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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

It is anuounaed that Mr Frith has withdrawn from the political contest at Oamaru, The struggle now lies between Mr David Dunn, tbe Mayor of Oamaru, and Mr Hislop.

Captain Edwin telegraphed to the harbor master at Lyttelton at 4.3 p.m. on Monday as follows : — " North to east and aoutb-eaßt gale with rain, glass further fall."

Mr C. Obinnery, the Bangiora flaxmil' proprietor, lost over £500 worth of flax fibre from his drying grounds during the reoent gale. J^The opening of| the oyoling season, post poned from last Wednesday on acoount of the inolement weather, will take plaoe to-morrow afternoon. All cyclists are invited to meet at the Poat Offioe at 2.30 p.m.

Tho Australasian property fund of « the Salvation Army is now over £100,000, Thoro are 310 stations, 448 outposts, 8 rescue homes, 5 prison-gate brigades, and 924 ouioers in the oolonies.

The Wanganui magistrates intend for tbo future to adopt a new mode of dealing with drunkards. Instead of " five shillings or twenty. four hours," they remand them to the infirmary at the looal gaol for eight days for modioal treatment.

The following will represent the AsbburtonRakaia Olub in their match with the Rover Olub to-morrow at 3 30 p.m. :— E. J. Fooka (captain), C. Low, E. Simpson, A. Fooks, A. M. Jameßon, O, Strange, H. Fooks, Noil), A. Buchanan, Cow, Sawle, Dixon, T. H. Pilbrow, Leohner, and Lawis.

The " Inangahua Times " aays : —If visitors to the Dunedin Exhibition do not oome to tbo cono'usion that Beefton is the largest province of New Zealand it will not be the fault of the map of thia county whioh will be on view there.' It is probably the biggest thing in maps the oolony possesses, being something like 18 feet wide by 16 feet in depth.

The starling Is generally reputed to be a friend of the farmer and (the immense ftooks that are to be seen about ths Taieri are generally looked upon with great favour. A North Taieri farmer, however, informs us that tbe -starlings are aa likely to beoome as great a pest as the sparrows and linnets. He says the starlings are developing a taste for grain by tearing up the wheat (just when it is brairding) and eating the Boft wheat.

Someone told the Shah Mr Gladstone was about to oelebrate his golden wedding. •« What'B that ? " asked Nasr-ed-din. It was explained that when a man has lived with one wife fifty years he ia said to have oelebrated hia golden wedding. "Ab," observed the King of Ktags, evidently thinking of his harem at Teheran, "it iB better to live with one wife for fifty years than with fifty wives for one year." Since his arrival at Warrnambool (says an exohange) the Rev Dr Micgregor, of Edinburgh, who visited this oolony, haß been seriously indisposed, and was unable to preaoh in oonscquonoe of general prostration. He has cancelled hia Sydney engagements, being unable to undertake the journey. Dr Soott forbids him to travel in hie present state of health. It is expeoted that as soon as he b#j suoioienUy recovered he will return .to the (Old Country. ??he Akarpa correspondent o£ jtho '« Press " writes that while some men were lending on Mr J-tcHale's property, at Raupo I?ay, betw^en Qkain'fl sed Little Akaloa, tbey bame acroßa B<?u_9 bones, whioh up to tho present havo not been identified, Part of the skeleton wbb unearthed, and tha spinal ooluran and riba exposed to view. The skeleton measures two ohaina in length, or about 130ft. The diameter of the cavity of the" spinal oanal is 17in. The find has occasioned goidd interest, and is said to be well authenticated.

L. Randall, the mountain evangelist of West Virginia, some years ago went oyer the State painting texts on rooks and walls. He. decorated all aorta of plaoes with the text. "What shall Ido to be saved ?" A patent medioine man oame along later and painted jußt below this, wherever be oould find it, " Use Blank's oure for consumption. " The quaint combination got into the papers, and Randall, seeing it, went back over his route with hiß paint pot and added below the text, " And prepare to meet thy Ood 1 "

Amongst the Melbourne contributors t° the Loudon strike fund the proprietora of th° " Af*e," Mr David Symo and Co., headed the list with a donation of £100. Amongst the other large private donationH already received aro those of Mr Dunoan Gillies and Mr Ai W. Hodgson, who gave £50 eaoh. Tho various unions and trade sooietios donate from £500. the gift of the Seamen's Union, to smaller amounts in proportion to the finanoial strength of the societies. The Chamber of Manuf ao* .p-"-* donate £50 in addition to privat§ su_l_rmi ;onß b y members, and tho Salvation Army glyerf £ 100 from tba of the •« War Cry.'' DBAB I.—A1 .— A Pewon «uwijt of j>S?. n * eB - . --•** noises m tho he id of 23 yours standing ."J- 1 J Bimplo Bemedy, will ssnd a description of if "• ysBH to aay person who applie. "to NIOHO-SQW 175 Willing etreot, JHtatfMi

The session of Parliament was brought to aldose last night.

