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Whisky was first made in Ireland by an English monk. Parisian ladies of fashion have iuii'oducod the faintest shade of pink visiting cards. About 400 persons attended Mr Varley's evangelistic service at Mount Eden. A man named Beaton, searching for gold near Nyulbagmo (W.A.), is reported to have got nearly IOOOoz in two months. Three hundred miles an hour is the proposed speed for the electric postal railroad of the future, A Liverpool dentist extracts teeth, cleans them and restores them to their sockets to do further duty, «* j The interests of the study of entomology I were considered to justify the establishment j of a caterpillar farm in the Bombay Presidency. "What is sweeter than to have a friend you can trust ?" asked Sawkins. "To have a friend who will trust you," replied Dawkins. The largest shaft in Africa has just been opened in the Kimberley diamond-fields. It measures 2S feet 3 inckes by 7 feet 9 inches,* and is to be 1000 feet deep. In another column will be found the Com missioncrs' advertisement of train arrangeIments and fares to Washdyke, for the ITimaru Racing Club's meeting on 17th and 18th April.

A monster of the deep—a king cuttle fish —became stranded recently on the Irish coast. Its arms, or tentacles, were 30ft long, so that it had a grip of 70ft., sufliccnt to drag down a vessel or strangle a whale.

The greatest tunnel in the world is the new aqueduct which has been built to convey the waters of Crotch Lake to New York, ami which will be completed by midsummer- It ig thfrty-thtse a?ld one-eighth nitfcs long. A few days ago a young man named Chir.on managev for Mr Oarrity, storekeeper at Efcicup, Wette.-n Australia, while taking" part in a ball a f, Broothe Hill fell in a fit, and expired fan ncdiately, . He leave* q. widow and several children in South A\fitrali i. i

Harvest Thanksgiving Services will be held in the Primitive Methodist Churches to-morrow; at Newlands, morning, and at Ashburton, evening. In the Last publication of prize awards at the Dunedin Exhibition, the collection of coins shown by Mr Henry Zander, of Ashburton, is mentioned as having obtained first class, with Mr A. D. Simpson of Timert, New South Wales, second class. An ancient ecclesiastic, when asked whether smoking was immoral, replied that, in his opinion, ten commandments were quite enough to occupy the conscience of any ordinary person. "Zealandia" for the current month is t° hand and is an excellent number. AmonS other papers especially worthy of notice are Mr T: P. Hutchinson's article on '-The Higher Purpose and Meaning of. Physical Education," and the sketch of " Lake Tekapo and the Godley River "by L.C.S. who is contributing an interesting series of papers, of which this is one, on " Scenes in the Southern Alps." The speaker' of the American House of Representatives sat very heavily iipon party obstructionists in February .last. He told them that "the object of a Parliamentary body is action, and not the stoppage of. action." His rulings were sustained by the majority, and he refused to entertain further

dilatory motions made Dy tne named oostructioniats. The Irrigation Farm was the subject of a few remarks yesterday at the County, Council and Mr James Brown, the Wakanni member, gave notice of motion as follows:—"That the benefits to be derived from irrigation having been clearly demonstrated, this Council is of opinion that further experiment is unnecessary, and that all business in connection with the farm be wound up by the 30th June next.

We m>rn our readers that the "Sydney Jockey Turf Club,, man is afbout again, his circulars re consultations, being forwarded freely through the post. Once more we have to tell them that there is no such Club as the Sydney Jocky Turf Club and .that the whole business ia a rank swindle. It is high time the New South Wales authorities ■■ took some steps to put an end to this fleecing. A few days ago a Mormon Conference was held at Te Oreore. Fifteen Mormon elders from all parts of the colony, and five Maoris from Gisborne, Napier, Manawatu, and Wairarapa were present. The Conference was presided over by Angus Wright, president, of New Zealand. In an interview with the reporter of a local paper, Mr Wright stated that there were 3354 Mormons in the colony, over 500 converts having been made last year. We are requested to call attention to the annual meeting of the Ashburton Caledonian Society which takes place in the lodgeroom of the Oddfellows Hall this evening. As this is the annual gathering of the Class there should be a Targe attendance. Mr McLean and his Lagmhor Highlanders will be present, and it is hoped that all members of the Society will endeavor to put in an appearance, as there is important business to transact, Including the reception of the balance sheet the election of officers etc. Harvest thanksgiving services will beheld at the Willowby Wesleyan Church tomorrow. At the morning service the Rev J. H. Gray, who has recently arrived in this district, will preach for the first time in his new charge, and a large attendance is expected.' In the evening, the Rev J, ■N. Buttle will be the prgacher-. On Tuesday next-! a tea meeting will be held. This gathering will assume the character of a "welcome" to the Rev Mr Gray, and opportunity will be taken to introduce him to as many of his parishioners as possible. Given fine weather, a successful gathering is assumed,

There was a large attendance at St Stephen's Church last night to celebrate the ingathering of harvest. Before the service the Incumbent, the Rev ]i. A. Scott, announced that the Rev J. F. Teakle having suddenly been taken ill, the Rev Thomas Flavcll, ofMerivale, had kindly undertaken j to preach the sermon. The service was semi-choral, but thoroughly congregational, the anthems being taken from Psalms 65, 9, and 10. Mr 7"! ■■''■■■■ ' "■■■ "•■ ■■ :■ from the lOtf: ■ .=,T; -. i" .-.:. "....: which he api-.- ■ ■ ■ ■ .-..■;■■.:, ■■. ■ ■ wipp off the remaining debt on the Church. Before the collection the Incumbent stated that not having been able to sec Mr Flavell before service, Us had not been in a position to acquaint him with tha recent great liberality of the congregation. The balance owing now was under £2. It is needless to say that this was more than defrayed by the collection, so that the Church of St Stephen is to be congratulated at last cm being free of debt.

In our last evening's issue a mistake occurcd as to the place of meeting of the public meeting of the Bible Society on Monday evening. It is not the Oddfellow Hall but the Presbyterian Church as will b seen from the advertisment in another column. Efforts are being made to have a successful united gathering of the young people in connection with the various Sunday Schools to-morrow at 3 in the Oddfellqws JtLall. 'The Rev M? Robjp.hns, the Society's Agent, has shown in ' other places that he can arrest and maintain the interest of large gatherings ol children while dpaljng with the stoiy of tjhe Billjle. Parents arc rpnijncled jbliat f;hg young wijl have an opportunity afforded them at this afternoon gathering of assisting the work of tjiis great; Society by their offerings. The collection in several town congregations will bo for the same object; and another year with more notice given, it is intended to have a a Bible Society Sunday ; when. general attention will be drawn on a" given day to its world wide operations.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2399, 12 April 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2399, 12 April 1890

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