LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Damasous has 160.QQQ inhabitant^ and is soon to have gas and Btreet oars. A mushroom has been exhibited at Gia. borne, wbjoh measures withi a fraction noi J2 inohea m diameter, and ia consequently about three feet m oiroumference. It was found m a paddoojt at gafeti, Delphi, where onoe stood the famous Temple of Apollo, has been offered to the Americans for £16,000, lor thp purpose of carrying on exoavations, Assam swarms so with leeoheg that the lives of men are m danger, any person falling from faintnesa or getting stuck m a swamp or mudhole being sure to be sucked to death by hundreds of them. Animals frequently fall victims, The Direotora of the Caledonian Booiety have resolved to sell the land held by them at the corner of the belt containing nearly six aoree, and tenders are invited for the purchase- of Barae. This bloofe Bbould easily find a new owner, the land being m a grand position for a suburban residence. Bamum's Show has been deprived of one of »ta chief attractions. The Egyptian Giant, Jlouth who was long the observed of all observers at the museum, haß just;died. He weighed nearly -7001b. and it required four men and a strong blook and (all to move him m bed. ■-:.-* The Midland Railway Company are at last making a start on their work. Tenders are called /or the^rst pectiou from Nelson Greek northward to Ahaura pn ths Beef ton road. The length of the section w\U ue about three miles. It is evident that the Company Intend to puih, pn Udi to Beelbn n ioqq
It is stated tnat Lily Langtry is likely to pay a visit to Australia. The exports from Hawkes Bay this yeat will exoeed a million Bterling, showing an inoreaso of over SO per oont. on laat year's returns. The chief increases are m wool, frozen meat, and timber. The " New Zealand Times " states that Inspeotor-general Habens is past the oriels of the disease whiob has so long prostrated him, but ie will be some considerable time before he is well enough to resume duty. We are requested to oall attention to the fact that Mr Harrison will sell on Thursday) on the premises, Havelook street, the furniture and effaots of Mr R. Norrisb, who is removing m consequence of having disposed of his business. Seoond-olass swell — " Well lam surprised* Brown ! Fanoy yon, brought up as a gentle* man, actually going into trade ; " Brown — ! "Yes, old man, that is just the difference ! between üb. You were brought up m a trade, and are trying to become a gentleman ; and I waß brought up a gentleman, and I am trjing to beoome a tradesman, Ta, ta." Samoan news states that the belligerents still occupy their respective positions, and are apparontly awaiting the result of the Samoan Conference. It is believed that, ! through the instrumentality of Admiral Kimberly, both Mataafa and Tamaßese have agreed to suspend hostilities, In the mean, time the natives will return to their homes to plant food. The Paris newspapers the other day published an extraordinary telegram, whioh is reoeived with some hesitation. The story ia that during the sitting of a provinoial Town Council the Mayor was suddenly Beized with hydrophobia, and bit several of the councillors, who are oomrag to M. Pasteur for treatment. There is, the telegram adds, no means of saving the Mayor's life. The "Wairarapa Star" states that a remarkable instance of presenoe of mind 1b reported from Grey town, whioh deserves to be emblazoned on the Boroll of (ohuroh) fame. During a recent Sunday evening service, the firebellrang out its warning notes, oaueing a great commotion among the congregation, when the attentive verger immediately dosed the doors so that no one could leave. The collection had not been taken up. The " Freeman's Journal " London oorres* pondent Bays :— London society is at present forming parties to inspeot the elephant man. Some leaders of fashion appear to have taken this unfortunate man under their special patronage, He is a Mr Merriok, a native of Leicestershire, and he bears a general resemblance to an elephant, having instead of a nose what is actually a rudimentary trunk. He lives at the London Hospital m a speoial room that has been built for him m the yard, and the doctors are utterly baffled m their attempts to offer an. explanation of the extraordinary freak of nature, which makes their patient's life one of intense misery. Mr Merriok is intelligent and fond of reading, and though his appearance is strange, it is not by any means repulsive. The Princess of Wales has inter* ested herself m him, and provides him with books. A London cablegram m the Anstralian papers states that Maharajah Dhuleep Singh has written an insolent letter to her Majesty the Queen, m whioh he insists on her restora* tion of the Koh-i-noor diamond, the largest belonging to the British Grown. An Indian legend tells that the diamond was found m one of the Goloonda mines, near the Eishna river, and worn 5000 years ago by Kama, one of the heroes celebrated m the Manabharatta. It was m tha possession of Babar, the founder of the Mogul dynasty m 1626, and m 1789 it passed to Nadir Shan, the Persian invader of India, who gave it the name of Koh-i-noor, or Mountain of Light. It was handed on from the suooessor of Nadir Shah to Bunjeet 3ingh the ruler of Lahore ; and m 1849, on the an* nexation of the Punjaub, it was surrendered, and presented to the Queen. It has sinoa been reout m rose form, and it weight is now given as 106 l-16th oarats. A correspondent of the " Post " writes : — Some years ago, when walking some distance from New Plymouth, my attention was called by a woman to her child. She said he had been ouoking a pieoe of meat dosed with strychnine, plaoed to poison dogs. The ohild's hands and teeth were olenohed and the musoles contracted. 