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Mr Toomey has withdrawn froifi the field m the Timaru election contest. An ingenious Aucklander has patented a machine for cleaning boot?. A wife-beater m Auckland named Samuel Grccnrod has been sentenced to two months' imprisonment for his brutality. A Gorman doctor lias discovered thai coffee destroys microbes. All that he experimented upon with it were killed. Sir (t. Grey wants the Legislature to enact fiat all leading articles m the newspapers shall bear the name of the writers. The Molyneux river is at present running pretty high—fully 12ft or loft above its ordinary level § " Taxation ; The present system a system of robbery by science," was the title of a lecture delivered by Mr W. McLean before the Wellington Union Debating Society. A young man who has lately been bushfelling m the Poluuigintn^ihaJ received advices that the sum of £8, lying iti wait for him. The paper on which the Bank of England notes arc printed is made of new linen or cotton, and a note will support a weight of 3151bs before it is sized. Waiter (who has just received payment of the bill): " Beg pardon, sir ; but this don't include the waiter." Mr Shaycobs : "Of course it don't, ma tear ; but then I didn't eat the vaiter ! " Electric traction is said to be fairly booniI ing m London. In a few weeks n line of omnibuses run by electricity is to be started. Tliey will be driven by storage batteries, and have a seating capacity for 26 passengers. Mr D. Thomas has been appointed agent for Redwood's blight specific m this district and has a stock of the material now on hand. Orchadists and gardeners are invited to inspect the testimonials already given as to the efficacy of the specific. Mr Hall-Jones addressed the Timaru electors on Saturday evening. He declared himself a freetrader, m favor of the present State system of education, a land and income tax m preference to the property-tax, and declared against party Government. It is no use telling you to look pleasant, said the photographer to the pretty young lady, as he prepared to unmask his camera, for you cannot look anything else than pleasant. And this observation so pleased her that she smiled all over, md the picture was a great success. A Dunedin policy-holder wants to know how much of the Government Life Insurance funds are invested under mortgages m properties that are not worth the money m the market. He refers, for an example, to the hotel and other properties at Blenheim, brought m the other day at £20,000 by the mortgagees —the Government Life Insurance Association. A message to the "Daily Times" says that a dispute has taken place at the Allandale coal mine, Shag Point, the carters having struck work m consequence of the bad state of the road between the mine and the railway station. On Tuesday the miners were ! all discharged, doubtless m consequence,nnd it is already m the air that the next few days may reveal further developments, I Tobacco must be a profitable crop m Egypt, as it bears a tax of. £30 an acre, as the equivalent of an import duty of Is 3d per pound on foreign tobacco. The tobacco ■ revenue m Egypt is £450,000. Sir Charles Dilke recommends the Indian Government to levy similar special duties on tobacco, and such taxes, it is estimated, would yield between throe and four millions a year. Messrs Millar and Gibbs (Federated Seamen's Union), Andrews and Lomas (Amalgamated Miners' and Laborers' Union), D. P. Fisher and Brown (Federated Wharf Laborers' Union), at present constitute the Executive of the Maritime Council, but the railway servants and other organisations are affiliated thereto, and it is intended to shortly enlarge the representation on the Council. It is said that the Queen is m the habi* of of keeping rooms which have been occupied by deceased persons locked up. The apartnjceiits at Claremont, m which the Princess Charlotte died more than 70 years ago, are closed, and nobody js allowed to use them. Prince Albert's apartments at Windsor, Osborne, and Balmoral are all kept precisely as they were when he was alive; and on the wall m the room m which he died there is a feablet with an inscription recording the fact that "this apartment was the scene of his demise." .John Brown's rooms at Windsor have also beeii closed since: his death, and marked with a large brass sign, with aa inscription commemorating his virtues Rod deploring his death, *

