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The Rink continues to be fairly well patronised, and on Saturday evening there \va3 quite a number of skaters on the floor. Tuesday evening is the next session night. - Dona Isidora Casino, a Catholic lady who lives in Valparaiso, is said to be one of the richest women in the world. She has a fortune of £40,C0^,000. MrW. P. Reeves, M.H.R. for St. Albaus, addressed his constituents on Friday evening, and at the close of a length} address was accorded a unanimous vote of thanks and confidence. A woman who knows it to be a fact says some men will get up out of bed at night in the coldest of winter weather to go to a fire, who cannot be induced to ge^ up at seven o'clock to start one in the kitchen stove. " I suppose that you will soon find somebody to fill my shoes," said Mrs Blankins, who hadn't been feeling very well. "I doubt it very much," he replied, and he looked at her feet so significantly that she entirely lost her temper. The Canterbury Cattle Board on Friday passed a resolution declaring that the present regulations for che quarantining of dogs from Great Britain practically prohibit the importation of fresh blood. a\so that provision should be made in all {sorts in New Zealand, at which foriegn vessels touch, for the safe custody of ship's dogs whilst in port. The resolution is to be forwarded to Government with the recommendation that the question be referred to the Stock Committee of Parliament,

Mr Rolleston has consented to come forward as a candidate for Halswell. America has 200,0d0 telephones more than the rest of the world combined.

It is stated (says the "Lyttleton Times ") that a meeting will shortly be held in Christchurch to protest against the proposal to again bring the Contagious Diseases Act into force in the city and surrounding dictrict.

The culvert carrying the water into the Domain, from the race at Winter's road, was in a damaged condition on Friday and Saturday,_and dangerous for.traffic. Some one" had put a pine branch in the fault as a warning, out the permanent repairs should at once be seen to, or damage to travellers' will result.

The traveller and ethnologist, Tushkuroff, points out the fact that there are 400,000 heathens and 50,000 Mohammedans in the Russia army, 'the latter forming 75 per cent, of the Cossack regiments, and also declares that Christianity is dying out in south-eastern Russia.f

The Truant Inspector under the Education Act is making it lively for parents in Dunedin. Several parties, including a solicitor, were fined from,, 10s to. 30s, or the alternative of from a week to three weeks' imprisonment with hard labour, for neglecting to send their ' children to the' public schools. . ' '

Mr W. W. Strickland, 8.A., in the columns of the " Daily News " makes a complete recantation of Toryism, and expresses " his deep regret thatjhe eve-' placed faith in a party so hopelessly at variance with reason and nature." He also unequivocally accepts the Liberal programme of Home Rule for Ireland.

The " Oamaru Mail " understands that at a recent meeting-of-the Waitaki High School Board of Governors the rector's salary was, .at.his .own, request, reduced from £600 to £500, and -that the salary of Mr Burn was increased to £250, and that of Mr Roll to £180, and that •M. Ledez received three months' notice of discontinuance of his services. " -

The Mikado of Japan has determined to put a stop to duelling throughout his dominions. By a series of laws t recently passed, anyone sending or accepting a challenge is to receive at least six months' hard labour, and to pay a fine equal to £20 to the Royal Treasury. Those who actually fight a duel will be imprisoned for five years, with hard labour, and be mulcted in the sum of r £4o. Similar- punishment is meted out to seconds. •."•-. • ;

It has long been a matter of fact that the grouse, the salmon, and the deer, have been more important personages than the crofters in the Highlands of Scotland (says Truth). A Parliamentary return just issued-cohfirms the fact. The fishings' in Scotland" have arental of £94,706 per annum ; the shootings, £300,415:, and the deer forests, £60,607. The deer-forests ,of Inverness alone -are rented for £37,364, and Ross-shire draws £25,121 from the same source. There is,- of course, under these circumstances, no longer room for mere men in these happy hunting grounds, •_'... •? ■ : Vincent Wallace, the composer of "Maritana," was a native of Ireland, and emigrated to Australia in his early manhood. • r How he buried himself in the bush to the west of Sydney; ho.w a lucky accideut. revealed his musical genius; how the Governor,, Sir Richard Bourke, took him up, patronised him, and made him fashionable j how he travelled all over the colonies, and made money as a violinist; how he was captured by the Maoris, and was within an ace of being sacrificed ; how he afterwards barely escaped with his life from a mutiny in the South Seas—isall told in J. F. Hogan's history of " The Irish in Australia."

The influenza is about to have an interesting and agreeable sequel in Vienna. A hundred and sixty years ago, one Adam Gieamann made a bequest of 1000 florins, which were to be invested, and whun the sum had grown to a certain amount by the addition of interest, it was to be used in providing for the children of persons who died in an epidemic. Upon the proposition of a town councillor, it was decided to regard the influenza as .an epidemic, and to grant 10 florins a month to every child whose father had died of influenza during the past winter. It will be for the mayor to consider the applicants' claims.

By the death of the Marquis of Normanby the title and estates devolve upon the Hey. Lord Mulgrave, one of the most hard-work-in« and popular of the clergy in the north of England, who does not hold a fat living, but works laborously among the poor. Indeed his health has broken down more than once under the pressure of his incessant labour. The Phipps family have always been very popular at Court, and very fortunate in obtaining comfortable berths; but the late Dean of Windsor, wnen he tried in vain to get a canonry for the Hon. and Eev. Augustus Frederick Phipps, used to say, " When a. Phipps takes orders his luck seems to desert him."

