General Sir Elliott WOOD, R. E., K. C. B., to whom the initiation of the blockhouse system in South Africa was due, says some 8,000 blockhouses were erected during the war, and that the barbed wire used covered some 50,000 miles.
 

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The death is announced of Mr. Byron ADAMS, the grandson of one of the mutineers of the Bounty. He was the elected magistrate of Norfolk Island until that settlement was placed under a nominee of the Colonial Office. Mr. ADAMS was a whaler, and met his death in the pursuit of that calling.
 

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His Majesty’s ship, Shearwater will shortly proceed to Piytcairn Island from Esquimalt. Letters and printed matter can be sent to overtake the Shearwater at Honolulu, and should be pasted not later than the evening of November 12, but parcels should be posted in time for the mail for Canada leaving Liverpool on the morning of October 30.
 

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The death is announced, in her 83rd year, of Isabella Eliza, Countess of carwash. She was adaughter of Colonel EARDLEY-WILMOT, and was the widow of Mr. John Hartpoole LECKY, when in 1855 she became the wife of the eigth Earl of Carnwath. Her son the ninth Earl, died in 1867, and her grandson, the tenth Earl, in 1873, when the title devolved on his uncle, who has since been succeeded by his brother and his nephew.
 

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Lewis BARTON, aged 103, who was placed on the voters list for Mid-Norfolk at the recent revision, died Monday at Dereham (Dearham?). He was a smoker and a moderate drinker, and attributed his longevity to his habit of taking early morning walks.
 
When over ninety he would frequently walk eight or ten miles before breakfast. On his hundredth birthday he repeated long stanzas from SCOTT.
 

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The “Church Review” states that the following note was addressed to one of the ladies who offered hospitality during the recent Church Congress at Northampton: -
 
 “October 1. - Dear Madam, - I am much obliged for your invitation, which I shall be glad to accept on the following conditions: That I am supplied with hot water in the morning; that I have breakfast provided at 10:30, hot lunch at 1:15, and dinner sharp at 6:30. If you can fall in with these rules I shall be glad to accept your hospitality. - I am yours, etc.”

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SHORT NEWS ITEMS.
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THE NEW ORGAN FOR
CALDERBRIDGE CHURCH.
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 On Monday morning, Mr. TRIPPIEAR began the necessary alterations in the organ chamber of Calderbridge Church, with a view to putting in the new organ. Messrs, JARDINE and Co., of Manchester, are expected to be busy putting the organ in position next week. The 14th of November is the day fixed by the Bishop for the opening ceremony.
 

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CUMBERLAND STANDING
JOINT COMMITTEE.
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 The quarterly meeting of the Cumberland Standing Joint Committee was held on Wednesday in the Nisi Prius Court, Carlisle. Mr. SENHOUSE presided.
 

 A letter was read from the Home Office approving the appointment of Mr. Charles de Courey PARRY as Chief constable for Cumberland. A similar letter has been sent to the Standing joint Committee approving of the appointment of Mr. PARRY as Chief Constable of Westmorland.
 

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SHEEP STEALING IN THE
LAKE DISTRICT.
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 A letter was read from Mr. Jeremiah COWARD, Troutbeck, Windermere, dated Oct. 12th, enclosing a newspaper cutting with reference to extensive sheep-stealing on the Cumberland and Furness Fells.
 
 The letter was referred to the Chief Constable, to take what steps he might consider necessary.
 
 The Chief Constable said this was the first time he had heard of the matter. He had not received any reports from the superintendent in the districts.
 

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THE LATE
MR. ALFRED HINE.
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 Mr. TINNISWOOD called attention to the vacancy on the Committee caused by the death of Mr. Alfred HINE, and the chairman stated that it would be filled up at the next meeting of the County Council. He and Mr. HOWARD had had a conversation on the subject.