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- ■■ ♦ . ..Those interested are reminded (bat (he adjourned sitting of the Board of Reviewers of Property Tax valuations takes plaoo netft Wednesday. The services at the Roman Oatholio Ohuroh to-morrow will bo performed by a priest from Ohtistohuroh at the usual hours. Father Ohas|agnon iB progressing favourably towards recovery. Mr W. 0. Walker, M.H.R , addresses his constituents at Bakaia on Wednesday evening, and at Methven on Thursday. Mr Buxton, M.H.R., speaks at the Oddfellows' Hall, Aahburton, on Tuesday night. The " World " attributes tbe disease of the ear whioh afliota the Emperor of Germany to the numerous auditions of Wagner's music m whiob the young monarch has indulged. *A woman tried to foroe an entranoe into tbe Vatican lately on the pretenoe that Bhe was the. lawful wife .of the Pope, and had been married to him/some time ago. ' 'The doctors pronounoed he* insane. Prince Birimarok has a new monster dog to replaoe his defunot favourite, Tyras. The Reiohshund comes from Warsaw, and is Ailed Sedan. Tbe animal is cordially anathematised by the Frenob. Tbe general Committee of tbe Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association havri fixed tbe next Metropolitan show for Thuraand Friday, Nov 7 and 8. The sales will be held on Nov 9. The friends of Mr Gray (of Messrs. Raid and Gray), who met with an accident while returning to Oamaru from a sale at Taipo Hill, will be glad to learn that he is making satisfactory progress. A French soldier named Vartjoie has just been oondemned to death for an extraordinary performance. He was being tried by oourtmartial at Oran for an attempt to desert, when be suddenly threw the quid of tobacco, comfortably stowed away m the reoesses of his cheek, m the faoe of Colonel Thierry, who presided. The man was at once sentenoed to death for an agiwU on. ft luperiof while op

The Rink will be open as usual to-night. Captain R. A. Edwin telegraphed to the Harbor-Master at Lyttelton at 4.10 p.m. yesterday aa follows :—" North to west to south-west gale; glaBS further fall, but rising within next twelve hours. Indicationa, rain." c The latest expensive whim indulged m by the King of Wurtemberg is the photographing of the moon to ascertain whether it is inhabited. He has the negatives magnified one hundred thousand fold, and has thus far discovered nebula) covered with little dots, whioh he believes to be lunar people. A gushing daily begins an artiole referring to Oowen thußwiae; "The sun is shining brightly this morning aa Mr F. H. Oowen alights from the Sydney express train," Waß that the only reason why the sun Happened to Bhine that day, or was it an extra effort m honor of Oowen ? The artioles on the new Railway Timetable, which appeared m the " Temuka Leader," and whioh attraoted considerable notice, have been reprinted m a concise form under the title "Railway Mismanagement," and we have to thank the author for a copy. The new arrangements are unsparingly oondemued. Some important sales of property are announced to take plaoe this day fortnight. They will include some of the beat farming land m the Rabaia district, good sheep country at the Hinds, well-situated ABhburton town seotions, Bmall farms at Mount Somers, and other properties. The Rev Father Sinefeld, who performed the duties of Oatholio priest at Ashburton while the Rev Father Ghastagnon was absent on his reoent visit to Europe, was the reoipient of a testimonial from the members of bis late congregation, as a token of their eßteem, The memento took the form of a handsome watob, and the presentation was made at the Ashburton Presbytery on Thursday. yon Moltke is Btrongly against entrusting private soldiers with a rifle whioh can be fired too easily. Recently two German regimentß held a sham fight at Spandau with an imaginary enemy consisting of wooden palisades. The command was three times given to "fire at will," and 220,000 rounds war* fired. About nine-tenthß of the bullets went oleau over the palisades. A sensation was caused m Calcutta by the disappearance of Mr Spenoer, the balloonist. He had been giving parachute descents, but oa a recent Tuesday, when an enormous orowd, inoluding the Viceroy, had assembled at the Ballyganj Maidan, the balloon broke away with him. Having no valve to the balloon, grave fears were entertained for his safety! However, he descended m his balloon 1 safely the same evening at Port Canning, Calcutta. The Wbekly meeting of the Dawn of Peaoe Lodge No. 164,1.0. G.T., was held m Templar' Hall, Wakanui Road, on Thursday evening, when over seventy members and visitors were present. Three persons were proposed for membership, and five initiated into the order. After the initiation the