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I CONCERNING CORMORANTS. (

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WITH A MISSION LADY. I

AHREST OF COLONEL LYNCH. I

TWO LADIES DROWNED. I

A COLLEGE DESTROYED. I

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THANKSGIVING.

ICAMBRIDGE TRIPOS.

[ ROYAL COUNTIES SHOW.

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-7 -"8 An electrically driven mail van has h;:n in trial by the Post Office authorities for two weeks or so, the Carl Oppermann vehicle being selected. This is operated by A B C accumu- lators, which run for about forty miles on one charge. The van will carry mails, chiefly in the City and West-end services, the journey on Tuesday morning being from Mount Pleasant, W.C., to Waterloo, S.E. This is not the first occasion on which the Post Office authorities have tested electric mail vans, the "Electrician" reminds us, trials having been carried out in the early part of 1898 with vehicles of the late London Electric Cab Company. The cost of getting coal only amounts in some collieries to 4s. per ton, or 2id. per cwt. This statement is made on the authority of Mr. William Johnson, the Warwickshire miners' agent, who says that if miners worked for nothing coal would be very little cheaper than it is at present. The whole 60 per cent. advance in wages which the miners have at the present time, and as a result of their efforts from 1888, has, he states, only added to the cost of produc- tion something like Is. 3d. per ton, or three farthings per cwt. For the building of a new workhouse at Aber- deen, contracts amounting to £ 78,071 have been accepted. .W.'1I7\'fflPI.

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