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Stanley says that if he had not relieved Emm Bey the latter would now be a common slave in Khartoum. A Jewish conference is to meet to consider the Anti-Semitic contest going on in Russia and Germany, The Duke of Bedford has spent £20,000 in trying to make cremation popular in England, but so far without suacess, Mr Oswell Livingstone, last surviving son of the great African missionary, died in January. The " Auckland Star " says the Calliope Dock, from a pecuniary point of view, is another Taranaki breakwater—a mighty hole for the burial of borrowed money. During the. past year it is officially computed that 10.000 persons have emigrated from the Government of Vilna, Russia, chiefly to America. The German people are said to be demanding a reduction in the size of the army. The Emperor, however, is strongly opposed to such a move. Iceland fisherman now carry oil regularly a«*a means of smoothing the waves and enabling them to continue at work in weather in which heretofore their boats could not have lived. In the villages of Northamptonshire a fund has been started from which to pay fourpence per dozen for the heads of sparrows, whose damage to the crops has become unbearable. Alfred Reynolds, captain of the Salvation Army, was ftt Dudley sent to gaol for seven days for refusing to pay a fine of 2s for obstruction. Germany has been lmich astonished at learning that every single one of her ships is antiquated, and, in fact, that every ship the country has was old when it was on the stocks,

We remind those interested that a meeting of the Asbburbon Literary and Debating Society takes place this evening at the Templar Hall afc eight o'clock.

The immigration and emigration returns for the colony for May show the arrivals to have been 990, and the departures 1850, leavingl a balance against the colony of 860.

We were slightly m error in stating in our notice of the recent land sales that Mr W. T. Lill was the purchaser of Mr M. Mahoney's Raheen farm at Willowby. The purchaser was Mr Jonathan Sowden, of Dunsandel, and the agent Mr Bullock.

At the eight-hours demonstration dinner in Melbourne, ex-Councillor Cain asserted that, as a matter of fact, it must be admitted that although the eight hours system was concreted in Melbourne, it was originated prior to 1856 in New Zealand.

It is charged in London that the Salvation Army there has pursued a systematic and successful scheme to obtain property by taking advantage of the sudden enthusiasm for the cause by disciples, who are induced to part with their possessions to their subsequent bitter regret.

A cyclist was accidently shot near Market Dray ton by a Bportsman who mistook his cap rising just above the hedge for a bird. The cyclist received 26 shots, mostly in his head, and was laid up for three months. At the Birmingham-assizes he was awarded £175 damages.

A gentleman in-London; has just been granted a divorce, his wife having married twice since he led her to the altar. A short time ago the three husbands confronted the lady in the Divorce Court, when the second and third marriages were dissolved. She has now been deprived of her third husband.

- One early result af Prince Bismark's retirement : (saya " Truth ") will be a reconciliation between the Emperor William and the Duke of Cumberland, who will obtain the three millions of King George's private fortune which the Prussian Government seized in 1866.

Messrs L. F. Andrewea and Co. have a large stock of " Le Figaro Illustre " (English edition, 1887-88), which they are selling at the exceptionally low price of 2s 6d per copy. "Le Figaro Illustre "is the foremost of French pictorial publications, and the English retail price is 3s 6d, while the colinial price is 5s

Belgian farmers have liecome alarmed at the way in which the frogs are being exterminated by French pot hunters, and have petitioned the King to forbid killing frogs during certain months of the year, as is done with other game. The farmers regard the frogs as valuable slug and insect destroyers.

When one of the men of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, named Edward Perry, was exercising with a breech-loading gun in the barracks of Loughrea, and another soldier, named Matthews, was giving him the word of command, the gun discharged, and the contents blew off part of Matthews' head. The men did not know that the gun was loaded.

M. Chamberlain, the " colaborator" of M. Pasteur, assisted by M. M. Cadeac and Meunier, it is reported, have just completed experiments to show that the essence of cinnamon destroys the bacilli of typhoid fever in twelve hours. The same preparation diffused in living rooms would be equally efficacious in the destruction of morbid gems.

The Rink season is now in full swing once more in Ashburton, and there was a good attendance on Thursday evening at the Rink. The ladies seem to be much better up in the art of skating than tho gentlemen, who could do with a little more practice. A fancy dress Carnival is to be put oil the boards as soon as possible. Four entries were taken for the championship, which takes place on the 26th instant.

