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Mr D. Williamson, of Ashburton, has received advice that he is a winner to the value of £30 in the Art Union of London. The Viotprian Gqvernment iptend to introduce a bill to amend the Faotorles and Workshops Act. The apples shipped by the steamship Austral, from Sydney, have arrived in London in excellent condition. "yhe Queensland Cabinet consider that the I present'ta (in inopportune time for entering into a reciprocal fiscal aprangement with South Australia. ikrJ. Want, M:P., says that horseracing in the colony of New South Wales, instead of being the sport of kings, is becoming the sport of blackguards. ; M. Jules Jouberfc writer from Dunedin to the " Sydney Morning Herald " of Thursday last suggesting that a " world's fair " should be held in Sydney about the end of 1891. : The leading solicitors of Melbourne have petitioned the Attorney-General to take steps to prevent the packing of Magisterial Benches, which they allege, is, frequently done. The smallest dwarf on record is Luzie Zarate, a Mexican, exhibited by her father,' a man of more than ordinary size, Her age is 21 years, sho weighs 9|lb, and stands about 14in. in height. A duck belonging to the rector of Rainton has laid a triple egg nearly 11 in in length. When opened jt was found to contain another perfect egg with complete shell. Orders have been given for the work on the Manchester Ship Canal to proceed by night as well as day. The company have. pur : chased a large stock of lights of the Lucigen type, in order to facilitate the work aftwi' dusje. Twelve thousand men are now employed and % steam navvies, the latter supposed to do t'h<? work of several thousand men. . " A lady recently went into a bookseller s shop to purchase a present for her husband. She hovered r,ound for time, manifesting the usual indecision, whereupon an assistant in charge, to help her out of the difficulty suggested a set of Shakespeare, The wouldbe purchaser, however, met this proposal with the prompt remark: 'Ohl he read that when it first came out.'." , . .' At the Parramatift Police Court,. on! the ] lth instant, Mrs Delia Spillane was convicted of an aggravated assault on a Stole child, named Grace Adelaide Clayton, aged eight years, by burning her on both cheeks, chin, and wrists, with a hot flatiron, and was fined £10, with £2 2s professional costs/ 8s 4d cost of court, and £1 Is doctor's fee; in default four month*' imprisonment iv Parlinghurat gaol, ' '

The Minister of Lands has introduced a new Sheep Bill and a new Cattle Bill. The former consolidates existing laws, and gives power to inspectors to deal more promptly with outbreaks of scab. The Cattle Bill alters the quarantine laws, and provides for annual returns by owners.

A somewhat larger gathering than usual attended at the Ashburton Railway Station last evening to witness the arrival of the Southern express. On the arrival of the train some groaning and hooting was indulged in towards a passenger, a former resident of the town, who was on his way to Christchurch to answer a serious charge of embezzlement of moneys belonging to the Bank of New Zealand.

A man named H. Aitcheson, while walking in one of the principal streets in Dunedin the other evening, was accosted by a stranger and asked the time. Aitcheson took out bis watch and answered " Eight o'clock," when the stranger suddenly seized the watch, and attempted to make,off. A scuffle ensued, in the course of. which the would-be Irobber was knocked down and the watch taken from him., Aitcheson attempted to detain the.'man,' who, however, escaped from his clutches and decamped. v ' -"' •' ' ••

• A team of eight greys, with a Cobb's mail' coach attached, were' driven 1 through the streets of Ballarat last week by Mr Devihejl better known to early diggers and old residents of Ballarat as " Cabbagetree Ned.". The vehicle carried as passengers a numbW of leading residents of Ballarat and district, each of whom paid one guineajffoxi the privilege of riding in a coach drawn by a team driven by a man who in the early days ofthe diggings was " the king of the road" between Geelong and Ballarat;

