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FIRE IN A TUNNEL. I

STRANGE PULPIT ADDRESS.I

PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES.I

CYCLISTS AND RAILWAYS.

THE NATION'S GUESTS. I

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[TRANSVAAL TRADE. 111

IA RACE OF BATTLESHIPS. I

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AN INF ANTS DEBTS. j

THE KAISER'S PALM WREATH.

IHOW OLD EGGS ARE SOLD.I

CRIMINAL'S FIERCE BEHAVIOUR.I

I=== I BRISK EMIGRATION.I

! NEW QUARTERMASTER-GENERAL.I

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THE IRISH MOTOR RACE.

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A FISHY DINNER.

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The world now consumes 6,3UU,UUU,UOUlbs. ot tobacco yearly, or 2,182,500 tons. This is worth £ 52,000,000 sterling. In other words, the world's smoke bill is just CI,000,000 a week. Sir Christopher Furness is about to purchase the Tyne Steam Shipping Company. It is re- ported that Sir C. Furness is completing nego- tiations for a dockyard on the Thames. In proportion to population, Spain, Norway. and Ireland have more blind people than any other European countries. Spain has 216 per 100,000; Norway, 208; and Ireland, 111. Very Irritating.—A man may without reproach refer to the excellence of his own work, but at the same time it is never well to call attention to one's own skill by casting aspersions upon the ability of others. A piano-tuner had nearly finished his work on the piano when he looked up and said to the lady of the house—"Your instrument was in an awful condition. You ought to have sent for me sooner." "It was tuned only three months ago." ''Then the man who did it was ignorant of his business." "Do you think so?" "I'm sure of it, ma'am. He ought to be sawing wood or cleaning the streets instead of tuning pianos. A delicate instrument like a piano needs fingers equally delicate to handle it, and it needs an accurate ear, too. The person who attempted to tune this instrument fast evidently had neither." Here the tuner regarded his own hands complacently, and then con- tinued—"In fact, I am free to say," he added, "that he did more harm than good." "I can hardly think it is so bad as that." "Well, he certainly didn't do it any good. May I ask who the man was?" "Certainly. It was yourself." "Madam, you are mistaken. I never tuned a, Eiano in this house before." "Probably not; ut you tuned that instrument nevertheless, or attempted to. It belonged to Mrs. Jones, of whom I bought it. She told me you had always tuned it and to send to you when it needed tuning again." On his way home the man reflected solemnly on the irritating way some womeii have of presenting facts.

"EDNA LYALL'S" WILL. I

IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT.I

I TAMPERED WITH A SHELL. I

LICENSING DIFFICULTIES. I

THE MONROE DOCTRINE. I

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THE VENTRILOQUIST'S SECRET.…

FRENCH SMOKERS.

COMING CRICKETERS.

- POLAR SLEDGING

NEWSPAPER PRESS FUND..-I

|MR. HANBURY ON AGRICULTURE.…

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