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Major Steward and others are interesting themselves in the erection of a suitably inscribed tombstone over the grave of the late Mr Turnbull. They are collecting subscriptions among members for this purpose. Inspector Hume claims that for the present volunteer capitation of £2 the Government get "nothing but inefficiency, and a paper corps, in reality non-existent." Mr Alex. McKay, F.G.S., and assistant in the Government Geological Department, has perfected a photographic camera and combination lens, by which he ha 3 taken plates of views and objects sixteen miles distant from his lens. A meeting of wool buyers was held in Christchurch yesterday. The meeting decided "that the holding of wool sales at Ashburton, Bangiora, and Amberley is opposed to the best interests of both buyers and sellers, and this meeting pledges itself to use its utmost endeavors to Generalise the sales in Christchurch." The Russian Minister of Marine is con* sidering the project of a new military port | for the north of the empire, and the probable site will be in the Peninsula of the Fishermen, as there are roadsteads there which are never frozen, and from which ( ships could consequently sail at any period of tho year for either the Arctic Ocean or i the Atlantic, I In reference to the Railway Servants Society's complaint regarding piecework, Mr McKerrow, Chief Commissioner, sjbates that, since the delegates left Wellington,' the bras.!? moulders at Petone complained of the smailneas fit £!*eir wages, and in order to give them an opportunity to make as much as the men at Addingion typvkshops, the ' Petone moulders were put on piecework. . Sir Jainea Pergnsson, at one time .(iov- j ernor of New Zealand, but now Political Secretary to the Foreign Office, is engaged to be married for the fourth time. As his three previous wives brought him decent foi-tnnes, he i 3 gradually acquiring great by ft process which few can avail themselves .of.-^change. I There is some douhfc ac <*? what the ruling I price for Mew Zealand wh'eaj. .on the Jjondon market is. In our Wednesday's issue, under date London, July 18, the price ex warei house, for long-berried was given at 37s to 87s (sd. Under date the 21st the price, off coast, was 37s Cd to 38s. It is plain from the latter telegram, if the price is as stated, that New Zealand wheat of the above description is worth, c* warehouse., from 40s to . 41s per quarter. We will admit thajb cable ' messages are not always reliable, but we have ))een told that a private cablegram has been received in New Zealand intimating that wheat had gone up 4s a quartet within the 1 past fortnight. If such is the case then the quotation of 40s to 41s wpuld be near the mark.—"N.O. iimw-

A private letter has been received in Auckland from Tasmania that gives a little good news to stock-breeders. It says:— " There is now a Bill before Parliament making our quarantine regulations for cattie 30 clays for New Zealand importations, as against 60 days from the other colonies. It is thought that this will have the effect ef introducing some good pure strains from your country." The Land Roll lately published an instance which clearly showed that there was money to be made even in these bad times by a judicious speculation hi land. A farm in JSssex was purchased a few years back at £1700. The purchaser soon resold it for £2700, and before long it changed hands once more for £4000. Lastly, most of the land was sold in building plots, the seller getting back his money and retaining twenty acres as his profit. A rather sensational story comes from Paris to the effect that Count H. Bismark has been intriguing at some of the smaller German courts against the Emperor. • The plotting will, it is said, lead to the dismissal of a number of high officials. It is not likely, we are told, that any steps will be taken against Prince Bismark personally, but, " he has probably by this time received a communication from the Emperor which, if disregarded, wonld lead to serious results." The " Evening Post" says :—" We learn that a writ has been issued by Sir Julius Vogel, claiming £13,000 from the colony in connection with the floating of the five million loan and for services rendered as a loan agent during his term of office as Agent-General. Half his claim is for the recognition of services rendered, and £7000 for damages for dismissal from the loan agency. Sir Julius Vogel alleges that he resigned the Agent-General-ship on the understanding that he would be allowed to retain the loan agency in England for some years, and be paid commission on the conversion of loans." The following capital story is told in a recent number of the " World " :—"On May 22 Misa Leonore Snyder played the part of Gianettain the ' Gondoliers/ and with every success. Sir Arthur Sullivan had* a curious experience on the night of her debut. He strolled into the back of the dress circle about the time of Gianetta'a first entrance, and as he was anxiously watching Miss Snyder he unconssiously ' hummed' her part aloud. One or two indignant