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GREATER BRITAIN.

RETRO SPECT OF THE YEAR 1899.

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GERMANS are the most prone to suicide; the Irish and negroes rarely resort to self-destruction. Tnd Japanese are, as a race, so small that it ia necessary to build specially low bicycles for them. GMUT BRITAIN, which has but 120,979 square- miles of home territory, holds 16,662,073 square. Ibi. of colonies. A BLUE grotto like that of Capri has been di*, covered on the shore of the promontory of Skiaari on the Ionian Island of Zante. The entrance is larger and the interior smaller than that of Capri. When the sea is calm fishing boats can get in. TIIKRE have been rumours of an impending betrothal of Princess Beatrice, youngest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Coburg, and the Grand Duke Cyril YladimiroiHtch of Russia, but it is dim- cult to see how there can be any truth in them. The Princess has not yet reached her 16th birthday, and, moreover, she and the Grand Duke are first cousins, who are not permitted by the Greek Church to marry. WIHK-TXSTKRS eat a small piece of bread, with a scrap of cheese, between samples, to iaeu" an unpre- judiced taste. To theatres of Pari. have popular representations on certain days, when the seats cost only a quarter or half the usual price. THB jellyfish ha* no teeth, but uses himself as if he were a piece oi paper whea he is bungiy, getting hi* food and then trapping himself about it.

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