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Prince Bismark is worth £400,000. A fibre of silk one mile long weighs twelve grains. Ireland spends £5,000,000 a year on whisky. There are 3000 pore 3 in a square inch of vine leaf. In Japan every body smokes—including the women. Prize Condensation —Sketch accepted ; cheque euclosed. The Princess of Wales i 3 considered to be one of tho finest amateur piano players in England. The mutton-bird "take" in the adjacent islands is the best for years past—not far short of 100,000 birds. The Midland Railway Company's repiescutative at Springfield is a son of Sir Charles Clifford, a former Speaker of the House of .Represent itivest Dr Beaney, of Melbourne, has been requested by tiie Royal Vaccination Commission, sitting .in London, to proceed home and give evidence, but he is unable to get away. It is considered very probable that the proposal to tax bachelors, which is finding much favour iv Victoria at present, will he earned into affect. The Czar's repugnance to Parliaments is reported to be giving way under the belief that the establishment of a Parliament would put an end to the attempts ou his life. ■ ' '• It I put my money into the savings bank," said Pat, " when can I draw it out again?" "Oh," answered his fellow-countryman, "if you put it in to-day you can get it out tomorrow by giving a fortnight's notice." Allen Robertson, who disappeared mysteriously from JNarracoote, S.A., several weeks ago, has been found in a dying condition in a hut near Kingston. He had had nothing to eat for 24 days. In connection with the women suffrage question- a correspondent points out that there are forty lady clerks in the Chicago Post Office, and adds:—This is the true: sphere of woman—looking after the "males."" A New York editor is trying to decide which is proper, "I saw an opera" or "I heard an opera." If he sat behind the regulation size bonnet, the latter term is correct. It-is stated that Captain Baldwin paid £9,000 for the "New Zealand Times." Its size has been reduced to four pages of nine columns each. It is now practically the same size as the " Post." fimiii Abdurrahman Khan of Afghanistan has issued an official order opening to Russian caravans, not only the towns of Afghanistan but even the city of Herat. Hitherto commerce in Central Asia lias been closed to the world. A Shropshiro ewe, belonging to Mr Blakeman, Haywood Land Farm, Market Drayton, gave birth recently to the unprecedented number of seven l.unbs. Four were b'jrn a!i\i:, but the other three were dcid w lien lambed. The Australian N'alivt-; l\:rm;uK!iil Uuildmg S.iciely hell uspecial mcuiingonlho sth instant, ut Melbourne, and decided to go into liquidation. The present debit balance is .CSUUO, and business could only be carried on, at present, nuclei' a loss of WOO. The bo.-s potato of all has been grown by Mr Hugh CuH'Jii, of Willowby. It is a Dement, and weighs wiUiin half an oiijioo of iivo pounds '. l)o betlor who^ may. Tho potato is on view at Uie fchop of Mr .Scily, mxhl.-uihii. Tho Almanaeh do (lotha. is over a century and a quarter old. When it was- is,;uo 1, among its collection of sovereignties writto i up, there were only three republics, Switzerland, San Marino, and Andorra, while today, out of Us total of lifty-eight States mentioned, twenty-six aro republics.

