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LOCAL AND GENERAL

The cable informs us tha| Stanley is en' gaged to Dorothy Tennent, an artist." . Cardinal Manning's '*Silver Jubilee' takes place" in June, >

Pjipmjllier Broussardj of Louisiana, aged J)l, has just: njapriqd a, lt^ly somewhat over 50. It is his second marriage.

Mr Pratt, 11,I 1, member for the Southern Maori elQcl,ovaj;e,, will be again a, ca.ndid.ate, for that seat against all comers.

Wild pigs appear to be plentiful in some parts of North Canterbury. 1 The manager of White Eock Station, North Loburnj calls fqr tQndqra for killing 1000. ;

.Noticft appears in tjho "Ga/ettq" that Captain William Sparrow, Lieutenant 'R. M. Cuthbertson, and Lieutenant E. J. Paul, late of the Ashburton Guards, have been transferred to the unattached active list.

A Queensland prisoner awaiting tqa.l on a charge of false pretences, saved the life of the constable whp arrested him, and he again distinguished himself by saving a boy from drowing, . '.

Lord Salisbury's rest at Devonshire set him up, but an English paper remarks that there is no disguising the fact that the Prime Minister's increasing size gives great anxiety to his friends, and his disinclination to tnke exetcisa adds to it, He now weighs over 18 stone.

" Uncle James," said a Boston young lady who was spending a few days in the country, "is that chicken by the gate a Brahma?" "No," replied Uncle James, "he's a Leghorn." "Why, certainly, to he sure," said the young lady ; "how stupid of me ! I can see the horns on his ancles."

The European Mail of the 18th April has the following marriage announcement: — " April 16th, at St Simon's Church, Cadogan gquare, London, Frederick. Fitchett, LL.D., and M.H.R. for Dunedin Central, N.Z., to Lina Valeric Blain, eldest daughter of John Blain, of Moore street, Cadogan square, London," ,

A Wellington Press Association telegram states that the estimated population, exclusive of Maoris of the colony on 31st March was 622, SB6, being an increase of 2607 on the total at the end of • December, 1889. The Maori population is fixed at 41,909, making a grand total for the Colony of 664,755 souls. '

Mr Thomas Mackenzie, M.H.R., in the course of an interview with the reporter of the Auckland " Herald," stated that during his stay in London he saw Sir Julius Vogcl, Avho can now walk about. Sir Julius was in good health and, Mr Mackenzie; addod, may be expected out in the colony in a few months.

It is stated in Berlin that the success of Jlje scheme for sending out a German Floating Exhibition is assured, and German shipbuilders have been invited to compete for the construction of the palatial vessel in which it will be established. It will be 570 feet long, 70 feet beam, and 45 feet depth of hold, and will take about a year to build. Bremerhaven will be the port of departure

A correspondent of the " Standard " states that a limpet jonce captured a hare. < This feat was accomplished at a part of the northern coast'of Scotland on a dry warm day in summer. The limpet's shell was a t little removed from the face of the lower portion of the rock, when a hare approachec 1, and, observing the moist, flesh of the mullusc,. endeavoured to moisten its tongue by contact with the watery-looking morsel. Instantly the limpet closed on to the' rock, pinning the hare fast by its tongue. A man at a short distance observed, the whole incident, and running forward, seized the hare, killed it? and took it homo to hi 3 ftUiily,

Several frost-fish have been captured at Timaru during the past few days; and the local fishermen' are making good hauls of flounders and soles.

The racehorse Cadogan, with the mares Ethel, Nonsense, Siesta, Helena, La Mode, Caprice, Maritana, Albana, and Doris were shipped to Sydney by the Hauroto yesterday.

Mrs Frances Hodgson Burnett is said to be writing a book of which her younger son, Lionel, is the hero, Lionel is as much a wonder as an enfant terrible as is his brother in the opposite role. We are requested to remind our readers that the Rink will be open to-morrow (Saturday) as usual; after which it will be closed (ill Thursday week, June 10th. Private <:l:ib'i or jnrli<-> requiring the use of the' building should make application to the Manager three days beforehand. ;■s&£■s

At a meeting of the Christchurch Acclimatisation Society heldon Thursday it was resolved to take steps to inquire -into the question of re-importing 'partridges, also as to the species most suitable to Canterbury; also to make enquiries as to the possibility of obtaining the black* opossum from Southland or Tasmania.

The following marriage notice appears in the"Timaru Herald ":—On May 28thj at St. Mary's Church, Geraldine, by the Eev James Preston, Thomas Lawson, Hart, of Winchester, second son of the late John Gibbs Hart, of Christchurch, to Emily Rose, second daughter of William Hawke, Lingo-, dells, Geraldine. -,- ■?.

An old lady in New Haven died the other night and left 2000dols to "James Brown, Stonington," and when James was notified five of him appeared to claim the cash. As she did not particularise the James she wanted to make happy, they will have to divide the money between them.

The blue ageratum, which is cherished in England as a border flower, was introduced into Ceylon by an English lady, where it spread so rapidly, running wild in the island that it now costs more than £250; 000 annually to keep it down in the coffee plantatations.

