The fire in Quebec on the 16th nit-seems to have
been of the most disastrous kind. The -city is mainly built, of wood,,and in less than twelve hours from the outbreak, of the flames 2,400 houses were destroyed, Worth about 600,0001. Some 18,000 people have been rendered homeless,- of ;whom a large proportion have no means beyond their daily labour. The province is too poor to render the capital much assistance,- and -a strong appeal has been made for assistance from Great ,Britain,. au appeal which deserves attention. The winter is rapidlyapproaohing, and the people will die if they are left in the tents in avhich.they have for- the present taken refuge.