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Four rods make one rood, but one rod can take the rudeness out of quite a number. Some excellent wages (says the "Aucklan Herald") have lately been earned by the volunteer lumpers. We have heard of one man who made £7 12s last week, and another lad Mho earned £6 ss. A sensation has been created m Vienna by the discovery that the waters of the rive. Leitha, from Pottendorf to Landegg, are poisonous. Bathers have contracted pustular eruptions covering the entire body. The Volunteer Church parade, postponed from last Sunday owing to the wet weather, will take place on Sunday next, when the men will be marched to StStephens's Church to attend the morning service, A sewing machine worked by electricity, to be used m the making up of carpets, is the latest electrical novelty m the States. It is m use at Chicago, and it is said that it can do the work formerly done by 150 workwomen A Cairo correspondent announces that most of the Soudan tribes have revolted against the Mahdi. The Sheikh Senoussi is reported to have completely annihilated the Mahdi's forces and to have occupied El Obcid. His Excellency the Governor is expected to arrive m Ashburton by to-morrow's express from the north. Immediately on arrival Earl Onslow will be driven to Longbeach, where he will remain the guest of Mr Jolm G'rigg for a couple of days', The "Grey River Argus" says ;—Government have raised the price of a miner's right to ten shillings, and they rate mining property. They ease theminer'd load m one direction to clap it on m another, so that the cure is as bad as the disease. Confirmation classes m connection with St Stephen's Church will be opened this week as follow : —For male candidates on Friday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Church schoolroom ; for female candidates on Friday at 4 p.m., and Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Parsonage. Our readers are reminded that a miscellaneous concert, for which a great array of talent has been secured, takes place this evening mSt Stephens' schoolroom. Miss Trauniann will, we are sorry to hear, be unable to appear owing to indisposition, but we understand that another lady has kindly volunteered to take her place. When Mr J. Gould was a struggling young aurvipyor, hardly one cent, to rub against another, ha stamped his initials and the date on a copper cent, and put it m circulation. The othur day Mi- Gould received sonic pennies m change on a streetcar, and on looking them over he found the coin he had stamped was among them. A letter was road from the JMnce of Wales at the animal meeting of the Burial Reform Association, expressing the liopo that the present system of burying tho dead may soon be exchanged for one more m accordance with the requirements of the age and the sanitary interests of the comn^uw.ty, ; Frederick Williaijf K.nnisch,wao murdered ,aud robbed a milkn,uu l i named Lust, on iChristiAisis eye, iuul wlio jfyund guilty, ami his petition tg the Kaiser rejected, was taken to the Plotssensee penitentiary'/ near Berlin, and executed m tlje courtyard there, by a headsman from Magdeburg, who wived at Berlin with five assistants. The weapon 1 was a dword, and the head was severed from the body at a single stroke.

The Federal Council of Switzerland has been petitioned to expel the Mormons from the country. The petitions are very largely signed by the poorer classes, who openly threaten violence to the Mormons if the Government does not drive *hem out. Within the past year the Mormons have greatly increased m numbers m Switzerland. The Hon G. F. Richardson, Minister for Lands, was on a visit to Christchurch yesterday. His visit was mainly connected with the putting on the market of a tract of land under the Ellesmere Railway Bill; The land is of excellent q»ality, and will be submitted to sale under the Act before Christinas. The Minister proceeded South by the express to-day. Most Russian newspapers keep a " man of straw "as responsible editor. In return for , the use of his name he draws a salary of £200 a year. In the event of a prosecution, the man of straw has to stand fire. If the judgment is againsb the paper he has to go to prison. Some time ago the man of straw of the Novoe Vrernya was sentenced to four months' imprisonment; it was the first piece of work he had done for some years, although he had been regularly drawing his salary all the time. The " Rangifcikfii Advocate saya : —The enhanced j^riee of cattle is due not only to the demand which has arisen among bush settlers, and which may be regarded as only a temporary relief of the glut, but has also its origin m a permanent scarcity m the South Island. This scarcity has accentuated itself m the South during the labor troubles. The fact that cattle cannot at present be sent from this island to the other hai suddenly brought the people there face to face with the hitherto almost unknown condition of things that they cannot supply their own population with beef. In consequence of this, prices have considerably advanced, even m Canterbury, The Wellington "Post" states that the assertion that the Railway Commissioners had instructed that no railway advertisements should be given to the "Evening News " m future m consequence of adverse criticisms m that paper is absolutely untrue. The Commissioners (says our contemporary) have neither issued nor authorised the issue of any auch boycotting order, nor has anyone any authority to make the alleged communication m their name 3to the proprietors of the "Napier Evening News." The Commissioners state, however, that a dispute has arisen with that paper m regard to a certain alleged overcharge, made under peculiar circumstances, for an advertisment. "The Auckland Herald" says: —"Nothing astonished some of the American visitors who were recently m port, more than when they ascertained,as they speedily did, the social conditions under which the present strike took place. They said that m the United States the hours of labor were from 10 to 12 hours a day, more frequently 12, and but three public holidays m the year. In some of the States boycotting is punishable by a fine of 500 dollars or a term of imprisonment. They took the keenest interest m the details of the strike, but expressed themselves as amazed that m this beautiful country, with our rates of pay, cheap living, aud moderate hours of labor, that any working men could be induced to strike."

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2527, 25 September 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2527, 25 September 1890

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