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In .opnsequenoe of the raia yesterday the Masonic saryice at St. Stephen's Omroh was poßtponed to next Sunday afternoon. The installation of Master and investiture of officers of St John's Lodge of Jfreea^aßong, takea place this evening at tialf-past eeveo, at tbe Maegaig Sail, Xaoorsd lUeet.

Peter Hansen, a farmer at the Hinds, who disappeared about a month ago and about whose safety some anxiety was felt, has turned up all right m Wellington.

The man who smokes need never hope t* be a good butter maker. Tbe odour of tobaooo oliuga as tightly to a amofcer'a oiothes as hair to a cow, and the butter absorbs the smell.

An address oonveying the thanks of the Poverty Bay settlers to Sir Harry Atkinson is being largely signed m that district m reoog. nition of the prompt aotion he took m preventing Te Kooti'a visit to the neighborhood of Gisborne.

It is stated that aotion will shortly be taken against something like one hundred local bodies throughout the colonies for the recovery of various sums of money illegally expended unless a refund of the sums claimed is previously made.

" Eobert Elamere," the book that cause 1 * such a profound sensation, is being given away by Amerioan storekeepers with 200 cakes of soap. The authoress was recently offered £1000 for a story of 30,000 words long — 8d per word.

The "Southland Times" reprints as of suEQoient importance to be worth reproducing tbe whole of the advertisement of " Lime as a Manure," recently published by Mr E. ]?. Wright, of Mount Somers, m the " Mail " and 14 Guardian." The " Boston Journal " supplies the interesting information that m the harbor of Kingston, Jamaica, the other day a shark was captured, and on examination his stomach was found to oontaiu two straw hats, a cow's head, two hoofs, and three horns, a large kerosene can, a basket, and some sardine tins. The Johnstown disaster has oaueed the attention of Dunedin residents to be direoted to the state of the Woodhaugh reservoir, wbiob, it i& said, is leaky and threatening to give way. Alarmists deolare that if the reservoir burst the whole valley of the Leith will be swept into the harbour. Bishop Andrew Ganoon, of Salt Lake City* serving out a term m prison for polygamy, has renounced his faith, denouncing the whole Mormon fabric as a tissue of impostures and frauds. He has stood by his ohuroh for half a century, but now says that he does not propose any longer to be oalled a rebel against his country. Mr Lowther, one of the stewards of the Euglißh Jockey Olub, is oredited with having xeoently made the statement that racing oompares favorably with political life, m whioh things are done, and done repeatedly, by politicians .belonging to both parties m the State, whioh would oatraoise the perpetrators from every raoeooorse m England if done on the turf, The plebiscite oi the eleotors of Edinburgh on the question of conferring the freedom of the Oity upon Mr Farnell resulted m 17,808 voting against and 8197 for the proposal* Though there were 42,971 voters on the roll, the number who voted on this question was the largest that has ever responded to a ple« bisoite. A majority of the Town Council was m favoring of honoring Mr Parnell, and the oable informed us last week that the ceremony had been oarried out. Judge Williams, m summing up m the oase Wilson and Tame v Bank of New Zealand, Baid that, provided there was no speoial arrangement, a bank may treat two aooounts as one. He would go further, and say, if a man held an aooount m the Dunedin brauob, and other m the Inveroargill branob, and one was overdrawn more than the other was m oredit, the bank ooald legally refuse cheques on the branoh that was ia orodiC,Jthas is, of course, provided there was no speoial arrangement.

A oable . message to the " Melbourne Argus " states that further investigations havebeen made by the Cbioago polioe into the oir. cumstanoes attendingthe death of Dr Oronin. The books ot the Traders' Bank Bhow that m 1882 tbe aooount of Alexander Sullivan, who has been implicated m the murder, was credited with a sum of 100,000 dollars, whioh was used at a later period for the purposes of a grain " corner.' 1 Pr Oronia'a papers indicate that Sullivan and t#o other men, named Bolaud and Feehy, diverted 850,000 dollars subscribed for tbe purposes of the Olan-naiGael. At a reoent Amerioau eleotrio light oon> vjnTion a resolution was adopted protesting agaiqst the efforts to introduce electricity m the form ot alternating oarrrents as a meanß tor the iDfliotion of the death penalty on condemned criminals. Toe resolution pledges members of tbe association to deoline to allow electrio currents under their oontrol to be used for suob a purpose. The reason for the adoption of the resolution was stated to be because tbe agitation for tbe eleotrio death method was almost wholly due to the efforts of persons interested m arousing a prejudioe against powerful eleotrio light currents by exaggerating the dangfcr.

