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The brethren of the Loyal Orange Lodge Ashburton are specially requested to attend the Lodge meeting to-morrow evening m the Orange Hall. Important business The following is said to be the shortest Bentence whidh contains all the letters of the alphabet:—Pack my box with live dozen liquor jugs. The Master of the Ashburton Old Men's Home wishes to acknowledge, with thanks, the receipt of 51b of cocoa from Mr J. S. Peter, box of pipes frorrt Mr iWald Williamson, a quantity of apples from a friend, 1£ dozen of bread from Mr Hudson, periodicals from a friend (per Mr H. M. Jones), and papers from Mrs Stephenjftj(Trevorton), for the use of the inmates. The Mayor of Bourke writes that "the recent action m asking for further assistance^ whether done for political purposes or not, will not be endorsed by the Bourke people, or at all events those who have any respect for themselves or their town." He states emphatically that the people of Bourke do not desire to pose before the public of New South Wales "as a lot of beggars and paupers." The foundling hospitals m Kussia are about to be reformed. Dreadful scandals have been disclosed m connection with these institutions. Seventy-seven per cent of the children admitted die m infancy,and another 11 per cent before they reach the age of 21. jt is averred that children are sold by their parents to traders, who forward them to the towns m baskets, generally containing from six to ten babies each. A doctor m Rome has compiled and pub. lished statistics showing that several thousands of persons are annually buried m a state of coma throughout Europe. The San Remo correspondent of the " Scotsman " says that he recently caw a body exhumed which showed signs that life had not been extinct when it had been placed m the coffin. The face showed marks of a struggle, and one hand, as if m despair, had firmly clutched the skin of the side, and had remained so clenched m death. Several large farmers m South Rusait have made representations to the Imperial Government, requesting that the duty imposed on foreign agricultural machinery should be diminished. They complain that heavy losses are sustained by them, owing to the prohibibitive duty lately introduced to protect a handful of home manufacturers, and at the same time they point out that the whole burden of the imposition is borne by them. The loss to them last summer from this cause is estimated a* 650,000 roubles. A curious instance of the realisation of a dream has occurred at a village at Warrington, Northamptonshire. J[An old woman named Hardstaff had been missing for a week, and streams and ponds had been dragged m search of her. A neighbor, how* ever dreamt several times m succession that the body was at the bottom of a certain well, and communicated this to a man named Spridgeon, who went down the well and found the body. It is sunnissed that the woman committed suicide.

In China a fowl can be tbUght for sixpence,, An ungrammatical Judge is apt to pass an incorrect sentence. Steam is a servant that sometimes blows up its master. Entries for the coursing meeting close to-night at nine ab the Somerset Hotel. A nugget of gold weighing 6dwt. has been found at Wilcannia, N.S.W. A Norwegian^ engineer has invented a machine which can pack 1,000 boxes of matches m a minute. jj It rains alike on the just and the uivjue.'' —on the just mainly because the unjust have borrowed their umbrellas. It appears from the financial statement of i the Illawarra Miners' Association, that the income from August, 1888, to April, 1889, was £3737. Over £3000 of this amount was expended m strike pay. Wellington flax shippers assert that the charges for storage, etc., are so high at Wellington that it will pay to send to Lyttelton and ship from there. This is a severe blow at the capital. Joseph A, Quihglington obtained £900 damages m an action brought against the Victorian Railway Commissioners. Plaintiff was injured m an accident at the North Melbourne Railway Station m May, 1889. , A quarryman named William Smith was, at the Central Police Court, Sydney, sentenced to four months' imprisonment for biting a piece of flesh out of the calf of Constable Killeen's leg. . An authority estimates that the influenza epidemic has cost the country two millions | sterling, one-half that sum having been paid by insurance companies and friendly societies, and the remainder representing loss of wages. The Customs authorities of Sydney de* clined to prosecute a Chinaman, who had 160 cigars m his possession, for 'smuggling, because if he were sent to gaol he would be left m the country, and at the same time would have escaped the payment of the £.100 poll-tax. Property m Collins street, Melbourne' having a frontage of 41 feet 7 inches, with a depth of 73 feet 8 inches to 76 feet, was submitted at auction on Wednesday, the 18th inst. The highest price offered was £1100 per foot. The property was withdrawn. A London paper of large circulation has the following standing advertisement:— " The cheapest and quickest way to obtain a divorce is through the • People's Cheap Divorce Agency. Costs payable by easy instalments. Offices, 50, Bedford Row, W.C." It is reported that one Irish banker m Boston m a single week of December prepared 4240 drafts, representing £10,760, for Christmaa remittances to Ireland. This doubtless is but a drop of the vast stream flowing to that country from the United States. Mr Mercier's paternal method of increasing the population of the Province of Quebec | Beoms to be meeting with some success. Fathers of