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Wife (reading an account of a wedding)— Why does the father always give away the bride? Husband —To reduce expenses, of course. At Timaru yesterday the lease for twelve years of the Criterion Hotel, Timaru, and Pleasant Point Hotel were sold by order of the mortgagees. The "Auckland Herald" says:—Theremarks made by Mr M'Millan will be read with assent over the colony. The property tax is no doubt driving money and people nut of the country, and is really far more injurious to the poor than to the rich.. The Grand National Meeting is not exciting the usual interest in Christchurch. Ahna is doing good work, and is a strong favorite for the big steeplechase. Ixion and Erin-go-Bragli did a capital gallopjyesterday morning, and are most fancied for the Grand National ■ Hurdles. Leonardo and Darnley look stale ; the former pulled up lame, and the latter persistently refused to jump schooling fencee. Squib, Daddy Longlcgs, and Little Arthur are reported well, but have not yet arrived. Sir Maurice made a favorable impression. Yesterday afternoon at Christchurch Detective O'Connor arrested F. Marsland Hadfiekl, charged with forging the name of William Goodwin to a cheque for £(58 Us s<l, which he gave to Mr Light, of Lewsey, Light, and Co., at the beginning of this month. The cheque was on the Bank of New South Wales, where Goodwin had an account, but was not honored, as the signature was unlike the original. Subsequently Hadfield called at the Bank and presented another cheque signed " William Goodwin " for £3f) l()s. This was also returned marked "Signature unlike." When arrested Haclfickl had another cheque drawn out for 1 £57 17s 3d, to which a siniilar signature was appended In experiments carried out on the agricultural plots at Port Fairy, Victoria, recently, several acres of land were dressed with 3 cwt. of superphosphate and 2 cwt. of nitrate of soda, and sown with mangel wurzcls. The ground was carefully attended after sowing and yielded 44 tous 11' cwt. of mangel wm<jejs p?r acre.

hop Jnlius is «% \route for the West Coast. An average of 26,000 letters are posted without addresses in England every year. The formation of a Lodge for females is under consideration by Orangemen in the Ashburton district. The Ashburton portion of the San Francisco mail came south in to-day's express, and was deliverad during the afternoon. Mr E. G. Kerr, proprietor of the ("Timaru Herald ") will be a candidate at the election to be held to fill the vacancy in the representation of Timaru. Mr E. Timaru Rhodes, D. M. Ross (Mayor), and others are also mentioned as likely to contest the electorate. The " Berlin Post" publishes an alarmist article, entitled " Public Opinion in Europe,' which is directed to show that a rupture between Germany and Russia is inevitable. It concludes in these words:—"The day will come when Europe will enquire ' Who is it that continually menaces the peace? 1 and then it will not be difficult to prove to Russia, by the plainest of facts, that she alone is culpable. A slight inprovement is noticeable in the water supply from such of the pipe wells in the Borough as have not failed from the recent drought. The riae in the flow is attributed by some to the recent rainfall and to the coating of snow on the hills; but there are still many of the wells in the town yielding no water at all. Scientific people go the length of saying that it may be years perhaps before the underground flow will be sufficiently abundant to supply the wells that have failed. A Christchurch exchange says :—Four of the biggest artillerymen in the New Zealand service, probably in any service, are stationed at Lyttelton. Some time ago they were all in one squad, that detailed for duty at Ripa Island. The average height of that squad was 6ft sim, and their average weight 15st 61b. The shortest man of the four is 6ft 2in in height, and the tallest 6ft 9in. The lightest of the squad weighs I4st 21b, and the heaviest, who is also the tallest, turns the scale at over 17st. According to the " Akaroa Mail, through the intervention of the member for Akaroa, the Minister for Defence has communicated with Admiral Lord C. Scott, who has arranged that the whole fleet in Australian waters is to be in Akaroa Harbour on the 10th of August for the purpose of assisting in any celebration that may be held to commemorate the hoisting of the British flag at Akaroa. Mr M'Gregor, M.H.R., is also endeavouring to induce the Government to assist in the erection of a suitable memorial on the site where the flag was hoisted. When at Akaroa Bishop Julius spoke of the church hymn-book at present used, and said there were only twenty or thirty hymns in the whole collection that were worthy of being