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CURIOUS ELECTRICAL PHENOMENA…

THE GREAT INTERNATIONAL RIFLE…

BURGLARY BY BOYS.

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A PARIS FAIR.

ISUICIDE IN THE STREET.

BIRDS AND FRUIT GARDENS.

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BIRDS AND FRUIT GARDENS. "A London Incumbent," writing to a contemporary, gives the following as his own country experience of the depredations committed by the feathered tribes:— Two months ago the rejoicings in my nursery were great in the immediate prospect of the summer visit to grandpapa in Worcestershire. Among other delights there was to be no end of fruit, fa J grandpapa had made rather a hobby of his fruit garden, as well as of his shrubberies. I had my own doubts, for grandmamma is tender-hearted in the matter of nests, and the surrounding farmers and their wives are unsentimental people, who attach a market value to garden produce The consequence is that grandpapa's precinct is the Alsatia of all the birds in the parish. I did hope, however, that we should be allowed to go shares with them in the fruit; and, in justice to the birds, I must admit that they let us have a few strawberries. The cherries were choice and plentiful, and the blackbirds, and thrushes, and little birds were, for the most part, content with these, or rather with such of them as were not wanted for breakfast in the rookery, as the rooks would not con- descend to eat anything lower than cherries. I have no further complaint to make against them, but, with the exception of a very few raspberries, the other birds coolly appropriated all the rest of the summer fruit. They consumed all the currants and all the gooseberries, they devoured all the peas, and we left them making holes in the plums to see if they were ripe in the intervah of their hammering at the nuts and filberts. The season was probably exceptional, for the soil was so dry and hard that the earthworms had all left the surface and were not to be turned up even with the spade; but my experience of several years has shown me that you cannot protect the vested interests of rooks, magpies, jays, wood-pigeons, missel-thrushes, blackbirds, song-thrushes, robins, sparrows, finches, and tomtits, and at the same time retain any vested interest whatever in your own fruit-garden.

LOSS OF ANOTHER LIVERPOOL…

NAVAN GREAT SEPTEMBER FAIR.

NORWICH MUSICAL FESTIVAL.

DISEASED MUTTON.

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MISS RYE'S EMIGRANTS.

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