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We would remind sheep owners who have not sent m the returns of their stock that the omission must be rectified at once. ,The question of protection of the coal industry m to be again revived by the indefatigable Mr R. Reeves, who intends to move 1 —" That it is desirable m the interests of the coal mining industry of the colony that an import duty should be imposed on all coals imported into the colony." Mr LLarnach is urging the Government to place a sufficient sum on the Snppfementary Estimates to arrange for news of importance from this colony being transmitted daily by telegraph to all the colonies ofjAustralia, also to Tasmania, m order to create a more active interest m those colonies m the colony of New Zealand. Our Parliamentary correspondent telegraphs that a "row"was expected m the House yesterday re Mr Hutchison's charges of Ministerial relations with the Bank of New Zealand. The Hon. Mr Mitchelson insists that Mr Hutchison shall prove 3 his accusations, or retract. The Opposition insists upon the appointment of a Committee to investigate and report. From some considerable time past the Chertsey Domain Board has been m a somewhat crippled condition, owing principally to the fact that the regular number of members has been gradually reduced by departures from the district and other causes. Recently, however, the proper steps were taken to have the proper number of members added to the Board,;and at a meeting held tit Chertsey on the evening of July Bth, the remaining original members Messrs Wilkinson, McDonald, and Downie were supplemented by the addition of Messrs P. Doig, R. Campbell, James Stringfellow, and P. Murphy as members of. the Board. Mr R. McDonald was elected chairman, and Mr Downie was appointed to sign cheques m conjunction with him. Itwas resolved that a plantation be made all round the Domain, and that it be re-fenced again inside, and re-let for depasturing stock for a period of twelve months. The Board is m a good condition financially, having a credit balance of £34 9» 3d. Hoixoways Ointment and Pills--Rheumatism and Gout—These purifying and soothing remedies demand the earnest attention of all persons liable, to gout; sciatica, or other painful affectioiul of the muscles, nerves or joints. The Ointment should be applied after the affe'eted parts have been patiently fomented with warm | water, upon the adjacent skin, unless the friction should cause pain. Holloway's Pills should be simultaneously taken to reduce inflammation and to,purijty the blood. This testtnent abates the violence, and lessens the frequency of gout, rheumatism, and all ' spasmodic diseases, which spring from hereditaiy predisposition, or from any accidental weakness of constitution,. This i Ointment checks the local mischief The fills restore the vital powers.

