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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

The Babbit Department m the Masterton district are taking active steps againßt runholders who are not reduoing the rabbits. Seventy thousand Amerioan brook ohar fry have been plaoed m the Hutt river this season, and a like number m the branches of the Ruamahanga m the Wairaropa.U The one mile bioyole race at the Rink on Saturday evening was won by Mr D. Jones, time 8 minutes. The Rink will be open again this evening and ou Saturday next. Green and orange have a peculiar eignifioanoe m Ireland even at the present day ; but though the Orangemen take their name from William 111., it is curious that at the Battle of the Boyne the oognisance of William' a army was a sprig of green wore m the hat, while James ll.'s soldiers wore the white badge of the King of France. In a recent address to the Royal Institute Of London) Sir Henry Rosooe illustrated the amount of colouring power etored m coal by showing that one pound of the mineral yields magenta sufficient to colour 500 yards of flannel, aurine for 120 yards of flannel, 27 inohes wide, vermilina soarlot for 2560 yards of flannel, or alizarin for 255 yards of Turkey- red oloth. The Vivians open at the Oddfellows' Hall on .Wednesday evening m the drama* ised version of "Lady Audley's Secret," their performance of whioh has received favourable notioe during their tour through New Zealand. Miss Vivian's impersonation of Lady Audley ia eßpooially mentioned bb being characterised by great dramatio power, and the other members of the numerous company are oapable exponents of their several parte, Barely indeed has an Englishman been heird to praise the English Climate, This is left to Americana. Emerson ba3 a word fo say m its favor. Hawthorne dsolares tbat an English summer, short though it be, is iaoomparable, and exquisite enough to atone for the whole year's atmospherioal delinquencies; and MrR. L. Collier aseo-t3 without reservation that " the climate of England is the most delioiona m the civilised world." — "Spectator." The other day one of the largest Auckland exporters of oolonial produoe wus over m Sydney, with a view of extending his operations. In conversation with a Sydney merchant m the eamo way of business, the former understanding the Auokland man came from one of the other Aus'rilian ooloniee, said he would be happy to do business with him, but on ascertaining that he oamo from New Zealand, said that was enough, as ho had boen sufficiently victimised with produoe from that oolony already; It the end they came to terms on this boais, the Auofclnnd exporter was to register a brand, and , guarantee the produoo covered by his brand. The remedy iB, however, a striking oommem taiy ou pur commercial morality. At iho fajp nioeting of the Southland County Counoil, Mr D. Macgregor (of Messrs Sargood, Son, and Ewcj?)' w&it^ on the council m connection with the grievance" of country storekeepers against the travellers o( Dunedin firms, and said that there had recently been formed a oombination of German Jews with two millions of capital at their baok m thoir own country, who had 56 establishments m the colony and employed 1C hawkers to go about the country from bouse to lioubo soiling goods for oaeh, while the storekeepers had to give credit. The system would smash New Zealand unless Borne Btepa were taken for the protection of those who suffered from it. Tbeso hawkers went round pretending tbat they purchased direot from the manufacturers and could sell cheaper than the storekeepers, and some of the people were foolish enough to believe them, During last year those hawkers, who paid no license tee or rate, had taken £87,000) ( {turn J3o\ithiADd,

