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jjqlm O'Farrell, a well known farmer of Diiustowii, Victoria ? was burned to death while in a state of intoxication. A cable message from London says that on and after May Ist the colonial book post rates will be a penny per ounce. The floods in Australia have been very disastrous. Welltown station, near Goodi"windJ.g bos lost 70,000 sheep, and in the Narrabn 'diam<4. i] have been swept

away. ; Temperance Woman : "My friend, if you don't want whisky to get the best of you, you must get, the best of whisky," Promising Subiect; " I do, mum, when I can." A man with only Qnr- arm and one leg is making a living in Ghrisjcljuich just nqv/ by whistling in the streets, Jfe is vpvy clever in sibillation and did very well in Dunedin during the Exhibition. 'jhis morning George White alias Clifford was bsfore the R.M. Court at Christchurcli on a charge of stealing a horse of the value of £10 the property of. Thomas Lamont, SomVton, ryav Rakaia. It is said Clifford sold'W h^&fe'iii plivijicburcli a day or two after the thelV^ '' ' ' 'v Christchurchpcopleareamusingthenisqlve| with the novel spectacle of living whist, the cards being represented by fifty -two young ladies appropriately attireu, ana Wn~ are /' ml," ,»' gliuffjed," " sorted " and "played" V/iOmjueli sluj) a;/d yqvy prof^y effect. ! Mr K. F. Squ^i'b, Jia.s forwarded to us a very fine sample 'of Derwent potatoes grown upon land which has been manured with lime. Their size and quality prove conclusively the benefits of using liiiic for this description of crop. Two young men were arrested in Christcliurch on «aliud.ay nig_ht for taking a prominent part in a' hooi-ing demonstration Wore the shop of Mr J. JJ. Stva^., watchmaker, who appeared to disregard _ the " early closing" hour. The arrests effectively put & »top to further proceedings l>y the mob

A ferret which found way to Pahautanui a few days ago signalised jis appearance in the district by attacking a-sheep and tearing out its eyes. The sheep was killed by WIP owner as soon as its condition was discovered, a?<d the ferret was also despatched. ' The soltiiUK #re apprehensive lesj. other animals of the same h).(&(\ should take i£ jstf<o their heads to visit the cliswict, Friday evening v/jll be a night : to remember bythe«"'" : ' ■ ' '■'" ■ ' i ■ ■'' ■ On that djvte <j, ■ ■ ■ ■ - ■ !'• d -111 tlie Pa'l^ce Kjnk a building .capauie of holding 3000 peoyk, Tw,£ thousand tickets are to be issued for the puWic " --^ i-'-'-- A - t~ be accorded to the new Tin ' 'j ■ . ■ '■. of

these must be at the doprs by a quarter to eight, as after tint hour, the general public will be admitted.

A very handsome pale yellow canary, which lias doubtless escaped from a cage, was seen this morning in company with some greenfinches in. a.f?arden on the East Belt.

In the R.M. Court thiis morning, before Major Steward, J.P., a fire it offender pleaded guilty to a charge ot, drunkenness, and having been locked up* sinoe Saturday evening, was dismissed witih a caution.

The following .gentlemen have been nominated as candidates to fill the vacancies in the South Rakaia, Road Board, caused by the retirement o£ Messrs Lyttelton and Pycroft, viz : Messrs W. M. Lyttelton, J. Lambie, and G. Vucetich. A poll for the election of two members will be taken on Tuesday, May 6th, at the Road "Board Office, South Rakaia, and at the - tfchoolhouse, Kyle.

In view of the School Committee elections to-night, we repnblish. the clause in the Act which defines the term '-householder." '' Householder means every adult' ■ male or female person who as owner, 'or tenant lessee or occupier, occupies uses or l 'esides in any. dwelling-house,- shop warehouse or other .building in any district, „or -every parent or guardian who is liable to m aiiitairi, qr has the custody'of any child." ' '' •"

A beggar named John Duliy, who 'for years past resided in a miserable hut. in one of the suburbs, was picked up dead in Buckley street, Essendon, Victoria laut week. On the body being searched, receipts and bank deposits to the credit of the oleceased amounting to between £5000 and £6000 were foimd concealed in the lining of his < '<-'V -. together with.£ll 13s 6d in money.' \U:>.\ was a man of most miserly habits, an d had resided in his hut for years past.

To useful inventions there is no> end' some of the very best being aLio the simplest. One such is the automatic candle extinguisher, for which Mr Robert Al corn is the local agent,- and which can be pur chased for the modest sum of one shilling. It is a little tin cap which fits on the candle- and is closed by a spring, which is. released when the candle burns down to any point desired. Thus a candle can be left burning, and on the point fixed being reached, extinguishes itself.

