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Cigar manufacturers m Melbourne complain of foreign competion. Captain William Jackson Barry returned to New Zealand m the Wakatipu. . Six men "were yesterday fined 5s each at Port Chalmers for burning* the tifigy of a non-unionist. Tho Sydney " Referee " has been mulct m £200 damages for commenting unreservedly upon the conduct of Tom Lees, the pugilist. TheTJ^smanian Assembly has rejected a proposal to vote £400,000 for the Huon railway from Hobart to Geeveston. Rome is infested with'an undecteced band of robbers. Almost daily cases of stabbing' ami robbing are.heard .of. . . <' " j Three locamotives have been shipped from America to Palestine for the ucw railroad between Jaffa and Jerusalem, and Ramleli. A woman known as the Whita Queen owns a goodly part of the Island of.Ne\r Britian, m the Southern Pacific Ocean. Her real name is Misa Miss Emma Fprsyth. A new post office will be opened at Winchmore Road School on Tuesday :next. Mails will close at Ashburton for Winchmore on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Satnrdays, at 6.30 a.m. Germans are endeavouring,, to make artificial tea from the leaves of the wild strawberry plant, to which they add the the young leaves of the bramble and woodruff. The beverage brewed from ths mixture is said to be of nearly the same taste as. the tea of India and China.

We would remind sporting men that entries for Maiden and acceptances for handicaps m the Ashburton Trotting Club s Meeting ou the 16th inst., close to-night at nine o'ciack at the Central Hotel. The 28th instnnt has been set apart by the labor unions of New Zealand as a Labor Demonstration"Bay, and active preparations *re being made m the large centres for large procession?. MV Addison's flour mill at Rungior-i was burnt to the ground on Thursday, A well appointed three-storey building and other I property was destroyed worth £loood Insurance :—£6oo on the mill and machinery and £200 on'the atoclc m the Liverpool and London, and Globe. The fire originated m the second storey, where a carpenter was v. orking. The cause is not known. A large Australian estate, cut m sections was sold by auction the other day m London. It was the Otis estate, of 500,000 acres, part of the celebrated Hampton Plains m Western Australia. The property was submitted m lots of 5000 acres, of which one up to 11 fetched the stipulated price of 9s an acre, and it was understood that the remaining portion of the immense estate was subsequeutly disposed ot by private treaty on terms agreed upon. Earnest Evans, a young man of eighteen or nineteen years, will be brought up on remand before the R.M. here on Thursday next, on the serious charge of having placed large stones upon the railway line at Chertscy on Tuesday last, by which act the up express of that evening was placed m danger of wreck. It was a miracle that no accident happened. . The grinding up of the stones by the engine was heard a long way off. , The "Nelson Colonist" says the reason Commissioner Edwards was promised a Judgeship was to; prevent the next Government appointing Judge Ward to the Supreme Court bench should ;i vacancy occur after Mr Hislop's retirement from Office. In connection with the Ashburton Trotting Races on the 16th inst., the 8 a.m. train from Christchurch'will, if required, set down passengers at the Ashburton salcyards, opposite' the racecourse. The cveningjtrain from Ashburton to Springburn and Timaru on the 16th, will start at 5.25 p.m. and 5.35 p.m. respectively. , ' ' A man named David Gibson was sent to Sapl for seven days at Christchurch yesteray', for 'stealing a paic of boots from a drunken man. The latter, was lying on a vacant section, when the accused took the boots off his feet and sold them to a cabman. He was seen taking them off, and information was (jiren to the police. On Wednesday morning 22nd ult., at'Redfern, Auckland, while digging the foundation of a house, a child's body wns discovered. It was ■ identified as that of a boy twelve years old, who mysteriously disappeared about six months, ago. He was sent out to get some sand piled close by, and it is supposed that-he underminded the heap euis ing. it to fall on him and bury him alirc. The Now York papers announce the death of Mr John W. Watson, who was born of English parents m that city 68 years ago. He was originally an engraver, but had strong litemry tastes, and m 1858 wrote " Beautiful. -Snow," He was a fiicnd of Bryant and of Gree'.ey, both of whom defended r him ? from false v .claimants to the authorship of "Beautiful Snow." Notwithstanding the suppression of thehundreds of mutual betting agencies m Paris the passion for gambling on horse-racing is said to have received but a very partial, check. Scarcely a day pusses, says the Paris correspondent of the "Standard," without gome unfortunate individual appearing before the police court for having robbed his master with a hope of realising a fortune by backing a horse. It is not generally kaown, says "Vanity Fair " how very much married the Sultan m. He has five first-class wires—valides— twonty-four second-class—Morganatic--wives and some 2")0 third-class partners m his joys •and sorrows, variously described as '' favourites " and '' slaves." Every year it was the custom of his mother to present him with some rare specimen of Georgian beauty to add fo his palace, of fair —and dark—women; but this year his aunt the Sultana Adile, has had to perform the delicate maternal office, the Imperial mother having joined the kouris m Paradise. The*'-care and attendance of the Sultan's female establishments requite the the services of 0000 persons, who are said to be the only people m Turkey who receive their full pay with regularity.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2541, 11 October 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2541, 11 October 1890

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