The Cattle Plague in Cyprus.—The correspondent of the Daily News, at Larnaca, writing on the 24 ult., says : —•“ We were in hopes a few days ago that the cattle plague, which broke out in Larnaca about a fort* night since, had been effectually mastered by the energetic measures adopted by the sanitary officer of the district, but the day before yesterday it was ascertained that the animals of Mr Richard Mattei, a member of the Executive Council, and one of the largest landowners in the island, were affected with the disease, and there is now no knowing where it will atop. Mr Mattei was away at Nicosia when the malady broke out in his stable, but he had left word behind him that if any of his beasts were to fall ill, they were to be immediately shot, and in accordance with these instructions one of them was put to death on the evening of the day on which the malady showed itself. yesterday au order was issued from the office of the District Commissioner forbidding the movement of horned cattle in and out of the town of Larnaca. either by land or sea, and bodies of mounted Zapteih now patrol the outskits of the town to see that the order is carried out. It is reported that at Famagusta the same order has been given there, and there seems to be good grounds for believing that the disease exists in many of the villages in that district.” ... Professor Corbett, formerly director of the Poultry Culture Institute at Hicksville (New York) has very generously written to the French Minister of Agriculture offering, upon payment of the modest sum of L 40,000. to place at his disposal an invention by means of which French poultry-keepers will gain many millions of francs every year. At present, says Professor Corbett, out of six milliards of eggs (6,000,000,000) laid in France every year, only 80.000,000 are hatched, and the chickens are sold at fr. Adopt my scheme, and all the other eggs, instead of being sold for domestic use at about a halfpenny each, will be hatched too, andl the chickens which emerge from them wil be worth, like the others, fr. This represent a clear gain of L 300,000,000 per annum. Professor Corbett omits to tell us, however, who is to eat all these chickens, and what we are to do without eggs in the country of omelettes ; but he probably thinks these details below the notice of a great mind like his. The French Minister has not yet seat him the L 40.000,
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 105, 27 May 1880
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