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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

The Rev J. Boothroyd will oonduot a oervioe m the Seafield Sohoolroom to-morrow afternoon. War is declared against the papers of the colony by Mr Saundets, M H R., who Bays that the biggest journals are the greatest blaok-mailere, and bitterly complains of the misrepresentation oi his own speeohea. A sample of ensilage from the Ashburton Irrigation farm was sent to the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association, and Mr Murphy, seoretary of the Association, pronounces it to ba without exception the finest sample he has seen . Denmark expends £11,000 yearly for the maintenance of dairy schools, 'fhe 1 result is an immense improvement m the quality of dairy products, and an inorease within twenty years m Penmark's butter export from £420,000 to £26,000,000 annually. In the course of his examination before the stewaids of the Jookey Club, it was extraoted from Sir Qeorg6 Chetwynd that his total winnings between 1880 and 1887 amounted to £634,000. He also admitted that he had a private agreement with Wood, the well known jookey, with respect both to the purchase of racehorses and to his (Sir George Ohetwynd's) bettiog operations, f Jasper," she said, severely, as he ye* turned from ,jthe usual between-tbe-aots dHjrejjsion, "why do you go oat of the theatre apd down-Btaira to see a man, when the house is fall of them ? " » Maria.?' he replied, with the earnestness of an iniared man, "way do yoa always look under the bed to"* "* a * raan< when y° u know the only maninihe ho::* lB i«>*t?" Sir Henry Parkes, speaWg *' BOWrke' mentioned the ephemes whioh have beeU proposed for looking the Darling, and stated that it ;would be practicable by weirs and looks to dam the backwaters of the Dar ing to suoh an extent as to make the river navigable for the whole of its length of 1800 mileß, the channel having a uniform depth of 6ft, besides rendering the stream permanently navigable. The quantity of water thrown back would afford an ample Bupply for irrigation operations* No doubt the carrying out of suoh a eoheme would cost a large sum of money, bat he believed that the enormous advantages to, be gained would justify the outlay. " Bucha-Piaiba." Quick, complete cur all annoying kidney, bladder, and urinary diseases. At chemists and druggists. Kemp [ i thorne, Fro&ssr, and Co., agents, Chis . Church, I *

