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LONDON CORRESPONDENCE.

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I, ITHE TERRIBLE EXPLOSION…

WILLS AND BEOtlESTS.

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THE EASTERN QUESTION.'

LONDON MARKETS.

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ITHE STRIKE AND LOCK-OUT IN.…

PA SLIAMENTAKY INTELLIGENC…

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THE EXTRAORDINARY BAGOT WILL…

THE FAMINE IN CHINA.

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THE FAMINE IN CHINA. The Peking correspondent of the North China Herald., a paper published in Shanghai, writes In regard to the long-continued drought in the north of Ohina, matters are coming to a crisis. The Court has been moved to issue orders to have the admi- nistration of the country overhauled, with the view of detecting in what respects heaven is offended, and why such a dire punishment is meted out to poor China. The entire expenses of the Court are to be carefully scrutinised and the greatest economy exercised wherever the slightest reduction can be made, it is to be made, and the pro- ceeds handed to tho poor famishing multitudes. In the meantime, twenty wans of taels ( £ 53,000) and sixteen wan of piculs of rice (9500 tons) are ordered for Shansi and Honan. The people at the capital are getting alarmed at the persistent drought, and I saw tears in the eyes of not a few as the Gazette was read the other day wherein the Empresses declare the sad condition of things, and bewail the terrible calamity. It must indeed be deplorable when the Court has to resort to pinching itself to find the ways and means. Yesterday it almost seemed as if the Emperor's prayers, which have been very frequent of late, were about to be answered; the sky became clouded, the wind was from the south, the air balmy, and a few drops of rain actually fell; when suddenly a most violent hurricane arose from the north, and scattered the blessings which were to enrich the thirsty soil. To-day it blows furiously, and the air is darkened with the yellow dust. The people and Government are at their wits' end."

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