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I The Voice of the Charmer.…

,WITCHES OF MARTINIQUE.

[THREE MURDERS AND SUICIDES.

! BEATEN BY AMERICA.

MURDERS BY MUTINEERS.

|UNEARTHING ANCIENT EGYPT.

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Crack Cricketers, i

I THE KING'S BIRTHDAY.

I I. TEXTILES OF KINGS."

CENSUS OF THE COUNTY OF YORK.

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I POULTRY ALLOTMENTS.

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POULTRY ALLOTMENTS. Lord Burghciere presided at the annual meet- nig of the National Poultry Organisation Society. The object of the organisation is to bring small poultry farmers and cottagers, who have from six to two or three dozen eggs per day to dispose of, into direct communication with retail dealers and dispense with the middleman. As an example of their work, it was pointed out that recently the price of eggs ruling in certain Devonshire markets was Is. for twenty-six, while in Somerset, where the society have brought producers into touch with retail dealers, the eggs were sixteen a shilling. At the present time sufficient scope is not given to people in a email way to keep poultry in the neighbourhood of London, or, indeed, in any of the Southern counties or the Midlands. In parts of Lanca- shire and the West Riding of Yorkshire farmers allow poultry-keepers to place roosts in their fields, at a charge of 10s. per annum per house accommodating twenty-five hens, the only condition being that shelters are frequently shifted, the owners having access to the fields at any time during the day. The hens have a free run of the ground, and they pick up so much natural food that they do not cost more than a penny per week to feed. The net profit amounts to between 4s. and 5s. per year for each hen. Many of the poultrykeepers who avail themselves of this arrangement are operatives in the numerous factories of these two counties, who find a ready market for their eggs, for which the price varies, according to the season of the year, from Is. to Is. 1),1. per dozen.