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THE FRENCH BANK-NOTE FORGERIES.…

CAROLINE GRAVIERE.

A LEECH BAROMETER.

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rHE CONVICT OUTBREAK AT IS…

THE THIRLMERE WATER SCHEME.

A RIVAL TO POET CLOSE.

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THE FENIAN PRISONERS.

THE SWITZERS AND SPRING.

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THE SWITZERS AND SPRING. A curious ceremony is performed every year in Zurich on the eve of the so-called Sechselauten, the ancient spring festival of the Tigurines, as our fore- fathers often classically named the people of Zurich. The Sechselauten now serves as a kind of Protestant carnival for the mass of the population, while the old city guilds fignre in it much as our City com- Sanies do, or rather, used to do, in the Lord [ayor's Show. The principal group in this year's procession was a satirical composition representing the last novel reform for which the handful of Social Democrats in the city of Zwingli have been agitating during the past winter, the monopoly of the corn trade by the State." But the most popular ceremony, as we have already hinted, belongs to the eye, rather than to the festival itself. This is the solemn condemnation and execution of the hated winter. It seems to be the theory of the Sechselauten that winter ought to end on the 31st of March, and that spring should begin on the 1st of April. After sunset en the last day of March, multitudes of men, women, and children collect together on the Stadthausplatz, in order to witness the burn- ing of the unlucky cc Bögg." The hard, cold winter-god is supposed to be incarnate in this Tigurine Guy Fawkes of the name of Bogg, and there is the most jubilant exultation over this curious auto da fl—a survival of old German Paganism which the iconoclasm of Zwingli and Bul- linger left untouched. We are told that during the burning ef the winter-god this year, the crown of the neighbouring Uetliberg was white with snow, a sign that the hard-Zurich winter was not over, so that tho experiment with the Bogg was a little daring and venturesome. The execution of the Bogg has occa- sionally been put off until a later, and less wintry, day in April. This was the case last year. Yet, when the citizens arose next morning, the Bogg seemed like the phoenix to have arisen from his ashes and declared that his reign was not ended, for the city and the whole neighbourhood wore the appearance of a winter landscape, every street and field being white with snow.

CHEAPSIDE IN THE OLDEN TIME.

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THE PROPOSED AGRICULTURAL…

EMBALMING.

THE YANKEE PRIVATEER.

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RUNNING THE BLOCKADE AT CRETE.

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THE COST OF WAR. -

CHANGES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN…

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CANADA.

PENNY BANKS.

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