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Electric cabs have been successfully intro. duced m Germany. A scheme is being prepared by a syndicate of large Russian capitalists for the early • ostablishmenb m China of a Riisao-Asiatio »ban k, iii tended to promote the development of Russo-Chjnese commercial relations. 'From-a single strawberry farm at Orpitig:to'n,"England, the proprietor got 500 tons of fruit, an amount which, even at twopence per pound, repreeente a turnover of more than £0000. r A Lutheran clergyman, who recently compared the Czar to Antichrist m a sermon delivered m a town m one of the Baltic provinces, has been Bent to Perm, m Siberia, to exile, y ■ A leading Japanese newspaper, the 11 Hochi Shimbum," declares that ChrUtianity m slowly but steadily making progress m Japan, never retroe;ading for an instant; The future of Buddhism, it says, is indeed m peril. A paper of Finland mentions a curious atone that serves as a barometer m the northern part of that country. It is called "Ilmakiur," and turns black or dark grey, when foul weather is approaching, becoming almost white m fine weather. A meeting of Italian residents m Sydney was held on the 26th ult., to protest against attacks which had been made upon Italians m consequence of the rumoured importation of Italian laborers, which was declared to be a pure invention. There we at least twenty members of the i House of Commons who have made their fortunes out of coal. Two began life as working colliers, one as a coal dealer, and the remaining 17 have waxed rich by becoming the freeholders of land, beneath which ' valuable coalfields were afterwards found. A retired New Zealand merchant, Louis Walker by name, while taking his walks abroad at Findhorn, N. 8., unexpectedly got to loggerheads with a fine goat belonging to the tree Kirk minister of the village. The goat butted him, and he responded by shooting the animal. When brought before the Sheriff, he defended the action by the plea that h'j acted in' self-defence, and so escaped, and"in the cud the villagers m their hearts rejoiced that lie had rid the neighbourhood of a great nuisance. ' ■ i , i A heavy gale off the Baltic on September Ist banked up the Neva so that a large portion of St Petersburg was flooded, and an . immense amount of damage was done. At the Zoological Gardens the water rose with such rapidity that the people m them found themselves obliged to wade through the water. Ladies m delicate summer toilettes were obliged to wade home through water up to their knees. : Atan induest at Carmarthen,'it'was stated that a postman named Llewellyn was going his rovnds, when he failed to obtain a reply at the door of Mra Tooting, Catherine Street. On. entering the house he was horrified to find the body lying burning over the fire. He endeavoured to rescue her, hut the house dog became so furious that he had to beat a retreat, and it was not. until the neighbours were summoned, that .the faithful creature could be beaten off. j An old man named John Cosgrove, a pri.3oneE.iu Darlinghurst .Gaol, expired suddenly on the 28th ult., m the gaol hospital, where ho had been under medical treatment. The deceased was nearly ninety years of age, and was undergoing n sentence of imprisonment for life for a murder committed by him m Sydney some years ago. Yesterday, before Mr Donald Williamson, J.F., James MeCreiior.was remanded ;to. Monday, the 27th inst., on a clmrg?, laid at the instance of Hugo Frictllsmder, of breach of the "Chattels Transfer Act, 1889." Bail was allowed, accused himself m £300, and t\vo sureties,, m £150 each—in; default of sureties, to be detained m Ashburton Goal until the hearing of the c;v»e. This morning McCrenor was released,-sureties having been 'forthcoming, and. the bail bonds signed. ; Whitfield's " Tabernacle" m Tottenham Court road, London, is to be rebuilt, and for that purpose £20,000 is required. The original Tabernacle was raised by the famous preacher, the greatest pulpit orator of his day, m 1750, arid Augustus Toplarly, author of the " Rock of Ages'," lies buried m its vaults. The site is to' be covered with a " Whftfield 'Memorial Church " and a "Toplady Hall." Already between £5000 and £0000 has been raised. The cyclone m the Jura on August 18th wa3 a serious thing. Sainte Claude was terribly ravaged by it. Several houses wore! laid m ruins, .and there were a good many fatal accidents. Not only have several dead bodies been discovered,, bnfc a great many people are missing, and firemen were liard at work extricating people from the fallen buildings. All business has been suspended, and 6000 workmen have been thrown out of employment. A League or Association has been started at Home to urge the purchase of the railways by the State. Among the details of the management they advocate cheapness and uniformity of fares and increased facilities to laborers and artisans m all parts of the country, and coupons, instead of tickets, available on all lines,, and at, any date. They want to abolish all '< contract and return tickets, also excursion or trip trains, people who travel for pleasure to have no advantage m tho price ofifares over those who travel for business, and all charges should be equal, low and uniform, similar to our postage system. Mr H. Overton who has been paying a visit to the bid country, writing of Agricultural shows says:—" Now. that I. have seen j the three great shows I feel convinced that with some little improvement m the matter of a grand stand, parading - stock, aud m i the better exhibition of saddle and harness classes, om- own show, as an all round show, would be second to none jn England; for m the fat stock classes they: have Very few entries, and very little m light horses (for | the London season and Islington Horse j Show does away with ; the latter). From a ' farmer's point, the machinery and ; im-. plements, including, of course, what we are obliged to import from England, our show is so vastly superior to even the Royal that you cannot even compare them. An English Parliamentary paper just published gives particulars of tho number of horses purchased for the army during the last two years. The number purchased from j dealers m 1888-89 was 1381, and the next j year 1653, or a total of 3034. Of these 1231 were purchased h\ the course of the two years m London, 1011 m Dublin, 245 m Cavan,; 232 m Waterford, 218 m Oastleford,' and smaller numbers m other placed, including six mules (for mountain battery) from Italy. From breeders forty-six were purchased m the former »hd cigh,ty-one m the latter year. In order to effect these purchases from breeders, many hundreds of horses offered by agriculturists were examined by; the officers of the department. In 1888.89 there were 7000 horses registered as a reserve for phe Army 5 m jthe following year the number was doubled.

