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I There will bp skating at the Rink tomorrow evening as usual. A Government Inspection Parade of the Aahburton Rifles and Cadets will be held on Tuesday evening at seven o'clock. Major Itfewall, the District Adjutant, will be present, A good muster is particularly requested. At a meeting of the Aslibijrton Trotting Club Committee held 011 Saturday evening, Mr J, G. Restell m the chair, a draft programme for the first meeting was submitted and approved. The question of course and ,'. date of meeting was held over, but it was understood the fixture would be for a date earlp m October. The stakes amount to £110, The House of Representatives of the United States has a Five Minute Rule which provides that a general debate is closed by order of the Hoii££ any member shall be allowed to speak five minutes to explain any amendment he may offer, anxi there sh&U \)& yq fiiythor debate thereon. This prevents useless obstruction. A public meeting, called by advertisement, was held m the Orange Hall on Saturday afternoon to hear an address by Mr George Hutchinson, isse,tti'etsry to the recently formed Farmers' Union G.taua, J?pr>duce, and Finance Company. The meefcuig way o*U}itya)|y called for tlie Arcade £!han»bers, h)it $je 'rofyn was found too small for the large' attendance. Mr E. Watkins was called to tije chajr, and the prospectus of the Company having been j circulated, Mr Hutchinson, m a lenthy speech, went through the clauses categorically, explaining them very fully. He stated that, -iuiwi/ig the proposal made to farmers m Ashhurtou fey $£r John Orr, m regard to the establishment of a, iiy^erative Association, the Provisional i#re'e',tow£ f{f the Union had not intended to approach Ashimi'.i#n. But within the previous two days \ several W^rs had been received from farmers i 1 urging ,the '^i"§ to come to Ashburton. In .response t;o t>\tyift'hpfy* £Jje Directors; ia*4 $cut Jiirn -to hold th'^t meeting, c ; close of $}& 'ndfyvgaii the Secretary'answered such questions && ,w,ere p.ut to liiiii,'' 'and invited intending members xjf the .Union to ; put down their names. The iuvilaf/iiju was fairly responded to m the room, and wo aie given to understand that a large number of s^l'cs were applied for before Mr Hutchinson left iov Christehureu.

An Auckland resident, Mr Scott, has completed his 101 st year. The Caledonian Railway is about to build a new station m Princes-street, Edinburgh, at a cost of nearly £90,000. Since 1851 the value of the gold raised m the Australasian colonies has reached the stupendous amount of £21,600,000. As many as 990,816 sheep skins were sent out from Victoria last year, and it is proposed to put on Id per skin duty. A boy 9 years of age was actually charged at Collingwood, Victoria, the other day with stealing from Another boy a marble of the value of 9d. As he had been chastised by his parents he was discharged. A great rush for land is taking place m Western Australia m consequence of the falling-in of the leasehold areas of the eastern division. Many of the applicants are from Victoria and South Australia. The latest report as to Sir Robert Stout's probable return to politics is that if he again stands for Parliament he will contest the, Oamaru seat now held by the Minister of Education. Since the Egmont Farmers' Union has been m existence it has gradually spread, and settlers find that m shipping their wool, &c-,' Home through the Union, they now save 4 per cent, through doing without middlemen. A lode of silver ore has been discovered m the bed of the river Donetz, m South Russia, which is said to contain forty-five per cent of the pure metal. Mining •ngineers have been despatched to the spot to make further investigations. The pitiful spectacle was witnessed m Auckland on a recent Saturday evening of four young lads ranging m age from 14 to 16 reeling through the streets under the influence of liquor, the two youngest being the most advanced m liquor. Camphor has gone up m price to 3s 6d per lb m Europe, the explanation being that it is being used for smokeless powder. A counter suggestion is that a camphor ring has been formed, and holders are awaiting a further rise. The "Mail" states that the stock of wheat held m store m Oamaru at the present time is considerably under what it was last year. Aggregating the totals supplied by the various merchants, the stookn represent about 79,000 sacks. Mr and Mrs Wrathall gave a "housewarming " on Monday last m the Schoolroom, Methven. About sixty guests were present, and a thoroughly enjoyable evening was spent, dancing being kept up with great spirit till about 3 a.m., when, after expressing their i?ood wishes for the health and happiness of Mr and Mrs Wrathall, the party broke up. In Queensland there i 8 one policeman to every 425 people, and they cost 8s l£d for every inhabitant ; m South Australia, one to every 844, cost, 5s 3£d; New South Wales one to every 716, cost 5s 2£d ; Victoria, one to every 769, costing 4s 10£ d; while m New Zealand there is only one to every 1346, costing 2s IOJd per head of population. The "Wellington Post's" Kutnara correspondent telegraphs to that paper that Bishop Julius, who has returned to Kumara from Jackson's Bay, had a narrow escape from being drowned when rounding the Bluff south of the Waiho river, which he crossed m flood. He was thrown from his horse, but after a desperate struggle reached the shore. An unnamed hero is the second engineer of the Atlantic liner City of Paris, who, during the recent breakdown, plunged