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La grippe is prevailing amongst th* Fijian natives. Mr H. IT. Champion, the Socialist lead or and lecturer, visits New Zealand early. Mr Spurgeon hs a teetotaller of twentyfour years standing. He took the pledge on 13th March ISo'li. Not an island has risen or sunk from sight m the Pacilie Ocean for Hi .years,- and geologists say that Nature is resting for a future mighty effort. When this effort occurs New Zealand is expected to disappear beneath the sea. The Union Company, owing to the increased cost of running their steamers, have raised the rates of coastal freights f)0 per cent. The intercolonial rates have already been raised. One Chinese grocer m Wellington has made £500 m twelve months. The turnover of the Chinese fruiterers and grocers m that city m one year is said to have been between £'25,000 and £30,000. On Sunday next (the last Sunday of the month) Mass will be celebrated at P.akai ;l by Father Pertuis at eleven a.m, Tjießev Father Chastagnon will celebrate Mass at Ashburton at ten a.m., and Vespers at the usual hoar. ■■ Malcolm's Ostrich Company, whose farm of some 7000 acres of rather dry country is at Port Augusta (S.A.), now possess a flock of 715 birds (an increase of 200 during the year,) which returned over £1100 for feathers. Judge (who is bald-headed):—" If half the witness has testified against you is true, your conscience must be as black as your hair." Prisoner: "If a man's conscience is regulated by Ins hair, then your honor hasn't any conscience at all." The " Fijian Times " states that whilst at Tonga, Mr Baker held the following appointments :—Premier and President of the Court of Appeal, Minister for Foreign Relations, Auditor-General, Minister for Lands and Judge of the Land Court, Minister of Education, Agent-General, and Medical attendant to the King, It is expected that the New Zealand Shipping Company will declare a dividend of 6or 7 per cent, m September, The arrangement of a number of tempting tours to New Zealand during the English winter js m progress. Judicial proceedings have been instituted m Vienna agajnst Professor Bruehl, president of the Institute of Animal Anatomy, for having published a work entitled The Truth m Nature; or, God, His Works and Tradition, Examined from a Scientific Point of View. This, it is alleged, is an outrage on t-hg religion of the empire. Mr Roj/dkouse, proprietor of the Wellington "Evening Pr^ss," says that he intends to enter an action for libel against the "Lyttelton Times" for publishing a teleyrajn from its Wellington correspondent on Monday last stating that tli3 lirsf-named paper has been practically moribund for some weeks psf, Mr Millar. • * the Maritime Council, told a representative of the " Otago Daily Times " tij't-immediately blacklegs go on board a V;; c officers, cooks, and stewards will v' 'lr Millar further said that it has | lot. <c i a moot question as to the respective powers held by capital and labor, ajjd this dispute, he says, will settle it. 'Let t'hc-iu c,quui on," he said, "we are prepared for tl;e next throe inontli3, and longer." Mr M, A. >Sala )nad{2 himself ridiculous at a dinner of the Incorporated Authors m the Old Country lately, The tables were arranged anyhow, and the gentleman and Jus wife found themselves at what they were were pleased to term one of the lesser tallies. After suggesting that Fergus Hume and one or two others should give up their places, the great G. A. S. withdrew m high dudgeon, and the toast of "The Guests' 1 py^/l to be entrusted to another gentleman. I 'j'ijt; *>niMi«ntati«n of diplomas to graduates of Oaiiwrbwpy if .Allege took, place yesterday afternoon at (Jhi'isfcij.y/'ch, m the presence ■ of a large assemblage, principally ladies. Professor Cook presided, an*l an ;■<]dress, as did Bishop Julius and Mr >J. Via-y. The proceedings were very orderly. The fflltjwt^iig students received diplomas : — M.A.'^, Lilian Harriet Williams, Mary Jane McLean. B.A.s, &rnard Marian Anna ' Kruil, Agnes Elizabeth TuylalJ, Benjamin ftawucl Bull, Thomas Richard Cresawell Ourti«, a»d Uwtfier Vi»»te, ' i

