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LOCAL AND GENERAL

Titokawaru, the racehorse,for whom £1000 was recently refused, cost his present owner only £40>

- The "WaikatoNews" ceased publication on Saturday, after an existence extending over five years.

Proceedings are to be taken against an Oainaru publican for refusing to take into his house the body of a man for the purpose of holding an inquest thereon.

The oldest observatory in the world is located at Pekin, in China. It was founded in 1279 by Kybla dynasty. There are still in it three of the first instruments of observation. These were used for the obser-J vation of Halley's comet, in 1738, and may also be used when, 22 years hence, this comet again appears.

An astounding case of suicide has occurred at Havre, in France.' A-workman named Gaiitier, 54 years of age, while 1 suffering from delirium tremens, deliberately thrust his head into the furnace of a limekiln at which he was employed, and the upper half of his body was charred to a cinder before he could be withdrawn. ■'■ '

A suggeston has been made to us that, as the Government are not likely to be able to carry out their promise to put a sum on the estimates for Public Libraries, a penny stamp duty on totalisator tickets would produce the amount hitherto voted, viz., £4000. This would provide the libraries with much needed help, and at the same 1 'time ,make some use of the increasing evil of betting, ■ while the tax would never be felt by* the sporting portion of the community.—"Wanganui Herald."

A notification appears in our advertising columns that on and after Ist July return tickets will be issued daily on the railways for distances of twenty miles and over. Tickets for twenty miles will be available for return the following day, or from Saturday £0 the following Monday. For distances over twenty miles tickets will be available for return for one month ; and over 300 miles be available for two months. The fares have been slightly altered in some cases, but only to the extent of a penny or twopence. This has been caused by a corrected computation of the mileage. '

The great question which is agitating London eoaiety is, will Lord Hartington, who has already been a great admirer of the lady, marry the Duchess.of Manchester ? ■ Among the upper ten thousand who pretend to know the facts in the case, there has been a large amount of wagering, men freely laying two to one against his marrying, while the ladies hold .exactly the opposite view. The event cannot (says a Home paper) be decided for two months at] least, but already it shares the honors of the .Derby in the betting line. . • ■

The Suez Canal is year by year becoming more and more the great naval highway. In 1889 the increase in 1 the tonnage of vessels was 140,000. . Though this is true, the number of vessels which passed through is smaller, the difference in size accounting for it. Within the last few years the journey across the isthmus has been continuous, owing to the use of electricity, which makes the night passage possible. Two-thirds of the steamers now avail themselves of it, and the mean duration of the passages ■is registered at 26h 44min. Of the ships that use the Canal, England sends about 80 per cent of the whole; France comes next with 5 per cent, Germany and Holland following.

HeligolandjHhe smallest organised British colony, seems to enjoy a Utopian immunity from the troubles which beset larger communities. It has no debt, no .crime, no disease. The Governor's report, issued by the Colonial Office recently, shows that last year's revenue was the largest ever collected oa the island, and considerably exceeded the expenditure; that the deposits in the saving banks equalled half a sovereign per head of the population, aiid that there had -boon in the year only nine summary convictions, and not one person committed for trial.. "Seriously, crime," remarks hii Excellency (Mr A. Barkly), "may be said to be', almost unknown' in Heligoland." The population is 2500.

The " New York World " has been taking what is called a child census, with the following results :—3OO families in the aristrocratic quarter known as Fifth Avenue were found to cdntain only 91 children under ten years of age, and not more than six children have been btfrn in them within twelve months. The same number'of families in the poor neighborhood of Cherry Hill possessed 660 children under ten years of age, and the total number of children boni within twelve months was 111. These startling figures are occasioning quite a sensation in the United States, as they serve to show that the wives of men belonging to the "wealthy classes are shirking maternity, while the poor are multiplying with the utmost rapiditj.

