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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

,—» _ Nominations for membership of the Ashburton Borough Council must be made by noon to-morrow. It has been decided by the Ashburton Horticultural Society to hold the annual show at about the same date aa last season. A very heavy thunderstorm passed oyer the plains On Tuesday and at Valetta, twc voi'y severe lighting flashes were observed, and a lwwse pw»)ed by Mr T. J. Rennie was struck by a flash and filled instantly, The Wellington Typographical Society have agreed to the proposal that a voluntary contribution of Is per member shall be made m aid of the Broken Hill strike fund. The annual meeting of the Ashburton Cycling and Amateur Athletic Club is to be held to-morrow evening. May we suggest to the members the desirableness of rearranging the .words composing the title of the club ? Next Tuesday Messrs Bowman and Sons, auctioneers, acting under instructions from khe Official Assignee m Bankruptcy will sell by public . auction afc IJpper Riecarton, near Christchurch, the complete stopk and plajat of a flax dresser. Particulars appear iv outadvertising columns. . A special conference of the Metropolitan Racing Clubs is to be held m Wellington next week to consider a notice of motion m regard to the amount of added money where the totalisator is used. It was originally intended to discus the matter about the middle of IJpvemberj but it is thought advisable to settle it ac once, aa minor qlub,s are sending m their programmes for ap^ proval. The great famine m Southern Russia of last year seems to have dropped quite out of notice, yet an odd message now and then m £he London papers seem to show that it still rgtnauw, A yast sum of money was spent by the Government fn BPoyi4>n^ seed for the famine stricken districts, and they &eem to be very little the better for it, A recent message sayS that seven millions of people are threatened with another famine year, as there has net been enough rain to make their crops grpw, Sfcknpgs and distress prevail, and typhus and scurvy ape gfcil} destroying the people, The following case has recently been decided by the Court of Queen's Bench, The defendants by an advertisement, offered to give £100 to anyone wbo should be attacked by the influenza after using— three times daily, for two weeks—ono of the defendants smoke balls, according to the printed directions supplied with the ball. Tig pla:?r<iff bought oiecf the defendants' sarbolic smoke balls, and used it the prescribed manner, but was afterwards seized with influenza, and now brought an action to recover the £100, The Uwpt held that there was a complete contract between the parties when the conditions were complied with, and gave judgment for £100 and costs. The usual monthly meeting of the Chertsey School Committee was held on Saturday evening- TlJitfe were P. resentl Messrs T. Chllds.(chairman); Bawpje, Fendall, Page, Jackson, and McDowell. T3j.e Raster's report showed a very moderate attendance, ! owing greatly to the bad weather, and ipone or two instances to indifference pn the part of parents. Some of last month's work m connection with the trees having been neglected, Messrs Childs and Fendall undertook to spo to it. With regard to Mrs Dunstan's letter ft^out the sewing, it was, resolved, after reading the explanation from the sewing mistress, to take no. further action m the matter. The Education B.oard wrcwe for advice with regard to a further complaint from Mr P*ge, who had been dissatisfled with a previous decision of the Committee, It was resolved f( That the Committee see no reason to alter|their fprnjop decision. Ceacknell and Digestive Biscuits for Invalids are unsurpassed. Made by AUSLBBROOK AND Co.

During 1891 the number of persona received into the prisons of the colony, not counting those for trial, on remand, or under removal, was 3048, and there were 562 m gaol to begin with. The daily average occupancy of the gaols was 5176. The total net cost of the nine chief gaols was £16,768, an average cost per prisoner of £36 9s 3d. " Anglo-Australian," m the "European Mail," writes:—"lt must be highly gratifying to all New Zealand wheat-grower* that at the recent milling and baking exhibition, held m London, the wheat which won a gold medal was stated by the judges to be that which most nearly approach the character of wheat grown m the Britain of the South. It is certainly much to fiad that the wheat of New Zealand is thus taken as a standard." A man named George Mockreth, who had been dealt with by the^Bench on Tuesday and treated as a first offender, waa brought up this morning again and charged with having been drunk m East street the previous night. He hod gone straight out of Court and commenced a fresh drinking bout. Mr Harrison, J.P., who was on the bench, said the man had m hispossession when first arrested the sum of £1 4s 3d. After paying his fine and costs of court, he had 15s 9a remaining ; when arrested last night he had only 6d — so that within twenty-four hours he had spent 15s 3d on liquor. The man was unable to work, beinc; infirm and a cripple, was an inmate of. the Old Men's Home, and a remittance man. As soon as he received his last money from Home he went off on the spree, and fell into the hands of the polics. The authorities of the Home declined to receive him again into the institution, and the Magistrate sent him to gaol for seven days. The Native idea with regard to sheep (says an official report from the King Country) appears to have been that there was no more difficulty m breeding them than m breeding pigs, and that all they had to do waa to turn them out amongst the grass on the limestone hills and they would increase naturally, the actual labour being confined to tailing the lambs, and clipping the wool from the sheep's back. They now find that more labour than that is required, and that unless sheep are well and constantly looked after, and their ailments quickly discovered and means taken to cure them, they will not thrive. It appears also that the sheep most of them got m the first instance were old and diseased and were not suitable to this kind of country. . . . One or two of the intelligent half-castes have already given up keeping sheep, and are going m for cattle ana the breeding of a superior class of pigs, expecting to get better results from them than from sheep. The female politician (siys the American correspondent of the " Otago Daily Times ") is, apparently, no more admired by Cleveland than by Gladstone. Mrs Cleveland was recently asked by a number of women, who intend taking an active part m the Democratic campaign, for the use of her name as a title to their club. In answer they received the following:—" Gray Gables, Buzzards Bay, Mass., July 6, 1892.—My Dear Madam,—Mra Cleveland referred to ir.e your letter informing heir of the organisation of the.' Frances Cleveland Influence Club.' It is by no means pleasant to dissent from the methods which friends adopt when their efforts - not only demonstrate their friendliness, but when they also seek to subserve public good and are therefore engaged m public service. It is, however, impossible for us to approve of the use of Mrs Cleveland's name m the designation of clubs designed to do political work. We trust you will not undervalue our objection, because it rest 3 upon the sentiment that a name now sacred m home circles as wife and mother may well be spared m the organisation and operations of clubs created to exert political influence.—Yours very truly, Gkover Cleveland.",

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIII, Issue 2760, 31 August 1892

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