."* 11 * &§ two former — is not grown m thoße obunta** a * all, but is imported, on account of its strength and purity, from Australia and then manipulated by the wine manufacturers of France. The strength of Australian wines, and the ' dearth of the viticultural produce— in France, ; at anyrate— supports the idea. However, the British wine merchant believes this is i going on, and he is of opinion that he might ! just as well save his money by manufaotur- : ing m his own cellars that wine whioh comes ! from Bordeaux as grqwn on Frenoh coil. The ! Australian wine merchants who have already been favored with orders from the British ' wine merchants have come to the conclusion ( rightly that this determination on their part ' will give a great impetus to the development of the Australian wine trade. : Holloway's Pills. —PravisioD. — As I Autumn treads on winter, slender, delicate, • and pale-faced youths become listless, languid ' and .debilitated unless an alterative, combined ' with some tonic, be administered to quicken ' their enfeebled organs. This prec ; se require- ' ment is supplied m these noted Pills, which ' can and will accomplish all that is wanted provided the printed instructions 'surrounding J lhem meet with scrupulous itlentbn. ' HoJoway's Pills are especially adapied to ' supply the medical wants of youth because his ( medicine acts gently, though surely, as a ' purifier, regulator, alterative, tonic, and mild aperient. A very few doses of these Pills will i convince any discouraged invalid that his cure i lies m his own hands, and a little perseverance ( only is demanded for its completion, , i

