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A lode of the rare and precious meta\ uranium has recently been discovered ■m Cornwall, m England. Until a century ago the existence of this metal was hardly known. Herr Johann Strauss is said to have stated that, though his family have been writing dance music for three generations, not one of them coald dance a step. The-earliest record of "boycotting" is given m the Bible. The Jewe, we are told, would have no dealings with the Samaritans. The labor party m Oamaru are taking steps to bring forward a unionist candidate at the forthcoming general, elections. Uader date July 25, a London correspondent writes :—" Messrs Shaw, SariU's cjlipper Merope, bound from Wellington with ft cargo of flax, has met with a sad fate. She was manned by a crew of nineteen hands, and on June 27> when 120 miles from the Azores, it was found that a fire had broken out m the flax. All night energetic attempts were made to subdue the flames, but without avail. The result was that the vessel had to be abandoned, and the >Serira took the orew aboard. Five days afterwards the W. F. Babcock was spoken, and seven of the crew transferred. The Serira landed the captain and 11 hands at deal on July 14, and the W. F. Babcock landed the romainder at Liverpool. Now this story is a significant one. " Fairplay " reminds us that m 1886 ■<it (SB7 the Blue Jacket, from New Zealand, with specie valued at over £100,000,: and with a large Xs,'?F#° of flax, was burnt at sea, and that a couple of qfcher ships from New Zealand, also with flax, yw missing about (the game time. Now comes the Merope disaster. Two other ship?, the Marlbo^ugh ami iWedin a,v& missing. The Assaye was spoken on the Hue <*n Jvjarch 16, but has not been heard of .since j ithti lias just arrived, mttoil overdue," Ten years ago the population «f the United .States, as shown, by the figures i collected by the enumerators of the (ioycrn.«rt«Ht, was 50,155,443. To-day, according to tli* i*}Ap,t conservative estimates, it reaches 65,060,0«ty, The average increase m the deciules since IW'f? when the first count was made, lias been coijfjderably over 30 per cent. It is probable thai <:•],• c average reader fails to grasp the entire diu^fts.ions and sigHiftciWGS <jf thia .tremendous expanse m population.. 'I-V number of new residents | which tim country Jjism* £»ined since .1880 is j almost us gr,ea.t a,s 'jtliajfc pf the entire j population r4 .(Spain, aa grea,t that of! Mexico and Cani4,a together, or as IJejigji.aiH, tlic Nethcrlards, a«4 Portugal cojiibli^od. j The additions to the inhaiw-fcant-s m the pant || ten years exceed five-fold tiw aggregate' iwnulation of the tliirtccn colonies at .^h,e time <?f their separation from great Britain. In the yeiUA named a new nation, so to speak, largely sjafpassing m number that of any entire civilised f#«K try, except Russia, j !,'erinany, Austro-Jiunga^y,; France, Great r jjyitinn, and Italy, has arkei# //.niong us. \i(A*y*,W JBSO and 18(iO, -the Uui-tca k»tp r .ta* passed tive iij»ited Kingdom m inhahitaht* and •aubssfiq.iweiwV left France, AustroHwKgary^ and belnnd, whi^e it is said, the Americans ' will overtake and (.sweep by Jimm. itaking tUe tot; place I mong the world's .enlightened .sta.t y es j_ n . ihc decade which «}<.U >yj;tjj |Wfc

Smoke from sofb coal gives beneficial sanitary effects. In Boston a new invention lights the street lamps itself, and extinguishes them at the proper hour every morning. Coal dust is no longer regarded as waste It is manufactured into blocks for fuel, and found to burn readily, giving anjintense heat, with entire absence of clinkers. The Monowai is appointed to leave Lyttelton for Wellington, Napier, Gisborne, Auckland, and Sydney on Friday, 19th mat, at 3 p.m. Mails close at Ashburton ac 6.30 a.m on Friday. At the Dunedin Steeplechase meeting on Friday Dolly won th« Time Trot, Jane second, Cottage girl third. The Tally-ho was appropriated by Dady Longlegs, the Kensington Handicap was secured by Wolverine, and Red Crocs got home first m the Shorts. The LytteHon Harbor Board have decided j to hold an enquiry into the cause of the fire on the brigantine Nettie. It is said that the men loading her were smoking, and some persons allege that they suspect foul play. The New Zealand Shipping Company offer £100 reward for evidence leading to the conviction of the persons who set fire to the cargo of the Nettie. Mr Donald, of Masterton, who it was recently stated wa3 willing to take on 100 hands at Is an hour for bushfelling at Puketoi, informs the local paper that he has only been able to secure two. Others passed through Masterton, but found employment before reaching the bush. M. de Suaini, a Corsiean doctor, has, it is asserted, constructed a motive apparatus or propeller of 20 horse-power, which is worked by fcfftphuri* ether, a result which the doctor anticipates will realise a saving of 65 per cent, of the combustible material at present employed for setting machinery m motion. The Wellington correspondent of one o the West Coast papers has telegraphed to the effect that 20,000 tons of coal were on the way out from Home for the Union Company ; that the Company had received several cable messages requesting them not to budge an inch, and that several large firms m England had promised monetary assistance. During the season m Scotland salmon stand to the newspapers much m the same relation that gooseberries stand to them at Icsb exciting intervals. The capture, therefore, is reported of the largest fish taken during the last two years m any part of Great Britain. It weighed 631b8., and was netted m the Esk, near Montroae. One of the largest carriers m Wellington hae been reluctantly compelled to give all his hands a week's notice. From enquiries the " Post" has learned that m consequence of the stagnation of trade he has announced his inability to continue to provide them with employment, but has allowed them to use his plant free of charge until trade revives. The men are now working for themselves. All the money which they earn goes into a common pool, and a division is to take place at the end of each week. The first of an instalment of a lot of thirty , opossums, which it is intended to set at liberty m the vicinity of Cathlin a River, has arrived m Dunedin from Southland, and is now at the shop of Mr C. Bills, m George street. The Acclimatisation Society, who have taken the matter of introducing these little ■ animals m hand, intend, as before indicated, to turn them loose m the Catlin's district, a | spot eminently adapted for them, and i- where they should certainly thrive. The : eight at present m town are beautiful . specimens of the black-brown species, are heavily furred, and were bred m Southland. Should their introduction be attended with 5 success, putting the question of sport on i one side, they should prove a source of . revenue to the country. We understand i that should a further supjily be found necessary they will obtained and set at i liberty m due course. " A telegram from Napier last week t stilted that an engine driver on the y railway there had been fined £10 for . being drunk when on duty, and a . lawyer of the town fined £15 for assisfcirg J m the offence by supplying the driver with i liquor. Papers to hand show that the law- > yer, Mr A. P. Sheath, has a hobby for [ machinery and engine driving, and m order to indulge it lie, having to go up the line, bribed the driver with bottled beer obtained • at successive stations, to let him ride on the i engine and drive. Nothing would have been known of it, but by the time Mr Sheath i readied the station were he was to get off, the driver had had more beer than be could carry at hi 3 work, and the train presently caino to a standstill. The guard went forward and found the fireman hanging on the outside and the driver boosily stoking. The guard suspended the latter' till they reached the next station, were a fresh man was got.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2517, 13 September 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2517, 13 September 1890

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