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There are at present no fewer than 70,000 willows m India under iiiue years of age. The Victorian Trades Hall Council allow the unemployed who do not want to work against the unions 2s (id pur day. The railway revenue of Queensland shows an increase of £9000 for last month, other receipts a decrease of £10,000. The difficulty m the way of the State purchasing .the English railways is that their value ia estimated at 900 millions sterling. The New South Wales Parliamentary Works Committee costs the country nearly £14,000 a-year m salaries and expenses alone. Hon T. W. Cotton, M.L.C., of South Australia, who secured the introduction of the working men's blocks m Boutli Australia, has been presented with an address by the Mockers. A desperate encounter took place between Melbourne police and a large band of larrikins early on Monday morning, Ist instant. Eventually the roughs took flight, leaving three of their number prisoners. In the reign of Queen Elizabeth if bad fish were sold to tlM> poor, the. knavish fishmonger was decorated with * necklace of his unsavoury commodity, and was then perched on a stand m the market. The Czar has issued a ukase freeing Sebastopol of all taxation on real property m honor of the defence of that strougiiola by the Russians m the Crimean war, which event is shortly to be celebrated on an imposing scale. A terrible accident happened at Apia lately to one c,f the sailors of the German warship Sperber, for wljile disporting himself m the water a shark bit, off bo.|th his legs. The poor fellow was hauled on board, and at latest advices was .alive. A •fwsvy cow belonging to Mr 1). F. Appelton, of Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States, has succeeded jn breaking the butter making record of the country. The record for the year was 94611» lOozs. The best previous record was 9.'#>l)« by an animal m Kentucky. The London edition of the " New York Herald " lias been reduced fcont eight to four pages. The unhappy proprietor will, it is said, abandon the daily issue, and confine the publication m future to the Sunday <;dktji)H, The failure to establish an Amei'ja&ii. newspaper m London is very humiliating to tv« resident Americans. The price of land has s(» declined of late years m England that it is said it may now be bought more cheaply than some of our New Zealand estates. A writer on the subject cites lir.ujy instances of farms having been sold m JBSB, varying i» size from f>o to L">o acres, at prices ranging from £3 10s to £18 per acre. Comparing the Xuw Zealand railway reUji'iis with those of Victoria, the Argus snys the woi'Mijjj expenses m this colony are six per cent. Isss than last year s Victorian rates. it is further stated ht t!]Q article that m railway, as m other matters, it looks as if t\m $s»t&p colony had fairly tijrnod the. cornev, and i% to be congratulated accordingly.

A London cablegram dated August 29, stated that three doctors m Spain were charged with h.iving murdered peasants during the cholera scare. In the Australian papers the cable appears m the following form :—"lt is reported that three physicians have been murdered by peasants m Spain during^ the cholera scare, the unfortunate practitioners ha ving been ignorantly suspec ted of having introduced the plague." Writs claiming £10,000 m each case have ] been served on the "Sydney Morning Herald," "Sydney Daily Telegraph," and '' Sydney Evening News." The proceedings are taken under an old Act o£ Charles 11., which renders any newspaper publishing advertisements containing prices of admission of a Sunday entertainment liable to a penalty of £50 for every such advertisement, which fine goes to the person who first institutes proceedings." How is the following as an illustration of a canny Scotch farmer :—" How is your wife ?" was asked a Scotch farmer whose wife had been ill. "Oh, she's dead." " Dead ! surely that was very unexpected; when did it happen ?" "It was yesterday." "Did you send for the doctor?" "No. Ye see it was a lang way, and we thocht that may be she wad sune get ower't, an' there was a bit pouther that I hal frae the doctor a year or two sin' when I was ill mysel', but I hadna taen't. I thocht I might gie her that; and I just gied her't and she died soon after. It's a great change tae me, but I'm very glad I hadna taen the pouther mysel."' Sir Morrel Mackenzie often wears a notable breastpin, which has a curious history. It is m diamonds, forming the figures 50, surmounted by a crown set m pearls. It is (says the London correspondent of the " Liverpool Post") one of the few identical m value and design that the Queen had made m celebration of her jubilee year. She presented one to each of her children, their husbands, and their wives. The late Emperor Frederick, then Crown Prince, received one and greatly prized it. When he died the Fmpress sent it to the English physician, with a note saying she would like him to keep and wear it, since it had been peculiarly precious to her husband. Stanley's bride is not, as the writers m certain colonial papers appear to infer, a damsel of blushing nineteen (or so), but a robust lady of thirty-six, who has tasted the sweets (and bittera) of some fifteen London seasons. Dolly—as her friends call her— towers head and shoulders above the intrepid Henry Morton. She is a handsome, queenly [woman, with fair hair, deep-blue eyes, a straight nose, and a dazzling complexion. Six years ago, when Stanley returned from the Congo, Miss Tennant met him for the first time at an evening party. Some days later she asked a well-known journalist to lunch, and, bethinking herself that he knew the explorer, added to her note "Bring Mr Stanley with you." Out of that luncheon party sprang Saturday's wedding. A Conference of the heat's of the education departments of South Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria, has been held m Melbourne. A series of resolutions were moved which if carried out will change the present form of teaching materially. The substance of them is as follows :—The adoption by each of the other colonies of the phonetic system of primers already m use m South Australia ; the separation of the sientific from the literary teaching m the readers ; the teaching of the history of the Australian colonies at such a period that no child shall leave school without having mastered it; and a larger teaching of history generally m the form of story or short narrative. The Conference was unanimous|in regard to the questions of religious and temperance teaching. The temperance works of Richardson and Ridge were condemned, but no difficulty was seen m including lessons illustrative of the advantages of temperance m general reading books. The Melbourne correspondent of the " Otago Daily Times " says :—" A most deliberate attempt to murder her lover was made m Melbourne by a girl named Lily Bagley, aged twenty-one. She is a sister-in-law of Donald Dinnie, and of very prepossessing appcarence. She had been engaged to a young Italian named Enrico liotta, a glasscutter, and nephew of the Messrs Campi, looking-glass Manufacturers, of Rusell .Street; but there had been a coolness between them for some weeks. The girl wrote to him to meet her on Monday night, as she said she was going to New South' Wales next day. They met, and went to an hotel to have their conversation out. There she threatened to shoot Botta if lie did not marry her. He refused, and when he got into the street again he ran away. She followed him to his uncle's shop, and finding him there discharged four shots at him from a revolver Two of them struck him—one of them lodging m the lower part of his body. Then she went quietly home to bed, out of which the police roused her to take her to the lock-up." .Statutory Declaration.—-I, Franz TUabe, Iron bark, Sandhurst, m the colony of Victoria, Australia, do solemnly and sincerely declare that on the 25th June, 1577, my son Alfred, six years of ago, was accidentally J.uu't with an axo on his knee. lat once took all pains to secure medical assistance. How •ver, m spite of all efforts, on the 27th August, 1877, the opinion was given by Dr Macgillivray that an amputation of the injured limb had heenmo imperative, m order to save life. At this juncture I called en Messrs Sander and Sons, procuring some oi their Extract of Eucalyptus Olobulus, and by the application of the same I had the satisfaction of seeing my son within a fortnight out of all danger, and to-day he is recovered. I may just add that it was when the crisis had been reached that the Extract referred to was first applied, and I make this solemn declaration, etc, —> FlH^a R^ais*;, declared at Sandhurst:, m the colony for Victoria,, Australia, this seventeenth day of October, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven, before me, MoritzCohn, J.P--Advt.) 6

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2519, 16 September 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2519, 16 September 1890

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