LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Swaggers are already making their way to Ahaura Valley m search of work. The* a is quite a gathering Df aoDMatitoffa at Gfey. mouth m connection with the tendering of the Abaura section of the Midland Bailway.
It is reported that a aujabei 1 of places m the Goalpitheath and Wallsend wines will be closed at the next drawing for plaoes. This will throw a lot of men out of work. It ia also reported that it is intended shortly to work the Brunner mines m the day time only.
There will be skating at the Biok to-night aa uaual. The Hat and Cap carnival that was to have taken plaoe last Saturday and postponed on aooount of tho weather comes off next Saturday, and as a great number are preparing for the largest hat the manager wishes it known that no bat over nine feet high will be allowed m the Bink.
Woe to the working men of Europe if John Chinaman onoe gets a footing among them (writes the " London Eoho "). He will work lor a fifth of their wages. He does not drjnk •he oan live on next to nothing ; and as a praftsman he is unequalled. He oan turn his band tp anything, and is irresistible. If he onoe comes tp 'stay, fte Uauoasian must look to his own.
A more continuously rough and stormy part of the ooean does not, perhaps, exist than that m the neighbourhood of the Shetland Isles at the North of Scotland, where the German and Atlantjo (joeans meet, and where the currents are both rapid and dangerous. The most variable weather is, however, experienced off Honolulu, Bandwioh Islands,
A physician m the " Amerioan Magazine,' illustrating the evil system of talking to an Invalid about his pains, says that onoe he re.queßtpd g, mother to mark a stroke upon a paper each time that p)^o afsked a eiok daughter how she was.* The next day, to hor astonishment, she made one hundred and nine strokes. A three months' visit away from home wbb presoribed.
The usual weekly meeting of the Dawn of Peaoe Lodge No, 164, 1.0. G,T., waß hold m the Templar Hall on Thursday lapt. There was a very largo attepdanoe of membors and visitors. Four persona were proposed for membership and four were initiated into the order. The Lodge then went into harmony whon several songs were sung and a viaitor from the Dauntless Lodge, Qbrißtohurob, gave a short address.
" Rough on Corns. 1 —Ask for Wells ' Rough on Corns.' Quick reli complete nerjoa&nent $urs. Corns, warts, bunions. At 6bsni»t» and hv^m ' 3
Messrs Toomer Bros, having refused the terms of the operative bootmakers, the strike may now be considered m full foroe. Pioketß were to be seen yesterday morning patrolling both back and front of Messrs Toomers' factory.
The Union Insurance Company's balance sheet show an available balance of £29,082 2a lOd. The Direotors recommend that £10,000 be devoted to payment of usual dividend of 10 per cent., £10,000 be plaoed to credit of reinsurance fund, and £9082 2a lOd Oarried forward to next year.
Next Saturday being the feast oi St. Peter and St. Paul Mass will be oelebrated at the Roman Oatholio Church at ten o'olook forenoon. On Sunday Rev Father Ohastognon will not visit Eakaiu.but will conduct the servioes at Ashburton at the usual hours. Father Ohastagnon is progressing rapidly towards perfeot recover; from the effects of hia aooidenti .
The direotors of the Ashburton Caledonian Society have completed the Bale of their suburban seotion of nearly six aores on the North West Belt, to Mr A.W. Randall, the price being. £50 per acre. The land: is] of very good quality but unimproved exoept by fencing. It bas been only utilised by the Society as a sports ground, and we understand the direotors intend m future using the Domain for their annual sports and games if they oan arrange this with the Borough Counoil.
A young man, giving his name as Stewart or Taylor, obtained goods of the value of £10 17s 6d from a watohmaker's assistant at Oamaru (a young man), and tendered m payment two printed receipts for money paid, looking very muoa like oheques, He repre« sented these to be worth £17 12s 6d, and after getting the ohange departed. On the disoovery being made that the "ohegues" had no value, the police were informed, but up to the present time they have not oaaght the swindler.
It is now quite believed that the betrothal of two of the Frinoe of Wales' daughters will take plaoe this season. Prince Charles of Sweden is to olaim one Prinoeßß, aad the other is to be given to the Hereditary Prinoe of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, now on visit to Maryborough House. Prinoe Hohenlohe is a connection of our Sovereign, ia handsome, of prepoßaessiog manners, and with a perteot knowledge of the English language. He is also blessed with sufnoient of the « ready " not to be twitted on aooount of hiß poverty. He ia certainly a most desirable parti.
