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An augmentation of the cavalry regiments has just been decided on by government. Eight men are to be added to the present strength of each troop. This measure is to be carried into effect with the least possible delay.
 

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The Duke of Rutland has extensively adopted the allotment system on his estate at Belvoir, his grace having distributed above 500 small allotments among the farm laborers and poor mechanics in that locality, as gardens.
 

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In the picturesque and salubrious village of Longtown, Herefordshire, there are at present residing seven respectable females in easy circumstances, whose united ages amount to 611 years, viz., 97, 93, 86, 86, 85, 84 and 80.
 

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The vice- chancellor of the university of Oxford has promised his patronage to a musical festival for next year, which has been accordingly fixed to take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the 17th, 18th, and 19th of June, 1844.
 

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Mr. GOODMAN has been elected to the office of chief clerk at the Mansion-House Court, London, in the room of Mr. HOBLER, resigned after a service of fifty five years, on a retiring pension of £645 a year, allowed by the court of aldermen.
 

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There are at present living in Langdale, the northern corner of the County of Lancaster, eight men whose united ages amount to seven hundred and twenty years. They are hale and hearty, and, to all appearance, may live for many years yet.
 

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The Earl of Ducie, after having devoted his attention for several years to the improvement of agricultural implements, has commenced a manufactory for the purpose of carrying the various articles of his invention into general practice.
 

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The Gazette de Metz of the 17th inst. States the illness of his Royal Highness the Duke de Montpensier continues to be attended with grave symptoms, and that it is impossible to say when the prince will be in a fit state to be removed to Paris.
 

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It is said that his Royal Highness the Duke of Bordeaux intends sojourning in his country longer than was at first contemplated, and that a splendid mansion is about to be furnished at Edinburgh for the residence of his royal highness and suite.
 

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On the 11th instant, Messrs. WALKER, HARDCASTLE & Co., fancy manufacturers, Huddersfield, made an advance of two pence a yard in the price of weaving the various fabrics they make , to all the weavers in their employ. The advance was totally unasked for.
 

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The Right Hon. Earl SOMERS has presented the magnificent donation of £1,000 towards the expenses of building a new church at Red-hill, near Reigate, and which was consecrated a few days since by the Lord Bishop of Winchester, the noble earl being present.
 

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It is a striking circumstance, that no reduction of taxes, under the operation of the new tariff, seems to have worked well but the tax upon coffee, and in this respect it must be admitted that the diminution of the duty was followed by an increase of consumption.
 

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We have heard on good authority, that the batta-money (or prize money) arising from the ransom of Canton will be paid in the course of the ensuing month, orders have already been issued to the treasury to make the necessary arrangements for its distribution.
 

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An immense steam engine is now constructing in Cornwall, for the purpose of draining the lake of Haarlem. The cylinder  is 12 feet in diameter with a 12 feet stroke. Round this immense cylinder are arranged 11 pumps, each of them 63 inches in diameter, with a nine feet stroke.
 

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On Thursday se’nnight, Dr. PHILLIPS, Hampstead, while shooting near Brecon, sprung a small convey of birds, of which he killed two brace; and their breasts were snowy white, and round their heads was a ring of the same colour.
 
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Another splendid pocket ship for the London line is now building at New York; she is to be called Prince Albert, to be commanded by Captian SEBAR. Her tonnage will be 900, length 160, being three feet longer than the Victoria. She will be ready to sail from New York for London on the first December next.
 

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The New York Mercantile Journal speaks of a steam engine in a workshop as being so uniform, that it has been made the motive-power of a clock, affixed to the machine; and during the ten hours in which the machinery is in daily operation, the clock has seldom varied more than two minutes from the true time!
 
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The celebrated Dr. JOHNSON, when near death, requested three things of his friend Sir Joshua REYNOLDS: - first, that he would forgive him thirty pounds which he borrowed of him; secondly, that he would read the Bible; and thirdly, that he would never use his pencil on a Sunday. Sir REYNOLDS readily acquiesced.
 

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We are given to understand that the tenantry on the farms belonging to Earl FITZWILLIAM are quite disgusted at the appearance and foolish speech of their noble landlord at the Doncaster Anti-Corn-Law meeting at Doncaster: -
 
“He has raised our rents,” say they, “and now he is linking himself with the advocates for a repeal of the Corn Laws!”
 
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The secretary of the Anti-Corn-Law League, South Shields, a Mr. James BELL, having met with KIDD, the charist, lecturer, in the market-place, in that town, on Tuesday week, gave him a horse whipping, for having spoken disrespectfully of the “Leaguer” the preceding day, at the public meeting convened for receiving the renowned Feargus O’CONNOR. What next?
 

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The Queen has received from the senate and people of Hamburg a letter acknowledging  her Majesty’s bounty, and the liberality of the English nation, in contributions after the great fire. The letter is written on vellum, with gold and colored letters; illustrated with paintings in allusion to the English and Hamburg histories; bound, like a book, in oak wainscoting saved from the senate house, with ornaments made from the bells of the burnt churches, by Schwantler, of Munich.
 

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The ill success of the flying machine in England has not discouraged similar attempts elsewhere. A letter from Nuremberg, in the Journal de Francfort, of the 3d, informs us that M. LEINBERGER, of that place, has been exhibiting  a model of a steam flying machine, or balloon, which has excited so much interest, that he is now constructing one twelve foot long and four feet in diameter, on which he hopes to be able to perform experiments which will prove the practicability of the invention.
 

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A rich English capitalist, recently deceased at Paris, and who, during his youthful days suffered many pecuniary embarrassments, and was several times deprived of personal liberty, has left by his will a large sum of money, the interest of which is to be generously expended in releasing debtors confined in the rue de Chintz from durance vile.
 
The names of those who are to derive the advantage of this act of beneficence are to be put in the urn, and their release to take place according to the order of their being drawn by the officer appointed for that purpose.
 

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Philip H. HOWARD, Esq., M. P., for this city has, we understand , formed a matrimonial engagement with Miss. CANNING, of Foxcote, in Warwickshire, which prevented the hon. Member from attending the Carlisle races, and will probably detain Mr. HOWARD in the South till nearly the close of the year.
 

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Lord BROUGHAM arrived in Grafton-street, on Tuesday evening, from Brougham Hall. His lordship paid several visits en route to town, but has not visited Edinburgh as we expected. Lady BROUGHAM is staying at Powis, Isle of Wight, for the autumn.
 

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A paragraph, which has been going the round of the Metropolitan papers, and which we copied from a local contemporary, relative to the institution by the Bishop of Carlisle, of the rev. C. H. POTTER to the Rectory of Gadsden, Cumberland, proves to be entirely unfounded. There is no beneficed clergyman of the name of POTTER, and no the Rectory of Gadsden in the Diocese of Carlisle.
 

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J. H. WILCOX, Esq., collector of customs at Whitehaven, has been appointed to Dover, and W. S. ROE, Esq., from Southampton, has been appointed his successor at Whitehaven.
 

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