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EPITOME OF NEWS, ABOUT 1000 fishing-boats engaged around the British coast are named Mary. EIGIIT out of every 10,000 English people emi- grate every year. IT is said that over £ 1,000,000 is spent by Londoners for flowers yearly. THERE aue 10,000 miles of overhead telegraph- wires in London. QUEEN VICTORIA'S collection of lace was worth £ 75,000. The Astor family have £ 60,000 worth of lace, and the Vanderbilts worth. THE largest Monte de Piéte, or, as we designate it, pawnshop, in the world is probably that on the Boulevard, Montmartre, Paris, which, it is said, receives in pledge over 1000 watches every day. LIVERPOOL, with 99 people to the acse, is the most crowded city in England. AT a low estimate, the manufacture and sale of dolls in Europe, of all sizes, exceeds 26,000,000 per annum. THE United Kingdom produces only 40,000 tons of cheese out of the 120,000 eaten every year by people of this country. ONE MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS a year is spent on English hospitals, averaging 5s. a day for every bed occupied. THE marriage of Captain Sir Edward Wingfield Verner, Bart., of Corke Abbey, Bray, County Wicklow, and Agnes Dorothy, youngest daughter of the late Henry Laming, and of Mrs. Laming, 17, Talbot-square, will take place quietly from Hillstead, Brentwood, towards the end of July. A SYSTEM of insurance against strikes prevails in Austria. Holders of the policies are indemni- fied if strikes occur in their establishments, whether voluntary, forced, or systematic. The cost of a policy is three or four per cent. of the annual pay-roll. The indemnity is 50 per cent. of the wages paid for the week preceding the suspen- sion of work. WITH Ili view of preventing dust from accumu- lating on the line and blowing into the carriages, the whole of the London and North Western main line from London to Carlisle is now ballasted with clean granite chippings in place of cinders. THE marriage arranged between Captain Amyatt Hull, Royal Scots Fusiliers, and Miss Muriel Dobell will take place on Monday, the 17th inst., at St. George's, Hanover-square, at half-past two o'clock. LILY DUCHESS OF MARLBOROUGH is now at Deepdene, near Dorking, and will not be in town this season. DURING the past year there was no fewer than 550 applications to the Patent Office from women inventors. Nearly a quarter of this number were in connection with real or fancied new appliances relating to dress. A MARRIAGE has been arranged, and will shortly take place, between Mr. Arthur M. Grenfell, son of the late Mr. Pascoe D. F. Grenfell, accl Victoria, eldest daughter of Earl and Countess Grey. IT is announced from Washington that the United States Government will hereafter deport immigrants who are found to be suffering from tuberculosis of the lungs. A PORTION of the new Post Office telephone system in London will be in operation by Septem- ber next, and practically the whole metropolitan area J- ba embraced in the course of 12 months. A SPECIAL train filled with 15,000 homing pigeons ran from Yorkshire and Lancashire to Crewe. The pigeons were addressed to the station-master, with instructions to liberate the birds. The train was run on to a siding, and the birds were set at liberty. MR. SPENCER CHARRINGTON, M.P., is well over 80 years of age, but he has been capable of doing hard labour in Parliament for many sessions, and is prepared to continue it in the future. The secret of his vigour, he says, lies in the drinking of beer. "Every day at home I drink beer for my dinner, and when the House is sitting I may be found every day at the dinner- hour with a tankard of beer in front of me. I always tell my friends that if you would get on and live long you must drink beer." A JFARLIAMENTARY return just issued shows the number of licensed houses owned by peers. The list includes the following: Lord Derby, 72; Duke of Bedford, 50; Duke of Devonshire. 47; Duke of Rutland, 37; Duke of Northumberland, 36; Lord Dudley, 33; Lord Cowper, 22; Lord Salisbury, 11; Lord Dunraven, 11. LORD DUFFERIN has the reputation of being one of the finest linguists in the United Kingdom. This facility for acquiring languages has been of infinite service to him as Ambassador at four European Courts. When he was Governor- General of Canada a quarter of a century ago he visited McGill College, Montreal, and was greeted by the students in four addresses — English, French, Latin, and Greek. Without a moment's hesitation Lord Dufferin replied to each address in succession in the language in which it was couched. SOME very remarkable statements have been made by Mr. Bird, the superintendent of the London Shoeblack Brigade, which celebrated its jubilee recently. Mr. Bird said that one boy earned 2658 pence last month, which is just over ;E2 15s. a week. It appears that many of the London shoeblacks earn over £2 a week. IT is interesting to learn that St. Paul's Cathedral has an octogenarian bell-ringer in Mr. J. R. Haworth, who has just celebrated his 80th birthday. Mr. Haworth has rung bells all his life with skill and gusto. He helped to ring the bells of Westminster Abbey on the accession of Queen Victoria, and he was one of the ringers at St. Paul's both at the Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee. Mr. Haworth is still hearty and full of anecdote. RUSSIA'S sailor princes are the Grand Duke Admiral Alexis and his nephew. Cyril. France, long after she became a republic, retained a royal sailor in the person of the Prince de Joinville. Prince George of Greece is an expert sailor, and his younger brother is preparing to succeed him in the post which he vacated on becoming Governor of Crete. King Oscar of Sweden and Norway was a most popular sailor prince before he ascended the throne, and his son. Prince Oscar, is still commodore. A MISER named Bailly. aged 70 years, has just died at Evreux, in France. He left a letter stating that he died in extreme poverty, but his relatives did not believe the statement, and set to work and searched his house. In the cellar, buried in old flower-pots, they found £ 1000 in a soldier's pan- nikin. hidden in the old mans bedroom, they dis- covered £ 500; but their great haul was made in the attic of the house, where they found, hidden under the roof and in crcyces in the wall, money to the value of £ 12.000. The old man for vearm had lived on stale bread he had begged and boiled horse-flesh. BY the retirement of Colonel E. Matthey just gazetted out of the London Rifle Brigade' after many years service in the corps in successive ranks, .Lieu tenant-Colon el Lord Bingham assumes the command, and will, it is understood, be shortly gazetted. Lord Bingham joined the Prince Con- sort s Own Rifle Brigade in 1881. and subsequently passed into the Reserve of Officers. He joined the London Rifle Brigade as major on June 1 of last year, and was promoted to lieutenant-colonel on April 3 last. No. 10, DOWNING-STREET, after all, is not to be destroyed, but is to remain in its place among the new public buildings at Whitehall. It was during the reign of George II. that the house, built on Crown property at the end of the 17th century, was made over as the residence of the First Lord of the Treasury. The Sovereign wished to settle it on Sir R. Walpole for life, but the offer of the residence was only accepted on the condition that it remained for all time the official dwelling of the First Lord. FROM Texas comes the story of a boy with X-ray eyes. He seems to have usurped the occupation of the water diviner, for he can see water to any depth in the ground, and has located a larcre number of wells, each having an unfailing supply of water. Naturally his services are in great demand. His eyes, which have been examined by local doctors, show no peculiarities in them. He has the X-ray sight only at night, and the darker it is the better;- ii is said, he can see.