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The French circulation of Zola's works amounted to 2,000,000. Sarah Bernhardt's tiger has died at the Jardin dcs Plantes, in Paris of the influenza. Of Mrs Danforth, who died, aged 101, at, Manchester by the sea, U.S., it is told by the veracious Yankee prints that "all t' rough life she used a pound of dark plug chewing tobacco a week. She smoked regularly after each meal, and nearly every night would wake up and smoke a pipeful or tAvo in bed, and then drop off to sleep again. A portable house of paper has recently been constructed in Hamburg. Tho walis consist of double layers of paper, of which the interior one is impregnated against lire, and the exterior one against moisture. The paper is fixed in frames, which can easily be attached i;o each pther. The house is in- [ tended to serve aa a restaurant, and cont 1' ius ! a dinjngroom 90ft long.

It is a dreadful point about microbes (says the " Hospital ") that the only way to avoid having them in a virulent form is to have them in an artificial or attenuated form. The children of the future will not run through the present gamut of infantile disuses, but they wl" :■" ■'■ n- n;. 1 .bjected to inoculation w|tl> " ■ .- ■ - . ■ every few months. First, they will be vaccinated for smallpox; when they have recovered from that, they will be taken to a Pasteur institute to have a mild form of rabies ; next they will be given a dose of the comma bacilli to prevent cholera, and so on through alj the ever-growing series of disease microbes, bh J luckless child of the future ! you will never be ill and never be well. How glad we are that we live in tilitj present, with all its ups and downs of health, to lend variety to life and death !

In order to take away the incentive which girl mothers of illegitimate children may haye to committing suicide, and also to put dcr. !' i ■-'-■•-■ -~f legalised murder known as i. !■. ■ . municipal authorities of Paris have established an institution where single women mothers may legally and secretly abandon their offspring.' Tlie' mother goes early in tl«? morning or late in the evening, and in a private room delivers over her child to a woman who attends for the purpose, and thereupon the legal tie of relationship is for ever at an end. Having once abandoned it she can never reclaim it. This has put an end to baby-farming, but it is possible that the ultimate result of the municipality constituting jt§elf the foster mother of abandoned w.aifs will be quite an increase of its business in that line as .time goes on. A project is mooted for converting Lake Eyre, in South Australia, into an inland sea, find the submersion of an area of 63,000 acres is .stkus contemplxted." It is stated that the lake is } 2$ below the sea level, and it appears to be assumed tjjat the surroimcling country is also so low that il would be flooded over a very wide area by the opening of an inlet channel from the ocean. The iejisibility of this channel, says the ■"Melbourne Leader,' j is another jniportant element of this project, ; and another. very important question is the; provision which woujd. be necessary for i evaporation. Then the area which it is proposed" to submerge is in Sou'h Australian territory, Q.nd the new sea' is intended specially to benefit Queensland and New j South Wales., so jjihat, f is an Australian contemporary suggests, tlic question is of such a character that nothing but a Dominion Parliament would be able to grapple with it. ! The divining rod n$ n means of finding a good supply of water recently stood a very successful trial at Oundle, Northamptonshire. Mr W. Todd, a landowner, requiring a well on a portion of his property, sent for a "diviner," a man named Pearson. There had been some considerable difficulty in obtaining a supply of water in the town, and the Oimdje Commissioners had spent £83 in .trial boring*. Z 1" :: '<V trials were conducted by a ] ■' ."-. ! : '■ they proved futile. In the presence pf a number of spectators' drawn together by the novelty of the experiments, Mr Pearson, with the usual V-shaped hazel twig, walked over the estate. In several, places the twig., was visibly agitated, but the " divine " kept on until the twig almost bent itself double in ( his hands. At this spot he indicated with i coniidence that a good supply of water would be found. A weJl was- accordingly sunk, , with the result that at 17ft water was found ; in such abundance that it rapidly, rose to within 3ft of the surface, at which height it J has since remained,

A magic lantern entertainment consisting i of news of London and on the Thames was f kindly given by Mr C. I. Wiggins of Sumner \ ,in the old Mens Home on .Friday evening ( and was greatly appreciated by the inmates., The attention of members of the Hunt Club is called to an advertisment in another column announcing that hunting will be resumed to-morrow. The meet is at Longbeach at 12.30 p.m. Miss Elsie Low, of the Ashburton High School, is, we see, a successful competitor for one of the Education Board's Scholarships, piaving scored the highest number of marks of any of the winners, her total being 590, the next higheab being 554. The Very Rev Dean Jacobs who has been continuously in harness in Christchurch without leaving New Zealand for nearly forty years takes a trip Home by the Tongariro leaving Lyttelton on Thursday, Hej will be accompanied by Mrs Jacobs. J The annual election for the return of two members of tho South Rakaia Road Board, in", place of Messrs Lyttelton and Pycroft. who retired by ballot, resulted as follows :—W. M. Lyttelton 98, G. Vucetich 80, and J. Lambie •65 ; informal paper ,1. Messrs Lyttelton and Vucetich were therefore declared dvtly elected members of the Board by Mr A. Makeig, the Returning Officer.

