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215 standing the weakness of its mandibles, is not incapable of taking a share in this work. In THE LANCET of June 18th we showed how easily the fatal effect of the sting of a gadfly might thus be explained. It is also a fact familiar to beekeepers that the sting of the bee varies in severity under different conditions. May this not be attributable to the previous surroundings of the insect ? We may also glean from the fact an implied lesson as to household cleanliness and as to the necessity
... to the necessity of treating by suction, poultices, or other convenient methods even so slight a matter as an irritable fly bite. -DEATH OF MR. THOMAS COOK. THE death of Mr. Thomas Cook of Leicester, at the ripe age of eighty-four, the originator of excursions by land and sea over the world, calls for a word of deep respect and regret. We sometimes complain of the restlessness of the age and its locomotive tendencies. And there is something just in the complaint. But Mr. Cook is not much to blame. His is the credit of having reduced the evils and the discomforts of travel and of having enormously contributed to the width of men's ideas of the world and of their fellowcreatures. The credit is the greater to a man who was born in a village and had to work at ten years of age for a penny a day. -. THE STRIÆ MEDULLARES OF THE MEDULLA OBLONGATA. IT is believed by many anatomists that the stride medullares or strise acusticse of the medulla are connected with the roots of the auditory nerve. Bechtezeff disputed this view some time ago on the ground that, at all events in man, the development of the strise medullares is much later than that of the roots of the auditory nerve. He has recently published another paper in the ]feditsinskoë Oboz1'Jnie, in which he gives an account of the course of the striae medullares, so far as he has been able to trace them anatomically. They arise in the white substance of the cerebellum, close to the fiocculus, and serve as commissural fibres for the basal portions of the cerebellum, emerging from the cortex of the convolution of the floculus. The fibres first follow the inner basal surface of the fioculus, ascending on the margin of the cerebellum which surrounds the restiform body, and then reach the lateral margin of the fourth ventricle. __ THE MEDICAL OFFICERSHIP OF HEALTH FOR ISLINGTON. THE Islillgton Gazette gives a long account of the final step in the remarkable election to this medical officership of health. We cannot congratulate all the members on the discussion. Even those who were defending what they coni-idered the reputation of the vestry from blots on its fair fame for purity of election suffered themselves to use a rudeness of speech which disfigured their cause and detracted from the weight of their arguments. The discussion took place on a report from the Public Health Committee presenting three selected candidates and recommending that one of these should be appointed. Our readers are aware that the by-law of the vestry which forbids a recent or present member of it becoming a candidate for a paid office had been twice suspended in favour of Dr.