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UtistcIIiiitcoiis Ifntrlligcitte, HOME, FOREIGN, AND COLONIAL. FATALITY WITH FiitEARMS.-An inquest has been held in Liverpool, on the body of Michael Fearns, forty-two years of age, a pensioner from the 75th Re- giment. The deceased was cleaning a horse pistol which he had kept from the time he left the army, and for the purpose of melting a piece of lead he put the end of the barrel in the fire. It happened to be loaded, and as he was probing in the barrel with a piece of wire the charge went off, the bullet lodging in his right hand. He was removed to the Royal Infirmary, where he died on Saturday. Verdict-Accidental Death. BAD NEWS FOR WINE DRINKERS.—Great con- sternation prevails throughout the wine-growing districts of France. A new disease of the grape has made its appearance in the neighbourhood of Bordeaux where it has already caused incalculable damage, and is now beginning to spread to the vineyards of Bur- gundy. According to a paper published on the subject by M. Planehon, this disease is caused by the ravages of a hitherto unknown insect, which he calls the Philloxera vastatrix, and which all means usually employed in similar cases have utterly failed to ex- tirpate. M. de la Loy bre, in a report addressed to M. Drouyn de Lhuys, suggests that a reward should be offered for the discovery of a remedy that may serve to avert that which otherwise threatens to assume the proportions of a national disastei. It was lately asserted in the Acaddmie des Sciences that partially favourable results had been obtained in some parts by encouraging the propogation of a sort of woodlouse which preys on the Philloxera. A MEDICAL SCAPEGOAT.—At the last weekly meeting of the Board of Guardians of the Blackburn Union, Dr. Garstang, one of the medical officers, tendered his resignation, pending a charge of neglec; preferred against him, and now under the notice of the Poor Law Board. He tells the guardians, in his letter, with all due respect," that there is not one amongst them who knows anything of the actual condition of the sick poor of his district, and adds Taking into calculation the number of cased- medical, surgical, and obstetric—which I have attended, and the amount total of money which I have received, each case, of whatever nature and duration, averages the bewilder- ing sum of 2.3." Dr. Garstang thinks that the pauper doctor is the scapegoat of the Poor Law medical ser- vice." The resignation was accepted, without discus- sion. EXTRAORDINARY DISAPPEARANCE.—Quite a panic has been created amongst parents of the working classes in and around Cork by the mys- terious disappearance of a number of children, mostly of tender years, during the past fortnight. So numer- ous are the cases stated to have occurred that an ex- tensive system of kidnapping seems the only possible explanation. Placards posted throughout the city state that two little girls of twelve and five years respectively, have been missing from Mayfield for the past week. No less than five children have disappeared from Blackpool within the last two days two are re- ported as missing from the neighbourhood of Lady's Well, two from Fair-lane, and two others from Ever- green. In the majority of instances the children were sent on errands by their parents and never returned. The police had their attention directed to the matter, but as yet no explanation of the circumstances has, in any case, been arrived at. VULPECIDISM IN CHESHIRE.—The following in- scription (n a piece of paper was attached to a dead fox found in a lane in Banbury on the 10th inst. "Gentlemen and sportsmen, our doom is sealed if the farmers' claims be not paid fur the fowls and lambs we have eaten. I am not the first who has paid the forfeit with my life. Mind, brother Reynard, what you eat, that you don't get poisoned, as we shall all be if the farmers' claims are not paid —To the Master of the Cheshire Hunt." THE JAGGANATH FESTIVAL.—The Friend of India says The Jagganath Festival at Serampore closed on the 19th instant after a pitiable fashion. The two great cars still stand on the road side, half in the ditch, because the people will not pull them back to their places. In spite of the num- bers hired to pull and to applaud, the cars were moved on the first occasion only half the usual distancp, and there they lie in the mud, with the idols oil them al;(1 tlags flying. As usual the Brahmins applied to the authorities to order the people to pull, hut of course in vain. The common peasantry were heard to reply to the miserable creatures wh.. from the car urged them to pull:—" It is all very well, but come and give a hand yourselves" The crowd, of which a rough census was taken, was never more than 75,000 at the highest, and rarely exceeded 35,000-a third of what it used to be. For one man there were 50 women and children. The police, under Mr. Kochefort, the energetic district super intendent, kept order well. There were no accidents and only three crises of drunkenness The spectacle presented ly the cars and idois on the Trunk-road outside of Serampore may be regarded as tjpical of the state of idolatory at least in and near the great cities-tottering but still defiant, with no enthusiasm and little faith. A NUKBING FATHER.