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The "Illustrated Sydney News " for June is quite up to its usual standard of excellence. Flemington Dairy Factory cheese during the past season realised the satisfactory figure of 54s per cwt. Cattle are now at a discount in Auckland market, and the last shipment was disposed of at a loss—atjleast, so it is reported. The New Zealand Financial Reform Association (Auckland) is extending its membership to country diskless, The hotel keepers of Auckland are a^it^jtt ing for the amalgamation of the four licensing wards in that city. The Otago Sunday.Schools Union represents 37 schools, t?7 teachers, and 6907 scholars. • " • ' . MrJ. C. Anderson, M.H.R.* for Brace, has. intimated his intention not to come forward again for election. A man named Henry ClaTkson,'of Christchurch, has been arrested for refusing to contribute towards the support of his aged mother. Gabriel Read, after • whpro.Gabi-isj|& £u% is named to mark his discovery of gold jn that place, is now in a private asylum in Tasmania, '

The "North Canterbury Times" has changed its name, and now appears as the "Trades and Labor Chronicle," and the editor looks hopefully forward to the time when the "Chronicle" will become the leading newspaper in New Zealand. Now that Mr Bellamy has made 10,000 dollars by " Looking Backward," he can look forward without any pecuniary apprehensions. By the way, the " Hartford Post" reminds' us that Lot's wife was not so fortunate as Mr Bellamy, for she only earned her salt by looking backward. ■ 'It ir strongly rumored-that Lord Onslow, will return to London early next year. It ifli most probable that he will then .resign his position.' He "fears that he is not popular with the people,.and it is said he has taken a violent dislike to the colony.—" Westport Times." There is an ingenious young doctor in a coal district not a hundred miles from,Glas-gow-who lias a large, speaking tube from his front door to the side of bis bed. Before retiring to .rest he , places assorted varieties of .pills, close at hand, and when rung up at night by an* inconsiderate patient'he converses wdth him about his, symptoms through the tube,.,andJ,after -making a sleepy diagr. nos'is of the case/ rolls" two pills, down the tube into the expectant mouth at' the other end, then slumbers peacefully once more. '.' Tile ''Woodville Fxamkrierl" says :—The' Minister of Lands has at length swallowed the leek in,regard to itheißank's,Peninsula Special Settlement Association, and the young men who applied are to have the land. The Minister opened it for settlement at a, high price as. unsurveyed land, and as he got only, three applications for it, We suppose he thinks the next best thing is •to^etthft-Association hayeit. Mr Beetham, M.HiR.,^ has been very .active in endeavoufrihg to get" the 1 land 1 for the Association, arid we a^e glad to see his efforts have been successful. The price, however, is too high, and will have to be reduced. . „ „ The Wagga (New Souih Wales) Board of Sheep Directors have decided to ask the three members for the district to request .the Government to take immediate steps to have M. Pasteur's vacbine for anthrax'iritroduced before the season is too far advanced. On one station near. Wagga a number of. sheep treated with vaccine in September,' 1888, have ever since remained free from any, disease, though on the same property^ fully; 3 per cent of the stock are dead. It is ■ !>i'.r, 1 by romprtrnt persons that the vaccine <\>..i-i 'w i:ii!-o i-ivi i into the colony with great success, and great "benefit result therefrom. The quarterly estimate of the popnlation of Victoria has been issued by Mr H. H. Hayter, Government Statist. During the quarter ending March 31, it is seen that Victoria is not suffering from any such Governmental blight as New Zealand suffers' from. The population is increasing and not decreasing. During this quarter there were 8792 births, and 5372 deaths, leaving atoet gain on this head of 3420. The arrivals by sea numbered 28,816, while.,the departures were 23,092, leaving a- gain on this' score of 5724. Mr Hayter makeß allowances for departure*!,' which he estimates at 1979, leaving a net excess of arrivals over departures during the quarter, :0£,3745.,- The estimated population of Victoria on the 31st March last was 1,125,193. • -, ■r . • In the South of France they make a very peculiar love charm in a very peculiar way.Under certain ceremonies $he youug -wbmafrv catches and boxes vp 1 a frog in- a box with' a lot of little hole? bored .in the wood.. The, casket is then buried in. an ant-hill for two weeks. The ants, of courge, oatch the prisoner "and eat up all the flesh, and all that [s left is the creature's bones. Amoug Uiese is a shield-shaped bone about as large as one's thumb nail, upon one end of which is a little hook. The girl takes this bone, and has it blessed surreptitiously by the priest without his knowledge—that is, she exposes it cVuring the benediction at the mass —and then she hooks it on the clothing of her sweetheart that is to be. The charm, when properly prepared with all due ceremony and-care, has never been known to fail. It is not safe to play practical jokes in Hungary. A young Magyar noble, who, chanced to have in his employment a remarkably handsome Valet, recently sent him to a public ball Instead of going himself. The valet played his part to perfection ; he dances beautifully, has most distingue manners, and was of course most elegantly attired. Under the impression that he was some noble from a distant country, the prottiesfc women in the room lavished upon him their sweetest smiles'. A'few dayslater, however, the truth oozed out, and the '• Magyar noble received challenges from the husbands, fathers, ox brothers of half the ! laclieg who. had been at the. ball. Some doizen j duels have already been fought,, and thereis no limit to the number that will follow— in fact, it seems that the death.,of the offender is the only, thine that can put an end to the fighting.' Wo are promised a concert of an exceedingly high order on-Thursday, the 26th" inst." From an advance copy of the programme Aye learn that th.o performers will comprise the well-known Mr R. Wood, of Timaru, whose ability as a violinist needs nq^commendatiori; his son, Mr .Charles Wood, a rising' vjoja . player; Mr Ellis Wood, 1' a recent arrival from the old country, where he made a high reputation as-a;'cello ■player;. Mr Henry, contrabass, a son .of Mr Ellis Wood; Miss Bessie Simmons, our local violinist; Miss Wood, soprano ; Miss Lack, the popular lady violinist; pianist, and- vocalist,of Dunedin and Timaru ; and Messrs Mllsom and Flower,, our own (local;tenors. The programme will consist of violin work, in solo, duet, quartet, and quintet, the latter a feature of special excellence with the party ;'. ancl'vooal numbers by Jfrisftes Wqod anicr Lack and Messrs Milsom anil -Flower. It is to be hoped that lovers of really good music will support' Mr Wood iii -• this his initial effort to cater for • the Ashburtoh public. ' , - , ; , ' ■„■.' > \ We clip the following important testimonial from the Illawarra Mercury " (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 lias experienced almost complete using Sander and Sons' Eucalyptic Extract. ■He says:—'' Seeing the said Extract advertised in the ' Illawarra' Mevcury,' his intense suffering, induoed Mmx to obtain a bottle of the medicine efrom Mr Hoskiug, ohemist, of fchis 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 iys 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 wqrd cannot be doubted, and who can have no object in view Other than,a pure,desire to benefit suffering humanity. "^(Advt,) ' ' " ' ' 2 •It will be in the recollection of the public that my collection of apples shown in Mr (ylayton's shop in East street, being sixty-six vftfipfies, and also those which took two first awards at t]ie Diuiedin Exhibition and various other places, was pronounced to be the largest and best ever shown in the Ashburton county. I would draw theii attention my advertisement elsewhere, As only work on blight-proof stocks than which k$ other stocks can be relied upon, the rootsof my apple trees do not require to be washed, before sending out. James Porter, nursery,, man, Allenton.—(Advt.)

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2444, 18 June 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2444, 18 June 1890

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