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--FARMING NOTES.

GARDENING GOSSIP.

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-"ONLY A PRIVATE."j

A GIGANTIC UMBRELLA.

AN HISTORIC ESTATE.

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A PARLIAMENTARY return issued in the form of a Blue Book shows that the total number of persons killed on the railways of the United Kingdom during 1896 was 1008, while no fewer than 5877 were in- jured, the latter item-being 1856 more than in the preceding year, while the former item shows a de- crease of 16. No fewer than 34 horses were killed 37 beasts and cows, and 75 sheep, besides pigs, dogs, and donkeys. LORD PORTSMOUTH, though not particularly a keen sportsman, is greatly interested in the wild duck on his estates, and he breeds many hundreds under wire netting every season. He has some of the best wild dack shooting in the South of England. THE new city of New York will begin its official existence on Jan. 1, 1898. It has an area of 306 square miles. Its population exceeds 3,100,000. Its real estate is assessed for taxation at 2,221,879,805dol. Its foreign commerce last year exceeded 1,000,000,000 dol. Its public schools number 350, with 202,961 •cholars and 7464 teachers. It has 6889 policemen and 2167 paid firemen. It has more than 7000 men in its militia force. Its pay-roll contains 33,113 names and calls for an annual payment ef 53,769,000dol. It has 89 public libraries, 264 asylums and hospitals, 1100 churches, 11,961 saloons, 6500 acres of parks, 160 miles of elevated railway, and 1040 miles of sur- face railwav.

THE MOCKERY OF MONOPOLIES.

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EPITOME OF NEWS; -F

THE OMNIBUS IN SUMMER

ACCOUCHEMENT OF PRINCESS