—When a man believes anything absolutely, it is always pleasant to see him make an ocular demontration of his faith (>\JY3 a;J American paper). At Algona, Iowa, one Mrs. Ingham was appointed to deliver the oration last Independence Day. So she carried her infant and her husband into the assembly of the people, and while she occupied the platform Mr. Ingham meekly held the baby Probably arrangements were made which prevented the child from yearning for the" materTlal fount; or perhaps, as Mr. Chick observes in Dombey and Son, something temporary was done with a teapot." Mr. Ingham is said to have been very proud of his wife's t-uccess on the occasion. We think he had more reason to be proud of his own, for it was an essay in a harder field. THE AMERICAN SCHOOL SYSfEM. In a con- tribution to the Spectator, Mr. Robert Coningsby, who recently visited the United States in connection with the Society of Arts, makes some shrewd remarks on the American school system. He says that if there be a fault in that system it is that the children are made to study too hard. This he attributes more to the parents than to the teachers, for a large percentage of the children are expected, when at home, to apply tht-mselves diligently to study for a period varying from three and a half to seven hours. Notwithstand- ing every effort to instruct, the young members grow up in a state of ignorance. To reach these the Ameri- cans have devised an excellent system of night-schools, which are so cosmopolitan that Mexicans, Russians, Germans, Chinese—indeed, almost all nationalities— ma.y be seen under one roof. The cost of education varies from twelve dollars per head in New York to half that amount in Michigan. The systematic manner in which American youth are drilled into a sort of patriotic faith is also noticed by Mr. Coninfsby. In some States masters are required to read once a year to his pupils extracts from Washington's farewell address. At a school in Boston the child of a street hawker might be seen next to a senator's son. Know- ledge is, in America, a great leveller of social distinc- tions, and, indeed, a sure road to the acquisition of all that men deem valuable. THE SOLAR ECLIPSE.—The New York papers of the 8th and 9th, are filled with reports from various quarters of the observations made in various parts of the continent of the total eclipse of the sun on the 7th inst. Although in some places disappointment was ex- perienced in consequence of unfavourable weather, yet observations were made elsewhere under more favourable circumstances-, sufficient for the more im- portant purposes of scientific investigation. At Wash- ington the observations are reported to have been a failure, owing to causes beyond human control. At Boston, too, great disappointment was experienced, and from Philadelphia only a partial success is re- ported. But at Des Moines, Indiana, which had been selected by a large number of observers as affording the most favourable spot for observing the totality, the weather appears to have been more propitious. THE NEW LAW OF EVIDENCE.—The first use of the new law of evidence, which admits as witnesses the parties in cases of adultery and breach of promise of marriage, has been made at York. One objection to the new law was, and is (remarks the Law Time.) that pretty plaintiffs will wheedle tender hearted juries. Oh. too convincing, dangerously dear, In woman's eye the unanswerable tear, That weapon of her weakness she can wield To save, subdue at once her spear and shield. Avoid it; virtue ebbs, and wisdom errs. Too fondly gazing ou that gi ief of hers." The wisdom of a common jury is not likely to be proof against it, nor, for that matter, of a special jury either. MINING ACCIDENTS IN GERMANY.—In reference to the late explosion in the Plauenschen Gruud, the National Zeitung of Berlin comments on the necessity of legally compelling the owners of mines to support the miners who are disabled, and the families of those who are killed by accident. Private charity, on which alone the unfortunate sufferers have now to depend, is insufficient and particularly apt to be exhausted when two or three great calamities follow each other at short intervals. The owners might be protected against sudden and unavoidable loss by a mutual assurance society, for which the statistical basis already exists. In 1861, 167 miners were killed in Prussian collieries, and 235,189,996 cwts. of coala raised a tax of 1 pfenning the cwt. for insurance would have made up a sum of 653,000 thalers, or 3,900 thalers for each family. That journal adds :— In England the owners of steam works are obliged to cover the damage done by any accident that may occur, and associations have been formed for mutual inspection and assurance. The number of explosions in the establishments thus united has decreased. According to Prussian law, the owner is only responsible if the accident is c mBed by his own fault or that of his agents on the other hand, he ought always to be held responsible when it is not proved th&t the miner has fallen a victim to his own carelesness alone. AUSTRALIAN PAPER.