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Tho slaking of lime, caused by a fall of rain, originated four fires m Melbourne. The drought has been very severe m the country between Waipukurau and Hastings, Up to March 30 the sum of £100,931 5s Qd has been expended on the Centennial Park, Sydney. An apple has been produced m Taranaki whioh measures 15 inches m circumference and weighs lib Coz. Snuthey mentions that the firat settlers m Brazil paid £300 for a cat, and for kittens their weight m gold dust. The Jews' free school at Spitalfielde, [England, ia said to be the largest school inf I the world. It numbers 3500 pupils— 22so bpya aud 1250 girls,

The town of Nowra, N.S.W., is to be lighted by eleotrioity. Six bullocks, believed to be intended for human footf, were seized at Footsoray, Vie- : toria, and on being killed were found to be suffering from tuberculosis. It is reported by the " Mataura Ensign " that Mr Valentine haß discovered an immense deposit of exceedingly rioh Manganese ore on the New Zealand Agricultural Company's estate. There appears to be a vast mountain of it, and tho Government analyst, Mr Skey, it is said, has reported that it is sufficiently pure for exportation. The opening up of Te Anau lake to tourist j traffic is going on apaoe. Mr Prinoe, the J electrical engineer, has applied for a 40 aoro site for an hotel and ornamental grounds. Mr Prince also proposes to place an electrioallypropelled vessel on the lake, and to that end bas applied for the right to take water from a lagoon whioh would be used to drive the dynamos from which the vessel would be charged with the subtle motive power. Attention is drawn by a London correspondent to the number of .Royal and Imperial ladies now widowed. The list inoludes the Queen of Eagland, the Emprees Frederiok, the Empress Augusta, the Empress Eugenic, the Queen of Spain, the Duohess of Albany, the Crown Prinoesß of Austria, and several others. In the United States there are living the widows of two dead Presidents— Mrs Grant and Mrs Garfield. It is perhaps not generally known that the Queen presents a medal to the ordinary staff of her household for long and faithful servioes. It is Bilver, designed by Wyon, about tbe size of a florin, with a silver clasp showing the orown and Royal oypher, buspended from a ribbon of the Victoria plaid pattern. On one side is the profile of the Quaen, on the other an inscription Betting forth to wboTi and for what servioes it has been awarded. A valuable ring was disoovered the other day embedded m the day of a briokfield at Sittingbourne by a workman. The man was engaged m digging clay, when he turned up m the mould a large gold ring of antique pattern. I A large oameo is let into the metal, upon } which is finely engraved a representation of a r pair of horses harnessed to a chariot whioh is I being driven by a man apparently m the dress { of a Roman soldier. The ring is m perfeot | c preservation, and is no doubt a Roman relio, i as it was disoovered on the Bite of an old _ Roman settlement. A few days previously a man was oooupied m soreening ashes m another briokfield at Sittingbourne when he 3 oame aoross a new gold Jubilee £5 piece, f This valuable ooin doubtless found its way j m o the housemaid's box, was thenoe transferred to the scavenger's oart, and finally was oonveyed by barge from London to Sit--6 tingbourne, where immeuss quantities of ) London dirt or ashes are used m the manu--1 footure of brioks. t Aooording to a correspondent a well-known . artist of the camera was oalled m lately to photograph the body of a young lady who bad just died under peculiar olroumstanoes. The ' body was laid out on a sofa m the i drawing-room, and presented a singularly i beautiful speotaole. The photographer was . [ left alone m the room with the body ; and took a negative. After inßpeoting ' it he was not satisfied that the ex- ) k posure had been sufficient, and he took another. And then, to his amazement, he discovered that tbe two uegativea were not alike. The body must have moved 1 Not 1 having quite lost all his nerve by this extra- ' ordinary ooourrenoe, he took a third negative, > whioh was exaotly like the second. He , instantly summoned the nurse who had been m attendanoe on the deceased girl and after ' some difficulty and delay, had the dootor i fetohed. To out a long Btory short, the f , young lady was not dead at all, but is at this moment oonvalesoent. This (says the " [ pean Mail ") is a true story. Some time ago a wealthy man died m ' Brussels leaving his entire fortune to a young ' wpman who was entirely unaoquainted with ) him. The «• American Art Printer " explains . that this is how it oame to pass : — He was a ■ very ecoentrio man, and set out, like Diogenes, ' m Bearch of an