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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

Engagement was eoratohud yesterday for tbe New Zealand Cup.

The Sydenham Borough Sohool Committee have leased tho Oddfellows' Hall for six months, to aooommodate 200 eoholars, who were till now praotioally orowded out of the sohool.

AFronobman tried his flying maohine m tbe suburbß of Paris tbe other day. He flew off a barn and it will be several monthß before hiß broken legs will allow him to oanter around aB blithely as before.

Joseph Strong, a man of 40, confessed on his dying bed m a New York hospital the other day that he had beon married Bizteen different times m tho last seven years, and that he believed all bis wives to be living. He wanted to live to make tbem all happy, he said, but death olaimed bim for its own.

There was a ourious personal inoident oonneotod with tbe great Ipublio matoh, Eton v Harrow, at Lord's. Mr Jaokaon, the oaptain of the Harrow eleven, is the son of the Finanoial Seoretary to the Treasury, who promised him £5 for every wioket ho bowled as well as a guinea for every run be made, Laßt year be took 11 wiokets and made two large scores, and consequently reoeived about £150.

We have to acknowledge, with thanks, receipt from tbe Union Steamship Oompany of their pocket guides and time tables for September. Should this meet the eye of the olerk who has the despatching of these publications be may be reminded tbat •' Bis dat gui eito dat" and that the publications acknowledged would have beon of more value had they reaohed us on the first instead of tbe twentieth day of tbe month.

During tbe paßt session 69 Bills reoeived the Royal assent, and 75 were " dropped or other, wise disposed of." Of these 103 originated m tbe House and 3. m the Council, and 5 were private Bills. 521 petitions ware presented, 468 questions asked, 472 reporls received from Select Committees, and 288 papers laid on tbo table, The Houso Bat 477 hours m 53 days— an average of 9 hours a dtt.if

The oaptain of tbe Bhip Paramatta, whioh arrived at Greenock reocntly, reported having pioked up at sea, 100 miles from Penaaoola, a boat with a man clinging to tho keel. He proved to be the sole survivor of the crew of a Frenoh barque wbioh bad been lost, and be had been holding on to the boat for four flays and five nights. The boat was hoisted on board the Paramatta, when a living oat was found inside it.

_._._ arrival at Philadelphia ia reported of the open boat, Liberdale, containing Captain George B. Slooum, his wife, and two ohildren; who had Bailed m her from Paransgua, Brazil, a distance of nearly 7000 miles. The boat, whioh was ooly 35ft m length, had some narrow eaoapes, aod its oooupants endured many hardship., but Captain Slooum. bis wife, and their sons never left the little craft, and ouccee.fully ended their perilous and unprecedented voyage.

The usual weekly session of the Dawn of Peace Lodge was held m the Templar Hall on Thursday evening. The Lodge opened at 8 p.m., Bro Mulford, 0.T., m the chair. Four candidates were proposed for membership and one initiated. After the usual routine business the Lodge entered into the enjoyment o! tbe ''jioi^nd night," Bro R. Eleton wielding tbe hammer m a most artistic Style and greatly to the benefit of the Lodge's fut*ds. Ths Lodge olosed m due form at 10. 15 p.m.

Tbia is what the " New Zealand Times M says with rogard to tho book from whioh tho Prosi AeHoointion wirod a Bonsntional extraot on Thursday;— A pamphlet with a Btartling litle pngo m blaok. white, and red, with a dagger dropping "gouts of blood" m n rocky chasm, and entitled " Murder Will Out or the Mystery of Kaiwarra," haß been for. warded to us by Messrs Brown, Thompson, and Co., the publishers, We hope to hear tho last of the Ghemis trial _ome day.

Thoso interested aro reminded that tho annual parade of stallionß, under tho auspices of the Ashburton ARrioultnral and Pastoral Association, takes plaoe at tho Ashburton saleyards at noon to-morrow. The entry is a large ono and doubtless tho attendance at the parade will bo good. We havo been asked by tho Seoretary to state that m addition lo the draught horses appearing on the oard, be has received an additional entry •on acoount of Mrs Margaret Eeron, Otepopo. i W _l.w*m 0, • Ath _^1,t •l DB, _ 7 . tQtA Salisbury ft f«J Ktl'li Ivftnboi, by old jT^Dh^ "

We are requested to mention that the Rink de Paris will bo open as usual to-morrow . In the eveniog an exhibition of bioyclo riding by a looal cyclist forms part of the programme.

A oopy of tbo photograph of tho mombers ot the Ashburton Oyoling Olub, taken on Wednesday last, has beon shown to us, The photograph was taken by Mr H. Mayo who haß suooeeded m turning out a very ploaaing pioture. Mr Mayo scoured a very creditable photograph of Mr Tasker's butohor's shop, at tha time of the display last week.

The following havo been seleoted to play tot tho ABhburton Rovers m thfiir matoh with tho Asbburton-Rakaia on Wednesday next : — Full baok, Tasker ; three-quarters, ► "towart, C. Moss, and Dejoux ; half-backa, Knight, and H. Moss ; forwarda, Kidd, Hepburn. Grubb, Sawle, Prioe, Broughton, Line, W. Hcfford, and F. Close. Emergencies :— G. Hefford, Lqitoh, and Mullanoy. All tho above who oan are requested to meet at the oorner of the Somerset Hotel every evening at 7.15, to-night included,

News haß been brought by mail to New York that the Corean Government has recently made a dead sot against the Christian missionary propaganda m that kingdom, One of tho first victims of the now polioy is reported to be Mrs Heron, of the Amerioan mission. She was arrested on a oharge of making converts to Obristiani'y, and, after what is described as a trial, was actually Bontenoed to death. Amerioa iB, however, diplomatically represented m Oorea. and it ia considered impossible tbat Buoh a sentenoe oan have been oarried out.

