A Cricket Invasion.
Ten thousand French soldiers and mof than that number of civilian combatants were last year engaged in the neighbourhood of Algiers and Oran in resisting an invasion of a". formidable kind. The enemy who was requisitioning the food supplies and laying waste the country was simply the crickets, which coming dowjn in! countless numbers, had the year previously taken the farmers wholly by surprise. It is reckoned that the eggs alone that were destroyed last year'represented four hundred thousand million of'crickets. The result has-been' thac toi!a great extent the crops have been" saved ; but the victory 1 is riot yet complete, and it is clear that the struggle will have to be forthwith renewed.
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A Cricket Invasion., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2447, 21 June 1890
A Cricket Invasion. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2447, 21 June 1890
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