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A special train ran from Christchurch to Mount Sorne''S yesterday carrying aovfiral Christchurch gentlemen, who desired to be present at the funera.l of the late Mr Ernest Peter. The " Woodville Examiner" understands that Mr Biyce will probably stand for the Waikato district in the (joining elections in preference to again attempting to obtain a seat on the West Coast. The " Tablet" suggests that the honor of knighthood should be conferred on Mr John Roberts in recognition of his services in connection .with the New Zealand Exhibiton. The Colonial Insurance Company shows a profit balance for the year of £8113 Os 9d, pays a dividend of 10 per cent and carries £3113 0s 9d forward. | Mv A. Wright, a fruit e:;pert, has gone, on behalf of the Government;, to Whangarei to investigate the alleged existence of phylloxera there. . It is believed that the oldest timber in the world that has been used by man is found in an Egyptian temple, which is known to be at least 4000 years old. The wood is in the form of ties, holding the end of one stone to another. The V. ■•i, -■■ -..—r-n»"»y'W. of the New Zealaii', ■ 1., ■ ■ ;■ ■ ; ■ dof fruit— | oranges, bananas, etc., is most prolific this season, while all the food crops of the natives have also turned out well, consequently there is abundance of food, at which the people are iubilant.

Letters from places beyond the colony for the following persons were received during the mouth of February and are still lying unclaimed at the Ashburton Post Oflice, viz: A Clark. Patrick Hallran. W. Weston, J. H. Whaigpoon, William McLaughlin. The "Timaru Herald" reports that Mrs Horomona Pohio, better known as Mrs i Solomon, wife of the old Maori chief, died at the Maori Pah, Wahnate, on Wednesday morning last, after a short illness of four clays' i duration. The deceased appeared quite well until recently, when she was found to be 1 suffering from disease of the heart and liver. i There was no meeting of the County Council yesterday. The funeral of the late Mr Etnest Peter at Monnt Somers detained the Chairman, Mr W. C. Walker, and Mr McMillan; while both Mr Grigg and Mr Harper were in Christchurch at the installation of Bishop Julius. Mr E. G. Wright came from town by the first train., but seeing the '■■! —:' "'S' <-* " quorum went up again b; .-■■,., ... The abundance of remains of the mammoth is almost incredible. Middendorff reckoned tJjat at least 100 pairs of tusks had been put upon the market yearly, during the last two centuries, and from personal observation. Nordenskjold is inclined to regard the estimate as too small. It thus appears that in the reccno modern trade the tusks of more than 20,000 of these animals of past ages have been collected.

They have lately got some Shetland ponies in South Africa, a Jphaimesburg paper having announced that great excitement had been created by the apppearance of two of these animals. The sensation seems to have reached a climax when the steeds—which stand only about seven hands high—were harnessed to a miniature phaeton and/driven jjlto the flourishing town of Germiston. Johannesburg was anxiously expecting a visit from the equine pigmies, anil a furore is predicted on their arrival. Probably nothing better illustrates the great progress which Japan has made in the Jast quarter of a century than the 475 newsflapui'B which are now published in the Empire. Sixteen of thase are issued daily in Tokio. Eilch officer of the Government is obliged to be a subscriber to the Government organ "K^inpo." In 1886 the 403 newspapers cqft^isted of 82 political, 2 military, 116 scientific, 88 trade, 38 governmental, 21 court, 25 religious, 26 medical, ajid 5. literary journals, The most important are {hose bearing names equivalent to Daily News, and Progress, The " Tokio Independent," which was -published in several different languages, suspended publication two years ago.

t A marHfld couple named Delabro, living iat Aubnsson, neap Limoges, have been I arrested for ill-treftting their idiot daughter. Tliis poor woman who is thirty»five years of age, they shut up in a dark . damp cellar for twelve months. They chained her to the wall, and beat her so unmercifully that when she was discoitf id by the police both her arms were found to have been broken, ten \ { months ago. The poor creature waa in a I 'most pitiafo.e condition,''not only were her ' anna broken, but she was covered with bruises I and sores, almost dying of starvation, half j naked, and covered with filth and vermin. She was conveyed to the hospital, but her is despaired off

According to an exchange Mr J. B. Why te intends retiring from Parliament. Mr Whyte has been a useful member and his absence from the House will be a loss to it. We are in receipt from Mr James Porter, , Clifton Nursery, of a copy of his " Descriptive Catalogue of Fruit Trees etc." This I | has been neatly set up and printed at the "Mail' Office and reflects credit upon the jobbing department. On the run across from Auckland to | Sydney the R.M.S. Alameda broke the record, accomplishing the journey in 3 days 10 hours 40 mm; - . ' On the last trip of the Alameda from San Francisco the vessel took down a handsome boat made at Mare Island navy , yard for King Mataafa, an award for services rendered to American seamen during the Samdan hurricane. , According to what appears the latest canard, a phenomenal calf has seen the light at a place called Beaumont, France. It is described as having the head of a bulldog with-cropped ears; its eyes, are standing out of, their or its like those of a ' far Eastern dragon; its,mouth is small; its forelega'are shortened abnormally, while its hind 'feet resemble those of . a pig, and are exceptionally long. At the Leeds Assizes on Saturday, James Berry, the public hangman, brought an action for libel against a weekly paper called "Answers," claiming £500 damages for certain remarks made about him in an article which appeared on the 23rd of November, under the heading " A Man tf Mystery." The defendant admitted the publication of the article, withdrew the imputations against Berry, and apologized. A verdict was given for the plantiff, damages £100.

