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DIARY OF COMING ENGAGEMENTS.

RADICAL OR ROWDY ?

ELECTRIC LIGHT IN CHURCHES.

.ROAD LIGHTS.

POOR-LAW * CHILDREN.

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A northern contemporary unearths the interesting fact that just a hundred years ago the scythe made its début in the Scottish harvest field as superseding the antiquated shearing hook. The comment of the seventeenth century reporter on the new invention is amusing in the light of more recent improvements in agri- cultural machinery :—" A practice by which much time and expense may be saved in the busiest season of the year, seems in these times to deserve due consideration from the intelligent farmer." What would the ancient chronicler have thought of the modern reaping machine by which the 'intelligent farmer' of to-day is able to cut, gather, and bind his crop as fast as a pair of horses can travel over the ground ? ♦

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CHESTER CATHEDRAL.

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