Young Australians in England know how to make the money spin that their fathers hardly earned in the colonies. F,or instance a young devotee of sport, W. H. Mackenzie by ,na«ie, • drove a coach, ;'\ The' Rachel, 1? evtiry day between London ;and Brighton; This'year'he'clrives a coach and four between London and Colchester, doing tlfe 60 miles in six hours. He has 50 horses on the line. One portion of th&- journey he treats his passengers to a galloping stage, his teamMatthew, Mark, Luke, and John—going at uhe rate of 16 miles an hour. r At the Wesleyan Church at Willowby, on the 18th inst, Mr Thomaa Wheeler (organist of the Church) was united in wedlock to Mary Jane Hayman. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. N. Buttle, the bride being given away by her father." The bride was tastefully dressed in white cashmere, trimmed with white plush, swansdown and veil with orange blossoms'. The bridesmaids were! the Misses- Low and Hayman^ who were prettily dressed. Mr R. Maxwell acted in the capacity of groomsman, and Mr W. C. Ford officiated as organist. Mr Wheeler has for many years held the position of* organist in the above named church. After the ceremony a number of guests repaired to the house of Mr Thomas Hayman, where the breakfast was spread. During" the afternon the bride and bridegroom left for Chrlstchurch.

„ ?.* The " Picturesque Atlas " men are Having a very lively time of it just now, and from accounts to hand there should -be!a few vacancies soon on the staff. In New South Wales getting bludgeoned and kicked out of doors seem to be a regular part of the day'B routine. In one, instance a canvasser was beaten over the head with a revolver, merely because he refused to leave a settler's premises quickly enough when ordered. Coming nearer home, we find that the proprietors of a contemporary not only refused to pay for the.big picture book but actually went for the " fiend " and rolled him of the premises. Whatever the law may be on the subject, there is very little doubt that in very many instances unscrupulous tactics were resorted +o in order to obtain signatures. To hand over £10' 103 without a struggle under such circumstances would be little else than a condonation of such rascality. — "■ Tuapeku Times."

The annual education report (the thirteenth) was presented to Parliament oh Thursday. It is, as.usual, very voluminous. The increase of children attending the State schools is reported as "normal." It is.estimated that'ls,ooo new pupils will have to be provided for annually. The school attendance for the year was. 115,456, an increase of 2771. The number of t^he&is wan 1115, with a mean average attendance of 81, The numbey of teachers was 3058, the aggregate of all salaries being £295,23,7: The highest salary was £506 ; there were five, of £400 and upwards, 59 of ;G3QQ and upward, 215 of „€2OO and upward, 1Q22 of £100 and upward and 077 (beside sowing mistresses and pupil teachers) roeaiving le3B than £100. The Sumner Deaf Mute School had 62 pupils, the same number as in the previous year. The cost was £3253, of which'£2s3 was'contributed by parents of pupils. Th,e. inmates of Industrial Schools have d,ejoi"eased in number from 1158 two vaavsbgQto 1054. Of the 169 children, received during the year 07 were committed as "• destitute_'* and 4? as. "uncontrollable."—"New Zealand Times."

Sir Rober-t Stout, speaking- at Oamaru the other e,, said the present Government for the sake of getting revenue, had parted with the perpetual leasQ Byte.m, but with the growth o,f labor unions and other factors he expected to see the same thing as existed in Amorioa—rthe State holding the mouoply of lands in its own hands. The oveirthrqw of the Stout-Vogel party's village settlement scheme had hindered the progress of the colony. The present Government had not given due attention to the settlement bona fide settlers on the land," but had* by their cash sales opened the. lands to all and sundry, The, Midland Railway Company had got a better contract from the present Government than^'fpoiii the Stout-Vogel Government, The present Government had granted concessions to the company that would cost the colony three-quarters of a million of money, besides giving 40<per cent, of the earnings of the railway to the company. He charged the present Government with sacrificing this to the demands of the company. The speaker dwejt' on the good that would follow the State keeping possession of the lands of the colony, and concluded his address amidst much cheering.

