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"So the magistrate foined yez foive pounds, Mick, eh ?" "No, bad luck to thim. I had to foind thini foive pounds."

A discovery of gold has been made twenty miles up the north side- of the Ahaura river. '

In the Rangitikei district the increase in sheep has ' been over one " hundred thousand per anumn for the last four years.

At a recent ball in London the. electric light was arranged to vary in color, being alternately red, blue, green and yejlow. The ladies did not like it, as it ruined the effect of all their costumes.

There is a rush from' all parts of the country to the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. Colonel Stan ton, of the recent exploring expedition, reports that, for four hundred miles; the canyon is filled with gold. It sticks out from the walls; it may be picked up like pebbles from the river bank. 1 Vast quantities of coal and marble are also reported. A company has been organised in iJtah to work these mines, but the outsiders are hurrying to get in ahead of the Company.

The Skating Rink Mile Championship came off at the local Rink on Saturday evening in the presence of a good attendance. Out of five entries only two compotitors consented to start. R. Elston, jun., who was the first to take the floor, accomplished the mile in 6min sse'c. R. Shields followed, but failed by two seconds to lower this record, and Elston was declared champion for the third cime since the opening of the Rink. Mr Raymond acted as timekeeper.

Mr E. W. Cole, of the Book Arcade, Mcl" bourne, has received 507 contributions in response to his invitation for competitive essayH on the " Federation of the World" question, and we understand that a number have been sent from New Zealand. Twothirds of the writers support universal federation, and one-third oppose it. The names of the' essayists will be .announced shortly.' Mr Cole now invites additional essays up to Monday, the 21st July, to get into his forthcoming book.

A curious case has just been tried in a French law court which should serve as a warning to ladies not to leave letters in their dresses if they are of a class that the owners might be expected to treasure. A young lady moving in select circles in the gay capital sent a dress to a fashionable modiste to be altered, forgetting that she had- a most confidential letter in her pocket. The dressmaker soon discovered the missive, but instead of returning it to the owner, she not enly read its contents, but made it a subject of local gossip. On her refusal to gi\;e it up, tho young lady's guardian brought an action against her, and the modiste has been compelled to restore the letter and pay damages to the amount of £12 and costs. , ,

In his recent address to his constituents MrJßarronsaid:—" Theprogressiveprincij>le was objected to by many, but we had already committed ourselves to .-ho principle in connection with succession duties. .He held that the tax should be so adjusted as to steer clear of the legitimate farmer —the man who had only a sufficient holding which he farmed and which lie made the best use of. (Applause.) In the colony there was a large amount of land held iv 5000-acre blocks and over, ■which jjhQuld be burst up, and not remain locked as tiiey vpai'Q «ow, Certainly, the holders of them said they weve carryiag them on to the best advantage, but it sometimes happened that although they might be carrying them on to their own best advantage that was not the best advantage of the people of the colony."

At a recent sitting of the Surgical Congress, at Berlin, Professor Gluck, of Berlin, gave (says Dalziel) an exhibition showing a most valuable advance iv surgeiy, namely, the successful substitution of catgut, ivory, and bone, freed from chalk, for defects in boues, muscles, and nerve sinews. The juices of the body are sucked up in the inserted material, thereby establishing the junction of the separated ends, without any shortening of the pang, He presented the cases of patients in-whom there 'had been an insertion of from six to ten centimetres of catgut to supply defects in the leaders of the hands, to which complete mobility had been restored, This clise had previously been impossible. In the case of another pationt Professor Gluck removed a tumor from the thigh, causing a considerable defect in the bone. :He inserted ivory, and no shortening ensued. In another case he removed a large piece of nerve in the groin, and inserted catgut, and the functions remained completely saiiitfac^ory, These are considered wonderful achisvemeniß,

Mr R, Lookhart, chairman of ttyc Scottish and New Zealand Investment Company, who has been making a tour of the colony in order to inspect the company's investments, and who spent nearly two months in Southland, has been interviewed at Auckland. Mr Lockhart is favorably" impressed with New Zealand and its natural resources ;and says tha*- }k J8 9^e °^ the finest colonies belonging to. Qrea> Britaiifb and lias a great future before ?t, He tqinks it a poor policy on the part of a portion of the New Zealand Press to belittle their own country, a3 these depreciatory articles are carefully cut out and reprinted in the Home journals. The need of the colony, in his opinion, is judicious and well regulated immigration, especially of the farmer clas3. If a practical farmer of good' repiita^wm were sent to Scotland to explain the position of aft*U'B he would easily get a number of hardy industrious Scottish faymers to cast their lot here. So far as^he had seen in the colony, the men who farmed from 150 to 200 acres did well, but those who had the " land hunger " and took 2000 acres and over WfMjt, as a rule, to the wall. Mr Lockhart strongly gtjndcmnp the Property Tax, and states that last year his company paid £2000, or upwards of 2 ptjr cent on its paid-up .--if#i' -il, to tb- 1* t-x. The company had been :.ii!»:i • : :.v ':■■■ i -HIO i 1 farmers tp aid them :-.i (i: 1. I.■.!".■■.■ ■.I -: t».l imt if it was to be taxed in this way for go doing jit would to withdraw from the colony.