glances were cast round without any effect on the composer and at last a gentleman observed angrily ' I have paid my money, sir, to hear Sir Arthur Sullivan's music—notyoura.'" In the Fortnightly Reveiw Mr Gossip thus concludes an article in which a comparison is drawn between Victoria and New South Wales :—" To sum up : The prote tive colony ia ahead in agriculture ; ahead in viticulture; ahead in growth of population ; ahead in railway development; ahead in banking; ahead in large manufactures and number of workmen employed jaHead in enterprise and capital; ahead in geiierai prosperity and progress; and finally-, 41----though behind in mineral and pastoral wealth, its artisans and peasantry —in a word, its entire proletariat —the bone and sinew of a country, are perhaps the most contented and prosperous in the world." Mr James Campbell, the well-known auctioneer, formerly of Acland, Campbell, and Co., (during his connection with which firm he was resident in Ashburton), and for six years auctioneer for the National Mortgage and Agency Company, is leaving Christchurch for Gisborne, to join the firm of Common, Shelton, and Co. He was yesterday presented with a purse of sovereigns in Christchurch. The presentation was made, in presence of a large representative gathering, by Mr John Anderson, junr., President of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association. The President of the Chamber of Commerce and other gentlemen spoke in highly eulogistic terms of Mr Campbell's ability and probity. The Sheffield correspondent of the "Lyt. teltou Times" writes: —This locality experienced a painful shock this (Sunday) morning on discovering that an old anil respected resident had been found dead under very distressing circumstances. The deceased, Mrs Martin, had not been in good heath lately, and was under the care of Dr Meadows. At an early hour on Sundaymorning she rose and partially dressad herself, and got out of her house by a window without disturbing the family. She was missed by her husband some time before daylight, and search made afc the neighbours' houses resulted fruitlessly. Shortly after her body was discovered in the Malvern water-race a few chains from her residence. Two of the three Misses Palliser, who recently caused some sensation in the House of Commons, where they were taken with a view of influencing votes in favor of a grant to their father, the late Sir W. Palliser, were guilty of a curious escapade last summer, which gave great annoyance to their worthy guardian, Captain Palliser, R.N., who has done so much for their cause. Mr Pears, the well-known soap maker, proposed to start a beauty show on the Continental model. The Misses Palliser, "fora lark," sent their photographs, and were awarded first and second prizes, which amounted to a handsome sum, but involved the obligation of appearing publicly as the prize winners, and of allowing their photographs to be reproduced by Messrs Pears' firm. On learning what had happened, Captain Palliser threatened to put all the machinery of the Court of Chancery into force against both his nieces and the soap manufacturers, and the unhappy girls were deprived of their little windfall of pocket money. The Australasian squadron Avill (says "Atlas"in the "World)" be ready to leave about August, and the whole of the . vessels will sail for the antipodes in company —Katoomba, Mildura, Wallaroo, Karrakatta, and the rest of the oddly, though very appropriately, named warships. I confess I am entirety in sympathy with the colonists, who, owning for the first time a local navy, wish that the vessels shall bear local names. I can picture to myself their reception on arrival. The excitement at Sydney over the return of the Soudan contingent will be nothing beside the enthusiasm of the multitude when their "very own" ships drop anchor in Farm Cove. From the Heads to Lady Macquarie's Chair there will be throngs of eager spectators, while the waters of the harbour will be covered by a fleet of boats of all sizes, such as we do not sco even at the Oxford and Cambridge race, simply because there is not room for such a one on the Thames, The age of chivalry is not yet dead, if the incident just related by a Berlin correspondent be true. At a lire in Biiittlingen, in Altemark, the other day, it was discovered that a lady was in the burning house. Suddenly from the crowd came a voice: "A hundred marks to him who brings out Frau Werner !" Hereupon one Stegman, a married man and the father of a family, quickly elbowed his way through the throng; aud, saying as he did so " Who thinks of thalers when a life's at stake 1 " rushed into the burning pile. The crowd awaited his return with breathless anxiety, and at length the half-suffocated man was seen on the burning threshold, bearing in his arms the insensible Frau Werner. Scarcely had he reached the street and delivered his burden into the custody of her friends than the walls fell in. The hundred marks were instantly forthcoming, but the gallant fellow emphatically refused a pfenning, saying he had only done an act of common charity.

