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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

Tho Now Zealand Clothing Factory have an nnnouncom^nt in another column. Their 51 f w s'ook of (ioodn ia wortby of 3 o!o33

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The "V&H Mail Gszatta "' makes the' startling suggestion that " Not a judgo, not a magiitrato, should ever bo allowed to pass a sentence until ho has served a term, howover short, as an ordinary criminal oonviot in one of Her Msjeety's prisona."

The complete rotum 0! tho polling for the Rikaia Irrigation Dia< riot; has niw been received from Wellington, and shows that the number of votes for tho proposal was 376 (as already published) snd against tho proposal 10, made up as follows : — S^afie'd 1, Ch6rtaey 1, Lauriston 3, Pendarves 3, and Norlands 2.

The Vivian Dramatio Company appears in Asbburton next week (or a soason of three nights, oommenoing on Wednesday, Angus!; 21st. The piooea to bo played aro " Lady Audley'a Secret," "E-ist Lynne," and "Queen's Eviilenoe," Tha oompauy are now playing in the South to good hou3os.

It is understood that Mr Fulton will renew his question re tho introduotion of a Bill on Prohibition lines. The Premier feels' that he iB bound to give effeot to the expressed wish of the House, Q3 shown upon the lato vote.. A Bill giving the people the right of veto will be introduced next session.

The Asbburton Rifles will hold a sooial, gathering in the Oddfellows' Hall to-morrow evening, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the formation of the oorps. A oapital programme has been prepared, and a special feature will be exhibitions of tbe new physical drill, whioh squads have been assiduously practising for somo time past,

A very well attended meeting of the Dromore peop'o was held in the soboolroom on Monday evening, Mr Harvey in tho ohair. Mr McDowell, of Ohertsey, gave a lecture en " Temperance," and a Band of Hope was formed in whioh twenty-one members were enrolled. Several readings, eto., were given during the evening, and a good start was made with the young people's tompsranoe movement,

In the " homo industry " section of the Dunedin Exhibition wprk exoouted by (a) meohanios, (b) apprentices, (0) women, and (d) children will be exhibited. No charge will be made for space, but it is absolutely necessary that intending exhibitors in this seotion should apply for space before the Ist of Sept., as otherwise the exhibits will not be notioed by the judges.

The members t.f the legislative Counoil are going to have ome amusement on their own aooount. The Dunedin " Star's " Weilington correspondent says : — It is understood that the Legislative Council wM summon Judge Ward, the clerk of the court at Oatnaru, and probably one or two Ministers, to give evidence concerning the Ward-Hislop controversy.

After the settling for the Champion Ooursing meeting at Dunedin on Sri urday evening a strong committee was e eoted of representatives from Ohristoburob, Ashbuiton, Timaru, Winton, Oamaru, luvoroargill, anfl Duaedin, with tha objeot of forming a olub to cooperate with the Jookey Olub in furthering oourainj?, and also for the purpose of attending to the registering of dogs. It was deoided that tbe olub should be called " The New Zealand Coursing Olub." Mr W. L. Philp waa appointed treasurer, and Mr J. N, Mills seoretaryj??'o tarn.

President Harrison ha3 decided to ißsue a proclamation granting pardon and relieving from statute penalties all soldiers of the regular army who havo deserted Binoe 1873. Presi* dont Grant was the last president to extend executive olemenoy to deserters. His pro* clamation was issued 16 yearg ago. Sinoe that time there have been 30,000 desertions from the army, and now President Harrison is going to imitate his predecessor and grant all an unconditional pardon.

William Beaoh, ox-champion oarsmun, had a narrow csoapa from drowning on 30th July. Accompanied by his oldoafc son, a lad of about fourteen,. Beaoh was rowing on the lake at WoolongoDg in a boat, which waa suddenly oaps ; zod by a eqaal'. Tha retired chainpicja- had la . BwimJtjr. tho obore, -»ud although be 13 a good swimmer, he found that ho waa considerably hatnpareel by having to keop hold of tho boy. Though swimming wa3 far from easy, he siuok to the lad, and eventually managed to reaoh the shore in a somewhat exhausted condition, having had a harder smuggle perhaps than ever he had in an outrigger.

At the Amberley Police Court on Friday, Riohard Hatohorn, who, aooording to the " Lyttolton Times " report, desoribed him3elf aa "a reapeo'ablg tradesman, and strongly objected to hi3 case being reported and hia name appealing in the newspapers," was oharged with indulging in a game o£ ohanoe at the Seadown raceooursu. The polioe were able to prove that ho was a habitue of raoQaourses ; that his table showed about 90 per oent in favor of the "bank"; that he was in the habit of passing to drunken men ; and that nine previous oonviotions bad been recorded against him. He was sentenoed to a month's hard labor.

