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What the Yankees call a " cold snap " has been our weather experience this week. This morning the frost was very hard, and a strong sheet of ice was on the Domain, and the Southern Alps were clad with a dense coating of snow that reached far down on the flat. About midday a thaw took place, followed by a fall of rain, and a shift of the wind to a very rainy quarter. There are m England 347 female blacksmiths, who actually swing heavy hammers, and 9,138 women employed m nail-making, who makes nails for horse-shoes; 10,592 women bind bonks, and 2,302 assist m printing them. In intellectual occupations, women also fill up an important place, the number of teachers being 123,995 ; of clerks m civil service, 2,260; of painters, 1,180; of students, 1,000; and -of engravers, 54. There are 37,910 engaged iv medical and surgical work, nursing, etc. ; 452 busy themselves m editing, compiling and writing books; and 1,300 are employed m the various departments of photography. An interesting report on the meat supply of Australia by the Government statistician gives a great deal of statistical information relating to the flocks and herds m the colonies, and the consumption of meat. Mr Coghlan estimates that the average yearly consumption of meat by each inhabitant of Australia is 2761b5, compared with lOolbs m Great Britain, 1201bs m the United States, and 48.15 m Russia, which has the lowest average of the European states. He calculates that the supply of sheep is practically inexhaustible, because at the present rates of progress it will be 74 years before the demand exceed?, the supply, and taking the most unfavorable view regarding cattle it will be 22 yours before the demand reaches the combined supply. "Quite a wave of secession seems,"writes a correspondent of the "Pall Mall Gazette," *' to be passing over the troubled waters of Anglicanism. Only the only day the Rev C. W. Townsend, M.A., the Principal of the Oxford University Mission at Calcutta, followed the example of the Rev Luke Rivington, M.A., the head of the similar mission at Bombay, and submitted to the Catholic Church : and now it is stated that the Revs William Tatlock, M.A., R. Beasley, M.A., Geo. Clarke, M.A., formerly attached to such well-known High Churches as Christ Church, Clapham (where the Sarum, as distinguished from the Roman ritual, is carried out m its entirety), Helmsley (Yorkshire), and St. James-the-Less (Liverpool), have been ' received.'" Moreover, since the beginning of Lent no fewer than 100 members of the Church of England have joined the Catholic communion m one parish m North London ; and at Brighton, always a centre of Ritualistic activity, the converts are esti mated at nearly 500,

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890