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THE EMPRESS EUGENIE, The appearance of the Empteas Engenie Is described vividly by a Paris correspondent as follows : — A fragile form, yelled and tobed m black, a pallid f»ce and snow-white halt, and tha Infirm gait of a rhenma'io invalid— -tuob Is the image now presented by her who was the moat famoaa beauty on earth, and the world's cnaon of fashion as well, some thirty-fiv< years ago. A FARROW ESCAPE. A remarkable accident occurred (a connection with the Qaeen's journey from Balmoral to Windsor. About two hoars before the royal train was due at Penrlth a platelayer on sepeolal dnty found an obstruction upon the line. It consisted of large mahogany sideboard, whfoh bad fallen from a Manchester goods train. It had straok • signal weight m Its fall, and the signal aould not be worked. , ITAMAN BMIORATIOX. It is stated that the Italian Government are becoming greatly alarmed about the inomAse of emigration from the country. In 1876 statistics show that there were only 20,000 emigrant*, * number which h'S been con tin dally Increasing until this year it has already risen to 140,000. The OROse of this serious exodus is said to be the terrible prlvatlom suffered by agricultural population. THE FRENCH LATC«UAGBi It looks as If the Freuoh language were on the point of being deposed from its position aa the great medium of international intercourse. The German Emperor would seem to have set this aim before him. At the royal banquet In Rome, King Humbert proposed his guest's health In German, and the Emperor William m turn toasted Ring Humbere m Italian. Neither Monarch knew a word of the tongue m whloh he elected to speak, and bad to be assiduously coached up beforehand m his speoeb. Formerly the speeches would have been delivered In BVenoh GENBBAL BHNCANaBR. Here Is a picture of "General Bsulanger at Home and Abroad " which jast now« when he threatens to become dictator of Franoe. will be road with special Interest: " The jeune et beau general is In reality neither jeune nor beau, but a worn-out old fellow of 56, who has his grey hair and beard carefully dyed brown, and who uses perfumes and pomndos like any coquette. At home he Is often In bed for days together, with feet bandaged and body wrapped up In ten layers of flannel, m order to get eld of his gout. And when he appears In the street he minces his steps like • youth of 18 who wears his top h»t for the first time." A HOYAL TTBDDINO, The laoe for the wedding dress of Prlnoesk Sophia of Prussia, who Is to be married to the Orown Prlnco of Greece early In May at Athens, Is, says the "World," being made at the famous Sllealan sohooli, from a beautiful design In the Rojal Museum of Industry at Btrlln, and the orowns' crests, and monograms are to be worked from a design drawn by the Empress Frederick. The Emperor William and the Empress Frederlok and her daughters are cxpeoted to go to Athens' for tha oereraony, aod the English Court will probably be represented by the Prince and PrinoeßS of Wales and their family The pecuniary arrangements m oonneotlon with this marriage are now m oourse of settlement. It is quite understood In Court and diplomatic olroles at Berlin and St. Petersburg that King George intends next summer to abdionte m favor of his eldest son, THE FABIS EXHIBITION. Writing of the ocmlng Paris Exhibition, the correspondent of the "London Daily News" states that It will cover a far greater area than that of 1848, inasmuch as it will embrace not only the Trooadero and the Chimp de Mars, but the whole of the Esplanade dea Invalldes. There will be a panorama near the iron tower showing Central and South America a« they were when Oortezand Pz»rro oonquered them. There will be a narrow guage exhibition railway, with long trains of carriages resembling the open trams at Bonlogne-iur-Mer, and running from 9 till midnight every 10 minutes. It will have for Its termini the bridge of the Invalldes and the Eiffel Tower. A oharmlng service of bath ohairq drawn by Egyptian donkeys, and led by fellahs, la being goi up. The, donkeys will be white, and able to go »t a lively pace, and their keepers, who will be dressed as If a* Cairo, will ran beside them, CHARLES PIOKENS, The present Charles Diokens is the eldrst son of the deceased great novelist. Although he has not inherited the genius of his father, he Is fairly successful as the conduotor of •• All the Year Ronnd " and ••Household Words." He was born In January, 1837, and married m November, 1861, to Miss Bessie Evans, whose father was a member of the well-known publishing firm of Bradbury and Evans. There is only one other ion of the late Charles Dickens who has made any name m the world, and he In Henry Fielding who won the aeoond scholarship at Trinity Hall at the age of 20, and was twenty-olnth wrangler m a fair year, when the wranglers were over 40. He Is now a very successful barrister, with a charming wife and many Qhildren. Charles Dickens has two sisters living. The eides is unmarried, and the other Is Mrs • Kitty " Peruginl, a deservedly well-known portrait painter. Besides conducting the mag; sjlnes mentioned above, Charles is m partnerehlp with bis wife s brother m some printing works at the Crystal Palace. He lives In a large house ftolng Primrose Hill, His ohlldren a-e all aoxioos to make their own way m the world, the eldest daughter having adopted the stage as a profession, and two of her sisters are engaged m a type- writing establishment, A CONTRABAND OLBBOTMAtf. The Rev E. Walpole W.rron, who was recently oalled fron) England to the pastorate of Holy Trinity Ohuroh, of New York, is, says the " Daily News " oortca- 1 pondent, to be the subjeot of an interesting lawsuit. The question has been raised whether his ooming violates the Ac* of Congress, passed m 1885, forbidding the importation and immigration of foreigners uuderaoontraot to perform labor or, servioe In t^ls country. Mr Warren was '• Imported " after the oontraot was made m England, and a gentleman who is anxious to bring the law into contempt hag »sked the United States Diatrlok Attorney to bring a suit against H.oly Trinity Ohuroh to recover the penalty for the violation, which is lOOOdols. The Attorney replies that after oarefully examining the law he Is compelled to think the Church liable, and that it ii bis duly to bring a suit. A Renter a telegram from New York states that thd gentleman who wrote to the Attorney U the President of the St. Andrew's Society. who 4 it is stated, felt aggrieved at the wanner m which the law was enforqed against his oountrymen, and therefore desired a test case, hoping that the enforcement of the measure against Mr Warren would lead to Its abrogation, j and being willing, if the suit resulted la j the imposition of a penalty of lOOOdols, i to pay the sum hlmaalf, j

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ITEMS BY THE MAIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2067, 19 February 1889

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ITEMS BY THE MAIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2067, 19 February 1889