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LOCAL AND GENERAL

The New Zealand Amateur Athletic Association have lixed on Auckland as the place to hold ilie next championship meeting. At Christchurch yesterday a young farmer recovered ,-C2"> damages from a dentist because tie latter's apprentice had pulled out the wrong tooth by mistake. Sir James Hector and Dr McGregor have been appointed to investigate ml alleged case of death from blood-poisoning in the Dunedin Hospital. The broom manufacturing industry in Auckland is brisk just now. Harbutt's factory turns out between 1503 and 2009 brooms a week. In the Coroner Inquests Bill, on the motion of Major Steward, a new clause has been introduced providing that no publican shall be required to receive a doad body into his house for the purpose of an inquest when there is a morgue within two miles. The "Post" says a big slip on the Manawatu Gorge Railway line has carried one of the iron bridges into the Manawatu river. It will cost about iiJOOO to replace it, and it must be done at the cost of the Govern? ment, not of the contractors. Edward J. Robinson, formerly shipping clerk in the Wellington Customs Department, against whom a warrant was issued for alleged embezzlement of Government moneys, and who it was thought had absconded to Sydney, was arrested at Mataravra, near Carterton yesterday, where he was engaged felling bush. By an advertisement in an another column it will be seen that services and meetings in connection with the Wesleyan Church Jubilee will commence next Sunday, and will be continued during next week. Meetings are being held in all parts throughout the colony during the year, each circuit being taken in its order. Christchurch and North Canterbury circuits have already been visited by the Jubilee deputations, and the services have been of great interest, whilst the donations to the Thanksgiving Fund have been of a liberal character. The Rev W. Morley (Jubilee Secretary) will arrive in Ashburton next Wednesday, and will take part in the meetings in the latter part of the week. The Rev J. A. Luxford. (from Leeston) will arrive on Saturday, and will preach on Sunday and assist at all meetings during the ensuing week. At about 10.30 p.m. on Saturday evening, during a strong nor'-wester, Mr Jeremiah Daly on going outside, found that his stable had suddenly collapsed. The stable is an open thatched one, and at the time contained nine draught horses. At first sight, it &ie?ned almost impossible to save the animals, as nothing c/juld be seen but a row of flourishing tails and kiting heels, the crossbeam of the roof resting on tUfi horses' flanks, and pinning them down. Finding it usiulftss trying to cut the horses free from the mangers, Mr Daly, with the help of his two men and a lady, set to work to shift the roof from the end and, not without great risk of being kicked, wsre able to cut the horses adrift one by one, af t ay about an hour and a half's hard work. With the exception of a few flesh wounds the horses are not much the worse, Mr Paly has been rather unlucky this year, having had ft severe illness, and been a considerable loser through having a. large amount of wheat burnt in May.

