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(o) San Francisco, July 22. Charles Dickens, a son of the novelist, died at Kensington on July 20th of paralysis. The Humber bicycle works at Coventry were burned on July 17th, and 4000 unfinished bicycles in the factory were destroyed. The total loss was L 30,000. The Kolapore Cup was won by the Canadian riflemen at the tournament at Bisley on July 17th. The scores of the various teams were as follow:— Canada6ss points, England 644, Guernsey 618, Jersey 589. The sale of the paintings »nd other effects of the late Sir Frederick Leighton closed on July 18, and the executors are pleased with the result. At one time they would have gladly accepted L 33,000 for everything, and proposed to sell the collection to the nation. The auction sale, however, realised L 40,090, which brings the total proceeds of the Leighton estate up to nearly LIOO,OOO. Eudyard Kipling is building a house in a retired part of Sussex. The Hon. 'Algernon Burke, manager of. White's Club, London, stated recently that if the closing of the houses designated in the licensing laws should be enforced, Club life would be destroyed, and members be obliged to do as men of similar means do in the United States, that is live in hotels. He said there has been a great decrease in drinking in the West-end Clubs in the last twenty years. Mr EL C. Cust, ex-editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, started on July 4th on a journey which he intends to make from one end of Africa to the other. He will begin at Capetown and will reach Alexandria overland if possible. Mr Cust proposes to equip himself with a ■personal knowledge of the great continent now being epen to civilisation, in order to re&ume public life in Parliament. His companion will be his Secretary, Mr Lionel Deoles. South Londoners on July 11th were surprised to sso the Duchess of Albany riding on a fire engine, and clinging to the brasswork while the horses were galloping at a great pace to a fire. She wished to see the practical working of the department. The first-class yachts Meteor, Britannia and Ailsa sailed a race on July 13th at Rothesay, Firthof Clyde. The course was fifty miles, and the Meteor crossed the line first. The Diseases of Animals Bill passed in the House of Lords on July 7th, and will become operative on January Ist, 1897. Linton, an English bicyclist, ai Calford, on July 7tb, covered thirty-one miles and five yards in an hour, thus beating the world's record all the way from three miles to thirty-one miles. The previous record for an hour was twenty-nine miles and forty-four yards. There is a likelihood that, for a suitable price, the Government of Denmark will sell the Danish West Indian Island of St Thomas, and that Great Britain will be the purchaser. She covets the place because it will make an excellent American naval station. The evidence adduced by the celebration of Cobdenites of the jubilee of the abolition of corn laws, at Greenwich, with a whitebait dinner, on June 28th, is that protection principles are on the increase in England. The Globe remarked, speaking of the celebration: " Only the most rash will now venture to prophecy that in another fifty years this will be a freetrade country." Even the Saturday Review admitted that ireetrade has only a few celebrants. Her Majesty Queen Victoria has introduced telephones into Windsor Castle that communicate with Lord Salisbury at the Home Office, Marlborough House, and Buckingham Palace. It is proposed to add electrophones also. In that case the Queen will be put within the hearing of all the latest entertainments. The Abandonment of the Government's Education Bill is regarded as a serious set back to the Conservative party and to the prestige of Mr Balfour, its loader. The speaker of the House says the Government has suffered a moral shipwreck. It may remain in office for two or three years, but its prestige is gone. The Prelates of the Church of England are also dazed at thepassing by the Lords of the Deceased Wife's Sister Bill. The Fourth Hussars, the " Queen's Own," are being raked fore and aft by

the London Press for their snobbish explusireness. A subaltern named Hodge and a lieutenant named BrucePrice have been compelled to resign from the regiment by " mess table persecution," because their incomes did not enable them to " keep hunters and racehorses." In Price's case the father of the young man intimates that his son was driven from the regiment in order to make a vacancy for Lieutenant Winstone L; S. Churchill, ton. of the late Lord Randolph Churchill.

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ARRIVAL OF THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIL., Grey River Argus, Volume LVII, Issue 9527, 24 August 1896

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ARRIVAL OF THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIL. Grey River Argus, Volume LVII, Issue 9527, 24 August 1896

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