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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT.

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THE PROROGATION OF PARLIAMENT.

EXECUTION AT HORSEMONGER-LANE…

IALL SIMPLICITY and RUDE PLENTY.I

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ALL SIMPLICITY and RUDE PLENTY. I A Military Correspondent" of The Times, in his letter from Tirnova, says :— -v.. u.^ v ac-iived from books are tested by facts, some of them become stronger, others are much modified. The impression of Bulgarian fear and hatred towards the Turks increases day by day, but on the other hand the idea of their p >verty diminishes. There seems w be plenty of food both actual and in prospect. Though the villages are little.more than collections of huts, there is no sign of actual destitution, and the Turks have not destroyed the crops. The people of Tirnova seem to have all the necessaries of life in abundance, though the quality is deficient, and they are wealthy enough to provide food fur a large portion of the Russian troops passing through. Though there is no bank there is plenty of gold, but not a form of bill to draw on a house elsewhere is to be found. Barbarism and civi- lization touch very closely. My hosts here have a plentiful table and appear well to do, yet the family dive with forks into the same dish for the morsels they chose, and both the mother and daughter, named Maritza, occasionally fish out a tit-bit from the dish or plates, to put into the stranger's mouth. It is decided that the daughter is to be married in about three months, and I am invited to the/Ste, but the bridegroom has not yet been appointed, and neither the girl nor her parents have the least idea who he is to be. The house is large, and downstairs is a fine room which makes both hall and kitchen, with deeply recessed fireplaces, yet the presence of a guest causes the mother, Maritza, and a grown up son who is active as a guardian of the peace, and always carries a gun about with him—to sleep in the same room, there being meanwhile a large divan in the sort of corridor dining-room where I am now writing. Both the people of the house- hold and visitors think nothing of setting both elbows on the table to have a good stare at the stranger, and the old mother with tender care, visited hi, bed last night to save him from certain creatures whose disturbing presence she discovered by his tumbling. That they exist there seems to her no offence, but as a young mother is always awake to the movements of her baby, so is this old one on the itch during the night lest the slumbers of the guest ° disturbed. Maritza has her dog and her doves, n which she* takes great delight and acts in every respect as a servant, helping to cook the meals, bringing everything up, and then sitting down to her share. She is full of life and energy, and waits meanwhile the inevitable husband with the same unconcern that she awaits the arrangements of the supper the day after to-morrow. Concealed in cellars and the like are many good things, including worked silver plate, one of the productions of Tirnova. On a loom downstairs are made what we call Turkish towels, and Maritza works handkerchiefs with gold threads, :,s well as producing some good worsted work, probably for her future home. There is no tinge of self-consciousness among the family. All is simplicity and a kind of rude plenty.

BARON KRUDENER.

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THE NAVAL ENGAGEMENT IN THE…

A RECOLLECTION OF SINOPE.

WISE IN THEIR GENERATION.

ATTAR OF ROSES."

A CURIOUS INCIDENT.

DEATH of a MEMBER of the LIVINGSTONIA…

ARMIES FED ON DATES.

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r11■1■■■-— A QUESTION TO BE…

THE COLORADO BEETLE SCARE.

MR. MECHI ON THE CROPS.

THE TASTE FOR SHOOTING.

SHODDY VINEGAR.

SELECTED ANECDOTES.

THE MARKETS,

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DETECTIVES IN AUSTRIA. -

THE DEATH OF AZIZ PASHA.

THE FUTURE OF ENGLAND.

BIRDS' PRESERVATION ACT.