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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

Ten oream oolored ponies have been sent to India from Hawke'e Bay. They were shipped to test the market. The two sailing vessels, the Fleione and the Waimate, between them take from Wellington for London 4682 bales of flax. At the inquest on the body of Arthu T Empßon at Dunedin a verdict was returned that deceased committed euioide wbile insane. Mr Ohilders receives a Cabinet pension of £1133 6s 8d per annum, besides whi.oh he draws a pension of £866 per annum m virtue of having held oniae m the colony of Viotoria. At a reoent wedding m Waaganui, accord* , ing to the " Chroniole," tbe bridegroom was an undersized youth of 18 and tbe bride was ' not 15 years of age. Sayß the "Napier Telegraph ":—«« That { foe to honeßt colonial labor, who is for ever seeking to establish a newspaper where it is not required— Mr Joseph Ivess— advertiseH bis latest venture, the ' Aibury Evening Mail,' for sale." ' Tbe old sanctuary of Methodism, known as the Tabernacle, on Tottenham Court Road, London, of wbioh Goorge Whitfied laid the foundation stone m 1758, has been pionounced unsafe, and eerviaes have been suspended. It will probably have to be taken down entirely. '•The police," says Joe Howard m the "New York Pres3, •» estimate that 50,000 people walk the streets of New York, not knowing where they Bleep at night, and 50,000 other people sleep as beßt they oan, not knowing when or how they they shall break their fast after the coming dawn. A bint ia fenoing:— Experiments have been made oq the preservation of wood plaoed m the ground, A piece of oak sunk m the ground, m the direction of the growth of tho tree, decayed m 12 years ; while idontioal pieces, coming from the same tree, bub inserted m the opposite way, showed hardly 1 any trace of deouy m the same wny. Travellers who have recently come from tbe Weßt Coast Btite, says the "Auotiand Herald," that the natives are greatly irritated oyer the reduotion for the Native Reserves. They state that similar reductions have not been made by Europeans m the rental of lands adjoining to native lands, and that if reductions are desirable, they, as landowners, should be fully consulted oa the matter, The Parihaka movement seems to be losing its vigour. There are not bo many natives there as formerly, and it is said if the Government and the Europeans generally left these native gatherings severely alone, the whole affair would speedily die out. It h&B transpired says the " Herald " that tbe oleiioal member of the Auokland Presbytery who recently visited places of evil repute m the city m company with Deteotive Hughes, baa frankly confessed that his investigations have led him to change his views to a aertain extent on the Contagious Diseases Act. He stajtes that from the faots brought under his notice, and whpoh he could not gainsay, it was dear that two things had resulted from the suspension of the Act m Auokland— first, a great addition to the number of women openly living an evil life ; second, a large increase m juvenile immor* ality. At tbe Magistrate's Court, Auokland, on Wednesday, a saddler, nnmed G. Allen, was charged with having unlawfully dismissed from his employ an apprentice named Martinson. The evidenoo showed that work having been short, Allen put bis employes on half time, when Martinsen objected and was discharged. For the defendant an objection was made to the iddeotore, on tbe ground that it had been bigned by the mother of the lad and not the father, and also that it was bad ab initia, beoauee the boy would be over nineteen years of age at the time at wbioh tbe oontraot would expire. Other objections were also urged. Hib Worship held that the two mentioned were fatal to the legality of the indenture, and dismissed the case. Wallace says that some of tho Paoifto islanders, will never eat bens' eggs, consider* ing them unfit for food ; but they sell them to sailors. The Esquimaux will not eat vegetables, considering |it a perverted taste that will indulge m suoh stuff. The New Guinea natives {refuse to eat bread and biscuits, and abhor sugar. On the oontrary, such tribes enjoy ants, grasshoppers, monkey*, and enakep. Those Malayans that collect edible birda' nests never can be induced to eat ol them, Afrioan tribes that keep moßt cattle never taste milk. Bait is where all the world fioda kinship, for no nation or tribe but oraves it, ond needs it. On the whole, we shall have to go back to the old Latin saw for aa explanation of such diversities : " There is no aacountiDg for taßtes."— " Globe Democrat." In his "Problem of Health," Dr Greene says that there iB not the remotest corner or inlet of the minute blood vessels of the human body that does not feol some wavelet from tho convulsions occasioned by good hearty laughter. The life principle, or the oentral man, is shaken to its innermost depths, Bending new tides of life and strength to tbe surface, thus materially tending to ensure good health to persons who indulge therein, The blood moves more rapidly, and conveys a different impression to all tbe ! organs of the body, as it visits them on that pai^ioular mystic journey when the man is la.ugbiDg, from what it does at other times. For tbiß reason every good hearty laugh m which a person indulges tends to lengtheq his lite, convejing, as it does, ni? ancT diitinot i ifcwjlui to the ritft.l * ?*«»i % '

