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VARIETIES.

Nobee Spobts !—A walking match is reported to have come off for a thousand guineas between a noble lord and a baronet. The thing to do was to walk up a high mountain it Scotland, the nobleman walking backwards with heavy boots on, the baronet -walking forward, but with an open umbrella, the match to come off on a windy day. The umbrella man was defeated. Chaeles Dickens's Lote toe the Pbess.—The Chicago Times, in the course of a very touching article upon Charles Dickens's love for his old profession as a newspaper man, says :—" Let it be recalled, and remembered too, that the first author and most successful man in the world at the time of his death, was led to his career, and sealed it with the verdict of pserless success, by the observation and culture of hard, tireless newspaper work. And he whose laurels are now moistened with the grief of the world was always proud of his connection with the press. How gently he was wont to woo the sunlight of hope for the London newsboys at their annual feast! How prompt was his attendance at the annual press dinners, and how like the quiet falling of refreshing rain was the dropping of his sentences on those enjoyable occasions! Who of those that were present at the farewell Dickens dinner, given by the press of New York two years ago, will ever let slip from mind the inexpressible tenderness of his greeting and grateful expressions at that memorable time ? In vain did he call upon all his boundless resources of language to satisfy himself in expressing his love and admiration for the press. A mist came over his eyes when he essayed to speak of his old time employment on the press, and of the kindness with which newspapers on both sides the water had uniformly treated him. There was an enchantment about his words which made every preßS man present proud of his calling." Dbbby Day a Failube. —The London Spectator says : —" The Derby this year has been a failure. The crowd was smaller, dingier, and more blackguard than usual; the road was very dull; the weather was very disagreeable ; and the pace of the horses running was very slow. The public, too, lost its money. It chose to believe that because M'Gregor was the fastest horse he therefore would win the race, and betted upon him, still everybody who understjod the turf knew that he must lose or the ring would be ruined. Consequently, Kingcraft, with 20 to 1 against him, catne in first, and M'Gregor, with 3 to 1 upon him, came in fourth. Moral: When you want to gamble do it on dice. They may not be loaded. To judge by appearances, it will, in a few years more, be as bad style for men to go down to the Derby as it is now for women, and the Epsnm course will be surrendered to the Megs,'roughs, and fools, to whom, while the present racing system continues, race-courses belong. When betting on horses has become unfashionable, the Legislature will probably decree that it shall also be illegal, and the millions will be compelled to throw avray their money on some other method of guessing by rule." The New York papers publish news to the effect that a fire is raging in the forests of the Saguenay region in Canada, an area of five miles by thirty. A number of persons have perished in the flames, and 300 families in the villages of Saguenay are rendered destitute. Theee has been a military movement in Lisbon, the significance of which is not very clear—a mild sort of revolution, by which the restless veteran Marshal Saldana, of former years, has virtually constituted himself dictator of Portugal. Placing himself at the head of fiix battalions, he marched (on the 19th of May) upon the Palace, and forced admissionafter a brief skirmish in which seven soldiers were killed—dismissed the Ministry, and formed a new one, with himself as minister of war. He is suspected of intriguing to secure the union of Portugal with Spain. Marshal Prim has denied all complicity in the affair. Meantime the Spanish throne remains vacant, and so long interregnum is a fruitful source of difficulty. In a speech to the Spanish Cortes, the Marshal admits having treated with the candidates in succession, but yet ventures a hope that a king will be found within the next three months. His present object is to establish a monarchical confederation with Portugal, such as shall have the aulomony of the two nations unimpaired. . Thb railway from Q-eneva to Aunumak was- a few days since tha scene of a fearful occurrence. ' An immense mass of snow and ice became detached from the Glacier of Monthoux, and fell upon a train that was passing at the moment. The last three carriages were crushed to fragments. Three passengers were taken out dead, and fire others were more or less seriously injured. Spanish Bbigands. — Two Englishmen—uncle and nephew—were seized by brigands, and a telegram from Madrid, dated June 5, stated that Mr. Bonell, sea., had arrived at Gibraltar to procure the required ransom, and returned with it to Cadiz. The next day's news, however, contradicted this information and stated that the news of the return of Mr. Bonell and his nephew to Gibraltar was erroneous. The latter only had returned there to obtain 150,000f. (£6000) the ransom demanded by the brigands. His uncle remained meanwhile, in their hands. A later telegram stated that "the brigands who captured the Bonells were waylaid on thoir return from Puerta Santa Maria, and three oufc of the four killed by the Guardia Civile; the fourth will, it is expected, be taken. It is understood that the ransom has been recovered." Mr. Bonell 6en., has regained his liberty, and has returned to Puerto Santa Maria, near Cadiz. The brigands near Gibraltar attempted to capture two English officers of, the garrison, but they were rescued by the civil guards, who, fired upon the brigands, wounding one and capturing another. The English and Spanish Governments have made arrangements to prevent Gibraltar becoming a haunt of brigands, as formerly it was of smugglers. Goldsmith's Woek. —The progress of Fine Art manufacture in this branch of trade is strikingly exemplified in a little work published by J. W. Benson, of 25, Old Bond Street, and of the City Steam Factory, 58 and 60, Ludgate Hill. It isenriched and embel-, lished with designs (by Italian, French, and English artists) of Brooches, Bracelets, Earrings, and other articles suitable for personal wear, or Wedding, Birthday, or other presents, with their prices. Mr. Benson (who holds the appointment to H:R.H. the Prince of Wales) has also published a very interesting pamphlet on the Rise and progress of Watoh and Clock-making. These pamphlets are sent post free for two stamps each, and they cannot be too Btrorigly recommended to those contemplating a purchase, especially to residents in the country or abroad,:who are thus enabled to select any article they may require, and have it forwarded with perfect safety.

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VARIETIES., Colonist, Volume XIII, Issue 1347, 23 August 1870

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