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The handicaps for the Hunt Club Cup at the Ashburton County Hunt Club Steeplechases are raised 71bs all round, as the conditions of the race are that the mininum weight is lOst. Acceptances for Hunters Hurdles, Hunt Club Cup and Ladies Bracelet, close at 9 p.m. on Saturday next. The Telegraph Department inform us that Hongkong notifies that communication with Hoi How, Pakhoi, Linchow, and Limchow is interrupted. Rangoon notifies that the Moulmeiu route to Siam is all right, and Bangkok Saigon likewise all right. Hongkong notifies that direct cable communication with Amoy is restored. At the twenty-forth anniversary held m connection with Dr Barnardo's Homes on June 11, m the Albert Hall, there was a crowded and sympathetic audience to give a hearty " send off " to the, 200 children who are about to be sent from the homes at Stepney to the agricultuaal districts of Canada. The Marquis of Lome' presided. A resolution,moved by the Rev C. Spurgeon, " That this meeting of friends and supporters of Dr Barnardo's homes desires most carefully to acknowledge the good hand of God as manifested m the success hitherto vouchsafed to the institution, and pledges itself to continue to the work of child rescue its practical sympathy and liberal support," was seconded by the Rev Canon Fleming, and unanimausly agreed to. In consequence of the works undertaken by the Clerkenwell vestry for widening the roadway by the side of St James' Church, Clerkenwell, it has been necessary to disturb a great many graves and vaults m the churchyard. The "British Medical Journal" records that one of the bodies exhumed was that of a finely-developed woman of about 35 years of age, which bore but slight evidence of having lain m the grave for a hundred years. So far from showing signs of returning to its native dust, it appeared to have turned into a dirty-white wax. It was almost entirely converted into adipocere —skin, fat, muscles, and bones. With the exception of the leg bones and hands, the whole material of the frame '« as turned into this substance. The features were perfectly distinguishable, and any person who had known deceased m life would have readily indentified her. The hair was partly covered by a close-fitting cap;,the teeth were all m place. | The D'Orsay Ogden Company opened their scrson m Ashburton last niglit to a fairly well filled house. Unfortunately, time, tide, and trains wait for no man ; and, as the stage carpenter and mechanician had found out this fact that day, the company appeared with a not very well found stage. Mr J. J. Kennedy, a well-known actor, left the company at short notice to fulfil an engagement elsewhere, and his namesake, also a well-known figure on the colonial stage, was pressed into service. He took the parts of the " Coroner " and •' Bucket" m "Bleak House." His conception of the latter part was greatly amiss, and he was a long way from letter perfect, and the prompter's voice was m consequence a good deal louder than the tick of a clock. In the little comedy of "Festus and Stella "the burden of the piece was borne by Miss Helen Fergus and Mr L. Dunbar. The piece de resistance of the bill was " Bleak House," m which Baby Ogden appeared as "Jo." The little maiden has lost none of her ability since her last appearance m Ashburton, and her pourtrayal of the poor-crossing sweeper was worthy of all praise. Miss Helen Fergus as usual took the parts of " Lady Deadlock and "Hortense," the French lady's maid, and her acting was beyond cavil, so also was that of Ml 1 Laurie Dunba* ag "Tulkinghorn,"