A striking illustration of the lowness of price 3of agricultural produce in America i 3 given bythewestern correspondent of an agricultural paper. "It now takes a load of pot?,toes," he says, "to buy a pair of boot 3. A big fat steer buys a very plain suit of clothe 3 for every day wear, and it takes a good cow to buy an overcoat of the same grade. A load of corn supplies caps and mittens, and a load of oats might furnish a suit of under-clothing. So about as cheaply as a farmer can dress a<« he starts for town he will carry on his person the cash value of a big steer, a good cow, and thirty bushels or more of corn, oats, and potatoes." We think prices are low in this country ; but the cash value of the items named above would clothe a fanner and a small family for a year. —Exchange.

Mr and Mrs Robert Hammond, of Waitoni in the TV-yiHUr-Mi-.'"!,-'. had the misfortune to lose i. ■ ■' •'■■■■ I ■ ■■■■ '-, aged three years, on Sunday night, through the affects of eating some of the'poisonous ben ies of the plant known as "thorn apple," or Datura stramonium. Parents in suburban or country districts cannot be too careful in instructing and warning their children against the seduc-tive-looking berries of the plant, which apparently grows freely in many districts. The plant has a smooth stem and leaves, with white flowers and erect prickly capsules. It contains a peculiar narcotic alkaloid termed " daturine," which is one of the most powerful narcotic acrid poisons known. The leaves of this plant, have an extremely nauseous overpowering smell and a loathsome bitter taste. The seeds, which are of a dark colour, are still more poisonous. A variety of the same plant, with pale violet flowers and purplish violet stem, is frequently cultivated in gardens as an ornamental plant.— " Kew Zealand Times."

Mr Varley, lecturing in Wellington on Thursday, urged that strict measures should be adopted to abolish the '' Social Evil." As showing the manner in which unsuspecting young females were lured into haunts of vice, lie said that towards the end of last year there appeared in the " Melbourne Argus" newspaper an advertisement worded as follows:—"Lady help" wantod to assist in housekeeping. 98, Lygon street, Carlton." This advertisement said Mr Varley, was answered by a highly respectable young lady from Christchurch. When she reached the house she was shown into a luxuriously furnished drawing-room. "The notorious Madame ," said Mr Varley, "whom the authorities and police of Wellington city tolerated, entered the room and did her utmost to secure this young lady for a life of shame. The facts came to my knowledge, and I denounced the villainous procuress by name in the Theatre Royal. This brought the police upon the scene, and I. am . thankful to tell you that Madame is now undergoiniug for her crime a sentence of twelve months' imprisonment with hard labor, as also is the male miscreant who Was her partner and paramour 1." Mr Varley "indignantly denied that any real necessity existed for tolerating these social voices, which had grown to a bold and brazeri~prominence because public men and preachers of righteousness especially had been dumb instead of speaking out in words of living fire against these shameful personal and social iniquities. He strongly condemned the working of CD. Acts, wherever in force.

A curions discovery has been made in connection with the water in the river Yarra, as (according to the "Melbourne Age") careful observatious of the change that has been brought about in the quality of the water, consequent on the removal of the basaltic foundations at Prince's Bridge and Queen's Bridge, chow that/tKere is a very large increase in the quantity of salt it contains. Its contmued use for irrigation, purposes in the Botanical Gardens would, undoubtedly, involve the destruction of all plant life. Since the river has become tidal by the removal of the falls the salt water has been gradually creeping up the channel "and dverpowering^'the" fresh water. A chemical analysis,.of .the water opposite the Botanical, Gardens^hows that it contains"'76" grains of 'salt* to the gallon. Three years ago the proportion was onljk|five grains, to the gallon. At the Church street Bridge, Eich T mond, the surface water is as salt as it was three years ago at the Old Falls Bridge at low-water level, whilst at the Hawthorn Bridge the wateiCcontaih^qually as much saline matter, showing clearly that the salt Abater,.acting as a precipitant, is completely changing the condition of the organic matter at the botlom of the stream. -

.We clip' the following important testimonial fromthe <'IllawarraMercury "(N.S.W.) of the 30th March. It needs no comment :— '•Mr John Loveday, of the Bulli Mountain, writes to us that after suffering for four years with acute gravel, he has experienced almost complete relief by using Sander and Sons' F.-'-lypt:-? P!\tno*. Ho says :—". Seeing the i.iM llvi-i- 1! .■■■lv.-i -'.-fi in the 'Illawarra Mercury,' his intense suffering induced him to obtain a bottle of the medicine from Mr Hosking, chemist, of this town, and that the use of it gave him great relief at once. He states that between 10th March inst., when he obtained the first bottle of the extract, and the 19th, the use of that medicine continued to afford him relief, to which he had been a stranger for four years. Mr Loveday writes also that he has found the Eucalypti Extract a cure for rheumatism as well as gravel. He requests us to publish this information through the' Mercury.' We have much pleasure in complying with Mr Loveday's request, whose word cannot be doubted, and who can have no object in view other than a pure desire to benefit .suffering humanity."—(Advt.) r,. • 2 -

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2442, 16 June 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2442, 16 June 1890

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