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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

The Otago Harbor Board's big dredge has arrived safely in Melbourne. Gippsland coal was used in all the Government offioes in Malbourne the other day as an experiment. The ooal burned well, The Wellington Oity Oounoil have resolved to expend a sum not exceeding £10 1 in obtaining expert evidenoe as to the beat method of carrying out the proposed drainage scheme. • At Oamaru the grain market has a better tone. Although prices have not improved yet there has been a considerable amount of business in wheat 2nd oata done during the week at formor rates. There are indications that values will improve, as there is now more inquiry. The Invercargill Borough Oounoil complain of a foolißh telegram having recently ueen despatched by the looal Press agent oonoerniog the water supply and borough finances. One . oounoillor, in repelling the insinuation, said that " there was not the slightest fear of the finanoes of this borough going to smaib, although {those of JDunedin were in a bad way," A Patea settler writing to a'gentleman in Ohriatobureh says:— lt is just as well you are not having any bush done this season. Bushmen are scarce. They took oontraots early in the season as low as 22s per aore ; they are now asking 355. The flax industry has absorbed a large amount of labor here. I do not know what we are to do when harvest comes round. At the meeting of the committee of the Aand P. Association on Tuesday a disoussion iacidentally arose on tha respective merits of butter made from mechanically separated oream and that from oream set in the ordinary way. The President stated that at the last two shows of tbe Boyal Agricultural Society of England the first prizo for butter was not from separator cream. Other members said that the Bame was the obbo b6re, but if large quantities of uniformly good quality we're wanted the separator must be adopted. Lady Salisbury has solemnly vowed never again to entertain a barbarian or European potentate. The trouble the Shah and his suite gave at Hatfield, and the misohief they did, is said to have been extraordinary. They were satisfied with nothing (I refer now to the great offioers of the suite), turned drawing rooms into dormitories, and even wanted to Bleep in tbe passages. This waß bad enough. Fanoy, however, the aristocrajtio Marchioness's disgust when she discovered tjjat a slim, pretty lad, to whom the Centra of the Universe showed special favor, was a Circassian girl whom .bis Majesty (in deference to English prejudices) had disguised in male attire. A meeting of the Committee of the Ashburton Oyoling Olub was held last night. The Committee attended fo a man and a large amount of business relating to wheel Bport of tbe coming season was considered. Road races were deoided upon and the following resolutions were passed :— That there be three raoes of 5, 10, and 25 miles ; that there be two prizes ; that the five mile be run first on September 25, the ten miles next, and then the twenty five miles, at intervals of a fortnight; that entrioß oloso with the Seoretary two days before each race. Plenty of enthusiasm was shown and the Club have every reason to look forward to a year of good sport, On the night of the State ball at Buckingham Palace, tbe Shah's attendants notioed that tbe Centre of the Universe had lost a diamond as big as a oob-nut from his shoulder belt. Distraoted beyond measure the domestics instituted a thorough search for the jewel, but fruitlessly. When the Shah woke in the morning he would have to be told; and then a high old time they'd all /enjoy, fortunately, just before early broak&&»t »a $C£J?Bh laokey espidd the missing etone and jbro'qgtyUft t0 *e ohief of the Persian valets. " There/7 ;;sid he to the overjoyed servitor, "ia governs big 1 diamond* and you *nay" fell '-him from «w Mrf it's precious luoky for him flopj of tbi guistfl llMtQi^t oundft,"

