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THE PRESENTATION TO MR. AND MRS. JOHN WHITE. THE ABOVE represents the handsome and chastely-de sIgned silver epergne and pearl and diamond pendant nllZZ*0fVntly pre^ted to Mr. John White. tht John Whitl tTK8, Ben Evans and Co- Lt<)- and Mrs- John hite, at the banquet given to them at the Koyal In August last a German Mtwn^dta^ a new planet, provisionally de8ignated DQ) which turns out to be closer to the earth than any other body m the solar system, with tv.« 4.- of,be moon. Whilst th. eas distance, from the earth is 238,COO miles, DQ's is 23,300,000; Venus's. in transit, is 24,500,000 and Mars', in perihelion, is 34,600,000. The magnitude of the new planet is infinitesmial, go that it cannot hope to play a great part in the system. Its diameter, according to a writer in he current number of Knowledge, is from 17 to 20 miles, and its mass only about one two-mil- lionth part of that of the moon. But the little object will be of greater use than its size would indicate. The warlike preparations in this country are Very easily explained. At the time of the new moon on the 14th the sign Virgo will ascend, and Mercury will be posited in the 4th division of the 1Ieavells between the ponderous planete, Saturn and Uranus, and in trine aspect to Mars. To one of the goodly fellowship these significa- tions denoted much activity in the diplomatic world, with danger of a rupture and warlike pre- parations." The veracious prophet predicts nothing more serious, so there is no need to be alarmed. Lord Cawdor has a biting sarcasm. When Mr. Spring was chairman of the Parks and Open Spaces Committee, it is said that he wrote to his lordship asking for a couple of swans for the local parks. It was just like Mr. Spring. Alder- man Tutton, however, do as not seem to relish the idea of a town of a hundred thcusard inhabi- tants begging cap-in-hand for a couple of swans. Was there ever such ingratHude? We can imagine Mr.Spring laboriously penning an epistle to the Earl of Cawdor, couched in the most affable terms, with references to the little babies and nurses and mothers that would have touched any ordinary nobleman's heart. But imagination foils us when we try to conceive the worthy man reading the .Earl's curt reply. According to Aldeiman Tutton, it luns like this Dear Sir.—Swans are difficulCto catch.—Yours, CAWDOR." We hope thH^iiflnot :t he -end of th swan-song, and we would suggest to Mr. Spring that he should ask his lordship's permission if) catch 0. few birds himse'f. After his ■ accessful wooing of the electors of Victoria Ward, he ought to be able to dttch anything belonging to the enatidae family of that particular order in natural history known as the Natatores. And we are convinced that the worthy man would not be above Hndertatking an ^spedition frawflht with possibilities of untold delight to the little ones. Meanwhile, Mr. Spring's motto should be (with apologies to Shakespeare) :— No mow that thane of Cawdor shall refuse Our bosom interest." The Sirdar experienced a second Omdurman when he alighted at the Victoria Station. Nothing can rival the besitiness of the British greeting. One description of the scene at the station rtates that those who could not get near enonffh to slap the Sirdar familiarly on the back, knocked him on the hat with their sticks o* poked him in the ribs with umbrellas! We ufe, indeed, a grateful nation. M'Kinley in these days is not an unknown name but a M'Kinley who is dark and Spanish- looking sounds highly suspicious. When you hear that some 1a. bright eyes, a pleaxJant voice, and «littfo over five feet of stature were all shipped tnder this name..s an ordinary sea- man from Ofcrdf^ to Portland and back, the movements of their owner beooroe as enigmatic as those of the Chevalier d'Eon. tfr. Ckirt Russell may he recommended to peruse the facts of an venture that—if we mistake not—he has already turned fcto fiction. For the OQuman turned out to be by no m.&ns ordinary .rter all. In a looper hip, this time on the way to the Canaries, the stout heart that beat beneath the seaman's jersey suddenly Ott." Tlj» mate was trampk»(? up and down the bridge, when he was tttartled by a pleasant voice from the wheel: I am a girl," it said Alice Amelia," it added. So the <M<<ep br'ght eyes were shipped ] back oarefully to London, and are now in the Scandinavian Sailors' Homt, apparently beooaae < they first beheld a cruel world in Chicago. And yet they say Romance is Dead 1 The Roman Roads of Britain is the title of an 1 instructive article by W. B. Paley in the Novem- 1 ber numtier of th* Nineteenth Century. We cull the following '•—" The West of England and Sonth Wales were held quite as cloarfy in the network cf roads as <hj other parts of the Province of Britain. The great weiDtern thorough- fare went on feem the junction with Witling- street at the Marble .rch through, probably, Brentford and Hounslow and over a long straight. course to Staines, where there was a bridge and a small town. Further on. crossing Bag-shot Heath, the road remains in a very perfect condition for sevteal milew under its modern name of the Nine Mile Ride. At about forty-five miles from London it reached the great city of Silchester (Calleva Atrrbatum), undoubtedly a pthce of particular celeblity and*, junction of many roads. Keeping on westwards the roads passed through Newbury, Hungerford, and Mailborough — to Bath—then as now a great resort of invalids and convalescents from all parts of the country. The completeness and entirety of the Roman baths of Aquae Sulis are tiuly remarkable and exhibit most fully the well-known taste of their builders for these luxurious appliances of civilisation. A little below Bristol, on the north shore of the Avon, was a passage across the estuary of the Severn into South Wales, while there was another a few miles further up. Two posts, about nine miles apart, defended these cross-pina places on the Welsh sides." They were held for centuries," continues Mr. Paley, "by the Second Legion, the 'Augustan,' and formed the chief military depot for South Wales and the whole of the West of England. Two roads led into Wales from these stations, which are now called Caerleon and Caerwent— corruptions of Isca-Calleva and Venta (Caer Vent) Silurum. One road proceeded along the coast, passing rear Llandaff and Bridgend, by Neath (Nidum) to Carmarthen, which was known as Maridunum. As became so advanced an out- post and one commanding the navigable estuary of the Towy, Maridunum was strongly walled and fortified. For more than forfv miles beyond MariduDum the Roman load extended till it terminated at or near St. David's (Menapia). It is called by Richard of Ciicenster, upon some un known authority, the via Julia. The other road into Wales led from Caerleon by Usk and Aber- gavenny to a point on the coast road from Carmarthen to Carnarvon, uear Tregaron in Cardiganshire. The headquarters of' the Second Legion were also connected with those of the Twentieth by a road running from Aber gavenny (Gobannium) by Leintwardine and Church-Stretton to Watling-street at Wroxeter, the great permanent camp below the Wrekin which was mentioned before."