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Mr Taylor intends to ask the Government whether "they will sat apart, say, about 3000 or 4000 acres of land m each of the provincial districts of the colony for the purpose of establishing agricultural prisons, and thereby save some thousands of pounds per annum of the taxpayers' money by making tho prisons of the colony self-supporting. In a debate on a proposed measure for dealing with pleuro-pneumonia m Victoria, Mr ; Davis,' M.L.C., supplied the following particulars'of the stock m Australia :— In the five colonies upon the mainland the last statistics gave the number of oattle as 9,000,000, the number of sheep as 70,000,000, ;md the number of horses as 12,000,000 ; and the value of this stock was estimated as follows: —Cattle, L 4,000,000 ; sheep, L 30,000,000; and horses L 15,000,000. A terrible accident has (says a New York telegram) occurred to an excursion steamer on the Sagimw River. The vessel, crowded with passengers, was making a trip near Saginaw, Michigan, when the captain, who was also responsible for the collection of the fares, left a fireman at the wheel whilst he gathered the money from tho excursionists. The river was swollen, and the level of the water such that there was not sufficient height for the passage of the vessel beneath the low span of a railroad bridge which crossed the river at the point. The wheelsman, however, either through ignorance or carelessness, steered the steamer for the low span, with the result that the decks of the boat, which was travelling at a considerable speed, were torn off by the girders of the ! bridge. Scores of passengers were swept I into the river amidst the splintered wreckI age, and twelve of them were killed either by drowning or t>y being crushed m the colj lision. The captain and fireman escaped without injury. They were subsequenty arrested, and are now m Saginaw gaol. ■ In a London letter, dated June lifch, is the following reference to what may be [ termed a sister boat to the seven cruiasrs j intended for these waters :—"H.M.S. Barossa, which is built on similar lines to the seven Australian cruisers, underwent her i gun trial last Friday, with very unsatisfactory results. The authorities were afraid to fire many rounds from the guns on her forecastle, as the decks and supports soon began to develop signs of weakness. The guns m the' waist of the vessel appeared to be fairly well supported'; but, ho doubt, even there similar symptoms of frailty and flimsiness would have shown themselves after continuous firing. The three sister ships of the Barossa have all failed to answer satisfactorily testsjput to them, while the Barham and Belloiia are even worse specimens of fragility. The wholesale failure of this class of cruiser has. led experts to express the opinion that the Australian cruisers will require a considerable sum of money to strengthen their hulls to withstand the shock of the 4| quick-firing guns which form the main portion of the armament, or the guns must always be fired with reduced charges."

ASHBURTON Early Closing Association. A meeting of the above To-night, usual place, 7.30, important. 8 44 WANTED Known —The Cheapest. Shop to buy Tinware and Galvanised Iron goods m Ashbarton, is at W. F. Hannaford's, Burnett Street. A jirge stock kept on hand. Tin and Iron ware goods made and repaired with dcs patch rpREES. TREES.— For Sale twelve or X fourteen thousand one nnd two-year-old Macrocarpa ; finest plants m the district. Come and sec for yourselves. Also rive or six thousand Pinus Insignis, one and t\#> years old, and all sorts of early Potatoes and all sorts of Cabbage Plants, Gooseberries, Currants, and Rhubarb. Apply MATTHEW ROONEY, Burnett Street East, 8 41 Ashburton. ~~ SEEDS, PLANTS, &c TREES. TREES. TREES.

t-L^ain tender my best thanks to my numerous Customers and Correspon dents for tho support I have received from them, and assure them that I shall still conduct my Business m tho future as I. have m the past, and all orders by post r otherwise will receive .ny prompt attention. My Apple Trees are all worked on the blight proof stock, and are clean and well grown ; also Pears, Plums, Cherries, Apricots, and all kinds of small Fruit*. I have one of the largest stock of Forest Trees m Canterbury, about 40,000 Larch, two years old, 40,000 do. one year old, and 100,000 Pinus Insignis, one and two years old. Cupressus Macrocarpa, I have a grand line. I make this a speciality. All my seedlings have been transplanted, being equal to those m boxes. I have \bout 100,000 one and two years old, also Roses and Fancy Shrubs m great variety.' trees supplied and planted by m^ will be guaranteed for 12 months. Catalogue sent post free on application.

TAMES "DORTER J AMES lORTER, NURSERYMAN and SEEDSMAN Ax,LE N T O N ASHBURTOK NOTICE. TREES / TREES ! I THE Undersigned, have opened a , Nursery on my own account and am prepared to sell FRUIT and FOREST TREES of the choicest sorts at prices not to be beaten. Having had 28 years' experience at Home and m the Colonies, I hay« grown none but the best sorts of Fruifc Trees, knowing that a great many thftt are planted out are shy bearers and some that do bear are inferior m quality. I hare also a very choice collection of j Roses and Shrubs. Gardens laid out : work done by contract or by day. Old fruit trees re-grafted with choice sorts if required. Hoping to get a fair share o public patronage. Note the Address, — J. MILLICHAMP, Nurseryman, Ttrrace Nursery, Tinwald. Letters addressed to Ashburton P.O. will receive my m poon>t attention. 6*l

SEALY'S FRUIT TREES ■yNCLUDING Apples, Pears, Plums, jL Cherries, Peaches, Apricots, Nectarns ines, and all other fruits. The merits of all the varieties have been subjected to i severe tests during the last 15 years, and the stock is now admitted to be the Largest and Choicest m Canterbury, probably m the colony, to select from, all warranted, ami at your own prices. SEALY'S FOREST TREES Of all kinds, innumerable m quantity, well-grown and hardy—all kinds, all sizes, all prices. SEALY'S ORNAMENTAL TREES, &c Choice m quality, numerous m quantity. SEALY'S MACROCARPA. Tens of thousands m number. iV large quantity specially grown for fencing at very low prices. SEALY'S ROSES Endless \n variety and choicest m quality SEALY'S CATALOGUES Forwarded free to any address on application. Note.-—I will only bo responsible for Trees ordered direct from the Nursery or through Mkwrs J, Sea^y akd Co., THOS, SEALY, Nurseryman, River bank, Ashburton.

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 2, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2485, 7 August 1890

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