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MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

I Hazel eyes denote musioal ability and grace of person. Nine-tenths of the army and navy offioerß have blue eyes. Genuine Tiolet eyes are Been m some babies, bat are rare m women. There are fifty different aorta of grey eyes at least. Blue-grey eyes are said to indicate a kindly heart. A suggestion has been made that Auckland oitizens should publioly show their appreciation of the noble and humane conduut of Mataafa and other Bamoan Natives m their efforts to save life during the recent disaster m Apia Harbor, and that m consequence of the destruction of their supplies of food, a presentation of provisions, storeß, eto., should be made to them. The largest railway station m the world i s the one inaugurated at Frankfort-on-the* Maine, on the 18th August. It covers a superfioiea of 335,916 square feet. Hitherto, the largest stations have been the Saint Panoras at London (166,625 square ffeet) and the Silesia station at Berlin (130,000 square feet). That of Frankfort iB doable the size of the first named. The Turin beauty show has been a great popular Buooess, whatever it may have loft to be desired from the artistio point of view. The show was held m the Soribe Theatre, and was numerously attended. The first prize was taken by a Viennese, the second by an Italian, the third by a Parisienne, and the fourth by a " Lady of Lyons." The award of the judges is not universally aooepted as the best possible. Prinoeßß Hohenlohe has recently met with an awkward rebuff. For many years her Highness has been m the habit of getting her smartest dresses from Paris. There were no difficulties when Bhe was German Ambassadress, but after the Prinoe was appointed Governor-General of Alsace-Lorraine it was deemed expedient by his wife to change her dressmaker, a.nd she has sinoe conducted her negotiations with the new modiate under an assumed name. The other day, however, the seoret was divulged by aooident, whereupon the patriot with whom the Prinoees dealt deolared that no true Frenchman could take money from the wife of the Prussian ruler of Alsace-Lorraine, and she was requested to remove her aooount elsewhere, and the orders which were already " m hand " were not completed.

Colonel Timler, a Russian officer, who recently spent some time on a tour through India, and who has published his impressions, conoludea his work with these words : — " Going over the total of the impressions we have formed m our Indian tour, we must come to the oonolusion that we Russians are not sufficiently acquainted with the life of the oountry. The condition of British India is indeed far from being what it is represented to be m the extraots whioh are republished m our periodical journals, for English rule m India is far from being tottering to its fall. On the contrary, m spite of various silly utterances, it haß Btruok out bo many deep roots that to disturb it would be far from an easy task."

The natives of the Gilbert group of islands have just come into possession of a veritable windfall. It took the shape of a large ship with a full cargo, which came sailing into their port without anyone on board. The vessel was the British ship Book Terrace, and the strange part about the matter is that the ship was abandoned by her orew about twelve months ago, and it has only just transpired that, instead of foundering soon after her orew left her, she appears to have drifted on and on until she reaohed the Gilbert Islands. The Book Terraoe, m September, 1887, left Philadelphia for Hiogo, m Japan, having on board a oargo of oil and phosphates valued at 125,800 dollars. When near the Phillipine Islands the orew abandoned their vessel, landing on an island olose by, all of them being saved. Nothing was fqrther heard of the vessel, and the underwriters, being quite satisfied conoerning the loss, paid the amount for whioh the vessel was insured. Beoently the newß came that the Book Terraoe had drifted into the Gilbert group of islands, and bad been taken possession of by the natives. The vegsel herself appeared to be m v very fair condition, and had only a few inches of water m her hold. The natives at onoe set about getting out her oargo. In this they were very suooeqsful, and landed almost the entire oonterita of the ship.

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MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2104, 11 April 1889

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