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A sale of antiquities m I/nulon included some tablets from Babylon 4000 years old, ' ne being ama triage contract, which fetch £12. The acquisition of knowledge is not the chief end of man, but it is a noble end, anil the interest of the pursuit is inexhaustible Archbishop Redwood left Auckland yesterday by the steamer Wainui for | Tonga. Cardinal Lavicgeric is having negroes trained as medical practitioners at Malta, and several have already completed their education and proceeded to Central Africa. Mr W. C. Walker, the present member, will be a candidate for Ashburton at tjie forthcoming elections. Mr Walker will address his constituents at an early date, of which due notice will be given, on matters political. Mr Champion says that the English contributions to the strike m Australia mean a great deal, and measure the difference between bread and herrings and bread and j no herrings for many who contribute. A mineral oil of a beautiful pink color has been discovered m America. The oil is odorless when cold, but when heated it enjits n.n odor not unlike attar of roses. It burns fllowly, with ft rose-colored flame. The Electoral Roll for Ashburton was completed yesterday, and is now m the hands of the Registrar, Mr J. Ward, at whose oftieeit is open for inspection. The supplementary roll m now being compiled and will be completed m the cour a >fa few days. The Rev J. Boothroyd will preach his farewell sermons to-morrow m the Primitive i Methodist Chinch at Newland m the morn-1 ing and at Ashburton m the evening. A! farcswell tea and social concert will be given m the Salvation Army Barracks on Wednesday evening next, the programme of which I appears m our advertising columns,

The five most populous cities m the world are London, Paris, New York, Berlin, iind •Vienna. The Chinese cities don't count; no one knows how many inhabitants they have. Before his execution Major Panitza confessed that he had acquired certain property by meaus 0/ forgery, and he expressed a desire that itshould be restored to the rightful owners. Notwithstanding that numerous paragraphs have time after time appeared m the public prints stating, among other things, that a person to be registered as an elector must be twkntv-one years of age, a wide spread belief obtains that eighteen is the minimum age. Once for all, let it be understood that the franchise is only for men who have reached their majority, viz.—twkntyosjj years. A wonderful flower has been discovered m the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Its chief peculiarity is the habit of changing its colours during the day. In the morning it is white ; when the sun is at its zenith it is red, aD(I at night it is blue. The red, white, and blue flower grows on a tree abont the size of a guava tree, and only at noon does it give out any perfume. Much surprise is being expressed that the Prince of Wales has decided that no international exhibition on a large scale shall be held m Lowlon until 1899 or 1900. Surely this is making the prospect of another exhibition rather too remote, and I have a, notion that His Royal Highness will not stick to the dates he has mentioned. It is tolerably certain, howeyer, that 1892 will not see the big exibition m London which many people have been led to expect.—" Truth." A recent cable intimates that a "corner " was being established of all the collieries m South Wales. The "South Wales Daily Newß " says :—The scheme provides that a company shall be established to buy up all the anthracite collieries m Soutk Wales, pay one-half m cash and one-half m shares, and that m this way full control of the whole I output of anthracite shall be obtained. The annual output is about one and a-quarter million tons. Mr Arthur Perry informs "The Timaru Herald " that* a few days since he picked up at Beverley, v blue Antwerp carrier which, with several other common pigeons, had evidently been killed by eating poisoned grain. On the carrier's leg was fitted a silver and white enamel ring bearing the enitials "H E," and the year 1889. 'This bird, Mr Perry thinks, had probably been liberated at Timaru for a voyage to Dunedin or Ciiristchurch, but mixing with the pigeons at Beverley had stayed there. Mr Perry has the ring, and will be glad to return it to its owner. The Mutual Life Association of Australasia, one of the most successful of such institutions has just opened new office* in' Sydney, said to be one of the finest buildings m New South Wales, or any of the neighbouring colonies. It covers an area of 91 feet (i inches by 48 feet and is eight stories high. In the 21 years of the Association's history, the number of policy-holders has reached no fewer than 17,000; the total amount for whiel^they were assured being over four and a quarter millions sterling. Already the Society has an annual income of £195,000, and tho invested fiThris available for the payment of the assurances as they fall due approach £"800,000. Mr Hugo Friedhndcr is agent for the Society m Ashburton. The Aktiroa County Farmers' Associatioiij a sort of Agricultural Chamber of Commerce and Fanners' Club, have decided to affiliate with similar bodies elsewhere, should occasion arise, to light a strike or other unusual pressure from shearers or other workmen, and also to pay a canvasser to obtain members to the association. It was explained that this attitude was to be defensive only, not offensive, and that working men are to be included m a " Free Labor Association." One settler writes to the local paper that the farmers had better let well alone, for if they combine and affiliate, the men will hi sure to do the same, "and. if this takes place, the Peninsula farmers may have to shear their own sheep, for if the Peninsula fjlieaiers once join the Shearers' Union they are bouad to be called out on strike." The growth of wealth from the reproduc" tiveuess of Nature is one of the great facts of human experience. The 'man who starts an industry m which he trusts to machinery and labor for his reward I'eceives little for his efforts compared with those who work m co-operation with Nature. Providence works with some people. For instance, look at the squatting interest m Australia. There, we are told, the sheep and wool industry is worth three million pounds sterling. Yet the labor involved m the building of this immense wealth on the part of the owners has been comparatively trivial m proportion to what has been required to build up the same amount m other departments working without th 3 reproductive aid of Nature. This is shown significantly m the increase for last year. 19,000,000 were added to the Australian flocks, which would represent a capital addition of £9,000,000.— Exchange. On Thursday Mr Pv. McOwen, of the Bank of New Zealand, Ashburam, received from Lyttelton two handsome red Irish setter dogs which he recently imported from the Old Country. The importations, a dog and a slut, had done tho usual quarantine imposed on imported dogs, and were handed over to their owner m excellent condition. While on the Quarantine Island, the bicch gave birth to a litter of five—three bitch puppies and two dogs. The dogs only have been retained by Mr McOwen. The dogs imported »re of high-class pedigree, the sire of Maud 11., the bitch, being Chieftain, her dam Mary Jane, the winner of first and second honors at Cork m 1888. Maud 11. is own sister to Darkey 11., also a first and second winner at the Cork 1888 show m pups under twelve jnonths, and second m the open class. The bitch herself won the prize offered by the Irish Red Setter Club at the Boston show for the best sporting dog m the show, and got very highly commended and reserve m the Dublin show m April 1889, She was Kerry, and is of course registered. The bredjby Matthew Wren, Castleisland, County dog, Carlow X., is also of very blue blood. Bred by Francis Hodder Bass, of Rockrohan, Carrigrohan, Cork, m 1887, he was sired by Ballingearry, dam Eriu 111. The dam is a grand-daughter of the celebrated setter Cocksure, and the description of this sire given by the " Irish .Sportsman " m 1883, is perfectly fitted to Carlow X. m 1890 :—• "He is a line slashing dog, with grand head, good shoulders, legs and feet of the best, and fino rich color." Mr McOwen'senterprise ju .enriching the colony with two such strains of goo<l s.efcter bjood is greatly to be commended.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2529, 27 September 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2529, 27 September 1890

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