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Paris publishes 1,871 papers. London, with doable the population, contents herself with 478. The Duke of Devonshire has spent £320,000 on railways m the South of Ire land. Mr Ballance has declined, to be one o* the delegates at the Federation Conveir tion, Inquiry is being made with a view to the possible introduction of a universal halfpenny postage system. The first trial of inoculation for small-pox m England was made On a capital convict — on a criminal condemmed to death. In the year 1319 sugar is said to have been sold at Is 9|d a pound, and was considered a very luxurious article till the eighteenth century. A medical man m London, has just rerecorded the cases of three children, aged 10 11, and 12 years respectively, each of whom died of meningitis, of which the exiting cause was clearly overwork at school. The natives of San Remo and Mentone, where so many consumptives from other places have spent the winters under medical advice, are beginning to Buffer from the disease themselves. Mr Beetham is urging that suitable collections of mineral specimens be provided by Government for State primary Schools m order that children may be instructed m elementary geology and mineralogy. Experiments made m Italy with a mixed fuel of coal and petroleum for use with ] marine boilers resulted m a vessel's speed being raised from 15 knots to 17 knots. , Those who advocate spelling reform m the English language argue that one letter out of every seven used according to the present practice is absolutely useless. The whole world's produce of salt per annum is 7,300,000 tons. Of this quantity 5,280,000 tons are produced m Europe, and of the latter total Great Britain turns out 2,235,000 tons. ' A statute has been proponed at Oxford admitting women to the examinations m law and m music. Theology, medicine, and Oriental languages will then, be the only schools confined to men. The Russian Government lias been petitioned to send soliders to the Trans-Caucasus to stay the ravages of the grasshoppers, which now cover several thousand miles of country, and are causing a famine which may lead to the death of thousands of people. A welcome fall of rain extended from Saturday until this morning and during the greater part of Sunday night the shower was very heavy. The rain ceased at about eight o'clock, and a very low temperature succeeded. , A war-balloon, sent up from the Military Exhibition at Chelsea, and containing an aeronaut and four passengers, made a perilous descent at Henley. A sudden gust of wind sent the balloon violently against a tree and completely destroyed it. None of the party were injured, the car having become suspended m the tree. The clerk of the Waipa County Council has written to the Minister of Lands, objecting to the poisoning of rabbits, as many men make a living by supplying the Auckland market with rabbits, and the scare raised by the use of poison has completely stopped their sale. The " County " is the name that has been given to the premises m Prospect Buildings, recently opened after having been fitted up afresh, as a haircutting saloon and tobacco depot. The saloon has been wholly renovated, re-arranged, and freshly fitted up with all the latest appliances and accessories of the tonsor's art, the only change that has not been made being m the manager, Mr James Purchase still remaining m charge. The tobacco and cigar department of "The County" ha • also been re-cast, and all round such a new face has been put upon an old friend that old friends will hardly recognise j it. The Dawn of Peace Lodge, 1.0. G.T., held its usual weekly meeting on Thursday evening m the Templar Hall. There was a good attendance of visitors and members. One candidate was initiated, after which the officers were elected as follows:—Bra. Rooke, C.T. ; Bro. E. Andrews, V.T. ; Bro. Kilworth, S. ; Bro. E. Parkin, O RS. ; Sister A. Kerr, C. ; Bro. R. Marsden M. ; Bro. T. Leitch, I.G. ; Bro. T. Pauling, Sen. The Lodge was then closed m the usual manner by Bro/G. Andrews, C.T.We are requested to again remind our readers that'the Baby Ogden Dramatic Cambination will appear at the Oddfellows' Hall to-morrow and Wednesday evening. The performance will commence with the comedy »ititled "Stella and Featus," which has enjoyed a long run m the Australian theatres, and m which ia introduced the garden scene from Lord Lytton's " Lady of Lyons" and the rejectien scene from the "Marble Heart." The performance will conclude with the dramatised version of " Bleak House." The usual meeting of the Himpstead Town Board was held on Friday. PresentMessrs Orr, Andrews, Meaclem, and Elliott. Mr Andrews was appointed interim Chairman. £5 was authorised to be spent m improving Slaughter House Road, m response to a petition from residents, and the Works Committee were further authorised to plough out all channels that required clearing. It was decided to invite