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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna et Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1890. LOCAL AND GENERAL

Weather prophets at Wellington are pro ' dieting a dry summer, and if so, a w.itcr famine is feared. A duty of fonrpnnce per pound was imposed by tho New Zealand Parliament la«t cession on olive stones, largely used m tho adulterat-iou of pepper. According to the Property-tax Conimis■siomsr's returns the value; of real and personal property iii Kew Zealand owned by absentees is £8,058,093. Four Japanese journalists have recently been sentenced to four year's imprisonment for publishing matter 'disrespectful to the memory of the Emperor Jimnvi, who was gathered to his fathers nearly 3030 years ago. There are 299 private schools -m fcha colony, attended by 13,853 scholars, and employing 723 teachers. Included m the foregoing there are 96 Ronrm Utiiohc j schools, attended by 9024 scholars of both sexes. An error crept into a paragraph published m our last issue m reference to the Wesleyan Home Mission meeting held at Wa-erton on Tuesday evening last. The amount collected m aid of the fund was £1 6s lOld, and not £1 4s 10J,d as published. There exists to this day several rare medals which bear the head of Napoleon and purport to have been struck at London m the year 1803, but which were really prepared by the Paris Mint iv.anticipation of the conquest of England. "I wish to say to the congregation, said a minister, "that the pulpit is not responsible for the error of the printer on the tickets for the concert m the Sunday schoolroom. The concert is for the benefit of tho arch fund, nob the arch fiend. We will now sing hymn six, ' To err is human, to forgive divine.'" Mr R. L. Stephenson, the well-known novelist, was nearly losing £4000 worth of manuscripts lately, owing to a fire breaking out on the boat m which he was travelling, but the fatality to the precious dojuments. was averted by the timely intervention of Mrs Stephenson, who Sprang forward and grasped the burning box just us it was about to be hurled into the deep blue sea. Miss Marianne North, the accomplished traveller, botanist, and artist, has just succumbed to a painful illness brought on by her last Tisit to South Atr erica. She made } a prolonged tour m New Zealand and Australia a, few years ago, and painted many pictures from nature. On returning to England she presented the result of tier artistic skill to the British nation, and her fine collection is now housed Li the Botanic Picture Gallery at Kcw Gardens. Another cheap and simple fuel discovery is announced m Germany, which possesses ad vantages that will tend to bring it into universal use. The process, which has been patented at Munich, Bavaria, convort3 turf into a firm and highly combustible material resembling anthracite coal, and "burning without smoke or odour. Through a successful combination of oft-triqd processes, the the cost of production has been brought dov. n to a point that will admit of a patent turf entering into competition with coal. During the year ending 1889 204 persons under the age of twenty-one years were received into the New Zealand prisons. Iho nationality of these offenders is given m a Government return as:—New Zealanders, 190; English, 01 ; Scotch, 10 ; and Irish, lo ; and the remainder foreigners. The respective religious beliefs profowod were : Oimr jli of England, 120 ; Roman Catholic, 70 ; Presbyterian, 44 ; Wttsleyans .and Methodists, 21; Freethinkers, 10; Baptists, 9; Salva- j tionists, 2 ; Lutheriau, 2 ; Jewish, 1. In Brittany a curious matrimonhl custom prevails. On certain feto days the young ladies appear m red petticoats, with while or yellow borders around them. lac number, of borders denotes the portion the father is'willing to give hi* daughter, .ftacli white band, represwting silver, denotes lOUir a year. Thus, a young man who sees a face that please 3 him, has only to glnnce the. trimmings of the petticoats to learn wnat amount accompanies the wearer. It is not a little curious m thene days of newspaper enterprise, to find th;it ojily one London journal was enable! to publish original talegrams of the outbreik, jrog.