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THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH.

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The Queen has issued a commission to inquire into the lefences of our colonies, and the protection of their commerce. The Rev. Newman Hall resumed on Sunday morning bhe c oiuluct of the services at Christ Church, West- minister-road, and before commencing his sermon read i short statement with reference to the recent proceedings in the Divorce Court. CETYWAYO'S IVORY TUSK.âThe tusk of ivory sent by Detvwayo into the British camp as a peace offering has irrived at the Colonial Office. The tusk is 7ft. in length xnd about half a yard in circumference at the girth. THE GRAND LODGE OF GOOD TEMPLARS OF WALES- âThe annual session of this lodge was opened at Merthyr on Tuesday, Grand Worthy Chief Templar George A. Edwards presiding. About 90 lodges were represented. Some decrease in membership was re- ported, but the lodges were stated to be in good work- ing order. A LONG ARBITRATION.âThe award in the European Assurance Society Arbitration has been issued. The number of claims established on account of policies, death claims, annuities, and general debts was 22,155, of the value of The calls and other receipts produced £1,035,87fi, of which £673,203 was absorbed in dividends, and the greater part of the remainder in law and other expenses and returns to contributories. WEST OF ENGLAND BANK PROSECUTION. â In the West of England Bank prosecution, the magistrates gave their decision on Friday. They committed the defendants, only upon the charges of issuing and publish- ing fraudulent balance sheets and reports in January, 1877, and January, 1878. On the charges, therefore, of publishing balance sheets, knowing them to be frau- dulent, the whole of the defendants were sent to the assizes. Bail was accepted, each prisoner in £1,000 and a surety of £1,000 each. FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY AND EDUCATION.â Mr. W. H. Smith, speaking on Saturday at the opening of a new voluntary School at Henley-on-Thames, com- mended voluntary efforts in the matter of education as opposed to compulsory ones. He said our aim in educa- ting the youth of the country ought rather to be directed to enable them to perform their natural duties in the vigour of life, than to raise them out of their own social groove. He deprecated the teaching of many subjects. considering such a system the enemy of thoroughness, which ought to be the end of all instruction. CONFESSION OF MURDER.âThe man Jonathan Geyden, who stands charged on his own confession with the murder of Miss Mary White, at Chingford Hatch, twenty-two years ago, was finally examined before the Essex County magistrates on Tuesday last. As a number of the witnesses who gave evidence at the inquest on the murdered woman had since died, the Coroner was called, and produced their depositions, which were read. They showed that the prisoner, who had then but just completed a term of imprisonment for horse stealing, was seen loitering about the premises where the deceased resided shortly before the crime was committed. A knife which had been used in cutting the woman's throat was also mentioned, and this was produced and identified as the property of the prisoner. Upon being asked by the Chairman of the Bench of Magistrates whether he had anything to say in his Magistrates whether he had anything to say in his defence, the prisoner replied "nothing." He was then committed to take his trial at the next sessions of the Central Criminal Court.

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THE AFGHAN REVOLT.

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