The extreme want of caution on the part of some parents in providing against the prorogation of infectious and contagious diseases seems really inexplicable. A case in point occured in Wellington on Wednesday. The District Coroner (Mr Robinson, KM.) proceeded to Happy Valley for the purpose of holding an inquest upon the bo^y of a little child who the previous after r noon had 4i?rt of scarlet fever. On arrival at the house of the. parents tfije eijt Jurymen who had been summoned for tjje piirposes of the enquiry were sworn in upon the roq.djfidp, jjnd the i.- ::.. f '. i:';-"of viewing the bo^y v...... . :■.■ :■ . '■•:* merely stepping iq the do»r of this house, The jury were afterward? difcct.ed tfj an emp^y house standing Bowe distance, away, whe^e the evidence was taken. These precautions were adopted under advice of the Coroner, on account of the highly infections character of the disease from which" the child had 'ftiefl, While preparing to take evidence it was noticed "that tf tyWJjJfr of children were congregated about the house, a»d ,q^ enquiry being made the cause it transpired that they were the schoolfellows of the dead child, and had been permitted to enter the •jiQus.e oifd take a last look at her. The jGbrooer, ii«mecl£atejy on hearing of this, .directed the' constable in ntfendance tp disperse $he cljilrlren, .an,d he afterwards spoke sti'oiigly t'p the parents qii the subjecf.. It seemed, however, that they were quite unaware of the infectious nature of tho disease, and had not thought for an instant that there was anything harmful in allowing the visit to be made.—" Wellington J>t." '

To-day Mr Alfred Harrison J.P., fined William Phelps 103 without costs for having been drunk and noisy in East street on Saturday night.

At one of those French eating houses where female waiters are employed, a gentleman one day found a fire man's coat button in his soup. In reply to his demand for an explanation, the nymph in attendance 1 remarked:—"You don't expect to have a complete uniform fortwd francs, I suppose.'

We acknowledge receipt of the first mumber of the "New Zealand JFire and Ambulance Record," published at Napier in the interests of Fire . Brigades, Ambulance Corps, Salvage Corps, and other like bodies throughout New Zealand. The liitle journal contains a, well-assorted selection of information for those in whose interests it is published, and will be issued monthly.

A "NTv-F.i T-l-'-i ,7vn*-V:r.7'\ in denying a - ■■i' ii- i!i.: lv; !:i i ;■■■■, I -landing for the House, asserts that he has still some selfrespect and an opinion of his own on most public matters, besides which he also considers that he has a character worth maintaining. Evidently this gentleman has no exalted idea of Parliamentary honors.

Tlie meeting of St. John's Lodge of Free masons to-morrow evening will be one of the most interesting ever held ,in Ashburton. The principal business is the installation of the Worshipful Master for the ensuing year, Bro Bonuington, and the investiture of his officers, the ceremony of which will be conducted by Bro Crisp, P.M., assisted by the other Past-Masters of the Lodge. The musical arrangements will be in charge of Bro H. Gates, organist of the Lodge. A strong representation of the District Grand Lodge, E.C., including Bro P. Cunningham, Deputy-District G.M., will be present; and an official visit will be paid by the District Grand Lodge, .S.C.— this being the first occasion on whioh such a visit has been paid to a Lodge of another constitution in this District, Proceedings are announed to begin at half-past seven, and visitors are cordially invited. . • .

In reference to the "bird of passage" whom Sergeant Felton arrested at the express on Friday, the Rangiora correspondent oi the " Lyttelton Times V has a long story to tell. The man tried'al', he could to get a cheque for "self" cashed in Rangiora—a cheque for-£3—but a hint of, thejklentity of the drawer had reached Rangiora in advance, and several tradesmen declined to ,be victimised. A druggist, however, was found soft hearted enough to oblige the visitor, .who told a very plausible , tale,',.and he received ,303 change, the remainder to be paid iii the morning. In the morning the " bird " had flown, by the first train, with a detective on his track. The detective missed him at Southbrook, and he left the tram at Addington. and joined tho express. At Ashburton, however, the wires having been put in motion, the Sergeant was waiting for him. The rest our readers know.

Statutory Declaration.—l, 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, in 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 Sons, 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 out of all danger, and to-day he is recovered. I may just add that it was when the crisis had been reached that the Extract referred to was first applied, and I make this solemn declaration, etc. — Franz Raabe. Declared at Sandhurst, in the colony of Victoria, Australia, this seventeenth day of October, one thougand eight hundred and seventy-seven, before me, Moritz Colin,'J. P. —(Advt.) ■ 6 Holloway's Ointment. — Miners and Workers in Gohliields.—This ivaluable and renowned ointment is extensively used and patronised by such people to their very great advantage. Being in small compass it is portable and easy of application. When used in conjunction with Holloway's Pills in accordance with the clear and concise directions for use which accompany each pot and box, there are but few of the diseases which afflict mankind that will not yield to the sanative powers of the combined remedies. Holloway's Ointment and Pills do not deteriorate by keeping nor by change of climate, and as they contain no deleterious mineral drug, they can be used*, with the most perfect safety under the most adverse climatic and sanitary conditions. -

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2448, 23 June 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2448, 23 June 1890

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