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LITERARY EXTRACTS.

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IART AND LITERATURE.

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THE WOMAN'S WORLD.

IGREATER BRITAIN.

NEW ORGAN AT NORWICH CATHEDRAL.

THE SOLDIER UP-TO-DATE.

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THE SOLDIER UP-TO-DATE. Some interesting particulars are given concerning the young soldier's position and prospects with the colours in Chamber's iatimal. During the past year an addition has been made to the Army of 980 men, so that in the estimates for 1899-1900 the number of men of all ranks in the total of the regular Army, ex- clusive of India, is returned at 184,853. The estab- lishment of British regiments in India is given as 73,157, practically the same as last year. When a re- cruit first dons his uniform he has, broadly speaking, we are told, the same chances before him that a youth has who quits his father's house to enter an office in a city of about 258,000 inhabitants. He may be said to receive in pay, rations, lodging, clothing &c., the equivalent of not less than 15s. a week, which sum gradually in creases according to his conduct and pro- motion. An ordinary sergeant of a line regiment gets 17s. 6d. a week clear money, acolour-sergeant £ l 2s. 2d., and a quartermaster-sergeant P.1 8s., while a regi- mental sergeant gets £1 15s., and a superintending clerk £1 18s. 6d. The last two now rank as the warrant officers of a battalion. There are two appointments among the commissioned officers that are filled exclusively by men from the ranks, namely, that of quarter-master—there are 345 of them in the Army, with pay at the rate of from 9s.6d. to 16s. 6d. per day—and that of riding-master, with daily pay varying from 10s. 6d. to 16s. 6d. After twenty-one years' service, should the soldier get so far, he is entitled on discharge to a pension varying with his rank as follows: Privates, gunners, &c., receive from 8d. to Is. 6d. per day; non-commissioned officers, from Is. 3d. to 3s 6d. per day; warrant officers, from 3s. to 5s. per day. It is clear that, regarding the matter from the m6^e business point of view only, there are worse trade* than that or soldier.

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