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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

President Harrison will not talk politios on Sunday.

An idea of tbo hardness of tho times m Persia may be gathered from the faot that men who bad a dozen wives have had to reduce the number to three or four.

Baron Liebig, tho great German chemist, says that " as much fljur as oan lie on the point of a table knife contains as muoh nutritive constituents as eight quarts of tbe best and most nutritious beer that is made."

The Jews of Frankfort have schoolrooms where their children receive instructions m ohess. Rightly says " Mars," these men hold "to be well diverted is the Bafest guard to innccenoa." Sieinilz, Zukertort, Kolisob, Anderseen, Winawer, and other ohess masters belong or belonged to the Hebrew faith.

Captain Page, of the Wellington Fire Brigade and Yioe-President of the Fits Brigades' Association of New Zealand, the latest viotim of the outbreak of typhoid the empire city. The flag at the Ashburton Fire Brigade station was flying at half mast today as a token of rospaot to the memory of Captain Page.

A good deal of merriment is passing ourrent m -Wellington at the expense of Mr Maoarthur, who, as tha aioh-oonßpirator (if ihe country party has himself been " dished." His borough of Palmerston North ia amongst those which are put on the same footing as tho cities, yielding an advantage of 28 per cent to (he real country distriots.

Professor Wallace, who has been visiting the dairy farms at Jamberoo, New Sou h Wales, remarked that what surprised him during his round was the excellent quality of the butter made at a temperature of G8 Jeg— a feat which would be considered quite impossible m the Old Country, and one which no intended to note for the benefit of dairy farmers m Scotland.

The beer duty oases wire resumed at Christohuroh on Thursday, Scarlett, the defendant, gave evidenoe respecting .the Bale of the beer. He alleged that the publioans were independent with him be 0 mse he did a free trade, and often sent back a quantify of oasks when only one of them was bad. The magistrates remanded the ease till Saturday, with a view of examining Scarlett's premises.

The oonvict, Patrick Shine, charged with aggravated assault on another convict, named Fowler, on June 19th, was brought before (he magistrates at Lyttelton, on Thursday, and oommitted for trial. The evidenoe showod that there had been a quarrel at Ripa Island during the day. When returning to tho gnol Shine, on removing hia heavy boots, weighing 21bg 120z3, had inflicted severe wounda on Fowler'B headend face.

Sir Francis Hastings Doyle thus refers to Mr G'a'Jatono's wedding, of which the fiftieth anniversary has just been celebrated m h ; s " Reminiscences and Opinions " :— " In 1839 I attended Mr Gladstone's wedding as hid best man, at JJawardcn. Catherine Glyon and her sister iV ary, both beautiful worn, n, were married on the same day — the fiißt to William Gladstone, the Beoond to George, Lord LytteKon. The occasion was a very interesting onp, f:omthe high gharaofer of tho two bridegro me, and the^warm'h of affection felt for >be two charming young ladies by ail their friends and neighbours m every nob otliti,

J Tiie third of the Caledonian Society's ? Ingl --sides for the season will bo held m the \ Odd fellows' Hall to-night:

The Oropi estate, whioh has been adver* tiaud fur sale by Mr T. Bullock to-morrow, haa bo?n sold privately, Messra W. de B. Wilson and John Davison being the pur-

hr.se rs.

Ai Woodville reoently, Constab'e Oarmody rrfn-Hii to administer a n>ggiug to a boy ue.uud MoOuakar, m nooordduoe with the •Incision of the Jualices, and the policeman was accordingly discharged.

At a meeting of the ohuroh officers of thß Parochial District of Longbeaoh. held on Tuesday, a resolution waa unanimous':? passed •letermining to devote all monoya ihaa can ba collected or raised m exosss of the stipend ;Unr<\ntf.e, during the currout year terminating next Eastor, towards the ereotion of a jontral parsonage at Tinwald.

11. is believed that tbo trade m dead moat from the Continent to Great Br'tui will (aay9 .ha North British Agricultural) uudovßO oonaiJorable development before long. Oa iceouufc of the prevalence of disease m Gdraisny, live oattle from that county oanuot ao.v be exported to Great Britain ; and it is stated that at several ports arrangements are bciug made for killing oattlo find sheep there, and shipping them forthwith m enrols form to the English markets.

The Shah m drinking cbampnge and seltzer plainly transgresses the Mahoaaedan rule and uviko3 himself abominable m the sight of the Shiitea, who profes3 to bo the trua believers m his kingdom. But the Snah has gone on the principle that he might as well be hanged for a glass of sparkling wine as for a glasa of sherbet, and, as ihe tihiites always loathed him for a Sunnite even when he stuck to temperanoe beverages, he |is oontent now to draw all his fellow-Sunnites after him on the new path, and snap his fingers at the Shii;es.