At the Dartford County Court Messrs Winter and Co., coal merchants, of Swanscombe, sued a menagerie proprietor for the value of ahorse alleged to" have died," from fright at the sight of the defendants elephants. It appeared, that the horse, ..whilst being driven along the main road, saw the defendant's elephants drawing some caravans. The horse gave a jump in the air, and then dropped down dead. The jury gave a verdict for £25, and judgment was entered for this < amount. A team of three draught horses and a dray made a tremendous clatter, and caused a large crowd to gather in Burnett Street shortly before 1 o'clock to-day. It appears that a foal got foul of the team at the Somerset Hotel corner, and the driver in charge lost control of the horses, which bolted down Burnett Street at top speed. Near the junction of the Belt they started MrGrubb's I baker's cartand horse,anl this turn-out taking ' the lead, went at a.great speed along the belt and up town again. The dray and' horses ran into the river bed road, and were stopped without any damage. The baker's cart also was pulled up safe and sound. The team belonged to Mr Frampton, of Willowby, who was not to blame in any way for the mishap.

Mr John Grigg's sale of the surplus horse on the Longbeach estate was well' attended yesterday, but those present Avere almost Avholly local men, a sale by Mr Buss, at Rangiora, of 130 horses, no doubt attracting many northern buyers. Mr Grigg's sale was in the hands of Mr T. Bullock, in conjunction with Mr D. Thomas, but la grippe having hold of our genial Mayor, of Mr Peter Williams were called '• relieve the thorax of Mr Bullock. The sale began shortly after midday, and by four o'clock 112 horses of. all classes had been disposed of, Prices all round were not perhaps as satisfactory as Mr Grigg would have liked, but there Avas no reserve, and only one horse was passed in out of 113 offered. Mauy bargains Avere secured, but whenever an animal of really high merit Avas offered, a fair, price was obtained. As has been Sciid there were horses of all classes, and for hacks 30s up to £15 10s Avas obtained and for draughts up to £19.

Not many of our amateurs have been successful with outdoor culture of the vhve, but Mr Alexander Buiok, of Ashburtoiij has been very successful indeed. On the north east Avail of his cottage in Tancred street he has trained a vine, and its branches now trail all over the wall and round to the' northern side. He has only had it for four years, and when it came into his charge it was less that three feet high. This season it has produced an enormous crop of grapes, and for several weeks past Mr Buick has been able to treat his friends to an abundance of ripe^grapes in huge clusters. A large proportion of the grapes—tho3e mjpre especially within easy reach from the f ground—ripened well, but many still OEWie Anne aro yet on the green side, althougli^Sf the. present weather continues there is every chance that they, too, will come to perfection. The grape .is the Black Hamburg, and most of the fruit that has ripened has.matured to full size and superb flavdr.i The' training of the vine, as well as the whole floral surroundings of, Mr Buick's dwelling, give evidence of much careful attention and much tuna spent, and well spent, by its geniaj, owner.,

SANDER and SOWS' EUCALYPTI EX TRACT.—In protxtion of' thei-.'World wide fame our manufacture has acquired all over theglobe, wepubliEh thefellowirigr-i-Hazard, M.D., Professor 6f General- Pathology and Diseases of the Mind and Nervous System, sayain ftn editorial published in the "Clinical Beoord:"—" We have examined half-a-dozen specimens of different,. manufactures; the' preparation of Sande? and Song was the only one that proved to be reliable and Corresponding to scientific tests." Another concoction called " Befined Extraot of Eucalyptus " has made its appearance since. .This produce, stands, acoording to Dr Owen, foremost in causing injurious effects That gentleman aommunicates, at a meeting of the Medioal. Society of Victoria, tbat a child living at Fitzioy became most seriously indisposed* through its use. In am ther case a lady i tates on the strength of statutory declaration that she suffered Qruolly frotx the effeots of the game ooncoction. To guard the high i reputation of our manufacture we feel warranted in exposing the above facts, and desire the publio to exercise care and precaution when baying. SANDER and SONS - Advt. 7 i

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume vii, Issue 2420, 3 May 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume vii, Issue 2420, 3 May 1890

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