Messrs Chrystall and Co. have advice by cable that'the China Navigation Company's steamer Kwei-Yang, bringing tea for New Zealand, left Foochow en the 22nd inst., via Sydney. The perfection of ventilation is now attained by electricity. The new United States man-of-war Baltimore is supplied with an electric ventilator which will change the atmosphere of the engine room completely m two minutes. Experiments have been recently published on the action of light m ageing new wines. By exposing layers of the young wine m vessels covered with coloured glass to the direct action of sunlight, the flavour and quality of the wine are said to be highly improved. Emile Blanchard, President of the French Academy of Sciences, announces that he can make silk straight from the material of the mulberry leaf without resorting to the silkworm. It is inferior m richness and gloss to the present silk. Bishop Thornton, of Ballarat, has told the Young Men's Christian Association that he would have nothing to do with the Association "if its effect was simply to create young females of the males sex, and though he liked to see the youths put off, as the Scripture said, the old man, he did not wish them put on the old woman." In Heligoland the little dependency which we have just made over to Germany, there are so few houses, and the space for new ones is so restricted, that an engaged couple are obliged to go on courting until a householder dies, and a house is thus liberated No gentleman must give a lady his arm unless and until he is betrothed to her. No action for breach of promise can be brought j against a man once he is married. The islanders object to keeping prisoners on account of the expense, so the gaol is usually empty. A well-known U.P. Minister noted wit* 1 sorrow that his congregation was becoming " small by degrees, and beautifully less ;" s° after much cogitation he hit on a plan which (for once) crowded his church. At the close of his sermon he announced, with a solemn air, that on the following Sunday it would be his painful duty to discussa faimly scandal which directly affected several members of the kirk. On the next Sabbath the sacred edifice was crowded with an expectant crowd, who had the pleasure of listening to an excellent sermon, the subject of which was the picking of the apple by Eve, and the eating hereof by herself and Adam The thirty-first annual meeting of the Christchurch Chamber of Commerce, waß held yesterday. Mr W. Recce was elected Chairman for the ensuing year. Proposals for forming an Employers Association were considered m committee, and were not adopted; but it was decided to appoint a Committee to confer with Industrial and Agricultural and Pastoral Associations and others on the subject. The Chamber approved of the proposed deviation of the Midland Railway route to the eastward of Lake Brunner. A member proposed a motion deploring the action of merchants m Christchurch m " boycotting " a local firm of grocers, but it was not seconded. The Russian Government is reported to be about to acquire the network of the SouthWestern railway, consisting of some 3,000 miles of road. It is this railway which commands, directly and indirectly, the most important outlets m the Black Sea, and the strategetical points on the Balkan Peninsula, the Auscro-Hungarian, and the German frontiers. Were hostilities to break out between Russia and one of her western neihgbors, the fact of this enormous network of lines being under the conplete control of the military authorities would be of incalculable importance m the quick moving of troops. The last of the Caledonian Society's Ingleside meetings for the season was held last night m the Oddfellows' Hall, and was, as usual, very largely attended. In addition to the usual dance programme, songs were given by Miss Henry, and Messrs Jamirson, Reen, ami Stevenson ; trios by Messrs Kersial and H. and E, Craighcad ; a violin duet,l>y ilr Broadley and his tiny little son ; a recitation by Mr Minn is; ami Highland step dances and reels by the Laghmor Highlanders, and Mr A. M'Kenzie to pipe music played by Mr-->. M'Kay. Mr H. A. Gates played the accompaniments to the songs, and with Mr Martin (violin) also plnycd for the dancing. Being the last meeting, the time was extended for an hour. Papers by the last mail contain full details of what is known as the mutiny of the Grenadier Guards. The accounts show that the men had suih'cicnt cause for dissatisfaction. For some time they have been complaining of excessive drills and guards, and they took the occasion to refuse to turn out m heavy marching order for kit inspection m order to bring their grievances promi* nently before the proper authorities. A subsequent examination of the "order" books by a superior oHicer showed that tho amount of guard duty and parade had been excessive, and upon this they were released from confiuQiuont, m which they had been kept since they refused to obey orders. That they were right and their olh'cers wrong, howover, did not prevent their punishment by banishment to the West Indies.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2505, 30 August 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2505, 30 August 1890

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