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We wottld remind our readers of the concert this evening to he given by the Ashburton Choral Society jjj St. Stephen's Schoolroom. Some excellent paj-fc singing may be looked for. Auckland maintains a c;e;he, or baby store, where mothers who go out- to work can leave their infants for the day. During the last twelve mqntu* KSO different ba;bies were thus taken charge of. Among recent applications for pateuis wt one by a Foxton school teacher for a milking syphon for cows. Another by William Trimble, of Auckland, practical flax-spinner and linen manufaetaj-c*', an invention for a process of so treating the i&y .of Phormivvi tin ax as to fit it for being spw*, ty. the spinning machinery now in operation in (Great Britain and Ireland and elsewhere, into yarns fit to make towellings, coarse shirtings, JkMfl(j,b,ackß, and other such goods. The annual too»jiws of the Australian Mutual Provident fijoejoty are now circulated amongst the fortunate members of thin very flourishing institution, and i they disclose a most satisfactory result for j last year's work, One of our staff, who originally insured with i\m society in South Australia in 1871, gives us «ifc<? following figures in regard to his policy :--=-Auwunt assured £500, for which an annual premium j of £10 18s 9(\ is paid. The reversionary. bonuses amount to £301 12s to 31st December last, of which the sh«i pt £20 2s accrued in the year ending on the nJhovp date. Thus the annual bonus on this policy j.s? nearly double the annual premium, and th«s sum assured amounts to over £800, with a yearly premium of less than £11. The cash value of the bonus at tht present time is about £110, as ascertained by tije tables sent out with each certificate .to members. The member also states that at the tiuig he insured his premium was calculated and charged him "as though he was three years j older than his certificate of birth showed, in other words bis policy was loaded to that! extent, so that if this loading had ant taken : place the premiums would have been «jg«sidern'My less per ammm. The above figures ! show conclusively the remarkable success of this Society, and fully wa-r-ravit the remark in the bonus circular that "No office iv the world can offer such advantages to the assuring public as i\w Australian Mutual jProndeut Society," '

Sir Harry Atkinson, having caught a severe cold, is again confined to bed. Mr McGuire, who will oppose the Premier for the Mount Egmont seat, is promised a very large amount of support. The various Socialist organisations of New York are reported as representing a membership of 27,800 men. The date of the interprovincial cricket match between Otago and Canterbury has been altered from the 13th to the 20th September. Efforts are being made to induce Mr S. Vaile, of railway reform fame, to give evidence on the railway stage system before the bar of the Houße of Representatives. M. Peschkoff, the Oossack officer who left the extreme east of Siberia in November to ride to St. Petersburg, a distance of 5000 miles, arrived in the capital on May 31st. He had ridden the same horse the entire distance. The proposed ship canal around Niagara Falls has been favourably reported on by the Congressional Touse Committee on railroads and canals. The Bill will appropriate £1,000,000 to commence the work, which it is estimated will eventually cost £23,000,000. It is calculated that a ship which, if entirely constructed of iron, m ould draw 26ft of water, would, when made of aluminium, not draw more than four or five. Practically, then, the light metal would treble or quadruple the number of miles of navigable river in the world. The pilgrimages to Rome during the last four months have brought the Pope about £40,000. The French pilgrimage took £8000 to Leo XIII., the different Italian j ones £10,000, the American £12,000, the j A-ustrian £4150, and the last German pilgrimage £5000. M. Boisset has just delivered in Paris an interesting lecture on a new syatem of aerial navigation invented by himself. He does not seem to have made a balloon, but he has, by calculations and the adoption of new appliances', convinced himself he can make an aerial ship, which he would be able to steer as he might feel inclined, or to remain stationary at any altitude, and descend at any time. Brigandage has become so prevalent in Sicily that the Government ia on the point of declaring portions of that island under martial L.w. Not only are travellers seized and held for ra-isom, but armed bodies of bandits have entered Salemi, Tirmini, and other towns, and carried off leading citizens from their own homes. ' Pray, my lord,' queried a gentleman of a judge, ' What is the difference between common law and equite. 1 Very little in the end,' responded his lordship. 'At common law you are more quickly disposed of. The former is a bullet which is instantaneously and charmingly effective; the latter, an angler's hook, which plays with the Tictim before it kills him. Common law is prussic acid} equity is laudanum.' A meeting was held at Waterton last night in connection with the Wesleya'i Jubilee. There was a moderate attendance, and addresses were delivered by the Revs. J. N. Buttle (chairman), I<uxford, and Gray. The collection, with promises, amounted to nearly £6, and more promises are expected to follow, In an advertisement in another coluinnparticulars are given of the Ashburton meeting to be held on Friday, which promises to be of great interest. In Bend Or's Derby year the enormous sum of £27,062 was subscribed in India towards a single sweep, and in Silvio's year a still larger sweep was drawn. Ifc is calculated that in London alone there are 10,000 Derby sweeps. Every club, theatre, music hall, and many shop 3, warehouses, manufactories, and printing offices, have fchcir own sweeps, and the amount') vary from hundreds of pounds in the great Pall Midi clubs to a few shillings in a working-man's "free and easy " at the East End, There is an old man named George Coysh, a native of Plymouth, Devon,, in the Wellington Hospital, who has served- in the British forces under two Kiu^jn aiul one Queen. He joined the Royal Marines during the reign of King George IV. He was at Lisbon at the time Donna Maria was placed on the throne of Portugal, ami when King William IV was crowned King of England ; and he also served under Queen Victoria for a period of 10 years and three months in England and New Zealand, coming here with the (55 th regiment in 181(3. The old man, who is totally blind, has a pension of (3d per day only. He has been an inmate of the hospital fqr a period of 12 years and seven inoi)ths, Hp is !iQw 80 years and six mouths aid, .iiiq js quite hearty for his age, The Waste Lands Committee met on Monday morning and examined Mr J. (J. Browu, ' M.H.R., on dununyisin. Tho witness went fully into the case of alleged dununyism in the Tuapeka district. Mr T. Bryuone, manager of the New Zealand and Australian Land Company, also gave evidence upon the alleged diunmyism on the Levels run, of which his Company arc the owners. It is said he admitted that several employees of the Company had put in applications for land, and the Company had found the money to lodge as deposits, but np agreement had been made with the employees, as tp what should he dqne witfy the lan.d aftor it was | obtained, Tho employees had. been unsuccessful in drawing for the sections. The Committee, after hearing the evidence of these two witnesses, adjourned till next day.

