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News and Notes.

Fifty-four thousand deaths from plague occurred in India during the week ending March 2.3 rd.

The number of horses exported from the United Kingdom in 1906 was 60,414. as against 47,708 in 1905, and 27,612 in 1901. An Indiana Court has granted Mrs Polly Baker, aged sixty-five a divorce from her eleventh husband. One husband died a natural death, one committed suicide, and nine were divorced from her. At the installation meeting of the Mayor of Roslyn (Duoedin) last week, the Mayor compared the Borough with that of Invercargill, stating ■that the latter, with a not much larger population than Roslyn, spent £IOOO per annum on management, while the local expenses in this respect were something like £4OO. About seventy cyclists, a considerable number of whom w T ere ladies, were thrown from their bicycles on the main London road at Kingston-on-Thames recently owing to a large quantity of water on the road, in the centre of which is a wooden-pav-ed tramway track. Captain T. J. Jones and Chief Officer A. Holne, of the stranded liner Suevic, have written to the White Star Company denying the assertions that two Salvation Army officers who were on board displayed cowardice by entering the boats before permission had been givenAn organisation known as the “Single Blessedness Club/’ the object of which is to discourage matrimony, and work for the idealisation of spinsterhood, says the Chicago Tribune, has been founded at Wisconsin University, and the president. Miss Federle, states that the members wall be distinguished from the ordinary spinsters by the fact that they all hate cats. The sale of hot cross buns in London this year was adversely affected by the revelations in the Daily Mail as to the method of their manufacture. The fact that journeymen baktrs are sweated for -36 hours on end in turning out the millions of buns demanded by the public every Good Friday had a decided effect on the sales.

A humble funeral, consisting' of a one-horse hoarse, escorted by au undertaker in a swallow-tail coat and tall glazed hat. appeared before one of the gates of Paris recently. The customs men were about to let it pass without question when one of them was struck with the appearance of the undertaker, who seemed the worse for liquor. Suspicion was aroused. and the funeral was halted. A Customs official lifted the pall covering the coffin, which proved to be an oblong vessel of tin full of absinthe. The “funeral'’ was promptly confiscated, and the undertaker was afterwards identified as a well-known smuggler of spirits. The cancelling of the arrangements for 700 or 800 working men to view the state apartments at Windsor Castle on Good Friday caused considerable indignatian among' local tradesmen, who attribute the abandonment of the excursion to the opposition of the clergy of the Ckurch of England. When the news of the cancelling of the arrangements was published, in one church the vicar offered prayers of thanksgiving, and a rector in another church referred in scathing terms to the desecration of Good Friday by such excursions. His -Ma'jesty the King, who loses no opportunity for showing his fondness for Biarritz, had an Irish shamrock planted there during his recent visit, and expressed a wish that it might be kept for next St. Patrick’s Day. Father Bernard Vaughan recently denounced what he termed “cat and dog worship’’ in fashionable circles at Home, and was afterwards bombarded with letters from indignant owners of pots. Here are a few samples “My dog 4s dearer to me than anyone else on earth,” said one ; another : “I don’t know whether you have a soul, but I know my dog has.” Yet another : “You seem to think I shall be damned because I love my faithful friend —w r ell, I should prefer to be lost with him than saved without him.” And again : “You may say what you like, but my dog has more logic than any man and more love than any woman I ever met.”

Some very fine crops of potatoes are being dug at Farnham, Warrnambool. One crop of the American Rose variety, grown by Mr P. Smith, yielded 10 tons to the acre, and another of the Snowflake variety, 12 tons to the acre.

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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 8, 25 May 1907

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News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 8, 25 May 1907

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