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There are just under 9000 bands m the, Salvation Army. A ship captain who struck the man at the wheel was fined £5 at Port Adelaide. Arthur Wood, who proposes to swim Niagara, is an Australian swimmer. It is rumoured that the selling price of coal at Newcastle is to be reduced by 2s per ton. The Chinese throughout the colonies have increased from 43,706 m 1881, to 47,433 at the present time. It is repotted that the employees of the various banks m the colony are combining to form a union to secure higher wages. The attention of Members of the Helpmate Division No. 16 Sons of Temperance is directed to an important notice elsewhere. At the present time a penny on the income tax yields £2,200,01)0, as compared with £300,000 which Sir Robert Peel estimated m 1844, The Muscovite authorities have issued yet another batch of passport regulations. One of the most important of these renders it obligatory on every foreigner entering Russia to have his photograph attached to his passport. The employers m Ashburton are invited to attend a meeting m the Arcade Chambers on Monday night, to consider tiie half-holiday question, ami alto arrange for uniformity m regard to closing their business places on other holidays. We hear (says the " Wanganui Herald") that m consequence of the lack of bush men m the district, two owners of land who have work for about 150 men, have sent to Auckland witli a view to importing as many as they can get. The Hawera Star hears on good authority that the post viuvttm examination of the body of tliu Maori woman which was exhumed by the police m the Upper Waitotara district, disclosed distinct signs of violence, which are believed to have been the cause of death. Rev. S. R. Long, a Methodist missionary m Burmah, is m I'ittsburg raising money to buy a printing press, lie says Ingersoll's works have been translated into Burmese, and the Brahmin priests are using them to show the people that Christianity is a fraud. Mr Long wants to print the Bible m Burmese as an antidote. The " Tuapeka Times " states that a man named Dudlield, charged with robbing a tail-race at Tuapeka Flat, was on Monday sentenced to six months' imprisonment m Dunedin gaol. The charge was sheeted home to him by comparing the bootprints found at the sluice-box with the boots worn by the prisoner at the time of his arrest. A French genius now comes forward with an invention which knocks the smokeless powder into the shade. It is a smoke bomb which is capable of creating vast clouds of smoke, and can be fired into the ranks of an enemy who uses the smokeless powder, obscuring his view, and placing him at the same disadvantage as if he used the oldfashioned powder. The "Scotsman" says:—Much money is going this year from the Highlands to colonial banks for investment, the Australian banks being specially m favor. . The land agitation has forced proprietors to cease expending capital on their estates, and tiie money which otherwise would have been laid out on improvements they are now compelled to send abroad m search of more profitable and secure investments. A number of wealthy French Jews wish to buy the Vatican copy of the Hebrew Bible from the Pope for £40,000. The Venetian Jews offered half that sum for it to Julius 11. I fancy (writes the Paris correspondent of the "Daily News") that his Holiness could not legally sell it, as he has only a life estate m the Vatican and its wealth of rare book", pictures, and furniture. Tasmania will probably require' aboui 500,000 apple cases next season, which at preseut prices will mean about £20,000 Avorth. News lias been received m Hobart that a leading London firm are willing to put on a refrigerating steamer next year to carry 50,000 or (50,000 cases of fruit at 3s per case to London. They will require a guarantee to be givtjn to their Hqbart agents that the quantity named will be shipped, A very pretty piece of solid gold was found at Little Chinaman's, about three miles east of Dunolly, recently, by an old digger, a native of Switzerland. The nugget, which weighs 470z 6dwt, was discovered m old a round, about 14ft below the surface ; and fts discoverer was working within a foot of the precious lump more than twenty years , ago. The locality has been famous for its nuggets, of which over .r>Qoqz were found by one man m this gully some years ago. Hector Nicholson has attended tlje Clareviiie (Wellington) school for the past 7 years without missing a single school day, aiid a girl named Eleanor Jones hail only been absent half a day during the 8 years she had been going to the Pahautanui school. The girl's case is an especially deserving one, she having to walk over throe miles to school, and this over hills and paddocks. The )wf liyed o»4y a short distance from the school, and had v, goqd road all the way. The Minister of Public Instruction at Berlin has issued a circular to the directors of high schools drawing attention t:i the number of suicides among scholars, and urging them to seek for means to put a stop \ t(/ihe morbid inclinations of these youths. ' The Minister recommends teachers to be as jenicijt as'possible with backward boys, and '■ says tliHtisoysshwldnulf'OComptlWuijt'idy if they are not fit for it. The circular adds that teachers and parents should co-operate i m. the education of the boys,

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2459, 5 July 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2459, 5 July 1890