LOCAL AND GENERAL.
At the stud sheep Bales held recently at Sydney, tbe total amount realised was £23,653 19s Gd. An almost complete skeleton of tbe men haß been discovered on the Hartiogton eetate at Foxton. For Bmuqgling jewellery aßbore m Mcl" bourne, from the JR.M.b. Aroadia, a man named John Wright was fined £144. , Chinese residents m Ballarat are asking the Town Council to prohibit Hindoo hawkers from plying their trade, on the grounds that they are ** foreigners." Ten and three-quarter miles is the range that tbe French bave obtained for 43 ton gun, thirty-five feet long, with a 300-weight pro* jeotile and 424 pounds of powder. The Asbburton Hospital returns for the month of July are aa follows : — ln Hospital on July Ist, 10 ; admitted during the month, 14 ; discharged, 15 ; remaining, 9. The Matron of the Aehburton Hospital wishes to acknowledge, with thanks, the receipt of olothing from Mrs McGregor, old linen from Mrs Bean and Mrs S. W. Aloorn for the use of tbe inmates. The master of the Home wißheß to acknowledge with thanks the reoeipt of a parcel of olotbing from Mr Hugo Friedlnndor and Mrs Twentyman, for the use of the inmates. There it considerable truth m the observation of tbe "Charleetown Herald" ''the idea of teaohing every girl to thumb a piano, and every boy to be a book-keeper, will make potatoes £14 a ton m 20 years." The average number of per.onß m the., gaols and look-ups m tbe colony is about a thousand, and it .oats over £30,000 a year to keep up the establishments whioh contain them. An Oamaru letter states that an unusually large area of. country m that distriot is being broken up tbis year and mostly Bown m wheat. Potatoos will also bo very extensively growD, high ronts being paid for land for a potato orop. Acceptances for tbe Hunters' Hurdle Raoe, Hunt Club .Cup Btoepleohase, and Ladies' Bracelet must bo made to-morrow night by 9' o'olook to the Hon Seoretary, Mr E. J. Fooks; at the Commercial Hotel, Return tickets at Saturday fares will be issued betwoen Christ, ohuroh and Timurn on Wednesday, availablo for return on the following day. The "Waikato Times" states : —«» We bave been shown some flax refuse, the < sorapirjgs ott the green plant at the mills, which we are assured forms exoellent fodder for horses (whioh eat it readi y, and preter it to ensilage). The gluten and saooharine matter it contains is very fattening, and the animals appreciate it. ' With regard to the name, " Poverty Bay,'' the " Gisborne Standard" Bays :— «« We pity those people who have bo little respect for tbe locality m whioh they reside that they j continue to aoeept as an unchangeable law a | name that ia a disgrace to any civilised | community* We ajwaye prefer the name Gisborne where the ohoioe lies between it < »ad Poverty Bsy." ._ . __ [
I The Rink will be open to-morrow al th u=usl hours. A uniovclo raco will be ona oi the attraotiom. Letters for the uniernoled (rom plaaet beyond tho colony were reoeived at the Ashburton poa -oflloo daring the month of ' i 1 J una end wore l.ying unclaimed on the Ist Auguat :— Divil R-jbs, Mra West. 1 In the Supreme Oourt Chrisicbiirob, m the j oase Young v L-jonard Harper, olaim £15,6,0 j | for an alleged fraudulent and oppressive sale < of Inn:!, which has boon oooupying the Judge , and a special jury ol twolvo four dayß, seven j issuoa wero submitted. The jury found foi the defendant on all the issues, with costs or^ tho higheat Boale. Tho Dancdin Clothing Manufaaturen Association have confirmed tha now " log,' and i" came into operation on Thursday. Tho rulo as to not giving work to outside handf: was rolaxed m tho case of un invalid, buttwu othsr applications wero dcoliued. The manufacturers m Christohurch, it is said, are willing to fall m with tho "log," but no reply haa been reived from tho other coutrcs. T o Anti-Sweating Committee wero not oon nuked on the matter, and hava expressed .•H-arjprovai with the action of tha manu faettfters. The Frenoh Court of Appoal has confirmed a judgment annulling tho will of a Frenchman named Loui3 Augast Tr&vere, who died m 1883, arid left his money to the London workhouses or poor. Ho inatruo'od hi. exeoutcr. to oonsign his body to the deep jus off the EngVsh coast, declared that Franoe had ' always opproaeod him, and that the Frenoh were a nation of dastards and fools, and that he only wished he had millions that ho might give them to tbe English, the born enemies of Btupid Franco. The Court held that the London poor and workhouses bad nc ' legal representative?, and that sush anti I patriotio sentiments indicated insanity, •". There is a " decent pride " about even the less exalted members attaohed to a New York theatre, as MrsLinglry found when she hit on the happy thought of dressing evoryone m Highland costume for the production - ot " Macbeth." The oolored gontloman at the door protested vigorously, so the Btory goes. Tho negro does not seem to admire the Scottish garb, for he waxed indignant to an interviewer the other day and " let out " as follows :— " I'll go on de rool'n' shovel snow; I'll walk de tight rope across de stage; I'll play any part dey exes me, from do star down to de super ; I'll do enything, say'oepn'pranot round de fiont door wid my leg 3 all naked an'bor. 