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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, MAY 30, 1889. LOCAL AND GENERAL.

For the last baton ol 628 vaoanoies m the Victorian railway service there were 5468 applicants.

Plumbago, m almost inexhaustible quantities is reported to have been disoovered eighteen milea from Lower Blaokwood (W.A).

There is a Baud of Hope on board tbe Arethusa training-ship. Of the 161 boys on board, all but twenty-one are pledged abstainers.

In tbe German oity of Frankfort there is an old baker's shop m wbioh euoaeasive generations ot dough-workers have oarried on their trade Binoe the year 1467.

The violenoe of the expansion of wate when freezing ia sufficient to oleave a globe of oopper of suoh thiokneas aB to require a force of 27,000. b to produoe the same effeot.

The largeßt dividend at the Dunedin Birthday Meeting waa that paid on Mr Sherwin'B UOIBQ Lisbon, winner of the Maiden Plate, namely £51 12a.

Acting npon our suggestion that the small birds pest might be minimised by netting the birds after dark with bat-folding nets and lanternß. A party of gentlemen last night captured m this way no lees than 250 sparrows.

When the Alameda left San Franoisoo there were no less than five shipß loading or already sailed with wheat for Australia ; a rough estimate of the yalue of the oombined oargoes being 250,000d01. The Frinoesß of Wales has suddenly fallen off m her looka to an appalling extent. From being the handsomest and most youthful woman of her years m all the kingdom, she is now said to be only a muah-made.up enrioature of her younger self* A divoroe oase is shortly ooming on m whiob the oiroumstancea are very peouliar. Twenty-fonr years ago a certain infant was born and duly provided with a nurse* The nurse is now the respondent m the divoroe, and the infant is the co-respondent.

It requires— so " Ivention " tells üb— 1400 thioknesseß of gold leaf to equal a sheet of thin paper, and 280,000 to form an inoh It is Baid that one establishment m Ginoinnati eaoh year beats out 91,000 gold dollars into gold leaf.

The "Press" reports that Mr L. Ooben has been requested by several of the eleotors of Ohriatchuroh North to come forward aB a oandidate for the vaoant seat of Ohrißtohuroh North As, however, there are now three candidates m the field, Mr Cohen deolined to aooode to the request.

The "Southland News" says:— "The other waek Mr D. Straoban, of Wallaoetown, lost two eons, who Buoaumbed to an attack of diphtheria, and a third who died later. Yesterday his fourth and only remaining son, died also. Deep sympathy will be felt with the family m their heavy bereavement."

A new oompaßS or method of determining the true north by the use of eleotiioity, bnt without the aid of the magnetic needle, is announoed by the London Eleotrioian. This will be weloome news to the sailing masters of iron and steel ships, where the variation of the needle is often erratio.

Mrs Chapman, widow of Bey B. Chapman, formerly Wesleyan minister of Lewes, has justdied. 105 years old. Deoeaaed was more than 80 when she last married. A couple who had been married for 50 years died about the same time at Hoyland, and were buried together m the Bame grave.

We are requested to call attention to the advertisement of the Asbburton Building Sooiety, whioh appears m another column, announcing that deposits of £10 and upwards will be received at the following rates of interest, viz. :— At oall 4$ per oent. ; three months 6 per oent. ; six months 6 J per oent. \ longer periods 6 per cent.

The Polo matoh whioh took place at the Biuk de Paris on Saturday evening resulted m a draw, both teams obtaining two goals eaoh. The Wellington men got the first two and the Bink de Paria company the last two when "time" was oalled. Tne Bink will hold ita usual seiaions on Saturday next, and at night there are to be speoial attractions, wbioh will be notified by advertisement.

The Bay William Alexander Gordon Maopherson, M.A., (Edinburgh) some time ago resident m the Upper Waitaki distriot, and who was then a clergyman of the Anglican Church, but who, we believe, deolinod to reaognias the jurisdiction of New Zealand bißhops, was wa observe on the 6th inst. received into the {old of the Roman Oatholio r.K^" h »$ Beefton by the Sey yeithera Holland anu Gwat 7'

rru a Hfar n t fVi« Pi."* liOoige, No. 63, held The Star 0! the hitiu. , f t ft¥( , n : ni> : n the usual weekly meeting >?* ™ w £-2 the' Templar HaU. There was * 18 :»! attendance. The minutes of last meeting was read and oonfirmed. One oandidate was proposed for membership. Six new members were initiated, and two members applied for their clearance oards, whioh were granted. A long dißouesion on one or two questions of importance took plaoe, after whioh the Lodge was closed m due form by Bro 0. Grant at 9.30 p.m.

The "North Otago Timeß" says that there may be articles obtainable looally that would bfl WOrtby of exhibition as curios. It is known that from North Otago there can be sent editions of books that would be reokoned rare and curious m the British Museum or m the Oxford Bodleian, and individual books that are, perhaps, not elsewhere m existence. Two of the rarest volumes m Australasia, perhaps the only copies m the world, were, says our contemporary, found m Oamaru among debris ot seoond-band furniture.

