LOCAL AND GENERAL
Cuban cane is yielding little juioe for laok of rain. Thiß year'B sugar orop will fill shQrt of last year about 150,000 tons.
The ofiioial reports of Franoe show that they exported last year 84,518 horses, mostly to the United States. Germany last year imported into that empire 73,519 horses, most of whioh were for cavalry horses, besides what they raised at homo.
The We liogton grooera annoanoe that m consequence of the adyanoa m the wholesale marfot they are compelled to raise the retail prioes of sugar to the following rates :— Nob. 1 and 2, 63 per lb, or IBs Qi per bag of 401 b t #0i 0/94 pqi Jb, or 15g p|| bag ol ( '
At the B.M. Court this xnorni g, before Mr T. Bullook, J.P., t a man who had not been before the oourt for the last seven yeais was charged with drunkenness. He was treated as a first offender The Board of Education yesterday reoeived a letter from a teacher who stated that he was seoretary to and a member of a school committee. A reaolution was unamimously adopted, m which the Board expressed its opinion that it was very objectionable that a Bohoolmaßter should be a member of the Committee. | The Premier war preaent at an address by the Chief-Registrar, on Monday evening, to tho Wellington Friendly Sooieties on the subjeot of the financial position of Friendly Societies m New Zealand, and at the oloso promised to have the paper printed for ciroulation. The following will play for the AshburtonlUkaia Football Club m A air matoh with Christ's College to-morrow at Ashburton at 2.30 p.m. -. — Full baok, Knight; threequarters, Reid, Steel, and Laraman ; halves, Moore and O. Low; forwards, E. J. Fooks (oaptaiD), B. Low, Simpson, Hargreaves, A. Fookß, Clark, Strange, Bruce, and Storry, Emergencies, H. Fooks, Fisher and Christian. Some time ago the "Republique Franoaise " published a very interesting return as to the import of eggs into England from various countries of Earepe. The total number imported last year is given as 1034 millions, of whioh about 333 millions oame from Russia, 45,000 tons weight from Austro* Hungary, and 27,230 tons weight from Germany. A dispute as to whether the marble man of Cow Fiat, is a true petrifioation or a nude soulpture was thought to have been pretty well oleared up, but a Sydney letter of July 1, saya that a dootor has made inoisionß into various parts of the body, with the result that unmistakeable evidenoe of internal organs has been revealed. A full disseotion of the body is to be made m Melbourne, whither the figure has been removed. Judge Foster gave judgment m Sydney m the matter of the appeal of Bawling, a publican, againßt a decision of the Licensing Bench m refusing him a lioense, on the ground that he was of bad oharaoter, the ground of appeal being that oohabiting with another man's wife did not amount to a oharge of immorality, and Judge Foster expressed a similar view, and consequently the appeal was sustained and the deoision of the Benoh was held to be erroneous. Aoooxdiog to a Government return 868 bankruptcies ooourred m the oolony during the year ending Deoember, 1888. Of these tho liabilities m 256 ranged from £100 to £250 ; m 198 from £50 to £100 ; m 151 from £500 to £1000 ; m 97 from £1000 to £2000 ; m 47 from £2000 to £6000 ; and m 22 from £5000 upward. In 66 oases the liabilities did not reaoh £50. The districts m whioh the bankruptcies were recorded were as follow : — Northern Distriot, 151 ; Wellington, Nelson, and Weatlaod, 276 ; Canterbury, 237 ; Otago and Southland, 204. Some very interesting experiments have been carried out m America with two immense magnets made from two large Redman gunß. A orowbar whioh has been applied to the magnet required the oombined foroe of four strong men to tear it away. A handful of taoks thrown m the opposite direotion immediately flew baok, and attaobed themselves to the magnet. Several 15-inoh oannon balls, solid, as muoh as a strong man oould lift, were held suspended m the air, one under the other. The most amusing experiment was made with a sledge hammer. When one tried to wield the hammer m a dilation opposite to the magnet he felt as if he were trying to hit a blow with a long feather m a gale of wind. Another ouriouß teßt was made with a number of oarpenter's spikes. A spike was put length, ways on the end of the magnet ; then. another ■ Bpike was attached to the first, and so on until a line of them stood straight out from : the magnet at least four feet m length.
