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—-—«> ♦ , Judgment debts m future are to carry 6 per cent interest, Two burglars were arrested m Melbourne on Saturday night, 2kh September, m the act of robbing a jeweller's shop m the Eastern Arcade. A paper tabled m the Legislative Assembly, of New South Wales, by Sir Henry Parkes^ shows that the total number of names on the electoral rolls of the colony is 298,039. A ready, says the "Lyttelton Times," some of the houses at Sumner are running short of water, and it is feared that if rain docs not soon fall there will be'considerable difficulty experienced by the residents. News from Adelaide states that the manager of Keau's Midland Railway Works has invented a, spark deflector for preventing the escape of sparks from engines, and that the trials have proved very successful. In the Assembly of ftow South Wales, on the 24th nit., Mr Hurley described Mr Schey as a political adventurer, a vampire living 1 on trades unions, a sycophant, and a third-, rate Dutchman. The woollen mills at Geclong will probably be closed m consequence of the price of fuel The operative* have offered to submit to reduction • five per cent of their wages' towards meeting the extra cost of fuel. There is a steady but substantial increase m the consumption of Australian wines m; London. In 1887 the quantity of wine brought to England from the antipodes was 1(58,188 gallons; m 1888 the quantity increased to 2(52,939 gallons 5 and Jast year it reaclje4 307,0-59 ffwm ;■

It takes about three seconds for a message to go from one end of the Atlantic cable to the other.; Paris is troubled concerning the " depopulation of France," and proposes as a remedy not only to. furnish poor people who wish to marry with the necessary papers free of cost, but also to pay theiii for marrying. " Why not,'' it is asked, "allot to poor couples a sinull liumof money which raicjhfc be regarded rather as a. reward than as'alms? "■ 1 A big fight ia proceeding m Chicago beIwcon the English syndicate and'.tlie smaller | brewers who have not been taken into the continuation or who refused to join it. The wholesale price of beer has gone down from six: dollars a barrel'to five, and it is believed th'it.the war will go on-until beer is sold at less than two dollars a. barrel. The Methven Gootl Templars Lodge held an open Lodge on Friday last, Srd' iust. Mr VVratliall presided. There was a very good dMcndiuiee, and a very pleasant entertainment oi songs and recitations was giveu. Refreshments, provided by the Sisters of tlie Lodge, were handed round during the evening. • . The Bishop of Christchurch gave a short address on Saturday evening, 4th instant, m the Schoolroom, Methven. Considering the short notice j and that the day and hour were not the most convenient, the attendance was very good, and the lecture heartily appreciated. The Bishop preached m the Church on Sunday morniug, all available space being filled. At a meeting of tlie Anglo-Jewish Association at London Baron Hi rsen opposed the emigration of Russian an other Jews to Palestine. He said America was the modern land of <promige, and he was prepared to support any well-defined scheme for aiding Jewish emigrant!! to settle m the United States or any other part of America. According to Italian papers, the dome of St Peter's Cathedral m Home, is cracking m a somewhat serions manner. A similar state of things was discovered about one hundred years ago, arid was remedied by encircling the dome with a strong band of metal. This band was heated, and its contraction on (ipoliiig was found to be sufficient to close yip the fissures. A. family, consisting of a husband and wife and ixachildrftn, werefdiind asphyxiated m a lodging which they occupied m the Rue d'Ayron, m Paris. There is cause for supposing that they lbst their lives owing to the bad draught of the chimney. A coke atove was being employed to cook the dinner, when all dropped into a state of unconsciousness, from which seven of them were never to be roused. Life was not wholly extinct m the mother, who was carried to the Tenot Hos- I pital m an insensible condition. " The Lyitelton Times " says that on Sun,lit.y mornuig the little son of Mr G. P. Smith, Kaiigiora, aged about a year and nine months, was beingtakenav/ulk m the garden by the nurse-girl, when two or three pugnacious turkeys attacked the; pair with beaks and claws m a'niosi determined manner. The, t;irl did her V»cst to-protect the child, but ■^riousresnltswould undoubtedly have ensued tiad not' a neighbour fortunataly observed the occurrence and come to the rescue. As it was, the child was considerably bruised and scratched about the head and face, and the girl did not escape without marks of the combat. "Tlie Otago Daily Times" reports:—On Friday evening a boy named Thomas (jrainger, who resides with his parents at Anderson's Bay, took up a gun, not thinking it was loaded, and having placed a cap on ihe nipple, pulled the trigger. The gun happened to I>e loaded with shot, and the discharge struck a brick Avail, from which it l-fciKMinJed, sonieof it entering the facc,arms, ami breast" of a domestic servant named Ji sale Drown, employed by Mr Grainger. The injuries.' were-of a somewhat serious nature, and Dr Gordon Macdonald was summoned by telephone. Upon arrival the doctor extracted the shot, and is now able to declare that the girl is out of danger. Tlie following telegram from C-Jore was published m tlie " War Cry :"— " Please rectify mistake iv last week's 'Latest,' which road 'Devil captured,' ami should haves road ' Devil capsized.' - Wish we could capture him.—Treasurer Styles." Recog* vising the benefit that would Inve.been conferred on the "■ capture "of the Old (-Jcntleman, we can only express regret that the first rendering of the telegram was not quite correct; but had it been so, the capturers would have landed themselves hi thejwime position as many dthershave—they would now Ij»j looking for another job. However, there is even a consolation m knowing that the old rascal has had a "capsize."' Long may the army bq ablo to semi-invert his perpendicular. , , Readers of the famous! Krentaer Sonata will be interested to hear that the author, Connt Leo Tolstoi, lias another work almost ready for the press. Like the Kroutzer Sonata, it deals with moral questions, and is likely to cause a great sensation. As m the Kreutzer Sonnta Count Tolstoi inveighed against legalised marital licentiousness, so m this book he inveighs against gluttony and drunkenness, and shows how contrary they are to the natural condition of men. The effect of tobacco and alcohol on the human' system he has thoroughly studied, and it is said that he intends to spend the remainder of his life m waging an intellectual Mar against narcotics, intoxicating drinks, and whatever else may tend to deteriorate humanity The local corps of the Salvation Army has been '.reinforced during the past few days by a detachment from the Christchurch forces, and Salvation uniforms and processions, and Salvation music, have been conspicuous m the streets. The Lasses' Band Ins attracted , much' attention, and during the four days' campaign the Barracks have been packed, especially during the evenings. Last evening a monster tea meeting was held, to which 280 persons sat down. After tlie tables had been cleared the meeting was addressed by the Revs. Blake, Buttle, Gray, and Sawle, Major Veal, and others, an apology being made for the absence of Colonel Taylor, who was indisposed. Much enthusiasm and interest was shown iii the proceedings. The collections and recruiting during the few days' campaign have been very satisfactory. A meeting of electors at Waitalmna on Tuesday adopted these resolutions:—That there should be no more borrowing for five years, or until the population of the colony numbers one million souls ; that the number of Legislative Councillors should be permanently reduced to thirty ; that the present volunteer force should be supported m preference to creating a standing army • that the Public Works Department be completely .abolished; that no new offices should be created nor official salaries increased; that a graduated land tax should be substituted for the Property Tax ; that to avoid having more than one session yearly the honorarium of a member should be £200 per annum • that members' free passes on railways should only be used while Parliament is m session A vote of thanks was passed to Sir Georce Grey, Messrs Barron, Fish, and Goldie, aiid champions of retrenchment.

