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■CTT ♦ ■ Tbere was a slight fall <4 snow aroiuul Sydney on the morning of the 17th inst. We are glad to learn from the Timaru Herald" that Mr Turnbull, M.H.R., is about again and engaged in his ordinary business. A German Exhibition is to be held in London next year. A stfe of some 30 acres has been fixed upon jii a very njcisesisible position. Mr H. G. Flower, being the only candidate nominated, was duly elected a member of the- Ashburton Borough Council, vice Mr D, McFarlane, resigned. Au asserts that the Czar is a very illiterate man. He writes a schoolboy hand, and his "Msi. }§ full of errors in grammar and orthography. 'i?h# Chancellor of the Excherjuo intend to defer Ujj3 .final decif ion as to the investment of trust iunds in Colonial Stock until after the Budget is delivered. It is considered undesirable ix) allow Arabj Pasha, now an exile in Ceylon, to return to Sgypt ; where hia presence would be a disturbing in the country. Mrs Marshall Field, -wife ,of the Chicago dry goods millioraire, keeps a yuimg lacty accpejbary, whose sole * business it la to dispense i,\w private charities of her mis- ■ tress.

Thos. Co3grove, iAia a'.t,e£jonccr charged with attempting to destroy ,v /?tablo_ in Castlcreagli street, Sydney, with dymuf^ifi, has been sentenced to ten years' hard teho?'. i The Italian Government intend sending Captain Caoati, who was rescued from j Equatoria Africa i« wnvpany with Emm j Pasha by Stanley, on tw>otjier exploring .mission through Africa. Mr A. W. Hogg, the well-known Mastovton journalist, will be the Opposition candidate for the jMasterton scat, and Mr P. M'Guire will contest Egmont in the same interest. The canal to connect the North Sea at the mouth of the Elbe will, when finished, be 61 mil©? long, '85 feet broad at the bottom, nearly 200 .feet at the water level, and of sufficient dejptti to take the largest German I war vessels. Ix, is paid that the property ieip by the Due de Montpensier amounts to about" eight mfllions sterling. Ho loaves four millioiia j to the Comtesao de Paris and her son the ' Due d'Orleans. The rest is left to his own ' son, the infant Don Antonio. j •'•'.Cor^e Jjere, my little man," said -a gentleman co it youngster of five years, I '-while sitting in a parlour .where -a large i company was assembled. "Do you know 'me?" "Ycth, thir." "Who am I?" "You ith the man that kithed mamma when papa was in Thuflolk,

Mr E. G. Eddy, !the New South Wales Railway Commissioner has consented to allow the '• Tamworth News" four weeks to make a full apology to him for the libel contained in an article throwing discredit on his management of railways. The " Sydney Morning Herald " refers with pleasure to the fact that frozen fish Irom New Zealand is being received into the local markets, hnd states that in future the local fishermen will have to compete with New Zealand, for which they have only themselves to blame. Christchurch telegrams say that influenza still prevails in that city. One death has occurred from it, that of Mr W. H. Shaw, secretary to the Waste Land Board. He was 43 years of age, an active member of the Church of England, and honorary - secretary of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He had been in weak health for several years. Workmen are busy at the old Town Hall ( buildings, making a very important altera- ■ tion in the frontage. Mr John Moison, shoemaker, has leased the two front shops that were recently vacated and these are now in process of being thrown into one, the floor, brought to one level, and the general -„; - -J--: very much altered and' im- !/■■■. ' ■ As appears by advertisement elsewhere special services by connection with the Baptist church will be conducted by Mrs Bteyertz in the Oddfellows Hall on Sunday next at the unusal hours. This lady is a convert to Christianity from Jewish faith, and has the reputation of being an evangelist of great power, whilst her lectures on Old Testament subjects are said to be of a deeply interesting character. Her name has been well known in Victoria for many years, and she has recently laboured in Otago with great success. All are invited to attend. At the meeting of the Education Board on Thursday, the Chairman read the report of the election to fill the extraordinary vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr Cunningham, statiLg that 117 voting papers had been received, besides two informal ones. The 117 votes were giveu as follows :— John Joyce, 28; H. Allwright, 22; E. R. Good, 21; W. J. Steward, 19; Rev. W. Finlayson, 17; J. T.'Smith, 10. Mr John Joyce was declared duly elected, and took his seat. La, grippe appears to have taken a complete hold of Lyttelton (says the " Tunes ") during the past week. The members of the police , force have pretty well all " had a turn." like- f wise the whole of the yard foremen on tho railway and many others. The last place where the epidemic has appeared is in gaol. There it is seizing hold of warders and prisoners alike. On Sunday 12 fresh, cases occured, while on Monday two men who went to Ripa Island in good health in the morning had to be sent back to gaol in the afternoon. One of the prisoners who was to have appeared at the Christchurch Court had to be remanded in consequence of an attack, At Sheffield, where the epidemic is prevalent, a young girl who was in delicate health succumbed to the complaint. The "New Zealand Herald" hears on good authority that the real reason why the Minister for Lands turned back on his journey to the Uriwera Countiy was that the nativer drew a line—an aukati—and peremptorily prohibited any European passing it without their express sanction. This sanction they refused to give, and the Minister had to return. Tho incident is regretable, as the same natives, promised Mr Locke (whose sudden death wasanuounced the other day) to give access to their country to anyone coming with him. He, was sent on a mission to them by the. Government last year, and reported the result in a paper laid before Parliament. To have ■ made the attempt without his be:ng of the party was a blunder which, we fear can only be attributed to official jealously on the part of the Native Department towards an outsider. Tha Rsv. J. P. Chapman, Fijian mis-, sionary, at present on a visit from the seeno of his labors, last evening delivered a very interesting lecture in the Wesleyan Church. His subject was " Missionary Life in Fiji," and'in the course of tho lecture much interesting infonnaUon was given about the satisfacloiy spread of the Gospel in ttlb islands, and the great need there still was for workers. Mr Chapman had 'quite a museum of pretty and unique things with him, illustrative of the habits and customs of the people, and the character of their daily life. Ifc was to be regretted that a lecture as intcrestiug and instructive as Mr Chapman's was not more largely attended, n^t by the Wp3leyan people themselves hut by the general public, seeing that soouor or later a very large trade must be done by New Zealand with the Islands. We have to complain very much of the conduct of the officials of the Ashburton Working Men's Club. We sent a, reporter to their annual meeting on Thursday evening and were about to publish a leport of the proceedings when we received a request to delay the publication till Tuesday evening as the Chairman wished only those matters published which were regarded as public ■■ -.---.- W- --rreed to await the receipt : ■ promised by the Secretary, but this did not come to hand and now after all this delay ,we find the proceedings reported in our Ciristehurch conten porary the "Pre3s" —i:i "';:• li--i|> 1!'-'1 of ourselves. Following : >\&-f iv" (i:"' ' meeting which would have/■.Oeeu published on Tuesday morning but fo^the action above referred to : —The annual general meeting of members of the Ashburton Club and Mutual School of Arts was held on Monday night. About thirty members were present, and Mr G. F. Scott occupied the chair. The balance sheet showed a surplus of assets over liabilities of £42Q 7s Id including the section in Burnett Street that hart been purchased on which to build a new club-house. The President's report treated of the proposed new building and other matters appertaining to the Club, and both the report and balance sheet were adopted, and the latter ordered to be printed. It was decided in future to, print the balance, sheet a week before the half-yearly general meeting £ynd lot each member have a copy A resolution was passed to procures plans fur a brick building not to exceed £800 in cos ».

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 6552, 18 April 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 6552, 18 April 1890

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