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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

A black man is the champion wrestler Francs.

A oaae of leprosy baa Been diaoovered m Dublin. The Parisians digest 90,000 pounds of snails a day. The latest " monster vegetable " story is from Nelson, where a marrow weighing 881 b has been produced. A splendid pioture " Christ Washing the Disciples' Feet," Baid to be by Rubens, is being exhibited m Wellington. During tha month of April the estates of 20 deoeased persons were plaoed under charge of the Publio Trustee. The amount! varied from £1 to £200. Queen Victoria is said to have acquired a marvellous fluency m Hindostanese, m whioh language she converses freely with her turbaned Indian servants. The Leaning Tower of Pisa has aotaally been proposed as the great prize of a lottery. The town has beoome bankrupt and the oreditorß want to seize the Hotel de Ville. To avert this oalamity a municipal councillor started the idea of a lottery. Three weeks ago a German blacksmith of Sohleswig-Holstein ate four pounda of raw meat, washing it down with Biz quarts of beer, at a single sitting. By so doing he Won a WBger of 600 marks. His funeral ooourred three days later. The general population of the United States has somewhat more than doubled sinos 1850. The blind population is now five times what it wbb thirty years ago ; the deaf-mute population nearly four times, the idiotic five times, and the insane six times. A train of 400 soldiers returning to Ireland arrived at Bristol, and it was found that 50 of the men were under the influence of drink. They had supplied themselves with bottles of spirits, and held a regular orgie m the train. Ten were laid out at the station like dead men, and six had to be oarried to the hospital. The youngest oouple ever married m the United States were made man and wife at Keytier, Mineral County, West Virginia. Their names are Obloe Poland, aged IS, and Joe Snow, aged 14. They had been lovers for four years, and, after Irequent entreaties, reoeivod the parental consent to marriage. The bride was m a short dreßS, The agent of the New Zealand Allianoe, Mr T f W. Glover, has reaeived leave of absence, and has gone on a threo months' leoturing tour m Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania, On hia return to this oolony he will be joined for throe months by Mr Riohard Goad, deputational agent of the United Kingdom m a tour throughout the oolony. After the body of Arobduke Rudolph had been deposited m the crypt of the chapel of the Convent of the Oapuohins m Vienna, the publio were freely admitted to visit the plaoe; but it has been discovered that the orowd of spectators inoluded a large contingent of adroit thieves who managed to appropriate the fringe of gold and silver bullion, the ooßtly ornaments, the orowns, the bouquetß, and every objebt of value plaoed upon the funeral pall, The debts of the late Qrown Prinoe Bqdolpb are reported m Vienna to amount to over £300,000 although he had an allowance of £80,000 per annum, besides his private inoome of £60,000; and his houeeß were maintained by the Crown. It is said that a certain Countess m high plaoes, who assisted the Prince m his love affairs, oould explain the disposal of some 800,000 florins, and perhaps more t but she left Vionna m rather a hurry when the suioide wbb reported. Writing of the Maori Football Team the " London Star " remarks :— What have the New Zealanders done ? Out of 53 matches they have won 85, drawn 4, and lost 14. And { this, too, playing often as many as three matoheß a week, and having an aooldent list of appalling siige. $heir best perform' anoa was, perhaps, the terrible drubbing they gave the representative Irish Fifteen, although the " eye-opener " they gava Blaokw iU * ha other d *y» with tne ' r BftcomUbißt team, was no mean y^ "".. The Dawn of Peace Lodge, 1.0.G.T;, held its usual weekly meeting on Thursday evening last m the Templar Hall. There was a large attendance of members. Three perßons were initialed and several more proposed. During the evening Bro Andrews, G.L. representative, gave an aooount of the work done at the recent session m Cbristohuroh. It was resolved to have a floral session next week. It was further intimated that an effort was being made to take up every Saturday evening with a short general temperanoe meeting m the above hall. After Borne routine business the Lodge was duly closed. Owing probably to the extreme coldness of the weather there was but a small house at the Oddfellows' Hall last night, on the occasion of the appearance of Hamilton and Brooks' Diorama and Comedy Company. A good evening's entertainment waß provided the Diorama of " A Trip to London " baing alone well worth going to see, The views of scenery, publio buildings, statuary, and portraits of well-known characters were excellent, some of the former being really beautiful. A number of Bongs, principally of a comic character, were then given by Miss Maggie Davidson and Mr F. Norton, and the bill was oompleted with the livoly little comedietta "A Fit of the Blues." Altogether the audienoe got fully their moneys worth. The enter tainm^nt was followed by a danoe. The London oorrospondont of the "Melbourne Age " says :— "There i& a hitoh over the formation of the great Imperial Produoe Company, whioh jta to double at one bound the frozen meat export from New Zealand, and to enable the inhabitants of Lanoashira and the west of Scotland to revel m unwonfc&ifl supplies of cheap mutton. Thore is a chanoo for Messrs Nelson even yet, the Mo»ow M'lver, of Liverpool, having of late demanded terms m regard to the shipping management with whiob the other promoters aro not disposed to comply. Aoting on tho analogy of the Oriont Company, they want to bind i the Company to retain them as agents for ten yearu, whilst, ad I understand, they demand for themselves the option of. terminating tho agreement at any tinio on giving throo ufontbfj' notioe. This is rather strong, but at present, I understand, there is no sign of their giving way, whilst the promoters too nre obstinate. Matters are, therefore, decidedly at a deadlook, This is all tho more to be rogrotted, as I learn that tho Company has been promised very influential oupport m Glasgow." Skinny Men. — V Weiis' Health Renewerrestore? health and yigor, cures dyspepsia' icapoJcftse, sejcual debility. At chemist? and ' "*- Kimpthorpe. Fiosser, (*nd Co} 1 i druggisio. '•' > n<-i „ 3 | i *£cati Christchursu, \ '

