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---.-. MR. T. BKASSEY. MP,…

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I,THE WESTMEATH WILL CASE.

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IA FORGOTTEN HERO.

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THE FRENCH ARTILLERY. j

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THE FRENCH ARTILLERY. The French artillery has resolved to discard tbe bonze field-pieces with which it is armed, and likeGer- manyand Russia, to adopt steel breech-loaders instead. lien Ki-npp, however, will not gain any additional customers, it seems, by such a step, for the French War Department is to make its own guns, and, moreover, to adopt a pattern of its own. The adoption of the English method of making guns on the muzzle loading system, with wrought iron coils placed round a steel tube was, we are told, under consideration but the expense of new plant and machinery is said to have been too great. As with us, there will be two kinds of field cannon constructed for horse artillery and field artillery respectively, and tha calibre in both cases will be very similar to ours, which is rfpresented by nine pounder and sixteen pounder guns. At the present moment Britain is tte only Great Power in Europe armed with muzzle- loading guns with the partial exception of Italy. Germany believes in breech-loaders of steel both for heavy and light artillery. The modern ordnance of thte Russians and the Turks are also of steel and load at the breech, having been purchased, indeed, for the most part at the Essen Works of Herr Krupp. The Austrians employ breech-loaders made of hardened bronze, or steel-bronze, as its inventor, General TO, Uchatius, terms the alloy. We in England adhere to iron muzzle-loaders, which we adopted soon after abandoning the Armstrong gun. This last weapon was tried in action on only one occasion-in China, in I860 but the War Office appears to have lost all confidence in it, and since its disgrace will have nothing to do with breech-loaders.

LORD ROSSLYN'S INTERVIEW WITH…

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THE NORTH UNST LIGHTHOUSE.

TEN DEARS' EXPLORATION.

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-::.. WILLS AND BEQUESTS.

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I FOREIGN AND COLONIAL.

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