SHORT NEWS ARTICLES.
 
 
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    It is said that in Asia there is one newspaper to every 14,000,000 persons; in Africa one to every 5,290,000; in Europe one to every 106,000; in America one to every 40,000; in the United States one to every 10,000.
 
 
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    The Wellington Hotel, Birkenhead, was sold on Monday for the sum of £3,260, being at the rate of three guineas and a half per yard. Only five years back, land adjourning the hotel was put up for 12s a yard.
 
 
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    There are, in the parish of Lantrisilio, near Llangollen, three tombstones, which have been undisturbed for the last 260 years. The inscriptions are perfectly plain.
 
 
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    John RILEY, a valet of Lord NORTHLAND, who had been remanded for examination of a charge of stealing a bank note from his master, strangled himself in the Westminster prison, on Wednesday night.
 
 
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    The master cotton spinners of Bolton have agreed to give their men an advance of wages equal to five per cent., to prevent a strike. It is understood that a similar advance will be demanded throughout the district.
 
 
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    The yew tree in Gresford Church-yard, Wales, is upwards of thirty-one feet in circumference; this giant of nature, is probably not surpassed in the principality, or, indeed in England.
 
 
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    The extensive Iron works of the British Iron Company at Abersychan, which have for some time been nearly at a stand still, are forthwith to be in full work, and some hundreds of miners, colliers, and others will again be employed.
 
 
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    Two beautiful cubs, a lion and lioness, belonging to VAN AMBURGH, were submitted to her Majesty, in the Queen's Drawing room, at Windsor Castle, last week. Her Majesty appeared much pleased with the gambols and playfulness of the young lions, several of the Royal Suite taking them in their arms while they were in the presence of the Queen.
 
 
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    Arrangements have been made between the Board of Admiralty and the horse Guards;  to render for the future a very considerable number of Royal Marine forces, voted for service on shore, available for military duty, not only for the garrisons in Great Britain and Ireland, but also for those in the colonies.
 
 
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