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+ II [r+ HVisallaittotts fiifcU'tgem HOME, FOREIGN, AND COLONIAL. WEIGHT OF MILK AND WATER.—The editor of the "New England Farmer" says: "We were hardly pre- pared to find, upon a recent occasion, where a number of farmers were discussing the milk question, that scarcely one could tell, for certainty, which of the two liquids, milk or water, was the heavier, while of those who thought they knew, the larger number were in the wrong. Because milk contains fat, which is lighter than either water or milk, many think that the milk itself must be lighter than water. Probably very few farmers ever took the trouble to weigh a gallon of either water or milk to ascertain their weights or difference. The difference is comparatively slight, though varying according as the milk is rich or poor in the several milk solids. Take a vessel that will hold exactly 100 pounds of pure water, and fill it with pure milk of average quality, and the weight will be found to be about 103 pounds. In other words, milk is three per cent, heavier than water." AVERAGE PRICES OF BRITISH CORN.-The following are the average prices of British corn for last week, as received from the inspectors and officers of Excise Wheat, 37s. Id.; barley, 27s. 2d.; oats, 23s. 5d. pec Imperial qr. Corresponding week last year: Wheat, 42s. 4d.; barley, 28s. lid.; oats, 23f. 5d. MILKMEN'S PRoFITs.-In an action arising out of a contract for the supply of milk, tried in Mr. Justice Hawkins's Court on Monday, it was admitted by the plaintiff that he charged his customers 5d. a quart for milk which was supplied to him wholesale by a farmer at Hoddesdon, and delivered at a station close to the plaintiff's shop in London at the rate of 2^d. a quart, or 2 Is. 8d. the barn gallon. It appeared, however, that some portion of the same milk was retailed at 4d. PIRATES IN THE BLACK SEA.-A St. Petersburg tele- gram says: The Odessa messenger states that for some time past pirates have appeared off the Anatolian Coast of the Black Sea. They have already plundered two sailing vessels which were proceeding from Batoum to Constantinople with cargoes of silk goods. Resist- ance was out of the question, as the pirates, from 15 to 20 in number, had fast cutters and were well armed. Their nationality is net known. ATTACKED BY A LION.—A shocking scene was wit- nessed in Edmonds's (late Wombwell's) menagerie about nine o'clock on Monday night at Wrexham. One of the attendants was employed in cleaning out the lions' cage, and, placing his right arm inside the bars, one of the lions snapped at it, and tore off the arm at the elbow. A panic at once ensued, and in the attempt to escape a number of persons were more or less seriously injured. The panic was increased by the re- port that the lion had escaped from its cage, but happily this proved incorrect. The injured attendant was taken, to the infirmary. KILLED BY LIGHTNING.-The coroner for North Oxon has held an inquest on the body of William H. Smith, a painter and landowner, who was killed during a. thunderstorm at Deddington on Friday in last week The deceased was taking shelter under a tree and was. about to partake of dinner which his wife had just brought him, when the lightning struck him and killed him irstantaneously. The wife felt the shock, but was not seriously injured. A verdict of killed by lightning was returned.-During the thunderstorm which swept over the district of Consett on Sunday afternoon,. Thomas Gill, a miner, who was nursing an infant on his knee, was struck by lightning and killed. The child escaped. The house and furniture were much- damaged. BABY FARMING.—At Gerrard's-cross, on Monday,. Charlotte Emily Reddington, 39, and Jane Morris, 36, were committed for trial, charged with the wilful murder of Henry Robert Townsend, aged one year and nine months, by starving him to death further, with- neglecting to provide two other children with sufficient food. The prisoners advertised for children, of which they would take charge for 6s. per week. Complaints- of the manner in which they treated them having reached the parish authorities, a search was made, and the three infants were found in a starving condition, filthy, and covered with vermin. They were removed' to the infirmary, where one of them died. His body was found to be fearfully emaciated. FATAL CARRIAGE ACCIDENT.—In London, on Monday, Dr. Danford Thomas held an inquiry at the Providence Hall, Paddington, into the circumstances attending the death of Mrs. Mary Ann Cutler, aged eighty-six, widow of the late Edward Cutler, F.R.C.S., who died from injuries received by being thrown from her carriage on Friday in last week. Thomas Hewett, a coachman, stated that he was in the employ of Mrs. Webbe, the- daughter of the deceased, and upon Friday at four, o'clock he was engaged to drive them to Kensington. When going along the Bayswater-road* the wind blew up the dust and some paper, which made the horse take- fright and it bolted, running into a van. The carriage was overturned, and the occupants, the footman, and' witness, were thrown with violence to the ground." Dr. John Easton stated that deceased died about seven' o'clock, death being due to shock following the injuries- received. