ο»Ώ [No title]|1885-12-25|Llangollen Advertiser Denbighshire Merionethshire and North Wales Journal - Welsh Newspapers Online
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AN EASY BALLOT PAPER.-To Mr. M. T. Morris, the Liver Establishment, Carnarvon, is due the credit of devising a ballot paper, which has been registered, and will be welcomed by presiding officers who have to deal with illiterate voters and others who will persist in nullifying their votes by placing the cross in the wrong place or by signing their names. The body of the ballot paper designed by Mr. Morris is black, the names and addresses of the candidates appearing thereon in white letters. The space in which the cross is to be marked is white. Should there be a third or fourth candidate, the spaces may be coloured blue, yellow, or anything upon which the black cross can be marked. There is no room on the paper for the voter to sign his name. A MISER AND HIS GOLD.-An extraordinary scene was witnessed the other night at West Bromwich, near Birmingham. A fire broke out in the house of an old man of miserly habits in Dagger-lane. The old man awoke from sleep to find his bedroom in flames and the firemen urging him to escape. He jumped out of bed, and made a dash at the bedcurtains, which had caught fire, and would evidently have jeopardised his life by his frantic pulling at the curtains had a fireman' not dragged him from the room by force. When released he again rushed into the room, and as he got hold of the bed curtains a bag of sovereigns tumbled to the floor, and the bag being partly burnt the coins rolled out. With frantic eagerness the miser dropped on his knees and immediately commenced to rake together his scattered hoard. Just at that moment the chief constable went into the room, and, thinking the old man was a thief, dragged him out into the open air, despite his pro- 119 testations that the money belonged to him. When the fire had been extinguished, the miser begged to be allowed to go into the room, and when he got inside he would let no one else in till he had care- fully gathered together his treasures. It is stated that he had scraped together, and kept concealed in the bed curtain, upwards of 150 sovereigns. THE DEPTH OF THE ATLANTIC.—The depth of the Atlantic has been sounded; the shallowest accessible part of the ocean is in northern latitudes. Between Newfoundland and Valentia, over what is called the telegraph plateau, the submarine plain extends for 140 miles without reaching the depth of 1000 feet; then it begins to fall rapidly and goes down to a lower terrace of 9000 feet. After a little it drops to a lower plain, having a depth of 12,000 to 14,000 feet, which stretches without variation 1,700 miles across the Atlantic. Within 130 miles of the Irish coast it ascends by similar steps to the level of the plateau on which rests the British Islands. Coming south from Newfound- land, 200 miles from Cape Race, we cross the great bank, where the depth never exceeds 600 feet. Leaving this we plunge by a series of steps to the deepest part of the North Atlantic, with soundings of 25,000 to 30,000 feet.

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