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Mr Mulhall, the celebrated statistiean, j •writes :— Popular delusions regarding prices are deep-rooted m the bulk of mankind, and j ■we cannot be surprised that they still prevail even m England to such a degree that nine Englishmen out of every ten regard low prices as a calamity, and would, apparently, jvelcome a rise m the markets, proceeding f«?m no matter what circumstances. They ! do »ot see that high prices are a fool's parafiise, where everybody seems to earn | more, fcttfc is really no better off. Could we ; go back (to the times when calico was worth 2s 2d a yard, /steel pens a shilling a piece, and wool 4s per lb, when the quartern loaf j cost lOd, should we find ourselves better or worae off? The farmer has no right to expect 100s per quarter for wheat unless he j be prepared to pay double his actual rent j for the land and forego every advantage that the general fall of prices has conferred on society. The death is announced of Charles Eulenstein, an almost forgotten vittuobo on the jews-harp. Eulenstein w»s a musician who m early life endured great privations, but 63 jcars ago he created a great sensation m iieudon by his performances on 16 jewsiharjps, the effects which he produced being i .described as ravishing m the extreme. He ! attracted aristocratic patronage, and for a (time he was'one of the musical lions of the age. But misfortune cut short his career as a jews-harpist, for gradually the iron of the little instruments wore the enamel off his teeth, so that m course of time he was unable to play without experiencing acute pain. A /lentist contrived a glutinous covering for his teeth, but this only gave him temporary relief, and he was reluctantly compelled to discard his favorite instrument, and settled at BatU fts a teacher of the guitar, concertina, and the German language. Eulenstein was born nt Hrfflwwi, m Wurtembtirg, m 1802, bo that he lived £o the ripe age of 88. The National Mutual I,ife Association of Australasia, which has been very successful m New Zealand, has been vigorously pushing business m Ashburton during the last month. The new business of this office for the year now ending considerably exceeds a million sorting, and the office puts forward several special features of business as claims for patronage. Among these are a perfect system pf non-forfeiture of policies, a system the National claims to have been the brat m the world tc introduce ; a triennial division of bonuses, instead of an annual or quintiuinnial one—claiming that the annual division is attended by too much expense siiid the quinquennial Wfcails too long waiting. The travelling agenjb for the district is Mr T. E. Walton, from whoi^ very probably many of our readers will c a visit on the subject of life insurance.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2520, 17 September 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2520, 17 September 1890