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Stanley admits having been rejected by .eight women. «Ja,isMis Golden, aged 100 years, a prisoner m Oeeloiig .gw!^ dj.ed recently. The Victorian Guafoftips (revenue since the strike has fallen from £10,000," to #7000 per day. The Maharajah Dhuleep Singh has written a letter to the Queeh begging forgiveness for hispastacts. ' * Caulfield Cup, run at Melbourne on Saturday, resulted m » win for Vengeance, Loyal Stone being second, and Buuc third. The population of South Austral)* is larger by 600,000 than it was ten years ago, yet the spirit duties have decreased by £32,000. There are more sheep m the Argentine Bepublic than m any other country m the world, the total being about ninety millions. There are 8080 licensed cabmen actually employed m London. During the past twelve months 25,000 articles Mfc m cabs were deposited at Scotland yardi>y drivers, ipthdttt' my promise of reward. In five years'£lsftQoWowlipf property had been

The discoveries made by Stanley show that: the Nile is the longest river m ttyc world, being at least four thousand oiie lmnrtred miles m length. Giammona, the celebrated flautist who arrived with lima De Murska, died last month m a Sydney Asylum where he had long been confined. A plague of locusts, which proved so destructive to the Victorian crops and pastures m the past, is likely to prove equally serious during the coming spring. Cameron, the English African explorer favours the introduction of Chinese and Indian planters into Africa, particularly the former. The. value (unimproved) of land hclll by absentees ...hi' the city of Adelaide aloiw amounts to £2,337,000, divided among 60 absentees, four of whom each hold lanil valued at £100,000. Mr Wylie, the draughts champion, Mho ■is now-playing all comers at Brisbane, has received and accepted the conditions for a . match to. be played -m Chicago wiffi James P. Reed for the world's championship and 50Qdolhrs. " i V: The total insurances, on the buildings and stock burnt by the late fire m Syditey is given by the " Daily Telegraph " at £396,900. The 'damage "to buildings is estimated at £300,000, and to stock, fittings, furn^turei etc., to about half a million. ; s ' In English orders of knighthood there are not quite 2000 members m all, or, roiighly speaking, one m 28,000 of the population. In 1874, the latest date for which statistics are forthcoming, there were 54,793 members of the French Legion of Honor, or one dc/o<c for every 675 citizens. In the present issue will be found urn announcement by Mr C. W. Purnell that, m compliance with numerous request^, he has decided to offer himself as a candidate for Ashburton constituency as a supporter of the present Ministry. Mr Purrielli will address the electors at an early date. The Directors of the Caledonian Society held a meeting m the Secretary's Office .011 Saturday evening, at which reports from the several sub-Committees having charge of the details m arranging for the conversazione and ball on Friday next, submitted satisfactory reports. Everything pointed to a most successful gathering. A young man named Fredrick Wooledge was arrested at Christchurch on Sunday night, charged with stealing an umbrella from a girl named, Hill at the Christchurch Salvation Army Barracks. Accused resisted the police, and was followed to the; station by a hooting, howling mob, many of whom threw stones. Detective Benjamin was struck on the back of the head,; and Sergeant Briggs was also hit with a stone. None of those causing the disturbance were arested, but several of tbem are known. Wooledge was.! brought up to-day and sentenced to ten days' .imprisonment. On Saturday evening, notwithstanding fche boisterous Weather, the Caledonian Society's male voice choir-^-who are to render the Scottish part songs at the conversazione and' ball on Friday evening, held another rehearsal m the School of music, which was well attended. The choir is made xip of some of the best tenors, baritones, , and basses m the district, and the parts are admirably sung. The melodies are m the hands of Messrs Kersal and Higgina, while , the other parts are taken ,by eight voices well known m chorus work m Ashburton, and "maistly Scotch." . i The annual firing by the Aslibnrton Rifles, which was to have come off on Wednesday next, lias been postponed. The reason for this is that the populari and able Sergeant-Major of the South Canterbury battalion—Sergeant-MajorHayes —is about to enter the ranks of the Benedicts, and become a good citizen--as well as a good soldier; and as his comrades of the Rifles will celebrate the event m a wassail cup on Tuesday evening, it has been considered wise to postpone the shooting until the eyes aud nerves of the shooters have recovered their usual calm after the marriage rejoicings. We wish the Sergeant-Major every su< • !ss m his new undertaking. '. The modern idea of prohibition of the liquor traffic had like many other things, an existence m ancient times hi China Professor Thwing, writing from China, says that prohibition is 3000 years old. B.C. 1122 at the beginning of the Chow dynasty, drunkenness was regarded as treason to the State, and the Emperor forbade the use of strong liquor. The first time a man got drunk he was with them, as he is with ijs, let oft' with a caution. A second offence was however, punished with decapitation. That was a perfect cure. The offender never came up the third time. The tradesmen of Ashburton have not had much renson of late to complain of. the weather they have been having on Saturdays. Saturday is their great business day, and a aeries of bad Saturdays, keeping buyers at homo when they should be ont shopping, causes an ugly dip m their takings. Saturday evening last was an unwelcome exception to what had been the rule for some time, for after a pleasant enough day for the farmers and their wives to do their weekly shopping, a heavy south-east rain storm come on, and continued well into the night. The streets were almost deserted, scarcely a soul being visible on the footpaths, and the brightly lit windows shed their radiance over tempting wares to but, it is to be feared, little purpose. A gentleman who has lately returned from Zanzibar has informed the Paris correspondent of the "Daily Telegraph "that although the British East Africa Company has not yet been m operation two years, it has already effected the release of from 4000 jto 5000 slaves. This is independent of the compacts made with tribes embracing an area of 50,000 square miles, and recognised by the Arabs themselves, that none of the natives are to be held m servitude. Along the Jul% river, which is navagible for 300 miles, there we 360 villages, inhabited by 30,000 runaway slaves, who a short time ago sent a depuatiou asking to be received under the protection of the English Company, It is believed that there' Is a tribe of Christian Gallas also further up the Julia, which is ready to be brought under the influence of European civilization. Providence is always better to us than our fears. We had begun to fear that we were on the verge of an Australian slimmer, with all the disagreeable, if not disastrous, accompaniments of a drought* After a pleasant shower about a fortnight ago we had five or six days of warm weather, varied by an occasional stiff nor'-west day, and on Thursday night last a somewhat severe frost made itself felt upon the haulms of the young potatoes, and many black leaves appeared m less sheltered plots. Then another nor'wester that dried up not a little of the moisture m the soil. Farmers faces were jengthe?>ing by their fears of drought, but Saturday evening relieved them, for shortly after six o'clock rain began to fall heavily, borne on the wings of a strong south-east gale, and the wet continued 'veil into Sunday morning. Sunday, too, was dampish, with occasional sunshine, arid on Monday the weather was fine but cold, Avith a cloud or two overhead that promised more rain. The shower will have the effect of bringing vegetation away with a great Spurt; and thanks to the strong vitality of all »N,ew 2Jaaland vegetable life, and its power to resist the, effects of all kinds of weather, tliere 's a good hope that the youjfig crops will be. redeemed from the consequences of a dry nor-west spring. '' The best medicine known, is SANDER and SQP' E,UGALPTJ FX^RACT, ' Test its ftninent powerful effects is\ c&ughs, cplds, influenza, etc.—rthp relief is instantaneous. Thousands give the most gratifying testimony, His Majesty the King of Italy, and medical syndicates all over the globe, are its patrons. Read the official reports that accompany each bottle. We have no occasion to offer rewards m proof of the genuineness of our references. The official reports #1 clinics and universities, ; the official Communication of th.c for Italy at Melbourne; 1 the diploma aWafaed International Exhibition, Amsterdam-pall these are authentic documents, and, as pych, not open to doubt. We add here epitome of /tmo pi fche various cases treated by Siegen, M.D', Professor, etc. Bupning ql |he right hand through the explosion qi ij. sm.>U oil stove. The epidermis on the yolar and palmer side of the hand of the thh'ty*year old patient was completely separated and lifted up as far as the joint of the hand. The likewise lifted nails were hanging looses and half of the phalanx of the nail of the middle finger was coaled. The wounds thus contracted healed m three weeks underIhily' application of Eucalypti Extract dressing. The patient has retained the full BBC of the of the htvnd.-(Advt,)