Twenty-four years ago the first horse butcher in Paris opened a shop for the sale of horse-flesh. Such has become the popularity of this kind of meat that, at the present time, there are about ,140: horse-flesh shops in the department of the Seine, It appears that there are something like 20,000 horses killed every year in Paris for food. The price of the flesh is only about half that of ordinary meat. The latest news. is. that Berlin is following the example of Paris in the horse-flesh business. In England, too, there is now a large amount of this flesh sold for human food. Manchester butchers have stated that quite a lot of horse-flesh comes to their city from Oldham and from Bradford, while a good deal is sent from Newcastle to London. From Glasgow it is exported to Stockholm, where it is said to be manufactured into German and Russian polonies. The fat is '. frequently removed from the meat, and beef fat or mutton fat skewered on to the lean in its placa. ' The horse-slaughterer pays about £1 a horse. Glue, combs, etc., are made from the hoofs, the hafts of knivea from the shank-bones, and Prussian blue from the entrails. The skin brings in about 12s or 15s, and a horse is Avorth to the slaughterer about four or five times as miich as he pays for it.

The following is a copy of a telegram sent by Mr Kennedy, Managing Director of the Grey Valley Coal Company, to Mr Bishop, mine manager of the same body:— *'The late changes in the arrangements' with the miners are making the weekly loss'ab serious that it is impossible to continue it. ' Consult the: Miners' Association when they could' meet nic to discuss the position. I will come down immediately. Ask the Association to consider the matter in all its bearings, as a collapse would be ruinous to all concerned, the district included. We are willing to work the mines on co-operative principles, or any way they wish, so that the basis of working will be equitable." The Melbourne correspondent of a Southern comtemporary says:—"Recentlyin GiipPß" land, tne aboriginal, King Barak, chief of the Yarra or Melbourne tribe, iri-i V-y r-ifiw right and' title King of M< 'i-^jrn.l, y.iunited. in the holy bonds of matrimony acoording to the laws of the country to a native woman, a widow. King Barak, who is the only survivor of his tribe, is a very intelligent man,: He was,, present, at the landing of Batman, and was on friendly terms with both Batman and Fawkner; and, in fact, was always on f-:mdly t-rrirr with the white men. Hisf!t:-.r \.,,■(■:.;. ■" of the tribe before him, and at the time of Batman's landing King Barak . was only a boy, but he remembers the incident well. The hew queen was a widow with one daughter, and when the ceremony was over the bride wept. :,,On being asked the cause of the tears she replied, " One has to, weep, when one gets .married. " , The. newly-married pair are to'live at Coranderrk. The party, according to the pass franking them on the railways, will consist of " King Barak, his queen, and her daughter tihe princess, with royal attendant, Charley Foster.' ' The people of Mount Somers and district, and residents along the Mount Somera railway line, are about to lose the services of a most obliging, .painstaking, and efficient izuard (tin the person of Mr,vßowland' Hill. Mr Hill has been guard on'the Mount Somers line for several years, and haa had to discharge all sorts of duties along its complete length. There are no stationmasters at any of > the stations along the line, in some cases not even shelter sheds, and even at the Springburn terminus there i3 no resident statibnmater. ;'ln spite of all this, however, thanks to Mr Hill's tact and discretion, the traffic of the line, both passengers and goods, has been carried on witnout any very serious complaint or irregularity—considering the somewhat " upcountry " arrangements. In consequence of Mr Hill's attention to his duty, and his care for the comfort and convenience of both passengers and traders, he has long been popular with the people in the district, and the news of his departure"; will be received with great regret. Mr Hill leaves the Mount Somers line to take up the running between 'Chrisichurch. s(hd Southbridge, making his last run to Mount Somers this evening., ■He f will be succeeded on the branch; by ■ Guard Smith, from Timaru, a young man not unknown in Ashburton, and wh;o has made a favorable record already on the main line.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2450, 25 June 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2450, 25 June 1890

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