tenders for scavengering, at per pan. A map was submitted showing the roads m the district that had been and those that had not been dedicate:!, and the Clerk was instructed to ascertain tie cost of acquiring the later. The Clerk was also instructed to request the Ashburtan Borough Council to proceed with the work an the Belt, that had been agreed upon between the Council and the Board ; and to sue ior all outstanding rates, without further notice. The Clerk's expenses to Christclmrch, making searches m connection with roads, were passed for payment—£2 2s. This yas all the business. It will be remembered that some time about the beginning 6f the year two Mormon " elders " were carrying on a " mission " m the Auckland Province. Interviewed by an Auckland reporter, one of these doughty champions of mucliTmarrjedness gave the newsman some information as to what the Saints were doing m New Zealand, and this information was printed. Only the most verdant of verdant readers believed m the slightest the story told, and the information was treated fis a good joke throughout the colony ; and as a joke the information was printed by the Colonial papers. After tra- ! veiling to Scotland, however, —a country said to be somewhat slow m seeing a joke— we find the following reproduced m the leading paper of North Britain—the " Scotsman " —lt will be learned with some astonishment that Mormonism is flourishing under the British flag while being persecuted out of existence on its native soil of America, A Mornioij convention has just closed its sittings'in New 'ijealand. It was officially reported to the convention that there are 3000 Mormons m that colony, and that 500 i converts were made during the past year.

The Rink will be open to-night instead of Tuesday. Minister returning from church to small boy with a rod: "Do you know where little boys go who go fishing on the Sabbath V Small boy (with pride) : " You just bet I do, and 1 ain't agoin' to give the tip away, either!" Mr Alfred Harrison wishes us to call attention to the sale to be held at his rooms on Thursday, July 31st, at 1 o'clock sharp. The goods are a beautiful lot of furs, real seal, lynx, fox, bear, oppoaum, etc., also Roslyn worsted goods, silk velveteens, twill winceys, Scotch tweeds, skirts, .ulsters, costumes,,etc., etc. The Wellington Tramway strike has been settled by the proprietor granting the concessions asked for, viz., 72 hours per week for grooms, and 66 hours for drivers, guards, etc., all extra work and Sunday work to be paid at the rate df time and a_ half. The Company have consented to discharge all blacklegs m their employ. Defaulters m rates due to the Borough Council and to Hampstead Town Board are reminded that proceedings will be taken against them—in the case of the Borough Council, after the 4th of August, and m the case of Hampstead, without any further tarriance. The police have inste-uctions to commence their usual crusade against un- ' licensed dogs, and owners of such had better procure collars at once. The "Fresno Republican " recently gave a brief report of ft case m that neighbourhood where a child was taken seriously ill. The physican whom the mother called m decided that the illness had been caused by drinking the milk of a diseased cow, and a ringworm on her arm was ascribed to the same source. The family had been using the milk from a neighbour's cow which was afflicted- with an ulcer m her hindquarters; and it is believed that the poisonous matter m her blood had tainted the milk. Ii will be m the recollection of the public that my collection of apples shown m Mr Clayton's shop m 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 m the Ashbtirton bounty. I would draw their attenion my advertisement elsewhere. As only work on blight-proof stocks than which no other stocks can be relied upon, the roots of my apple trees do not require to be washed before sending out. James Porter, nurseryman, Allenton.— Advt. Holloways Ointment and Pills.— These remedies are unequalled throughout bhe world for bad legs, wOttndß, foul sores, bad breasta' and ulcers. Used according to directions given with them there is no wound, bad leg, or ulcers sore, however obstinate or long standing, but will yield to their healing and curative vroperties. Many poor sufferers who have been patients m the large hospitals under the care of eminent surgeons, and have derived little or no benefit from their tieatment have been thoroughly cured by Holloway's Ointment and Pills. For grandular swellings, tumours, piles, and I eiseases of the skin there is nothing that can be used with so much benefit. In fact, m the worst forms of disease, dependant upon the condition of the blood, these medicinos, usad eonjonitly, are irresistible.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2476, 28 July 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2476, 28 July 1890

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