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The AWFUL CALAMITY at SANTIAGO…

FASHIONS FOR FEBRUARY.

THACKERAY'S LAST WORK.

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TIDDY PRATT.

--._---._-INTERESTING LETTER…

A STRANGE PROBATE CASE.

CAREER OF A WONDERFUL MAN.

——— RAILWAY COMPENSATIONS.…

UNEQUAL COMPENSATIONS.

A DRAMATIC READING IN PARIS.

-----'i MR. BRIGHT'S EXPERIENCE…

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THE FOOD FOR POWDER!

BLESSING A RIVER IN RUSSIA;

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BLESSING A RIVER IN RUSSIA; From the correspondence of the London Standard we take the following account of the ceremony adopted at the blessing of the River Neva, which takes place yearly at St. Petersburg on the 18th Jan. The festival of the 6th of January (0. S.), which is held in commemoration of the baptism of our Saviour, was celebrated with the usual splendour on Monday last. Contrary to the popular notion in Russia that this must be one of the coldest days in the year, the weather turned out to be very mild, and an immense crowd was attracted, which occupied every available spot from which a glimpse of the Temple of the Jordan or of the procession could possibly be obtained. All the high dignitaries of the empire, the military chiefs, and the civil employes of the first four classes, assembled in the state rooms of the Winter Palace, and when the Emperor of Russia left his private apartments, they all proceeded with his Majesty to the church within the Palace. After the conclusion of Divine service, all the Greek clergy of St. Peters- burg, who are assembled on this occasion, left the palace in solemn procession bearing lighted tapers, the choristers chanting; the Emperor, the Grand Duke, and all the suite following on horseback. Starting from the great gate on the north side of the palace, the procession passed round to the south side, where the temple was erected on the Neva, op- posite the palace. On the spot selected for the bene- diction of the waters, a hole ha.d been, cut the iM, and over this a temple, open on all sides, had been erected to be used as a temporary chapel. It is built of wood expressly for this occasion, and removed im- mediately after the ceremony. On reaching the temple, the Emperor and his suite alighted, prayers were recited by the Metropolitan, the sign of the cross was made over the opening in the ice, the cruci- fix was immersed three times, and the benediction of the waters was saluted with 101 guns. This was a very impressive moment. Masses of troops were drawn up on the immense spaces on the north and east sides of the palace, and along the quay on the south side, and when the first gun was fired, every soldier took off" his helmet and made the sign of the cross, and every manin thecrowd uncovered and did the same. The Emperor then approached the Metropolitan, kissed the crucifix, and his example was followed by all those who were in the temple the flags of all the regiments assembled on the occasion received the benediction of the reverend dignitarv, and then the Emperor re- mounted his horse, and, followed by his brilliant suite, rode round to the north side of the palace, and, stand- ing nearly opposite the column erected t,) the memory of the Emperor Alexander I., passed all the troops in review, and thus concluded the ceremony. On this occasion there were no ladies present, as the Empress is still unequal to the fatigue of the reception which usually takes place after the ceremony but the ladies of the diplomatic corps assembled in tho concert hall, where they had a good view of the ceremony in the Neva.

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ATTEMPTED FRAUD ON UNDERWRITERS.

LIFE IN NEW YORK.

I THE DOGS' HOME.

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