LOCAL AND GENERAL.
At tbe goldfields, Transvall, whisky brings 62s a bottle, champagne ,255, and beer 4s a bottle.
A (Wellington tobaooorrist named Jugrara who has just failed, and who has been living at the rate of £100 a month, is to be criminally prosecuted.
Wilkie Collins sums up his thirty years' study of the art of nosrel' writing with the judgment tbat Walter Scott is the greatest of all novelists, and " The Antiguary^the naoifi perfeot of all novels.
The " Avenir de la Dordogne " states that the first prize of 150,000 franos m the last drawing of tbe Oity of Paris Bonds haß been won by a boy of eleven years of age, son of M. Boyer, a Munioipal Councillor at Bernerue.
In jParja recently two sheep were cremated m a new orematorium invented by|M. Pierre Guioban, a member al the Munioipal Counoil. The peculiarity of tbe invention ia that it is heated by gas instead of ft wood $re, and the combustion is said to be muoh moro rapid.
Misd Bishop, of Alford Forest, has shown us n natural curiosity m the jjhapo of n fruit-spur taker! from sn apple tree, bearing at one and tbe same time a ripe apple and s, bunoh of blossoms m one Qi which the fruit is forming.
There is at present m San Franoisco a horse of <She OJydeedale breed, named " The Equine Jumbo." In jyzo bs is a perfeot wonder, being 20_ hands high? and 27001 b m weight- He measures around the arm 32 J inches ; stifle, __A inches. The length ot the face if 86_th ioones. The fcoree ia five year* Old, lUd il * gelding,
His Lordship, Bishop Grimes, will arrive m Ashburton tomorrow from Timaru, and on Sunday he will offioiate at the servioes to be held m the Churoh of the Holy Name of Jesus.
Messrs W. H. Rale and Co., of the Somerset Butobery, bad a grand display of beef and mutton at their shop to-day. It was all grown within this oounty, and was a fine example of what the capabilities of this distriot m tbe matter of sheep and oattle raising really are. It attraoted considerable attention during the day.
A Board of Enquiry was reoently held to enquire into the matter of Lieut-00l Bailey being disqualified by the Christohuroh Kennel Olub from exhibiting at any of the shows under its rules. The finding of the Board is that inasmuoh as there waß no evidenoe to show that Lieut-Oolonel Bailey waß aware that he was infringing the rules of the Club, tbey are of opinion that he had not been guilty of oonduot unbecoming an offioer and a gentleman.
A new textile has been discovered m Russia, on the borders of the Caspian Sea. Tbe plant is called Eanaff by the natives, and attains a height of ,ten feet. From it a chemist haß obtained a textile matter whioh is soft, elastic, and silky, gives a thread whioh is very tough, and can be bleached without injury. The stuffs manufactured out of Eanaff can be suooeßsfully dyed m every shade of oolor, and would compete with any of the ordinary furnishing materials now m use. But it is particularly for making saoks, ropes, eto., that this new textile, from its cheapness and its extraordinary resisting power, might defy sll competition*
Another oase of a woman wearing male attire has been discovered at Jersey. The woman appears to have led a most romantic life. , Left an orphan at the age of 18, she resolved to adopt male attire. She has now reaohed tho age of 55, so that for 42 years she has been travelling the world, and has been known as a man. Her oalling has been that of a courier, and m that capacity she has travelled widely, She has a knowledge of several Continental languages, and is otherwise well informed. The name by whioh Bhe was generally known was Louis Hermann Tobush, but m some oaseß she has dropped the last name, and simply called herßelf Louis Hermann*
Aooording to the «! Progressive Age\a Frenoh eleotrioian, M. G. A, Tabourin, has invented a novel and praotloal method ot lighting the streets, whioh will do away with underground mains and permit the rapid extension of eleotrio light throughout Paris, without interfering with the gas oompany; In this moßt wondrous proposal eaoh gas lamp is to be furnished at its base with a small rotary gas engine ten inohes m diameter, with a small dybamo; and these small installations are to supply! lamps on the top of the lamp posts, thus burning gas at the bottom and produoiug eleotrio light at the top of eaoh post. The inventor offers to run at his own ooßt for several days opposite the Theatre Francais one of theße eltotrio lights on his new Bystem.