Under date London, 7th May, the follow ing cablegram was published m New Zealand :— " Archbishop Walsh, m a letter to tha " Times," Bays that there are 150 estates m Inland where serious trouble exists with tenantß, and advises resort to arbitration." In Australia tha measaßS read aB follows :— " Arohbiahop Walsh, writing to the •• Times " repeats his former statements that there are not many really bad landlords m Ireland. He deolarea that the number of estates m which the trouble is serious is less than 50, and he advisee arbitration m those instances."

The Parisian pet dog has almost aarauoh oare and money expended upon hia toilefc as his fair miatreßS. Ha has bis own dressing oase, containing brushes, oombe, sponges, and other toilet appliances. He has his in-door and out-door coßtumes, and when he goes out walking putg 9a delicate doeskin boots to protect hia feet ijfpni daat and dirt. He wears jewellery, too j if be be a Bmpothooated terrier, ha will wear just above his left forefoot a plain gold bracelet, adorned with hia. mistress's monogtam ; if he be a rougbeoated terrier, he wear* » fIOIIMJ with bta |ft#j*l Wioiiture Mtio it.

Dr W. H Hoßking, of Masterton, has been very suooessfal m breeding from some Mam*

moth bronze turkeys, wbioh he some time ago imported from Massachusetts, America. Some idea of the size of these birds oan be formed from the faot that a pair, three months old, weighed 261 b and 281 b, respectively.

The commander of the ifrenoh National Military School at St Oyr has issued an order forbidding card playing. He defends the order by asserting that playing for money was bo common m the school that young men of no fortune had frequently mortgaged their pay for five, six, and even ten years after leaving the college to pay gambling debts.

In the meohanioalproduotiou of ioe, freezing may bo caused to take plaoe ao gently that a spray of roses may be put into a tank of water and frozen into the mass of ioe without stirring a petal from its plaoe. There it lies imbedded m all ita beauty of form and oolor, as long as the ioe oan be kept from melting.

The reign of her Majestey has been one of the longest as well as the grandest m the history of England, Queen Elizabeth died at the age of 69 years ; James 11., 68 years ; George 11., 77 years ; George 111., 82 years ; George IV., 68 years; and William IV., 72 years, Thus only three sovereigns since the Norman conquest have attained a greater age than her Majesty. Taking the length of her reign, Queen Viotoria ia still more oonßpiououb, only two monarohs having exceeded her, She asoonded tbe throne on the 20th of June, 1837, bo that she has now reigned fifty-two years. Henry 111. reigned for fifty-six years, 1 while George 111. reigned for sixty years.

Of the apples recently shipped from Auok« land by tho Botomahana, a Sydney paper. sayß;— An item m the oargo of the Union Company's steamer Botomahana, whioh arrived m Fort Jaokson from Auckland on Sunday afternoon ia a consignment of apples. In point of size, and also of flavor, as well as being very high-colored, the shipment will compare with anything m the apple line seen m this market. Hitherto Tasmania has pretty well supplied Sydney with this fruit. But it may be taken for granted from the careful manner m whioh this lot of 250 oases from New Zealand has been paoked, the northern provinoe of Maoriiand is bidding strongly for the trade. It is Baid on board the vessel that this is the first shipment whioh bas been made to Australia. The fiuit was grown m the Waikato district, m tbe southern part of the provinoe.

The following partioulars of a reoent extraordinary disoovery m New South Wales are given m a telegram from Orange m tha " Sydney Daily Telegraph " : — " A pheno* menal discovery has- been made at a marble quarry four mil 68 from the Mullion Creek railway station aud lO miles from Orange, whioh gives plainest possible proofs that the body of a man has been petrified into a solid blook of marble. The blook was found by Mr E. Sila, who owns aud works the quarry, aud is now m the possession of Dr Mouther, of Orauge ( who is making aa examination with a view to arrive at some rational oonolusion. The figure is the exact form of a human being, stands sft 9in high; and weighß between sowt and 6owt. The head is perfeot with the exception that it shows unmiatakeab'.e signs of having been soalped previous to burial. The trunk, inoluding the sexual organs and legs is intaot, tha ribs aud musoles being plainly visible. The two arms are missing, as are also two toes on one foot and one on the other, but the remainder of the toes, with the toanaile, show as plainly as possible. The disoovery is exoiting the greatest curiosity. It is reported that a female form has also been found m the same quarry." [A cablegram reoeived from Sydnty to-day informs ub that the Government geologist of New Bouth Wales deolares the affair to b 6 a hoax.]

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, MAY 30, 1889. LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2138, 30 May 1889

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, MAY 30, 1889. LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2138, 30 May 1889

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