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A lady violoncello player lately gave a recital on that instilment flt the Steinway hall, London, The Australasian colonies now contribute over three millions sterling per annum to Life Assurance offices. Dr Chamberland, Pasteur's chief assista t, has discovered that cinnamon is fatal to the typhoid microbe. At the meeting of the Timarn Harbor Board on Wednesday, the engineer (Mr Marchant) said the expenditure of £1000 a year would meet the shingle difficulty at the port of Timaru. The "public debt of the Australian colonies »«J»jijnts to £175,000,000, while its entire popijlatiqn-.-white, black, Maori and Chinese amounts to 4,QQO'OOO. An Kuglislj. geologist hat* predicted that within fifty years a gonvulsioji gf naWs will sink the whole of New Zealand fifty feet below the surface of the sea. Forty-three people own land valued at £50,000 and upwards iv South Australia. T-flinty-four land-owners own over £100,000 worjtfr' #w*h, The population has not increased &iI}V,C )-s#i ; Mr J, G. Eestell, .of Ashl^nji, emphatically contradicts a rumor iJja.l h$ jspnt a message of sympathy to t,h£ firm'of -VVhU: combe and Tombs. Entries for the Ashburton Coursing Club's Ivjtegtjng close on the 25th inst. A trophy, value $y£ guineas, will be added to the Allaged Stake?. The Woodvilje tyxfwijti#cr ridicules the idea of the discovery of copper ift tjie Manawatu (Jorge, and twits the Piihj}MS/.Qn people on being gulled by a bogus find. We a*'& informed that since the Wesleyan Jubilee meeting h?,p Friday evening further subscriptions amounting ).f> £33 have been nromifed, which brings the tot.&j! from the A*hil?»,«'JbfXia Circuit up to the pressnt ,to yv^£lßo, A little boy wei Hi <fe#h at Waitotara on Saturday last while m tli* ftC;t- of driving horses from his father's garden. One >rf iij,e animals kicked the little fellow on the head, | ,'^L<i bfi expired almost immediately. The <" W,yj.gauui Herald" says:—"A presentation has itHQix made to Mr aad Mrs Keinpthorne, .of the i'aifcji branch of the Bank ,of New South \Vales, hy a jj^.inbqr of private friends, owing to Mr Kemptliwi^'s, promotion to the Ashburton branch/ M-r Carter, a niember of the Victorian Parliament, sneaking on the question of colonial borxawing, $hs. that the opinion of leading London financiers'was ' i}}nt the AusxtqllUn colonies sent £12,000,000 yy&uiy h} Englau4 £w interest on Governrneiit, muni-' cipal and privajyi Joans. Sir Ambrose tfhea, (jk/vej.-w/jr pf the Bahama Islands, has discovered that t/^rtain c*j»r«s growing cactus, growing m ami around Jfassau, N.P., produces the finest grade of he^y known, an(J the people, instead of trying to pk\ themselves of the plant, are now cultivating it He believes that m twelve or fifteen years the exports of hemp will amount to ,150,000,000 dollars against about 600,000 at present.

