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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

In the British colonies there are something less than 20,000 Jews.

Eight American colleges have more than one thousand students eaoh.

Mr John Ollivier and Mr Eden George are announced as candidates for Ohriatohuroh Korth.

During last year about 1,500,000 boxes of cheese were exported from tbe port of Mon. treal, being tbe largest export m the history of the trade.

Labouohere says that Bishop Montgomery, the new Tasmanian prelate, is a medioore person whoae ohief virtue it is that he hae a father-in-law (Oanon Farrar).

General Boulanger, m the course of the twenty-two elections between May '22, 1887 and January 27, 1889, wherein he has competed, has bad the satisfaction of reoeiving 974,556 votes.

King John of Abyssinia is making preparations! to fight his vassal, #ing Menelek, of Bhoa. Menelek can put 80,000 soldiers m the field armed wiih guns and lances and maaC nil . own gunpowder. g e proTe ft formidable C^l'

The "Ohuroh News c*. ya^,— Tne Bishop has lioenaed Mr John Holme xZ^tiptMt °* ABhburton, and Mr Joseph Martin Heyv7?°d, of Christohuroh, to read the Common prayer, and to preaoh and interpret, m any oare of the diocese, at the request of the curate.

Lady Eva Quinn has killed m the last year five tigers with her own rifle. She is an Irishwoman, the daughter of the late Earl of Mayo, and is pretty m tbe typioal Irish way, with roßy cheeks, grey eyes, and curling black hair.

Prinoe Bismarck always goes to the Beioh* stag m the undress uniform of a Landwehr General— a blue frock with yellow faoings and a white oap. He wears only one decoration—the Iron Cross— the black and white ribbon of whioh is tied to a button hole.

Tbe "Oamaru Mail" reports, respecting the eleotion of the Sohool Committee for Oamaru North: — "The following house* holders were elected a Committee for the ensuing year without the necessity for a ballot," Another failure to eleot according to law.

At a resumed ooroner's inqiury at Liver* pool, a verdiot of manslaughter was returned against Elizabeth Porter and John Henry Fenton. It waß oontonded that they plaoed their illegitimate child, nine weeks old, m a tin box, and sent it by rail from Manchester to Liverpool. Before the infant was put m the box it was dosed with a oordial.

The richest woman m the world, Donna Isidore Cousina, of Ohili, is going to New York, and has intimated that if she likes the place she may buy it. A fleet of iron Bteamehips is casually mentioned as among her belongings, apd her mines of various minerals you oould not oougt on the fingers of both hands.

Jacob Tome, the millionaire of Fort Deposit, Maryland, has donated £100,000 for the purpose of founding a eohool for boya and girla m whiob, besides (be usual studies, jsball be taqght meohanioal trades, telegraphy, stenography, wood, copper, and iteel enjzraTicg, sewing, oooJtißg, and ill otbw Ipjswio »nd QOlimry jo:tji.

A schoolmaster lately received the following note of apology : — " Will yu pleez exkews my aon from not oumming tv akoole this mornin . He ia ded. Widow H— -, washewoman."

The oonoeri m aid of the funds of the Borough BraßS Band takeß plaoe thia evening m the Oddfellows' Hall, when it is hoped the pnblio will show their appreciation of bo useful an institution by according them a bumper bouse.

The envoy of the Sultan of Moroooo had never seen snow till his present visit to Berlin; and now he ia enchanted with it. He and his suite have frequently gone out at night with the servants of the Eaiaerhof and enjoyed a lively game of snow-balling.

Soranton, on the other side of Philadelphia, whioh has only been m existence aa a oity for forty-three years, and now has a population of 95,000, oallß itself " The Electric Oity." Not only are all the streets lighted and most of its machinery driven by this power, but ail ita street cars are run by the electro-motor.

Under date London, April 11th, the following oab'egram was published m Australia : " Sir Heraules Robinson retires from the oolonial servive with a fortune made by investments and Bpeoulation m the South Afrioan Diamond Mines. He will endeavour to obtain a aeat m the British Parliament as a Home Ruler."

A clergyman, having called up a olaßß of girls and boye, began on one of the former m these words : "My dear child, tell me who made your body." She had no idea of the question applying to anything beyond her dress, and dropping a quiok courtesy, replied : "Please, Bir, mother made the body, but I made the skirt."—" Texas Sif tinge."

Few people are aware that Ashburton possesses a centenarian. Such, however, is the oase, one of the inmates of the Old Men's Homo, named Moil Campbell, having reached the hundredth anniversary of his birth to-day. He was born m Oampbeltown, Argylesbire, on the 3rd May 1789. He oomes of a long lived family, his father having lived to see 110 years.

