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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."

A CURIOUS INCIDENT.

DEATH of a MEMBER of the LIVINGSTONIA…

ARMIES FED ON DATES.

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ARMIES FED ON DATES. Midhat Pasha is reported to have said that an Asiatic soldier, to remain completely capable for marching and fighting, requires only one pound of dates every day. This statement must, it appears to us, be an exaggeration. The nutritive value of dates is well-known, and, judging from published analyses, which, however, are not very concordant, the nitro- genous or flesh-forming constituents are present ia them in fair proportion to the sugar and other non- nitrogenous or heat-producing constituents. But if we take the most liberal estimate, one pound of dates cannot contain more than an ounce and three-quarters of flesh-formers, ten ounces of heat-producers (chiefly sugar), and some fifteen or twenty grains of fat. Now, Dr. Lyon Playfair, from very extensive study, has es- tablished a¡¡ the daily minimum necessary for bare sub- sistence two ounctes of flesh-formers, twelve ounces of starch and sugar, and half an ounce of fat. This re- presents the lowest of workhouse diet, and is absolu- tely incompatible with work of any kind, and yet it is considerably better than the pound of dates. Asiatics are undoubtedly frugal and abstemious, and, living in a warm climate, can work on food that would not content an Englishman. But war is hard work, and hard work can no more be done upon insufficient food than a steam-engine can be driven without coal. Let us take an instance common enough in war. A man, weighing with his accoutrements 1501b., marches 20 miles on level ground. The work he does is the same as if he had raised 850 tons a foot high. To do this work a certain quantity of the substance of the body must be oxidised,, and the waste so occasioned must be replaced by extra food. If the extra food were bread, 21 oz. would be necessary; if beef fat, only 5 oz. if. potatoes, 46 oz. some foods being more and some less valuable as ftiel.-Lancet.

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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.