families are, it is stated, hastening to take advantage of the Legislature's offer of 100 acres of land to each possessor of I eleven or more children. Claims are reported to be coming m every day. From one county alone coirfe claims from five heads of families, while from an adjoining county comes a claim from a father of fifteen children. From the "Northern Courier" we learn I that Joseph Mackay, formerly owner oiE the "Bruce Herald," and well-known m every newspaper office m the South Island, has been getting into trouble m a very simple way. He left the money for some sumnionses to be served, and when a young bailiff rode i by and told him only one was served, Mackay offered aim another Is. The bailiff refused to take it or anythig except the exact lOrl he wanted. Mackay got excited andjjcalled him "a brat," for which not very heinous offence he was actually fined by the intelligent magistrate £2 12s Bd, m default 14 days' imprisonment. Mackay felt the injustice so keenly that he elected to "take it out." There was quite a rush {says the Oamaru " Mail") of applicants for land at the Titnaru Land Office on Tuesday la-st. Persons of all sorts and sizes crowded the street (says our informant) awaiting nine o'clock, the hour when the doors were opened for the receipt of applications for unsurveyed land.. These persons, numbering about 50, got inside without overmuch ceremony afc the hour stipulated. We hope that their bread and butter does not depend upon their getting a slice of unsurveyed land on this occassion, for there is very little land available under that head. There will be much disappointment m connection with this sale; and it is pitiable to reflect that the same thing should occur at every land sale that is held m the colony. It is, of course, too early to say what has been the fate of the seekers after small grazing runs ; but it is said that there are 50 applicants for one run and 20 for another; and, if this be trite, as there are 14 small runs for disposal, the competition must indeed be terribly keen. It is probable that the ballot will be taken towards the close of next week at Christchurch, A country correspondent of a contemporary writes: —A few weeks ago I noticed iii your paper an article on,the treatment of cows during the winter months,'especially drawing attention to the necessity of keeping them warmly housed. Now many farmers have not the time to spare from their other work to properly attend to their milch cows —and I think it might be interesting to send you my experience. I keep only two cows, and finding after cold nights that the milk was always short m the morning, four years ago I had covers made and have used them ever since, and the cows, though m a bleak situation and only getting chaff besides what they can pick up, milk remarkably well and keep m splendid condition all through the winter. The covers are made of the same material as horse covers and do not cost more. Any one accustomed to make horse covers can make them. During four years' experience I have only had one cover come off once, and that time it must have caught m a fence. I strongly recommend those who are unable or unwilling to house their cows during the winter to try covering them, as the price of the cover was more than repaid m the first two months by the extra yield of milk and butter. The hand of death is causing quite a number of families m this district to mourn the loss of friends and relatives, although m some of the cases the deceased have not been resident here. The brothers Anderson, well-known farmers of Flemington and Greenstreet, buried their father a few days ago at Malvern. He was an old colonist, and his descendants now number 59, namely seven sons and daughters, forty-two grand children and ten great grandchildren, nearly all of whom are now residents of this county. The Rev Mr Tout, Presbyterian Minister of Sefton, lost his son m Ash'burton last week, the young man, who had come here an invalid, dying of fever. Mr James Corbitt, of Ashburton Forks, buried his wife on" Sunday afternopn m the Ashburton Cemetery, and almost afc the same time the funeral of Mrs Thomas Happer took place, her death occurring at Dunsandel but the burial being held here, «as her late husband, a farmer of Drornore, rests m this cemetery, his death having only taken place last September. On Monday the funeral of the youngest daughter 6f Mr William Baxter, C.E./ the engineer of the County Council, took place here, her death having, occurred at Jiakanui, near Oamaru,,on Friday, where she had been on a visit, ■with her mother, for her health's sake. Much sympathy is expressed for the bereaved parents. Hollo way's Ointment and Pills.— Rheumatism and rheumatic gout are the most dreaded of all diseases, because their victims know that they are safe at no season and at no age secure. Hollo-way's Ointment, after fomentation of the painful parts, gives freater relief than any other application; ut it must be diligently used to obtain this desirable result. It has been highly commended by rheumatic subjects of all ages and by both sexes for rendering their attacks less frequent and less vigorous, and for re? pressing the sour prespirations and soothing the nerves. In many cases Hollo way'a Ointment and Pills have proved the greatest blessings m removing rheumatism and rheumatic gout which has assailed persons pret vio.usly.and at the prime of life.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2455, 1 July 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2455, 1 July 1890

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