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental death." A MONUMENT IN JAPAN.—Mr. Robert K. Douglas- writes from the British Museum: "Instances of that true friendship which binds nations together are un- fortunately rare as between the East and West, and I therefore venture to ask to place on record a graceful act lately performed by Mr. Kurokawa, a Japanese' gentleman, and owner of the piece of ground on which in 1862 an unprovoked and murderous attack was made- upon Messrs. Richardson, Marshall, Clarke, and Mra" Borrodaile by the retainers of the Prince of Satsuma* It will be remembered that the brunt of the attack was borne by Mr. Richardson, who was so severely wounded that he died where he fell. Onthisspot Mr. Kurokawa has erected a monument on which he has placed an inscrip- tion, of which, according to the "Mai Nichi Shinbun," the following is a translation Upon this spot of earth, the property of Kurokawa of Tsurumi, the life of an Englishman named Richardson was sacrificed, his blood running in a river to the sea. From that source sprung the changes which have been accomplished' in this country. The nobles rose, and the power of the Imperial House was restored. The light of knowledge was diffused, and the rights of the people recognized. The victim's name has been made imperishable in the history of the world, dedicated to one who rests in heaven. ASCENTS OF MONT BLANC.—The first time Mon Blanc was ascended was in August, 1786, by two French- men. During the 90 years from 1786 to 1876nofewerthan 535 expeditions, consisting of 661 persons, reached the highest point, known as the Monarch." Of unsuccess- ful attempts 115 were made from 1857 to 1861 while in the following 16 years no less than 420 such are re- carded—a fact which shows how much mountain climb- ing is developing in our days. Among the 661 persons who ascended Mont Blanc 385 were English, 110 French (including the 72-year old Marquess Turenne and a lady of 17 summers), 70 Americans, 34 Germans, 30 Swiss (among whom Mile. Marie Paradis, the first woman who reached the "Monarch" in 1809), 8 Italians^ T Russians, 6 Australians, 4 Spaniards, 3 Poles, 2 Dutch, 1 Swede, and 1 Norwegian. In 1878 three Danes-, Count Schulin-Zeuthen and his wife, and Herr Carl Hall, who furnishes the present statistics, swelled the ranks of the successful climbers. The number of victims claimed by Mont Blanc during the present century amounts to about 30. ATTEMPTED SUICIDE WITH BEETLE POISON.—In London, on Saturday, at the Westminster Police-court, Jane Elliott, 51, described as a charwoman, of 0,. Pavilion-road, Chelsea, was charged with attempting to commit suicide by swallowing a preparation contain- ing phosphorus. Constable Mann, 212 B, deposed that on the evening of the 27th ult., the defendant entered the Walton-street Police-station, and stated that she had swallowed a quantity of beetle poison. As she pro- duced a bottle containing a bluish paste, a doctor was sent for, and emetics administered. The prisoner was subsequently removed to the infirmary, where she was under treatment for a week. Prisoner said she had been on the drink lately, and she was now very sorry. She took the phosphorus in beer at a public-house. She had been very ill since, and hoped the magistrate would discharge her. Mr. d'Eyncourt said he could not do that. He remanded her for the advice of the chaplain. FRUIT AND THE CHOLERA.—An outbreak of-this deadly epidemic so near to us as France, naturally pro- vokes amongst timid people some alarm, a state of mind that seems always to be productive of evil (says; the "Gardeners' Chronicle.") It is to be feared that the report Industriously circulated that the cholera at Toulon originated with the free eating on the part of some of the population of unripe apricots, may lead to a fanatical outcry against the eating of fruit in any form during the present season. It is true we have here no great abundance of that product, but still there is some to dispose of, and market growers have been so. badly hit that any addition to their misfortunes by raising a foolish cry against the use of fruit wou.d be as unfortunate as it would be stupid. There is no proof that unripe fruit had any connection with the cholera, outbreak at Toulon, and it does not seem certain whether the disease prevalent is of the dread Asiatic frrm, or is of the sporadic order. With the prospect before us of a hot summer it is possible, nay, even pro- bable, that this epidemic will visit our shores, and if it does it will be as well if it finds us prepared to meet it without alarm and surrounded by the best sanitary con- ditions. Fruit growers will do well to send to market only ripe fruit, and that which is in a perfectly sound state. It is not, however, so much from the growers that any danger of that kind will. arise. It is rather from dealers who are not too careful as to the places in which they store their unsold frnit, or to the condition in which it may be. However, fruit is perhaps less in- jurious, if at all, when sound than many other articles of food, and rightly used may help to promote the public health rather than bring it to any danger.