A Washington dispatch gives the following information concerning a fornier professor of astronomy here, who has mauy friends in the city : "Mark W. Harrington, of the weather bureau, is seriously ill in the West Indies. Mr. Harringtou is well known in Michigan on account of his former connection with the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He was professor of astronomy here. He was induced to enter the weather service, where he made a repatation. Later on he had sorne difficulty with J. Sterling Morton and was forced out. Willis Moore, the present chief, paved the way for his return and be was assigned to the duty of organizing the West Indies weather forcé. Up to a time he was very sncoessful, but within the past two montbs reports have been coming to Washington oï the failnre of bis health. It is now reported that his physical condition is so bad that he is almost incapacitated. He bas been given 60 days leave, with orders to return to Washington."'