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Minneapolis cxpect3 soon to haye 1 one hundred miles of electric steet railroads. A clock at Rouen, France, runs fourteen years without winding. Divorces can be obtained in four hours in Japan by paying Ss down. ' In France there are 2,000,000 households in which there is not a child, A Dunedin Press Association telegram slates that Hallenstoin Bros. New Zealand Clothing Factory is to be floated into a limited liability Company. At a special meeting of the County Council held yesterday afternoon the Council resolved to advertise the annual statement of accounts in the Ashburton papers. The population of Rome increases steadily at the rate of 1000 per month. In the last four years the increase lias been 70,000, and in the last year nearly 15,000. It is rumored that the Emperor of Austria i has' offered the Province of Trent, in the Tyrol, to the Pope for a residence, and that the Pope has the offer under consideration. Berlin is about to be revolutionised by a great. scandal about the selling of orders, decorations, and honorary titles, An American is said to be implicated in the transactions. I It is understood that the betrothal will soon be announced of Princess Victoria, | lister of Emperor William, to Prince Albert of Sajce Altenburg. Prince Albert is a widower. At the adjourned conference of the city of Christchurch and suburban local bodies the i ■■■■■■ v r ' '"'■ were rejected by f ■ ■ ■ ' I voting. The speeches, with one exception, where opposed \o the scheme as premature, Margaret Barton, of Heysham, near Lair caster, died, after a few days' illness, at the reputed age of 104 years, She had to the last a remarkable memory and a fund of anecdotes; she had good eyesight, and up to a short time ago could read her Bible without spectacles.

! The immigration of Syrians to foreign lands continues. Between ten and fifteen thousand of them from the pashalic of j 3}Tpunt Lebanon alone have taken out passi 'po-cifi (tyring the last few years, going j injpstijr to Al;g United States, to Brazil and Buenos Ayres, j It is reported on godd authority that a ' syndicate has been formed in Sydney for the 1 purpose of building and carrying on a hotel! .hi 200 rooms at Kotorua. The hotel will' | ;be conducted on the same principles as the ! : large hotels vi American watering places and I pleasure ijesorts. i We are always pleased to note the success ! f«fr|Bj] burton manufactures, and may mention 1 .that the ..Southland correspondent of the t •" press" says :=^"J think that the Canteri )n\ry Pip Manufacturers are getting a turn ' this (season, as I have noticed Brooke's a f'oois e*J awut *UP country, and have heard .Tt highly sp\*e» of," i It has transpired % fc Mr Grainger the . Clerk of Works of the saPlcr Harbor Board ; has been certifying for large? quantities of rubble than have been put in by the con--1 tractors for the Harbor Works. This has ; been going on for a long time and it is thought j that many,thousand^ of ppunds ■ have been i overpaid. Mr Grainqer has bgpu dismissed. ' A bullock slaughtered in Wellington the , other day had an abnormally large kidney, the weight of which, including the fat, was no less than ]021bs. .'J.'hp beast itself, which was grown'in the Carnarvon district, was by no means a big bullock. It turned the scales atScwt., and was perfectly healthy and free from the slightest blemish. Madame Patti was the cause of curious ■ libel suits in Mexico. Two newspapers. published a story to the effect that the great singer had told the wife of the Mexican President that she would never sing in a '•'country of savages." Both ladies declared the tale to be false, and the editors of the newspapers were committed to gaol ; until they humbly apologised.

Last year the death rate in the United, Kingdom was the lowest on record. Opposition lines are charging 50s from Wellington to Sydney saloon, and 25s steerige. It used to be £10 10s, and will be again af the Union can rnn the Jubilee off. , The Eev Dr Elmslie, of Christchurch, will preach in ;the Ashburton Presbyterian Church to-morrow morning and evening, and at Wakanui in the afternoon. ( ! Fahionable doctor (out for a day's sliooting): "Never saw such luck ! What's the matter with the birds ? I can't kill one of them." Noble host: "Write 'em a precription, ,doctor." The Wellington correspondent of the " Lyttelton Times " says that Mr Blackett is shortly to be out in the Colony, and that Mr O'Connor is to succeed him as ConsultsngEngineer in London. Mr Sew Hoy states that the " Taieri Advocate " had no 1 warrant for announcing that he •had purchased and meant to erect the switchback railway at St Clair. The Government of India is a huge landlord. ■It receives 29 \ millions sterling a year by way of rental from the occupants of the soil. '

Large purchases of wheat are said to have lately been made in and around'Oamaru by an outside firm, and it is highly probable • that fully 20,000 sacks will shortly be shipped from that port by them. Mr Hammett, of Christchurch, who has been conducting evangelistic services during the .week at ihe Baptist Church, has consented to conduct a week's mission in the Primitive Methodist Church commencing to-morrow evening. The rubbish heaps at the, Kimberley mines, Cape Colony, are now being worked over by people who are out of employment, and they are cradling and washing the diamonds out of them. Many of these people^ says a local correspondent, are making from £10 to £15 a week.

" Gentlemen, what is your verdict ?" asked his honour in a Western courtroom. " Wai," responded the foreman of the jury, " 'leven on us wants to hang the, prisoner, but the twelfth man sticks to it he ain't guilty, spite of all we can say—so bein' as the twelfth man is a no-account feller, , anyway, in order to make the verdict unanimous, we've concluded to hang 'em both." • . ■ ■,' ■

The following cablegram, . dated London, April 22, has not been published in New Zealand:, —''The, apples consigned • from Tasmania by the Oceana, though, in good condition on arrival, were inferior both n size and quality to the apples sent last year, but th c packing was decidedly superior. The 2400 cases sold at from 15s to 255, making an average of 17s 6d per case. ?

