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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

An Early Closing Association has been formed m Punedin.

Cotton cultivation la being extended al through Central Asia.

The lambing of the Hampshire Downs flock at the Oroua Downs Estate, Hawkes Bay, has totalled 120 per cent,

Forty.five tons of antimonj ore was shipped to London per E.M.S. Coptic, by the New Zealand Antimony Company, from their Endeavour Inlet mines.

In Sydney on the 23rd instant an unfortu* nate boy named Clarke met with a horrible death being orushed into a shapeless mass beneath a Bteam street roller.

A prominent Dunedin Ministerialist says that the Government have assured him they have not the Blighteat intention of dissolving without onoe more meeting the House.

The fee for registered letters has been reduced from 6& to 3d. This applies to all correspondence, intercolonial or for the United Kingdom.

Futiki, up Wanganui way, possesses a young giant m one Tamiti, a Maori, who although only 15 years of age already soales 16st 131 b.

A larger breadth of land, says the ' 'Napier Daily Telegraph," has been put down m barley this season than ever before m Hawkes Bay. There must be, we are told, some six thousand acres m this county alone.

A newspaper prints an advertisement that dsserves r a i-esponse. Jt reads: "If John Smith, who, twenty years ago f deserted his poor wife and b^be, will return, said oaDe will koook the stuffing out of him,"

Christianity increases m Japan at about 500 addition pe>' month. Twenty years ago there waa not a publjio periodical m Japan. Now there are more than five hundred of various kindß, and most of these favorable to Christian civilisation.

A Bum of £17,3d0 was paid to the Victorian Government as probate duty on toe eetate of the late Mr John "WilEon, of Woodlands, whose estate was valued at £316,807. Another Bum of £12,609 was paid m the estate of the late Charles Campbell, M.L.O.

Maharajah of Singapore, who is now m Pariß, ,£s aotoniehing even that blaee oi'y. iJi" ooaphes, attendants, costumes, and expenditur^ 3*6 b »sed'o'p Btfob ft soaia of elegaDoe that he seems iC . h aye the wealth o£ .the Saat at Ws tfsppeal. He far C2ts h .toes the of Persia, wbx* has not impressea Si?*ope with his eleganoe thfa trip. The Indian potentate of Singapore has never been on the continent before and he aeems to lijie Paris bo well ibac bis stay bids fair to be a long one, Parisian tradesmen einoerely hope that the aflairi of Singspoti will cot Boon tMiU biw to bis DiHw lanflj

The five mile road race, under the auspices of the Ashburton Oyoling Club, whioh was to have taken plaoe to-morrow, has been post-

poned.

A man with an artificial face has been attracting attention at an English watering place. He has an artificial cheek, eye, and palate, fitted upon him by a Bristol surgeon. He eats without dimoulty and speaks dis tinctly.

We are requested to draw attention to an announcement that Mr W. Bioketts, optician, has arrived m Ashburton, and is prepared to supply people Buffering from failing sight with improved spectacles, testing ,the sight with trial lenses.

There is a rumor that Mr Vinoent Pyke 1b to be culled to the Upper House. This is considered to be the prelude to his translation to that upper sphere for whioh he is bouad — when the Otago Ontral Railway is an accomplished foot. — " Wanganui Yeoman."

Mr Thomas Braokea has oomplied with the request to write a speoial anthem for tho Sunday Sohool Union's opening oonoert at tho Dunedin Exhibition, find Mr Birth has volunteered to set it to musip. There will be over 500 children m tho ohoir.

A young man desoribed as "an overgrown youth with inoipient moustache," has been playing the ghost m Wanganui, by perambulating the vioinity of St John's and Mosstown m semi-Druidioal garb. He has been caught injlagrante dnlicto and, it is to be hoped, will reoeive bis deserts.

At a Napier sohool the other day, the teaoher asked his olass the following question: — "If I were to stand on my head all the blood would rush into it ; how is it then that, when I stand as I am now doing, the blood does not rush into my feet?" After a long pause, little Maßter G sang out, " I know, Sir, it's beoause yer feet ain't hollow I "

Little Bobby—" Ma, will I go to heaven when I die?" Mother — "If you are a good boy you will." "Will you go, too?" "I hope so, Bobby." " And will pa?" "Yes, we will all be there sometime." (Bobby didn't seem altogether satisfied, but after some thought he said) : " I don't see how I'm going to have muoh fun."

The rehearsals of the Messiah are progressing most satisfactorily. Last night about seventy members of the oholr were present at St Stephen's sohoolroom, and several of Ihe choruses were gone through excellently. t is expeoted that m the bourse of this week the bolo parts will be allotted, and shortly afterwards a full rehearsal will be held.

The opening of the orioket season will take plaoe to-morrow afternoon m the Domain, when a praotioe will be held at two o'olook previous to the football matoh. All intending members are invited to join m. A matoh will take plaoe early m Ootober against a team from the Lanoaster Park Olub, and it is to be hoped that members will roll up for praotioe regularly.

Mr G. R. Simß, they Bay, pays income tax on £20,000 per annum. His royalties are reported to being him m from £400 to £500 per week. Suoh pieces as " The Half- Way House," " Orutoh and Toothpick," etc., long sinoe forgotten m London, are atill performing m the provinoes, m Amerioa, and the colonies;

Two little girls were talking about the prize fight on the day before its ooourrenoe. Their mother was aaked " if one of the men might not be killed.** She answered, " Yes." The elder girl said : " Well, I don't believe he'll go to heaven." Whereupon the younger responded ; " Then if Sullivan goes to thai: other place, he'll whip Satan, and everybody will be glad."—" Philadelphia Telegraph."