Despite the representations made to the Northern A. and P. Association against the < Rangiora show boing fixed to clash with other ] shows, it was again fixed yesterday for ' Ootober 31, the day between the Timaru and ] Ashburton shows. < The motion on behalf of the Crown to apt J aside the judgment given for tbe plaintiff m , the case of Vincent v the Queen, for damagGß , eustained hy being run oyer by trucks ona ij railway incline at Hokitifca, was dismissed ( with £10 10s costs by Mr Jußtioe Denniston, , at Ohrißtohurob, on Thursday. \ In the House of Reprepresentatives on ' Thursday, m reply to a question, the Govern- ] mont had to admit that a valuatlo dog had ] been starved to death on the Quarantine Island m Lyttelton Harbor. It waa " unfortunately " true, and the Minister " supposed " tbe Government would have to pay oompen- < sation. The usual weekly meeting of the "Dawn of Peace " Lodge, 1.0. G.T., waa held m the Templar Hall ou Thursday evening ; Bro A, Mulford, 0.T., presiding. A most enjoyable evening was spent. Bros Pearson, Rooke, Prizzel, Paterson and Sister Washington, contributing soogs, readings, and recitations. The Lodge closed m due form at 9.30 p.m. A meeting was held at Ohristohuroh yesterday to consider what arrangements aould be made to keep the freezing hulk, Edwin Fox, nt Lyttelton. The agent, Mr P. Cunningham, offered to keep the hulk at Lyttelton if 350 sheep a day were guaranteed, and to freeze at a ohargo of Jd per lb. A ooinmittee was appointed to see what support could be obtained. A Queensland attorney had his pooket pioked of his pipe and tobaooo pouoh the other' day while interviewing m his oell a prisoner charged with larceny, Ibut detecting the theft before leaving tbe preoinots of the gaol, he returned to the dupgeon, and on his olient owning up the lawyer presented him with a box of matohes m token of hie admiration, and volunteered to defend him on his trial for nothing. One little touoh nature re-established the Brotherhood of Man The Ashburton Fire Brigade held a smoke concert last evening to oelebrate the opening of their new meeting room. The ohair was oooupied by Captain Soott, and Or Esir, Chairman of the Fire Brigade Committe of the Borough Council, and one or two other visitors were present, Excellent refreshments were provided by Mr W. O Davis. A number of toasts were honored and some oapital songs were given by members of the company. The gathering, which was moßt enjoyable, was brought to a olose shortly after midnight. A gentleman, recently from England, who ia distantly conneoted by marriage with H. M. Stanley, gives the " Hawera Star " Borne particulars of Stanley's early life, and denies the aoouraoy of those oontained m " Men of Time." He states that tbe mother of Stanley died when he was only two years old, his father, whose name was Reynolds, having died shortly before that; A small farmer named Owen, living near Denbigh, m North Wales, took oharge of the lad and rearod him until he was a youth of thirteen years or so, when Stanley took service m the London and North Western Riilway Company. Tho informant denies that Stanley was ever m tbe poorhouse at St. Asaph, or that he ever taught m a school before he left for New Orleans. S&yß "Puff" m the «• Wellington Post " :— What an extraordinary difference it makes whether a man offerß you his hand or the toe of his boot ! Yes, fanoy Grey and Atkinson kiasing one another 1 " Lißten to him," says Sir Harry, " harken to the golden words of the |wiee old statesman ! " Funny, isn't it, when we call to mind tho habitual rudeness with which the Premier treats Sir George 1 What made Grey stand up m that extraordinary way for Hislop ? Hislop was Grey's smart young man years ago; Grey thought he struok ile m the Oamaru limb of the law, and doesn't like to think he was mistaken 1 And " per oontra " Sir George and Judge . Ward . . . . ! H'sh no scandal ; the b old man was a bit on the rampage, and no 3 wonder it set Atkinson weeping with joy to have a plank thrown to him from such a t quarter ! r The " Hawera Star " says ;— A Patea Maori a was relating his experience of tbe law and its b peculiarities the other day. He said : — " My r lawyer oame to mo and Baid ho could get me some land I claimed by Maori title from an s ancestor, and whioh tho pakeha knew was m , dispute. I told him all about it, and he said, 3 'It is a very good case ; you ought to win.' 1 I thought that was all right, so I said, ' Go on t quick, and got me my land.' He said, ' Very good.' By and bye he came to me and said , he wanted one of my pigs to pay expenses, ) and I oaught the pig and gave it him. Very t soon he came for another pig, and I had it 1 oaught for him. In a few weeks he had taken all my nine pigs, but he had given me [ no land 1 I said nothing, but I did not like this, In about a fortnight he oame and took away my horse, Then I said to him I have I bad enough of law. If T let you go on you will 1 eat up tho land too. You have taken all my 1 pigs and my horse; that is enough — onough j law for mo and enough pay for you 1 " t An old New Zealand resident, Mr Francis r Woorell Stevens, described as late of Dunedin and now of Buxton, England, has petitioned 9 the Imperial Parliament olaiming that he, j and not Rowland Hill, was the real inventor I of the penny postage system. The petition was presented m the House of Commons by t the Marquis of Carmarthen on tbe 17th June ( last. It setß out that the petitioner ib now I 83 years of age, and that m the reign of William IV., when Lord Altborpe was ' 3 Qhanoellor of the Exohequer, ho devised the 3 scheme and submitted it to that statesman. 3 Petitioner was then 25 years of age, arid kept t a eobooi at Langhton, m EBsex, and Rowland 5 Hill, who was teg yeara his senior, was f engaged by him as teaoher of Frenoh. He commonioftted hiß ideas on the penny postage eoheme to Hill, and showed him the official t correspondence, and Hill asked permission to ' write a pamphlet on the subject. It was not i till after the petitioner had been many years 3 m New Zealand that ho learned Hill had 3 published the pamphlet olaiming the Boheme 3 as his own, and that he had been rewarded 3 by Parliament and the Grown for the | invention whioh was really that of the I petitioner. l A unique art exhibition is to be seen m Mr ) James Taeker'a butcher's ebpp, East Street. • Mr Tflsker has taken the opportunity aflorded • by the visit to Ashburton of his brother, Mr John Taaker, tbe well-known portrait painter, l to show what oan be done by an artist with 3 such unartistio materials as beef and mutton. I The back of tbe shop is occupied by a group I consisting of a pony and a stag facing osoh . other m front of a tower, while the foreground , is oooupied by fine ducks as on a lake, the j proportions and .positions of tho different , animals being anatomioally true to nature. I Seeing how differently Bb.ap.ed sheep are from 3 horses and deer, and OQW 'little a fpreguarter , of mutton is like a duok, the art critic . ia astonished when he is told and shown that L these metamorphoses have been accomplished , by the olever artist, while rounds of beof j form the building material of the tower. Mr > Tasker's customer!] peed therefore have no apprehenspn of being supplied a sirloin of horse or with venison put pf season. All > the moat:, wo may say, is looally fed. Appro- ' priate deooratipns of h>ms of Mr Taaker's ' own ouring, and other wonders of the i butoher's art surround the oentral group. > The show will be open till late this evining, ' and iB well worlb a visit, • The best medioine known is SANDER and f SONS' EUCALYPTI EXTRACT. Teat its - eminent powerful effoots m coughs, colds, > influenza, etc — the relief is instantaneous. > Thousandsgive the most gratifying testimony, • His Majesty the King of Italy, and medioal ' syndicates all over the globe are its patrons. 1 Read the official reports that aooorapany oaoh • bottle. Moslor, M.D., Prof. University, i Greifswflld, reports :— The Eucalypti Extract • proved magnificently succeßßful m very severe contusions, bruiser, sprains, wounds, soaldj ings, . broken ribs, and limbs. (" Medical . Journal," Nov., 1881.) In diseasos of tbe J kidneys, either active congestion or suppres- ; eion, (urcomiri) or albuminuria, droptjy, L lithargy, nothing will equal m its aotion 5 Euoalypti Extract. Doses, sto 8 drops. t Mpsl.er, M.D., Pror., University, Greifswald, , reports :— Diphtheria. Tonsils continually j Bohprent presenting ulpers with white exudats. , Cured m fourteen days, Surgical Olinio of { Prof. M'lntyro, College of physio.janß and j Surgeons, St. qf Breast-.---t Exoision Euoalypti Exfcraot employed. No j swelling, he&t, or discoloratiop. Cured m fourteen days. — (Advfc.) a. i Rough en Catabrh.— Corrects offensiv I dors at once. Compete cure of worst chroni [ asc s j also unequaled as|gargle for diphthera jrpfitbrwt, foul rft-fo