Emperor William has not prohibited duelling in the German Army, as has been stated by several of my contemporaries. But no duel, is in future to take place until there lias been a thorough inquiry into all the circumstances by two Colonels, who are to allow the encounter only (1) if the provocation was a public assault, to" which an apology has been refused; or (2) when an insult has been offered to a lady who is a relation or the betrothed of the challenger. Under no circumstances, however, is a duel to be permitted when the quarrel has arisen out of a brawl in a club-house, coffee-house' or, any similar place; when one of the parties .has already been "out" three times' or when one of the parties is a married man with children.—"Truth."

' Two brothers once lived at Kirkhill, who believed in transmigration. It happened that one was laid on his death-bed, and he called his brother to his bed-side. " Tarn." said he, "I'mdeein', and when I'm deid, I'll be turned; into a horse, and if ever I meet ye I'll nod to ye, and yell ken it's me." Some time after his brother's death, Tarn was going over Dahnarnock Bridge, when he met an old horse drawing a heavy load and nodding it 3 head yiole.ntly as it came along. Tarn ran up to it, and hugging it round the neck, began to kiss it and cried out, "Oh, my brither, ia that you ? The carter, naturally surprised said—" Get out of that and leave the horse alone." Tarn looked at him and then said—"Man, d'ye no ken that's my brither, and he was the best weaver in a ,Cam'slang.

A'Wellington correspondent writes :—"lt is said that the number of absentees living in London or on the Continent of Europe or "elsewhere," who draw annually largo stuns from estates in this colony, is larger than .most/ people have an adequate notion of* It is said ihM a, return, qi the names and estates will probably be lftid before Parliament during the coming session ac part of a return incidental to real estate held in the colony. I am not sure that this information does not point to the assessment of the properties for the purnoees of taxation, the owners of which are never seen in the colony, who spend the whole of the wealth derivable from the colony abroad, and leave the land unproductive until some chance bidder may take it up to his own risk and general discredit of New Zealand as a 6ql# for investment."

A striking instance of the procluctivene s of thb ]\Janawatu soil, and the excellent results to be obtained from careful farm management (says the "AJamuvatu Times"), is afforded by the fpllowing figures, -which have been handed us by a well-known settler in this district:—ln August last year 464 hoggets were purchased at 7s per head, and put upon a farm of-91 acres. In January the sheep were shorn, four having diod, and the fleeces netted 3s lsd, equal to a return of £80. In the same month 200 were frozen, averaging 071bs each, and 81bs of fat, and the estimated returns are 13s it'jl per head on the ruling price for frozei: mutton, which uives .Ul5O. Tho remainder wore frozen hi Maxell lat.t, averaging ,")81b, and at JOrf per head a atnu uf £KJO is produced. Beside this, 400 bushels of oats were grown on the land, and after deducting o^pcuacs of growing the grain and so forth, the fcsult is a return of no less than .£.'{ 2.-J per. acre on \] t a Jii»d for the seven mouths from August ISSU, to Mtu'di, 1800.

A meeting of the members of the Ashbur ton Cricket Club is called for to-morrow evening to arrange for a ground for next season.

A young man named William Ryan, while employed cutting logs at Tiki, Coromandel, on Wednesday! was Jstruck by a rolling boulder and killed.

It is said that the increased value of iron will give a clear profit of £23,000 to the lucky purchasers of the Great Eastern, now being broken up" at New Ferry, Liverpool.

The body of the Waitotara Maori woman, alleged to have been murdered by her husband, has been exhumed. . The result of the post mortem examination has not been made public- ■ ■ - ,

The Victorian Government dent Sir John Hall, as a present, a photograph of the members of the late federation conference. The New Zealand Government, to whomhe gave his services gratuitously, made him.pay, duty on the picture! ■ '' , .

We believe (says the "Canada Health Journal;") that there is no" better direct remedy for temperance than , strict vegetarianism. Sir Charles Napier tried a vegetable diet as a cure for intemperance in twenty-seven cases, and the cure was effected in every case, the time varying from thirtysix days to twelve mouths.

