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The Midland Railway Company invite tenders for the formation and permanent way of the Abaara section, receivable at the Com. pan'ys office, Christohuroh, until noon on the 29th of June next.

Joseph Sutherland, who was a powder-boy on board the vessel whioh first brought to England the news of Nelson's viotory at Trafalgar, has just attained his 100 th year at Milton, Sittingbourne. He has good health and has all his faculties intaot.

The Statistical Register for 1888 shows that on the whole there were m New South Wales 3106 manufactories, employing 45,564 hahdß, of whom 41,299 were males and 4265 females. The machinery was estimated at 24,990 horse-power, valued at £5,743,025; the land and buildings were estimated to be worth £9.350,543.

Says the correspondent of an exchange. Our little ones are getting wondroußly sharp nowadays. A little ohit of a thing came up to me the other day and whispered m my ear, Will 'oo do me a favor? What is it? was my natural inquiry. I want you to aßk mamma to give me a nioe new baby brother foe my birthday, but, she added impressively, X don't want papa to know anything about it until he sees it*

Pr Ring, the Bishop of Linooln, who has been brought to trial for alleged violations of the eooleeiastjoal }aw, is described by the " Pall Mall Gazette " as having one of those spiritual faces whioh one cannot look at * without feeling the better for it, and whioh positively, beam with beoevolenoe. And then, m the next column, the " Pall Mall " prints a portrait of him whiob looks like a cross between Fagin and Bill fykes. A despatch from Columbia, South Oarphna, to the "New York Tribune" saye:— 'To r the lijcth or eighth time Boborfc T. Jones, the murderer of the three ereanleyß, m Edgfield County, has been brought to trial , On ' eaoh oeoasion the jury has bean packed, and it has be'tTr impoßßible to oonviot On the oooaßion C! laßt trial io ? 8 8 f°»°4 that 'several member^ of ■*• i ary B P?nt the preyi. ova night m Jones' oen oards ." In the Tuapska West district, aoodr^Dg to I the looal paper, there are four settlers houses that number between them no less than 49 children. One settler is the lucky father of 14, all full-blooded and vigorope, two ot 12 eaoh. and one of 11, We fancy that the Aahburton disiriot oan beat that though, anyhow we know of. two settlers who count 30 ohildren between them, 14 and 16, whioh is pretty well for a start. ,

Mfty24tb, the Queen's Birthday, was also the annivereary (this year the 35tb) of the first meeting of the f res .Parliament granted to New Zealand by the Constitution Act of 1352.' The Aot was proolaimed m 1853, and Hinder jt the Parliament met m Auckland for the first time m 1854. At' that time there were only only.9Q,oQo whiteßjn New Zealand, about as many horned ioajfctle, and. ten times as many sheep. The pubjio revenue was £290,000, of whioh £180,000 cans /romland. The " Boutbland News " eaysr—They were holding an inquest the. other day m a^remoteiplaoe m Southland on a po^r felled who had been found dead m the rive*- - Coroner to constable : " Was anything done ;to resua* aita\e hijn ? " Oonstablo : -'Oh, yee, your Worship, the usual me*-Ai were adopted." Coroner ; •• Well, will you tell the jury what was done first ? " Constable ; .«,« Indeed I will, your Worship* The first thing we did did was to turn trim on hia baok and search his pockets,"

Tho- tf ir; sex may be interested to learn (writes Wat Melbourne correspondent) i! they do not l^now it already— that someone baa oonceivefd a novel idea for a ball dreßS. The skirt, ot what stands m the stead of a skirt, is composed of ribbon. The ribbon, however, is mflPaewn together, but the 'pie'des • fall apart, isad .separata with every movement of the weslrer, showing a prstty underskirt. This xn&y be of the same' colour, or of a shade tliat forms a contract m harmony 'with tie rjbfcon. Maud ribbon is the favourite material] or ehot-eilk material, m two i ) iiPta, »r,| pnttj lw (hi| poyal ptyl« o| dim,

At a meeting of the Domain Board last night the engineer submitted planß for the construction of swimming baths. The matter was referred to the Works Committee to report as to the best site for the baths.

On Saturday night nine stacks of wheat ou the farm of Mr A. Turner, at tne Spreadeagle, were destroyed by fire. Mr Tumor was m Ashburton on Saturday, and arrived home at about half past eleven at night, being just m time to see hia stacks barbing, Aooording to his statement between three and four thousand bushels of good wheat, valued at about £700 were destroyed. As the staoks were not all together, but were m clumps of two or three at considerable distances apart, the on]/ means of accounting for the fire is that it waa. wilfully oaused.

