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A hailstorm at Baltimore on April 27 demolished several buildings and wrought a loss of nearly 50,000d01. 3

Strenuous efforts are being made to introduce the system of cremation instead of earth burial in San Francisco.

A body of American riflemen will make ft midsummer visit to Germany. Great preparations are going forward for their reception.

The marble statue, ten feet high, of President Garfield, has been placed in position in the Garfield monument hali at

Cleveland, Ohio. Madame Patti leffc New York by the Etruria, on her return to England from her American concert tour. The floral wreaths sent hor covered all the tables in the cabin. ■ The negroes of a settlement forty miles North-west of Guthrie, some two thousand, aro reported to be in a starving condition. Guthrie is in the new territory of Oklahoma, to which the negroes were brought from the Southern States. The statement came from Florence that a leper named Eric Mayland has died at Minneapolis, in obscurity and poverty. The fact of his death was brought to public notice by a dispute with the health officer regarding the burial permit. Mr Townsend, a London barrister now in the United Suites, is said to represent an English syndicate with a capital of £50,000,030, formed for the purpose of buying and operating all the flint glasis houses in America as one concern. A notorious ".crook" named Ackerman, while on trial in Memjmis, Tcnn., on April 30, was deliberately shot by his wife, who was called as a witness. She fired three shots at him as she ascended the witness stand, each ono of which would have been fatal, and said calmly in explanation that, had 6he not killed him he would have slain her. Siilitzer, owner of the "Now York World," and three of the cditoral 'itathes of the paper, were indicted for libel on April 30, on charges made by Judge Halton, executor of the immense Stewart estate. The paper charged Halton with preying upon the estate, and robbing and defrauding Stewart's widow. The " World " invites the fullest investigation, and meets the indictment by promises to publish further revelations of the executor's perfidy. "DARKEST AFRICA." Stanley's book was completed on April 29. The work abounds in graphic illustrations of the character of the inhabitants of the Dark Continent, and contains curious details concerning the forest dwarfs, to whom his letters referred, and in whom the interest of the civilised world is aroused. In his description of the dwarfs, Stanley states that they possesses many good qualities which are wholly unsuspected by all excopt those who have come into immediate relations with them, and who have cultivated their friendship. rlhe raco lias a higher grade of morality than the Negro, and is the only monogamous one in Africa. It stands quite alone in its regard for the sacredness of the marital relation. The dwarfs arc skilled workers in iron, and readily adaptable to civilisation. Stanley insists that these races are the oldest in the world, tracing their lineage back fifty centuries. The dwarf Queen became very friendly to Dr Parke, and accompanied the Expedition for a considerable distance ; unfortunately she ' died when away from her own country. Stanley applies his facts to theories relating to the ultimato [rise of the negroes in the scale of civilisation. lie places them more on an equality with whites than most explorers are willing to admit. °

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AMERICAN SUMMARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2434, 26 May 1890

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AMERICAN SUMMARY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2434, 26 May 1890

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