—We (Brisbane Courier) have received a sample of paper from the Liverpool Paper Company, New South Wales, and have much pleasure in finding that so excellent an article is manu- factured in these colonies. It is rather heavier than the English paper we are at present using, but it is equally well dressed, and possesses as much toughness We believe the Sydney Mail and Herald are at present being printed on this colonial-made paper. It is most gratifying to find new industries and manufactures taking hold in these colonies, and pushing out of the market, as they should do, the foreign article. We shall be glad to see the Liverpool Paper Company, New South Wales, go ahead. AN ANTIQUE FLoeR AT OXFORD.—A curious discovery has been made in one of three old house-t in Broad-street, between Kettall-hall and Trinity Col- 1.. e, now undergoing repair. Upon the removal of the fo 'ring boards, in a room on the ground floor, having unl rneath them a considerable depth of earth and IOJJ rubbish, the original floor of the room, which is "ll feet square, was brought to light. It was laid with trotter bones," in a pattern of squares arranged angle-wise, within a border. The pattern was defined by bones about two inches square, rubbed or sawn to an even surface, and tilled in with the stna,ll bones of sheep's legs; the knuckles uppermost, closely packed and driven into the ground to the depth of from three to four inches. It has been hastily aud needlessly des- troyed. Floors thus'composed full two centuries since are now not unfrequentlv discovered during the altera- tion of the timber and plaster edifices of the early part of the 17th century. Oxford has supplied several examples. THE GRFATEST MAN IN THE FRENCH ARMY — General Leboeuf, the new Minister of War in France, is, like his predecessor, Marshal Niel, an Engineer of- ficer, and, like him, won his spurs in the wars ill AI- geria. He took a prominent part in the battle of the Alma, and was in supreme command of the artillery in the Italian campaign of 1859. It is alleged that but for his timely aid in the battle of Solferiuo, the army of Victor Emmanuel would have been crushed. Since then he has commanded the camp at Chalons, and in 1866 he was deputed to receive the province of Venetia from the Austrian Government. From that time he has commanded the Sixth Corps d'Arm^e, but it is said tha,t he is in favour of abolishing these large ILili. tary commands, which afford little scope for adminis- trative ability. The new Minister is sixty years of age, and is said to be physically the biggest man in the French army. A LIGHT ON H.ULWATS AT NIGHT.—Accord- ing to the American journals a novelty in railway man- agement is to be introduced by the Erie Company, who propose to illuminate the whole line of that road at night by electric lights at the ferries, in the tunnels,on all dangerous curves, and on every engine. Mr. Morse, who has charge of the matter, etates that he has made several important improvements, among others a plan for preserving the carbon points from wasting away anù keeping them for months in good condition, a self-sus- taining battery, and an invention by which the turning of the wheels of the engine shall collect electricity for use in illuminnatioE. There will be a light at each end of the ferry, which it is believed will make a collision practically impossible on the darkest and foggiest night. Even with the diminution of light caused by the jarring of the locomotive it is estimated that the head-lights will show the track to the engineer on a straight line for three mile. — [More welcome, however than any announcement of material improvements would be a notification in the cause of public morality that the managers of this line ceuld be brought to a condition of responsibility for the pecuniary claims of the shareholders]. nAVY LOSSES BT THE PHILADELPHIA FJRE- The losses by the fire at Philadelphia will fall heavily on the English insurance offices. The Imperial of London had an aggregate insurance on the whisky of 319,000 dollars the Liverpool and London and Globe, 180,000 dollars the Royal Insurance Company, 152,500 dollars the North British and Mercantile, 12,000 dollars; the Queen, of London, 56,000 dollars. This gives an aggregate of five British companies im- volved for 719,500 dollars on the whisky alone.witbout considering the insurance on the building, which is valued at 500,000 dollars. The American offices do not lose more than an average of 20,000 dollars each. THE RABBIT IN AUSTRALIA.—The Melbourne Argus of June 19 says :— The wild rabbit, which has for some time been regarded as the bane of the agriculturalist, ha3 become a useful article of food, and is now going to be turned to account in another way. An attempt is being maCe by Mr. Grey. of 164, Little Collins-street, to establish a felt manufactory, and the venture ought to be Successful, seeing that the chief material required is furnished by the too plentiful rabbit. The soft, silky undercrowthof hair on the rabhit's back is the material of which the light grey felts used hy hatters is chiefly com- posed, and the" down" from the Victorian rahbit is declareù by experts to be decidedly superior to that obtained in France, England, or America, while its price is Is. d. per lb. as against the English price of 8a. per lb. DYING HARD.