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Tenders are invited for the lease of the Asliburton Oddfellows Hall for one or more years from Ist September next. A Dunedin Press Association telegram of Wednesday says :—"The Evening Herald" to night announces that after to-night it ceases publication." Sonic weeks ago a cash-box was stolen from Mr Fletcher, grocer, High street, Christchurch. Yesterday, some children playing m a paddock behind Coker's Hotel, Manchester Street, found the box. It had been broken open and a cheque for £1 10s was m it, but all the money had gone. Some few years ago the Paris picture* dealer Ferret bought a picture for lOf. m a rag-andrbone shop. He soon discovered that it was a portrait by Jordaen, and h« got rid of it for 1200f, to the late M. Rothar, the diplomatist. The picture—which is m Jopdean's best manner—has just fetched 58,000f. Dr Pollen thus summarises Parliamentbusiness for this session ! —ln eight weeks members had turned out twelve numbers of "Hansard," each of which lias cost the colony £1000. The selling was twopence a number, but he believed the market price m the butter shops would be a very small fraction of ijjat. In view qI £l>e approaching election it be* hoves every mains i»t»j;«on who is over the age of 21 years, and has been j:esident m the colony twelve months, and resident iv the district six months, to see that his name is placed on thn electoral roll. The foregoing is tli«s po.oidential qualification. The property qualificatjLr.u requires that the intending elector shall possess;- real estate to the value of £25. A curious littlo libel case was '•• settled out of .Oo«v\t" m Hawke's Bay lately. At a meeting of a tow»j. board the chairman made some statements /jUunaglijig fo the clerk, and these statements were published a$ tlip local paper. The clerk went to the proprietor of tlie paper, aud admitted that the report was a correct one, but said it was libellous, and fee must take legal proceedings. These w.ere commenced, and five guineas clatn^d as damages. The news-paper proprietor beat them down to ,-Uirce guineas, and this he agreed to pay. The heifer mentioned m out' «ei*oi'fc of Addington stock market as -having beenjsytd to Mr John Mann, butcher, Ghristchurch, for £15 ss, was the property of Mr C4arforth, and weighed -'JKtfAlbs live weight last November, having ben a weighed the day before the Metropolitan Show. She is the largest /wid fattest sample of neat .«ittt'le ever sold at Aldington, and ipa the show ring has an unbeaten ftt^ti't], having taken three first prizes at Gliristduuc^ and two at. Duiujdin. In breeding she is almost r.r pure Shortlio.tH, ,

Sharp frosts are playing havoc with the early potatoes m the Onehunga district. The opera of "Paul Jones" was recentlyperformed m London for the 852 nd time. One member of the Ministry has decided to take action against Mr Hutchinson for libel. The French are making an honest effort to suppress slavery within the sphere of their influence m North Africa. The Russian Government will forbid Jews to publish or edit political newspapers. An ukase to this effect is shortly to be submitted to the Czar. A medical gentleman at Lyttelton is being [ boycotted by the local labor unions because I the prescription forms ho uses bear the imprint of Messrs Whitcoinbe and Tomb Judge Rawson has suspended a ankrup.t's discharge for 12 months for insolence to a creditor while undar examination before the deputy-assignee. The Wesport Fire Brigade have disbanded because the townspeople lost all interest m them, and when appealed to for funds the munificent sum of 12s 9d was contributed. It is stated that one shareholder m the Whitcombe and Tombs' Company^ as a consequence of the present difficulty, has issued instructions to his employees to order all printing from a Union firm, and not from the firm m which he holds shares. The San Francisco mail, which was delivered by the carriers yesterday, and at the Post Office to callers the previous evening, arrived m Ashburton by the 7.30 p.m. train on Tuesday evening, and was sent south by a special train from here. Waipawa has a gem of a head-master for it* public school. In consequence of a tiff with a member of the Committee about school furniture, he sent m a list of articles used m the school, which he had bought and paid for himself, the total cost being over £93. In a recent issue of the " Oamaru Mail" a paragraphist wanted to quote the old saw about pot calling the kettle