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"An Irishman, and a past master of the art of blarney aB well," is the description given of Sir William Jervois m the sooiety oolumn of a London paper, The fireball rang oat an alarm about ten o'olook last evening. The Brigade mus« tered promptly, but fortunately there was no need of its servioes, there being nothing more serious than a ohimney on fire. The death took place yesterday at Christ* church, after two day's illness, of W, Dow, one of the best footballers of the provinoe. He was a member of the East Chnstohuroh Olub, and played for Canterbury m most of the interprovinoial matohea sinoe 1885. The 8.M.8. Tongariro, with the English mail, arrived at Wellington yesterday at 5 p.m. Two steamers left Wellington for the South yesterday, but apparently before the arrival of the Tangariro, so that the mail will not be delivered here till to-morrow r The beautiful weather of yesterday was followed by a cold sou-wester which brought with it a fall of snow, that being suooeoded by a down pour of rain. In the hills district the weather was very severe, a heavy fall of snow taking place this morning. Much snow has fall on the West Coast road, causing the detention of the coaches. A correspondent to an Auokland paper, who signs himself " A Boy who haß Signed the Pledge," complains that at the Band of Hope meetings he attends there are too many temperance songs on the programme. He wants a ohange, and Bays, " if the temperance cause is to flourish, they had better give a f aw decent songs, and not be for ever dinning drink into people's ears." An appointment whioh Has excited some interest, and for whioh applications were reoeived from all parts of the oolony, viz., the librprtanßhip of the Wellington Athenroum, was' made on Wednesday night. Mr Alfred Masters, of Wellington, obtaining the position. There were 68 applicants, some resident m Auokland, Ohristonurob, and Punedin. gome of the candidates had recommendations from Lord Bosebery, the Judge Advocate of Bootland, and other distinguished personages. Among the applioant* were lawyers, olergy. men, journalists, ohemistß, dootorß, profeesora of music, etc, yet the salary" is only £150 per annum. A curious highway robbery is reported from Napier. A man named Sullivan was walking along a road outside the borough when he was &ooosted by two men, one of whom made a snatoh at his watoh and got it out of biß pooket. The man, however, seemed to put it back, anjfl feeling it there all right Sullivan did not chase then) when they ran away. When he got borne he found that the (hief had put a valueless braes watoh m his pooket m exobange toy a eilver one. The thief was arrested, and m defence said he had made a fair exohange of watohes, giving 5a to boot. The Magistrate did not believe him, ! 6fld gWQ bJQ) throe rn.Qn.tbl,

A ongregaticnal sooial meeting will ba | held At the Wesleyan Obaroh this evening. I The ink was well patronised on Saturday I night, and will be open for skating this evening. - The O hunga iron works near Auokland are turni „ out 60 tons per week of bar, rod, and plato iron. As yet, however, they are working up old iron. They have not tackled the iron sand. The manager thinks he will be ablo to manage it when he does. Mr Drew, a well-known looal naturalist, informß the " Wanganui Chronicle " that he has reoeived the head and neok of a pelioan whioh has been shot by a Maori up the Wanganui river, This is the first time a pelioan has been found m New Zealand, and it is supposed that it had found its way aoross from Australia. Several oases of a disease known to soienoe as plica polonioa, are known to have ooourred m the neighborhood m the neighbourhood of Masteiron (says the " Wairarapa Daily '), one of them, that of a girl about twenty years of age, having terminated fatally. The malady is m every respeot a most singular one, and is confined to Poland and its neighborhood, and to persons born there. In its first stage, whioh lasts for several years, it is diffioult to distinguish it from rheumatism, while m the seoond the hair becomes entangled m a most extraordinary manner, being held together by a nauseous brown substance. If the hair is out off the poison takes posseßßion of one or more joints at the extremities (whioh are generally lost), and not unfrequently of the nose. In the final ptage a froßh growth of hair takes place ; the diseased portion may then be removed, and the patient is re-established m health, There appears to be no known remedy for the disease whioh is neither contagious nor infeotious. At the sitting of the Distriot Court this morning Mr Oaygill took ooaasion to remark upon the inconvenience that was oaused by the sittings oi the Court beiig so infrequent. His Honor Judge Ward expressed his conourrenod with Mr Oaygill, and said that a short time ago a representation was made to the Minister of Justioe on this subjeot, but the application for an increased number of sittings was refused, but for what reason he did not know. Mr Oaygill then asked his Honor, as a personal favor, to sit, if posßible, at somewhat less intervals than tbo dates at present fixed for the sittings of the Court. His Honor said that he would be happy to fall m with the suggestion by holding an adjourned Court whan suoh was required.