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FOR READERS AND WRITERS, COLLECTORS AND LIBRARIANS.

Seventy-Seventh Year.

JULY 3, 1926.

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Visitors to London are invited to The Piccadilly Auction Rooms (Calder House) to inspect the display of ancient Silver, Jewels and Antiques collected from the Ancestral Homes of England. To obtain the full value of your treasures, employ the Auctioneer with expert knowledge of values, and one who studies the customer's interest before his own personal gain. Although it may seem pardoxical, it is nevertheless a fact, that if you wished to buy you could not do better than attend my rooms or instruct me to purchase on your behalf. It is simply a case of one person buying what another wishes to sell that enables me to perform a double service to the advantage of both buyer and seller.

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I have a fleet of motor cars and staff of experts constantly touring the country visiting the homes of the hard-pressed fixed income classes, who are compelled to part with their treasures in order to meet the everincreasing demands of the tax collector. For 21s. two of my representa

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EMERALDS

DIAMONDS

ANCIENT SILVER, etc.

Valued or sold by Auction.

tives-one with a knowledge of Plate and Jewels, and the other Pictures, Porcelain, Old Furniture, Objects of Art, etc.-will call and impart all the information they can, and, if necessary, bring the jewels and silver away in the car. If desired, a third will also call to confer with those who wish to sell their landed property by auction or by private treaty, to talk about valuations for mortgages, dilapidations, and all such matters undertaken by a surveyor.

Valuations for Probate, Insurance, etc., at moderate fees. Weekly Auction Sales of Pearls, Diamonds, Old Silver, Sheffield Plate. No buyingin charges. Stamps purchased for cash to any amount. Parcels safe registered post.

W. E. HURCOMB, Calder House (Entrance: 1, Dover Street),

Piccadilly, London, W. 1. 'Phone Regent 0475.

HURCOMB

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NOTES AND QUERIES is published every Bucks (Telephone: Wycombe 306.). Subscriptions (£2 28. a year, U.S.A. $10.50, including postage, two half-yearly indexes and two cloth binding cases, or £1 158. 4d. a year, U.S.A. $9, without binding cases) should be sent to the Manager. The London Office is at 22, Essex Street, W.C.2 (Telephone: Central 396), where the current issue is on sale. Orders for back numbers, indexes and bound volumes should be sent either to London or to Wycombe; letters for the Editor to the London Office.

Memorabilia.

A violent earthquake occurred on the night
of June 26 over a wide area
Eastern Mediterranean. It was severely
felt in Crete and Rhodes, and felt also
though with less intensity in Greece, Egypt
and Southern Italy. On the morning of the
28th there were earthquakes in Eastern Asia
-in Sumatra, and then at Singapore. Be-
sides life and property in the ordinary way
the fate of the museum at Knossos was

naturally subject of anxiety. Sir Arthur Evans telegraphed to The Times on June 28 reporting considerable damage. Several of the cases containing well-known and beautiful remains of frescoes were broken up and covered with débris from falling gables and cornices. The Saffron-gatherer is among the sufferers, and so are the faience figures of the snake-goddess. The frescoes set on the wall escaped better. Sir Arthur believes that much that is damaged may ultimately be restored. The Palace was but slightly injured. Sir Arthur begins his account by > saying that the signal disaster has been partly balanced by a discovery of great potential importance to be revealed later on.

Readers interested in seismology will not miss Prof. Turner's letter on this earthquake in The Times of June 30. He is able to fix the locality with considerable precision at 35 deg. ON., 24 deg. OE., just south of Crete. He notes that at Helwan the violence of the first shock displaced the seismograph from its bearings, so that it was useless, and suggests that in addition to instruments so sensitive as to detect feeble earthquakes observatories should be furn

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ished with a sturdier form of seismograph fit to take record of severe shocks.

The earthquakes above noted do not close the series. On June 29 violent shocks were felt in the Vosges at Remiremont, in the Upper Rhine Valley, and along the Jura. THE June Bulletin of the Institute of

Historical Research begins with an important and most interesting article on the D.N.B.,' taking occasion by the death of Sir Sidney Lee, who for twenty-five years was its editor. The article gives examples of the numerous questions of detail which had to be solved-in treatment of names, principle of selection, standard of biographical efficiency, and editorial intervention, and is full of other good substance. The Questionnaire on the accessibility of archives is here answered by Roumania, Australia and New Zealand. In New Zealand no provision for making the archives accessible has yet been made. The year 1878 is fixed as

the limit up to which records are available to the in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania, in South Australia the limit is 1870. Sir Charles Firth contributes additions and corrections to over thirty articles in the 'D.N.B.' The most valuable are those on John and Thomas Belasyse, on John Desborough, John Lambert and Monck.

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LADY Wolseley has in hand the most use

ful scheme of collecting records of the past history of Sussex villages. She has been engaged upon it for years, and she is now circulating among those whom the matter most concerns the following requests which we sincerely hope will both meet with abundant response and stir antiquaries, folklorists and lovers of agriculture in other counties to emulation.

"I shall value receiving any of the following records of your parish:

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1. Old prints, drawings, or watercolour sketches of the church, any interesting or picturesque old houses or monuments, windmills, bridges, etc. Failing other records, picture post-cards will be acceptable.

2. Rubbings of monumental brasses or drawings of heraldic emblems. Failing these, permission to take them.

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3. Drawings of any obsolete agricultural implements.

4. A list of the old Field names known to the oldest inhabitants or recorded on the old Tythe map. The names, too, of

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