LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The Rink will be open to-night as usual.
The Rev Principal Rainy did not go through to Christchuroh by the express on Saturday evening as expeoted. The Ghristohuroh Hunt Club's Point to Point Steeplechase on Saturday was won by Mr F. P. Olaridge's Encore (owner up), beating six others. Notioe appears m the " Gazette " Btaling that Mr F. H. Bowler has been appointed postmaster at Lismore ; Mr P. M. H. Haase at Mayfield ; and Mr J. Feohney at Ruapunai An unusual opportunity is afforded for tbe i porohase of a bone mill. It is tbat owned by Mr F. T. Mayo, and is for sale by tender oloßing to-morrow. The number of publio houses of all kinds m the London polioe distriot iB 13,095. The number of coffee stalls piaoed m the street by night is 359. The unemployed question is again oomirg to the front m Sydney, but tbe Government deoline to atart work simply to give employment. Ihe Tuapeka Farmers' Union have passed a resolution to tbe effect tbat the abolition of the Bheep tax would be premature and detrimental to the beßt interests of the country. If more suitable inspectors of licensed houses _than police officers oan be found witbput increased expense the Minister of Justioe has promised Mr Fulton that he will employ them. Oompetition is now so keen between the Union s.s. company and the Ellis line of steamers that paßßengera are now taken from Dunedin to Christohuroh for ss, and to Wellington for 10s. These fares only prevail , however, on the Union boats when they are starting about the same time as the other Bteamerß.
The members of tho Hawke's Bay football team tbat bave been taking lessons down South are returning bit by bit. A package or two neatly wrapped up arrived last night, and Bomo more pieces are expected to-day. Joking apart (saya tho "Daily Telegraph") the footballora have been very muoh knocked about.
The following will represent the Ashburton Rover Football Olub m their match with the Ashburton-Rakaia Olub on Wednesday next m the Domain ground at 3.45 Bharp :— Full baok, Lane; three-quarter baoka, Stewart, Knight and Tasker; half-backs, A. A. Orr, and H. Moss ; forwards, Kidd, O Moss, Low, Lyons, A. Orr, Broughton, Hepburn, Grubb, Rod W. Hefford; emergencies, Htfford, * Finlay, and Murray. Flayers are requested ,tobeupio Upg,
Sohool teaohers will learn with satisfaction that the Government are of opinion that they Bhoud be brought under the provisions of the Civil Servioe Reform Aot, with regard to retiring allowances. The Minister of Eduoation has promised to work out a soheme i for the purpose m the recess.
A notification appears m the ourrent number of the "Oazette" abolishing the existing distriota constituted under the Marriage Aot, 1880, and the Registration of Births and Deaths Aot 1875, of Ashburton and Rikaia, and constituting three distriots, viz Springburn, Rakaia, and Ashburton. The following gentlemen are appointed [registrars: — Springburn, Mr R. S'ewart; I Rakaia, Mr Alfred Clark; Ashburton, Mr I Joseph Wardl
The Star Football OJub will play the past and present of Rakaia Sohool Football Olub on Wednesday. The following have been chosen to represent the Star Football Olub : — R. Curtis (captain), G, Arthur, F. Clobo, F. Leggett, Tasker, Pauling, W. Shearman, B. Shearman. A; Pilbrow, A. Pritchard, R. Hepburn. F. MoTeague, H. Curtis, R. Felton, W. Jameßon. Emergencies :F. Cookson, O. Clark, Smith and Healey. A ooaoh will start lrom ihe Somerset oorner at 12 o'olook sharp on that day.
A onoe superstitious man wbo consulted a " dream book " for every dream he had during a period of 15 years, saya that if they had all been verified, according to the "book," he would have met with six violent deaths, married 11 blonde-haired and five dark tressed girls, inherited nine fortunes, and made 14 trips to foreign lands* He is still living, and old baohelor, haß never been more than 10 miles from the town m whioh he was born, and hasn't got a shilling laid up for inclement weather. But ho haa lost all faith m dreams and dream books.