The Star of the East Lodge, No. 82, held the usual weekly meeting on Wednesday night m the Templar Hall. There was a large attendanoe. The minutes of last meeting were. read and oohfirmed. One oendidate was proposed for membership. Six new members were initiated, and two members applied .for their olearanoe oards, which were granted. The Distriot Delegate, Bro J. Mullaney, stated that had reoeived an application for a charter for a new Lodge to be opened at Wakanui. Three weeks ago a new one was opened here, making three Lodges m the town of Ashburton, whioh is an unmistakable indication of tbe advanoe of Good Templary and the oause of temperance. A long discussion on one or two questions of importanoe took plaoe, after whioh the Lodge was dosed m due torm by Bro 0. Grant at 9.30 p.m.
At tbe meeting of the Board of Education yesterday several oases of informal eleotion of committees were considered. In one instanoe, that of the Eaiapoi Suburban Committee, it appeared that about thirty labourers, work* ing at a flax-mill, had been allowed to vote at the eleotion. They had been m the distriot only a few dajrs, and were lodged by their employer, some m ona room, others In tents. An opinion was read from the Board's solicitors to the efleot that " the labourers claiming to vote, and who oooupy tents, are clearly neither owners, tenants, lesees, tor oooupiers of any building within the meaning of tha seotion of the Aot, while the others are, m our opinion, merely servants of tha mill-owner, and provided by him with lodging —m a word, merely lodgers, and not house* holders." The Board adopted the opinion, and deoided that the eleotion was invalid.
Mr Elston, the lessee of the Oddfellows' Hall, has for some time past been trying to get some good company to stop at Ashburton, This, he Bays, oan only be done by oommunieating six or twelve months previous to arrival and he has been suoaessful so far that a cablegram has been reoeived from Mr A. L. Ounard, the touring manager for Messrs Brough and Bouoioault, arranging to appear here m January next, opening with Frank Thomson's "Private Seoretary," "Sweet Lavender," or " Mamma's Company." Mr Elston is also m negotiation with Mr Lohr who brought to Ashburton the Hane, the Boatman, oompany, m whioh Charles Arnold Was tbe leading star. He brings with bim this time Frank Linooln.jthe Amerioan humorist, who is now drawing paoked houses m Adelaide, turning hundreds away every night, and who willcommenoe his New Zealand tour m September and will be sure to play here, (Mr Lohr states) as he (Mr Lohr) " made ijiany friends when he was last m Ashburton."
Cellulose armour| for ships is one of the most interesting inventions of the day. It is a fibrous substanoe produced m France by a secret meohanioal prooess, from coooanut husk. When oompressed its speoifio, gravity iB far less than that of oork, It is the lightest solid known, and therefore invaluable for life belts and life mattresses, while m large quantities its buoyancy will make a ship -— -«nbable- It is used to fill compart* meats' m a su!:' 4 al^» ftO* B«vea to prevent by a projeotile or rook, beoause the instant the water enters the cellulose is fl^f B****8 **** to an impenetrable tightness*. II 1 vow no] deoay or emit any odor, aud has been paOKflfl m ships' compartments wi.hont undergoing any change. If a mass of oelluloss bs pane, trated by a projeotile it will not be ignited by the Motion. If the neok of a bottle full of water be filled with cellulose it will effectually oork tha bottle. It is ooming largely into use m the Frenoh navy.
We remind our readers that on Tuesday evening next the Payne Family of musioians will give their only performance m Ashburton. Concerning them the "Dunedin Star" writes:— Their voioes provide well-balanoed harmony, and long praotioe together has resulted m a oneness of method that is seldom met with, or, m other words, the singers are naturally suited to one another, and to this advantage they have added the art jof sinking the individual voioes for the sake of combined effeot. This was evident from the outset. The first item on the programme, "The Bells," is a plain arrangement, the simplicity of whioh might lead superficial Bingers to despise it, but which, os treated by the Payne Family, is a rare treat. Mr Steele is a pleasing solo singer, and is gifted with a peculiarly sensitive ear, whioh will|not let him get tho least shade .out of tune; ho bas also oapaoity as a humorist. Miss Jtfayd bpwo with gracefulness, stops almost faultlessly, has* evidently practised with assiduity to master the details of rapid execution, and plays m a reposeful and sympathetic manner that bespeaks her love for study. The young ladies play the accompauimeuts iv oorreot style. Miss Lizzie is particularly good. ' '
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