black, but that was not good enough, so he paraphrased it— "The Nubian complexion of our culinary utensils has always been a matter for reciprocal reproach." A nurse near Turin has sacrificed her life m saving that of her infant charge, which had wandered on the railway to pick up a ball. The nurse reached the child m time to lift or push it oft the line, and was killed on the spot by the train, while the child was only slightly wounded on the foot. A meeting attended by seventy ladies m Christchurch yesterday afternoon passed a resolution demanding the extension of the franchise to women as common justice, and requesting the local M.H.R.'s to support Sir John Hall's Bill. Those present pledged themselves to strive to awaken intelligent interest m the question. I Last week a curious petition was presented from a number of residents m Akaroa County to the House of Representative^ The petitioners pray that the Akaroa County Council may be abolished, because the rates aire spent m the Akaroa and Little River ridings only ; while residents of outlying districts get no benefit from them. The Ashburton Rifles paraded on Tuesday evening for the usual Government inspection. Some forty men of all ranks were on parade, as well as a few cadets. Owing to the election m Timaru, the inspection of the Rifles there had been postponed, and Major Newall was therefore detained, so that the inspection of the Ashburton company wag made by Captain Dolman. A public meeting m connection with the Ashburton Branch of the Amalgamated Shearers' and Laborers' Union will be held m the Oddfellows' Hall to-morrow (Friday) evening. Addresses will be delivered by the President of the Laborers' and Shearers' Union, Wahnato, and by Mr F. S. Parker, President of the Trades and Labor Council, Christchurch, An immense shark entered the Fiume Harbour recently and stationed himself m the neighbourhood of the public bathing grounds. Bathingmaster Mayonni was chase:! by the brute when swimming a few yards outride of the breakwater, and barely escape with his life, the shark biting oft* both his legs. He was almost dead with loss of blood when rescued. All endeavours to catch the monster failed. The latest cruel hit at the Chicago girl is that she found a horse-shoe the other day, and, hoping it would bring her good luck, placed it under her pillow when she retired, where she had already deposited her false teeth. When she rose m the morning, ere dawn, she placed the horse-shoe m her mouth, and did not discover the mistake until she went to make up the bed aud found the teeth. On June 24th a Bedfordshire deputation asked the Minister of Education to allow the children of that agricultural district to go to work at an earlier age than is at present permitted. Lord Baring, M.P., urged as an argument for making the fourth instead of the fifth the standard for total exemption, that the farmers as well as the parents would suffer by the loss of the children's labor. Whatever does the noble lord mean ? a London paper asks. Everybody knows that the rural population is diminishing owing to the constant migration of agricultural folk to the towns. Has it come to this, that m the country children are to be taken to do farm work while the adulfc farm labourers are helping to swell the great army of the unemployed m the towns ? We are glad to find that Sir William Hart Dyke, while promising to consider carefully certain correspondence which had passed between the Department and some of the Bedfordshire School Boards, upheld the policy of restricting total extemption to the higher standard. To make precious stones from gas refuse is indeed, says the "St. James' Gazette," to squeeze out the romance which should cling to ' 'pearls from the ocean and gema from the mine." Mr Greville Williams, of the Gas Light and Coke Company, has made a perfect emerald from the refuse of a gas retort. That this was possible has been known to science for two generations. But although there is nothing new m this ingenious play with science-—•lespite, too, that the, cost of making the gpm was ten tunes its highest value—the news has caused some alarm among possessors of fine emeralds. For the present, at all events, there is not much cause for uneasiness ; but at some future and probably not very distant time it will be possible to make artificial emeralds at n, much lower price—indeed is quite to be exp.ected. Already artificial diamonds can be made, wujl? sapphires and rubies have often been