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LOCAL AND GENERAL

The President of the Bench of Justices of the Peace at Kovno has instituted proceedings for defamation of character against the entire press of Moscow and St Petersburg, and there is a question whether the whole body of editors and publishers shall be brought into court together or shall be tried separately.

An exchange says: —Mr Reed vacates next week the editorial chair of the Melbourne " Standard." Mr Reed came last year from New Zealand, where he is known as an able journalist. It takes, however, something more than a smart leader writer to make a second Melbonrne evening paper a commercial success.

The local "Guardian" announces that Reef ton has given birth to a freak of nature, in a rat without a tail. Not a rodent with a stump manx-cat like, or the stump of a tail that might have been cut off in his youth but a veritable lusus natures, without either the joint or the slightest sign showing the usual juncture of the caudal appendage.

Sir Charles Russeli has received the larges sum over earned at the English bar in one week. He had a retainer of 1000 guineas in the Euston case; he was the leading counsel in Mr Herbert Gladstone's action against Colonel Maileson; and he was engaged all the weok in the " blackmailing " case. His total earnings are estimated as between £3000 and £4000.

We ("FieldingStar") have it on reliable authority that the machine and process for dressing flax, invented by Mr Frederick Bull, are a success, and will not only do great things for the country but the inventor. It is estimated s'that about £10 10s a ton will be the cost .of manufacture. Experts who have seen samples say the fibre thus treated is equal to any of the finest spj/t k.nown.

It is freely asserted in naval circles that the new cruiser Australia, sister ship of the Undaunted, which Captain Lord Charles Btjresford. C,B-j was to commission on 18th February, is league so badly where the weight of the armpr oeaps on the structure of the vessel £hat she is unable to. gp to sea until several tons qi red lead have been, so to say, cauiked ill and had time to" set.

The following circular hag been issued by the Defence department:—Officers commanding districts will be good enough to notify officers commanding corps that aa it is probable a re-organisation of the volunteer force will be proposed it is inadvisable' for corps to eubsf jnto any engagements or liabilities in connection jj/ith the purchase of uniforms, etc., until further inarmed on the matter. The "Wellington Evening Press" of a recent dafc.e says :—" We have to warn the public that thlre are now numbers of spurious half-crown pieces in circulation in the city. The pieces are made of lead, aij.d are datgd 1881. We are informed by the teller of one ql the banks in town that the false coins' have foe©«very numerous of late. We had one passed into our office on Saturday last. The police are hiqui^iiig into the matter,"

Archdeacon Stretch, of Victoria, is the Sydney Smith of £he Antipodes. He was once being bothered by ty clerical bore named Cass. Mr Cass had one " fad "*-that the gres£ Nbpoleon was of Scriptural daucmut, .Pressed for his reasons, he explained that " Napoleon'" wijth the initial letter cut off gaye "Apoleon" or " Apollyon/ 1 a name prominent in the Revelation. "Ah," replied the archdeacon, "your own name, with the initial letter cut off gives "Ass," but there's no revelation in that."

Parisians "have been lately entertained by a »t'emark&ble artist, who displays wonderful skill in har peculiar form of painting. Wij-h plates of various coloured sand before her she takes the sand i£ 'her right hand and causes it to fall in beautiful designs upon a table. A bunch of grapes is pi.ot.wftd with violet sand, leaf with green sand, tilt* stalk with browaj sand, and relief and shadows by other sands { when the work is Wsked away a bouquet of roses $]](] other objeoUs s-tq represented with the same tlex* terity-aud d&fccacy.

A gentleman who & an expert in the subject informs the ''Taiei'i Advocate" that large fortunes await the enterprising colonists who enter into the industry of clover growing. }3e has seen lately some New Zealand grown s&ttd, #nc] he considers it far superior to anything he ea^ jiupm't from the beat English or Continental houses. JI9 js very enthusiastic on the subject, and is strongly oi opinion that if any of our Taieri farmers woujf? try that experiment they would be sp satisfied >rith the results that they would quickly exjend their operations to a large scale.

The usual f weekly meeting o£ t)jp Ashburton Lodge, No, 29, 1.0. G.T., was held in the Templaa- Hall on Friday evening Bro Pearson, (8.T., presiding. There was a large attendance owi^g no doubt to its being the night of the election xjf District Deputy. Three candidates we're admitted and two reoefved by clearance. The Libvtu'y in comieeiipj] with the three Lodges wast announced "opened, and a large amount of business having hsec got through, refreshments were handed round, to which ample justice was done. Songs, readjngs, and recitations were contributed by several members,, and a most enjoyable evening was brought to a close by the usual ceremony at 8,39.

Mr G. B. Shaw, the wellknown amateur athlete, went Home by the Tainui, which left Lyttelton on Thursday. He intends running for some of the championship events at Home. He expects to return in a few months' time.

Not long ago, in Vienna, a thief snatched a bag from the son of a hospital porter who was walking along in the street. Picture the feelings of the thief when, on opening the bag, he found it contained nothing but a human head intended for examination.

At the Christehurch R.M. Court on Thursday Mr Hay recovered £47 6s and costs against the Government—damages sustained by him through the negligence of the officers at the quarantine station on Quail Island, who allowed a valuable collie slut, doing her quarantine after importation, to die from starvation.

The boom, as a defence against torpedoboats, is doomed, Rcently, at Portsmouth one ef Thornycroft's 1886 boats No. 49, jumped a broad and heavy boom, garnished with spikes, and got over the obstacle without doing herself the slightest damage. She had, of course, been prepared for the experiment.

