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THE VITALITY OF SEEDS.

WEALTH IN ICE.

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THE DURATION OF LXFS.—In ancient Rome, during the period between 200 and 300 A.D., the average duration of life among the upper classes was 30 years. In the present century, among the same classes of people, it amounts to 50 years. In the sixteenth century the mean duration of life in Geneva was 20-21 years, between 1814 and 1833 it was 40-68 years, and at the present time as many people live to /0 years of age, as 300 years ago lived to the age of 43. In the year 1693 the British Government borrowed money, the amount borrowed to be paid in annuities, on the basis of the mean duration of life at that time. The State Treasury made thereby a good bargain, and all parties to the transaction were satisfied. Ninety- seven years later Pitt established another tontine or annuity company, based on the presumption that the mortality would remain the same as 100 years before. But in this instance it transpired that the Govern- ment had made a bad bargain, since, while in the first tontine 10,000 persons of each sex died under the age of 28, a hundred years later only 5772 males and 6416 females died under this age. From these facts it appears that life under certain favourable influences has gained in many and probably in all its forms and manifestations, both in figure and duration.

!DEATH FROM STARVATION.

---LORD R, CHURCHILL ON TEMPER…

THE ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.

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THE "WORLD" LIBEL CASE.

MR. BRADLAUGH AND THE HOUSE…

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GREAT FIRE IN LONDON.

THE CENTRAL CHAMBER OF AGRI…

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--"" THE CATTLE DISEASES BILL.

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PRINCE BISMARCKS BIRTHDAY.

ATTEMPTED MURDER AND SUICIDE.

ARRESTS OF FENIANS IN IRELAND.

EXHIBITIONS AT VIENNA.

CHILD MURDER AND SUICIDE.I

A FEMALE FOOTPAD.

A DAFFODIL CONFERENCE.

IN MEMORIAM.

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THE CONDITION OF THE LONDON…

THE CREMATION QUESTION.

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