honest man. His tub waß an • omnibuß, and his lantern a small ooin. In F the omnibus he took his seat every day near - tha conduolor and always showed himself very , obliging m passing up the money of passengers and returning the chapge, but to the latter he always managed to add a frano or half frano. ■ Then he watched thcsa to whom it came. They , would count it oarefully, notice the extra ocin, and invariably slip it. into their pnnkatg. Na-tmo tkroagiit cf the poor oonduQtor, whose meagre salary of three franos a day oould ill i support suoh a lobs. But at last a young woman passed hers baok, with •« Conductor, you have given me a half a frano to muoh." Diogenese, delighted, followed her home, 1 made enquiries, and, as the answers were satisfactory, made his will m her favor, though ; he never gave her warning that her half a frano was going to bring her half a million. i The coroner of North-eaßt Middlesex haß received information of the death of Minnie Hannah Adams, aged nineteen, the daughter . of a fruit salesman, living at 84, Eleanorroad, Biohmond.road, Hackney. On Sunday the deoeased, her two brothers, and a younger sister were left m oharge of the house while their parents attended a funeral m the oountry. In the evening the girl's sweetheart called^to see her. Aa she was alarmed at noiseß whioh she fanoied she heard, he stayed at the house all night to reassure her. During the night he— so it is said— dreamt that he saw.the girl walk past him, beokoninp to him to follow. He awoke, and, beooming alarmed, went into the passage. Having dressed, he went to the door of the deoeased's room and knooked. Receiving no answer he then woke the others. On the bedroom door being opened the deoeased was found lying on the floor with blood issuing from her mouth. Dr Gribbings was sent for, but on his arrival life was found to be extinot. From the dootor's examination it would seem tbat the girl died at about the time that her sweetheart dreamed she beckoned him . All Washinglon (U.S.) iB splitting its Bides to day over a story of sooial romanoa and misadventure whioh has just leaked out Mr George Barolay. of the British Legation. haß of late been sufficiently cpris of Miss Leiter the beautiful Western heiress, who has turned all Washington heads this winter. Mr Bar. olay is the attractive young gentleman who won fame and money at the Kniokerbooker Club ip New York by baoking himself to driye tp> the Brunswick Hotel, dress for f dinner, and return inside of ten minutes. He did actually accomplish this feat inside of seven minutes. It is undoubtedly owing io this nervous haste abnormally developed m an otherwise rather slow nature that Mr Barolay has now to aooept his present mortifioation. It seems that on a Wednesday night Mr Barolay felt the approaoh of a oold wave, and purchased some of those warm woollen garments whioh stick closer than a brother to a oold man's legs. The Bame afternoon he ordered a box of roses to ba sent to his lodgings. Late for dinner as usual, he rushed home, dashed off a pretty note to Miss Leiter, saying, «« Wear these this evening for my sake." and handed the note end the box containing tbe woollen goods to bis servant who (Iv!; delivered them, while the box of roses remained C??u Mr Barclay's table. Although, perhaps, not quite SO grievous an international affront as Lord Saokvilie put upon us, tho views of the British Foreign Office upon this latest misfit m diplomaoy are awaited with some amusement and anxiety. As for Mr Barclay's personal explanations, they are, of oourse, unmentionable. — Ameri. ' can Exohauge. Wo clip the following important testimonial from the " Illawarra Meroury " (N.S.W.) of the 30th Maroh. It needs no comment :— »' Mr John Loveday, of the Bulli Mountains writes to. us that after suffering for four year with aoute gravel, ho has experienced almost complete relief by using Sander and Sons' Euoalypti Extract. He says seeing the said Extract advertised m the 'Illawarra Mercury,' his intense suffering induoed him to obtain a bottle of the medioino from Mr Hosking, chemist, of this town, and that the use of t gave him great relief at once. He states that between the 10th March, instant, when he obtained the first bottle of the extract, and ' tho 19th, the use of that medicine oontinued £ to afford him relief, to which he had boen a ' stranger for four years. Mr Loveday writeß J also that ho has found the Eucalypti Extract a cure for rheumatism as well as gravel. He j requests us to publish this information t through the « Mercury.', We have muoh c pleasure m complying '"with Mr Loveday's 3 1 request, whose word cannot be doubted, and 1 t who can have no object m view other than a } I pure deßire to benefit suffering humanity " r Advfc. 2 <

