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Paris, June 10. NEW TRAKBMITEEK. The French administration of posts and telegraphs is making some interesting experiments with a new transmitter, which mil communicate a despatch to several receiving instruments at once. Thus a message from Paris would be received simultaneously m seven or eight different towns. The invnetion is likely to prove extremely useful m the matter of press telegrams. A MOTHER AND HER DESCENDANTS. An old lady dating back to the reign of .Louis XVI. is still alive and well at Roncy m the department of the Nord. Her name is Louise Josephe Casette. She was born on September 17th, 1791, and married to Louis Francois Joseph Roussoll on May 13th, 1812. She is the mother of twenty-three children, eight of whom have survived, including the eldest and the youngest sons. The first of these, who is seventy-six years of age, is still flourishing as the p:overbial bay tree m Paris. Those of her desaendents who have beenoflicially numbered have reached the total of 172, but the old lady has "lost count" of many of her greatgrand children, so that the catalogue is, unfortunately, incomplete. She is said to "have a good appetite and to enjoy sweetmeats, with which her eighteenth child, Juliette, who has taken her under her roofj is not always able to provide j her, owing to lack of funds. Juliette herself is a widow, and is sixty-five years ! of age. mtrasiA and francb. A rumour comes from Vienna, that j Russia is about to change the foreign policy she has pursued for fifteen years past. During nil that time she has looked only once at the German alliance, and if she has not absolutely broken with Germany, she has inclined towards France man unmistakable manner. Not that there has ever been any alliance with France, either formal or informal, but [ since 1875 Russia has taken every possible opportunity to show her sympathy with France, both through diplomacy and the press. Russian newspapers, which, it must be recollected, are under the strictest censorship, and dare not publish anything without official sanction, have praised France and Frenchmen with unction since 1875, and have allowed it to be understood, that the next European War would find Russia and France banded together us allies. It is now intimated that all this is changed, that the Czar has suddenly acquired holy horror of French Republicans, and that he is inclined to throw France | over, and take Germany into his affectins. Perhaps this rumour has no better foundation than the projected meeting of the two Emperors at Kromoe-Solo, where an interchange of political views will certainly take place, as both the Czar and the German Emperor are to a great extent their own Prime Ministers. A TERRIBLE THUNDERSTORM. During divine service afc the Church of Sb Alban de Montbel, near Chambery, a terrible thunderstorm burst over the town, The lightning struck the roof of the church, and destroyed one of the side chapels. Ab. the priest was giving the benediction the sacred vessel m his hands was dashed to the ground, and most of the congregation were also thrown down. Many persons sustained severe contusions and one young girl was rather severely burned. DEATH OF A FRENCH GENERAL. General de Beaufort, d' Hautpoul, died the other day at the age of eighty-five, His long and brilliant career was almost exclusively confmed to military servicef m the East and m Africa. He distinguished himself m the Morea campaign and took part m the expedition to Algiers m 1830. From 1834 to 1837 he was entrussed by Soult, then Minister of War, with missions m Egypt and m Syria, mid 1 he then became aide-deroamp io Solman Pacha. He returned to Algeria as aide-de-camp to the Due d' Aumale, and he remained m the new colony until 1848, and there won his Colonelcy. He was | subsequently Chief of the Staff to General Pellissier, and was. made a General of Brigade m 1854, when he directed several expeditions to the Moorish frontiers. In 18H0, at the head of the expeditionary i corps sent to Syria, he showed himself an able diplomatist, and by his spirit of toleration did much to appease the religious hatreds then prevalent m the Lebanon districts. He was made a Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour m 1865. Although placed on the reßerve list m 186!), he resumed service m the following year, and was entrusted wifch a command , m the defence of Paris,

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PARIS ITEMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2476, 28 July 1890

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PARIS ITEMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2476, 28 July 1890

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