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Dan^Gl O'Rjclly, lately police constable here, was broitght up. at the R.M. Court , to-day cljavged with pbtjaniug drugs knowing that they were to be used for the purpose, of procuring miscarriage. He was rejjiajttl^ij for a week. A Sydney cable states that a ricli silver lode has been found at Jjngcllie. Also that an important salt doposit said i(, lift equal to that at Liverpool has been discovorait at Tmnberumba. From the railway data for the decade ISyB-SB, the fact is deducible that for the last ten '.roars each fresh year has seen in India the" Gp<snn*g of an additioual 1000 miles of line. Mattie—Dot, what is a zebra? iiox (=j,hn has been looking into natural history for the last hour) —A zobwa ? Why, Mattie, it's notLiua ft}it a funny little horse that wears slwipcd stocking all ovpr—clear up to his cms,— Harpei'a Toung Keojjiv rrhc Minister of Lands declines at predGj,. Ito grant the request of the Selwyn and Afilibut-tou County Councils for the joint control of tho mi^ia Gorge Bridge, but will consider the (juestiou M-hg^i the repairs ivis £omple.ted At 4,1i4 Police Court this morning, before Mr A, JW^ij, J.P., F. Berry, a youth, was charged with wantonly disturbing the inhabitants of the Borough <yf Ashburton. The evidence was conflicting, aiid pj^ the circumstances the accused was dis.- ---! duw^oil with a caution from the Bench. The •" BosJ/);} Post" relates a curious story of the propagation of scarlatina. A picture book which W beeu uaod by a little l)oy h> America, who died of scarlatina, was packed away in a trunk for twenty-six years. After a lapse <}f ttys time tlie jbook was sent over to England and given to a boy of two years of age, who a fortnight o-fter receiving it sjicjeened of scarlatina. The Rev H, T. BoJ/johns of Sydney, agent for the British and Foreign VAh\e Society, is announced to jsrgach on Sunday moving in the WesleyanChui'ttd and" in the evening at the Oddfellow* Hal', He will also take part in the meeting of tho local auxilfyty &l the latter place on Monday evening. He is expected to arrive to-morr,ow find F.iU be the guest of Mr J. H, Twentyman. A Birmingham cabman named Donovan relates a curious experience, He was engaged to drive a man and his wife, who h/\d three bull terriers with them. On arriving at timv destination the dogs attacked the cabman 5* £7?ll as his horse, the animal being so fearfully Jajured that it had not been able to work since, 'tfoj owner of the <U*/s Jaughed whilst they vvpi^^ Jhe horse. The Mexicans We a queer way of burying the dead. The corpse is tfghtly wrapped in ceutHiy-plant matting and piae/ul I}} §• .coffin rented for about 25 cente. One or two natives, as tke (?A«e might be, place tlie coffin on their heads and gr> fli) fl, trot to the grave, where the body is interred au4 tlip coffin is then returned. The wealthy class übe *,he street cars as hearses, and the friends follow the car on foot. . -' The other evening a huge- Highlander walking along the Strand, was Wt*g twitted by a ilock of Cockneys on tho pecujiir character of his dress. " H,i( Scottie, where did you l<aive your "brc«tk* '(" "At Baunocklnn-n, y§ midgets,, where your ancestors left theirs," the- Highlander, turning for a moment, replied} and the Cockney 3, saying no more, sadly wended their way into a tap-room, io drown their sorrow in bad drink and the smiles of the barmaids. To saw© all trouble in future ;n regard to proposed new County water races, tlie County. Engineer has been instructed to draw out '■ ■ ■■ ' ' •J-"3cn the County Council an . ■'■ !.. :■ through whose properties the proposed faces are to be led. The agreements will set forth all that 3)oth parties arc committed to, and the landlords will be required to sign these agreements, aud&lw the map accompanying, which will sliow the ihip the race will follow, before sixpence is spent i^u the work. j\lr George Thrush, of iri.,ton, has shown the ''Post" some very fine f^iu^es of antimony &;».ud about 7 miles from p.ic'ton, and within a for/ chains of one of the Si'ations on the Pjetou-Rlenhcim railway %u'e. The stone has been tati^d by Mr Skey at tfifi jVfuseum, with the result fimi It has l)een found if) .oontain 82*89' per cent, of gulphiolc of antimoiry. v--l|i.ih js equal to 50*6 js«;v cent, of ]>urc inotitl. 'j'h'' -in<t I'ccf li:is di<7t yet been found, bui Mr'i'hiuih in jjulling in a drive ;it a higlier level in hope of atriking it, tlie mone already found having apparently cwno from a slij).

The Philadelphia- correspondent of "The, Times " telegraphed as follows on January 31st: "The New YTork Presbytery, after several Aveeks' controversey, which at times Avas both sensational and exiting, has voted, by 93 to 43, in favor of revising the West- j minster Confession of Faith to suit modern > ideas. The Presbytery is now acting upon the report of a committee, suggesting various , revisions, and is adopting them seriatim. Fourteen members have declined to vote. The Chicago Presbytery has almost unanimously voted in favour of revision. The Philadelphia Presbytery still has the subject under earnest debater. ; On Sunday last there passed through Wellington (says the "New Zealand Times") on their Avay to the Dunedin Exhibition, a gentleman and his wife who have come to J the antipodes to escape the la grippe epidemic in London. They state that in the locality in Avhich they reside scarcely a single person has escaped the complaint, and as they both dreaded it, their medical man advised them to go to Australia or New Zealand, for there Avas hot a health resort 1 in Europe safe from the disease. To their great surprise they found that la grippe had reached even distant New Zealand, and now they want to knoAv; where on earth they can go to escape the contagion. At Carlton, New BrunsAvick, two eccentric sisters, Ellen and Johanna Synnatt, related to members of a local legal firm of high standing, have died a horrible death from starvation. They Avere in the habit of living alone. On inquiries being made at their house Ellen was found to be dead, and her body Avas in the last stage of putrefaction. Johanna at the time of the discovery was still alive, and lived long enough to be able to say that both became ill of typhoid fever, and were unable to go out and get aid or to cook their food. They had been starving for 21 days, during which time they lived upon biscuits, Avhich had been stored under their mattress. LaAvyers' bills of costs have ahvays been ■the subject of much ridicule and bitter pleasantry. None of the bills told of in truth or fiction, however, quite equal one which has (says the ".New Zealand Times") recently been occupying the individual attention of the recipient and various Supreme Court registrars. This particular ' account was rendered to certain natives, I and the amount of it was only £6000. The exact language used by the natives when they received this bill has not been preserved for historic reference, but there is reason to believe that it was * expressive and free. Subsequent investigations by registrars led to a sum of £4600 being knocked off, and' the amount of the bill as it iioav stands (subject to further reduction) is £1400. After a considerable amount of negotiation, and no small amount of discussion, at the County Council, it was announced at the meeting to=day, that the manager of the Acton Estate had agreed to the auxiliary water race going through the company's 1 property as originally intended by the Engineer, but Mr Allan declined either to be | responsible for the maintenance or to pay rates, as the race could not by any means ] benefit the property he had charge of, and only cut up the paddocks ; but for the convenience of his neighbors AA'ho would be j served by the race he Avas Avilling to let the race go through the property, but he must not be looked to for either rates or maintenance. The Council decided that the deviation between El and E2 races be carried out through Mr Watson's land as laid out, and continued through R.S. 19240 as sanctioned by Mr 4>uau m his letter of April 30.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2398, 11 April 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2398, 11 April 1890

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