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A number of subscribers to the "Pictur--1 esque Atlas " m Oamaru have refused to pay for the work, alleging misrepresentation, and will shortly appear before the R. M. as defendants. The "Southland News" statea that a farmer m the Waimatuku district has just branded 128 lambs, the progeny of 95 crossbred ewes. A Liverpool paper announces that the Mount of Olives at Jerusalem has become the property of a pious citizen of the good old town, who purchased it m order to prevent the sacred spot from peing desecrated by.the erection of a Yankee hotel. Sir. John Macdonald, Sir Charles Tapper, Sir Hector limgevin, and Sir Alexander Marbeau, with English and Scotch capitalists, have bought 400;000 acres of West Virginia timber, mineral, and coal lands for £300,000 to found a Scotch colony there. In Chambers yesterday Mr Greeson applied for an order prohibiting the Magistrate from proceeding further m respect of the conviction of the proprietors of the "Referee." Judge Denniston granted a rnfo nisi m respect to the conviction when entered up. We beg to draw attention to the advertisement elsewhere appearing, notifying the Annual tea meeting at Flemington, on Friday, 24 Mi. Au attractive programme is being got ready for the public meeting, and a large gathciing is anticipated. Mr J. Newman, the well-known cab proprietor, succeeds Messrs Totty Bros as proprietor of the Somerset Livery Stables, and will take possession to-night; by advertisement m another colnmh he calls the attention of his town and- country friends to his new venture ano"hopes for a share of their custom. An old back country farmer, who had given his note m payment for a new patent reaper and binder, came into the bank to pay up. "How does she go?" aaked the ca*liier as he thumbed the bills. "Well ye. see, < this time last year I sot on the fence with a cigar m my mouth and an ombrelia over me, and watched thirty men a reapin' my field. This year I reaped it myself, and thirty men sofc on the fence and watched me." A library exclusively intended for women will shortly be opened at Turin.' The rooms arc elegantly furnished, and the tables will be covered with all the best periodicals and uewspiipesH that can interest female readers, while the best modern books will fill the sholvw.^lErurin will be the first Italian city that can fx>ast of such a library. The "Wanganui Herald" says :•—The principle of graduated taxation is founded on the equality of self sacrifice ;" or m other words, a man who lias £10,000 a year of an income can better afiord to pay m taxation £2*50, than a man m possession of £100 a year can afford to pay £2 10s. For while the rich man will not feel the deduction, the poor man may m consequence have to go without some of the necessaries of life. M. Horace Poussard, who is m great vogue as a violinist m Sydney, where he played m Mr Santley's farewell concert, intends making a tour of New Zealand m the summer. M. Poussard, who is a pupil of Alard, visited Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington more than twenty years ago, shortly after his arrival from Paris, where . he took the grand prize at the Conservatoire. An English Radical paper has the following relative to Bishop Julius:—•" The Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Catechism are being so nibbled at by men of science and the clergymen themselves that there will soon be little teft of those documents of Christianity. Here we have the (Anglican) Bishop of Christchurch, New Zealand, telling his congregation that they must put no, faith m that direction 'pt the Catechism which enjoins upon people to be " content wttli the station of life to which it has pleased God to call them." He argues that this i* b!_>iphemom nonsensto m the face of a wretchec man with fifteen children and an income of 9s a week. What will the English Political Church say to that outspoken declaration ?" A naval review of the old-fashioned Chinese sort took place recently at Foochow. The part of the river were it took place was crowded with boats full of spectators, while the bridge was thronged to the uttermost. On the eve of the review, while the braves were exhibiting there prowess before their commander, a wooden verandah constructed for him and his friends gave way, and over 40 of them were thrown into the river, most of them being drowned. On the day of the review one of the stone rails of the bridge gave way, owing to the pressure of the crowd, and fifteen were drowned. The mandarins who witnessed the review were delighted with the tactics of their braves, which consisted chiefly of attacks on the enemy's junks, during which the braves, with lifebuoys, threw themselves into the river, swam to the hostile junks, and went through the manoeuvre of setting them on fire; A correspondent of the New York Dry Goods Economist-, who had recently returned from a visit to the European manufacturing centres, says that retaliation against the United States M'Rinley Bill is contemplated m many quarters which now provide a large market for American breadstuff's and other products, He gays that while Chemnitz and its entire districts have been for years a tremendpus feeder for the American market, every representative manufacturer, the president of tilie Chamber of Commerce, and leading exporters unite m stating that there oan be no criticism of the United States for adopting a policy of protection to theilr manufacturers They add, however, that when such a Bill as Mr M'Kinley seeks to saddle upon the oountry is up for argument, there remains but one answer for Europ», and that is absolute retaliation, and Germany for one will resort to it promptly if the United States pass a prohibitive tariff. As the wheel of time has again ushered m the busy spring, and to be prepared to supply the requirements of Nature and of their numerous patrons, Messrs J. Scaly and Co. have completed their selection of seeds, which are of the choicest namples obtainable, and which include clovers, turnips, man gajds, carrots, rape, perennial ryegrass, cocksfoot, elephant swede, garden and flower seeds ju endless variety, and garden requinijes of every description ■ For the canyesieiice pjE patrons ' >yijp cannot make, their purchases during the day the'prenu's^s' will fre open to fliue p.m. on Saturday evenings 1 qr »ptl after the }$th August.—(Advt.)

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume X, Issue 2547, 18 October 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume X, Issue 2547, 18 October 1890