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OUR COAL TRADE.

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ITHE REVENUE RETURNS.

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I THE REVENUE RETURNS. The quarterly abstract of the revenue of the United Kingdom has iust been issued from the Treasury. The total receipts for the quarter are £ 21,118,471, as against £21,423,174 in the corresponding quarter of 1883, thus showing a net decrease of £304,703 in the present return. The items composing the total receipts ot the past quarter are as follows :âCustoms, L5,570,000 excise, LS,100,000 stamps, £ 3,160,- 000 land tax, P,5,000 houde duty, £ 20,0J0 property and income tax, £ 845,000 post-office, £ 1,980,000 telegraphs, £ 430,000 Crown lands, £ 130,000 interest on advances, £ 282,582, and miscellaneous, £ 595.889. These figures, compared with the return for the quarter ended December 31st, 1883, show the following differences Increase in customs, £ 93,000 stamps, £ 230,000 property and income tax, £ 40,000 post-office, £ 100,000. The decreases in excise were £200,000; house dutv, L5,000 telegraphs, £ 5,000 interest on advances, £ 102,675; and miscellaneous, £ 455,028. For the nine months just completed, the revenue shows a net decrease of LI,695,301 on that of the corre- sponding period of 1883, the chief difference being decreases in the excise of 2425,000 income-tax, 2400,000 and miscellaneous, £ 1,121,216. The Customs, on the other hand, have increased £ 249,000, and the Post-office, £ 120,000. For the three completed quarters of the finan- cial year the revenue for the year ending 31st December, 1884. was £ 85,509,883 as compared with £90,035,522 in 1883, the net decrease being therefore L4,525,639 for the twelve months. This is accounted tor principally by the decrease in the income tax of j62,402,000, and in the excise ol A. £ 593,000. Miscellaneous is also £ 1,707,962 less. Against these there are increases in the post office i oi 2400,000, and customs £ 140,000.

FATAL FIRE AT EDINBURGH.

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DEATH OF LADY HASTINGS.

-THE EARL OF MALMESBURY.

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