The strangest canal m ;the world is one j I that is not mentioned m any book or news- \ ] paper. It is a canal 16 miles long, between / Worsely and St Helens, m the north of England, and is underground from end to end. In Lancashire the coal mines are very extensive, half the oountry being undermined, and many years ago the Dake of Bridgewater's managers thought they oould save money by transporting the coal underground I instead of on the surface. So the canal was aonßtruoted, the mines connected and drained ■at the Bame time. Ordinary oanal boats are used, but tbe power is furnished by the men. On the roof of the tunnel arch are cross pieoes, and tbe men who do the work of propulsion lie on their baoks on the coal, snd push with their feet against the oroßsbarß on the roof. Six or eight men will draw a train of four or five boats, and bb there are two divisions m the tunnel, boats pass each other without difficulty — London correspondent. It having been stated m the press tbat Mr Coad, the temper inoe lecturer, had expressed himself m favour of the objeota of the Auokland Home Bute Committee, Sir W. Fox writoß to an Auokland paper that " the only occasion on wbioh Mr Goad publicly (if \ it could be so called) even alluded to Home Rule was m bis reply to an invitation sent to him by the Auokland Home Rule Committee (whioh he told me was not intended for publication), m whiob, while declining their invitation, he intimated his belief that ' Mr Gladstone would return to power at next election, and that Home Rule, suoh as would satisfy the best people m Irela/nd, would be granted much sooner than many people m the colony believed.' All the Home Rule he expected or wished for was that Ireland should' have precisely the same looal sellgovernment as England, Wales, or Sootland, and that he had no sympathy with the demand for a separate Irish Parliament or any measure whioh might lead to separation."

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2225, 13 September 1889

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