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There are 86 general holidays timxi^ijont the year m Russia. The Clirjsfcchnreh Charitable Aid Board intend to giv<s « Month's notice to tiie. orphanage staff. The Governor notifies iris approval #f jt-he dislmndment of the Hampden #ud Otepopo Rifle Volunteers. Mr Arthur Towsey has, we hear, ihf&vw ijp his appointment m Melbourne, and wiil mitiAJn m Dunedin. Lady : Bir, foil should introduce a little change m your style of dancing. Gent How do you mean, rasuieijomselle? Lady: You might occasionally step, f^iiiy Ipft foot; the ngiifc one has had enough. Messrs {jojUfcbrough, Mort, and Co., of Sydney, telegraph as follows to a private' iiim mC'hristclmrGkvT^'.Oa.ts Is 8d to 2s Id, incize #s 7d, blue Ijerwent p^fcpps 00s. : Market collide!," Suburban Board Sclwoj inspector—Well, the only fault I have to fyiA with your teacher is that he is too loquacious, JVjfcmbcr of the School Hoard—Maybe, mayb*:, aiy; but our idea is that he talks too much with his mott&b, Pasiw 'iYireh mahwlicts the statement regarding the alleged ",see)*(j " at the Auckland Tabernacle oji Sunday' (tiv^ning. He points out that whilst lie deftimWl boycotting, he expressed regret and ptw-u that such a method haxl to Jjts to. Tho sum paid Mr Stanley by his pub-1 liflhers, it is now said, was ifUG^ftrf), and not' double that amount, as at iirat sJated. This, of course, covers nil rights and all possibilities, present and prospective. The explorer's publishiei's did very well out of his former works. Members {says a contejnpoty) am rwb unfrequently " \at m" by coiistjtu«u,ts w\w \ think they have tine right to frank letters !to their representatives by writing on them i the mystic legend, " On public service only. "\ On these letters the unfortunate M,H.R.'sj < liwe to pay double rates, and they do no -; with a very bad grace indeed. In many < cases inem'i*ijra have to [spend £15 to £20 a ] session on sta«p? for letters m reply to 1 constituents. • t

The fire bell has now been shifted from ! the old site at the Triangle to the tur et at the Fire Brigade utation. In the event of the mail resolutions being affirmed, the Union Company will be prepared to place the Monowai on the San Francisco service m place of the Zcalandia. Says the Woodville paper:—Mr J. J. Ford has a veritable curiosity m the shape of a sixpenny coupon m circulation m the old days m Auckland. Sixpences were scarce, and the business firms issued these so that when they had amounted to the value of a crown or half a soverign they were paid. The,.one-in..Mr Murphy's possession was issued by the firm of R. D. Graham, and reads " on presentation of ten of these notes we promise to pay the bearer the sum of five shillings and sixpen .•.' The supplementary Estimates are for a total charge of £50,304 on the consolidated fund, and £7987 on the Public Works Fund. The principal items are: £950 Audit Department, being amount struck off the ordinary Estimates and replaced ; £300 for salary of resident at Raratonga; £500 Tasmanian Exhibition ; £385, telegraph and telephone extension ; £4000, proportion cost of erection of light-house at the Snares; £1000 for discharged and aged imbeciles; £5000, to provide working men's schools at the four centres; road to open up Pukipuhi field £750; Kumara sludge channel accident, £500; purchase Lyttelton Harbor Board's shed, £10,000 ; compassionate allowance widow of j Constable M'Leod, shot at Dargarville, £349. ] In a comparison of the public ferment pervading at the French Revoluticnaiy period and now m respect of labor, the "Advocate" says :—;" The strikes'we heair of now are but the premonitory symptoms—the dropping fire caused by the driving m of the pickets of the capitalist army. On the one side will be a party able to dominate and close every branch of production and distribution, and on the other side a section of society m ! possession of unprecedented wealth and j ability for passive defence. The threats of a great lock-out m Australia portend the struggle: the British steamship owners, with their seventy or eighty millions of capital, also contribute to the signs of the times. So do the unions by their agressiveness. And when the struggle comes, whoever may be the victors, even if there is no bloodshed, there will be Buffering as widesperead and universal as there has not been, and will not be, till the horrors of the Apocalypse are launched upon the world. Colonel " Bob " liigersoll would never be suspepted of being a respecter of persons. His legal protege was Judge Puterbaugh, then a Judge of the circuit court at Peoria, Illinois. Upon one occasion, while the Judge was engaged m fining a 'spactor for contempt of court, Judge Ingersoll offered some gratuitous advice, which was resented with some show of indignation. Ingersoll retaliated by hinting that when the court was fishing m a political way after the ermine he had not been so chary about accepting advice. This warmed the old man up m earnest and he at once imposed upon the presumptuous advocate a fine of lOdol. Ingersoll fumbled m his pocket for a moment, then waiked up to the bar with outstretched hand, and said "Puterbaugh, lend ma lOdol." The stern expression of the judge never relaxed for an instant. Turning to the clerk, he said: "Mr Clerk, let the record show that Mr Ingersoll's fine is remitted. Peoria County can better afford to lose lOdol. than I can." " Time was that when the brains were out the man would die," but we are changing all that. The"Kyneton (Victoria) Observer" reports that a young man named Cook recently met with an accident to his head at the South Russell's mine, and a piece of his skull two inches long and one inch broad on the left side was completely knocked out. Through tins aperture lately the brain has commenced to extrude until it attained the size of a shut fist. This development is termed hernia of the brain. Tho mass was composed purely ot" brain tissue. Its removal which, as may be imagined, was a dangerous and delicate matter, was safely accomplished by Mr Duncan, with the 'able co-operation of Dva Ryan and Smith. When subsequently weighed it was found to be exactly two ounces. The patient, we learn on inquiry, was doing well. Hove, then, is a young man with two ounces of his brain completely gone, and with whose mental and physical state his medical attendants are satisfied. The future developments of this exceedingly interesting case will be watched with keen interest, not only from its unusual nature, but from the wide spread commiseration felt, for the unfortunate sufferer. The Albury correspondent of the".Sydney Morning Herald " writes:—An extraordinary story reached here from a man named Edward Thompson, formerly a resident of this town. Thompson, it appears, was camped with his wife and two young children m the bush. Tha elder of the children, who is three years old, had been m the habit of playing with a pet pig. One morning the child >yas missed, and a search was forthwith instituted, the father and some other men scouring the bush m all directions ; the search party continued their labors all day, and the whole of the night, without coming upon any traces of the missing infant, and m view of the very inclement weather of late prevailing;, small hopes were entertained of finding the child alive. Early next morning, however, the searchers were rewarded by the discovery of the chilil quite comfortably asleep on a bed of leaves, evidently made by the pig, under a hop bush. The pig was near the child, and seemingly on guard over it, as it resented m a practical fashion any attempt to interfere with its charge; and it was with some difficulty that the father succeeded m obtaining possession of the youngster. Finally, when tho father rode away homeward with the child m his arms, the pig followed at his horse's heels all the wav back to the camp.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2516, 12 September 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2516, 12 September 1890

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