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Wo are requested to mention that there j will ho an eai-ly Communion scrvico at St. Stephen's on Sunday next at 8.30 a.m. A woman doesn't mean half the wicked things she says ; a man does not say half the wicked things he means. 3'Jje Wesleyan Methodists last year raised #JOQ,SQ3 for benevolent enterprises, not : counting the support of the ministry. Scotchmen banqueting in London fire now entertained with music of real northern bagpipos playocl into a phonograph and sent down to London by express, It is considered probable that Mr John Roberts, President of the Dunedin Exhibition, will be amongst the recipients of Birthday Honours this year. A number of people are ill in Western Pennsylvania with " heavqs," similar to the disease to which horses are subject. The disease is said to be a new form of influenza. Mr Samuel Vaile's stage system of railway administration hag attracted the attention of the German Govoi'iunent- The German ■ Consul in Auckland has been instructed to forward full particulars to his Government. There exists a peculiar law in some part 3 of Germany to prevent drinking during divine service. The clause runs:—"Any person drinking in an alehouse during Divine service on Sunday, or other holy day, may legally depart without paying." Some Americans have peculiar ideas as to what constitutes music. In Boston a concert was recently given by a baud composed of 150 banjos, guitars, and mandolines. Among the items of the programme was the march from Wagner's "Tannhauser." The present Mikado is a member of the ancient dynasty of Japan, claimed by the Japanese to havo l)<jen founded as far back as 660 8.C., but which had lain dormant for I seven centuries until 1868, when the power of the Tycoon was overthrown, and the qld dynasty restored. The King of Sweden and Jforway, who i a great ornithologist, has just sent a oom- ■ mission of bird fanciers to Central Asia to bring back as many feathered animals as possible. Afterwards these gentleman are 1.0 go to Africa, and then to South America, Their iuslnicl ions are lo coJloci hirds of every sorlnol kiiDHii in Jmicojio. During tlio tonyoura i ■ T> , ■'" I s"'1'0 mi loss than 17li() ■■ ■■ V\ '■ were recorded in Coroner-,'('om-lsin Kngland 1 and Wales, yet only (u'2 were coinmilled for trial in respect of ilicin. 01 tl)C'"e ]42 were found insane, '23\ were acniicleil, and "2!)0 were condummprt lo dealli, Iho ' sentence being commuted in 14-"> Out of lifty women only nine were hanged. ]n 188S one of the workmen employed in Llio c-misi.l on tlio Islliinus of I'iiiiiinia iook a liclcct in the lottery which \\;\i '{ol nj) lor the benolU of Lhat uiid'jrlakinji. jjbout aycarafrorwards he ([iiitiod. tiuj Ti'ilmiiiK, :kml Jji" j)r(i.<(!iit whereabouts is altogether tiitkuowij. ' i'H'j ijchet 'entitles him lo the h"r*l. prize of .<jl().«0(), iii t d Jkuhiun lies uiiuliiiincd in the I'Ye.ncii kink \vhii;li vcccivod Die funds .suW;ril)od. A munltei 1 of gentleman have obtained from Sydnov the large .stw'l padjdle sU-'cMnei 1 U»c Torranova lo run between Now 1 i'lymoul.h aiid Onol));i)^i. Slie. v.ill shortly arrive from Newuiisttfc,' |*ro))alily calling at Auckland before starling runuilig. ,Sl>o is ! a vessel of .T>() tons gross register, and I,">'J f nei. wiili onginot. of (J-Mioire power. Mho ■ttvs U\\'.li i;l Clasgow in 1ST!), and Ims for .sfjnio (imc 'p.t'.i. )'<ocii laid up in .Sydney I Harbour. Slio it. owned in Sydney by Mr K.M. Knox, manager of the Colonial Sugar ' Company.

