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There were according to the departmental returns, 15,423,328 sheep m the colony on 31st of May last. Mr Willis, M.P., of New South Wales, has given notice of his intention to move that the colony should have a voice m the appointment of its Governor. Sugar will receive another shock. A new substance called inethyl-benzo-sulphinic acid is said to possess a sweeteumg power many times superior to that of saccharine. There is a law m Melbourns prohibiting persons from carrying meat through the town without having it propcrlv covered, and recently two butchers were fined 40s each and costs for this offence. There are extensive deposits of petroleum m Northern Peru, and an Ameiiean gentleman has purchased a tract of land 12 miles wide and 20 miles long, covering the situ of ancient oil works, and will develop tho property as an oil region. The Temuka "Leader" says:—We have been told, on what we regard as good authority, that a Geraldine geritlei nan recently bought at one of the Government sales a piece of land for 10s an acre, and sold it again a few days afterwards at 30s an acre. Armstrong and Co. have some new gun mountings that may be of great importance. They allow the gun to be fired at an angle of 40 degrees, instead of 20 degrees, as formerly, a change which will enable ships to attack almost any coast battery from short range. The Qneensland Chief Jiisticc has written a letter to the Women's Suffrage League sympathising with the movement, and stating that he wished to see the franchise extended not only to women with property, but to the whole of the adult womanhood of the nation. The s.s. Ashleigh Brook, which ran ashore at the Cape, and became a total loss whilst on her way to New Zealand, wan insured for the voyage out and Home at 35s and 40s per cent. She was valued at £.13,500. The refrigerating machinery, valued at £12,000, was also insured. . Charles Theodore, Duke of Bavaria, besides surgically treating thousands of poor patients gratis, spends £10,000 a year m maintaining his free dispensaries and hospitals. He has no pripatc fortune, but is dependent upon his annuity from the Bavarian Crown. In France, when a young man's extravagant follies reach a certain limit, he is pronounced to be incapable of managing himself or his affairs, is put m charge of a guardian, and treated as a moral lunatic. is now to be seen m the shop window of Messrs J. Scaly and Co., East street, a collection of apples showing some of the sorts grown at the nurseries, Riverbanik, that will repay inspection by any one who contemplates planting fruit plants. There are upwards of fifty different kinds shown, all valuable, long-keeping sorts. For size, color, and general excellence they are by far the finest that have been shown in.Ashburton this season.—(Advt.)

The Rink will be open to-morrow after noon and evening as usual. Government consider that the San Francisco mail service is doomed. The silence of tho United States Government on the qiiestion is taken as an indication that no subsidy will be forthcoming. Owners of unregistered dogs would dowel to interview the gentlemen m whose hands the sale of collars has been placed, as, if neglect to register is continued much longer, the Court scene of last year may be repeated. Wo learn that the " dog fiend " has been about again, and that one or two canines have taken their departure for the happy hunting grounds. Evidently strychnine is the poison made use of, and little pieces of well-dosed liver the medium used for conveying the fatal crystals. An interesting return was presented to Parliament yesterday, on the motion of Mr Goldie, showing the nationality, religion, and education of offenders nnder 20 years of age received into New Zealand prisons during the year 1889. It thows that the total number was 294, of whom 61 were English, 10 Scotch, 15 Irish, 190 New Zealandera. 14 Australians, 1 American, 1 French, and 2 Danish. The religion* were—Church of England 126, Roman Catholic 70, Presbyterian 44, Wesleyan 18, Baptist 9, Methodist 5, Salvation 2, Lutheran 2, Jewish 1, and .Freethinkers 19. The educational condition was as follows :—Read and write 256, read only 10, neither 28. The Colonial Secretary says salaries cannot be reduced. For instance, as to the police service, he quoted statistics to show that the New Zealand force was paid at a lower rate than those of the other colonies, and the same remark applied to the Justice department. He did not think that there conld be any further reductions made m salaries, and if anything like serious reductions were made all good men would be driven out of the service. Down our way, says Mr Taylor, M.H.R., what have we to contend with now ? Huge estates; and you cannot touch them. I had the pleasure some weeks ago of calling attention to a few typical cases, such as the case of Cheviot, where one county consists of about three hundred thousand acres owned by four or five men, the residential population amounting to 112—-men, women, and children. Another case is that of Moore, of Glenmark —seventy-six thousand acrei, with a residential population of only thirty-five. Other cases might be mentioned, for Canterbury is simply spotted with instances of that kind. An accident of a somewhat painful nature happened yesterday to Mr George Arthur, clerk with Friedlander Bros. He had been holding Mr Hugo Friedlander's horse when it bolted off with the phaeton. Mr Arthur clung to the reins, but at the corner of the street his leg got crushed between the wheelguard post and the step of the phaeton. A nasty gash m the calf of the leg was the result*} from which Mr Arthur suffered somewhat severely, but doubtless, as it is only a flesh wound, a few days will see him about again. The Mayor has been good enough to present to the Domain Board a pair of black cygnets, and they are now disporting themselves on the ornamental waters. They appear to have taken kindly to their new quarters, and their white neighbors are not displaying any very marked hostility to them, but are extending a wonderful amount of toleration. It is to be hoped that Hhe young hopefuls of the town will be equally tolerant of the black swans' presence and not disturb them m any way. The best medicine known is SANDER and SONS' EUCALYPTI EXTRACT. Test its eminent powerful effects m coughs, colds, influenza, etc.—the relief is instantaneous* Thousands give the most gratifying testimony. His Majesty the King of Italy, and medical syndicates all over the globe are its patrons, head the official reports that accompany each bottle. Mosler, M.D., Professor University, Griefswald, reports : — The Eucalypti Extract proved magnificently successful m very severe contusions, bruises, sprains, wounds, scaldings, broken ribs, and limbs. ("Medical Journal," Nov., 1881.) In diseases of the kidneys, cither active congestion or suppression, (uroemai) or albuminuria, dropsy, lithargy, nothing will equal mit 3 action Eucalypti Extract. Doses, five to six drops, Mosler, M.D., Professor, University, Griefswald, reports:—Diphtheria. Tonsils continually coherent presenting ulcers with white exudats. Cured m fourteen days. Surgical Clinic of Prof. M'lntyre, College of Physicians and Surgeons, St. Louis—Suirrhus of Breast—Excision Eucaypti Extract employed. No swelling, heat, or discoloration. Cured m fourreen days. - Advt.) , 4

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890

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