The numbers of cloisters and monks in Spain have increased with astonishing rapidity of late years. Spain now has 29,220 monks and 25,000 nuns in 1330 1 cloisters fand 179 orders, i In', Barcelona alone there are 163 cloisters ior women. In the last 14 years the number of monks in Spain has been sextupled, and the number of nuns has been doubled.

The "Otago,Daily Times" announces a forthcoming much needed improvement in the early rebuilding of the Provincial Hotei for which a contract has been signed. It also states that "plans for the rebuilding of" the theatre are now in Melbourne, Mr Showman having decided to submit them to the' best authorities there before entering upon the work, which, however, we understand will in all probability be begun about July."

The usual weekly meeting of the Ashburton Lodge, No. 29, 1.0. G.T. was held in the Templar Hall on Friday last. Owing to the unavoidable absence of the C.T. Bro Welch the Lodge was opened by Bro Higg3 V.T. at 7.30 and the business of ,fche evening . was discussed It was decided as the Lodge had" now been in existence 12 months to hold an annivefsa.y tea and concert to take place in about a fortnight, in the Oddfellows Hall. Before going into harmony the'V.T. reminded the members that their next meeting would be held in their new Lodge room and hopes to see a large number of members present on that occassion. Songs were then given by Bros Duncan, Johnstone, and Sisters L'eitch and Washington, and the Lodge was then, closed in due form by the C,T. at 9.30.

Says "Mercutio" in the " Auckland Herald":—The voting at the City * ■ Committee election gives much food for thought. I saw men there who had never been at a meeting of the kind since the/ Education Act came into force, and who had neither chick nor child. It was easy .to see at the outset that a " put up job" was on. Some of them could not read the names of the candidates on' the blackboard, and others could not write the names of the candidates on their voting tlcketa, and it was done for thsm. It must have been somebody's interest to go to the hall' entrance to get a second ballot-paper in order to vote twice, and to put in a bundle of. ballot-papers, though toth dodges were exposed and defeated. The Rev Scott West said, at the Presbyterian meeting this week, "the voice of the people is the voice of God;" but if the late City School election was a case of Vox popvll vox Dai, then all I can say is that it was ,the voice of the sorriest deity human heart ever worshipped. I expect the attempted double-, voting, and ballot-box stuming; Avas'intended, like the cumulative vote to aid "'Jbh° representation of minorities !" " \'''

The Chrysanthemum and Fruit Show;*'of the Christchurch Hoi'fcicultural Society' \Vasy held on Thursday last, and brought Pi grand display of the special Soever pf the^ season, but a far better display of friiit. Special notice ia taken by the Christchurch papera of Mr G. T. Smith's exhibits, grown, of course, at his gardens in Smith's Road, Ashburton. He gained second prize for his collection of 18 varieties of apples, and v/as specially commended for his exhibit of 100 varieties shown for exhibition only. Mr E. F. Wright, of Mount Somer3, sent from his orchard a}} of groat merit, and received a flattering press notice. Mr 1 James Porter was socond for Mrs Murray-Ayi)sley's prize for a collection of apples, not more than .36 varieties, four of each; third in' the competion for 12 dessert apples; and first with 12 culinary apples. In the latter class Mr Bloomfield was second. We regret that neither Mrs George Lamb (of Elgin), Mrs Joseph Hunt, nor Mrs John" Cochrane saw fit to enter hi the competition for chrysanthemums, as we are told that the choice blooms grown, more especially under Mrs Lamb's careful 'tendance; would have been hard to beat in any class of the show.

Tn« !v-3t; meriicino known ia SANDER and SONS' EUCALYPTI EXTIUCT. Teste i s imicent powerful effects in coughs, cold?, influenza, tto.—the relief is instantaneous. Thousands give the moat {^ratifying testimony, His Majesty the Kinp, of Italy, and mndioa' syndicates ail over the globe, are its parron?, Read the official reports that accompany each bottle. We have no occasion to offer rewards in proof of the genuineness o£ our references. Che official : reports of medical clmica.and universities, the official c'ommiinlcntion o£ the Consul-General for. Melbourne; the diploma awarded international Exhibition, Amsterdam—all these are nuthf;ntio documents, and, &3 such, not open to doubt. We add here epitome of ope of the various cases treated by Biegcn, M.1)., Professor, 'etc.,. Burning cf the right hand through the ex plosion of a small oil stove. The epidermis on the volar and pahnep side of the hand-of the thirty-year-old patient was completely ■jepnraled and lifted up as ar as the joint o! the hand.' The likewise Kf ed nails ,weve bringing IfKne, and hstlf of the phalanx J the nail of the tuidd'e -finger was coaler"| The wound? '1-"~ r—'r-."'"' 1. healed in three weeka under .'.:; ■■.'■■ ■ ■ '■>* "■ ■■ '' ' " ■' lresein>-, ':. 1 ■ i..-..:, V.:. I u:e of thfi band.— (Adv 1 .

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2427, 12 May 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2427, 12 May 1890

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