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Mr George Jameson's next skin sale will be held on Friday, 12th .Scpteinl)er. Messrs Friedlander Bros, advertise that they arc prepared to purchase 1000 sacks seconds wheat for prompt delivery. The Canterbury Woollen Mills, Ashburton, stopped work yesterday. It will probably be a month before the mills are again started. As it is anticipated that the writs will be issued about the end of this month, no claims from persons to have their names placed on the Electoral Rolls can be received after that date. Herr Leibkreck and a large number o Socialists, who were expelled from Germany, are returning to that country, the time of their expulsion having expired. Russia has seized an island off the coast of Corea, and two British warships at Hongkong are ordered to keep up steam ready to proceed to Corean waters at ;!, moment's notice. The famous Louis Quinze clock at Milton Hall, the Northamptonshire seat of the Fitzwilliain family, has been sold to a representative of the Rothschilds for £30,000. Only seven Waterloo veterans responded t» the invitation given them by General Van Merlen, of Harlem, U.S., to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the battle. The oldest of them was born m 1793 and the youngest m 3 798. Six out of the seven are m a state of complete destitution. It is said that the "World,' "Herald," "Sun," and "Times" of New York will follow the "Tribune" m the use of typesetting machines. Probably half of the 1,000 compositors will be dropped, A meeting of ratepayers of the South | Kakaift district was held m the Board's Office on TJws.<!ay» Mr Coster presiding, The meeting was !^> decide as to closing the road through Rural factions 7129 and 7003 or otherwise, Klevejj w&i/o jn favor of the roacl'being closed and two againafc; one who Toted against the motion was not on tho roll, and was not entitled to vote, therefore the resolution to close the road was carried by eleven to one, Ifc is said that Mahomet was a great lover o cats, and possessed a very beautiful one called Muezza. One day, when Muczza was sleeping the sleep of good felines, and lying on the edge of his robe, the prophet was called to go to prayers at the mosque, but, rather than disturb the placid sleep of his favourite, he preferred to cut with scissors all round the pieces of his dress upon which Muezza was lying rather than disturb him. For this reason Mussulmans, especially the Arabs, cstaimi the cat as a sacrecUauhnal. The London cot respondent of a contemporary, writing under liatu July 12th, anent the Investigation Committee of' tjie New Zc&laiMl Antimony Company, says jn a hv'utf conversation with Mr NaidLcy, he gathered that I'he Committee accuse the directors of having (whilst grossly mismanaging the Company's, affairs) pocketed jio less than 224 P fii' GG»i> of the subscribed capital. One director is supped to have £12,000 nut of the concern sJftogeibheF, and had the Qneen Charlotte's Town Oold-nn'ning Com- j pany gone through, the Committee reckon that he and others would have cut up €40,000. Thc&gent m Melbourne for the Commune of FrfitftCfcville, m the New Hebrides (Mr J. J. Kendele), hag just received a letter dated i August 11, m wMcfy ii j# stated that during \ the previous week a <j!ewu^u labor vessel, the JLop^Jo, had a boat's crew ivaee^-r^d by the natives At Aoba, an island m Hie nptlh of the group, T)?o writer added that' the ' Lopolo was reputed f.o be engaged m kidnapping at the island. Three Englishmen who had come down for *he Ausi*ulian New Hebrides Company 'had taken .up fdmr quarters at WilbmiVs plantation till the .excitement should be ovet>, A french trader, named Mercier, was murdered «* ihe sam,e island m April last, and m May the fl'&tid} j WAV veesel Saone shelled the Tillage j

It is a matter of tradition m Japan that fruit grows upon the bamboo when there is to be a famine m that country. This year bamboo trees are bearing fruit. The meeting of the Ashburton Presbyterian Musical M-i Literary Society held on Thursday night m the church, was fairly well attended by members. The chair was filled by the Rev A. M. Beatty, M.A and the evening was devoted to the journal. Several original contributions were read and discussed, and a meeting of the committee then took place, when it was reported that the nett proceeds of the Rev Mr Munro's lecture would amount to about five pounds,—to be devoted to the funds of the Old Men's Home, and Ashburton Hospital. At the meeting to form a branch of the Civil Service Association m Titnaru on Thursday evening, Mr Howley, clerk of the R. M. Court, made a humorous allusion to the time when, by the continuance of the processes of the past, he would be m the receipt of no salary at all, either fir present purposes or for calculating a retiring allowance upon. Mr Howley m one of the small-pay men m the service, but there are men m the Government employ who do not work onehalf as hard, but who draw three or four times as much salary. It is because <>i the high salaries paid to heads of department, that the lesser paid servants have been reduced so frequently.