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SPORTS AND PASTIMES.. A HUNDEED AND NINETY-ONE miles in three hours forty-three minutes is not bad travelling. A case of emergency occurred last week when that distance was donef from King's-cross to York. The engine should henceforth be called Black Bess. A FOOLISH wager has been made at a wine-shop on the Quay d'Orsay, which has resulted in death. At a breakfast. where the conversation turned on the quantity of drink which a person could take, a brick- layer, named Floreatin, made a bet that he would drink twelve glasses of wine while the clock of the Tuileries was striking twelve. He drank three glasses before the clock had struck three times. At the next glass he stopped to breathe. At the seventh he began to drink more slowly, but, making an effort, he drank off the eighth glass. He then turned very pale, and breathed with difficulty. His friends wished to stop the wager, but he said he would go on come what might, and swallowed the ninth glass. He had barely emptied the glass when he fell down senseless. A surgeon was sent for, but, in spite of all his efforts, the foolish man died in three hours. THE following humorous programme was sold at the Dramatic Fete on Saturday :â "POLICE.âARREST OF A DANGEROUS GANG.-Miss Lydia Thompson, Miss Lydia Maitland, Miss E. Baf. ton, Mrs. Stirling, and many others, all well known to the public generally, were brought before the sitting magistrate at -BsaM-street, charged with obtaining money under false pretences; they were also accused of violence and of using strong language. "The prosecutor, Mr. Lavender Kydd, of Ken- sington-gardens, stated, that on the previous Satur- day he had visited the Crystal Palace accompanied by a friend. Incautiously he had taken a large sum of money with him, of which fact Miss Lydia Thompson had become aware. The result of his imprudence was very soon apparent, for happening to pass near that desperate young person, he was seized by her and immediately struck â all of a heap, if he might so express himself. While in this condititin he was shown a needle-case, and before he had time to make his escape five shillings were ex- tracted from him for the article. He had since been informed by his sister, to whom he had presented hia purchase, that it was not worth half-a-crown. The complainant went on to state that having made his escape from Miss Thompson, he was hastening to the door, when Mrs. Stirling stopped him, showing her teeth in so dangerous a manner that he was com- pelled to give a guinea for a. baby's cap, although he could assure his worship that he had not the slightest use for it. He was next assailed by Miss Bufton, who shot such a glance at him as to render him insensible to anything that happened afterwards. Upon re- covering consciousness the following morning he found himself very unwell and his money all gone. The pain about the region of the heart was still very acute. "Sergeant Farren, of the 0-(lympic)-Division, said that when she took the accused into custody, they were surrounded by gentlemen using shocking lan- guage. She distinctly heard 'pet' and 'darling' pro- ceed from the lips of one of the gang, although she could not say which of the prisoners had spoken the words. The prisoners, in defence, said that they did it to assist a number of brothers and sisters who were living in the country. Miss Thompson, who seemed ignorant of the danger of her position, saucily remarked that it was all fair in fair time! "The worthy magistrate said that the plea which the prisoners had set up induced him to discharge them this time, but he warned them he should not lose sight of them in future. The dangerous gang left the court with their friends, being heard to say that they would do it again next year."

THE DRAMATIC COLLEGE ANRVAL…

DROWNED IN A DRAIN.

EXTRAORDINARY ROBBERY BY A…

EXECUTION OF TWENTY-ONE SERGEANTS.…

THE NEW MINISTRY.

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