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Mr Andrew Dawson, of Waterton, fell this afternoon crossing out of the right of way at back of Somerset Hotel, and broke his right leg above the ancle. A Home paper reports that William Thomas Edmonds, aged 16, who resided with his parents at No. 118, Ugeniaroad, Rotherhithe, went to a cookshop and partook of some steak pie, greens, and potatoes for dinner, and for his supper he had a eoupleof eggs. He was ill the next day and died. l)r Shaw had no doubt that death was due to gastric irritation of the stomach, brought about by the steak pie. He was called to a similar case some time ago, when death ensued from eating a steak pie, the meat of which was tainted. The jury returned a verdict m accordance with the medical testimony. Bays the "Melbourne Leader"—"Onehalf of all the farm stock m Victoria are mongrels of the worst type, and one-half of all plants that cover the ground are rank rubbish, from which the farmer derives more harm than profit. Now every grazier and agriculturist m tho land should set himself to annihilate those pests that prey upon his resources. In both the animal and vegetable kingdom the great principle of improvement is selection, aided by careful feeding and treatment on the one hand and by good cultivation and sufficent manuring on the other. Good .seed is ever worth paying a greater price for, bad seed may entail trouble and expense for years." From a recent interview with an American shipmaster, published by the " New York Sun," the following peculiar condition of tilings at Liberia is gained. The skipper states that the Liberians, after being fortyfour years building up their Government to top notch, only recently started m the steamboat business. They haye launched a vessel called the Grand Republic. It was once a sugar mill, and the engine that ground the sugar now moves the boat. It propels two wheels, each of which has four paddles. There were fireworks and a torchlight procession upon the occasion of the n'rst departure of Grand Republic up fhe St Paul river. It goes up fifteen miles one day, and returns the next. Getting the Grand Republic up to her wharf, Captain Page says, is an awful job, and sometimes requires the united services of the colored male population of the town off which the boat lies

