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At the Bradford Court, Edmund Brooke, formerly of the firm of Burton and Brooke, wool staplers, of that town, was charged with the forgery of an acceptance for £ 2,000. The prisoner asked for a remand, which was granted until Friday next. The death is announced of Miss Julia Trelawney Leigh Hunt, the surviving daughter of Leigh Hunt. The deceased lady hall for a long period heen suffering from a severe form of phthisis, and died at Hammersmith on Saturday last. Hy this death a pension of S7-~>, payable out of the ('ivil List, reverts to the Crown. The Standard is informed that in the course of a few days -probably on Saturday or Mondayâthe Prince and Princess of Wales will proceed to Osborne for the benefit of the Prince's health. The Royal party will rest at least one night at Windsor on the way down, and will not pass thron6h London at all. The action brought by Mr. John Ree, of Belfast, against Colonel Hillier, deputy-inspector-general of con- stabulary, for alleged assault and false imprisonment on the occasion nf the Derry celehr:1tion in December, 1370, was reopened at Dublin on Monday, Mr. Butt appearing for the plaintiff and Serjeant Armstrong for the defendant. The case was not concluded. The DcJ'j i JVei's understands that the Colonial Office has decided to appoint a Commission for the pur- pose of inquiring into the coolie labour system of the Mauritius. Mr. Frere, the gentleman who so ably pre- sided over the Demerara Commission, will, we believe, discharge a similar function in connection with the new inquiry. Mr. Darnell 1).1,vis has been appointed secre- tary. It is understood that the Commission will not leave England untilliext month. Mr. T. Fowler, the well-known engineer, writing from ('airo to the Times on the Channel Ferry schemes sets forth the advantages of his through" plan over any mere amelioration of existing arrangements. He says :â "I trl1st we may liw see an early realisation of a com. plete scheme of through communication, and that we shall not be deluded by the plausible but thoroughly unsound suggestions of improved Channel communication, in place of through Channel communication." A SCENE IN THE ROYAL OPERA HorSE, BERLIN. -La.t week the" Marriage of Figaro" was performed at the Royal Opera House, BerlinâMadame Lucca and :J ada-me}. fal1inger appearing in their respective roles. These ladies have long been rivals, and the matter has now come to a crisis. The battle of disapprobation and of applause increased in fierceness from act to act; and at last it became impossible to carry on the performance. Madame Lucca then stepped forward to the footlights and rated the public highly, while her rival, Madame Mallin- ger, sought relief in tears. Outside the opera house the disturbance was very great, and the Emperor, who was passing at the time. had to give orders to the police to clear the streets. Herr von Huelsen, the superintendent of the royal theatre, has since received the resignation of both ladies. A NEW YiEW OF THE ALABAMA QUESTION.ââ The JIeiiioricil iJiplnumtie/iic has an article of some length on the Alabama question. A great political cloud, it says, is rising over England and the United States, and the most serious consequences may ensue. After sum- marising the controversy, the Memorial says:â"On the question of right it is difficult to understand the objections which England is raising. The claims of the United States are not new to her. Since the first sitting of the mixed commission which framed the Washington Treaty, the American Commissioners set them forth in the most precise language, as the protocols of the deliberations of the Commission prove. Tho English plenipotentiaries raised no objection either as to the nature or the principle of these claims. She rejected them all on the same grounds, with- out distinction, and declared she would abide the de- cision of the arbitrators. We cannot see how she can now make reservations as to the nature of certain claims which have always been made, and as to the competence of the tribunal which she herself proposed should decide the questions submitted at her own request. The Memo- rial fears, however, that if the English Government allow itself to be influenced by the unforeseen popular agitation, the re-opening of the question will compromise the peace of the world. THE DIVORCE CorKT.âWILSON V. WILSON AXD H OWET.L. -On Tuesdaymoming, in the Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes, judgment was given by Lord Penzance on an important point in tbe case of Wilson v. Wilson and Howell. The petitioner, George James Howell, is a partner in the Kinneil Iron- works at Linlithgow, the respondent, Mary Stuart Craigie Hallbete, having been a Miss Inglis. The alleged adultery took place at Crainond House, Linlithgow, the seat of the petitioner. On the petition being filed the co-respondent pleaded that the Court had no jurisdiction, and thereupon the petitioner said he was willing to pay the costs of the co-respondent, and have him dismissed from the suit. To that lie objected on the ground that he was entitled to defend himself from the charges brought against him. Mr. Inderwick, Mr. Searle, and Mr. Bayford appeared in the case, and in an elaborate judgment it was ordered that the co-respondent should be discharged from the suit upon the payment by the peti- tioner of all reasonable costs to which the co-respondent has been put, except the costs of opposing the present action. THE LIABILITY OF TRAMWAY COMPANIES.âThe Pim. lico, Peckham, and Greenwich Tramway Company were the defendants in an action, in the Court of (Queen's Bench on Tuesday, for compensation for injuries sustained through their alleged negligence. It seemed that the plaintiff, who was a butcher, when returning from market with a cart filled with meat, ran into a pit which had been left by the Company in repairing the tramway. The axle of the cart being broken, both ho and his meat were precipitated into the road, the result being that he was severely shaken and bruised, and the meat greatly damaged, the horse being also much hurt. The defence set up was that the Company were not liable, inasmuch as they had not been guilty of negligence. It was alleged that a short time before the accident the Commissioners of Sewers had laid flown under the tramway some sewers, which, being near the surface of the road, caused a sub- sidence of the soilâa matter which the Tramway Company could not control, and could not possibly be made responsible for. The jury thought differently, how- ever, and awarded the plaintiff £2;) damages. A decision has been given at Edmonton Sessions OIl a charge of unlawful card playing at an hotel. A nominal fine of 10s. was inflicted in consideration of the previous high character of the house. THE BALANCE OF POWER TX EUROPE.âThe Jfrrmori'tJ Pift!»ynttii'{m' has published an eloquent article on the present position of France; It declares that the real balance of European power cannot be re-established without France, and that the policy and civilisation of the future are inseparably connected with her destinies. The other Powws of Europe cannot get rid of her by mis- representation or by the display of hostility, for her vitality cannot be crushed. The temporary loss of one of the first rate Powers cannot fail to be appreciated, and the present abatement of France is an event deeply to bo regretted on account of iti deleterious 93, policy,