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News and Notes.

A fish known as a monk or angler, landed by a steam trawler, was found to have swallowed a 21b tin of English mustard—picked up, probably, after a wreck. Recently another fish captured -off Scarborough, contained a lady’s hat.

Remarkable revelations were made lately by the Health Committee of the Bradford Corporation in connection with the frolen rabbit trade. During four months 2,384 rabbits have been seized in the city and uestroyed as being unfit for human food. The public have been warned (reports the London Mail) that many of the 1905 season rabbits are still on the market, and in. cases where the liver and kidneys are missing they should be regarded with the greatest suspicion. Lord Carrington, Minister for Agriculture recently informed the Home Counties Liberals of the progress made with small holdings by the transference to his charge of 62,000 acres of Crown Lands. Already 59 families had been placed on a farm of 917 acres in Cambridgeshire. Arrangements had been made to hand over 200 acres in Wiltshire to a parish council, and next Michaelmas they would obtain possession of a farm of 1000 acres in Lincolnshire. To the editor of the "Birmingham Gazette and Express,” who forwarded him a congratulatory message on his succeeding to the throne of Nawanagar, Prince Ranjitsinhji, the famous cricketer, sent the following iseply : —Many thanks for your congratulations. My message to the British public is : "God bless the-Emper-or King, his Empire, and his people. 11 hope still to retain the regard, affection, and esteem of my British friends and the British public by playing the game on another field.”

The governments of Europe and the plutocracy of America were busy paying competitive compliments to English farmers at Islington, on Bth, March. The French Government took the lead, purchasing ten of the better class of hackney stallions at prices varying from £7OO to £IOOO. The Belgian and Austrian Governments followed in their wane. A terrible head-on collision occurred at a Canadian Pacific mountain station a hundred miles west of Montreal on March Bth. The Montreal express, running at 50 miles an hour crashed into a freight train. The crew of the latter jumped and escaped with severe injuries. Both engines were telescoped, the baggage car of the express was demolished, and the remainder of the train caught fire. Mr Kitchen, an express messenger, (and Mr Nichol, another passenger, were caught in the wreckage. The other passengers took turns in chopping at the cars to try. and effect a rescue, but before either could be released the fire reached them, and they were burnt to death before the rescuers’ eyes. Strong men sobbed at the awful "sight. Eight or ten were injured in the wreck, which was the result of a signal operator’s blunder. An amazing blunder in identity has come to light at Cardiff. A .young woman named Lucy Bose, or Davies, suddenly left a farmer’s house where she acted as housekeeper, with, it is alleged, £ls which did not belong to her. At the Salvation Army Home at Cardiff a young woman named Jones, who bore a striking resemblance to the missing housekeeper, was arrested on the strength of a photograph circulated by the police, which was unquestionably a portrait of Jones. How the photograph got into the hands of the police is not known. Another singular coincidence was that in .Tone’s possession was a Post Office bankbook showing , a deposit of £ls in one sum. Jones at length established her Identity, and Lucy Bose has been arrested and remanded.

A remarkable railway accident occurred on March 1, near Lispool, Count Kerry, when a goods train r a n away down a steep hill, and at a speed of fifty miles an ho*ur plunged over a bridge and fell forty .feet into a river. After passing Lispool, the brakes failed to act, and the train gathered tremendous speed down the long incline, at the foot of which stands the bridge. This is approached by a sharp curve. The driver and the fireman were unable to check The speed, and seeing the imminent danger, jumped from the engine, the former receiving severe injuries. The train became derailed at the curve, and plunged into the river forty feet below, becoming a total wreck. The permanent way is much damaged and traffic was suspended. In May, 1593, a similar accident occurred on this lino, resulting in several deaths. The curve is to be reconstructed under si scheme of improvements.

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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 5, 4 May 1907

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News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 5, 4 May 1907

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