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The rainfall at Alford Forest for the month of March was 3-16 inches, and that at Alford Station 572 inches. The "Oamaru Mail" believes that MiVincent JPyke will contest the new Mount Ida district at the general electfon. A petrifying spring has been found on the W ■■.-,- 1" V" 11—Road, about seven miles .i. \; . ■ ■■ ■■ "... The weight of letters to and from Australasia (luring 1889 was, via Brindisi and Naples, 111,0001b, and by the direct sea route, 77001b. j Mr John Henderson has just finished i threshing for Mr William Brown, Wakanui a paddock of oats Avhich has yielded, over all, a return of 80 bushels to the acre. Mr J. D. Lance, member for Cheviot, addressed his constituents at Ambeiiey on Tuesday nighfc, and received a vote of thanks and confidence, Silverboaring ore is reported to be discovered at Rawhiti, 12 miles fron* Cape Brett. This is on the line of the PuhipuM reefs. Mr Henry V»rlcy proposes to hold early mciiiing services a£ the top of Mount Eden and in the crater and although Ije commences at half-past six hee;xpecl3 large attendances^ The long life of \he late dowager Empress of Germany caused her to figure successfully as the wife of an Emperor, the mother of an emperor, and the grandmother of an emperor. The following telegram has been reaqived by the Daau of Christchurch from the Bishop of Auckland :=-*•" Cannot take part in consecration until Primary difficulty is settled." Lovers of the Hunt are rescinded that the opeuiii" meet of the Ashbijrton pack take 3 place at feottsdean on Wednesday, the 9th , instant j Wo notice that the Key Zealand Clothing Factory has gone into another brand of local. industry—the manufacture of waWpropf | clothing, which they we now prepared to make to measure. ' Little boy; "Is the doctor h>? 'cause if he is I want to see hjm at once." Servant: " Hejs not in." Little boy ; " Well just as soon as he gets home, you tell him to come over to our house and take back that baby . he left last week. It's hi the way." " No," said a physician, tf Dr B. is not a partner of mine. We of £en consult together, and attend each other's patients in case of ; absence; but wa we in no ssnse partners." "I see," was the reply, "he is what you. might call simply an accompli); The Customs authorities at Lytte&on are taking steps to prevent the overcrowding of ] passengers in steamers leaving Lyttelton. j On Tuesday several passengers booked for the Waihora were in consequence transhipped (x> the Rotorua. Another American marvel! This tiiw? a lady with two voices in one single head, not a double-headed " nightingale " with a single voice to each head. She is Mjss C.E. Nicholai, of Baltimore, and can sing tenor solos when called lipon to do so, though contralto seems to be her natural voice. LordWolseley in an article in " Harper" I of February says : "It was the creation of the Volunteer Force which first gave to the British soldier any good and permanent social position. That force go well repre-. sented all classes that its respect for Qiq army on which it was modelled, and by whoso members it was drilled and trained, has caused the soldier to be now regarded everywhere with general interest. ;

Nelly Bly, the lady reporter who went round the world in seventy days by her own testimony received but one incivility during he entire trip, and this was not from a pagan Turk or heathen Chinese, but from an Englishman claiming to be a nobleman. She made one remark to a crowd of reporters in Chicago that is remarkable. "On all the' way from Southampton (England) to Canton (China) I never saw the American flag once —not once."

"Ouida," it is said, uses .scent in he? hair and on her eyebrows that costs £8 an ounce, She can't bear a piece of muslin that has been starched, and tlie touch of velvet, she says, makes her flesh crg3p. ,She hates the world, and likes to offend it in her books and shock jfc with her manners. Hor stuOly has a great Persian rug before the hearthstone; here she likes to lie and scream a little to ventilate her feelings. Her love for lilies and hyacinths is shown in the artistic Atoille who figures as the heroine of •" friendship." During the closing of a portion of tlie HampsteajJ School, like the face of the Kilaloc French teacjjer, "for alteration and repairs," although not ft?om the same cause, the children ;ire carrying on their studies in tlie odor of ewnclily "in .tin: S:ilv.*ti<j_'» Army HiiiTacktf. Tlk! large room on the soulli-cisi iiidc of tlie LiiT-icks. along willi the pertinents there!o, Inif* been dovoiod lo scliool purposes for Ihc viuie b(iing, and .Baring sijuaro itj )nadc lively in the blioi'L rcecKsce wilU the hearty tompuigsj of tin? cluMwUt ■