The Ashburton Woollen Manufacturing Company are this week paying a final dividend in full to creditors.

Tho inward 'Frisco mail, after being kept in Wellington for eleven hourß, was forwarded yeßterday morning by the Grafton to Lyttelton, ana waa delivered hero this forenoon,

The court of Pope Leo is Baid to compriso 1160 persona, nearly 500 of whom bear the title of ohamberlain. He has twonty private seoret&ries in hiß employ.

Prinoo Nicholas of Mingrelia, formerly a oandidate for the Bulgarian throne, died in the GauoaßUs. The extinct dynasty whioh he represented olaimed direot descent from King David of Israel.

Aflianoed young adieu in the United States have originated a novel method of announcing their betrothal. They send their friends a photograph of their left hand with the engagement ring prominently displayed.

An interesting leoture and magio lantern exhibition, whioh haa met with muoh success elsewhere, will be given by Rev J. Diokson, M.A., of Temuka, at the Orange Hall to-morrow evening in aid of the funds of the Presbyterian Sunday Sohool.

The season fori shipping horsea to India has fairly set in in the Australia Colonies. Over a thousand horses have just been despatched from the farmd of the Viotorian and New South Wales breeders, principally for oavalry remounts.

A olergyman at Wanganui, in tho oourse of a sermon the other Sunday, said he knew many olergymen in his distriot who had to borrow money at 10 per oent., in order that tradesmen might not have to wait for the settlement of their accounts.

It is a singular illustration of the mutations of time that Millet's widow should be living in extreme poverty while a single one of his numerous paintings Bella for £22 000. The famous painting " Tbe Angelua " oooupiea a oanvas 21£ x 25£ inobes. The painting waa paid for at the rate of £40 per square inob.

At the meeting to-morrow evening of those interested in the Ashburton distriot and in the New Zealand Exhibition, His Worship the Mayor, who visited Dunedin last week, will give some particulars of this great undertaking. Intending exhibitors are urged to forward particulars without delay.

Entries for the Horse Parade, whioh takes plaoe next Saturday, must be made before five o'olook this afternoon to the seoretary. Mr Quane. Owners of stud horses should not miss the opportunity of showing them in the open where they oan be seen to advantage,

Keferenoe to our advertising oolumns will show that the sales of stud horses, after the Parade next Saturday, will bo of great importance. Some of the best bred horsea in the distriot — in the world, we may say— will be offered for sale. Wo shall have something to say respeoting some of the horses in Thursday's issue.

One little faot in oonneotion with the Libel Bill (says the " Catholio Times ") ought not to be forgotten. There is a newspaper not a hundred miles from Wellington whioh has had to stand three libol aotiona against a bankrupt, winning them all three hands down, and having the substantial pleasure of paying nearly £500 for tbe same; Pass the Bill and suoh a needless travesty of justioe will no longer be possible.

Oonoerning the usa of tobaooo a Frenoh writer has thus gathered the opinions of various of his literary oountrymon. M. Dumas found that tobaooo after awhile made him giddy, the giddiness disappeared six months after he oeased smoking. Of it he says:---'•Tobaooo, in my opinion, together with aloohol, is tho most formidable enomy. of intelligence." Augier and Feuillet, Dumas deolareß, have almost died of smoking. Taine smokes cigarettes and Bays its a bad habit. Zola says he left'ofl smoking years ago on the advice of a physioian, and addß : — " Porfeotion ia so dull a thing that I often regret having oured myself of smoking."

Samuel Elliott wrh ohargod on remand at the Wellington Roeidont Magistrate's Oourt on Friday with assaulting Wong Hung. The defendant statod that ho visited the shop of Wong She on tho 29th August, and askod for 2lba of oniooa. Some of the onions wore of an inferior quality, and he objeotod td getting only 21ba for la, Whereupon he waa suddenly struck on the head, which knookod hin down.Just then b\x more Chinese oame and made a savage assault upon him. Michael Higc-ins gave similar evidonoe. After further evidenoe tho case was dismissed. The oharge of a similar nature against Higgins for assaulting Wong She was withdrawn.

