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The Custom of taking medicine in the form of pills dates far back in history. The object is to enable us to swallow easily in a condensed form disagreeable and nauseous, but very useful, drugs. To what vast dimensions pill taking has grown may be imagined, when we say that in England alon» about 2,000,000,000 (two thousand million) pills are consumed every ye*a\ In early days, pills were made slowly by hand, as the demand was comparatively small. Today they are produced in infinitely greater rapidity by machines especially contrived for the purpose, and with greater accuracy, too, in the proportions of the various ingre clients employed No form of medication can be bettei a pill, provided only it is intelligently prepared. But right here occurs the difficulty. Easy as it may seem to make a pill, or a. million of them there are really very few pills that can be honestly comm^c^ecl far popular use. Most of $em, either iin,dei\ shoot or oversea,* the mark, As everybody takes. p^Us c$ some'lsind, it may be well to mentidpfi what a good,' safe, and reliable pill should be. Now, when one feels dull aru\ sleepy, and has more or less pahia lv the head, sides, and back, he m_ay be sure his. bowels are constipated, and his liver sluggish. Tq remedy this unhappy state of things there is nothing like a good cathartio pill. It will act like a charm by stimulating the liver into doing fla duty, and ridding the digestive organs of the accumulated poisonous matter, But the good pill does not gripe and pain us, neither does it make us sick and miserable for a few hours or a whole day. It acts on the entire glandular system at the same time, else the after effects of the pill will be worse than the Oiaww itself. W» griping caused by

most pills is the result of irritating drugs which they contain, Such pills are harmful, and should never be used. They sometimes even produce hemorrhoids. Without having any particular desire to praise oaepill above another, we may, nevertheless, name Mother Seigel's Pills, manufactured by the wellknown house of A. J. White, Limited, 35 Farringdon Road, London, and now sold by all chemists and medicine vendors, as the only one we know of that actually possess every desirable quality. They remove the pressure upon the brain, correct the liver, and cause the bowels to act with ease and ejularity. They never gripe or produce the^lightest sickness ot the stomach, or any other unpleasant feeling or symptom. Neither, do they induce further constipation, as nearly all other pills do. As a further and crowning merit, Mother Seigel's Pills are covered with a tasteless and harmless coating, which causes them to resemble pearls, thus rendering them as pleasant to the palate as they are effective in curing diseases. If you have a severe cold and are threatened with a fever, with pains in the head, back and limbs, one or two doses will break up the cold and prevent the fever. A coated tongue with a brackish taste in the mouth is caused by foul matter in the stomach. A dose of Seigel'a Pills will effect a speedy cure. Oftentimes partially decayed food in the stomach and bowels produces sickness, nausea, etc, Cleanse the bowels with a dose of these pills, and good health will follow. :

Unlike many kinds of pills, they do not make you feel worse before you are better. They are, without doubt, the best family physic ever discovered. They remove all obstruction to the natural functions in ither sex without any unpleasant effects. It should be explained that this most remarkable cure Is due to the fact that rheumatism is a disease of the blood Indigestion, constipation, and dyspepsid cause the poison from the partiaily digested food to enter the circulation, and the blood deposits it in the joints and muscles. This is rheumatism. Seigel's Sprup corrects the digestion, and so stops the further foormation aud deposit of the poison. It then removes from the system the poison already there. It is not a cure-all. It does its wonderful work entirely by its mysterious action upon the digestive organs. But when we remember that nine-tenta of our ailments arise out of those organs we can understand why Seigels Syrup cures any diseases that appears, to be so different in their nature.

Cases of alleged dummyism at Highlay came up at the Otago Land Board on Wednesday. Ranger Hughan, reporting on the petition, stated that he had visited the districts and found none of the sections were personally occupied. One man became insolvent some time ago, and the lease of his land was sold by the official assignee to another, who also gets the name of being a dummy, though the ranger could not say whether this was true or not. He recommonded that Christina Me Rae, who is now married and settled at Mossburn, and Donald Mcßain should be called upon to show cause why their leases should not be forfeited. The board decided that nothing could be clone for a month or two in one case, but it was decided to call on Mcßain and Christina Mcßae to show cause. A few days ago a poor woman in a state of extreme exhaustion staggered into Mrs Thompson's grocer's shop, Colombo street, Christchurch. The proprietress thought at first that the woman was suffering from drink but enquiry proved that her weakness was caused Dy absolute starvation. This was on Saturday, and the only food which, the woman had had since the previous Monday was a loaf of bread given her by a neighbour, which the recipient had divided with he I aged mother. Prompt relief was given, and enquireis were made which proved that the case washnost pitiable. A visit to the cottage at Sydenham in which the two poor women lived, showed that whilst the floors were scrupulously clean they had almost no furniture and no food. Both are well known to the neighbours as well conducted and industrious. The following story comes from Whakatane and its truth is vouched for by a credible witness. The manager of a station not one hundred miles up the valley was at his wits' end because of .the plague of caterpillars which was ravaging his maize crop. Came to him in his time of distress an aboriginal and said, " Why don't you employ the Maori tohunga (priest) ? He will rid you of this plague for £3." The manager replied that he made it a rule to pay for miracles by results. If the tohunga rid him of this pest he would willingly pay him—when the caterpillars were gone, and he would give him ample time in which to perform his karakia. The tohunga acceptcid the offer stipulating that he should have the field (of maize) wholly to himself for 24 hours. He came, took up his quarters in the field and began his karakia, the nature of which, however, is known to himself alone; for the terms of the agreement were rigidly adhered to, and he was left undisttrbed. At the end of the 24 hours the manager came, and lo ! the caterpillars were all gone. He paid the tohunga his £3, and may now be heard softly murmuring to himself, "Is civilization a failure, or is the Caucasian played out ?" The " Gazette " of May 29th contains a new scale of fares, rates, and charges on the New Zealand Government railways, to come into force on the Ist of July. Return tickets at reduced rates are to be issued on every -day of the week. For journeys not over twenty miles the tickets will be available for return on the day after the issue, or from Saturday to the following Monday ; for return journeys over twenty miles and not over 300 miles for one month ; over 300 miles for two months. The journey must be commenced on the day of issue, and may be broken going or returning for distances over twenty miles. What are known as " commutation tickets " for distances under twenty miles have been issued for the last few months, and are growing in favor. They are issued to individuals and families. Fifty trip family commutation tickets are available for three months, are sold to the heads of families resident in the neighborhood of stations, and are available only for the purchaser or any member of his family. For example, fifty second-ckss tickets for a journey of two miles are sold for 7s 6d, and can be used during the three months by any member of the family. The idea has been copied from America, where the system is in general operation. There is now to be seen in the shop window of Messrs J. Scaly and Co., East street, a collection of showing some of the aorts grown at the nurseries, Riverbank, that will repay inspection by any one who contemplates planting fruit plants. There are upwards of fifty different kinds shown, all valuable, lon.g keeping sorts. For size, color, and general excellence they are by far the finest that have been shown in Ashburton •he easo • —(Adrfc Villas are now an article of export. They are chiefly made at the Ligea Works, Gothenburg, Sweden, and exported to Buenos Ayres and elsewhere. These portable wooden chalets are cheap, convenient, and ornamental. Quite recently a cargo of the parts to be fitted together afterwards, was sent out from the Ligna Works in railway waggons.

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HOW PILLS ARE MADE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2439, 12 June 1890

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HOW PILLS ARE MADE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2439, 12 June 1890

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