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The Young Men's Christian Association of Tokio, Japan, has a membership o 2500 ' The Indians east and south of Oklahoma v are said to be dying of the, grip by the. hundred. The recent influenza VV 1■ ■ •;■■ .' i? ■ '-i Paris than the last two ■. ■ . •■ <• .■■'•■. ; i It is reported in London that Mrs Shaw, I the American whistler, is engaged to a j widowed earl. The increased cost of wood and ivory is said to have increased by onrs-third the cost of English pianos. Mr Henry George has written to some of his d Jmi'-'ers in Auckland that he is unable to vkit New Zealand, Holt, the ex-prisoner, and ex-manager of the Bank of New Zealand, is said to have dropped into a good billet in Sydney. A Napier policeman drew Dreadnought in Adam Bede's sweep on the Sydney Gold Cup. He was offered £300 for his chance, but refused it. The horse did not start. Householders are reminded that the annual meetings for the election of School Committees take place at the various Schoolhouses on Monday evening, at 7 o'clock. Pickford and Undrill will have a fine show of colonial made furniture oa view to-night, jrincipallj made from Rimrt and Red Pine, a Native wood which is rapidly coming into favor. In the Resident Magistrate's Court this morning before Major Steward J.P., a first offender pleaded guilty to a charge of drunkenness and was discharged with a •caution. At Napier news has been received, from a source ijolicvecT to be reliable, that an important discovery of gold has been made at Ualatea, in the Uriwera country, between AVaikavemoana Lake and Whakatane. The harbour works at Gisboroe will shortly be suspended, owing to want of money to carry them on with. At a meeting of the Gisborne H arbour Board recently, a resolution was passed that after work at the training wall had been done to the extent of £650, the blockmaking be stopped and plant laid up.

The parting words of Bismark on resigning the German Chancellorship, " Le Mot dm revorrn," were transposed by the Napier Telegraph into the extraordinary form " M. Le Roi and M. Reverra have joined /the French Cabinet." The Ihames Star had it "le lipi, il mv,"and made it worse by giving as the translaton "The King, he raves." ,

The science of character-reading by palmistry has a number of modern believers, and it is maintained that a certain amount of knowledge of disposition and character can be deduced from the form and nature of the open palm. Those who are curious in such matters may put this theory to the test by paying a visit to Mrs J. H. Hickton, who has rooms at the Somerset Hotel, and will read from the hands the character of those who submit themselves, with a fee, to her professional scrutiny.

The" Southland Times" says that at the Dairy Factories Conference in Dunedin yesterday some revelations were made. The Government expert asserted that New Zealand cheese of good quality was re-branded iii London and sold as the produce of other countries, probably America or Canada, while inferior makes were sold as New Zealand. Is it not, probable that something of the same kind of iniquitous inanixralation is applied to New Zealand butter, and gives it' the bad name and low price it gets in the Home markets ?

Thus the "North Otago Times":—lt is said tliat Sir R. Stout is likely to visit Oamaru to reply to ,the speech of Mr Hislop. If the pjjpin't be true we would suggest that Mr Hislop remain ji] Oamaru till Sir Robert arrives, so that the politic.!*!, tug of war may be concluded in one night in'a certain stipulated number of rounds. If the thing is- to be everlasting, the newspapers, what with la grippe a>ud long political controversies, will have a pretty hard time of it.

The scene is ° Af-<:'<*—■>> .': Court not very far from "• " " ■ V > Justices are presiding aiul a viliamous I9oking individual is arraigned for assault. He pleads not guilty and tUtj .evidence is very indecisive. Kidorly -Juatiuu (s'Ci'vcu.-l.y r<) aocu^eil) " I'ri-oncr, we find you guilty iiintvtiij a:o sentenced to one months imprisonment.;but tei iriQ inform you that if we wore (|uitc hiuc iliiuyouuii? it, we s-liould have given you the full pii]';isliiyei f f. .of \w<> montlib' hard labor."'—" WiUraraoa '^ai 1. 1'

Mr John Murphy, of Wakamii, sustained' a severe loss this week amongst his draught | horses through their ■ eating wheat. Mr Murphy sent two teams, consisting of eight horses, to Winchmore to plough land that he has had under crop there this past year, and it appears that by mistake a bag of thirds of wheat had been left in some j straw in the paddock the horses were running in. Five of the horses partook freely of this forbidden luxury, with the unfortunate result of death to three of them, and serious illness to the other two. Indeed, it is still doubtful if they will recover, and in any case the loss is a heavy one to Mr Murphy, the more so as no carelessness can be charged to him in the

matter. .\ icrrililcHlm-y is now going.the round of the camps, says" an Indian correspondent. A certain gallant mess president ef great experience took the prec~."^---n 1-l provr-]----his men with several tins oi X- ;.!■;■!' I powder, .not.,forgetting,, the same' manu- . H"irrr'- "Jv ?r A powder. Evjery evening (■■it-: • Tiy i .-■ v little cakes ol a beautiful „!,-'■ -..'i':: '«; were provided for tea, which, attained'a great popularity." At last the kharisamah'-reported that he had come tovthc end of his baking powder and wanted a fresh tin. He was told to y^ ye c wfSy one, which hediclwith'a !,■'"■. ;■• .■.■iiii. ■■ :. with much pomp, passed rouiiu: an empty tin of the insect powder whicli he had used ■by mistake ! However, the officers are still alive and nourishing—and, .which is more extraordinary, so is the khanaamah. Professor Hickton, who comes hither with a splendid record of his.skill as ahorsetamer, is announced to give an < exhibition of the art at 8 p.m. on Tuesday next at Bland and Humpherys' Horse Bazaar. Young, wild, and vicious horses will be.operated on, and the Professor claims 'to be able to subdue into seractability anything in the shape of horse-flesh that can be brought before him. That this is not idle ' "•' •''••: . ■-.■■• ':< .i ■■■■' strated at 'GeraldineV..<' "■'■.■, ■■ ■!". y, '■'■'■■' si :.'

perfectly unmanageably ■■■;:■■ ! ■'<; •...'.' Mr Postlcthwaite was in a very short time reduced to perfect submission by Mr Hickton, who stood upon her back, rolled all over her," and played; any sqr,t <jf trick with impunity, winding up with riding her through the town with a large piece of sacking trailing at-her heels. ,AU interested in the management of horses should niake' a point of seeing the Professor's method. A soldier was wounded on the cheat by a back handed blow from a sabre at the retreat from Cabul under General Roberts. When the wound, which was a flesh one, extending •rer the swell of the chest, was being dressed, the surgeon observed that the skin was beautifully tattooed with a representation of The Last Supper,, done by a skilful hand. For the time, in the f\-:r--.ii- ■('• *'•'. v.i-i. "'.i incident was forgott ■:; ."! ■ ■'■ : .V . . ,'.:j troop to which the man V- 1 ™■ tv I. <I■■■■ i\■ ■' in England. He was .;.v '-•■ ' i. mi '■ .i. gratitude to the surgeon who had treated him so skilfully he made a bequest of the ornamentalportion of his skin in hisfayour. This bequest was loyally ' fulfilled by ' ihe nian's relatives who, after his death, had the skin ta'l&n ,off, then carefully tanned and dressed, the hair being removed by the currier to the Duke of Cambridge. The whole was then framed and made a remarkable picture.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2411, 26 April 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2411, 26 April 1890

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