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GREATER BRITAIN. } ^BOLDIBJIS who complain of the length cf marches home should just think of what takes place in India. Some of the moves which will be made in (relief next cold weather are very long ones. Thus, tlw 10th and 55th Field Batteries at Rawalpindi and Jfchmedabad will change places; their march will be One of about 1000 miles, and they will be three and a talf months on the road. The 42nd and 59th Batteries at Secunderabad and Nowgong also change Jltations; they will take two and a half months to SJT 7??, T1?3-, The 60th battery moves from Mulun to Allahabad, about 800 miles, a three months' DlAreh. The 21st and 40th Batteries at Bangalore and Ahmednagar have a two months' march of 600 tales, as they have to change places. As regard the infantry, the King's Own Scottish iBorderers move from Rawalpindi to Kamptee. They pml be railed 920 miles to Saugor, and will then march the remaining 380 miles. The Buffa will go from Peshawar to Lucknow, but they will be railed toe whole distance. The Royal Munster Fusiliers, Bow at Dum Dum, have to make the longest journey M fill, as they are ordered to Quetta. They will taibnrk at Calcutta and proceed to Karachi, a 15 jo&ys' voyage, thence beiDg railed 600 miles toQuefta. afhe Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers will replace the flfucsterij at Dum Dum. They will march only to IBahartinpur, and then travel 1100 miles by rail. THE Indian mail brings intelligence of the death M Bishop Caprotti, Roman Catholic Bishop of Hyderabad, after 40 years of work in India and of Iii. Highness the Maharajah of Vizianagram, who JtfM Only 49 years of age. The Maharajah was for many years a member of the Madras Legislative Council, and on one occasion Had the privilege of being elected to the Supreme Council of the Viceroy. Iffe received his title of Maharajah as a personal dis- tinction in 1881, was created K.C.I.E. in 1887, and B.C.I.E. in 1892. I LOUD SANDHURST, Governor of Bombay, has accepted the position of Most Worshipful Grand Master of All Scottish Freemasonry in India. His lordship has for some time been pro-District Grand Master of Bombay, under the English constitution. TnE Dominion of Canada has just celebrated its 13th birthday. The British North America Act, which brought the Dominion into being, was intro- duced into the House of Lords by the Colonial Secretary, the Earl of Carnarvon, and after passing through both Houses received the Royal Assent on March 28, 1867. But it was not until July 1 of the Same year that this Act of Confederation came into roce by Royal Proclamation in British North America. As everyone knows, the Dominion at first consisted of only four provinces, viz., Ontario, -Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. 1870 saw the addition of Manitoba and the North West Territories. The next year British Columbia became a Province of Canada. In 1873 Prince Edward's Islands agreed to become a part of the Dominion while in 1880 her Majesty issued an Order in Council annexing to the Dominion such (British possessions in North America (other than Newfoundland) as were not previously included in (he Dominion. Canadians in London commemorate the First" by means of an annual dinner. This year's dinner was attended by large numbers of idBiting Canadians, and had a great additional at- traction in the presence of the "silver-tongued" Premier, Hon. Wilfrid Laurier, P.C. In further toelebration of Canada's birthday, the High Commis- sioner, Sir D. A. Smith, held a large reception in fcbe Imperial Institute, at which there was a grand teunionof the sons and daughters of the Dominion. • THE height of the Gibraltar Rock is over 1400ft., and this stupendous precipice is pierced by miles of galleries in the solid rock, stone portholes for cannon being placed at frequent intervals. From the water- batteries to a distance of two-thirds up the rock, one Iter after another of cannon is presented to the taemy. A garrison of 5000 to 10,000 is maintained, lrith provisions and ammunition for a six months' liege. I TUQUGH the "gold days It of Queensland do not Bate back much more than 30 years, the colony is able to show that she has, by gold alone, added to the wealth of nations no less an amount than £ 39,195,100. This is the work of less than half a lifetime, and by a country whose development had, iaysthe Queenslander, at the beginning of that period beer-, scarcely initiated. Three decades is not so long a time as to place the rush to Gympie, which was practically the beginning of the gold era, out of the Jnemory 0f many thousands of colonists, and what has been attained, taken in conjunction with the Beyelopments which are almost daily being reported, Warrants their oft-expressed prediction that much Kteater things will be Been ere even they pake their departure. Queensland mines are still pouring out.their gold at the rate of about 640,000oz. year, having a value of something like 2t millions Klerling. These figures alone are startling, but they are even more significant when contrasted with those of other colonies, for then it is found that Queensland more than doubles the output of New South Wales, while Victoria, which tope the list, only does so by about 165,000oz. But as against Victoria, Queensland- scores in a -more telling par- fcicular; while the Victorian yields represent the Winnings of 27,889 miners, that of -Queensland is feot by 11 428. Given Victoria's mining population, it is as plain as the noonday sun that no colony in fell* group could reach Queensland in the matter of bold production- I NOR is this all. The Queenslanders win from t he toother earth much besides gold. For instance, up to the end of 1895, the colony turned out nearly £700,000 worth of silver, about E2,000,000 worth of BOpper, something approximating £ 4,500,000 worth bf tin, and other" minerals having a money value of Dyer £ 2,000,000. These figures not gigantic in them- selves, maybe, nevertheless show what might be ac- complished were the immense territory of Queens- land more intersected by railways giving the facili- ties for development Southern fields alraady possess. The want of these facilities has, operating with the fall in values of baser metals, virtually placed the colony beyond the range of competition, and its people find themselves confronted with the lamentable fact that enormous lodes of unique pureness, and less ex- tensive, perhaps, but equally rich tin and silver lodes are lying in a state of nature courting the productive bands of man. IN summarising his figures illustrative of the trade of Australasia for 1896, the New South Wales Government statist says that the only colon'es which tnade a perceptible advance during the year were New Zealand and Tasmania, where there were in- creases in the exports of domestic produce of 12*89 ■per cent, and 938 per cent, respectively. New South Wales was practically stationary, but Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and West Australia showed a heavy fall in the average values of the domestic exports. Queensland sttllstood at the head as the greatest exporter of home produce. IN Now South Wales the experiment has been tried of mounting policemen on cycles. The In- spector-General of Police reports upon the experi- ment as follows In some respects bicycles nave been found extremely useful in enabling the police to cover a long route in the suburbB and country towns. for rapidity in the pursuit of offenders, and for non-commissioned officers inspecting beats. Cnder no, circumstances, however, can bicycles replace horses to any considerable extent in the per- forlmance of police duties in the country." vsf iifILuto leSalise the totalisator in New South u been introduced into the Legislative fL read a first time. Thebill providesfor ivr r»flrt»in>o71?r*y ^icenses for the use of the totaliser the totalisator mfy be w one-third of the profits £ ?«'• blll^1Pulate9.thafc asssr teld in th0 rate the Queens Record Rei^Z tL TJ?°l scribed m the room. t A MEMBER of the Legislative Assembly 0f New Snufh Wales, who has just returned from a tour in the far west of the Colony, gives an appalling story of the -effects of the drought. From Tilpa to Wilcannia the losses are enormous, dying and dead flocks mark- ing the river bank for miles. The ground has been cleaned, as if swept, of the leaves and bushes, and exhibited nothing but sand and dust. North of Narrabri and Moree the pfLatoralisti3 are suffering immensely. At Bourke unheard-of prices were being demanded and paid for grass. Stock-owners were travelling stock to Bourke from all quarters, but had little hope of reaching there, owing to the dried-up condition a-the country intervening. Even if rain came now the death-rate must increase, as the cold JBondit'1 kill stock in their present- weakened

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