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Auckiasd, August 17. Mr Chaplin, Minister of Agriculture, delivered an address at Lincoln Agricultural Show, on July 24th, m the course of which he said that the recent rise m the prices of agricultural products was due to the advance m the price of silver m consequence of the passage of the Silver Bill by the national legislature of the United States. , " The Canadian-Pacific Railroad Company offered on the London Stock Exchange, oh July 21st, £1,000,000 4 per cent perpetual bonds. A cablegram on July 17th, reports an increase of mould and vermin m staae of the English hop plantations. EMimates received m New York show a probable shortage of a quarter to a third m Germany, and of half m the resfc of the Continent, compared with last year. In the week ending July 20th, there were further ravages by potato blight m Ireland, ' The Rev. Dr. Lymsj of Castlehaven, m the Diocese of Ross, Cork, writing on. July 17fcl», said that m all the town land of his parish bordering on the sea, the failure of the potato crop was complete-. He added that -m places further inland the state of things was not altogether so bad, but that, m ;'a continuance of dry weather it would be absolutely impossible to save, any crop. He says :—" I feel quite bewildered as I apprehend the consequences that are likely to ensue from this failure of the potato crop here. I see. nothing less than starvation staring those unhappy farmers m the face. Distressing: reports have also come from other districts-, of Cork, limerick, Kerry, and Waterford. Since they were received the weather has been wetter than ever, ; ancE the blight has spread to a frightful extent.. A despatch from London, dated* July > 20th, speaks of the heaviest rainfall known m any one week since 1878. ; l|ie pecuniary loss to farmers is something terrible. Between Shepertori and London, there were hundreds of acres of meadows m which the cocked hay was four-fifths under water. Two bright hot days m the middle of the week revived hopes that, after all, the wheat crops might be sared m something not t»o far below the average^ orop, but subsequent tropical rains aad Arctic temperature have disappointed the* hopes. There is likely to be th«j urorst crop since the disaster of 1879. » The stock of English whe»ib, is, now all but exhausted, and undev JeJto, influence of this and the disheartening prospects of the growing ciftf*^ prices had advanced about another Is per quarter during the wee&.. The same news comes from the Continent, but some are disposed to disbelieve itl Russia has no durable crops. A despatch dated Paris, July 25tih, says that: the orops throughout France, except m the section east of the Rhone, have been destroyed by incessant rains. The losses are estimated at. over 500,000,000 francs.' Dealers m grain discount the scarcity, and the price of bread is rising. A despatch, from Berlin, July 6th, reports tkais the inability of Major Wisseman to return to Africa is due to taking morphine, a habit that he contracted during long service m the Dark Continent. He suffered from insomnia to such an extent that he was obliged to use morphine. The Belgian Congo State Company, are about to send a new expedition to Congo State for exploration purposes. Ifcis to consist of seven Europeans, 150 native soldiers, and a great number of carriers. The object is to explore the source of the rivers that water that country, and to find the truth of the reported existence of a great body of water called Lake Uru, ! supposed to be m the interior of Congo State. The explorers will follow a route hitherto untrodden by white men. Ex-King Milan, of JServia, thinking his. divorce absolute, has contracted, ifcis said, a marriage with a very rich young American lady, who will pay his debfes amounting to £600,000. Four women were arrested on board 1 tht* steamship Majestic at Qoeenstown, from New York, on July %X^K and on beingsearched their bustles.were found crammed with tea, tobacco,, spirits^ and other contraband goods. The enormous size of these adjuncts to their dress, attracted the | attention of the Customs; officers. I Jeannie Hugo, grandchild of Victor Hugo, was betrothed to Leon Daudet, son of Atphonso Daudet, on July 20th. i Lord 1 Wolseley has recently written a ; letter to a friend at Baltimore, m which he says i— "The closer the bonds of union between the Mother Country and her child, U»e United States, the better will it be for our race, and indeed for civilisation. Those who rant; about the causes of quarrel between us are not friends of either nation or to humanity. There must never be war between us, no matter how much either or bofch may be egged on by those who* hate the English race and would to see m at one another's throats. We feel quite as proud of the United States as any of its people can be. Its honor and its reputation are as dear to us as they can be *o> those on the other side of the- Atlantic. I rejoice ajbove- all things to tMnfcthwfc the mutual respect we have always, had for one another is now maturing into sincere and mutual affection."

Eyrand, the murderer of Gauffe, Paris, and lately returned there under the extradition laws from Havanna, m Cuba, made a full confession of the crime en July 2nd. He said that the crime was premeditated and' committed for robbery. Prisoner is reported to be m a pitiable condition. He suffers from an internal disease with which he was attacked while m gaol m Havanna. He persists m asking the Judgeß of Instruction to hurry on the case. He saya that death by the guillotine would be preferable to penal servitude at his age, and he only begs to be allowed to go out <f life as soon as possible. Horrid stories are told of the recent invasion of Formosa by Chinese. When the invading army reached the country the Formosan savages fled to the hills ami that ended the campaign. Jen Cbvvr lax returned with a few selected troops by Bteamer, leaving the rest to get back as they best could. Many marched overland and some were sent m freight boats with rations for one day. They were out eight, and some thirty or forty starved to death, and 300 died of fever When they landed at the harbor of Apping they presented a deplorable spectacle. The Consul sent an appeal to Chew Tai, who responded by sending crave diggers. These added to the horror of the situation. All the sick who were supposed to be dying were bustled into coffins and buried before cold. Soldiers were seen forcing the lid of a coffin down on a victim, who was piteously crying for water, but the lid was nailed fast, and the living man hurried away to burial. The more dead there were the more money came to the pockets of the survivors.

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The SANFRANCISCO MAIL GENERAL SUMMARY OF NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2494, 18 August 1890

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The SANFRANCISCO MAIL GENERAL SUMMARY OF NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2494, 18 August 1890

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