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Influenza is somewhat common m the Geraldine district. Since 1871 Germany has spent £15,800,000 upon new firearms alone. There are over 100 miles of streets paved with wood m London. Sound milling wheat is worth m Wanganui 3s Cd to 3s 8d per bushel, but there is none offering. Friday, 31st October (Show Day), is advertised elsewhere as a special Bank holiday m Ashburton. French physicians watched the body of * man who had been guillotined, and observe his heart beating for six minutes after th" head w«s cut off. On dit (and the authority for it is said to be good) that Mr J. W. Sawle will be a candidate for the representation of Ashburton, making the fifth m the field. A Renter's telegram, dated New York, September .1, says :—On Saturday last a horse Mamed Roy Wilkes trotted a mile m 2min 8$?»c at Independence, lowa, thua beating'the world's record. Xt is said of the late judge JJolesworth, of Victoria, that no judgment delivered by him during thirty yeara was ever reversed on being taken to- fhe JEnglish court ,of appeal Th« average consumption of meat, m Australia by each inhabitant is «quaj to $701bs | jj«r annum, or three-quarters of a powfld per | diem for each man, woman, aud-cMld, : A Wellington resident offers half-a-guinea each to school-children m the Wairarapa district who will gather and deliver to him , during the summer months a collection of insects infesting the orchards, fields, and ; woods. | The third annual gathering of St. Andrew^ Caledonian Society is to be held j i this year wj. thu Ifith December, Anniversary ] i Day. Xhe progf-M/miie, as usual, is a lengthy one, comprising or*]* 1 fjfty items; and the prize money' ottered exceed J:]Mlt of former years As the date is a most iuuffsplp one [for competitors to attend, being cuffit; *$■, Boxing >wi N«W Year's ilays, and <i» no other sports of mm class are beirtg held m the ' colony, on that i\atuj jppgpjmnendalions have been deceived by the ' «&w#/{)rs from all quarters l'> offer Sufficient;\JLnd*u*aej£i)ts to lwin« together the best pipers, danc^w, *#} , puttei* ot-ttta «tone, and ,turo.w f ew« fit the; hammur, mA to give- effect to tins the Society this yea*- ,o«V iWW and.ttboYO the nmu.l pribsoffio/iey.«.iß,l4WjO»,d n«edal, value J&j' wUb- &> i" Aa«H?y *<^S*/. /<* «hanipfoD piper* :» .ebajnpioii gold W* i value IT), lot jjiost pointed yxj.tti.iig the Btonfc = mid tkrbwingtli* Jjtunfencf |? iajs? ft qbampjou jjold medal for point* P JJ# k#<* $WCin£.

