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As will be seen by advertisement elsewhere \ a meeting of the Early Closing Association is called for to-morrow evening at Mrs Pearson's room, Triangle, when all members are urged to attend. Mr Bret Harte has a reputation amongst London literary men of being by far the most careful penman of them all. He writes his stories!on ordinary note pciper, and no matter if it is the last word on the slip, should he smear it, or form a letter wrongly, the whole goes into the waste paper basket and is rewritten. It is asserted that shingle bank& are accumulating outside of Timaru Harbor. The banks are being formed by the travelling j shingle, and the Harbor Board have under consideration a proposal to put the dredge to work to clear away the obstructions before they attain sufficient magnitude to impede navigation. The first concert of the Ashburton Choral ' Society is announced for Wednesday evening, August 13th. The Society now numbers some forty members. The rehearsals are being well attended, and much interest is shown m the progress and welfare of the Society. The programme of the first concert will include glees, ballads, trios, duets, and instrumental selections. The congregation of St Saviour's, Syden- ! ham, crowded their church to the doors last evening upon the occasion of the first visit to the parish of the Right Rev Bishop Julius. The service was conducted by the incumbent, the Rev H. B. Cocks, and an innovation was introduced, inasmuch as the first and second lessons were read by the Rev P. R. Mo'nro, a Presbyterian minister, and the Rev. L. M. Isitt, pastor of the Sydenham Wesleyan Church, both of whom were clad m surplices. Important auction sales will be held at the Land Office, Timaru, to morrow morning. In the Hitkateramea district sections A to X, situated within the educational reserve number 1574, and ranging m area from 14 acres to 870 acres will be offered fora tenure of seven years, the upset annual rental per acre ranging from 6d to Is 6d. In the Waimate county parts of the . Waimate station and Station Peak runs will be offered for sale, the acreage vaiying from 5800 to 12,500 acres, and fche rental from £105 to £225,

An Oamaru resident has been reduned from 14 stone to 10 stone by la grippe. The sparrow nuisance is less m Invercargill than it has been for the last two or three years. A proposal is before the New Zealand Parliament to heat railway carriages for long journeys. A Wellington telegram of last evening's date informs us that Sir Robert Stout left the Empire City for the South that afternoon. The Ashburton School Committee have decided to ask Mr John Lambie to deliver his lecture, on his recent trip round the world, m aid of the school prize fund. Owners are reminded that nominations for the Ashburton Hunt Club Steeplechases must be sent m to the Honorary Secretary, Commercial Hotel, before 9 p.m. on Satixrday next. So favorable a critic as the " Auckland Herald" asserts that "Ministers have put their backs to the wall, and are determined to resist, those measure* which alone can stop the outflow of population." Intelligence has been received from England that a syndicate, with a capital of £20,000, has been formed to develop the mineral resources of the colony of Western Australia. Lord Cottesloe, the eldest peer of the realm, recently attained the great age of 92 years. The only other nonagenarian peer is the Earl of Albemarle, who is m his 91st year. After all the outcry, we learn by telegraph that Arthur Clampetfc, alias Sullivan, who returned from London by the Ruapehu on Monday night, is not going to Christchurch, but left Wellington yesterday for Sydney m the steamer Wakatipu. Major Thomas Harward, of Brooklyn, celebrated his 101 st birthday lately. He is the oldest shipbuilder m America, and a veteran of 1812. He has never used j tobacco nor intoxicating liquor. His faculties are unmimpaired, and he still attends to business. The Inspector's report, of the result of a recent surprise visit to the Ashburton School, is very satisfactory, giving much credit to Mr Mayne, the headmaster, and his staff, and paying a high compliment to Miss Grant for the satisfactory state of the Infant School. Miss Grant has only been a short time m charge of the school. The adjourned meeting last evening to discuss the half-holiday was not a success. About a dozen employers and several emEloyees mustered m the Arcade Chambers, ut after some desultory discussion, without a chairman, it was decided to adjourn the meeting to Wednesday afternoon next at 3.30, when it is hoped the West street merchants will make it convenient to attend. It is proposed to have a railway entirely ! worked by electricity connecting St. Petersburg with Archangel; and spanning a wide stretch of country between the Baltic and