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HI tile uensum, at Costessey, Norfolk, an I unusual eatell has been made in a splendid golden tench, seventeen inches long, which weighed three pounds, and is the largest ever taken in that river. Five thousand and thirty-six patients were remaining on Friday in the, fever hospitals of the Metropolitan Asylums Board (including 3,177 of scarlet fever and 1,255 of diphtheria) and 523 at the sanatoria for tuberculosis. Inaugurated by Mise Gough, a former matron of the Surbiton Cottage Hospital, all the nece.ssary house linen at that institution has been provided free of cost for the past five years by the Linen Guild, which is man- aged by a committee of women. Jack Hammond, a well-known Leicester steeplejack, expired suddenly while cycling to his work at Wigston on Friday. A few minutes later he would have been engaged at the top of a lofty building. The Board of Trade have approved of the provisional order applied for by the Cowes Harbour Commissioners to construct a break- water across Shrape Bank at East Cpwes for sheltering the harbour during the prevalence of north-easterly gales. The Augelus," which has for years been rung at many Anglican county churches, will in future be rung thrice daily from the church tower of All Saints', Margaret-street, London. Delegates from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners will pay an official visit to France during the second week of June for the pur- pose of studying horticulture under arrange- ments made by the French Ministry of Agriculture. All effort is to be made this spring to in- troduce the American blue robin as an addi- tion to the list of British birds. It is insecti- vorous, has a lovely song, and is coloured a deep azure blue on head, back, wings, and tail, with a red throat and breast. In recognition of the bravery they displayed in rescuing the crew of a Norwegian barque during a great gale in the North Sea, t,he skipper, the mate, and a deck hand of the Grimsby trawler Halcyon are to receive pre- sentations from the Norwegian Government. Within the past few days 1.900 tons of loco- motives and huge consignments of railway building plant have been shipped from the Clyde to Australia, India, and other coun- tries. One thousand and twenty tons of loco- motives were for Sydney, 300 for Calcutta, 130 tons for Madras. A Board of Trade inquiry is to be held into the loss of the steam trawler Clara Bella, of Fleetwood, which left that port for the Ice- landic fishing grounds ou January 26th, and has not been heard of since March 1st. A despatch from Perth (Western Australia) says it is reported that blacks have destroyej the Drysdale River mission and murdered two fathers, six of the lay brethren, and a num- ber of half stee. The police are investigate ing the affair. For stealing £113, the property ot tin., mother, John Woodcock, la brushmaker, aged twenty-one, was at Bury on Saturday bound over for three years. The money was found concealed under the slates of an outhouse.

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