LOCAL AND GENERAL.
An much an .GlO 10.4 has boon obtained for cattle in tho paddocks in the Day ot Plonty district. Tho death is announced of Mrs M'Hardy, relict or tho lato Mr Alex. M'llardy, tho well-known cattlo breeder. Tho recent oarthquako so badly damaged tho wall of IJnloy Town Hall, Adelaide, that it will necessitate its removal. Tho dog-poisoning fiend is again at his dastardly work in Wanganui, and much excitement and indignation provail in consequence. Numerous inquiries aro being mado in refcrenco to tho allotments in Adams' estate, at Lansdowne, now being subdivided by tho purchaser, Mr Jas. Elliott. A letter received in Mastorton from a present resident of Durban, strongly advises New Zealandcrs not to emigrate to South-Africa, as everything is becoming overcrowded. Mr C. A. Pownall intends giving a silver cup for competition between the Masterton and Albion Football Clubs. Tho cup is to bo won twice in succession or thrco times at intervals. Tho next English and European mail, via Vancouver, will close at Masterton on Monday next, at O.iu a.m., per Taviuni to connect with Miowera at Fiji. It is probablo that the returned Masterton troopers will bo asked to attend tho reception to be given to tho Hon. li. J. Seddon on his arrival in Wellington. The To Ore Ore Mounted Rifles may also attend. Tho surplus of receipts over expenditure in connection with tho llov. G. 11. Young's recent lecture, amounted to ;£l 2s 4d. in aid of the Mastorton Hospital. With tho Government subsidy this will represent .C 2 lis lOd. The Grand Duko Nicholas of Russia has received a petition represented to bo frcm the Macedonian Committee, praying the Czar to intervene and secure the amelioration of tho condition of the Bulgarians. In another column, tho D.I.C. advertise a price list of some of the most fashionable fabrics for ladies' dresses,which ladies might road with profit, moro especially as the D.I.C. will send samples of every kind post free. An adjourned case in which J. Elliott, of tho Taita, claimed „150 from a party of young men as compensation for a broken log said to havo been the effect of thoir carelessness, tho Wellington S.M. gave judgment for JG7S, with costs and expenses (.£l.l 12s) against three of the party. Regarding tho letter received from Mr F. T. Moore, announcing his intention of returning to the colony and standing for a seat in Parliament at- the next general election, Mr W. 11. Field, M.U.R., has cabled to Mr Moore expressing his complete astonishment and strongest disapprobation, and tho hope that tho project is not meant seriously. Parliament closed down yesterday. Sir J. G. Ward, on behalf of tho members, paid a high tribute to Sir Maurice OTiorko for tho impartial way in which ho had carried out the duties of Speaker. Sir Maurice O'llorkc, in acknowledging tho compliment, remarked that he had never seen tho business go more smoothly that in the session just closing. In replying, on the motion of the third reading of tho Appropriation Bill,lust evening, Sir J. G. "Ward said the revenue in all public departments continued buoyant, and there was no justification for the gloomy forebodings of the Opposition. The Customs revenue for September showed an increase of _22,000 as compared with the corresponding month last year. There are further complaints of removal of flowers and bulbs from the graves in the Masterton Cemetery. A lady resident, who has rt child buried thero, sent to Wellington for sonic choice hyacinths to plant on tho grave. First the blooms wero takon as soon as they came out, and now the bulbs themselves havo been removed. It is a pity that the perpetrators of this despicable species of pilfering could not bo detected and punished as they deserve. Mr Charles A. Tumor, dermatologist, hair and massage specialist, who has nn extensive suite of rooms in the Now Zealand Times Buildings, Wellington, has appointed Mr E. J. Young, of Mas terton, agent for the ladies' hairwork department. There aro now on view in Mr Young's shop window samples of curlings, fringes, whips of hair, ornaments, and everything else connected with ladies' head dross, and all orders will be promptly executed, and at Wellington prices. Mr W. Schwcigorshausen, tho journalist who is traversing tho world twice, on his bicycle tour, is to lecture in Pahiatua in a few days hence, probably leaving Masterton to-day en route to all the important places North, via Auckland, for South America, where he expects to resume his travels and reach his native land in Saxony (Germany) in a little under two years and claim the " wager," in tho publication of a book of his four years' travels in overy known portion of the globe, in torms of his contract, An elderly man,named Frank Ollivor, a remittance man, was before