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The planet Venus, which is now shining with such brilliaucy m the evening m the western heavens, is visible to the naked eye (hiring the day time. If its position with regard to the moon is observed at night time, it can be easily found during the day, if due allowance is made for the increasing distance between the two bodies, owing to the moon being later each day. An example of how fertility is restored to the earth ia found m the pure snow, which yields on analysis a considerable amount of ammonia. On one occasion snow collected from an elevated point m Shropshire, by J)r Thursfield, was found to yield a quantity which, with a fall of snow equivalent to an inch of rain, would very nearly amount to one-third of a pound of ammonia per acre. A fire occurred last night m a two-roomed cottage on the North Belt. The alxrm be]l was rung at about ten o'clock, and a number of the Fire Brigade, with the curricle engine turned out. When the scene of the fire was reached, however, it was found that but little could be done ns the fire bad got too strong a hold on the building, The house was a detached one belonging to Mr Win. Patterson, and h:ul not been occupied for a fortnight, so that no cause can be assigned for tiie fire. The building was insured for £40 m the Union Office. The Baby Ogden Dramatic Company will open at the Oddfellows' Hall. Ashburtou, on Tuesday evening next m "Bleak House," Baby Ogden sustaining her wouo'erful impersonation of "Jo." The merits of the drama and the ability of the lilliputian " star " who undertakes the title role are too well known to our readers to require additional comment to that given when the company visited Ashburton on a former occasion. In addition to "Bleak House," the comedy of "Stella and Festus" will form part of the programme. The " Auckland Star" says :■ —Legislation must be framed so at to stop this tendency to the accumulation of princely fortunes, if we wish to avoid the undesirable and unfailing concomitant of dire distress and pauperism. A plutocracy more insolent, proud, and haughty than the old aristocracy of England is securing itself m the country by the acquisition of ducal possessions. It must have its growth and pretensions nipped m the bud, if we would avoid the painful experience of older lands. A land tax is at present the most effective'and practicable method that presents itself of securing a more general diffusion of vast wealth produced annually by the fertile, soil and climate of How Zealand. The liquidators of the Commercial Bank of South Ajjistfrtlsaeia havg decided to pay the balance of tljeir liability as regards the principal to the uredjlors,, Sj-f] w t))9 <late on which the first instalment of £1 per sjjare was due (June IS) an amount of £7f5,Q77 has been received from the shareholders. It has how been decided to pay a seventh dividend rjf J,, f b"d In the £on July 7, and this will m ftbcmt £58,000. Since June 18 the Kquida'itws kavt, yaid off the balance of the liability, with iiiicnest, fo the. Government, anioiuitwg to £6620 14s Id. l!lu; Jrustecs of the late RoWfc lAWnf)}}, w^l'e successful m obtaining a v<ji!edi£t against the bank, bare already been paid 18s (?d ii;. the £ (£21,043), and out of the first instalment qf the call they will be paid the balance, amounting to £1706, ss, but this item is included m the above amount of £58,000. The foHowiiig remarks appear m a recent number of the ■■ I/tyulon. Standard":— " N«w Zealand shippers" of proAam 'have acquired a reputation iqi djshoncit iiitfks Which they will find it feard to get rid of. 17.t-.ter rubbish has been found inside their tnu<m ■(& hay shipped to Australia, and loose b&H i#. .their kegs,of butter sent to England, and now jt-h.eir new flax industry has been seriously injured through the packing of inferior fibre inside the 'Vales, No doubt the young people of New Zealand, as those of other countries, write ' HoificsT.y is the best policy' m their copybooks, aud \ye shou ,«Jtye sorry to believe that our fellow coimtr.ymen m ihe colony, as a body, are less mindful ,of that $.dage than other people ; but * few rogues have power to do an enormous amount of mischief to the export trade, and unless the Colonial fJovorum'eiit adopt special measures for stuping their malpractices, tho commercial re.p\ita,fcU*. rf the colony throughout the world will be' iw^arably injured." Holloway's Puax. -„- indigestion and fiver Complaints—The digestion' t^#not be lorifc <W seriously disordered without the, doriUigerneiii being prcccptiably on the count ance. These piljj? nrcvent. liotli unpleasant i consequences.; they mu^m'a the appetite,' and with the increase desire for food, they: ■a-ugajfitit the powers of tu,id amimi-: lation m Hit) stomach. Holloway's Pills deal moat satisfactorily witli deranged or deceased condition wf the many organs engaged m extracting Moui<i>shment for our' fbodies twin our various diets-^-as t!^ Jjver, [ stomach, Miil'bpwels, over all of which they exercise tihe .Hiost salutary control. By rworting at an early stage of this malady to these pm-ifying and laxatiTe pil|!s, the dyspeptic is speedily restored to health and strength, jul his sallowness gradually vanishes.