Skaters are reminded that the fanoy dress carnival takes plaoe at the Rink this evening. We are requested to state that on next Sunday the Rev Father Chastagnon will celebrate mass at Rakaia. The annual harvest thanksgiving servioe m oonneotion with St Stephens' Ohuroh, ABhburton, will be held on Friday next, April 26 at 730 p.m. The preacher will be the Rev Jasper Smythe, Incumbent of Pleasant Point. Collections will be made for the siok and needy fund of the Church. The drought is being severely felt at the I Solomon Group. A recent arrival at Sydney from the islands states that up to the time he left there had not been a drop of rain for four months, and that the season was the driest known for twelve years. Food was scarce, and there were no prospeots of fresh supplies ooming forward, everything presenting a burnt appearance. Another experiment is being made, this time m Pittsburg to utilise Bteel for street paving. Steel strips are rolled 2iin wide by lin thiok, with a channel on the top side, and with notohas Bin apart. These strips, whioh weigh llibs per yard, are laid sin between oentres, eaoh one extending only to the oentre of the street, to give the proper slope to the roadway. Adjaoent Btrips are bolted together and fastened to wooden sills. A bed of gravel supports the pavement, and between the strips a mixture of pitoh and oement is poured, rendering the surfaoe comparatively smooth. On Wednesday, the 17th inst;, a meeting of members of the Presbyterian Ohuroh was held at Mount Somers for the purpose of electing a new Churoh oommittee for 1889. Mr S. MoOlimont, chairman of the reoent oommittee read the congregational minutes whioh were oonfirmed. In aooounts the distriot was shown to be slightly m arrear. It was resolved that the central treasurer prepare a balance sheet for all three Ohuroh distriots. Tbe members of the Ohuroh then prooeeded to the election of a new oommittee. The following members were elected :— Messrs W. Edson, T. H. Tait, A. Harvey, E. S. Johnston, S. MoOlimont, J. Brown, and J. , MoOlimont. Hearty votes of thanks were passed to tbe retiring oommittee, organist, the president, and the teaohers of the Sunday 1 Sohool. The annual sohool treat of the ohildren attending the Tinwald Distriot Sohool was [ held m the Domain yesterday. The ohildren assembled at 1 p.m., and after doing justice i to an ample repaßt, Bpent a very pleasant ( afternoon m playing football; running raoes, and m various games. The prizes awarded ; for passing the various standards at the examinations held m Deoember were prer sented to the successful soholars by the Rev F. Garbett, who addressed a few remarks to j the ohildren on the importance of attending diligently to their studies, and of forming good habits while young. After giving three cheers for their teaohers, the Oommittee, and 1 the Rev F. Garbett, tha ohildren partook of > tea, and games of various kinds filled up the t interval till_ dusk, when they returned home, after spending a most enjoyable afternoon. , On the eubjeot of making butter without , ohurning, the «• Taranaki Herald " has the , following :— " We referred last week to what we considered a novel mode of butter making ; —namely, the burying of the oream m the . earth for forty-eight hours— and we asked I some of the farmers to test the plan and Ist . us know the result. Since then we have . reoeived a letter from Mr William Tisoh, of Stratlord, who writes : — • I was staying at my brother-in-law's, Mr William Mills, of PjangiI tikei, m 1874, nearly fifteen years ago, aud I , saw him make the butter by burying the oream m a cloth as you describe. ' Mr , Enyvett, of the Smart Road, also informs us ; that when his father oame out to Nelson, not ! being able to get a ohurn of a particular make , he required to take with him, a friend said he woula send it after; and, as a 'make* shift * till it arrived, was instructed to make his butter by burying his oream m the ; manner we have described. Mr Knyvett tells us that for two months after big fa har's 1 arrival m Nelson they made their butter without ohurning it. He says they dug a pit, between three and four feet deep, and put boards round the sides to prevent the earth falling m. Having put the oream m a oloth they lowered it into the hole and covered the top over ; and they found on the following morning that the cream had been oonverted into buiter. It is true, he says, the butter was paler than if made m the ohurn, but it was very sweet and palatable. This was done fully forty years ago, so • making butter without a ohurn 'ia far from being a novelty*" -

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2117, 24 April 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2117, 24 April 1889

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