The problem of aerial navigation may now be regarded as solved, that is, very misleading acoountß have been published of the performances of the air ship whioh haa been invented by a Brooklyn jeweller named Peter 0. Campbell. . The air ship is a balloon and a flying maobine combined; The gas-bag is oigar-shaped, sixty feet long and forty two feet m greatest diameter, and it i 8 filled with hydrogen. Mr J. Allen, the aeronaut who f«l «.,-*,,„ !n 4> /JonluMn (lint Itiornnnliij'is porfeotly navigaole m moderately oalm weather. He found it possible not merely to steer a course, but also to rise and fall at will, and before BtartiDg on biß voyage he went up to a height of 500 feet, and then without difficulty desoended to his original position, just to show how completely the ship was nnder control. The propelling and steering machinery is worked byelootrioity. Mr Campbell's invention has already made bo deep an impreßsion that a company has been formed with a oapital of £200,000, to bring the air ship before the notioe of the public — " Oasßell'a Journal."
The monthly meeting of the Tinwald Gospel Temperanoe Sooiety and Band of Hope was held m the Presbyterian Ohuroh on Tuesday evening. The attendance was very good. 'The meeting was opened by Rev A. Blake, who suitably addressed the m.eettng. Ohoioe reeitationß were admit ably given by the young people, and sacred Bongs were renders* by several present, old and young. Rev J. Boothroyd gave an address m the course of whioh he remarked that as the result of several years study be had oome to the oonolusion that the Bible commends nonintozioating, nnd oondemns intoxioating wine. He went on to speak of the reaults of the drink traffic Temperanoe men were not now so commonly spoken of as fanatics, some of the most intelligent men were on their side. The Et. Hon. W. E Gladstone had 1 said that the fatal results of drink were more fatal than those of famine, war, and peßtilenoe combined. They bad read m the "Guardian" recently of people m China eating chaff, but terrible as the famines m India and China were they were nothing pompared to the drink traffic According to statistics that he had read two mil ions of men had perished m war m twenty-five years, and £2,418,000,000 had been spent. But through drink m the same period ten millions of lives had beep lost, and £10,000,000,000.been spent, being five times the number of lives, and four times the amount of money, If they were not afraid for tha result on themselves they might wel} be afraid for the result on others, After a vote of thanks to Mr Boothroyd and some additions to the membership a very pleasant evening was brought to a dose.
At the Rink last night there was an even muoh larger houße than on the previous evening to see Miss Sylvester's skating exhibition. The feats aooompanied by the lady champion eclipsed m difficulty thoße of he/ previous performance, and were executed with the same grape and facility. Marohoa, dances, and a great variety of trioks were gone through, every f6at eliciting hearty applause. After the fauoy Bkating Miss Sylvester appeared m a sketch of a "masher, ette," and gave a ludicrous exhibition of the first experionoe on skates of a '• dude " of the fir it water. Miss Sylvester's oostumes wera a«ain the admiration of the ladies, her rinking ooßfumo being of maroon plush with pale blue satin, and th.c " masherette " a, tight-fitting djreßß of blue plush, with crush hat and eyeglass oomplete. ' To-night a different series of feata will be performed, and those who wish to see what fanoy Bkatfng is should not miss the opportunity of seeing Miss Sylvpster, Among to-night's feats will be skating on half Bkatss, and by speoial request the fire aot with fifty coloured lights ml be repeated.