tho Mastorton S.M. Court, this morning, charged with drunkenness and also boiug of unsound mind. Accused complained of suffering from the peculiar hallucination that a man was located in his head ordering him to do certain things. He spoko quite rationally when questioned by His Worship, who thought accused was not in robust health, and had probably boon drinking which had affected his constitution. Accused was remanded for medical treatment. Mr Dougall asks us to intimate that, in consequence of some disarrangement of the works of tho Masterton Town Clock, he has caused tho chimes to bo discontinued, and in tho meantime ho has sent a telegram to Mr Burton, Messrs Littlcjolm's representative, asking him to come up and put things right. Nowly-put together and intricate machinery, such as control the Town Clock,often require some timo to got into perfect working order. Tho chimes behaved very erratically last night, and Mr Dougall thought it host to disconnect that part of tho works so that only tho hour will be tolled for tho present. Mr Schwcigorshausen related in his lecturo in Masterton, last evening, interesting and humorous—as well as serious —incidents of his travels in Eastern lands. Speaking of Asia, ho commented on the hospitality of the Turkish Mahomedans as compared with tho treachery and greed of the Arabian followers of Kismet, and tho different interpretations of the " Koran " in relation of each to " strangers within their gate," a contrast of no mistaken importance to ono situated as ho was and to an extent dependent upon such evidence of Oriental character as to bo mot with under every conceivable condition. I Many hailed him ns a " medicine mm " which induced him to try and euro the lame, the maimed and sick with such homely remedies as quinine powders, j failing a supply of which—oarried by him in order to ward off malarial epidemic—ho had to resort to uso bicyclemachine oil as a restorative and palliative of tho various diseases, and thereby gaining great reputation as a physician —tho best and surest passport of any in such hostilo territory. Others said ho rode the " devil's chariot" presented to him by Infidel Christians of the West, and attributed his blonde exterior to a long habitation in tho spirit world ; but tbo phantasy to which ho became a living prey, consequent upon privation and thirst in thoso barren desert regions constantly reminded him of his earthly existence and requirements more than any connection with tho spirit world. " j
The pick of the millinery productions of London and Paris arc now being shown in tho shop of Messrs Hooper and Co. Charming millinery, stylish and pretty hats and bonnets, costumes, mantles, skirts, infants' millinery, and hundreds of other novelties for the coming spring and summer seasons, A visit of inspection would bo entertaining and financially beneficial. You can got it choapor and boHor at Hoopor's.—Advt.
Parliament has been prorogued by Gazelle notico till November l_th.
Mudiimo Zillah, may be consulted nt Mrs Tucker's, Groytown, from Monday next.
Tlio Premier and Coronation Contingent aro to be publicly ontertauiod in Auckland on Saturday, 25th inst.
Tho Palmorston Municipal Brass Band has decided to join tlio North Island Brass Bands' Association.
Mr Percy Donton, the well-known mngor, is said to bo in a dying condition iv Wellington Hospital.
Tho majority of tho Masterton returned troopers havo received thoir discharge from Iho Now Zealand Government.
The Masterton Racing Club aro offering for loaso their racecourse, containing ono hundred acres. Particulars appear elsewhere.
Mr James Elliott, saddler, Mastorton, has just landed a largo supply of cotton duck, specially imported for tarpaulins for waggons and rick covers.
Mr Wraggo, tho Queensland motcorologist, is emphasising his littlo difference of opinion with tho Brisbano clergymen, by naming his latest scries of "disturbances " after them.
It is said that, in the opinion of those who havo had a glimpse of tho proofs, "Verito," M. Zola's now book is likely to create a yet greater sensation than either " Lourdcs " or " Home."
A Parliamentary committee has reported that it has no recommendation to make on the petition of tho North Island llrass Bands' Association, who asked for an annual voto toward- tho expenses of holding band contests.
Two men havo been lined .-£2 10s each nnd costs, in Invcrcargill, for having trout in their possession out of season. Thoy admitted having.''/,) trout in thoir possession, weighing over six pounds each.
Tho prizes for the wood-chopping competition at the llawke's Bay show are : First £i, second .£2 10s, third .£1 10.). Tlio entrance fee is !3s, and entries close noxt Wednesday. The logs will be five feet in height and two feet in diameter.
