LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Bishop Harper tendered his resignation on Saturday, that being the thirty-third anniversary of his oonseoration.
The total number of oommunioanta m the Established Church of Sootland m 1888 was 581,568 oompared with 579,002 m 1887, beiDg an inorease of 2566,
The Rink will be open to-night as usual, after whioh it will be otoaed until Saturday on acoounfe of tho - hall being otherwise engaged.
A starling was discovered nt the bottom of a coalpit near Airdrie, Sootland, and on being token to tho surfaoe it next d»vy returned to the bottom of the shaft, come 900£ i.
Preadent Harrison is said to bo beating the record as a nopotist. Every one of hiß former law partners, his brother, bis brothor-in-lnw, and his son's father-in-law, aro only a few of the bonefioiareS of his patronage up to tbe present date.
It is stated that (he spirits produped m Franoe are now for the greater part distilled from molasses, and the annual produotion reaob.es 18,492,p00ga1. The distillation o! beetroot juice is also very important, producing alcohol of a good quality.
I AmoDg the curiosities of the London food ' supply may be reckoned quails from the Falkland Islands. These delicacies are brought over alive from their distant home m the South Atlantic and command a large prioe m the market, as they are highly esteemed by gourmets. Fanoy the queen of the birds being "had 1' A golden eagle, the property of Mr Montiethj of Carstaire, Scotland, having for severa seasons laid egce, a trial has been made of substituting two goose eggs for her own, with the result that the eagle is now tearing two goslings, and is an attentive, careful mothe^ Some doubt having been expressed as to whether the new apparatus to be used m New York for exeoution of oriminala by electricity will oause instant ideatb, an apparently welleducated Puiladelphian has written to Gen. ! Austin Lathrop, of Albauy, a remarkable letter offering to makn a personal test. The man says that he is poor, out of employment, and has a large family to support und is willing to make a demonstration, provided that m case of his death, his family shall : reoeive 5000dols,
The Firßt Offenders Probation Aot is working very satisfactorily. Of 82 offenders treated under the aot 40 fulfilled the conditions, aud 40 aro sill working out their obligations ; one absoonded, and one was re-arre3ted. Since the Act came into foroe 203 persons ha'vo been treated, 10 have been re&rrested and only one eaoaped. The saving to the colony by the system for the year is £2808. The aot had hindered 11 young persons beween 10 and 15 years from beooming inmates of prisons, and 42 under the age of 20 from being Htamped as gaol birds for the rest of their lives.
A aeries of ejeotment oaßep, involving property estimated to be worth a oouple of millions storing, iB likely to oooupy the attention of the Supreme Court, Sydney,
before long. The property m question consists of the greater part of what is known as North Willoughby, on North Shore, Sydney, and has been subdivided, out up, and built upon for many j «ira past. Tbe olaimant, Mr Nicbolle, has served notices of ejeotment upon numerous residents on tho property ho claims, and the latter, who have always supposed their titlo indefeasible, are arranging united measures for the defenoe of thoir hearths and homes.
There ia a leoturor m an East Sida museum who unwinds amazingly. Here is a, speoimen of his oraton'oal powers :— " This, ladies, and gentlemen, is Singalee, lhe sword mi tpike walker. She is a native of Luoknow, India, and walks with her bare, naked, and tender flesh upon the glistening, knen-outtinp, bristling, incisive, penelratinp, needle-like, horrible edges of quivering, trembling, wavering, swords, and jagged, pointed, tearing, teriible, oroßßOutting, fearful, frightful, horrifying, spearified, tripoiuted, gashing, deop-Binking, death-wounding, feet-ru niog spikes; dancing and rolling od a bod of bare and pointed oarpot tacks, and running raoos on glistening scimetars " — " Now York Sun."
