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Several deaths from diptheria are reported from Riverlon. It is rumoured that Sir Robert Stout will contest a Wellington seat at the next general election. 'I'he police have been instructed by the ! County Council to take action against the owners of unregestered dogs. The New Zealand and South Seas, Exhibition Concert Hall has been sold, for removal, for £350. The population of South Australia, like that of New Zealand, is suffering severely from the " exodus " blight. The first arbor day m Victoria was celebrated on .June '21st by planting 25,000 trees m country districts. An enterprising Yankee recently had the coolness to offer the Princess of Wales £1,000 for one hundred words m a magazine A half-caste boy was playing with a gun at Bourke, when it exploded. Two boys who were m a boat were struck, both being killed. The picture of "The Traitor," which attracted so much attention m the Dunedin Exhibition Art Gallery, is to be purchased for the National Gallery at Melbourne. The Paris papers continue to reproduce articles from the Lisbon papars declaring that their king is m the pay of " the English pirates." The directors of the Provincial Bank of Ireland have issued a new rule forbidding any officer m their service having a salary of less than £150 per annum to marry. A Swedish custom for procuring sleep is to take a napkin, dip it m ice cold water, wring ! it slightly, and lay it across the eyes. The plan works like ft charm. • j There is some talk, says the "London Sportsman," of the Australian cricket team's i captain, Mr W. L. Murdoch, remaining m | England when the rest of the team letwe for Australia during the autumn. Charles Dickens, the younger, wears spectacles, is getting bald, and works as hard as any other literary labourer m London ; m addition to editing "All the Year Round" he contributes largely to other periodicals. A laborer named Samuel Perry received severe injuries to the face, head, arms, and j hands on Saturday at Glenornaru. He j inadvertedly threw a lighted match into a quantity of powder lying on the ground. j Mamma : " Bobby, I noticed that your little sister took the smaller apple. Did you let her have her choice, as I told you to ?" Bobby : "Yes, I told her she could have the little one or none, and she chose the little one." A Western man, announcing the illness of the editor, piously adds, " All subscribers who have paid cash m advance are requested to mention him m their prayers. The others need not, as the prayers of the wicked avail nothing. " A proposal to appoint a committee to inquire into the causes which have produced such financial results to the New Plymouth Harbour Board, is being made by Mr Joyce, who also wishes the Committee to ascertain the extent of the colony's liability to the Board's bondholders. The unfortunate man Robert Cochrahc, who was burnt to death m his waggon at Mount Ida, was, it appears, attempting to get out when he was overwhelmed with the flames. The poor fellow was found hanging head downwards, the body being charred beyond recognition. In reference to the rat and mice plague m England, a farmer says the only way to keep mice and rats down is to stop the shooting of the owls and hawks. The rats have largely increased owing to the destruction and capture of stoats and weasels to send abroad to eat up the Australian rabbits. The local manager of Renter's Telegraph Agency at Wellington supplies the following :—■" The latest cable news received from London prior to the interruption of the cable communication states that Mr W. H. Smith had been raised to the Peerage, and that Lord Randolph ChurchilJ rejoins the Ministry, and assumes the position of leader of the House of Commons, this step being taken by the advice of Lord Hartington, who was asked but declined to take office,' 1 :

A test case of importance to subscribers to the now famous "Picturesque Atlas of Australia," kj; to be heard at the Dunedin Resident Magistrates Court m the course of this week. The Nelson people are getting a requisition numerously signed for presentation to Sir Julius Yogel, asking him to allow himself to be nominated for a seat m the next Parliament. A Blackall (Queensland) policeman arrested a local amateur actor for unlawfulfy wearing a policeman's imiform. The Bench dismissed the information, and expressed an opinion that the arresting constable had shown absence of discretion and wilful disregard of surrounding circumstances and public liberty. Adelina Patti, the diva of song, is a devoted disciple of Isaak Walton. There is very good fishing on her estate m Wales, and m the right season it is no unusual thing for Patti to be seen beating the water, attired m the neatest of bloomer costumes, for the greater convenience of getting about on the rough banks of the river. The members of the Canterbury Agricul- j tural and Pastoral Association have decided to recognise the services rendered by Mr J. J. Kihsey to Canterbury during the Exhibition season by inviting him to a complimentary luncheon on August 2nd, and