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At Seafield, E, M. Ayrton lias been ap, pointed to take charge of the Post OffiiceA shooting-match—Married v Single Members of the Ashburton Rifle Club—is to come off on Monday next. Competitors to assemble at the river-bed at 9 a,m, Messrs Palliser and Jones, of Timaru, are the successful tenderers for the next section of the Napier breakwater, the amount being nearly £30,000. Mrs FitzGeorge's will has been proved. The personal estate amounts to £12,763 13s, and is bequeathed mainly to her sons, the FitzGeorges. The Duke of Cambridge and General Bateson are the executors The Revds Morley and Berry have been appointed by the Wesleyan Conference New Zealand delegates to the (Ecumenical Methodist Council in America next year. The Conference passed a resolution condemning the Victorian Divorce Bill. "After all" remarked the student of Sciiptnre, "Samson was the greatest dramatic actor who ev&r lived." •' Plow 0o yon make that out?" queried the listener, "Why, no man," explained the speaker, " ever brought dow.n the house as he did." With reference to the article " Frcm B\r to Barracks " published in our last issue. The Editor of the " War Cry" informs the " Press " that the Mr Turton in char£ o of the Prison Gate Brigade in Auckland is Mr James Turton, not Mr G. K. Turton. The latter gentleman did belong to the Army in Gisborne, but has since left for Sydney. Yesterday J. Johnston, a Kaiapoi fisherman, and his mafe took the Norval cutter a couple of miles outside the Bar, and with hand lines succeeded in a few hours in catching over three hundred-weight of fish, amongst which were over ninety fine rock cod, three hapuka, one of which weighed bsween seventy andeighty pounds, lar o e ling, sting ray, et". At the Patent Office in Wellington Mr Job Os'xmie, of Christchurch, applied for letters patent for well-sinking apparatus. Mr Danlcs, of Christchurch, objected, on the ground that a description of a similiar invention had boen published in the Colony ; and in support of his argument he produced an encyclopaedia of well sinking issued in America, in which was a machine similar in many respects to Mr Osborne's. The Patent Officer overruled the objection, and granted the application. We see by the " Leader's " report that the good folk of Geraldine gave Bishop Julius a magnificent reception, very pleasing features of which were the facts that the united choirs of the Episcopalian, Presbyterian, and Primitive Methodist Churches took part in the proceedings, and that speeches of i welcome were made by the ministers of all ! those denominations, while Rev Father j Treacy (R.C.) sent an apology for unavoid- j able absence. Addresses were presented by j the vestry and members of the English Church and by the local lodge of Oddfellows, the Bishop making an eloquent speech in reply. Dr Thornton, the Bishop of Ballarat, at the opening of the Church of England Assembly advocated the observance of a reasonable Sunday. Tn speaking of Sunday observance the bishop said he had long avowed the opinion that there would be far more advantage than evil in the opening of museums, art galleries and libraries to the public on the Lord's day under cautious regulations. He would even incline to the running of one Sunday train both ways on the railways lines to meet the emergencies of human life, but would deplore anything which would impair the general flavour of calm resting which should mark the day as distinct from a week day. The capital investigated in Government irrigation enterprises in the North-western Provinces of India is about £5,000,000. The revenue received for the use of the water yields three-and-one-third to four-and-one-half per cent interest on this sum annually above all expenses. About" 8000 villages or farming settlements receive water from 35,000 outlets in the distributions of the five main canals ' Tire cost of maintaining the system is from forty cents to one dollar per acre annually averaging seventy-one cents per aero in JBB7. The value of the crops raised that year on the irrigated lands was 22,000,000 dollars, of which sixty per cent was in wheat. The canal system has }>een wonderfully | developed in the past twelve years, and now represents nearly twice sjs much invested capital as in IS7O. We clip the following important test imonial from the '' Illawarra Mercury " (N. S. W.) ' .of the 30th March. It needs no comment:— ] '■Mr John I. n . f " "H,illi Mountain, i writes to .us ■ . . ■ for four years with acute gravel, he has experienced almost complete relief by using Sander and Sons' T " ■■'■ V.