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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

Train arrangements m connection with the Ashburton Raoe Meeting are advertised m another column.

Binkers are reminded that those wishing to enter for the ohampionship must do co on or before Wednnßday next, Bth instant,

It has been suggested that the word " tele phrase " be considered as proper for a telp' phone message..

Martin Simonsen has scoured the Theatre Royal, Ghristohuroh, for a season of opera, commencing on June 16th,

Stringhalt has made its appearance In several parts of the Oolao diatriot, and m Borne instanoes the complaint has been of bo severe a character that death has ensued,

As fi! 1 instance of the distress prevailing m the far west 6* !*ew South Wales it is said that cattle for which £6 per h?»<* was refused eight months ago are now being sold for di>s. The Rev A. Ohodowski has resigned his ofljoe of minister of the Ijejoegter Hebrew congregation, having been eleoted minister of the Hebrew congregation at Chris tohurch. New Zealand.

In reference to the Mahia murder, the " Napier Newß " learna that on the morning after the fire the first man to visit the wliavc of the murdered man found Goljan's dog sitting near the charred remains of his body oryiZg piteously.

The predecessors of Lord Onslow m the Governorship of New Zealand have been : — Captain Hobson' BN, ; Lieut Shortland (administrator) ; Oapt Fitzfoy, R.N. ; Oapt Grey (Sir George Grey) 5 Colonel Wynyard (adminiatrator) ♦ 00l Gore Browne, 0.B.; Sir George Grey, X.0.8. ; Sir G. F: Bowen, G.O.M .G.; Sir James Fergusson, Sir flerouleg Robinson, Sir A. Gordon, and Sir W. F. Jervois.

An omission occurred m the handioaps for the Ashburton Racing Club's Autumn meeting, published on Saturday, Bhamrook, 40 eeoondSj being left out of the trot. Owners are reminded that aooeptanoes for the handioaps at the first day's meeting, and entries for the Novel race, close with the Secretary this evening f>t 9 o'olook.

At the R.M. Court this morning, a young man named William Brown, was, on the certificate of Drs Tweed and Leahy, committed to the £junnyside lunatic asylum. Brown was discharged from the hospital a fortnight ago, and went thenoe to Maronan, where he showed signs of mental oberration, so pronounced that the police had to bo sent for.

The highest price paid for any picture m 1888 waß for Rosa Bonheur's "Denizens of the Highlands," whioh changed handß for £5827. Among laying English painters, Sir John SfilJais je easily Qtet with his " North-West Pftßsas?'" which wept for £$200. fl Reading the Bible" and ''The Si&eii flowo," by Faed, « Gold of the SeaV' ty J. O-Hopfc, and " Th.c Subsiding of the Nile, 1 ' I?*-*, all fetched over £1500, The sale of five of Bob* Bcmbeur's woj^i reaohed a totftl Qi

A meeting of the Committee of the ABh> burton Racing Club was held on Saturday evening. The tender of the Ashburton Band to play on the lawn at the races on Thursday and Friday was aooepted. The Secretary reported that he had sold the booths, and his aotion was approved It was reported that the privileges had been disposed of as follows : — Inside booth, Mr J. Henry ; outside booth, Mr A. J. Kelly ; oonfeotioner's stall, Mr J. Banger ; horse yard, Mr Sturgeon.

The Taranaki " News " says that returns reoeived for shipments of butter to the Home market m January last have nearly all turned out exceedingly well. The Co-operative Society forwarded a consignment of 200 kegs mixed dairy butter, and by the last mail reoeived advices that 150 kegs had realised 120s per owt, and the remaining 50 kegs 1183. These prioes speak for themselves, and show what good prospeots dairy farmers oan look forward to m the future.

A private letter haa been received m Wanganui from a squatter at Bourke m New South Wales (says tbe " Herald ") m whioh tbe writer atateß that for the firafc time m the memory of the oldest inhabitant the Darling is dry. The drought is so severe that the lambß have to be killed as soon as they are dropped. The writer had invested £12,000 m his run, and he states that the whole amount is gone, The losses m the distriot are fearful.

As Messrs Peroy Adams and Booth were reoently making a journey of exploration between Brightwater and Langley Dale they oame aoross a volcano m aotion (says the " Marlborough Daily Times "). It lies between the Devil's Armohair and the souroe of tbe Pelorus. Some of the diggers at Top Valley have stated that they have heard mysterious sounds at certain times, whioh apparently oame from the direction of the Devil's Armchair, but they have been unable to account for them. Vapours have alßo been seen, but until Mesßrs Booth and Adams made the journey, whioh has never been undertaken before, the cause of the phenomena remained a mystery.