—and yet it is these last-named persons who are the head and front of the Civil Service Protection Association, and who seek the co-operation of such as Mr Howley to assist m keeping up their pay at the expanse of over-burdened taxpayers. The Tichbonie claimant recently appeared 1 m the Manchester Assizies as plaintiff m an I action for libel, A local print, entitled Illustrated Bits, took occasion during the recent election for Stoke-on-Trent to speak its mind upon the appearance of "the claimant" as a candidate. Under the heading, "The Impudent Pretensions of a Humbug," it let itself loose upon "the convicited felon," " the ex-denizen of Portland," "this lately released gaolbird," and the like. It was admitted that the word " felon " was a blunder, as the plaintiff was only a " misdemeanant," and for this the sum of a shilling had been paid into court as damages. But the jury would not allow that there had been any libel whatever, and found for the defendants. The plaintiff appeared m the box, and upon cross-examination said that his name was Roger Charles Doughty Tichborne, and that although he had been convicted of perjury for swearing the same thing, this was the doing of a packed jury. Last night a very successful exhibition of magic lantern views took place at the Borough School. The largest class-room was crowded to the door with scholars and friends. The teachers of the Borough School have purchased a superior lantern and a number of slides, and arrangements were made with Mr Wilson, of the Normal School Christchurch, to visit Ashburton, and "exhibit the views. Mr Wilson is an able lecturer m this special work, and kept the attention of his audience closely as he described the various slides—descriptive, historic, comic, etc. Some of the School Committee were present, and assisted the staff m their efforts to amuse and instruct the children. A vote of thanks, on the motion of Mr Silcoek, was passed to Mr Wilson, and after giving three hearty cheers, the large audience separated. The idea m procuring the lantern and slides is to allow all the children who attain a certain degree of regularity m attendance at school' free admission to the lantern exhibitions, while the others have to pay, and also visitors, and the money received from the latterjsource is to be voted to the prize funds. Parents will thus have an opportunity of' assisting the staff and the children m their studies by enforcing regular attendance at school, as far as possible Last night a concert and dance came off m the Methven schoolroom m aid of the Methven Catholic Church. The schoolroom was crowded to the door, many people having come long distances to be present. MrG. H. Alingtoii,waschairman,discharging the duties of the office with his accustomed suavity. A long and varied programme was gone through comprising items contributed by Mrs Blackburn, Mrs Dunn, and Miss Siianu (Methven), and Misses K. and A. Henry, and Misses T. and A. Butler (Ashburton) and Messrs Dunn and Grainger (Methven), and 1). Thomas and others from Ashburton, The entertainment was of a more than usually excellent character, the singers being evidently at their best, and hnppy m their selection of songs. Every item given was encored, ample proof that the efforts of the performers gave full satisfaction. Mrs Dunn and the Misses Butler and Henry accompanied the singers, except m the case of Mr Thomas's songs, the genial Mayor playing his own accompaniment m his own perfect style. The arrangements were m the hands of Messrs Don is McKendry and Quinn,'and gave the fullest satisfaction. At the close of the concert the room was cleared for dancing, which was kept up till a late hour. The financial result of the gathering should be somewhat substantial. The Provincial Government of Canterbury, before it became a tiling of the past, set aside a sum of £7000 for a bridge over Rakaia Gorge. The fund was placed at the joint disposal of the Ashburton and Selwyn County Councils. The work of maintenance, however, was retained by Government m their own hands, the two Councils simply paying out such charges as were made by Government for work done on the bridge. In October last a severe gale rather disturbed the equilibrium of the bridge, and a list to leeward had to be righted, and the consequent sagging and slackening here and there to be straightened and strengthened. To do this a large amount of work had to He done, the cost of which absorbed all the funds that remained of the Provincial Council's vote. The Ashburton County Council were hardly what could be called satisfied with the cost, although the work had been very well done, and a good job made of the bridge. The Engineer Mas, therefore, instructed to take a look at the bridge, which he did, and his remarks thereon will be found m his report. The Council having now along with the Selwyn County to provide funds for the maintenance of the bridge and approaches, fail to see why the control of the structure should not be m the hands of the two counties. As Mr Harper jocularly put it, " If the bridge has tc be ■' tethered,' the Selwyn people can tether their end, and we can tether ours." The Council, therefore, decided to pay the account charged against them by Government as soon as the tools they were also charged with were handed over to the two counties; but at the same time, as the Councils had now to find the funds for maintenance, Government was to be requested to hand over the control and maintenance of the structure to one or the other of the two Councils.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2511, 6 September 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2511, 6 September 1890

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