The disgraceful fact that some of the survivors 6f the Charge of the Light Brigade are starving in the workhouse seems likely to be removed. There will probably be a monster benefit at the Empire Theatre, which will place the survivors of the " Six Hundred " beyond the reach of want for the rest of their days.

Some statistics of the Parnell Commission ■ are of interest. The President (Sir James Hannen) »ade 624 remarks; Justice Day made only one. Exactly 500 witnesses were called, to whom 98,265 questions were put. Sir Charles Russell cross-examined 175 Times' witnesses, including four of the chief. The official notes of the inquiry number 7096 pages.

Arrangements having been made to hold a dancing assembly at, Rakaia duritg .the winter, Wednesday last was chosen as the opening, night, when a very successful ball was held in the Oddfellows' Hall. Dancing was kept up until the small hours, to excellent music supplied by Mr F. McCarthy and others, Mr Petrie proving a very efficient M.C. It is intended to continue the assembly every Wednesday evening during the winter, and, judging by the success which attended the opening night, it promises to be very popular.

As some doubts existed "with reference to the branding of sacks for the Home market, so as io comply with the Merchandise Marks Act, the National Mortgage and Agency Company communicated with the London office and received the following reply:— 1' The omission on sacks of grain of the words ' New Zealand Produce' is of no conse • quence, providod there is no mark on the sack 3 which might be taken to indicate English origin. For instance, if the word 4 Canterbury' were branded upon them it would be neoessary to have 'N.Z. Produce ' marked distinctly also, otherwise they would not be admitted."

In Melbourne four young boys, all under 12 years of age, have been guilty of most' atrocious cruelty, to a dog. The boys had designs on a fruit garden, but their operations were always interfered with by the watchfulness of a small dog of the fox-terrier breed kept in the garden. In order to remove this obstacle to their plans, they enterod the place at 3 o'clock in the morning and took the dog away. Subsequently they threw it on its side, and while three of the young friends knelt on the poor beast, the fourth deliberatelyd drove ajhng wire nail into its side. This having failed to kill it, they carried the dog to the raiiway, and heedless of the poor animal's piteous howls, tied it to one of the rails, and waited until a train passed over it. For this diabolical act the youngsters escaped with the light sentence of 24 hours' imprisonment. A sound"wliipp* ing would have met their case better.

On Tuesday, Ist inst., the cantata " Under the Palms " wa3 given at the Bakaia Town Hall by the Asnburton Wesleyan Church Choir assisted by several friends. There was a good attendance, and despite the fact that two at least of the soloists wore victims to the influenza epidemic, the performance, was a most creditable one, though it'was asserted that the music of this particular cantata fails to "fetch" an audience like that of "Esther" or "Daniel." The stage was well lighted, and a number of rare pot plants, kindly lent by Mr C. Hardy, with other evergreens, produced a very pretty effect, Miss Murray at the piano, with Messrs Gates and Ward and Miss E. Gates (instrumentalists) took the orchestral parts, Mr J. Gamble conducting. Before and after the performance light refreshments were spread for visitors from a distance, most of whom were driven from Ashburton in coaches piloted by the skilful hands of Messrs Edward Saunders and G. Scott; and the promoters are particularly grateful to Mr J. Tucker for the generous arrangements he made for the conveyance of a number of the performers. The net proceeds of the effort will be handed to the Methven Home Mission.

A camp meeting was held at Lauriston, on Good Friday, under the; aiispices of the Methven Home "Mission authorities. The weather was all that cpuld b.e desired, and though the attendance in the early part of the day was meagre, as the afternoon advanced the numbers increased, and a very, pleasant service was held, Stirring addresses were given by'tlie Revds, J. J. Lewis, (President of the Wesleyan Cqnference) and J. N. Buttle, and Messrs John Alison a»,d. Armstrong. Mr Lewis' address 'on " Christian Perfection" was a most concise and lucid statement of that doctrine, as accepted by the Wesleyan body, and his brief but interesting references to John Fletcher, of Madely, seemed to rivet the attention of the meeting. About five o'lock.an adjournment ,was made to the schoolroom where a bountiful tea was Bpfoad by the Lauriston ladies, who seemed to" equal, if" not excel, th<tf» fair sisters in other parts of the county in the plethora and choiceness of the edibles proyjded on such occasions. Following the tea another $ei;:vjce. was conducted in the schoolroommwhjcli'thV^r^deJltwd Rev J. N. Buttle took ' part, the' former gentleman giving an address which was marked by those elements of sincerity and culture for which ■Jfr Lewis is so well known. '

The qurfcsrly meeting of the Methven Home Mission officials wagijteld <j* Lauristqn on Friday, the Rev J. J. Lewie presiding. In addition to several office bearers, Rtgr J, N. • guttle, Messrs J. Alison and E. Armstrong '(Horntf were present. The number of members" was repp^tQd as 75, removals 3. From a rough balancesheet, presented by the Stewardp, it'was seen that the expenditure exceeded the revenue by £7, though this deficiency ia likely to be reduced when other returns are to hand. Among business transacted, a Jubilee Committee was appointed, consisting nf Messrs Gaardar (secretary), Wajluce, .Clark, fivajtis, f>«ff, gnfj C. Djxon, The state of the Methven 'Sunday School was sfltofecj; of lengthy conversation,' 1 ahd eventually a solution of the difficulty was suggested and approved; and it is hoped the action taken will cominsnd itself to the parties interested. A resolution )mvms SZI tllS SUl>j§9* °f ministerial supply received tho support qf the meeting, and the Stewards were empowered to purchase a circuit horse. Qther matters of detail paying received attention, the meeting closed by the Chairman pronouncing the benediction.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 2394, 7 April 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 2394, 7 April 1890

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