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NEWS FROM ALL SOURCES.

At Stuttgart a student in love with a very pretty girl had repeatedly written to her parents for their consent to a marriage. Receiving no reply, lie poisoned himself at the girl's lodgings. Next day came a letter with the parents' consent. At the funeral tho girl swallowed poison and fell lifeless into the arms of one of the choristers singing over the grave. A frightful unrehearsed tragedy has been enacted on the stago of the Poictiers Theatre. During the performance of v The Pirates de la Savane," In the scene where Andres (the tiger slayer) discharges his carbine at Ribeiro (the pirate chief), tho public was struck with tho realism of the death, which they thought the actor simulated, and though drops of blood stained tho boards, yet the spectators, were loud in their applause. The unfortunate man M. Martigue by name, had been mortally wounded, and he expirei before many minutes; surrounded by his awestruck comrades. That this melancholy catastrophe was the result of aocident is sufficiently established. A pistol duel at 15 paces was fought on January 10th, in the neighbourhood of Frankfort, between two German noblemen of high rank — Herr von Franklenberg Proschlitz, Knight of tho Royal Household and Master of Ceromonies at Wiesbaden, and Freihorr von Froelich, Gentleman of the Chamber of Berlin, resulting in the death of the former, who received hia antagonist's ball in the throat, hia own pistol missing fire The causes which led to tho duel were family matters. Herr von Froelich had challenged his opponent, and had persisted in his challenge in spito of the latter's protests that he had no intention of insulting him. The Liverpool Mercury states that the high expectations formed of the speed of the new steel steamers built for the London and North-Western Railway Company have not been disappointed. On the 10th July the Lily steamed from Holyhead to Dublin, in three hourq nine minutes, which is 18-73 knots, or juat under 22 mijes per hour ; the same distance was run by the Violet, though wind and weather were slightly m.ore adverse, in five minutes more, which makes her speed 3§"24 knots, or over 31 miles, an hour. Where will this atop } A correspondent of SelVs I<ife aays : — " It may have escaped the attention of some of our readers that Robert the Devil's performance is, if we may beli-

eve the stop-watch, almost unparalleled. If 2tnin. lOsec. was the correct time, hia rate of speed was nearly as may bo lmin. 40£secs. ; 2 furlongs, 25£ sec. ; 43 yards, 4min. 3-169ec. Total, 2tnin. 9 13-16s6c. The only recorded performance I know which can be fairly set against this is one told in Orton'a Annals of York and Doncaater.' In 1830, at ; York Spring Meeting, Medora won the Constitution Stakes, by a head from Cistercian. The distiince was one mile and a quarter, the time lmin. 56sec. Here, however, the second horse, Cistercian, made severe running. The race was only won by a head, whereas Robert the Devil had neither an assistant nor an opponent, and was evidently not extended at the finish. Moreover, the weights of the York race were taking six-years-old weight as the standard on a olb. lower scale." Garribaldi, in a letter to the Sedo, calls attention in his usual style to one of the greatest evils attendant on the system of universal military service. Of all the emigrants landing in New York, it is declared that " the most deformed, ricketty, dirty, wretched, and thievish are the Italians." Too true, says Garibaldi, and why ? because the Royal Cuirassiers, the Royal Carabinieri, the soldiers of all arms, the gendarmes, the police, and the monks must all be picked men. The flower of the population being thus doomed to compulsory or voluntary celibacy, "what remains to propogate the Italian race ! The narrow-chested, the ricketty, the ocrofulous, the deformed, the lame, and all that sort of people." Garibaldi only repeats the warning which Haeckel years ago addressed to the rulers of Germany, when he told them that the principle of universal military service might strengthen a nation for a time ; but it ensured its ultimate degeneracy by practically decreeing ' the survival of the unfittest. " The death of one of the oldest men in Scotland is reported from Badreisky, near Lybster. His name was Peter Sutherland and he is reported to have reached the age of 114 years when he died. He fought at Waterloo, sud was in his late years church officer of two parish churches, to which he would walk over two miles each way, and perform the duties when he was over 100 yeara old, and two years ago he was seen to leap a ditch. He was a great reader to the last, and had a wide acquaintance with the Scripturea. He rose at G daily took an occasional smoke, and " a drop of spirits" once a day. Hia age seems to be pretty accurately ascertained to have been 112 at least, with the probability that his own estimate of 114 was correct. An exchange says : — " One of the best modes of taking down an overdressed young dandy on the platform oi a street car is to offer him your fare, as if you took him for the conductor. Conductors are very respectable men, but, like editors, they frequently wear their last year's clothes." We heard of this being tried once, says the New York Herald. The dandy gratefully accepted the six cents, paid his own fare with it when the conductor came along, and smiled significantly as he saw the giver paying his over again. At the present time some thirty explorers, of nationalities, are engaged in penetrating into the opening up the Dark Continent in the cause of science.

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NEWS FROM ALL SOURCES., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume VIII, Issue 1273, 17 March 1881

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NEWS FROM ALL SOURCES. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume VIII, Issue 1273, 17 March 1881

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