La, Grippe has reappeared at Shag Point, I and in a more severe form than upon the former occasion. The cathedral at Strasburg is to be lighted with electricity. It is the first church in Germany to be thus illuminated. William Goodwin, whose name Frederick Mavslaud Hadfield ia accused of forging to several cheques, died of apoplexy at Christchurch yesterday morning. Under the new rabbit suppression legislation any youth having a rabbit in his possession is liable to be shut up in gaol for a time, and discharged as a felon. This is not in Russia, but in New Zealand. There has been a great demand amongst the scholars of the different schools-through-out the colony for copies of the Railway Time Table, the object being to procure the very excellent map of New Zealand for scholastic purposes. Diphtheria has broken out in Blenheim, and the Marlborough Express says .that the sanitary conditions of the town are not looked after as they ought to be. It adds 1 that if the matter in not attended to Blenheim will become a second Christchurch. When the federal resolutions ar« proposed Dr Newman will submit the following additional clause :—" That the New Zealand delegates be instructed to direct their efforts to the lines of policy which shall lead To a development of trade between Australia and this colony." A remarkable case of death from selfimposed fasting has juat taken place at Ramsden Gray, a village in Essex. The victim was Miss Mead, a middle-aged person, and it is reported that she took nothing but water for six or seven weeks. She could not be induced to take food, and died from 1 starvation. "Sir," said a little bustling chap to a gentleman whom he derided for keeping his shop closed on Saturday, " I say, sir, to what sect do you thi?ik I belong?" " Well, I don't exactly know, replied the other, " but to judge from your make, size and appearance, I should say that you belong to a class called the insect." Encouraged by the large yield of potatoes and horse bea-is they succeeded iv raising last year, the settlers around Elthain, Llangi. tikei, are preparing large areas for planting ■with the same crops during the present season. Potatoes are said to have yielded at the rate of ten tons to the acre, and beans from fifty to seventy bushels. The Mayor of Dunedin continues to provide for the wants of the four persons recently discharged from Seacliff Lunatic Asylum. The Charitable authorities and the Government disclaim liability, and Mr Roberts, with commendable promptitude, has stepped into the breach, and is now bearing all costs from his private purse. For the first time in history, the Pope has conferred a pontifical decoration on a monarch who does not belong t j>;he Christian faith. The Holy Father has presented I to the Shsih the Order of Pius the Ninth, and has forwarded to him the insignia together with an autograph letter, in which he thanks ! Nasred-Deen for the protection and liberty accorded to the Catholics in Persia. By a regulation of the Victorian Exeeu' tive Council, published in the last week's "Gazette," sheep maybe introduced into Victoria by sea from any of the Australasian colonies without being quarantined or dipped, provided a certificate be produced from the Chief Inspector of Stock from the colony whence the sheep are brought that scab has not existed in the said colony for the preceding two years. An American schoolboy's composition ou "The Editor" ran as follows :—The Editor in one of the happiest beggars in tlie world, he can go to the circus in the atternoon sm 1 evenings without paying a cent., nh'> to inquests and hangings. He has free tickets to the theatre, gets wedding cak3 sent to him Oi-kI i 0 netinies gets licked"' but not often, fcr he can take them back in the next issue, which he generall) does. While other folks go to bed early, the editor can sit up every night and sec all that is going on. A correspondent contributes the following : —" An exhibition of trotting was tjiven in the Mall on .Saturday by the cele'nv.leil marc Princess, lately disqualified at ElsVernwick. Site was ridden by her owner, Dave Price, the crack New Zealand jockey, who gave an admiring crowd a sample of hi;> skill, jumping off and on to the saddle while the mare was going at full speed. Princess is undoubtedly the fastest trotter in the Australian colonies. It is, we believe, intended to exhibit her at the Sandhurst Agricultural Show, when Lord Hopetoun will be present." The magnitude of the operations of the Salvation Army in Great Britain will be realised from the following particulars gleaned from the "War Cry " of the 26th July :—During the great dock strike li), 000 people were fed daily at half price. At Wood Green, London, a site for an eiifice has been purchased at £2109; at Shefield the site for a proposed cathedral has been purchased for £7000, while a building tostmg £8000 is being erected at Neweastl«-on-Tyne ; a barrack at Bolton costing £30(0 is just completed, and £14,000 has lately teen paid for the site qf a mammoth temple t* be erected at Manchester. The •' Fiji Times" states that Sir JB, Thurston, High Commissioner of the Western Pacific, before leaving Tonga for Fiji, after the deportation of the Rev. SUrlcy Baker, made an address to the peopl< of Nukualofa. He said that with the assistance of the king and chiefs he had been able to do a great work for Tonga ; that it vas the will of Queen Victoria that Tonga shoild be for the Tongans; and that it was prfectly false that England desired to amex Tonga. The High Commissioner deprecated the flogging of women, and informed tie people that on her next trip the Wairai would bring back their relatives in the mot friendly spirit, and so let peace be established and prevail. A paragraph in the last San Franciso mail summary narrated the fall of a bg meteor on the farm of Martin Kittinghan, Montecillq, Mississippi. This is how tie veracious "Massachusetts Ploughman" na--ratqa the qccu.rence. It landed in a pone, about 10 o'clock in the morning, and as th» pond was one which Mr Kittingham hal stocked with fine trout and perch, the rel hot stone soon converted the whole pond int« steam, at once killing and cooking the fish It was sad to lose his pond, but the planter was equal to the emergency, and determinec to make the most of it. He had several oi his men secure as many of the fish as they could with long poles, as it was impossible to go near the white hot meteor. When the fish were secured invitations were sent out at once, and a large number of friends of Mr Kittingham partook with him of a rare banquet literally cooked by a receipt from the' skies. All enjoyed the feast but few would care to experiment with similar cooking. '**'"""

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2486, 8 August 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2486, 8 August 1890

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