' With respect to the Uriwera Country where it is reported gold has lately been Mr Reeves M.H.R. informs the '"Reefton Guardian" that in a conversation upon mining which he had some years ago with Mr Fraser, formerly Wan-den at the Thames, and the late Sir Donald McLean ; the latter informed his hearers ihat he had seen rude gold ornaments worn by the natives, which had been obtai ned in, and fashioned by the natives of, tl^e Uriwera I Country. ' < _ ; , '.. , ,

On Sunday afternoon John Ni: son, a wellknowii tailor at Sydenham, bi at who has before now been seen in Ashlsurton, was arrested on a stabbing charge.. He was having one of his rows with his wife when a man named Naylor interfered,, and Nixon treated him to a piece of cold steel in the shape of a stab in, the arm with a pocket knife. The wound was not a, serious one, but Nixon will have to inter view the R.M. about it.

We are sorry to hear that Mr Ernest Croft who was receutly employed in the Parcels and telegraph office at the railway station here is suffering from, mental abb'eratiqh and is vs 1!-. ■'■ • J ■"■ J~ at the assylum. Tliere Avcre ■ . . ■■ ■ ■■.. o time ago that

his mind was giving way as shortly after he left Ashburton he sent a telegram purporting to be from the Bishop of Christchurch announcing his own death ami giving a long biography of himself. This was- thought at the time to be a practical joke but it is now evident that the cause was a very sad one.

A correspondent of the "Hobart Mercury "says:—"The price charged for our fruit iii the other colonies is just going on as usual, and as a consequence very little of '' , j-;~.-i v j s soi^ a lady from ,■ . ■ . s that this season she has been charged Is 6d per lb early, and 8d per lb later on for apricots from Hobirt, and the man who sold them to her gayo the Tasraanian grower 2d per lb, and wrote that the 1 market was glutted. Of course it is, when these wretched middlemen prohibit the sale in this v/ay. The usual weekly meeting of the Ashburton Lodge, No. 29, 1.0.6. T., was held in the Templar Hall on Friday last. The Lodge was opened in due form by the C.T. at 7.30 when the Grand Secretary, Bro Cameron was announced and received with the usual impressive ceremony. The C.T. then vacated tho chair which was taken by Bro Cameron. Several important items were brought before the Lodge and dealt with. There were three proposed for membership and one initiated. The election of officers' was' then proceeded

with. EroT.Welch". ■ .---..--.-. to the important pos . . ■ ■ \ the election being loudly applauded. Bro Cameron congratulated the Lodge on the rapid strides made during' the past quarter and predicted for it a bright future. The Lodge was closed in due form by the G.S. at 10 p.m. We regret to have to announce the death this morning of Mr .Joseph, Clark, grain merchant, Tinwald, at'the age of 58 years. Mr Clark was an old settler, having been between 25 and 30 years in the Colony. He game over, after a short ' . ■ '■ \, •'■.'"'.. and settled on a line . \ Island. The land was of the very best the Colony can boast, and Mr Clark farmed it most successfully for several years. Attracted, as many were at the time, by the glowing reports of Ashburton County in 1877, he sold out his Kaiapoi property and bought a large area of land on the south side of the Ashburton river. He afterwards dealt largely in grain Avith varying success, but last year was anything but a fortunate y^ai' to him as our readers know, and the worry of his experience pi the past 'few months told sadly upon his health. ' He had been more or less ailing for three weeks before he died, but few expected that his illness would have the fatal termination Aye are m ■ ' 1 ' "■ TT-~ '—vss a AvidoAV and gi ■ ■ •. . . ■ ■ ;ath will be regret- '.■■■.■.■ We; '.•'•• f.: .:.'.«:.i! ■!■!■!> :■..■ testimonial from the'" Illawarra Mero'ury " (N.S.W.)of the 30th March. It needs no comment :— " Mr John Loveday, of the Bulli Mountain, wri-c-s to us that after suffering for four years with acute gravel, he has experienced almost complete relict by using Sander and Sons' Euonlypii Extract. He s iiys"Eesing the said 7.■ .i-. ' ,1. I.'" 1 *T"'l ' l the 'Illawnrra llforcury,' ■;. •;: . ... ■':• -'induced him to obtain a bottle of the" medicine from Mr Hqski'rig, chemist, of this town, and tha! the use of it gave him great relief at ouce. He Bt&to3 that between the' Jfith 'M.ftreb/- ipet»nt» when he obtained the fim botfta of the usfvaiit, 'an'p the 19th, the use of that medicine contioued to afford him relief, to which he had bean a stranger for four years. Mr Loveday writes also thai he has found the Eucalypti Extrno' a cure tor rhoumatipm as wall as gravel, He' requests us to pubiibh mis" information through the 'Mercury.' We have much plenhura ia complying with Mr Loveday's r?(ir.cpf, word ocanot be doubted, and wlio'c^n paye ii(j object fyi y}pw oth^« than a pure tllscu'e Co benefit siii|orjng'humanity,"— Advi, ' " ' '" ' • " ■ 3

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2412, 28 April 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2412, 28 April 1890

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