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AN APPEAL TO T'HE BEST AITBORITY. A gentleman, who wa suffring witb bad bealtb, found it necestary to leave Mel bourse recently. and take a holiday in a neighbouring colony. During his absence a report became current that his death had taken place, and as a reemlt cu.eed a great deal of commotion among his friends, who were rathsr reluctant to receisw ha statement. One incredulous old fellow, lto shared in the alarm that was generally ercited. rushed up to the telegraph office and desparched the following me.rage to the breet gentlem n :--" r. - . Dear S r, Please wire at once and let us know whether you are dead or alive."