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The Queensland Railway Commissioners have approved of running cheap excursion trains to Sydney. ...... By an eccentric will lately probatnd m Dublin two heirs to a Scotch estate gettbeir weight iti iii notes. | {Of the 108 new roses produced during the year just passed, seventy-three are credited to France, and but five to the United States.; In Liverpool during the past seventeen.; years no leas than 199 Publicans licenses' have either been refused or allowed to lapse. The authorities of Finland have forbidden' the Salvation Atmy to carry on propaganda work m that country. . An 8-year-old • girl m Missouri is under arrest, charged with killing a baby by pressing on the soft spot on its head. Professor Vivian says that recent research had shown that the atmosphere extends to more than forty-five miles above the earth's surface. The successor of Cardinal Newman is likely to be a German, The Pope cloea not look with favour upon the claims of ArcliBisljop Walsh to that position. The barque Gunymode, which arrived m Napier en September 25th, did not begin discharging her cargo until Ootober Ist, iii order that consignees might escape payment of the primage duty. During their stay m Auckland city Messrs Wirth Brothers, of the Wild West Show, have expended m trade bills, exclusive of board and livery charges, over £1000. Two of the daughters of the Lord Mayor of London are deaf and dumb, but have been ;so thoroughly educated m the oral system m Holland that they can, by lip reading, understand the play at a theatre. Photographs of seventy-eight old couples and the same number of pictures of brothers and sisters of any age averaging that of the ■married people show that the latter are more like one another iv appearance tlian flic brother and sisters.