A congregational meeting was hold m the Presbyterian Churob, FJeroington, on Thursday evening, the Roy A. Blnko m tbo chair. The resolution regarding " Church Praise," tho consideration of which was adjourned from January last, was brought undur notice, and after 06rtain misapprehensions had been o'eared away, it was moved by Mr W, Anderson, and seconded by Mr J. Croy, " Tbat the ÜBB of ' Churoh Praise ' bo adopted m tho oonnregation." Mes.-rs T. Taylor, J. Dunn, H. Donaldson, J. Milno, and others spoke to tho motion, which was carried unanimously. A further resolution was carried to tbe efleot that tbe usa of "Church Vrniae " oommenoe on Ist Sept., and the meeliug was brought to a olose.
The monthly meotincr of tho Tinwald Sohool Committee was 1 e'.d m the Sohot lroom on July 31st, Present — J. Gudsell (chairman), O. Djherty, J. S. Waite, T. A. Hiokman, W. H. Bmith, and J. R. Oomgan. Mr J. Holdham applied for the use of the eokool to hold an entertainment. It was decided to let him have it on payment of 5a for the evening. The Master was instructed to inform all parents whoso children did not attend echool regularly tbat tho oompulsory o'ausea of the Aot would be brought into foroe if they did not send them m future. Messrs T. A. Hiokman and J. S. Waite were eleoted Visiting Committeo for the onsuing month. Acoounts to the amount of £3 10a 5d were passed . for payment, and other routine business disposed of, the meeting adjourned until August 28tb.
The daily " Hansard " m Queensland is considered, after a trial of several years, to be a total failure, not from the inability or rsluotano3 of legislators to talk, nor from tho incapacity of the reporting staff, but from the unwillingness of the publio to bear the burden which the state has tried to thrust upon them. Not only is the official report not read, but members are confronted with a worse ovil still. The newspapers, the wicked curtai!ers, as it used to be thought, of their debate?, have been quite oontented with the new Etate of things, and aa they got more aooustomed to it, realised that for the mass of their readers a good condensation of Parliament was all that was required, and tbat they had no longer to oater for thoBQ who wanted more. Members now flad that 11 Hanßard " is unread, and the press, their friend of olden time, dow refuses to oome to their assistance " oharm they nevec co wisely."
The monthly meeting of the JFlomingtoq Gospel Temperance Society and Band of Hope was hold on Friday evening m the schoolhouse. The attendance was unusually large, the room being quite crowded with a gathering of nil ogef, the majority being young men; The obairman, Bay A. Blako, opened the meeting, and an excellent programme was gone through. Headings wore given by Messrs Maxwell, Gilmour, and Bryant. Recitations were given by piozrje Prebble and James Stevenson, and songs by Mesars Dakers and James ?,Oaborne. An appropriate address by Mr Waite was listened to very attentively. Those were all rnuoh appreciated, but tho pieos of the evening was a dialogue by MiS3 MoMoikin, Mi' Frank Webber, Florrie and Peroy Prebblel It was entitled "Home Government," and illustrated the advantages of a well regulated household. It was remarkably well done. An opportunity waa given to any to oome forward and join the Sooiety when six persons did bo.
Hollowav's Pills and Ointment.— Discaies of Women. — Medical science m nil ages has been directed to alleviate the many maladies incidental to females, but Professor Uolloway by diligent study and attentive observation, was induced to believe that Nature had provided a remedy for those special diseases. He has, after vast respatch, succeeded m compounding his celebrated pills and ointment, which embody the principle naturally designe I for the relief and cure of disorders peculiar to women of all nges and constitutions, whether residing m warm or cold climates, 1 hey have repeatedly corrected disordered functions which have defied the usual drugs prescribed for snch cases ; and Btill more satisfactoiy is it that the malsdy is relieved completely and permanently.
Eough on Eats— Clears oit rats, mich oaoiice, flies, ants, bed-bugs, beetles, insects, kunke, juck labbits, B^arrcwa, Egophera.^Ai cbemiataand drug iata» M
G^.ble communication bad not been restored whon we went to press.
A mooting re the Exhibition will be held at the Borough Counoil Chambers at half-past seven this evening.
The Committee of the Hunt Club have decided not to olose the list of entries for the Point to Point Steepleohase (whioh takes place on^WedneEday) until 1 15 p.m. on the day of the raoe, at the Commeroial Hotel.