manufactured m the laboratory. The time is coining, no doubt, when imitation jewels will be as common as imitation gold is now. But it is easy to distinguish real g9)d from counterfeit; with stones it is far tiiova difficult, With 'jewels the naked eyej even of the expeH, oonnts for nothing. Mr Mason, the first Mayor of Dunedin, and one of the oldest colonists, relates the following circumstance m connection with the. annei&fcicn pf the South Island by the i British;—" I way bt ]{.ororareka, m the Buy of Islands, m 1840, and saw tiifi Ft-e»cJ; warship Vire—l think that was her name— ■ WJ'/e. We could not make out'what had brought her t& YJsit sue'l an out of the way spot. ,0f course the and his officers were treated 'with every hospitality £l)at, m our then circumstances^ could be showiji ijioi)). And after a' short time it leaked out that 'they we oh their way to annex the Middle Island fco France, and thai Akaroa was the port from which possession was to be taken. The Britomart was the only representative British man-of-war at Kororareka, and perhaps m the islands. . Douhi/lesß Governor Hobson and Captain t Stanley toolt {.yuasel together as to what should be done m order t& jjs.e ( ejf JS"cy/ Zealand for the British. The outcome was this :— rl:\p }>ritomart was dismantled, sails un'benj;, spars,' Btaudjui^ and running rigging, put on shore and housed'; "but evejtjrijh wq so marked as to be replaced quickly. This ws.s done ostensibly to careen the ship, but really to deceive the French. It succeeded. Commodore Lcsvaud left a dismantled hulk behind him, so why iiuxtsy'l He (lid not, for he after-wards put jnto wnafc wafc £'ipn Port Nicholson. The French ship 8 top saij.s WB|.e iifwdly out of sight when the work of re- [ rigging waa uoinmenced on the Britomart, aiuf so expeditiously was it done, that m something less than a day the brig was steering for the Nor,th Cape to come down the Wesjt Coast of the North Island, the Vire having sailed down the' East. What, fpllowed is well,known." '

A little book on " German Labour Rates ' of Wages" supplies some details about wages and hours of labor that are peculiarly interesting. Here are some examples of the pay received :—Machine smiths and fitters earn 3s per day of 10 hours' work; joiners, locksmiths, and upholsterers earn 3a for 11 hours' work ; painters, carpenters, and glaziers, 3s 2sd for 11 hours' work ; builders and plasterers, 3s 6d for 11 hours' work; cartwrights and farriers 2s 9sd for 12^ hours' work. Labourers or unskilled men work the same hours, and are paid Is 9Jd, 2s or 2s 6d for 11 hours' work, according to circumstances. Two shillings per day may be taken as the average labourer s pay. Nineteen shillings a week represent the average earnings of a workman. About the 14th October a military sports meeting is to be held on the site of the recent encampment at Hillsborough. The meeting is to be held m connection with the corps of Mounted "Volunteers at the four principal centres, and one of the prominent features will be the Lloyd-Lindsay competition, one of the most attractive of all Cavalry exercises, bringing out as it does the very perfection of horse training. Very many of the chargers belonging to the C.Y.Cj are well trained m this drill, and lie down at the slightest hint from their riders, remaining quite still while their riders make carbine rests of their bodies and fire over them, the horse's body at the same time affording cover against the fire of a supposed enemy. The police are on their annual raid against owners of unregistered *dogs, and at the R.M. Court to-day seven defaulters were each fined 10s and costs. The Magistrate i Would accept no ple<* of forgetfulness, inability to pay, or promptness of registration after the trooper's visit, pointing out i that the dogs ought to be registered before ! the 14th* January, and it is now August. People Mith dogs still unregistered had better take the hint, and secure their licenses before constables get round their way, and so save the disagreeable experience of having to stand up before his Worship and plead guilty, be fined 10s and costs, and still have to pay the license fee if they would keep their pets. Owners of coursing dogs, more (especially, ought to take warning, as no mercy is showu to them by the Bench.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2497, 21 August 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2497, 21 August 1890

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