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IChancellor's ISplendid Triumph.

..... JOTTINGS FRO31 NATURE.

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JOTTINGS FRO31 NATURE. DECEMBER IOTII, 1910. To-day I picked up the dead body of a com- mon shrew, and on examination found, as in the majority of cases, it bore no signs of violence. In the autumn and during the fall of the year we frequently see the bodies of departed shrews on the roadways, but the cause of their death still remains an open question. It is common knowledge among naturalists that cats will destroy shrews, but as the little insectivores throw off a foetid odour, their flesh is not partaken of. It is the least likely that death is brought about by atmospheric conditions some credence has been given to the statement that thundery weather kills them, while others assert, though their theory need not, I think, be seriously contemplated, that they are antagonistic one towards the other, and that combats most frequently result in the death of one of the contending parties. What is to prevent us assuming that they die a natural death ? The status of the three shrews in Carnarvonshire and, I venture to think, Denbighshire, is as yet imperfectly known the distribution of the common shrew appears to be general, but the water and pigmy shrews are confined to certain tracts. With the combined efforts of naturalists it would doubtless be possible to ascertain which of the three occur in each district, and whether and, if so, to what ex- tent one predominates over the other or others.

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Abergele Sparks.

At the Sign of " The Maypole."

The Finance of Education.…

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THE VOICE OF THE rEOPLE.