sung. Such hymns as "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing," for instance, were rubbish. Who ever heard the herald angels sing ? Most of the hymns were trash, the one about " pearly gates " and so forth was utter nonsense. How different from " Abide with Me," which appealed so naturally to the heart. A working man named Joshua Proctor, who has lived in the neighbourhood of Stacksteads, near Manchester, for about 24 years is, it is reported, about to come into a fortune of £20,000. The money was left by two uncles some 60 years ago. One of the uncles was Admiral Blezzard, and the other a Joshu Blezzard, a horse doctor. They were never married. It; appears that this money was to be left to Mr Proctor on condition that he was named Joshua, and his parents took very great care that this was done. By the steamer Dorunda there arrived at Plymouth on May IS (says a London exchange) six passengers and nine of the crew of the steamer Quctta. They gave further thrilling details of the catastrophe. A saloon passenger who perished was on his way home to inherit a fortune of £55,000. He had for some months been working as a labourer at 20s a week. He was refused a passage, as the ship was full. He however induced the company to give him a berth on payment of £20. A Mr Worthall states that hjs wife jumped from the quarter-deck into the sea, and he followed her with their child in his arms. He never saw his wife ugain, and while in the water he was seized by a coloured man, and in the struggle his child was drowned. Mice this year, says the Port Pirie correspondent of the "Adelaide Observer," have been a perfect plague. They abound in hundreds of thousands, and the damage done by them is considerable. One farmer informed me that his haj stack was literally alive wiuh them, and that they were rapfdly destroying it. Mr Matthew, of Lower Broughton, laid poison the week before last round his house and sheds, the result being that last week lie counted 2000 dead. Recently Mr Mild waters caught seventy-five in a zinc-lined bran case at his farm at Telowie. Mr A. Harris noticed mice running in and out of the nozzle of his large blacksmith's bellows. He put a bag over it, worked the handle, and blew out sixty-seven. It is hoped that the recent rains, which have been general throughout the district, will help to exterminate them. Many ingenious traps have been made by farmers for catching the obnoxious rodents in large numbers. A Parliamentary return has been issued showing the number of outbreaks of pleuropneumonia in the district of each local authority in Great Britain during each of the last three years, the number of diseased and healthy animals slaughtered, find the sums paid as compensation, after deducting any receipts for salvage. The number of outbreaks reported in the United Kingdom in 1886 was 907 ; the number of diseased cattle slaughtered, 3,54(5; healthy, but in contact, 2,042; net compensation paid for diseased animals, £25,096 ; healthy animals,£ll,l4l, marking a total net compensation of £36,826. In 1887 the figures under the same heads were: Outbreaks, 861; slaughtered diseased, 3,195 ; healthy, 3,614 ; net compensation, £45,158; and for 1888, outbreaks, 703; slaughtered diseased, 2,059 ; healthy 10,745; compensation, £81,950. Few people have any conception of the enormous extent of the work.", of Lord Armstrong at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. They have a frontage of over a mile, densely crowded with different workshops, new buildings are continually being added, and, in addition, there are some works in Italy. Thirteen thonsand workmen are employed— a number sufficient to form an ordinary-sized town ; of these 3000 work in the shipyard, wero some magnificent vessels have been built. In the largest of our Government factories, Woolwich Arsenal, 15,000 men find employment. It was from here that H.M.S. Victoria was launched during fchc jubilee year. The enormous sum of £20,000 is paid weekly in wages, and. to prevent any chance of robbery at night, the amount is conveyed from the bank at 11 o'clock on. Saturday morning, and is paid to the n^en at I o'clock on the same day. There are six pay offices in all, 2000 men on an average being paid at each. Lord Armstrong's business is now a limited liability company, and when the shares were offered to the public they were snatched up directly. A £100 share is now worth £2000, and last year a dividend of 11 per cent was paid to the shareholders. It has been rumoured that the Government has lately been endeavouring to purchase the concern.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2471, 22 July 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2471, 22 July 1890

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