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EPITOME OF NEWS I An underground railway, on the London plan, has been projected in Glasgow. From ail official document just issued, it ap- pears that, by the last return, there were as many as 1,142,624 insane paupers. 1,142,624 insane paupers. A correspondent of the Sheffield Independent states that one ounce of newly-burnt slaked lime will purify sixteen gallons of the foulest water. At the Birmingham Musical Festival, last â week, Mr. Costa's new oratorio, "Naaman," was performed for the first time, and proved a perfect success in every way. The Colosseum is about to be pulled down, and replaced by a terrace of large and handsome houses suitable to the fashionable locality of the Regent's-park. The estimated deliveries of tea in London during the past week were 1,024,9581b., which is a decrease of 4,5411b. when compared with the previous statement. The prices of wheaten bread in the metropolis in the last week were from 7d. to 7J¡d.; household, 5Jd. to 6d.; some bakers are selling at 4vd. to 5d. per 41b. loaf, weIghed on delivery. The Court of Assizes at Cassino has condemned the brigand Ghief Piazza Cuccitto to death, and seven of his accomplices to various periods of hard labour. Two others were acquitted for want of evidence. The stud of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has been sent to Frogmore, where it will remain till the return of the Prince and Princess of Wales from the continent. Gossip has assigned the third daughter of the King of Denmark to the Prince Imperial of Prance when both are of age to marry. This surely may be termed a premature engagement. The Highlands and Islands of Scotland are now within twenty-four hours' distance of London, and there is â every prospect that, before the close of another year there wiii be an iron road from the Land's End to John o'Groats. A petition has been largely signed in Chester to ootainthe holding of the Welsh National Eisteddfod in that city in the year 1866. It is hinted that it might be held in London the year after. Lord C-'s horse the other day landing him in the middle of a brook, he called lustily for help, when a man passing by, and who owed him a grudge, coolly replied, Use your fins, my lord, use your fins." A spring cart belonging to the Sisters of Mercy at Liverpool has knocked down Colonel Tate, the Mexican Consul, and broken both his legs. It is a little curious that such a vehicle was the cause of so painful a disaster. On Saturday night two men were larking in a beerhouse in Bordesley-street, Birmingham, when one struck the other under the ear, and the man fell dead on the spot. A letter from Bonn states that Prince Alfred of England will arrive there in the autumn, and will study for a year at the university, where, as will be well remem- bered, the late Prince Consort passed a portien of his youth. At a meeting of the National Bank of Liverpool, the proprietors confirmed the resolution of the directors ,increasing the capital to £3,000,000, by the issue of 10,000 new shares at £5 premium, to be allotted to the share- holders in the proportion of one new to two existing shares. It was recently stated in the New York papers that a daughter of ex-President Tyler had married a Federal soldier who had taken refuge in that gentleman's house when wounded. Mrs. Tyler now gives the statement an emphatic contradiction. A fancy bazaar, in aid of the funds of the Church Education Society, took place at Castle Bernard, the seat of the Earl of Bandon, in the hall ttnd large dining-room of the Castle, which were very tastefully decorated, and presented a gay and brilliant scene. The prize of ten guineas offered by the College of Organists for the best organ composition, has been awarded to the manuscript bearing the motto Let the pealing organ blow," which proved to be the work of Mr. Henry Hiles, of Manchester. The" Moniteur" of Paris congratulates France .on the approaching termination of the cotton crisis in that eountry. It has well nigh passed away," and in future, -says the Moniteur, French colonies will probably produce as much cotton as France requires. The Rev. Mr. Hibbs was again charged, on Monday, with creating an obstruction by preaching in the public thoroughfare on Sunday. After a somewhat amusing scene, in which the policeman was charged by the defendant with exceeding his duty, the reverend gentleman was dis- charged. The Mathew Testimonial Committee in Cork have unanimously-resolved to recommend to the trades and such others as will take part in the ceremonial of the 10th of Octobar next, to avoid the use of party colours and emblems in their decorations. The" Word" states that the Duke de Gram- mont-Caderousse, the slayer of the late Mr. Dillon, in a finel in France, has died of a pulmonary disease, at Biarritz. Last week it was rumoured that he had breathed his