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A severe shock of earthquake was felt at Wanganui last night. At the performance of "Lea Cloches de Corneville" on Tuesday evening hy the Christelmrch Amateur Opera Company, among the visitors were his Lordship Bishop Julius, Mrs Julius, and a party of five. An error crept into our report of the proceedings at the District Court m bankruptcy yesterday. In, re the bankruptcy of Joseph Clark, motion for admission of proof of debt for four creditors, the application was granted, and not refused, as erroneously stated. The men charged with the assault on nonUnionist labourers at Wilson's road were brought before the Christchurch Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. One of the:?i, M'Gerty, pleaded guilty, and received atsentence of two months' hard labour. The others were discharged. Mr Beetham, m giving judgment, made some pertinent remarks on the subject of hooting, hustling, and similar disorders. A Government inspection parade of the Ashburton Rifles was held last evening. The company, under Captain Dolman, numbered forty strong. Various battalion movements were gone through. It was announced there would be a Church Parade on Sunday, 21st inst., and this will be attended hy the Ashburton Brass Band. It is expected that there will be a good turn-out. The members of the band have forwarded at invitation to Mr C. Holland (late drum-major of the Dunedin Ordnance Band) to take the conductorship, and, we are informed, that gentleman has consented to act m the capacity indicated.

The whole of the iron used m the construction of the Manawatu bridge came from the Ouehunga iron works. The will of the late George Anthoness, brewer, Melbourne, has been lileil for probate. The amount is sworn at £151,891. Myriads of caterpillars m the Coraki dis* knot, New fciouth Wales, are attacking the young maize and all vegetables. A new cog-wheel railway from the foot of Lake Lugano to the top ot Monte Generoso, a height of nearly 6UOO feet, was opened recently. The Republique Francaise understand)) that a mass lneeting of Jews of all nations will shortly be held m Paris to discuss the nnti-tScmiuc question. A suggestion has been made to the South Australian Government that the Macdonneil Ranges be thoroughly prospected for minerals, at a coat of X6OOO or JuDuOO. Lady Carnarvon has writcn to Sir Henry Parkes thanking him for his condolence on behalf of the eoionj of New South Wales on tiie death ot her husband. Street lighting m Wanganui will cease m ten days unless supplies of coal are got m the meantime. At Masterton tuc supply ot coal for gas will soon be exhausted. Katskins are m great request for .making gloves. In Paris tue sewers are periodically visited by men m order to catch the rats lor this purpose. The Victorian Railway Commissioners have accepted the tender oi 0. F. Mixner for the erection of a shed for the reception of dairy produce at Spencer street, Melbourne, i'he amount of the tender is £19,088. 1 The Doric, for London via Rio de Janeiro, leaves Lyttetton on Friday, 19th iußt., at one p.m. Mail closes at Ashburton at 6.30 p.m. on the same day. The express of Wednesday, Ist October, will connect at Lyttelton i with the Kahu for Chatham Islands. Notice has been given m the French Chamber of an intention to propose, at the proper time, a new tax on tricycles and bicycles of five francs for each machine. The produce of this impost, it is suggested, ,should be divided among the departments to be expended m the repair of the roads. The Victorian Minister for ' Defence suggests that a conference of the colonial military authorities should be held m Melbourne, to discuss the proposal of the Imperial Government to provide £26,460 for the armament of King George's Sound and Thursday Island. The Semaphore, of Marseilles, states, on the authority of a telegram from Constantinople, that four young English ladies have been captured by brigands near Smyrna. The authorities have been requested not to send troops m pursuit lest the lives of the captives should be sacrifice;!. Shirley W. Baker, recently deported from Tonga, where he held for many years the position of Premier, was formerly a schoolmaster at Ciistlenvune (V). He became a, local preacher m the Wcsleyan denomination, and then was accepted as a minister and was sent out as a missionary. Previous to this he had married a young lady who was employed as a milliner at Kyncton. It is assorted that the Italian Government intends to purchase the island of Laprera, with a view to erecting on it fortifications which would be the complement of those of Maddalcna. In this event the