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THE FATAL FIRE AT NEW YORK.

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A ZULU CONVEBT.âThe Rev. James Dabe, the beloved native preacher, and for seven years the ordained minister and worthy pastor of the Inanda native church, died of dysentery on the 10th of No- vember. By birth of Royal blood, the uncle of the chief Umgawe, in physical stature like Saul, higher than any of the people, he was everywhereâamong white or blackârecognised as one of Nature's noble- men but it was in difnity of character, in Christian excellence, and in moral influence over the people that he was especially pre-eminent. His manly voice was always heard in favour of truth and godliness, his great heart ever beat faithful to his profession. He was born in Zululand, but early in life moved to this colony, and while but a boy became a member of the family of the Rev. D. Lindley, to whom, under God, he owed almost everything that made him above the heathen Zulu. It was in reference to James Dube that it has been said, If the Rev. Daniel Lindley had been successful in raising up and training but one such man, his missionary life had not been lost." Pastor Dube ever laboured for the best good and spiritual elevation of his own people, and among them he was best known; but not a few among the English colonists have learnt that at least one Zulu was worthy to be honoured, not only for his work's sake, but also for his real goodness, and some have not failed to recognise in him a brother beloved. Hundreds of his own people, young and old, Christian and heathen, followed his remains to the grave.â Natal Mercury. FOUCAULT'S PENDULUM.âThe Medical Press and Eegister says: Our readers may recollect the experiment made in 1860, at the Pantheon in Paris, by the learned Leon Foucault, upon the pendulum. A great metallic globe, which hung by a fine wire from the summit of the dome, demonstrated that the oscillatory movements of a heavy mass freely sus- pended in space remain independent of the rotation of the earth. This pendulum swung very slowly in con- sequence of the length of the wire, and at the end of each oscillation a point attached to it ate away by degrees a li:tle wall of sand placed there for the pur- pose of showing the apparent alteration in the plane of oscillation. This experiment, by whichâas we may sayâthe world can be seen to move round, is to be repeated in the Exhibition of 1878, with such new arrangements as to make it comprehensible to the crowd. -The pendulum will be 300 kilogrammes in weight, and will hang from a wire seventy metres wi' ^e °bj»°t of the experiment being to instruct the public in a visi ble physical phenomenon. ⢠SHOCKING AFFAIR.âA shocking affair occurred m North Shields shortly after one o'clock on New xears morning. Some Italian seamen who had been serenading their friends went down Mill-lane, Olive- street, and performed before a boarding-house, when suddenly, while two of the musicians had gone into the lodgings, a shot was heard, and a foreign seaman was taken into the house apparently dying. Medical men were called in, when it was found that the unfor- tunate man was badly wounded in the abdomen, and his case seems to bo a hopeless one. Five of the sea- men were taken into custody, but the sixthâht»4 there is reason to believe the seaman who fired the shotâhas escaped. No reason can be assigned for this outrage, for there had been no quarrel, and the wounded man had only arrived in the Tyne on New Year's eve. THEFT OF A DIAMOND RING.âAt Worship- street Police-court, London, Frederick Swift, 22, described as a salesman, very respectably-dressed, and living in York-street, Manchester, was charged with having stolen a diamond ring, value £i5. The prosecutor, Benjamin Jacobs, traveller, of 46, Ap- proach-road, Victoria-park, said that the prisoner, after staying as a guest in his house for a few days, left on the morning of the 21st ult., and subsequently witness missed a ring set with five diamonds belonging to his wife. He gave information to the police, and on Friday night found the prisoner in custody at the police-station, Bethnal-green-road, with the ring in his possession. The prisoner said he would plead euiltv to taking the ring, but that he had not meant to keep t. Mr. Hannay sentenced the prisoner to two months' sard labour. I is the only pane of which everyone I. nakes light fâA window-pane, 1; â¢. J,' ur: â¢' ¿.'tÂ¥; Sol: .1o¡ \). -Â¥ r.' ,c '11< .r.

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GUN ACCIDENTS AND THEIR CAUSES.

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