A sensation has baen caused m Vienna by the announcement that tho " Nouvelie Bavue " will shortly publish i letter purporting to be from the Prince of Wales to King Leopold, m whioh the Prince states that Emperor William's body is seriously attacked by disease; tbat he cannot get sleep save what drugs procure for him, that he suffora from intense headaohes, compelling him to resort to morphine, and that he easily loses his temper. Ths letter continues : I shall never forgive or forget his treatmont of mo on the oocasion of the funeral of his father, nor the insults printed m the " R9iohsauzeiger. '

Judgment has been delivered iv the House of Lords as to the validity of a p.vent for dreßs-improvera taken out by the Acaerioan Braided Wire Company Mr Justice Kokewioh decided that the letters patent were invalid, but that deoision was reversed by the Oourt of Appeal. Lord Fitzgerald said the bustle was a very old device ; it had oomo down from the period at which the art of the dressmaker was oalled m to diefiguro nature, and he and the L^rd Chuuceilor dissented from the judgment of tho Oourt of Appeal ; but as Lords Watson, Maon&ughlon, aud Hersohell held a different opiuion, that judgment was affirmed.

A bonus of £100 has been offered by th» South Australian Gaveromaat for speciiioations for a stone and stump gatherer, wLich shall be oapable of gathering from the surface all loose stones or B.umps from lib to 56 b m weight. The conditions are that the maohine will have to be constructed so as to be oipable of olouring at one operation a width of not less than 4ft 6'.n, aud be drawn by horses, the draught not to exceed the capaoity of three ordinary aaimals. The appliance must be either attachable to an ordinary tipdray, or have a tip rocoptaole oapable of holding not less than 20 wt attaohed, and must be [strongly made, and the cost of its oonstmation to the farmei must not exceed £35. Lightness of draught, combined with strength, durability, and cost, will be taken into account.

Mr Edison is reported, m a conversation with an interviewer who solicited his ideas on tha Bubjaot of the projected WorJd'aFtir m New York (Bay 3 " Iron "), us saying tint he would tako an aore oE spaco m a fair and completely cover io with his inventions, of which he has no leas than savonty vow uuderway« " Oao of the mosf* peculiar, and now promising good results," eaid Mr Eiison, •« is what I may call a far-sight maohine." By means of this most extraordinary invention he hopes to be ablo to increase the ranga of vision by hundreds cf miles, so that, for instance, " a man iv New York 0 ;uld s.'e the features of hi 3 friend ia Bosou with as much easo as he oould see a porfurmance on the stage. That," ha added, " wou'd be an invention worthy a prominent plaoe m tho World's Piiir and I hope to have it perf-joted long before 1892." v

Sir Morell Mackenzie, m a magazine artiolo, wit 3B :— Tobaoco, alcoho', and tiory oondi meats of all kinds aro bssl avoided by those who have to speak rnuob, or at least they should b 3 used m. slriot moderation. I feel bound to warn 3peakars addiotsd to the " herb niootian " against cigarettes. Lilm tippling, the effaat of cigarette smoke ia aumuiativo,and the slight but constant absorption of tobacco juice and smoke makss Ihe praouce far more uoxious m tho long run than any other form of smoking. Cigarette Bmokors Bra often m a state of chronio narcotic cisoning. Though the procoß3 may bo slow, there oan be little doubt that it 13 sure. Even if it does not kill the body, it too often kills or greatly impairs the victim's working effioienoy and usefulness m life. The looal effects of cigarettes m the mouth must also be taken into aoaount by those whose work lies m the direotion of public speech.

Whilst at Kihikihi a few days ago Professor Lio Medo made a phrenologioal examination of tho head of Te Kooti, who submitted with great suavity to the process of having his " bumps " felt. The examination showed that Te Kooti is not suala a bad fellow after all. The phrenologist says he is a clear and far-reaohing thinker, and a great critic ; that he has meohaniaal and inventive talent, acute comprehension, sarcasm, acquisitiveness, strong oaudou3nes3— a store of good qualities, m faot, and that his character is versatile, whilßt seoretivenossis a conspiouous feature, making him guardod, shrewd, and politic. Ho isu't altogether an angel, however, for hu shows the sign 3of oombalivenass and destruQtiveness, and has a warm temper. The animal impulses are strong m him. Professor L'.o Medo was good enough to point out that there is a hump on Te Kooti's book after the fashion of that of Richard 111., and that hi 3 right shoulder it higher than his left.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2195, 9 August 1889

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