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The Dunedin Arcade has'been sold to a syndicate tor £20,000. , ( , ' H.'M.S. Cordelia, which replaces the Calliope on the Australian station, hasarrived at Sydney. • - A block of land of 250 acres at Te Aroha has been purchased under instructions from Mr Isaac Holden, M.P., of Yorkshire. On the attainment of his 78th birthday on Wednesday, Sir F. Whitaker, who is in very pood health, received numerous congratulatious» There are twelve lepers at the Little Bay Hospital, Sydney. Two of them are natives of the colony, who have never been outside its bounds. - • ■ Mr Samuel M.H.Tfc., who has letters by every mail from Sir Julius Vogol says that the latter has never in any way intimated that he intends returning to New L Zealand for the purpose of engaging in politics. Mr Sheeliy, of Mosstown, informs the Wanganui "Herald" that off a patch of ground three-quarters of an acre and three perches in extent, he has just gathered in the extraordinary yield of 22 tons of onions.

The " Examiner" says it is reported that Mr J. D. Onnond ha 3 secured a lease of the native land on the banks of Wie Manawatu. This block will therefore not be opened for settlement as was anticipated.

The Auckland "Herald" of the 19th says .-—The first direct vessel from this porb to South Africa, in the shape of the brigantinc Stanley bound for Durban, left port yesterday. In addition to a large freight of timber produce, and provisions, the .Stanley took 16 passengers, who arc nearly all en route for that new El Dorado, tljo Johannesburg goldfields. At Netherby farm yesterday, Messrs Bland ard Humphreys offered by auction a number of thoroughbreds bclongingto MrL. Markcy. There was a fab- attendance, but buyers were in a minority, and none of the lots submitted realised nearly their value. A yearling colt by Johnny Vaullmer, from The Fly, was knocked down to Mr. J. M 'Guinness for 70gf, and"a'two-year-old fflly by the same siro from Zephyr brought 40gs, but the other 3alcfi were at very small figures. A fire ocenred this morning on the farm of Capon liros that shows all the signs of having been the work of a wilful incendiary, or the result pf gross carelessness on the -part of somebody taking free quarters. Messrs Capon ha.d six stauks of oats in the middle of a paddock, and this morning whan the people at the homestead rose the stacks were burnLug. 240P bushels of oats were destroyed, and not,a penny' of insnrance covers them. The stacks were wily up a 'fortnight. j It is a ciirious fact that Kfng Humbert of Italy is nearer to the throne of the United Kingdom, if the divine right of blood be recognised, than is Queen Victoria. Her Majesty's title is derived from the beautiful daughter ryf James I,' Elizabeth of Bohemia whose daughter ]}P,caine the mother of George I, while the Italian sovereign's comes from James' son, Charles I, whose daughter, Henrietta Maria, married into tlie House of Savoy. Thus he has one^ generation more of English blood j?) his veins than' his royal cousin of England.

The " Wairoa Guardian" regrets to observe a great falling off in the industry of Wairoa natives, especially in the matter of agriculture. Qn the Aranui Block, near Fraserton, some years ago the natives used to cultivate a large area of wheat, pats, and maize, very Jittle of fcHe bl,ock' being left unused. Now, however, there arc only two or three narrow strips in cultivation', while the rest is rapidly being covered with docks and thistles, and soon, no doubt, it will be ovemui with SAveetbriar like the native land about Waihirere and Ruataniwha.

Mr Bilkis (looking over liis expense account) : Maria, y/a ppent exactly i'lo 10s more than our income iaei, year. We've '; got to retrench. Mrs Billus: It wasn't my ! fault John. I didn't lose -Cl son the election nor pay out £8 in Club dues, nor spend £13 for cigars, nor run through with £24 in three days at the rac<#, n/jv endorse: a note for £40 for a mere acquaintance #i}d jpse it, nor Mr Billus (still look through the expense account): None of these things account for the £10 10s. By Jove ! Here it is ! Suliwiijtion for pastor's salary, £10 10s ! we yanriofc KtamuJ- that} fclie preacher will hayeto get along without anything from us this year. . , T The Pride of Waka^ui Lodge, No. 32., 1.0. G.T., held its fortnightly fusion wi the Wakanui Main Schoolroom on Tuesday evC] 1" ing. There was a largo attendance of members. The Lodge was duly opened by Bro. D. Doak, O.T.j at 7.80 p.m.; Four new members were initiated into the Order, • making now a total of 68 members on the books/ A committee on absent members was appointed. The officers of the preceding term were re-elected. the routine busuicss had 'been disposed of tlifi Lodge wen I hit-) harmony, when songs, readings, recitations &<«., were contributed by Bros. Doak, Carlan, and £!pphanc,. and Sisters : Corbett (2), and Trcviu-zti. ./Jifter a very enjoyable evening, the Lodge W4W «],oscd at 9.45 p.m. , , . ,j. We understand tliafc there is a probability of the opening up at au. early, date of a coalpit and limestone quarry nea-c Spi'ingburn. A party of presppctors hove fomid a capitaj seam of coal in close px'oximity to excellent ,_. ■■ ■.; , y . ' ... ■ ■.. ■ ■ I It is proposed to construct a tramway about 15 chains long from the site, to the road whence it k only a distance of three miles to the railway. If. is contemplated to form a C ■ ;- -Hi ":■• :•*■••? -f 1- -■ 1\ ■ " ■-*. lie ■•''%.■'••.'■■: A . _ ■ ■.'■■ ■ ■ wl ■ ■ ■ I perience in mining, assures us tijat tliw , prosnects of the proposed Company are

