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It seems that a band contest, on a more extensh c scale than the Exhibition one, is to take place in Dunedin next January. The number of men employed in the New Zealand police force on the 31st March of the present year was 494 of all grades. Mr David Christie Murray, novelist and journalist, has resolved to adopt the stage as a profession. jj| SomeJJ difficulty is likely to a rise in the clothing factories of Adelaide through the employees demanding higher wages. , The lambing in the Grenfell district, N.S.W., has been highly satisfactory, the yield having been over 90 per cent, on many of the surrounding squattages. The Victorian Minister for Public Works emphatically refused to find work for the unemployed, saying it was no part of the State's duty to do so. English papers mention the death of an infant due to poison odors from a kerosene lamp kept burning all night with the wick turned down —a dangerous practice, A writer in the American Agriculturist of June 11,890, signing himself Edward Liffiton, speaks of New Zealand in the highest terms as a field for agriculturists. For^the half-year ending June 30, 907,589 tons of coal, valued at £471,370, were shipped from Newcastle, N.S.W., as against over 1,000,0C0 tons for the first six months of 1889. Literary curiosities are not; fetching high prices just now in the London market. Bat John Burns has been offered £20 for the old straw hat he wore during tiie great dock ptrike. Miss Gebbie, proprietress of the Shamrock Hotel, Dunedin, has been created a life member of the New Zealand Rifle Association, in recognition of her donation of £50 to tha funds. The " Rangitikei Advocate " learns that a flaxmiller in the district, who has recently had some bales of flax condemmed, as a warning to others, as well as a means of stopping careless work at the mill on the part of those engaged there, has discharged the whole gang. The mains are now being laid in the streats of Gore for the lighting of the the town by means of Watt's gas, which is to be made from fat and water. The experiments are declared to have been most satisfactory, and Mr Watt claims to be able to produce a high quality of gas at a cheap rate. At a meeting at Duntroon on Saturday it was decided to petition the minister of Lands to throw open for settlement the Ben Lomond and Maerewhenna runs, Nos. 17,300, and 301. Out of some 55,000 acres it is estimated 86000 acres are suitable for agricultural areas, and the balance for pastoral runs of from 2600 to 6000 acres. Young Paris mashers are now said to wear coloured shirts—pink, blue, or red—in the evening. They are displayed with the regular low cut evening waistcoat, and to leighten the contrast they are fastened by laage jet studs. The demand for such shirts is already so great that they cannot be made fast enough. The young Prince of Naples introduced the fashion. One of our Wellington contemporaries is responsible for the following:—An elderly lady in the ladies' gallery, on the evening that Mr Ballance formulated his indictment against the Ministry, was overheardsaying to a companion : " Do I understand that is the Leader of the Opposition, and that he is attacking the Government!" Being answered in the affimative, she ejaculated : '' Bless me ! He's taking it very easy ! You should just hear me when I'm going for my old man j"