We clip the following important testimonial from the » Illawarra Mercury " (N.8.W.) of the 30th Maroh. It needs no oomment :— •• Mr John Loveday, of the Bulli Mountain, writes to us that after suffering for four years with noute gravel, he has experienced almost complete relief by using Sandnr and Sons' ijuoalypti Extract. He says seeing the said Extraot advertised m the ' Illawarra Mercury,' his intense suffering induoed him to obtain a bottlo of the medioine from Mr Hosking ohomistrof this town, and that the use of H gave him great relief at once. He states that between the 10th Maroh instant, when ho obtained the first bottlo of tho extraot, and the 19th, the use of that medioino continued to afford him relief, to whioh he had been a stranger for four years. Mr Loveday writes also that be has found the Euoalypti Extract a oure for rheumatism as 'well as gravel. He requests us to publish this information through the 'Meroury.' We have muoh pleasure m complying with Mr Loveday'u request, whose word oannot be doubted, and j who oan have no objeot m view other than a pure desire to benefit Buffering humanity,"-. (4dvt, g
At the meeting of the Board of Eduoation yesterday the Buildings committee reported that it bad been decided to aooept an offer of a seotion at £31 for the purpose of providing additional playground aoooaH Nation at the Hampstead Sohool. In reply to an applioation from Dromore for planting, it was deoided that thore were no funds available, but it was subsequently resolved, on the motion of Mr Wright, that it be an instruction to the Buildings Committee to consider at its next meeting if it be possible out of the fundß available to meet the applioa ions whioh have been made for Bmall sums for planting sohool i grounds,
A sooial gathering m oonnootion with the Star of the East Lodge, 1.0. G.T., was held m the Templar Hall on Wednesday evening. The Lodge was opened m due form by Bro O. Grant, O.T. Bro Cameron, G.S., who was present, took the ohair by request. Seven candidates were initiated and five were proposed for membership. Fully a hundred members and visitors from tbo sister lodges partook of the refreshments handed round during the recess, and it was evident that the efforts of the sisters who provided the tea, ooffee, cake, etc., to please were appreciated. \ Songs and reoitations were rendered during the evening. The Chairman, m his speeoh on temperanoe work, congratulated the members on possessing bo well a oonduoted Lodge, A vote of thanks to the Chairman brought a moat enjoyable evening to a olose.
, A disoußßion on the Bubjeot of the Bible m aohools took place at the meeting of the Board of Eduoation yesterday. It appeared that ab the Ashley school provision was made en the time-table for the Bible being read during school hours. Attention was drawn to this by the Inspector, and m reply to his remarks the Chairman of the Committee wrote stating that the praotioe had been followed for five or six years without any oomplaint having been made, All the membets expressed themselves anxious to Bee the Bible read m the schools as a text book, provided the hourß are not defined or put on tne time-table, and to vindioate the Aot a motion was oarried, stating that it was inexpedient to allow tho Bible to be read bb a class aubjeot during school hours. It was subsequently ceßolved, on the motion of Mr Wright:— " That the Ashley Committee be informed that they will not be infringing the Aot, provided they alter the time-table and deolare the school hours on Thursday to be from 9 to 11, and it will then be open to them to continue the Bible lessons from 11 to 12," ; Gonßiderablejexoitement baa been aroused m New South Wales, and especially m the districts more immediately oonoerned, by a warning whioh the Government Astronomer, Mr Russell, inoited thereto by the calamitous floods m Pennsylvania, has thought it his duty to plaoe before the residents of the Hawkee. bury and Hunter districts. Referring to the f aot that Beveral townships m Pennsylvania i have been suddenly swept away and thousands of people drowned, Mr Russell oalls attention to the possibility of a similar fata befalling the townships built on the two rivers referred to. In his communication the astronomer says . — There have been heavy floodß m both of .these rivers within the reoolleotion even of our young men, but the information published the other day shows that m the early days of the oolony inundations of a muoh severer oharaoter took plaoe. But none of those floodß oan oompare, we are told, with wnat may possibly oome upon these districts some day. The rainfall m the last week m May was extraordinarily het»vy, but it was oonfined to a comparatively small spaoe. At Sydney the record waß 20in, and at Windsor 23in ; but, fortunately, tho greater part of the rain fell outside the oatohmont area of the Hawkeabury and the Hunter. If it had been otherwise—if the storm centre had shifted a little —we might be now lamenting a oataßtrophe like that whioh has vißited Pennsylvania. Mr Russell has no hesitation m saying that if, on the reoent occasion, rain equal to that whioh | fell about Sydney had fallen generally over those river oatohmentß, most if not all the | towns on their banks would have been entirely swept away. . -
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