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GARDEN GOSSIP. I i

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ITHE DUKEDOM OF LANCASTER,…

ITWO TOUCHING STORIES. I

DON ALPHONSO'S HOLIDAY. I

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NOVEL WEATHER REPORTS.I

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NOVEL WEATHER REPORTS. I If England were California, the morning let- ters might have brought the intelligence that the summer of 1903 has qualified as the wettest sunny season known, for the Mexican Govern- ment has adopted a novel method for sending the weather reports and predictions throughout the country. The postmasters are supplied with cancelling stamps in which may be placed lines showing the weather predictions for the day fol- lowing. Thus, if the Mexican Weather Bureau predicts for the City of Mexico "fair weather" in the morning and rain later in the day, all letters sent from the Mexico Post Office on the day before will bear that information in con- crete form. The new system has become popu- lar in Mexico, not only because people like to see how near the weather authorities can come to the mark, but because it makes the weather chapter, with which many letters are weighted, I unnecessary.

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