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THE GUILDHALL LIBRARY.

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THE FATAL FIRE AT NEW YORK.

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THE BRAHMAPOOTRA.

THREATENED GENERAL KAFFIR…

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FAMINE IN CHINA.âA correspondent engaged in the relief work in the North-east of China writes: "People of all ages die of actual starva- tion by thousands. The famine extends over a dis- trict which includes at least 5000 villages, and in these latter together I am certainty within the mark in saying that 500 die daily, perhaps 1000 may be within it. A few days ago I traversed the worst part. Thousands upon thousands have perished already. Houses are pulled down in every village to sell the timber and thatch in order to get food. Those who can get husks and dry leaves, ordinarily used for fuel, are considered well off. Most of the poor young girls have been sold old men, middle- aged, young men, and children die daily of sheer starvation and others freeze. The dead cannot get a burial; they are too many, and none can afford the expense; so they are cast daily into large pits." This is a description of what happened last year. This year even worse horrors are reported. The people at Shansi are said to be living on the corpses of their fellow-beings who die of starvation! And the strong are killing the weak for the sake ot obtaining their desh for food! Up to the present time the principal relief has come from the Christian missionaries, Protestant and Roman Catholic, who have distributed among the sufferers the funds subscribed by their communities in the open ports. A CORRESPONDENT of Land and Water makes the curioua statement that in certain English counties from whence the chief supply of geese is drawn, young children are frequently detained from school or work, that they may lie in bed by turns for the sole purpose of watching goose eggs placed there with them It remains to be seen whether the present Government I', system of education will permit the continuance of this system.âLive Stock Journal. LIEUTENANT-GENERAL VON KUNST, the oldest officer in the German army, died at Munich a few days ago. He was in his 99th year, had been in service eighty-five years, and fought in the Battle of Nen Brisach,in 1793. LICENSED HOUSES IN FRANCE.âAn offiolal document shows that there were in France, at the date of the last return, 313,529 establishments licensed for the sale of liquors. The greatest number was in the department of the Seine, including Paris, namely, 24,809; the Department of the Nord was, however, not far behind, with 23,127; the adjoining Depart- ment of the Pas-de-Oalais was also provided with 13,293. Those are the only three in which the number exceeds 10,000. It may be remarked that in opposition to the abundance of drink-shops in the north of France, there were only 6014 in the Rhone, which includes Lyons, and but 3244 ini the Bouches- du-Rhone, comprising Marseilles. THE young woman who, being engaged, sighed in sentimental rhythm. "Oh! for some new-found pame by which to call "'mmarr-ed her lover about six months ago, and haa now decided to call him Old Bwnm >1-' )

DISTRESS IN SOUTH WALES."

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GUN ACCIDENTS AND THEIR CAUSES.

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MR. J. ANTHONY FRQUDE, M.A.,…

OUR AUSTRALIAN COLONIES.

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PROVINCIAL FREE LIBRARIES.

A ROMANTIC STORY.

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