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THE WEATHER AND THE CROPS*.

THE MODOCS BEFORE DEATH.

"AN EXTRAORDINARY MEETING."

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GKXEKAL LA MARA^OHA.—A correspondent at Vienna says :—La Marmora's allusion to the Tries- tines as Germans," in Ins book, has given great um- brage at Trieste, the Triestines considering them- selves as good Italians as the Venetians or Floren- tines. A vigorous prntc8t has ]Jtjell published by a committee of Trie insisting that they must, in very respect, be looked upon as Italians. SERIOUS ILLNESS or DR. CANDLISH.—Our readers will learn with regret that Dr. Candlish lies it his residence in Edinburgh in a state of prostra- tion, which cause3 the most serious anxiety to his riends. The strain of a laborious life has Oeen telling for some years past on the rev. Doctor's constitution, and in the course of the past summer he found it necessary, in consequence of frowing debility, to withdraw himself for three uonths from active duty. SOMNAMBULISM.—A singular instance of sleep walking has just occurred at Woolwich. Since the Fenian outbreak, » non-commissioned officer guard, belonging to one of the infantry regiments quartered In Woolwich, has regularly been stationed at the Powder Magazine# -in the Abbey M»norway, at the extreme end of tho Eoyal Arson.al, in the Plum- stead Marshes. A few days since this guard was com- posed of men belonging to the 2nd fcattalion of 4th Regiment, who are each ,,> in turn placed on sentry for two hours. In the early morning, when the time arrived to change sentries, the soldier who had com- pleted his two hours WM found to be missing, he hav- ing, it appeared, fallen asleep at his post and walked through the marshes and over Bostol-hill to Bexley- heath, a diitMioo of four miles from his post. When opposite Butier's-buildings, Dover-road, BexJey-heath, he TTM met by a policeman on duty, who iccosted him, found he was ash ep, and awoke him. The somnambulist was very much astonished and tlarmed when he found out where he waa, and at mce asked the policeman to telegraph to Woolwich .0 let the authorities know what had become of him, fcfter which, accompanied by the policeman, he retraced his steps to Woolwich. The soldier, who was in full uniform, and carried his knapsack and .'ifle, and had six rounds of ammunition wich him, on his arrival was placed in the guard-room, pending inquiries, and on his statement being found correct he haa since returned to his duty. LANDSEER'S KINDLINESS OF HEART.—An anecdote of the late Sir Edwin Landseer may not be uninteresting to our readers, it is well known that he was a welcome guest at the houses of the nobility and gentry of this country; indeed, many of his best pictures were pointed when visiting his friends. Upon one occasion, when staying at one of the ancestral homes of England, a little boy, the son of the host and hostess, got into gruat trouble by breaking a large plate-glasn window, which had only recently been up put in the stato drawing-room. Young Lord A waa summarily sent to bed for playing at ball in a room evidently not meant for such games, and when he appeared next morning, told Sir Edwin a most piteous tale, adding that he feared he was not to be allowed to come into dessert that evening. "I'll see what I can do," said the kind-hearted artist. The drawing-room in question had two corresponding windows to the ono that had been broken, and which, until 'another pane of Elate glass could be procured from London, had een closed with a shutter. Landseer, finding him- self alone in the room, took a wax candle, and, smearing it over one of the most pro- minent panes, quickly produced a likeness of a starred glass. So true was it to nature that, when the noble owner of the house entered, he immediately exclaimed, "What! another pane broken? Where's young Lord A ?" The supposed cul- prit made his appearance, and was questioned as to whether he had again made the drawing-room a play- room. "Tell your father," said Sir Edwin, "that as you broke one pane of glass, you will mend this." The youth repeated the saying, when Landseer gave him his handkerchief, and desired him to rub.the pane gently. In a second the star disappeared, Lord A -— was freely forgiven, and again made his appearance after dinner. STEEL AND CAST-IBOKT CANNON.-—Tho Inde- pendance Beige gives an account of experiments tried recently at Ostend and Brasschact to test the relative endurance of Krupp's steel guns and those of.cast-iron strengthened with rings. The steel gun had cost 102,000 francs, and could not be supplied at the pro sent moment for less than 12 LO.X) franc- v. ::ilst the cost of the cast-iron gun strengthened v/itii rings was 17,000 francs, or in round numbers a cost of about £ 700 as against £ 5,000. The cast-iron ringed gun after firing 0G2 rounds was considered to be almost in as good condition as JiCforu a shot had been fired, whilo the steel gun aftpr lot) snots, in- cluding 40 which it was said had been fired at Kiupp s, was not a little injured. The commissioners reported the following defects:—1st. an enlargement of the bore, a serious matter; 2nd, deep scratches along the bore, and this notwithstanding that during the experiments the workmen of M. Ivrupp were from time to time engaged in certain repairs of tho gun. The guns were of the same calibre, and their rilling was precisely similar, the weight of 1 the pro- jectile being 2751b., and tho initial velocity of both was about 400 metres per second. The Indipendance, in reply to an attack upon the cor- rectness of its first report of these experiments, gives the above corrected version, which is stronger and more precise than the account which was challenged, and adds that now all Powers save Prussia and Bel- glum use only ringed cast-iron guns; further, that Prussia, since the bursting of many guns, is looking ion a better material thr.u nisei for her or .inance. It is further stated that if Fxanco, Italy, Sweden, Holland, and Denmark, where numbers of experiments have been made with riuged cast-iron cannon of nine and 11 inchee diameter, without once having burst, theso guns have been adopted for the navy and for the coast *«fe acw,

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