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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

In Paris the saooharine, or sugar made from coal, bas boen unanimously condemned by tbe medioal pression, beoiuaa it seriously troubles diges'.ion.

Laß*: year, when tbo prioe of potatoes wa very low, a Dundoe f.rnvr pu f . a lot of them among chaff at tbe bottom of a silo. When it was opened tho other day they were as frosb as whon tbey wrre dug.

There ate over fifty app'ioanls for tho chair of English language and literature at the Otago University. Many of those aro said to possess high abilities and firat-oloss testimonials.

Probably not ono m a thousand real'ses tho fact that, next to England, little Holland is tho greatest colonial powor m the world. Tho Dutch oolonies havo on area of nearly 80,000 square miles, whioh includes eomo of tho finest colonial possessions.

The Ohristchuroh coal merchants on Monday mot Mr Jumoa MHJb monger of the Union Steamship Company, at Ghrislohuro"!, to oonferas to tho possibility or abolishing tho present coal monopoly. The oonforenoo, however, bad no satisfactory result.

TheDure'in Tailorcs3Oo Union now numborsoyer7oo monitors. Tho Anti-Sweating Committee||bave sulmitted a Jog for tailoresseß working m chops as distinct from factoriep, and it hns boen adopted. Tho Commit£ao, notwithstanding tbe action of tho Monufaol^urers" aro prooeedin^ with the eonß?'.lcrat,ion of b lpg for factory hands.

It|is ncarcoly fuir for a hpartlePß publio to trifle with tho (iier feelings of a policeman's nature. Ono afternoon lost week u/ord was fcr warded to an Auckland elation that a dl/jtrooß ing accident hr.d inken p'aoe m the streot, and bad ended fatally. A ccnetablo tramped up to the locality inchoated to remove tba body p. tbe deceased, but on roaobing it found that a baker's cart had aooidentally overrun a Scotch terrier, and that tho body bad baen removed before his flrrivn'. Drovers trav.!"/ng (hrough thorapjg.s to the West Coast Btato tbat during a long experience they havo not before mva the rivers oo low. At Bealey the Waimakariri is little more than a suocoseion of pools, and the Otira is completely dry, a foot never before noticed. The ecaroily of water is attributed to the long spell of rainleea weather and the severe Iroßts. Fossikers for gold up the Taipo and other range rivers are repotted to be making w». eooopnging wtgw !

An invention whioh haa lately boon ruooeßsfully introduced to Naw Zealand is Koen's Unbreakable Saddle. It has tho merit of combining great strength with extreme lightness, and it will be worih tho whilo of horso owners tc attend the exhibition of tho saddle whioh is to be given m Messrs Williams an^ Bland's Horse JBszaar to-morrow afternoon.

History repeats itself. Lord Bacon relates that Mr Popham, afterwards Lord O'.'i'f Justioo Pophnm, wUc.it ho wns Speaker and tho House of Commons had sat long and dono m effeot nothing, coining ono d.'iy to Q.oon Elizabeth, eho said lohim, "Now Mr Speaker, what hath passed m the Commons' Hots- ?" Ho answered, "If it ploaso your M ;]3sty, seven week-'."— " Posi: '

Tho «' Wanganui Ohroniolo 11 barns ihat at the rcoont racing conforonco m Wellington tho decision arrived at with regard to tho totaliaa'.or at tho former conference was adopted, ana no alterations ware made as to the woiking of tho machines. Tho rules relating to j s!eeplecha«inx and hnrdh radn;^ were incorporate'] w'th (h j"it Li: o'tt c'ni*." The resolutiona by th. Confer. iiuo wiil bo circulated amon;/s'. iue O'aba ifs s<;on t;a they havo beon pul into legal fom.

Tho Belfast Freezing Worka woro opened yostorday for the first time ainoe the firo, A pany, comprising th« dirsotors of tho oompany, repreaentativ s of tho shipping companies, the Chamber of Ooramoro". and other leading mon, were i n'crtaiu.d at lunoh, when the obairman, Mr J.ibn Grig^, alluded to tho improved relationship between tho shipping companies and shippers ub beuefioial to tho progress of suoh establishments. A number of complimentary toasta were duly honoured.

