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The Sm Francisco mail closes at Aulr burton on Friday next at (3.20 p.nv Money Orders must be obtained not lator £l)an 3 p.m.

The "Oiago Daily Timca" say^ :— Mr Handysi^e and Dr Batchelor shot two fine stags c n Hawen- station l^sj, week. One of th stags is reckoned to be 10 yeaj;s aijd tho other sjven ye;u'3 old.

The general Synod of the English cltin-sh is convened for April 23rd at Welling»-ou flU'l t]ie consecration of the Bisliop-elect of 'Chrisi(ilmf.-.31j. IVJH it is anticipated take jDlacc on May it{.

Gladstone's last birthday ftll 6'}Jlday. The telegraph clerk at HawarJen' worii^i a solid f/,velve hours on that day receiving congratula^vy [clegrams, while the village postman wanled & J^Uack-dray to carry tlic correspondence.

Efforts are being made by .the Baptists v* Asljbnrton to secure a series of evangelistic services Iwq conducted by the Rev Thomas Spurgeon. The s&v gentleman's stay in the district, should he find it ctyuyonient to come, may hg extended to more than r v )feek, perhaps evou a mouth.

It is saul jthaj; Mr, Vajentine, M.H.R.5, of Southland, intend^ instituting proceedings against any person or persons elayjng rabbits upon his run without his permission. All this has come around through Mr Valftijtijia turning the pests into profit. It is said he \fi fuming 5,000 rabbits a day for the European ujaik.cts,

The fiaxmills in the Low&r y^lley (says the Wairarapa "Star") are one a/j^r another ki} poking off work. We hear that Messrs BHv/', 1" B"™. ''ovp <I;scontinued operations, .■. ! ■ !'■ '!■■■..■■■ ■'■■ Fibre Company will knock off on next pay fay s about fortnight henco, unless an improvement i«; t.'ie Home market takts place in the interval.

Private Curtis, of the j^jenheim City Rifles, was seized with influent at the Island Bay encampment. His lung 3 subsequently became .§,uacfedj and he was so bad last night that he had iq })$ carried on board the Hinjgmoa on a stretGher. Before the steamer left the wharf a telegram, was sent to Dr Cleghorn, o]f Blenheim, asking him to be ii* attendance when the vessel arrived at Picfcon, aj^ t>h° Ciise was serious,—(Post)

In the Government "Gazette" of the j 10th inst, it is announced that on and after i the 15th May there will be open for selection 18,196 acres on the 13ros. and Cave Hill RangfeSj flud parts of the C'amiington, Levels, Mount I'fks&ty;* -aiu^ Opawa runs situated in Geraldinc and ftjteuJkpnzie Countries, in sessions of from 52 up" to 2^67 acres. Also ll,Glu«tfres, in areas .of from 1221 aci'«j to 17(58 acres t# ihg T,engawai district, Mac- / kenzie Country h*4ng parts of the' Three Springs and Albury riius" '

Apparently the race of sporting ptwaoua lias not quite djod out. At the Malmesbury Petty Sessions four persons were charged with riotously .assembling disturbing the peace. On December 31, after a pigeon shooting niatch^ two of them, it was alleged, had a regular fighfc, and the other two were said to have aided and abetted as seconds. One of the latter was the Rev. W.F, Gover, Rector of O&ksey, 1 in the diocese t<f Gloucester an,d "Briutpl. Three of the defendants, including the i'Qgtor, were committed for trial,

There can Ikj ho doubt ac to the highly infectious charaetep of the influenza or La Grippe. Here is a specimen. Tii« ship St Germain was bound from Sfc Nazaire to Vera Cruz, but called at Santandcr, and took on board a passenger from Madrid, where ijp£ influenza had reached the stage of an epidemic. '*?^',e £?,l fffnnain up to this time had a clean blft of ;:: four days the doctor was attacked, .and jjii' JJie end 154. }■ ■■.•■* -".^ n' 103 were oh Ihe: sitfc ]}$t' ■!'■■■ ■ : '■ in the "new. disorder, \ . „.,., ; ' ' '■■ ■ In connection with the foregoing','w£ hjityf add that /there ' are now a great many' cases of La .Gru;p.o jn Ashburton, and its environs, m -lonie iu&UvvQA? whole families, being down with it. Recent ewjes, too, have been much more 1 severe than thoso which first occurred '.among us, high fever'and delirium being hi ' a number of instances attendant symptoms "pjf the disease,

The " Rangitikei Advocate " says every shipload of cattle sent home supplies additional incentives to the farmers in this district to support? the establishment of refrigerating works, because it otters abundant proof that if they could ship thenstock at any time when they were fat, their j yearly income from this source would amount to, at least, a third more than at present. Mr J. McLennan has kindly supplied us with the net results of the last shipment of cattle, of which he has received the returns, and we iind that heifers netted £i 10s, and bullocks £7 per head on the f station.

At the Police Court this morning—before Mr Alfred JHarrison, J.P.— JolmMaher, who had been before the same Magistrate on 11th April, on a cha ge of drunkenness, was again brought up charged with having been drunk,* in Moore street on the 12th, He pleaded guilty, and said it \va3 years sitfee he had been before the Court. On the understanding that he' would leave -the town before twelve o'clock he was dismissed. The police, however, were instructed to see that he did leave the town.

The nominations received on Saturday night for the Autumn Race Meeting, of the Ashburton Racing Club, were very satisfactory. Though not so numerous as those for the last Autumn Meeting, they exceed those received for the corresponding races at the last Spring Meeting, and for quality, are, on the whole, the best ever received here. The full list appears in our sporting column. Mr D. Thomas announces, by advertisement, that the sale of the privileges connected with the meeting, will take place next Wednesday at noon.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2400, 14 April 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2400, 14 April 1890

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