Legal argument m the " Referee " appeal ] case has been postponed to the fimt sitting' m I)a7i<o after the Court of appeal. The Rpv Father Chastagnon will celebrate mass at Rakaia on Sunday next, and vaspers at Ashburton at tho usual hour. Saturday, November Ist, being the feast of All Saints, mass will be celebrated at Ashburton^t iflri the same hours ■ as on Sundays. *On thes following Sunday, the Rer Father will celebrate mass at Methven and vespers nt Ashburton. On Monday, Mass will :bc celebrated At Ashburton at 10 a.m. Gcortre Wivldock Ell, adjudicated a, bankrupt m 1886, whose case has since been before the Supreme Court and Parliament, applied at_ Chrictchurch yesterday to Mr justice D'ennistoa' for" annulling tho, bankruptcy. ' Hi 3 Honour refused, and Ell gave notice of appeal. The planet Venus is now approaching her greatest brilliancy for this term ac an evening star, and for some time has been visible m the day-Hnie. This; simple fact ,has caused sonic commotion at Geraldine, .where two gentlemen, lazily: lying on their backs watching a, sky-lark warbling ,to the sky, caught sight ( qf, Venus,, anil a long paragraph m, regard to the M was cbrnmunicateel to the Chnstehurch Press by the woulfl-be astronomical discoverers'.' i . - Referring to the thunderstorm at Auckland yesterday the ' Press correspondent saya;:!- T '«The {Jovernment have received a telegram stating that the telegraph office at Thames hail been struck by lightning and set on fire. The operator, Mr Beale, wks knocked backward off hisstool, and the room was filed with a blue flame. Tho gas pipe was fused, and the gas .set on fire, whence the flames ran lip the wall; but Mr Bcale, by the exercise of great promptness and presence of min'dv succeeded m extiriguishiiig the incipient conflagration before much damage was done. An order has been made that lie shall receive a special reward for his conduct." '."'•'.' ■-.'.''■ The Ashburton, Rifles mustered strongly last evening/ so that there was a good parade. But the parade, and practice of the bayonet exercise team whp are to represent the Company at' Wellington shortly, were not the only attractions. Sergeant-Major Hayes had just been made a Benedict, and he had invited the corps to a smoke concert m the orderly-room. A good mnny veterans of the corps, long ago laid aiiide as past service, were also invited, as well as old friends of ,the Ashburton Guards—a corps that has recently been transformed into a | J Rifle Club. A good few members of the Fire 1 Brigade were there, too, and the C.V.C. was also represented. The officers of the corps were present, as well as one or two J old officers of the Rifles and Guards/Adjutant Fooks of the Battalion, iand Sergeant-Major Jones, of the district staff, who had maklo an official inspection of the company that evening. Nor j bad 'the invitations been, sparingly issued,'for seat! had been found at the tables for a lar,ge sprinkling of .cadets, a corps Sergeant-Major Hayes has' Very carefully nursed since its formation. Two tables ran all the length of tlie large orderly-rocta, and one crosswise at the. north end, and on these were laid abundance of good things, tastefully displayed by ladies who claim epscial proprietary rights m several members of the company, and who were proud to do honour - to. the Benedict of the hour. On the side table were displayed a handsome tea service m Staffpijd china, of quaint but •haste design, the gift to the bride of the officers of the company, as well as a supfcrb electro-plated cruet etancl, a token of the non-commissioned officers' good wishes, besides several presents from old volunteer friends. The chair was taken 1 by Captain Dolman, who, m a neat speech, after honor- | ing the Queen, proposed the toast of the evening, wishing the couple health, wealth, happiness, and long life. The Captain dilated at some length on the excellence of the Sergeant-Major as a drill instructor, oil' his never flagging enthusiasm as a Volunteer/ and on his, popularity not only m the company but throughout the whole battalion. He then asked the Sergaant-Major to accept for his bride the presents above mentioned, and the toast he had given was honored with such hearty cheers as only young throats can give. Tire rest of the evening was spent with toast, song, and sentiment, and closed shortly before the hour which is stern "respectability's, solemn summons for separation. This notice would- be incomplete without reference to the fact that the Brass Band, with which Sergeant-Major Hayes had :been long associated, was presentj and at intervals played some excellent marches m the Drill Shed,

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2550, 22 October 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2550, 22 October 1890

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