Mr Herbert Gladstone bas been interviewed as president 0! tbe National Physical Beoreation Sooiety, Asked What rooreatiOQ did his father take, he answered : — " He used to be obiefly fond of rowing, riding, and shooting, but during the last twenty or twentyfive years he bas bad to give up those forms of exercise, and, as is well known, to confine himself mainly to cutting down trees, whiqh he does habitually. He always was a great walker, and not more than fifteen years ago he walked thirty-five miles over the hills iq Scotland. In my opinion ho is still good tot a twenty mile tramp. He always attached the greatest importance to physioal reoreatioD, and he lost no opportunity of enoouragint? us m them. He has proved their benefits, and I think is not a bad epeoimen ot their value." A pretty little incident occurred (says the " London Telegraph ") on Wednesday even* ing at a meeting of the Freemasons' Board of Benevolenoe. Tbe Board meets onoe a month to grant assistance to distressed brethren or their families, and this is done to a large amount— on Wednesday to the extent of £1005. Some time ago they assisted a brother m bad health to go out' to JJew Zealand, and the Board were informed that a letter had been reoeivad from him thanking them very heartily for their aid, and adding that he wsb emits well, and that the; had been tbe means of saving bis life. [We may add that a brother who recently went Home for the good oj his health was very substantially assisted from the Banjo fund. It will surprise a good many to know that the brother's name appears on the list of the exeoutive oommittee of the Masonic Union, whose object is to sever connection with tbe Grand Lodge 0! England.]

A London holiday ;— On Easter Monday, m all over 50,000 people visited JUpping Forest, and Bpread through its pleasant and oapaoious gladea. Tbirty-flve " epeoials " ran to the Crystal Palace, whloh was tenanted by over 40,000 people. A similar number were at the Alexandra Palaoe. Over 100,000 people crowded out to Hampstead Heath and Parliament SiH alone, while 40,000 bad visited the Gardens by i o'olopk. Hampton Court saw 25,000 visitors during the day: while Windsor Castle was shown to 11,156 people, the largest number ever visiting the castle m one day; 32,000 passed the turnstiles at the •' Zoo," 11,000 inspebted the Tower of London, 12,000 visited the National History Museum at South Kensington, 17,000 the South Kensington Museum, 19,000 Madame Tussaud's, 10,000 tbe People's Palaoe m tbe Bast End, 700Q the Bye Houbo, and about 3500 went to gee 'Niagara." These are but a fow of tbe results, but the figures,, are somewhat overwhelming to one who' tries to measure London m her holiday mood.

Toe monthly meeting of the Fleminßton Gospel Temperance Soojety And Band of Hope took place on Friday eyaqiqg. The Bohoolroom was fairly well filled ootwrtljj standing the dark and damp evening. The chairman, Rev A. Blake, opened the meeting and gave an address, reoounting some reoen* travels m Canterbury. At a subsequent stage of the proceedings, ftfr Qawle, 0/ Ashburton, gave an address embracing several important points of the great temperance question, and narrated some experiences m Australia among the bush-rangers of the Blaok Forest, showing that robbery was oonnooted with drink. Songs were contributed by Mr Dunn, Mr Dakers, Mr James Oaborno, and Miaa Hay loan f reoitationa by Mrs MoMinn, Miss Abnie jPuna, Miss HaymaD, Miss Plorry JPrebble, and readings by Mr Joseph Wheeler, Mr Oape> Williamson, and a ehort reading by B^r Dakerf*. A resolution protesting agajnet thjs propgsal to give fapilities for the palo of at the approa.ohicg exhibition ia I)anedjn ra .°.* tr f?(l au| ordered to be sent to the President of $ho W.O.T.U. m Dunedin. Thankg were oonr veyed to those who had assisted during the evening, and after some additions to the membership the meeting was brought tp a

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2156, 24 June 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2156, 24 June 1889

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