LOCAL AND GENERAL
The H'on J. Ballance has been laid up with la grippe but is now convalescent.
The ex Einpt'es-a Eugenic has taken to writing poetry, said to be of excellent quality.
The Shah of Persia has ordered his Am bassador in }ZQr\in to send engineers t« provide large Persian fcpwns with gas works.
It is etvid that a rich deposit ol uv3iyston| has been 4j»povered in Ohaukau, Bay <J Islands,
There is a "Cosmopolitan" Church at Bcaconsficld, Rangitikei, which J3 naod by members of all denominations.
The influx of Hindoos to Australia is in creasing ; 54 Sikhs, Pathans, and Afghans, all pedlars and hawkers, arrived at Sydney by the s.s. Nerbudda the other day.
A "surprise examination" of the tickets on the Victorian suburban railways on the Bth revealed the fact that 100 persons were travelling irregularly.
The news from New Zealand of the conversion of three thousand Maoris to Mornionism is a text for a leading .article in a lucent issue of the "Sydney Morning Rei-aW,"
Wcg : " If you ware obliged to swallow a female, whom would you prefer?" Vjjctim : '' I'll give it up." Wag: ' Why a little milk wffjt/c warm." '
The "Timaru Herald" reports that the local wheat marjiet is improving. It records the sale on Saturday of a line of Tuscan iit 39 Id,
Mr Walker addresses the electors Mount Somers on Monday evening at S o'clock.
A correspondent of the " Press " says that trout over 301b weight have been taken out of Lake Coleridge this season.
The.Czar will-not allow any German actors to play at the Russian capital after May lof this year. The French companies are continued as usual.
The Germans appear to have acquired a complete control over Cuban financed, so much so that the island is practically a German instead of a Spanish dependency.
A match is already being arranged for the young King. Alexander of Servia, who is not yet fourteen years old. The proposed "alliance is with a' Grand Duchess of Russia.
A Russian officer has invented a luminous projectile to be fired from a gun. It ,is claimed that it will be extremely useful for discovering the movements of the enemy in a naval contest at night.
The amount of the precious metals hoarded in India is simply enormous. It is estimated on good authority that there is now at least £130,000,000 in gold and £170,000,000 in silver hidden away in that country, and completely lost to the world '
According to a Melbourne cable, experts believe it was coal gas, ;which exploded at Collirigwood on Sunday night, and the cause is attributed to a lad throwing a cracker down a grating.
There were six rival book agents in this district on Thursday (says the Feildiug Star) all doing as well as could be expected. It is said they carefully avoided each other in the country roods after dark. The reason is only to be guessed at.
The latest novelty introduced by Parisian modistes is large blue butterflies, not imitation, but the real full-size tropical butterfly, with its natural metallic gloss, ,3uch as are chiefly or only found in Mexico and Brazil. . \ . The Auckland " Herald " understands that Mr Vaile has received a second communication, through the German Cousul-General at Sydney, asking him for full particulars re-"| garding his schems for railway working. It is possible that some day we may hear that the German Emperor has ordered a trial of the system.
Unemployed are numerous in Sydney. On the night of May 14, 218 men slept in the drill-shed, Dawes Point, blankets being provided by the Government. On the 15th 263 applicants received the midday allowance of bread and cheese. On the 16th the drill-shed was closed to the unemployed, and no further rations distributed.
Tho results of sugar beet experiments in California are very successful. Last year 2000 acres were planted. Tlie yield was 13,500 tons, which brought on an average 20s per ton, yielding 1650 tons of sugar. In California Mr Spreckles has taken up the question and established factories of a very extensive kind. Beet evidently yields a larger return than wheat, for which £6 15s per acre is much beyond the average.
Russia is making an attempt to provide bacon for the. English agricultural laborers as well as a large quantity of their bread.' Last month the first consignment arrived in Liverpool, a mild-cured lot of a better quality than the American, though not so good as the Wiltshire or Irish. It was from the Imperial Government factory at Griaza, from which place it can be sent to England in seven days.
We (" Advocate ") learn on reliable authority that Sir Harry Atkinson will deliver the Budget Speech, next se&sion, but that immediately afterwards he will resign the leadership in favour of Mr Bryce or Sir John Hall. Some of the Government supporters want Sir J, Hall, and some want Mr Bryce, but it is certain that, whoever succeeds, Sir Harry Atkinson vm t retire early in the session, as his physicians have warned him that it would mean death for him to attempt to go through with the session.
