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RETURN OF THE BLAKE. I

I WOMAN'S WORLD.

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ART AND LITERATURE,

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T, It is generally supposed that Bath brick, like Bath stone, emanates from Bath, but this, ac- cording to the "Manchester Daily Dispatch," is not the case. The brick is a mixture of mud and smut cariied in the sluggish waters of the River Parrett. It makes the stream unpleasant to look upon, but it is no common mud. It is "pay dirt," in the gold-miner's sense of the term, for it is converted into the precious metal, and hun- dreds live by preparing it for the market. Councillor Joseph Downs, of Irvine, the well- known Ayrshire archaeologist, has excavated from the aand bed of the river Irvine, in the vicinity of Shewalton, a large piece of the skeleton of a whale, which, in the opinion of experts, must have been stranded there at least 6,000 years ago. The remains were got fully 20ft. beneath the surface. The bone weighs 161b. Mr. Downs also picked up on the same occasion the fossilised ear bone of the whale, and he has already in his possession its skull. Mrs. E. S. Tome, who is the lady manager of two American banks in Maryland, is a charming personality. Her late husband left her 3,000,000 dols., and named her before his death trustee of the Maryland Institute of Learning, which she founded. The partners in the bank he managed elected her president, and she took up a partner- ship with another bank, which she brought up in four years to a state of great prosperity. Her fortune in that time is said to have doubled.