Apropos of the trial of Keir and Hunt's potato digger, the following advertisement published by the Minister of Agriculture for Victoria —Mr John L. Dow—may be read with interest by local inventors and others : —Reward for an Improvkd Machixe for Digging Potatoes^ — A sum of £250 is offered as a reward for the invention of an improved machine for efficiently, cheaply, and rapidly digging, without injury, and placing in rows or heaps, potatoes ready for bagging. Intending competitors must give notice in writing of intention to compete not later than the 20th October, 1890, to the Secretary for Agriculture, Melbourne, from whom full particulars may be obtained.

At a meeting of shop assistants and others held last evening at Mrs Pearson's rooms, Triangle, to consider the re-establishing of the Wednesday half holiday in Ashburton, although the meeting was not altogether a representative one, yet a good number rolled* up, and several apologies were received from assistants. It was decided to ask the sympathy and counsel of employers to aid this movement, and in order to carry out this suggestion it was proposed that the Rev Mr. Scott, Mr Collier, and Mr Segers be asked to wait upon the business houses and elicit their opinions. Mr H. H. Stephens, who accepted the office of secretary pro tern., was instructed to inform those gentlemen of the Avishes of the meeting, which was then adjourned until further notice.

The programme at the usual fortnightly meeting of the Ashburton Presbyterian Church Musical and Literary Society last evening consisted of music, songs, readings, and recitations. These were given by members and friends, aim the audience was a good one; Several new members were elected, and Mr W. Craighead filled the chair in the absence of the President. Piano sqlos were gi\;en by Misses Orr and Grubb, a flute solo by Mr Dowell, songs by Misses Smith and Kidd, and Messrs Lane, Kersel, Milli^-, McGninness, E. Craighead, and Flower. Mr William Malcolm, gave, a very interesting and amusing Scotch reading, Mr Lewis recited "Mary Queen of Scots," and Mr Potter " Lady Godiva." Both these pieces were given with good effect and fine elocution. Miss Kidd kindly acted as pianist for the various singers, and altogether a very pleasant evening was passed by all,

The London newspapers have been lately full of great events to take place in the future, manyjof them of a startling character and all crowded into so short a space of time as to afford enough sensation for anybody. During the next 11 years we are to lose India and Ireland, while Europe will change her 23 kingdoms into 10. In 1892 Napoleon (can it be poor old "Plon Plon?") is to become King of the Greeks and make a seven years' covenant with the Jews—which is not a pleasant commercial look out. On sth March, 1896, no less than a gross of thousands of Christians (144,000) will be carried up alive into the skies, notwithstanding which manifestation " millions of them will be massacred (by Plon Plon) during the 1260 days from August 1897, to January, 1901." In April of that year, perhaps on the Ist of April, there will arrive the millennium. All this and more is prophesied by the daily papers, in their advertisement columns, through the agency of an encerprising and far-sighted divine. He has revised all the dates, from the usual sources, and may be credited with having selected a more striking programe than any of his predecessors in the same line of business. All that is wanting is illustrations. v.One would like to see pourtrayed tlie Red Horse of Universal War (coloured) and the Flights of Scorpion Locusts which will positively (though not "by desire ") make their appearance in 1896.

Statutory Declaration. —I, Franz Raabe, Ironbark, Sandhurst, in the colony of Victoria, Australia, do solemnly and sincerely declare that on the 25th June, 1877, my son Alfred, six years of age", was accidentally hurt with an axe on his knee. lat once took all pains to secure medical assistance. However, hi spite of all efforts, on ' the 27th August, 1877, the opinion was given by Dr Macgillivray that an amputation of the injured limb had become imperative, in order to save life. At this juncture I called on Messrs Sander and Sous, procuring some of their Extract of Eucalyptus Globulus, and by the application of the same I had the satisfaction of seeing my son within a fortnight o\it of all danger, and to;day he is recovered. I may just add that it was when the crisis had been reached that th& Extract referred to was first applied, and I make this solemn declaration, etc.—Franz Raajje. Declared at Sandhurst, in the colony o, Victoria, Australia, this seventeenth day of October, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven, before me, Moritz Colin, J.pj —(AclYfc.) 6 "

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2440, 13 June 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2440, 13 June 1890

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