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Tliere were 7,500,700 sovereigns struck m the English Mint iast year, figures which also represent the sterling value of all gold coins as m 1888, no half sovereigns were made. The lions of India appear tq be gping the way of the great bustard and the dodo, and the reason is found m the extepsiou of railways,, for the monarch of the forest shares with Mr Buskin (i mortal antipathy to the smoke and screams of locomotives. Within the memory of many persons lions were common enough m Bajputana, and even now tho roar of one may be heard occasionally m the wildest part of Central India; but the new railway from Lagpur is now being constructed through this country, and this is yracticatyy a notice to yuit served upon the few remaining lions m the central provinces^ Practically the only lions now remaining that are worth mentioning seem to be the race now existing m Kattywar, which was : visited by I'riucp Albert Victqr. recently. Their number remain, it is believed, pretty stationary. It is strictly forbidden to, s.|;oot them, save by way pi the grand sport | but many conditions aro unfavorable to their multiplication, and ev«u the Kattywar lions are clearly doomed ere long to disappear,

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 2, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2495, 19 August 1890

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 2 Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2495, 19 August 1890