The will (dated Deo. 22nd, 1887,) of Mr Edward Peach Wiliiam Miles, J P., late ot Stainsbridge Houso, Malmcsbury, Wilts, No. 79, Graoeohuroh Btree", ond Erlwood, Bagshot, who died m New Zealand on Maroh 220 d, w«s proved on May 31a', by Mrs Anna Maria Franooa Miles, the widow, and Captain Frederick Tremnyno Mi'ot?, and O.iplain Archibald Edward Milos, sons, the executors, the value of tbe personal estate bsing sworn to exceed £43,000, The testator give, all hia real and personal estate to hia wife, leaving it entirely to her judgment to oarry out euoh of his wishes as be baa privately expressed to her.

At tbo B.M. Court this morning before Mr D. Thomas, J. P., a first offender for drunkonnesa was fined 5s with the usual alternative. — Charles Hortcn alias " Flatfoot Charlie," who on the previous day was before the Court on charges of oreating a disturbance m a railway oarriage and of using obaoene language, waa again brought up on a oharge of making use of ob.cene language on the previous evening. It appeared that he requested the Salvation Army m particular y vile terms while that body was holding forth m the Btreet, to «« save " tho Borgoant of polio ■, that offioer being much m noed of salvation. The Benoh ordered him to be imprisoned for a week.

A Sco'obman named McLean, appoared at tho Warrnambool (Victoria) Po ioe Oourt r- oontly for not Bending his child to school for the required numbr of diyn, and on being oalled ho w-.lked up to the bf nob with a very tall boy at hia side, remarking .«« This 5b the ohild, your Worship." The announoe* ment caused great merriment m Court on

the Bla'ute of tho ohild, who waa ol'or than

the biggest man m court. " What height is he?" asked the magistrate. "Sixfee^eix inches," waa tho father's reply. "Well, aocording to hb ago, he comes undor tho Aot, though not aooording to hia stature," was tho magistrate's answer, and a fine w-;e imposed. The boy, who ib juat under fourteen, r.'.peais healthy, is well-bui t, and it prnporly looked after will devi'op into Victoria's greatest giant,

The'roal history of Sir Hercules Bobinsoo". resignstion of the Cape governorship ia very remarkable. What lnppened waa this (aooording to the London ci respondent of - the " Manchester Examiner ") : — " The H'gh Commissioner wont, to tho Co'onial Seoretary and informed him that he bad reoeived offers of profitable employment m England, representing a certain yearly income, In twenty-tour hour* ho n>u.t decide whether he could accept tho cf/ora made to bim or not. If within tbat time Lord Knuteford saw his way to accepting Sir Hercules' ultimatum with rcgord lo Uie future of South Africa, well and pood. If not, Sir Heroulcs must resign. To euch a proposal there oould only bo ono answer, and to hia credit Lord Knutsford gave it without hesitation. But tho wholo incident i > an unpleasant one, ana shows how important it is that high State offioial^ .■ -hoitl I bo m a position to disregard all pecuniary considerations. It is Btated, I miy add, that Sir Herculoa Robinson wi 1 shortly become a director of tbo London and Wosiminator Bank."

The law prescribes (hat members of the Legislulivo Council of Victoria sh-ill bo possesed of certain property qunlifioniionß and that any member ni'tiig withru*. euch qualification is liih c io a fioo of £200 for every limo ho tii lc.s hi-; jer.*. Aiy por?on may euo uny euch mimb.r for the reoovery cf tho line, and the pr sumption is that ne may keep the money — when hu gets it. In fillinp; m the Bta utory dsc! nation upon taking hia scat m the new Council, Dr L. Fovre inadvertently ir;oludo a property wbioh he bnd not hold during tho require twelvo months. It is not protendod that tho hon member is not possessed of far more than tho necessary property qualiflaaiion, but tbe fact Sb not disolosed m the declaration if tho property juat alluded to is struck ouK Tcohnioally epeakinp, Dr Le Fevro would thorefora be disqualified, although he ia m fact more than doubly qualified, These oirouinstances havo ooirjo to the care of a man named MoCalla, and he has issued a writ againat the dootor for the reoovery ot the trifling cum of £13,200 m reapcot of the 60 times be has sat m the Legislative Oounoil. Tapicoa, a veteran racehorse, formerly well kn.wn m the Tokomairiro district, was sold by auction at tho Dunedin saleyards on Saturday. It is estimated (says the "Herald") tbat tbe old fei ow must be about 35 years of age, and instead of being tbe bright bay of his early days bo is now from ago spotted like a leopard. Twenty-two years ogo tio was tbo property of Mr W. H. Taggaot, and he informs us that he was then an old horse, aod considered done ; but he was a " game one " for be covered the distance from Waikouaiti to Dunedin m 2hrs37aim. drawing a trap, and tho roads were not. so good as they now are. Many old identify Bport s who Raw Tapicoa on Saturday assort that he id