Owing to the extensive business being clone m Christchurch Messrs Wirth Bros. have decided to extend their season there for two weeks longer. Owing to this change m arrangements, the Wiljl West Show will not open m Ashburtonunt.ilNovember 10th. The Earl of Moray gave £14\10s for the unique miniature portrait of M&y Queen of ScovS m her French .widow's■''stress, which was sold .the other day'at the'" Outhbert Bede" library sale at Sotheby's. The MS. of «' Verdant Green," by Cuthhert Bede, was bought for £20 10s. Within the past two years, four fine New Zealand trading ships have been lost on the the voyage between- here amWlom,e,<with &U. hands," without anything ever being heard of them again. These are the Trcyelyan, Dimcdin, Marlborough, and the -barque Assay c. AH save the Trevelyanaremiwnng lately. ; A children's fancy dress ball has recently been hell m Wanganni, and passed off most successfully. The juveniles entered* thoroughly into the spirit of the occasion, and the assemblage of gaily dressed miniature warrior* Lilliputian queens, etc, had a very imposing effect. ; ■■ : , . The Orange tea, advertised to be held m the Orange Hall, Ashburton, on November 3rd, has been postponed to the following evening (the 4th) owing to the unavoidable: absence of the Rev J. G. W. Ellis,/who will be engaged on the first "named date at Rakaift. ; Messrs J. Poncl and Co., of Auckland are shipping large cargoes of enamelled butter packages and enamelled'tiraber to Melbourne: and Sydney. The development of the Victorian and New South Wales export food 1 trade is causing a brisk demand for suitable; packing cases, and the enamelled timbe < manufactured by the Messrs Pond appear; to have hit the popular taste. tt may be a surprise to many to learn that statistics prove the sea to be safer to live on than land. The death rate of sailors m tho British merchant marine service is under 12 per iOOO? the loss of shipwreck is about a quarter of this—in fact, there are more lives lost among miners from accident than among sailors, and many more among railway emploj ees. It is not generally known what an immense quantity of cheese now reaches Eng r land from Canada. Irtst year the. import* amounted to nearly 90,000,0001ba weight, and up to the middle of August the ship-, ments from Montreal numbered 665,865 boxes, as against 553,449 boxes m the same period m 1889, and 500,005 m 1888. ; , The ravages of phylloxera are causing consternation m the champagne districts of Franc^. Extensive preparations have baen made to give *iie ground a thorough drenching with > solution of carbonate of sulphur, and" the Government will render assistance m the work, Owing to the apprehensions of the wine fanners the market has been affected, and tho fine grades of champagne may probably be advanced. At this time, writes a correspondent of '.' Notes and Queries," Her Majesty's family circle numbers 50 living descendants, including sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, great-grandsons and great-grand-daughters, besides whom she has four sons-in-law, four daughters-in-law, five grandsons-in-law, and-one grand-daughter-in-law. * The Queen has lost one son and one daughter, five grandsons, one granddaughter,, one greatgrandson, and one sourin-law. If these were living, h;r family circle wonld number 74. The four masted ship Silberhoru, Captain Irish, completed her loading at Lyttelton yesterday. Her cargo consisted of 26,423 sacks-of wheat grown m the Ashburtoh County, and 803 sacks of cocksfoot, all shiped by MesGrs Friedhnder Bros. The vessel cleared at the customs to-day for the United Kingdom, and sails early m the coming week. . Th 3 funeral of the late Mrs John Henry took place this morning. The. ■procession moved from the Commercial Hotel to the Catholic Clmrch, where the Very Rev.Father Ctaflbagsion celebrated requiem mass, and, delivered a funeral address. The family of the deceased have long been the mainstay, of the Catholic choir, but their sad'duty!to the departed culled them to the alter on this occasion, and their place* were token m the organ loft by 'Protestant frionds with whom they had often worked m musical ■ matters under far different auspices. The coffin, which was covered with wreaths and a cross m white flower:-, was borne to and from the altar by friends of the deceased, and the. solemn service for the dead completed, the eort^elef t for the eomctery. The deceased was well known, and both herself arid'hcr'family widely respected m the County, hence the large'congregation at mass, and a profession, notwithstanding'the weather and the market day, of demensions seldom seen m this district, the string of pedestrians, vehicles, and horsemen reaching from Saundera' buildings to the Somerset Hotel. After mass the Rev Father, m eloquent terms, referred to the good qualities of the deceaßod as a wife r.nd "mother ,and the patience and resignation with which nhe had borne hor last illness, and urged upon all present to remember the shortness and nncertanity of life, and to live to &t to be ready f»r the last great change. The Service at the cemetery was also an impressive one, and was attended by hundreds of sorrowing friench. The Cviledondian Society were not so fortunate with their Conversazione and Ball on Friday night' as on former ocoamons with their annual concert. A crowded honso has usually rewarded the efforts of the Directors m the matter of a concert; but, although well attend el, the new departure did not seem on Friday to have hit tho public taste. There wers many circumstances too, that were calculated to interfere with the attendance—circumstances over which +he Society could not possibly exercise control. The programme comprised no less than —song and dance together—fifty-eight items, the vocalists comprising Mrs Mac Lean Dunn, (who had not sung before an Ashburton audience for nearly fire years, and received a hearty welcome on her re-appearance), Messrs Kersal, Higgin*; Stevenson, Rees, and Millar, and a strong male voice choir* The songs rendered were admirably sung, and the part singing was quite a saccess. Mr W. P. Grant, of Pendarves, told with much dry humor, one or.two queer old Scotch stcries to the delight of the Scots. In addition to.the usual Highland dancing by the Lagmhor Highlanders, both m foursome and singly, Mr Nicholas Fitzgerald gave one of his nimbly footed jigs with his usual grace, and received his inevitable round of hearty applause, Messrs Gates and Ward, with assistance.from members of the Society and friends, supplied the dance music, while Mr Georgo Robertson was piper. Refreshments were served m abundance during the evening, and the proceedings'terminated at an early hour m the morning. . :

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2553, 25 October 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2553, 25 October 1890

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