All the bakers of Auckland have agreed nob to charge less than 3d per 21b loaf. The men employed at the Hamburg Gasworks having struck work, and the city was m darkness on the night of the 13th ult. The first number of the "London Daily Telegraph" contained 7s 6d worth of advertisements. Sunday school teacher: "Vhat is more to be desired than great riches ?" Chorus of scholars: "Nothin." It is calculated that, m the event of a general strike, about 50,000 men m the colony would be called out. It is stated that the Government will probably institute either a criminal or a civil prosecution against Mr Hutchinson, the member for Waitotara. Mr T. Morrin, of Auckland, recently disposed of two choicely bred Alderney cows for £137. The animals have been purchased on behalf of Mr George Vowles, of Victoria The Dunedin Hospital Trustees have resolved to hold an inquiry into the causes surrounding the death <i; a patient m the institution. A conference is to be held m Melbourne m November next to consider the question of charitable aid. Delegates from all the colonies have been invited to attend. A bank has been started at Samoa under the presidency of Mr Hayhurst, formetly of South Canterbury. Mr E. W. Gurr is resident manager. The largest cheque ever drawn was recently passed through the London Clearing House. It was for £1,250,000, and was drawn by the Indian and Peninsula Railroad Company on the London and County Bank. Alexander Milouany, a Russian peasant, was recently on trial at Kew, charged with personating the Saviour. The bogus prophet cannot read, but can repeat the entire Bible from memory, having had it read to him. Dr Pentecost contemplates an evangelistic campaign m India next winter, with the help of 20 Christian ladies and gentlemen, who will bear their own expenses and co-operate with him. In the great library at Paria, there is a Chinese chart of the heavens, made 600 years before Christ, showing the location of 1,460 stars, correct as corroborated by the best scientists of the present day. A correspondent of the " Washington Star " says the marbles of the United States and Mexico have driven the Carrara variety to the wall. Its most formidable foe iB the Mexican onyx. A Ballarat resident has informed the Victorian Government that notwithstanding the cry of the unemployed m Melbourne, if he could obtain labour m the richest agricultural district m Victoria, he could put on at least 200 men, at say contract wages, m digging potatoes and splitting firewood. Thursday's " New Zealand Times " says :— The Minister of Lands has informed Mr Wilson that there is at present a small area of land on the Waimate Plains reserved for an experimental farm for the North Island, and that the subject will receive further consideration. According to the annual report of the Auditor-General of New South Wales, the gross amount of the year's operation* under the Consolidated Revenue Fund, the Loans Fund, and the Trust Fund comes \o £22,250,088 and the disbursements during the year to £16,703,213, leaving a credit balance of £5,546,875. Mr Aplin, one of the aspirants to represent Truant m the General Assembly, was asked i the other evening, when addressing the > electors, whether he would be m favour of I calling out the volunteers one day a. week to I shoot sparrows. Mr Aplin replied that he ! did not know whether the sparrows would ! decrease by such a process, but he was sure t'.ic stock of ammunition would. j According to the "Hawke's Bay Herald," j after flic meeting at Christchurch of tho 1 AmtrnWian Association for the Advance- . incut of Science, three parties will be formed, one visiting the lake regions of the South Island, the second the Sounds, and the third j Rnapcliu, Tongariro, and the Hot Lake ! districts. It is reported that Sir John Moke;- will visit Now Zealand this year, and . ii^fceml tho association meeting. \ Mr Pyke, M.H.R., wishes to know whether the Government will consider the propriety and desirability of instructing the Railway Commissioners to reduce fares and freights so as merely to cover the cost of working expenses and maintenance, m order that the original and declared purpose of the loan raised on the London market, namely, to promote settlement, may be given effect' to. Referring to the Civil Service Bill, the " Taranaki Herald" says .-—The fault m this Bill is that an impractical class of men are likely to gain the higher positions which those of business aptitude may not care to waste their time m attempting to secure. Aptitude for the work is not, it seems, to be taken into consideration under the Act. The chief consideration of the future candidate for the Civil Service, if the Bill passes, will be to secure a competent "coach" to enable him to answer fairly well a string of questions which will be of no use to him m the position he seeks to attain, and, therefore, though he may have no ability to fill the appointment, he stands a chance of getting it. On Thursday evening a public meeting was held m the Oddfellows' Hall, Rakaia, to listen to an address by Mr T. W. Glover, agent of the New Zealand Alliance. The Rev H. Collins was m the chair, and the Revs J. P. Riddell and E. Armstrong were also present. The hall was comfortably filled, and Mr Glover's racy and forcible remarks on the liquor traffic were received with evident approval. On the motion of Rev J. P. Riddell, seconded byMrC. Dixon, i it was resolved that the Premier be requested j to introduce the Local Option Bill without delay, and that Messrs Buxton and Walker be asked to give the Bill their heartiest support. Votes of thanks to Mr Glo\ er and the Rev Chairman terminated the proceedings. A meeting was held m the Public Library, Rakaia, on Monday evening to institute a Literary and Debating Society. There was a good attendance, and Rev H. Collins presided. Mr R. J. Gee, one of the promoters, explained the reason for which the meeting was convened, and it was unanimously resolved that a Literary and Debating Society be formed, members to be admitted by ballot, Mr Broadbent, as a member of a similar society which had existed m the town some years ago, spoke of the good to be derived from such an institution, and urged upon the members the necessity of taking a thorough interest m it, if they wished it to succeed. A committee was appointed to draw up rules, etc. The Rev H. Collins was elected president and treasurer, and Mr J. R. Sharp hon. secretary. The opening night was fixed for Thursday next, August 7th, when Mr Broadbent will read a paper upon the Chinese as a people. There was a lively scene last week m the Melbourne City Cou~t m connection with the hearing of the charges against the directors of the Premier Permanent Building' Society. Mr Purves m the first instance made a remark about "Tyke," referring to the native county of Mr Neighbour, one of the counsel for the defence, and Mr Neighbour fairly " exploded"; but Mr Purves explained that he intended it as a compliment, and quiet was restored. Soon afterwards Mr Gaunson, without any warning, made a hideous parody on one of Mr Purves' baptismal names. Mr Purves immediately made a fervid expostulation to the Bench. Mr Gaunson alleged the-t he thoxight the name he used was really Mr Purves' name, and if m the wrong he apologised. Mr Purves exposed the subterfuge, but the Bench accepted the apology, and forthwith adjourned the Court. Then Mr Purves went over to Mr Gaunson and said, " When you said you did not know my name you told a deliberate lie. Your are a liar, scoundrel, and a blackguard." Mr Gaunson flushed, and repeated the expression with the addition of adjectives m reply. Then Mr Purves, with Ins fist raised, rushed forward, Mr Gaunson being as eager to meet him ; but bystanders interposed, and they were prevented from coming to blows. In the afternoon the proceedings were again disorderly

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2484, 6 August 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2484, 6 August 1890

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