Tlie Ashburton Racing Club invites tenders for gorse-cutting and grubbing at the Racecourse. The Auckland larrikins have found a newoutlet for their genius find energies since the Wild West Show arrived there, m the shape of the lassoo and lariat, a, la. Broncho CJeorge or tlie Arkansas Kid. Nothing delights them more tliau to sneak up behind a Chiusvnjiwi's vegetable cart and lassoo " John." The coaching stallion Bobbie "Burns is to travel this district this season, and is now located at Cookaon's stables. It was intended to have had him here for the Horse Parade on last Saturday, where he would have held his own m the ring, but by an error m Ciiristchurc'i he waa not forwarded on as arranged. This horse should be a favorLe with farmers m this district who want to breed good traphorses or trotters, his grand appearance and pedigree (as per adyertiseroentvaudi-cards) showing him to be well suited for the above purposes if mated with suitable inarca. A movement is on foot m both: the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches at Wellington to take advantage of the coming elections m the cause of denomination-, alism, A "Cotmniteee of the former body have reported to the Synod m favour of taking steps to urge all church members toivote for candidates who will support a 'Bill similar to Mr Pyke's Private Schools Bill. The Roman ; Catholies have decided to ask the Trades Unions to alter their published programmes so as to advocate payment by results to Catholic schools, and are also forming Committees to further this purpose. Tlie regular monthly meeting of the Star of Ashburton L.O.L. Was field m ! the Orange Hall on Thursday last, 2nd instant. There was a large attendance of the brethren. After the usual routine bnsiiies's had been, gone through, it was d^cujed to at oiice apply for a charter fctrifche' formation of a Female Orange Lodge m Ashburton. Ifrwas also decided to celebrate the coining s*th of November by a tea and social. The annual installation of officers for the,ensuing year then took place, when the fouWing bretbern Were duly installed, I;P.JI* Bjro Cockburn acting as installing officer :^—Biro H. Paget> W.M. ; Bro W. Houston, D.M.; Bro Ci»ckbnm, Secretary; Bro D.'Mclntyre, Treasurer. Committee:—Bro S. B. Nelson; P.M., Bros R. Kerr, W; Rundell, JV Mi^Hampton, and O. Brown. The officers'having returned thanks, the Lodge was closed m due form by the VftM. „ ' Yesterday Mr JdhniGrigg sent by rail from Ashburton a long tVaiit' of horses 'for. shipment to India. The horses have all been selected, witli a view to meet the Indian de-mand,-not only for cavalry, .remounts, but for generally useful light horses. They were a grand selection, and barring accidents on the way^ should turn m a good thing for the shipper. The shipment would have gone away some time ago, but tlie strike threw the steamer out of time, and her sailing was twice postponed. On both occasions Mr Grigg had tlie horses trucked at Winslow, and had to detrain them tiwicej, and take the mob of half a hundred feck to Longbeach. At last, however, they have got away, and if they reach their^destination all right the Hindoo3;will have the chance of selecting a horse frorii as fine a lot of sound, active, hacks as have ever been sent away from this country. ____________„

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2538, 8 October 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2538, 8 October 1890

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