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LOCAL AND GENERAL

The amount collected in Otago in aid of the fund for the relief of the Balaclava survivors is at present £92 4s 6d. The lace owned by the feminine members of the Astor family is said to be worth at least £60,000. The thrifty portion of the population of the British Isles last year deposited £15,814,000 in the Post Office Savings Bank, and after withdrawals left a balance to the good of £3,000,000. The following suggestive advertisement appeared recently in the "Napier Herald" : —'' To Shoemakers—Wanted, tenders for half-soling a pair of boots. Address, ' Skinflint,' Post Office, Napier.' It is now a foregone conclusion that the American Tariff Bill will be hung up in the Senate, and will not be reached for final vote this session. At the instance of the Secretary of State, an effort will be made to pro* vide for reciprocity with the South American Republics. An effort will be made, should the measure pass, to extend the policy to Australia, Npw Zealand (in tie South), and Canada (on the North), In reference to the dispute between & portion of the Roman Catholic congregation at Palmerston North and the Rev. Father Patterson, the latter writes to the Pross Association traversing the accuracy of the statements that have appeared in print and asking to have his aide of the question published. The rev. gentleman svfys :—"My accounts are correct, and I have always been scrupulous concerning tlicm. lam having Protestant and Catholic gentlemen to examine my books." He complains that the allegations are "grossly unfair and untrue." A Society to carry out the principles enunciated in Mr Bellamy' 3 novel " Looking Backward" was started in London last month.. The members pay 6d a mouth, and " labour, working for each other, paying each other in labour instead of money; supplying necessaries at acttjal cost, those articles only which are requisitioned; and, finally, the establishment, cither in this country or in seine other, of a state of society analagous, as nearly as may lie, to thai described in ' I^ookpjg Backward.' " The Pahnerston North correspondent o* the "Jfew Zoajaixl Timer' writes as follows {-~'' I carefully avoided reference to the dispute httwcou \\\a Rev- Father Patterson and some members of his congregation, but as the matter has found its way into your columns through the medium of the Press Association I may now say tiiat the rev. gentleman, without seeking pecuniary compensation,, is instituting proceedings for libel in order to vindicate his character, and that arrangements arc being made for the fullest investigation by auditors totally unconnected with tlie Roman Catholic Church as to the disposal of the building fund and other matters in general. 'i'he Jjecfcuro on Robert Burns, given in the Oddfellows' Hall oji Tuesday evening by Rev P, R. Monro, of the Sydeuham Presbyterian Church, under the auspicoja of the Ashburton Presbyterian Church Musicolaml Literary Society, and in aid of the funds of the Ashburton County Hospital and Ashburton Old Men's Home, was well attended by the public of Ashburton, with a good sprinkling of Scotch folks from the country. Mr W. Malcolm occupied the chair, and the lecturer w;vs accompanied to the platform by the Rev A. M. Beattie, M.A. The lecture vy'as prefaced by a Scotch song, well sung by . Mr J. Kersel, Mr Monro then taking up his subject " Robert B,urns," and the poet's life, from birth'to death, was vlvidlj pourtrayed, illustrated with choice specimens of his writings. A vote of thanks to tlnj lecturer, pro- : posed by the Rev A M. Beattie, was carried 1 by acclamation, and tlje audience dispersed ] after-.sjugiifg two verses qf Auld Lang Sync. At a couier-Qnci; o.f (Jolejffteg from the several friendly societies in the Timaru dis- 1 fcrict, held in the Oddfellows' Hall, Timaru, on Wednesday, 20th inst., it was resolved : " That the Maritime Council and the various labor organisations throughout New Zealand be invited to co-operate with the conference iv findeavoring to extend, the usefulness of the hospipte and charitable aid institutions of this colony 'by, &m}]?qrtiug at the forth- 1 coming general e!<3c'i|on, those qaudjdates who will undertake, as oiie' plank iii the liberal platform, to have the present Hospital amlCihaxitable Aid Act so amended as to make the boards elfccuYe instead of nominative, in order that the ratepayw's n;ay exercise better control'over tho administrative acts of those bodies in having the power to .eject representatives vho will nfjt allow the exorbitant i charges for in-patients, which now prevail, to be levied ; and at the same time, put down other irregularities of a, grcvious nature, affecting t!ie working class especially, which also exist." . | The production of sisal hemp mil other fibres, which has attracted so much interest fd jute, is appearcntly to be taken up in earnest ,»ty Figj, At a meeting of planters j from various diKii/k^*, I;pJ.(J at Suva a short I time since, a con'siacrall)lo number of those present undertook to plant'with aloe areas of from 20 t> 50 acres each, in a great | measure to test the values of the different 6s<|Jlh for this cultivation, the question of introduction oj dressing machinery being left until the }>la,i.t.M styv-U Ijii.yo made some advance ' towards maVumy, 'Mijitntii^s,, all possible information will be gathered oil the subject of the different machinery and processes of dressing practised in other places. •WifciP is believed to be the true sisal plant cau hil ijW^j i.w»wiii£ wild in considerable abundance"w several fcwis f4 tj>c group, and to all appearances thriving woll ju isi^h useless for cultivation of any al Ilia present .export products. Some small parcel* klreMsed by rude appliances, wore sent to London by the'M. and A. Company of Australasia last ywu-, and these were Valued by experts at from £S5 to £42 .10s per ton. ' The experiments were not, however, followed up by 1 the production of a pared large or.ougji to test it's economic value ;\s regards market realisations placed against cost of production.

A Dunedin suburban butcher who declined to conform to the rules of the trade union as to prices was boycotted last week. After purchasing stock at the Burnsidp saleyards and taking them to be slaughtered, he found that the slaughtermen declined to have anything to do with his sheep or cattle. An extraordinary general meeting of the Press Company, Limited, is called for Monday, Bth September, to confirm a resolution that tho present Company be wound up voluntarily ; and also to confirm a conditional agreement entered into with Mr J. S. Guthrie, of Christclnuch, on behalf of a company intended to be formed, and named "The Christchurch Press I Company, Limited." A correspondent writes to the " Sydney Morning Herald " :—" It is a common saying with New Zealanders, ' Never expect to receive your New Zealand papers from the Sydney Post Office.' Since I have resided in Sydney I have had about 30 newspapers and one book from New Zealand addressed to me, care of General Post Office, and Park street, Post Office, Sydney. Of the above I have received two papers.'

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2503, 28 August 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2503, 28 August 1890

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