There was a good attendance at the usual parade of the Masterton Rifle Volunteers, held last night, when good work was put in. Members arc now paying special attention and devoting extra timo to the drill in view of MajorGeneral Babington's visit.
As tho general elections arc to tnko place in November, persons who have not placed their names on tho electoral roll should do so at onco. The rolls arc now in tho hands of tbo printer, and enrolment can bo made at the Masterton Courthouse.
Amongst the business lo rcccivo consideration at the tiic meeting of tho Stewards of tho Mantei'ton Trolling Club, this evening, is the question of the eligibility of a horse recently imported from Australia to start at tho Club's meeting. Mr John Hosscy, of Masterton, has received advice from tho Mystery Flat Dredgcniastor that good progress is being made, and the dredge is now working within five chains of tho bottom boundary of the claim. "Selected Verses," on flic fourth page, to-day, comprise a rather remarkable poem entitled " Motherhood," by a lady writer in Scribncr's Magazine. The lines set forth tho despairing-almost fren/.iod—appeal of a mother whoso child has been removed by death. Exhaustive tests as to tho respective economical character in coal consumption, lately made in the South Island, go to prove that the United States built engines gave tho best results, and also emitted a diminished quantity of sparks as compared with other builds of locomotives. On the fourth page, to-day, will bo found our fortnightly " Home and Household" chapter, containing valuable recipes, various practical economies, several new domestic " wrinkles," and sundry household hints, all going to make up a selection of very useful information with regard to household matters. The licensee of tho Royal Tiger Hotol, Wellington, was lined M, and 19s costs, for having sold liquor to a little girl under the ago of thirteen years. Tho girl, whoso age was 114- years, was sent to the hotel by hor mother, who told her to say, if questioned, that she was El. His Worship said that hotelkeepers should refuse to supply liquor to such young-looking children.
Just before and about day-break, this morning, there was a gale of phenomenal violence, tho wind blowing in heavy gusts, making wooden buildings rock and creak considerably. As morning advanced the violence of the wind subsided, but as a good deal of dust was still causing annoyance the Borough watercart was called into requisition, which fact is generally recognised as being as good as a warning from Mr Wragge that bad weather is approaching.
The second combined practice of all pupils was held in the Gymnasium last evening and passed off most successfully. Upwards of ono hundred members took part in the exorcises which were performed with great accuracy and neatness. One. of the most pleasing items on tho programme is tho ladies' dumb-bell exercise, and, with musical accompaniment, it is a treat to witness. The display to be hold in the Town Hall on tho 16th inst promises to eclipse even that of last year, and tho public will no doubt show their practical appreciation of the good work being done.
Tho competition for medals, in connection with the various classes of the Mastorton Gymnasium will tako place next week, as follows: — Thursday: ladies at 3 p.m.; girls, 4.'30 ; men, 7.H0; boys at 4.30 on Friday. The youths class will bo judged at 7.00 on Monday, 13th October. The various classes will be held next week as follows:—Monday, boys and girls combined 4.80; ladies, 7.510. Tuesday, Gymnasium datico. Wednesday, combined rehearsal at 7.80. Ladies at 3, boys and girls combined 4.30., men's class 7.30. Friday, combined rehearsal at 7.30. Mr J. Blatehford notifies that trespassers on his property will be prosecute:!. A reward is lying at the Daily Times oflice for tho iindcr of a lady's fur necklet, lost in Queen-street. An eight-roomed houso in Dixon-stroct, with gas, wator, and drainage laid on, is advertised for sale by Mr P. L. Hollings. Mrs MiioCarthy, fruiterer and confectioner, ot Cullon's buildings, Quoon-stroot, is prepared to supply live hundred customers with fruit and confectionery. HOW FORTUNES HAVE BEEN MADE. Tha smallest things often bring fortunes to lucky inventors. " Dancing Jim Crow" yielded £15,000 a year! " Pharoah's Serpents," £10,000 ! " Pigs in Clover," " The Return Hall," " Needle-threader," "Poneilsharpener," all produced fortunes. Tho celluloid eyelet for boots brings in a princely income. The dres-i-suspender brought a fortune in less than a year. There are many thousands of others.—Extract from pamphlet giving information on patents, freo on application from Baldwin and Ray ward, National Chambers. Wellington.