—I never heard a more striking instance of strong men dying hard than one that is given in last night's papers (writes a Paris Corres- pondent). A wsll-known # wrestler and athlete of Avignon, bearing the illustrious name of Meisf-onnier, caught, a few weeks ago, his death illness by carrying a little girl across a swollen ford, which she was ohlged to traverse in order to take to her father his dinner. This action was performed in the most good-natured way. Meissonnier seeing the child, who was to him an utter stranger, trembling and weeping on the brink, said to her, "Take heart, little one. I'll nerve as a ferry for you." Swinging her on his nhoulder, he carried her over. On returning to the bank, whence he started, he i-lipped, and was thoroughly submersed. A cold, which led to a virulent fever, was the result. As his end approached Meis-onnier literally stiuggled with the malady, and his labt words were, Death, if you were a man what short work I'd make of you." FEARFUL PIT ACCIDENT.—A dreadful accident has happened at Hillhead coal-pit, near Airdrie. Four miners, named Taylorson, Ashwood, James Reid, and his son William, who all resided in Airdrie or its neighbourhood, were being lowered down the shaft, which is ninety htboms in depth, when the "tow" parted, and the cage, with its unfortunate occupants, w.:s urecipitated to the bottom from a height of 8ixteen fathoms. They all sustained severe injuries from the fall. Taylorson's legs were broken Ashwood's jaw- bone was splintered; the elder Reid fell on a pick- shaft, which penetrated his abdomen, while the youth had Lis thigh cut in a shocking manner. They like- wise received internal injuries from the dreadful shock. Three of the men are married, and it is f> ared they will not survive. Work was not resumed that day. THE TOMB OF HE. RY VrL-The well-known central monument in the chapel of Henry VII., West- minster Abbey, has been cly insed and revived. The omb itself is seen to be of blaek marble; th" dfigies and other met-d adjuncts are ilt. Tue B'ltidtr says The gilding is for the part. in an excellent state preservation. The subjects of the sculptured groups in the circular panels round the tomb are now >bviou3, and the inscription is legible. The dark metal screen around the tomb would prevent its licwiy-xtfoiureu ¡;rlHI..J1t't'M inmi III C( icimg witu \.il'CJ sombre 111umony of the chapel as & whole. even wertl that brightness more garish than it is. 1 Nothing has yet been done to the t-creen but doubtless it will be cleaned and the small portions that are gilt brougLt out. Looking at the tolerably complete appearance of the monument at first sight, it is somewhat starthrg to hear that 1,5;)0 pieces are wanting to make it per- fect, yet such we bdieve is the CHRONICLES OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND. —The Deputy-Keeper of the Public Records reports that the six volumes published in 1868 of the chronicles and memorials of Gre tt Britain and Ireland during the Middle Agesmake a total of 92 volnme,and that more than 20,000 copies of these volumes have been sold,and more than 3,000 copies have been presented to home, foreign and colonial librarirs. This great national publication has materially contributed to the assistance of historical inquirers. Nineteen more volumes are now in the press. MONKS AND NUNS IN AUSTRIA.—Austria pos- sesses at present 263 nunneries and 4,390 nuns. Th-y are thus distributed:—Tyrol has 103; Bohemia, 53 Austria proper, 47; Moravia, 19; Salzburg, 17; Styria. 17; and Carinthia, 8. Besides these there ar-i 287 monasteries in the empire with 5,318 monks, 3,441 of whom are priests and 1,877 lay brutheis. Th<-y are thus divided :—Bohemia has 78; Tyrol, 66; Austria proper, 66 Moravia, 34 Styria, 28 Salzburg. 9 and Carinthia, 6. Thus 10.208 persons in Austria have devoted themselves to a religious life. A CLEVER DETECTIVE.—At the Ilford Petty Sessions, three boys were charged with stealing four live pigeons. The prosecutor stated that he missed the birds on Tuesday evening. He mentioned his loss to a friend, who was a spiritualist, and a medium and his friend stated that the spirit miyht discover who had got the birds, and the next day the medium informed him the birds would be found at a bird shop at Poplar. Witness went to the place indicated, and there fouud one of his pigeons, which he identified. The keeper of the shop said he had bought the pigeon from one of the boys, who stated it was given to him by the other two. The spirit did not disclose the whereabouts of the three other missing pigeons. One of the boys was sentenced to six weeks' hard labour, and the other two were discharged. THE USE OF LADY-BIRDS. — A correspondent writes :— This morning T placed five lady-birds (which I collected from a great number in my garden) under a wine-glass, and with them about two hundred green flies on some leaves. In about a quarter of an hour the lady-birds had made an excel- lent breakfast of the unfortunate flies. The expeiiment was to me interesting to witness. That the creatures may con- sume all the green flies in the country before they return whence they came, is the sincere wish of, yours, etc.