The latest number of the •." Phonetic Journal" contains sk/ao simile of :shorth'ahd" notes taken by Mr Bernard de Bear at 200 words a' "minute, for' which he received a diploma and a gold watch from Mr Isaac Pitman, the inventor of phonography. In the last number of the " Reporters' Journal" we find a/ao simile of a minute test by the same gentleman which came out at 215 words. The best authenticated records so,far have been Mr T. A. Reed's 213 words for a halfhour sermon, and Mr Watt's 220 words for a 40 minutes' speech.

A lady and her daughters were recently sfcaying at a hotel in a seaside suburb of a city down south (says a contemporary), and during the time the young' ladies became intimate with the manageress of the hotel. When strolling about the house one day she walked into the bar, and the young ladies unconsciously followed, and made "ah in T spection of the bar.' ■ On examining the handles of the beer engines, they expressed the greatest curiosity as to their use, but the hotel manageress promply told them that their mother, could give all particulars, as she had used them for many years.

The two notable inter-African explorers of modern times—Mr H. M.- Stanley and Commander Cameron—are physically small men. They are, in fact,. what are called little. But both are very square about the shoulders, and of elastic movement.,. Stanley's most striking feature is his eyes. The man's fpower oxer^his fellows is in his glance, .> The steadiness of his eye-is quite unaided by the Betting of the mouth or brow. When 'Stanley " found. Livingstone " his hair was brown and curly;-when he setout to relieve Emm Pasha it was white, scanty and straight as bristles. So much for fever.

An instance of the old customs and ideas still remaining among the natives of !Raratonga is Recounted oy Mr Banbury, the charterer of the New Zealand schooner Sarah Pile. The vessel recently took the troupe of Earatonga natives who had visitedl Auckland for jubilee celebrations to their island home, and on the voyage was beset by head winds. The natives became alarmed at this and vowed that some "Jonah " ,was on board. A meeting of inquiry and inspection was held amongst themselves, when it was discovered that several of the dusky beauties had presents of various kiinds in their possession, such as silk handkerchiefs, and other articles of personal adornment in which the feminine mind of the darkey as well as the pale face delights. They could not give any satisfactory reason for their, possession' of these treasures, which, were at once, confiscated, tabooed, and thrown overboard as propitiation to the wind god. : Strange to relate after this the passage was as favorable as could be wished for, and the Raratongans are convinced that they did the right thing.

The remark that the 4 Union Steamship L-'ompany was going in for economy was made by more than one visitor to the main wharf, Dunedin, recently, owing to the fact that a couple of tin flags were seen floating at the masfc heads of that homely and small steamer the Beautiful Star. It is said that the tin 3ags were firat of all tried on one of the large intercolonial boats of the fleet and being found to answer admirably all the vessels will be fitted with them, One flag bears the initials of' the company on an appropriate ground, and tho other presents the well known Blue Peter. When it is borne in mind that the flag made of bunting lasts a very {short time, exposure for a few days in strong breezes being almost enough to ruin it, tho new departure made by the company appears to be a very sensible one.

The best medicine is Sander and. Sons' Eucalpyti Extract. Test its eminent powerful effectd in coughs, 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 world are its patrons. , Read the official reports that accompany each bottle. We have no occasion to offer rewards in proof of tho genuineness of our references. ; The official reports of medical clinics .and universities, the official communications of., tli© Consul-General for Italy at Melbqurn'e; the diploma awarded International Exhibition, Amsterdam—all these are authentic documents, and, as snob, not open to doubt. W. add here epitome of one of the various cases treated at the clinic .of Schultz, M.D.. Professor, etc.—"C. 8., 24 years oldj 'congestional abscess on the thigh. Incisions made in two places. Although Lister's dressing was applied,, the secretion became, two days later, very copious, and had adopted a foetid decomposed character, The temperature rose enormously, In consequence the dressing wasi removed a.nd iri' its, plaice, were maae during the day-time repeated irrigations with Eucalypti ExtracL The offensive fceter disappeared very .soon, the -fever abated within a few days, and the patient recovered after the lapse of several weeks. In this instance we must not lqsq sight of the faqt that the latter treatment saved tho patient's life."— (Advt;) 3

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2445, 19 June 1890

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