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MR. SALA IN NEW ZEALAND.—DEATH OF MRS. SALA. Under the heading "Land of the Golden Fleece," including New Zealand as well as Australia, the Daily Telegraph of New-Year's Day contained one of Mr. George Augustus Sala's letters, felicitously combining information and amusement, written from Christchurch, "City of the Plains," New Zealand. Unhappily, the same number announces the melancholy intelligence of Mrs. Sala's death, which we deeply regret to hear :—"The innumerable friends and admirers of Mr. Sala will learn this morning with the profoundest sorrow the news of the death of his amiable and most excellent wife. A telegram dispatched from Melbourne on the 3rd inst. conveys the sad intelligence of Mrs. Sala's decease in that city. All who knew the lamented lady will immediately understand the terrible nature of the trouble which has fallen upon the accomplished author and journalist. Completely devoted to him, to his work, and to his interests, she possessed an unfailing sweetness of disposition and a natural tact and vivacity which endeared her to all who possessed the privilege of her friendship." Another of Mr. Sala's felicitous letters, written from Christchurch, appeared in the Daily Telegraph of Tuesday last. We learn from the Inangahua Times, a copy of which has been obligingly forwarded to us, that Mr. Sala lectured in Reefton, New Zealand, on Nov.4 last. The journal named, in its issue of that day, thus announces the expected literary treat:— Mr. George Augustus Sala, the brilliant journalist and litterateur, will reach Reefton this afternoon, and in the evening will deliver his famous lecture upon "Two Princes of the Pen—Dickens and Thackeray." The ovation which has been everywhere throughout the colonies accorded to the distinguished visitor, and the fact that he has in numberless instances been compelled by the pressure of public solicitation to repeat his visits and lectures, is ample testimony of the high place he has won in the estimation of the colonial people. Few men of any eminence in either literature, science or art, who have visited us have been so completely successful as Sala. His journey through the colony may be said to have been a royal progress, the enthusiasm of his receptions in the different towns being very marked. In short, it may be said that both professionally and socially he has been made about as much of as it is possible to do. It was, no doubt, an advantage that for nearly a quarter of a century past his name has been almost as well and widely known in the colonies as those of the great novelists about whom he will discourse to-night. Other men enjoying wide fame have, however, also visited us, but it has been reserved for "G. A. S." to fix the standard by which the success will be measured of all future visits of European celebrities. That in to-night's lecture we shall have a literary treat, of the highest order there is no doubt whatever, and one worth going a long way to hear. Our old friend Mr. R. S. Smythe accompanies Mr. Sala. 9.1.1886