LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The resignation by Sir Juliuß Yogel of his seat for Chrißtohuroh North ia gazetted.
Mr A. Suundora haa been eleoted Chairman of the North Canterbury Eduoation Board.
Thero ia a firm m Regent street, London whioh makea oorsets ospooially for gentlemen; and it is avorred that it hos offioers of the Guards, tho Ooldstrcamti, and the Seventeenth Lanoors among its customers.
Twenty million artificial tooth are annually mado m Amerioa, difforent colours beini* prepared for difforont countries. In Canada the demand is for snow-white tooth, m South America thoy profor yollow, while tho Ohinoso will bave none but blaok tooth.
A now word haa boon invented — it is "ethnagogue." It was applied to Daniel O'Oonnoll m a reoent artiolo, m ordor to guard him against the name of demagoguo, usually appliod to him. "An " ethnagogue" is a leader of a nation, whereas a " derua* goguo " is a loader of a olass m a nation.
A steamer was sunk near the Canary Islands. A diver has brought up throo bodies of thoso who oould not rise owing to tho quantity of gold which they had eeoreted under their clothes. One man's vest was linod with gold pieoes. A woman's olothes concealed a large bag of gold, and a man's belt was heavily weighted with epeoio.
Saioide ia greatly on tho inorease m Franco, aooording to a Parisian physician who has boon interviewed on behalf ot an English paper published m tho Frenoh capital* While m London tbe annual proportion of Buioides per million is reokonod at oighty-aoven, and m Naples thirty-four it is m Paria 402.
Wo aro requoated to oall the attention of oountry readers to an announcement whioh appears m Mr Andrew Orr's advertisement m another oolumn to the effeot tbat m oonneotion with bis drapery aale he will daring the next four weeks up to 10th Juno, pay the fare by rail from Mount Somers, and Rakaia and by ooaoh from Methven to all purchasers of £5 and upward..
It bas been discovered at Marseilles that a cargo of birds brought over tho gorn.B of yellow fever from tho awamps and lagoona of Venezuela and other South Amerioan oountriea. The first to fall a prey to the murderous gonna were a oouplo of lovera and an old lady who had bought somo of the gay plumaged birds.
The Germanß have introduoed on their railwaya a Byatem ot eleotrio bells, intended to give notioe at level crossings of the approaoh of trains. When a train iB within 1500 yards of the crossing a bell begina to ring violently, ahd continues to ring until the train haß passed the crossing, Thus, unless a person is deaf, there is ample warn" ing of danger.
The Ruusian Government haa agreed to tho propoßala of tho Channel Company, whioh has beon formod for the purpose of uniting tho Black Sea aed the Sea of Azov. The length of the channel will be 111 versts from tbe Perekof Gulf, and the oonoession ia to be for eight yeara from the time the ohannel is open to navigation. Tho capital required for thia undertaking ia 85,000,0001., and will be allotted m shares of 500f. eaoh. The boad of the company is tho Grand Duke Louohtenberg.
Belli to, the new explosivo, has been tried by experts at Obadwell Heath, Esbbx. It is more terrible than either gunpowder or dynamite, and its qualities are remarkable. It may be hammered with impunity ; it merely smoulders when placed on fire ; friction, electricity, and lightning fail to arouse it to action. It oan only be exploded by a detonating oap, and it oan be fired under all conditions — even under water. It is a compound of nitrate ot ammonium, di-nitro-bonzole, and saltpetre, and eaoh moleoule explodes.
A Washington oorrespondont gives what is believed to be a nearly offioial statement of tho future polioy of tho Amerioan Administration. He declares that a vigorous foreign polioy will be pursued, The first thing will bp to make a strong navy, and to this ond the appropriations for naval vessels will be doublod, ocean oommeroo will be encouraged, and Cuba and Samoa will be absorbed as of more vital interest to qs than anyone elao. It ie proposed to tako tbe Nioar&gua Canal undor onr protootion, and to look after the ekternal Intere.tß of tho nation, nt* tho nooowaary thing to be considered for our future welfare'
Miss Aokorman, tbo representativo of tbe World's Women's Christian Tomperanao Union, who is to leoturo m tho Oddfellows' Hall to-morrow and Sunday next aooording to advertisement m this papor, iB a highly gifted leotuross. Sho is an Amerioar* lady, who has been appointed* to follow up the work bo well begun by Mrs Levitt, who was the first to organise the Women's Christian Temperanco Union In thoso colonies. Miss Aokorman has boon addressing large audiences m Christohuroh for tho last few days, and haß been muoh appreciated.
Tho usual mooting of tho Band of Hope, m oonneotion with the Wesleyan Sunday Sohool, Tinwald, was hold last evening, thero was a large attendanoo— lSO boing present. Tho Roy T. J, Burrows presided. Songs, recitations, readings, and addresses wore very ploasingly rendered by the ohildron and friends, one item entitled the " Model Bohool " being a source^ of muoh amusoment. Very muoh credit ia due to tbe offioors end friends for the energy and patience nyidently displayed m training tbo young people, who also deserve oredit for tho spirit and energy put' into their parts, and tho delight thoy evince m helping to entertain as woll as inatruot ths large number who oome from timo to time to these meetings.
