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Mixed. —An unfortunate mistake is said to have been made in a church near Rhyl (says “Brief.") The clergyman, who intended to pray for fine weather, offered up by mistake the fervent petition sor rain. The mistake was neutralised at the evening service, when the prayer for fine weather was substituted. To Make Yeast.— ln a saucepan containing two quarts of water, put one large handful of hops, one large potato ; boil an hour, strain and allow to stand till about the warmth of freshly-milked milk ; put one cup of sugar and one of flour-hatter; in 24 hours it will be fit for use. In winter place in a warm place, near the fire ; in the summer it is not necessary to do so, WhAt is a “ Cockney ?”—The word isa corruption of the French word “ cocagne ” (sweetmeats) the ’ land of cookery, an imaginary land of good living—and applied to the natives of the City of London,, in contempt, on account of their supposed S, pampered; and luxurious life. The n to the title is generally allowed to be confined to natives of the city, or as some have-it, to those bom within the sound of Bow Bells. She Caw' Stand it.— United States railway porters have earned an excellent reputation for their skill in destroying passengers’ luggage. They have now and then, however, to encounter difficulties which are insurmountable. A Detroit paper of a recent date says :—“ Saturday morning there came over the Great Western road, on its way West, a irunk which made the hair of the baggage smashers stand right up. It was 34inches long. 3 feet wide, and was made of solid boiler iron, one-eighth of an inch thick. The handles were of iron, riveted on with great bolts, and the lid was fastened down with an immense padlock. On one end of the trunk was painted the wqrds, ‘ She can stand it!” and on the other— ‘ More coming.’ ” The railway men groaned aloud as they walked around “that and .twisted it from every angle, and two omnibus men', who thought the owner was going to step over to them, made tracks out of the depot.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 8, 14 October 1879

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Untitled Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 8, 14 October 1879