the oldest horse m the colony. Robin Hood, sill the property of Mr Taggarr, was always looked o;i as the equine wondor m this district, as he has soon 25 years, but o'd hb ho is he followed the houndU throughout last season with only a single mishap. Tnpiooa, however, (puts l.obin Hood m tho shade altogether, being considered 10 years oldor.

A Wellington paper soys :— Bellamy's, bo it is said, will soon beoome a relio of tho pust. Hitherto tho profits on liquor havo reoouped tho losses m the cookery dopartmont. Now members seldom " give it a name," and tho bar is not paying wages. Fifteen members of the House are total abstainers of a particularly virulent varioty, and those m tho habit of looking upon tbo rum when it is rod oan no more drink m oomfort with tho oold eye of a Goldio or a Hobbs upon thorn, than an ordinary middle-aged malo citizen oan cat a penny bun m a pastry-cook's whilo a small boy baletn'.ly glares at him through tho window. It must not bo supposed, howeyor, that no drinking goes ou m tho House. Thiraty members keop a modest bottlo among their poperß with a ohemist's label on it '— " The mixture as before," and always moasuro it out m a spoon and mako wry faooß while : swallowing it. It is said that a peculiarly rabid teetotaller with a bad cold was induoed tbo other morning, through falso and fraudu. lent protenecs, to tasto Mr Vincent Pyko's " oough mixture," and deolared his opinion that it was " far superior to any alcohol, boina evidently stimulating and non-inloxioating." ."But ijow tho follow'^ K°* *ho ,rißto ot •-» I Bhall lcyjk my drawer I , says Ht Pyko.

""ffo^jr.owAy's Tills anp Ointment--isc9.ses of W or » en » — Medical science m all ggs has bean dueled to allcyiate the many ala ics incident j to fetnalc3, buj; Professor olldway by tllljgent t\tuuy and attentive ab° rvati n, was induced to believe th Nature had provided f. remedy for ihose special diseases. He has, eftor y'.ist rgsgaich, .succce'ed 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 ages and constitutions, jvliethef xes\ding 'v warm or cold climates. 1 hoy have repeatedly corrected disordered function's which have defied the usual drugs prescribed for snch cases t and still more satisfactory is it that the malady is relieved completely and permanently,

At tho moot of tho South Canterbury Harriers held at Mr F. S ruraona' f-vr-n, Conrpstall, on Thursday afternoon, Mr Meredith-Kaye'a horse Stookham blundered at a fonce throwing Mr Kayc, who bad his wrist bona broken and was rather severely •hakon. Stookh&m'a blunder proved fatal to hiinsell for ho unfortunately broke hia nook. Tho loaa to Mr Kaye will bo rather a eorioua ono, for the horae was very useful m tho huuting field, and had taken several prizes at different Bhows.

Tho Ashburton Riflea oelebratod laß*. night the tonth anniversary of their formation by •\ sooial gathering m tbo O-'clfellows' Hall, at which thero waa a good attendance of tho momb.ra of .the corps, and their friends. Thera waa nothing of a formal nature m the proceedings. lXmcing was engaged m to excollent rnusio supplied by Mr Fleming and a coadjutor, and songs and recitations filiod sirae of tho inforva'e A vury creditable exhibition of tho new phyeloil rxeroiso drill WU3 given by a equid of the R'fl.s under Serßoant-Major Hayes, and the different oxerciaea elicited muoh applauac. Refreshments were supplied by Mr J. Ranger, Tha gathering dispersed about midnight after spending a very ploaaant evening.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2201, 16 August 1889

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