His Excellency the Governor has appointed Mr Joseph Batty to be a member of the Mount Hutt Licensing Committee, vice Mr Julian Jackson. For tha senior civil service examination m January, 1891, the period of literature will be that between 1800 and 1850, and the special books Milton's "Samson Agonistes " and Shelley's " Prometheus Unbound." The annual Point to Point Steeplechase to finish up the hunting season will be held on Wednesday. Entries will be take up to twelve noon on the day of the race. The sub-Committee have decided on a very good course, and we hope to see a good field. The horses will be started on their journey at about 3.30 p.m. rapid increase of crime m Prance is causing grave apprehension among thinking people, and gave the Archbishop of Rheiins a text for the Lenten discourses which have created such a sensation among our neighbours. It appears that the annual average of criminality has increased threefold since 1870, and the average of juvenile criminals fourfold. Suicidal mania is also spreading, the number of suicides having more than doubled m 10 years. Sir Wilfrid Lawson gave his opinion of both the Government Licensing Bill and Lord Randolph's as well. "We cannot support the former because it creates a prospective value m the license," he said. "On that we light As to the noble lord's faith as a local optionist I am reminded of the American who said—'l am m favour of the Maine law, but against ita enforcement.' That is Lord Randolph all over." Major Steward wrote a letter to ■' the Dummyism Committee demanding that persons employed on the Levels station should be summoned and examined with regard to certain alleged acts of dummyism m that locality. Mr John M'Kenzie nioved that this course be adopted, but Mr Rhodes moved as an amendment that the inquiry should be general, and that alleged dummies from every part of the colony should be summoned for examination. This was carried unanimously. The owners of sheep m the colony are classified as follows :—Owning under 500 head, 7054 persons; 800 and under 1000 sheep, 1381 persons; 1000 and under 2000 sheep, 826 persona ; 2000 and under 5000 sheep, 597 persons; 5000 and under 10,000 sheep, 277 persons; 10,000 and under 20,000 sheep, 239 persons; 20,000 and upwards, 151 persons. The total number of sheep being for 1889, 15,423,328 owned by 10,525 persons. The Russian eats, on an average, once every two hours. The climate and custom require such frequent meals, the digestion of which is aideel by frequent draughts of vatka and tea. Vatka is the Russian whisky, made from potatoes and rye. It is fiery and colorless, and is generally flavored with some extract Hke vanilla or orange. It is drunk from small cups that hold perhaps half a gill. Vatka and tea are the inseparable ac- ] companiments of friendly as well as of busj« ness, intercourse m the country of the Czar. Professor Bruehl, the most active apostle of Darwinism m Austria, was until lately m the habit of delivering gratis lectures on anatomy. The clericals, m their organ, the Vaterland, lately raised the cry that the professor was undermining the Christian faith, and repeated their warning so often that the Minister of Public Instruction summoned the college of university profesaora to decide whether they were or were not dangeroiu from a religious point of view. Professsor Bruehl was informed by the rector that there was nothing to prevent him from continuing his lectures. A couple of Scotchmen settled m Cau'ida were out on a trapping excursion, and came to a cavity where they knew there was a young bear. It was arranged that ono should crawl into the hole and capure it, while the other kept guard outside. Accordingly this was acted upon ; but the she bear put m an appearance when tho guard was unprepared, and he had barely time to grip the brute bytho attachment which does duty for tail as it was entering its lair. Presently, from the interior came the enquiry, '' \ V hat's that that's stopping light, Donald ':" to which was shouted the reply, " Man, if the tail break;, yell sune ken." Jackson and party, the real discoverers of the M.'ihakipawa goldfield, have (sv>» tie Havelock correspondent of the "Times") never received ore penny from (hs Govern ment. A bonus of £500 was promised for the discovery of any gold-field, half to be found by the local body on the adoption of certain regulations, the other half to be paid from the consolidated fund. The local body m tliis instance, viz., the Pclorous Road Board, refuse to adopt the regulations owing to want of funds, and consequently the prospectors, who went through all kinds of hardships, receive nothing. Considering that something like 40,000 ounces have been unearthed, and a permanent field found employing over 300 miners, he considers that the Government should do something, and if necessary have the regulatione amended t A case just tried at Leeds furnishes another instance of the utterly vicious system of " tipping " m business which we have so often condcmined. The head dyer m a Bradford firm, who was entrusted with the buying of the drugs for his branch of the business, arranged with a Leeds drysalter that the goods should be invoiced much above the market value, and that the excess should be divided between them. In this way, it is alleged, the Bradford firm was defrauded of large sums. The jury took a long time to make up their minds, but eventually brought m a verdict of guilty, and the buyer was sentenced to nine months' and the seller to three months' imprisonment. The system has been defended m many quarters, on the ground that business cannot otherwise bo done, but a few such sentences will bring home to those who resort to it that it has it« risks, and will strengthen the hands of those who set their faces against this demoralising practice. —Exchange. Tht bog* medicine is Sander and §»«»' Euc&lpyti Extract. Test it§ eminent powerful effect* m coughs, coldi, influenea, etc.— the relief ia instantaneous. Thousands give the most gratifying testimony. His Majetty the King of Italy and medical syndicate! all over the world are its patrons. Rend the official reports that accompany each bottle. We have no occasion to offer reward* m proof of the genuineness 'of our refere»oes. The official reports of medical clinics and universities, the official communications of th« Consul-General for Italy at Melbourne : the diploma awarded International Exhibition, Amsterdam—all these are authentic documents, and, as such, not open to doubt. We add here epitome of one of the various cases treated at the clinic of Schultz, M.D. Professor, etc.—•" C. 8., 24 years old; congestional abscess on the thigh. Incisions made m two places. Although Lister's dressing was applied, the secretion became, two days later, very copious, and had adopted a foetid decomposed character. The temperature rose enormously. In consequence the dressing wa§ removed and m ita place were made during the day-time repeated irrigations with Eucalypti Extract. The offensive faster disappeared very soon, the fever abated within a few days, and the patient recovered after the lapse of several weeks. In this instance we must not lose sight of the fact that the latter treatment saved the patient's life." (Advfc.) 3 There is now to be seen m the shop window of Messrs J Seujy 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 the inest that have been shown m Ashburton his season—CA lv Hollo way's Pills.—Weary of Life.— Derangement of the liver is one of the mos efficient causes of dangerous disease, and the most prolific source of those melancholy forebodings which are worse than death itself. A few doses of these noted pills act magically m dispelling low spirits, and repelling the covert attacks made on the nerves by excessive heat, impure atmosphere, overindulgence, or exhausting excitement. The shattered constitution may derive benefit from Holloway's Pills, which will regulate disordered action, brace the nerves, increase f the energy of the intellectual faculties, and revive the failing memory. By attentively studying the instructions for taking these pills, an explicitly putting them m practice, the most desponding will soon feel confident of a perfect recovery,

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2488, 11 August 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2488, 11 August 1890

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