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The Geneva Government lias ordered the immediate closing of all gambling-houses. Two Jews of Bagdad now own all that remains of the ancient town of Babylon. The price of gas in the North and Northwest of London is to be raised from 2s 3d to 2s 9d per 1000 cubic feet, A Texas Beef Syndicate is about to begin a contract to supply the London market with 600 tons of dressed beef per fortnight. Lemon-juice is much better than oxalic acid for taking out stains on the skin. It softens it, and leaves it in a better condition. The Emperor of Russia has purchased from Hampshire 1000 pheasants, whicli have bepn pent by steamer to his shooting preserves m&v fhe Gulf of Bothnia. ;K £A The "Kreuz Jieitur f g" hears from Paris that the Prince of Wales has ham fendfjayourhitf to bring about closer relations between the Czar and the German Emperor, Sir Robert Morier acting as intermediary. The recognition of the public services of M* CjUpstiji, traffic manager on the railway, by the'biisiiju!S# men of Christchurch is about to .take a very ''tawgjble form, and as Mr Garstin is to leave Ohj/istohurch soon no time is being lost in making the i»««Qss&ry preparations. The "Age" says on the occasion of the football match between South Melbourne and (Jarlton at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, u'o fewv fhan 32,595 people passed through the gates, aijifi *.hfi total receipts amounted to nearly £1000. The Americans are trying their best to compete tyitb New Zealand in the importation of meat into thg Old Country. During i the week ending June 22nd no less than 2829 cattle and 19,91!) garters, of beef arrived in Liverpool from American pqrts. A New York broker named Bernard Aronson, was assailed on July 20th by a crowd of angry Polanders, and his banking fest^Mishjnent was raided. Aronson was badly 'l»@*-te# before the police rescued him. The assailants'assert that the banker misappropriated the funds to him for i the purpose of bringing out thtsiu friends | and relatives from Poland.

The excellent washerwomen of Holland and Belgium, who get up their linen so beautifully white, use refined borax as a washing powder, instead of soda, in the proportion of one large handful of powder to about ten gallons of boiling water. Borax, being a neutral salt, does not in the slightest degree injure the texture of the linen. Those who try this will be pleased with the result. It is nice also to wash blankets or woollen goods iii this manner. A Parisian physician has published a new remedy for headache. He uses a mixture of ice and salt, in proportion of one to one half, as a cold mixture, and this he applies by means of a little purse of silk gatize, with a rim of gutta-percha, to limited spots on the head when rheumatic headaches are felt. It is said to give instantaneous relief. The application is from half a minute to a minute and a half, and the skin is rendered white and hard by the application. A shipment of seventy-seven cases of cheese, sent Home early this year by Mr Ninian Hyslop, of Christchurch, was sold in Bristol in April and May, and fetched prices ranging from 48s 6d to 53s per cwt, or about--s^d per lb. The cheese was made on the Peninsula, and was sent Home in the cool chamber of the Coptic. Freight represented a penny per pound, and the extra charges another farthing, so that the net return to the shippers represents something over 4d per pound. In connection with the leasing of the Oddfellows' Hall—tenders for which from Ist September, for one or more years are advertised for—we are informed that the Hall Committee of the Oddfellows' Lodge are to make a special condition of lease that an improvement on the present system of lighting the Hall be a nine qiia non. Under existing circumstances it is often extremely difficult for anyone in the audience to decipher a programme in the faint light supplied. The local railway surfacemen have commenced work on the reserve between Havelock and Tancred streets, and the planting of trees is proceeding. The inside fence is to be shifted back almost to the rail track so that in time quite a dense plantation will be obtained. It is to be hoped that the reserves will soon be cleared of all obstructions from the station to the bridge, and their places taken by trees. A line of well grown plantation, extending all the length of East street, would unquestionably be a great improvement in point of beauty, as well as a substantial protection from nor'-west weather, aud a welcome summer shade. The drawing in IV r Henry Zander's Art Union took place last night at the Central Hotel. It was conducted by a committee of seven gentlemen, and ticket No. 735 was found to be the winner of the collection of coins. The owner of the ticket is Seiior Elizondo, New York, a Spanish gentleman who saw the collection some six years ago, and being himself a collector lost no time in securing two tickets. For his two tickets Don Elizondo sent in payment a fire-dollar greenback —silver dollar issue—and to cash the bill Mr Zander will be under the necessity of sending it to England. The collection will be sent to New York by the fiisf outgoing mail. We would take the opportunity thus early of reminding our country readers of the lecture on " Robert Burns," the bard of Scotia, to be delivered in the Oddfellows' Hall, on Tuesday evening next, by the Rev P. R. Monro, the well-known pastor of Sydenham Presbyterian Church. That full justice will be done to the poet and his works by such an admirer of the great Scottish genius goes without saying, and that with such a subject it may be accepted that a wit and humorist like the lecturer will be quite in his element. ,As the proceeds go to the Old Men's Home and the Hospital funds, the lecture has thereby an added claim on the p-itroiuige of th-J public. At the meeting last evening of the Presbyterian Literary and Musical Society the evening was devoted to a paper by Mr R. W. Jenkins on "Books, and How to Read Them." Owing to Mr Jenkins'indisposition the paper was road by a friend in the writer's absence, but thanks to the olear MSS. the paper did not suffer materially in the delivery. The paper was listened to very attentively, and, containing much valuable advice as to the choice of books for study and the best method of prosecuting such study, was heartily welcomed by the meeting, which was fairly large. At the close a vote of thanks was passed to Mr Jenkins for his paper, and another to the gentleman who read it for him. The chair was occupied by Mr Andrew Orr. The " Oamaru Mail " says :—lt may be remembered that on the 12th of last month Walter Woodmason, son of Councillor W. Woodmason, of Malvern, was gored in the face by a bull, and shockingly injured. A remarkable sequel to the mishap has ocenrred in the death of the animal under peculiar circumstances. It is asserted that since the accident the bull, which was an animal of the pure Jersey breed, and a noted prize-taker at agricultural shows, had persistently refused to take his usual food, which he had been in the habit of receiving from the unfortunate lad, who had charge of the animal, and had no fear with regard to it prior to the sudden attack which it made upon him. In spite of every care taken of the bull by the proprietor it sickened and died. It is understood that the animal was insured, The cause of death was, on inquiry, shown to hare been as stated. A strong protest has been sent to Parliament against the destruction of sea-birds on the coast and outlying islands of the colony. The petitioners urge the House to pass an Act regulating the capture and destruction of albatrosses, gulls, mutton-birds, and terns, which make the islands and coast their nesting-places, and in particular to prohibit their capture for the purpose of extracting oil, and the taking of eggs, except foi? foqd, and the killing of the birds for their skins qr feq»theps, They point out that persons are iiqw in the habit of visiting the nesting grounds for these purposes, and the. extermination of the birds is only a matter of time. This would deprive the castaways from any vessel that may be wrecked on the islands of an important article of food, on which they would now be able to depend for subsistence when the food supplies in the depots were exhausted.

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LOCAL AOT GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2498, 22 August 1890

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LOCAL AOT GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2498, 22 August 1890

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