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Mr H. B. Vogel, the eldest son of Sir Julius Vogel, has been admitted as a barrister at Wellington. The well-known London preacher and author, the Rev. Mark (!uy Pearce, iutends to leave on a visit to Australia and New Zealand in January. A resident of Mount Gambier has offered o the South Australian Government, for a reward not under £40,000, a method of exterminating rabbits. For £10 he will undertake, within seven days, to clear 320 acres, no matter how thick the rabbits are. The specific is not a contagious disease. Evangelistic services will be conducted in the Primitive Methodist Churchs next Sunday and during the following week by Mrs Wright, of Wellington. Mrs Wright has been most successful in many of her missions in other places, and as she sings as well as preaches the gospel her services are yiade very attractive. Says the Scotsman :—ln spite of all that has been said, recent statistics prove that Ireland is the most temperate country of the three kingdoms. For every head of its population Ireland consumes less than half the quantity of alcohol that is consumed in England, and somewhat, more, than half oi what is consumed in Scotland. The local Post Office authorities inform us that the steamer Adelaide has been chartered to leave Port Darwin for Banjoewangi about 11 a.m to-morrow, with cablegrams for Europe, etc. To insure cables being forwarded by the steamer they should be lodged at New Zealand Offices not later than Ba.m to-morrow. In England, out of 12,000 certificated masters in elementary schools last year, 9000 received more than £100 a year, 1500 between £200 and £400. Many have residences provided. Of 16,000 certificated ladies 4000 teceived £100. Still there are many receiving very small sums ; 28,000 receive leas than £100 a year ; 18,000 less than £70 a year, and 13,000 about £50 a year. Mr Kerr recently gave the House a chapter out of the early history of Taranaki and asserted that the first loan that province ever raised they borrowed from him— £3000. In reply to anxious enquiries as to whether he ever got the money back, Mr Kerr assured the House that he did, though he refused the security they originally offered him, which was the town of Waitara. The Duke of Argyle has been seriously dealt with by the Scotch Crofter Commission. His rents in the islands of Mull and lona, having been brought ibefore the commission, they have been reduced—in Mull by an average of 39 per cent., and in lona by 27A- per cent. In the one ease the arrears of rent were wiped out to the tune of 63 per cent., and in lona 70 per cent, of arrears were cancelled. In the Westmir.isterCounty Court, London & doctor sued a professional ex-pngiliso for fche amount of his fees, and in the course of ©vidence mentioned that the defendant's two sons " earned £1000 or more a-year " by exhibitions of boxing. The father also, according to his medical adviser, was rolling in money, the result of past triumphs with the gloves, and on one occassion had enjoyed the distinction of sparring before the Shah of Persia. The late Sultan of Zanzibar imagined that he was a greater personage than any other en this earth, and the only man not born to die. Ha was so sure of this that he had his plans laid for 2000 years ahead. When he found that he was going to die he was so cut up about it that he hastened his end by many days, and to get even with something or somebody, he had six of his court physicians beheaded. A Belgian chemist has discovered a means for rendering texture, no matter how deli- i cate in fabric or color, proof against the ravages of decay. The wonderful state of preservation which the headbands of Egyptian mummies exhibit is due to their having been impregnated with a kind of rosin. This led the invento rto make certain experiments with the substance extracted from birch bark, to which the peculiar aroma of Russian leather is due, and he found that the green tay, whjeh was left over after the oil used in tanning had been extracted from the white bark of the birch tree, yields noither acid nor alknliod, and that in solution with alcohol it.forms a liquid of remarkable fluidity with the power of resisting, when once dried, even the action of alcohol, Mr Hutchison, chaffiing Mr Hislop the other day in the House said : —" We have, so, far, forgotten to congratulate the honourable member for Oamaru on the distinction which has been conferred on him in being enrolled in the Legion of Honour—a dtstinction which, cqniing from the Republic of France, mast be peculiarly aootsptablp t 0 any honourable gentleniau 'in this House. Of course that order is not so. select as some •rders i« the gift of Her Majesty. There are only twenty-three or twenty-four thousand gentlemen enrolled in the Legion of Honour, and it has been extended, I understand, to manufacturers of peculiar brands of mustard and of cod-Uvw c\ii, Nevertheless, the distinct^u. Is one we ought all to recognise asd to. congratula'* any member ot the House on attaining."

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2466, 14 July 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2466, 14 July 1890