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LOCAL AND GENERAL

Members of the public service m Oamaru have decided to join the Public Service Association.

There are 900 languages and »000 dialects.

The sun yields 800,000 times the light o; the moon.

The population of the earth doubles itsel: m 260 years.

Some thirty miners and others left Dunedin yesterday for Coal Island diggings and other spots near Preservation Inlet.

An American paper has the following item of news :—" The Maori women of New Zealand are killing themselves trying to wear corsets, since they have seen them on the missionary women. "

I)r More Madden, of Dublin, who has collected remarkable eases of hereditary tendency to drink, advocates ligal interference to remove children from the custody of habitually drunken parents.

Tenders are invited by the Ashburton County Council for two contracts on the Anama water race. The work includes earthwork, 4£ miles race, 2 fords, fltiming at Hinds river, etc. Particulars will be found m advertisement.

The " Tcmuka Leader" thinks that a strong Ministry could be formed by the following combination ; —Sir Robert Stout, Messrs Ballance, liolleston, J, McKenzie, Moss, W. P. Reeves, and Major Steward, and thinks this combination far more probable than any of those suggested by the prophets.

There is a new use for hypnotism—namely, s a remedy for habitual drunkenness The drunkard, after being hypnotised, is informed that ardent spirits are nasty and the object of his particular hatred. If this m repeated two or three times the habit of thought becomes so fixed that the drunkard cannot bring himself to cltink a drop of spirits.

A meeting of the executive of the Canterbury and Midland Educational Institutes on Saturday passed the following resolution • —" That it is the opinion of this meeting that a union of teachers already exists under the name of the New Zealand Educational Institute, but that ifc is advisable that the platform of the institute bo modified so as to provide for the better protection of the interests of teachers."

The position of capital and labor is very forcibly put m an illustration appearing m the Sdyney Bulletin of the loth August. Tin.c jsccne is a deep chasm, over which is placed a ftayrow plank, m the middle of which a umH at fnjincnse rotundity of person and a capitalist {»&&§ $ muscular man of the true laboring type, ii^oognising the position, the capitalist remarks,"" $,cc here, my n;an, one of us must either go back or else lie doyrn and lee the other walk over him. Ifaw, which of us shall it be ? " And that is just the q\ytnbti/))i at present, remarks the *' Bulletin,"

The mosf' remarkable short line ol railway hi the word is probably the submerged railway at Onton, xifiar Bilbao. It runs down an evenly slopitig #Jkw j» double line to a distance of 650 fcefc, a»A I>W hi&'U constructed by a .Spanish engineer (of fete® /wle purpose of facilitating the shipment of of(,n r The only «&y }» a massive iron tower, oti wheels m th« ffantoG of a pyramid, rising seventy feet from jtfoa track. Upon the platform of this tow<4* $¥>■ fives are placed, and thus they are conveyed : t,9 jt/ip vessel — : the pyramidal car, whose wheels ai'.C 8 under water, returning automatically as §9°" as its cargo has been n»ecU»j»ic»lly shot into the ship's hold.

A party of six Chinese obtained 1 OOoz of gold for eight weeks' work at Round Hill diggings, near Riverton. The claim had been sold to the Chinese at a low figure, as its owner considered he had worked it out.

The San Francisco mail closes at Ashburton on Friday next at 6.20 p.m. Money orders must be taken not later than 3 p.m.

The following are the returns for the Ashburton Hospital during the month of August: -In Hospital on Ist of month, 12; admitted during month, 12 ; discharged, 15 ; remaining m Hospital on Ist September, 9.

For the first five months of the present financial year the Customs revenue shows a surplus of £12,000 over the Treasurer's estimate. The exact figures are:—Customs surplus, £12,400; beer deficit, £1500 ; increase, £10,900.

The Master of the Ashburton Hospital desires to acknowledge, with thanks, the receipt of flowers, fruit, and periodicals from Mesdames Lea, Baxter, Bishop, and Colyer, and Miss F. Orr, and a chest warmer and jelly from Mr Steel, Alford Forest road.

What will the outcome and solution of all this be ? For steamboat companies to lay up their vessels and stop their trade mean 3 ruin m a very short time. These vessels are enormously costly, and to throw them out of work for any considerable period must cause great loss m large sums of money earning no interest. The shareholders m these companies will not stick to their interests. Some of them will be compelled to sell their shares for whatever they can get, whil« others will sell ta avoid the chance of furthe loss. The directors, we presume, will feel it their duty to retain their interests, but they will find that they are sacrificing themselves for people who are doing the best they can for themselves individually.— (" Auckland Herald.")