lodge went into har, mony, during which refreshments were handed round by the sisters, and a very pleasant evening wbb spent. His Worship the Mayor, as Chairman of the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition Looal Committee, waited upon the County' {Jbunoilat yesterday's meeting with the view of enlisting the support of that body to the movement for the representation of this district at the Exhibition. It was found that it waa not m the power of the Oounoil to vote a sum tot the purpose, but the matter will be considered and some means of assisting the projeot devised., , -: ? The Musical, and Literary Society~in oon^ neotion with ':■■ the Ashburton 'Presbyterian Ohuroh held a meeting m the church on Thursday evening. There was a fair attend* anoe of members, and, the. evening waa devoted to the journal. .Several eoiays were read, and commenced on by the editor, and a number of members took part m the disous. sion of some of these papers. The Bey A'. M. Beattie oooupied the obair, and it was arranged for a disouißion on the paper on • Ima^iafttion" w fee takeq *t ttt Q w %\ meeting. .' ' , At the meeting of tho Canterbury Land Board on Thursday, the following oash sales were efleoted: —Section 86011, 18 acrat* fclpaxton survey aisttlot, tcrttrj>-A.4f«rd Company; seotion 36012, 20i aorea, Spaxt^ survey dietriot, to Geo. Ooleman; seotion 35859, 103 aores, Rakaia, to E. flardwioke ; seoiion 35993,12a 2r 14p, Spaxton, to Elizabeth Power. On deferred payment :—Seo. tion 35816, 50a Spaxton, to Thoa. Bright. Oh perpetnal lease • —Part of reserve 2165, Seafield, eeofcion 1, 373a SfSSp, to John Buckley; section 2, 595a 14p, to Johanna Hurley • seotion 3, 311£a to Brigdet Buckley. A meeting of the Ashburton Hospital Committee was held yesterday. Present —Messrs W. 0. Walker (obairman), H. Friedlander, James Brown, T. Scaly, and the Mayor. Wi h reference to the application made by Drs Leahy and Tweed that they should bo permitted to attend any of their regular patients admitted to the Hospital, the Committee deoided to reply that it regretted that it oould not see its way to alter the present arrangements. Dt Trevor, the present mediqil officer, was reappointed to the post for another year. Routine business was transacted and the Oounoil adjourned. The " AuokalndiHerald " has been shown a curious documenf, whioh may be oalled •»A message from the dead." Mr R. F. Luks has received from the German Consulate at Samoa a letter written by Dr Maohenhauer, assistant surgeon of the ill-fated gunboat Eber. The letter is dated Maroh 14, two days before this vessel was wreoked by the hurrioone at' Samoa, and lost with nearly all hands. Dr Maohenhauer expresses m moat affectionate terms the gratitude of the officers on board of the Eber and hia own for the kind treatment reoeived during their stay m Auckland, and the hope that the vessel may be ordered to Auokland forTrepairs instead of to Sydney. This document was reoovered, with other letters and treasures, from the wreck, after having been immersed tor over two months,. Jt is fairly preserved for all this, and quite readable, . Mr W. Senior, who has been appointed the representative m the Ashburton distriot of the Provident Industrial Insurance Com. pany, has now taken up his residenoe here and may be interviewed by intending insurers and those who depire information at Mr Bropke's, ohemist. The Booiety ia a new one, having recently been started m Dunedin, and tita or its ohairman Mr Alex. Bathgato, the *-^fflh direotors being Mr Henry Ohnstoi^. 'm. a. Manning,. It fllla a Thompson, ana *** ■■■ • -«nj ßtie B and gap between the friendly *~ • - '•« ordinary insurance ooinpanies, providing io. the assurance of lives beyond the amounts ; allowed by the former and „up to the , minimum amount for whioh ordinary life ' assuranoe pompanies issue polioies. It also ' assures at any aga from one month to 60 years and embraoes provision for old age, medioal attendance and medioine, the premiums being payable m small instalments within the means of any thrifty working man, and being collected by'the society's. Agents cither weekly, fortnightly, or monthly." Eight S weeks grace are allowed before' exclusion 1 from benefits. The table of fees payable to insure these advantages is slightly lower than those of the friendly societies; The company starts with a capital of £60,000, and bag deposited with the Government the £6000 required by the Assurance Companies Aot. ( We learn from Mr Senior that there iis every c prospeot of the benefits of the new society X being largely availed of m this dißtriot; ' c 1 , '

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2146, 8 June 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2146, 8 June 1889