\'~~, \ TT says :—"Seeingthe s , ! ! ",\ ■ in tho ' Illawarra Mercury,' his intense suffering induced him to obtain a bottle of the medicine from Mr Hosking, chemist, of this town, and that the use of it gave him great relief at once. Ho states' that between 10th March inst., when he obtained the first bottle of the extract, and .the 19th, the use of that medicine continued to afford him relief, to which he had been a stranger for four years. Mr Loveday writes also that he has found the Eucalypti Extract a cure for rheumatism as well as gravel. He requests us to publish this information through tho 'Mercury.' We; Jwvn much pleasure m complying A\iih Mr f,o\-f:<tay'.s roiijii'il, whoae word cii'mol !;e / do'iblu.-i, mid who can have no object ia view other iliiin a pure desire to benefit siideriny Jjiiiniiuily."—(Advf) 2

The skias of stoats, weasels, and ferrets are coming into great demand at Home for glove making and tobacco pouches. The assassination of Alexander 11. of -, Russia is to be commemorated at St. Peters- , burg by the erection of a magnificent church , on the spot where the tragedy took place. { The imports of sugar to New South Wales , last year amounted to 20,000 more tons than , in 18S8, and to 17,000 tons more than the ( average of the preceding three years. > ( The first Ingleside meeting of the Ashbur- j ton Caledonian Society for the present ] season, will be held on Friday, 30th inst., at ■ 8 p.m.; and is expected to prove a° very en- j joyable one. - , The result of the ballot in the Timaru j branch of the Railway-Employees' Society, . on the question whether extreme measures j shall be resorted to if necessary in the dispute with the Commissioners, was—Ayes, 146; Noes, 3. : . "- A shooting match for two good serviceable draught horses—highest scorer to take his choice, next highest to take the other—will - be fired at the Upper^angitata Bridge on Monday next, May 26th. Range 200 yards. Rifles and ammunition provided. Some South American cities claim a very rapid growth. The City of Manizales, in Antioquia, Colombia, which has only been established forty years has now a population of 200,000. At a Sunday school a teacher asked a little boy if he knew what the expression " sowing tares" meant. "Course 1 does," he said, pointing to his little breeches; "there's a tear as mother sewed. I teared it sliding down a hill. It is stated that the arrangements entered into for Mr Toole's visit to New Zealand have fallen through. It is understood however, that we shall at no distant date have a visit from Miss Nellie Stewart, and the " Paul Jones " company ; and that Mr Lohr has undertaken the pilotage of Mrs Brown Potter through New Zealand. "Any good shootin' on your farm?" asked the hunter of the farmer. " Splendid," replied the granger, "there is a wind-mill man down in the clover meadow, a book agent up at the house, a candidate out in the barn, and two tramps down in the stock yard., Climb right over the fence, load both barrels and sail in." If the Civil Service Bill passes, Government intend (says a Wellington telegram of last night's date), to re-classify the whole of the Departments. If it does not, other provision will be made for classifying'one of the largest and worst paid Departments, which is badly in want of such organisation. The Governor has been advised that the Queen has conferred on the Hon..Morgan S.. Grace, M.L.C , the Companionship of the order of St. Michael and St. George. This honor was recommended by Sir Wm.'Jervois in 1887, in recognition of Dr. Grace's services as head of the Military Medical Department of'the oolony during war times A number of medical men waited on the Mayor of Christ church yesterday, and urged the advisableness of again bringing the Contagious Diseases Act into operation there. They asserted that its suspension had seriously affected the health and the mortality of the, city. The Mayor promised to bring the matter before the City Council. At a meeting of the Spalding Guardians it was reported that rats ran over the patients lying in the fever wards. The other evening several were seen in the Exchange Hall, Spalding, much to the alarm of the ladies, whilst Canon Barker was addressing a temperance gathering. On farms in the south of the county the animals are being killed by hundreds. Reporting on the flooded districts on the , Darling a correspondent of the "Argus" says:—A gentleman who has just arrired from Silverton reports that the country from j there to Tilpa is in a frightful state for want ■of gr.iss. Rabbits can be seen in millions in 1 many places, and the grass has no time to get a start before all the young shoots are , nipped off by the rabbits or grasshoppers. The carriage of dairy