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AMERICAN SUMMARY.

San Francisco, May 30. The Grand Spring Palace at Forth Worth, Texas, was burned to the ground on May 30. A. splendid ball was progressing at the time. It is estimated that six persons were burnt to death, but fears are entertained that there is a greater number.

Sixty-seven well-to-do farmers from Holland have arrived at Merced, California, where they propose to form a colony. They brought with them horses and farming implements. The Rev Stephen Barrett, pastor of St 'Stephen's Roman Catholic Church. Chicago, was shot and mortally wounded by a man named Pat Reidy, the latter being insane from drink at the time; • The Chenango (New York) poorhouse was burned on May 8. Thirty of the inmates perished in the flames. :

The Chicago World's Fair Committee have fixed to take Trent Park in that city as the site for the fair buildings.

; The, report of the General Assembly <"f the Presbyterians of the United States, in session at Saratoga on May 21, states that there is a deficit of over $>80,000 in the finances. : The Board appeals,forsloo,ooo to cover this shortage, and $400,000 for the work of the coming year. , .

Henrietta Girard, niece of the millionaire, Stephen Girard, and founder of the college in Philadelphia that bears his name, died in the .city of brotherly love on May 9, pennile^. '■.'■; W. E. B. Dubois, a~ negro, carried off the first of. the Boylation prizes, for declamation at -Harvard College on May 9. The leading Chicago breweries have been purchased by an English syndicate and consolidated. The price paid down was 110,000,000.

An extensive goldfield has been discovered near Aurora, on the Etowah river, Dawson County, Georgia. The Mexican Congress passed a law on May 28, abolishing the various Rystems of coinage now used an the country, and establishing a decimal.system.

The Allen Steamer Parisian, at Quebec, on May 14, from Liverpool, ran on an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland. She lay on her broadside fully a minute, but settled back into clear water uninjured. Great excitement prevailed on board.

It is stated that a new Secret Associatiod has been formed in Montreal and Quebec, consisting principally ,'of Irish and Canadians, a large, number of the latter being Frenchmen. The membership has already reached 10,000. One object is to obtain money in Canada for Irish Home Rule, another to promote the annexation of Canada to the United States.

A despatch from Montreal says tho recent mystery has been cleared iip by finding the unfortunate young Englishman's body in the large reservoir which supplies Montreal with water. His 1 throat was cut, and a towel tied round his neck. Kimber came to Canada last February, and was known to have been in pos-' session of a good deal of money. He suddenly disappeared. An investigation showed that his razor was covered with blood, that blood stains were on the floor, and there were other evidences of foul play in his room.

The steamship Calliope was reported ashore, on May 15, at the moufth of the river St Lawrence, with the sea breaking over her and the crew still on board. Every effort was made to rescue the sailors, but without success. The vessel is a total wreck.

The address of Newfoundlanders to the Queen, protesting against British grants to the French of island fisheries, was received in London on May 26. In its language the document is the strongest ever sent to a British Sovereign sine that of the original American Colonies. It declares that the modus viv< ndi means ruin and starvation to 200,000 British subjects, and claims that the Home Government has no legal right to make such grants. It calls on the Queen to revoke the acts of her unpatriotic advisers, and says this Colony will be satisfied with nothing short of the final removal of every French lobster factory from the shores of Newfoundland, and "all means'in our power will be used to that end. In our opinion the time has arrived when submismission to such glaring injustice is.no longer possible. This colony must use all th,e means, in its power to. frustrate the designs of its despoilers. We bblieve we have right and justice on our side, and such steps as we may have to take have been forced on us by foreign aggression, and by the supine acquiescence therm of your Majesty's Imperial Ministers."

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AMERICAN SUMMARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2448, 23 June 1890

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AMERICAN SUMMARY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2448, 23 June 1890

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