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BREACH OF PROMISE— £ 2,000…

AN UNSUCCESSFUL MISSION.

OUR COTTON SUPPLY.

A PORTRAIT OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN.\

AN PORTANT DISCOVERY.

A SEA-SICK MILLIONAIRE.

TEA v. MALT.

AN ENCOUNTER WITH A TIGER.

HOW A SECRET WAS OBTAINED.

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HOW A SECRET WAS OBTAINED. In an articleon the history of "Steel Converting," a Bir- mingham paper gives the following Interesting sketch:- About a hundred years ago, on a bitter night in winter, when the snow was falling steadily, and "c'oth- ing the earth with a garment," undeniably beautiful, as the poets say, but, as all can testify who have no homes to go to on such occasions, just the reverse of pleasant, an old man, weary, cold and tired, to all appearance, was struggling through the blinding down- faU towards the manufactory of Mr. Benjamin Hunts- man, steel manufacturer, Attercliffe, Sheffield, whence acheery glow of furnaces seemed to holdout the hope of warmth and .belter. Arrived at last at the entrance to the works, the wayfarer knocked, and begged of the swarthy Titan who answered his summons permission to rest himself beside the fires which flung their light across the waste. Though the guardian of a newly discovered and important secret which being seen would be no Jonger a secret, and which might bd seen, and that easily, by any one admitted to the works, this North Country orgeman nevertheless possessed, like all his race, a kindly heart. He could not, there- fore, refuse the apparently reasonable request of one who seemed so much In need of what he awked ai the poor old man 6 Besides, what would a wanderer like a ow about the mysteries of steel converting, or i e saw anything, how could he turn it to account, even if he had the inclination-a thought that scarcely entered the of Benjamin Huntsman. He never dreamt of anything so base. So the required leave was igiven, and curied snugly up on a hastily im- provised bed, in a remote corner of the rude building, the w°rn-°i y MPeared to sleep. Content with having pet )y_ action, the master and his workmen, who taking an interest in the matter, had ceased to work a while returned to their labour. So ^i?Sjr Twiner thft °0' 5 they had no time to notice aOTs nf fK remainder 0f the night, the keen, i Z.rfi waf ? £ °iarman, instead of being closed SKe br £ h* V g CV,ery movement. And what SS u?tye\8e^ Tf^y saw that small pie°nortion of fl11 steel with the addition of a due flu*» wore filled into a fire-clay crucible, wi°.Turec J. a ^rnace blinding white with ⢠»that the workmen from time to time cast thfTJ?UeS 1-nt? th,e furnace and tbat at a given Fu ⢠y drew it forth, and poured the contents of tnur crucibles mto a inoidd, which opened, shortly after, revealed a gbwing bar of metal. This process tomes durmg that eventful night repeated, tho the morning the beggarmanâwho wa=s(soruns ftw, i no beggarman at all, but a rival manu- r.err7left the shop a wiser, but no longer an honest man, taking with him a knowledge of the secret of ma ing cast steelâa secret whioh had been discovered ew years before (in 1740), by Mr. Benjamin Hunts- \n himself, who was a member of tbe Society of ij tbe village of Handsworth, near ⢠e|d, and which had been jealously guarded nee then by himself, his family, and his workmen, th t Tere-solemnly pledged to secrecy. Thus it was r t ^.e invention of a skilful mechanic was filched rom him by a competitor, whose principles of com- mercial morality were less firmly rooted th?-n his love of gain, and that one of the principal and most impor- tant industries of Sheffield was founded.

PARLIAMENT SKETCHED.

AN EXTRAORDINARY CASE.

HINTS TO WORKING MEN.

THE LAW OF GIFTS!

CHARQUI.

STOCK EXCHANGE SLANG.

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THE MARKETS.