At 11.30 p.m. on April 21st, during the passage of the Lady Jocelyn to Lytt&lton, an apprentice named Henry WingatQlfras lost overboard in 46.23 South, and IJ3 East. He fell from the mizen topsail jid, and struck an iron davit. The nigh was very dark, the sea high, and the vessel ruining 12 knots. She was brought up, and a,tpfe buoy thrown over, but it was impossible" Uo lower a boat without risking other lives. $ The following is the list of bishops, consecrated in New Zealand up to thoVpresent time:—Bishop , of ■ Waiapu. (Willijgns), at Wellington, 1859,;' Bishop of Melanffltfa (Pattason), at Auckland, 1861; Bishop m Wellington. '(Hadfield), 'at Wellington 1) 1870; Bishop of Dunedin (TSTevill), at Dunedin, 1871; Biehop of Melanesia (Sehvyn),, at Nelson, 1877 ; Bishop of Waiapu (Stuart), at Napier, 1877; Bishop of' Christchurch, (Julius)/at Christchurch, 1890.

The "Press" says that from the small glass-making factory, conducted under the r^anagemeivL 6f Messrs Lang, at Chainey's Corner, have been turned out some excellent specimens of this manufacture in the shape of bottles of various kinds. The sand tried has been of various kinds from all parts of Canterbury, and now a class of sand procured from close to the works is^^foing employed. The promoters of this itfdalt'vy hope, by steady perseverance, to mo/ftfe a trade for glass articles. - " - - - "/, J A novel operation has been performed in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. > A-fanner was suffering from a diseased leg-bone, induced by an accident. On medical advice he came to the infirmary, and was put under the care of Mr Miller, surgeon, who determined to remove the diseased portion and substitute an ox rib. The operation was performed a month ago, and' it seems it has been so successful that the man will be about again shortly with a limb as strong and healthy as ever.

The interest that ig taken in this Colony in fruit growing, and janything pertaining to it, is evinced by the large circulation Mr A. F. Spawn's address on the subject has had. The Government recently had',lo,o,oo,' copies of this address printed in pamphlet form, and circulated them all over the Colony, *"■-■■ -;- ■Ll--: «-r-V'— ~ of postmasters, farmers' " ■■, ! '■ ■ ■■' institutes, and' other public persons and bodies. Reports from these agencies are to the effect that there has been' a very large demand for the pamphlet, and in some cases fresh supplies have been asked for.

A most rascally case of levanting with other people's money has occureil in th j Rangitikei district. A man took a contrac j at a hemp mill to produce the fibre at a certain price per ton, and engaged the hands and made himself personally liable to store- | keepers for supplies. A few days ago he went to Wellington and drew, it is said, about £200, and instead of coining back to pay his" hands,, cleared out. for Australia, j Two tradesmen have got accounts against ; him to an amount of £30 each, and all the hands have been > left without a farthing. Unfortunately he had left the country before any steps could be taken to secure him.

An American paoer, discussing the . question ,as 'to who are the oAvners of .the *' United States, and the classes which contribute the largest amount to the revenue ' of the country, says that the Stales are '■ practically owned by 250,000, constituting less than one in sixty of its male population,-1 and fchafc the signs of the times indicate that j before the lapse of 30 years the number j owning the country will be practically i reduced to 30,000. The system of taxation, j in contradistinction to that in vogue in England, throws nearly the whole of the nation's burdens upon the poor, the : amount contributed by the annual savings i of the rich being only from 3to 10 per cent., ; while the impost upon those of the poor ; amounts to from 75 to 90 per pent, The ' result of this is the aggregation of wealth in a few hands, and every year to accentuate . the contrast between rich and poor.

„ An ex-Oamaru resident (a carpenter) thus writes to the "Mail" on the industrial out' look in Victoria:—" Everything here is almost at a standstill. ' Masons, painters, carpenters, etc., are going idle in largo numbers. . . . After being two years almost in my first job, I was paid off last month, as there were almost nothing to do. 'We used to have a squad of thirty or forty in our shop ; oiily the foreman is left now. After having a good look round Melbourne in search of work, I could not get the least show at any of the places I tried. I then went up 'country a little bit and got a promise. But I wanted something to starj; with, at once, sol got a job at Footscray. It will last a week or two yet, after which I hope some of the promises I got wjll be fulfilled. . . . That it will be one of the hardest winters the working men here have had to contend ■ against everybody freely . admits." Statutory Declaration. —I, Franz Raabe, Ironbark, Sandhurst, in the colony of Vie. tona, Australia, dQ solemnly and sincerely declare that on the 25th June, JS77> my son Alfred, six years of age, was accidentally hurt with an axe on his knee. lat once tooK all pains to secure medical assistance. 'How- I ever, in spite of all efforts, on the 27th | August, .1877, the opinion was given, by Dr Macgillivray that an amputation "'of the injured, limb had become imperative, in order to save lifu, At this juncture I called on Messrs Sancler'an*"" .rv .... i-.;v,'*~ ■ ■—.c of their Extract of I. 1. ;. j. . • M'<. .."■.and by the applicatioi. ■ : ■:■■■!: ■ the satisfaction of see '. o \ ■ ■ ' ■ drtnight #ut' of all danger, and to-day he is recovered., I may iustf add that it was when | the' crisis had been reached tjiat the Extract j referred to was first applied,' and 1 make this solemn declaration, etc. —Franz Jlaabe, ■ Declared at Sandhurst, in the" colony of Victoria, Australia, this seventeenth day o* ' October, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven, before!ine, Moritz Cohn, J.P. ■ HAdyt.) JSl\

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2426, 10 May 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2426, 10 May 1890

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