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TEMPERANCE CRUSADE. The temperance workers of the town met on Friday at the Ragged School, and decided upon the formation of a Vigilance Com- mittee in view of the approaching Brewster Sessions. Objection was made to the consti- tution of the Licensing Committee, it being alleged that justices were interested in "the trede." The meeting was adjourned. COLOURED RAIN. The "blood rain" which recently fell ia Italy and elsewhere has been proved to coa. sist simply of mineral dust caused by the wind from North Africa. The "blood rainel is caused by the presence in the water of ma- oroscopic forms of low plant life, each of them being a little actively moving red body, to which the name of "Aphaerella flavials" ia given. A near neighbour of this little plant, the "Speraerella nivalis," is known aa tbi red snow plant." It occurs in the Aretio regions, gives a red appearance to the snor*, suggestive of the occurrence of some san- guinary combat. The red rain plant occurs in pools, and when it has attained a higb development and a whirlwind sweeps the water out of the pools it gets diffused in tb4 air, and breeds and multiplies in the new pools and ponds to which-it has thus beett conveyed. "Sulphur rain" is quite a differ- ent thing. The yellow dust which is often found covering the ground for acres is the pollen or fertilising matter of plants, and chiefly that of pine forests. Discharged from the cones, it is carried by the winet. and often falls, ineffective as regards ita purpose, to the ground. The occurrence of this yellow matter, however, has often given" rise to superstitious fears, especially in the North of Scotland, where theological tenets have not yet become quite dissociated from sulphurous surrouadir.gs.

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