Entries for the Skating Rink Championshir) close this evening. We are informed that the damage to the culvert on the Town Belt near Winter's road corner only occurred on Friday night, and that the repairs were made by Foreman Spicer for the Council on Saturday morning before eleven a.m., as soon ; as the damage was reported. The germ of that plague to farmers, rnst in wheat, is (says the "Waikato "Times") evidently very much alive in Waikato, for we hear of cases in which a few grains of an affected crop have fallen to the ground, germinated, and are now springing up red with rust. - Not a propitious foreboding for the next season. - A peculiar shipping case is being tried at Adelaide. The captain of a vessel just arrived from America seeks to deduct from the wages of the crew one day's pay,'which he states was lost by passing the . 180 th meridian. He says the arrangement exists in other ports, and the voyage back will equalise matters. ; In explanation of the hatred exhibited by Russia towards Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria, it is stated by a recent visitor to that country that he has lifted, it into commercial prominence, built railroads, opened harbors, founded schools, and raised the whole level of industrial and social life in that principality. Moreover, he has conciliated the respect and loyal affection of nineteentwentieths of his people.' In a word, he has done everything which he onght to have left undone la the eyea of Russian spies and conspirators. The remains of Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury, have been recently exhumed in the Cathedral of that city, where they have lain 672 years. Nog only were the features of that famous prelate distinguishable, but a beautiful and unique, collection of episcopal vestments, with ring, staff, mitre, chalice, and paten, was found in the' stone coffin, and have been plaoed among the treasures of the Cathedral library. This was the Langton whosenames heads the list of the barons enumerated in the Great Charter by King John. It has been arranged, to hold a nice meeting at Cairnbrae,' similar to that held the last two years, on Friday next, June 20th. A very fair course has been secured, and in spite of the short notice some very good fun is anticipated. The entries for the Hunters' Race close on Thursday night. The ; money value of the prizes is small, arid, as hitherto, it is thought that genuine sport will be obtained. Horses entered for the Hunters' Race will be debarred from entering in the Hack Steeplechase. ' A number of friends met after the service on Sunday evening at the Rakaia Presbyterian Church to bid farewell to Mr David Johnston, who is leaving for Richmond, i Christchurch. Mr Johnston was presented ' with a handsome Bible and a copy of "Church Praise." The Rev P. J. Riddle | made the presentation, and spoke in feeling terms of the good work Mr Johnston has done in connection with the church and Sunday school; of which latter institution he has been superintendent for the last few years. Mr Johnston carries with him the | good wishes of a large circle of friends, and he will be greatly missed in connection with church work in Rakaia, Mr W.H. Levy, who is blind, says in his book, "Blindness and the Blind,' that he] can tell when he is opposite an object, and can perceive Avhether it is fall or short, slender or bulky. He can also determine j whether it be a solitary object or a continuous fence ; whether a close fence or an open one, and sometimos whether., a wooden fence, a stone wall, or a hedge. None of the five senses has anything to do with this perceptive power, but the impressions arc made on the skin of his face, and by it transmitted to the brain. He therefore name 3 this unrecognised sense '' facial perception." Tiie presence of a fog interferes with facial perception, and makes the impressions faint and untrustworthy; but darkness is no impediment. A noise which distracts the attention interferes with the impressions. In passing along the street he can distinuish shops from private houses and doors from windows, if the windows consist of a number of panc3, and not of a single sheet of glass. The torchlight procession to-morrow night promises to be a very brilliant affair, the Fire Brigade having spared neither time, money, nor exx^ense to make it a thorough success, the one element of uncertainty being the weather. Given fair anil quiet weather the success of the turnout goes without saying. All the engines are to be in \i?e, all well horsed, and gaily decorated, thanks to Foreman Nookes' taste and energy, aud the assistance given him by his fellow firemen. The procession will start from the Fire Brigade Station, proceeding down Burnett street to the Belt, along the Belt into Tancrcd street, up Tancred street to William street, along William street to Moore street, up Moore street and along liist street, in which the great display of fireworks will take place. The display over, the "social" at the Oddfellows' Hall will begin. The best medicine known is SANDER and SONS' ECUCALPTI EXTRACT. Test its eminent powerful effects in cougha, colds, influenza, etc.—the relief is instantaneous. Thousands give the most gratifying testimony His Majesty the King of Italy, and medical syndicates all over the globe, are its patrons. Read the official . reports that accompany each bottle. We have no occasion to offer rewards in proof of the genuinenesa of our references. The official reports of medical clinics and universities, the' official communication of the Consul-General for Italy at Melbourne; the diploma awarded International Exhibition, Amsterdam—all these are authentic documents, and, as such, not open to doubt. We add here epitome of one of the various cases' treated by Siegen, M.D., Professor, etc. Burning of the right hand through the explosion of a small oil stove. The epidermis on the ' volar and palmer side of the hand of the thirty-year-old patient was completely separated and lifted up as far as the joint of the hand. The likewise lifted nails were hanging looses and half of the phalanx of the nail of the middle finger was coaled. The wounds thus contracted healed in three weeks under daily application of Eucalypti Extract dressing. The patient has retained the full j use of the hand.—(Advt.) . 1

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2443, 17 June 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2443, 17 June 1890

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