Dr Soheidl, general manager of the New Zealand Goldmining Extraction Company, stated at a meeting m Auckland that he had visited the Sylvia mine, at Upper Tararua, and found there a big lode of very valuable ore. It is said that the Had is likely to be of the greatest importance, and if it comes up to expectations, a revival m mining will result. Dr Soheidl estimates thß value of a quantity of ore tested at £100 per ton,

The universal wave of oharity which swept over the United States after the Johnstown disaster was remarkable m extent. In four days the published acknowledgements amounted to £492,000, Philadelphia led off with £132,000, followed by New York- with £80,000, Boston £19,000, Chioago £22,000, far-off California £7200, St. Louis £8400. Twenty-six towns gave £1000 each, thirty* three £600 eaoh, and thirty-seven £400 eaoh.

The Ashburton-Rakaia Football Club will be represented by the following m their matoh with the Ashburton Rovers to-morrow on the Domain Ground at 3 p.m. :— Crawford, full back; O, Moore, Larraman, and Neill, threequarters; O. Low and Ran kin, halves ; J. Fooka (oaptain), A. M. Jamießon, Simpson, Sawle, B. Stewart, A. Fookj, Strange, Lsokner and Hargraves, forwards. Emergencies — Dixon and B, Fooks. The Olubs will hold a smoke oonoert m the evening at the Rjyal Hotel to wind up the season. All interested m football are invited,

A telegram giving full particulars of the career of Arthur Olampett, who has been posing m New Zealand under the name of Sullivan, as the brother of tbe pugilist of tnat name, published m the " Ohristohuroh Telegraph " saya that while he was m Sydney he was an evangelist and a member of the Y.M.O.A. He had been at one time a Roman Oatholio, and next a Protestant. He had been a teacher m a school at Geelong at one time, an organist m a Melbourne Suburban ohuroh, and he had been on the stage with Johnny Hall, of evergreen memory, m Newcaetle, but all this time he waa Arthur Olampett.

The companions of tbe Ashburton Eilwin* ing Royal Aroh Chapter, 187, 5.0., assembled m full mußter last evening m the Masonic Hall for tbe purpose of witnessing the installation of principals and ofQoers for tbe ensuing year. The oeremony was performed m a most impressive manner m the presenoe of several witnesses from Oamaru and Dunedin by the Fast Principals of the Chapter. The following offloers were duly installed :— M.E. Oomp. H. W. Felton, Z; M.E« Oomp. W. Anderson, H ; M.E. Oomp. W. Fattman, J; M.E. Oomp. A Harrison, $.E ; Oomp. J. Elliott, Treasurer ; Oomp. J. Ooibitt, S.N : Oomp. S. Nelßon, P,S; Oomp. h, Rattray, S.S- ; Oomp. J. L. Brown, J.S. ; Oomp 1 . Et. A* dates, Organist: Oomp. R. Cullen, Janitor. ME. Comp J, Sealysotod as M.O. Oomp. Gatea presided at the organ aqd during the evening was the reoipient of a very handsome organist's jewel presented by the Chapter to him. Tho jewel is a beautiful piece of wormanship made by Itf ess.rg $oat,ea and Co., of Ohristohuroh, bearing suitable engraving. Oomp. Gates is vary deserving °f this handsome present, as under his direction the ohoir is most complete and adds greatly to all oeremonieß of the Chapter. M.E| Oomp Felton { returned thanks to the companions for the honor oonferred upon him, and also thanked the visitors for their attendance. The officers for the Mark and Exoelltnt degrees will be appointed at the noxt meeting. Several new members from Oamaru, Geraldine, and Southbridge were proposed and it is gratifying to know that tbe A.K.E.A, Chapter is so highly thought of by members from a djstanoo. After dosing Che Ohapteif the companions retired to the banquet room where they participated m a Bumptouß supper provided by the Committee. Tbe usual loyal and other toaets were duly honored and the visitors especially mentioned how pleased they were at being present as the A.K.It. A. Chapter was the most successful and flourishing Chapter they had visited m the Colonies, also that their working was excellent and perfeot, and their jewels and furniture the best they hsd petjn. The Companions separated at an early hour ' having spent a very pleasant evening,

We (•' Hawera Star") h r v? been shown some returns of frozen be( r r.-hioh left thiß i distriot a fow months ago, and whioh sold m London at 4£d for hind quarters and 3Jd for fore-quartere. The average prioe was just about 4d per lb, The charges absorbed about 2 Jd per lb, but the skin and effal were worth about 193 . The heifers averaged 6251bs eaob. The net result was equal to from 15a to 16s per lOOtbs to the grower at Hawera. There I are a few fore-quartera the returnß for whioh have not yet oome to hand, but th6y will not greatly affeot the result. At a moderate estimate these heiferß will return about £4 10s a bead, and they would not have fetched more than £2 15s m Hawera at tho time they were Bhipped away.

The " Oamaru Mail " is responsible for the following :— " Inspeotor, of sohools often oall upon soholars to perform things that would puzzle older header For example, m one of our town eohools during the recent examinations one of the lower standards waß asked to put the sentence • The bird flew out of the window,' into other words. Of course, the majority found this no easy task, but we are told that one small boy proved himself equal to the oaoaßion by producing the following elaborate paraphrase : • The diminutive | member of the beautiful feathered tribe soared gently and graoefully through the aperture constructed m the wall for tbe purpose of admitting light into the apartment, and, freed from that restraint and confinement whioh are foreign to its nature, sought again the delights of perfeot liberty.' That boy passed, and the inspeotor is said to be still engaged contemplating the possibilities of our national system of eduoation, and vainly trying to divine that boy'a future — whether he will be a distinguished doctor of divinity, an eminent barrister, a leading politician, a popular novelist, or only a poo penny-a-liner on some obsoure public print."

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 22358, 24 September 1889

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