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NEWS AND NOTES.

Six of the Canadian soldiers who crossed the Rhine with the army of occupation have already married German girls.

The smallest known race is that of the Bushmen of Southern; Africa, the mean height being 4ft 3-Jin.

The first life insurance company established in London in 1706 insured at uniform rates persons between 12 and 45 years of age.

With the signing, of the armistice, the presence of Spanish officers on board British hospital ships became unnecessary. The British Cabinet thanked Kins Alfonso for the protection of British sick and wounded by the ; presence of his officers on board these hospital shins.

Among the claims of the Braintree (Essexi urban district council on the military authorities for a captured German big gun is' one to the effect that the.., first incendiary bomb dropped in England during the war fell on Braintree. This was on the night of Feb, : ruarv 21. 1915.

Egypt is the birthplace of the ball gajjie. How it was played history does not record. Recent excavatipns_ made near Cairo have brought to light a number of small balls, some of leather nud others of wood, dating back to at least 2000 B.C. These are the oldest balls of this sort known. . *

One of the most startling discoveries made by piscatologists in modern times is that by far the greater' number of salmon breed only once in their lives, and that the number that do so oftener than twice is not more than one in 9000.

Tlio death has occurred at St. John's, Newfoundland, of Cantain Francis Ash, who was known to all seafaring men as the ice nilot of the U.S. Revenue cutter Bear, which went to the rescue of Lieu-, tenant Greelv and his party of seven in the Arctic in 1884. '

The greatest bridge in the world, all things- considered, is the cantilever bridge across the Firth of Forth in Scotland, with its two spans of 1710 fp.et each and three towers of 360 feet above the water. The design was made in 1884. and six years' was required for its construction. The bridge lias r +ntal length of 8098 feet, and carries a deuWe track railway.

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NEWS AND NOTES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9575, 2 April 1919

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NEWS AND NOTES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9575, 2 April 1919

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