We have been shown a very admirable r. 1--^ -"■y.i .i c H'V ulterior of St Stephen's t .•■ '. \ ii-r ■, taken by Mr Chas. Lawrence, photographer, of this town. It io singularly sharp and clear and altogether a very creditable specimen of the photographic art. ' 1•• ( .

A bill for validating the election of Archdeacon Juliu3 as Bishop of Christchurch was passed through all its stages in the Synod on Thursday and the session was brought to a close at 4 p.m.

The " Southland Times " says that some time ago about three hundredweight of tin stone from Messrs Nelson and Co/s claim on the Eemarkables; Stewart Island, was forwarded "to tho manager of the Mount "BißchofF mine,,. Tasmania, aud recently the product was received in the shape of dressed tin. This was sent to Messrs Anderson and. Morrison, Dunedin, and was returned the other day in the form of nine bars or ingots, weighing tyVo each. This shows an excellent ~ J—,r.i f■"■••"",'■ ■': .n^.V •'■'. stone, in fact the Mwii'i; li =' ii- :\\ '.-i, states, that the percentage is greater than that from the celebrated Tasrhanian mine. ; ■', „,-,

Tlie." Auckland Herald " says :—The re'•mains 'of Mr Kellow's little boy, seven years lof age—who, it . ivill be remembered,. was. lost in the range opposite the township of Ngaruawahia, on the 24th of December last, while returning with a number of children [fro—. r-.tV:".r .-;*.-, ...•!,, 'V i,, i. w ,., r..,..,' on v.:!: _. '■. .. T'wi !i ■ ■•, "i ■> I l!'Lii'ii!"a i and Morvin went out over the range to look for pigeons and noticed some garments hanging,on the branch of a, tree or bush. , Going up to it, Hammond at brice recognised^ the poor boy's coat, winch he had pi'ODably hung lip as a signal before lying down to die, and within a few yards were the remains of the child.

An unfortunate accident happened this morning by which a young man named Clinton lost his left hand and forearm. He was feeding a threshing machine at Longbeach, working with'harvest gloves on. An obstruction happening in the feed, he'used his left hand to clear it, and the tips of the glove were caught in the cylinder, which drew in the arm to the elbow, mangling it fearfully. =; The injured man was within an "ace of having'his right iiand, with which he tried to save the left, also torn, but this was averted, and only the tips of the fingers were slightly pinched. Clinton was taken to the Hospital where Dr, Trevor attended I to his wounds, finding it necessary to amputiite the arm immediately below the elbow. The young man is a- strong healthy fellow of about 28 years of age, and the accident he has met with is one much to be regretted.

It isn't every day that a 1 keen hand like Willie Lindsay, the expressman, is had, but on the 'second day of the races Willie found that there was somebody who could get up even earlier than himself, A man bearing for a name the misnomer of Justice took passage in Lindsay's express, and failing to trot out. v the xisual Colonial Robert on his arrival at the Royal Hotel, Lindsay followed in pursuit of the slow shilling. Half-a---crown was offered—four holes in it for luck, too—but Lindsay was nob in possession of a handy sixpence to give square change. An offer to toss double or quits was declined, and what purported to bo a pound note was tendered, accepted and 19s returned. When Willie got home he discovered that the "note" was an old miner's right of the Shotover diggings. A pound had once been paid for it but it had lost its value and its vjrtue now, so Willie told the police. Elsewhere will be! found the evidence on which the Justices sent Justice up for three months for his little game.

The New Zealand "Herald" says that during the last two years Mrs Thomson (who has recently sold Kawau) expended a con- j siderabi' ~-=ls 11 ■>' :;•«,■• r._^ H improvements, I and in pro-pe.:! 1!' 1" '"<«:■ -'I'liv* of'the mineral I lodes on tho island. In the latter respect, abundant proof is now ovidsnt of mineral wealth awaiting development. Meantime Mr K. J.'Dunn, the eel" 1—L-- 1 -■--1' from Victoria,' has arrived ' ■■■■.■.-. : ment Geologist of South Africa) for the I purpose of making a complete survey of the island in. every part, which will be a costly and laborious undertaking. Mr Dunn has ■ recently returned from an inspection of the ce.lebra.ted Mount ""T-- 1 . ■. ' i- f} .eensland, on behalf of %-i ■■','■'

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2410, 25 April 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2410, 25 April 1890

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