—CON- SERVATORY." Another correspondent writes :— "For some weeks the choicest apple-trees in my garden have been infested with 'American blight.' A few days since myriads of lady-birds alighted in my garden they im- mediately set to work on the blight, and now, after one week, the trees are perfectly free, and looking as healthy aa prior to the disease. The lady-birds are all gone." SHOCKING ACCIDENT.—A Custom-house officer, named Coates, has just met with his death in a very extraordinary manner. He and a friend named Ash- field occupied a floor in a house in Bedford-row, Lon- don. Some time ago a strange pigeon flew into their rooms, and for some time they kept and fed it. Owing to the bird's habits they tried to get rid of it. They gave it away several times, hut it always came back ayain, and recently it returned with five or six joung pigeons, and settled on the rill of a blank window next to the window of Mr. Coates's room. Fearing the landlord might complain of the birds being kept there, the two friends had resolved to catch the old one and put it in a cge. A few days ago, Mr. Coates, in ful- filment of his intention, nearly fell out of the window, and said he would never make the attempt again. Next night Mr. Ashfield left him lying on the sofa, and went to bed and a short time afterwards Mr. Coates was found lying dead in the area with some birds' feathers in his hand, and a pigeon walking round hia head. A surgeon who was called in stated that the deceased had probably struck his head against a pro- jecting brick ledge when drawing himself back after catching the pigeon, and this had caused him to losa his balance and fall out of the window. An inquest was held on the body, and a verdict of accidental uenth returned. NOT LIKING WORK — An illustration of the demoralising results of workhouse life is to he found in a scene that occurred at the meeting of the Limerick Board of Guardians the other dty. An able-bodied fellow, applying for admission to the workhouse, was asked why he uid not look for work, of which th"re is plenty to be had at present in the country. Hia reply was that he had trud work, but did not feel comfortable at it—that, iu fact, he was untit for labour, having been reared in the house. The fellow felt no shame at living on charity. He had been a pauper all his life, and the idea of illdependnce or the obligation of earning his bread had never entered his blurred and degraded mind. Nor was this an isolated case. In a few minutes afterwards a young woman, equally capable of working, came before the board for admis- sion, aud in reply to the question whether she had sought for employment, gave exactly the same answer, that she had betn reared in the house, and was unequal to the task of t-uppoiting herself. FEARFUL LEAP OF A COACH-HORSE—A sin- gular accident happened one day last week to the coach that runs daily bt-eween Ballachulish and Inver- arnon. On reaching Glenorchy bridge, a stray to startled one of the It-adicg horses—which had been restive during the journey from Inverarnon—that it leaped over the low parapet of the bridge, and after dangling for a moment, slipped from the harness aud f -11 into the river from a height of 30 or 40 feet. The accident happened so suddenly that it was impossible for the driver to prevent it, and the passengers, as may be gmss-d, were considerably alarmed. The horse was not kille0, but was so severely injured as to be un- able to proceed on the journey. A Two fous HERO.-A little boy ten years old was, the other day, takeu to an hospital of Lyous with a two sous piece stuck firmy in his throat. The child, it appears, had gone to the mayor of his locality to wish him a pleasant fete, and in return he received the coin in question. Two other boys, to whom he showed his windfall, wished to take it from him, and he found no better method to avoid that result than to place the piece in his mouth, and in the struggle it went down. At the hospital, just as the operator approached him, the instrument in his hand, the child manifested some anxiety. Ah, ah said the sur- geon, "are you afraid, my little man?" no, sir," was the reply, I have no fear; but will you give me back my two-soua piece?" "You shall have it certainly, if you are steady." The operation was successful, hut in place of the penny the boy received a piece of silver. EDUCATION IN CONNECTICUT.