LOCAL AND GENERAL
♦ 11 Punoh " on Froude's novel;— " 'Bout Froude there is no mystery ; He writeß without restriction, His notion's full of hißtory, His history's full of fiction." The costliest leather m the world ia that whioh is used m oovering piano keys. It is a peculiar kind of buokskin, and the seoret of tanning is not known outside of a family of tanners m Thuringia, Germany. 'Tie now the honest farmer brings His Haters up to town ; This ia the top row of bis sacks jOOpQOOOOOOQOOOOOOOOOO And this iB lower down 000000000000000000000000000000 i
One head of a publio school said he could always toll when a boy oommenoed to use tobaooo by the reoord of bis reoitations. Professor Oliver, of the Annapolis Academy, eaid he oould indloate the boy who used tpbaooo by his absolute inability to draw a clean straight ljne. Tbe rushest woman m Austvalio, it is said, is a Sydney house owner, who has £J#oo a week m rents. As fast as her money opmes m she invests it m brioks and mortar. She lives m a neighborhood with an unolassioal name, and oooupies by no means her best bouse ; rises every morning at five o'olook, and cooks her own ohop. She is eighty years old, Ab showing that foreign countries appro, date the beautiful native florae of New Zealand, it is stated that Mr George Maltbews, of Dunedin, this week shipped to Japan nine oaßee, weighing about four tons, and containing trap find other ferns, nikau palms, mountain lilljos, etc. This js tpe fourth shipment of native plants to by Mr Matthews. All previously sent have taken to their new habitat admirably. The Warepa Farmers' Club are preparing a petition for the abolition of the sheep tax. It is pointed out that under the Sheep Aot flook owners have to pay two taxeß on their sheep. They have first to pay a direot tax of 2s per hundred, and then under the property tay they have to pay an additional 4s 2d, making a total annual charge of 6s 2d. There are a large number of farmers who have not 100, and m mauy 'oases not 50 sheep at any timo of the year still they have' to pay tbe full rale of 2s per hundred, Tbe usual weekly session of the Star of the East Lodge, 1.0. G.T., was held m tho Templar Hall on Wednesday evening. Bro O. Grant, C.T., m the obair. Three candidates were proposod for membership, and one admitted on olearanao card. The report of the chairman (Bro Sawle senr) of Bpeoial committee v/as received and laid on the table. Subordinate bodge dosed by chairman wjth the usual ceremony at 9 o'olook p.m. to open m tho Booond dpgreo Bro Dalton, p.G.T., presiding;* Eight candidates were initiated. Second Degree Temple closed at 9.#0 to open m the Third Degree, Bro Dalton, D.G.T., again presiding, when seyen candidate i were initiated. Third Degree Temple closed with the usual oeremony by the presidios oflioer ftt iO,*Q
Some very importan" quostiocs are to come I before the meetiDg called for this evening, to ! consider matters with reference to the representation of this district at th Dunedin Exhibition, and a full attendance of all who t are m r.ny way interested is requested. The , meeting takes place at half past seven m the • Borough Counoil Chambers. A epeoial attraction at the Rink is ; announoed for to-night, when the Kingsley ■ Bros, fancy and triok bioylistß, will appear for ' tho fitßt time before an Ashburton audienoe. \ Their performances are said to be moat clever, , and have gained high encomiums m all the places m whioh tbe Kings- ' leys have appeared. Tho Borough Brass Band has been engaged to play on the ocoasion. Performances will also take plaae to-morrow afternoon and evening. A deputation representing the friendly sooietieo of the colony waited on tho Premier yesterday to ask that balls belonging to the sooieties, and used lor lodge purpose, should bo froed from looal and gouoral taxes. Tbe Premier Baid that he had always thought that suoh a provision should have been made i m the Aot, and (that he would endeavour to get <m amending Bill passed this seaßion it possible.
