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While rats and mice »re bad in England) locusts are a terror in Algiers. A telegram states that 3000 native laborers were engaged in collecting locusts' eggs in the neighbourhood of Tiaret. Already about 25,000 gallons of eggs had been taken up and destroyed; and it was hoped that in consequence of these radical measures of prevention the plague will this year be of a less serious character than has been the case. A report from the Departmant of Agriculture of the United States gives the average wages of farm labourers at 3s lOd per day without board, and 2s lOd with board. The average sum paid in harvest time is 1 tlol. 30 cents per day without board and 1 dol. 2 cents with board. The average per month for ordinary labour is 18 dol. 33 cents without board and 12 dol. 45 cents with board. Hereford cattle, which, as are well known, are characteristically early in maturing, have reached large weights at home. One gentleman, says t'ae "Live Stock Journal," has sold nine steers averaging from 872 lbs. for a 16 months old steer, to 1122 lbs for one 19 months old. Als months old steer gave the extraordinary weight of 906 lbs with the equally extraordinary daily increase of 2'031b per day live weight in each case. A number of Indian hawkers are reported as wandering about the country in Victoria, and cases are reported where they extorted ! money from women besides seriously frightening them. At Eddington, Mrs Lanyan. jun., heard footsteps in the kitchen, and thinking it was her husband she opened the door, when she was terrified to see one of these Indians, who at once seized her by the arm. She, however, succeeded in making her escape to the residence of her father-in-law, about half a mile distant. A fire occurred in Tinwald on Tuesday morning about two o'clock by which a fourroomed cottage belonging to Mr Hugo Fried lander, and occupied by Mr William Brown and his family, was burned to the. ground. It appears Mr Brown, who had been at work at Westerfield, was returning home about the time above mentioned, and when nearing his home he saw the blaze. He was in time to get out his wife and family, but "was unable to save clothes or oiher property. The origin of the fire is unknown. The Wellington " Evening Post" recently published an interesting interview with Mr Moss, M.H.R., respecting the Caroline Islands. In the course of his remarks the lion, gentleman said:—" On the coast *of Ponape there is one of the marvels of the Pacific —the ruins of an old temple built with basaltic crystals covering a great area and of great thickness and strength. From ts nature the temple could only have been built among a dense population, whereas there are not more than a couple of thousand people on the whole island. No tradition tells how or by whom the temple was built, so it remains one of the mysteries as well as marvels of the Pacific." Mr Francis Dowling, in a paper which he read »t a recent meeting of the Cincinnati Academy of Medicine, stated that " between the ages of ten and forty at least one person in three is subject to partial deafness. The great majority of cases of imperfect hearing are hereditary, and are largely owing to a too close consanguinity of the parents. Deafness is more prevalent among males than among females, owing to the fact that the male is more exposed to the vicissitudes of climate. There is much more deafness in America than in Europe, and this is due to a more general use of scientific instruments, such as telephones, where one ear is U3ed to the exclusion of the other." A gentleman recently opened a letter addressed to his son, containing suggestions from a friend to the latter for a novel which he—the son—was privately writing. The father was exceedingly surprised and frightened upon reading the following dreadful words:—"Dear Bob, —You really must show more caution in constructing your plots, or the governor will be sure to discover the dead body of Geraldine in the cellar, and then your secret will be out. You consulted me about the strychnine!.. I certainly think you are giving it him in rather strong doses. Let Emily put her mother in a madhouse. It will answer your purpose well to have the old girl out of the way. I think your forgery is far too small a sum. Make it three thousand. Leave the rest of your particularly nice family circle to me. I will finish them off, and send back the fatal dagger afterwards by book post. —Yours, Jack." The vexed question as between education boards and school committees of the meaning of the word " consult," in reference to the appointment of teachers, was interpreted by Mie Minister of Education in the light of a judgment of Mr Justice William?. It seems that his honor laid down the principle that to ask advice does not necessarily mean to follow it. The Ministsr added that when the Education Act was going through tho House, it was considered that tho appointment and removal of teachers should, for purposes of discipline, and in order to prevent teachers becoming mere parochial officers, rest with the boards. He did not suppose the House had altered its opinion on the subject, or that it would entertain the idea of so amending the law as to take away tiie principal control of teachers from the boards. The Minister undertook to send a statement of the law to any school committee who wished to have it. The agricultural reporter of the Melbourne ff Leader, writing from Mortlake, says :— What may be termed a new departure for the Mortlakp district is the initiation qf the leasing system in 'connection with one or two of the estates in the vicinity. One of 2200 acres of rich volcanic soil around tho mount, has been leased to farmers for cultivation and grazing purposes. A five years' lease is given, and the rent charged varies for grazing blocks, securely fenced, from 6s. to 16s. per acre, while agriculturial lots are let at from 16s. to 40s. per acre, the distance from a macadamised road and the quality of the soil being taken into consideration in adjusting the rent. The whole of the estate has now been leased, and a number of fanners have established comfortable homes on a place that a couple of years ago was a sheep run and nothing more. This returns more to the landlords than cculd be obtained by grazing the land themselves, and the example is being followed by other owners with the result that quite ;hj era of prosperity has set in for this long stagnant town aijd district. A Httle boy at Cambridge, Waikato, met with a strange accident the other day. He picked up what looked like a Waterbury watch covered ■« ith pitch, He took it home to his father and asked him what it was. Mr Carnachan scraped a piece of the back off it and finding it was made of tin, concluded it was some old box that was worthless, and gave it back to the lad, telling him he might have it to play with. The boy being of an inquiring turn of mind, procured a hammer, and placing the tin box on a block of wood, proceeded to knock it to pionps. in doing this he did not find much troubles, for the first blow hs gave was followed by a loud explosion, which not only shattered the box but also knocked the lad head over heels, t,he flame burning his hands and face. The mysterious box proved to be a tug signal—such as are used on the railway. ll'ortuuat<jly the lad's eyesight was not injured, but Ins eyebi-ows itnd eyelashes Mere burned, and a piecu of the black £)tuft; with which the box was covered was taken from his eye some little time after the accident.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2514, 10 September 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2514, 10 September 1890