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BATTLE OF BIRDS. A truly Homerle battle of birdi Is reported t x the " Frankfurter Zeitang "by en eye witness, la a letter from Sophia. Early on Thursday mornlag (he says) re saw an unusually large number of eagles, probably about 200, taking their flight towards the mountain! of the Jantra. A crowd of persom watched the ipeotaole, and the orowd greatly increased a few Boors later, when a number of storks, not fewer thin 300. fled straight towards the regiment of eagles, evidently bent on war In an instant, eagles and storks were mingled In a deadly affray. It was • fearful combat. Every now and then a wounded or dead bird, stork or eagle, fall to the ground. Toe battle lasted for nearly an hour, when the two armleß, apparently weary of fight, Ujw off m oppcalte directions. Upon a rough reokonlng It w«s estimated that at least a third of the combatants fall In the severe struggle, The prefect sent some men up Into the mountains to count the dead eagles and storks. The people are quite eager to know whioh of the two armies was vlotorioai. Probably, as m many wars of unfeathered bipods, the advantega lay on neither aide. THE SIFFBL TOWKB, The Tower of Eiffel, whfeh h to be the prtncipal attraction at ihe P-rls Exhibition, Is progressing but slowly. The ele— vatton already attained In 125 yds — about the same height as the summit of St. Paul's Cathedral — out of a total proposed altitude of 328 yds. If mere weight of metal ba taken into consideration, the work Is more than half completed ; but the difficulties and dangers increase with { every additional foot from the ground, and It Is an open secret that the workmen whom M. Eiffel has got together are by so means delighted with the taik before them Hoisting huge masses of Iron and fitting rivets must be very trying to the nerves when the work has to be done 400 ft above terra firma, and with a narrow oothold as the base of operat on 6. It Is difficult to form an estimate of the reserve force which the architects and engineers employed possess, and It Is unwise to prophesy unless one Is quite sure. But the general opinion at Paris Is that M. Eiffel's modern lower of B*bel will not be toady upon the day the Exhibition Is to tee opened. The tower Is intended to be exaotly twice the height of the topmoat pinnaole of Cologne Cathedral, whioh has hitherto enjoyed th 9 reputation of being Ihe most lofty edifice In Europe. ▲ TKKBXBU SKELtJ Dr. Pouoet, dlreotor of tha studies of tbe Military Hospital of the Valde Grace, France, has published the results of his examinations of the aotion of the new gteel shells charged with melanlte. Each of these projectiles furnishes from 500 to 600 j*gged splinters of all shapes and sizes, as euttlng as knife blades, and also an Immense {aloud of tiny shots the sfze of peas- The force of proj action is such |hat these deadly splinters and shots *re foacd at 300 metres behlrd and 900 metre* In advance of the point of explosion, and so hot that it is Impossible to take them In band. Wherever they reach everything would te destroyed ;horseaatd men, riddled by tbenf, and out to pieces •t a distance ; the wounds thus produced ate terribly severe. The explosion which occurred last year at the Belfott argenal, In which 17 artillerymen were killed or wounded, enabled the military surgeonmajor, Techard, who treated the victims of this terrible acoident, to report fully on the peculiarity of the wounds ltflloted by this new arm. He Insists on the multiplicity, depth, and severity of the wounds produced by these fragments of •mall sfse, but Incisive as rasors, and the tatoolng produced by the mass of particles of steel no bigger then grains of sand, bnt penetrating the tissues to a depth of 10 or 15 oentljoaotrei. The wounds produced by the aotion of these missies defy the curative efforts of the coat skilful sturgeons DISABTBOTJS HUKBIOAKE. Details of the cyclone — or more properly hurricane— whioh occurred on the Island of Ouba on Septembei 4 .b, show an awful destruction of life and property. The total damage is estimated at 10,000,000dol», and over 800 persons lost their lives. Thousands of persons are homeless and perishing from hunger. The Spanish Government has distributed 20,000 dols. among the sufferers. The greatest dsmage oansed was at Fangua and Isabella, where over 1000 dwellings were destroyed. Here the sea rose 6ft,, and many of those who esotped death from the flying timbers were drowned. The loss of life In Sangu* alone was over 400. A passenger train In Isabellar, runnlnh 30 miles an hour was caught by the wind. The rsila were bent as if they were hairpins, and the train thrown Into a marsh, which completely covered It. Seventy-two lives were lost m Oinldad, Aqua. Over 400 houses were destroyed m Caibaneu The damage Is enormons. Tne total number of lives lost Is unknown, but 73 bodies were recovered up to September 14. In Yuelta Abago over 3,000 bouses, shanties, and other small buildings were totally deatroyed. Ten thousand people are left homeless, and there Is great misery. The lighthouse situated on Cape Frances was completely demolished, and the lighthouse keeper and two other men drowned. Tbe gun-boat Lealtad, m port at Bartohano, foundered, and nine of the orew, inolud ins; tbe oaptaln, perished. The Spanish warship* Jouoge Juruan, In port at Ravenna, also lost several men by drowning. The elfcy of Cardenas is m a fearful conditions the leases there will reach a million. A village galled Puoblo Nnovo, In the neighbourhood of Saogua, was literally obliterated j not a> vestige remains.

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THROUGH THE PAPERS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1977, 23 October 1888

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THROUGH THE PAPERS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1977, 23 October 1888