remains of Garibaldi will be transported to Rome and buried m the Janicuhnn, \iuder the monument which is to be raised to his memory there. In the Newcastle Police Court recently Mr Kingswell, a bicyclist, obtained a verdict of £10 and costs against Samuel Lawrence, omnibus proprietor, Adams town, for damages sustained to his machine through the careless driving of one of defendants servants. It was held that a bicycle was a vehicle and entitled to half the roadway, and as defendant's omnibus attempted to pass on the wrong side, a collision took place. At an inquest which was held at Caversham yesterday afternoon, on the body of Alb uiv Hall, who died on Saturday evening, from the effects of taking " rough on rats," Dr. Teevan expressed the opinion that some restriction should be placed on the sale of the poison m question, us it was a very deadly one, but was not known to be so by the general public. He also stated that two deaths from taking the poison (including that of Mr Hall) had occurred to his own knowledge within six weekf. A few dava ago a swagger was met going towards Dunedin from Saddle Hill by a picket of the labor union, and after a little chat, was requested to go back to the country and not enter the town and toko the bread oat of the poor working men's mouths. His reply was more forcible that polite. He said—" That be blowod for a yarn. I've been rabbiting m the back country for the last three years, and I'm pretty sick of it, and I intend to get a snug billet m town for a spell. You go and take my place m the country. You can still remain a union man ami nobody will interfere with you." The British Medical Journal observes that '' We cannot confess to surprise at an all-round increased consumption of intoxicants. Waves of Temperance, characterised by sensational and emotional appeals, to which we have recently been treated, have their periods of ebb and flow. We shall not be surprised if this alcoholic indulgence continues to increase for the next few years. The only basis of a permanent Temperance reformation lies, not m appeals to the feelings, but m the teaching of the composition, character, and effects of intoxicant beverages on body and on brain. Such knowledge should be widely spread.', The Ashburton Lodge No. 29 1.0. G.T., held its usual weekly session on Friday last m. the Lodge room, Wakanui Road, the omicers of the Dawn of Peace Lodge officiatting by invitation. The large attendance of visitors and members was proof of the good feeling existing between the Lodges. The business of the evening being light, was soon transacted, and the Lodge went into harmony, and an excellent programme, consisting of eighteen items—songs, recitations, readings, etc., was provide I by the visitors. The Lodge was closed at 10 p.m. by Bro Rooke, C.T., all the members being highly pleased with the evening's entertainment. Mr Collier has had his lease of the premises at "The Corner" extended, and has also taken m the shop lately held by Mrs Meech. The latter has been thrown into the corner shop, and furnished as a millinery department, which will be under the supervision of Miss Le Mercier, from Christchurch. The premises are well-lighted, both windows and roof-lights are brought into service, and show the new spring goads to great advantage. The office has also been removed to the back of the premises, giving apace for a snug fitting-room for the boot department. In addition to these alterations, Mr Collier has increased his staff with the intention of providing for the requirements of a daily increasing trade. The German Imperial yacht, with the Emperor William and his brother Henry on board, arrived at Osborne at 10 a.m. on August 3rd. The Queen signalled a welcome to the party from Osborne House, her palace on the Islo pf Wight, As the yacht entered Gmyes Roods the Prince qi Wales and the Dukt) of Connaught ok board the Royal yacht w*mfc out to meet the Emperor, A number oi other members of the Royal Family awaited h\» arrival on the private landing stage. A German ironclad accompanied the Emperor, who was also escorted by live British torpedo boats. The Emperor wore the British admiral's uniform. One of the results of the interview at Osborne between the Queen and the Emperor, the Prince of Wales and the Marquis of Salisbury avjis the withdrawal of the candidature of Prince Waldemar for the Bulgarian throne. The protest of the King of Greece notably influenced this decision.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2520, 17 September 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2520, 17 September 1890

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