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A free laborer, linmed Wynn Williams, broke both his ankles while working cargo on the Queen's wharf Wellington, on Saturday. A floral concert and tea meeting, m connection with the Wcsleyan Sunday School is advertised to take place to-morrow evening inthe Cameron street Church. A Temuka young nian named Edward Pcrcival, arrc3ted at Wellington on a charge of forging his mother's name to several cheques, was brought tip at the Timaru Police Court to-day, and remanded till Monday next. The total amount of the forgeries is L2O. Jt is not generally known what an immense quantity of cheese now reaches England from Canada. Last year the imports amounted to nearly 90,000,0001bs weight, and up to the middle of August the shipments from Montreal numbered 665,865 boxes, as against r>!S3,44fi lx>xes m the same ■period m 1889, and 500,005 m 1888. The animal typqt to the children attending the Methven 'Sunday tf'ahQol, was given on Friday, October 24th, Toa was wnvidod jn the school at 0 pan,, which was followed by a number of hymns and recitations given by the children under the direction of Miss Harrison, m a.very creditable manner. Mr Morgan occupied the chair, and Mrs Batty presided at the piano. At the close of the | proceedings each child was presented with a I book. A meeting with reference to the Methven New Years' Sports was held at Rowee's Hotel on Monday, Oct. 27th Present— Messrs Rowse, Nee, Alington, Hibbs, SiCrjjngsour, Allison, Gilchrist and Baker. It was deci(ied to form it Sports Club, subscription half-a-guinea, ami tfyai. those ppwin'fc should procure: tjie najjneis '• of (subscriber*. ' It was resolved tha.t the first meeting of subscribers be held on Monday, November 10th, at Mrs Patton's Hotel, also,to hold the I &pwfy ftsi)£iy\il, a .Committee to be elected yrjyzn the eiut> formed. There being ho .tencta forhu^es ofc spJiifcstuff, Mr Scrim-

The Governor intends to make a tour of the King Country next summer. There are seventy-five American colleges for women. " „, Mr C. W. Purnell will address the electors' m the Oddfellows' Flail this evening at S o clock. Mails per Tarawera oloio, at Auckland at 3 p.m. ou Wednesday, 2flth instant. A butter factory m. the Auckland province has Ijecn turned into fi dancing room,' the proprietor fiudiug t' thai; pays beltc Mian the manufacture of butter. At ohc inquest on body of the late DuncanGordon -umA yerteti a/ the-juryßeturned a-, verdict 'that t| "C"ft?en died'fro o Hipoplexy, I a ;celerated by £ illing frjm the dray. The Salvation Army has now an annual income of L 791,000, employs '.I,OT>O officers, and has held during the past i year nearly 2,000,000 public services. Our Methven correspondent, writes that tempestuous weather and lies »vy rains have been experienced m the Mcl liven district during the past few days. Tine winds alter-; nated between 1 north-west and.' south-west. The main roll for Ash'burto n contains 2724 names, and the first supplementary roll, just issued, 481 names, or a total of 3209. Claims for registration will be received up to and including 4th November, and.:further supplementary rolls will be issued .up to thafedate. A cricket, match will be "plfiyedto-ajorrovv (Wednesday) afternoon between''the Banks and Professions, and Merchants and Tradesmen. Play will commence at 3 o'clock sharp. All those wishing to join m the game are requested to be on tKe ground by,2.45 p.m., when the teams wiil* be selected. On Saturday evening the city of Dunedin 'was for an hour or bo m total darkness owiog to the exhaustion of tJie gas supply- 'The coal being used at the works/ m consequence of the strike, is of a most unsuitable description, and the result was a".temporary collapse. , . ■ '„ :. . ;.' t': ! ■ Writing of "The School Committees Election Act> 1890,'' the Mataiira paper says : "Altogether the /Act makes ft very good step m the right d irection. ,Itis a common sense amendtnent. of the existing law couched m common senae. language." . i ' The latest comparison between the armies of France and. Germany place the former, ahead numerically; while the latrer is preparing to clo3'i the gap with the aid of the; recent law. "France could mobilise at the present time 775,000 trained soldiery more" than Germany. Some newspaper men are wonderfully' gifted with versatility. "A Sydney editor,! Mr Edmond, won a prize for an essa)" m, opposition to the federation of the world,* and now, out of 535 competitors, ho hasbejon;' awarded the first prize for an essay m sup-; port of such a federation. ' ; The telephone greatly puzzles the Australian aborigines. At a side station recently" a blackfeilow watched with the greatest: attention a railway official speaking into »'< .telephonebox, and sit last demanded—" Who* you talk to ?" "lam talking to a man," • replied the official. "Umph," quoth the'i blackfeilow, " heap little man if him live m; there." . Recent news from Italy sivys ':'■—" Mount Vesuvius has shown great activity this week. ; A large stream of lava is to be seen pouring; down one side of the mountain continually. Another crater,, has formed, and ■ the. other day, when the atmosphere vrna very icleat;, a second mouth, out of which issued smoke,; could be plainly aeen. This st»te of eruption; has been going on for some days, and shows marked signs of increasing." The " Pall Mall 'Gazette " has the following:—The. smokers have just won a great triumph m New South Wales, The Sydney ■ dofkers had threatened to strike for*'smoke time," and their employers have agreed to' allow three-quarters of an hour a tlay fori smoking, "smoke time to be paid for by the? employers." The fact brings out m a remarkable way the difference between the conditions of labor m the Old and Newi World respectively. In London the dockers; strike for life; m Sydney for luxury. A Chinese youth, a storekeeper at Greymouth by the name, of Yung Hee, who five or six; years ago ou hia arrival from Canton.' could not spe<tk a word of English, is now studying for the profession of a lawyer. He received an English education at the State 1 school atGreymouth, where he distinguished himself by carrying off several prizes, standin" vety high m the general (examinations. He will probably risit Wellington as interpreter m t'.ie Chinese stabbing case at the Lower Hutt, when it comes before tiic court. Blenheim is probably the first town m? New Zealand,says the "Express," that l«v» attempted by a by-law to counteract the: abominial nuisance of book-hawking. The) term " hawker or pedlar "now includes "any person or persons who shall within the borough sell or seek for orders for the sale or purchase of books or. other publications, including prints, engravings, and pictures, or for any other person or persons whatsoever."! We may expect under this sweeping by-law; to have some exciting cases, as the average book fiend will run a coach and four through; an average by-law rather then pay a fee of* ten shillings a month for the privilege of ; worrying unoffending citizen*. A a letter on "quack 'medicines," adv dressed to the " New Zealand Herald": gives the following, copy of an analysis of "Pain Killer " and "Hop Bitters" a3 supplied by Sir James Hector :—"Perry Davis'; Pain Killer, ab»olute alcohol 74.4 ; water! and resins, chiefly arnica and cayenne, 25.6.; It is thus proved to be one of the strongest fluids sold as a liquor, equal m strength to; pure spirit of wine ;" and I may add nearly 25 per cent, stronger than common brandy,: or other spirits sold m the bars of the public houses. " Hop Bitters contain 14 per cent, of Alcohol, 85 per cent, of water, and 55 grains of solid matters, chiefly bitter resins, the nature of which cannot be discovered by analysis," which is about the strength! of ordinary port andjSherry wines. A horrible case of kidnapping is reported from Torok-Becese, m Hitngary. „A few days ago a party of peasants M ere enjoying their midday meal m the shade of a tent, when some gypsy beggars came to solicit alms. Amongst them was a little blind girl five years old, who excited the compassion of one of the peasant women. She drew the child to wards her, and spoke kindly to it. At the sound of her voice, the little one threw herself on her neck, calling ons " Mother '.mother !" A year ago the latter 1 had lost her little daughter, but had long since given her up as dead. "A"t first she tailed to recognise her m the blind girl who. accompanied the gypsies, but tearing open her dress, she^ought a mark on her chest, which sure enough was there, and lefts no doubt as to its being her own lost child. It had been taken away by the gypsies, who had put out its eyes so as to prevent anjf recognition of its parents or friends. A$ soon as they perceived that the. little. one knew her mother again, they niade off, but were subsequently captured. The peasa.ntsj would have lynched them them had hot the gendarmerie interfered and escorted the wretches to the lock-up, ;