presenting him with the Association's life member's ticket. At yesterday's meeting of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association, arrangements were made for the erection of a grand stand,, under which will be a booth, a dining room, and ladies' apartments. The money is to be raised m 100 debentures of £25 each, bearing interest at 7 per cent, and repayable m ten years. One of the great difficulties m dressing New Zealand flax or hemp is believed to have been overcome by Mr A. McLeod, of Auckland, who has invented and patented ai machine which will take off the red edge from the flax aa it goes into the dressing machine, and thus increase the market price from £2 to £5 per ton. With the view of preventing a continuance of what is known m the trade as the " tied " system, Mr R. H. J. Reeves m introducing a Licensing Ace Amendment Bill. The object of the measure is simply to provide that no occupier of a licensed house shall be bound to deal with any brewer, wine and spirit merchant, or other person who may be the owner or lessee of such premises. During church time on Sunday evening, Wrß Drinkwell's grocer's shop and dwellinghouse, Madras street, Christ-church, was entered through the window while the occupants were absent. The key of the safe was taken out of a drawer m the bedroom, the safe was opened, and £52 m notes, gold, and silver stolen. The thief went out by the back door, which was left open. Mr W. Terris, the actor, sued the proprietor and the publishers of the " Sunday Times," m the Queen's Bench on Friday, for damages for libel. The paper had published a statement that the plaintiffs reception m a New York threatre was "noticeably cool," whereas the plaintiff said he was recalled eight or nine times. The jury awarded the plaintiff £200. The Upper Wanganui district seems to be going ahead. On the opening days of the present month the Maungaporau block of 16,062 acres was sold to Mr W. J. Arundell, who contemplates reselling it for settlement, and the Matemateaonga, block of 12,490 acres, near Stratford, was sold to Messrs W. and S. Gower. It is anticipated that 200 men will be employed at bushfelling shortly between Wanganui and New Plymouth. A good-sized packet of letters written by Napoleon are shortly to be offered for sale, ana are particularly interesting from the fact that they are all holographs. It is a very rare occurence to find a letter by Napoleon m his own handwriting, his practice being to dictate his correspondence and then sign it with an undecipherable hieroglyphic which he unhesitatingly affirmed was his autograph. An important case under the Education Act Mras hoard m the Kaiapoi R.M. Court on Monday morning. R. William 0, although living nearer the main school, preferred sending his children to the Flaxton side school. The committee of the latter refused them admittance, so he sued the chairman for £50 damages, and the assertion of his right. Mr Whitefoord, R.M., gave judgment for plaintiff, for nominal damages and costs. | Richard Miller, an inmate of the Ashbnr ton Old Men's Homo, has forwarded a petition to Parliament praying for a money grant. Miller met with an accident two years ago at Kaikoura while employed by Government, whereby he lost his leg. A stone fell from a high cliff, striking Miller, and causing such injuries that his leg had to be amputated. Miller is well advanced m years, and arrived m the colony m 1853. Mr W. C. Walker, M.H.R. for Ashburton, has undertaken to lay the petition before the House. The weather of late {says the " Nelson Evening Mail" of Ist July) has been most unusual and altogether unseasonable, the result being that the puzzled plants and trees are conducting themselves m a most eccentric manner. On one tree m the wood there is a second crop of ripe cherry plums, m another part of the same locality a lilac is to be seen \ m full bloom, new potatoes have been displayed m the greengrocers' window, and on Monday we were shown a ripe raspberry. Never was so mild a winter known, and unless the frosts come, and that pretty soon, there will be a topsy-turviness about vegetation generally that will set all calculations at defiance, and, we fear, cause a large increase next year among the already too numerous blights. In the Kaiapoi Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday, the case of R. Williams v R. Wright was heard, deciding an important point under the Education Act. Plaintiff preferred to send his children to Flaxton side school, though he lived nearer the main school. They were refused admittance by order of the Committee. He sued the Chairman for £50 damages and for the assertion of his right. Mr Caleb Whitefoord, R.M., held that the plaintiff had a right under the Act to send his children to "a public school," and the Committee had erred m refusing them admittance. Judgment was given for plaintiff, with nominal damages and costs.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2467, 15 July 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2467, 15 July 1890

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