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Princess Beartrice of England is very portly, weighing 210 pounds. Mine. Patti sleeps with a silk handkerchief round her neck. She uses a very salty gargle of cool water every morning. Out of a piece of ground GOft by 51ft Robert Kirkwood, Kaitangata, has this year obtained 40 bags of carrots. The Auckland Railway Reform Leaguo has sent 30 additional sheets containing 778 signatures of a petition praying for the repeal of "The Railway Act 1887," and a trial of Vaile's stage system. The Rev. B. T. Hallowes, formerly Congregational minister at Timaru, haspresented to the congregation a six-roomed concrete house and a quarter-acre section. The property cost Mr Hallowes over £1100. Mr Justice Conolly states that he will always be inclined to withold the certificate of discharge of those who speculate m mines if there M ras any opposition to the application. He advised young men, instead of speculating to confine themselves to regular matters of business. Last week, by some unexplained means, a four-horse dray, driven by Kingsley Butler and loaded with coal, went over the side of the road on Britannia Hill, Macetown road, and slid ard fell a distance of over 150 ft into the river beloAV. Wonderful to say, the horses were uninjured and 5s will repair the damage to the dray. There are thirteen Boards of Education m the colony electing 117 members, 1012 1 school districts that elect 7084 householders as committeemen, thus showing that 7201 of New Zealand's population gratuitously give their services to the advancement of education. Otago heads the list with 206 school districts,

Doctors generally agree about bleeding their patients. The table upon which Oliver Cromwell signed the death warrant of Charles' I. was sold recently to a London antiquary for £142. A movement is on foot m Chriatchiireh to form a Penmen's Union, to include all classes of penmen, paid by salary or piecework, for copying or compilation. The members of the Christchurch Tailors' Union on Monday evening decided bo buy only the productions of boot factories working under union rulea. A, usurer at Aschersleben, Germany, has been sentenced to six months' imprisonment, 2000 marks fine, and five years' police surveillance for charging an army officer 180 per cent, interest on money loaned. " The World " points out that the new Marquis of Normanby, who is better known as the Bey. the Earl of Mulgrave, will be the first clerical marquis who has taken hia seat m the House of Lords* f is intended to reduce the , distance from which Supreme C6urt jurors may be summoned to the four centres from 20 to 10 miles, and to provide that jurors m civil cases shall receive 10s per day instead of 10s per case as at present. A private letter from a resident at Whakatane (Bay of Plenty) to a friend m Wellington contains the following interesting item of news :—" We had a lively time of it last night (the 10th), the anniversary of the great Tarawera eruption. Twenty-one shocks of earthquake, big and little, were felt, and m fact the ground appeared to be trembling continuously for over two hours, j It was very different to your one-horee Wellington earthquakes." The Paris correspondent of the "Age" 1 complains bitterly or the price of mutton m that city. Some of the supply comes from Algeria, but that country, it is said, barely succeeds m providing for the markets of Southern France. A good deal of mutton and lamb also apparently comes from Germany. Prices, however, are continually running up. This being so, one naturally wonders whether there is not something to be done with New Zealand frozen mutton m France. This is a point on which those interested m the trade would do well to make careful enquiries. t The Lyttelton Harbor Board. have approved the action of the Chairman m selling the dredging plant to Government for £12,000 for Westport Harbor Board. Delivery will be given up at the conclusion of the dredging operations now going on, not later than Oct. 15th. The Chairman at the Board's meeting yesterday reported that on June 26th with a rise of tide only 5 feet 4 inches, and a bit of sea on, the Coptic, drawing 26 feei 2 inches, left the wharf and proceeded to sea without the leaat difficulty or delay. Amongst those who welcomed Bishop Julius m a country district, at a recent meeting, was a Wesleyan Minister, who reminded the Bishop that the Wesleyan body is a daughter of the Mother Church —the Church of England. The Bishop m his reply said, he was quite aware of what Mr had said. The fact was, she was a daughter who had run away from her mother, but the doors were being kept open for her return ; and whenever she came back she would received a very affectionate welcome. It need hardly be remarked that if the mother had always been of this kindly frame of mind, her high-spirited daughter would probably n ver have run away. Dog owners were somewhat caught " on the hop" at the draw on Tuesday evening for the coursing meeting held yesterday. Mr R. Alexander, the local agent for the National Coursing Club of New Zealand, being present at the draw, tabled the following circular from the big club:—All dogs running at any meeting hold under the rules of the National Coursing Club of New Zealand must be registered m the "New Zealand Greyhound fjtud Book." Registration feo, 2s 6d each dog. Alljpuppies must be registered with the Secretary of the National Coursing Club of New Zealand within three months of dato of whelping. Registration fee, 2s 6d each litter. The result to the Club was something like a couple of pounds for registration fees, the year dating from July Ist. The " Napier Telegraph " of a recent date says ; —The worst of having a lot of needy, or comparatively needy, men m Parliament is that it can never be.told what they may do. Under cover of the expression of the most lofty principles of patriotism and honor, they will rob the country on the one hand, and on the other shirk the work they are paid to complete. It is greed of pay that probably animates these people more than patriotism, and is why the electors shonld beware of all poor men offering themselves as candidates for Parliament. As a rule they canuot be trusted ; they can mostly be bought; and very likely they are only sordid knaves trying to live by playing on the ignorance and, prejudices of the people. If an impecunious man offers himself for any Hawke's Bay constituency it is to be hoped his candidature will be regarded as an insult, and treated as such." This is severe on the "poor men" who have been and are at present members of the New Zealand Parliament ; but the contention loses its force when the bald fact is stated that all or nearly all the "poor men " who have taken part m New Zealand politics remain impecunious to the present day, while the class to whose tender mercies the " Telegraph " would hand over the colony have added acre to acre until there are no acres left for the poor man to settle upon. Contentiousness and highsouled honor is not the exclusive characteristic of Mr Broadacres any more than it is the exclusive characteristic of Mr Noacres, and Mr Wiseacres of the "Napier Telegraph" probably knows this as well as most other people. The question for the electors to deal with is not whether a candidate has a fat or a lean purse, but whether he is sufficiently well-informed and honest to assist m the conduct of the public business. A man's financial position m the world is not always a sure guide to his sterling merit, but is frequently the reverse.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2457, 3 July 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2457, 3 July 1890

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