Baron Hirsob, who has just given £8,000,000 at one stroke of the pen to the poor Jews of Rusßia, Poland, Hungary, and Austria, is fifty-five years of age and ohUdless, He inherited 40,000,000 florins from his father, whioh he more than doubled by Borne remark* able bits of financiering. Besides this gift to the Jews, Baron Hirsoh gave £2,000,000 to Christian oharities some time ago. Hu benefaotions are unequalled m the world's history.

The late Emperor Maximilian, of Mexioo, would have been the nest heir to the Auatrian throne, had ho lived. He was the next brother to Emperor Franois Joseph. Aroh< duke Otto, who is now the direct heir after his father, Archduke Charles Louis, will be 24 ydars of age next April. One of the titles of the Emperor of Austria is " King of Jerusalem." It is needless to add that Franois Joseph has no dominion whatever over the Holy City.

One of the fancies of the King of Wurtemburg is to ascertain whether the moon is inhabited, by oausing photographs to be taken of that luminary, and then magnifying the negative a hundred thousand-fold. The pictures produced by this prooess show nebuloo with little dots, and the King deolareß the dots to be men and women. He hopes eventually to get some of them into distinct shape. The oost of this stupid whim is enormous.

In the island of Reunion is a plant known as the wild orange, whioh produoes a fruit, green at first, afterwards bluish, and verging into pnrple bb it ripens. This has been tested and found to make a beverage m every way equal to ooffee, and at a muoh lower price. The product is oalled " Mucmaenda," and can be used alone, or mixed with pure ooffee. It iB announced that about 24,000 aores of this plant are now being cultivated. It is moßt likely, however, that ohioory, more than coffee, will suffer from the introduction of " Muasaenda,"

We remind those of our readers who are on thn look out for farms m this district that the sale of Messrs Upton and Russell's Sherwood Estate takes place at the rooms of Mr George Jameson to-morrow at 1.30 p.m. The property, whioh is situated abuut 11 miles from Ashburton and the same distance from Rakaia, comprises 2831 aores, and is divided into farms of from 130 to 500 aores eaob, all fenoed and well supplied with water. There will also be offered at the same time and plaoe 134 aoreß part of Mr Graham's farm, Tinwald. Ooaohes will meet the trains for the oonvenienoe of indenting purchasers. Full particulars appear m our advertising oolumns.

The official report on Canada's foreign trade should give Canadians oause for rejoio* ing. It is almost inoredible that our exports to Great Britain have exoeeded those to the United States by nearly 120,000,000 dollars during the last sixteen years, but suoh is the oaße. Our exports of oheese last year were valued at nearly 9,000,000 dollars, and our export cattle trade aggregated over 5,000,000 dollars; while 813,000 dollars worth of appleß, 127,000 dollars worth of poultry, and eggs to the value of 2,000,000 dollars were exported. Farmers by paying more attention to the production of these commodities and by com* bining to introduce factories for butter and obeese making, would provide themselves with a profitable investment for their capital. — " Massey's Illustrated."

The following interesting paragraph appears m the " Crieff Journal " of Maroh 1 :— "I had the pleasure on Wednesday of being present at the testing of a very interesting experiment. On the 7th of January a box, oontaing a quantity of fresh butter made at the Taieri Dairy Company's faotory near Dunedin, Ifew Zealand, was despatched to Provost Mao* gregor, Orieff. The box containing the butter was ooated with a particular kind of solution or enamel, manufactured and patented by Mr John Maogregor, Boslyn, Dunedin. When the box was opened the butter was found to be m exoellent condition, and of high class quality. When the manu* faoturers are apprised of the suooess of the experiment, I understand it is their intention to send large quantities to the IJome market. The butter whioh ia quoted m the colonial market at 7d per Ib. could easily be sold m this country at Is per lb." The box referred to above was made by Messrs Findlay and Co of Dunedin, and Mr Maogregor has scoured patent rights for his enamel ooating.

A strange speotaole was witnessed the other day m the Rue-Vicq-d 1 Azir quarter, Paris. A tall, respectably dressed young man, aged about 20, esoorted by two polioe officers was jjeen passing through the Rues de JDamiette and St Ehilline, examining all the Aleotoral placards stjll remapping op the walls. He finally stopped before a shop yrhioh had been olosed lor gome two years past, and pointed to a proclamation by General Boul* angei 1 , wbjoh bad been slightly torn at the bottom, To the astonishment of the by. Btanders, the polioe turned ujJ tne prooiama' ilop f and from a recess behind it drew oiu * large foil Of City of Paris bonds. The young fellow who wafJ m custody on a charge of theft, had hidden the bopds at the plaoe indioated, and after being taken to the polioe* station had managed to throw two bank notes under a seat. These notes had been trampled upon by beggars and thieves for several hours before they were recovered. He had stolen 20,000fr from an apartment oooupied by costumiers whilst paying his addressee to a young woman m their employ.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2125, 3 May 1889

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