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NO MATCH FOR HIM.

An American had been bragging for some time in a public bar-room of various marvellous feats of swimming which he had witnessed or performed; when an Englishman, who had listened in silent incredulity, bethought himself that he would defeat, or try to defeat, the boastful “ Colonel ” with his own weapons. The old country he considered was able to beat the new at anything —even at fibs—if her sons tried; so he suddenly spoke up. “ Well, yes, Colonel,” struck in the Britisher, “ those were big swims, I admit, that you say you’ve seen; but I’ve known one that beats all yours hollow. Two years ago I started from Liverpool to New. York in one of the Cunard boats; There was a little commotion and citement on the wharf at leaving, and, a man dived into the water; but wetook no particular heed of it. Next. morning we remembered it though, for ; sure enough, there was a man swimming; abreast of us at the rate of fifteen knots ( at hour. We called out to, him, and,; heaved him a rope, but he refused all ; assistance. At night, of course, we* lost all sight of him ; but when the sun‘rose there he was again, striking out aslively as possible. And so he., stood by us all the way across, sometimes diving under our and coming up on the . other side; ; sometimes playing round us like a dolphin, now on his back and now on his side ; now turning head over heels, wheel-fashion. But about two hours before we reached New York he began to forge ahead, and so on distanced us * altogether ; and when we got alongside, " we found him standing on the quay, dressed to receive us.” The Yankee ' had eyed the speaker fixedly during - his narration. “ That’s a true yarn, I.; s’pose stranger?” he said interrogatively. ; “ Oh, yes, quite true; I saw it myself,” was the reply. “ You saw that man , swim across from Liverpool to New York alongsider yer steamer all the way ?” “ Exactly.” “ Stranger, did yer know that man?” “ Well, no,”. : answered the Englishman cautiously ; - - “ I didn’t know him ; but I saw him,; nevertheless.” “ Stranger, I was that man.. —“ Chamber’s Journal.”

International Exhibition, Christ- , church. —Those that wish to be represented at the International Exhibition- tobe held in Christchurch in March next, should inform us of their intentions. We have been connected with all the Exhibitions held in the colonies. At the late Adelaide Exhibition we represented sixty exhibitors, for which we received ton special gold medals, forty-nine first and y one second a ward, three of which were 5 New Zealand firms (D. Strange and J. T. Martin, Invercargill, and T. Sevan,. Wellington). Our plan is to represent the exhibitors, transact their busines,; fix : • their exhibits on their space, attend to the judging of exhibits on their space, and anything necessary while the exhibition remains open; at the close pack and send back exhibits or sell them, or duplicates thereof if required, it is very inconvenient for exhibitors to come to the Exhibition to fix their exhibits, which amounts to an expense, besides the loss of time which must necessarily be expended on them. Then, again, the exhibitors have a benefit, they have no trouble of getting space. They let - us know how much is required, and we set it for them, as we have a large amount granted to ns. We fix the ex- - hibits on a better space than if. they applied themselves. Our terms are moderate. We specially caution the public against giving their exhibits to so-called ' , Exhibition agents, who go the rounds of Exhibitions and run exhibitors into debt and other difficulties. On account of our not being able to give exhibitors the exact amount of our fee, as it is impossible to do so until we know the size of exhibit, they may rely on it being most reasonable. The exhibits should be addressed ■ ‘.‘Albert S. Manders and Co., Christchurch Exhibition.” If exhibitors will kindly send a note stating how much space they require, no further trouble will be necessary.— Albert S. Manders and Co., British and Colonial Manufacturers, Agent. Head office—9l Little Collins street East, Melbourne; and at London St Paul’s Buildings; Adelaide—67 King William street; Perth, Western Australia; 6 Town Hall. A Permanent branch is now established in Hereford street, Christchurch. All letters sent to the above firm, Hereford street, will receive prompt attention, and circulars scut on enquiry.—[ADVx.il i J ."‘ f : -J

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NO MATCH FOR HIM., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 530, 10 January 1882

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NO MATCH FOR HIM. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 530, 10 January 1882

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