An amusing incident took place the other day on the Franco-Italian frontier. The summer manoeuvres are going on simultaneously m France and Italy, and the officers of the two countries come within sight of one another near the boundary line. Civilities are exchanged, and it was arranged that the French ana Italian officers should breakfast together. This, however, led to difficulties. The French officers could not cross into Italy, nor could the Italians enter France. Finally, the matter was arranged by placing the table over a cord which marked the boundary. The French officers sat on one side and the Italians on the other. After the dessert, toasts were drunk to the union of the Latin races.

About the middle of July last year Mr Benjamin Nelson Bowden, son of the Rev Bowden, of Nelson, mysteriously disappeared from Richmond Park run, Karaka district, Auckland. Notwithstanding an exhaustive search by the police and the settlers, nothing has ever been elicited to throw lighten the four questions propounded—Had he been murdered? Had he committed suicide? Had he met with a fatal accident ? Had he pusposely but secretly left the district ? The relatives have just printed a pamphlet m which they recount all the circumstances of the mysterious affair m the hope that anyone perusing it may forward any information they may have subsequently gathered, and which they think may through light upon the mystery, and are also offering rewards for evidence.

M. Olivier, a member of the French society of Aeronauts, has just died under circumstances of a peculiar nature. On Sunday evening he ascended m a balloon from the Buttes-Chaumont, navigating the air being at the present time a fashionable craze with certain Parisians. Through defective construction, the basket for the aeronaut—a tall young man— was brought too close to the balloon, the gas inside being allowed to escape right upon his head through an aperature that ought to have been closed. M. Olivier felt so much inconvience from this that m twenty minutes he decended at Noisy-le-Sec. Next day he became ill, and on Tuesday night he died. The doctors who attended him declare that death was due to blood-poisoning, through having inhaled too much of the gas which escaped from the balloon.

Mr D. H. Puttie, of Blenheim, has taken out a patent which he thinks is evidently designed to revolutionise the New Zealand hemp industry. The fibre is extracted just as it is m the blade, without damage, and tha ibeing so, it will be the strongest fibre m the world ; but this is undoubtedly the smallest gain about it, as, the fibre being extracted that way, i t is of course a beautiful white filament, no bleaching or field work of any kind being required, and the fibre being^entirc, the consequence must be that there will be no tow. But apart from these several qualities, it can be produced for onehalf or so of the present process, and about one third of the motive power is all that is repuired compared with that at present repuired.

At the last meeting of the French Academy of Science a most interesting paper was read by Professor Verneuil on the subject of a novel surgical operation performed by Professor Lannclongue. At the Children's Hospital was a little idiot girl of four years of age. Her head was not more than one* third the normal size ; she could not stand, never smiled, and seemed not to take the slightest interest m what was passing around her. M. Lannclongue decided to try the efleet of an operation which would give more room to the brain. He made an incision m the skull along the medium line, extending from the frontal suture to the occipital suture, and removed part of the substance o: the skull of the left side. The operation took place on May 9th, and from June 15th the child began to walk, play with her doll, and, m fact, behave like an intelligent child. M. Verneuil paid a visit to the child, who ia a subject of great interest to all the doctors and medical students. Recently Dr Laimelongiie performed a similar operation upon another child, and it is hoped that the result will be equally satisfactory,

Capt. Jorgensen, who designed and sailed the sectional life boat Storm King from Loiir don tr Adelaide,was banqueted by his fellow countrymen at that port, and m thanking them for the reception they had given him and his mate, said that he thought that they had said to many good things about them, but it was better to be called a brave man than be called a caward. When he started on his trip he thought that many people might think it a foolhardy adventure, but he wanted ]to demonstrate the efficiency of the lifeboat. The lifeboats at person bin use on passenger ships would be ql little value off the Cape of Good Hope, for although they might keep afloat they could not hold provisions and provide shelter. Many a shipwrecked person had died for want of shelter, but m the Storm King ample provision m this respect was a main feature. Although he and his mate had navigated the vessel tt» Australia alone that was only to prove that she could be worked very easily, and not that she could not carry more. She would accommodate 120 persons, and hold enough provisions to maintain them nil for a fortnight. He had considerable difficulty m gcttiiig In's idea taken up, but now they had plainly demonstrated its utility m the voyage to Australia. —The Storm King is built up of tanks whicty may be used for ♦ irrying water on the deck of a .vessel. It is 30 teet long; 4ft Oiu deep ; Bft beam and weights three tons. It is decked, manholes being provided m which men can stand to pull oars. The rig is l#ng sail and jigger. Ths bottom of each tank is double, the space }?ejbw/e.eti being ayilable far frgsh water, whioh s,\ho apis as bajlast.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2508, 3 September 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2508, 3 September 1890

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