The arrangements ;for tha annual Hunt ball aro now complete, and it promises to be a moat sucocssf ul affair; The ball takes place on Friday night 'at the Oddfellows' Hall, the mußio will be supplied by Fleming's band, and the oatering will be m efficient hands.
An ascent of Mt Hutt was made on Sunday by a pnrty of gentlemen from Christohurcb, 12 m numbor. Tboy left Methven m the small hours of the morning, and at four o'olook m the nfternoon a onrrier pigeon arrived m Ohriatohuroh, bearing the following^ message from the mountaineers : — " Summit Mount Hutt, August 11th, 12.30.— Eight out of the party of twelve reached' the Bummit. There is a strong nor'-weat wind and the snow is m bad order. The view at the back of ths ranges ia grand. There ia a oloud-bank to the east whioh we overlook."
The many friends of Matthew Burnett, who remember his visit to Ashbutton and county m Ootober 1885, will hear with interest that his labours are still continued with unabated vigour and interest m New South Wales, from whence he shortly prooeeda to Queensland. Mr Burnett's labours have extended over a period of considerably more than a quarter of a century, and the immense area over whioh he has laboured inoludes the whole of Victoria, South and Western Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, and latterly a considerable portion of tbe interior of New South Wales, indeed only Queensland remains of the Austnlasian oolonie3.
At a meeting of the Methven Library
Committee held on Friday evening it was decided to hold the annual oonoert and dance on Friday, August 30tb, oonoerl: tiokets to be 2* and Is, danoe 53. Lidies would be admitted free to tbe dance. Refreshments provided. The secretary reportpd that he had been m communication with Mr DS McL?an, who had promised to bring up his highlanders. The searetaty reported that the conoerk, eto., held to provide fuuds for the Bchool lamps had been very successful and that a balanoe of £3 16s after paying for the lamps bad been handed to the library. Also that two lots of new books had been prooured since the beginning of tbe year. The meeting adjourned for a fortnight.
The Free Churoh of Scotland has at work on" foreign missions 696 agents, of whom 119 are Sootoh and 577 natives. The revenue has doubled m ten years, and|now stands at £97,541. Native churches have contributed £1094. Over 800 adults have been baptised during the year, over 6000 native communicants have been received, and over 20,000 attend Bohool and college. Their friends of the Lake Company have been m great peril m the African Mission. It was likely that a treaty would be entered into with Portugal, so tbat their pro rietary rigbtsQshould be recognised, and allow them to oarry on tho work m whioh they bad been engaged for fourteen years, They also wished that guarantees should be given as to the scouring of free navigation of the Zambesi, with not more than a 3 per cent tariff; and they further insisted upon proteotion againat the Bale of intoxioating liquors, and they desired suppression of the slave trade. A meeting of the Hamps'eud Town Board was held on Wednesday last. Present : — Messrs Fawoett (chairman), Meao'om, Elliot, and Andrews. A letter was rend fiom the maneger of the Bank of Australia m reference to come roads taken through seotions | belonging to tbe Bank. The olerk was m quoted to reply thanking the manager for oolling attention to the matter and stating tbat the Board would make the neoessary enquiries. A letter was received from the Borough Oouuoil deolining to allow the Board to take £the water from tha Moore street channel, as it was required for flushing the outfall drain. W. Monroa wrote asking to ba refunded 2s 6d on a oollar for a sheep dog, The Clerk was instructed to reply _ that collars were only sold at the reduced price to lonafide shepherds and drovers. The Works Committee wera authorised to see what could be done to improve William street and footpatfiß~~o~n Beach Road, also to fill up some holes on the South Road between the gas works and the ealeyards with shingle taken from a rise on McLean street. It was Btated that gorse was overgrowing the footpaths ia several plaoop, . and after disoussion it waa resolved to defer aotion till an inspector of nuisances and ranger had been appointed, applications for suoh position to bo invited forthwith. Aooounts amounting to £13 8a lid were passed for payment and the Board adjourned.
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