I The bad weather last night marred the attendance at the Eink, bat when Mies Sylvester appeared the seats were fairly filled. , Miss Sylvester appeared m a handsome | costume of blue eatin trimmed with white 1 laoe. and went through a long programme of feats, for her performance of whioh she was muoh applauded. The Kingsley Brothers, iohampion burlesque bioyolists, have been engaged, and will appear next Friday and Saturday. The Eiok will be open to-night as isual. On Thursday, while Mr Powell, of Oh'Oh, unemployed oelebdty, waa waxing eloquent on the subjeot of his wrongs before an attentive audience, a gentleman passing offered him work a few miles from town at 5a per diem. This offer whioh was made m the presence of the Mayor, Mr Powell aooepted with profuse thanks, but the gentleman had i not long reached home when he reoeived a polite message from the lamp-poab orator to. (o the effeot that he was unable to fulfil his engagement. 11 Mamma," said Albert, " do you believe m thejaith oure ?" " Yea, dear," said mamma, " and I practise it, t00,,' " Mamma," oontinued the boy, feeling his damp hair uneasily, " if a boy goes swimming and then lies about' it, oan you oure him of lying by faith" "Ho, dear,,' said mamma sweetly, " that vioe is cured by the laying on of hands." And m ten minutes thereafter, Albert was cured, and mamma wad putting on her slipper with the air of a woman who knows all about leather and its application to the human system. . :: r 'The fall of the roof of the Hamilton pit, Newoastle, whioh oovers many aoriea of ground, has left indelible traces on the surfaoe. Over 200 ft above the workings bills and flats for an area of a quarter of a mile have buffered severely through the shaking, showing great fissures, m some instanoes six inches wide: A poultry farmer who lives immediately over tne plaoe where the ground has fallen describes the efifeoft as like several shocks of earthquake. His house, a wooden structure, withstood the Blinking, whioh would, undoubtedly, have tumbled a brick house about the ears of the oooupants. Depressions m the surfaoe are expected, to take place as the, fallen masses gradually beoome more closely packed below. The severity of the subsidence is attested by the fact that the rails dropped out of all the fenjoe posta. —■ A horrible tragedy occurred on the 9th of. April at Puy-Imbert, one of the suburbs of Limoges. A poor woman named Soubin, whose husband had been sentenced to 48 hours imprisonment for stealing soms lead, murdered the whole of her four children, the eldest aged 11 years, and the youngest only Id months, by strangling them m their beds. The eldest, a boy, resisted for some minutes, but she olutohed his throat and Btifled him. Then she lit a charcoal fire m order to suffocate herself, but as this failed m its effect ahe stabbed herself, m the neok and breast, but not mortally. When arrested she showed no. signs of insanity, and fondly kißsed her viotims before leaving the house. She said she wanted to save them from misery. Her husband, who was released from frison on the same morning, waß so exoited by horror and indignation that he rushed at his wife to kill her, bat was restrained by the polioe. When moustaohea and shaven cheeks we.re few m this country, I held my peace;" but now that.- they have beoome universal. l venture to propound the . respectful inquiry whether this be a kind of faoial decoration whioh really suits the Anglo Saxon countenance ? My idea is that a thin, pale, dark man looks well with monstaohes andshaven oheeks, especially if he have a nose; of ; some sort. But aa'a nation (there are, of course, honourable exceptions, es, for example, Jhe Chancellor of the Exchequer) " we have no noses to apeakof, pheeke are, ior ti the most part, fat and red, and our eyes not- at all fierbe and romantic, but light-colon red and andmean.ingleßß.' : Now; whether this oast of countenance is suitable to the brigand style of faoial hairgrowing ia a eerioue question; 1 venture to suggest that a jury of matrons, or rather of maidens, Bhould forthwith be empanelled to try the matter out. Of course, if Angelina and bar mother really tbink that Edwin, who is a bank olerk, looks his best disguised as a desperado, there is an end of the matter, ; still, I can't help thinking that this universal fierceness is becoming monotonous.—"Society Paper." : ■•■ ' :: At Obristoharoh yesterday a man named Stirling was brought before the B.M, Court charged on five informations with having obtained money from certain persons by means of false representation m writing. The faots were that aooused when residing m Dunedin, had inserted m the Gbristohuroh papers an advertisement, offering to provide employ, ment, easy and within the ability of any one, whereby from £2 to £5 weekly oould be earned, and inviting correspondence. Several persons wrote m response to the advertisement, and reoeived m reply postcards in* forming them that on forwarding 8s a complete outfit would be forwarded to enable them to earn the wages specified. The money was m some instances Bent but no outfit arrived though it appeared that the "employment " consisted qt manufacturing ivory type pictures. After evidenoe had been taken to show that a person could not make a living by this sort of work. Mr Stringer for the accused produced authorities showing that the olause under whioh the information had been laid did not apply te the present caseit object was to prevent persons being imposed upon by bogus written statements of distress. The Bench held that the objection was fatal and dismissed the oases. The Bench then ordered an information to be laid against the acoueed for obtaining money by false pretenoes. This was done, and Stirling was re* manded till Tuesday. The regular monthly meeting of the Flemington Gospel Temperance jSooiety was held on Friday evening m the sohoolroom, and there was a good attendance. The Rev A. Blake addressed the meeting stating that a friend had sent him a Punedln "Evening Star " containing a report of a sermon by a minister, to prove that the Saviour made intoxioatiog wine. This was not a new subjeot. For one such sermon he belived he oould get twenty, on the temperance side* For example, he had m his possession a volume entitled "Clerical Experiences of Total Abstinence," of date 1867, m whioh twenty-eight ministers of the Anglican Ohurob, beginning with the Dean of Carlisle, give their testimony m favour of total abstinenoe. He would quote from the Rev Mr Stone, ourate of Win<?Bor, who said that if the wine of Cana was alcoholic it was so to sooh a slight degree as not to be injurious. But the drink among us now has beoome Nehuahtan, and like the brazen serpent, when its use was abused, would have to be put away from among the people- The sermon m the 1 ■ Evening Star " oontained a delusive fallaoy. Because the Saviour made "good wine" at Oana his sanction was olaimed for the intoxicating drinkAif to-day, when its ingredients and .efJeotß were changed. As well claim the Divine sanction for breathing vitiated air whioh would . injure and Btnpify, on the ground that God had made the pure air of heaven. Mr Watkins Rave a lively address m whioh he vindicated the temperance people from being led away by a I'fad." He oaused oonaiderable merriment by his descriptions of some of the popular amusements now m vogue, whioh were apt to beoome " fads " as also by his representation of the way m whioh some patient s obtained their medioal comforts. If the tomperanoe cause was a " fad " it was one of the grandest enterprises that ever rooeiyed the name, and they were m very good oompany, for the Apostle Paul had declared he " would not drink wine if ii made his brother to offend." He olaimed m the name of humanity,; m the name of mortality, and m the name of Christianity that they were qn the right side, and he cared nothing for any reproach they mjgh's jnour, 'Songs were pleasingly rendered by Mr Thomas Wheeler, Mr.. Harry MoConnel, and Mrs Williamson. , A reading was given by Mr j. Wheeler, "Bendigb'a Conversion," and anther by the,Qhairman, " Nellie's Prayer." A very interesting dialogue waff given by Mrs Prebble and Mies MoMcikin, " Water versus Wine," m away that gave muoh pleasure to the - meeting, and with some saored songs by Mr Dunn and bis ohoir, a pleasant evening was spent; The best Remedy for Indigestion.— Norton's Camomile Pills are confidently recommended as a sin H /^ remedy for indigestion, which is the " cause of nearly all c diseases to which we are subject. Norto n Pills, with justice called the "nature's strengthener of the human stomach," act as a powerful tonic and gentle aperient, are mild m their operation, and safe under auy circum stances Said m bottles at is ijd, ?s od by all raedicloQ vendor* throughout thei

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2172, 13 July 1889

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