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POLITICAL GOSSIP.

LITERATURE AND THE ARTS.

MOTIVE POWER IN A NEW SHAPE.

A FRIGHTFUL ASSAULT.

I SHOCKING MUBDER AND ATTEMPTED…

EXTRACTS FROM " PUNCH " &…

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How to Destroy Ants.—A French newspaper gives the following mode of destroying ants in gardens. without having recourse to the apothecary of the town or the sorcerer of the village." It consists in turning down empty flower pota, one or more as may be necessary, in the places frequented by the ants; these being attracted by the shelter, make their hills beneath the pots and one has but to remove each pot and pour boiling water on the mass to destroy them. The pot or pots may be shifted from place to place as long as the presence of the little intruders is manifest, and the process of destruction repeated. -Gardener's Chronicle. Mediums."—The Geelong (Victoria) Advertiser has been informed that among other mediums em- ployed by a squatter, at the lands election at Belfast, there were two members of the Legislative Assembly, one policeman, and four young ladies, one of whom was the daughter of a clergyman. The pay of the ladies averaged from £1 to -65 per day." It may be well to explain that these mediums" were employed on no unearthly business. Mediums" in Australian phrase, just now, are persons engaged by a squatter, when part of his "run" is among the lands offered by the Government at a land lottery, the duty of mediums being to take out lot tickets, as if they were settlers proposing to cultivate land, attend the drawing, and, if their tickets are drawn before the land of their principal is gone, select it, and hand it over to himself on payment of their fee for attend- ance.

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