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Items From Poris.

: ■■♦ > ■ m.k ;\ (FEOM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT,) THE LARGEST FRENCH-BUILT STEAMER. The largest; vessel eyerjbuUt? in France, the Touraine, was launched at St\Nazaire the other day. This; splendid boat, built for the Cbmpagnie Generate Transatlantique in the Penhbuet ship-yard, is 557 ft in length, 67ft in width,- and draws 23ft of water. She,will run in the postal service, between Havre- and New York. Her triple expansion engines will be of 1200 horse-power. The- jaujich was successfully accomplished^"in the presence of a great number pf spectators. . ,••, A NOVEL STRIKE,) •: ■' ,- } A strike has broken out "at Ablain St. . Nazaire, near Avras,- in a -curious and little known industry. 1 About ti hundred women employed in gathering flints have struck for an increase of 10 per cent in their wages.; The strikersrare making very merry and promenadingthe village, dancing and singing, ;with a band at the head of the procession; pocket-handker-chiefs and aprons have; peen converted into banners, t and one t evening; ttiejproceedings wound up with a balL The strike is not expected to last long. BACTERIA IN MILK. _ M. Miguel has been devoting hi» attention to the subject pf b&^ria"/irifm!lk. He found in^a'^st're^en^t^t^'thajbin a cubic centimeteef of )rnilk,~ that is "to say, twenty .drops,' ;the're -^eije 1 9000 bacteria upon its arrival rat tfte*;laborat<iry, two hours after leaving tfie "cowV /TKe)tiumber increasedprogi'eSßiy^.yrnour bynoutkintil nine hours after, when the had' reached 120,000, Twenty=five hours afte* they amounted to 50,000,000. > ajn- anotlier^experiment where th^temperature'of tKemilk was 25 degrees there were 200,000,000, ipid that which had ifeen kept at 35 degrees contained 180,000,600. „"-, A.T-ASTINa WOMAN,;' There is now living at Bourdellier, in the Dordogne,a you|^ woman named Borumier, who is called the "fasting woman," and" whoj it is reported, has eaten nothing" for -nine -years past. All sorts of stories.are told of this singular person. It is alleged,that.her fast began with a pilgrimage,,'commanded in a dream, to 57 churches iti the Pengon district, and that she. by .degrees gave up eating altogether: Whatever may be the real truth in regard to. this womap, it. is certain that ahe has been strictly watched during the. past fortnight, and ; ?has certainly taken no food. - She;:simjSly rinses her mouth with wateiy but swallows none. ' A few days 'ago Marie was- very weak, and Dr Lofor, yho attended'her, , was anxious about heK '■ • She'hajs. However, completely recovered without taking food or medicine. she is -shamming for^^ ulterior purpiQsesijremain&, to be seen. Itia to be'hopedf however^ that; she will not meet with the'-fate! df-tfie. Welsh fasting girlpwho was carefully watched by scientific men, ih'ibrderw Bee that sh() received no nbiirishment, with the resuit-thiit she died of starvation. riiESUTI 'lOVB, The annual banquet of French toy^ makers hay just been held. M, J\49|

Roche^- Minister of Commerce, presided. Several interesting toasts were given, and from the various speeches delivered we gathered that the emports of French toys ■ had gradually risen from 6,000,000fr in the Exhibition year of 1867, to 16,000,000 'francs in the Exhibition year of 1878, and to 70,000, OOOfr, in the equally—or even more phenomenal year of 1889. It was stated that England was the best customer for French toys, 1325 out of a total of 7660 ton 3of this sort of merchandise having been despatched to that country last year. Spain ranks next, with imports amounting to , 1024 tons. " The . Argentine Kepublic bought toys weighing no less than 960 tons, and Belgian children were amued -with something like 845 tons of dolls and mannikins in various disguises and attitudes. Among more serious-minded customers we notice the' United States, to which 385 tons were despatched; Brazil, 371; Italy, 321;. Germany, 320; Switzerland, 312 ; , Hungary, 160 ; and Turkey, 140. Stress was naturally laid on the importance of resisting a Protectionist policy, lest the foreign trade of France should be jeopardised. . PERILS AT SEA. A mariner named Banche^ of Pertruit. , near St. Malo, gives the following narra^ tjve of his perils and sufferings in the trophical seas. He and a cabinboy of the bri^ Mathilde, to which they belonged, were taking across to her in a boat; tubs oi wine from St Pierre in the French West Indies,' off which the brig lay. A land breeze suddenly swept down from a moun- . tain near by, and sent the boat scudding out into the Atlantic. On the second day they lost sight of land and the boy went crazy from terror. He fell into a lethargy on the third day. In the short intervals of consciousness he called to his mother, who was a widow, and tried to keep on his knees to pray. Banche, when they were five days out at sea, stove in the wine tub to slake their thirst. They lapped, up the wine with their hands, but the' salt water got into the barrel and spoiled all. Clouds gathered and there was a violent, rainfall, which was a great relief to their parched skins, but there was nothing to catch the rain water, their caps having been blown away. Banche thought of.taking off his trousers and • tying up the - ends with handkerchiefs. He rthen held them open, and such was the downpour that they were soon pretty well filled. On the seventh day the boy died. At first Banche could not bring himself to cast the body into the sea, eight sharks being on the watch to devour it," but the sun being hot "and putrefaction rapid, he had at last to throw it out, and saw it torn to pieces and swallowed in an instant. His sufferings jyere such that he determined to end them, by drowning himself. However the sight of the sharks made him recoil each time that he went to jump out of the boat, round which they sported. One day he felt very weak and sank down, and must have drifted, a couple, of days in a state of utter insensibility, from., which he was aroused on board a Norwegian barque, the Waldemar, which picked him up on the fourteenth day and took him to New Orleans. The Mathilde to which he belonged, was, since his adventure, wrecked off Newfoundland, where the crew was saved by an English vessel.

Paris, April 1, 1890!

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Items From Poris., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2436, 22 May 1890

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Items From Poris. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2436, 22 May 1890

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