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URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL MEETING.

BIOGRAPHY OF A PROMINENT TOWNSMAN.

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IMarkets. I

A Most Delicious Summer Beverage.

Moiunoutlishire'Quartcr Sessions.

1 Severn Tunnel Fatality.

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ITHE STUDY OF FLOWERS.

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THE STUDY OF FLOWERS. CHAPTER XXII, THE WHITE THORN (Crataegus Omycautha.) Class. Icosandria Order, Pentagynia. Few of our native shrubs present a more beautiful appear- ance than the Hawthorn in full bloom. Its opening buds are hailed under the name of May, and They are the bright remembrances of youth, They waft us back, with their bland 'odorous breath, The joyous hours thas only young life knows, Ere we have leanit that this fair earth hides graves, The May blossom awakens pleasing recollec- tions of youth. It is the sweetest blossom of the loveliest month, its profusion and fragrance lay claim to our regard. It reminds us of the days when we led a rural life and often sauntered beneath its shade to learn our lessons. The shrub is the emblem of hope, which Like the glimmering tapers' light, Adorns and cheers the way And still, as darker grows the night, Emits a brighter ray." When. we look upon it let it teach us a useful lesson. If our spirits are cast down by the loss of worldly wealth, if we grieve for the absence of a dear friend—if we are in despair through being deprived of the pleasures of this life—if we endure sorrows for the bereavements of those nearest and dearest to us, let us assure ourselves that it will be but for a season, and hope that the loss we have sustained may be exchanged for spiritual riches and happiness, and that we meet those valued frieuds in the mansions of peace where grief is never known, then let us Hope on, Hope ever Dark o'er us now the clouds of grief are brooding, Hoarsely the streamlets murmur at our feet, Bright birds of song, our eager grasp eluding, Far from our tree of love and life retreat. But oh not yet, my gentle friend, shall leave u? The fervent hope of sunshine and of joy And whatever of wrong may come to grieve us Let there be one thing grief cannot destroy, Hope on, Hope ever In some rural parts of our country, a high pole is fixed in the gound, and decorated with Hawthorn and other blossoms on the First of May, and the day is spent in out-door enjoyment. The youths and maidens cover themselves with boughs of hawthorn and dance around the pole. In former times May was universally kept, and the streets of our large cities were dressed gaily with the branches of the Hawthorn. Stowe says Cro wds of youths and maidens went out of the town into the sweet meadows and green woods, there to rejoice their spirits with the beauty and savour of sweet flowers, and with the harmony of birds, praising God after their kind." J.H.C, aCH

Shipment of Rails from Newport…

The Sfax Sighted.

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BOARD OF GUARDIANS.