On Good Friday and Easter Monday the local Post and Telegraph Offices will be closed except from 9 till 10 in the morning and from 7 till Bin the evening. No mails will be made up after 10 a.m. On Monday and Tuesday next, 7th and Bth instant, the evening trains from Christchurch to Ashburton and Eakaia to Methven will start at 5.20 p.m. and 7.35 p.m. respectively. A case was heard at Loughborough County Court, England, in which a retired lawyer ■ named Giles claimed five guineas from a farmer named Walker for damages to his garden through thistles. It was stated that Walker 'a field, 300 yards away, grew thousands of thistles, the down from which was i carried by the wind into Giles' shrubbery and • garden, being caught by the trees. • Giles said he had employed three men and a woman pulling up the thistles. After four hours' hearing the jury gave a verdict for the plaintiff, assessing the damages at three guineas. The defence was that the thistles grew on the surrounding land also. The Positivist calendar has been adopted hi Brazil, where, by Government decree, the days of the week and the months of the years are to be re-named according to the doctrines ,of Aguste Comte. Thus Sunday becomes "Humanidi," the day of humanity, in opposition to any religious meaning; and the six following days are called—" Maridi," the husband's day; " Patridi," the father's day;/'Filidi," the son's day; "Fratidi," the brother's day ; " Domidi," the house, or home day; and "Matridi," the mother's day. The twelve months are rechristened Moses, Homer, Aristotle, Archimedes, Cffisar, St' Paul, Charlemagne, Dante, Gutenberg, Shakespeare, Descartes, and Frederic the Great. The remarkable presence of mind exhibit®* by Miss Lacy, after the Quetta wreck, m keeping afloat for twenty-four hours, has parallel in the case of a woman in the Princess Alice disaster in the Thames. Over 600 were drowned. When the collision occured a man and his wife went over together, and, the man being a good swimmer, told his wife to cling to his back. She did so without a word. When he arrived at the bank he found that it was a strange woman he had got on his back. He imagined he was saving his wife, and the strange woman not being desirous of making him unhappy, in the water, left him under the delusion till she was safe on shore.

Until veiy recently the natives of Terra del Fuego were regarded as the nearest of all races of human beings to the brutes. It is interesting to, learn, therefore that there is now in their midst a Christian church, with schools, orphanage, Bible and mothers' meetings, and all the machinery of an English parish. A portion of the Bible has been translated into the native tongue, and the missionaries have prepared a dictionary and a grammar. The pioneer in this work was Captain Allen Gardiner, R.N., who first went to Patagonia in 1844, and whose missionary efforts, unsuccessful as they then aeemed, have since borne good fruit.

The following is from the " Oamaru Mail " ' —In forming opinions as to the probabilities of the next general election, the fact should not be lost sight of that the new Oamaru electorate embraces a. good s.lice of the district at present represented by Mr Duncan, and that, too, a part in which he has a particularly strong hold; while the new Waitaki district includes the most faithful of Mr M'Kenzie's constituents. It is extremely problematical if Mr M'Kenzie would beat Mr Hislop in Oamaru, while lv's chance for election for the Waitaki district would be particularly good, On the other hand, there is no man whose chance of ousting Mr Hislop is as good as that of Mr Duncan, for, besides having at his back a strong force of his present constituents he has a great number of ardent admirers in the town. It iray be, hovf/er, that Mr Duncan will be adverse to fighting Mr Hislop or that Mr Hislop will not seek re-election.

We find the following in tho " Press " :— It is understood that a fanner near Amberley, who has an aversion to the hounds of his district crossing his lands, one day last week when the Brackenfield pack was out, and it having divided after several hares, one of which took a part of Ihe pack on to this gentleman's property, brought forth hjs fowling-piece, and before the huntsman could get up, lie had shot one of the hounds —poor old Tlesohito, the prize hound, and invaluable to the pack for 'stud purposes— in the ribs. At the present Resolute is under veterinary care, and expected to recover, but it is possible that if the farmers of the district take this moans of stopping sport that the Master of these hounds may find it most advisable to offer Mr Starkey's ham's Dine bequest to the highest bidder or hold a public execution of the valuable pack at the kennels, a course which most persons would recrret.

At a meeting of the Committee of the Ashburfcon Racing Club on Saturday evening the measurement of the racecourse recently made by Messrs Fooks and Son was received, and it was agreed that the re-measurement proved the various distances as at present marked upon the course to be correct. The greatest shortage at any dwianije was only about three yards (in the two mile course), and the difference has evidently been caused )yy a blight encroacliment upon the inner side of the tpack. The 3)orsc having the outside running throughout the race would actually travel a longer distance than the nominal length of the race. It was decided to proceed with laying down asphalt in front x?f (he offices at the racecourse; to repair the shelter of grand stand, and do what' may be required to'pr«panj thepourae for the ensuing races ; also that the privileges s^all )>e sold by Mr D. Thomas on April 19th. The fee for trials on the course was fixed at 10s for one horse, 15s for two horses; no horse to be admitted to the course except by the Secretary.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2391, 2 April 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2391, 2 April 1890

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