—Children under ourteen, in Connecticut, by a recent law, cannot be employed to labour in any manufacturing establish- ment, or in any other business, unless each child shall have attended for three months out of the twelve some public or private day-school, under the charge of a teacher qualified to instruct in orthography, reading, writing, English grammar, geography, and arithmetic. Any person employing any cnild under fourteen, con- trary to the provisions of this act, is liable to a penalty of 100 dollars for each offence. This law is a revival of the provisions of three months' schooling each year, which were required to be inserted in indentures of apprenticeship. It will be observed that the child must be allowed to attend a day school. In old times a night school was considered sufficient. A CHARCOAL FLOWER-POT.—A "scientific flower-pot" has just been brought out, and is thus de- scribed in the Scientiifc Opinion :—"The object of it is not only to purify the water which is supplied to the plant—a process we should certainly question the advisability of,—but to condense ammoniacal gases. It is from this aspect that we think the new flower-pot deserves attention. Agriculturists are well aware of the effect of porous substances, like cinders, in, as it were, accumulating ammonia in the soil. There can be no doubt that charcoal absorbs ammonia in very large quantities, and possibly, hy afterwards allowing it, when converted into a salt, to be taken up by the water of the soil, it may stimulate the nutrition of the plant." It may also affect the colours of the flowers either for good or for ill. Red colours it will f robably intensify. The hues of white or yellow flowers it may totally change. OUR. OFFICERS AT CHALONS.—A correspondent of one of the Paris newspapers, Le Peuple Franfiis (the emperor's personal organ), writing from the Camp at Chalons, says :— "General Codrington, Colonel Claremont, and a third English military officer attached to the Eneltsh embaasy at St Petersburg, are in the camp. General Codrington it an exact type of those admirable English officers whose stern c urage, energetic, calm, and heroic tenacity have sometimes balanced on the battlefield our irrisistible ardour and le- gendary impetuosity. Sixty years old, and riding well. General Codrington looks like a simple citizen. Dressed in a dark military jacket, his spyglass swung over his shoulder, he advances like an intelligent observer, whom nothing escapes Un ier his large blue cap with gold band ia lIMn his IJtrge head white whiskers, small mouth—which laat la frequently tormented by a strong square-shaped hand-IO dear to sculptors. He converses of ten m English with Colonal Claremont, but is familiar with the French lantrmgs, and discusses the movements of the troopg with the officers as a warrior who knows warlike things from experience." A LION FIGHT !—Mr. Lucas, the lion tamer, had a narrow escape of being eaten by his liona the other day at the Hippodrome, in Paris. He weit into the cage where there were two lions and two lionesses with only a whip in his hand. instead of the heavy cudgel which he generally carries. A lioness, presum- ing upon his being unarmed, sprung at him and seized him by the nape of the neck. A cry of horror arose from the spectators. Many women fainted, and others rushed out of the theatre. The other lions, attracted by blood, rushed upon Lucas, and bit and scratched him severely. In a few moments he would certainly have been killed had not one of his assistants, who was not in the habit of entering the cage, come forward and knocked the lion about the head with an iron bar. It is reported that Lncas said to him, "Go away, leave me to die alone." However that may be, the man dragged Lucas away from the lions. He is now lying at his mother-in-law's house. No. 31, Avenue Montagne, in a most precarious state. The doctors have discovered no less than thirty-one wounds. It is feared that even if he should recover he will be a cripple for life. The heroism of the man by whom he was rescued is the theme of enthusiastic praises. M. Arnaud, the manager of the Hippodrome, had the presence of mind to close the door of the cage when the faithful servant got Mr. Lucas out of it, otherwise the lions might have made a raid upon the audience. A CAB INDICATOR.—A Paris correspondent writes:— Cab Indicators, or machines for indicating distance tra- velled, whkh have been hitherto a sort of plaything of the ingenious in England, has become in Paris a practical fact. New cabs have been started, furnished with a piece of me- chanism which net only records the distance accomplished, but sho*s the traveller the time of day, and the exact sum in which he is indebted to the driver at any moment In the journey. The writer rode for some hours in one of these new vehicles and found no fl iw in the system. The indi- cator is a sort of black box fixed on the seat before the driver, with its dials before the passenger's eyes. At every ten yards one figure or more drops into line, indicating the distar,ce: while at every thousand mOtres, a 0'.rresp>>i,ding change t;ikes place in the money indicated. An element ot uncertainty, however, is introduc by the fact that the diiver when ordered to wait has the right to set his machinery in motion at a certain rate, so that sometimes distances are marked where none have been travelled

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