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The tunnel piercing the mown tains between Quetfca and Candahar in- Central Afghanistan is now completed. It will be a great advantage to England in case of war with Russia.

"Champagne," said a friend to Cobden, "is a drink for the gods." " Yes," replied Cobden, "because the gods have nothing to do. I find that the less wine I drink the more hard work on an average I can do."

A Brahmin is said to have written to a missionary "We are finding you out. You are not as good as your Book. If your people were only as good as your Book, you would conquer India for Christ in five years."

Within the past few weeks no fewer than 600 people from various parts of West Cork have left the country for America. They are nearly all young men and full grown girls, who find it impossible to live at home.

Rev Father M'Cabe, who assisted John Boyle 0' Reilly in his escape from-Australia, is now an honoured and respected priest in <fee diocese of St Paul^ . .

Many of our readers will be interested in hearing that the Rev Father Hennebery, C. P. P. S., stills continues to give his missions. We learri from 'our contemporary, the Catliolio Sentinel, r that he has lately been so engaged in Oregon. <w

There is a financial crisis in Buenos Ayres, the result of a long period of overtrading, inflation, and speculation. Gold has been drained out of the country by excessive importations of European goods, for, which the exports have not provided an offset.

A New York paper regrets that in the States' peaches are likely to become, "a delicious memory only." "The velvety, luscious, sun-kissed peach, which is a delight to the eye and nectar on the tongue— is it to fade slowly but surely into a reminiscence ?"

The New York Presbytery have decided to send a delegation composed wholly of the friends of a revision of the Confession of Faith to a meeting of the General Assembly' .-.t Qi:-.' ■•-.. TVy mean to be prepared fo: 1 ■ .- !-i ■'•■]■ ;■:• :■ of anti-revision-ists from the Philadelphia Presbytery.

The "Taranaki News" is of opinion that farmers will be somewhat; discouraged at the prices quoted for butter -from 3d to 5d per Ib. Never before in Taranaki has the staple product receded so low, especially at this season of the year.

H.M.S. Rambler, which has been surveying Torres Strait, reports that the chart is not acurate, and, as the traffic demands it, a new survey should be made from Albany Pass, including from Mount Adolphus to Thursday Island.

At the annual meeting of the Wellington Licensing Committee on Saturday a renewal of the license to Mrs Townsend of the Pier Hotel was refused on the ground that the house is frequented by seafaring men, and should not be conducted by a women.

Mr Justice Conolly strongly animadverted at Auckland qua day last week on the conduct of a dealer who bought a saddle worth pounds from a stranger at eleven o'clock at night for ss. He told him he was fortunate he was noi in the dock with the prisoner, as it was men like him who made thieves.'

A n an, while working on the top of a building in Brighton, accidentally touched an electric wivq which hung over the premises, and was instantly killed. His widow brought an action against the electric company and was awarded £800 damages ; £200 for herself, and £100 for each of her children.

At Mitlilleton Beach, two miles from Albany, Western Australia, a bottle has beoii picked r. ,■■■'.■■■ i■; ■-..■■ .nnarkable documents, . . ■ .■ . der3, and letters to one -■ ■. - ...... ■of Bombay and Madras, and latterly of Perth, Western Australia. It is believed the bottle has been floating about for fifteen ycar3. A Napier shopwoinan fijll sick at her lodgings, where the illness developed into typhoid fc^cr. She v/as visited by her employer, who on being made acquainted with the serious nature of the complaint, hail his shopwoman removed to his own residence, where she was nursed back to health by her employer's "wife. Such kindly consideration for an employe is deserving of warm approbation.

The "S'j-er.tic American" recommends Lhe following:—At the (ji'st indication of diphtheria in the throat of a- child make the room close, then take a tiu cup and pour into it a quantity of tar and turpentine, equal parts ; then hold the cup over a fire, so as to fill tiie room with fumes. The little patient on inhaling the fumes, will cough w\> ui'l spit out all the membraneous matter, md the diphtheria will pass out. The fumes of the tar and turpentine loosen the macter in the throat and thus afford the relief that lias baffled the skill of physicians.

Consul Gilnian lias reported that orange culture at Jaffa has become an industry of great value. Of the 9000 acres of laud in cultivation pertaining to the community, 3000 are covered by orange grove 3 and gardens. _ Among other fruits produced arc the lemon, lime, citron, date, peach, apricot, grape, fig, pomegranate, plum, and melon, as well as the olive. All the ordinary garden vegetables are also grown there of good quality and abundance. Of late, the vine especially is receiving increased attention And care; extensive - vineyards are being planted; and as here the vine is free from the diseases and iii3ect pests of other countries, and the soil and climate are peculiarly adapted to it, this should be one of the most flourishing wine-producing countries in the world. The olive docs best in the hill country, and generously responds with ibundant crop-3 to the slighte&t bare.

A curious story of superstition comes rrom Portland, Oregon: It relates to a treasure asserted to have been hidden by Spanish mutineers at a place called Copier Farm, near Columbia city. Some few years igo, it seems, a purty of spiritualist?, prol'essing to have revelations concerning this treasure, undertook its discovery, but while they were working at the place revealed to them, one of their number dropped dead, and the rest of the pap fey retired in alarm. A few weeks ago another undortook the bask, the result being the sudden transformation of one of them, who was engaged in digging, and who had come upon some human banes, into a raving maniac. Here is a story of Bisr. V '!■ ! ' ■ wards ladies, which the "•■ ■• 11 . Berlin correspondent rel ! !> ■ , i had been flouting Countess Schouvaloff and snubbing some other diplomatic ladies. At last he retired, and presently the Countess's Danish mastiff was heard barking at him in the court yard. Countess Snhouvaloff ran to the window and oxclaiined, " Monsieur le Chancelier, please don't bite my dog," Of course, the Empress Frederick cannot be expected to mourn greatly over Bismark's retirement. The Empress's confidante, Countess Waldersee, thinking she practised too much self-effacement, once ventured to say to the Prince that Hnr Majesty was a lady of ripe political judgement. '' I am sure of it," grunted Prince Bismarck, "for the polities of ladies lie in the nursery and kitchen : and I am aware that the Empress is an admirable wife ajjd mother."" Not to be baffled, the Countess said, "But a woman may have interests outside the nursery?" " Certainly," responded Bismarck, "when her husband is content to rock the cradle."

It will be in the recollection of fclis public that my collection of apples shown m Mr Clayton's shop in East street, being sixty-six varieties, and also those which took two first awards at the Dnnedin Exhibition and various other places, was pronounced to be the largest and best'ever shown in the Ashbnrtou county. I would draw their attention my advertisement elsewhere. As I only work oil blight-proof stocks than which 1.0 other stocks can be relied upon, the roqts of my apple trees do not require to be washed before sending out. James Porter^nursorym;ui, AHeutou, -~(A<lvt.)

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2437, 10 June 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2437, 10 June 1890

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