A visitor to Brisbane, speaking of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, says : — " I have never seen suoh a happy family; the Government in'.roduoo propOßalß, the Opposition, almost to a man, approve of them, oooaeionally suggesting a fow unimportant amendments, by way of letting people know that the semblance of an Opposition, really exists. Now and then an orator who is rambling on all points exoept the one at issue will be oalled to ' Order : ' but he merely retorts • Order be d 1 ' and again urges on his wild oareer."

An aristoorat m reduoed oiroumstanoes, who has been gum-digging at Wairoa, bas just learned tbat he has oome into possession of the family estates with a rent roll of olose upon £20,000 a year. Like a genuine aristoorat, he intends to fulfil bis engagement to marry the daughter of a neighbor with whom he fell m love while m his low estate, and take her home to enjoy the splendor and luxury of his inherited potition, Any other genuine aristoorat would do just the same ; Demos, suddenly raised from penury to wealth, would turn the cold shoulder to the girl wbo loved him m his poverty,

At one of the Melbourne schools a very funny inoident happened reoently. Musio is one of the extras, and the boyß have tbeir lessons after Bohool hours, the teaoher being a young lady. One of the pupils having beonme very obstreperous she determined to keop him m, and waited with him till six o'olook, then allowed bim to dopart. What was her astonishment on leaving tho instituto find the boy waiting for her at the gate. He greeted her with " It's too dark for a young .lady to be iv the streets. Will you allow me to see you borne ? " Needless to say she was very glad of his esoort. The boy, however, had all the beßt of it, as he had the satisfaction of heaping coals of fire on his tormentor's head.

Mr Bel), M.L.O. of Victoria, who a oable message states haß succeeded tho late Sir James Lorimer aB Minister for Defonoe, may be regarded as'_ somewhat remarkable man. Mr Bell is a Scotobman, and arrived m the oolonies early m the " fit ties." He started at onoe for Ballarat, and at the very outset of his mining oareer he " dropped on the gutter" at the old " gravel pits "—ono of the many rioh leads of tbe old "Eureka," Ballarat. Mr Bell, who is entirely unlettered, Boon abandoned " digging " for the timber trade, and he is at present one of the largest sawmillers m tho Bullarook Forest, and m addition owns a large timber yard m Ballarat. Tbe Yiotorian Minjßter of Defence is essentia ally a self mado man, and the suooeßß he bas achieved may be regarded as a striking instanoe of " what may happen to a man m the oolonies.

We were shown to-day tho banner pro* Bented to the Star of the East Lodge, 1.0.G.T,, on Wednesday, by some of its members. The banner is of wbite satin, with a hoavy fringe of the same material. In the centre appeara the emblem of the Lodge, a Maltose oross, m red, and bearing a representation of the globe. In the four oornerß the embloms of tho Good Templar Order are represented, while on the reverse side of tie banner appear the names of the donors— Sißter Morgan, and Brothers F. T. Parkin, O. Grant, R. IJlston, G. Soott. J. Edwards, J. Mullaney, E. Parkin, J. W. Sawle, B. Boawell, Mi B Dalloy, and T. Hunt, The banner is an exceedingly handsome ono, and additional interest is lent by the faot that nil the work involved m its produotion was done m Ashburton, whoro also the material was prooured; The painting of the emblems was done by Mr Higgs, of Messrs Craigie and Co , who is to be complimented on tho artistio manner m which his duties were carried out,

The greatest Mussulman educational centre m Northern Afrioa is tho University of Garouin at Fez, m Morocco. The students number about seven hundred and there are forty professors. Work begins between 4.30 and 5 m tho morning, aooording to the season; The first instruction oonsists of comments on the Koran. At sunrise the seoond batoh of professors— about a dozen or so — discourse ou. law and dogma. In tbe afternoon grammar and rhetoric are taught' and later, logio, cs'rinomy, aritbmetio, geography, history, Musulman literature ana ; the soienoe of talißtnaoia numbers or the determination by calculation of the iofluenoo of angels, spirits, and stars on future events, The fore-determination of the oonqueror and oonquered m a coming war or battle seems to be a Bpaoial branoh. Thore is tbe greatest difficulty m obtaining a professor intimate with the principles of the soienoe m its entirety. Thore are no examinations. Every professor is supposed to know those among his hearers who aro worthy qf diplomas, The diplomas are very highly valued and give the j holders great prestige m the Moslem world.

There was a vory ourious little iooident at tbe Archbishop of Canterbury's garden party the other day. Professor Folwer showed tbo tortoise of Arohbishop Laud, wbioh he brought from Fulham to Lambeth when he beoame Arohbishop. and whioh lived 180 years, and-during that time Baw out eight arohbishops. It would have lived probably many years longer, but' for tho QarelesanoßS of tho gardener, who dug it out of its holo one winter and did not find it another. Jjta eholl had been preserved, and was m tba palace but from bein^ muoh knockou about had lost some of its parts. Professor Ffower got tbo Arohbishop's permission to look it up, and bave the description wbioh haa been almost obliterated by time and ill-usage deoiphered and have it placed under a glas. oaao, with its history properly engraved on a silver plate, The tortoise at Peterborough Cathedral was a still more wonderful one even than its Lambeth brother, for it was known to be over 180 years old when it died, also from an Hooident, and Bishop Jeune had its shell preserved, with an inscription narrating its I age and history. |

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2231, 20 September 1889

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