The Oamaru farmers have formed a Union to protect their interests. The rumour that the Opposition are about to " Stump " the country is denied. It is expected that the Government will again compromise with the "Skinflint' party in regard to the reductions in the Estimates in Committee of Supply. We acknowledge receipt from the Government Printer of the Crown Lands Guide for Canterbury district, corrected up to the 30th June 1890. We have several copies for free disposal, which may be had on application. The Dawn of Peace Ladge of Good Templars will hold a tea and concert in the Good Templar Hall on Thursday evening next. A capital programme has been prepared, and a full attendance is anticipated.^ Matson and Co. on Saturday sold landed properties in the estate of the Rev. T.R. Fisher. The principal property, 746 acres of Sudely farm, Ellesmere, was knocked down to Mr William McMillan, of Corwar, at £22 10s per acre. Some smaller sections in the same locality were sold. The total proceeds of the sale was .C^OSS Mr P. Campbell, wellknown in sporting circles, and president of the Caledonian Society, and starter of the Canterbury Jockey Club was married this morning at Christchurch to the daughter of the late Hon. W. Robinson. A large number of friends assembled at the Railway station to farewell to the couple, who proceed on a journey to England. At a meeting of the residents of Port Albert and surrounding districts, it was resolved to recommend that any money devoted to railway extension in the North Island should be spent on the railway from north, and that the West Coast road should have first a share of the money voted for roads north of Auckland. In laying the sheep returns on the table of the House, the Minister of Lands said he was glad to be able to inform the House that on the 30th of June last there were no infected sheep in the colony. The total number of sheep is shown by these returns to be 15,423,328, which is an increase on last year of 381,830. The sheep rate amounted to £15,424, as against £15,042 in the previous year; and the salaries and travelling allowances of Inspectors came to £10,927. Some time ago we drew attention to the state of the footpath in front of the Somerset Hotel right-of-way. The Borough Council have done nothing as yet to improve the footpath, and it really seems full time a load or so of shingle were put down to enable people to get over the "Slough of Despond " dry shod. Several of the footpaths in unasphalted portions of the town would also be the better of re-shingling. The trade in Australian horses (says " Colonies and India ") appears to be developing apace in the Straits Settlements. A 'parcel of 86 " walers " was landed at Singapare the other day from the steamer Nerbudda, and farther deliveries were shortly expected, as the demand for horses is rapidly on the increase in the Straits. Australia will soon have a formidable competitor in this trade in New Zealand, the class of cattle from the lattor colony having already quite taken the fancy of buyers for the Innian market in preference to the "walers," Not so much is now heard of the oncethreatened competition from the Cape in the Indian market. There is now to be seen in the shop window of Messrs J. Scaly and Co., East street, a collection of apples showing some of the sorts grown at the Nurseries, Riverbank, 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 th e finest that have been shown in Ashbtirto n his season.—(Advb) Hollo ways Ointment and Pills.— These remedies are unequalled throughout the world for bad legs, wounds, foul sores, bad breasts' 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 in the large hospitals under the care of eminent surgeons, and have derived little or no benefit from their treatment have been thoroughly cured by Hollo way's Ointment and Pills. i^Fov grandular swellings, tumours, piles, ; and eiaeascs of the skin there is nothing that can be used with so much benefit. In fact, in the worst forma of disease, dependant upon the condition of the blood, these medicinosj usad conjointly, are irresistible.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2477, 29 July 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2477, 29 July 1890

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