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OUR VARIETY COLUMN. DECEASE OF THE CARDIFF ARGUS."—The Cardiff Argus, a small sixteen-page weekly paper, which started in Cardiff about. three years ago, has ceased to exist, and a petition in bankruptcy has been filed against -the" Company to whom it, belonged. A DEEP-DYED MURDERER.—A noted Hungarian brigand named Horvath, alias Bakonya, has been arrested near Agram. This miscreant is believed to have committed more than twenty murders, his latest exploit being the killing of two gendarmes. THE ACCIDENT TO MR. STANLEY IN SWITZER- LAND. -Mr H. M. Stanley is under medical care and treatment, and suffers from a fracture of his ankle joint, which prevents his leaving his bed or being moved for some weeks. A MUNIFICENT DONATION TOWARDS CARDIFF INFIRMARY.—Mrs Thomas, The Heath, has just contributed the handsome donation of £1,000 towards the fund now being raised for the contem- plated much-needed extension of the Cardiff Infirmary. THE WELSH LORD-MAYOR ELECT. It is reported that Alderman David Evans, a Welsh- man, has consented to become Lord Mayor of London next year. Mr Evans is a native of Llan- trisant, and loves the land of his birth. MR. WILLIAM O'BRIEN A BANKRUPT. On Friday last Mr William O'Brien, M.P., was ad- judicated a bankrupt at the instance of Lord Salisbury, in respect of the costs in the abortive libel action which the hon. member brought against his lordship. MR. A. J. WILLIAMS, M.P., AND HIS CON- STITUENTS.—A Radical meeting was held at Whit- church, near Cardiff, on Saturday afternoon last, when speeches were delivered by Sir E. J. Reed, K.C.B., M.P., Mr A. J. Williams, M.P., and others. The Western Mail states that about 200 people were present. DEATH OF DR. OWEN THOMAS, LIVERPOOL.—The death took place on Sunday last of the Rev Owen Thomas, D.D., minister of Prince's-road Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Liverpool, in his seventy-ninth year. The last time we heard the venerable and talented doctor was when he Sreached a special sermon in memory of the late Ir David Davies, deputy-chairman of the Barry Company, on the occasion of the funeral of that gentleman at Llandinam last year. BISMARCK'S GALLANTRY.—In spite of his Old age, Prince Bismarck has lost none of his gallantry. To a young lady who lately asked to be allowed to kiss his hand, he replied, Oh, no: That is not good enough for so charming a damsel!" Whereupon his excellency, without further ado, give the young lady a kiss. REPRESENTATION OF MERTHYR.—There is some talk at Merthyr that Mr Fothergill again intends to woo the constituency at the next general election. In the light of the rumour that he proposes to start tin-plate works at Penydarren, it would appear as if the report were not a mere canard, j cot :I2 £ £ ACCIDENT TOTHE ORGANIST LLANDAFF CATHE- DRAL.—We are sorry to hear that Mr Hugh Brooksbank, organist of Liandaff Cathedral, is suf- fering from blood-poisoning in the right hand, caused by the bite of an insect. Owing to this, and his inability to find a substitute at so short a notice, Mr Brooksbank had to play the services on Sunday last with the pedals and his left hand only, an act most commendoble for courage and determination not to cause inconvenience to the congregation. ARREST OF A DEFAULTING POLICE-OFFICER.— Since last June John Gray, detective-superinten- dent in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Police, has been wanted on a warrant charging him with stealing the sum of j356. Superintendent Evans, of the Devon port Police, on Tuesday received in- formation from the commanding officer of the Welsh Regiment that Gray had been identified by two men in the Northumberland Artillery Militia, now at Devon port, who met him twice at the Military Hospital. Gray was at once arrested, and the police at Newcastle were notified. It seems that Gray enlisted in the Welsh Regiment at Cardiff in the name of Williams. MORMONISM ON THE DOWN GRADK.—Mor- monism in Utah seems to be on the decline. The School Board election has just been held in Salt Lake City, and though the Mormons made a desperate effort to capture the Board, the Liberals (as the anti-Mormon party i" called) carried six out of ten members by large majorities. SACRIFICE OF FOUR THOUSAND SLAVES !— Father Dorgere, a Catholic missionary, who has just arrived from Dahomey, says that the funeral; ceremonies for the late King will last twelve months, during which time 4,000 slaves will be sacrificed on his tomb. Father Dorgere says that the slave trade between Dahomey and Portugal is still carried on to a large extent, an order for 10,000 slaves having been given just before he left Dahomey. A HIGHLY MORAL DOG.