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ARREARS OF RENT IN IRELAND.…

THE ROWLAND HILL MEMORIAL!…

TEACHING THE DUMB TO SPEAK.

- LORD DERBY ON FREE TRAIa.

M. DE LESSEPS AND THE CHANNEL…

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"BUHL."

THE REVENUE RETURNS.

EMIGRATION FROM IRELAND.

A WONDERFUL CAVERN.

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A WONDERFUL CAVERN. The annual report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1880, which has only just been issued, contains an elaborate report of a visit made under the auspices of the institute to the celebrated cavern of Luray, in Page county, U.S.A. This cavern, or rather series of caverns, was only dis- covered in 1878, and has hardly yet been thoroughly explored, but, from the description given of it, it is of far more interest than the better known Mammouth cave or Wyandotte cavern. The cavern consists of a series of vaulted chamber gathered round a central vestibule, which affords common entrance to them, each differing from the other in general effect, and in the wonderful forms which the stalagmites and stalactites have assumed. One long arched irregular space, studded with fungoid growths and stalactites, has received the name of the Vegetable Garden, from the ex- quisite varieties of the incrustations resembling different plants. One circular chamber is known as the Fish Market. Here from the sides of a projecting wall depend hundred of stalactites re- sembling rows of fish some grey all over, others with backs black and bellies white, and all covered with a shining moisture which enhances the illu- sion. The Cathedral, the Theatre, the Saracen's Tent, are titles applied to other portions of the cave, all bearing the special features which the names indicate. In the Cathedral natural music can be called forth by striking the thin sheets of stalactites hanging from the ceiling and walls, which, graduated in length and thickness, give forth soft, musical notes in different tones, so that, with practice, well-known airs can be played on them as an a harmonicon. The Giant's Hall—the largest chamber of the series -the Frozen Cascade, the Bridge of Sighs-a natural footpath leading over a deep chasm-the Throne-room, the Hollow Column-a natural cylinder giving access to another chamber nearly 60 feet above—these are some of the more striking features of the place, but by no means exhaust the list of phenomena which the cave affords. The Smithsonian party sum up their description with these words :—"There is probably no other cave in the world more completely and profusely decorated with stalactitic and stalagmitic ornamen- tation than that at Lauray. Here in this dark studio of nature are reproductions of all those objects which are wont to fill the mind with pleasure, wonder, or alarm — crystal fountains, spouting geysers, cascades, flower gardens, gems which are the crown jewels of nature set off against a background of velvet darkness, cathedrals gorgeously sculptured and frescoed, chimes and deep-toned organs, thrones, spectral beings, terrestrial, celestial, and infernal— objects whose multiplicity, variety, and splendour would exhaust the whole literature of mythic and fairy lore in providing names for their infinite diversity of beauty. "-Colonies and India.

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THE HAMILTON PALACE COLLECTION…

THE SALE OF THE BECKFORD LIBRARY.

SINKING of an EXCURSION STEAMER…

= THE LIBERTY AND PROPERTY…