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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT.

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THE PROROGATION OF PARLIAMENT.

EXECUTION AT HORSEMONGER-LANE…

IALL SIMPLICITY and RUDE PLENTY.I

BARON KRUDENER.

SHEEP-FARMING IN JAPAN.

OPENING THE NEW HOTEL DIEU…

THE NAVAL ENGAGEMENT IN THE…

A RECOLLECTION OF SINOPE.

WISE IN THEIR GENERATION.

ATTAR OF ROSES."

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ATTAR OF ROSES." The Daily Telegraph remarks :—There will be no plums worth speaking of, and very few apples, so authorities in promiculture dolefully tell us, this autumn. We may console ourselves under the threatened deprivation by the thought that we can procure plenty of fruit from abroad. But no such nattering unction can we lay to our souls when we learn that, owing to the devastating war in Bulgaria, total ruin and annihilation have overtaken the rose-crop in the valley of Kazanlik, and the neighbouring districts of Cirpan Giopca, Karadshah Dagh, Kofun- Tepé, Jeni- Saghra, and others. All these places are devoted to this peculiar and beautiful husbandry; the reses are grown by the field-full, and in ridges like unto the growing of potatoes, while the intervals between the rose-bushes are heaped high with fallen leaves, useless for the staple manufacture of Kazanlik, but very good for the making of pot pourri and tooth paste. The roses of Kazanlik, when plucked, served other purposes than to be worn in the buttonholes of peace- able Turks. The region was the head-quarters of the manufacture of the delicious perfume called attar of roses,' a universal favourite throughout the East, and extensively patronised in Europe, although by some its overpoweringly sweet odour is objected to. Kazan- lik and the valley of the Tundja have been called the Cashmere of Europe, the Turkish Gulistan, the Land of Roees;' but it seems only too probable that for a long while to come we shall get no more roses from the Balkans, or indeed from any part of Turkey, European or Asian, since the demand for soldiers and more soldiers must, by suspending the labours of the peasantry, have been as destructive to the rose country in Asia Minor and in Syria as in the districts actually ravaged by the war. So far as the yield of attar of roses is concerned, the mischief may not be irreparable, if it be thought worth while to foster the growth of roses and the manufac- ture of attar in other countries. A-udalusis, Granada, and Valencia were all, in the time when the Moors held sway in Spain, important centres of the cultivation on a large scale of flowers and the fabrication of perfumes; and even at the present day there are many flower farms round Tangiers and Tetuan in Morocco, where roses are grown in enormous quantities for manufac- turing purposes. It is, finally, a curious fact that some seventy years ago an ingenious French emigrant in this country got together a large capital, and ob- tained the patronage of the Prince Regent, afterwards George IV., for a scheme, the object of which was to cover the then open district lying between Brompton and Fulham with rose farms, the final cause of which was to be the making of 'attar.' The hypothesis of the ingenious emigrant was that as the soft and marshy soil of Putney was notoriously favourable to the growth of asparagus, the land on the opposite shore would prove as propitious to the culture of roses. He accordingly established more than one flower farm, but the scheme eventually same to nothing still, to even the partial triumph of the Frenchman's abortive ex- periment has been ascribed the existence at the pre- sent day of such a multitude of nurserymen and florists, aU doing, seemingly a most prosperous business in the neighbourhood of Brompton and the Fulham- road."

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.