Mr Thomas Flannery, of Maercwhenua has shown the " Oamaru Mail " a curiosity in of mining. The egg, which is a good specimen, being almost intact save for a slight chipping of the shell in parts, came from tho wash-dirt of Mr Flanncry's claim, fifty feet below the surface of the ground. It is presumably that of a seabird, .as the strata at Macrewhenua have been proved beyond all doubt to be sea deposit.
Dr Fitchett, M.H.R., returns to Australia by the Orizaba, and will reach Wellington' during the early part of the coming session. The member for Dune,din Central is accompanied by his bride, he having been, married to a lady with whom he was a fellowpassenger from Melbourne to Suez. Rumor says that the pair, separated at the latter port and rejoined at Naples, where they were married.
A most valuable suggestion is, contained in the following paragraph, and will be duly appreciated by tlie agriculturist and gardener. An American method-of dealing with stumps of trees too difficult to extract is as under : —ln the early winte,r bore, a hole one or two inches in diameter, according to the size of the stump, and about eight inches deep; put onp or two ounces of saltpetre in the hole, and after filling ;t with water, plug it tight. Next spring unplug and pour in a gill of kerosene oil and ignite. The stump Anil smoulder away without blazing to the extremity of the roots, leaving nothing but ashes, A London correspondent writes :—Some I observations in one of Mr Wakefield's papers i on the openings there were in New Zealand i for skilful fish-curers attracted the attention of some fairly woll-off Germans engaged in this trade. They wrote to Sir Francis Bell for further particulars, which were duly supplied, together with advice as to the best method of getting out. They leave for the colony shortly, This contingent consists of families of practical fish-curerp, who have saved money and are thrifty independent workers. A more desirable class of immigrants it would be difficult to imagine,
The maxim "One law for the rich and another for the poor," which is so generally acted upon in tho courts, civil and criminal, receives equal favor I find (says " Scrutator " in London " Truth " of April 2) in courts martial. The last quarterly return of naval courts martial contains a'record of twentyone officers tried for various offences against discipline, such as improperly leaving their ship, drunkenness, striking their superior offices, and so on. Of these twenty-one six were acquitted, and of the fifteen found guilty not one received a cla,y-'s imprisonment. Side by side with this appears tlie record of fifty-three seamen and marines tried for more or less similiar offences and sentenced among them to 694 months' imprisonment with liard labor, giving an average of thirteen months' hardlabour foi' each offence.
There was somewhat of a scene in East street yesterday afternoon. About halfpast four while Dr Trevor and his coachwan, Mr Alban Yapp, were coming down"/ East street in the doctor's buggy, the horse took sonje sort of fitful in its struggles got upon the footpath. He was quickly unharnessed, and attended to before any damage had been done. Of course a crowd collected about the buggy. This incident happened just in front of Bland and Humpherys' horse b.agaar. The Mount Somers tyain had just started from the station and a lad of nine or ten years old— so small a phap any how that lie had to use the bights of the sjtjvrup leathers instead of the stirrup irpns—was riding towards the Havclock street crossing, AJrs Sargent, of Aslibiu-ton Forks, was following in her buggy. Both were apparently taken up with the crowd, and took the turn towards the crossing, evidently unaware of the nearness of the train, which was within a yard of two of the fii'St telegraph post when they entered the crossing at'l&v»t*4vG6i;., As soon as the boy saw the train he backed' and collided -..'". ■*.! ■ . « ;..-■-*■'- ->rse. He then attempted] ; ■;;,:. I . ■ : iled to get his foot out of tho Btirrup leather, and so hung for a second or two. I/ltjmately, however, he managed to get clear, and fell just clear of the rails, and so escaped with his life. A horseman, who had come \ipon the scene in time, gave the horse a cut with a whip, and 3ent him back in a l)urry into East street, Mrs Sargent, meanwhiLe, holding her imijnal hard and preventing him from going forward. The train went past without further accident, and, as all Is well that ends well, it i matter for congratulation, that nobody was hurt, the boy having Reaped without a scratch; but it was a very close shave indeed.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2436, 28 May 1890
LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2436, 28 May 1890
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