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At Sydney recently a woman found guilty of bigamy was sentenced to ten minutes itnprisos^nient. The arrivals In ih.o colony during July were 963, and the'denartmes lfi(J/j;9840f the latter went to New South Wales, and 353 to Victoria. Qver 2f>oo objections have been sent out by"the Auckland Registration Officer m the course of his duty of purging the rolls of the electoral .districts .ujf <ler If is cJiArgc, Rain which recently fell m Napier was strougly marked with sulphur. It i 8 SUPposed 'that a sulphur cloud'from the volcanic ragbag ,<yf IJotorua bad discharged its contents over thfc to-J*^, France as a country is not nearly as as England. Charles the Great was a German, and m his days what is now France ,Wj*> nai\t of the Western Empire. The my tli that "mad*; -tot- $ Frenchman and called him Charlemagne tn iwmt ex^oded. The Rev. B. V. Kephart, v jjtfs&jj^ajy m Liberia, gives the following as a part of the cargo of the steamer that carried him :— iM/jfitQQ casks of rum, 11 cases of gin, 4GO tons of gun.vVW/Ar) W-* inissi°»;l™s > all on their way'i'/Affijftv The question of anglers holding under the Otago Acclimatisation 'Society being allowed to fish on Sundays was considered at a meeting of the Society held on i^Ve.dn<JsrJay, when the opinion of the majority of. j^ljjpse i/?£sGfyP appeared to be rather m favor of Sunday tisane jL^». otherwise. It ia said that rain js badly wai4.«4 j-if the interior of Otago, and 'tlut't the stncfe are languishing for want of good wholesome water. The rabbits, too, are giving many settlers considerable (rouble, and on sop'ie the quantity of skins obtained by the iflWrtt**;* iii ■Sfl-.O vmous. The Oriel, a new twin sci^w gfflamer built m England for the ((Eusfii;in Volunteer Fleet,' or .merchant ships liable to military is.Qujrements, is among the fastest .ships 'ftfroat, >^i? is 425 ft long by 48ft beam, and with 9000'.j'i. p. -v.d '.natural draught she shows a speed of l().'i, and,2o*2s knots with forced, draught '

Tight-lacing has wrought the death of a Berlin actress. She had taken part man evening performance, and then seemed to be perfectly well; but the next morning she Avas found dead m bed. Subsequent examination showed that death was due to. syncope, and this had been induced by tight-lacing, which the actress practised m an extreme decree. The " Oamaru Mail" of Friday says :•— " To-day a package arrived at the Oamaru railway-station from Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs, consigned to one of the local banks. The carters, we are informed, re fused to handle it, and it was at las" shouldered by a non-union man, who, how-t ever, ou being told that it came from Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs, dropped it." The funeral of the late Mrs H. W. Felt on yesterday wu3 very largely attended. At the funeral service m St. Stephen's the church was crowded to the door, and the coffin was followed to the cemetery by several hundred people. The service at the grave was conducted by the Rev E. A. Scott, | and here too the crowd of sympathisers was large. The deceased lady was well known m the district, having been a resident from an early period of the county's settlement, and her family have since their youth taken a prominent part m church work. There is a good and true story told of a certain Speaker of the English Houss of Commons, who, after having repeatedly called an hon. member to order* without effect, sternly admonished him, and said solemnly, " If the hon. member persists m his disorderly conduct, I shall have to name him" Down flopped the member, horrorstruck at the ominous threat. Presently recovering himself he jumped up, and said, " And what would happen then, Mr Speaker ?" To which the Speaker solemnly wagged his head, and said, "God only knows." Mr Blake, member of Avon, excuses his silence m the House by saying :—" I seldom stand on my feet m this House, because I know that men make up their minds without listening to any arguments. I have always found that anyone who argues positively upon any particular question makes the opposite sids more positive against it, and 1 think any few words I say are quite useless. . . . I know that what I say is useless, but I know I state a fact, and I feel that if I have any fants to state this is the place to express them. I shall not take up the time of the House, because anyone can think for himself just as I can." According to a despatch from Paris, July Bth, an astonishing story is reported from Oleron, an island of France opposite the mouth of the Charente, and near Rochelle, to the effect that a young man is said to have become suddenly endowed with miraculous power to cure all sorts of physical infirmities. He uses neither incantation, hypnotism, nor drugs, but simply places his ieet against those of the patient and makes movements with his hands over the parts affected, thereby working a complete cure. His popularity is increased by the fact that he makes no charge, but simply says after the gestures are completed, " Go m peace ; you are cured." The halt and the blind hasten to him m crowds. He exercises bi3 power at certain hours only. Some ingenious person discovered that judges wear their hair shorter than they used to do. Apropos of this, an amusing story is told of a judge who is still on the bench. In company with another administrator of the law, while on circuit m the South of England, he went for a country walk. Their lordships, being thirsty, entered a small inn, m the rear of which they found two laborers playing akittles. They determined to join the game, and eacli taking one of the men as a partner, they played ii( real earnest. Getting hot, Mr Justice X. took off his coat ; beeomhiy hotter he removed his hat. His lordship's partner immediately stopped playing. "Go on!" exclaimed the distinguished Judge; but Hodge remained motionless. " What arc you stopping,for ?" asked Mr Justice X., all impatience to renew the game. "I don't mind bein' neighborly," replied tho man, looking at the judge's closely cropped hair, " but I am darned if I be a-goiu' to play skittles with a ticket-o'-leaveman." An invention has been perfected m the glass industry whidi, it is stated will accqmplfsh a {complete revolution m that branch of manufacture. Until the present it has only been possible to produce sheet glass by blowing n, hollow cylinder, which was then cut off, separated and polished,. An American manufacturer has now succeeded hi producing glass plates of great breadth and of any desired length, by means of rolling. Glass thus produced is said to possess a far greater homogeneity, firmness and transparency, and it has, on the upper surface a brilliancy which is hardly to be distinguished from art plate glass. The material part of the invention consists m the application of the peculiar, undulated, hollow metal rollers, heated from the inside by means of steam or gas. The rollers seize the sticky, liquid glass which is conducted to them from the bottom of a melting-tub, without the intervention of any other apparatus whatever. A writer m the "I)imedin Star".; bemoans the fact that cat thieves had !)eeii at work m her neighbourhood for sqme time past, and states that the pqlice ought to step m and put a atop ,to the wholesale rob 7 bery of her fsline friends, We are sorry that the cat thieves eonfinetheir at* tentions to Dunedin, A few of the species would be welcome here, There is an amateur musical association composed of nineteen oats, who with the asuistanoe of seven kittens, hold nightly rehearsals m the neighbourhood of our journalistic domicile. They are mostly soprano cats with ranges varying from four to eight octaves, aiid, assisted by a few bass Thomases, they can produce a volume of sound not much dissimilar to the Tarawera's steam whistle. We are afraid our " savage breasts" are imjjerviqu? tq the charm of music ; at any rate we do^'t a'p'preqia'te the nightly concert. We would like some of t^e thieves to pay us a visit a remove a dozen or so of the serenaders—put them away, make them into jam or anything.' Diinediii cat thieves, take the hint.--*.' .Oamasu M.<ij| ; "

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2500, 25 August 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2500, 25 August 1890

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