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LOCAL AND GENERAL

The" Melbourne Cup, run on Tuesday, resulted in a whr for Carbine, Highborn being second, and Correze third. Mr E. G. Wright will adress the electors of Ashburton in the Oddfellows' Hall oh Tuesday evening, 11th inst. ! The Champion match in connection with the Ashburton Rifle Club will be fired on Friday, 7th inst., shooting to commence at 1 p.m. sharp. According to a correspondent of "I* Patrie" caiinibalisn prevails to a horrible extent in the Congo. Women and children, he says, are frequently sacrificed. Mr Alexander; Brown has given notice of a motion in the New South Wales Assembly to secure a general increase in the salaries of high officials. It Is proposed, for example, that the Speaker shall have L 2500, the Premier L 4500, and the Agent-General LSOOO. A lady, a native of Bolton, Mies Elizabeth Hill, died in that town after being confined; to her bed for 64 years, sufferiug from a spinal complaint. She was 80 years of age,' and has outlived several medical men who attended her at various periods. Her case ; excited much attention among the medical profession. „i. ' ",,''■ The Lyon Medical records a case of fatal intoxication by cocaine. The victim was' a girl who was treated with the drug prior to the extraction of a tooth. The operation' was satisfactorily performed, whon she suddenly fell back in convulsions. Three doctors were sent for in hofc haste, but they were too late to offer any assistance. The very costly nature of promoting private bjlls m. Parliament is evident from the fact that the fees paid in respect of the#e*< bills to the House of. Lords atone duringi 1889-90 amounted to close upon £27,000. It ie out of this fee fund that the House of Ldrdg, pays the pensions it grants to its retired officials, the amounts of which, by* special privilege, it continues to fix without reference to the Treasury. Monday next, 10th inst., will be obstrveds as a Postal holiday throughout the colony in honor of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales' birthday. The local Post and Telegraphic Office will, however, be open from nine till ten in the morning and from seven till eight in the evening. Mails for Christchrrch mid north will close at G. 30 a.m., for Timaru, Duncdin, etc., at ten a.m,, and all country mails will be made up at ten a.m. Dr Razle Kontloiaroff-Hanum, a Moham' medan woman born in the Crimea, has passed a brilliant examination as physician ana surgeon before the college authorities at Odessa, Tuul is admitted to practice. Dr Koutloiaroff-Hanum is thefivst Mohammedan woman physician regularly graduated. Women, too, are now being employed for the first--time by the Mohammedan Government as telegraphic clerks and ticket agents on the Trans-Caspian Railroad. Mr Jellicoe, replying to a question at Wellington recently when he was addressing his constituents, said that whether Judge Edward's appointment was illegal or unconstitutional, there could be no question that it was in the highest degree inexpedient. It was to him a matter of the deepest regret that Judge Edwards hag not avoided the scandal, which has done to much to discredit the judical bench, by resigning. The Shah became a father at the age of sixteen years, and all his children are well advanced in life. His eldest daughter is called the Glory of Kyigs, the second the Light of the Empire, No. 3is the Pride of the Empire, and No. 4 the Purity of the Embire. All these daughters have married rich husbands, and the Shah has promptly seized the possessions of his sons-in-law,' with one exception. This sen-in-law is chief priest of the Teheran, and he holds the avaricious father-in-law in check through religious influences. Th« wife of Senator Daria of Minnesota is able to make this extraordinary statement j—*' When I was ten years of age my aunfc brought me a pattern, some navy-blue cloth and some black velvet, and told me I must make myself a gown, which I did, greatly to her satisfaction and my own, and the envy of my little playmates. From that time to the present day I have never paid one cent to a milliner or a dressmaker, nor has anyone else done so for me. Every dress, hat, and bonnet I wear is made and trimmed by my own hands." No wonder Mr Davis got rich, Russian papers state that transportation, to Siberia for criminal offences i 3 about to be^ abolished, but it will continue to be the punishment of the worst of crimes—for holding of political opinions different from those of the Autocrat. Quite recently Gljeb Uspieusky, one of the foremost novelists in Russia, was dragged from his bed in the middle of the night and sent away to a secluded prison, where he was treated %» a flominqa criminal, for no other reason than because he had dared to write a letter :to the Czar similar in tenor to that of Mine. Tzebrjkova, and imploring the adoption of, a more humane and clement policy. ( « The Gas Department of the Birmingham Corporation have under consideration " •<* penny-in-the-slot" for the supply of gas In small tenements. The idea has be<en tested, and proved to 1)9 feasible. The system would involve the fixing of a machine in tho house of each consumer, and the doling out of gas by pennyworths. The prjjce now charged to small consumers; is -.threepence per hundred feet. Under the new principle the proposal is to supply twentylive feet for one penny. . , „ •

In a paper read the other day before the French Association for the Advancement of Science, at the congres3 held in Limoges, it is stated, upon what is regarded ns the best authority, thab the campaign undertaken by the French Government against th c locusts in Algeria from 1888 to 189>0,: had cost no less a sum than £340,000. Some idea of the magnitude of the scourge may be formed from the fact that in "the district of Fernet, on an area of no more than 7500 acres, a careful estimate shows the number of insects destroyed to have reached the prodigious figure of 145 thousand millions. An accident happened on Sunday night to Mr Hugh Brannan, a . jrgsiderit on the northJ side of the Hinds river. A man named Hdriori Was on his way to Work from Mount Somers, and called at'Brannan's house. When he left, Brannaii went with him to show him across the paddock, and in the darkness; the men mistook- the track and both fell over a terrace from,,fifiecn to twenty feet deep. Mr Brannah broke his let; juat above the ankle, and Horton got a slifck'n* but nothing serious. Brannan was taken to the Ashburton Hospital on Monday morning by the train, where the injured limb was attend ad to, and the sufferer is progressing favorably. . Our May field correspondent writes: — We have had a deal of nor'-west weather up here lately, but no damage hat been done. We have had a lot of rain, and the soil, being well watered, there has been an absence of the dust-storms of previous years. We had &: heavy hail storm on Sunday, but it was not so heavy here as about Ruapuna, where much damage is reported to havfe been done. In this district there is a very fair amount of this year. We get many a shower that don't reach far down the plains, and these showers make Mayfield a very good grazing country, but there i» a large quantity of land lying uncultivated^ We want more cultivation; This would give more work to the urieinployed, and make a great improvement in the district. It is to be hoped the people will remember the man at the coming election who will push forward settlement. We. have got several new settlers since the last Government land was offered up, but there is room for a lot more yet before "II this land will he brought tinder cultivation. Our mail ■ contract has been let again to Mr John Jkethewey.; , . : ' '.. . „ -,- /

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2562, 5 November 1890

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