The Bible has been translated into sixty3ix of the languages and dialects of Africa. The membership of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Key. Mr Spurgeon's church, for 1889 was 5354. Beer bottled in 1798 by an English firm was recently opened in a London restaurant and pronounced sound and hearty. Mrs Lanchester, who recently died at Mansfield, England, at the age of one hundred and eight, was considered the oldest person in England. P. Macpherson, a Sydney athlete, on Thursday ran 220 yards in 23 seconds, which is equal to two yards under the world's amateur record. The forthcoming united Chnrch tea meeting at Mebhven is to take place towards the end of the present month —not in March as represented by an unfortunate misprint recently. Your father was a negro and your grandfather an ape," said an old aristocrat* to Dumas one day. "True," replied the novelist modestly, "so you see my genealogy | begins where yours ends." The Egyptians were great advertisers. Papyrus leaves over 3000 years old have been found at Thebes, describing runaway slaves, and offering a reward for their capture; and at Pompeii ancient advertisements have been deciphered on the walls. I The seventy-ninth report and balance sheet of the Bank of New South Wales, which was presented at the half-yearly general meeting of the proprietors held on the 30th April, -will be found in our advertising columns. The affairs of the Bank are evidently in as prosperous a state as ever. Mr G. H. Sewell, manager for Mr John Ballantyne at Staple farm, Ruapuna, ha 3 a specimen Devonshire Greystone turnip grown on the farm without manure of any kind. It lias a circumference 36^'inches, and weighs 23 pounds. This is a very creditable specimen for the season, and shows that the land under the hills is very good for turnip raising, and therefore also good for producing fat mutton. An advertisement in a New Plymouth paper is instructive. It announces that the Co-operative Butchery Company there are selling meat for cash at the following prices, and of the very choicest quality:—Beef: Sirloins, 3d; prime ribs and rounds, 3d; rump steak, 4d ; beefsteak, 3d; other roasts, from 2d ; boiling beef, from Id. Mutton : Legs, 3|d ; loin chops, 4d; forequarter, chops. 3d ; hindquarters," 3d; ' forequarters, 2d, Pork, 4d; veal 3d to 4d ; beef sausages, 4d; pork sausages 6d. The "Western Star" states that there can be no doubt that the opossum is flourishing to a marvellous extent in the Longwood Bush. Since the animal was protected,the Southland Acclimatisation Society have had aboutlOO secured at Riverton, and these have been distributed in various places, the greater number being sent to the West Coast, where there in small chance of interference with them for years to come. The lads commissioned by the Society to capture the opossums get on an average three a day. If we can depend upon the claims of a New England chemist, he has made a most wonderful and valuable discovery. This discovery consists of a cheap method of dissolving zinc by combining it with hydrogen, forming a solution called zinc water, which has the property of rendering wood, to which it has been aapplied, bsolutely fire-proof. The cost of the material and the application is said to be very light, and the discovery will be of the greatest value to hotel and theatre proprietors and the owners of all large buildings. The usual fortnightly meeting of the Helpmate Division, No. 16, Sons of Temperance, was held in the Templar Hall on Monday at 8 p.m., W.P., Bro Andrews, presiding. There was a good attendance of members. The Financial Scribe's quarterly return sljqwed a very satisfactory stalie of affairs, and showed the management' fund of the Lodge to be in a very sound condition. Three new members were initiated ; and five ilew candidates were announced as ready to oome up at next meeting. After a very enjoyable evening had been spent, the Lodge was closed by the W.P. at 9.55 p.m. Tho. "Waikato Times " gives the follow-, ing experiences of two sportsmen who mads an early raid on the birds on May day :— Two Cambridge enthusastic shootists got up bifore daylight on Thursday, and went in quest of ducks. They started down the Waikato in two canoes, and had not gone far