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There Is a '"new departure" in typewriting in collection, with the use of the phonograph that many American firms are beginning to avail themselves of. A banker has a quiet talk with his phonograph in his private office, and sendn the cylinder around to a "phonographic-type-writing" office Here the talk is reproduced, and the type written work sent back to the business ma,n. This method is ' considered by those who use it to be far preferable to stenographic dictation,

There are more than 3000 bodies buried in or Westminster Abbey many of them in leaden and so-called durable coffins, and, therefore a source of danger to the living. Lady Dilke declares that after sixteen years' experience in the work of organising unions, she has come to the positive cohcltsion that working women cannot organise themselves. Dr Jorissen, Civil Commissioner, of Johannes burg, has propounded the rule that litigants must not speak English in his court; if not able to speak Dutch> they must employ an agent. , ' Germany is the only civilised country in the world where murderers ar,e still beheaded with an axe or sword. Just before Christmas two mfivwere executed by decapitation with a broad-axe. •'• ;; ■■ „ | -;The funeral of Joseph Sutherland,, tlie Trafalgar centenarian, took place at Sittingbourne lately. Nearly two hundred mariners followed, to the grave. ; Sutherland was believed to be the sole survivor of the btttle 6f Trafalgar., „,, „ . ' A Prussiau "Derby" is among coming events. The race which at present goes by that name at Berlin is to become, much more important, owing to the addition of 60,000 marks prize-money from the Emperor's privy purse. Miss Louis de la Ramee, better lcndwn as " Ouida," lives in a Florentine palace. >Her habitation is as gorgeous as the domiciles of her imagination. At the end of a long series of stately and splendid rooms, rich with paintingSjStatuary,,furniture, and. bric-a-brac is' the boudoir where the novelist gives occasional audience to her few . -visitors. The room is crowded with exotics and lighted by only two wax candles with butterfly shades. In this scented darkness " Ouida " sits by her tea. table, clad in: a tea-gown of bronze velvet and fur, or of gorgeous brocadje with gold embroidery,, and discourses of this decadence of England, the degradation of Italy, and the general decline of the pictureesque. If asked about her ( wprk, she objects to the term, and says that she .prefers to call it her "inspiration."

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2429, 14 May 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2429, 14 May 1890