Thi motto of the N.Z. Railway Review is " Tojbserve, to reflect, and then to speak." In ioiorado/in case of debt the law allows 45 pe] eeut. of a man's wages till the bill is paid.: ThiOtago Harbour Board has decided to -r enetftheir efforts to restrain the discharge by mtiicipalities of sewage into the harbour. It iirwaid in Paris that Mra Maekay (o* Bonaea silver fame) owns the finest jewels in thgworldj Wbtebait have already made their appearaice in the Avon, at Christchurch, whiclis the eai'liest appearance the oldest inhabitant can remember. Lovjrs of the game of draughts are requesttl to attend a meeting this evening in Mrs learson's room, Triangle, at 7.30 to form I Draughts Club if possible. Thd 1 Wairarapa Daily " thinks a Farmer's Union not for any particular district, but forth Colony as a whole, and for every subdiision of it, is more necessary at the preseit time than any other form of cooperaion. Th amount subscribed and collected on behaJ of Mrs Chemis and children has been handd to her, and amounted to £60 15s 6d. Her husband was charged with the Kaiwarri murder, but it could not be proved. Gerge Printz applied to the Southland Land Board for a refund of deposit paid by him <n application for 28 acres of land, the samehaving been made under a misappreliensin, when the chairman explained that Mr Pintz being a very wealthy man did not know the boundaries of his property, and had ipplied for an area which afterwards provd to be his own land. Tb Railway Commissioners state in their anmil report that it is their intention to go on gadualry changing rates in favour of the user! of the railway, though to give effect to all tie demajids for reductions would absorb aboit £200,000 of the revenue. The'claims of enployes are also extensive, so that all denands could not be met unless Parliv meh*aeea its way to provide specially for thesepurposes. j Tht " Statist" says the Victorian railway propeals are a fitting sequel to the glaring finaniial blunders which have earned for that colmy an unenviable notoriety, and it is absuri to suppose that by extension alone, it wil ensure profitable development. The error the " Statist" considers, is to spend the sim of thirty millions without attracting immigrants. : j Th> girl Leta Meurant, aged 16, who committd suicide at Dargarille (Auckland) it transpired at the inquest, was always considertd to be a very intelligent and cheerful girl, nit was a great reader of novels and sensational tales, and the parents considered that iier mind might have become turned from reading these. The jury returned a verdfct "That the deceased took a dose of ' roujh on rats' while in a state of temporary insanity caused by reading sensational literature.* • Tie " Tuapeka Times " states that a bailiff left Lawrence last Saturday to seize the week's wash-up of gold at 'the Blue Spur Company's claim forinterest to two companies on the purchase money. The manager, learning tiiere was something in the wind, washed up earlier in the day than usual, and had the pleasure, while on his way to the bank with the precious metal, of meeting the bailiff on his •way to the claim. At Auckland on Monday night at halfpast ten, as Mr Ah Chee, restaurant-keeper, Queen street, near the Union Bank, waß going home to his private residence, near his market gnrdens at the Domain, he was set on by a man, who caught him from behitid, throttled him, and then attempted to search his pockets, Ah Chee had £30 in his pockets, and made a, desperate resistance, getting at last successfully away. Information was given to the police, and the man was arrested and taken to the lock-up, where he was subsepueutly identified by Ah Chee as his assailant. Frewin (the name of the man) was sentenced some years ago, it is stated, to five year's imprisonment in Mount Eden Gaol for breaking and entering, and had only recently been released from gaol. The following extract from an English publication refers to a lady who at one.time occupied the position of Matron of the Wellington Hospital: —"Miss Kate Marsden, one of the five English ' sisters who went to Bulgaria to attend to the Russian sick and wounded in the campaign of 1878, has been received by the Russian Empress at Gatschina with much gracious amiability, and lias been awarded the insignia of the Russian Red Cross. Miss Marsden has also received the Imperial permission to visit all the hospitals in the Empire, and she intends making a tour in order to see such lepers as are to be found in a country where leprasy, although known to be ,very prevalent, by one or two specialists, has hitherto been almost totally ignored by the authorities, and has not yet been properly investigated or subjected to any organised method of treatment., Therefore Miss Marsden's more or less accidental creation of an official interest. in leprosy in Russia may lead to important results." On Friday, July 18th, the undermentioned lands will be offered for sale at the Timaru Land Office :—License for 7i months of runs 41 to 54, part of the old Waimate and Station Peak Runs ; several small grazing, runs, Station Peak (lease for 21 years); eight runs from 1000 to 3862 acres (upset annual rentals Is per acre); balance of Educational Reserve No. 1574, Hakateramea, areas from 14 to 870 acres (upset rentals from 6d to Is 6d per acre, tenure for seven years, with right of purchase). On and after Tuesday, August sth, 2256 acres will be open for application at the same office, under the conditions of the Land Act Amendment Act, 1887, at Station Peak and Clarkesville (from 10s to £2 Jter acre). A large proportion of the*land to' bex>ffered was withheld from the Canterbury run sale last year, and in many instances comprises first-class agricultural and pastoral land. Shortly before six o'clcock on Thursday evening an impudent robbery took place in East street, Ashburton. A man, coming along the street in question, observed a pile of tweeds standing at the doorway of the localbranch of the New Zealand Clothing Factory, and deliberately seizing a" piece of the material, made off with it down the street. Some boys, who witnessed the act, ran after the thief, but Avere unable to overtake him, and returned and informed Mr Webber (the manager) of the occurrence. Mr Webber ■ promptly went after the man in the direction pointed out, but failing to discover his whereabouts, or to recover the stolen article, informed the police of the occurrence. The boys gave a description df the man, and Constable Fitzgerald succeeded in arresting him in the Arcade a few hours later, and recovered the tweed, which is valued at 40s. The man, who gave the name of John Wood, appeared to be quite home at the shop-lifting business, as immediately after stealing the piece of tweed he pulled a piece of board from between the folds, threw it away, and hid the tweed under his coat as he hurried away from the shop door. Wood, who fs well known to the police, was charged with the offence at the, Magistrate's Court yesterday morning, and was sentenced to six months' imprisonment. The punishment included sentences for stealing', on a prior date, from the shop of W. Sparrow, an overcoat, value £3, and a pair of trousers from Mr Collier's shop, When the man's SA'ag was searched all these things were found in it, ac well as a lot of calico bags— samples — with the merchants' sizes and quotations written on the tickets, which had not been removed. The bags are" of the sort used for flour, rice, and goods of alike nature, and have probably been lifted from a wholesale establishment or a printing office in which bags of this kind are printed with the retailer's name. We wish to call the attention of our readers to the sale of trees by Mr T. Bullock,at Mr J. Thomas' nursery, North belt, on Monday next. The apple trees are proved good Borts, as Mr Thomas has over 200 varities in his orchard, bint his experience has made him confine his nursery stock to about 50 of these, they being found most suitable for the district for bearing properties, quality, and value as a crop. Some of these are blight proof both roots and branches, and some are long keepers and suitable for export, viz.—Lord Wolseley; Stone, Golden, Stunner, and Allonsbury pippins ; Scarlet, Nonpariel, Majstin, and many others, both early and late varieties for kitchen and dessert use. A number of specimen fruits from this orchard were exhibited this season in Mr Page's windows and much admired, for their color, m and symmetry.—(kdVt.) " '

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2465, 12 July 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2465, 12 July 1890

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