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Most of us Avorry over our trials but the lawyers worry if they haven't any, Stoats, weasels, and- mongoose are now protected under the Rabbit Nuisance Act. Mr C. H. Mills, of Havelock, will at the next election contest the new "Waimea-Picton seat against all comers. Where can we Jlnxl,, a,*-woman's -headauct uetraying none ? On a postage stamp. Olaf Kraker, an Esquimaux woman, is to lecture in England. She is the. first person of her race to ascend the rostrum. Newcastle, New South Wales, becoming ambitious. Going to build the biggest dock in the world, La Grippe has takon a firm hold at the Kohimarama School. Twenty-three boys are confined to bed. Waiter (at the Club) —"There is a lady outside who says that her husband promised to be home early to-night." All (rising) —" Excusemea moment." The private wealth of Australia is c- ti mated at £1,136,000,000, whilst the public debt of the colonies is £176,000,000. In Auckland fifty-one drapery and clothing firms havo expressed a willingness to give their employees holidays on Saturday afternoons. It is said that Mr Valentine, who represents Waikaia, and Captain Me Kenzie, who formelry represented Mateiura, will oppose the Minister of. Lands at the next general election. Cricket has caught on to such an extent in Samoa that the Natives neglect their good crops in order to play the game. They often play 150 a-side and the game lasts tan days or a fortnight. The " Illustrated Sydney News " of May 10 contains some graphic, illustrations of scenes at Bourke during the great floods, picturesque peeps in New South Wales, views of Levuka etc. It is an excellent number. It appears that ground olive stones are used to adulterate pepper, and the Governor has accordingly ordered that the ground stones shall hx future be subject to a duty of 4tl per lb. "Yes, Sir," said Mr^Gallache, "it was funny enough to make a donkey laugh. I laughed till I cried," t And then, as lie saw a smile go round the room, he grew red in the face and went away mad. It is rumored (so a North Island paper says) that the staff of the Bank of New Zealand in this colony has been submitted to the' pruning knife by the London Directorate, and several very high officials will be dispensed with. At Wildon, in Styria. Austria, a, special commission counted two thousand two hundred bunches of grapes on one particular vine. This prolific vine is 22 years old, and, seven feet above the ground, divides into five branches, which, resting on a Avire fence, cover a courtyard measuring about 140 square feet. The variety is an Isabella, belonging to Labrusca. The Dunedin grocers and merchants have come to azi understanding with a view to prevent undue competition, The grocers are to cease marking the price of goods, save bacon, butter, and eggs, the merchants entering into a bond, with a penalty of £50, not to supply any grocers marking the price of goods, the) grocers being similarly bound not to dual with merchants (supplying such tradesmen, According to the " Dunstan TJmfcd," a hard winter is likely to be experienced in the goldfielcls districts. Heavy snow has already fallen on all the high ranges, whilst in the low country the frosts are very severe, ice covering all the standing pools. Food for stock is dreadfully scarce, and with the J prospect of a long and hard winter, there are bound to be heavy losses. The " Otago Daily Times " says the luxury of a hot supper hitherto provided by the Union Company for passengers connecting with their steamers at Lyttelton by the Southern express will now have to be dis- , pensed with, as we are informed that the Cooks and Stewards' Union have decided that it entails unnecessary work on their' members for so late an hour. Hong-Kong is'a little England, the creation of English energy, enterprise, and industry. Forty years ago it was a barren rock, inhabited by a few squalid fisherfolk. To-day it has a population of 160,000 souls, and a reverue of £250,000 a year. Of late , years it has added sugar-refining to its other industries; and what with its banks, its | manufactories, its newspaper, its tramway,. and its docks, it is one of the most thriving , »laces in the world,