The stock report was presented to Parliament on Tuesday evening. The Inspector states that stock are remarkably free from disease, and the wool clip is the best for years. There is a large increase in sheep in spite of the number frozen and boiled down. In the Legislative Council on Tuesday a petition was presented praying for the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Act. The Educational Reserves Leasing Bill was read a third time; the Children's Protection Bill passed through Committee; and the Industrial Schools Act Amendment Bill was further considered and amended. The "Electrical Review," N.Y., prophesies that in another few years there will not be a horse car in active service in any of the cities'of the United States. It is estimated that anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 horses now in use will be thrown upon the market. The advance of electricity will, the " Review " adds, have a beneficial effect, in that it will create a demand for higher grade horses at better prices. Baron Hirsch, the well-known Hebrew philanthropist of Paris, has arranged to contribure £54,000 annually in monthly instalments of £2000, as long as he lives, and at his death leave a sufficient sum to produce the same amount in perpetuity, for the education and relief of Hebrew emigrants from Europe—chiefly Russia—to America. 'In the Canterbury Rabbit Report just presented the Inspector states that the dry weather possibly increased the rabbits, especially in South Canterbury, outside the J fence, but the fence continues to prove an effectual barrier to travelling rabbits, and it is believed none have passed it. The Hurunui fence is also effectual, except that some got through at the Clarence end. The Southland County Council has succeeded in obtaining convictions and fines of 5s and costs, averaging 30s, against a number of settlers for breaches of the bye-laws as to width of tires on two-wheeled vehicles. One case was dismissed on the contention of the defendant's counsel that the complaint in reference to the load carried was based on measurement, whereas the bye-laws contemplated the regulation, not of bulk, but of weight of load, and that only in case of complainant's proving want of means to ascertain the weight of the load could the section with regard to measurement be applied. At the first bull fight given in Paris on a recent Sunday the receipts at the doors amounted to nearly £3000! Notwithstanding the prohibition of killing the bulls, and the various precautionary measures prescribed by the authorities, one magnificent horse was disembowelled in the course of the proceedings, presenting, as he was dragged round the floor of the building, a most hideous and revolting spectacle, which, while affecting a portion of the audience so painfully that they rushed from the place, stimulated the cruel instincts of the others to a fury of excitement that found vent in a storm of admiring acclamation. Some time ago it was reported in Australia that Mr Carnegie, the American millionaire ironmaster, was crushing his workmen, whereupon Mr David Proudfoot, who is an Admirer of Mr Carnegie, communicated with him. He has received a reply, in which Mr Carnegie says :—" In regard to crushing our workmen, it is scarcely worth while to notice partisan attacks. So far from having reduced their pay recently the sliding scale under which our men work has increased their wages 26J9-10 per cent. They are paid every month upon the basis of the market prices of the product, which is the only way in which labour can obtain justice. No large body of men in the world make as high wages as ours." Mr Proudfoot has also received intimation that Mr Carnegie will soon visit Australia, which he designates as the " coming republic." Mr William O'BrieD, M.P., is to have an income of £1000 a year settled on him for life by his bride's father. The rest of the young lady's money—about £3000 a year—is to be settled on trustees for her benefit, without power of anticipation. Mr Raffalovitch, who dislikes his son-in-law's politics, has only made one stipulation in consenting to the match—that is that the latter is to keep out of gaol for the future. The mother and daughter have taken a first-floor flat at the Alexandra Hotel, and are to entertain the Gladstonians largely during the next three weeks. In the perennial difficulty of knowing what to do with one's sons many parents with smart boys are seriously considering the advisability of ".apprenticing them to a patriot. The "Wellington Times" says:—lf we cannot get suitable immigration to this colony, why not offer a premium to large families among the colonists, with die added facilities of placing the off-spring upon the lands ? There are numbers of honest and respectable couples who have raised hostages to fortune, or—as the late Mr Fillet, M.H;R., used to say—have performed the heroic work of colonisation, and whose greatest problem at the present time is what to do with their sturdy sons and daughters since the channels of occupation in the towns are becoming year by year more obstructed, and the chances of procuring land for them on suitable conditions are, under the circumstances, too much those of the State lottery to inspire confidence. Whatever the Legislature of the present day may think of the matter, it will have to come to free grants of land for settlement before very long. The " Oamaru Mail ' of Saturday says :— " Complaint was made to us to-day by one of our most successful and respected settlers that the local Press fail to record some of the best sales of grain made by farmers, and that sales are sometimes made at fully 3d per bushel above the price quoted by the papers. We need hardly point out that the fault of such good prices not being recorded by us is entirely due to the farmer who sells the grain. We some time ago requested farmers when selling their grain to inform us of the price received, that the true value of grain might be made public for the benefit of other fanners, but, with one exception, no notice was taken of our appeal. How is it possible for us to become acquainted with the fact that a seller gets a good price for his wheat unless he informs ua? There is little chance of the merchant doing so, for while he might give 2d or 3d per bushel above the quotations supplied to the papers for one or two lots, he is the last person to publish the fact, knowing the result would be to put up prices at once to his own loss. What we should suggest is that farmers should on selling supply the (Secretary to the Farmers' Club with the particulars of the transaction, and also leave a sample of the grain with Mr Church. Each sample could be numbered and an entry made of prices, etc., in a book I of reference, which would obviate the necessity of names being given. The Press should be allowed access to this record, and the sales, without the names of the sellers, published. We commend this to the Farmers' Club for consideration." We clip the following important testimonial from the '' Illawarra Mercury " (N. S. W.) of the 30th March. It needs no comment:— ' ■ Mr John Loveday, of the Bulli Mountain, writes to us that after suffering for four years with acute gravel, he has experienced almost complete relief by using Sander and Sons Eucalyptic Extract. He says :—" Seeing the said Extract advertised in the ' Illawarra Mercury, 1 his intense suffering induced him to obtain a bottle of the medicine from Mr Hosking, chemist, of this town, and that the use of it gave him great relief at once. He states that between 10th March inst., when he obtained the first bottle of the extract, and the 19th, the use of that medicine continued to afford him relief, to which he had been a stranger for four years. Mr Loyeday writes also that he, has found the Eucalypti Extract a cure for rheumatism as well as gravel. He requests us to publish this information through the ' Mercury.' We have much pleasure in complying with Mr Loveday's request, whose word cannot be doubted, and who can have no object in view other than a pure desire to benefit suffering humanity."—(Advt.) 2 It will be in the recollection of the public that my collection of apples shown in Mr Clayton's shop in East street, being sixty-six varieties, and also those which took two first awards at the Dunedin Exhibition and various other places, was pronounced to be the largest and best ever shown in the Ashburton county. I would draw their attention my advertisement elsewhere. As only work on blight-proof stocks than which no other stocks can be relied upon, the roots of my apple trees do not require to be washed before sending out. James Porter, nursery, man, AUenton.— Advt.)

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2466, 16 July 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2466, 16 July 1890

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