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Christchurch Training Notes.

Ohbistohdeoh, October 27 This morning Lorraine galloped a fast mile and a quarter with Ravenswing, both going well. St. Clair and British Lion performed a similar task, and Leopold appeared better than Cuirassier in a mile and a half at top speed. Vandal went the Cup distance at a strong pace, and Exchange and Son of a Gun oaoh galloped a mile and a quarter fast. Chain Shot and Engagement went 2J miles steadily, and Strenuous made half the journey at a rather better pace. Escutcheon, Buby, Silver Mark, and Manton were' out later in the day and did good work.

A Brisbane telegram in the Melbourne Age of the 12th mat. says :— " An extraordinary incident occurred in the Assembly Chamber last night, Mr Masters, member for Fortitude Valley, was unable to maintain an upright position when he attempted to cross the house. He fell headlong to the floor more than once. Members generally treated the matter jocularly. The member refused to go home, but sat calling " Aye, aye," in a loud tone to all questions. After an adjournment, and another heavy fall, he was led from the House by two members, and sent home in a cab." A frightful tragedy is reported from the Philippines. In the Tillage of Antique, near Iloilo (according to a Home paper), the only white men are a priest and a Spanish planter. One day, for no apparent cause, the native inhabitants attacked the priest'B house with the intent of putting him to death. The planter hearing of this, armed himself with a rifle and 50 cartridges and went to his defence. Arriving at the priest's house, he loaded and began a deadly fire on the crowd. Whether on account of his coolness and will, or because of the number of besiegers offering a mark that could not be missed, when he liad fired off his 50 cartridges 50 persons lay on the ground dead or dying. Horror-stricken with this extraordinary slaughter, the people fled, leaving the priest much bruised, but not dangerously hurt. Here is an episode from real life, recounted by the Chicago Iribune, vrhich would servo for the climax of a sensational novel : — William Myere, a promising young merchant of Waynesburg, 0., had been paying attention to Mis 3 Etta Metz, a handsome young woman flnd a member of a prominent family, for over a -yoar. He called on her and proposed marriage. She refused. This so exoited Mr Myers that he walked to the door without saying a word and shot himself in the head. He died in a few minutes, in the arms of the girl, who said, amid her tears, that she had refused him merely to test his love. She is almost heart broken over the terrible affair. Says the Auckland Herald: — A clerk in tbe Bank of New Zealand is reported to have received a lucky windfall from the old country of £6000. After that,, it is scarcely necessary to say, he needs a holiday, and, on leave, proceeds to Melbourne to see the Exhibition! He contemplates putting a sixth of the amount which has fallen to him in the new shares of the Bank. A most extraordinary escape from a fatal accident (saye the Lyell Times') ocourred to a young man yarned Henry Gar land last Monday afternoon. It appears that Garland, who is occasionally subject to epileptio fits want for *a walk unacoompanied along the narroty traok leading to tbe cemetery, and being seized with an attack fell a distance of fully 150 feet into Lyell creek, During tbe evening several people noticed a fire burning in the bed of the creek, and on making enquiries discovered that the unfortunate young man was lying there with his back injured. Assistance was soon rendered and he was conveyed to town. Searob. had been made for him during the afternoon, but the place where he was found was a most; unlikely one, and had ha not been able to light a fire it is very probable he would not have been discovered for several daya. • Tha following is from the Melbourne letter of the Wanganui Chroniole: — " Some surprising things take place in consequence of the boom. What do you think of this for one ? A friend of min,e one of the cleverest canvassers in the city, took a threa months advertisement order from a firm of auctioneers for a whole page of an evening paper. The price was £4000; and he pocketed a little cheque of £175 commission for His trouble. This even beats Yankee advertising, I think. The funniest divorce plea ever devised has been started in America. He had been an old bachelor, and they wanted a divorce at the end of the first week. Not that he was unkind or she waa pettish, or that there was any quarrelling ; only — he had always been, used to doing his own sweeping, dusting, and cooking, and do. it he would 1 The lady looked upon this as an infringement of her privileges. Nowhere out of America could we find a woman grumbling because her housework was done for her, Some figures, whioh are alleged to b authentic, have just been published with respect to the yearly expenditure of the Sultan of Turkey, and if their accuracy is to be relied upon they constitute in theraeeolvee a sufficient explanation of the flespfrate condition of the fin-; noes of hie empire. It costs him £600,000 per annum for the renewal of his furniture, oarpets, linen, and bedding, £2,000,000 per annum for the ladies of hia harem. £2,ti00,000 for his various | caprices, £400,000, for h,is wardrobe and personal adornment, £6Q0,00Q for presents and fees, £500,000 for vessels of gold and silver, £92,000 for the maintenance of his 474 carriages and their horses,- and £1,000,000 for oookery and other household expenses. Wo less than QOOQ persons have to be provided with 3 meals a day in his Majesty's palace oi Dolma Bagtche, and he lives altogether at the bountiful rate of something like £8,000,000 per annum. A serious and quite unprecedented misfortune ha 3 {The Times says) happened to the sloop Nymphe, which is completing for commission at Portsmouth, The vessol, which was laid down in July last year, was only floated out of dock a few months ago. At the time the water was admitted the after and upper portions of the hull, as well as the rudder, were coppered, the enda 6t the propeller shaft, to which the twin screws are fitted, being covered with paint to prevent their rusting. When the water was pumped out of No. 1 dock, whither the sloop bad been t^en to be prepared for her Bteum trials by the Gkeenook Foundry Company, an alarming state of things was discovered, While she was in the ship basin the water seems to have percolated thrpugh the eompositionj and set up a powerful galvanic battery between the copper and the Bteel, As a result, the ezposed parts of the propeller shafting are seriously damaged, ruts an inch broad having been eaten* out of the steel ia some places as though gouged with a chiuel. The key pieces are bitten %yf&y at the sides, while deep holes are everywhere visible, The propeller shafts are 45ft long, each manufactured out of a single ingot, and the iuj ury is so great that new ones will probably have to be fitted. Where I<hp nuts screwed into the ends the threads are in a Btate of perfect preservation, and had the usual precaution of coveric g the exposed surfaces with zinc caps been followed, no harm would have been sustained,

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Christchurch Training Notes., Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXII, Issue 254, 27 October 1888

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Christchurch Training Notes. Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXII, Issue 254, 27 October 1888

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