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granite of proportionate size, to be hewn from the rocks on the Vistula, and which is to bear no inscription but the name of Kosciusko. It is farther intended to purchase the whole mountain on which the mound is to be raised, with a piece of ground as far as the Vistula, to plant it in an useful and agreeable manner, and to people it with veterans who served under the General. They are to have the land and dwelling as freehold property, and to form a little society, by the name of Kosciusko's Colony. It is also proposed to support two young daughters of Kosciusko's brother, who are orphans, and in narrow circumstances. In order to obtain the means for doing all this, the committee, who direct the subscriptions, have resolved to apply to the admirers of Kosciusko, in foreign countries, and to invite, in France, General Lafayette; in England, Lord Grey; and in North America, the late President Jefferson, all friends of the deceased hero, to collect subscriptions.

Collection of old Masters in the Royal Academy.-The Royal Academicians have liberally determined to form a collection of the finest works of the old masters, which are to be placed in the painting room of the Royal Academy for the improvement of the students.

Encouragement of Science in Hanover.-The operations which have for some time been carrying on, by order of the king of Denmark, for measuring an arc of the meridian in Denmark and Holstein, are to be continued through the kingdom of Hanover. For the purpose of accurately examining and describing the vegetable productions of that kingdom, his Britannic Majesty has been pleased to approve of the appointment of a physiographer for that purpose, and of the nomination of Dr. G. F. W. Meyer, to the office, with the title of Counsellor of Economy.

Telegraphic Signals.-We understand that an outline of a plan has been submitted to the Lords of the Admiralty, by Lieutenant Alfred Burton, of the Chatham Division of Royal Marines, for the establishment of a code of numeral signals, by which communication may take place between ships of war or commercial vessels, of the same or different nations, in a kind of universal naval language. The plan we believe to be something of the following kind; and, by its simplicity, it reminds us of the story of Columbus and his egg. The signal flags made use of may, according to their position, represent certain numbers, and these numbers may represent those sentences by which the usual communication is generally carried on between ships at sea. Those numbers, therefore, which signify any sentence in the English, will also signify its meaning in every other language; and thus a limited communication may take place between vessels totally ignorant of the language of each other. By means of four flags, 64 numbers may be expressed, and, consequently, 64 sentences; five flags are capable of expressing 325 numbers, and six flags 1956. The adoption of this plan cannot but be attended with great convenience and advantage to the maritime world, and we are only astonished that it was never thought of before.

New Islands in the South Seas.-M. Graner, a major in the Swedish service, despatched some time since to explore in the South Seas, a new route for merchant vessels from Chili to the East Indies, has discovered in that ocean, a group of islands hitherto unknown to mariners. To the largest of them he has given the name of Oscar.





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