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At the criminal sittings of the Christchnrch Supreme Court to-day the following sentences were passed :—Annie Fraser, larceny, six months; Charles Strwart Gordon, larceny by servant, two years. Mrs Anna O'Brien, known m the States as "The German Giantess," and Fred A. Shields, who belongs to a family of Giants, were married m Cinccinnati a day or two ago. They are about the same height—between 7 and 8 feet. The bride was the widow of Patrick O'Brien, who, too, was a giant. It was recently pointed out at a meeting of the Albury Stock and Pasture Board that •owing to injudicious branding a loss amouni* ing to £100,000 ami dally was sustained m the colonies; also, that 70 per cent of the hides going to Sydney were detoriated m value through the present system of branding. Some seed of a fodder plant, known as lathyrus silvestris has been introduced into Victoria. It is stated that ut the Woburn Experimental Farm, m England, some of this seed sown on umnamired sandy soil yielded fodder at the rate of 10^ t6ns to the acre. The plant has attracted considerable attention m Germany, where it has been used for bringing barren sand hills into profitable and permanent cultivation. It is also said to be of great use m binding earth embankments, or railway cuttings. A meeting of about 2000 Jews took place lately m the great hall of their .Assembly rooms, Great Alie-street. Mr S. Montefiore presided, and a most eloquent address was given by the Rev. Mr Mackope, on the new movement for the colonization of Palestine. It was stated that large numbers of Jews were being enrolled as members, and that the proposed pastoral pursuits on the ground round Mount Zion were meeting with general support. The allotments would be by ballot. In the course of a speech at Dundee Mr H. M. Stanley made a grateful allusion to the Zanzibar boy who accompanied him as a personal attendant. He said that while m camp on April sth of last year this boy had whispered something m his ear which led him to make a complete alteration m his tactics. Before that he had been treating Emm Pasha as a host would treat his guest, but from that moment he assumed command over Emm Pasha and his forces because he had learned from the boy of a conspiracy to disarm the expedition and send them prisoners to Khartoum. The saving of his life and the success of the expedition, he said, might be attributed to his faithful attendant.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2494, 18 August 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2494, 18 August 1890