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Princess Christian lias resuH»ucl her interest m nursing and other benevolent work m h)i<l ground Windsor. Mr Beetham M.H,R., estimates the loss to the colony m the present crjsjs tit £lOO,OfX) pet" week. An Oamat'u exchange states that Mr N. Fleming will fay r.ionclusjona shortly with Mr J. Gibson in* a, sjisgk-furrow ploughing match. Stakes to be fifty a side. The Chinese are strengthening their position along the Russian frontier, twid pi^pose to resist the aggressions of their power!*' neighbour. The convei'!*36n or hides into leather by electricity and reducing .the time of tanning from months to five or six. days is among the latest discoveries reported m England. In the last twenty-five years the United States bag paid off £360,000,000 of debt,! leaving the pi'tseui debt something less than £180,000,000. A conspicuous Austrian Prince 8tarl»e?»b&i&, pronounces .boldly for zeiieiq,l disarmament, Austria, he says, is cliifting ; rapidly to financial ruin, #ut he tears .thai war must come before <JJ«W.Hainent. What was a few months ag& forked upon as a promising goldfield, isentiiofiic, m Qfago, has totally collapsed, and only '. one &&ss& V* beiny worked. A local writer says ; the $$$ >W3 |s|ijeil by company promoting. '

At the Police Court this morning, before Mr W. G, Rees, J.P., Cornelius Sullivan pleaded guilty to having been drunk on Saturday night, and waa lined ss, or twenty-four hours' imprisonment. At the District Court this morning John Henderson, did not answer to his name when called, and he was fined 40s, but on making his appearance a few minutes afterwards, and explaining that his watch was slow, his Honor remitted the fine. For the first time since its foundation a Jew, Professor Julius Bernstein, has been elected Rector Magnificus of the Halle University. Up to within a comparatively short time no Jew was permitted even to reach there. Of the entire human race 500,000,000 are well clothed—that is, they wear garments of some kind ; 250,000,000 habitually go naked, and 700,000,000 only cover parts of the body; 500,000,000 live m houses, 700,000,000 m huts and caves, and 250,000,000 virtually have no shelter. A novel gas meter has been invented, and large numbers are being made by a Manchester house. The meter is on the automatic principle, a certain quantity of gas being set free on the slipping of a penny into a slot. The mechanism is said to be very simple. The Duchess of Albany presided over a meeting m London for promoting domestic hygiene. It was stated that about 250,000 lives are lost, and some 7 000,000 cases of sickness occur annually m this kingdom alone, which are entirely preventable, Joeing the direct result of carelessness or ignorance m hygiene. An extraordinary wedding has just taken place m West Virginia. The bridegroom had celebrated his 101 st birthday, and the bride had reach the respectable age of 83 ; the gentleman who had led this bride to the altar was 81. The only bridesmaid was comparatively youthful, being only 75 years of age—twenty-six years younger than the bridegroom. The Queen of the Belgians, while recently driving m Brussels m a drenching rain, perceived a wretched woman crouching m a doorway. The Queen stopped her carriage stepped out, took off her waterproof and wrapped it around the poor woman, and, slipping some silver pieces into her hand, reentered her carriage before she could be thanked by the astonished beggar. On the 18th inst. the morning train from : Christchurch to Timaru will run earlier than usual. It will be due from Ashburton at 10.15 a.m.; Tinwald, 10.23; Winslow, 10.32; Hinds, 10.46; Rangitata, 11.15; arriving at Timaru at 12.25 p.m. The altera- | tion is made m order to allow excursionists to be present at the Timaru races on the date referred to. The large sums of money which the Government of India devotes annually as rewards for the destruction of snakes m that country have brought about an unexpected and most undesirable result. It seems from a communication made by the Chief Commissioner of the Central Provinces that the natives of those parts are now beginning to breed and rear poisonous snakes for the purpose of obtaining the usual head money offered. A medical man has just been fined by a Berlin court for a serious slip of the pen m a prescription. A lady having consulted him for night sweats, he prescribed atropine pills, each one containing .06 gramme (about a grain), instead of .006 gramme (about the tenth of a grain). The prescription was taken to a druggist, not to an Apotheher (or pharmacist), and the assistant who dispensed it. did not detect the evident slip of the pen ; the consequence was that, the lady took one of the pills and suffered severely from ite. toxic action, for which she was treated by the prescribe!- for a couple of clays. The husband summoned both the medical attendant and the druggist, the result being that the former was fined £25 and the latter £10. In the Row itself fashion this year is busy with its revolutions. Even m head gear there is innovation. Some ladies wearing straw hats, white straw sailor hats, on horsemi ck showed sense, courage, and style. Now that the tyranny of the chimney-pot is over, there is no reason why any hat that is comfortable and will stay on should not be suited for the Row. The chimney-pot is dying hard. The latest vagary of its supporters is to alter its shape to a conical form, which looks as foolish and more ugly. In the afternoon the park is crammed. Men aeem to be atlccting ilowers even more than women. The tr»o carnation as a buttonhole waa all vorv well, but as the florist produces it now almost as big as a cauliflower it should be •onfiied to the wedding bouquet of a corpulent coachman. After a sojourn of many months among the I)rusts of Lebanon, the Rev Haskett Smith, M.A., formerly of Camberwell, is, the "Daily Telegraph " says, about to return with an important discovery made under romantic circumstances concerning that mysterious people who are supposed to be lineal descendants of the Hittites. It appears that Mr Smith was admitted to the most secret intimacy with the Druses through having saved the life of a popular young man by sucking the venom of a deadly snake-bite from his body. He was initiated into a number of mysterious rites hitherto unknown to any foreigner, and among these the natives startled him as a Freemason by passing the most characteristic of Masonic signs, from call which this adventurous clergyman augurs that the Druses are none other than the rural branch of the great Photttucan race whose ancestors supplied the Lebanon cedars to the building of King Solomon's Temple. The "Timaru Herald "says:—" A painful accident happened recently at Mr Eichbaum's chemist shop. Mr Harrop, of the Customs Department, was drawing off wood naptha out of several drums for the purpose of forwarding specimens to the Head Office, Wellington, to undergo analysis as to their suitability to mix with other ingredients m the manufacture of spirits of wine. After sufficient quantities had been taken out of the drums the corks were replaced, but it is evident that m one of them there was a small hole which permitted an escape of gas, for on Mr Harrop stooping over a drum to do the necessary sealing this gas ignited from the lighfc held by Mr F. Kohn, Mr Eichbaum's assistant', and both he an Mr Harrop were severely burned about the face and head, Mr Harrop so severely that he will be confined to a darkened room for several days. Dr Maclntyre attended to the sufferers' injuries, and is of opinion that no permanent injury will follow."

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2518, 15 September 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2518, 15 September 1890

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