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News and Notes.


James Grieve, who was born in Brochilly, Glenquoich, in Glengarry, on New Year’s Day, 1800, is, according to the Greenock Herald, the oldest living Scotsman. He was a shepherd up to a f© w years ago. He can ° remember incidents of nearly a centuary ago. He lives very simply, and seldom eats meat. He married in 1822, and three of his fourteen children survive. HOW THE POOR HELP EACH OTHER. How the poor help the poor was illustrated by a pathetic incident at St. Luke’s terrace School, in the poorest district of Brighton, recently. In a bitterly cold wind a poor, illclad child reached school so benumbed with the cold that she Sainted and (the teachers had some difficulty m restoring animation. In the afternoon nearly half the class, all little gills from poverty - stricken families, brought some article of clothing for the suffering waif. No suggestion had been made by the teacher. They were old ragged things, patched and darnedl but they were love's offering from the poor to the poorest. MARRIAGE OF OLD LOVERS. A woman of Stevenage, Herts, who is seventy-six years of age, is reported to be going out to Australia to marry her old lover, whom she lost trace of fifty years ago. Since their separation the woman has beeivTed to the altar three times and the man four times. PIGEONS DYING BY HUNDREDS. A serious epidemic among pigeons is reported from North Hampshire, .where hundreds of dead birds are being found daily in the woods. This extraordinary mortality is caused by a growth in the beak akin to diptheria, and as there is a grave menace to the public health, the local authorities have issued a warning to people not to oat the dead pigeons. They are said to be of a different breed from the local variety. THE MOTOR CAR AND THE CLOTHES-LINE.

'A singular motor accident was lately narrated at the Newcastle-on-Tyne Police Court. It was stated in a prosecution for obstruction that the city engineer in proceeding down a back street in a motor-car, encountered a clothes-line stretched across the street.

The line caught the chauffeur under the chin and jerked him out of the car, which ran into a hoarding. In inflicting a small fine the Bench told the defendant that his position would have been serious if the chauffeur had had his head taken off.


A burly navvy asked the Willcsdcn magistrate “to give him a little protection against his old woman.” “Are you afraid of her ?” the magistrate asked, looking at the applicant’s big proportions. Applicant ; I am, sir. She terrifies me to death. Chases mo with the poker, she do. “Well, I don't know that I can give you any special advice,” the magistrate said. “I am not at all a specialist in sucn matters.” “My only comfort,” the applicant proceeded, “is flying to drink and then losing my temper with her, and I am sick and tired of that.” The Magistrate : Have you done all you can for her ? Applicant ; Everything possible, sir. Including nine .terms of imprisonment. (Laughter). ‘‘Well, you must make the best of it, said the magistrate. “I don’t see what I can do for you.” Applicant : “It’s beginning to tell on me now, and I’m not so young a s I were. “Go home and coax her a bit,” the magistrate advised. Applicant (to the court serg-eant) ; IWhafs that he says ? The Sergeant ; Coax her a bit. The applicant left the witness-box, muttering to himself, “ Coax her, ■coax her; yes, I should say so. Oh, dear ! ” ” THE BANSHEE. Admiral Lord Charles Beresford, Who recently arrived at New Yoiik 1 , <en route to Mexico, on, matters connected with the death of his brother, Lord Del aval Beresford, states that the death'of his brother was announ-

ced by the wailing of a banshee at the family home at Curraghmore, Ireland. Its last previous appearance was reported on the eve of the death of the late Marquis of Waterford. TWO KINDS OF MUTTON. When William Frederick Masters, trading as W. F. Masters and Sons, of Rosoman street, Clarkenwell, was summoned at the Clarkenwell policecourt last month for applying to six carcases of South American mutton a false trade description, to wrt, "New Zealand Meat,” contrary to the Merchandise Marks Act, he pleaded that it was all the fault of a clerk. The magistrate, however, did not take that view, and imposed a penalty of os, with 25s costs. Defendant had agreed to supply St. Albans guardians with New Zealand mutton in its original linen wrappings and with the original labels attached. The - officials became suspicious, and called in Mr Cameron, of the New Zealand Government. He was of the opinion that the meat was River Plate mutton, and worth less than New Zealand mutton. The carcases were delivered on October 31st, and were contained in linen wrappers stamped either "C.M.C.’’ (Christchurch Meat Co.), “Lamb,” Messrs Nelson Brothers, Gisborne, N.Zi. Henry Charles Cameron, Commissioner of the New Zealand Government, gave evidence that at the time the price of New Zealand mutton was 2s lOd a stone, but defendant’s contract was at 2s 3d.

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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 52, 6 April 1907

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News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 52, 6 April 1907

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