Stanbury and Kemp, and probably Beach, intend to visit America next year. Sir Daniel Cooper, a wealthy Sydney magnate, lately sold a collection of postage stamps for £3000. The Anglican Dean of Melbourne is 92 years of age. Me has just recovered from a long and severe illness. A Frenchman has been sent to prison m the Department of the Aveyron for selling mushrooms made out of turnips. The trades unionists of Broken Hill caution unskilled labourers from seeking work on the field, as there are 300 unemployed there just now, barring policemen. Jones : Hallo Smith ! Got home all righ last night ? Smith: Yes, but my wif # wouldn't speak to me. Jones : Lucky fellow ' mine did. Out, 0f,'122 members constituting the New South Wales Legislative Assembly m 1886, but 55 have seats m the present Parliament. Eight of them are dead. The " Wellington Times" says :—"lf we cannot get suitable immigration to this colony, why not offer a premium to large families among the.colonists, with the added facilities of placing the offspring upon the lands?" During the last seven years the land under tillage m Victoria has increased by one million acres, and the rateable value of country lauds has increased from fiifty-five millions to ninety-five millions sterling. A mare belonging to William Burns, of Elmwood, Marshall county, Missouri, foaled three colts recently. The triplets are doing well. It is said to be the first time such a thing has occured. The English lambing season has been one of the most favorable that has been •' experienced for. some time. There have been comparatively few losses either of ewes or lambs, and with the rapid growth of grass i all classes of sheep are thriving well. Great Britain refuses to allow the importation of cattle from the United States on account of the danger of introducing pleuropneumonia, and America intends to retaliate '>y imposing a heavy tax on English horses filtering the States. Mr M'Adpo, who was one £ the Fisk Jubilee Singers, is now the leader of the Virginia Concert Company, which includes 'a number of fine vocalists. The company came out to the Cape by the Ruapehii on her last trip, and will probably be m Wellington about nine months hence. Two boys were walking down the street last night, when one of them evidently of a scientific turn of mind, pointed upward and said :—" I say, Bill, they say that 'ere star is inhabited. " You bet," replied the other j " it's a free country too, up there— none of yer bloomin' primage duty, no water rates, and no hangin' on to orfice vi hen yer know yer ought to go to the country. Mind I'm tellin' yer, now, Bill, and make no mistake!" From a paragraph m the Russian paper " Grajdariine * it would almost seem as if the dayß of wearing armour m battle were to be revived. It gives a, description of a coat of mail, proof to bullet and sword-itnit and very light to wear, which a Russian general has invented. Bullets are said to be flattened on coming m contact with the mail, and the wearer does not feel the: shock of the blow. It is scarcely surprising that this very remarkable invention is now engaging the serious' attention of the Russian military authorities. A remarkable story of " lost m the bush " comes from Walcha, m New South Wales. Last week a little girl was lost m the bush, and although every effort was made to trace her, she was not found for four days. At the end of that time she was found alive, aud apparently little the worse for the exposure. The child, who had only a light print dress on, had no food, during the whole of the time, and, as the weather was bitterly cold, with snow on the ground, it is difficult to understand how life was sustained. A, dog aud a goat accompanied the child for two days, but during the latter p-irt of her wanderings she was quite alone. In speaking m the House of Commons on a Bill to facilitate the winding up of companies' at Home, Sir M. Hicks "Beach referred to a land company which had been m process of liquidation for the last twenty years, and eaid that the work is not completed yet. The shares not being fully paid up, the official liquidator is making a call upon past shareholders, or their representatives, who sold their shares within a year before the commencement of winding tip, and who are still liable for calls under certain conditions. Thus a rude awakening is being experienced m some quarters. -A widow with a large family lately received a notification requiring payment of the calls upon shares 'vhieh her late, husband sold over twenty years ago. •On Tuesday afternoon the remains of Rufcaki Matharoa, the oldest Maori m South Canterbury, and probably m the South Island, were interred m the native cemetery at Arowhenua, ■Temtika. Her age is said to have been over 100 years, and certainly over ninety. Of her twelve children only one, Mrs George Kahri, survives. Her death took place at Waitaki, on Sunday, the 12th, but her -remains, after the customary ceremonies, were removed to Arowhenua, her birthplace, for burial. Her husband was the principal chief of the island, and took an active part m many of the inter-tribal warl*.l*. Rutaki was one of the first natives to embrace the Christian faith, and she was always much respected among her people. Referring to the non-payment of the Harbour Board Loan Coupons, "Anglo-Aus-tralian "m the '! European Mail" says : In. regard to the present outcry m certain city circles here as to New Zealand securities m connection with the trouble of the New Plymouth Harbour Loan, it must be borne m mind that when these bonds were originally issued the New Zealand Legislature passed an Act giving the cash proceeds of the Crown land sales for the service of the loan. Subsequent Acts, however, m relation to the sales of public lands considerably modified this, and thus a case has been made out why the Government should come to the aid of harbour tenements, that is owing to sundry Legislative changes that the whole trouble has arisen. It must be remembered, however, that the loan was issued at 6 per cent under par, and, of course, the Government would never have guaranteed a loan on such terms. Had the loan been Governmental it would have been a 4 per cent, loan at most. These points ought to be well borne m mind j by the rash and ignorant critics who hasten to make attack on New Zealand credit, which is not m the smallest possible manner really affected by the difficulty of the New Plymouth Harbour, which is due solely to the changed condition of land sales m Taranaki. The harvest is at its height m all parts of California, and the reports that iiave been received show that the yield will be much better than was expected. Since the prolonged storm of last winter the weather has been entirely favourable for the wheat raisers, and those who predicted a half crop and other similar disasters have been silenced. The latest Government report puts the wheat yield at 86, taking the normal at 100, as against 98 last year. This estimate is shown by subsequent developments to have been too low, it is probably nearer 90 or 92, and a large surplus will be available for export. The Produce Exchange reports a total stock of 252,216 tons of old wheat (including flour reduced to wheat) on the Ist of June, and as the Californian consumption is about 300,000 tons annually, practically all of the 1890 crop will be available for export. The crop will certainly not be less than 1,000,000 tons, so that California can be safely counted for 950,000 tons for export during the coming year.

"Blasphemous, Socialistic, Communistic, Atheistic, and Nihilistic incendiaries!" Such were the terms bestowed upon the leaders of the unemployed m the Victorian House on the 15th inst. by Mr Patterson.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2478, 30 July 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2478, 30 July 1890

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