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The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 1890. LOCAL AND GENERAL

The first woollen mill in Greece was recently established. The 700 th female physician in Russia has just passed her examination. Mr Ballance intends to address the electors of Wanganui in about a fortnight. The Rev. E. A. Scott will conduct Divine, service in the Seafield schoolroom on Sunday next, April 27th, at 3 p.m. The Ashburton Lodge, No. 29, 1.0. G.T. will meet at the Templar Hall (Friday) at 7.30 p.m. for the purpose of electing officers. Mr W. S. Allen, who was for 21 years a member of the House of Commons, will con; test the Te Aroha electorate at the next general election. Bishop Hadfield has been duly elected Primate, haying received 24 votes of all orders, as against 13 cast for the Bishop of Nelson, and 1 for the Bishop of Waiapu. There was no business transacted in the Resident Magistrate's Court to-day there being no criminal cases for hearing and the civil cases set down for adjudication having been all settled out of Coitrt. Reports from Whangarei state that during the recent rains in that district a flax mill was swept away, the loss to the owners, Whitelaw and Cleary, being estimated at £250. Another mill was swamped. ] Mr Donald Williamson's premises, East Street, were broken into on Tuesday night and a suit of clothes, a hat, and a pair of boote stolen. The thief made his entrance by orcing open a window. ■' : News from Beetota, on the Queensland border, states that the 'flood has been followed by myriads of grasshoppers, which have eaten up all the feed. One swarm covered the ground for an area of fear miles in length and a mile in width. They completely darkened the air. j A surprising advance has taken, place in the price of antimony. During the last four or five years it has never been worth more than £32 per ton, whereas this year it has more than doubled its former value, being worth now £80 per ton. . ' The richest man in Germany, according to recently published statistics, is Herr Krupp, of Essen, whose incomefor last year amounted to £279,000. Clearly his business has been nourishing in the "past year, fora twelvemonth ago his revenue was officially esti-' mated at only £210,000. ' I At the annual meeting of the Southern Cross Petroleum Company held at Christ-; church on J Wednesday ,the directors were recommended to take steps to wind up the company, a3 no such development of the oil has taken place as to lead to the belief that additional capital can be obtained to carry it on.

The Costley Home for the aged poor, situated at One Tree Hill, Epsom, Auckland, waß formally opened on Wednesday by^his Excellency the Earl of Onslow, in 'the presence of a large gathering of the' citizens of Auckland and residents of the surrounding districts. The building is a fine brick structure and will accommodate 240 iuniates. It cost about £7000.

A Vienna telegram of February 27th says : " The cheap zone tariff for passengers introduced ou the Hungarian State Eailways ha turned out so successful that the administration of the Austrian State Railways and the private railway companies of Austria contemplate following the example oi Hunga i Ojie) of the latter, indeed—tho MaschauOderburg Railway—decided to day to adopt the Hungarian system for passenger, fares

It is reported, say 3 the " Press," that a process for the extraction of lauoline, the natural o 1 of the wool in an economic form has been lately discovered by a Canterbury resident. The inventor expects to save and refine ihig oil, which is lost in woohvafliiug, and as lanolino realfses a price equal to 3s 6d per lb for apothecaries' purposes a large income is expected to be realised, Lauoline saved in woollen mill s may also !>o utilised in again oiling' the wool \i hijsb in the operation of manufacture.It is expected that more will be known of this impoi feint matter shortly,

From an exchange wo clip the folio wing :— " There is an increasing demand in England for human skin leather, and it is becoming quite common for poor people to make ante mortem sales of their hides to certain wellknown tanners, The skins of beer drinkers arc said to be in highest demand, as being iofter and more pliable than those of spirit drinkers." The paper adds :•" The value of a water drinker's skin is not stated, and is i robably unknown, as such •* hides" are not in the market. Ib is only the craving for a " sjdnful" that can induce a man to mortgage his carcase."

We had the pleasure a day or two ago (says the Wakatipu "Mail"), when in the C( lonial Bank of New Zealand, of seeing an unusual array of cakes of retorted gold, which the manager, Mr Gudgeon, kindly showed us, but we regret to state that he did not place any of them at our disposal. Four of the said cakes, weighing some 450 ounces, were the proceeds of eight weeks' work at the Sew Hoy Dredge Company's claim, and the other—a very pure and beautifully bright specimen, weighing 513ozs.—was from the quartz mine of the gallant Tip Company, Upper Shotover, who, however, had been considerably retarded in their operations, owing to the deficiency of water power to drive a {full battery of stampers.

■ Very soon tho British farmer will dread the sight of a rat even as we dread the sight of a rabbit. Suffolk and Lincolnshire are in danger of being eaten up by the swarms of rats which no massacres seem able to thin out. The beans and the young Avheat are und to be especially toothsome; but there will soon be none leff, In Suffolk as many as 2.000 rats have been killed on one farm, and a farmer m Lincolnshire killed 200 as one day's bag. It has been pointed out before that the destruction of vermin-eating birds accounts largely for the vast increase in the number of rats ; but in Suffolk and perhaps in sonic other districts, there is another reason. Ijj tjiat country a great deal i l' ." ■.V"""' '^nd is lying derelict and . ■ .':;..■" .':■:■ are speedily overrun with vermin. &

The " Age " predicts a bad time coining for the working classes in Melbourne. It sa ys : —" The coluiy can hardly acquit itself entirely of the charge of extravagance during recent booming years, and it is pretty certain that in most departments of business in Melbourne excessive stocks are the order of the day. This matter will right itself gradually, though probably not without loss to the merchants who hay§ deteriorating stocks on their hands and .unremunerative capital locked up hi them. However, the stocks exist, and 'will restrict the need of further imports. There is also evidence that a cessation, or at least a curtailment, of building operations, in Melbourne is at hand —a result which will mean diminished imports of a hundred and one articles needed in the bitlldiji^ trade. The circumstance can be referred to only with very qualified feelings of satisfaction, for ilyj;.i£h it may help to bring our trade returns to jwrmal and healthy proportions, it must simply loss c-f wotk, pr at least change of occupation, for a number of nie/i.

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The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 1890. LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2409, 24 April 1890

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The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 1890. LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2409, 24 April 1890

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