■The schools at Gisborne have closed for a week on account of "the influenza. On her last trip between Sydney and Auckland the Alameda made the passage in 3 days 17 hours 46 minutes. ', Twenty-two persons have been killed and a hundred injured by a gunpowder explosion at Havannah. Mr Gladstone thinks England should address a friendly remonstrance to the Czar regarding the Siberian atrocities. The "Economist "states that the dividends paid by the Australian Banks are the largest in the world. A man named Thomas Thompson, of Inland Patea, has been fined £45 16s for slygrog selling, with the alternative of two months' imprisonment. He chose the latter.. - It is telegraphed that Dr Hodgkinson (the present member), Mr Hirst (a former member), Mr McKinnon, Mr J. W. Hamilton, and Mr Cuthbert Cowan will be candidates for the Wallace seat at next election. Since writing the article on the case of Bernard Cullen, which appeal's in another column, we learn that Mr Crisp, solicitor, is interesting himself in giving practical effect to the suggestion therein made, having drawn up a memorial to the Minister of Justice, which has already been influentially signed. ' The directors of De Beere Company, in the Kimberley, South Africa, mines, gave a Christmas picnic to their 3000 employes, at which were eaten 1200 fowls, 400 turkeys, 150 geese, 100 hams, 10001b of spiced, roast and boiled beef, and 1800 pigeon, veal and ham, • and chicken and ham pies, washed down with 5000 bottles of English and German beer, 100 cases of champagne, 200 cases of claret, 100 cases of Burgundy, besides brandy and whisky. An Atlantic steamer reports passing on Feb. 4th, in latitude 43 north, longitude 50 west, an iceberg 200 feet high and 1000 feet long. Another steamer reports seeing one in the same locality—probably the same berg —200 feet high and 600 feet long, and a field of ice not far away. The latitude is that of the north of Spain and the State of Massachusetts, and this far southing of the ice will lengthen the steamer track for the summer. It is reported that an absolutely certain remedy for hydrophobia has -been discovered by Dr Bokai, the Professor at the Transylvanian University of Klausenburg. It consists of a simple mixture of chlorine and bromine, sulphurous acid, and permanganate of potash in aqueous solution with eucalyptus oil. With this the wound must be thoroughly washed, and then dressed with a piece of lint which has been soaked in the mixture. If the treatment is followed within a reasonable time after the infliction of the bite it is said to completely destroy the virus. The latest and worse than foolish craze on the part of some notoriety hunting women (writes a lady correspondent of the'' London Echo ") is a crusade against the side-saddle on horseback. Quite an animated controversy has been raging in the columns of the leading journal of country pursuits upon 1 the subject, and some infatuated females declare that they can rida greater distances with less fatigue astride -.|. ■■ i ■ ■!■. : '.■ V.'<. Inquiries at some of th ■ I■. .. ■ • •\\ V " reveal the fact that v■' '! ■■..:■■ !";■ purchasing men's saddles for their own use. It is difficult to think that so ugly a fashion will find favour. The " Financial News "of March 18 says : Merryweather's portable hydraulicking machinery—made on the lines of their wellknown steam fire engines—has produced quite an excitement amongst owners of gold and other mines, for Messrs Merryweather and Sons, . the inventors of the scheme, are deluged with inquiries from South Africa, New Zealand, New South Wales, etc. One of the Gold Companies referred to in the " Money Market j Review " of Saturday last has had full par-1 ticulars, and- is working out the scheme in a measure on the Marry weather system, with the gratifying result of an increase in the price of its Shares. The late Mr Merry, the sporting ironmaster, who represented the Falkirk Burghs, knew,more, of• racehorses-that <vf politico , j ikib it was noted by his friends that he never ■ fail to vote in a satisfactoiy manner. When some one asked how he contrived to secure this result, he frankly confessed that lie always watched how Mr Crum Ewing, the ' member for Paisley, was going, and followed him into the same lobby. The late Mr Biggar it sterns, followed a similar plan when he first entered Parliament. He knew nothing of Euglish questions ; but his votes on these were decided on Mr Merry's method. " I always follow that bald head," he said pointing to Sir Wilfred Lawson's pate, " and then I know I am right." In reference to a paragraph recently published in some of the newspapers in the colony to the effect that it was the intention of the Government to disband the present Volunteer force at the end of the present year, we (Colonist) have it on very good authority that no such intention exists. Whatever reductions of country corps may be made, we understand that there is no intention of reducing the Volunteers in such ocalitie3 as Invercargill, Oamaru, Timaru, Blenheim, Nelson, Wanganui, Napier, etc., but that on the contrary it is probable that in those places the capitation grant will be slightly increased, and that some of the conditions of earning capitation which are found to press hardly on Volunteers, will be removed. We are glad to be able, to mention the above, so as to remove any misapprehension which may exist among our local Volunteers as to the retention of their services by the Government. Writing of Walter,Besant's life of, Captain Cook, a London special makes these remarks: —As might have been expected, it is very readable and veracious; not wholly to Cook's credit. Mr Besant does not mince matter's, and shows that while we must certainly, attribute bravery, honesty, and modesty to the great navigator, the first explorer of New Zealand, yet he cannot escape the accusation of cruelty. It was a feature of the times, as a critic says, " to cut a Friendly Islander's arms to the bone, to chop off another native's ears, to shoot men as they swam, to job boathooks into their bodies, to burnhousesand boats, allabout such a trifle as a small goat, which was conduct a trifle worse than ill-considered." Yet New Zealanders, above all men, cannot but feel a regard and respect for the memory of this man, and to j them I can heartily commend Mr Besant's brief and cheap biography, The London correspondent of a contemporary writes :—The Scotch gentry have as a whole declined to know the new Duchess of Sutherland, and His Grace (who no longer bears any resemblance to the Bayard sans peur ct si ns rcproclic of twenty years ago) is furious. According to report, the vindictive old man has revenged himself on those tenants whose wives declined tq recognise Her Grace by evicting them. Be the reason what it may, several of the gentlemen holders on the estate are leaving. In fact, one of the most prominent is the Duke's late agent. I am told His Grace, \y]\o is quite irrational on the subject of his marriage, and seems to think it ough't to cover a multitude of antenuptial indiscretions actually had the hardihood to propose the Duchess's presentation at Court. The Lord Chamberlain referred the question to the Queen, who, on (lit, sent the Duke a message which made his cheeks flush and his ears

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2435, 21 May 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2435, 21 May 1890

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