22 JUNE 1867, Page 2

A terrible calamity has fallen on the Mauritius. An epidemic

fever struck the island four months ago, and on 18th May was still raging, having slain 22,000 persons. In Port Louis alone, with its population of 80,000 persons, 11,662 have perished, and early in May the death-rate was still 202.7 per day. The sugar crop is small, trade is prostrated, the poorer people have eaten their savings, and the misery, unless relieved from England, will speedily be horrible. A Committee has been formed to collect subscriptions, but the connection between England and the Mauritius is some- how wonderfully thin, and the amount will not be great. Pro- bably half the sufferers are subjects of the Indian Government, and we trust Sir Stafford Northcote will interfere for them.