-j?.?, and crushing of the revolution at Buenos Ayres. The Times had a monopoly ot the news, and its first and second ilcspatdies where sent over the wire at a coi^ ot .tiU>J for the tsvo day?. This is really what tn<? Americans call a " beab." But the "lin s scored again tho same weak over the Kusaian edict against the Jews. The story which the "Daily Telegraph' published was fuller, perhaps, but it came some, days after the " Times " account, and so fell ilatter than it would otherw'se have done: , The paper-making material of the future is to be banana fibre, so says the " South American Journal," It is stated that the banana leaves contain a greater quantity of pure fibre then any other of the vegetable products now used. During the first 12 months of its vegetation the banana produces only ft single bunch of fruit, after which it dies; but from its roots four to ten young plants spring up. The plant is easy of cultivation, and the value of its by-products has Ion" been recognised by the natives of the countries where it grows.. The case m its favour as a raw material is not very clearly set forth, and there is even room for questioning the ability of the paragraph writer to give an authoritative opinion. Some curious instances are occasionally recorded of the inconvenience arising through persons from abroad bringing notes of foreign banks into (this colony. We have just been informed oif a fiase which occured m this district, m which *# jmpetuous stranger, unable to secure gold frow.fche Ipoal banks for Bank of South Australia note*; (of which there is no branch m the district) patted with £180 worth of them at 18s each. The lucky purchaser m this case cleared £1G or £17 by the transaction, after pay ing all bank charts, Ul another case it is said a lauy brought to <31«i»tohurch £1400 m Bank of England notes, a«A «h applying to one of the banks for gold hi cx«ij.a*j«e for them was informed that 5 por cent, would fop deducted, a3 the bank was not doing business f.n the colony and had no branches. Needluas te, si«r the lady made other arrangements, opening an account at another bank, and depositing cfoe 8,0te3 to her credit. A misslonaty footing was held at Willowby last evening fe.' the Wesleyan Church. There was a good nAjUnjJance of ra«nbcrs of the congregation. Atr M- 4?- ---. Toms i»wsided, and the meeting was addressed fey 4fc# Kcvs Bunn, Buttle, Gray, Messrs Hardwg, tfbapman. and the Ohairnrn»l. The choir i-cu<lei><4 j^vcral selections durittg the evening. Tho »u« .of PJ» o*d was Bulwwrjbed m aid of the Home *i^sion fnttd,|beiiig on increase of 30 per cent oyer last yew. The s,er.vioes m connection with tlie ftpntoaeliing anniversary «*{ the Wesleyan qActa? SslMWli which sire t.« ha held on ,Suud iV I*2S*» Wf> expected to bs of special interest The sfegfttg. which is always a prominent feature, promises fe be attractive. The choir a*4 ? tra avill number 130 to 200 performers, P« n«W children of the school. Mr Gamble, dwwina»ter, has had these m training for some weeta, md a high degree of proficiency has been rea*«l The Rev R. Taylor, from Christehnrch, conduct servicea—momi.K' afternoon. an« *v#ninff. On Tuesday t\w n«uftl ten, mectJiig «4U J?e held, and ther«*£tcr a children's sacred euu^t Wlil be given. " Hollow ay's Otntmknt and Pw&-C'.-w».wl for tii© disUdaw, -Those to whom the changeable temperature p a .protracted »Tiod of trial should seek 4foe***lwt opportnnifcv f)f amoving all obstacles t* good lioaUn. The ca<i\\m ointment, pera-jvermgly Wiilwd upmi tb« M*i* the mont rohaWe re-nedv tor overcoming rfl iliseises of the fhrtrtbmilitoeßt, Quinscy, r«Uypd tonsns, mm tWx.. awdfefl gland*, ordinary •sjarrh, nnd bmndritis, iwwtHy prevsuhng fit tl«« aenawvmav I>e Mi-esterf^V/on as and «™ir Wtomtawho* by Holloway 8 ! simple «».T effective treatment. l»u« o!n*incnt aiifl pilbwo W?hlycoijimeßde«lfoi the f ; -;l:tr with which they sucoaesfully contend with influenza: they alky hi an incredibly j abort time tha diatpOTfling fever and teasiug ( icough