Mr C. B. Eichbaum, chemist, of Timaru, has filed a declaration of insolvency. Bankrupt's statement shows a deficiency of £1710 lls lOd, with no unsecured assets whatever. Debts to secured creditors are put down at £2061 9s 4d, and securities are mainly bills of sale to bankrnpt's father. The DepiuiyOfficial Assignee has requested the Official Assignee to conduct an inquiry. The recent departure of Arthur Clampett, alias Sullivan, from Wellington to Sydney by the s.s. Wakatipu was marked by a somewhat amusing incident. The wharf at the time was fairly*crowded with friends of the passeugers, together with a large number of men who had been working on board the steamer. As the boat moved away the i quondam'evangelist, who stood hi a prominent position upon the upper deck, suddenly put his hand into his pocket and took therefrom a, half-sovereigo, which he threw amongst the crowd, who, not nnnaturally, scrambled for the coin, and then showed an eagerness for other favours of a like kind. Be that as it may, Clampett smiled benignly, and drawing forth several pieces of silver, he threw them m their direction, and then stood watching the scramble, until the boat liad carried him out of distance for repeating the experiment.—"Post." .^ Sir Bartle Frere, the late ffirican explorer, had a troublesome supper one night off ears, human ears, and even » few of them Christian. He was travelling m the interior from Zanzibar, and lost his escort, had no food, and sought shelter m a native; hut. An old woman, who was m charge, gave them some eggs, with which Sir Bartle made an omelet. Then, noticing some little bhtek balls hanging from the roof, he added them to the dish, under the impression that they were mushrooms, m spite of the old woman's remonstrance. And those black balls which had been gobbled up by the only representative of civilisation present m the hut at the time were the trophies of a lifetime, being the testimony of the prowess of the warrior who owned tne hut. When that! worthy returned and found the ebony knobs which had adorned his ceiling all gone lie gyrated, and Sir Bartle sheered off quick. W&a it after this or before that the English were massacaed at Isandula ? The Public Works estimates include the following items:—Road to the Upper Ashley over Kuku Pass; road to Mount Cook and the glaciers ; Ohau bridge, £1 for £1 ; the village and deferred payment blocks, miscellaneous and engineering comprise Te Aro extension, £6000; Lincoln-Little River, drainage of Akaroa endowment lands (to be recouped out of sale), £3000; land claims and old liabilities, £700 ; surveys, £1500 ; total, £12,500. Railways—Part 2, comprise Mar-ton-Te Awamatu, north end, £10,000; ditto south end, £12,000; Burveys, £2500 ; total, J27,500. Railways—Part 3, comprlfe new works, construction, £170,460, viz., Helensville Northward, Grahamstown, TeAroha, £2000; Woodville-Pahnerston, £31,3lO; Mungamahoe-Woodville, £2711 x BlenheimAwatere, £2000; Greymouth-Hokitika, £10,000; Otago Central, £29,930; Catlin's River, £20,000; Wyndham-Fortrose, £2500. Additions to open lines, £12,928 ; the largest items being -Foxton-New Plymouth, £8811; Hurunui-Bluff, £2136; permanent way, sleepers, rolling stock, £49,000.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2475, 26 July 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2475, 26 July 1890

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