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MR. C. MELDRUM writes from Mauritius that he has been looking into the subject of the West Indian hurricanes, and he believes that they show a periodicity of frequency corresponding nearly with that of sun-spots. So far as he has yet examined the subject, the maximum of cyclone frequency is a year or two after that of sun-spots. It was so ten years ago, and is so again probably, the mean cyclone frequency occurring in 1862, and this year, 1872, being the most marked for hurricanes since. We greatly regret to hear that Mr. Meldrum is suffering severely from illness brought on by over-work. It will scarcely be credited that the only allowance made to him by the Government for an assistant is 50l. per annum !

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