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♦ 1 THE SALVATION ABMY. It appears from the "field stale " of 1 the " Salvation Army " which is made ap to Christmas Day, that the " Army " onducta operatlono m eighteen different i countries, and that the total number of ' corps or branches la 2587, " octpoata " 1 653, and offioera 7107. Tais return shows 1 an Increase In the course of the year of | 325 corps, 100 (ffioera. During the twelve ( moaths no fewer than 2,300.000 meetings have been held, and 3 000,000 houses have baen visited by the offioers. Ten ' additional "slum posts" have baen 1 opened, and nearly thirteen and a half | million ooplea of the "War Cry Bnd | between five and six million c >pies of tb» "Young Soldier" have been sold. In the [ coming year £60.000 is demanded for the work ol the Army. r THE ROYAL F4MILY. , The rumor has got about that the [ Princess Louise of Wales is shortly to be i engaged to the Earl of Fife, that wealthy 1 and highly favored Scotch nobleman whose , father was ao great a favorite with the i Qaeen. But the report baa been sfcienu oatly denied, and it la stated to have given t great pain to the Royal family. The result r of the Lome Match Is not perhaps enoour* l aging for a second venture, though I have ' heard on good authority that the publlo Is I quite mistaken m supposing that the PrlnJ cess Louise and the Marquis do not get on • very happily together. I have It fiom T some one who stayed with them that they are most affectionate to eaoh other, and that their family life Is all that oould be ' desired —(London correspondent of "Tele--1 graph,") | BUSINESS FIRST. ' ' The London correspondent of the s Manchester " Courier " heard from a I friend m Egypt that Ueman Digna sent to 3 General Gordon's nephew, who is serving t with the Royal Engineers at Suakin, a message that If he liked to see hia uncle's tomb at Khirtoum he would send htm | there and bring him back m safety. To 3 which th 9 young engineer replied that he j wai very much obiged, that at present t they had too much work on their hands, I and he could not get away ; but as Gordon > had m his ledger certain rails, of which > the Mahdistß bad taken possession, he 1 would feel muoh ob'iged if Osman Digna I would sifcn the en closed receipt vouchers army service forme, &&of. f to attaoh to his r store ledger. Oeman Digna compli^ I and returned the papers duly sfcp^ ar^[ i sealed! [ NITBAIB DEPOSITS IN PBRTJ. j Along the Peruvian ooast, stretoblng r for hundreds of miles, are the famous beds : of nitrate of soda, whloh purified is salt- , peire. These deposits, more profitable r than silver or guano, w»re discovered ao- ; cldentally by a vagrant Englishman named George Smith, but were not operated to I , any exter t until reoent years Now, nitrate, t having been found a valuable component i of a hundred ohemlcal forms, Is n demand i the world over, and thoosanda of pounds' . worth is shipped from the ports along the » ooast annually. Before Its value was fully » known a number of far-sighted men located [ " claims " after the fashion m vogue In mining oamps everywhere, and then the ( Government stepped m and forbade any , farther pre-emption. Bab the original locations cover enough of the deposit to supply the matket for a century or twr, and [ to keep up the prices they have formed k 1 pool, a monopoly combined, under which they oharge from 8j to 12i per hnndred- \ weight for what coats them abonk 7id [ There Is apparently no limit to the stuff, [ the bed strotoblng op anddown the oomJ i f or 300 or 400 mllei, 1 A SQiP-BCTBBLK PARTY. ' A London paper says :— A number of grown-up persons staying at a large hotel at Goney Island, New York, Indulged m the relaxation of a soap-bnbble parly the other evening. This cmusement has not yet been Imported from America to England for adults, but if the weather continues to preclude outdoor pastimes ai it has done of late It may be Interesting to learn how the bubble party Is oondnoted, A double row of ohalrs was,p?aoed m one of the Ja'ge rooms m the hotel. The electric light served to display the banting with whloh it was decorated. Near every seat was a bowl of «oap-Buda. Each guest on entering was presented with a pipe decorated with a distinctive knot of ribbons. Ladles were then ooudocted to seals on one side of the room •nd the gentlemen whose knots of the ribbons enabled them to single out the deatlnßd partner of the hour, placed themselves opposite the ladles m question. Raoh competitor was allowed three blows. The lady who blew the largest bubble was presented with a diamond pin. The suooessfql gentleman was given a pair of sleevellnks, There were two judges, a lady and gentleman, and the afialr was pronounced a sucoeap, THE KKELJSY MOTOR AGAIN. The friends of the inventor Keeley have succeeded In obtaining his release from the imprisonment to whloh ho was eaatenced m Paris on his refusal to reveal the secret of the movement of his famous motor to a committee of engineer expert* He has engaged to finish the oonatrnotton of hie motor, and his friends asserts that Its being displayed at the Paris Exhibition will prove the reality of the Invention, revolutionise the solentifio, meohanloal, and manufaoturlng worlds, and throw even the Eiffel Tower Into the shade. Meantime the rapidly increasing party that Is introducing Buddhism into Europe deolares that Keeley's motive power is the fluid akasa, one of the recondite natural forces— beyond electricity and all wo yet know of the moving principles of na'ure ■■-a fluid known to, and employed by, the Initiates of Buddhism slnoe the earliest times, bot kept secret by them In dread of the evil uses to whloh it might be turned by the selfishness of the world In Its present greed of gold and power, and Its poverty m matters of oonsoience. Keeley s Invention was to revolutionise all oar Ideas of motive power. He asserted that he ooald drive an Atlantic steamer aocross •• the herrlDg pond " for the expenditure of a few penoe. "WHY IT DIDN'T GO OF*. Alderman elect Durfee, who is a plumber, stood over a 40-pound oharge of dynjmite oq December 16, while a man m a bomb proof shelter a safe distance away, worked an eleotrio battery for 10 minutes, trying to make the dynamite go off, and wondered why be couldn't. It was only by singular good fortune that the Alderman escaped. He was doing some work at the new Staff oid mill, and while waiting for hia assistant to return ! j with material hi walked across the street J to the ledge from whloh the building J stone waa being taken out. He went 1 down into the ledge, and was absorbed m r tha contemplation of a fissure m tbe rook, t when he observed a man carefully orawl t ing towards him oa hands and knees. It * was the man who had tried to fire the I blast, a»d he was examining the wire to *■ find out what the trouble was When he diaoovered the Alderman he staggered to his feet, and whan he could command bis ? tonguo, told him bis situation. The J Alderman nearly fainted from fright, and hasn't qnite recovered bis equanimity yet, „ It was found that his boot heel had rested h direotly on tbe wire, thus grounding it I c i and Preventing the. blwt front exploring, a
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THROUGH THE PAPERS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2080, 6 March 1889
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