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Local and General.

The veteran custodian of the Masteuton Cemetery, Mr J. O. Ingram, has the record of having dug some 1500 graves during his. term af office.

"While Frank Gcdd'es, a. single man, waa snipe shooting near Sale, Victoria, he was bifteiii on the finger by a tiger snake), and died next day in tlie Salo Hospital. ' "•

The ma.nager of an insurance compaoiy ita 'Wellinybon estimatesi that at least- '500 farmers in the Dominion' have been already burned out by the bush fires.

I 'iSocialigm is said to be 'the one subject of discussion at the coal mining town oif iDlackbaill. One resident says they da not know much; about it," but [hey are as happy talking,, about it as a child with a new toy. \ A Washington negro named Henry Green* is afflicted with a nervous affection, which) compels him to keep oil laughing when once he starts. He has ibeen sent to prison for disturbing the peace of the city.

; IAI fisihi .hawker named Henry Hoffmann rwas attemptingi:.",. to 'cross tlhe i (railway line" 'near ,Buiiwood station, , New South Wales, wheiu he wos knocked down by a paissing: train, and had' , both ihis hands cut off at the wrists.

,■ It was stated in a case at the Soutih Western Court tthat London dairymen were compelled to colour their milk with ornatto, becaiise the Cockneys! refused to, ihave white milk, believing that the natural colour was creamlike.

LAjn .unusually large number of ordera of committal to the mental hospitals have been, made .by the Welling r ton magistrates thisi month. No fewer than 18 were made during the first fortnight,' and other's were signedl late-

While passing one of ■ the • largest banks in Pittsburg a girl slipped on a banana Aim. crowd- collected, and in a few minutest the building was filled with excited depositors who thought that the 'bank was suspending payment ;- -.•■ . " ■■ •

The' gold yieldl of Queensland for January -was -2i3*,92i30z, compared' with 31,1'500z in January of last yeai". The value of the gold won. showed a decrease of £32,398 as- compared with the corresponding month of the previous year. .

Widespread sympathy is being expressed in England witih General Booth; in his latest physical difficulty. The blindness may become more acute in a few weeks, and then it is hoped that the oculist® will be able to remove the cataract.

„ The Invercargil^JLabour League has adopted a resplutiom to tlie effect Chat the Government be urged to pass legia-i latibn compelling .leaseholders of bush! propertiesi suitable for sarwmilling to begin working within a .reasonable time or forfeit the right to hold such areas.

Although the -very dry weather Has seriouisly afFected the dairying! industry, the Thames Valley Co-operative Dairying Company, Limited, paid to its suppliers for January foremilk'-the Bum of £3797- 19s 7d> being lOd.per lb for butter fat. The company has decided to pay lid: per lb.for butter fat for February.

A. gentleman who visited the Levin, Rfuakura, and Waerenga Farm expea-i----men,tal staitions stateia that he was received with. the. greatest cou.ntesy, and erraty facility for gathe'i'ing the information he required was placed in lws_way. They could not do too much for M!m. The Government is apparently in earnest, about tihe woi<k of tihe Agricultural Departttnemt.

The Thaw trial has had the effect of closing the school at whichi Mrs Thaw Avas educated The principal, Mlrs-iDemLUe, hasi just failed. Until thei famous trial Mrs Demille's school wasi one of the most fashionable and successful institutionsi _in the State, but when one of its pupilsl gained world fame in so. dramatic/a manner it speedily lost favour.

During 1 the recent bush fire® the old native meeting house at Maungakawa, Waikato, was destroyed. It contained a. number of valuable.carvings 1, including the "throne" andl the "crown" of the late King Tawhaio. Both were beautifully carved, tha latter being inlaid witih greenstone. The Maoris had refused !£iBOQ for the contents. They are about to take proceedings against a, settler, who, it isi alleged, started a fire to clear bush 1. .

Three boys havei accidentally hanged a playmate during a mock lynching at Memphis, Tennessee. One of. them proposed that they should lynch, in fun a 15 year old negro companion named William Gordon. DespiteGordon's entreaties, a rope was placed aibout his neck, and pulley and- tackle were used; to ihoist^ him: to the ceiling. The 'boys interidtedi to lower Gordon before 'his breath was cub off, but the rape caught, and! it was impossible to lower him until he was dead. Two of the boye have been charged with manalaughiter. .... . ■

Th® progress of a dairy farmer is indicated by 'the numberl of cans he cartsl to the. factory. A, twoi can man is merely a beginner, thei twelve can man has .reached, or is on the 'high toad) to, prosperity. . (A| philosopher applies a similar reasoning to determining'the progress of country towns. "'M> water mains," he remarks, 'means that-&'town-.is in -the eariy stage 1 of development. High pressure with a five inch pipe'indicates.. ai forwanai movement, bait a modest conceit of the town's importance.. An eight -inch water service gives an idea of growing ambition, while a; 12: inch maini shows aspirations towards city status."

A man named James Harris employed in, the •Wnihi mine, met with a painful accident on Tuesday. He was barring in a. pass, -when, some stone fell on the point being inserted, and the other end being forced! round, struck Harris a nasty blow in the face." A deep gash was inflicted, besides the' infliction of a severe bruise on the jaw. j

JAI deputation at Ka.wakawa. aslked the Prim© Minister to have the Waiomk> Caves, the historical Ruapekapeke pa, and the Kerikeri Falls, proclaimed scenic resorts. It wasi slated that unless something -was done to preserve these places they would be lost in, a liieaflura to posterity owing to acts of vandalism, "and it was: 'further urged that the first and kisfc named should be made mo«re oasy of access for toui> ista Sir Joseph 'Ward expressed himsdif as being thoroughly in favour of preserving these interesting 1 spota in every way possible, and he stated that in all probability they would be retained for the Tourist! Department. Reports were being supplied to the Department at 'the present 'time.

Our TJa Arohai correspondent writes as under:—"Metssirs J. R Johnson, 'Stia.ngei, and others 'had a, most exciting experience in their endea-vours to prevent the firei from spreading from the Piako. swamp into the Borough endowment and other properties. ' The flames were coming along in. the direc- ■ tioni of Messrs Strangiefei property, arid the only way to prevent disastrcnus- results was to mow down the fern along the road. This the party proceeded to do, and 1 worked like trojans for six or iseve.ni hours, mowing* and burning the feriu for three* or four miles along the road 1, formed some years ago by the Ohinemuri! Oooinlty Council. In this way the progress of the -fire was checked, and mucih damage to property averted.' Ait "times the party were' in great d'angier 1 "of-t being -suxroundedi by the flames^ but they .stuck to their task. The wind fortunately changed, and this fact, combined witfr •the 'good work accomplished by tho.se engaged in preventing the fire's pro-' gressi, saved the - situation."

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Local and General., Thames Star, Volume XLIV, Issue 10311, 27 February 1908

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Local and General. Thames Star, Volume XLIV, Issue 10311, 27 February 1908

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