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CONTINENTAL CRIMES AND SENSATIONS.

I DUEL WITH SABRES. A duel with sabres was fought In Lisbon recently between Seuhor jWeuceslao <le I Lima, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the journalist, Senhor Jose Azevedo. The afl lair was due to a violent article by the flatter which appeared In the "Dlario Popular." Senhor Azevedo was slightly woundled. No reconciliation between the antagonists took place on the ground. I SERMONS AGAINST SUICIDE. ' The number of suicides in the big towns in Russia—there were 110 In St. Petersburg alone during January—has attracted I the attention of the Holy Synod. Thnt body sees in the increase of self-inflicted I deaths a symptom ot the decay of faith, land at its next meeting will discuss the measures for combating the evil. j It is proposed that the clergy shall preach las often as possible on the sinfulness of human despair, and that the professors of ecclesiastical schools shall give a series of I lectures on "Resistance against Suicide." FATAL SEQUEL TO A DIVORCE CASE. I A fatal due! was fought in a wood near Frankfort-on-Maln In the early hours of the , morning of February Ist, when Captain I yon Oertzen, of the 24th Infantry Regiment, shot and killed his brother officer, Lieutenant yon Stuckrad, of the Reserve. I The latter Is the son of a retired general, ' who is now burgomaster of the city of Meisenhelm. While Captain yon Oertzen was attending [the manoeuvres In the autumn his wife left for America with the lieutenant. The captain secured a divorce, aud challenged You I Stuckrad to a fight with pistols, under the military code of honour. The duel took place at twenty-five paces. Yon Stuckrid j fell at the first exchange of shots, and died a few minutes later. Captain yon Oertzen gave himself up to his superior officers, but will receive only the formal reprimand administered In such cases. KAISER AND- TE3IPERANCE. Owing to the manner in which enthusiastic advocates of temperance have been exploiting a report that the Kaiser has become a teetotaller a statement has been Issued to the effect that the report is utterly without foundation. His Majesty has been much annoyed by this nse of his name !n temperance propaganda. The Kaiser takes a glass of light Moselle wine at lunch and dinner, and occasionally a glass of champagne. Wtfcn he Is host at one of the "men's evenings," which he Is fond of giving for a circle of Intimate friends, or at a card party, the Emperor drinks one or two glasses of beer, as hns long been his custom. The story that the Kaiser has "pledged himself never to touch alcoholic liquor again as part of his policy of reform" is, of course, ridiculous. His Majesty has tried to popularise tea In the Army, and to induce his officers to drink less and cheaper wines. BOX AEROPLANISTS. The achievements of Mr Wilbur Wright. Mr Farman, and other leading aeroplanlsts have fired the youth of France with a desire to imitate their exploits, and in many schools aud colleges the boys have abandoned the old-fashioned kite and are devoting their spare time and pocket-money to making model aeroplanes. The pupils of the Lycees Carnot, Janson, De Sailly, and St. Croix are all enthusiastic aeroplanlsts, and some of the masters have offered prizes varying from eight shillings to thirty-two shillings for the aeroplane that flies furthest. At St. Omer the boys have joined a local athletic club and hope soon to possess a "planeur" or "gilder," with which experiments will be made on a piece of ground adjoining the football field. Boys who can afford It usually purchase a model "biplane" about five feet long, j driven by elastic, and capable of flying ' thirty yards. AUSTRIAN SUFFRAGETTES. Antiquated laws p-rohlbltlng women fropi forming political associations seem to exert a very depressing effect on "Suffragettes" in Austria. They are forced to confine their agitation to a series of mild lectures, and even these are attended by a police officlal, who sees that the speakers keep within the bounds of moderation. Under such circumstances It is not remarkable that the funds raised for the women's franchise movement in 190S amounted only to £51, whtlst the expenses were £2 more. The, new general suffrage law, which came Into effect in 1907, gave a vote to everybody except minors, criminals, and women, and It even took away the franchise from women landowners, who enjoyed an indirect vote before. The Austrian law, too, puts little trust In women, as they are not even eUgible as witnesses to a will, being excluded in company with imbeciles, the blind, deaf nnd dumb, and criminals. But the women complain that when it comes to breaking the law and paying taxes the State makes no distinction between them and men. FIRE IN* RAYAL CASTLE. A fire broke out In the eastern wing of the royal castle at Berlin on the 3rd of iajt month, while the Emperor was working in his study, Ten companies of the Berlin Fire Brigade remained on duty for nearly two hours. Ills Majesty received reports of the progress of the fire every few minutes, but was not otherwise disturbed by the excitement prevailing throughout the palace. The fire started iv the oldest part of the castle, which is several hundred feet away from the Kaiser's private apartments aud from the sumptuous "King's Chambers" which were occupied later by King Edward and Queen Alexandra. When the firemen arrived iv response to the genera] alarm always sounded In case of Are at the castle they found the corridors of the second floor of the riverside wing so full c- smoke that they were unable to grope their way through to locate the origin of tlie fire. It was Anally discovered that a servant's Ssaro-iliately adjacent to the famous Biuiiswrsk Chambers had apparently caught lire from a stove. It was lit \ an hour before the fire was under coutrc_ The walls of the ."runswick Chamber? i."?s-j~ Berl__mUr _s**3-*"* a S j

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CONTINENTAL CRIMES AND SENSATIONS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909

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