The Borough Oounoil have taken m hand another grievance m connection with the new train arrangements. At present the evening train from Obriatoburoh has to wait at Dromore from a quarter to half an hour m order to allow the express from the South to pass. The journey from Ohristohuroh ia the slow train is tedious enough m all ooneoienoe, without the passengers being subjected to a lengthy delay at Dromore on oold winter nightß. The Oounoil have determined on asking the Commissioners to Btart this train at an earlier hour so aa to allow of its arriving at Ashburton before the express leaves.

Kreugener's book camera is a veritable detective. One might be meekly walking along the road or mingling with the devout going to or coming from ohuroh (on a week day of oourse) with this innooent looking, yet really formidable, apparatus m his hand or under his arm, and no one would suapeot its nature, for to a oaßual observer it is a book and nothing more. Yet does it really oontain, stored away m its interior, no fewer than two dozen small plates 1 s.Bth inches square, eaoh of whioh can be brought id rota* tion to the focussing plane, exposed, deposited m a separate reoeptaole and another made to go m its plaoe, and all this by the simple aot of pulling out a small handle, pushing it m again, and pulling a string,

Writing of a reoent football matoh up North an exobange relates that one of the Puhoi men had been oollared and grassed by an Aueklander, when an old lady, who seemed to take great interest m the game, beokoned to the latter to come over to her, and when ha dfdfso ahe gave him a blqckbanded slap m thefiaoe, Baying : " Dont you knook down my sen like that again, or I'll bash your nose," Later on m the game another old lady marched straight out into the field while the game was raging fast, and " landing " one of the visitors a sharp smack on the baok of his head with an umbrella, remarked; "Take that, yon brute, for trying to break my boy's baok." The Aaoklanden were tery careful after this, and won by eight goals to nU, but they won't go baok. . • .

Tha other day the Emperor of Germany. bußied m bis own room, heard a violent disturbance m, the nursery, and speedily mada his way to the soene of tumult. When, ha entered, tbe Crown Prince and Prinoe Eitd drew themselves up and saluted their, father m the military fashion, as is' their wont, "Whatia all this noise about ? " SBked th# Emperor. " A slight dispute, sire," said his" eldest son, "and I was obliged to let my brother know who is Crown Prinoe m this establishment." " Good," said His Majesty, " I Bee what you mean, and now I think it will be aa well if I let you know m the same way who is Emperor m this particular family 1 " and he forthwith administered a punishment whfch impressed itself on the mind and also* on the body of "the Crown frince m a manner highly suggestive of the possibilities of the situation. . ■■

This morning before his Worship the Mayor] and Major Steward, JP,, Peter Jollie audj Robert Todd were respectively oharged witfi working, the former two and the latter ihreer horses while man unfit condition. One of the horses m eaoh case was. produoed, both hating sore Bhoulders, and the one being put on tbe sides by the traoe chains. The evidence of the police showed that the other horses referred to m the oharge were m a like and as regardß some of them m a worse oondition. Jollie Galled as a witness for the defence William Campbell, blacksmith, who deposed that he Baw Jollies horse (the one outside: the Court) a fortnight ago. It had then no sores. Had known Jollie for ten years as a careful man with horses. He looked after • hia horses remarkably well. The Mayor saidthat ownera of horiea must be careful to treat them humanely, and those shown; to the Court ought not to be worked m their present oondition. Jollie'B was the worst oase and he would be fined 20s and Todd 10s, with : expenses incurred, 11s 8d m oaoh case, and oosts of Court. /

The Borough Counoil .last evening was the soene of a long disoussion on the subjeot of asphalt footpaths. Where these pavements have, m the past, been laid, the nocepted rule has been that the Oounoil should pay half the cost of the half width that has generally been laid. Some time ago an appli< oation oame m from a number of burgesses-, to have a oertain footpath asphalted the' whole width, and the Counoil was asked to pay half the amount. The Counoil deoifled that itoould only pay a quarter of the total oost, equal to half cost of a half width, pave* ment. Or Kerr, under the impression that the Counoil was bound down to this oouree by a by-law, moved its resbision, but when the by-law was produoed last evening it was found that it provided for the payment by the Counoil ot half of oertain fixed charges whether the pavement was asphalted full width or half, width. Cr Eeir said that be had been misled by what he had been told, the by .law exaotly meeting tbe idea of what was just. A lengthy disousßion followed during the oourse of whioh several Counoillora explained that the by«law was not compulsory upon the Oounoil. Their rqle m the past had been only to assent to tbe half width paving, of whioh . they paid half cost; Where pavements had been laid to the full width those benefited had had the balanoee done at their own expense, to whioh of oourse the Counoil offered no -objeotion. 1 Tbe matter dropped without anything definite, being done.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2137, 29 May 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2137, 29 May 1889

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