Mr 0. W. Ptirnelt will address the electors at the Oddfellows' H»U on Tuesday evening next, 28th inst. The Timaru Gas Company, owing to tli* rise m the price of coal, have raised the price of gas Tby refusing to allow the usual discount of 10a per 1003 feet on prompt payment of accounts. The Chrißtchurch City Council has revolver! to ask the Mayor to proclaim Tuesday next (Labor Demonstration Day) as a public holiday. The Mayor had previously refused to make the proclamation, nn it was not the deaii'e of the citizens. A mooting of shareholders m the Colonial Insurance Company will be held m Wellington on November 24th to consider the proposals to sell the assets and business of the; Company at 10s per share, and that the first named Company be wound up voluntarily. George Hastie, of the firm of White and Co., was fined £3 and costfa at Dunedin yesterday for selling.adulterated pepper. Professor Black, ana'yst, stated that one sample of black pepper submitted to him contained 20 per cent of foreigh matter. Several other oases have besn adjourned. Mails for Suva, direct per Ohau, close at Auckland on Saturday, 25th inst., at 11 a.m., also for Friendly Islands, Samoa,, Tahiti.alul Raratonga, via Russell, per Richmond, on Monday, 27th inst., at 5 p.m. Mails per Wainu'i and Taupo will close at Ashlmrton on Friday, 24th, at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively Before Mr Alfred Harrison, J.P., this morning, James Johnstone, farmer, Ashbar-' ton Forks, was charged with the larceny of a dray, the property of James McCrenor, Methven. Accused, for whom Mr Cuthbertson appeared, was remanded till Thursday next, bail being allowed —himself m L2O and; one surety of L2O. * Mr James Brown addressed a well-attended' meeting of the Ashburton electors at the Oddfellows' Hall last evening. His Worship the Mayor (Mr 1). Thomas) occupied the chair. Mr Brown was listened to most attentively during the course of a very lengthy address, m which each subject touched upon was dealt with exhaustively. At the conclusion o? the address a number of questions were as'ced and answered, and a unanimous rote of thanks was accorded to the candidate and chairman. A report of the meeting appears elseniieie. The Druids held their iwual Lodge meeting on Monday evening last, Bro T. Wall, A.D., presiding. One new member was initiated and another proposed. The Committee on "Ashore and Afloat" reported that everything m connection with the drama was working very satisfactorily, but there were, unfortunately, so many counter attractions near the data of the performance that they would like it delayed for a fortnight. The Committee also wished it known that. both.nights are entirely for the benefit of the widow am' children of the late Bro Keelcy. The Lodge left the alteration of dates to the Committee, who have resolved to postpone it for a fortnight later. Other business of the Lodge was concluded, and he meeting closed tvs usual. Certainly the Most Effective MEDICINE m the world is SANDER and SONS EUCALYPTI EXTRACT. Test its eminent powerful effects m Coughs, Colds, Influenza, etc. ; the relief is instantaneous. Thousands gave the most gratifying testimony. Read this certificate:—" 24th April, ,1885 -iMessrs Sander and Sons,—lt is with the greatest of pleasure that I testify to the excellence of your Eucalypti Extract. Having had inflammation of the bone of the let*, which came on after a severe «ttack of low fever, I avos attended by Dr J. Boyd, %rho had made strenuous efforts to save my leg, but without success. He 'iound it necessary to amputate my limb. Having heard m the meantime of the wonderful cures worked by the Eucalypti Extract, I obtained a bottle, and the extract had not been applied more than an hour when I began to fe3l greatly relieved. After applying the extract every four hours for nine or ten days it, was out of all diugav. I would persuade all who may be effected with any such disease to give the Eucalypti Extract a trial aiul I am' convinced that they will find it ■the most: wonderful of medicines.—Yours, etc., E. J. Citkxow, Wattle street, Sand-huvst.--(AdvU 5

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna et Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1890. LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2552, 24 October 1890

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna et Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1890. LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2552, 24 October 1890

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