last in Spain. A novel packet is said to have passed through the post-office last week. It was addressed to the Civil Com- missioner of Cradock, on her Majesty's service, and franked by authority. It contained the fatal cord for the use of a member of the Civil Service, called Calcraft. The head mastership of the Taunton Grammar School has been conferred on the Rev. William Tuckwell, M.A., late fellow of New College, Oxford, and master of the New College Choristers School. Mr. Tuckwell graduated in 1852, when he was fourth class in classics. The Liverpool Female Penitentiary has been destroyed by fire, which originated through the over- heating of a stove in the laundry. There were forty inmates in the house at the time of the fire, but all were safely got out, and, it is said, the loss is covered by insurance. On the 1st of November the new Act of Parlia- ment comes into operation to amend the Act for the regu- lation of chimney-sweepers. From that day chimney- sweepers are restricted from employing children under ten years of age, and are not to be accompanied in their occu- pation by persons under sixteen years old. A maniac named Thorting went to the South Western Railway, Waterloo-road, the other day, but was not allowed to enter a train. He was taken home by four railway men to Thomas-street, Stamford-street, when he Tan upstairs and cut his throat from ear to ear. He lies at the hospital in a hopeless condition. The working men of London having set on foot a movement for a statue of Shakespeare, to be raised chiefly by the pence of the people, and placed on Primrose-hill, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has become a subscriber to their fund. The movement, of which Mr. Phelps is presi- dent, has Mr. Gladstone's "good wishes." A new Protestant church, dedicated to All Saints, is to be erected in the Pembroke and Alma roads, for the use of the inhabitants of Clifton, and the works will be proceeded with without delay. The Rev. Harry Walter Sargent, M.A., fellow of Merton College, and perpetual curate of St. John the Baptist, Oxford, has accepted the in- cumbency of the new church. A committee, comprising, amongst others, Messrs. J. H. Foley, F. Y. Hurlstone, and J. Woolner, has been formed for the purpose of plaeing a suitable monument over the tomb of William Behnes, and of presenting a bust of the deceased sculptor to the country. These memorials are assuredly not more than are due to a man of unhappy life, but of original and productive genius. The number of visitors at the South Kensing- ton Museum during last week has been as follows:âMon- day, Tuesday, and Saturday, free days, open from 10 a.m. -to 10 p.m.. 11,261; on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, studeats' days (admission to the public 6d.), open from 10 a.m. till 6 L159-total, 12,420. From the opening of the museum, 4,831,456. We understand, says a contemporary, that the prisoners, James P. Brice and James Scott, who were con- victed at the last Liverpool Assizes of the outrageous attack on X-r. Rowe, and sentenced to eighteen months' imprison- ment with hard labour, are now employed as bricklayers' labourers at Kirkdale Gaol, in the erection of a new wing which is being added to that House of Correction. Mfc Edmond Beale, revising barrister for the â county of Middlesex, has appointed the 23rd instant to co3iimes.ce the revision of the list of voters at Uxbridge. The contest is likely to be a severe one, from the numerous objection made on both sides. Mr. H. Smith and Mr. Thomas Alley Jones will appear for the Conservatives, and Mr. Albert James for the Liberals. A convicted thief named O'Brien, who only came out of gaol the previous Saturday, has again been sent to prison for having set fire to a haystack and destroyed about £40 worth of hay, the property of Mrs. Lightbound Trantnere, near Birkenhead. When apprehended the pri- soner was in it hut, from which he had previously stolen a branding-iron. A happy couple presented themselves at Dews- ihury Church a few days ago to be united in the holy bonds .of mssrimony. The ages of the pair and of their best man" united were 220 years. The lovely bride of seventy- two had to be assisted out of the cab to undergo the in- teresting' ceremony by two" youths," aged seventy-four years each. A company has recently been formed, under the patronage of Lords Brougham, Shrewsbury, Lyttleton, Stanley, and other eminent men, to extend the benefits of the institution for cheap dining for labourers to all parts of London. The system has been tried in Glasgow, where thirteen dining-halls on the same principle have been esta- blishec1:with great success. Therenort of the Liverpool Licensed Victuallers' Institutioe, presented at the annual meeting, states that there is a balance in favour of the Benevolent Fund for the year ending June 30, 1864, of £3,509; that the balance