The new Railway Bill whioh the Viotorian Government is under promise to introduoe to Parliament during the ooming sossion is in course of preparation. 101£ miles are asked for in and about the metropolis, and for tho oountry 4780J miles are required. Under the last Railway Aot tho oost of construotion averaged £4000 per mile for the oountry and £12,000 for the town. Taking these figureß for the lines now naked for it will be seen that to carry out all that is aeked for would involve an expendhure of £19,688,000 in the former oase, and £1,212,000 in the latter, or a total Bum of £2Q, 900,000.

A Sunday sohool paper published in Boston tells a pretty stiff story about an English sparrow. It is to the effeot that a Boston Bmall boy recently gave some sparrows a very hard cracker, on whioh they oould make no impression. After pioking at it in vain for awhile, one of the sparrows took the oraoker in his bill, and flying with it to the horse-car traok, carefully laid it on a rail. Then all the sparrows waited until a oar oame along and crushed it, when they flew to the spot in great glea and ate the pieces. Now, this story may be true, but if any Sunday sohool boy should refuse to believe it, we hope he won't be disciplined for his inoredulity.

A moßt extraordinary oasa is reported ti have occurred in Sydney recently, The plaintiff, a respootable married person, went to the shop of defendant, a dentist, for the purpose of trying some teeth which she had ordered. They, however, did not fifc, and she refused to pay for them until they had been altered. Hereupon tho dontiat beoame violent, using threats, and with the assistance of his housekeeper and servant, foroib'y detained her from about 4 o'olook in the afternoon till nearly ll.o'clcok at night, when sho waa released upon paying the money whioh had been demanded. The plaintiff sought lo recover £500 damagoa tor assault and slander. Tho jury found for plaintiff with £60 damages.

Mojor Douglas inspeoted the Ashburton Rifles (Captain Dolman), and Guards (Gap. tain Sparrow), at tho drilNahod on Tuesday evening, when there wag a fair muster of each oorps. After the inapeotion St U-S2rgeant-Major Jones exorcised the man sharply in riflo drill, etc., the smartening fffeofc of whioh was notioeable. Captain Dolman then pracliaod thn two oompanioa in a variety of useful battalion movements that were tolerably well executed. Before dismissal it was announced that all tho South Canterbury volunteera would probably bo paraded at Timam about Thursday, 19;h September, for inspection by Muiji: General Edwards, R.E. District ordera would ba issued so as to give ample notioe, and it waa hoped that every man would endeavor to attend on suoh an important oocasion,

A Tasmanian jpapor says a good story is told of the genial manager of railway?, Mr F. Baok, when in Now Zealand. While there he introduced several new features in oonneotion with railway matters, aomo of whioh were looked upon with a jealous eye by Beveral of the older officials, who were disposed to regard every innovation as a newfangled fad, aad to orUioise it aooordingly. Among the things introduood were a number of buckets painted rod (or fire purposes hung along tho front of the passenger station, similar to thOße at the government station in Launoeg. ton. ThQße had the magic letters P. B. painted on them to designate that they were only to be used in oase of fire. One of the growler on noticing it turned round to his mate and exolaimed, '• Blow me, Bill, if thiß new boss of ours arn'fc a rum un, for he's branding all the things with nis name, and I expect he will be atioking F. 6. on UB nest to phow that we are und.ee hjmyj

Capt Henry Richards, of Quoenstown (says { the " Southland Tirnea "), recently left that > plao9 and proceeded to Tasmania, taking with him a girl named Aldridge, the daughter of a loaal -blaoksmish. Ha has baen arrested in Tasmania on a charge of wifo doserlion, and Constable Rvitledße, formorly of Invero^rgill, but now of Dunedin, left by Friday's steamer to bring him back.

A valued correspondent writes to say that j he has been addicted to the horrible habit of j snoring, and has just found out a splendid 1 remedy. He advises that a piece of soap be dropped into the mouth of tho snorer. The oil in the soap, he explains, will lubricate the pharyux and several other Latin parts of the throat, and thus give the desired relief. I give my readers the benefit of this simple remedy, but it strikes me that it had better be applied wiih oaution, lest the snorer arisa and lubrioate the floor with the man who dropped in the soap. For myself, I have given years of study to the art of snoring, and, notwithstanding these new-fangled remedies shall oontinue on the even tenor of my way, and, although prepared to admit there is no absolute charm for the listener, feel positive that it is only the genuine snorer who really knows what sweet balmy sleep really means. — " Zamiel " in the " Auokland Star."

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2199, 14 August 1889

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