into the engine-room when all the space not occupied by the rapidly rising water was filled with scalding steam, and shut off the power from the broken eugines that were pounding the ship to pieces. He did this, and saved more than a thousand lives at the imminent risk of his own. An accident, Avhich might have terminated fatally, occurred on Saturday night. As the Salvation Army were returning, m procession, to their Barracks, m Havelockstrcet, 1 a man on horseback rode into the procession, knocking several of the females down, but fortunately without tiny serious result. Reckless riding through the streets is becoming a common occurrence, and a caution is urgently required. According to the estimate made m LSSO there are 100,000 gipsies m Turkey, 250,000 m Roumania (which has been the chief home of the i';icc since the fall of the Roman Empire), 25,000 m Servia, 10,000 m Bosnia, 10,000 m Austria, 196,00,0 m Hungary, 250,000 m Poland and Russia, 34,000 m Germany and Italy, 40,000 m Spain, fIOOO m France, and 20,000 m Great Britain. The gipsies have undoubtedly deconded from an ancient mixed race of Indians and Egyptians. At a wood-cutting contest m Victoria the conditions were that the competitors were to cut and split five feet firewood for a day of eight hours ; all wood to be cut from standing timber ; no tree to be cut less than ten inches m diameter ; the man cutting the greatest number of tons m the above time to be declared the winner. The wood was carted and stacked m two separate stocks «*ch cutter finding a man to stack his opponent's wood. The result was as follows:—John Grey, lfty tons ; Arthur Johnson, 9\ tons. Miss Saunders, who is ."severing her connection, with the Hampstead Episcopal Sunday School, was, on Sunday afternoon,' the recipient of a handsomely bound illustrated volume, the gift of the students m the Bible Class. The presentation was made by Mm Scott (Superintendent of the School), who referred m suitable terms to the valuable and nelf-deiryjug efforts of Miss Saunders as a teacher m the scljoql, and as a member of the church, and expressed regret that the school was about to lose th« active services of a teacher who had won the love and esteem qf the scholars. The newspapers, of the colony have repeatedfar yarned tjheir rqaders against investing mqney M* 0$ *f Sidney Jockey Turf Olub's " consultations, The (* CJjub " has been denounced not only as a swindle and its agent m Sydney a humbug, but it has, along with these, been pointed out that investments of this nature, being illegal m this colony, people who will invest m spite of all common sense advice, should only do so m the sister colonies through some friend they know and can trust. In the face of warnings repeated just as often as its cnieulaps fH)l) car? the " Club " still continues to issue tnem, a^d soattec j?ht;iT| broadcast over New Zealand. Circulars seem to be > sent to every person whose name appears on the directory, and the post office officials ! have many a handful of trouble with them, as the directory is not always the highest authority for a man's address. This whole- J sale distribution by post means a very considerable outlay of money, and the infe-ence is nai.jfrjjuji' fhaf the plub must have many victims m frh> 'colon. y,'-q£lfer.vj'js^ j>lje expense j would not be covered. ' ' I The murder of Constable Mcljeodby a drunken passenger on a river steamer m the Auckland Province has raised the question as to why licenses for the sale of liquor on short voyages should nob be discontinued. At present every little smoke tub travelling between ports a few miles apart is licensed to sqll intoxicating liquor, and that under the' very 1 worst "possible conditions. On land every place m VvhiclvllcjiibY m dwjieusea is subject to regulations of a strict" character, and the authorities whose duty it is to see that tfhese regulations are complied with, are neverfy.'raway, 'Then again 1 on shore those to whom the dose society ojt diiinkejji aiid quarrelsome men' is" 'clejbestfiij 1 'm&y <' soon le^ve jbJi'ej'Ji'* company. But on a' steadier there is ''absolutely" »'o authoritative supervision of the ba.v, Men ape aiifii\ to drink to excess, and sober people have no means of escape from the proximity of their undesirable fellow passengers. It has been suggested that no passenger steamer trading between ports less than 100 miles apart khoyjd be granted- a license for the' sale of intoxicating ti^uurs, and this suggestion will recommend itself to ihd waJQrity of those who have to use the steamers, "-'fixchwige, Hollo way's' Pills.—-Nervousness and wan£ of Energy.—When first the nerves feel* uustt'uug. and listlessness supplants energy, the time"has Gomp to take some siicli alterative as Holloway's Villa to MtSjtwty a disorder from developing itsejf into a disease. These excellent pills correct all m>4igulftrities and weaknesses. They act so kindly'/yst &# .energetically on the 1 functions of digestion aitd'asssiimlatrwi, that the whole body is revived, the blood rendered puEfci;, while the muscles become firmer and .Stronger/ and the nervous and absorbent system ai'e invigorated. These pills are suitable for all classes and all ages." They have a most marvellous effect on persons who are out of condition ; they soon rectify whatever is m fault, restore strength to the body and. confidence to thfe mind.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2494, 18 August 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2494, 18 August 1890

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