-If the M'Dougal is in want of a dog he might make an offer for the animal belonging to Mr William Rafton, who appeared before the Wakefield magistrates the other day. It morality is astonishing. According to a witness, the parties were using such bad language that the dog could stand it no longer, and it ran out and bit the complainant." As the creature, with all its virtues, must be expensive- its master had to pay J31 Is 6d.-no doubt Mr Rafton would consider a reasonable offer. And it is just the kind animal that could be trusted to frequent music-halls and detect anything j unseemly. Six MONTHS' COAL SHIPMENTS.- ie hall-yeany returns of shipments from Sout! W ale ports have recently been completed. ,tJ shipments of the port of Cardiff, including bunkers, &c., from January to June were 6,6-4,241 tons, as against 6,200,512 tons for the corresponding period of last year-an incease of 441,729 tons. And this is all the more gratifying when it is borne in mind that the period includes the partial cessation from work in consequence of the tippers'strike in February, which would make a difference of at lease 200,000 tons. There is every probability that the increase for the year will reach 750,000 tons at the least. THE WESLEYAN CONFERENCE AND GAMBLING.— The Wesleyan Conference at Nottingham was occupied on Friday last principally with educa- tion affairs. An important discussion took place with reference to the benefit received by the Horncastle Wesleyan Day School, in common with the Church Day School and the rifle corps of that town, by a lottery, veiled under the title of an archery tournament. After two hours' excited discussion, a resolution was carried ex- pressing the strong disapproval of the conference at money being raised for any Methodist pur- pose by any means in which the element of gambling was involved. The resolution was seconded by the Rev Hugh .Price Hughes. THE DERIVATION OF COMMON WORDS.—Monkey wrench is the name applied to a tool, a sort of spanner with a movable jaw. The monkey wrench was invented some years ago by a poor mechanic whose name is Charles onckey. He sold his patent for a song1, and is now working for day's wages.—Derrick is the name of a crane used in shifting and lifting heavy weights. It is said to be so called from one Theodoric, who, while serving at Cadiz as a soldier under Robert, Earl of Essex, was doomed co death for some crime, but pardoned by his commander on condition that he would hang 23 other malefactors. Such are the revolutions of fate that subsequently he was employed in London to behead Essex, the man who had saved his life. -A stentorian voice is that of one, like the Grecian Herald in the Trojan war, whom Homer describes as great hearted, brazen voiced Stentor, accustomed to shout as loud as 50 other men.A Raglan is a loose overcoat with long sleeves, such as Lord Raglan wore in tne Crimean War. Wellingtons are boots, named after the Iron Duke. Bluchers are also boots, named after the commander of Wellington s Prussian allies at Waterloo. Any magnificent tomb is called a mausoleum. Mausolus, the Carrian king whose name it bears, had nothing whatever to do with the original except to lie in it when he was dead. The piety of his wife, Artemisia, gave his name to the tomb and immor- tality to her husband's memory, because the monument she built over his body gave a word to language. MURDER BY A GENTLEMAN.—At Winchester Assizes on Tuesday John William Elwes was charged with the wilful murder of his mother, Sophia Agnes Elwes, on April 27th, at Hordle. The prisoner, a gentleman of high intellectual attainment, lived with his mother in a secluded neighbourhood, and on the day named, withoub any provocation, shot his mother with a revolver, afterwards wounding a sister. He then went ;and played on the piano. It was stated that there was insanity in the family, and medical evidence showed that the prisoner was himself undoubtedly insane at the timfe of the occurrence. The prisoner was ordered to be detained during her Majesty's pleasure. DISCOVERY OF IRON IN HUNTINGDONSHIRE.—So far the syndicate who are sinking for iron ore at Abbots Ripton, in Huntingdonshire, have not met with the success they anticipated. They are, however, by no means despondent. It is true that, whereas the ore was thought to lie at a depth of 150 feet, the borers have already down 170 feet and have not come to it; neverthe- less, it is contended that there has simply been an error in calculating the depth, and that the ore may confidently be expected to appear when the shaft is sunk to 180 or 190 feet. Several layers of very hard rock have been encountered latterly, and blasting has had to be resorted to. A fresh boring has been started at Ramsey, in the same county. The search for the precious metal is being watched with interest by the whole county, where agriculture has been so de- pressed that the population has decreased by 2,000 during the last ten years.

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