A oiroumstanoe whioh haa an important bearing on the supply of aloohol in the animal eoonomy haß been pointed out by Draper in hiß book on phyoioloßy. He points out that digestive or fermentative ohanges of milk, as well aa of starchy or of saoohrmno substanoos, when oarried on at the temporaturo of the body, result in the formation of alcohol. It might be rather a ahoek to the feelings of a mother to recognise that the gambola of her babe, due to high spirits and health, are literally due to alqoholio spirits. But it is a faot, nevertheless. As, therefore, some form ef aloohol is a neoeasary ingredient of the body, it is of tbe greatest importance for everyone to hold oorreot notions concerning its value.—" Court Journal."

The Colonial Dead Letter Offioe returned 87,307 letters and papers last year, of whioh 5246 were destroyed ; 55,118 opened and returned to writers ; returned unopened to other countries, 6892 ; returned unopened by Qhief Postmasters, 09Q3. A total of 31,804 book paoketa aud oiroulars were returned. The total value of money found in dead letters was £2247, including 182 postal orders, 69 postal notes, 29 Bank drafts (£950) 75 oheques, one dividend warrant, 112s; three promissory notes, stamps, £10 18s; Bank notes, £116; gold, £12: Bilver and oopper, £2 6s 7£d. There were also one gold watch, four silver do., one Waterbury do., three ladies' do., brooches, New Zealand war medal braoket, gold ring, silver ring, nugget, etc! Thirteen libellous letters in reFpeot of tbe addresses were intercepted, JTixty four letters were posted without addresses. No loss than 3713 unolaimed registered letters y*ero dealt with during the year.

The "Ballarat Courier " had a moßt extraordinary experience reoently. All editor** of newspaper, know the aapoot of tho individual who comes, stern of visage and desperate of resolyo, to tbe ofhoa with that morning'B paper in hia hand ;. and one Huoh meandered in reoently. He had, as it proved juat cauße of complaint, but happily it could be easily reotified. Ha began :— " Seo here, mister, this is no way to run a paper Where were your reporters 1" •• What's the matter?" demanded the editor. '• Look here, I was on a regular old-fashioned tear up the day before yeßterday, got drunk and was lookod up. Yesterday morning the beaks fined me live bob, and- apd — " (here he grew Btern and reprbaohful) — " thero/a not a word about it in your paper, They won't belieye me when I go baok to the station that I had any kind of a timo at all." The editor confessed that it waa disheartening, and mo'lified him with a promise of more attention on his next ooouuion.

In the course of a speeoh on Sunday evening ftt the Tuam street Hall, Ohrißtohuroh, Where there was an audionce eetimated to number #000, Mr Sullivan referred again tb the question of h|a identity. The " Tolegraph " says that in the moat vigorous and earnest maimer he deolared that never beforo any public audience in Now Zealand had he said that lie wrb a brother of John L. Sullivan. The way it got out that he was a brother of John li. Sullivan was this. Whon ho was in Auokland there were top-ether there

five or six men belonging to the 'Frisoo boat. These knew him, and told a reporter, who published their statement. He also added that :it was true that nine yoarß ago he sang in au opera oompany under the name of Olampett. He further said that on ooming to Victoria he took tho name of Olampett, beoause ho wißbe 1 1° suppreßa his conneotion with the ring. He did this as the resplt of a conversation with IHon Bouoioaulfc. Mr Sullivan then added that the question waa, not what was his relationship to man, J,«t what waa hU retetfopship to God; An Asno_" kftn *Wo|Jßffl»» who waa for many years resident in every member of the Olampew. I -» m uy« attended one of Mr G, T. Sullivan's addresses last week, and declares that he is not only not a member of that family, but that he 09W not wwbje any ol the b.oih-W.

An enquiry into matters oonncoted with the Flemington Sohool was held to-day by Messrs Anson, a member of the Board 0 f Eduoation, and Colborne Veel, the Seoretary of the Board, who were the commissioner s appointed for tbe purpose of holding the enquiry. The proceedings were of a private nature, representatives of the press being refused admission.

Tho Queen, many yearo ago, commanded the owner of aome performing fleas to bring them to Windsor Castle to let her and the Royal ohildren to see them at work. At tbe close of the pcrformanoe ono of the the team was misßing, and the professor with tears in his eyes, said he was oertain it had jumped on the Royal person. «• Might he ask — dare he hope— that Her Majesty would oondesoend to retire and aeouro it, and so Bave a poor man from ruin ? " With the good nature for whioh the angust lady is oelebrated, she left tho room, and after a fow minutes' absence returned, holding the wanderer between her forefinger and thumb. She handed this to the professor with a smile, and ho was profuse in his thanks. But when he took it from her his countenance fell, ana with a voioe of anguish he cried, «' Oh, your Majesty this isn't my flea I " '

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2228, 17 September 1889

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