Ther* are four olassea pf rqen In the world : ViMt *6b9 wftfcm evoptfne would wish to talk to and whom everyone does talk of; these are that small minority that constitute the great. Seaond those whom no one wishes to talk to and whom no one talks of ; these are the vast majority that constitute the little. The third olaea iamade up of those whom everybody talks of but nobody talks to ; these constitute the knaves. And the fourth ia composed of those whom everybody talks to but nobody talks of ; and these constitute the fools.—" Irißh Times."
It appears that Louis Ohemia, who has been committed for trial for the murder of Hawkins at Kaiwarra, had the misfortune to shoot a oomrade and fellow volunteer named Franois Donald Borne years ago. With others Ohemis was out firing, Donald marking for them. Just aa Ohemia waß taking aim Donald, for some unknown reason, oame out of the butts, aud the bullet from the rifle of Ohemis went through hia head. At the inquest whioh was held Ohemis was aoquitted of all blame. The Btory has been revived m Wellington to the prejudice of the prisoner with some sensational additions, and to set tbeae at rest the "Evening Post," at the requeßt of Mrs Ohemia. republished the faota whioh were published at the time of the occurrence.
Ohioago stands paramount m respeot to its grain-elevators, of whioh it has 20, with a storage oapaoity of more than 16,000,000 bushels, and handling 160,000,000 bushels a year. One granary alone stores 1,300,000 bushels, and its yard holds 400 of the long and large &merioan railway oara, whioh are unloaded by lifts or elevators, running to the top of the building, 130 feet above the ground, where the grain is weighed, and then Bentrdown m spouts or ahoots to its appropriate bin. The process of shipment ia very rapid, and 180,000 bushels oan be sent out m 10 hours. The grain is taken by elevators from its bias to the top of the building, where the weighing is done, and then long spouts lead it into the oars or the holds of the vessels lying alongside.
Sir Frederiok Gore Ouaeley, the well* known composer of Baored musio and a great authority ou musio, died very suddenly a Bhort time ago. Church harmony owes more to the late rbv baronet than to any other composer of this generation. He has published 11 services and over 70 anthems, of whion the best, known is " How goodly are tby tents, O Israel." His noble foundation, the College of St Michael and All Angela, at Tenbury, Worcestershire, will be his most enduring monument. Although a doator of arts, dootor of musio, professor of musio at Oxford, preoentor of Hereford Cathedral, and one of the convocation of prootors and Vioar 1 of Tenbury, he waß most unassuming and gentle m hia demeanour. He was a godson of the Duke of York and the first Duke of Wellington.
There have been some curious proceeding ß m connection with the well-known trotte* Anneauz dOr reoently. The mare was seized over a week ago for debt, and placed m oharge of an assistant bailiff. Ou the head bailiff risking the Btable oo Thuradsy laet he was told the mare was all right, and there was an animal m the box having on the mare's cover, but the proprietor of the stable put an end to the satisfaction of the bailiff by intimating that the animal was a gelding belong, ing to him, and suoh proved to be the case, A note found stated that the mare was at Taieri, bat instead of that she waß taking part at the Ueatboate meeting, near Christ* oburoh. On Saturday the mare was replaced m the box, and remained there till Monday morning, when the case concerning ownership was coming on, when It waß found she had again disappeared, and it is not known Where she is.
Tfae iOdita Ootfiitftnefet sire ftepbtted' to gtvohftSß alxxJt tt6o hoißte suitable for atmy purposes during the year 1889-90, under the following conditions : — The purobaeee will be made m Madras, OalauCta, and Bombay, aud at the various horse fairs and horse shows m India by remount agepts under (he orders of the direotor of the Army Remount Depart* ment. The Calcutta landing and remount depot will be open for the reception of horses from Ist Ootobcr to the end of the purohasiog Beaßon, and not from 15th September. Pur
ehsßing to oommenoe as soon after arrival of
the shipment as the remount agent may direct. Horses and mares of all breeds will bo received, but they must be within the presoribed age, four to bis -years, except as regards country breds, and m the case of Australiajh horses, 14hda .3in to lphds. high. It is to be distinctly understood that m regard to olasses I and 111 remounts tbree-year-olds and mares m foal will not be purohased. Greys will not be purohased for horse or field artillery. The average prioe (or an Australian or Gape remount has been fixed at 660 rupees, whioh will be paid at the Indian port of. purohaae. The average prioe for Arabs and Persians is 550 rupeea, for other horses ae ( oq*ding tg thejir merits ; but every horse presented for purchase will be yajued separately, and bigfyeYor lower prioea rfjay bp Riven, provided that the averages fixed above are not exceeded.
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