1 foroed a bit of tobaooo between his teeth, and taking some of the juice out of my pipe, mixed it with water, and gave it to the child. Almost immediately the muscles relaxed, and be vomited freely. I told the mother to wrap him up and give him some ooffee, and on my return to town informed the late Dr Bawson what 1 had done. He Baw the ohild, and told me be was all right, and that no doubt this simple and prompt treatment had saved his life. In cases of outs or wounds on the thumb, toe, or knee likely to produoe lookjaw, this may be prevented by applying tobaooo steeped an water to the wound and getting the sufferer to chew a small piece of tobaooo. Tha correspondent of the "Post" telegraphing from Palmerston North on the 25th inst. says : — A short time ago it was reported that a boy of nine years old, named William Gerusoha', was missing from home, between Fielding and the Watershed roads, on the Manchester Block. Several searoh parties have traversed the district sinoe the date he was missed (10th April), but no trace of him oould be found. He was m the habit of remaining m the bush for days, living on berries. On one of theße occasions he stayed out three days and three nights, so that the searoh for him was not so promptly commenoed as it would otherwise have been. Yesterday Hans Jensen discovered the remains of the boy m a gully about ten chains from the house. The body was jammed between two logs, whioh held it by tbe throat, his feet being about six inohes from the ground, and he had evidently been ohoked to death. It is surmised that he slipped m crossing the log, and m the effort to save himself pulled the other against him. The remains . were muoh decomposed. Has the Manager of our Gasworks reoeived private instructions from the Directors to do bis best to reduce the redundancy of population m Ashbqrtoq? Is the Gas Company contemplating adding to its operations a new branoh m the shape of undertaking, and is it therefore desirous of seeing a boom m tbe funeral business ? That's the sort of question whioh everybody is asking, for most certainly those ooncerned are going to work precisely m the way best oaloulated to produoe theße results. On Saturday night and last night m shops, offices, and elsewhere, where the burning of gas was going on, the smell emitted from the burners was something iatolerable. Not pnjy, indeed, did the gas give off a smell daring the process qf pombustion whioh resembled nothing so much as the foul exhalations of a sewer, but the very atmosphere was so tainted as to leave a most disagreeable taste m the mouth. This must be exceedingly unhealthy, and unless the evil be remedied there will soon ba plenty of work for the medical men. The price of gas waß reduced here Borne time ago it is true— yet it can soaroely even now be fairly characterised as "cheap," but that it is <« nasty "and exceesively nasty, too, admits of no shadow of doubt. Something has certainly gone wrong at the works, and the sooner it is seen to the better. Suoh gas as we are getting now is iinHiriuHiv riTinfliiriinin.
At a recent inquest upon the body of a newly born infant, the able and intelligent jury returned a verdiot that the ohiid was alive at the time of its death, ••Pay me that 6a 8d yoa owe me, Mr Muloouy," aaid a village attorney. "For what ? " " For the opinion you had of me." "Faith, I never had any opinion of yoa m all my life." A truly horrible crime has been perpetrated at Szill, Hungary. A small winegrower found his Btook diminishing, and hid himself m the cellar to diaoover the thieves. He saw Biz i tramp? enter the premises, and, after oopious libations, they propared to take a oask away with them. At this junoture he oame oat of his hiding plaoe and attempted to remonBtrate with them. They seized him, how* ever, put him under the wine preßß, and crushed him to death. A man who happened to look m to see what was going on was forced by the six wretches to drink their viotim's blood, which was presented to him as wine. Eventually he managed to slip oat, and, bolting the cellar door, ran off for assistance to the neighbouring village. The authors of this heinous ariose were captured m a State of helpless intoxication. Our Melbourne correspondent aanda na the following item on the aubjeet of bonnets ! — « The ladies may be interested to know that two new bonnets are ooming into vogue this year, and the men will not be sorry at anything that baa a tenliaoy to supersede sons of the monstrosities with whioh women have, during the last year or two, consented to disfigure themselves. Bonnet No. 1, is one of the quaintest and simplest things that has been seen lately, and will suit some people wonderfully well. The faoe, however, should be delioate, and the hair abundant and pretty. The bonnet is made of squirrel, brown silk, and is quilted like the inside of a oloak, There are wide; soft Bilk strings whioh appear to go through the bonnet, and across the baok of it. Two squirrels' tails stand up m front, not sewn on, but tied into their plaoe by a oream-oolored ribbon, whioh .is formed into a small Bmart bow just over the front hair. Bonnet No. 2, is a 'orush bonnet,' invented by a Melbourne milliner. 16 should beoome a favorite. It is adapted for the use of ladies attending concerts and theatres,] and whioh, when not required as head-gear, may be oonverted into a fan."
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