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LOCAL AND GENERAL

According to a correspondent of La Patrii "n.niii'ialisni T"-«vails to a horrible extent ii the Congo. Women and children, he says ■u'e.irenuently sacrificed--1 It has been calculated that there are abou 200,000 families living m Landon on abou £1 a week, and they'are m a large measun the. people of one. room. The only civil cases heard at the R.M Court yesterday were Moison v Ryan 19s Od,'Collins and Co., £2 0s 9d, m whicl judgment for plaintiffs was entered up bj default It looks as if the scheme for bridging tin English Channel would materialise 1 special Commission has been appointed by the French Government to inquire into tin plans. The Society for the Prevention of Crucltj to animals has passed a resolution condein ning the shooting of pigeons from traps They lecommcnd that glass balls or othei contrivances be used. Mr 15. L. Payton, master of the Elan School of Art (Auckland), has been awarded the highest art certificate issued by the Science and Art.Department of South Ken sington* A writer to a Dunedin paper suggests that, m order to overcome the difficulty oi union and non-union labor working side by side, the Union Steamship Company should put their non-union men m steamers by themselves, and take back the union hands and put them also into steamers by themselves. The Auckland registrar of electors, Mr Collins, has sent out about 3500 notices of objection to names on the rolls for Auckland City, Newton, Weitemata, Parnell and Manukau. There is strong suspicion that systematic attempts are being made to stuff the rolls. The "Napier News" believes the same thing is being tried on m Napier. A good story is being circulated on the West Coast at the expense of Mr Grimmoitd, M.H.R. As he was returning from his Parliamentary duties he', saw a hawker .on the wharf offering a parrot for sale, and, desirous'of taking one home, he accosted the hawker by asking " What do you want for the parrot?" " five notes," was the reply. "Can he talk?" asked the member for Hokitika. " Talk {" ejaculated the hawker, with evident scorn, " If he can't talk better than Grimmond or Fish, 111 ring his blooming neck." A mass of 90,000,000 tons of pure and compact rock salt, located oh an island 185 feet high, which rises from a miserable sea marsh up the river Teche, Louisiana, is one of the wonders of the world. Having never been surveyed, its exact extent is as yet not known* An engineer who has but recently visited it estimates i hat there are notless tkan 00,000,000 tons of pure crystal salt m sight. The dazzling cleanup of Salt Peak forms a striking contrast to the sombre lagoons, bayous, and salt marshes which surround it on all sides. It is-related of the Czar that when he was staying at Catchina, a man working m the "rounds of the Castle, every time he saw the Emperor approaching, ran away and hid himself ; this occurred so often that the man was taken to taskandaskedtheraison whyhc did this? He replied,' 'I am so afraid that the Czar, if he sees me, will take a great dislike to me, when perhaps I should be sent off to Siberia, so I hide myself to keep out of danger." This ingenuous answer shows how the Great Father, as he is sometimes styled, is regarded by his subjects. The well known tluwad manufacturing firm of Messrs Coats, of paisley, have issued a prospectus announcing the formation of a limited to take over their business, The capital" of the company is stated at £5,750,000, coMWdbing of 6 per cent, cumulative preference stairs to the amount of &2 000,000, ordinary share* *<? the amount of £1,750,000, and 4| per cent, debenture stock to a/mnuit to £2,000,000 Tl» certified profits of tHe'wocem for the past year are stated at £4JS,Jj9j», fl»d tbe average for the past seven years at £*%000, The reason gifen for conversion of ih* jw»cera « that the business has grown, and is «W»g. to huge dimensions. Mr Archibald Goal* mtt be chairman of the company, and seven other I members of Hie family will have seats on the board. Besides the extensive mills of the firm m Paisley, they hold a preponderating . interest m thpoqd mills m Rhode Island, m Montreal, and m Russia. The estimated divided on the ordinary share capital • J the, company is Bpw m<>