the White Sea. The project is said to be backed by Archangel interests, and the name of Siemens and Co. is connected with the enterprise. The plan is to furnish the current from a series of generating stations distributed along ;the line. The distance is something over 500 miles,and the estimated cost a little over £3000 per mile, including rolling-stock. The opening meeting of the Ashburton Draughts Club was held last night m Mrs Pearson's room, Triangle, when about a dozen members attended, and spent two hours m close attention to the game. The preliminary meeting was held m the same place on Saturday evening when the following office bearers were elected :—President— Mr J. C. Duncan ; Vice-Presidents—Messrs G. R. Anderson and J. L. Higgs ; Secretary —Mr W. Masson ; Treasurer—MrT. Welch; Committee—Messrs J. A. Lciteh, John Craighead, C. Spray, and James Steele, The Ulub now numbers twenty-one members. Talk of the richness of Otago river beds (says the " Inangahua Times"). A private dredging party at work on the Buller river, near Fern Flat, recently lodged m tho Colonial Bank, Reefton, 230z of gold as the product of last week's work. The pirty is a small one of fiVe or six men, and their dredge onty lifts 15 tons of stuff daily, yet m this small way of working the yield gives the party £15 per man per week. For the whole time they have had the dredge at work their earnings have averaged £10 per man per M reck. This is something like successful mining. Every ton of stuff raised from the river bed thus returns £1 worth of gold, which is the average of several months' work. The "Pall Mall Gazette" has the fellowing:—"One of the richest women m Australia arrived m London last week. She is a young widow with a fortune, it is said, of £25,000 a year, and her story illustrates what ' a gold mine' is the Broken Hill Silver Mine m New South Wales. The lady's husband paid £120 for certain shares m this mine. When he died a short time ago the shares were comparatively valueless, and he thought he was leaving his, wife and young family m destitution. Shortly after his death the shares rose suddenly to a price so marvellous that the widow sold a half of her shares for £190,000, and is now receiving £25,000 a year." Burglaries on an extensive scale, it would appear, are not confined to Christchurch and Auckland only. The " Wellington Post" of .Saturday says :—The residence of the Rev. Mr Redstone was broken into yesterday afternoou, m the absence of the family. It seems, however, that the housebreaker was disturbed m his operations, for although he thoroughly ransacked the drawers and boxes, the only booty he seems to have secured is 11s worth of silver, which has disappeared. A little more diligent search, however, would have brought to light about £11 worth of jewellery belonging to Mrs Redstone, which the intruder very narrowly missed." Clampett, on arrival m the colony by the Ruapehu, wrote the following letter to the "Wellington Evening Press :—"Sir, —My sole intention is to make a public apology m the near future. For this reason I have crossed the ocean, and hope by my life and ability to prove to the community of New Zealand an advantage m my own profession.. I shall return the amount of my passage to the gentlemen who have been so anxious for my return, with many thanks. I regretted leaving the colony, and I trust that the future will tell better things. God forbid that I should ever experience a repetition of the past.—Yours respectfully, Arthur G. Clampett, alias G. T. Sullivan."—lt is stated that a gentleman m Christchurch is prepared with evidence which he considers sufficient to justify proceedings being taken against Clampett for false pretences, and he intends to institute proceedings immediately upon Clampett's arrival m the City of the Plains. Mr T. N. Fitzgerald, one of the honorary surgeons of the Melbourne Hospital, when giving his evidence before the Charity Commission, said .that the hospital was the worst he had ever been m. It was badly constructed and ventilated, and was often m a septic condition. It was only by the greatest expenditure,that the place could be kept m anything like decent order. Every time the soil was disturbed there was an outbreak of erysipelas or some other disease, and the want of pure air prevented the wounds of patients healing. Latterly he found that cuts made by his knife had become gangrenous. Several deaths had occurred from septic poisoning, and he frequently had advised patients who had to undergo operations not to go into the hospital on account of the risk they would run. He had a case not long ago m which he made an incision m a man's thigh to let out some blood from a main artery, and the patient at once got blood poisoning and died. The Hospital Committee are of course indignant that such statements should be made.