The " Berliner Boersen Courier " has an advertisement of which the following is a translation:—"Noblemen and officials of high,rank (in military or civil service) who want to marry very rich, intelligent American ladies should address the firm named balow. Ladies with fortunes up to £4,000,000 can be selected. Strict secrecy guaranteed. Photos and details at disposal of gentlemen*"

We have long been accustomed to associate any new development of electric traction with America, but a scheme is on foot in St Petersburg which, if carried out, •will certainly leave America far in the rear. It is proposed to have a railway entirely worked .by electricity, connecting St Petersburg with Archangel, spanning the wide stretch of country that lies between the Baltic and tlie White Sea. The project is said to be backed by Archangel interests, and the name of Siemens and Co, is connected with the enterprise. Tne plan is to furnish Ihe current from a series of generating stations distributed along the line. The distance is something over 500 miles, and the estimated cost a little over £3000 per mile, including rolling stock. - , ' ,

Chinese belles and dandies are often to be seen with the nails projecting from an inch to an inch and a half beyond the finger-tips ; and these unseemly appendages are pared and tended with the,-utmost dare, and are regarded with pride and gratification by their happy possessors. But it is in Siam, in Aimam, and, in Chocin China that this extraordinary custom is carried to its greatest development. The nobles in Annani, for instance, permit their nails to grow to such a length that the hands are absolutely useless for any practical purpose. The nails on the second, third, and fourth fingers attain a length of from four to nearly five inches. They arc straight, with a slight inward curve, and present the appearance of immense claws or talous.

A pathetic little story hag just come ta light in Pennsylvania, though the actors have '' laiq fo,r a contury dead." , A cave has been discovered containing a skeleton. A green glass bottle stood by its side. Inside the bottle was a faded ntanus-oript addressed to Miss Virginia' Randolph, of Richmond, Virginia, The writer, Arthur L. Carrington, in 1778, during the War of Independence, was cut off by the British and took refuge in a, cave. Some shots from the enemy brought down a huge stone overhanging the cavQ, and

adft him. prisoner

hjslast love-letter. ■ n -Hicnmoiid the following ■ ■ ■■[■■■ :. .■■ .'.'be read on a moss-grown stonel—"Died of a broken heart, on Marcli 1, 1780, Virginia Randolph, aged 21 years and nine days."

From accounts received in Paris it appears, that leprosy is spreading in New Caledonia in a most alarming manner, Of 40,000 I^anak^ ;»o, f;ewer than 5000 are described as suffering from, the terrible disease. Till quite recently the public authorities had not taken any measures to, prevent! it from •spreading; i"*+«'>Tv +-i.vitii;b""'li"" +''l''nl ''"*''." ■lm,ve'been. ■■!•. .■ I ■!.■■'■■ <■■ ■ i ".■ .1, : ■ Dumbea 8,^., '. ' ,- ■' ■■ "ii ■.' ": .'.»-' * spot known as the Pic dcs Marts. Every inhabitant recognised as ft leper by the Medical Commission is to bo confined in one of these Jeper oolonies. The correspondent of.tho "Dix Neuvieme Siecle"declares that this measure has been delayed too long to prove of any great use, and that it is not properly applied. Three Eujoneans have already been attacked, lay #ii». incurable disease,

Henry Labouchere, M.P*i and editor of "Truth," has ]-- J - T:n~.rti? ~.vA interesting history. Born '•>., I. ■. " <:. :-i K'l!, he was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Leaving college he set out on his travels, and arrived at Mexico, where heiell in love with a lady of the circus. He joined the company and became a sort of Quida hero. Growing tired of this lif.e, he went to the United States, and found his way to St Paul; Minnesota, then a cluster of shanties about which the Chippewa Indians roamed. Becoming fascinated by their wild, roving life, he hunted with them for six months. He next brought would up in New York, where he thought he |go into the vir 1"!""^-" ~::^^~:' He became atVaohod to ■i ■ !! :■ ' '. . . " .'■■ -Washing-

ton, but at the-end of two years lie was dismissed for enlisting' American; citizens for the Crimean War at'the same J time with Compton, the British Minister. He next appeared at St Petersburg, then at Constan tinople. Finally he became a journalist and c a, member of 'Parliament for ' Northhampton,* -

The "Sydney Morning Herald" of May 13th says :—The trade .between tins port and New Zealand has taken another spiirt.; Two vessels, whose aggregate 'tonnage is nearly 5000 tons, yesterday came into .port,-fijiled with oats, wheat, and potntoes. nnrl ,i «iilinp vessel also arrived with a s-imik: 1 cfiigo. lint, the increased passenger-traffic is remarkable, even when the reduced rate of fares is taken into account. Last night, following close upon a steamer which had called at all ports, the Tekapo arrived here with upwards of 300 passengers on, board, equally-divided in the first and second classes.' A, word of warning whs lately sounded in Auckland to those who, tempted by the low fare ? thought of leaving Sydney to try their fortune in the northernmost province of New Zealand. It was stated that many persons had arrived in Auckland from Sydney in search of. employment, and were wofully disappointed. If the 300 passengers by the steamer which arrived here last night may be accepted as an ■—"■ •'' xl— going on, not only are ■ ■ i- : ■ returning to Sydney, but a seriousVxodus of population is taking place from New Zealand. • >

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2438, 30 May 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2438, 30 May 1890

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