The Government buildings at Tauranga , had a narrow esoapn from destruction fay Bre on Saturday evening. On the following morning it was found that kerosene had b«cri' ■spilled .about the door of the* Borough Council Chamber, and set fire to, but the iire sifter getting a hold had fooen extinguished, or had died out. It is supposed from the presence of kerosene that an attempt ftt inepndinrism has been made, nnd an inquiry is to be held. A man named William Rose, cook at Siefprts'flax works, Gleniui, was .accidently drowned m thfl A.«hl«y, near Glentui, on Snnclay evening. He was, with two youth*, wading across from the Gust side. Tix;y were holding hands to prevnnt being carried away. Rose slipped and fell, And \vn.n not seen again. One of the boys vrm wnalied down about a quarter of a mile before he could land. Rose's body was rc- | covered j'esterday three miles from the sioene of tlie accident, and brought by Sergeant Barlow to Rangiora, where iininqueut will be held to-day.'^ The London correspondent of the "Auck' land Herald" writes :—"lt seems doubtful if it is worth the while of New Zealand and Australian farmers to export potatoes to this country. Several attempts.. made ._■ byTasmanian exporters have resulted m disappointment, the tubers have either be«n rotted from being exposed to top low a temperature, or have sprouted; fronf| being exposed to tropical heat during the Voyage. It is thought, however, that if new kidney potatoes were sent,to reach this country m February, being kept during the passage at a temperature not 16w«r than 35 degrees, and not higher than 40 degrees, they would realise good prides. If they arrived a month" later fhey'^ould experience competition which wjould make the experiment; a financial failure." ,/ ■ Says the "Posfc?':~The Agent-General has forwarded to the Government an extract from the "Times" describing a model fibre, factory established at Lambetli for the treatment of fibrous plants. The various processes comprise the rapid ratting arid ungummiug of fibrous plants, automatic breaking, scutching, combing, and hackling into simple ror mixed yarns, 'cottohising or Tfooltehising fibres to imitate fine cotton or wool, bleaching and dyeing the same, and the rapid drying of fibres by means of cold air. The chief featri-e of the operatingroom is a new" machine for dealing more particularly with leafjplants, such as; phor<mittm tenax. The".Times" representative states that he saw Some New Zealand; flax put through the machine with great aucceu, and with rapidity and simplicity. HoiiowAv's Pnxs.r—Health or Wealth ? —No sane person would hesitate an instant m the choice between these two conditions. Now is the season -to secure the former, either by restoring or confirming it. : These pills expel all impurities from the system which I<igSj' foul Vapours, and variable temperaturescngeiidered during winter. This medicine also acts mo3t wholesomely upon the sikin by dirgorging the liver of its accumulated bile, and by exciting the kidneys to more energetic action; it increases the appetite for food and strengthens the digestive process. The stomach and liver, with which most disorders originate, are fully under the coutro} of these regenerative pills, which act very kindly, yet more efficiently, on tjie tender bowels.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2555, 28 October 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2555, 28 October 1890

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