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THE FRENCH DEFEAT NEAR HANOI.

PROPOSED BRITISH SCHOOL AT…

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IRISH LACE EXHIBITION IN LONDON.

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EARL SPENCER AT LIMERICK.

THE GROWTH OF MORMONISM.

-THE FISHERIES CONGRESS.]

HARVEST PROSPECTS,

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REDUCTION OF RAILWAY RATES.

THE PLAGUE OF LOCUSTS IN RUSSIA.

A BODY FOUND IN A BOX.

¡.' SIR THOMAS BRASSEY ON…

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¡. SIR THOMAS BRASSEY ON INDUSTRIAL PROGRESS. Sir Thomas Brassey, M.P., speaking on Saturday at the 21st annual meeting of the Working Men's Club and Institute Union, held in Westminster College Hall, said the interest of Parliament in regard to the social, moral, and material improvement of the masses of the people was undiminished. While; it was admitted that sanitary matters ought properly to engage the attention of Parliament, yet too much ought, not to be expected from the action of the State, for while the State could ensure obedience to sanitary laws, it could not raise the standard of living of a nation. The total loans advanced under the Artisans and Labourers' Dwell- ings Improvement Act of 1857 could not be compared with the amount expended by the building societies of England and Wales. Between the returns of July, 1880, and those of May, 1881, the aggregate income of those societies had increased from £16,417,000 to J618,694,000, and the aggregate assets from B31,864,000 to £ 37,000,000, and those statistics represented a most gratifying amelioration in the homes of the people compared with which the exertions of the State must have produced an insignificant result, As. regarded the condition of the working classes he said that, taking into view the rate of wages, the hours of work, the cost of living, and the general abundance of employment, the position of the British workman at the present time compared favour- ably with that of working people even in the United States. There was no reason to apprehend a reduction of wages in this country, and he would be sorry to see anything which could lead to a retrograde movement. On the contrary he cherished the hcpe that the in- crease and the improved application of capital might admit of additions to the reward of labour, but, at the same time, it was his duty to point out that the industrial position of this country was threatened in many quarters by those who were formidable rivals in skill and energy.

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THE WAR IN THE SOUDAN.I

THE FISHMONGERS' COMPANY.

THE RESOURCES OF MADAGASCAR.

THE REVENUE.

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- WOMAN'S POSITION IN AMERICA.

DOGS IN TRAMCARS.

EVENING OPENING OF MUSEUMS*

DEATH OF SIR WILLIAM KNOLLYS.

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THE ROYAL CALEDONIAN BALL.

COMPARATIVE THIRST IN FRENCH…

MILITARY AFFRAY IN IRELAND.

OVERHEAD WIRES in the METROPOLIS.

—*^ CANADIAN ITEMS.

THE IRISH. LAND ACT.

POSTAL SAVINGS BANKS IN FRANCE.

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