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ACCIDENT ON THE BLACKWALL…

MURDER OF A BANK OLERK.

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EXTRACTS FROM MANHATTAN.

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THE WAR IN NEW ZEALAND.

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AGRICULTURAL LABOURERS' COTTAGES.

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AGRICULTURAL LABOURERS' COTTAGES. That philanthropic writer who signs himself S. G. O. has, in a letter to the Times, exposed the state of the agricultaral labourers' homes, of which the following is an extract:— I am quite sure in several villages known to myself, within an easy ride of my own residence, were I to obtain and publish the state of the dwellings, and what can be proved as the result of that state, it would horrify every thinking man and woman possessed of the commonest humanity, the least respect for common decency. If I saw the possessors of the properties on which things are thus poor men, or even embarrassed men, whose way of living indicated their poverty and helplessness in the matter, I should grieve over the fact and be silent; but it is no such thing. These things often are most evident on properties where the savage heathenish domestic features of the labourers' dwellings are in awful contrast with the glaring evi- dence that the owner of the soil can and does live in the most extravagant enjoyment of all that wealth can command. I am tired of that cuckoo cry, My dear fellow, cottages never pay; do you expect us to throw our money away P' Does the attic of the housemaid pay, the bedroom of the butler or the footman pay ? Does the lodge of the keeper pay ? The conservatory, the peach-houses, the stables, &c.,—do these brick and mortar creations pay rent, return cash, in return for cash expended in their erection ? My dear lord or squire, you can't have your Mary Duster,' Mr. Cool- wine,' James,' or that six-foot-two civil' Dick Part- ridge,' unless you house them, brick and glaze and eMmney-pot them. Your dogs must have kennels, your horses stables, your pigs styes. Your boy buys a tame squirrel for Is.: you will find 3s. 6d. charged in Furnace's bill for a cage. When you gave Ned permission to buy the beast, did you expect it would aoatemplate quarter-day as it cracked its nuts ?"

OUTRAGE UPON. A BRITISH SUBJECT.

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