2 DECEMBER 1865, Page 2

The returns of the cattle plague are becoming more gloomy.

The number attacked during the week ending November .18, was 2,669, and in the following week 3,610,—an increase of nearly 40 per cent. Half this increase is in Scotland, and it is affirmed that cattle shipped from Ireland with the disease strong on them have been seized and killed in the port of LiverpooL The only hopeful feature in the report is the decline of seizures in London from 216 to 73. The best hope now is the severe weather which Lord Portarlington, the weather prophet of Ireland, predicts will set in after the next new moon, the 18th inst.