The funeral yesterday of the late Mr Charles Gould, who met his death last week by an accident m tlie North Island, was very largely attended by the leading citizens of Christchurch. A false akrm of fire last night turned out a great many people as well as the Brigade, but beyond turning out and forming the order of inarch at the station gate, the firemen did no more. What is pro 1 ally the warmest place m the world lies on the south-west coast of the Persian Gulf. During the months of last July and August for fourteen consecutive days, a correspondent says, the thermometer never fell day or inght below lOOdeg. F., and it rose during the afternoon to 128deg. F. The " Wellington Post" states that Sir Julius Vogel's share of the promoters' profit of a company to construct the Simplon railway and tunnel m Switzerland, which is expected to be a success, is £25,003. If he gets this, the Post expects his early return to the colony to take an active part m political affairs. Mr Toole, England's famous comedian, gave the following reasons for not visiting New Zealand :—That he vras home sick; that he didn't want to come ; that he had La Grippe; that lie might be cannibalated ; that he waa too young to"die; that they might make an M.H.R. of him, and that the money wasn't big enough. Wood pulp is now being used as the basis of a plastic compound to serve as a substitute for lime mortar m covering and finishing walls. It is designed to possess, m addition to all the desirable qualities of ordinary mortar, the characteristics of being harder, and when applied to woodwork m a thin coat, rendersit both fire and water prtof The closing night m connection with the Rakaia Dancing Assembly was hald m the Oddfellows' Hall on Wednesday last. There was a very large attendance, the accommodation of the hall being taxed to the uttermost. Excellent music was provided to which dancing was kept up until well on m the morning. Songs and recitations were contributed by some friends, and altogether a most enjoyable evening was spent. At the Palace of Bangkok the other day a performing leopard was brought m for the amusement of one of the young Siamese Princes. In the Prince's retinue was a young girl of about fourteen years of age. The leopard jumped on her breast. It was merely m play, said the animal's caretakers, who begged her not to be frightened ; but m another moment the leopard had seized her by the throat, and she died m sight of the horrified spectators, who fled m panic. Some idea of the gigantic proportions of the building and the magnificent scale on which the Crystal Palace Company cater for the musical public, may be gathered from the account given m. a recent Home exchange, of the performance of the oratorio "St Paul." The chorus numbered 3000, the orchestra 700, and the number of auditors 22,940. On the following day a concert was given by the London Sunday School Choir Association when the number of singers was 10,000. The " Telegraph " says:-—Everybody who has grown grapes m Napier has experienced the disappointment of seeing the fruit smothered m a mildew-looking blight rendering it Junfit for use. Mr Forrest, the caretaker of the cemetery, has however discovered that this sort of blight does not injure the grape for wine making. Previously to last season he threw away the ruit as useless, but last year he made ten gallons of wine of it, mildew and all. The wine has txirned out, though a little sweet, really excellent. A curious question m connection with fire insurance has arisen m France. The Countess of Fitz^Jame3 had taken out a policy which "covered her jewellery, including a pair of pearl earrings of the value of £720. One of theso, lying on 'a, mantelpiece, was swept into tlio fire by an accidental movement of her arm, and'was destroyed. The insurance company refused to recoup her for her loss; but the civil tribunal of the Seine sustained her claim, and au appeal to a higher court ha* resulted m the decision of the lower one bein" upheld. Considerable excitement was occasioned at Winslow on Thursday afternoon through a runaway. Whilst Mr Devanc, of the A«hburton Hotel, was engaged on kohio matter inside the hotel, he left a valuable horse outside m charge of a caretaker. The horse, frightened by the combination of sound made by the locomotive on the line and a traction engine at some distance, suddenly started, and, galloping up the road pursued by a crowd of men and dogs, took to the tussocks, about which he careered with the full pack after him for about a quarter of an hour, scattering the contents of the trap broadcast, but never kicking or breaking anything. All hands m the immediate vicinity turned out for a look at the hunt, and the scene reminded one of the pictures we see of a Russian sleigh pursued by wolves. A meeting of the Committee of the local branch of the British and I'oreign Bible Society's Canterbury Auxilarymet last evening at the residence of Mr R. W. Jenkins to, transact bushiest. Mr Geo. Jameson occupied the chair. There were also present —Rev. J. N. Buttle, Messrs J. W. Sawl, A. Orr, J. H, Twentyman, R. W. Jenkins(Treasurer), J. W, Twentyman, and A. IJlake (Secretary). Among other business Mr Jenkins intimated that he was under the necessity of resigning the position of Treasurer as he was about to leave the district, and would name as his successor Mr J. W. Twentyman. junior. The Committee accepted Mr Jenkins' resignation with regret, and appointed Mr Twentyman m his place, Mr Jenkins was thanked for the time and attention he had given to his duties. He also threw out several valuable suggestions for increasing the Society's efficiency, The meeting was then olosed. Intendingpurchasers of MrH. M. Stanley's book, "In Darkest Africa," will do well to satisfy themselves that they order and obtain the genuine work. An American work has been introduced into the colony which, though it does not on the face of it purport to be Mr Stanley's work, yet claims to be a narrative of H. M. Stanley's explorations m Africa, and there is reason apprehend that the American work is being sold to persons under the illusion that it is the genuine work. The narrative is compiled from the records of the explorations of Dv Chaillu, Baker, Livingstone, and other African explorers, and from such letters from Stanley £8 appeared m the English press. As an example of the. oharacter of this latest American novelty*(says a contemporary) if, may be mentioned that it contains a number of engravings, one of which purports to be an illustration of a war dance of an African tribe, but is m reality an old and familiar engraving of a Maori war dance, as may be readily seen. Even the tattooing is retained, and the so-called African warriors are armed with old-fashioned muakets.. Some of the tythe^ illustrations are familiar as household words to readers on African subjects, The genuine book is published by the well knqitu) firm of Sampson Low and Marston, b'earg their imprint on the title nacre.

A young lady, apparently about 21 years old, flung herself from one of the towers of the Notre Dame m Paria. She fell upon a printer who was passing with his little dauglier m the close, killing herself In the fall, and doing him serious injury. The child was not hurt. Mr Ashmead Bartlett and his venerable wife, the Baroness Burdett-Coutts, gave a party lately m London m honor of the ninth anniversary of their wedding. One of the guests, striving to be particularly gracious, complimented the aged baroness upon her appearance, and reminded her tltet very many years ago the great Duke of Wellington had been a suitor for her hand. This was not a particularly pleasant reminiscence for the young husband to be regaled with, and the embarrassment was still more con-pli-cated when another courtly donkey, who stood near, struck m with—"Oh, but that was long before Mr Bartlett was born !" A writer m a North Country paper, referring to the dreams of the blind, makes the interesting statement that children who lose their sight before attaining the age of five years are unable to remember what was to them the appearance of a visible world. In order to test the recollections of the blind, ft thousand blind patients underwent examination m England, more particularly with regard to the ability of the brain to produce pictures m the dreams from memory. To those who had lost their sight at less than five years of age the world was a blank, but those who had passed the age of seven before their affliction came upon them retained their remembrance of the sight pictures they had seen. ,

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2499, 23 August 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2499, 23 August 1890

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