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The profits of the Broken Hill Proprietory mine for the past half year amounted to £514,000, and dividends amounting to £464,000 have been paid for that period. For the Christchurch Poultry Show, to be held on Wednesday and Thursday next, SSO entries have been' received as against 760 entries for 1889. The increase m entries is most marked m Brahmas, Leghorns, Minoicas, Wyandottes, and Langshans. A strongly worded protest against the wrangling and waste of public time now going on m the House of Representatives, signed by 15 ov 20 of the leading citizens of Duncdiu, and addressed to the four sitting members at Wellington was forwarded by telegraph on Friday afternoon. , At Caulfieltl recently four young men were proceeded against for cruelty to a cat. The accused weie seen to catch the cat, and afterkickhig it from one to another, just as though it were a football, they placed it on the ground and stoned it to death. Three j of them were fined £5 each, and the other ' 50s or fourteenjdays' imprisonment, '

The Auckland " Herald "strongly deprecates touching the salaries of the postal and telegraphic hands, many of whom do not get laborers' wages. The Wheatland "Four Corners" avers that a certain Grass Valley man has slept with a clog in his bed every night for the last 20 years. He claims that a dog in bed with a person will draw the rheumatism out of the person into its own body. He says he has used up three dogs in that period, they having become prostrated with the disease contracted from his chronic affliction. The New Zealand Alliance for the Prohibition of the Liquor Traffic has prepared a leaflet, whereon a diagram, printed in colours, gives the amounts spent by the people of New Zealand in 1889 in intoxicating drinks and other articles in general use in the country, as shown by the figures complied by Mr C. M. Gray. A tall black column, bearing white figures, tells that £1,996,286 was spent in hitoxicating drinks. Shorter columns in red, blue, and brown show the expenditure on other . articles to ha*re been:—Beef, mutton, pork, etc., £1,428,816.;. bread and flour, £1,395,716; boots and shoes, £728,200; tea, coffee and cocoa, £422,025; primary education, £377,538 ; and imported books, £173,775. I An episode pourtraying one of the strongest arguments used in defence of football as a pastime occured recently. A young man connected with a Dnnedin club was informed by his father*that in addition to the stereotyped objection hitherto raised relative to dangerous accidents, etc,, he had discovered another of almost equal importance. He explained that the Saturday match was an excuse for shirking sundry duties which would otherwise be performed in house and garden, and he decided that in future (match or no match) a certain proportion of work must be done, and for the following Saturday a portion of the garden was marked for digging. The result of this decision was that the youth informed his club committee of his inability to play that week, and he explained the reason. On Saturday morning however, there was 12 spades at work on the alloted job, and in a very short time^ all excuse for not attending the match was removed. i The Waipu correspondent of the Auckland "Herald" writes: —Mr M. W. ->?M'Kenzie a few days ago lost a valuable horse through the animal eating the twigs of the pines. The horse for a day previous was in an enclosure around the house, and was in the habit of hipping at the pines, no one taking any notice or being aware any harm would come to him, till the horse sickened and died. He was opened to ascertain the cause of death, when his stomach was found crammed with the pines, the'sharp' prickly twigs of the pines penetrating in hundreds through the intestines. Horse 3 have a relish for nibbling at young pines, and settlers cannot be too careful in preventing their horses from indulging in such dangerous' liking.' Another settler, throe months ago, lost another horse through the same cause, it is '.believed now, though not thought of at the time. The review of the Australian butter trade with Great Britain, published by the "Melbourne Leader," contains matter of deep practical import alike to producers and exporters. Mr Wilson, the Government dairy expert, long ago expressed something more than a doubt regarding the expediency of freezing butter on the voyage, and the opinion he then gave in favor of keeping the temperature a little above the freezing point is fully justified by the statements now published by Messrs Trengrove and Co., of London 1:—" When frozen (they say) butter appears to lose its keeping qualities very quickly after exposure in shops, and, indeed, before the packages have been opened, notwithstanding that they hare heen kept in cool warehouses upon-this side, the trouble being considerably aggravated by such phenomenal mildness as we have experienced here during this year." Then, again, second qualities should never be exported; only the finest grades manufactured upon the factory system,-as except in, seasons of great scarcity inferior qualities are nearly sure to result in loss. • ' The other day (says an exchange) the railway department of Victoria advertised for 641 men. The prosperous colony replied promptly with eleven thousand applications. For the 130 porter-ships there marched a battalion of 1186 strong; for the 150 repairers of way there came a regiment of 1885 effective men. Forty engine cleaners were wanted, and lo ! aligned before the windows of the astonished Commissioners was a whole brigade numbering 3768. Two hundred and seventeen artisans rushed for the 12 enginefitters' places two hundred and nineteen tried to fit into the space reserved for 12 engine-blacksmiths; a solid array of 980 carpenters and joiners came to do battle for 30places; 396 labourers fought for2s; 629 genteel young men for 12 junior clerkships ; and many hundred more for the other posts all duly advertised. The overwhelming tide carried the railway department away in its swirling current i it was not till a special staff was put on to classify the applicants that, order was restored and breathing time gained. In Victoria the law is to ballot the applicants in those cases down to three times the number of vacancies, to submit the result to examination, aticl then to make the appointments after another ballot, inscribing the failures on the list of those who wait for vacancies. A Sydney paper says : But a few fleeting moments—loo,ooo years—and our beautiful harbour will form part of the Palar ice cap, and blocks, with water frontages and latest modern improvements, will be as valueless as a new chum's testimonials. We are indebted for this information to Mr Egeson, of prophetic fame. He has been lecturing, his subject being entitled "Through Air into Space." It seems that a'wave of frigidity will ultimately assert itself, turning Sydney harbour into a solid lump of ice cream at the end of the few years before named ; and working onwards, till another 100,000 years have elapsed, the tropics will be suitable places for preserving frozen mutton. This frightful coolness will extend right up to the Equator, and anyone who happens to be about at the time will gain Kingdom come with extraordinary rapidity. It will be so cold that existence will be impossible for anyone, and the world will go out in a general frost. It has been a decided " frost" to thousands of people already. Mr Egeson then' had something to say about the moon, and everyone will be gratified to learn that it is " cooling off, and the gases are liquefying." Mr Egeson was unable to say whether Parliament would nndergo the same interest- j ing metamorphosis ; indeed he has not even asked the question. .' . , Holloways " Ointment and Pills.— These remedies are unequalled throughout the world for bad legs, wounds, foul sores, bad breasts, and ulcers. Uusecl according to directions given with them there is no wound, bad leg, or ulsers sore, however obstinate or long standing, but will yield to their healing and curative properties. Many poor sufferers who have been patients in the large hospitals under the care of eminent surgeons, and have derived little or no benefit from their treatment, have been thoroughly cured by Holloway's Ointment and Pills. For glandular swellinge, tumours, piles, and diseases of the skin there is nothing that can be used with so much benefit. In fact, in the worst forms of disease, dependent upon the condition of the blood, these medicines, used conjointly, are irresistible.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2466, 14 July 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2466, 14 July 1890

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