At the Ohrißtohuroh Police Court on Wodnesday James Stewart, alias David Gray, was oharged with forging tho name of David Soott to a cheque on the Uaion Bank of Australia for £10, aud with uttering the same to Messrs E. Reeoe and Sonß, ironmongers, Ohrißtohuroh. Also with the forgery of a similar cheque for £7 10s and uttering it to Messrs Aitken and Roberta, ironmongers, Ohristohuroh. Acouaed waß committed for trial on both oharges. A oountry settler brought down bis wife to Auckland last Saturday with a view of oharging her with arson. He is a gumdigger, and he alleged that she had burned down his whare and efioots that morning. It appears that she had been drinking, and, aooording to her story, he had looked her out on Friday night, and kept her boots and some of her olotbing from her. She frankly asserted that it waß her intention "to make it warm tor him." The polioe authorities seemed to look ou the whole affair as a domestio equabble arising out of drink, and declined to interfere. Owners are reminded that nominations for the Steepleohaße Meeting of tbe Ashburton County Hunt Olub olose at the Commercial Hotel to morrow evening at 9 o'olook. The steepleohase course, this year, will be entirely within the raaeoourse reserve, instead of beiug partly through adjoining paddooka as has been the oase m paat years. Provision has been made fox extra jumps, aud the new arrangement is one that will without doubt meet the appreciation of all those oonoerned. Every indioaiion points to the forthcoming meeting being a Bucoessful one. Remarks tbe "Dunedin Star": — They oare very little for the feelings of women m Scotland. Lately Bailey Mitohell, m the Glasgow Polioe Court, had before him a "respectably dressed" man oharged with annoying respectable ladies m the street by seizing hold of them and assaulting them. The fellow was fined a guinea. On the same day, at the [Guildhall Poliae Court, a drysalter of Islington pleaded guilty to an etaotly Bimilar charge, and was sent to hard labor for three weekß, without the option of a fine. But Islington is m England. A dealer m outlery expresses the opinion that not one man m fltty knows how to sharpen a pooket-kni:e. "A razor," he says, " must be laid flat on the hone, being hollow-ground and requiring a fine edge, but a pooket knife requires a stiff edge, and the moment you lay it flat on a stone, so as to touoh the polished side, you ruin the edge. The blade must be I held at an angle of twenty or twenty-five degrees, and have an edge similar to a chisel. This is teohnioally oalled the ' oannel,' and is marked on all new knives by a fine white line which does not remove or touoh the polished Burfaoe. Knives improperly whetted are often condamned as too hard or too soft without reason. Meetings m connection with the proposal of the County Oounoil to raise a loan to bring m a supply of water from the Rakaia river to augment tbe supp'y m the races m a portion of the district between Ashburton and Rakaia were oalled to be held yesterday at the Raceoourse Buildings, at Nowands, and at Onertsey. The meetings were of a purely formal oharaoter, being held ia aocordanae with the provisions of tbe Aot, whioh pre* soribeß that BUoh meetings shall be held prior to a poll being taken. No one turnod up at the Raoooourse Buildings, but about twenty ratepayers were present at Newlands. Mr J. Brown presided at the meeting, and the proposals of the Oounoil were explained to those preoent. Old-fashionod economists will tell you never to pass an old nail, or an old horße shoe, or buokle, or even a pin, without taking it up ; beoause although you may not want it now, you will find a use for it some time or other, I say the same thing to you with regard to knowledge. However useless it may appear to you at the moment, seize upon all that is fairly within your reaoh ; for there iB not a faot within the whole oirole of human observation, nor even a fugitive anecdote that you read m a newspaper or hear m conversation, that will not oome m play some time or other ; and oooasions will arise when they will, involuntarily, present their dim shadows m the trajn of your thinking and reasoning, as belonging to that train, and you will regret that you oannot reoall them more distinctly. — "William Wirt." An historical souvenir of some interest has fast turned up m Paris. It is the offloial reoord of the proceedings of the voluntary tribunal of 1704, Among those who were tried and exeouted for conspiring against the State, and aiming at the overthrow of the institutions of the oountry, was one Arthur Dillon, whose Bpooiflo orimes were that he had endeavored to prooure the dissolution of the national representation, the destruction of the republio government, the extinction of the sovereignty of the people, and thtf erection of a tyiant m France. Dillon was guillotined ou the 24th of Germinal. On the 10th of Thermidor the knife fell also on S. B, Boulanger, General of Brigade, aged 37 years, who had also beon condemned ao a traitor tq his oquntry. The ooinoidenoe of the two names is very ourious, .and the offences imputed to a Dillon then and s Dillon now bear a still moro extraordinary raaemblanoe. The usual meeting of the Band of Hope m connection with tho Tinwald Wealoyan Sunday Sohool was held m the Templar Hall, Tinwald, on Wednesday evening. There wwa a very Jargo attendance, about 160 being present. Tbe Rvv J . T, Burrows presided; A lengthy programme was gone through exoelleptly, dialogues by Susio Meharry and Charles Smith, and Annie fcewis, 4nnje Meharry, and jqhn L.owis, being worthy of special mention, as also were tne reoitations Riven by George Lowe, Charles Smith, Jamoe Boggi and Annio Lewis. Miss Bishop presided at the harmonium, Several members of the ohoir were absent, but their plages were ably filled by five friends from Willowby and Flemington. A Baored song by MiBS Lowe, of WilJowby, deserves spacial montion. Those meetings are looked forward to with evident pleasure, and continue to grow m interest and favour, and that of Wednesday was by far the best' of (he season. ' Tho beet medioine known is SANDER and SONS' EUCALYPTI EXTRACT. Testß a eminent powerful effeots m ooughe, oolds, influenza, eto. — tho relief is instantaneous, Thousands give the most gratifying testimony. His Majesty the King of Italy, and xnndioal syndicates all over the globe, are its patrons. Read the oifioial reports that aooompany oaoh bottle. We have no oooasion to offer rewards m proof of the genuineness of our references, 'fho ofliojal reports of medioal olinios and universities, tho ofi)d!al odtor^unio&tion of the Consul-General for Italy at Melbourne ; thp diploma awarded International Exhibition, Ampterdam— all these are authentic dooq. ments, and, ao BUQh. not open to doijbt. Wo add here epitome of one of the various oases treated by Siegen, M.D., Professor, oto : Burning of the right hand through the explosion of a small oil stove. Tho epidermis on tho volar and palmer Bide of the hand of th,o thitty-yoar-oljl patient was completely separated and lifted upa s far as th,q joint of the hand. The likewise lifted naila Ww banging loose, and half of the phalanx of thq nail of the mjddle finger was coaled. The wounds thus contracted healed m throe weeka I inder daily applications of fjuoalyptio E.xf,raot ( dressing. The patioqt hai retained, the full ( list ot hand.- (Advt,) j )
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