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THE Emperor of China, a lad of fourteen or iifteen, who rules, or is officially supposed to rule, one- thirdof the human race, issued on 30th December, 1866, a very curious and a very important decree. Every 'candidate for office in China is to pass an examination in European astronomy, mathematics, and physical science. DEATH OF CAPTAIN W. H. WRIGIIT.-Allother old Peninsular officer, intimately connected with the county of Devon, has passed away. Captain William Henry Wright, of the 4th 'Dragoons, who died a few jiays ago at Lympstone, at the age of 83, entered the army in 1801. He obtained his troop in 1808, served throughout the Peninsular war under the Duke of Wel- lington, and was present at the advance and retreat from Madrid, the advance from Portugal, and at the battles of Talavera, Albuhera, Busaco, the siege and assault of Badajos, the advance and battle of Salamanca, the battles of Yittoria, Ortlies, and Toulouse, besides various minor affaii's. He was presented with the freedom of the City of Exeter in 1813, whilst still in Spain-a distinction which had also been conferred on his father, as colonel of the Exeter regiment of volunteers, which he was instrumental in raisipg. Captain Wright received, the I Peniasular medal wtgh six clasps, iin.18:1S.

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