when one of them lired at a duck and missed it, but the recoil of the gun capsized his craft, and down to the bottom went not only his gun, butalsohis mate's coatand watch which he had charge of. After he had reached terra firma and wrung himself Girt, his companion proceeded with t,liQ day's sftqrt, and managed to bag nino ducks, which eqst him about £1 each when the coat and wa,tcli were replaced, An extraordinary y scenc was (says the " Tuapoka Times") witnessed at an upcountry township a few days since, when a book agent called to deliver, at the house of a respectable settler, a book which lie stated was .ordered some time since. The farmer's wife was in, and denied emphatically ever having signed the<o,rder. The " book fiend" persisted in his protestations to the contrary, and so enraged the good houscw.ifci that she resorted tq summary methods for bringing the debate to a conclusion. Knucklos were employed with effect, and the aid of crockery was also invoked, with the result that tho agent's face looked very ugly when he appeared outside a short time afterwards. John Burgess accomplished a feat that (says fchc "Argus" correspondent), anyone not being actually a witness of would hardly have credited. Having divested himself of his clothing, he drove the mail trap with four horses across the Tallywalka, about four miles, and had to swim in places. At tin\es all one could see was the horses' l\ and Burgess standing up on the seat, the trap being completely covered. Had the horses become entangled in the harness while swimming the result must have been disastrous. Mr E. C. Kennedy, of Nuntherungie Station, who was going across in a boat, congratulated Burgess on accomplishing the feat, which, he ventured to assert, not another man in the Australian colonies would Ijave attwjrted, Star of the East Lodge, 1.0. G.T., held its usual meeting on Wednesday eveniug last, Bro F. Parkin in the - chair. The Secretary read the list of the newly installed officers as follows:—Bro McKee, P.C.T; Bro F. Parkin, O.T. ; Bro M. Dalley, V.T. ; Sister Auckram, Secretary; Sister Pickford, C. ; Bro Marsden, jun., T ; Bro Marsden, sen., P. Secretary; Bro Dowle, M; Bro Pickford, A. Secretary; Sister Edwards, I.G; Bro Grant, O.G;.Sister Edwards, Sen. ,S.J.T. A set of bye laws was submitted and dealt with, and a standing committee appointed. The lodge then went into consideration of the good of the order, BroHiggs of the Ashburton lodge, offering a prize for the member that contributes the most harmony during the quater; Bro Grant a prize to the one that brings tho largest number of candidates. It was announced that a brother who lias jiioi arrived from the BltifV will contribute next Wednesday a short addrcr-R entitled "La Grippe, "Whisky Gripe, and the Good Templars' Grip." The lodge then closed in Hie usual form at 0.30. p.m. Tlio bc jl medicine known is SANDIER and ( SONS' KUCAIAMTI KXTKACT. Tost iU> eminent powerful eileetss in cough*, colds, jiifhien/.a, etc.. —(he relief is insuuilaneous. Tliousuxls give the most gratifying testimony. His Majesty the King of Jliily, and medical nyndioali'.s'all over the globe arc its j patrons, head the. official reports thalaeeom- ' piuiy each bottle. Moslov, M.1)., Professor University, Gricfswuld, reports : — The Eucalypti Kxli'fiel proved magnificently successful in very severe contusions, bruises, I spiahiK, wounds, scnldiiujs. broken ribs, and ! liiuSis. ("Medical Journal," Nov., ISSI.) | In diseases of Ihe kidneys, either active eonI yeslion or suppression, (imvinai) or albnmi- | nuria, dropsy, Hlhavgy, nothing will equal lin its action Eucalypti Extract. Doses, ! live to six drops, Hosier,'M. I)., Professor, 1 L'niverily, Griefnwald, reports :— DiphtheI via. Toiu-ils continually coherent presenting ' ulcers witli while exudats. Cured in fourteen days. Surgical Clinic of Prof. M'Tntyre, College of Physici'ins' and Surgeon?, S '. Louis—Seirvhiis of DrciisL—Fa'c^ioii liuoa- , lypti Extract employed. In'o swelling, heat, lor discoloration. Cured in fourrcen days} -(Advt.) * '

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2431, 16 May 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2431, 16 May 1890

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