Mr W. C. Walker will address the olccfcora of Asliburton m the Oddfellows' Hall on Thursday evening, October 9fch. Umler the Counties Act, 1886, the annual election of Councillors' for the counties throughout the colony takes place on t!ie second Wednesday m November, namely the 12th. All men who are worth calling to Xrestle with difficulty. If it does not lie m their way,"tliey go out of their way to find it. There is no excitement m eassand safety,and, without excitement of some kind, we should all rust, body and soul. A single sentence of Mr Gladstone's speech at tlicNational Liberal Club occupied twentyfour lines ot news type, and contained 214 words, ' It was like one o* thesi orthodoxGerman sentences that look as if they would run into the that its meaning was perfectly clear and v linvolvi'd. The nerve of the eye is near to the frontal rcigion of the brain, and being nexrly allied to the intellectual organs conveys impressions which appeal at once to the understanding. The nerve of the car being nearer to the cerebrum is more closely allied to the region of passion and sentiment. . - . , .i The j Mayor, and, Messrs R. Alcorn and A. Harrison, at the Police Court this morning, dealt with a first offender m the usual way, and granted a prohibition order against Batholomew I^Uie, to have effect'for twelve months m Ashbu'rtoh town and county. The Salvation Army is holding /a big< demonstration just now; Several officers high m command are on a visit to,the town, as well as the Chriatchurch Lasses' Brass Baud. The latter drew a great crowd after them on Sunday at thoir several appearances."' A big tea meeting comes off on Tuesday. Probably the nearest relative to Shakcspere now living is one Thomas Hart, a resident of Australia, who is said to be the eighth m descent), from Shakespere's Bister Joan. Walter Scott's line ended with the second or third generation. Napoleon, Wellington, and Washington, have no direct descendants to perpetuate their names; A distressing cose of sudden death occurred. At Toowoomba, Queensland, recently. Clara Terry, a young woman, aged about twenty years, was engaged m a dai*ce at the Hibernian -Hall, When she suddenly fainted, as it was thought, m her partner's arms. Medical aid was summoned, but the doctor, on arrival;.pronounced life to be extinct. : Arabi Pasha has been ill, and complains that he suffers much from the hot and humid climate'of Ceylon. "He has!' eaya the "London Daily. News" correspondent, "aged considerably. A few years ago he was a handsome black-haired man m the prime of life, with a line military bearing; now he i» quite'grey and nas the look of an old man. At the Stonyford (Victoria) Rabbit Preserving Factory, since the commencement of the season on 12th March, over 250,000 rabtyta have been canned; of which number no fewer than 13OJO00' were [received from the Blrtegurra and Winchelsea stations. The vigorous steps adopted by the land owiiers,, and the energy displayed by the various inspectors.,,; have almost entirely cradicted the-rabbits from theColac district. A return presented" to, Parliament'shows the approximate loss of stock through floods m the Bourke, Walgett, and Brewarrina distriels. The totalswere:—27s horses, 567 cattle, and 467,500 sheep, the district of Walgctt being the heavest loser, with a "missing" list totaling 250 horses. 500 cattle., 350,000, sheep. The district of Bf ?.w----arrina came next, with a loss of 25 horses, 50 cattle, and 100.000 sheep. Bourke's loss was 17 cattle, nnd 17,500 sheep. At a meeting of the Hansen Dairy Factory, m the north-eastern district, Victoria, the statement for Jnly shew id upwards of £117 had'been received for butter, whilst £82 had been paid to producers for milk. The price for the month was fixed at ."id per gallon. The returns to hand showwl that mnrket value of the butter ranged from Is Id to Is 3d per lb. I ho " New Zealand Church N«ws " saya :' —" Tlv 1 Parliament which Ins just expired lms done at least one very good thing; it hiis swept from the Statute IV>ok the mischievous pan of cumulative voting at School Committee elections. Owing to the provision for plumping for any one man the proceed' itign have on many occasions -been simply pcandalou". Tt ia ' dogged' that does it, and Major Steward is to bo heartily congratulate! on having effected liis purpose at ln.?t." The sham fia;hl- which took place at Cherbo irq on July 25 m connection with the Frc'icli nav.vl mnno?nvrei resulted m the victory of tlie hostile floet. Thn ironclad? sne ceded m forcing thoir wny into the roadst «ul after having beaten off tlio attack of the toi'pedo vessels employed m the defence of theflort, anl subsequently bombarded the arsenal,'the town, and the forts. The leading Malta newspaper and two other journals have been formally excommunicated, and Catholics have been forbidden, until the "removal of the ban, to sell, read or pnrohase them. The offences committed by the newspapers consisted of alleged intemperate ami i»nchmtianlike attacks xipon the Pope and the Bishop of .Malta m connection with Sir! John Lintorri Simmons' mission to Rrtme. The cricket season, will be opened on Wednesday next, th&Bth inst., with a match, eleven of the Ashburton Club wrsns all ■comers. The eleven will be represented by the following:—G. W. Andrews, Dixon, L. F. Andrewes, A. Fobks, C. Gritbb, Mackeig, Mackey, Rces, Russell, W. Simpson, and Sawle. The all coiners will be captained by W. B. Denshire. The game will commence at 2 p. m.,"when all; who wish to play are requested to be on the Domain ground by that time. ; The Ashburton Lodge, No. 29,1.0. G.T., held its weekly session on Friday last m the Lodge Room, Wakanui road, Bro Higga, C.T.. presiding. One member was admitted by clearance card, and one candidate proposed for membership. The District Deputy, Bro T. Scott, visited, the Lodge, and after tan excellent programme had been gone 'throngh, congratulated the members on the good attendance, the amusement provided, and the good discipline maintained. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the District Deputy for his visit. The Lodge was closed m due form by the C.T. at 10.30 p.m. The Runkupaku Estate, the well-known property of Mr Postlethwaite, is m the market, and will be sold by public auction on the 24th instant. The estate comprises 5000 acres of the best land m the Geraldine district, well watered, offered upon easy terms of payment, and will be subdivided into convenient holdings. An; opportunity will thus be afforded to small selectors of securing a first-class agricultural or grazing farm. One of the results of the sale and breaking up of this large eatate will doubt* leas be the settlement of some twenty or twenty-five additional families m the Geraldine district. Particulars of sale, ' etc., will be found m our advertising columns. At Milton, (Otago) on Friday the up train on the Lawrence branch line ran into an express drawn by a pair of horses at a crossing on the Milton side of Waitahuna. The trap and horses went flying vi different directions, the trap being carried on about 12 yards, and smashed to pieces. The driver and owner, a hawker named Bishop, escaped with a few scratches about his facte and hands. The horses wer« knocked clean through the cattle stops, one of them being killed on the spot, a hole having been made m its head. A strong wind wan blowing at the time right m the teeth of the train, and Bishop never heard the whistle, nor evensn.w H\p train it wan mi him

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2536, 6 October 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2536, 6 October 1890

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