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THE D ii. wtor of Navy Contracts has resigned owinf to ill-health. PRINCE FERDINAND OF BULGARIA has written to thi King of Italy announcing his intention of visiting tin King and Queen at Rome in August. FURTHER intelligence has been received from Cabiti showing that the Amir absolutely refused to see th< Afridi envoys who recently went there. The enlvoYI received a nominal sum for the expenses of theii journey, and returned home in great dejection. BRISTOL is preparing for the meeting of the British Association in September. A committee has beer formed, and nearly E4000 has already been raised loeally towards the expenses of receiving and enter- taining the visitors, of whom about 2000 are expected including representatives of science from several British Colonies.. The Mayors of Bath, Wells, .and Monmouth are participating in the work of tllE British Committee, and the association will receive a hearty welcome from the ancient seaport of the West, than which England does not contain a centre more full of varied interest. THB Italian province of Umbria boasts of a local phenomenon known as the Marina." It consists of a long, low, booming sound, the direction of which the ear cannot determine, resembling at one time a distant cannonade, and at another the roar of the wind as it rushes down a. mountain gorge. The country people say it is the noise of a storm at sea, and that it always precedes- foul weather. But Dr. Cancani, in last week's Naples- Bolletino, negatives this supposition and attributes the sound to under- ground disturbances—either a shifting of the lava, or "possibly a subterranean river. Tnz Manchester City, lately launched, is the first of a line of steamers running direct from Man- chester to Canadian ports. The new vessel is 461ft. in length, with a beam of 52ft., and 41ft. deep. She will carry 8600 tons deadweight cargo, and her measurement capacity is 14,500 tons. She is fitted to accommodate 700 cattle, with attendants. The engines, of about 4000 indicated horse-power, are eswnated to give a speed of over 12 knots. THB rack railway up the Jungfrau mountain will terminate at a station 13,668ft. above sea level. It will continue upwards for another 7000ft. the system of rack railways which now conveys passengers as far as Scheidegg. Part of the gradient will make a rise of 1ft. in 4ft. The weight of the trains will be talen hy smooth rails of the familiar kind, whilst a central toothed rail will provide a rack into which a cogged driving-wheel will work, and do the raising. ThB cost of construction is expected to reach nearly £400,000. Electricity, generated by Alpine torrents, wilt provide motive-power. I The extension is to be flushed in about four Tem Irate*.

ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.

PARLIAMENTARY VISIT TO PORTSMOUTH.

THE COPYRIGHT QUESTION.

----.!.CURRENT SPORT.

NAVAL MANOEUVRES ABANDONED.

THE ADVANCE ON KHARTOUM.

■ "' ; , RISING IN NYASSALAND.

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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. :i--

LORD CHARLES BERESFORD ON…

--THE PRINCE OF WALES At WELLINGTON…