It ia reported that Prince Bismacok is threatened with faoial paralysis. A Catbolio university will soon bo founded m Fribourg, Switzerland* One million fraDes >have already been subscribed for the purpose. \ One house m Berlin, that ot Mr Brosig, j has turned out 4000 locomotives einoe 1840, 1 m whioh year Mr Brosig began with a oapital 1 of £1500 lent him by a friend. He employs I 10,000 men.s A Bingular aooident happened at the review of the Nelson Volnnteera at the Easter Encampment. Frightened by the guns, the horse of Major Baillie reared and fell dead. The Major was unhurt. Richard Gat ling, inventor of the Gatling gun, bas devised a police gun for use m riots, whioh will fire 1.200 shots a minute. High explosives, he thinks, will be the deatruotive force emplosed m future warfare. Formerly when a Turl ish baker was discovered to have sold bread of short weight, his ear was nailed fast to his doorpost, and be was then supplied with fi sharp knife, to work, when tired of his fixed position, his own deliverance. Two Alsatian ecolesiastios were suddenly oalled upon at Straßburg for three years' military servioe. As ihia is the first oase of the kind that has occurred, it is naturally exoiting a great sensation m the annexed province. A magnifioent Catholic cathedral was dedicated at Hong Kong, China, on Deoember 7. The roof is oast iron and the main building of blue briok, with red brick buttresses. Its coßt is 120,000 dollars, and it will aooommodote 4000 people. Mr G. Kynooh, M.P., telegraphed as follows from Johannesburg, Transvaal, to a Birmingham newspaper :— Transvaal wants thousands of masons, oarpenters, and bricklayers—3os daily." Johannesburg, from whioh Mr Kynooh telegraphs, is m the oentte of a valuable gold-producing area. Victorian revenue returns fo? the third quarter of the ourrent financial year are reported to be very satisfactory. The figures promise a surplus of about £1,000,000 about the end of June. The net inorease on the quarter iB £165,553, and the inorease on the year ending March 31 is £1,349,794. Mr David Murray informs the " Tapanui Courier " that his rabbiter, recently trapping at Criohton Park, oaught 100 ferrets and 750 rabbits with the same traps. The ferrets were therefore m proportion to the rabbits of one to seven and a half. Mr Murray considers that the ferrets kill a large number of rats and young rabbits. Among other ouriosities at present on exhibition at the public room of the " Figaro" office (writes the Paris correspondent of the " Irish Textile Journal "), is a piece of the stuff presented to President Oarnot by the Elbeuf weavers, and whioh is entirely woven out of dog's hair. The idea of the Elbeuf weavers haß pleased the whimsical taste of Paris, and that a demand for dogs' hair tissues has sprung up here, both for ladies' dresses and waistooats for foppish young men, 16 not to be wondered at. It would appear, according to the " Rouen Nouvelliste," that General Boulanger keeps * three " doubles " who are got up exadtly m ■ his style, trim their beards m a point and are , v held m readiness whenever the General wants to raise a false soent to go to the four corners of Europe, and to complete the delusion they 1 are instructed while abroad to affect a limp . and wear blue speotaoles. Two 0! these ' doubles have bo thoroughly the Bardenzingue look that Count Dillon himself has baen taken 1 m. The third iB an ex-Government engineer ' of the Seine Inferieure, Mr John Boyle O'Reilly, mentioned by the Fenian spy La Oaron, is ona m whose adven* turoua life politios havd played a Beoondary t part. When a mere boy he joined the oavalry regiment of which Valentine Baker was the colonel, and John Devoy, another of Le Caron'B figures, swore him m as a Fenian as he was doing sentry duty m the Royal Barraoks, Dublin, Soon after he was sentenced to death, then to penal servitude for life. He spent what he oalls a happy year and a half m Millbank, and was then sent to Western Australia, Eventually he got away m an open boat, was picked up and landed, and ultimately made a name m the States by his poetry and his work for the Boston Pilot. —-... Arnold tells us of a most gruesome Btory about a voyage he had with a theatrical troupe m the West Indies. A newly-married couple were on board the eteamer, and before they were many days at sea the young bride was suddenly taken ill and died. Out of respect to the sorrowing young hnsband's feelings a pine coffin, to take the plaoe of the oustomary canvas, was ,made by the ship's cacpenlcr, but the iron weights to sink it were placed inside the coffin instead of outside, When it was slid of! the plank the weights knooked the end of the coffin out, and as it struck the water the body floated away and was immediately eeijzed by a huge shark, whioh disappeared with its ghaßtly pripe before the eyes of the horrified husband. The latter was with difficulty prevented from jumping overboard after all that remained of his hapless bride, The fancy dress and maypole carnival at the Rink de Paris come off to-morrow (Wed* nesday) night, and those who have the management m hand are leaving no stone unturned to make it & thorough success. A new dressing room for ladieß has been ereoted near the front entrance and the large gallery and dress oirole are being built as usual. The programme provided for this occasion far surpasses any previous attempt, as may be seen by the advertisement m another column. The maypole dance itself is worth the admission fee, and as it has only' been performed onpe here those who have not witnessed it should not lose the chance of seeing it this time* Qne of the extra attractions will be the ladies Oxford and Cambridge competion, and another new item tbe Chinese spangle oontest. There is still another novelty m Si* Roger de Ooverley on skates, besides the usual grand march, eto. The new Borough Brass Band haß been specially engaged for the evening and with suoh an ettraotive bill a orow^ed house is confidently anticipated. On Thursday evening last a meeting of residents was held at Mr H. Harrison's for the purpose of presenting Miss Fisher with a testimonial, as a Blight recognition of her services as organist at Doric Church. Miss Fisher has always taken great pains with her school, and also helped m any ohuroh matters where her services were required, the musical portion of the services being under her oontrpl, and neither time nor patienoe has been spared by her In her efforts to make up an effioient choir for the' small ohuroh. Between forty and fifty assembled at Mr Harrison's, where all were most hospitably entertained. Mr W. L.Allan, on behalf of the subscribers, presented Miss Fisher with a purse of sovereigns, He spoke m very hjgh terms of the respect and esteem m whioh Misa Fisher is held by all the residents m tbe district — young and old. He trusted she might long remain amongßt them. The gift being acknowledged^ a most pleasant evening was spent m danoing. A number of songs and recitations were given and were muoh enjoyed by those present. Mr Storry, of Acton, was the hfe and soul of the party; bis reoitatiQflS being heartily applauded*

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2116, 23 April 1889

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