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The first anti-slavery society in America was formed in 177"). No less than 1500 persons constantly reside in the Vatican. During the present session 262 petitions and 179 papers have been presented. Comment is heayd upon the very palpable increase of intemperance in Berlin. The illiterate inhabitants of Portugal are officially stated at 80 per cent, of the total. Mignonette is a poetical name, since Migiion is "darling," and AJignonetfco " little darling." Mails for Australian colonies, via Sydney China, Japan, and Strait Settlements, clos e at Wellington, per Wakatipu, on 11th inst. The value of the reserves for primary education in the colony isassessed<at£6sl,734. Canterbury contains £203,100 worth. A statement to the effect that the advocates of black labor are taking steps to import cheap Italian, labor is under the notice of the Queensland Labor federation. The great diamond known ;&b the Koh-i----noor, or Mountain of Light, was brought ffom India to be presented to Queen Victoria in I&SQ, Its original weight was nearly eight hundwid carats, but it has been reduced by cutting to khu* hundred and two and a quarter carats. The success of the Americans >v tycather forecasting i» due to the enormous area over which their stations are placed. They have the width of a continent at their disposal. So well-known are the conditions that regulate the storms that out of 3228 predictions of tornadoes in 1884, 3201 proved correct. There has been considerable mortality among lambs in Victoria lately. It was at first assumed that the cause of death was anthrax, but a post mortem investigation rev«j*l«j the existence of a tape-worm, and in soijuji &iiscs two or three, coiled up in the stomafch, to which the mortality is now attributed. It is an open secret ttajb J-Jig latest returns from London of Taranaki butto; c.old there •Mo very discouraging, much of it racing from <t.js to 55s per cwt. Seeing that dealers mostly boijght the butter at about fid per lb, the losses have been very heavy, running in- i to thousands of pouuds gterling. New Ply- j mouth buyers are heavy label's. | The following advertisement api^tais lit a southern paper :—"Boycott! The Boycott is Removed This Day from Tom MoTurton for having eaten an egg laid by a hen that was fed by a child that road a book printed by Whitcoinbc and Tombs upon his having promised to kill the hen. (Signed) ti>a*,k,. House builder, Acting Secretary Hoi us I'lqliis Societies Affiliated." A citizen oi Eyypt, Alexander TiJglicfcrro, has wxiieff. to the Committee on J<Y>reign Exhibits of the •ty'.otjd's Fair. He «i*y« he is sure he is in possession ot tiijy ljfldy «f <J!e<!ip«vti">--> the famous Egyptian Queen ; J)<3 desires to wfEuty the sarcophagus and skeleton for sale for Hie w4gat sum of 6"0,OOOdols, 1 the cfelh-ery «f t}j,e goods fi,Q i f p yjad,i: at Alexandria. :

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2514, 10 September 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2514, 10 September 1890