At a recent Salvaiton Army demonstration m Wellington three " Soldiers," dressed as prisoners, took part. The men had gyves on their wrists, and were manacled together by means of a chain. The trio, who were attired m the orthodox dress of convicts with the broad arrow on their backs, were three officers who, for conscience sake and street preaching according to their own light, and for obstructing the thoroughfares according to the law of the coutry, had been incarcerated m the common gaols of Westport, Timaru, and Ashburton. Invercargill having got a high-pressure water supply, the wells which were sunk m the main streets m the early days for fire prevention supplies are being filled up. " The weeds and refuse from the streets are being utilised for filling up purposes, with a layer of clay two or three feet deep on the top, and a covering of metal to make a sound surface." After the weeds and refuse have had time to decay we shall probably hear of the "sound surface" and two or three burgesses and a cart or two dropping several feet into corporation pitfalls. The blessing of freedom, like some other blessings, visits the world m an almost impenetrable disguise. The emancipated slaves of Brazil are reported to be starving. They have been dismissed from the plantations by the masters, who prefer, since they have to pay for labor, to hire workmen who are worth their wages, and the joyous, idle Quashee is driven away to make room ior the enterprising Italian. The unhappy freedmen are congregated m the towns, a veritable fesx vrbana, unemployed and hardly asking for employment, but quite ready for a riot and not averse from blood letting. Major Murrry, m a lecture recently delivered m Glasgow, said that when Cassar invaded Britain he so highly appreciated the valour of the Caledonians that he formed from among them a legion which was sent to Palestine, quartered m the Castle of Antonia, m Jerusalem, and supplied the Temple Guard. From this he dednced as a probability that the soldiers who were selecttd to watch over the sepulchre of Jesus Christ were Scots-men. Hence comes the appellation of " Pilate's Guards " borne by the Royal Scots as the descendants of the old Caledonian legionaries. It is to be hoped (remarks a contemporary) for the credit of orthodox Scotland that none of those soldiers took part m the persecution of the Saviour, m which we are told some of the military engaged, and that the worst which can be said of them was that they kept watch over the sepulchre. A circumstance has lately come to light which (says the "Argus") seems to indicate that begging from door to door is remarkably remunerative. Some little time ago a man named Patrick Cotter was arrested at Beechworth for being a vagrant, he having been a nuisance to the residents of that town^ owing to the persistent manner m which he sought alms from the residents. The local Court sentenced him to six months' imprisonment. On his clothes being searched, deposit receipts on banks m various parts of the colony were found m them, representing m all £843 which he had, judging from the dates mentioned on the receipts, collected m the course of his wanderings during the preceding eleven months. Ballarat and Geelong £<wmed to have been the places which he frequented the most and from which he received the largest amount of donations. The Penal department has cashed one of the deposit receipts and deducted the cost entailed on it for keeping Cotter duriug the six months of his imprisonment. The best medicine is Sander and Sons' Eucalpyti Extract. Test its eminent powerful effects m coughs, colds, influenzci, etc.— the relief is instantaneous. Thousands give the most gratifying testimony. His Majesty the King of Italy and medical syndicates all over the world are its patrons. Read ths official reports that accompany each bottle. We have no occasion to offer rewards m proof of the genuineness of our references. The official reports of medical clinics and universities, the official communications of the Consul-General for Italy at Melbourne; the diploma awarded International Exhibition, Amsterdam—all these are authentic documents, and, as such, not open to doubt. W. add here epitome of one of the various caseis treated at the clinic of Schultz, M.D. Professor, etc.—" C. 8., 24 years old; congestional abscess on the thigh. Incisions made m two places. Although Lister's dressing was applied, the secretion became, two days later, very copious, and had adopted a foetid decomposed character. The temperature rose enormously. In consequence the dressing was removed and m its place were made during the day-time repeated irrigations witfli Eucalypti Extract. The offensive foeterjdisappeared very soon, the fever abated within a few days, and the patient recovered after the lapse of several weeks. In this instance we must not lose sight of the fact that the latter treatment saved the patient's life."(Advt.) 3

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2467, 17 July 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2467, 17 July 1890

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