By a new liquor law whioh has just oome into foroe m lowa, United States, all wholesale liquor stores are abolished, all liquors that are sold being handled by druggists. But even before a druggist can get a permit to sell he must publish his intention to apply for it four weeks m advance, must have a petition signed by one-third of the free-holder citizens m his township or ward, mußt give a bond for 1000 dollars that be will not violate the law, and must stand a cross-examination m. the Distriot Court, m whioh his pedigre6 and reoord oan be most carefully scrutinised.

Orange oulture is attracting a great deal of attention at Whangarei. Mr Dobbie's orchard is said to be one of the best. The frist trees were planted m May, 1882, 500 m all, ohiefly St. Miohael's, Parramatta, Siletta, and Navel, a moderate number of Poor Man and Saville ; also about 50 Lisbon and Mammoth lemons, and two eaoh of every kind obtainable. He has now about 1300 orange trees and 400 lemons planted on about 21 aores of ground. Last year (the fifth) he gathered about 200 lemons, and this year (the sixth) he has already gathered 1500 oranges and the same number of lemons, and there are aB many more oa the trees.

Mr Spurgeon lately had oooasion to hirft to his congregation that he had met with an aoaident m Mentone. He did not want to alarm them too muob, bo he telegraphed a passage from Soripture — " Take, therefore, no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." But it seems that he neglected to write this out plainly, and merely referred the tele* graph olerk to ohapter and verse. The olerk blundered on the wrong text, and the message ran, " Swear not at all." They must have thought at the Tabernaole that some evil disposed person had told Mr Spurgeon that an epidemio of prof anity had broken out m his flook.

" Troth M flays :— The countries m whioh legislators are best paid for their services are Austria and France, the rate m both being £1 a day. Next oomes Denmark, where a member of the Landsthing gets 15s per day ; and then Belgium, where eaoh member of the Chamber of Representatives is paid £17 per month. Greece allows £20 a month to Benators, and £10 a month to members of the Lower House. Portugal pays £187 a year to eaoh member, whether peer or deputy. In Switzerland and Germany the allowance is 10s a day. In Sweden eaoh member of the Diet gets £67 for a Parliamentary session of 1(5 weeks, but if absent, a fine of 12a per day is inflioted. In Norway, the members of the Storthing get Ids 4d per day during the session, which never exceeds eight weeks. In Spain and Italy there is no pay, but legislators have free travelling passes on rail way b, and many analogous privileges.

The following novel calculations have been made by Mr John Cook, District Secretary of the WeEt Cumberland Distriot Lodge of Good Templars, for the purpose of enabling the publio to gain a better conception of the large amount expended eaoh year m drink. Last year's drink bill, as taken from parliamentary rnturns, was £124,611,439. This amount would give £3 7a per head to the estimated population of the nation ; and £16 lfis for eaoh average family. Its weight m sovereigns wotrid be 976 tons, while it would oover a space of 628 aorea with sovereigns laid edge to edge. If the coins were placed face to face they would reach 115£ miles, or make a golden oord reaching from Carlisle to Liverpool or Manchester. Flaoed edge to edge they would extend a distance of 1720 miles. To count these coins at one sovereign per second would take four years less a fortnight: For eaoh letter m the Bible the amount last year expended m liquor is set down at £34 18s 9d.

The following is Her Majesty's pedigree, aooording to the belief of the Anglo-Israelites aa explained by Mr William Parker the other day m the course of a leoture delivered at the Free Methodist schoolroom, Bydenham. He began by describing the grat inhabitants pi England as the descendants of Tarshisb, a grandspp of Japheth, wh_o had either become extinpt pr gone to the Arotip regions'. He then gave an account of another race of people, called Anoient Britons, whioh he described as " Eight of the Lost Tribes of Israel," who made their way to the Islea of the West, the land of Tarshieh, m the midst of the seas during the six oenturies before the Christian era, and questioned whether another island m the world could be found surrounded by three seas, as the British Isles were, and answering to prophecy. He then pomtea GUi It?* Epbraim. was a scattered tribe m Asia and Europe for about eleyeii ppnturjep from the oaptivity to their entering England as Saxpns, Angles, and Jujasj j and that, Benjamin, the apjostolib tribe, eqie.rJßd England as the Norman m JO(J6 ; that Queen Viotoria was descended from Judah, Ephraim, Benjamin^ and Pan, and waa reigning over Israel, which was a nation and oompapy of nations, He then graphically dep.iojted Amerioa as the young lion m propheoy who had broken allegiance with the old lioness, bis mother, and then sajd a rift of Dan ruled his people m Greeoe and another m Denmark} that Jeremiah the prophet took the daughter ofjZedekiab, King of Judab, and married her to Herman, a Frinoe of Dan m Ireland, and Dan ruled his people m Ireland, and our Qnaen was a direct descendant from that marfifiga,

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2127, 6 May 1889

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