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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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DISTRESS IN SOUTH WALES."

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GUN ACCIDENTS AND THEIR CAUSES.

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M. GAMBETTA'S TISIT TO ROME.âIn conver- sation with Signor Cairoli at Rome, M. Gambetta denounced Clericalism as the greatest enemy of France, and said that had its partisans triumphed in the late elections, intervention on behalf of the Pope would have followed. Before leaving Rome M. Gam- betta had an interview with Xing Victor Emmanuel. «, COMPENSATION CLAIM. â At the Sheriffs Court, Red Lion-square, London, before Mr. Under-sheriff Burchell the case of Sir Spencer Maryon Wilson, Bart., and the Metropolitan and St. John's Wood Railway Company was heard. The claim as presented to the Court was about .£85,000 for land in the Fincbley-road, beyond the Swiss Oettage, which Wal required for a new station. The company had taken a portion of land for a tunnel, and had served a notice for a further portion. A sum of .£5500 had been paid for the tunnel land, and the question was the sum to be awarded for the additional laud. About six acres were required, and on the part of the claimant it was pnt at from £2000 to .£8000 an acre. On the part of the company the jury were invited to consider that £8500 would be the full extent to be given. Mr. Under-sheriff Burchell, in summing up the case, regretted the delay since the first hearing in July, owing to the elevation of the Hon. W. Thesiger. The jury returned a verdict for £17,000. and no damage for the severance. A SOUTH AFRICA WEDDING. The Gold- fields correspondent of the Natal Mercury writes from Pilgrims Rest, on the 4th of November: "The mar- riage of Mr. W. G. Compton (late of Natal) to Miss Alice Mary C. Marshall (third daughter of Mr. William Marshall, for many years a resident of Maritzburg, and the well-known sportsman of that city) took place to-day. The camp was gaily decorated with bunting, every flagstaff showing its colours. A novel feature was a rope stretched across the street, with a lot of old beots and slippers attached to the rope, which was lowered down as the bridal wag- gonette passed underneath. This, at any rate, can boast of originality, though the oxen drawing the vehicle did not appear to appreciate it. The happy pair intend to spend their honeymoon travelling about this part of the country for a fortnight. They have the good wishes of every pilgrim. The bridal wag- gonette deserves a passing word, it being one of the prettiest little conveyances of its kind any one could wish for complete in every particular, nicely cushioned throughout, and placed on good springs." TORPEDO MANUFACTURE.âThe War Depart- ment authorities have revoked the decision at which they arrived some time since to exhibit in the pattern room of the Royal Laboratory Department, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, one of the Whitehead or fiah torpedoes, the Lords of the Admiralty having objected to the public display of even the exterior shell of the machine, although it is frequently shown at work and at rest to visitors, native and foreign. It is under- stood that an important improvement has lately been introduced into the manufacture of this torpedo at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, but the improvement, like the main principle of the invention, is kept a secret. IN a sm^ll party, the subject turning on mat- rimony, a ledy said to her sister, "I wonder, my dear, you have never made a match I think you want the brimstone;" the replied, "No, not the brimstone, only the fpark,"

MR. J. ANTHONY FRQUDE, M.A.,…

OUR AUSTRALIAN COLONIES.

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PROVINCIAL FREE LIBRARIES.

A ROMANTIC STORY.

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