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ACCIDENT TO THE KING OF ITALY.

DEATH OF AN EMINENT SCHOLAR.

__--MR BRADLAUGH.

INDISPOSITION OF M. DE LESSEPS.

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TRAGIC AFFAIR AT SHREWSBURY.

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THE AMERICAN WHEAT MARKET.

ALARMING SPREAD OF THE EPIDEMIC.

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ALARMING SPREAD OF THE EPIDEMIC. WIDELY PREVALENT IN LONDON. TELEGRAPH.] LONDON, Friday Night. Thera is no longer room for doubt that the influenza epidemic has reached England. Not only the medical practitioners who attend the rich, but the hospital surgeons describe the symptoms as those of a new disease in this country, and corresponding to what has bdfen reported from abroad. There are, however, as yet no indications that the complaint is wide- spread or serious. At the Royal Free Hospital in Gray's Inn-road there have been during the last ten days a few cases treated daily. The person affected are out-patients, and their number has gradually increased until they now average a dozen or fifteen each morning. Bartholomew's Hospital has also had a few cases under treatment daily. At the Central Telegraph Office many employes are absent through attacks of influenza, but none of the cases, so far as can be ascertained, are of the severe kind reported from the Continent. On the 1st of January the number of males absent from the head office was 100, and from- outlying offices 20, and theree also 54 female absentees, making a total of 174-. On the follow ing day the total had increased to 196. The usual number of absentee'! on the sick list is 40 males and 25 females. The increase in the num- ber of cases is attributed by the medical officer to the prevalence of an epidemie of influenza; but although the cases require prompt treatment and nussiug, they are not of a serions character, and have been unattended by complications. Within the last few days there has been an extraordinary increase in the number of cases of sickness among employéi of the Postal Department, both at the bead office and at various branches throughout London. Taking the whole of London and suburbs, there are now 400 more absences through sickness than is usual, the average normal number being 250 or 300. At the bead office alone there are 200 extra cases ot sickness. This large increase is said to be mainly due to influenza, colds, and sore throats. Iufluenza, however, is of a mild type, and need excite no alarm. These are all the cases known out of an established staff of 12,000 people. It must be borne in mind that postal employes are subject to complaints of this nature at this season, when they have a great deal of extra work to perform, and are exposed to sudden changes of temperature. The employes who were ill at Faddington a week ago have nearly all recovered. The work of the postal department will be carried on without inter- ruption. With reference to a report that a number of Lascars employed on P. and O. steamers in the Royal Albert Docks were suffering from in- fluenza, and that part of the boats bad to be con- verted into hospitals, it has been ascertained from the managers of the company that owing to tbe cold weather nearly every person in the docks was suffering from a cold. It was pointed ouf that at this time of the year the company bad to pay careful attention to tbe lascars who. ordinarily living in a temperature of 70 degrees, are soon seized with cold weather. Every winter while in the Royal Albert Docks the lasears bave to be well wrapped up and looked after, and the company attribute ths present illness of the men to the effects of a cold, and not to what is known as the epidemic of influenza. This afternoon a Press Association reporter interviewed Dr Steele, the superintendent of Guy's Hospital, and was informed that several members of the staff are suffering from an acute form of influenza. The patieuts comprise six nurses and four of the students, and from the outside there are now in the wards of the hospital live of the new hands of the South Metropolitan Gas Company. These men were accepted as in-patients at the urgent request of their employers. During the past few days maoy persons from all parts of the borough have applied for admission, but have been treated as out-patients. Iu the majority of the latter cases the symptoms presented were not of a very serious nature, With regard to the members of the hospital staff now uudor treat- ment, the symptoms of illness in students and nurses alike are in the main analogous. There ia fever, loss of appetite, facial and frontal head- ache, general depression, and languor; and Dr Steel notices also what appears to be a marked feature in this epidemic, namely, pains in the back and loins. Such a development as pneumonia is possible, but is not anticipated. In the cases at Guy's the staff are of opinion that the influenza which they are treating is that form of the disease which has occasioned such a high rate of mortality at Paris and Vienna. At St. Thomas's Hospital, Westminster, thirty cases, presenting distinct symptoms of iufluenza, have come under the notice of Mr Hamkin, the resident physician, within the last day or two; and, in addition to these out-patients, the nursing and medical