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Mr David Christie Murray gays he has found his true career on the stage, and intend* to pursue it. Thursday next will be observed by all branches of the Bank of New Zealand as a special holiday. An official inquiry will be held into the circumstances connected with the fire at the old Government Printing Office, Wellington. The direct mail per Arawtt, closes Afc Ashburton on Wednesday next, at 6.20 p,m., and will be due m London on November 27th 1890. At the Thirsk (Yorkshire) meeting oh the 10th, the A ustralian mare Betty won the Autumn handicap, and the following day appropriated the Hambleton Plate. Every man ia fond of striking the nail on the head, but wlieo. it happens to be his finger-nail) his enthusiasm becomes wild and incoherent. > Few ladies consider that they carry some 40 or 50 miles of hair on their heads; the fair-haired may even have to dress 70 miles of thread* of gold cvi ■_>• morniug, Mr Hutchison will be called upon to answer 'twentj/*©JMJ interrogatories relating to the publication of h'xa " Hansard " speech re charges against eertuijt members of the Cabinet. An epidemic has broken out at l*"ootscray, Victoria, recently. About 200 persons are affected, and one death is recorded. The patients are attacked with pains m the loins, vomiting, headache, and symptoms of irritant vegetable poisoning. A cricket match will be played on Wednesday next, the Litli fet (not the 18th as previously announced), betwfcajj the Methven and Asthburton Clubs on the Domain ground. The team to represent the Ashburton Oiiib will be chosen from the following, viz. :— Messrs G. W. Andrews, L. P. Andrewes, Or&nsfMd, Denshire, Uii'Pn, Davis, Grubb, Makeig, Mackay, Rees, Ross, bundle, Sawlc, and Temple. Play will start at cle,v<e# a, m., Mid all the above are retjueetsd to i^e Ofl yfoe growiid j)u»etw*Hy, '

It is anticipated that tho simultaneous . starting of two lorgo frozen moat comyanies m Queriißhuid,-each of wliicli purposes sending Jlomc very largo consignments of mutton, will not improbably hnve ;. mischievous effect ou NeM' Zcabnd and the other colonies engaged m the trade. Mr Nelson, of Nelson Brai,, superintends the starting of one venture. Mr Carson has accused Mr Balance (whom h« i» opposing for the Wanganui scat) of •wning 8000 acres of the best land m the colony. Mr JJallanco expresses a moat earnest desire to know where thi3 nice little or talc is situated, and professes the utmost readiness to p«.y rates and taxes when lie gets the title-deeds. Tito following extract is from a private leUerJipm jNew Plymouth, the writer being i gentleman well convetvan't' with political matters m the Taranaki and Wellington districts ; —" We are m for a couple of pretty :tiff fights—Egrnonfc and Waitotara. SirJJ. Atkinson is necessarily greatly handicapped liy the fact that he cannot personally do any fighting this time, and it cannot'' 1 be denied that tiie M'Guire party are strong and well organised. They will poll Uie vote of every man favourable to themselves or unpopular to Sir Harry, but neverthe less bo far as I can judge (and I am not naturally of a sanguine disposition), th« Premier will win by a majority—well, double that of the last ejection, which it will be remembered was 100. j A complaint is made by parents that the headmaster of the Timaru f'ublic School has g^ven instructions that any unfortunate child whose parents cannot or will not pay the ' stationery" fee, shall not be allowed to dip his or her pen m the ink •wells, and the teachers are forbidden to give such child a l 'scrap of »late pencil. The children w;hose parents refuse to pay the stationery fee are required to carry their own bottles of ink to school, and keep themselves supplied with pencils. The sins of the parents are visited upon the children,- evidently, tor one little girl has been severely caned for not bringing to school the " necessary requisites for school work." i He was secretary to a country racjng club. As so often happens, the club was'in want of funds. A happy thought came into' his head. He took down a directory, and selected a few hundred of the most likely persons, and addressed to them each a note: —'• Dear Sir, —You have been duly elected A member of the Wood Creek Racing Club, and upon receipt of £o 5s your name will \>K enrolled." The following was one of the replies received :—" Sir, —In reply \A your letter, I beg to inform you that you have been duly elected a member of the Baldhftaded Bloodsuckers, and on receipt of 20 guineas your name will be duly enrolled.'The secretary did not mind this, however ; he had scooped m A'4ooo by his audacious manoeuvre. v ' In answer to. the largely signed petition ;froni Christchurch tor the reinstatement of the dismissed railway servants, the Railway iCommibsiouers state, inter nHh, that certain employees, on the 2nd September last, Reclined to obey orders, and their *work at Lyttelton without .notice. ' The (Commissioners, on learning this, directed t-lmt these employees should be told that they would be .allowed .until, the next morning to consider their action, and to say whether they would resume work, and obey the rules and regulations. After cousidera,tion rJiey declined to do so, and were dismissed!, and no application from them has been .received since. . The? Commissioners have ! i*o gronnds for t supposing that they have m any way altered their determination. Should they do so, the ordinary channel of comtnunication through the local railway I ioffi'cers is open'to them. A most unfortunate accident happened this morning to the Lohgbeach coach. After the coach had ariVed at the chief post office, (and Mr Brown had gone m to deliver his Emails tho two horses became restive, Mr Brown eahfeoUfc to sec to'tli'em but 'wa's jiist !too late to prevent a bolt. The animals '■wen* off at c great pace down the; Wakanui Road, along the bait to Moore Street-, and thence to the bridge, where'they were pulled up. In the 'course of their carcehy'however, the coach was irretrievably rained, rthdthey landed at the Bridge with only the forecarriage and, two front wheels behind them. The other parts of the coach Were left else- > where. The accident is unfortunate, to be sure, but it was lucky, m a sense, that it should have happened now, and that it was ! the old coach that was smashed. In a day or two, it was intended to have placed upon ''. the road a now vehicle especially built for the Lougbeach traffic. '■ Within the past few days a number of petty larcenies have taken place m Ashburtoa. One gentleman complains of a tin of kerosene being stolen during the night from hia private residence-; another complains of his fowl-house being robbed; while Mr G. Cox records th« robbery from his trap on Saturday evening of a - considerable parcel of groceries. The last-named gentleman, •who resides near the Racecourse, on Saturday evening left his trap m the yard of a wellknown auctioneer for a few minutes', and on returning found that at alioutten o'clock at night prowler had paid the trap a visit and appropriated the contents. Several other petty thefts of a similar nature to these mentioned are recorded, and point to the presence of some undesirable visitors m the town. Householders will, therefore, do well to place under lock and key anything of value about their premises until such times as the petty thief or thieves fall into the hands of the fpiolice, whose attention has been called to the matter.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2542, 13 October 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2542, 13 October 1890

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