A football matoh between teams representing Ashburton and the Lincoln Agricultural College was played on the Domain ground to-day. At 3 p.m. tho soore stood : Ashburton 1 try ; College nil. An important testimony to the value of lime aa a manure appears to-day m Mr Wright's advertisement anent Mount Somera lime m another column It is from Mr H. Dunn, of Eiveradale, and should be read by farmers. It ia twelve months ainoe " Robert Elsmere" was published, and the stfttietioa of the sale are interesting. At Home (aaya the " Mahohester Guardian ") there have been Bold of the three-volumo edition 3500 copies, and of the popular edition 32,500— a total of 36,000. Careful enquiries m Amerioa show that 400,000 copies have been atruok off from the plates m the possession of four piratical houses. . Hugh MaoLeod, orofter, Morefield, parish of Loch Broom, County of Ross, Scotland, wan born m the adjoining parish of Assynt, township of Elphin, Sutherlandahire, on the 24th of November, 1783, so that he is now m his 107 th year. He is still "as straight as a lamp-poflt." He says he gots up m summer between 5 and 6 a.m., and goes to bed at 9 p.m. In winter he rises at 8 a.m., and retires at 10 p.m. " I had," he saye, •• to drop the oroft, as 1 could not cultivate it at last, but I still out my own fire (peats), and L oarried home on my own baok a oreelful (841 b) yeßterday." Continuing, he states :— "I take porridge and milk for breakfast, as I always did throughout my life ; potatoes and herring and fish and mutton (salt), when I can get it." While m this humor he observed that he had grown fond of tea, which wbb absolutely unknown m Mb younger days, and that he was very heavy on chewing •• thin what.;! A rather amusing episode reaob.es us (" Wellington Evening Press ") from a reliable souroe. It appears that a few days ago a raffle of a horse took place m town, the shares being 6g eaoh. The luoky (?) winner of the quadruped, who had dropped into possession of a tip top hack for the ndioulous Bum of five-bob, was enjoined by the oompany to "do the handsome." This he oheerfully did to the tune of nearly £2. Next morn* ing, with an aohing head and a light heart, be went to inspect his bargain, but, alas for the irony of fate, the gee-gee bad, died during the night. Tbia was bad enough m all oonsoienoe, but the culminating point m the poor fellow's wretchedness was reaohed when be was required to provide the nooessary funds for the animal's interment. It is believed tbat the horse formerly belonged to a mounted policeman, and tbat it died out of a laudable desire to avenge the breaoh of the Lotteries Aot occasioned by putting it up for raffle. Our own age shows more meroy to drunk ■ enness, than was ever displayed before. In classic Greece drunkards were subjeoted to the severest penalties. In Athens, Solon punished them with death ; Lyourgue, m Sparta, destroyed the vineyards m his terri- 1 tory, and took every precaution to prevent the transmission of a habit of inebriety from father to child. In Looris wine was permitted only to invalids ; and at Mitylene, Pittaout doubled the punishment of any crime if it had been committed under the influence of wine. In Republican Rome the oitizens, both men and women, were forbidden to partake of wine before they had attained the age of thirty. In medireval times the same severity obtained, and Francis 1., though himself no model king, published m 1586 an ediot to the efleofc tbat everyone found drunk should be imprisoned with a bread and water diet for the first offence, beaten with rods for the second, for the third publioly whipped, and, if he then proved incorrigible, punished by having an ear out off, being marked as infamous, and then banished.— (Exohange). We clip the following important testimonial from the " Illawarra Mercury " (N.S.W.) of the 80th March. It needß no oomment: — •• Mr John Loveday, of the Bulli Mountain, writes to us that after suffering for four years with acute gravel, be has experienced almost oomplete relief by using Sander and Sons' Euoalypti Extraot. He says seeing the said Extraot advertised m the ' Illawarra Meroury,' j his intense suffering induoed him to obtain a bottle of the medicine from Mr Hosking, ohemist, of this town, and that the use of it gave him great relief at once. He states that between the 10th Maroh instant, when he obtained the first bottle of the extraot, and the 19th, the use of that medicine oontinued to afford him relief, to whioh he had been a stranger for four years. Mr Loveday writes also that be bas found the Euoalypti Extraot a oure for rheumatism as well as gravel. He requests us to publish this information through the 'Meroury.' We have much pleasure m complying with Mr Loveday'a request, whose word cannot be doubted, and who oan have no object m view other than a pure desire to benefit suffering humanity."-— (Advt. 2

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2138, 18 May 1889

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