The Rookhampton (Queensland) "Bulletin" states tbat the s.s. ABhleigh Brook was at the time of writing loading up with about 1000 tons of fresh beef, whioh is to be taken to England m a frozen condition. Thiß is said to be the first shipment of the sort made from the Northern oolony. Hitherto splendid speoimens of fat oattle have been boiled down for their tallow at Rookhampton, or driven overland to the Southern markets, where they usually arrive bo muoh deterioated by the long journey as to realise but little more than store prioes. The Ogden dramatio oompany make their first appearanoe m Ashburton on Wednesday evening at the Oddfellowa' Hall The oompany consists of eighteen artists, and the
pieota m their repeitoire are presented with
great attention to detail and effect, while 1 ' popular " prioes of admission are oharged. «' Baby " Ogden's impersonations of "Jo " and " Oliver Twist," whioh she is to assume on the two nights the oompany is here, are spoken of very highly, and " Eva " whiob is to be her oharaoter at the afternoon performance on Thursday, is also a very clever assumption.
It is reported that one well-known Beefton operator has established a most Buooessful " oorner "m Hard-to-Finds. Holding origin* ally 8000 of the shares, he a few days ago pnrohased 13,000 m one evening, and has sinoe made the number he holds up to 36,000, and bb there are only 24,000 shares m the Company altogether the brokers have oversold to the extent of from 10,000 to 12,000. There are, it is said, only about 4000 of the shares m the hands of other holders, bo that he is master of the situation, and hia sellers will now have to purohase from him at his own figure m order to deliver.
The grievanoe of the Waitemata snd Onehunpa Naval Corps brought under the I notioe of the House by Mr Fisher, who held ! that a publio enquiry should be held into the alleged oondaot of the two companies at the Meroer enoampment, as it appeared that justice had not been done. The Defence Minister said he had reoeived letters con-
gradating bim upon the disbandment of the corps, whioh had been unanimously recommended to him by a board cf officers who had enquired into the affair. In answer to Mr Ward, the Minister said he did not think it was usual to lay the papers relating to such subjeota before tbe House, but if there was any suoh preoedent he would do bo. Thongh the namo Santloy has b6en before the Chrißtohuroh publio a good deal lately, it is by no means a common name. The New Zealand Directory does not contain the address cf a single Santley. Yet there are at least two gentlemen of the name at present m Australia. One of these two is the great baritone, and the otber is a professional " vatiety" artist. The latter had been m correspondence with Mr Charles Hugo, who while at Dnnedin, sent him a oable message to this efteot :— " Opening for self, two 1 song and dance ' men and a ventriloquist." By some mistake, easily to be understood by those who know the mishaps whioh are not unqommoa with regard to oable messages, this offer of Mr Hugo was delivered to the great baritone, whose astonishment, not to say disgust, may readily be imagined. Eventually, however, the message, it may be said, reaohed its intended recipient, who with the other artists reqairod, will probably reaoh Now Zealand within a few days' time. The best medioine known is SANDER and SONS' EUOALYPTI EXTRAOT. Tests its eminent powerful effects m ooughs, colds, influenza, eto. — the relief is instantaneous. Thousands give the most gratifying testimony. His Majesty the King of Italy, and medioal syndicates all over the globe, are its patrons. Read the official reports that gooomptmy eaph bottle. We baye no 'oooasion to o#er re\?av3« m proof of the genuineness of our referenoe.', The offioial reports of medioal olinion and universities, the offioial communioation of the Gonsul-General for Italy at Melbourne; the diploma awarded International Exhibition, Amsterdam — all these are authentio documents, and, jib suoh, not open to doubt, We add here epitome of one of th 6 various Ogatas' treated by Siegen, M.D., Professor, eto ; Burning of the right hand through the explosion of a small oil stove, The epidermis on the volar and palmer Bide of the hand of the thirty-year-old patient was completely separated and lifted up as far as the joint of the hand. The likewise lifted nails were hanging loone, and half of the phalanx of the pail of the middle finger was ooaledVJ The wounds jshus contracted healed m thre<^|eeks under daily applipations of $ucalyptip ijxtraot dressing. The patient has retained the full übo of the hand.— (Advt.) I
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