- As there is a likelihood of there being some business shortly, his Honor ordered the present Bitting to stand adjourned for a month, and if the expeoted business comes up it will then be dealt with. The insurance companies, it appears, have deolined to take risks on several of the very high buildingß whioh have lately been ereoted m Melbourne, on the ground that the fire engineß are unable to pump water up a sufficient height to quenoh a conflagration therein should oombustion take plaoe m one of the upper stories The companies have not thought it worth while to equip their brigade with an engine oapable of providing for the inundation of these mammoth premises, and, consequently the Melbourne City Oounoil has stepped into the breaoh and met the difficulty. A resolution has been passed by that' body authorising the expenditure of £888 m the purchase of a Shand and Mason fire engine oapable of pumping 600 gallons of water per minute to a great altitude, and it has been arranged to hand it over to the oharge of the Insurance Brigade on the understanding that they work and maintain it. The engine was lately on view at the Melbourne Exhibition, The " Dbnedin Herald " commenting on the petition forwarded to Parliament complaining of Judge Ward says ;— On the other hand we are aware that there is m exiatenoa a between Judge : Ward and certain .members of the Cabinet. In the oourse of jthis correspondence, it is said by the lying jade, Rumour, that a certain member of the Cabinet endeavored to influence unduly Judge Ward's deoision m the Christie case, and that the Judge retorted m his best epistolary style fo the effeot that there was an intimate business relationship between the Minister's firm and the counsel for the defence. If the oharges of partiality against Judge Ward can be sustained, the result oould only be that he would re ire from his ofnoe. No greater oSeaoo against the commonwealth oould be committed than a Judge allowing himself to be swayed by personal feeling. But if a greater crime | could be oommitted, it would be where a Cabinet Minister endeavored to use his position to force a Judge to aot against bis own oonviotions m order to please his politioat superior. A correspondent writes as follows m the •'North Otago Timeß ": — "It appears to me that the area m this distriot next year m potatoes is likely to be olose on 5000 acres, or at least 20 per oent. m excess pi any previous year. Undeterred by the fact that potato growing for the last three years has resulted m heavy losb to 19-20ths of this o'aßs, the potato men are rußbing after the ownetß of the Awaraoa, Totara, and Taipo properties with their £3 per aore (m most oases paying half rent m advance), and seem to consider themselves lucky if they oan seoure a blook at this exorbitant rate. Now what are the prospects for next season? In Tasmania, owing to a grand crop this season, oombined with good prices the area, {nooording to last ndvioea, will be larger than ever. In New South Wales and Victoria the ground has had suoh a soaking as it has not had for 20 years, and is m grand condition for planting. The area m Viotoria, owing to late high prices will be larger than ever. In New Zealand a larger area invariably follows high prices of the previous Beasoni It would not surprise me to see pripeo next Beason down to 20a a ton j and depend upon it, this will be the oase if they have an average crop on the other side I wonder when the owners of our best lands will give up the everlasting wheat and potato rotations, possibly not as long as they oan get a rental of £3 an aore for a orop." On Friday evening an Orange oonoevt was held at Spriogburn. There was a good attendanoe of members of the Order and friends. The Rev W. Finlayson was asked to preside. The oonaert opened with an overture by Mr A. Bueohler, and the pro* , gramme that followed included, song, " The Old Brigade," by Mr A. Jago, whioh was deservedly well received; recitation, "The Relief of Derry," Mr Harper; song, "Hear the wild wind blows," Mr Bueohler ; oornet solo, "Chiming bells of long ago, " Mr A. Brough, (enoored) ; song, " There comes a young man to my daddy's door," Miss Syme, sung with Buoh Bpirjt that she was heartily enoored; Bong, " The Union Jaok of Old England," Mr D,. Clarke, also enoored ; piano solo, " Prince Imperial,'? Mr B.ueohler ; Bong, "N. 6 pur. render," Mr Harper ; oornet solo, Mr A. Brough ; duet, " Huntingtower," Miss Syme and Mr Jago, well acted and well sung ; Bong, "The song of songs } " Mr D. Clarke, encored and responded to with " McOartey's mare ; " song, " Wait till the clouds roll by Jennie," Miss E. Ede; oornet solo, Mr Brough; song, Mr Lyon— encored ; song, '.'The Soldier's Boy," Mr Jago enoored; song, " Hit him again," Mr D. Clarke ; song, " The Sailor's Lasß," Misß L. Ede. Thanks to the chairman and to others who had kindly rendered their aasistanoe were returned by Mr Harper. Owing to the inclement weather there were not so many guests present at the tea as might have been expeoted. Mrs Moßae as usual had everything for , the enjoyment and comfort of the guests. Too oonoert ended at about eleven o'olook and the room was oleared for the ball.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2173, 15 July 1889

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2173, 15 July 1889