'Taint right to Bu'jeo' a ginleman to undignerty like dat m deae civilian' timea.l " A Btory ia ourrent m Wellington that when th 9 noted Agnew couple were m durance vile m the Terrace Gaol, " William " was on one occasion told off to assist m kitohen work, poeling potatoes, eto. Oo bis being presented to the kitohen, ha naturally enough stuok up a olose intimacy with tho regular oook Now the latter had at ono time been m the employ of Sir Harry Atkinson, and one day during conversation he happened to refer to the Premier as being *' a very decent old sort,'"" to which Agnew, whoso relations with the Premier aro well known, bo far from agreeing, took violent exception — so violent indeed, that had he not been promptly removed, the cook's cranium : would bave been Bubjoqtj to rough usage through the medium of a .Soup ladle whioh Agnew wielded. It iB estimated that no fewer 'than 800 released criminals from other countries, obi fly from New Caledonia, are now residing m New South Wales. Replying to a question on the subjeot m the Assembly, the Premier eaid that on being informed of this serious state of affairs he had, through the Governor, com* munioated with the Imperial, Government with a view of having tho matter brought under tbe notice ot the French authorities He had further induced tho French Consul here to make representations on the subjeot to his Government and to the authorities of New Caledonia. The Government proposed to introduoe a Bill, of a drastio oharaoter, with the view of preventing this serious publio evil from assuming greater dimensions. The tide m agricultural affairs at Home must have turned, for a London correspondent writes to the effect tbat most encouraging reports were being received of tho condition of agriculture m tho south-western counties of England. _"ar__a wore : letting better than they have dono for tbe laßt ten years. Not long ago, on ono estate m Gloucestershire, which is owned by a member of tbe Government, neaxly all the land was m tbe proprietor's oven occupation. Tenants oould not be found. At present every one cf theso farms is let, and the proporty is once more m n comparatively prosperous condition, What has happened m this oase haß happened m many others. Naturally one does not hear bo much of this aoooss of prosperity as of tho former depression; but all the same it ia none the less au agreeab c factor m the social condition of theßo counties. In refercnoa to tbe export of moat from theße Aus ra'a3ian colonies, according to the Government statistician for New South Wales, it seems the herds of the oolonies furnish 884.000 cattle for slaughter annually of whioh 743,08'J are required for home consumption, 141,000 being available for export As tho population inoreaees by 4 per cent, the demand is cxpeoted to overtake the supply m six years. The fboks furnish 11,951,885. sheep for Blaughtor annually, 5,716,000 being required for the oolonies, and 6.235,885 being available . for export. Tho inoreaße iv cheep is 3 02 per oent per annum, and at this rate tho surplus, will. not be trenched upon, it is estimated. In 1888, only about'one-sixth of this surplus was exported as frozen $g| it. Australia sent only 112,214 oarcaßCß c| mutton to London last yearj while New Zealand cent over a million oarcasea of mutton and lamb. By tbe reoently arrived San Franoisoo mail, news haß beon received respecting the doinga of Baldwin, the balloonist, who created so muoh oxoitement when m this oolony a few months ago. He is a Belgian by birtb, and his .proper name is Weber. When m Vienna recently he incurred some heavy expense m getting up a large display, one of the principal features being his ascent, j Q company with Mrs Baldwin, and botb dropping by means of paraohuteß. Juat prior, however, to his asoent, the authorities, who compel 'all Bhowmen to pay a license, were seen approaohing, and Baldwin, fearing tho execotion of a wt-rrant, slipped cable, and, with Mrs Baldwin m oompany, sailed away for about 500 miles, when, thinking they were out of Austrian bounds, they descended, only-to find that their flight had been watched. They wore at. onoe arrested and sent baok to Vienna, and had not been released when the mail left. At tbo Orange Hall last evening a leoture on " Orangeism and tho noed of it" was delivered by tho R.v J. G. W. Ellis, R.W.D.G-M. Tho hall was well filled with an at' entive audienoe, and the' Rev A. M. Beattie was vo'ed to the chair. After prayer had been offered by the Rev A. M. BJake, the chairman made a few preliminary remarks on the subjeot of the leoture; and invited Mr EIHb to address the meeting. The lecture whioh lasted an bour and a half and was devoted to an explanation of the prino'plcs, objects, and aims of the Orange institution waß attentively listenod to throughout, and the applause of the audienoe was warm and frequent. At the olo?e of the lecture a vote of thanks moved by Mr David Wilson and seconded by Mr Waits was oarried unanimously. A similar oompliment ' was passod to the chair. Prayer was offered by tho Rev J. Boothroyd, and the meeting was brought to a conclusion by tho singing of a versa of the National Anthem snd hearty oheera for the Queen, the lecturer and the ohairman.
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