At the Island of Rarotonga (Hcrvy Group) the natives appear to be going in for shipbuilding with a will. Latest news from that locality to hand says that a fine hundred-ton schooner for the Island trade is being completed at Ngatangaua, on the coast, built solely by native labour. She is constructed in a most substantial style, vrtyh mossivg 'framing of native timbers.' She is being planked and decked wiih kauri, imported from Auckland. Her rigging, sails, and other minor gear will be the only work connected with the, schooner done fey other than natives. She ia to cqme up j;q Auckland before long. Another scljpqner qf^ a}'very fair size, to be named the VVillian> Ewarfc £Jladjjtqne~after the "Qrand C)lcl Man " —has just been completed at Avarua Harbour, Rarotonga, to the ouder of Qapfcain Afeagle, 'pnuerly of Auckland, now a trader an the island of Kurutu, by Mr Thomaa ShortMonsieur Calino is a practical humorist. Not long since he was caught in a shower without an umbrella. He sought refuge under the doorway of the Opera House. It was sh: o'clock, and he hud an appointment with a Mand tf, *>he Cafe dc Paris at that very hour. What'wfU h.v 4<> ? The lam is falling in tori-eats. tj'u'st' a£ this ijri&is a gentleman with a large tunbr'ella passes. Calino has a Napoleonic mind. He rushed qva- to the stranger, and taking him confidentially ty £he arm walked along with him, under his umb'reUa, fay jug, " I'm glad I've met you. I've been loosing for you for three weeks, old chum, to tell you about my h,ffair with Clemantina." Calino kept on talking tq .the man, whom he had never seen, telling a *iuqiped-up story about some nuknown Glemanti^a, ijq^ alj/jwing the stranger to get in a word, uutil tl|ey foa4 reached the Cafe de Paris. Then Caliiio sai4, •" J. beg a ten thousand pardons. I mistook vop. for a friend. Don't give me away. Thanks!" r and he darted into the cafe. One of his frie#d# observed that Calino's cravat was in disorder, j^horeupon it was discovered that his diamond jViii, Jikfiwise his watch and purse, were missing, Htt'iiud l;e/»ij confidential to one of the most expert pickpockets in Paris: Lust night the Oddfellows' Hall was crowded to b\vt door, the attraction being the Rev T. Spurgeon^s illustrated lecture "John Ploughman's Talk." Tlie lecture, which was admirably delivered by Mv dealt with the proverbs and sayings which the pictures shown illustrated, and compi'i&td mijch good advice, not a few happy anecdotes, with # goupcon here and there of sarcasm. Portraits >wttt J0 fshqwn of the Rev C. H. Spurgeon and Mrs SpurgeQii, qf tljp lecturer himself and his twin brother, th'.e lecturer's uncle and collaborateur in the Tabernacle with his father, as well as groups of the Sturgeon family. The pictures throughout were #h#wn by Mr T. Crook, of Ohristchurch, the well.kuowfii limedight Professor, and it must be said for his pant of the work that it was admirably done, seldom indeed have pictures been thrown upon the screen in the Oddfellows' Hall with more clearness and effect than on this occasion, every detail of line and color having been brought out with the accuracy of a photograph.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2490, 13 August 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2490, 13 August 1890

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