in favour of the Trade Fund is £154; and that the total in- crease in the funds of the association during the past year has been £t,580. A Baden letter mentions that Mdlle. Keller, an actress of the Palais Royal Theatre of Paris, who had arrived in that city, determined to try her luck at the gaming-table, and was fortunate enough to find herself, at the expiration of three-quarters of an hour, a winner of 37,000 mnes. She was go wise as not to tempt the fickle goddess any further, and the same day started for Paris, t probably wishing to resist the temptation to play again. A marriage is about to be celebrated at Paris, which excites no little interest in that gossiping city. The bridegroom is the well-known banker, M. Erlanger, and the bride is the daughter of Mr. Slidell, the Confederate Commissioner to France, and one of the heroes of the Trent affair. About the same time the late Madame Erlanger, who is divorced from her husband, will be married to a M. Cordier. On Monday morning the Foresters had a great demonstration in London, with the benevolent object of providing additional funds for the maintenance of St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington. The members walked in procession to Paddington-green, and thenc" proceeded tc -Lord's Cricket Ground, where arrangementa had been made for sports and amusements of all kinds. The day being remarkably fine, every one seemed thoroughly to enjoy himself. The bells of all the churches in Cologne announced to the inhabitants on Thursday morning that his Eminence the Archbishop of Cologne, CardftiaJ Johannes von Geissel, had just died, in the 69th year of his age, after having been archbishop of the diocese for twenty-three years. The deceased prelate was a native of Neustadt, in the Bavarian palatinate. In 1857 he proceeded to Rome, and there re ceived the cardinal's hat at the hands of the Pope. An engraved plate, seized at Verona, and with which bank-notes of 1,000f. have been manufactured, has reached Turin. It has been executed by a German engraver, after five years' labour, and those who have seen it say it is a masterpiece, which might on occasion replace the ret.,1 plate. The notes are falsified with such perfection that the directors of the bank who signed the genuine notes can with difficulty detect the forged ones. A meeting of several thousand miners was re- diffieultydetect the forged ones. A meeting of several thousand miners was re- cently held on Cannock Chase, in South Staffordshire, to discuss grievances and to advocate union among- the work- men. One of the resolutions passed at the meeting ap- pointed a deputation to wait en the colliery owners, asking them to supply no more coal to the iron masters. If they refused this request, it was said, the colliers of Cannock Chase would strike so that mining operations throughout the district would be suspended. There has been another trial for murder in France which has attracted notice. A gendarme arrested a man who resisted with violence. The gendarme threatened first to draw his sword, and then to kill the man if he would not go along with him. He fulfilled both threats, and was tried before a Nantes jury. There was no denial set up. The jury was directed to find if the stabs given by the prisoner were inflicted with intention to kill, and if the prisoner, in the exercise of his functions, acted legitimately. After a quarter of an hour's deliberation, a verdict was returned of not guilty. The Registrar-General's weekly return for the metropolis shows a small increase in the race of mortality, and a large increase over the average of the last ten years, even corrected for the aclvance in population; the deaths being 1,441, and the registered births 1,867. Nearly four-sevenths of those who died were under twenty years of age. The births, however, continue by a large percentage to exceed the deaths. The "Posen Journal" has the following:â The sentences passed on the Polish leaders who have been so long in confinement here have just been published. The Countess Ostrowska has been condemned to five years' im- prisonment with irons; the Countess Wodzioka and Madame Zebrowska to ten months of the same punishment; Mmes. Wilkoszewska and lining to six months; and Mmes. Alexandrowicz and Dymidowicz to four all of whom have appealed against the injustice of the sentence. The execution of Latour, the French murderer, took place at Foix last week. An immense crowd assem- bled, although a heavy rain kept pouring down. No rriest accompanied the wretched man to the scaffold. Latour preserved to the last a dogged, imperturbable de- meanour. He sang in a loud voice just before his execu- tion some verses composed by himself, and which he had adapted to the air of the" Marseillaise." After this edifying performance he submitted calmly to his fate.

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