The Duke of Buccleuch has been appointed President of the Caledonian Society, in the room of his late Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex.
 

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A fire broke out at Smyrna on the 20th of April, which is said to have destroyed 2,000 shops.
 

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Mr. William NEWLOVE, of Nafferton, near Great Driffield, has in his possession 19 ¾ oz of turnip seed, which was produced during the last summer, from a single turnip of the Swede kind.
 

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Another alarming and destructive fire broke out in Liverpool on Saturday, in the range of the Duke of Bridgewater’s warehouses, which has destroyed three large warehouses, and a great quantity of cotton and other goods.
 

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For several days the Artesian well of Grenelle has thrown up small black fishes, which have no apparent eyes. This phenomenon was observed last year at the same period. The Academy of Sciences, has ordered a report to be made on that extraordinary fact.
 

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Prince George of Cumberland, now Prince Royal of Hanover, completed the twenty-fourth of his age on the 29th ult. His Royal Highness and his youthful consort reside in great domestic retirement in one of the country places belonging to the Crown of Hanover.
 

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In the Admiralty Court, the court awarded £1,000 to the salvors of the “Major M’Naughton” worth £22,000, saved off the Margate Sands.
 

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An inhabitant of Bordeaux has discovered means whereby all articles covered with pitch or tar are rendered combustible.
 

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The Greenwich Pier, the erection of which cost £30,000, has been nearly destroyed by the force of the tide.
 

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The Tuam Herald states, that  a man named William DELANY, apprehended the other day near Templemore, had confessed the commission of thirteen murders.
 

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A notice has been issued by the General Post Office, that the new reduced uniform postage between this country and France, will come into operation the 1st of June.
 

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The Standard observes, “The subject of a refuge harbour in the channel has been revived. This is the project of Mr. PITT, which, but for the demands of the war of 1793, would have been realized almost half a century ago.”
 
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It will be scarcely believed that £4,000 sterling is paid on the night of the Great Ball in the Parisian season, for flowers either used in decorating the apartments, or as bouquets  and garlands for ladies.
 

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The idea has been started of a marriage between the young Queen of Spain and Prince Leopold of Sax Coburg, youngest brother to Prince Albert. Prince Leopold is in his thirteenth year.
 

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A fire broke out on the 24th April, at Dobrona, in Austria which destroyed 300 houses, the Catholic Church, and the town hall. Two thousand persons were by this calamity deprived of shelter.
 
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On Sunday week, a raven and two jackdaws actually made an attack upon the church plate, not far west from Perth, and succeeded in carrying off three shillings and a halfpenny. The creatures belonged to a farm in the vicinity of the church, and were noted over the parish for their pawky tricks and thievish propensities.
 
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It is stated that all the Irish forts, castles, and battlements, have been inspected by a government engineer, and ordered to be repaired and placed in a state of perfect utility.
 

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At a sale in Paris lately of autographs, the property of a valet-de-chamber of Napoleon, an autograph of Napoleon affixed to an order given at Cairo, sold for 5 francs 10 sous? (about 4s 4d sterling) while one of Madame LAFFRAGE brought 9 francs!
 
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Among the various establishments kept by the King of the French for the improvement of the useful arts and sciences is a menagerie, or collection of silk worms, at Neuilly, where at this time, his Majesty has a great  of their eggs in a state of incubation.
 

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A memorial has been addressed to the Spanish Minister if Finance by Sir I. L. GOLDSMID on the subject of the treasury Bonds, showing in forcible terms what a blot it is on the character of Spain that the holders of these securities should receive no better treatment.
 

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About a fortnight ago the sexton of Tweedmouth picked up in the church yard there, a small silver coin, in good preservation, which proved to be a penny of Edward II., coined in Canterbury, as shown by the inscription on the side. - “Civitas Cantor.” It is said not to be an extremely rare coin.
 

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It is stated that the number of returned letters has increased to such an extent from their being refused in consequence of not being prepaid, that the Post Office authorities are disposed to recommend to the lords of the Treasury the immediate abolition of prepayment in money, making it imperative on all persons transmitting letters through the post to use stamps or stamped envelopes.
 

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On Sunday, a shoe maker of St. Cloud, named BRIET, on his return home at eleven o’clock at night, from the environs, where he had been with some shoes, found his wife and his child, aged six years, lying murdered on the floor. Their heads had been battered with a hammer.
 
The police have commenced an active search after the author or authors of this atrocious murder.
 
-Paris Paper.
 

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A youth, only sixteen years of age, has been transported for seven years at the Aberdeen Circuit Court, for forging some bank notes, which he executed very neatly with a common pen! His sister helped him, and was imprisoned for two months.
 

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The following neat “toast” hit’s the nail on the head. It was given at a recent celebration in New York. It is altogether better because it was proposed by a lady: -
 
“Improvements in Optics. It is said by multiplying glasses gentlemen see double; by reducing them, they may now see objects worth looking at that are single.”
 

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It is currently reported that the Anti-Corn Law League intend to elect Mr. BURNBY, late a custom house officer of the Port of London, and his quondam friends, against whom verdicts for heavy amounts have been returned at the suit of the Crown, honorary members of that Confederacy, as a small mark of Messrs COBDEN and BRIGHT’s estimations of their distinguished services in the cause of free trade.
 

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Audubon has taken his departure for the Rocky Mountains, with a professional corps of friends, to complete the material for the new work already commenced, “The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, embracing the United States, Texas, California, and the N. W. Coast to the British Possessions and Artic Regions.”
 

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Dr. HORNER of Hull, recommended potatoes and arsenic, as the most effectual means for the destruction of beetles. We have tried it in our houses with the most triumphant success, and now, I may say, we have not one. This is a secret “worth knowing,” and I therefore speak advisedly, when I add, probatum est.
 
- Gardener’s Gazette.
 

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The King of Prussia’s life was placed in some jeopardy last week, upon his visiting the deer park near Potsdam, where a furious stag, which had already on previous occasions done serious mischief, was on the point of attacking the king. He snatched a rifle from the only keeper in attendance, and killed the animal when it was in full career against him.
 

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The project of establishing bull fights at Bayonne, which was not realized last year, as intended, is, recording to the Sentinelle des Payrenees, about to be carried into execution. Preparations for the arena are already begun, and bulls are brought from the provinces of Spain most celebrated for the ferocity of the animals.
 
It is added that the noted MONTES, who was lately wounded at Seville, will take part in these combats, which are expected to attract a large and distinguished crowd of spectators.