Mr James Brown, ouc of the candidates for Ashhurton at the forthcoming election, will address the.electors at the Oddfollows' Hall on Thursday evening next. The amusement loving portion of the public have quite a round of events m store ' for the near future. Ab usually happens, for months there is scarcely any entertainment offering, and then, "it never rains but it oours," and we have half a dozen m succession. We h»ve just seen J. L. Toolc, the David Garrick of the century, and soon we shall have the Wild West Show m our midst, while a visit is promised by the Achnrch company. Locally, we have the Caledonian Society's annual affair m the Oddfellows' Hall- on Friday, the performance of Ashore and Afloat by the Druids' Dramatic company towards the end of the month, with Patience coming m the month following. The possession of a "people's park" is not m; every sense an unmixed pleasure. After dark tlie Domain is usually deserted, except on moonlight nights, and only people who have to use it as a. walk to the northern and north-western suburbs are to be found there, so that on some evenings at least the jath through the Domain is lonely, and, as wiva proved on. Friday evening, may be anything but safe for unprotected females. About halt-past eight on Friday evening, as Mr Edward Saunders was going home tkrough the Domain, he heard the terrified shrieks of a woman: Making what speed he could m the direction whence the shrieks seemed to come, he arrived m time to scare away a man who had been, grossly insulting a young lady. /Mr Saunders remained to look after the young lady, not knowing but that she might have fallen into the hands of & gang of larrikins, so that the unscrupulous ruffiain who committed the assault made good his escape.. Unfortunately neither the young lady, who is the daughter of a very respectable Allington resident, nor Mr Sauuders had an opportunity of seeing who the man was, or marking m their minds anything.-by which he could be recognised. All'they can. say is that he wore a tweed hat, but the darkness, precluded any further note of his personal appearance. In attacking the young lady her assailant kept behind her and out of her sight. Mr Saunders reported the matter to the police next day, but owing to the absence of any means of identification at present there is little immediate chance of bringing the offender to justice, Still the constables are not without hope, that he will ultimately be secured.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2548, 20 October 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2548, 20 October 1890

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