Under a recent deoision of the United > States easury New Zealand flax will henceforth be classes as sisal grasses, and the Amerioan import duty will then bo 15dol per ton of 20001 b, inßtead of 20dol as heretofore. The telegraphic ohess matoh between Canterbury and Otago concluded on Saturday evening and resulted m Oantorbury winning six games to Otago'a two ; ono game was drawn and one annulled. In the case of the Wellington-Manawatu Railway Company v The Queen, olaiming the Horowhenua Block, judgment has been given for the defendant on the ground that the land was not acquired by the Government j until after the date specified on which they were to give it to the Company. i Major General Bdwarda will inspeot the i South Canterbury Battalion shortly. The I l companies will assemble for inspection at Timaru on the appointed day at 230 p.m. This hour will enable oorps from North (Ashburton) to be m Timaru by 1.55 p.m.' As this will be considered by tho authorities a test parade, the officer commanding tho distriat requests a full muster of all companies. Mr Isaao Sargent, of the Forks, had a narrow esoape from a serious, if not fatal, aooident last week. He was descending a ladder when a portion of his olothing got caught m a revolving shaft m connection with some maohinery he has at work . Fortunately Mr Sargent had presence of mind to retain his hold of the ladder, and had strength enough to hang en until the olothing gave way. Had he been drawn round tho shaft the oonßequences must almost inevitably have been fatal. As it washi3 ololhes were oompletely torn off his back, but luokiiy beyond a few bruises he esoaped unhurt! The matoh on Saturday afternoon between Canterbury and the Natives ended m a win for the latter by 2 goals and 9 tries to nil. The play was not so one-sided as the scores would seem to indioate, but the immense attacking power of the Natives at times broke down all opposition, and more than onoe tries wero scored from play started from their twenty-five. The soientifio play of the visitors was altogether too muoh for the looal team, whose forwards, however, played a very good game, and were almost as good as their opponents. The trieo were gained by Elliott (3), Gage (3), Arthur, Frederiok, and William Warbriok, Maynard, and Wynyard, The following is taken from the " London Bportßman " :— A number of the speotatcra at the Lancashire-Middlesex matoh at Old Trafford never saw a ball bowled, and yet were perfectly delighted with the game. It should be mentioned that they were inmates of Hensbaw's Blind Asylum, who were invited by the Lancashire County Club, and had the game explained to them as it progressed. They take the greatest interest m the pastime, and m addition to having the eoores read to them from the " Sportsman," etc., daily, indulge m cricket on their own acoount, the ball being formed of wicker-work with pieoes of tin or bells within, whioh enable the players to judge of the whereabouts of the artiole m question. Arrangements have beennraade by whioh a system of examination for the New Zealand police will be instituted and held for the first time m January, 189?, at the headquarters of eaoh polioe distriot. The examination will be divided into two parts — junior and senior. A pass m the former will render a man eligible for promotion to a first-class constable ; m the latter to the rank of sergeant* This system has been instituted with the twofold objeot of preventing inferior men from reaching important positions, whether by seniority or interest, and of raising the general effioienoyof the men by etimu ating them to read up the theory of polioe work and the criminal stutute law of the colony, as the only possible method of attaining to a re* sponeible position, An interesting and peculiar oase took place m the Blenheim Resident Magistrate's Court last week. A country settler sued a town driver for damages to a trap m collision. Tho oiroumatanoes were as follows : — ln April last a settlor was asked by the polioc to assist m bringing m a lunatio from the country. He did so, hnd gave the reins to the constable, who took the luoatio with him on the from seat. The owner was behind m the middle. In town the lunatio tried to get out, and the horse became simultaneously restive. In oonscquence a collision occurred, and the trap was damaged. Tho plaintiff bad failed to get satisfaction from the Polioe Department, and as to-day negligence on the part of the defendant was not proved, it seems ikely the plaintiff will get no satisfaction at all, The R.M. reserved judgment for a woek. The present little difficulty with the United States about the Behring's States fisheries* reoalls a Btory told of Loid Dufferin, during bis Governor-Generalship. The fishery difficulty was at that time a burning question between Canada and Amerioa ; hard words the two nations always hurl at each other, but just then they were coming dangerously near to blows. Lord Dufferin ohose this moment for paying a friendly visit to the States, where he soon oontrivod to win golden opinions on all sides. Upon his roturn, Canadian politicians flocked eagerly around him inquiring what the Americans had saifl about the fisheries. The Governor-General looked at them m profound astonishment, and,- solemnly replied: "Fisheries! You do not suppose I went there to disouss fisheries ? Gentlemen, I assure you so oarefuly was I to avoid the very name during the whole time I was m the States I deolined taking fish at dinner." A good story (says tho " Auokland Star " is told about the late Mr Justice Gillies. He and a well-known Darrister went on a fishing excursion one afternoon, and shortly after reaohing an excellent ground for bait, the lovely waters of the Waitemata became disturbed, not to say "lumpy." The Judge became terribly sick, but his companion we( a veritable old sea-dog, and having made himself as comfortable as circumstances would permit, prooeeded to chaff his oom. panion, while he hauled to the surface sever a interesting pisoatorial specimens. AH Bortß of law phraseology were introduced, but although these were exoruoiatingly funny, and generally inoluded something about " throwing up the brief," or " moving for an adjournment," the Judga never smiled, until at last the barrister's oonsoienoe emote him and he asked : " Can Ido anything for you ? JuEt suggest what you wish.' And then, as the boat gave another fearful lurob, the Judge replied — " I wish you would move that this motion be overruled." A ourious story comes from Poplar, m the East End of London, where two highly respeotable tradesmen have just entered into a compaot wbioh affords their friends muoh food for mirth. One of the parties to the transaction is an undertaker and the other a ohemist. Feeling unwell, the undertaker applied to the ohemist to supply him with a seidlifz powder, and an agreement was arrived at between tho parties by which the man of drugs should supply (he man of woe with seidlitz powders to the end of his days m return for a nicely fitted ooffin. The bargain was mutually agreed upon and m due (nurse the undertaker despatched his assistant to take the necessary measurements for his neighbor's coffin. A very tasty oaken casket, lined with the most exquisite material, was made by the undertaker and exhibited m his Bhop window, muoh to the amusement of the ohemist's friends and acquaintances. Having built this elaborate ooffin, a now trouble has oome upon the unddrtaker, and he is now exeroised m mind how many seidlitz powdors ho will be obliged to Bwallow before ho gets hie money'a worth out of the chemist.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2203, 19 August 1889

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