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OUR LONDON CORRESPONDENT.

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-I TIIE Highland Light Infantry, stationed at Devon- port, on Sunday received orders to-furnish 100 men to fill vacancies created by the casualties at Magers- fontein. They will be under command of Captain Scraes Dickens, and will embark on the steamer Gaika at Southampton. IF the Victoria Cross were granted for each-cas8 of conspicuous gallantry at Magersfontein," says a correspondent with Methuen, it would -be necessary to distribute it by hundreds, for never in the history of war have so many acts of individual heroism been achieved." A CORPORAL of the Seaforth Highlanders was taken prisoner by the Boers, who took away his rifle and kept him in the trenches in charge of one of their comrades. When the others retired the cor- poral drew the bayonet from the rifle in the hands of the Boer, stabbed him, and escaped to the British lines. A LETTEK received from a naval officer who was standing by when Commander Egerton, of the Powerful, had his legs blown off, says Egerton was a very keen cricketer, and his last words were: 'That's put an end to my cricket!' He lit a cigar- ette, and calmly smoked as he was carried away on a stretcher." TilE KAISER'S children are noted for their courteous manners, and are most considerate for everyone who come in contact with them. The little Princess Victoria of Germany is said to have a decided will of her own, and will sometimes take a fancy to stand up in the Royal carriage when she is driving in Berlin 'with one of her ladies-in-waiting. The decorus lady- in-waiting will implore her to sit down, but the little Princess will get up again, like a jack-in-the-box, if the fancy takes her to do so. She is a very warm-hearted little child, however, and can easily be ruled through her affections. It ia no wonder if she is a little spoilt—the long-desired little girl, and the only, one in a family of seven. THAT from six to ten of every 100 physicians in America are opium-eaters is the conclusion arrived at by a committee of doctors who have been investi- gating the matter for nine years. The anndnncemenb was made at a meeting of the New York State Medi. cal Association, and details of the investigations were given. Of 3244 doctors in New England and the Middle" States and some Western cities, 24, per cent. were found to use spirits of opium to excess, and of these six per cent. used the drug openly. Another 20 per cent. used the opium in moderation, so called." Of 170 other physicians, 13 per cent. were found to use the drug openly or secretly, K THE appointment of Sir Evelyn Wood to be honorary colonel of The Devil's Own," as the Inns of Court Volunteers are styled, is specially appro- priate. inasmuch as the General, notwithstanding the many demands on his time, actually read for, and was called to, the Bar a quarter of a century ago. He is a nephew, also, of a former Lord High Chancellor —the late Lord Hatherley. His family springs from the 01 of which his paternal grandfather was twice Lord Mayor and represented in Parliament. No railway company buys a horse after it is seven years old. The Midland has 1350 horses; the Great Northern, 1300; the Great Western, 1100; the Sonth-Western 550; the South-Eastern, 275 and the Brighton, 2Lo. The London and North-Western has only 650 horses but Messrs Pickford and Co., who do most of the North-Western business have 4000 horses. Carter, Paterson's have 2000.' The majority of London railway horses work 70 hours a week. As a rule, the London railway horse is bought at £60. and is sold at £10 or £ 1&

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