The anniversary tea meeting at the Wesleyan Church will take place this evening as announced. A meeting of the Ashburton branoh of the Y.W.G.TTJ. will be held to-morrow evening irf Saunders' Buildings, when all memberß are requested to attend. A large number of Ashburton business men left by to-day's express for Oamaru, where they are oiled to appear as witnesses on one side or the other in the Supreme Court aotion of Wells v McOallum. We congratulate our Sergeant of Polioe, Mr H. W. Felton, and Mrs Falton upon their attainment lasj; Tuesday of their silver wedding anniversary. The best wishes and congratulations of large circle of friends .were conveyed to Mr and Mrs Felton on the oooaeion. The adjourned quarterly meeting of the Ashburton Borough Lioensing Committee was held to-day. Present : — Messrs {[Restell (chairman), Thomas, Aloorn and Braddell. The only business was an application by H. Davis, Royal Hotel, for an extension of the hour of closing to 11 p.m. The polioe report was favourable and the application was granted. At the Police Court this morning, before Messrs D. Thomas and R, Aloorn, J.P.'s, Samuel Thompson, on a oharge of the laroeny of a kitohen range, value £7, the property of the National Bank of New Zealand, Christchurch, from an unocoupied dwelling-house at the Hinds, was remanded on the applioation of Sergeant Felton to Sept. 19th. Bail was granted, himself in £50 and one surety in £50. Mr Thomas Edols, of Burrawang, one of the most enterprising flook masters of New South Wales, iB having ninety Wolseley maohineß ereoted at the Caraboblin shed to be ready for the^season's shearing. • As some eyidenoe of the extent of the wool growing industry fct Burrawang, we may atate that this year Mr Edolß marked 67,500 lambs, and will have 90,000 ewes for next breeding Beason. Shearing will oommence this month, and the olip is expected to reach 3000 bales of wool. At a reoent meeting ol the Auokland Presbytery a disoussion took place on the state of religion and publio morals. One of the olergymen who took part in the disbus* sioD intimated his intention of seeing the seamy Bide of city life in company with a deteotive, in order by personal observation to teßt the aoouraoy of the statements published in the daily press. He accomplished bis mission the other week, visiting thirty establishments incognito, being chaperoned by detective Hughes .It is understood .that the rev gentleman will Bhortly give the result of bis investigations to his reverend coad« jutors in the Auckland Presbytery. That tricky little member of the Blaok Brigade, Mr Jelliooe, it is said by the "Otag o Daily Times " Wellington correspondent, on the day that Mr Hislop was leaving for Oamaru. caused him to be eupccnaed to give evidence in the Ghemis case. Nobody knew why on earth this was done, Mr Hialop, as the hour for the departure of hiß steamer approaobed, beoame anxious to get his examination over. He besought Mr Jelliooe to call him, but the latter only expressed regret that his friend Mr Hislop should be in any way inconvenienced. Ultimately Sir R. Stout examined him, but without avail. It is said that this was a dodge in the interest of Mr Jellicoe's oandidature. A London letter of July 26, says : - Lord Ashburton, who should be of interest to New Zsalanders, died this week at Bath Honse, Pioeadilly, under very sad circumstances. His health had been unsatisfactory for same months past, but gave no anxiety until the •liter day. His eldost son, the Hon. Franois Baring, was to have been married the very afternoon of his death to the Hon. Mabtl Hood, but, of course, the marriage has beep: postponed indefinitely. Lord Ashburton wbb the fourth lord, and was born in 1835, suooeeding to the title at his father's death in 1868. He married the Hon. Leonora Digby, daughter of Lord Digby, and loaves five sons and two daughters. The new Lord is but 23 years of age. The following note has been appended by the Registrar-General to the mortality statistics of last monHa, published in the " Gazette "of August 22. It runs as follows:} — " Specifio Febrile or Zymotic Diseases :— There were only six deaths from those diseases in July, of whioh four occurred in Wellington, viz., these from diphtheria and one from typhoid feveri The mortality from diphtheria is much greater in Wellington than in either if the other three great boroughs. In 1888 out of 24 deaths from mis oause in all four borougha, 12 occurred in Wellington. Of 96 deaths in these boroughs from diphtheria in the four years 1885 88 inclusive, 45, nearly one-half, oaourred in Wellington.'* The annual meeting of the Ashburton Grioket Club was held in the County Council Office j ,;|Aßhburt on, last evening, Mr G. Andrews occupied the oh;iir The balance sheet was approved of, and the following nffioors were eleoted: — President, Dr Tweed ; Vice-presidents, Messrs Hf r.-ison, Wilding, Purnell, Thomas, and D. H. Brown ; St-dre-ary, MrL. Andrews ; Treasurer, Mr F. Mainwaring; Commi tee, Measra M. Jameson, Denshire, A. Fooks, Strange, Grubo, J, Sawle, and Lane. The Secretary was instructed to write to various olubs with a view to arranging matohes; A number of new members were eleoted The opening matoh is to take place on Wednesday, 25th inst., between an eleven of the club and all comers. We hear that another cricket club is about to be started and there is, therefore, every > likelihood that interest in or:oket, whioh has somewhat flagged for the past few years, will be revived. A reoent '< Argus " report of the Melbourne etook and share market reoords a notable transastion by Messrs Clarke and Co., brokers —namely, the sale in one line of 2350 shares in the Broken Hill Proprietary Company (Limited) at £50 per share on aooouot of Mr P. K. M'Caughan The purohbse money amounts to £112,500, and it is stated that this is the largest single transaction ever effaoted in the Melbourne share market, and falls not fair short of the gross value of the total sales of the Stook Exchange of Melbourne on the busiest day of the «• boom " — viz., £127,000. The prioe quoted is equivalent to a total of £500 a share, prior to the subdivision, fojr each original £25 share, and is by far the highest price ever paid for these shares, being £87 above the maximum rate reached in the "silver boom." The Broken Hill Proprietary shares, whioh opened in January, 1887, with sales at £84 10s, cloßOd that year saleable at £77. At the beginning of the next year an active demand set in, and after the first sale at £180 the prioe rose rapidly, reaching £413, on the 22nd February, falling to £184 on 9th June, and finally, after many oharjges, dosing at £302. After considerable fluctuations since then these shares have gradually reaohed the equivalent of £500 each. We olip the following important testimonial from the " Illawarra Meroury '' (JSf.S.W.) of the 30th Maroh. %b needs no comment :— " Mr John Loveday, of the Bulli Mountain, wr* Jea to us that after Buttering for four years wfth acute gravel, he has experienced almost oomplete relief by using Sander and Sons' Euoalypti Extraot. He says seeing the said Extraot advertised in the ' Illawarra Meroury,' his intense suffering induced him to obtain a bottjLe of the me^iojne from Mr Hoßking, ohemist, of this town, and that the use of it gave him great relief at onoa. He states that between the 10 th Maroh instant, when he obtained the first bottle of the extract, and the 19th, the use of that medicine oontinued to afford him relief, to whioh he had been a stranger for fouryearß. MrLoveday writes also that be ha? found the. Euoalypti Extraot a oure for rheumatism as well as g&vel. He requests ub to publish tbjs information through the 'Mercury.' .We liave innph pleasure in complying with Mr Loyeday's request, whose word oannot be doubted, and who can have no objeot in view other that) a pure desire to boaefit Buffering humanity/'— Advt. 2 Hoixoway's Ointment /pp Pills.— Coughs, Influenza, — The soothing properties of these medicam :nts render them well worthy of trial in all diseases of the lungs. In common colds and influenza the Pills taken internally and thu Ointment lubbed externally are exceedingly < flicacious. _ When influenza is epidemic this treatment is easiest, safest, and surest. Holloway's Pills and Ointment purify the blood, remove all obstructions to its free circulation through the lungs, relieve the overgorged air tubes, and render respiration free without reducing the strength, irritating tbe nerves, or depressing the spirits. Such are the ready means of saving suffering when afflicted will colds, coughs, bro:.chitis, and ottar complaints by which so many are seriously a»d permanently afflicted in molt

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2223, 11 September 1889

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