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gate, of the United States Signal Service. Captain Howgate's proposal is to establish a colony of hardy, ■t resolute, and intelligent men at some favourable point on or near the borders of the Polar Sea, providing it with all modern appliances for overcoming the phy- sical obstacles in the pathway to the Pole, and for resisting the effects of hunger, cold, and sickness, and to deprive it of the means of retreat except at stated periods of time. The object of the colony would, be to watch the condition of the ice and the weather, in order to take ad van age of whatever favourable op- portunities flight be presented to push parties on by fcoat wratedge or both, the quest being continued till the Pole be foand. Svery possible comfort would be provided, and the colony would be visited at stated intervals by ships tent out from the States. Lady Franklin Bay, well known in connection with our own recent expedition, is the locality selected by Captain Howeate. though ultimately some other station may be chosen. At the meeting of. the New York Geo- graphical Society on January 31, Captain Howgate's -was discussed in the presence of Lord Duffisrin, who, with many flattering compliments, was electei « honorary member of the society. Lord DuBerin acknowledged the honour in his well-known happy style; he spoke of himself as a potentate whose sceptre touches the Pole, and who rules over a larger area of snow than any monarch." ( DBATHS tbou Bunua,—Dr. Hardwioko held two inquiries at the Hetbern Coroner's Court as tothe deaths of two persons who have died from barns. The first case was that of Elizabeth Curtis, of CS, of 7, Bald win's-pi ace, Hoiborn. She was very feeble and- near-tighted, and on Monday afternoon was left by a friend sitting by the fire-side reading, but about an hour afterwards smoke was seen issuing from nnder the doorway. A woman lodging in the house went into the room, and found Curtis lying on the floor with her clothing burning. The woman at once out the lire out, and Dr. James Miller was called in, but life was extinct.—The second cam was that of Isabella Lee, 48, of 20. Greville street, Holborn. The son, Jam- Lee, said that on the 17th ult. he went to work, and left his mother, who was the worse for drink, sitting by the fire-side. Shortly afterwards he was called home by being told that the house was on are. On going into the room he found it full of smoke, while his mother was lying on the floor near the fire-place with her dothiog alight. He put the fire out, but his mother was very much burnt all over the body. A week afterwards do was taken to the Hoiborn Work- house Infirmary, when she gradually sank, and died on Sunday last. The jury in each cue returned a verdict of Aesidental death." MXJBJDBBXNG A MOTHEB-IN-LAW.—Anthony Metcalfe was arrested by the Liverpool police on a charge of killing his mother-in-law. The prisoner and his wife lived in a ceurt in Fontenoy street, and the wife's mother (Ann Dalton, a fruit seller) lived in a cellar in the same court. On Wednesday night the Metcalfes returned home under the influence of drink and quarrelled. Mra. Metcalfe used irritating lan- guage, and htr husband knocked her down and kicked her while she was prostrate. Her screams attracted her mother, who remonstrated with the prisoner. Then he turned on her, chased her- into her own cellar, whence she afterwards emerged in a state of great exhaustion from loss of blood. She died in a short time. Meanwhile Metcalfe had been seen to leave the place hurriedly, and to go to a publio- house in the neighbourhood. Afterwards he went to his brother's house, about half a mile distant, and it was there the police arrested him. His boots and I clothes were bloodstained. J OUR MILITARi RESOURCES Itf-IWDIA*/ The possibilftyof w»>- b^wewjiBgliBttd andlfttosi* naturally directs public attention to t&tfitfmy in India* and the very important question! anses'AIB -to in the event 'df such a war, India. would bein'a'XfcsJ1 tion to supply a military contingent. The most ttteJ valent opinion seemato be that itwo&ld be higfllf. dangerous and impolitic to withdraw from India èmr temporarily any part of the English troops, but this argument does not apply to c.ative troops, seeing that one of the piincipal uses of English forces in India is to act as a military check upon the native army. The sending of a part of the latter from India would serve, therefore, as a safeguard rather than as a source of danger tq British power. The native troops are well equipped, well drilled, and handle the rifle with considerable skill. There ia at present, however, a most fatal defect in the organisation of native regi- ments, which would have to be remedied before they could be employed agajnst European troops-namely. the serious deficiency of English regimental officers. The full complement of English officers in all ordinary regiments L. seven, and of these on an average not more than four would be available at the commence- ment of any sudden campaign. A regiment might, accordingly, find itself after a abort period of active service without a single English officer. It is a military canon that no regiment ought to go into action without less than two officers per company, and it will ba readily understood that native regi- ments would require a larger than a smaller propor- tion of English officers if required to fight with European troops. Should this deficiency, however, be supplied, there is no reason why native soldiers should not prove a very valuable auxiliary to an English army engaged in a European war. India, as a recruiting ground for such forces, is almost inex- haustible, and for the purpose of a campaign against Russia the limit to Mussulman levies would be solely dependent upon nnancialcontideratiecs.



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