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A Literary Society in Adelaide is putting J forward proposals for aa International Debating Tournament in Melbourne next year. Fifty years ago, Belfast, in Ireland, was a town of 50,000 inhabitants. To-day it is a city with 250,000 industrious citizens. The ship Otaki, which arrived at Wellington yesterday, saw nothing of the barque Assaye, now five months out from London. A rich treasure of more than a thousand silver coins of the eleventh century has been brought to light in digging the foundations for a new house in the Giergrasse, in Bonn. A committee of the African Anti-slavery Conference has agreed upon the establishment j of surveillance over the caravan routes, in order to prevent overland transportation of slaves. The New Zealand Detective Force has been gradually reduced, and now, according to the latest returns, contains only 12 members, who/^re stationed in the larger towns. *« A girl only fifteen years of age has been found guilty of systematically robbing school children in New South Wales. She was sentenced to three years in the reformatory. A wealthy firm of colliery proprietors at Sunderland, accompanied by qualified experts, are to leave England forthwith for Greymouth, where they propose opening up and developing the West Coast coalfields. Mr Saunders has given notice to move that a tax upon all incomes exceeding £300 per annum for the purpose of erecting school buildings and lunatic asylums be levied in place of,jthe primage duty. , The report and statistical tables on the sea fisheries of the United Kingdom show that the aggregate 'weight of sea fish landed on the coasts during the past year was 12,678,000 cwt, valued at £5,608,000 at the point of landing; Adding the value of the shell fish, the total amounts in round numbers to about £6,000,000. In connection with the proposal to nominate labour candidates at the coming elections, it is stated that there must be over 10,000 persons in and around Dunedin who are members of either one or other of the rarious bodies, formed and now forming. A Taranaki land agent writes to the Dummyism Committee that ten applications were recently made for one section, all on behalf of one person. Mr Duncan, M.H.R. for Waihemo, accuses Mr T. MacKenzie, M.H.R., (Olutha) of securing land in Catlin's River district by means of dummying. A Gisborne telegram last night says :—The Rotomahana, which left Auckland at 1 p.m. yesterday has not yet (8 p.m.) arrived, and there is no word of her from thirty miles up the coast. The passage usually occupies fourteen hours. The steamer Kakau arrived at Lyttelton yesterday from the Chatham Islands with news that on June 13th the house of Mr Lanauze, at Onenga, was burned, through a defect in the chimney. Mrs Gurchow, dressmaker, who was sleeping upstairs, perished in the flames. It may not be generally known, says an exchange, that the New Zealand Police Force has amongst its members a Chinaman, who is no less a personage than District Constable Wong Gye, who is stationed in the South Island, in a locality where his brother celestials are in the ascendant. " The appalling overcrowding of the dead in many London cemeteries, and especially in the Tower Hamlets Cemetery, whare a quarter of a million bodies lie in less than 17 acres, in many cases seventy bodies being in one pit, renders it imperati \rc that something should be done to stop this outrage." So the Rev. W. H. Wilkhis, of the Church of England Burial, Funeral, and Mourning Reform Association, writes to the London "Daily News," A not-able fact in connection with a public manual training school in Philadelphia, as reported in a local paper, is that, of the boys now in the training school and learning the ! use of chisels, hammers, and lathes, fully three-fourths are the sons of professional and business men—many sons of doctors, ministers, and lawyers. Of the 77 occupations recorded of parents of boya now in the middle class, 54 are those of professional and business men, and 23 those of men engaged in other pursuits, of whom only 14 are artisans. On the other hand, it is stated that children of mechanics in that city are " striving to get into the ranks of the struggling an~d poorly paid professions." The Oamaru "Mail" is responsible for the following:—"lt appears that several valuable pictures which were sent from this district to the Dunedin Exhibition hare gone missing. One of these pictures was, we understand, worth £700. It will be readily understood how such losses come to pass, if it be true that a certain woman obtained from one of the officers an order, under false pretences, for a picture that did not belong to her, but to which she took a fancy." Trouble is anticipated between the Trades and Labor Council and the Christchurch Gas Company. The latter in re-arranging its staff, discharged all the lamplighters—ten in number —ana re-engaged six, taking new ] mon in .the place of the other four not reengaged, who are prominent in the Amalgamated Labor Union, and think they have been got rid of on that account. The Secretary to the Company says the Company have merely re-engaged the most suitable men, and that he knows nothing about the question of union and non-union men. One of the greatest prizes that ever fell to the lot of a medical man was that awarded to Dr. Dimsdale, for many years a Hertford physician. That gentleman went to Russia in the year 1768, and inoculated the Empress Catherine and her son. For this service he received a fee of £12,000, and was also rewarded with a pension for life of £500 per annum and the rank of Baron of the Empire. A Mr Adams, writing to the " New Zealand Herald," relates this incident:—"A short time ago I was staying at a friend's house in the country. In the morning he kindly asked me to join in his family devotions, in the course of which my friend offered up his tpctition—"Oh, Lord, bless my dear children, and grant that my sons may never be in a New Zealand Parliament or in a prison." Says the Wairarapa " Daily:—ln the year 1886 a share in the Bank of New Zealand was worth twenty pounds, but in '87 its value fell to fifteen pounds, and in '88 there was a further drop to twelve pounds, while '89 found its value reduced to eight pounds, and the present year'9o witnessed its price grow smaller by degrees and beautifully less till it stood at four pounds. The down grade lasted for five years without a break! The fall was continuous, and the figures £20, £15, £12, £8, and £4 mark the mile posts of this unhappy section of the career of a great institution which has done much service to the colony in the past, and which, we are thankful to say, promises to be still useful to it in the future. Last evening the Ashburton Oddfellows held their annual social meeting in their Hall. Tea was provided by the Lodge and the tables were well patronised. After tea the room was cleared for the usual " social," and there were over 300 then present. The Lodge room upstairs was set aside as a smoking and card room for the older members of the Lodge, and those who did not care to dance, and the stage Avas fully used by onlookers. The members, their wives, and sweethearts, to the music of Mr Gates' band, engaged in dancing, which was relieved at intervals by songs, recitations, etc., and a notable item in this part of the programme was a solo on the violin by Master Robert Cullen. Most of the Oddfellows present wore badges of their Order, but there were to be seen in the crowd many sashes of sister Societies, prominent among them being the regalia of the Foresters. Mr J. Burgess made an energetic M.C., and Messrs J. Miles, W. E. Dolman, H. Dalley and others made themselves very useful in attending to the comfort of the guests. 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 attei* lion my advertisement elsewhere. As only work on blight-proof stocks than which no other stocks can be relied upon, the roots of luy apple trees do not require to be washed f before sending out. James Porter, nursery- , man, AHettton.-, Advt.)

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 4, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2469, 19 July 1890

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 4 Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2469, 19 July 1890