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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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THE COLORADO BEETLE SCARE.

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THE COLORADO BEETLE SCARE. A. M. D." writes to the Mark Lane Exprem:- Sir,—Much of the present excitement about the Colorado Beetle may be traced to exaggerated notions as to the extent of the damage done by it to the American potato crop. In order to correct the notion, I send you the follow- ing facts The potato crop of 1876 was a fair average one. In many of the States, as in Maine, for instance, the yield was far above the average. In a few localities only it fell below that average, more on account of unseasonable weather and other causes than that of the beetle. From the report of the Agricultural Bureau for 1876 I extract the following:- The potato crop was extraordinary. Exclusive of sweet potatoes the estimate is 166,000,600, the area increasing 200,000 acres on 15 per cent., and the yield advancing from 67 to 110 bushels per acre. The result was a price too low in many places to pay for cultivation and marketing, the total value being less for the large crop than the small one." The American farmers have little or no dread of the insect, and have substantially checked its depredations by various efficient means—the principle and most effective of which has beea Paris Green with flour. It is quite a mistake there fore to regard the destructiveness of this insect as likely to equal that of the potato-rot. If it should come-of which there is good reason in my opinion to doubt-we can give it as warm a reception as the Americans have done.

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.