The immigration and emigration returns or September show the arrivals to be 955, the departures 565. A young man named Goodwin, living near I'emu'ka, was fiddliug with a dynamite cap not knowing what it waa, when it exploded m his hand, and blew off a piece of his thumb and the second finger of his right hand. , The Rangiora Good Templars, the Kaiapoi Labor Union, and the Ka;apoi People's Political Association hare.united their forces to secure the return of a candidate for Kfiiapoi. Several of the candidates have been put through their " facings " as to their views on the various " platforms " submitted but no decision has yet been come to. * The first handicap match of the season m connection. with the Ashburton Rifle Club was fired yesterday. The principal scorer ■ were—W. Pearson 71; W. H. Collier, 68 ; W. H. Rttle,'6s J. Groves took ;the range prize at 200 yards with .32 out of "a possible f 40; the range prize at 300 yards being won by W. H. Collier with a score of 27 ; and at 500 yards by P. Anderson with 26. The New Zealand Shipping Company have received ti cable message dated London, Oct. 15, advising that a general meeting of shareholders has been held m; London, when the annual report of the directors was adopted, and a dividend declared of 6 percent, on the reduced shares, free of income tax, payable on Oct. 31. The retiring directors were reelected. The case against Eden George was continued yesterday. The evidence> for the prosecution was concluded. Mr Stringer, for the defence, contended that the wHo'e evidence came from a pack of aiscbar^ed employees of Mr George. M r George himself gaveevidence, denying that he asked Gerstenkorn to trump up a charge of having damaged the studio against Maiming and Meers. The case was adjurned till the folfowing day. The "Timarn Herald" says:—"Mr W Postlethwaite has had an electric service fitted up to drive the Wolseley shearing machines which last year were driven by steam. The dynamo from which the current is) obtained is driven by a turbine; taking power tram a 13'fest head of. water obtained'by flumini7 one of the numerous creeks flowing through the Raukapuka estate. Electricity is found to give a more steady rate to the shearing machine than, steam, as there is no racing of the motor if some of the shears cease work. The same dynamo furnishes light for the dwelling-houae. Mr R. H. Postlethwaite, son of the owner of Raukapuka, electrical engineer, supplied the 'installation.'" We are requested to call attention to the announcement of the annual services and meetings m connection with the Wesleyan Home Missions. These gatherings commence next Sunday, and missionary meetings will be held throughout the following Veek. The Rev R. S. Bunn is the deputation appointed by the President of the Conference to advocate the interests of the missions, the operations of which are carried on not only amongst English settlers m outlying districts, fcut also amongst the Scandinavian settlements m the North Island, and the Maoris. The inoome of the Home Mission amounts to about £2600 for the whole colony, and no department of work m connection with the Wesleyan Church excites more general interest and sympathy. The Rev Mr Bunn will he assisted m the meetings by the circuit ministers and prominent members of the laity. In view of the vast amount of British capital invested m Mexico, writes the New York correspondent of the "Manchester Examiner," the English Government cannot affivd to remain altogether indifferent to the monarchial tendencies which are being manifested, by the chief magistrate of that country, and which bid fair not only to cause internal disorder and trouble, but also to bring about an intervention and possible annexation, by the United States. A bill, prolonging indefinitely the term of office of President Diaz, ir. on the eve of becoming law, having successfully passed through the various stages of Parliamentary consideration and approval Diaz, though a singularly able and energetic ruler,,is' already, far more of a military dictator than a Republican President, who is the free choice of a free people. It is stated that not long ago he walked into the lobby of the Mexican Legislature and advised the members thereof to pass a certain pending measure or to go home quickly. It ia scarcely necessary to add that the Bill was passed. On the arrival of Mr J. L. Toole m Ashburton yesterday afternoon the comedian felt somewhat at a loss what to do with himself until the evening entertainment took place. There being no " lions" of any dimensions to interview m the town, except the massive grain and wool stores—standing monuments of the fertility of an agricultural and pastoral district—Mr Toole decided to visit the Trotting Races, held some distance out of town. A buggy was, therefore, ordered from one of the livery stables, but jehus were remarkable for their absence. A driver could not be obtained anywhere, and J. L. T. used all his persuasive eloquence to induce the stable-keeper to forsake his charge—let the stable and horses take care j of themselves m fact—and drive him to the course. The stableman had just consented to act as requested, when a gentleman connected with the Fourth Estate stepped into the breach and volunteered to drive tho party out. The offer was accepted, and the party m due course arrived on the racecourse, where "England's greatest modern comedian " entered thoroughly into the spirit of the gathering, " popping it on the totalisator " time after time with evident success. Whether by good luck or good guidance—• whether J. L. T. is quite as familiar with the ways of horses as of men—he was certainly most fortunate, perhaps "spotting " more winners than any one person on the course. The partyjretitrned to town at the conclusion of the meeting m high spirits, and whatever after impressions Mr Toole may carry away with him from the the land of the Maori and the moa, we are ajsaured he will always look with pride and satisfaction to his first introduction to the Ashburton racecourse.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2546, 17 October 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2546, 17 October 1890

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