staff are affected, Dr Hamkin himself being one of the sufferers. At St George's Hospital the cases received have numbered about half a dozen, and one member of the medical staff is under treatment. The secretary states that some of tbe cases are of a very alarming type, but the physicians have within the past week jhad to give attention to large numberssutferingfrom catarrhal affections. An Oxford correspondent states that influenza has appeared there, and the local doctors have several cases of a more or less serious character under their care. Influenza has broken out in Colchester Camp and barracks, and a great number of soldiers have been admitted to tbe hospital. Out of 345 inmates of one of Dr Barnardo's homes for waifs and strays in the Eist End of London, 145 are reported to be down with influenza. Some of the medical assistants have also been affected, and also the clerical staff. A number of guards and porters on the under- ground railway are down with the disease, and scores of constables in the metropolitan force are on the stock lists. A large percentage of these cases are, curiously enough, stalwart young fellows from tbe country, who have only just joined the force under the new augmentation scheme. In the A division several constables ot tine physique have died of pleurisy or rheumatic fever following upon severe infiuenza. There is a serious development of the influenza epidemic in Birmint,*jam, Many hundreds of commercial men, clerks, and shop assistants are temporarily incapacited, causing the greatest jn convenience. The barristers and solicitors who are attending the Birmingham Quarter Sessions are all more or less suffering from the affliction, and quite a scene was presented yesterday by the frequent attacks of sneezing and coughing in court. Influenza has broken out in several large estab- lishments in Dublin. At the General Post-office some of the telegraph clerks, 57 letter sorters, 14 postmen, and 21 telegraph messengers are ill. The Russian influenza has broken out amongst the soldiers in Colchester Camp. Between 50 and 60 cases were admitted into the military hospital yesterday, and all the medical staff corps on leave have been telegraphed for. The hospital is so full that special beds are being made up in the cavalry barracks. A correspondent at Hatfield telegraphs on Friday morning Lord Salisbury's condition was much improved. His lordship rose early, but be is still confined to his bedroom. He is able to transact preslling business. Throughout to-day his lordship continued to make favourable pro- gress. Numerous letters and telegrams continue to be received requesting information as to the health of his lordship. It is rumoured that Lord Salisbury is not the only member of the Cabinet who is suffering from influenza. Mrs Bancroft and Mrs Bernard Beers are prostrated by the influenza. Mr Charles Coborn is also one of the victims, and is unable for the moment to fulfil his engagements in the panto- mime at Her Majesty's Theatre and at the London Pavilion. From Paris it is reported that Lord Lytton, his son. Lord Knebwortb, and his daughter. Lady Betty Balfour, are now laid up with influenza, and the Russian Ambassador, Baron Mobren- heim, is suffering from a severe attack. The Queen of Saxony was prevented from attending the congratulation ceremony in Dresden by an attack of influenza. The Countess de Launay, the wife of the Italian Ambassador at Berlin, is suffering rather severely from the same complaint. The majority of the medical men of Wimble- don have several patients suffering from the Continental influenza. In one case it is stated that the infection was brought in a parcel which came through the post from Paris. IRKUTSK'S TELEGRAM. J TORONTO, Friday.—A long spell of mild weather, accompanied by continued heavy rain, such as has never been known before in Canada, bas been experienced this season, and many per- sods are in consequence suffering from cold. In- fluenza also is generally prevalent throughout the country, but doctors in Ontario doubt whether it is of the same character as the epidemic now passing over the European con- tinent. Forty cases ara reported from Quebec, and a larger number from Montreal. 111 these two places the epidemic is spreading rapidly, and is declared to be the true Russian influenza, but it manifests itself in a very mild: form, and no sesious cases are reported. [CENTRAL NEWS TELEGRAM. 1 PARIS, Friday.—Tbe Municipal Council, ot Faria bave received considerable sums of money for the relief of the poor sufferers by the influenza epidemic, in addition to Baron Rothschild's munificent gift of one hundred thousand francs.

A ffiiDICAL JOURNAL'S ) g…

fo;, - D' THEidJAD CALAMITY…

PRECAUTIONS AGAINST FIRE.

DARING ESCAPE OF PRISONERS.

THE STRIKE OF GAS WORKERS.

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SAD DEATH OF A CLERGYMAN.

ADJUDICATIONS, &c. -

COAL TRADE CRISIS.,.

THE SLIDING-SCALE AGREEMENT.

PRINCE ALBERT VICTOR.

SKATING CHAMPIONSHIP.

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THEPOLEGATE TRAGEDY. -I

WEATHER FORECAST.

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CAPITAL AND LABOUR. ---..i

GREAT STRIKE OF RAILWAY MEN.

---__---__-DEATH OF BANDMASTER…

SINGULAR DROWNING FATALITY,'(.

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