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THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIL.

AUCKLAND, Sf.ptember 14, Arrived: Mariposa, from San Francisco. Passengers for New Zealand—Mrs Gill, Mr and Mrs Edwards, Mrs Berkley, Miss Millie Berkley, Miss Edith Winthrop, Mr and Mrs Pipkin, Mrs Clark, Mr and Mrs Harvey, Rev. Father VVissell, 0.3. 8., Mr Robert Droome, Mr Andrew Terry, Mr A. J. Asthrup ; eight steerage. GENERAL SUMMARY. SAN FRANCISCO, August 25. Great destruction of property is reported from County Cl ire, Ireland. Floods swept hundreds of acres of farming lands, and nearly all growing crops were swept away to sea. The loss will reach an enormous sum. _ The Queen is suffering from sciatica, which causes great pain and prevents sleep. The Prince of Wales is also suffering much from his leg since he left Cowes. Veins which have never resumed their normal size since he had typhoid fever swell and cause great pain from time to time. Lately the swelling has been very bad, and the leg reached an enormous size. Damola, husband of Sarah Bernhardt, the actress, died on August 16, from an overdose of morphine and cocaine. He bad long indulged in the habit against his wife’s protest. Brunet, liquidator of the Panama Canal Company, informed the shareholders on August 1 that a financial syndicate had taken the whole amount of the lottery bonds, the terms of which he does not reveal, and that if the enterprise perishes the law of bankruptcy will enable him to distribute among the creditors S per cent. An anonymous writer enclosed ten LI,OOO notes in a letter to the Prince of Wales, denouncing the opposition to the Royal Grants Bill. Germane to this it is also mentioned that the Queen has appointed a private commission to examine her household expenditure and prepare a scheme of retrenchment. Blondin has accepted a wager of L 4,000 to walk on a cable stretched from the Eiffel Tower to the dome of the main Exhibition Buildings in less than five minutes. The naval frauds recently discovered in Germany sent a thrill of indignation throughout the Empire by the extent of their ramifications. The Emperor is furious. Herr Oremir, a highly-placed officer at Kiel, committed suicide after his arrest.

Stevens, the American long - distance cyclist, has failed in his search for Stanley, the explorer, returning to the coast. He has neither seen nor beard anything of the object of his search. Cardinal Lavigerie will shortly appeal in the name of the Holy Father Leo a 111. to the nations of Europe to purchase from the Infidel defilers the Holy City of Jerusalem and as much of its surroundings as will be necessary to form small provinces, to be for ever independent and guaranteed in their integrity by the Western Powers. Two thousand estates of noblemen mortgaged to the credit of the Bank of St. Petersburg (established by Government to advance loans to the nobility) have been foreclosed, and on the 20th were sold by auction.

The steamship City of Paris has made the Atlantic trip in 5 days 23 hours and 44 minutes, beating her own record. At the Convention of the Ancient Order of Foresters, held at Minneapolis during the week ending August 17, it was resolved to decline independence of the parent order in England. The Young Ireland Parliamentary Club of San Francisco are preparing to receive John Dillon, Sir Henry Gratton Esmonde, and John Deasy, who are expected to arrive from Australia by the September steamer. Eighteen large steamers have recently arrived at New York from England to seek business in the West India trade.

Henry Villard’s South Pole expedition is preparing to start next spring. Villard has been interested in the sohemo for two years, but the principal promoter is the Professor in the Ormond University. Everything is bustling in regard to the Nicaragua Canal project. The plan of the company is to attack the isthmus from both sides at once, and inside of two years Lake Nicaragua, draining a watershed of 8,000 square miles, will oe thrown open to the world. In about two and a-half years more, or in 1894-95, the whole canal will be ready for business. The situation of the world's breadstuff’s supply is more serious than expected a fortnight ago. Russian official reports admit that the wheat crop is the worst for many years. A tornado in Hungary and North Boumauia not only destroyed the grain still standing, but swept away many granaries. The Austrian Minister of agriculture officially announced the day before the storm that the crops of Galicia and Silesia were a total failure, and those of Bohemia and Moravia very bad. Reports from Bombay grow worse as the season advances. The official estimates show a shortage of 15,000,000 bushels. The recent bad weather has caused much anxiety to the farmers of England, and the same climatic conditions worked havoc with the French crops. Freights from the Baltic and Black Sea ports have advanced.

4 London despatch of August 17 says that the failure of the most important European wheat crops and the continuation of unfavorable harvest weather in England have led to steps for the formation of a gigantic head trust in London. Rour of the largest metropolitan head companies, controlling nearly 300 retail bakeries with yearly profits of nearly LIOO,OOO, are already in combination, and others are expected to follow. The consolidation will bo known as “ The London Bread Union.” It is announced that by the reduction of administrative expenses and lessened competition this new monopoly will be able to lower the price of bread. The price ol wheat has lisen in all English provincial ports.

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THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIL., Issue 8012, 14 September 1889

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THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIL. Issue 8012, 14 September 1889

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