Tho annivorsary tea meeting of the Ashburton Presbyterian Ohuroh takes plsoo m the Oddfellows' Hall on Tuesday evening next, when there is certain to bo a very large attendance, if fine weather prevails: as tbo tiokots are being rapidly sold. The Rovd Gordon Webster, a Presbyterian minister of great ability and popularity m OhrUtohurob, will preach the anniversary sermons on Sunday, and also address tho after meeting on Tuesday night, when a very attraotive programme of musioal items will be givon by a strong ohoir and orchestra, including several well-known amatour musicians and vocalists of profioienoy and ability. Altogether the whole affair promises to be of a very enjoyable nature, and tho niusioal portion and addresses specially good. '
A gentleman who has Just returned from i*lapi? r B* veß ° deplorable aooount ol the state of that distriot. He Boys the drought Ib playing Bad havoo with everything overthero ; paddook- containing hundreds of aoreß ara as baro aa if they" bad been ploughed, and runholdors havo not a tbird of the etook on thoir runs that they usqally <j*irrj- aod consequently rolrenohmont is the ordor Qf Uip day. In Hasting-, ton miles fromNapior, thero has not boon any rain during four yoarß that went .i_ inohoß into the ground. In Napier oab horses and hacks generally have hair on thorn as long as a buffalo's, and are vory poor. Hay £5 por ton, and dairy pooplo have to hand-food thoir oowa, and poor people who had a few oattle have boon obliged to take them to tho pattlo-pbund. Tho gentleman above referred to says the dry wijatnef ia very nearly as hard on the Napier peoplo aslt waa m New South Wales last 80a.0n.— ." Wanganui Chronicle."
On aooount of somo mistake made by the laps takers last night m oonneotion with the one-mile championship race it has been agreed to by thoso skating, to run it over again to-night at the Rink,
Some people Bay tbat there are no pheanants m Hawke 'a Bay, Well, there may not be so many as Bportamen would like, but we (" Herald ") know of one gontleman who wont out the other day and brought baok fourteen brace of longtaila. A bag of 28 is not bo bnd.
Undo Jack, who is short-sighted, returns from a long walk, and, being somewhat tbiraty, drinks from a tumblor he finds on the tablo. Enter hia little niooo Allio, who instantly sets up a yell of despair. Unole Jaok : " What's tho matter, Allio ?— -Allio, weeping : You'vo drinkod up my aquaram an' swallowed my free tadpolos.
The following havo been selooted to play for tho Ashburton-Rakaia olub m their matoh with Southbridgo to-morrow at Rakaia: — E. J. Fook. (captain), 0. Moore, E. Bimpson, Fiahßr, A. liuohanon, Dohorty, Olark, Howell, Dixon, Laraman, Crawford, Biuoo, Low, Hugonin and Gibba. A ooaoh will loavo Soott's stables at 12,30 p.m. sharp for liakaia.
Lady readora will be interested to learn that at the publio reooption of tho Governor and bis wife at Wellington, Lady Onslow were a handsome dresa of sapphire blue velvet, with pleatod white vest, and a email neat bonnet to matoh the dress, trimmed with a long spray of Btephanoiis. Sho wore tan gloves and patent leather shoes, and oarried a bouquet of ohrysanthemumß.
it is with pain the "Foxton Herald" learns that an instanoo of the awful __dd_nnoss with which death may moot ua has been instanoed by the death of Mrs Riohard Gray on the night of tho 2nd inst. Mra Gray had been visiting somo friends at Ashurat, and attended a Soriptural meeting m that town, when, without warning, sho suddenly dropped down dead while-t joining m tbe singing of the opening hymn.
Attention is requested to the notioe appearing m our columns calling a meeting of members of the Caledonian Sooiety at Mr J. Sealy's office on Saturday evening. Thiß being the annual meeting for aonsideration of the balanoo .haot and also eleotion of offloorß for the (.ensuing year, it is hoped all mem bers who can attend will do so, and enow their interest m tho Sooiety, Any suggestions m reterrenoe to the working of affairs m the future oan then be made and considered.
The usual fortnightly meeting of the Ashburton Presbyterian Musioal and Literary Sooiety was held last evening m the Church, tbe very wet weather oausing a small attendance of members. The " portfolio " took up moat of tbe evening, and some musioal items were also given by members. Mr Wallace oooupied tho chair, and all the members present endeavoured to make tho time paßß off agreeably and succeeded m doing so.
The Rev E. G. Porter, a visitor now staying m Wellington, m the oourse of an interview with a representative ol the "New Zealand Times " Baid with regard to tbe wool trade "Japan ia ereoting woollen mills m various parte, and will want to buy wool m the best and oheapest market, and where oan she oome to a better place than New Zealand ? I have reasons for knowing that tho Japanese Orovernment will shortly send a Oommiudioner to New Zealand to consult your Government and your loading merohants on tho wool question, and it iB probable that thiß commissioner will try to make arrangements to introduce your wool aa early aa possible into that populous country. There is an enormous trade to be done m wool, mutton, and other produots m Japan. It ia a thiokly populated oountry, fast taking up European idoaß."
The vaults where the remains of the Haps* burgs are laid to rest may be described as a city bf tbe dead. Generations of the Imperial dynasty and of relativos from the time of the Emperor Mathias there repose, only - the Emperor 11. boing missing. In all there are 1180 oofflna, and many of them are most elaborate works of art, A huge aaroopbagua oontains the remains of Moria Theresa and her husband and children. Coffins of the Emperors and Empresses and thoir ohildren are oovorcd with blaok velvet and gold • and thoso of arohdukoa and arohduohesses, not m the "direct lino, with rod velvet and silver The vaults are moat impressive m exoiting a profound _pn_e of the porißhing mutability of human groatnn.a. Napoloon tho First and Pius the Sixth are reoordod among the visitors. Perhaps Bonaparte was at that time thinking of his own share m tho vaultß.
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