produce is to receive ' special attention at the hands of the Victorian Railway Commissioners next summer. Thirty or forty refrigerating cars, constructed on the style of the most approved American , oars, are now being made, a d will be ready 1 for use next summer ; the provision of cool I storage at countiy stations will, as promised, be also in readiness by that time. A receiving ', store for dairy produce is to be erected at ! Melbourne, but this will not be ready by the ; summer. * ! The Catholic laity of Christchurch have drawn up an address to the P.ope, to be presented by Bishop Grimes on his visit to Rome. It expresses admiration for the work of Bishop Grimes and Archbishop Redwood, satisfaction at the progress of the Catholic Church throughout Australasia, and the j growing influence of the Catholic Press in New Zealand, and hopes that his Holiness may be spared to witness the restoration of the temporal power. I The Grand Jury in the Court of General '• Sessions at New York on March 25th handed in a presentment declaring the sheriffs office to be a disgrace to the city and a shame to : civilisation. The document states that the [ shrievalty has been and is now a tainted and . corrupt office, and has been brought into public scaudal and infamy ; that its management has been, and is, mercenary, slovenly, and wholly indecent; and that no confidence attaches to its acts. The Grand Jury further recommend that the sheriff be made a salaried ' officer, The strictures contained in the presentment refer both to the sheriff and his employees. i The following instance of superstition Is 'given by 'E.A.K,' describing in Temple { Bar the " Ways of the East."—One day an I English magistrate was paying a visit to a ' Hindoo gentleman, who was an old friend of his, in the course of which he happened to yawn; to his astonishment up jumped the Rnjah as if galvanised, and began furiously snapping his fingers in startling proximity to his face. Observing his visitor's look of unfeigned surprise, he explained that this was done to scare away the devils, who might otherwise seize the opportunity to jump down his throat. The National Scripture Education League in Victoria intend to vigorously carry on their agitation in favor of having the Bible read in the State schools as part of the school curriculum, or else to have the selection of Scripture extracts known as the Irish National Scripture Lesson Books, used, the proposal of the League being that this work shall be done by the teachers outside of the four hours reserved by the Education Act for secular Instruction, but Avithin the ordinary school hours. It is proposed to cover the country with organisations, modelled on. those of the temperance body, and to make the question a test one at elections, and the League believe that they can get condidates to come forward to- support this reform. The Timaru Harbor Board yosterday endorsed the recommendation of the Engineer, Mr Marchant, that shingle be allowed to accumulate south of breakwater to 1000 feet from the root, before taking any steps to remove it. It is now (on sea bottom) 600 feet out. The point fixed is 430 feet inshore of the curve. The annual growth is now about 50 feet. Mr Marchant anticipates this rate will be much reduced by the stronger surf in deep water. The Board reviewed the scale of salaries, and reduced the ■Engineer from £300 to £170, while no constructive works- are in hand. The Board . passed a resolution congratulating® their j ! solicitors, Messrs Perry and Perry, on sue- I, ' ceeding in the Shaw-Savill case before the Privy Council, and thanking them for the care shown in ■ ■. I■■ ': '; '■■■■. T: difference to the '.'. " ■.-.■■ losing is about £45,000. HOLLOWAY'S PIH,S AND OINTMENT.—GIad tidings.—Some constitutions have a tendency to rheumatism, and are throughout the year borne down by its protracted torture. Let such sufferers bathe the affected parts with warm brine, and afterwards rub in this soothing ointment. They will find it the best means of lessening their agony, and, assisted by Hollo way's Pills, the surest Avay of overcoming their disease. More need not be sail than to request a few days' trial of this safe anc 1 soothing treatment, by which the disease Will ultimately be completely swept away. I'miih (hat would shudder are n«sunj;i'd without '.lillk-ully by ; IFolloway'ri <:a->y and inexpensive rcncilies, which comfort by moderating the throbbing V • rcssulsaud calming the excited nerves.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2436, 22 May 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2436, 22 May 1890

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