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A Civil list pension of £75 per annum has been granted to Miss Ellen I. Tupper daughter of the late Martin F. Tupper. 'It is reported from Boston that Mr Whittier sent to a New York newspaper a poem called "Tae Captain's Will," which he said was the last he would probably write, and he was agreeably surprised to receivo in payment a sum of lOOOdols. The "Thames Advertiser" says:—As an 'ndication of the improved tone prevailing in mining and business circles, it may be observed that a large number of fine substantial rosidences have lately been erected, | and are in course of erection, in the borough

With respect to tho reorganisation of the volunteers, the "Raugitikei Advocate" learas that il is expected that the system Avill comprise a part-paid force, and cadet corps, with provisions for drill, training, and military exercise upon a larger scale and more improved regulations than have previously existed. That the fox may be trained, Avrites the " Geelong Advertiser "—and trained as Avell as a dog —is made evident on the farm of Mr Grant, on the Barunnali Plains. One of these crafty animals, secured when young, has been made /as quiet-aud useful as.the ordinary domesticated farm-yard dog. Reynard is chiefly employed in hunting rabbits, and has Droved on the farm more valuable than a, ferret.

If Prohibition has failed in some of the States, the high license method has apparently proved efficacious. The criminal records of the city of Philadelphia show tha#, during the seven months of 1887, before the high license IaAV came into force, the committals for intoxication were 11,137, while for the corresponding period" of 1888, uuder the IaAV, they fell to 5,947, or a reduction of 50 per cent.

The royal yacht Osborne has been docked at Portsmouth, and, although she has not yet been thoroughly surveyed, a cur.sp.ry examination of ltfii- by thp dqekyard authorities has revealed the fact that she is " terribly rotten." This is surprising, seeing that she was built so recently as the year 1870, at a cost of £134,000, and that an average of £8000 a year has since been spent upon painting her and keeping her in order. She represents at the present moment about £285,000, and she cannot be again set afloat Avithout the expenditure of further large nms.

An American paper is teaching its readers Vchpiik in eight lessons. The author of the lesssons seems anxious to encourage writers to learn Volapiik and to write their books in the ne.w universal language. It is now eleven years old, and it is asserted that five million persons are able to use it. One twenty-fifth of those are English and American, and the balance is divided between French and Germans. Volapiik possesses a literature of about 750 volumes of grammars, dictionaries, etc., besides 300 original works written in that language. The late Prince Rudolph of Austria's "Travels in the East" has been translated into Volapiik.

In New Granada a plant grows that is locally known as the ink plant. Its scientific name is Coriaria t/ujnHolia. Without any previous preparation its juice can be used as ink. At first the Avi'iting appears red, but in a few hours it turns to a deep black hue. It is worthy of note that steel pens are entirely unharmed by this lined, which is free from the corrosive properties of ordinary ink. Several sheets of manuscript written with this natural ink became soaked witli sea water on their journey to Europe; but, when dried, the writing Avas found to be still perfectly clear.

It can blow pretty nearly as strong m Victoria $s it can in windy Wellington. rj?he other Siuaday a lady' who was walking on the WjJliamslbVn pier hail a narrow escape fronj 'a singular accident. She was walking along the jfcei? wijth' her parasol,' fast to fror wrist hy a string. The wind, suddenly catching the parasol caused it to spread out and carry the owner towards the edge of the pier.. She was unable to stop herself or get the string oil her wrisjt, and was just on the point of being carried over jLho edge of the pier into the sea when a gentleman jy]|o saw the difficulty dashed forward and seized tjw lady, who in another moment would have been in the ir~tet

The Fredo Company are to give one of their free performances to-night opposite the Royal Hotel in the new pavillion.

Mr Knutzen, a quick teacher of quick method of Avriting, and both plain and ornamental styles, is on a, -visit to Ashburton and advertises elsewhere. ■

The cermony of laying the foundation stone of the new Catholi'.e church in Manchester street North was performed yesterday afternoon before an immense attendance by His Grace Archbishop RedAVOod, of Wellington.

John T. Matson, the well-known Christchurch auctioneer, has had his oratory stopped by an attack of La Grippe, and John Matson, jun., reigns in the rostrum in his stead. Mr Matson is too big a man physically for the distemper to make much way Avith, so that lie is expected to be . out again in a day or two.

In Christchurch a croAvd of young men and .boys assemble every Saturday night in front of such shops as keep open after the early, closing limit. On Saturday, last groanings and hootings from this crowd assailed the oAvner/ of one shop at his own shop door, and he Avas compelled to close to get rid of the annoyance. Pebbles were thrown at his windows, but the Police promply stopped this species of demonstration.

■ The arrangements made for the conduct of the Wesleyan Church anniversary services by Rev. J. H. Gray were unfortunately upset, through that gentleman having been seized Avith ar attack of the prevailing epidemic. This caused, the pulpit of the Wesleyan Church in the morning to be filled by Rev. J. N. Buttle, who preached to a large congregation from Deuteronomy 4th Chapter, 6 and 7 verses. In the evening the Rev. A. M. Beattie, M.A., took the service for Mr Gray, when the attendance was only moderate. The services will conclude with a tea meeting in the Church on Tuesday evening, when it is expected the Rev Mr Gray Avill be present, and special anthems and hymns Avill be given by the choir.

Winfield S. Shaw, a young New York clubman," has been sued by his wife for the return of 14,000d015.', which she alleges he holds as her trustee. His answer tells a most singular story. He frankly confesses that be Avas bought for 14,000d015. cash in hand, and that he did not love the woman to Avhom he gave his name. He alleges she asked him first to marry her, and on his telling her he felt no love for her she produced a bankbook, showing this amount deposited. He, after taking a feAv days to consider the proposition, accepted on condition that the money should be given him before the marriage. To this the lady, who was a AvidoAv, eagerly agreed, and just before the ceremony, in a side room, turned over to him the book and, with it in his dress-coat pocket, they Avere married. Shaw's love was not bought, hoAvever, and the Avifenow sighs fora return of her money.

The annual return of the United Fire Brigades' Association. of New Zealand for 1889 is now available. It shows that there are 50 affiliated brigades in the colony, established within the period from 1857 to 1889, having 156 officers and 902 men, 50 of whom reside at stations. They own 12 steam, 44 manual, and three canvas engines; 79 ladder carriages, the length of ladders being 3465 f t; 11 fire escapes and 96 hose reels. Instruction in ambulance matters is given to 11 brigades. The district under protection is 39,151 acres, Avith a population of 131,727 persons. The stations number 78, valued at £20,149, and the plant is valued at £29,571. FiA re brigades are held upon trust and are in the hands of trustees, tAvo to the Govern-ment,-four to the brigades themselves, and the remainder to the different borough councils. The annual cost of the brigades is £7244. The alarms are given by 94 bells, 2 Avhistles, 43 electric alarms and 8 telephones,. while 18 horses are kept. TAventy-four reservoirs form the source of the Avater supplies, Avhilc the rest of the brigades are supplied from wells, rivers, open channels, tanks and ditches. The total number of fires for the year was 332. Of these 1 Avas [ caused by chemicals, 1 fireworks, 5 gas I explosions, 34 accidental, 9 hot ashes, 15 naked lights, blinds, and curtains, 3 clothes drying, \ rats, 1 smoking, 1 bush fires, 2 glue and oil boiling oA rer, 8 lamps exploding, etc.. 3 rubbish burning, 3 arson, 9 children playing with matches, 4 overheating, lldefecth re chimneys, 220 \uiknown and chimney fires.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2406, 21 April 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2406, 21 April 1890

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